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  1. I was looking for measurements for a water bed so I could make a quilt for my niece and came across this video. I just had to share. A water Bed in a German furniture store. Note that the sign says NOT to get on the bed, but oh well..the best way to motivate people to do something is to put up a sign saying "Don't........!" Turn on speakers and watch people trying out the water bed. It's in German, but that only makes it funnier. Watch for the last two ladies! Becky
  2. I am so encouraged with this post! I had Polio when I was 6 and about 40 years later, I was diagnosed with Post Polio Syndrome (PPS). Unfortunately, there apparently isn’t any help for the constant pain and fatigue I have been battling for the past 22 years. PPS has been closely associated with fibromyalgia symptoms----Pain, fatigue, weakness, etc. I search internet constantly for any updates for PPS. There doesn’t seem to be much research because we are a “dying breed”----the last of the Polio survivors. I have had to give up quilting this past year because of fatigue and pain. My “Milly” is pretty much in retirement. I bought my Milly in 2001 because I could no longer hand quilt and wasn’t ready to give up quilting. I have several tops to be quilted and am trying to talk my sister into quilting them for me. I miss it so much. Hopefully, I can get some relief by following these suggestions & get back to a little quilting. I wish there were more web sites for interaction among Fibromyalgia & PPS patients where we could share our stories and suggestions as to what works for us. I would never have thought I could find a glimmer of hope on a quilting chat forum! I know I will be spending my day researching gluten & vitamin D.
  3. There are 2 more quilt shows in Lancaster, PA at the same time at a different location. The American Quilters Society (AQS) show is in Lancaster City and the other 2 shows are in the country where the Lancaster quilt shows were originally. See two more shows in one visit. . . Free shuttle bus between the: 22nd Annual Lancaster Quilt Show at the Continental Inn and the 2nd Annual Lancaster Spring Quilt Show at the Host Resort & Conference Center, 2300 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA. Vendors: Vendors: There is always room for another quilt show! Happy shopping, Becky
  4. I found this wonderful tool to check the underside of my quilting. My sister uses one and I got the bright idea how I could use it for quilting. It really has been wonderful to check tension before I get too far with my pattern and have to tear out. Mirror Inspection Light Becky
  5. I use a cervical collar around my neck when I quilt to greatly relieve shoulder and neck pain. It has made a world of difference for me. Be sure to get the correct fit, if you get one or it may not help as much. I would get so much pain in my shoulders and up the back of my neck that I would get a headache and have to stop quilting. The collar makes it possible to quilt longer, especially when using pantographs or boards. It supports your head and relaxes the muscles so they don’t knot up and cause pain. Becky
  6. I found this website on message board. This link lets you choose and create a pattern and then print it off the way you want it!! You can choose fabric colors, block and boarder sizes to customize over 1,000 quilt patterns. Think I have printed at least 20 so far. Quilters Message Board: Becky
  7. I'm a 60's girl but I enjoyed going down memory lane with this. Hope you like it even if you are much younger than me. Becky
  8. Check this out. My mom had stink bugs that seemed to come from strange places. We had some luck using this trap in her garage and basement. Good Luck, Becky
  9. In the line at the store, the cashier told an older woman that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren't good for the environment. The woman apologized to him and explained, "We didn't have the green thing back in my day." The clerk responded, "That's our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment." He was right -- our generation didn't have the green thing in its day. Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled. But we didn't have the green thing back in our day. We walked up stairs, because we didn't have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks. But she was right. We didn't have the green thing in our day. Back then, we washed the baby's diapers because we didn't have the throw-away kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling machine burning up 220 volts -- wind and solar power really did dry the clothes. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing. But that old lady is right; we didn't have the green thing back in our day. Back then, we had one TV, or radio, in the house -- not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana . In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we didn't have electric machines to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used a wadded up old newspaper to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap. Back then, we didn't fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didn't need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity. But she's right; we didn't have the green thing back then. We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull. But we didn't have the green thing back then. Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service. We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn't need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest pizza joint. But isn't it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn't have the green thing back then? Please forward this on to another selfish old person who needs a lesson in conservation from a smarty pants young person.
  10. It is officially 102 degrees ----heat index 119 degrees in South Central Pennsylvania right now! My mom is 87 years old and lives alone. Yesterday, her central air conditioning stopped cooling. She had a new heat pump installed 5 months ago for somewhere around $5,000.00. Wouldn’t you know it failed on the hottest day we have had this year! Thank goodness, we have one of the standing portable air conditioners that we took over to her house to use last night. She was confined to the family room over night and most of today. It would have been so much easier if she would come home with us but she was determined she would be fine. I felt so bad for the repair man because most of her air conditioning unit is in her attic. I have no idea how hot it must be up there. He got it running after 2-3 hours and has to come back to make permanent adjustments next week when it should be a little cooler for him to work in the attic. The 5 day forecast will be in upper 80’s to mid 90’s. After this heat wave, it should feel like fall. Keep cool! Becky
  11. Here is another place to check out Becky
  12. My sister sent this to me this morning and thought you may like it. I think the "Flash Mob" idea seems like so much fun. Becky
  13. I want to share something I thought may interest some “groovy board” users. I came across an interesting quilting chat site. “quilting pattern boards” go to “Lynda H.” message. You can download the directions at the bottom of her message, I have been having a ball making my own design boards. I have added some notes about my trial & errors to pass on some ideas that may help. HINTS: 1. Paint board surface with contrasting paint FIRST. Painting makes the pattern easier to follow after cutting grooves. 2. I like to use MDF board. It is smoother and cuts better. 3. Use ear (and eye) protection. Ear protection helps muffle the noise and lets you concentrate better while using the Dremel. 4. I highly recommend using a mask. I got a sinus infection when I first started from inhaling the dust. The grooves won’t be perfect by any means. Slight “wiggles” in the cutting are rarely noticed when sewing the design on the quilt top. I only make my own pattern boards of favorite designs when I know I will use the design a number of times. Block designs are great when you can scale the design to the size of the block and sew block after block quickly. Have fun, Becky