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    Shar Schmutz got a reaction from quiltingjoyful51 in My new written policy re: donation quilting   
    I tried to do the right thing and quilt charity quilts for the Community Service branch of the local guild. Then I got members asking me to donate quilting and batting for this or that charity. I did them, some were raffle quilts others were to be used by patients at the local hospice facility. To my knowledge they were all used as charity quilts in one way or another. Then the other shoe fell...
    I was asked to do QOV's, and other types of cancer fund raising quilts. I did them, in fact posted a couple here on the forum. When these ladies came to drop off or pick up they yammered on and on about a quilt they were making for a friend or grandaughter etc. I thougt well that's great they will be bringing me regular quilting to do for them, but noooo they had the brass to stand in my studio and tell me who they were taking those quilts to to be quilted! I just could not believe it so I asked why they didnt' take their charity work to their regular quilter and the response was they are too busy to do free quilting!!
    Ok my dander was up so I politely let them know I was done with charity quilting if it does not bring me business in the future. I then contacted the chairwoman for the Community Service branch of the guild and let her know I would quilt two a month for Hospice only and I would only accept them from her. Since then I have only recieved one from that group, I know Hospice in my area will only accept machine quilted quilts for use in their facilities because they are laundered so often. I am happy to be on my own as far as charity quilts go, it brought me nothing but heartburn for trying to do a good deed.
    We need to be vigilant about this touchy issue. I was working like crazy to fit those charity quilts into my schedule, and to be taken advantage of in that manner was like being mugged.
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    Shar Schmutz got a reaction from quiltlover03 in Customer Quilt recently completed   
    That is stunning! Black is so difficult too!
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    Shar Schmutz got a reaction from SoBuzy in Coconut Cream Pie   
    If a hostess got up and made me a pie like that I'd certainly be forgiving!! I just got off work and am very tired, the store was crazy busy today!! I work at Cablea's as a cashier, I'm supposed to be retired but now I guess I'm in the "semi retired" working class. This job was supposed to be fun, no stress, and part time, it's turned into full time and way harder physically that I thought it would be.
    My first occupation was in Civil Engineering Land - development. I designed subdivisions, roads, water, sewer systems, and processed new developments with County and City, I as well worked with some State and US Gov. Departments. It was very exacting work and always pressure loaded. It was fun most of the time but there came a time for me that I just didn't want all that trailing me home anymore. When we moved to Idaho from California about 15 years ago I still worked in California and flew back and forth as projects allowed. One time I was gone from home 8 months!! That's when I started piecing quilt tops, I could do that and not have to have much more than some cutting tools and a sewing machine.
    Anyway I ramble, I'm glad your mood is better!!
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    Shar Schmutz got a reaction from sewlinzi in Road to California show   
    Road 2 CA was fantastic! I saw the most amazing quilts, so many of them well beyond my modest skill level, and I enjoyed the vender mall. The quilts were outstanding, I believe this was the best show I have had the pleasure of attending. I did not take classes, not because I don't need them, especially after seeing the talent displayed at this show, I really don't know why I don't like taking classes. I finally gave up on taking pictures of the quilts and just enjoyed them. My husband, all round great guy, didn't tap his toes once waiting for me, he enjoyed the show as well and toted my purchases for me. Quilting has been elevating for years into such an art form, there is a division occurring in quilting and this show was announcing it loud and clear. Art vs. Utility, even pretty utility just pales in the shadow of art quilts and quilting. I am torn about that, the quilts I love are all utility quilts, the quilts I never get tired of looking at are the art quilts. Sooooo, should I be trying to turn my Millie into an overgrown thread paint brush, learn to dye my own special fabrics, attempt to do anything by hand, or keep making those useable utility quilts to the best of my ability? Oh yes, I don't really have to decide, I can do both if I develop the skill sets! Do I want to? Probably not, I have barely begun to feel comfortable/confident with the utility quilting I do and enjoy. I am so proud of the quilting world and to be a small part of it. It is great to be able to say we love what we are doing and go to shows like this and bask in glow of all the talent!
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    Shar Schmutz got a reaction from gardenslug in Road to California show   
    Road 2 CA was fantastic! I saw the most amazing quilts, so many of them well beyond my modest skill level, and I enjoyed the vender mall. The quilts were outstanding, I believe this was the best show I have had the pleasure of attending. I did not take classes, not because I don't need them, especially after seeing the talent displayed at this show, I really don't know why I don't like taking classes. I finally gave up on taking pictures of the quilts and just enjoyed them. My husband, all round great guy, didn't tap his toes once waiting for me, he enjoyed the show as well and toted my purchases for me. Quilting has been elevating for years into such an art form, there is a division occurring in quilting and this show was announcing it loud and clear. Art vs. Utility, even pretty utility just pales in the shadow of art quilts and quilting. I am torn about that, the quilts I love are all utility quilts, the quilts I never get tired of looking at are the art quilts. Sooooo, should I be trying to turn my Millie into an overgrown thread paint brush, learn to dye my own special fabrics, attempt to do anything by hand, or keep making those useable utility quilts to the best of my ability? Oh yes, I don't really have to decide, I can do both if I develop the skill sets! Do I want to? Probably not, I have barely begun to feel comfortable/confident with the utility quilting I do and enjoy. I am so proud of the quilting world and to be a small part of it. It is great to be able to say we love what we are doing and go to shows like this and bask in glow of all the talent!
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    Shar Schmutz reacted to Heirloom Quilter in We Met Meg!   
    Hey everyone,
     
     Just had to let you know that Meg from Central New York came to SW Florida and Vickie (Beachside Quilter) and Debbie (Heirloom Quilter) were able to met Meg in person at the SW FL Quilters Guild show in North Fort Myers today!  What a sweetheart Meg is.  We had an enjoyable time looking at all of the ribbons on the quilts that Vickie had in the show.  Way to go Vickie!  If anyone else is coming to SW Florida please post it on the forum.  We'd love to meet you too!  Oh, and here's a photo of the three of us.
     
    IMG_0428 by Heirloom Quilter, on Flickr  
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    Shar Schmutz got a reaction from JeannieB in aack! what am i doing?   
    I ran into those opportunities for frogging quite a bit when I began custom quilting. I still do for that matter. I also learned bad words could be made to come out of my mouth, frustration and tears seemed to be my constant companion. I questioned my goals, why was I doing this to myself etc.etc. I called a well known local quilter and asked for a lunch date to discuss what I was doing wrong all the time. At the time I thought this quilter walked on water, she told me she has slip ups or opportunities for artistic license all the time and she cured herself by applying the 24 hour rule. Let it be for 24 hours, if it still bothers you after that, and if you can still find it, rip it out, if not, leave it. I was floored to find out my quilting idol was human! As mentioned by others here; we have all been there and will continue to find ourselves less than perfect, it is ok.
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    Shar Schmutz got a reaction from Busy Quilting in aack! what am i doing?   
    I ran into those opportunities for frogging quite a bit when I began custom quilting. I still do for that matter. I also learned bad words could be made to come out of my mouth, frustration and tears seemed to be my constant companion. I questioned my goals, why was I doing this to myself etc.etc. I called a well known local quilter and asked for a lunch date to discuss what I was doing wrong all the time. At the time I thought this quilter walked on water, she told me she has slip ups or opportunities for artistic license all the time and she cured herself by applying the 24 hour rule. Let it be for 24 hours, if it still bothers you after that, and if you can still find it, rip it out, if not, leave it. I was floored to find out my quilting idol was human! As mentioned by others here; we have all been there and will continue to find ourselves less than perfect, it is ok.
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    Shar Schmutz got a reaction from quiltmonkey in aack! what am i doing?   
    I ran into those opportunities for frogging quite a bit when I began custom quilting. I still do for that matter. I also learned bad words could be made to come out of my mouth, frustration and tears seemed to be my constant companion. I questioned my goals, why was I doing this to myself etc.etc. I called a well known local quilter and asked for a lunch date to discuss what I was doing wrong all the time. At the time I thought this quilter walked on water, she told me she has slip ups or opportunities for artistic license all the time and she cured herself by applying the 24 hour rule. Let it be for 24 hours, if it still bothers you after that, and if you can still find it, rip it out, if not, leave it. I was floored to find out my quilting idol was human! As mentioned by others here; we have all been there and will continue to find ourselves less than perfect, it is ok.
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    Shar Schmutz reacted to Quilting Heidi in A note to all of our Quiltazoid friends   
    Adam and Linda, 
     
    I'm truly sad to see you close up shop but I so understand!  It is so hard to keep up with having a full-time job too.  I will always love my quiltazoid and it is one of my most used tools!  Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being such special people and making such a great product.
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    Shar Schmutz reacted to CindyT in Not for the squeamish...   
    Yes, I think I'll have breakfast now that I've read this early this morning.
     
    One of our guild members now uses her Kutglove (?) religiously due to the same kind of incident.  Can't be too careful while cutting.  Measure twice, cut once, and keep the body parts out of the way!
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    Shar Schmutz reacted to ffq-lar in Not for the squeamish...   
    I dropped one on my foot when wearing sandals. It bled forever. Didn't think I needed steel-toed boots to piece!
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    Shar Schmutz got a reaction from Beachside Quilter in Hi Everyone..... I have missed you so much!   
    Yaaaaa, Quiltmonkey is back, Quiltmonkey is back! Quiltmonkey is back!!!! Wait.., who is Quiltmonkey? Oh ya that awesomely talented, and wonderful spirit who lives waaaaay north!!
    Congratulations on the fabulous achievement with school and everything! Welcome back, can't wait for the quilts start flowing again!
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    Shar Schmutz got a reaction from Oma in Another Quilting Customer Story (long)   
    Celebrate! "J " went home today! in a wheel chair still but home is HOME! She was so excited! She truly has everything figured out for cooking, getting in and out of bed, and all the daily things she needs to do. doctors feel she is healing well, but she still isn't allowed any weight on the leg. She is already figuring out how to get to her sewing machine! LOL.
    Thank you everyone for the positive thoughts and prayers for this special quilter!
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    Shar Schmutz got a reaction from whitepinesquilter in Hi Everyone..... I have missed you so much!   
    Yaaaaa, Quiltmonkey is back, Quiltmonkey is back! Quiltmonkey is back!!!! Wait.., who is Quiltmonkey? Oh ya that awesomely talented, and wonderful spirit who lives waaaaay north!!
    Congratulations on the fabulous achievement with school and everything! Welcome back, can't wait for the quilts start flowing again!
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    Shar Schmutz got a reaction from Gail O in Another Quilting Customer Story (long)   
    Celebrate! "J " went home today! in a wheel chair still but home is HOME! She was so excited! She truly has everything figured out for cooking, getting in and out of bed, and all the daily things she needs to do. doctors feel she is healing well, but she still isn't allowed any weight on the leg. She is already figuring out how to get to her sewing machine! LOL.
    Thank you everyone for the positive thoughts and prayers for this special quilter!
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    Shar Schmutz got a reaction from Gail O in Another Quilting Customer Story (long)   
    Great news! I took two more quilts to "J" and she was so excited because today she stood on her non broken leg for 10 minutes while holding the broken leg in the air. She was holding on to a rail but that is longer than she has been able to accomplish even before she broke her "good" leg. Seven days a week therapy is really making a difference! She is such an inspiration! The physical therapist told her to work on strengthing her arms with those large rubber bands twice a day while she is in her room so she is doing it four times! She is so determined to get home earlier than the Doctors estimate. She told me how she has got it all figured out at home to get in and out of the bed, shower,and on and off the comode! Please God! Let me be like her when I am that age! Both she and her husband talk like the are so young, they are so engaged and show no signs of dementia. I am sure your prayers and positive thoughts for her are working toward her healing.
    She was so excited to get two more of her quilts to bind. I mentioned she might want to do it for other people as suggested but she said she would just knit when she runs out of quilts, she has already started a pair of socks! I will be no help with knitting! LOL. She is so awesome I wish everyone could spend time with her.
    Thanks again everyone for the prayers and kind thoughts!!!
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    Shar Schmutz got a reaction from aleksich in Hi Everyone..... I have missed you so much!   
    Yaaaaa, Quiltmonkey is back, Quiltmonkey is back! Quiltmonkey is back!!!! Wait.., who is Quiltmonkey? Oh ya that awesomely talented, and wonderful spirit who lives waaaaay north!!
    Congratulations on the fabulous achievement with school and everything! Welcome back, can't wait for the quilts start flowing again!
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    Shar Schmutz got a reaction from lurkinglinda in Another Quilting Customer Story (long)   
    You may remember, I posted about my Drop in and Drop Off Party when I got back from Arizona for the winter...one customer brought seven quilts that day and told me she had three or four more. Mind you, this lady is in her 80's! I asked if she was chained to her machine all winter! She is not frail but was in a horrible auto accident in 1980. Her pelvis, hip and most other bones were not just broke big shattered. She had to be cut out of the car. She was told she could never walk again, she proved all the doctors wrong but she is a little unsteady on her feet and walks with a cane that has "arms" at the bottom. I am always worried about her coming over and have offered to pick up and drop off for her at her home, but she is independent and would not hear of it, so I just started delivering by telling her I was on my way to town and might as well stop by.
    I called her house to let her know the first three of her quilts were ready and I was dropping them off on my way to town, her husband answers the phone and says oh. I guess you didn't hear what happened.... My heart sank, I love this lady she is just so refreshing and fun to be with. I start telling him I was so sorry and he says oh no she is not dead she just fell and broke her femur just above the knee and the bad thing is that it is her good leg. It happened in their garage and she was wedged between the car and cabinets so it took paramedics a long while to get her out, in the mean time her daughter was called who is a nurse and she rode to the hospital with her in the ambulance.
    Later her daughter was telling me her mother was so worried about getting her quilts done it was all she could talk about in the ambulance and before surgery! Now that is a quilter!!!!
    She is in a rehab hospital and must remain non weight bearing on the leg for 3 to 4 months, her husband asked me to visit and talk quilts to get her mind off therapy and boredom. She was still fretting about getting them all done so I offered to sew on the bindings so she can hand stitch while she is confined. She beams when I show up looking like the bag lady lugging quilts, she had her daughter get the rest of her completed tops to me along with their made bindings or the fabric for them.
    I have been making bindings and sewing bindings it seems nonstop! Last Thursday was their 60th wedding Anniversery! I took a card and flowers to them, he visits every day without fail lugging his oxygen tank along with him. I am quickly running out of her finished quilts and will have to come up with something else for her to do soon! Gotta love her!!!
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    Shar Schmutz got a reaction from CindyT in Whew...I got through my 1st trunk show and class teaching!   
    Coming to a venue near you: Quilter extraordinaire, talented quilt artist, and all around great person.....Cindy T of our own APQS Forum!!!!!!
    Awesome Cindy, isn't it amazing how far quilting has taken so many of us from our old comfort zones!! Personal growth is a good thing!!!! Congratulations, I am sure you were wonderful!
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    Shar Schmutz got a reaction from chickenscratch in I am jumping for joy!   
    That is how it happens! Best occupation ever!!! Congratulations!
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    Shar Schmutz got a reaction from Sandra Darlington in Another Quilting Customer Story (long)   
    Great news! I took two more quilts to "J" and she was so excited because today she stood on her non broken leg for 10 minutes while holding the broken leg in the air. She was holding on to a rail but that is longer than she has been able to accomplish even before she broke her "good" leg. Seven days a week therapy is really making a difference! She is such an inspiration! The physical therapist told her to work on strengthing her arms with those large rubber bands twice a day while she is in her room so she is doing it four times! She is so determined to get home earlier than the Doctors estimate. She told me how she has got it all figured out at home to get in and out of the bed, shower,and on and off the comode! Please God! Let me be like her when I am that age! Both she and her husband talk like the are so young, they are so engaged and show no signs of dementia. I am sure your prayers and positive thoughts for her are working toward her healing.
    She was so excited to get two more of her quilts to bind. I mentioned she might want to do it for other people as suggested but she said she would just knit when she runs out of quilts, she has already started a pair of socks! I will be no help with knitting! LOL. She is so awesome I wish everyone could spend time with her.
    Thanks again everyone for the prayers and kind thoughts!!!
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    Shar Schmutz got a reaction from JenniferBernard in Another Quilting Customer Story (long)   
    You may remember, I posted about my Drop in and Drop Off Party when I got back from Arizona for the winter...one customer brought seven quilts that day and told me she had three or four more. Mind you, this lady is in her 80's! I asked if she was chained to her machine all winter! She is not frail but was in a horrible auto accident in 1980. Her pelvis, hip and most other bones were not just broke big shattered. She had to be cut out of the car. She was told she could never walk again, she proved all the doctors wrong but she is a little unsteady on her feet and walks with a cane that has "arms" at the bottom. I am always worried about her coming over and have offered to pick up and drop off for her at her home, but she is independent and would not hear of it, so I just started delivering by telling her I was on my way to town and might as well stop by.
    I called her house to let her know the first three of her quilts were ready and I was dropping them off on my way to town, her husband answers the phone and says oh. I guess you didn't hear what happened.... My heart sank, I love this lady she is just so refreshing and fun to be with. I start telling him I was so sorry and he says oh no she is not dead she just fell and broke her femur just above the knee and the bad thing is that it is her good leg. It happened in their garage and she was wedged between the car and cabinets so it took paramedics a long while to get her out, in the mean time her daughter was called who is a nurse and she rode to the hospital with her in the ambulance.
    Later her daughter was telling me her mother was so worried about getting her quilts done it was all she could talk about in the ambulance and before surgery! Now that is a quilter!!!!
    She is in a rehab hospital and must remain non weight bearing on the leg for 3 to 4 months, her husband asked me to visit and talk quilts to get her mind off therapy and boredom. She was still fretting about getting them all done so I offered to sew on the bindings so she can hand stitch while she is confined. She beams when I show up looking like the bag lady lugging quilts, she had her daughter get the rest of her completed tops to me along with their made bindings or the fabric for them.
    I have been making bindings and sewing bindings it seems nonstop! Last Thursday was their 60th wedding Anniversery! I took a card and flowers to them, he visits every day without fail lugging his oxygen tank along with him. I am quickly running out of her finished quilts and will have to come up with something else for her to do soon! Gotta love her!!!
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    Shar Schmutz got a reaction from TerriVB in Another Quilting Customer Story (long)   
    You may remember, I posted about my Drop in and Drop Off Party when I got back from Arizona for the winter...one customer brought seven quilts that day and told me she had three or four more. Mind you, this lady is in her 80's! I asked if she was chained to her machine all winter! She is not frail but was in a horrible auto accident in 1980. Her pelvis, hip and most other bones were not just broke big shattered. She had to be cut out of the car. She was told she could never walk again, she proved all the doctors wrong but she is a little unsteady on her feet and walks with a cane that has "arms" at the bottom. I am always worried about her coming over and have offered to pick up and drop off for her at her home, but she is independent and would not hear of it, so I just started delivering by telling her I was on my way to town and might as well stop by.
    I called her house to let her know the first three of her quilts were ready and I was dropping them off on my way to town, her husband answers the phone and says oh. I guess you didn't hear what happened.... My heart sank, I love this lady she is just so refreshing and fun to be with. I start telling him I was so sorry and he says oh no she is not dead she just fell and broke her femur just above the knee and the bad thing is that it is her good leg. It happened in their garage and she was wedged between the car and cabinets so it took paramedics a long while to get her out, in the mean time her daughter was called who is a nurse and she rode to the hospital with her in the ambulance.
    Later her daughter was telling me her mother was so worried about getting her quilts done it was all she could talk about in the ambulance and before surgery! Now that is a quilter!!!!
    She is in a rehab hospital and must remain non weight bearing on the leg for 3 to 4 months, her husband asked me to visit and talk quilts to get her mind off therapy and boredom. She was still fretting about getting them all done so I offered to sew on the bindings so she can hand stitch while she is confined. She beams when I show up looking like the bag lady lugging quilts, she had her daughter get the rest of her completed tops to me along with their made bindings or the fabric for them.
    I have been making bindings and sewing bindings it seems nonstop! Last Thursday was their 60th wedding Anniversery! I took a card and flowers to them, he visits every day without fail lugging his oxygen tank along with him. I am quickly running out of her finished quilts and will have to come up with something else for her to do soon! Gotta love her!!!
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    Shar Schmutz got a reaction from cathyh in Caramel Puff Corn   
    OK all you Moxies who wanted the recipe:
    1 Bag of Hull-less popcorn, I used Chester's Puffcorn Butter Flavor (purchased at Wal-Mart)
    1 Cup Brown Sugar
    1/4 Cup White Corn Syrup
    1 Stick Butter (1/4 Lb)
    1/8 tsp. Crearm Of Tartar
    1 tsp. Vanilla
    1 tsp Baking Soda
    Directions:
    Spray large roasting pan with Pam and empty bag of puffcorn into it.
    Combine Brown sugar, corn syrup, butter, and cream of tartar.
    Heat this mixture until it comes to a boil, (Medium Heat). Boil 5-6 minutes until candy thermometer reads 250 Degrees.
    Stir in Vanilla and Baking Soda. Stir well.
    Pour the mixture over the puffcorn in baking pan. Stir well. Bake in oven at 225 for one hour, stiring again every 15 minutes. Stir after taking out of the oven so it doesn't clump togerher, Enjoy!
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