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  1. Great, thanks Linda. I'm here in Portland, OR helping my daughter after her accident and surgery and finally found time to get online. I'm also going to find some time to get to Fabric Depot and some quilt shops!
  2. Anyone heard from Linda? I have it in my mind that she lives very near the stadium that burned yesterday. I'm hoping she is ok.
  3. Congratulations again Heidi, you did a stunning job! Wear your contestant ribbon with pride tomorrow!
  4. Sue, I'm sure you covered this somewhere along the way but I didn't see mention of it, when you raised your foot did you raise the needle bar too? The thread looping when you first raised your foot made me wonder if the needle bar got moved too so it can't make a proper stitch.
  5. Julie, I wish you well with recovery from your knee surgery. Have fun learning all about Quilt Path while you rest up!
  6. I was going to call mine Milli Vanilli - but bad connotations there. There is nothing false about APQS or these machines! So I named her Miss Smilla after the book 'Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow'
  7. Hi Andrea - you've probably done this but check that your sandwich is not too tight. That can cause an occasional problem too. Dawn says it should be loose enough that if you poke your finger up underneath the sandwich you should be able to grab it from above the quilt sandwich. The 3 layers then seem really loose but it does help.
  8. I have customers come to my house to drop off but I think I would still use the Insurance angle - not insured for machine operation with customers present perhaps? I have learned over the years that, whatever the sticky situation with customers, saying 'NO' gets easier the more situations you have to say it! Good luck and let us know how it goes.
  9. Congratulations Linda! Here's to the next chapter of your life - ENJOY!
  10. Well Linda, you are right. Her applique is lovely. However, your quilting, IQ or not, is wonderful! Now pat yourself on the back and take a well-earned rest - or at least stick to E2Es next as a break!
  11. Yes Heidi it was.....until yesterday afternoon when I got home to see that the HOA had just had the lawns sprayed with weedkiller ! I wonder if Sue wants to visit next spring and we can re-seed. Of course, if the HOA would also take proper care of the grass we wouldn't have had to re-seed in the first place!
  12. We had the sandwich really loose - positively floppy! I have done lots of quilts with batik top and backing but this was a first since I started using the Magna Glide delights. I think adding in Warm & Natural was just too much. We swapped to Bottom Line in the bobbin which worked really well. This was all for the friend who helped me build the work table and who brought me the Ikea shelves, all for my studio last year. She did most of the quilting on these 3 quilts too - using Circle Lord boards. She only ever uses Warm & Natural for her quilts - NOT my first choice. I think the batiks combined with W & N were the problem this time. Lesson learned!
  13. My friend is visiting from NJ and, in exchange for her helping me with my garden, we have been quilting some quilts for her. The first 2 were no problem. The third (and last - hooray!) is a batik top and backing, Warm & White batting (I don't usually put W & N/W & W on my machine but it's her favorite) and we have been using Superior SF Varigated on top with Magna Glide in the bobbin. We are using Circle Lord Swirlz. We have been getting constant thread breaks - mainly with the bobbin thread but sometimes with the top thread too. I haven't quilted any quilts with batik tops AND backings since I started using MG bobbins except where the backing has been from SewBatik which is a less tight fabric. I do almost always use this thread combination and have had no problems before. Anyone else had problems with this combination of batiks, W & N and these threads?
  14. Oh, I forgot to say - I have received pantos in a large padded envelope before. "Priority" mail is good but the pantos will be very light and regular USPS may be less expensive.
  15. Thanks Irene Yes I'm still in Vermont and it's been a hot summer except for the 2 weeks in August when I visited my DD in Portland OR when apparently it rained almost every day here! It was in the 90's in OR! You can email if you prefer So which classes are you taking - Bonnie Hunter? That Seminar looks like fun - I'll have to think about it for next year.
  16. Hi Sunimp (Irene?), I'd love them. Where abouts are you coming to in the US. I haven't seen you since MQX several years ago before it left Manchester for Providence.
  17. These lights are wonderful. I hadn't been using my florescent for ages as we couldn't resolve an issue with it. So I already had that bar removed. I am now so used to the LED lights I can't remember how I managed without them! If you have any doubts, don't! These lights are great!. Thanks Mike!
  18. I went to Quilt!Knit!Stitch! as it just happened to coincide with my visit with my DD! I made a quick visit on Thursday to check on signing up for a class, to meet Beth Durand (Hi Beth, it was great to meet you and put a live face to the name!) and pick up something from Diane Magidson at SewBatik. I was easily able to get into the class I wanted and, since it was 30 minutes before closing and SewBatik's booth was right by the entrance they let me in to see Beth and Diane at SewBatik. It was very quiet then but, as I said, late in the day. I went back on Saturday morning for my class and to visit the show. I ended up being the teacher assistant and noticed that half the class signed up for it at the show rather than registering well in advance. Significant? After lunch I visited every booth which was easy to do as there were not many people there. I have never seen Superior Threads' booth empty but it was when I was there - sad. I talked to the 6 vendors there who also come to the Vermont Quilt Festival (I'm the VQF Vendor Chair so have got to know them quite well). They were all concerned about the exceedingly low level of 'traffic'. With my VQF hat on I found 2 vendors who may be interested in coming east for VQF next year - we are always looking for new vendors with different products! I also looked at all the quilts - and tagged along at her invitation as Janet-Lee Santeusanio of MQX did a guided tour of the exhibit she curated. All of the the quilts and the knitted and garment exhibits there were lovely but they did appear to be travelling exhibits rather than show entries at that show. I think that makes a difference to who will visit a show. We don't just go for the vendors or the classes. We also want to see our own and our friends contest quilts and that brings people in right there! It is a shame the APWQ show ended. From everything I read about it over the years it looked like a great show. As part of the team who run the Vermont Quilt Festival, even though we board members only have to serve 3 year terms, it still takes a tremendous amount of energy to run such a show and in our case (I don't know about APWQ but suspect the same), we are all volunteers who do it because we love VQF!
  19. 8 seconds but I'm 2 days late!!! I was traveling in NE Maine and no internet! Oh well, never mind!
  20. Anyone going to Quilt!Knit!Stitch! in Portland OR next week? It's just a coincidence that there is a quilt show in Portland the same week I'm visiting my DD - well maybe! How about meeting up there or elsewhere if preferred. Also Quilt Shop recommendations? We are taking a few days to visit the coast - Cannon Beach and nearby early next week but my DD will be in school later in the week so I will have time to visit with Forum friends and/or the quilt show.
  21. I'm very interested in buying this set too. Please let me know if it is still available.
  22. QD Wool every time! Lovely to quilt; warm in winter and cool in summer; washes beautifully; doesn't hold a crease.