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About Me
I've been married almost 9 years (April 2010) and we have 2 dogs and a cat. I am a Pediatric Nurse.

I got a longarm in August 2009! I bought it from a friend, and quilted my first "self-quilted" quilt a couple of days later. It was GREAT! At least now I have a clue as to what I'm doing. I'm not as afraid as I was when I first said..... "I want it!" haha. I don't plan to take in quilting jobs - toooo much stress & pressure! Like my friend said "You can quilt it on my machine" - as in I could do it, but she won't. One smart woman!!! :-)

I've been quilting on & off for since (roughly) 1996 or 1997. I didn't have much time for sewing while in nursing school, so I'm just getting back into it after 5 years - but it sure makes me happy!

I haven't done much "general sewing," but have made a couple of purses. I LOVE the last one I made - an Amy Butler design, and plan to make more - soon!
Hobbies and Interests
quilting, applique, paper piecing, machine quilting, general sewing
My pets are awesome!
Pomeranians - Daisy & Bella, and Willow the cat

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Longarm Frustration (just a little one)

Posted on August 21, 2009 at 8:26am 4 Comments

Well, I my LA came home 2 nights ago, and I already have a quilt loaded and ready to go.
The only problem is that the stitches are itty-bitty-tiny-minute..... I know I need to adjust something, but
have no idea WHAT. I guess this means I must "read the manual," huh? Darn it!


SUPER Excited!!!

Posted on August 19, 2009 at 12:07am 7 Comments

I am so excited.... I am getting my new (new to me) Longarm quilting machine tomorrow (possibly not until Thursday)! I am getting it from a friend, and she's getting a bigger one.

I went over today and quilted a Home of the Brave quilt on it today - my first attempt at longarming... It turned out beautiful! And now I can say that I feel much more secure/confident in my new quilting adventure as well.

The machine is a 19" Homesteader. It's on a Hinterberg frame, which I… Continue

tons of e-mail

Posted on August 16, 2009 at 12:00pm 4 Comments

I joined 4 groups, and now I'm getting a TON of e-mail.... How do I change the settings so that I don't get notified of every post to every group? Is that the "stop following" tab?

Thanks a bunch!! :*)

New Member - settings question

Posted on August 15, 2009 at 11:40pm 4 Comments

When changing the settings for my page and choosing who can see my page, photos, etc...., does the "everybody" option mean "everybody" as in group members? Or... "anybody who views the site?"
Thanks a bunch!
Brandy from Vancouver, WA

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At 10:45am on September 7, 2009, Cheri said…
I know what you mean about the hospital job. As a Medical Laoratory Technician, I've learned the difference between working in the hospital and, well, working away from the hospital. It's kind of like being part of the action vs. reading or hearing about the action.
At 10:38am on September 7, 2009, Cheri said…
Our plans for doing something special for our 25th anniversary had to change - that turned out to be a good thing. I found an ad in one (maybe more) of the quilting magazines for www.quiltcruises.com - REALLY! We made arrangements to go on a trip to the Carribean. As the time approached, we realized that we couldn't BOTH do this. - The cost/economy, leaving the business for 10 days, never did figure out what we would have done about our dogs (AKA our children) while we were away. I went on the cruise by myself, made some friends, All quilters, took classes from teachers who also publish books/patterns. Went into the Panama Canal (fascinating!) In January, I'm going to a retreat in Lake Havasu, AZ which I learned about from a friend that I met during the cruise.
Not long afterward, DH and I went with some friends to see "Saffire-The Uppity Blues Women" - great show! Afterward, DH learned about their "Blues Boot Camp" in a few months in West Virginia. DH went to the Blues Boot Camp, Loved it, got to meet the piano player from the group. (She was actually his teacher for the week!)
We both enjoyed our trips and both made some new friends
At 10:10am on September 7, 2009, Cheri said…
DH is doing quite well since his scope. First 2 days were great, then he was sore the next 2 (we have some ice packs that we always keep ready) so he was able to keep it elevated/iced as instructed. No PT yet, we'll probably learn about that later this week. I did receive some compliments on my nursing from him. Maybe I think I'm worse than I actually am (as far as nursing goes) because he's such a good nurse. He worked as a med tech during 2 years of US Air Force service and wanted to go to nursing school.
He was hoping to get in alot of piano practice time after surgery but with elevation/icing that didn't work out like he hoped. Yesterday he was moving around very well without crutches and this morning he asked me to put the crutches back into the garage.
Congrats on your recent graduation from nursing school!
At 1:40pm on September 3, 2009, Cheri said…
I need you at my house for a few days. DH had his knee scoped 2 days ago and now has me for a nurse - poor guy! I make a terrible nurse.
At 12:36pm on August 21, 2009, Cheri said…
Thanks! I need to get better photos of the 2 "groups" that I have in my photos. Recently, I got my "very own" digital camera. Previously it was "our" camera. My DH is quite the critic so, instead of listening to his complaints about my picture-taking, I never took pictures. Until about a year ago, he was a windsurfer and we didn't have any decent pictures of him sailing. He hasn't been able to sail this summer because of a knee injury.
At 10:24am on August 19, 2009, Brandy M./WA said…
Carol, it's called a "strip cutting ruler with locking fabric guide" and it's by "Quilter's Rule" - here is a link: http://www.quiltersrule.com/rulers/qr-wscr.html

I wonder if Connecting Threads carries it?
At 10:17am on August 19, 2009, Carol Wadkins said…
Thanks for the advice with different ways to keep the seams where they are suppose to be. I like the idea of that ruler. Does it have a certain name? Who makes it I wonder?
Thanks again Brandy and welcome!!
At 7:42am on August 16, 2009, Connecting Threads said…
Brandy, I just looked at your photos - LOVE your miracle quilt!
At 6:11am on August 16, 2009, scroogie/MD said…
To be on the safe side you might want wipe off your last name and don't post any pictures of you or your relatives in any easily identifiable places. (you may know this but it surprises me how many people don't.)

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