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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to ffq-lar in Musings on the Houston Festival   
    *Thoughts after going to Houston for the first time.*
     
    There are a multitude of talented people whose art is unrecognized by the majority of the general public. 
     
    Houston is beautiful.
     
    If you go to Festival, don't arrive before the doors open. You will stand in a crush of femininity, amid a sea of perfume, and a noise level that reaches a shrill scream as excited ladies gear up to see the wonders of the show. Wait 20 minutes after opening and breeze in.
     
    Food is expensive and BAD on-site.
     
    Take a water bottle and put it in a pocket or bag as you enter. "No food or drink on the quilt show floor" but you'll need that water and the fountains are few and the water is not delicious. Water for sale at the show is waaaaaay at the end of the food area and $3 a pop.
     
    Bring clothes for every type of weather--except for "cool". We didn't have any of that!
     
    If you can, take an extra day and rent a car to visit the Texas Quilt Museum--about an hour and a half away. I'm so glad we managed to fit this in.
     
    Eat. Eat real BBQ. Eat real Cajun. Eat real Mexican. Eat real beef steak. We ate like pigs and at every opportunity. We had a native Texan with us and she was relentless with the restaurant choices. But I walked so much I actually lost a bit of weight!!
     
    Take the smallest bag/purse into the show and vendor area. Take cash, ID, cell phone, camera, and a charge card. Leave the rest at the hotel. After your first purchases are made, mosey over to a longarm vendor and they'll be happy to give you a nice big bag to carry your stuff in.
     
    Good deals were to be had on thread and batting. Fabric not so much--regular LQS prices mostly.
     
    The vendors were a great place to Christmas shop! There were lots of NQR vendors--lots of gorgeous jewelry, silver bell charms and pendants with sentimental family/friends themes, art and photos, clothing, comfy ergo shoes, etc. One of my group did all her Christmas shopping! The aisles in the vendor area were what you would consider "normal" which means there were massive crowds that stopped traffic on occasion.
     
    As for the show? Stunning. Humbling. Joyful--I saw some familiar names! Some quilts made you cry--some made you laugh. Many just made you stare and stare. How did they do that? Why did they decide that? Choose that? Make that work? Stitch like that? The space was great with plenty of wide aisles and space to stand back and take photos. The arrangement was not avenue-straight so you might miss a grouping--but coming back through you made sure you saw it all. You might hear four different languages at once as you all stared at a quilt. 
     
    Plan to stare at quilts for two hours, hit the vendors for two hours, and then rest for a snack and feet-up time. The show quilts stopped registering if I took longer than that. After a re-charge, quilts again and then swap again. I marked on the site map where I had visited and where I stopped. Each time we met up, my group would ask each other--"Did you see all the quilts yet?" and we always said no!
     
    Would I recommend a visit? It's a bucket-list must-go. Would I go again? Yep!
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to quiltmonkey in Reflecting - Family and Personal Happiness   
    I have been reflecting a lot lately. Maybe it's that time of year when I think of my many simple blessings and the reasons I am (and should be) grateful.
     
    I found this photo today searching the internet for vintage photos from the 1800's / turn of the century. It's a photo of a mother crocheting something into a lace design while her daughter stands nearby and husband and son are in the background. It is a simple, normal family moment captured in a photograph. They sit near the warm stove in the kitchen. They look very content in the moment. What a sweet scene. Don't you agree? They seem to be happy.
     
    I wonder if any of you know the name of this woman in this photo? Do you know where she lived? Hmmm... I don't either. To any of us, it's possible that she could have been one of our family members; a relative? Perhaps an aunt or a great, great grandmother? Or, she could have been a friend of someone that one of our ancesters knew. Most likely, none of our families ever knew who this woman was. I wonder if she lived a happy and fulfilled life. I hope so. From the looks of this photo, she lived over 100 years ago. And she has been dead and gone for many years. Because this photo is over 100 years old, the children in this photo have grown and lived their lives, raised their families, and surely have passed on by now, too. But, during this woman's life when she was alive, I imagine and hope that she made the best of her years on earth. Her moments and times on this earth were brief... I would say that she was very fortunate if she lived to be 80 to 100 years. That's pretty much the same for us, too ... 80 to 100 years. Then after 100 years, we all die and we are gone. Our moments in time have happened on earth. Hopefully during our years alive, we have created and did some wonderful things. Hopefully we all made some great memories and we all left some happy and good legacies for our children, our families, our friends, and most importantly, we all have made a positive impact on all of the other people we've left behind --- our family's future, our humanity, our society; hopefully we all have left this world in a better place. If each and every one of us strives for happiness, and tries to do the right things that our hearts tell us. If we all do good things for our people and our world, then we have done what we were meant to do on this earth. I think this is what God teaches us. We are only here for a short period of time, and we are supposed to live happy (heavenly) times on earth. Don't wait to die to live a heavenly life. Do it now while you are alive now on earth. Heaven on earth. Heavenly lives here and now. Isn't that nice? I think if we do this, our souls and memories remain here when we are gone; our legacies remain. Our impact remains. These good and happy and loving legacies are for those future generations. So, make the best of every day while you are here now. In 100 years, someone might stumble across an old photo of you and perhaps wonder who you were....
     
    Happy Holidays and Many Blessings to all of YOU!
     
    With love,
    Shana

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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to lglenn610 in Wanted: Baby to Love - In search of my First Longarm.   
    Thank you for all your replies.  It's done, I purchased a brand new Gammill Statler Stitcher 30" with all the bells and whistles.  My husband had it in his mind to buy it all along.  He made the official purchase late night at the International Quilt Show in Houston.  It will be delivered Nov. 19th!!  I'm so nervous and excited at the same time.  Now I have to name it, any suggestions!!  Thanks again!!
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    Lemon Tree Tami got a reaction from Parm in Newbie starting research on machine   
    I haven't bought one yet because we're still in our rental house that doesn't have a basement. But I'm really leaning very heavily in the direction of a Gammill Statler. Our local dealer is awesome and has lots of classes and in-person support, plus she's only 45 minutes away. I still haven't tried the computer yet but am renting time with a Gammill Vision hand-guided. I did try out an Innova at Let's Quilt in St. George, UT on the way home from a trip to Cali. It was nice too. I'll probably make an appointment to try out the Millie before any actual purchasing happens. At this point that looks to be a bit in the future. In the meantime I'm having a lot of fun practicing. 
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to Kari in How to Press Seams on a Quilt Block   
    I just created my first You Tube video.  It covers using the "split seam" method of pressing quilt blocks.
     
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7SYtaEVHQk
     
    I'm sure you will all be riveted. 
     
    Kari
     
     
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to chickenscratch in Nevaeh is learning to do binding   
    Yes, Shana, she is quite grown up.  8 years old this past July.  When we went into Joann's fabric yesterday she perused all the quilting fabrics and said, "I think I'm ready to tackle a much more difficult quilt pattern Grandma" I told her we will start a new one as soon as she is completely done with the one she is finishing up.
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    Lemon Tree Tami got a reaction from whitepinesquilter in family issues/question   
    I'm sorry that your extended family hasn't thanked you for all the lovely handmade gifts and cards that you send them. If it doesn't feel good to you anymore then concentrate on the people and charities that makes you happy to create gifts.
     
    I have a niece who's away at college for the first time this year. I thought that it would be nice to make her pillowcases for her dorm and send one each month. Well, I sent the first one plus her birthday card and money but no response. Then I saw on FB that she was asking for packages or letters because she was lonely. So I made a second one (both in her school mascot fabric) and sent it to her with fingernail polish in the school colors plus a little notebook with Spiderman on it because she LOVES Spidey. Once again, no mention that she received it. I figured a quick FB message or text saying "thanx" would be nice. It turns out that she called my husband but she didn't say whether she liked the pillowcases or not. But I'm not making more because I have no idea if they're wanted or not. Instead I'm working on a quilt for a younger nephew who was interested in the history of quilts. If I find out that my niece liked the packages I'll make something for her again. It may turn out that she'd just prefer cards with money instead.  ;-)
     
    Hope you have better pain-free days to make up for all the bad ones.
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    Lemon Tree Tami got a reaction from Peggy (SewAsylum) in family issues/question   
    I'm sorry that your extended family hasn't thanked you for all the lovely handmade gifts and cards that you send them. If it doesn't feel good to you anymore then concentrate on the people and charities that makes you happy to create gifts.
     
    I have a niece who's away at college for the first time this year. I thought that it would be nice to make her pillowcases for her dorm and send one each month. Well, I sent the first one plus her birthday card and money but no response. Then I saw on FB that she was asking for packages or letters because she was lonely. So I made a second one (both in her school mascot fabric) and sent it to her with fingernail polish in the school colors plus a little notebook with Spiderman on it because she LOVES Spidey. Once again, no mention that she received it. I figured a quick FB message or text saying "thanx" would be nice. It turns out that she called my husband but she didn't say whether she liked the pillowcases or not. But I'm not making more because I have no idea if they're wanted or not. Instead I'm working on a quilt for a younger nephew who was interested in the history of quilts. If I find out that my niece liked the packages I'll make something for her again. It may turn out that she'd just prefer cards with money instead.  ;-)
     
    Hope you have better pain-free days to make up for all the bad ones.
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    Lemon Tree Tami got a reaction from cmkeindl1 in Woo-whoo ... I quilted my 3rd quilt today   
    I tried to take a picture of the quilt on the snow but it was so windy that didn't happen. Instead here's a few pics taken in the house of the quilt.
     
    Lessons learned:
    1) Make sure to check your bobbin every once in a while otherwise you'll have to add a new one in the middle of a row
    2) Maybe wait to use variegated thread when you're a bit more experienced
    3) Baste the quilt edges closer than 1/4" otherwise you may catch the edges when quilting pantos
    4) Double check your tension every once in a while as well
    5) Try to keep curves round and not flat
    6) Remember which direction you're going in when you come back from checking the front .. oops!
    7) Have fun no matter what  ;-)
     
    Oh and there's also a picture of the little bit of snow in our front yard. It'll probably be melted by this evening.
     

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    Lemon Tree Tami got a reaction from Primitive1 in Woo-whoo ... I quilted my 3rd quilt today   
    I'm tired but very happy because today I was able to rent time again on the Gammill and quilted my third quilt. This time I used WillowLeaf's Popcorn pantograph. Sadly I wasn't able to get into a rhythm with it as much as when I used the Chestnut Swirls panto the last time. It was okay but not as good as my last attempt. Could have had something to do with not getting much sleep the last couple days as well.  ;-)
     
    Also a friend asked me to quilt three quilts for her grandkids as soon as she gets them pieced. I told her that I would rent time on the Statler and charge her the amount that they charged for rental time and thread. I figure it'll be a win-win for both of us ... quilts for her grandkids and time for me to try out the computer on someone else's dime. (After just three times I'm not about to do hand-guided for her quilts.)
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    Lemon Tree Tami got a reaction from Oma in Woo-whoo ... I quilted my 3rd quilt today   
    I'm tired but very happy because today I was able to rent time again on the Gammill and quilted my third quilt. This time I used WillowLeaf's Popcorn pantograph. Sadly I wasn't able to get into a rhythm with it as much as when I used the Chestnut Swirls panto the last time. It was okay but not as good as my last attempt. Could have had something to do with not getting much sleep the last couple days as well.  ;-)
     
    Also a friend asked me to quilt three quilts for her grandkids as soon as she gets them pieced. I told her that I would rent time on the Statler and charge her the amount that they charged for rental time and thread. I figure it'll be a win-win for both of us ... quilts for her grandkids and time for me to try out the computer on someone else's dime. (After just three times I'm not about to do hand-guided for her quilts.)
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to pumpkinpatchquilter in Feather Swirl :)   
    Wheew!  It's been a busy couple of weeks!  The good news is I'm booked almost all the way through October with more quilts in the works to be added to the schedule.  I'm learning to schedule in time for ME! 
     
    I finished up this late last night - the owner asked for something similar to Judy from Green Fairy Quilts feather swirl design.  It's not identical, but this is my version...and she seems very happy so that's what matters to me!  LOL    Tonight I load up a gorgeous custom that I'm super excited to get started on...very simple colors and design but the quilting is going to be intricate and fun!  
     
     
    DSCN3939 by Valerie/Pumpkin Patch Quilter, on Flickr   DSCN3942 by Valerie/Pumpkin Patch Quilter, on Flickr   DSCN3945 by Valerie/Pumpkin Patch Quilter, on Flickr  
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to sewingpup in Idiot Attack   
    umm...terrier type    I have two cairn terriers...yep...they certainly can be exciting.....My first one was so demanding....that I got the second one!  It helped!  I don't know what I would have done without the advise I got from the dog training club I brought her to.  There was one woman there who showed airdales....and she gave lots of good advice on the terrier mind....she said terriers are like teenagers...always testing the limits....always wanting attention...also said had to use positive reinforcement on them...never negative....they are a bit differant from those breeds that were used to work with people...terriers basically were used to work independant of us hunting all those little vermin type critters...however...after having had these two cairns...it is terriers for me...they are way fun and certainly keep you on your toes!  A 5 week old rescue also would not have had the advange of being trained by its mom....my breeder would not let me take mine until they were 12 weeks...she said they learn too much from their moms,,,,now at 10 1/2 and 12 years of age...my two have almost trained me to perfection!    oh...and they do help me quilt.....the younger one wants up on my sewing machine cabinet when I piece so he can supervisors and the older one patrols the basement where my longarm is making sure no little critters lurk there....Lin
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    Lemon Tree Tami got a reaction from pumpkinpatchquilter in 1930's Aunt Grace Sampler Custom Quilting and a Ribbon!   
    Valerie, fantastic job on your Aunt Grace quilt ... it's looking marvelous! Also it's a small world because I just saw your customer's quilt and ribbon at the county fair yesterday. I also had seen it at quilt guild when it was just a round robin flimsy and not yet quilted. The quilting looks great! When I showed my husband your post this morning he was impressed that a quilt top was sent all the way to Ohio to be quilted. I said that you must have a wonderful reputation and that's why it was mailed out to you. Can't wait to see the rest of your Aunt Grace quilt.    
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to pumpkinpatchquilter in 1930's Aunt Grace Sampler Custom Quilting and a Ribbon!   
    Tami - I'm at my limit for "likes" again!!!  I will like your post tomorrow!  Thank you so much for your kind words - and isn't it AMAZING how small the quilting community is???  Once we jump online it's like we all live in a small town together.  I really LOVE that!  
     
    How awesome it is that you saw this quilt live and in person!!!  I wish I could see it!!!    I think it is amazing too that you saw it before quilting.  I think it really turned out fantastic.  I sure hope that I DO have a good reputation and that quilts continue to be sent my way.  I love what I am doing and I am grateful that I have people who support me and trust me with their precious works of art....they truly are works of art!!!  Linda has become a good customer of mine and she sees the vision of where I'd like to take my quilting.  That is an amazing thing!  She trusts me and I'm grateful for it - and she allows me to quilt my heart out, something I also appreciate about her!!  
     
    Thank you so much for sharing this, you made my day!  
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    Lemon Tree Tami got a reaction from Dyan in Quilted my first quilt on a rental   
    As part of my machine research I was able to rent time on a Gammill Vision 22" longarm on Thursday. I didn't have to take a class before renting time as the dealer has quite a few LAers working who all help you out as you need it. I learned how to load the backing and then floated the top. The only work from the front of the machine was to baste the quilt and then I opted to use a very large abstract pantograph to quilt it.
     
    I really liked it and loved the dealer who is only 45 minutes away and offers lots of training to all her customers. But I'm still not ready to make such a huge decision without doing more research. Next on my list is to make the 3 hour drive to take a class on a Millennium. At least now I have more of an idea of what to look for. The one thing I do know is that I'm excited about this and can't wait to do some more quilting now. Also I know that I want a larger machine than the 22" and I may really want a computerized system. (I was impressed by all the things you can do with designing on the computer system.)
     
    I just had to share my excitement.  :-)
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    Lemon Tree Tami got a reaction from cmkeindl1 in Is anybody up for a swap?   
    I'll mail mine out tomorrow once I get Teresa's mailing info ... I lost most of Monday as sewing time because my husband's flight was all messed up. Finally it was cancelled after a 12 hour day so I drove up to Denver to pick him up. But I made up for it the last two days and really got going on the blocks.
     
    Here are the 22 bikini "log cabin" blocks. I say log cabin in only the loosest sense ... they are a bit courthouse steps with an odd strip sewn in here and there.

     
    Everyone's blocks are looking amazing. I can't wait to see what we do with them!
     
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    Lemon Tree Tami got a reaction from HeidiP in Is anybody up for a swap?   
    I'll mail mine out tomorrow once I get Teresa's mailing info ... I lost most of Monday as sewing time because my husband's flight was all messed up. Finally it was cancelled after a 12 hour day so I drove up to Denver to pick him up. But I made up for it the last two days and really got going on the blocks.
     
    Here are the 22 bikini "log cabin" blocks. I say log cabin in only the loosest sense ... they are a bit courthouse steps with an odd strip sewn in here and there.

     
    Everyone's blocks are looking amazing. I can't wait to see what we do with them!
     
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to JaniceC in Is anybody up for a swap?   
    Hi Tami,
    Don't know if you have the address yet, but it is
    Teresa Taylor
    P.O. Box 625
    Finley, TN 38030
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    Lemon Tree Tami got a reaction from Oma in Is anybody up for a swap?   
    I'll mail mine out tomorrow once I get Teresa's mailing info ... I lost most of Monday as sewing time because my husband's flight was all messed up. Finally it was cancelled after a 12 hour day so I drove up to Denver to pick him up. But I made up for it the last two days and really got going on the blocks.
     
    Here are the 22 bikini "log cabin" blocks. I say log cabin in only the loosest sense ... they are a bit courthouse steps with an odd strip sewn in here and there.

     
    Everyone's blocks are looking amazing. I can't wait to see what we do with them!
     
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    Lemon Tree Tami got a reaction from JeannieB in Quilted my first quilt on a rental   
    As part of my machine research I was able to rent time on a Gammill Vision 22" longarm on Thursday. I didn't have to take a class before renting time as the dealer has quite a few LAers working who all help you out as you need it. I learned how to load the backing and then floated the top. The only work from the front of the machine was to baste the quilt and then I opted to use a very large abstract pantograph to quilt it.
     
    I really liked it and loved the dealer who is only 45 minutes away and offers lots of training to all her customers. But I'm still not ready to make such a huge decision without doing more research. Next on my list is to make the 3 hour drive to take a class on a Millennium. At least now I have more of an idea of what to look for. The one thing I do know is that I'm excited about this and can't wait to do some more quilting now. Also I know that I want a larger machine than the 22" and I may really want a computerized system. (I was impressed by all the things you can do with designing on the computer system.)
     
    I just had to share my excitement.  :-)
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    Lemon Tree Tami got a reaction from Oma in Is anybody up for a swap?   
    I've been machine embroidering bikinis ... have more than half done .. and then I just need to add the log cabin strips to them. Won't be able to mail them out until the beginning of next week a day or two before the deadline because this weekend we're going to Bird City, KS to see a tractor show with my BIL and FIL.
     
     
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    Lemon Tree Tami got a reaction from Bonnie H in Is anybody up for a swap?   
    I've been machine embroidering bikinis ... have more than half done .. and then I just need to add the log cabin strips to them. Won't be able to mail them out until the beginning of next week a day or two before the deadline because this weekend we're going to Bird City, KS to see a tractor show with my BIL and FIL.
     
     
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    Lemon Tree Tami got a reaction from o2b Quilting in Quilted my first quilt on a rental   
    As part of my machine research I was able to rent time on a Gammill Vision 22" longarm on Thursday. I didn't have to take a class before renting time as the dealer has quite a few LAers working who all help you out as you need it. I learned how to load the backing and then floated the top. The only work from the front of the machine was to baste the quilt and then I opted to use a very large abstract pantograph to quilt it.
     
    I really liked it and loved the dealer who is only 45 minutes away and offers lots of training to all her customers. But I'm still not ready to make such a huge decision without doing more research. Next on my list is to make the 3 hour drive to take a class on a Millennium. At least now I have more of an idea of what to look for. The one thing I do know is that I'm excited about this and can't wait to do some more quilting now. Also I know that I want a larger machine than the 22" and I may really want a computerized system. (I was impressed by all the things you can do with designing on the computer system.)
     
    I just had to share my excitement.  :-)
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