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  1. Zeke! Really! Bring cookies for break! Do none of your three guilds have a scheduled pot luck "lunch" period? Here in the Kings River Quilt Guild, food R us!
  2. We have had good luck with 4-H--but the quilting leader is a guild member. We have also begun a partnership with a local middle school in a "less advantaged" city neighborhood. A teacher there had begun an after-school sewing group to HUGE response. In this day of no home ec, these young girls came from families without a sewing tradition but wanted to learn the basics of sewing and begin to create things for themselves. (They are also big fans of Project Runway.) We invited them to a guild meeting to show what they were working on and gave the group a large check to purchase some machines since they almost all share the few machines that the teacher/group leader had personally. (One girl's family had given her a machine for her birthday--to her great delight.) (We also had many many bags of scraps and unwanted yardage that they received with delight.) The students who the group selected to come (only four could fit in their teacher's car) were blown away by our show and tell--they had never been exposed to quilting and all wanted to try!
  3. When you talk to your eye doctor, you should pose the question of whether a separate pair of glasses might do the trick. I wear trifocals, with the medium range just right for the computer screen that I work at all day long. I have cervical spine arthritis and the separate pair of glasses with just that part of the prescription really helps when my neck is painful. The down side is that I have to change out of them to read or see distances.
  4. After killing several irons using the same method as you, my latest model is the Rowenta Pro-Master. Good strong heat and good steam. Some of my quilting friends dislike its weight but I see that as an asset--it's all personal preference after all. I was told the Pro Master and several other high end Rowenta irons are made in Germany and are more reliable than their more affordable Asian-manufactured models. (Shop around-- I found mine on Amazon at a much better price (about $90)than the fabric stores advertise (about $120).) Time will tell. One of my previous victims was a low-end Rowenta that gave up the ghost long before I sent if to an early death by floor. DISCLAIMER: I haven't tried the irons with the separate steam units. They frighten me. Irrationally?
  5. Love it! (My son is a guitarist and he would love it, too!)
  6. Thanks for sharing, Linda. I just sent the article off to a friend who sometimes sells if she is approached and offered enough--she quilts beautifully but has very limited resources. Anyway, I find that I would rather give a quilt away to someone I know will enjoy it. But mercifully, I can still afford to do that. Things may change when I retire and my income drops to social security and a very small pension.
  7. Thanks for the Craftsy tip, Vicki. I need to start using rulers but seem to have forgotten everything I learned in class with DeLoa.
  8. Thank you all. I am in very much the same place as you, Joan, but was too embarrassed to confess since Lucey has been living with me a long time. My problem is not loneliness--I live alone and am used to solitude (although my doggy, who is usually right there with me, is afraid of Lucey and won't cross the threshold of Lucey's bedroom). It's more that I just love to piece. I am still working so piecing is my relaxation--I know what I'm doing and can lose myself in the purr of my DSM and the routine of making the blocks. I think Linda hit it on the head--it's so hard to be bad at longarming and it's so much more effort since I am sooo at the beginning! I need to discipline myself and practice, but oh yuck!, it's still so hard!
  9. As to pot lights, I am slowly replacing them throughout my house with the LED versions, which are cooler, energy efficient and very clear bright light. You need to install an appropriate dimmer. I second the vote for working with a local electrician who knows his lighting--start with whoever your GC is using in the construction and work from there.
  10. I have taken to folding the list in half, then stapling the edge so it is attached to my purse strap. My co-workers find this quite amusing since I frequently have a sheet of note pad stapled to the handle of my tote bag that says "milk," or "coffee filters," or whatever else I need to remember to grab in my morning fog tomorrow.
  11. I understand that many, if not all, wrinkle releasing sprays are a dilute mixture of fabric softener and water. So the question is whether anything in fabric softener would be harmful in the long run.
  12. Terriers are the cutest--but then they have to be to survive after their more terrier-ist moments! I am smiling at his courage. My poodle is terrified of Lucey--he cowers in the hall, watching and waiting for me to be devoured!
  13. Santa, I've been so good this year. I have even been clearing up my UFO pile.
  14. Here in Clovis, the predicted storm has been a big nothing. So sorry that you took your decorations down . . . . not having managed to get anything up myself this year, I just crawled to bed last night and hoped for the best. Seems like we got it--plenty of water but no damage in my neck of the woods. Cynthia
  15. I love my reconditioned Lucey! Since I quilt only for myself, buying reconditioned put the Lucey in my price range. And with the savings from buying at a road show, I added Bliss. My understanding is that nearly all of the computer boards are replaced in reconditioning. Since mine was a relatively rescent model, however, I can't speak to how old you can go. Cynthia
  16. Bonnie--My migraines began to abate when I took tamoxifen to suppress the estrogen after breast cancer in 1996 (when I was 43). When I needed a hysterectomy 5 years later, the doctors also took the ovaries since my cancer was estrogen supported. There is a down side--I immediately went into menopause and my body began other aspects of aging at the same time. For the first time in my life, I struggle with weight gain. I think these effects are outweighed by the health advantages for me, but it is a weighing process that you will have to do for yourself.
  17. Somewhat disorganized thoughts: The face of quilting is changing and must change as the oldest of us pass on or step away from their sewing machines. That said, our guild is seeing strong interest among younger women recently. I agree with Linda, though, that the expense can become a problem. Quilting is not a cheap hobby and seems to become more expensive every passing year as everything, starting with fabric prices goes up. Some well-loved faces were missing from a relatively inexpensive retreat that I attended this past weekend--the word was that they could no longer afford it. Are the magazines, loaded with expensive long arms and top-of-the-line fantasy machines putting off other young sewers on their first look-see? I remember when quilts were thrifty -- something you made with scraps from garment sewing . . . . . . Cynthia
  18. The number of vendors at PIQF was way up this year. (A friend thought disproportionate venders to quilts, in fact.) I too was surprised not to see APQS. PIQF is a big deal.
  19. How wonderful! Why have I never heard of Pal's Products?
  20. I will second Lem's advice to try out machines at your local dealer. I thought I wanted a Bernina but at the time that I was buying a new machine, the local dealer was new and the sales people knew less than I did. I ended up with a Brother because I liked the folks in the dealership. Also, having convenient, competent repair and service really simplifies my life. I love my Brother but I could have been happy with other machines. Brother and Baby Lock are "sister" machines. Many models are similar. FWIW, two women at a retreat this summer were having serious, anger-producing, work-reducing problems with the same model of high end Pfaff machine. Finally, the Pattern Review website collects reviews from readers regarding their machines. My only issue with these is that many are now getting dated since the 2008 (say) model of the machine being reviewed is not the same as the current one.
  21. I don't usually name inanimate objects either. My Lucey is Lucey because she came with that name. But I started calling my Brother DSM Ricky for my one and only brother (using his "kid name"). Than the second Brother became Red, because he is and because I needed to distinguish him from the other Brother. So who knows where I'm headed with this . . . . . I am curious whether others have Brothers with feminine names.
  22. I was smiling at the fingers at the top, then read in the message, "Thumbnails attached." Sounds so painful! Seriously, your quilting is gorgeous.
  23. It's OK with me that my son not come home between his summer job back east and the start of fall semester in LA since he would have brought three more hungry young men with him for whom I have no beds!
  24. Kay--I can see why you succumbed! She is a lovely machine in a beautiful cabinet. I have more than a few orphans of the storm that I couldn't resist when they crossed my paths at yard sales and the like. I need to get at least one of them going. (Then another, then another . . . .) Bonnie, I'm in Clovis. What do you want to re-home?
  25. I don't do sweet, and Miss Sue makes my teeth hurt. I saw another funny version recently in which SS was encouraged to get out of her rut--she was snorkeling, mountain climbing, having a caesarian birth, etc., etc. That one, I liked.