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  1. Glenda, sending prayers to your nephew and the pilots family. What a blessing Linda Card is. I was fortunate to get to meet her at MQS. She is a real sweeheart. Hope your nephews injuries heal quickly. Please thank him for serving his country for me. These brave men and women provide us our freedom at a very high price. Their sacrifice should never be forgotten. Freedom is not free. Virginia
  2. Heidi, so sorry to hear of your friends illness. I am a firm believer that there are no coincedences. All things happen for a reason. You were suppossed to be there for your friend. Bless you and your friend. I also believe in the power of prayer. I am a RN and have seen many miracles. Prayers to you and your friend and to your families. This illness can affect everyone who loves her. Stay strong. Virginia
  3. Heidi, thanks for sharing the beautiful pics. Everyone looked gorgeous and more importantly, happy. (Except for the unSmiley Priest.) I agree with what everyone else has said, you do have a beautiful and happy family. Afterall, that's what is really important. Mishaps happen at every wedding. I think we build up the expectations for the event and then are disappointed when inperfect humans make mistakes. If more people would put as much effort into the "marriage", the wedding day would be perfect regardless of the mishaps. We are the only ones who can determine our own reactions to things
  4. Thanks Dory and Shana, I'm getting closer to having them on.
  5. I can't find pictures on how to sew the zippers to my leaders. Can someone please help??? Thanks Virginia
  6. Dory, the reason I have 3 FW'S is that I intend on giving one to each of my girls when they are old enough to appreciate them. My oldest girl is just about at that stage. My husband completely stripped one down and refinished it in fire truck red. It is really cute. The only reason he did that was because the machine was in poor shape. It was a great deal of work. I don't know if he would do it again. You can buy them repainted at quilt shows but they run about $600=$1000. I would love to have a FW 222. The difference is that the 222 has a free arm. The replacement parts and accessaries a
  7. Congratulations on your featherweight. I have 3 of them. I also have the table. It is a delight to sew on. I love that I can have over a friend and we can both sew at the same time. The table gives you plenty of room plus it folds away easily. I bought mine, all 3 and table, from e-bay. I know someone is making replica tables if you can't find an original. I think they are about the same price so I would look for an old,oops, vintage one. Anyway, these little machines are little workhorses. You might want to get a book called, "Featherweight 221 The Perfect Portable" by Nancy Johnson-Sebr
  8. Thanks for the morning chuckle. I laughed so hard, I cried. You should write a book. Hilarious!!! Virginia:D:D:D
  9. Jackie, you did a great job at the show. Just wanted to thank you for all your hard work. I hope you can take a break so you can do some quilting. Thanks again. Virginia
  10. I had a great time;) I refuse to add it all up. Suffice it to say, it will take me a year to use all the new rulers, thread, dvd's, books and "stuff". I'm just trying to catch up with all of you.:D:D I told my husband to just transfer the money to the other account! I now have a wish list for next year. I just hope he won't hold me to it. It was wonderful meeting many of you at the show. I took lots of pictures but don't know how to post them on here. I wish I could post Shana's beautiful quilt. It was gorgeous. Thanks Linda Card for all the information. I went back and bought the rope
  11. Claudia it was a pleasure to meet you. Your fire and ice quilt was breathtaking! Have a safe trip home. Virginia
  12. Eileen, I also had the Handi Quilter and had the same experience that Kim did, I knew that one day I wanted a real long arm. I took my time and finally decided on a Millenium for several reasons. First, I was impressed with the product. It seemed very sturdy. Then I took a few classes in Paducah and was able to play with different machines. After reading this forum and talking with several well known quilters such as Karen McTavish, I made my choice. I haven't regretted it one minute. The machine is very intimidating but I will learn to use it. I've only had mine a few months but am taking
  13. I agree with Laura and the rest. I LOVE the power advance. I had an old handy quilter and it took a lot of time rolling the rollers. I highly recommend the power advance. I'm not sure about the edge riders. I don't think you need to invest in those until you need to replace the factory ones. My new Millie's wheels are just fine. Virginia
  14. Congratulations Kelley. What a wonderful example you are to your teenagers. They need positive examples in their lives and you may never know how important it was for them to see you get your degree. You should be on cloud nine. Congrats again. Keep up the great example. Virginia
  15. Dawn, I have a Millie with the extended base that I could bring if that would help. I don't know if they are interchangable. Virginia
  16. Kay, that is a darling quilt. You did a great job on it.
  17. I got the quilt guide on my new Millie just because it sounded like a good idea. I think I will be happy with it when I learn how to use my machine. Right now I'm just learning the basics. I did see it demo'd at Paducah and Marilyn Badger made it look wonderful. I can hardly wait until I feel like I can use it properly. I have signed up for 4 classes at MQS and will be a TA in 2 others. One day I hope to be able to quilt like you all do. In the meantime, I shall PPP. I hope to get to meet you all at MQS. Reading this forum is why I chose my Millie over the other machines out there. You are
  18. Jessica, I to believe that it was probably just an oversight and not a slight from your customer. I prefer to think the best of people. Do you know this customer well? If so, then just talk to her. I'm sure she wouldn't mind giving you a picture of the quilt with ribbon. I think she was just excited about the quilt winning an award. She probably didn't even think about you being excited about it also. So many times I get upset over things that I can't believe other people don't see. That's when I reallize we all think a little differently. Give her the benifit of the doubt. Like othe
  19. Hi to the other "newbies". I can't wait for MQS. I will try to learn as much as possible. I put my maple leaf on the machine and am quilting away!!! I'm trying a little of cross xing, stippling and mactavishing...(A lot of quilting for a wall hanging, Anyway, I'm having fun. Hope you all are as well. Have a great day and again, thanks for all the info. Virginia
  20. Good Luck finding the perfect house. My husband finished our basement for a game room....then we bought the millie. Oops, the only gaming we do now is quilt, Yea!!! The pool table makes a great ironing surface. Hope you find what your looking for. Virginia
  21. Thanks Sheri, I will take advantage of the demo's. I hadn't thought of that. I am also thinking of buying Kim Brunners Whirley Feather CD and maybe her first one as well. Do they sell those at MQS? I don't know if I should wait for MQS or go ahead and order them. I have Karen Mctavish's DVD and it is very helpful. I bought 3 of Sharon Shambers and find them informative but they are not like a DVD. It is more like still pics. I need someone to talk me through it. Anyway, thanks for the input. Virginia
  22. That's a great idea Vicki. I'll give it a try. Thanks for sharing it. Virginia
  23. Thanks to all for the encouraging words!!!! I'm feeling empowered. Jackie, I will certainly sign up to volunteer at MQS. Also, Mary Beth, I do belong to the MO-Kan guild. I have learned a lot from them. I really like the idea of the charity quilts because I have a ton of fabric that would work for that. I hope that I can meet you all at MQS this year. I've wanted a longarm for about 5 years and now that I have one, I just need to take the leap. Thanks again for all the great suggestions. Virginia
  24. I too am a new Millie owner, as of Christmas. I don't have any problem loading my millie, it's just I don't know how to come up with how to quilt it!!! I've practiced on muslin but when I put "a real quilt"on I just stare at it...and stare at it....and then look at books to get an idea. I have signed up for some classes at MQS. I don't know why I just freeze!!! I have a wall hanging I've looked at for 2 weeks and have no idea what to do. It's a simple maple leaf quilt. I do swirls well but I want to advance from all over quilting to individualizing my quilts. Ugh.... I don't know what I'
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