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  1. I connected with a sweet lady in my area when I made an appeal a few days ago on this forum. I wanted to "try" an Ultimate II, and she said "come on over." We visited at her kitchen table, and she was so kind to show me her machine, giving me some pointers along the way. Thank you buslady. We made a plan to go to the next local quilt show together, and we both made a new friend today. :-)
    6 points
  2. For over 20 years now I have told Mike (DH) not to use the scissors in the kitchen to cut things in the yard or garage. I explained these were "food" scissors and they needed to be left in the kitchen and used for "food" stuff. Fell on deaf ears. I put other scissors all over the house to dissuade him from using the "food" scissors. I even resorted to hiding them. A few minutes ago he came in to the computer room and informed me that he let the painter use them yesterday to cut the plastic he was hanging everywhere and he must have put them in his stuff because they're gone. Now understand...M
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  3. Hope your birthday was special Linda! Everything you post here brightens my day
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  4. This time of year makes the loss of loved ones even harder. I was heartbroken over the loss of my parents 8 years ago. I found that lying in bed every morning and repeating, "today I will honor my parents by enjoying this day." My friend gave me this tactic, and, slowly but surely, It worked. Of course, I still miss them. But, it's somehow easier now. Hugs to you, Shirley.
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  5. I have a great pair of food scissors that come apart. Makes it easy to put through the dishwasher. I put one half in one drawer and the other in another. Don't get me started on paring knives used to strip wire, though.....
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  6. You're right Mercedes and that's why I haven't killed him so far. I would miss him.
    1 point
  7. Hi Mercedes. Invisible thread is perfect for this. It'll be invisible on every color fabric. I don't advise using it in the bobbin as well, but some quilters make it work. If you use white for top thread, it will be great on the white but show up a lot on the rest. Any colored thread will be very obvious on the white. If you don't have invisible thread, the thinnest white or off-white would be my choice. And since tension sometimes isn't your friend, use a light colored thread in the bobbin as well, for the white and the invisible. Better to have pokies on the backer than the top, so adjus
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  8. I can only wish my husband were alive to do all these things - you all are so blessed!
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  9. I wish there was an I Love This button to click. I can relate
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  10. Oh the things men will do when they are not supervised!!! They are sneaky that way. Mine leaves messy hand prints all over the stainless steel and cabinets I swear he is testing to see how often I clean. So What's Mike Getting For Christmas, Oma??? Food scissors?
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  11. Thank you for all the kind words. Quilting is my go to "for getting lost". I do take one day at a time, and I am letting God lead me. I know John would not want me to grieve. We had such wonderful memories, and that is what is important to me. My kids are all close by, and help all they can. They are grieving too, for their dad. This forum is wonderful. Thank you all for being my friend. Shirley.
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  12. I can't believe you are having this discussion about food scissors and not sewing scissors! Although my family knows better than to let me find out they used scissors from my sewing room. I have had this same discussion about fingernail clippers being used to cut wire etc, dishtowels are not used to wipe your hands, my house cleaning bucket does not go out to the barn, my mop, my paint brushes etc etc etc.........but I'm not giving up the fight! Cheryl
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  13. The ache stays forever, but the days do get easier. Fill your days with things you love. If you like to read then grab a cup of tea and go find a cozy spot and let your mind travel through a book. It can take you any where and every where, but mostly it takes you away from your pain for a short while. Whatever works...reading....quilting...people. You just have to go a day at a time. We're good people here and we will hear you.
    1 point
  14. I know grieving is hard work. Take time to figure out what your life will look like without your precious husband. God does have a plan so let him lead you through this. Sending a hug your way.
    1 point
  15. Sheri Butler

    Red Snapper Blues

    Ditto the shorter lengths. I'm questioning heating up the things tho. Yes, either lay them on your table, or use your front roller bar and snap em on that way. That's what I do. They DO get more pliable with use.
    1 point
  16. Im so sorry Shirley. My dad passed, will be 2 yrs March 2nd., and my mom still has issues. The first 9 months to a year is the worst. She has told me it does get a little better, but she also tells me she "talks" to his picture every day. I think that's the lonliness she's feeling, as my mother has NEVER lived alone a day in her life until after dad passed. Quilted Hugs for you, as you make "your journey" thru this grieving time. Don't feel bad. Everyone's grief time is different, and don't let anyone tell you any different. You will find YOUR way thru this on your terms. It WILL happ
    1 point
  17. Shirley, my heart aches for you for your loss. Sounds like he was a wonderful man. Hopefully, the many memories you shared and the support of your family will comfort you. We lost my mom this past August, and my dad is struggling also. God bless you.
    1 point
  18. Shirley, I am so sorry for your loss and will keep you in my prayers.
    1 point
  19. Bonnie H

    Red Snapper Blues

    I've had my red snappers since they first came out and they have gotten looser with use. I had my DH cut mine in half with a hack saw and file the edges smooth. For me the shorter lengths are easier on my hands.
    1 point
  20. Shirley, I'm so sorry for you and your family for the loss of your husband. I know the holidays must be hard. I hope your kids are close by to support and comfort you. You were blessed by such an amazing man for 56 years. May God continue to bless you and comfort you.
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  21. Oh Shirley, I am so sorry for the loss of your husband....to echo Lisa, you will be in my prayers too....
    1 point
  22. Shirley, my sincere condolences on your loss. I will keep you in my prayers. Quilting and forum friends are good therapy!
    1 point
  23. I finished one of the snowman quilts. YOu can't really see the quilting very well. I also made this little table runner (42" long) for my sister. I still have the antique Santas applique customer quilt to do, but I have been putting it off because I am scared I am going to ruin it. I know that sounds silly,, but my machine refuses to go in circles or diagonals without hitting a pothole and making a jagged mistake. What if that happens on her precious quilt that took her two years to applique?
    1 point
  24. right now my machine is torn apart all over the sewing room- rather, that table is torn apart all over the sewing room. We are attempting to solve the dinged up rails solution. Hopefully will be back up and running by the weekend. If this doesn't fix it I will have to invest in the edgerider wheels and carriage, but $500 is a huge chunk of money to spend and hope that it fixes the problem
    1 point
  25. I sure did enjoy the visit today. Hope to have many more in the future.
    1 point
  26. Well after changing everything that I could and re-threading all the way back to the cone. I went today and purchased my first bottle of Sewer's Aide but I assure you it will not be my last. That stuff is miracle solution. Thread was soaked with this and the shredding ceased. Once again, I owe this forum my graditude. I am passing on all of your wonderful tips to a new friend who has just gotten into the business of making quilt tops for people and she brings them to me to quilt. As she asks I give her any helpful hints that you wonderful people have given me and IF I notice somethin
    1 point
  27. Wow - what a great job you have done. I love how you have added texture and dimension. Your client must be thrilled! If anyone has any advice re circle work on a Millie please? I am a newbie long arm user - and have absolutely no idea what to do re circles. I have Quilt Path installed and using advice I researched on line see you can get QP to do a circle going into quilt CAD and entering 50 (reflection of school geometry and pie) to get a circle shape drawn. Only problem is that the circle doesn't quite join up. I see there are various gadgets out there - quilt thingy, quilt lord
    1 point
  28. So far I have been very impressed with the designers. If I find a panto which is not available in the digital format I contact the designer and ask if they would put it in the digital format for me. Most of them already have them digitized but may not have them on the website. I have even contacted the designers of some OLD paper pantos and have been able to purchase them again in the digital format Many of the old paper pantos I have were purchased second hand so I have gladly paid for the digital. I have yet to be disappointed with any designers when contacting them and I admire and a
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