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  1. I agree that this is the best forum ever on the net. I have been out of pocket for a while and really missed hearing about everyone and reading all the good ideas. I am back and already picked up a great idea for panto storage. Thank you so much for all the great learning ideas and God Bless all of you.
  2. Boy, am I glad that I went back to read these older posts, since I've not been lost on the forum for a while. This just happened to me this week!!! I'm so glad I'm not alone too. I think the camera idea is great, also the drawing it on clear plastic (which I use when auditioning many designs anyway). Thanks for the reminders.
  3. Opps, almost forgot to congratulate Judy too. The workmanship has to be good to even be considered, so I'm sure you will both be honored with a ribbon.
  4. Irene, Congratulations on getting into Paducah. That is a major honor in my book too. I will be at the show and am anxious to see your beautiful quilting up close and personal. Hopefully you will be sitting in the winner's chair next to it so I can meet you personally too!!
  5. Oh MY -- What a beauty. Girl, do you ever sleep??? This looks very labor intensive, but well worth the effort. It's going in my favorites. Dar
  6. OMG!! That is one beautiful quilt and your quilting is spectacular. I should say anyone would be "over the moon" to get this back. Wish it were mine. Dar
  7. I love the look of both front and back too. My question is how does one start to practice on a pattern like this. Do you go left to right acrosss the entire quilt or up and down some then to the right until you fill the whole area. I have not tried ANY e2e. I'm only comfortable with pantos at the present. Thanks in advance for any advice.
  8. I love your tablerunner. What a cute pattern and your quilting looks just right. Nice job. Dar
  9. I too agree with what's been said. This forum and the people on it are THE BEST!!!! anywhere. I have learned so much and always love reading the posts. Wish I would have found you all sooner and contribute more, but I feel like one of the family when I do have a question. Thanks to you all and Shana, we can hardly contain our curiousity. Dar
  10. Thanks Gator. I understand now. Sounds like a great plan. I may have to invent a "leveler bar" apparatus to put on my machine JUST for a tape measure!:P Dar
  11. Gator, I wondered why I see 2 tape measures across your machine on one of your pictures. It looks like you have a tape measure right on the black roll bar??? I know it's probably not, but explain how you use this and when. I can see that loading a quilt to keep it squrare is a good thing, but then you loose sight of the tape as the quilt is rolled, right??? I've been wanting to put a zero tape on my machine since getting it, but didn't know the proper way or place to attach it. I don't have a APQS machine, so I don't know if it will work. Thank you very much for explaining the Red Snappers too. That is the best info I've heard. Dar in MO.
  12. Linda, You really rock!!!! That is one fantastic quilting job. It must have taken you a really long time to execute such detailed designs. How do you ever come up with so many ideas for one quilt. That would be my whole repertoire for the year!!! You are really talented. Thanks for sharing. Dar in MO
  13. Very cute table runner. I would love to make one too, but have to stick to UFO's for a while longer. I love your suggestions you have received. The quilting will really add to the fun of the runner. Can't wait to see what you do.
  14. Unbelievable! I wouldn't have thought it possible had I not seen it with my own eyes. I too think you are a magician. I love M&M peanuts but never knew they had such powers. I hope I never encounter anything like that, but have saved to favorites in case I do. Great job. Dar
  15. Sandra, Good luck in taking your life back. Have fun and enjoy each day to the fullest. I'm still a newbie and just started a small business and already I think I would like more time for my own quilts. I did not advertise, only word of mouth, but I'm as busy as I want to be and some. If I didn't need the $ it would be easier to say no. Will look forward to seeing more of your masterpieces that you created. Dar
  16. Cheri, Hang in there, "this too shall pass :) Heidi, That is an excellent idea and advice. I too have had too many experiences of underestimating work that I've done for people. It's hard to know how long some projects will take. If I buy extra supplies, I do pass the charge on to them and give them the remainder of the product (if there is any left). Dar
  17. That is one beautiful quilt. Now you've gone and made me want to start a new project. I really love your quilting ideas and the colors of the quilt are MY colors too. Maybe in 2011 I can treat myself. Thanks much for sharing. Oh yeah, I guess that means I have to buy a boomerang ruler and the templates too. You are too good at helping me spend money! :) Dar in MO
  18. That is one spectacular "bowling shirt quilt". Never would I have thought one could look so good. You did a great job with the fabric and colors. How many shirts did you actually use on this quilt and what size did it turn out to be? Love it. Dar
  19. Jane, I've been away from my computer for a while and just saw the saga about Dave. I'm so happy to see that things are going better. My prayers are added to the others too and know that you are both in God's hands. Continue to take care of yourself and Dave will be fine after the Drs. take care of him. Dar
  20. Myrna, Do the M&M wheels fit on any other machines besides an APQS? For instance a 2008 Gammill+ ? I have never heard of them before except recently on this forum. Thanks for your help. Dar
  21. I am a Bernina gal too, and have had my first one for over 25 years and it still sews and perfoms as well as the first day. It is the 1130 model and good for piecing and free motion quilting. It is all metal parts and has needle up and down, easy needle threading (but not auto) and many decreative stitches. I also have the newer 730 Artista with embroidery and BSR (Bernina Stitch regulator) for quilting. It's good for all the items mentioned above plus more. I only have it cleaned by the dealer once a year (for good measure) and it runs great. As Shana said, I use both of mine hard and they keep on ticking. (Usually don't put them away wet, though! My dealer takes trade ins and has both Berninas and Pfaff used ones. He's not too far from Decatur, but is in Missouri. Good Luck
  22. Holly, I like the idea of washaway thread in the top too. My concern would be the expense of the thread. I understand it is pretty pricey and it would use quilte a bit on a large quilt. How do you compensate for the cost? In my area we charge about $25 to baste a medium to large quilt and some think that is too high. Just wondering. Dar
  23. I've just started doing a few customer quilts from people in the area and I don't ask for a deposit. Most are people I know, but recently I've gotten a few referrals from unknown quilters and I didn't require a deposit. Some have asked if they needed to pay when they deliver it. I haven't gotten burned, but if it happens, I may change my policy for first time or unknown people. Most LA in our area do not require deposits.
  24. Absolutely beautiful and very eye catching. Love it. Thanks for sharing. Dar
  25. Not planning on moving, but I work with a gal who hails from MS and I think it's near Hattiesburg. When she goes home next tiime, I'll let you know and maybe we can have her bring them back with her. She goes "home" to visit her family once or twice every year, I think. I'll find out what city. She is also a quilter and is at Market in Houston this week. Dar