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Comment by B J Elder/WA on Sunday

Oh Terri, may it be so.... the delivered part, not the explosion! Think happy thoughts!

Comment by Terri D. on Sunday

We will be leaving for Guayaquil right after church today. It's a 3-hour ride there and back. We will be staying with our friend and translator at her apartment instead of a hotel, which she insisted on doing and that will be nice. We report to the port at 7:45 a.m. to wait for the Customs agent and then will unload the container and, hopefully, it will pass this time and our belongings will be delivered to Cuenca. If you hear a loud explosion, you will know that wasn't the case.

Comment by Ally Bryant on Saturday
Terri that is sooo frustrating for you both. When you pay and expect people to do the job probably and they let you down and mess up. I feel your frustration. Hugs my friend, hold in there.
Comment by Sandy B /AUS on Saturday

OH Terri what a trial for you both. Fingers crossed next week goes smoothly.

Comment by Cindy on Saturday

Terri, prayers for strength and guidance. Trusting that the officials will speed through the process on Monday and ALL your belongings will be on their way home with you. God is in control, rely on Him to smooth the way. He's brought you this far, He wont let you down now.

Comment by Terri D. on Saturday

Well, we went to Guayaquil last Wednesday to meet at the Custom's agent's office Thursday morning. Went there to sign papers, provide the migratory certificate and were told that the container was unloaded, but we would not be able to do the inspection until Monday, maybe Tuesday or possibly Wednesday. Great, now we have 6 days in a hotel we weren't counting on. Made great use of it with my friend, and translator, and her brother taking Ray and on a tour of Guayaquil, some outlying areas and down to the beaches of Salinas, on the coast.

On Tuesday, we appeared at the Custom's Agent's office at 7:45 a.m. only to hang around there until 8 a.m. Then it was a 15 minute ride to the port where we were photographed and fingerprinted to gain access to the warehouse area where the containers are placed. Before being admitted, we had to go and rent a hard hat, steel-toed boots and a reflective vest. Of course I had to pay that, along with a $500 deposit on the container and $2,410 in custom/port fees. Then it was onto the entry way to the port. Fingers used in the finger print was scanned to authorize admission and then we sat around for 30 minutes waiting for the Customs Officer to arrive. He did and the container seal was broken and the container opened. It went down hill from there. The company that shipped the container's packing list contained 286 items, my list 313. We thought 27 items were missing as not on the packing list. Imagine our surprise when the first thing we see is our King Size mattress, not on the packing list, but on my list. Then we see our bicycles, also not on packing list, but on my list. Because of the discrepancy, we had to unload everything from the container, open every item and account for it on the packing list and from my list. All 27 items were there; however, they did not have numbers, my numbers had been removed and well, let's just say it was NOT a pleasant experience. Clearance was denied and we spent from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. doing inventory, repacking the boxes, repacking the container and sealing it and then told to come back next week to do it again!

I did a lot of crying, had to buy lunch for the dock workers who loaded and unloaded the container, pay for the tape to re-seal the boxes and then tip the boys who reloaded the container. When we left the port, we returned to get our shoes and return the hard hat, shoes and vest. The woman and our belongings was gone! That was the last straw, I had total melt down. We were able to locate the woman, had to tip the boy who found her, retrieve our belongings and then went back to the hotel.

The Custom's agent has redone the inventory and we just got word that we are to be back in Guayaquil at 7:45 a.m. Monday morning to do this all again and I may or may not have fabric, sewing machines and a few other items being allowed in after being told no problem by company in Florida and company here. Wish me luck, I'm going to need it.

I have to remember not to say anything to Customs or argue with them as if you are disrespectful to a "government" official, you can go to jail and/or be deported and your belongings at the port are not sent back.

Comment by Brenda Crisci on October 11, 2017 at 7:07am

No, I bought one and seams every time I tried to use it I would end up stitching through it.  Small pieces are easy to move around to FMQ, larger quilts have to have the "drag" eliminated by bunching up the quilt so there is a lot of room to move just the area you are quilting. This video talks about drag.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxmiWAhz6Us

Comment by Ally Bryant on October 11, 2017 at 5:35am
Brenda your wall hanging is beautiful I am sure she'll be pleased with it. Like you say practice ,practice it is the same with Freemotion quilting. Though mine still needs a lot of improvement the more you do the more comfortable feel with it. Still need to perfect on feathers.
Wonder Brenda do you use one of those Teflon mats that help your work to slide?
Comment by Brenda Crisci on October 11, 2017 at 3:25am

Thanks everyone.  Cindy, like all things...practice, practice, practice.  I found that the easiest way is to pre-make a pile of muslin sandwiches and every time I sat at the machine I would do a little practice piece first.  I am still dealing with rulers sliding and am trying out different non slip products.  So far what has worked best is a tape that goes on skate boards to prevent slipping.  I don't know where to buy it yet, someone gave me some during quilt retreat.  Linda, this piece was done on my domestic machine.

Comment by Cindy on October 10, 2017 at 10:04pm

Brenda, your piece turned out splendidly. Question for you, what kind of learning curve is there to get going with the rulers?  


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