WandaGerdes

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    WandaGerdes got a reaction from dbams in Pictures of Your First Quilt   
    I started quilting while pregnant with the third baby. Back in 2001. I finished my king trip around the world quilt top.  Still my favorite pattern. I had no clue how to do the backing. So I put it aside to work on all 3 of my then children.  After finishing theirs I went back to try and figure out how in the world to piece the backing of mine. A lot of frustration and a preemie baby I gave up quilting in 2002. Until I was pregnant with the last of my babies. In 2009 I decided I wanted to make a quilt for my youngest. Well his got side railed also when he decided to come early I was put on hospital bed rest until he was born and he came really small, 1 lb 9 oz. He was in the hospital for a long time. All together I was gone 4 months. Even when he finally came home he was on a heart monitor and oxygen. Then his kidney problems started and 5 surgeries. Mean while I felt beyond guilty I didn't keep him in long enough, thought i was the reason he was having all these problems and on top of that he didn't even have his very own quilt for all his hospital stays. In 2012 things finally slowed down enough for me to get his quilt done, also a trip around the world. As soon as I got his done I wanted mine, since I was now the only one without a quilt lol. Hard to admit but I had to go to youtube to figure out the backing.  At that time I thought there was supposed to be only 1 seam lol nor did I know anything about wide backings.  I also decided to get Patience. The 1st quilt on Patience was my 1st quilt. Oh was there ever problems with the quilt especially borders there is a few tucks. But I do love my quilt. As you can see so does he. Always on our beds.



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    WandaGerdes got a reaction from Mary Beth in Did I win??   
    An 800 number kept calling me. I don't answer those.  I assume since it's Dawn it will be 515 number.  But after the 5th time I convinced myself it had to be Dawn because they didn't leave a message and they were relentless.  Soooooooo I answered. Ugh it was just a telemarketer.  Way to smash my dreams telemarketing! !
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    WandaGerdes reacted to zeke in Struggling with a dilema. Help! Thoughts! Prayers!   
    Lora, do yourself a favor and keep it.  You ready don't have to remodel your kitchen if you have room in your garage.  I've seen this in many a garage.  You can even hook up a portable propane to it.  This way you can turn the gas off when your not using it.  It's just a thought to keep your mother beloved stove.  Let "c" worry about the kitchen.   It was willed to you and not her.  Zeke. 
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    WandaGerdes got a reaction from Mary Beth in Pictures of Your First Quilt   
    I started quilting while pregnant with the third baby. Back in 2001. I finished my king trip around the world quilt top.  Still my favorite pattern. I had no clue how to do the backing. So I put it aside to work on all 3 of my then children.  After finishing theirs I went back to try and figure out how in the world to piece the backing of mine. A lot of frustration and a preemie baby I gave up quilting in 2002. Until I was pregnant with the last of my babies. In 2009 I decided I wanted to make a quilt for my youngest. Well his got side railed also when he decided to come early I was put on hospital bed rest until he was born and he came really small, 1 lb 9 oz. He was in the hospital for a long time. All together I was gone 4 months. Even when he finally came home he was on a heart monitor and oxygen. Then his kidney problems started and 5 surgeries. Mean while I felt beyond guilty I didn't keep him in long enough, thought i was the reason he was having all these problems and on top of that he didn't even have his very own quilt for all his hospital stays. In 2012 things finally slowed down enough for me to get his quilt done, also a trip around the world. As soon as I got his done I wanted mine, since I was now the only one without a quilt lol. Hard to admit but I had to go to youtube to figure out the backing.  At that time I thought there was supposed to be only 1 seam lol nor did I know anything about wide backings.  I also decided to get Patience. The 1st quilt on Patience was my 1st quilt. Oh was there ever problems with the quilt especially borders there is a few tucks. But I do love my quilt. As you can see so does he. Always on our beds.



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    WandaGerdes reacted to Mary Beth in Yay!!!!   
    Weeee'rrrreeee baaaackkkk!!!!
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    WandaGerdes reacted to AnnP in MFP   
    Im a canner and gardener;wine maker, quilter... My favorite thing to can is tomato everything, sauce, paste, stewed, pizza and BBQ sauce. Oh and soup made with all those fresh vegetables just waiting for winter to be eaten. Ive always peressure canned everything. Congrats on your graduation. I Love quilting way so much more, but you can't eat your quilts. 
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    WandaGerdes reacted to pjacobsen01 in APQS Millenium for sale with Compuquilter   
    Due to a recent divorce and no room or storage for my APQS Millennium Machine, I need to sell ASAP.  My machine was purchased new in 2006 and has maybe only had 20 quilts made on the machine.  It also has the CompuQuilter attachment.  The machine can be used free-style or you can use the Compu Quilter for perfectly executed patterns.  Purchased new for $32,000.   Will sell for $10,000 OBO.  Machine is located in NW Iowa.  Please contact me at justfly10@gmail.com.   Must sell immediately.

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    WandaGerdes reacted to DawnCavanaugh in FORUM CHANGES AHEAD   
    Hello Everyone,
     
    As you may have noticed we've been having more issues with the current Forum's features working properly, as well as spammers infiltrating the system. The current Forum software version is outdated and an upgrade is required, but we have been holding off its implementation as long as possible to prevent disruption to the site during everyone's busy quilting time before the holidays.
     
    However, we are to the point where we can no longer postpone the upgrade without risking the security of the site. We must implement the upgrade as soon as possible.
     
    The new Forum software is being beta-tested right now by APQS dealers as well as some "uber-users" of our current forum. We anticipate making the change-over fairly quickly once testing is complete. Please be aware that the change-over will result in a "black-out' for a couple of days when the current Forum will be shut down to migrate all the topics and threads over to the new site. We will alert you about when that will happen so you can prepare in advance and will not be taken by surprise when the Forum is "down".
     
    In addition, the upgrade could result in some changes to the way the Forum appears and functions but we will do everything we can to keep all the features that are important to our users. Change is always hard, but it is well worth it to keep the site safe and secure.
     
    Thank you for your continued support of APQS and of each other through the Forum--it truly makes our "family" such a close-knit group!
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    WandaGerdes reacted to LynnBarr in Had to race for home after work   
    That is too funny!  My husband jokes that there is some guy in a brown truck and brown uniform that keeps leaving gifts for me on our doorstep - he must be my "other boyfriend." And somehow the boyfriend in brown knows EXACTLY what I want - the right color fabric, the exact ruler I've been talking about, the correct color of thread to match the project I'm working on. It is a miracle!
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    WandaGerdes reacted to Oma in Scrap Stash Swap -- Interested?   
    Lora, I don't want to deal with scraps, but we did have a very successful fat quarter swap of oriental fabrics last year.  You might think about that.  A layer cake swap would be fun too.  I'd even like a charm swap.  I participated in an "I Spy" swap a while back too.  The squares had to be 4½ inches.  I wouldn't do that again, but I would do a true charm of 5 inches.  Something to think about.
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    WandaGerdes reacted to delld in Early Christmas to me is coming very early!!!!   
    I'm jumping up and down! I traded Frannie Ann in today for a new 2016 Millie! I will miss her but Frannie Ann Jr will be happy in my studio!.     
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    WandaGerdes reacted to mlsa3 in My Jesus Quilt   
    This is my latest quilt.  I still have to square it up and put the binding on it.
     
    It's the Carpenter's Star Pattern.  Since Jesus was the ultimate carpenter I'm calling it my "Jesus Quilt."  I'm giving it to a lady at church who is over our Sunday School Departments.  She's such a sweet lady and always smiling and willing to help.
     
    I did a lot of ruler work and some pattern boards for the designs.  The center design is a heart with feathers on the inside.  To me the heart reminds me of Jesus's love for us all.  One design is a dove which represents the Holy Spirit.  Another block has a heart with a cross in it.  That represents what Jesus did for us all.  Then there is the crosshatch....just because I love to do crosshatching.
     
     







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    WandaGerdes got a reaction from T Row Studio in How To Price Making An Entire Quilt   
    I only quilt for myself however I've been asked twice to make a quilt for others. 1st time I tripled the cost of all of material and thought NO way they would agree. It was for my sister in laws, father. Both my brother and sister in law agreed without hesitation. Both said they thought I would charge more considering how much time I've put into theirs. 2nd time was my hair dresser of 17 years. She asked me to do a tshirt quilt for daughter's graduation. I had never done one and since she knows EVERYONE in our community I was a lot intimidated. So I told her $25 for each shirt and my practice materials. Again to my shock she has agreed and has been collecting shirts for the last 3 years. For every sport or activity she orders an extra tshirt for this quilt. Every 6 weeks, at my appointment, she tells me how many she has and her excitement. So far asking fair price has not turned anyone away. I don't want to start a business. I like quilting on my own time. Plus no one can complain about a quilt given to them but paying for one I would have to listen to nit picking. I wouldn't take that very well and the customer would not be happy with me afterwards lol.
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    WandaGerdes reacted to Cagey in How To Price Making An Entire Quilt   
    Sheila S.
     
    Your story is why I believe raffles need to set reserve/minimum prices for items.  The first time I donated some expensive items to my school's yearly raffle, I did not do that.  They sold for much less than they were truly worth.  I now stipulate with my donations that unless my item reaches the reserve price in the silent auction, I will keep the item and donate my reserve value.  It has worked out great, and the school now does it for most donated items.  There is no reason, when you are trying to raise funds for needed issues, that they sell for less than their face value.
     
    Cagey
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    WandaGerdes got a reaction from nana di in NQR Twins are here - prayers please- update new picture pg 2   
    Beautiful. I love their names. I've said a prayer for this lil guy and will continue.
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    WandaGerdes reacted to T Row Studio in metal bobbins   
    Hi I have heard of some people that plug there bobbin winders into a power barthen turn the power bar switch off , then you can put you bobbin in flip the thing that winds the bobbin and just turn on the switch on the power bar. I hope this helps you out
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    WandaGerdes reacted to InesR in metal bobbins   
    I am just starting and have had success winding my bobbins. (isnt that crazy that the bobbin wonder does not have an on/off switch.... I still jump when it takes off with my fingers touching it...). But, back to what you said, I would love to have some of your bobbins that you are no longer using. Let me know what you want.
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    WandaGerdes reacted to piecrust in I Spent All Day Long.....   
    My lottery numbers didn't hit last night either. If I ever hit the lottery, watch out APQS, Moda, Marcus Brothers, Signature, Creative Grids and Ofla. A girl can only dream......
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    WandaGerdes got a reaction from Beachside Quilter in Best thread for APQS?   
    Yep glide and magna glide bobbins work great with my Millie as well.
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    WandaGerdes reacted to Beachside Quilter in Best thread for APQS?   
    I use Glide and magna-glide bobbins from FilTec exclusively in my Millie. I also keep a separate bobbin case for the infrequent times I need to use a self wound bobbin. Love Glide!
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    WandaGerdes reacted to Mary Beth in Why should I purchase a Millenium?   
    I had a Millie for a few years, sold it to work in the real word. Then after several years I needed a quilting machine. I had the chance then to buy any machine on the market. I tried them all, and some were pretty nice, but when it came right down to it, I knew APQS. I knew how I could fix anything I needed to and I was not afraid to try. If I couldn't fix it, I could get on this forum or in desperation, call APQS and ta-da problem solved. I love APQS and I love the machines.
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    WandaGerdes reacted to Gator in Why should I purchase a Millenium?   
    CUSTOMER SERVICE!!!!! and this forum.  Yes, I did mean to shout it out in caps.   You have 24 hour access on this forum to get help.  The APQS machines are very friendly for the user to do maintenance, they rarely have to be returned to the factory (in fact I don't recall any going back to the shop for problems).  They are built with love and are work horses that keep their value for many years.  The warranty is lifetime and so is the factory support.  The machines float like clouds, reducing stress on your body.  I can go on forever but will let others give you their opinions.  APQS is a family that is always ready to help each other no matter the topic or situation.  Have fun testing the APQS machines, you won't go back to others. 
     
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    WandaGerdes reacted to GMALKB in New Milly !   
    I'm giving you all a better chance to win the new Milly, as I made a deal today to trade mine in on a new one !     So, I won't be entering any more..........  I am so excited.   I have loved my older Milly and decided it was time to move up to the new one.   Can't wait to get her set up and start playing...........I am near Des Moines/Carroll, so they will deliver and set up for me..........maybe as early as next week sometime.   I spent most of the morning finishing up a quilt I had in progress and taking off the extra gadgets I can use on my new model............the micro drive handles, etc.   
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    WandaGerdes reacted to mlsa3 in Millie Sweepstakes   
    I'm so used to signing up first thing in the morning that when they are not running the contest I'm beside myself....I don't know what I'm supposed to do.
     
    David
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    WandaGerdes reacted to GMALKB in MQS was disappointing   
    We thought the AQS Show in Des Moines was rather skimpy last Fall, too............must be a trend........I took a friend who is a brand new long arm quilter and was raving about all the booths for this and that and what we could find for her, only to be disappointed that a lot of them weren't there.  
     
    I also agree with the winning quilts being the same ones over and over and over..........they win at all the shows, so why does an amateur even bother with it?   It is expensive to ship, insure, enter..........I would love to see them have a category for "non-professional"........Not sure I will go back.