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    gkazee reacted to CarolAnne in Diamond Star log cabin/Chrysalis star pattern   
    I was living in Annapolis, Maryland, when Maria Mccormick-Snyder offered a precision piecing workshop all day at her home. Needless to say, the workshop changed my piecing skills.  I saw her quilt Chrysalis...it was completed except for the backing. It was of a glimmering silk construction that was a real beauty and the pattern design was ahead of its time.  This was likely 1978, from my memory.  I was organizing my quilting books today and thought about that great experience.  I was about 27 years of age and I'm in my 60s now.  I have taught this technique to many friends over the years.  I don't know when she passed away....she may have been almost 30 years older than me. Maria changed the American quilting world with her designs that were "outside the box".  
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    gkazee reacted to Mary Beth in I cleaned my studio   
    If I ever get a different house, I will be in charge of the quilt studio, and it WILL NOT include carpet!
     

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    gkazee reacted to queenie123 in pillows   
    Over 50 pieces in the anchors ,micro stippling around anchors trying to make them pop,only thing I did not make are the three small pillows ,.....oh this was just also just a test run adding pics since I have been away from here in awhile .....................still no regrets on my purchase of my used milli,first longarm ever!!!

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    gkazee got a reaction from KarenH in Computerized quilting   
    After a lot of research, and a six month delay because I chickened out, I purchased my Millie and had the Intelliquilter system installed.  My only regret was the six months I lost out on using this wonderful machine with IQ by being anxious about spending the money!  I love my IQ and wouldn't trade it for any other system!
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    gkazee reacted to Mary Beth in A few forum questions   
    And you can only give a certain number of "little green arrows" a day, so you have to be selective   If I post a message, then someone or more than one someone posts pictures of quilts, I "like" too much and they I get a message that I can't do that anymore.
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    gkazee reacted to LauraB in Ideas anyone?   
    Thanks for all of the ideas, they really helped. Here is the finished quilt.

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    gkazee reacted to FloridaMissy in Best of Show   
    I know how we all like a little eye candy.  Here is the Best of Show from the Sauder Village Show.
     
     

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    gkazee reacted to FloridaMissy in Sauder's Village Quilt Show Ribbon   
    Hi everyone.  The Sauder Village Quilt show in Archibald, Oh just closed.  I had 3 quilts entered.  
     



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    gkazee reacted to MaryQuiltsTx in A few forum questions   
    I have a few questions that I can't seem to find the answers for....not saying they aren't there jumping up and down waving at me....just saying that as I plod along watching where I put my feet, I can't see them. 
    What is the "reputation" that I keep seeing references to? How do you give reputation? What types of things warrent reputation? Will I get a reputation for asking so many questions about reputation? 
    Also I see some folks have a fancy signature and a list of their machine, blog, shop, etc. Some have cute quotes. How do you add that to your posts. I looked everywhere, I think, in my profile and did not see where to do that.
    Is there a certain place that questions like these should be asked? Appreciate any help in learning about this forum so as not to be so awkward stumbling around.  Thanks 
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    gkazee reacted to MaryQuiltsTx in Not as Easy as I Hoped   
    Yes Rosemary, the fingertips made all the difference. I did a fall leaf panto and was blown away by how good it looked. I had no trouble following it and each tip is sharp...not an eyelash to be found...and I was not exactly slowing down when I got to them either. And I did the whole quilt (nice lap size) without the thread breaking once. The initial cost may have shocked me a bit  but I have no regrets. I have done this panto before on my old machine and every leaf would have an eyelash at the tip...no matter what I did, they were there. These stitches are so even also, much nicer looking than before. Yes, no regrets. 
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    gkazee reacted to jameel in Crosshatch   
    It was so worth the time and effort! Absolutely beautiful!
     
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    gkazee got a reaction from jameel in Crosshatch   
    LOL. The computerized designs took almost no time. Just the crosshatching took lots and lots of hours!
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    gkazee reacted to jameel in Crosshatch   
    That is one gorgeous quilt, gkazee! I love your cross hatching! It looks like it must have taken HOURS.
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    gkazee reacted to InesR in Crosshatch   
    Wow, this is a beautiful quilt. Love the crosshatching, love the feathers.  Great quilting.
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    gkazee got a reaction from NHDeb in Crosshatch   
    Crosshatching with a computerized system is tough because of fabric draw up and matching each point across the quilt after each roll.  I haven't crosshatched an entire quilt but did crosshatching on a custom quilt surrounding all the blocks. I used a ruler from quilters apothecary made for crosshatching. 



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    gkazee got a reaction from Quilta93 in Crosshatch   
    Crosshatching with a computerized system is tough because of fabric draw up and matching each point across the quilt after each roll.  I haven't crosshatched an entire quilt but did crosshatching on a custom quilt surrounding all the blocks. I used a ruler from quilters apothecary made for crosshatching. 



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    gkazee got a reaction from quilterkp in Crosshatch   
    Crosshatching with a computerized system is tough because of fabric draw up and matching each point across the quilt after each roll.  I haven't crosshatched an entire quilt but did crosshatching on a custom quilt surrounding all the blocks. I used a ruler from quilters apothecary made for crosshatching. 



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    gkazee got a reaction from Bonnie in Ok in Crosshatch   
    Crosshatching with a computerized system is tough because of fabric draw up and matching each point across the quilt after each roll.  I haven't crosshatched an entire quilt but did crosshatching on a custom quilt surrounding all the blocks. I used a ruler from quilters apothecary made for crosshatching. 



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    gkazee got a reaction from RosemaryJ08 in Crosshatch   
    Crosshatching with a computerized system is tough because of fabric draw up and matching each point across the quilt after each roll.  I haven't crosshatched an entire quilt but did crosshatching on a custom quilt surrounding all the blocks. I used a ruler from quilters apothecary made for crosshatching. 



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    gkazee reacted to Kwiltr in For Charity Quilters   
    I've hemmed and hawed about posting this for a few reasons, but after reading one of today's posts where a charity quilter was brought low by an insensitive comment about a quilt that was quilted for charity with the best of intentions and a generous heart, I felt I had to share this for any of you who take part in quilting for charity.  
    I started quilting for a local Quilts4Kids group a couple of years ago to get some additional practice on my new Sitdown machine at the time and to also be part of something where I could give back.  I have really enjoyed it and when given a quilt with opportunities for embellishment, have put a lot of time and effort into coming up with things to quilt into it, trying to add a bit more interest for the recipient child.  Our quilts mostly go to Sick Kid's hospitals or children's wards in smaller hospitals.  I've had a few negative comments over this time about how some little kid is not going to appreciate the work I put into these quilts.  However, I have still continued with my approach as it is my feeling that perhaps something I quilt into it might bring a smile to some little one.  Plus it makes it really fun for me! 
    As a quilter for charity, you rarely if ever, get any direct feedback from a recipient of a quilt you've donated or been associated with thru piecing or quilting.  I'm okay with that!  I truly believe that gifts should be given with no strings attached.  So here's a little boost I want to share with those of you who ever wonder if what you're doing is worthwhile or appreciated by your intended recipient.
    When I joined this forum and started sharing my pictures of quilts I was working on with my new Lenni, I was unaware that APQS may repost these photos, until one of my quilts turned up in my Instagram feed, as I follow APQS on Instagram.  More recently, it came to my attention that they do the same on their Facebook page.  I'm not a big FB user, but do frequent it so when I saw a couple of my quilts on their page, of course I had to check out the comments on my quilts.  One of the quilts was the first Olaf quilt I made to practice on, with a view to donating it to our Quilts4Kids group.  While most of the comments were very positive, there was one that stated something to the effect that some needy kid is never going to appreciate that quilt.  I'd heard it before, so didn't really get upset by it.  However, what flabbergasted me was the reply to the comment, I captured in the following screenshot and feel I need to share for any of you who wonder about the impact you may have by gifting a charity quilt.  It truly warmed my heart, and validated my work in giving to this worthwhile cause.  I hope it serves to encourage and inspires you to continue your generosity.
    The pictures...the quilt, very densely quilted (for the naysayers on quilting density ) and the Facebook excerpt from the recipient's mom.
    Sorry for the long winded story.  
     
     


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    gkazee reacted to IBQLTN2 in Counting down to retirement   
    I have 25 more days at work.  May 19th is my last day.  I have been at my office job for the last 27 years.  In December I turned 62 and wanted to retire then, but being a bookkeeper I had w-2's 1099's, all kinds of taxes and financials to get through first.  So in the beginning if March, I let my boss know that I would be retiring toward the end of May so he could find a replacement and I would have time to train them.  I am very excited but also a little worried that I jumped the gun.
    I hope that I don't regret it.  When working for so long I think it will be hard to not have someplace to go every morning.
    I am hoping to make my studio my first priority every morning.  If I can get into a routine of starting my day with at least a few hours of piecing or quilting or even cleaning and organizing my studio, that can help me restructure my retirement life.  Wish me luck!
     I haven't decided if I want to go into business of quilting for others yet.  Possibly down the road, but for right now I think I have enough ufo's to keep me going for awhile.
    Here is my latest work in progress.   I took out sone of yhose feathers that weren't very even and didn't cone out to the edge.
     

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    gkazee reacted to quiltedsunflower in Moving the Freedom   
    All moved and settled!  It was really very easy.  The rails and legs went in the moving truck but I hauled the head in the trunk of my car with lots of batting around it.  My husband said he thought we could move it any where because it was so easy - but trust me - not planning to move again any time soon.  The packing wasn't so bad.  It's the unpacking and putting away that is the hassle.  I need the other Mary Beth's organization method I think.  I was totally overwhelmed with the number of boxes and tubs I had that were marked "sewing room".  So far just the Freedom and my Bernina are set up.  Nothing else is unpacked.  One of these days..........
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    gkazee reacted to connieb in Very Thrilled with   
    APQS service, people on this forum, and our local tech person.  I finally called the service dept as everyone has helped and things were getting better but not where the stitches should be.  The tech helped me eliminate the skipped stitches, Barb Mayfield helped me realize that some of my problem was actually called "long" stitches, and today APQS spent as much time on the phone with me as needed (multiple times today) to figure out that my long stitches are most likely due to a bad encoder cable.  I'm getting new ones soon.  The support is so important and heart warming when problems occur.  I learned more about my machine and how to trouble shoot stuff today too.  I was ready to ship it to APQS and let them figure it out.  So glad they want to help us and aren't just there to take our $$, YEA customer support. 
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    gkazee reacted to loraquilts in Obstruction Detected   
    Well, during another "spa cleaning" I noticed that the cables at the back of the machine were a bit tight when moving the machine head toward the take up bar.  I gave the cables some slack and voila!  no more obstruction errors.   .......you would have thought that I would have found that a lot earlier, right?  Just glad it's smooth sailing now and I have the full use of my throat space again. 
    Nigel, sorry to hear you are having problems, but it sounds like you got it fixed without too much down time.  Thanks for the detailed instructions on how to set the motor strength.  It probably would have taking me a while to locate the right menu to adjust the settings. 
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    gkazee reacted to Quilting Heidi in Back on the saddle stool :-)   
    It has been soooooo long since I quilted.  I think the last time I quilted was over 6 months ago, maybe longer.  I can't remember if the twins were born or not but the last quilt I did was for my 3rd granddaughter.  We finally got in our house mid Jan. and I finally have everything unpacked and put where it goes.  I still have some pictures to hang but other than that I'm reasonably happy.  I got my new studio all in order and hubby finally hung some lights for me a couple of weeks ago, then we got company for a week.  It was the first time I had all 5 grandbabies together.  Unfortunately my 2nd granddaughter got sick in the car coming up.  We thought she was just car sick from the 14 hour drive but when my 1st granddaughter and son came down with it 3 days later we knew that wasn't the case.  My 3rd granddaughter came down with it the night before they left.  She just turned 1 in Feb. and she actually puked in the puke bucket every time!!!!!  I was impressed, LOL.  My poor DIL was up all night and then got the bug on their way home but didn't get sick until they pulled into the driveway.  2 days after that Landon came down with it and then my daughter.  4 days after that Scarlett and Nana got it.  There is only 1 man standing and it has been a week since I had it so hopefully Poppi will NOT be getting it!  
    Finally our Landon had a heart catherization done on Tuesday and we got the best news ever!  The pressure in his upper chamber is almost normal and they have taken him off oxygen!  We were so excited and happy to have this news.  He still has problems with his mitral valve and will likely have to have another surgery sometime in the future but he really truly is our miracle baby!  
    Anyway all that got in the way of my quilting.  I have been dragging my feet all week for some reason and I don't know why.  Today I finally bit the bullet and got a play piece loaded.  I forgot how to turn my stitch regulator on!  LOL  I stitched for about an hour and oh did it feel good.  All my fears are gone and now I can get back in my groove.  I have a quilt that I told a friend I would quilt over a year ago and then my world flipped upside down and sideways.  I'm hoping to get her quilt loaded tomorrow and get moving on it.  Glad to be back.
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