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  1. Hi All This is a puzzle for me and I am hoping someone may be able to help. The light on my Millie quit suddenly a few days ago. Here is what i did. Changed the bulb. Checked the brackets that hold the bulb. Changed the fluorescent starter. Checked the wiring inside the front panel. No power to the wire going to the switch. Now I don't know what to do as it seems I can't get access to the wiring inside the body of the machine. I also talked to APQS. Anyone ever have this happen, and if so, did you solve the problem? Thanks to anyone who can shed some light on this problem:) Sylvia
  2. I assume your daughter is in Grade 1 or 2? I taught Kindergarten, Grade 1 and Grade 2 for many years and approached Reading from many different directions. It will be interesting to know how this system works, and I hesitate to give advice without knowing your child. I found that more kids learned to read whole words than through phonics ( phonics is useful for spelling, however). Does the teacher do Big Book reading every day? One on One, there is a program called Paired Reading that helps, although it is usually used with older students. What is your feeling about your child's l
  3. Diane This is common, I think. We are all taught to be frugal and not want too much. But in the grand scheme of your life, there is nothing wrong with just 'going for it' once in a while. At the end of our short stay, I doubt you will look back and say " Gee, I wish I hadn't bought that machine!" Keep us posted on how things go along. I was nervous about my Millennium too, but it is a workhorse and easy to adjust. I bought it in 2006 and have never had a problem I couldn't fix. Sylvia
  4. A Canadian checking in here. I sent a double or small queen to a friend. It was shipped last Monday and arrived last Friday. I put $400 insurance on the package. The shipping cost $13 and the insurance $7. I was very pleased with that because the quilt was delivered to my friend's door by a Canada Post employee. Sylvia
  5. Hi Sewhappy It sounds as if you are off to a great start. Congratulations! I want to reassure you that the worry about whether or not customers will like your quilting will decrease and then go away. Keep doing a good job and being honest with your customers and all will be well. Wishing you all the best with your new venture. Sylvia
  6. Hi Heidi Thanks for the hint about the microfibre mitt. I will keeo an eye out for one of those. Have you ever been quilting along on a very light colored quilt when you see a dark thread trapped under the top? Get a size 10 crochet hook ( very tiny) and wiggle ot through the fabric, hook onto the thread and pull it through to get rid of it. If you are careful this will not leave a hole. Sylvia
  7. Wow, Ardelle! I love the quilt and the quilting. Best wishes for a quick recovery from your surgery. I hope you are taking time to rest after your hospital stay. Sylvia
  8. Awwwww, Sew Happy,you'll be OK! The year our son (younger child) went away to College his sis (older child) went to New Zealand to work for 8 months. Bam!! Patrick was only a couple of hours away, but there was nothing we could do about Jess. I had to resign myself to the situation and have faith that everything would be alright for her. We did go visit her over the Christmas holiday. Now, both of our kids (28 and 25 ) live in Edmonton, two hours away from our farm, and we see them every couple of weeks in the city or here at home. Our son's girlfriend is from Sweden, so just think what he
  9. Hi Ardelle I am thinking of you and hoping this is not something you will need to worry about. I can only imagine how you are feeling. I will hope hope hope you get good news. Friend and almost neighbor Sylvia
  10. When our son travelled in Australia he bought a cell phone there. Apparently that is the least expensive option. Sorry I can't help with your other questions. Sylvia
  11. Wow! That is beautiful. What did you paint or color your fabric with? Sylvia
  12. I attended a couple of classes taught by Sue Patten at Matt's studio in Edmonton, a couple of hours away from my home. They were very good - four hours of instruction, at least three hours of time on the machines. It was a great way to learn new techniques. I look forward to the possibility of returning for future classes. Sylvia
  13. Well, I just had to laugh! We used to have an old neighbour who would tour around at inopportune times and occasionally get stuck in a field. ( usually in wet Spring snow ) He also had a very dodgy heart. Anyway, when we went out we kept an eye out for Hans and if we saw him in a bad situation we would either pull him out or take him home until conditions improved. These are the best stories, quite aside from the aggravation they cause at the time. I think old people who do what we think are foolish things are trying to keep up their worthy lives as long as possible. It must be very difficult
  14. The honeysuckle which grew wild in the woods when we were kids was orange with a bit of yellow trim. We picked the flowers, nipped the closed end off and tasted the nectar we found there. No wonder the hummingbirds in our neighbourhood were thin! Sylvia
  15. Hi Linda I want the M and M's too. Where did you get yours? Did you install them yourself no problem? Sylvia
  16. I love the little SBS girls too. This is so sweet. Sylvia
  17. wha??????? That is indeed well organised but .. well, is one little old person ever going to be able to use that much fabric? I like to keep small amounts of fabric because I'm not much of a scrappy quilter. To each her own. Happy Quilting Everyone. Sylvia
  18. Thanks so much for the photos of your little wet froggy friends. The second view shows a smug little fellow - probably grateful to be an amphibian and impervious to rain. Our frogs are fast asleep for the winter. Sylvia
  19. Hello I mark my squares with masking tape bits. I call the first row A, then number the squares 1,2,3,etc. I do the whole quilt this way while it is on the wall or, for a large quilt, on the floor. The masking tape bit always goes on the top left corner. I pick up a whole row at a time and piece A1, A2, A3 and on . The position of the masking tape helps with directionality. Then it is B1, B2, B3 etc. This seems to work for me but I am anxious to see if someone has a different plan to keep things straight. Good luck with future piecing. Sylvia
  20. You sure have been busy, and have made some wonderful quilts. Keep it up, and do share . Sylvia
  21. Pretty! Very pretty! The quilting is probably not going to show much on this beauty. Why not straight lines in the outside borders ( going from narrow sashing out ) then tiny simple patterns in sashing ( circles, leaves, wiggly back and forths) and something Oriental like clamshells or a Sashiko thing in the main part of the quilt? Please share when the quilting is done. Sylvia
  22. I saw the end of Sunday's game. Man, it looked cold! But yes, next Sunday should be warmer and the game will be on our TV too Sylvia
  23. That is a wonderful quilt, and perfect for a young man. And, it is so cute that he makes it clear he likes your quilt and wants one. I made a blue and cream quilt for our daughter's high school boyfriend, who grew up without many extras, and he loved it. The boy friend is out of the picture now but I hope he still loves his gift. Sylvia
  24. Thanks, Linda We will also be having a big group at our Thanksgiving table, and a traditional dinner. Most of the food will be from our farm, including the turkey, which I love to eat but don't like dismantling after the dinner is over. It looks as if the weather is going to be beeeeaauutiful so we are really looking forward to our family weekend. I am grateful every day for the life we have. Sylvia
  25. Hi Merryjo This is a very sweet piece when quilted. Maybe after a break you will feel like doing your own. And....you live in a beautiful little town! We were there at Christmas(passing through) several years ago. Sylvia
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