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    Peggy (SewAsylum) got a reaction from LucyPrairie in cranky mini rant   
    Oh boy, I have been posting questions, and I have a Tiara, (not for sale) and now I feel a bit uncomfortable.  I bought a Tiara because I found one used that I could afford and in a state I could drive to and get it. That does not mean I do not appreciate the quality of an APQS.  I would definitely consider one some day if I was ever looking for a new machine, because of all the great things I have learned here.  That benefits APQS.   I thought this forum was for anyone to learn and share about quilting.  I did not even think about the brand issue.  It never occurred to me that the brand sponsoring the forum, or people owning a different brand than me, would care about this at all.  I kind of thought forums were just for sharing info, not promoting a certain brand.  I have seen several posts by people with the same machine as me and thought nothing of it.  Don't have a problem with people selling either.  I never thought about it in that light.  I wonder what APQS has to say about this?  They could ban non APQS sales if they wanted to.
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    Peggy (SewAsylum) reacted to LindaSteller in cranky mini rant   
    Very well put, Dawn!  Thanks for clarifying.  All quilters are my kind of people!
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    Peggy (SewAsylum) reacted to DawnCavanaugh in cranky mini rant   
    Hi Everyone,
     
    APQS loves all quilters, regardless of age, race, sex, or even machine brand. Unlike the restricted forums of some other companies, we welcome everyone here--even those who do not own an APQS machine (and those who wish to sell a non-APQS machine). Often we are even the ones listing the item for sale for that very customer.
     
    Most of the time that person has found such camaraderie, support, and great advice on this very forum that she has decided joining the APQS family is the right move for her. Sometimes a life-changing event has forced someone to sell a machine with no intention of buying another. And yes, in a few cases a person lists a machine for sale with the intent of buying a competitor's brand.
     
    We still believe our lifetime warranty, quality, and superior customer service make us the best machine on the market. But we will not bash or demean a competitor's brand to better position ourselves--it's not in our nature and we don't want to do business that way. Each person must find a machine and company that suits their style. It's our hope that if a person is unhappy with their choice of another brand, they will remember the way they were treated by the APQS family and will consider joining us instead.
     
    We get calls all the time for customers looking for a pattern they saw in APQ (American Patchwork and Quilting) or a kit they wanted from AQS (American Quilter's Society), since their acronyms are so close to APQS. It would be easy to simply say "you've go the wrong company" and hang up. But we take the time to help them find what they're looking for--whether it's a web link to the book they're after or the SKU number for the kit at AQS and their toll free number.
     
    In the end, we'd rather be thought of as the company who provided superior service to everyone--even to those who aren't directly our customers--because kindness will be rewarded in the end (even if it's only in the feeling that we did the right thing.)
     
    We hope you'll help us keep that welcoming spirit and that "family" feeling for those who seek it here. Thanks!
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    Peggy (SewAsylum) got a reaction from gardenslug in cranky mini rant   
    I know what you are saying, that the original post was for people selling only. No one is criticizing Linda.  I have seen Linda post answers to many many questions with lots of great info.   But some of the comments after hers were sort of disconcerting.  Comments like our machine is the best, why should we answer questions about their machines, we should send them away, wish everyone could be as happy as we are, able to create.   These comments bothered me.  It is like if you do not have an APQS you are not doing it right.  Well, I would imagine that every company thinks their machine is the best, and every owner of said machine probably does, too.  I am a new quilter.  I have a disability and limited in funds.  I needed a sit down machine.  I found a great deal on a Tiara and went for it.  I think it is great.  I don't want to come here and feel like I have an inferior machine and that I just can't create or do things right because I have a different machine. I have no doubt that APQS machines are great, but I would not have even known about them if not for this forum.
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    Peggy (SewAsylum) got a reaction from IQ'd in cranky mini rant   
    I know what you are saying, that the original post was for people selling only. No one is criticizing Linda.  I have seen Linda post answers to many many questions with lots of great info.   But some of the comments after hers were sort of disconcerting.  Comments like our machine is the best, why should we answer questions about their machines, we should send them away, wish everyone could be as happy as we are, able to create.   These comments bothered me.  It is like if you do not have an APQS you are not doing it right.  Well, I would imagine that every company thinks their machine is the best, and every owner of said machine probably does, too.  I am a new quilter.  I have a disability and limited in funds.  I needed a sit down machine.  I found a great deal on a Tiara and went for it.  I think it is great.  I don't want to come here and feel like I have an inferior machine and that I just can't create or do things right because I have a different machine. I have no doubt that APQS machines are great, but I would not have even known about them if not for this forum.
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    Peggy (SewAsylum) got a reaction from Sheri Butler in cranky mini rant   
    Oh boy, I have been posting questions, and I have a Tiara, (not for sale) and now I feel a bit uncomfortable.  I bought a Tiara because I found one used that I could afford and in a state I could drive to and get it. That does not mean I do not appreciate the quality of an APQS.  I would definitely consider one some day if I was ever looking for a new machine, because of all the great things I have learned here.  That benefits APQS.   I thought this forum was for anyone to learn and share about quilting.  I did not even think about the brand issue.  It never occurred to me that the brand sponsoring the forum, or people owning a different brand than me, would care about this at all.  I kind of thought forums were just for sharing info, not promoting a certain brand.  I have seen several posts by people with the same machine as me and thought nothing of it.  Don't have a problem with people selling either.  I never thought about it in that light.  I wonder what APQS has to say about this?  They could ban non APQS sales if they wanted to.
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    Peggy (SewAsylum) got a reaction from IQ'd in cranky mini rant   
    Part of advertising is getting your name out there and hosting forums.  Even tho I do not own an APQS at this time, I know much more about them now since belonging to this forum, and I have learned that they are a great company with a great product.  Isn't that what APQS would want?   I get emails daily, and postings on my facebook page from multiple companies.  They don't worry about whether I want to hear from them day after day after day.  They just want to keep reminding me of their product.   Hosting a forum is one way for a company to keep their name and product in front of your face.  If they want people with other brands to stay away, they can put it in their rules.  They could ban posts of sales of other brands.  I would think they would want to attract quilters here for any reason.  The quilter may join and learn about their product.  Isn't that one reason they have a great contest going on, to attract people to their site, to learn about their product?  I sent for info. on a machine after entering the contest.
     I will certainly hesitate to post here now after reading these posts.  I belonged to another forum on embroidery machines and everyone suddenly got snobby because I did not own their brand.  That was the end for me.  Only want to exchange info. and learn, and help, not worry about which brand I own, want to sell, or want to buy.  I don't think that "sending people away" benefits APQS in any way.  Don't some of you do part of your quilting on another machine, a DSM?  Perhaps your binding?  Then perhaps you should not ask binding questions because you are not doing it on an APQS machine.  Just my opinion.
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    Peggy (SewAsylum) got a reaction from Neher-in-law5 in cranky mini rant   
    Zora, it works the other way around, too.  If people on the APQS forum "send people away," it looks bad for APQS.  They would want everyone to respect their brand, as well as welcome others who may not know much about their brand yet.  If you feel unwelcome, it does not make you want to run out and buy a machine from APQS, even tho you realize it is not the company posting.  You would not even pursue the brand.  I would not criticize an APQS machine on this forum, but I don't think it is beneficial in any way to make people who have a different brand feel like they are "not part of the club," because they own a different machine.  Not everyone can run out and spend thousands of dollars on a longarm.   They do, after all, have a link to this forum on their site, and contest entry page, which is probably what led me here.  I think they welcome everyone here no matter what brand they own, ask about, or whatever.
    This part of the forum is labeled, "Chat about anything."  That means anything, unless it is cursing or directly being rude to someone else.  If they did not want people to chat about anything, including mentioning other machines, they probably would not have included that part of the forum.
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    Peggy (SewAsylum) got a reaction from JenniferBernard in cranky mini rant   
    Oh boy, I have been posting questions, and I have a Tiara, (not for sale) and now I feel a bit uncomfortable.  I bought a Tiara because I found one used that I could afford and in a state I could drive to and get it. That does not mean I do not appreciate the quality of an APQS.  I would definitely consider one some day if I was ever looking for a new machine, because of all the great things I have learned here.  That benefits APQS.   I thought this forum was for anyone to learn and share about quilting.  I did not even think about the brand issue.  It never occurred to me that the brand sponsoring the forum, or people owning a different brand than me, would care about this at all.  I kind of thought forums were just for sharing info, not promoting a certain brand.  I have seen several posts by people with the same machine as me and thought nothing of it.  Don't have a problem with people selling either.  I never thought about it in that light.  I wonder what APQS has to say about this?  They could ban non APQS sales if they wanted to.
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    Peggy (SewAsylum) got a reaction from Beachside Quilter in Batik floral quilt   
    Love those soft ocean colors, so very pretty.  Nice stitching!!
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    Peggy (SewAsylum) got a reaction from WW Quilter in Why I have difficulty getting any quilting done   
    They are both soooo pretty!   Here is my little baby, Scoutie.

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    Peggy (SewAsylum) got a reaction from Oma in Why I have difficulty getting any quilting done   
    They are both soooo pretty!   Here is my little baby, Scoutie.

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    Peggy (SewAsylum) reacted to WW Quilter in Spring Fever!   
    So sorry to hear you are in pain again. Hope you are feeling better soon!
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    Peggy (SewAsylum) reacted to HeidiP in Accuquilt or Sizzix? Pro's/Con's?   
    I have gone to the Accuquilt site numerous times while waiting of a good sale. Cash saved up, I recently ordered a Studio and some dies at their 40% off Studio and dies sale. Big decisions take some time, so I only put things in my shopping cart. Two days later I got an email with an additional 10% off, my entire order, to encourage me to complete my order. Then I got an email for 20% off anything not on sale. That's when I ordered the plastic sheets and storage racks and with my points from the Studio purchase, got them for nearly 50% off. Now I'm just waiting for the Studio to be delivered to I can have some fun cutting up some of my stash.
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    Peggy (SewAsylum) got a reaction from pumpkinpatchquilter in Accuquilt or Sizzix? Pro's/Con's?   
    I have had a GO for some years now and I really love it.  I don't quilt professionally, so the GO is right for me.  I got it on sale for $200 and have never seen it that cheap again.  I buy the dies when they go on sale.  I use a Sizzix for paper crafting, and have had that for quite a long time.  So I do like it also.  But the GO is so much wider and you can use wider dies.  I have never regretted my decision.  If I made a ton of quilts, I think I would have bought the Studio.  Some people are now using the Brother Scan n Cut, but that seems like too much work to cut out each piece of fabric.  Rotary cutting hurts my neck too much so the GO is very helpful in keeping my quilting.  I am using it now to cut some  baby clothes into squares, after stabilizing them.  It is doing a perfect job.  The strip cutters are great, too.  I have quite a collection of dies now.   BTW, Ebony Love just came out with a book that talks about the different die cutters, their pros and cons, and how to use each one to the fullest.  I got it on Amazon and think it was worth the money.  It is called, "The Big Little Book of Fabric Die Cutting Tips."  You may want to check it out because it sounds like just the book you need!  Also, there are charts on the Accuquilt site that tell you which dies go together for which blocks, and there are videos, too.
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    Peggy (SewAsylum) got a reaction from Oma in Why I have difficulty getting any quilting done   
    My cat was playing with something the other day, in the living room.  It turned out to be a chipmunk!  We have a little cat door in a basement window that goes out to a little, completely enclosed, "catio."  My cats love it!!  I guess it got in that way.  It was playing dead on the floor.  My husband picked it up with gloves and put it outside and it ran off; seemed to be okay.  Always something new around here!
     
    Such darling puppies you have!
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    Peggy (SewAsylum) got a reaction from Bonnie H in Spring Fever!   
    So sorry about losing you cats!  I recently had to put my cat Zoey down, and it was sooo hard.  I still feel so sad when I see pictures of her.  I really miss her.  I have 5 more cats and a dog, tho, and 3 guinea pigs.
    Today I focused on paper.  I went thru lots of papers on my desk and in the kitchen, and recycled so much, it felt great.  Now I have to clean off my desk and go thru my files.
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    Peggy (SewAsylum) got a reaction from dbams in Spring Fever!   
    Okay, that is what I get for looking at the organizing blogs my daughter told me about!  (She is an organizing fiend!!)  Now I am putting things away, boxing up things for goodwill, cleaning, washing shower curtains, trashing stuff, going thru paperwork!!  It feels good, but I had better pace myself!  Going to get some new throw rugs and towels; everything around here is worn out and tired looking!  My husband is clutching the debit card in fear!   LOL  No sewing today probably!
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    Peggy (SewAsylum) got a reaction from anniemueller in vote for my block if you like it   
    I will go and vote for you now!
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    Peggy (SewAsylum) reacted to Primitive1 in Spring Fever!   
    Having just moved, I had to to that very thing....you will enjoy your new organized house and if you are like me, you will find things you forgot you had!  It's like Christmas!
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    Peggy (SewAsylum) reacted to Bonnie H in Spring Fever!   
    Peggy, I did the same thing last month. I had to put my beloved 18-year-old cat to sleep (heartbreaking) and found myself wandering and all of a sudden cleaning and organizing things that I never thought I would. It was a kind of therapy in a way. I think that is what spring is all about, things being renewed! Have fun with all that wonderful organizing!!
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    Peggy (SewAsylum) got a reaction from ffq-lar in Spring Fever!   
    Okay, that is what I get for looking at the organizing blogs my daughter told me about!  (She is an organizing fiend!!)  Now I am putting things away, boxing up things for goodwill, cleaning, washing shower curtains, trashing stuff, going thru paperwork!!  It feels good, but I had better pace myself!  Going to get some new throw rugs and towels; everything around here is worn out and tired looking!  My husband is clutching the debit card in fear!   LOL  No sewing today probably!
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    Peggy (SewAsylum) got a reaction from Oma in Why I have difficulty getting any quilting done   
    Your dogs are smart!  My little tiny dog is a couch potato and home body.  She was a rescue and is very shy.  I am her whole life.  I took her on mother's day to my daughters and different people held her, and I even took her in the pool!  I was proud of her for stretching her boundaries.  She loves my 7 year old granddaughter and even lets her dress her in little outfits!!  lol  Everytime I try to get busy sewing, one of my cats pukes on the floor, somebody comes over, or the phone rings.  It never fails!!
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    Peggy (SewAsylum) got a reaction from Bonnie H in Prairie points   
    I would not quilt on them.  They look so cute the way they are. 
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    Peggy (SewAsylum) reacted to Bonnie H in A very funny for the day   
    Here's a photo that was on my cousin's Facebook page recently!
     

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