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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


    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!


  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.



    There is always room for another quilt show!

    Happy shopping,


  4. 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.


  5. 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:


  6. 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.

  7. 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!


  8. 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.


    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,


  9. Boy, you sure brought back some old memories. About 10 years ago, I was cutting strips with a rotery cutter and noticed one strip needed a little edge fixing. I used one of the 2" x 18" real thin rulers (because it was handy) instead of using the thicker regular rulers. Needless to say, the cutter jumped the edge and cut the side off my pointer and middle fingers. I didn't know finger cuts could bleed so much. I was home alone so I wrapped a lot of paper towels around them and headed to the doctor. I have had quite a few stitches for different injuries and operations but the stitches they put in my fingers were by far the most painful I ever had. I am so glad they have improved the cutters and are safer then the original. Even with that, I really respect them with safety when I use them.


  10. I just wanted to pass on some additional information about the Quilt show in Lancaster, PA.

    I live in the Lancaster area and I am not planning to attend because of parking and shuttle problem. I thought I would pass along some information I just found out about. This show was held at the Host Resort on Lincoln Highway in the past and there is now a NEW quilt show being held there the same time as the show in Lancaster city. There is also the show across the street at Continental Inn as there has been in the past and it is FREE. This show does not have the larger & more recognizes vendors but it is new. This is part of a email I got several days ago:

    We are excited to return to Lancaster and sponsor our own show. The Quilter's Rule Lancaster Spring Quilt Show and the Lancaster Quilt Show at the Continental Inn are working together providing TWO shows across the street from each other in one convenient location on Lincoln Hwy. The Lancaster Host Resort is located at 2300 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA.

    Featuring two Quilt Exhibits at the Lancaster Host Resort:

    • Vintage Revisited - curated by Mary Kerr

    • Quilters Treasure Challenge

    • Quilter's Rule - Sponsor of the

    • Lancaster Spring Quilt Show at the

    Lancaster Host Resort

    Lancaster, PA

    March 16 - 19


  11. I am so relieved to hear that I am not the only one with this problem. I meet my sister for lunch every day and I have had to ask for a "to go box" since I can't breath because of the strong odor coming from someone that has been seated near me. I have even had to ask the manager to ask a waitress not to wear so much perfume. Every time she goes out for a smoke break, she sprays perfume to coverup the smoke smell!

    I think January is the worst month for people with this problem. Anyone who got perfume for Christmas wears it, and lots of it! This is not funny for people with breathing problems, it can be life threatening. My neice says "if God wanted you to smell like that, he would have given us a wick" like a room deoderizer.

    Has anyone ever approached one of these perfume wears? I wish I had the nerve to.


  12. I love this iron! Fons & Porter show it on their TV show. I was completely fascinated with it and found it on internet. It is great to use when quilting. I have limited use of arms and shoulders and it really has been an answer for me when pressing while sewing quilt tops. I don’t have to constantly set the iron up each time I press with it.

    It is a little pricey, but it has been worth it to me. I even bought a 2nd one to use in my laundry room for pressing shirts and pants. It seems to cut ironing time in half.

    Here is a video to show how it works:


  13. I want to thank the person who introduced me to sewing binding on while I am quilting with my longarm.

    I tried the technique last week and I am thrilled!

    It was so nice to be able to spend about 10 minutes finishing the ends, then trim off the extra and I was ready to go!

    I have problems with my neck and shoulders so pushing and pulling a big quilt around on my sewing machine is very difficult.

    I'm sure I have finished my last quilt the "old fashioned" way!

    I have found so many good tips here.

    Thanks Again,


  14. I know there have been several posts about saddle stools here and I came across this Roll About Chair by accident. I have problems with standing and I think this may be the answer for me. It looks like you are closer to a standing position making working on the quilt top easier than the saddle stool. I like the $39.99 price too. I just wanted to share in case this is would work better for anyone.