dancingraisin

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    dancingraisin got a reaction from quiltmonkey in Need your ideas for guild promotion, advertising *free or low cost*   
    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!
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    dancingraisin got a reaction from gardenslug in Need your ideas for guild promotion, advertising *free or low cost*   
    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!
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    dancingraisin got a reaction from JaniceC in Need your ideas for guild promotion, advertising *free or low cost*   
    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!
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    dancingraisin got a reaction from Lemon Tree Tami in Need your ideas for guild promotion, advertising *free or low cost*   
    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!
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    dancingraisin got a reaction from Neher-in-law5 in Need your ideas for guild promotion, advertising *free or low cost*   
    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!
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    dancingraisin got a reaction from ffq-lar in Need your ideas for guild promotion, advertising *free or low cost*   
    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!
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    dancingraisin got a reaction from T Row Studio in Need your ideas for guild promotion, advertising *free or low cost*   
    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!
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    dancingraisin got a reaction from Sheagatzi in eyesight   
    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.
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    dancingraisin got a reaction from Sheagatzi in Irons   
    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?
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    dancingraisin got a reaction from maggienoella in Maybe this isn't for me? Update   
    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!
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    dancingraisin got a reaction from dbams in Yellow Brick Road pattern - FOUND MINE!   
    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.
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    dancingraisin got a reaction from Zora in Yellow Brick Road pattern - FOUND MINE!   
    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.
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    dancingraisin got a reaction from RitaR in It's almost time for a winner   
    Santa, I've been so good this year.  I have even been clearing up my UFO pile.
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    dancingraisin got a reaction from Bonnie H in NQR - woman surgery (men, you can skip this)   
    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.
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    dancingraisin got a reaction from Bonnie H in Sewing machine in distress   
    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?
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    dancingraisin got a reaction from anniemueller in How do you feel about Sunbonnet Sue?   
    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.
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    dancingraisin got a reaction from Bonnie H in Prairie points   
    Although I have nothing to add re: the quilting, I would love to see a picture of the whole quilt when you finish it!
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    dancingraisin got a reaction from cblevins in Quilt with sashing horribly out of square   
    I am still enough of a beginner to have mixed results.  Havbing begun to learn to long-arm though, I am the only one dealing with my messes.  But before I decided to follow the advice to start quilting my own so both skills would grow together, I really appreciated when a quilter would take the time to tell me what was wrong and send me home to fix it if necessary.  So don't be afraid to talk to your clients!
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    dancingraisin got a reaction from whitepinesquilter in APQS California   
    I returned home (Fresno area) last night from introductory classes at the new APQS California (aka "Dave Make It Sew" ) shop in Rancho Cucamonga, California.  I learned so much!  Earlean Moore, who taught the classes, is a wonderful teacher--this beginner finally understood a number of elementary concepts that had escaped her in several other beginner classes!
     
    Dave, the resident California APQS wizard, promises prompt service without having to ship our machine heads off to Iowa.  His shop is a great place to try out all the APQS machines if you are debating whether to buy or which machine to buy. He has refurbished used machines available and will give you a call if you are looking for a particular used machine. He is also offering rental time on the machines and making the shop's machines available for Guild to quilt Quilts of Valor (there is already a stack there waiting for willing hands).
     
    There was some talk yesterday of trying to organize a central/southern Califonria "long armers' guild"-- I'm thinking akin to the Moxies, of course--to get together periodically in the shop.
     
    In short, we have a great new resource that I hope many of us Californians will be able to support.
     
    Cynthia
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    dancingraisin got a reaction from Beachside Quilter in APQS California   
    I returned home (Fresno area) last night from introductory classes at the new APQS California (aka "Dave Make It Sew" ) shop in Rancho Cucamonga, California.  I learned so much!  Earlean Moore, who taught the classes, is a wonderful teacher--this beginner finally understood a number of elementary concepts that had escaped her in several other beginner classes!
     
    Dave, the resident California APQS wizard, promises prompt service without having to ship our machine heads off to Iowa.  His shop is a great place to try out all the APQS machines if you are debating whether to buy or which machine to buy. He has refurbished used machines available and will give you a call if you are looking for a particular used machine. He is also offering rental time on the machines and making the shop's machines available for Guild to quilt Quilts of Valor (there is already a stack there waiting for willing hands).
     
    There was some talk yesterday of trying to organize a central/southern Califonria "long armers' guild"-- I'm thinking akin to the Moxies, of course--to get together periodically in the shop.
     
    In short, we have a great new resource that I hope many of us Californians will be able to support.
     
    Cynthia
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    dancingraisin got a reaction from mark in APQS California   
    I returned home (Fresno area) last night from introductory classes at the new APQS California (aka "Dave Make It Sew" ) shop in Rancho Cucamonga, California.  I learned so much!  Earlean Moore, who taught the classes, is a wonderful teacher--this beginner finally understood a number of elementary concepts that had escaped her in several other beginner classes!
     
    Dave, the resident California APQS wizard, promises prompt service without having to ship our machine heads off to Iowa.  His shop is a great place to try out all the APQS machines if you are debating whether to buy or which machine to buy. He has refurbished used machines available and will give you a call if you are looking for a particular used machine. He is also offering rental time on the machines and making the shop's machines available for Guild to quilt Quilts of Valor (there is already a stack there waiting for willing hands).
     
    There was some talk yesterday of trying to organize a central/southern Califonria "long armers' guild"-- I'm thinking akin to the Moxies, of course--to get together periodically in the shop.
     
    In short, we have a great new resource that I hope many of us Californians will be able to support.
     
    Cynthia
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    dancingraisin got a reaction from GMALKB in Tried to change password and got locked out !   
    And isn't this password thing the worst?  I have so much trouble keeping all the passwords, with all their varied requirements, straight.  And now I am supoposed to change them all.  Excedriun headache # 142.  (oh wait, am I dating myself?)
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    dancingraisin got a reaction from meg in KQR (kinda quilt related)--Ipad case   
    Thanks all.  I will double check the name of the app this weekend since I will be at a party with the "techno-quilters."  I don't think that it is sketchbook pro, though.
     
    Meg, I love your sleeve!
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    dancingraisin got a reaction from JudyLynn in What will happen to your Stash?   
    Several years ago, I took a class from Bonnie Hunter.  She told us that she had instructed her DH to put her stash on tables at the back of the church so that quilting friends leaving her funeral could each take a piece of fabric to remember her by.  I liked that idea, but now I realize I have many more pieces of fabric than friends.
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    dancingraisin got a reaction from Quilting Heidi in Christmas PJ's finally arrived   
    What a lovely start to Christmas eve to see your joyous grandchildren!  And the slippers are too much!