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  1. Well, they are both still alive. It seems that big brother wouldn't let little sister sit in the chair with him, so she whacked him in the face with a toy. The toy is in the trash, big brother has been comforted by Momma and little sister is in the naughty chair for two minutes. Everything is normal for this household! It got to where my quilting time was becoming less and less and childcare duties were more and more. You can't make a living or even a hobby on one custom quilt a month unless you can charge big bucks for it. So, my friend, Joy, offered me a job at her business at just the right moment and I took it. The grandchildren go to daycare and they love it! I still hate the thought of them in daycare, but decided my sanity was important, too. The only problem is that now I have even less time for my own sewing and quilting than before. We need another room for the grandchildren, which means I've got to clean out part of my sewing room so my husband can move out of his office into the other half of my sewing room. Then grandson's bed can go into what is actually the fourth bedroom. Thus, my Millie has to go. I need to sell my other machine quilting items, too. I've just got to do an inventory and figure out exactly what needs to go and what can stay. So how are things going for you? Are you quilting professionally again? How is your granddaughter doing? I didn't see Linda from Ramona on any of the posts today, but I didn't read but today's. I recognized a few names, but not really many. There were so many really super people on this forum. I hope they are still here and making it as a quilter. Got to go help put the grandbabies to bed. Phyllis
  2. Hi Mary Beth, I was surprised to see you still around here. Did you go back to quilting or are you just quilting for yourself now? Oh, dear, there are massive screams coming from the living room so I better get in there and see which child is upset about something. I'll be back later. P.
  3. Hi, a few of you may remember me. Its been a year since I've been on here, but I was on here a lot before that. Trying to babysit my two grandchildren and run a quilting business profitably became too much for me last January. I finally gave up and went back to work in "the real world". After putting it off for 10 months I'm finally going to put my Millenium up for sale. We really need the room, so I can't justify keeping it, even though it is killing me to do this. I bought it in September, 2007. I have quilted fewer than 50 quilts on it. My table is 12 feet long. It has horizontal and vertical channel locks. It has the thread cutter, but I've only used it once or twice. I learned on a Liberty without the thread cutter, so just never got used to using one. It comes with the following: At least 40 bobbins, most wound with thread. The Maintenance Guide which is wonderfully helpful. A maintenance and service video; also, very helpful. A video on loading a quilt At least 30 cones of thread, including King Tut, Highlight, Bottom Line and Rainbows. At least five Pantograms. An extended base plus a larger piece of plexiglass that I had cut to go behind the base. Two bobbin cases. Spare needles. Two basic guides/templates. Micro-drive handles. The sheet of plastic that is gridded and goes on the table to help make it easier to line up pantographs. (Sorry, I can't remember its name.) Zippers, although the zipper on the take up bar has some teeth missing at the very end. It was never a problem for me, but you might want to replace that one zipper. I have a spare set for the quilts. A cone holder that sets on top of the head. My husband built it for me. It saved me a lot of time since I no longer had to go to the back of the machine to change thread when I was doing custom quilting. The tools needed to maintain the machine, plus a can of wax and big bottle of liquid Silicone. A black light bulb. I know I probably have more to just throw in with it, but I can't think what else there is. I'm asking $12,000 plus shipping costs. I live in Oklahoma City. I still have the box for the head, but not for the legs or the table. If you want to pick it up, I'll give you some basic lessons in loading a quilt, maintenance of the machine, and a few things that I learned the hard way. This is a really great machine and its really hard for me to part with it. I'm sure the next owner will love it just as much as I do. Phyllis Hughes Oklahoma City
  4. Oh my gosh! I haven't been on here in months and the first thing I see when I get on is "A Tribute to MB". I read that and thought "Mary Beth is dead! What happened?" Mary Beth, I'm glad to see you are alive and well and just moving back to working outside the home. I'm going to have to go back and catch up on what has been going on with everyone here on APQS so I don't get a scare like that again.
  5. Jeanne, I just noticed your philosophy below your signature. I love it! I need to make a sign that says that and hang it over my front door. Oh, yeah, I might have to add a second line: "They say housework won\'t kill you, but why take the chance. Besides, dust is a protective covering, why disturb it?" I missed the shop hop this year because of a class. But, it was a really good class. We need to come up with a time in November so everyone knows and can schedule classes around the shop hop. Linda, don\'t you know that we are all level-headed adults when we get into the car/van. Something happens between the convention center and the first shop and we all morph into .... Well, I\'m not really sure what it is that we morph into but it involves a lot of laughter and the ability to forget the budget that we set ourselves before we left home. It must have something to do with Jeanne\'s gps unit, Lola (Lolita, Betty Lou Back to work. This quilt has to be finished this afternoon.
  6. I\'ve been doing "crash sewing" trying to get all of my class samples ready before Monday, so I haven\'t been on the computer much. I\'m just now getting caught up on reading this forum. Joy, I\'d love to come up and visit you. I\'ve got to see your gorgeous quilt studio in person. While Joy says she is messy and her studio is just as messy as the rest of ours, I can guarantee that it isn\'t. I saw her sewing room the morning we left for MQS. It was spotless and I think she\'d just finished making two or three shirts the day before. She says she just makes sure she cleans up after each project before she starts the next one. The problem with that is that I never finish one project before I start the next one; therefore, my cutting table is stacked in layers of projects and I work in the middle of the table in about one square foot. Joy, looking forward to getting together again. Is your surgery next week? Back to work. I\'m trying to get caught up with all of the stuff I postponed to get my class samples completed.
  7. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! I bet you are having a blast up there in your sewing room. I\'ll never get you back down here for lunch! Phyllis
  8. We have insurance for tornadoes here in Oklahoma. They call it "Wind coverage" and your deductible is twice as high for it as for your other coverage. Of course, the cost of insurance is at least twice as high as it was for any other place we have lived. We don\'t have floods here; all houses are built on the top of a hill ; at least that\'s what I learned when I first moved here and was hired as a RE loan officer. I\'d tell my customer that I had to order a Flood Zone Certificate to verify the property\'s flood zone and I almost always heard, "My property would never flood; it sits on the top of a hill." Y\'all take care up there.
  9. When I bought my Liberty in 2005 it came with the CD of Dawn (or was it a DVD? I had to watch it on my computer is all I know) and a video tape for maintenance. Both of them were excellent. The first time that I, or I should say, DH, timed it we watched that video several times to be sure that we knew what we were doing. The manual left a lot to be desired. But the manual that I got with my new Millie was absolutely wonderful. I believe the credit for it goes to Dawn, also. It would be nice to have some really good pictures or even drawings of skipped stitches and tension problems. However, if you want to get a good idea of tension problems you can tighten your top tension all the way; stitch a straight line for a few inches and then some loops. On the next line loosen the tension a half turn and repeat the straight line and loops. Continue to do this until you have no tension on the top thread. You\'ll see it go from railroad tracks on the top and lots of breakage to smooth tension somewhere in the middle and then to railroad tracks on the bottom with lots of breakage. I had to do that a couple of years ago when I was having a lot of problems which turned out to be a combination of timing and tension. I know I longed for pictures of tension problems that would have the solution printed under the picture back then.
  10. I use a basting spray on the back of my rulers and templates. It really helps keep them in place. Alcohol will take it off of the back of the ruler/template.
  11. That is the absolute hardest thing about quilting for me. I try to pull something from the quilt into it. I search books for design ideas and draw out any I like on a picture of the quilt. I usually decide on a design, stitch it out on the quilt.....and then pick it all out and start over. The top border and first rows are always killers for me. The one I\'m working on now has been extremely difficult. Half the blocks are very scrappy, without anything that is really striking that I can pull out. The others are all the same and were very easy. The scrappy ones had so many bulky seams that I wanted to try to avoid crossing them. I finally wound up doing a CC in them and a design to match the borders in the easier squares.
  12. Myrna, I\'m so sorry about your loss. They become so much a part of our family and it is so hard to lose them. We lost our beloved Lab, Cinnamon, a year ago tomorrow. We had treated him for diabetes for five years, but in the end it was a cancerous tumor that caused his death. It still hurts, especially when I see another chocolate Lab.
  13. Mary Beth, Its a beautiful quilt! Your McBirding (akaMcTavishing) is gorgeous. I almost expected the roses to have a luscious smell. Gorgeous! I\'m glad the CL worked out so well for you. Dawn, I\'m sorry to hear about the health problems. I hope you\'ll be better soon. I also hope you will get that book going. I learned so much from you in the classes at Des Moines.
  14. Oh, Mary Beth, I understand completely when you say you will learn how to do everything on your machine to avoid having to ask DH for help! Roger loves to work on my machine. He\'s in his element. But I\'ve learned never, ever, ever to ask him for help in curtain hanging. The last time I did that I wanted to throw the drill at him because he did it wrong and then refused to change it to the way I wanted it. I had gone to a lot of trouble to make a cornice board to cover the top of our huge kitchen window (to keep the sun out of his eyes at dinner time, might I add) and when he put it up he put the angled braces underneath it where they were clearly visible instead of inside it. It drove me crazy. There are two other things that we don\'t do together; wallpaper and tile. The last time we did tile work together he told me one of the tiles was crooked and I needed to replace it. I told him it was just fine; at that point he took his hammer and smashed the tile into a hundred pieces so I had to re-place it. He has no idea how close he came to having his head smashed into a hundred pieces with that hammer! I was smart enough not to let him any where near me when I\'m wallpapering. Speaking of wallpapering, its about time to strip wallpaper and either put new up or paint. Oh, that\'s another invitation for a fight.
  15. I hate HOAs with a purple passion, and yet, I\'m the treasurer of our HOA. I wonder all the time how that happened. I attended the annual meeting last year to question why our dues went up each and every year. The next thing I knew I had been talked into being the treasurer because no one else knew how to do a budget or knew about real estate laws. The Board members know my feelings on regulations that conflict with the rights of the individual homeowners and they know that I will speak out if I believe they are over stepping . I have learned that a lot of the people on the HOA Board just want what is best for their neighborhood. We deal with a lot of complaints that if people would just talk to their neighbor they could resolve easily. But most of us don\'t get to know their neighbors like people did when I was a kid. The big taboo in our neighborhood is leaving your trashcans in view of the street. Of course, there is also the horrible crime of having a few weeds in your yard or forgetting to edge the curb. To me that stuff is just silly, but to others it is a major violation of the Bylaws. Several of the Board members know that I\'m a quilter, but haven\'t said anything about it. Of course, some of them sell products such as Home Interiors or Pampered Chef. One even runs a small eBay business from his home. Yes, our Bylaws say "no home businesses". Before I started my business I looked into the zoning laws and got information from the state and city\'s business divisions. Basicly, what I found was that if my business didn\'t impact my neighborhood in a dangerous way (using or storing a lot of dangerous chemicals), create an unsightly blemish or a nuisance, require a lot of storage (a closet of supplies is ok, but a garage full isn\'t), substantially impact the amount of traffic in the neighborhood, or put up any signs, then I probably wouldn\'t be violating zoning laws. I have a few customers that come to my home, but most I either meet at guild or a local quilt store. My LQS love it when the quilters meet their customers there, because the customer and the quilter usually shop. Our HOA Board is currently trying to stop a man from running an auto repair shop out of his home garage. So far he has not complied and it is coming to the point that we will have to get the zoning commission and the hazardous waste people involved. In this case, it is creating an unsightly nuisance, bringing large tow trucks into the neighborhood on a frequent basis, and creating an environmental hazard. I am in agreement with the rest of the Board in this matter. I suggest that you get to know some of the HOA Board members and see if you can work something out with them. If the traffic is the problem, then try to meet your customers elsewhere. Hopefully, your business won\'t be a problem with the zoning commission.