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  1. Hi Dawn, Absolutely love the photos of your quilts on the Road to California website! You are truly an accomplished quilter. At the Oceanside seminar today, I was surprised that after 1 1/2 hours we were still covering basics, ie. this is what a pantograph looks like. I was also surprised at the location, a tacky roadside motel out in the middle of nowhere. We were in bumper to bumper traffic for hours just trying to get there. The informational packet we were provided with consisted almost entirely of marketing literature from other companies. Another disappointment. I've read AL
  2. Patty, I just saw that Dawn Cavanaugh will be offering 4-5 classes that you can still register for at the Road to California website (Jan. 2008) if you really want to come learn more and visit California for a little fun. There is a fabulous demonstration class on feathers, and freehand background fillers that look really nice. All demo classes, no hands on, but I'm wondering if we could video tape the class for future reference, or at least take photos?? Dawn, you are the zen master of quilting! The quilt photos on the Road website are just leaving me feeling very inspired at the momen
  3. Wow, guess what I just found?! I was looking through the class list for Road to California 2008 and found an instructor that looked interesting, followed the link to her site, took a peek in her quilt gallery and found a quilt she made interpreting the aurora bourealis in fabric: http://www.jennybowker.com/antarctica.htm
  4. Has anyone ever been to Heather Bailey's website and fallen in love with the photography? Or what about all those quilts that show up in magazines that look picture postcard perfect?! Somehow the shutter bug bit me after seeing enough of these incredible photographs that I couldn't stand it anymore, I just had to figure out how they do it, so I took a photography class at a local community college and learned so much that I finished up thinking, wow, I've got so much more to learn! While Google searching, I found this interesting website serendipitously, which to my delight, offers great
  5. Oh, my heart is melting, seeing precious mom and dad...I remember those days...what a magical time for your family. I can see how much this little quilt brightened up a mother's heart, that is soooooo sweet!!!!!!!
  6. Bette, been there and done that! My most recent stinker, I bought the Clover needle threader for hand piecing and it stopped working after a month. Nifty gadget until it stopped working (and I lost the receipt!) Personal Favorite: My natural daylight bulbs. They were only $20 each and popped right into the lamps I already owned, alot cheaper than buying an Ott-Lite and wow, what a pleasure seeing the color in true full spectrum lighting while I quilt. Things that work but ended up being replaced by products I found that I felt did a much better job which I'm happy to say goodbye to are:
  7. Me too! Beautiful! I've never seen Willow Leaf Designs before, thanks for sharing!
  8. Diane Gaudynski calls them "headbands" without the scalloped edges. I love your paisley Caron, it looks great.
  9. Marty, Your husband is a genius, I didn't want to incorporate because of the sales tax requirement on a startup business in California either, but, not being married to an accountant I wasn't aware of that option. Thanks so much for sharing, its really helpful to know.
  10. I'm laughing so hard reading these posts! I got a little busy at work and missed out on all the fun! Anchorage sounds a little like Southern California with the mountains and ocean, but minus the snow, you might like to visit one time. If you and DH come by, you can drive down the coastline and drink those cosmos over the cliffs at the Palos Verdes Yacht Club - it comes a little close to Alaska. My dad's friend just sent a photo of a sunset in the North Pole (I don't know if its really and truly the North Pole but the message mentioned it was) so I'll post it here for everyone to see:
  11. Thanks Myrna, that price is a heck of a lot less than the price for the cabinet with hydraulic lift, it seems pretty reasonable to me when you're talking about being about to quilt without backpain for those who need it. Thanks again for letting me know.
  12. I see a ribbon in my crystal ball! Its fantastic! I love the way the quilting with the colored threads makes it look like the design is part of the fabric, its too incredible. I've never seen anything like it.
  13. Is this the quilt: http://www.fatquartershop.com/store/stores_app/Browse_Item_Details.asp?sid=90072311335900&Store_id=499&page_id=23&Item_ID=11495
  14. Linda, I feel for you so much, hang in there girl, I've had a tender lower back on and off for a long time since I moved to our last house and lifted one too many heavy boxes. My doc said exercise would help the most, anything to strengthen your back muscles. I also had to get the best chairs for back support or buy those little things from the office supply store for back support for driving, at the office etc. You might also get some help by placing a board under your mattress to keep it firmer. Myrna, you are the most amazing quilter and made quilting look effortless, absolutely effo