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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 th
  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 horizonta
  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.
  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 eac
  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
  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. How
  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 sea
  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 h
  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
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