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Sewing Machine Repair -- a thing of the past?

Is it just our area? Or is there a scarcity of people who can do reasonably priced sewing machine maintenace and repair? I have three lovely older machines that just need a little maintenance and adjustment, but can't find anyone willing to even look at them (or any other sewing machine for that matter) for under $90! And heaven forbid they should need parts or actual repair!
Are you seeing the same thing in your area??

Added by Schatze on July 6, 2009 at 3:34pm — 4 Comments

Help for Quilter's Aches

I was going to post this info just on the Fibro Girls group page, but thought that everyone might like to know about this. Anyone who sits for long periods of time, or who gardens, etc., usually develops tight, sore muscles in the neck, shoulders and back.

Since I suffer from fibromyalgia, I get trigger points (very painful knots in my muscles) all over my body.

My physical therapist told me about Theracane. She's been recommending them to many of her patients.

I got one,… Continue

Added by Schatze on June 21, 2009 at 1:51pm — 3 Comments

Ah ... the joy of petting fabric!

I spent a couple of hours at the Fabric Shack in Waynesville, Ohio today. Row upon row, aisle after aisle of fabric. Glorious colors, exquisite designs, every imaginable decade and style represented. One of the best selections of batiks in our area.

It's weird, but I noticed (and several others did, too) that after a while, it was just hard to focus. With so many choices, so much to see, and every surface filled with goodies, it's easy to have sensory overload.

But I did pick up some… Continue

Added by Schatze on June 20, 2009 at 1:53pm — 5 Comments

5 Bucks a Yard

That's the name of the company and its website. Name brand quilting fabrics for no more than $5 a yard. Many for less.
I saw parts of fabric collections, although I'm sure none are complete. These are odd lots and remainders of first quality fabric, but there are still nice buys here.
I also saw end-of-bolts bundles that were between 2.5 and 3.5 yards. Maybe for quilt backs?
Anyway, if you'd like to take a look, here's the web address:


Added by Schatze on June 17, 2009 at 12:35pm — 1 Comment

Gingher Cutting Tools - 50% Off

Boy, you can't beat the price on brand new tools. Joann's has the Gingher 45mm rotary cutter, spare blades and scissors on sale at 50% off (as well as the rest of their lines of cutting tools, with one exception).
The Donna Dewberry Strip Cutter is also 50% off.

Added by Schatze on June 15, 2009 at 11:55am — 4 Comments

A possible website host for your business

Craftspeople I know have suggested Homestead as host for a small business website. A dear friend has created her business's website and found it easy to do (and she's not particularly computer savvy).
Here's Homestead's website:

Added by Schatze on June 14, 2009 at 7:38am — No Comments

$3.99 a yard sale

Quilt Fabric Closeouts just posted about 200 new fabrics in its $3.99 category. I've just browsed through a bit and seen some gorgeous fabrics! If you're interested, here's the link:


Added by Schatze on June 13, 2009 at 6:23am — 2 Comments

Patterns: Do-It-Yourself or Commercial?

There's a really interesting conversation going on over at the Continuing Education Group's page!
Click on the "Patterns" discussion and post your thoughts, too!

Added by Schatze on June 8, 2009 at 5:09pm — 5 Comments

Patterns: Do-It-Yourself or Commercial?

I'm curious. Do you like commercial patterns so that you don't have to worry about the design and can just pour yourself into the sewing?
Or would you rather draft your own patterns because it's part of your creative process?
Or are you one of the adventurous souls who just jumps in without a hard-and-fast pattern ready, just letting it develop as you go along?

Added by Schatze on June 7, 2009 at 8:02pm — 20 Comments

Bunny Hunters Successful in Returning Remaining Rabbit Baby to the Wild

Whew! Found it!
That elusive third bunny emerged from the kitchen just now (you know, the kitchen we searched FOUR times!), sending the dogs into a mad scramble. My beloved DH managed to snag the madly shrieking little furball and get it back outside near its original nest. Dang those things are quick!
Boy, I feel much better knowing it's not trapped inside.
So ... The Bunny Hunters are now officially out of business. LOL!

Added by Schatze on June 5, 2009 at 8:36pm — 5 Comments

Bunny Update

The "rescued" bunnies are back home in their outdoor habitat ... well, except for the one that seems to have escaped the safe box during the night. There WERE 3 when I went to bed last night because I checked the box which I'd put up high so our kitty wouldn't bother it. This morning ... there were two. Oh, boy.

We've literally torn this house apart looking for No. 3 with no success so far. I'm leaving food out tonight hoping that at least it'll come out and eat.

We can corral the… Continue

Added by Schatze on June 5, 2009 at 8:13pm — 1 Comment


Yep, it's that time of year in Ohio ... lots and lots ... and lots of baby wild bunnies running all over the place. Last night, my DH scared 5 from a tiny den in our front yard, of all places. The mom was nowhere to be seen, although I'd spotted her a couple of days ago in the yard next to ours. Our neighborhood has always hosted wildlife so it's fun to watch.

But you have to picture my DH, all 6'2" 260 lbs. of him, running around scooping up these little critters. What a scream! He… Continue

Added by Schatze on June 5, 2009 at 7:36am — 6 Comments

And then there were two

We lost our beloved DoberBoy, Dutch, this morning to cancer. He'd only been with us since last October, coming through a Doberman rescue group who took him from a shelter in Kentucky.

He's not been feeling well for several weeks and we've been consulting with our vet frequently as we monitored and treated his condition.

Last night xrays confirmed the presence of a very aggressive cancer in his left shoulder bones and soft tissues. The cancer had actually bridged the gap in the… Continue

Added by Schatze on June 3, 2009 at 11:30am — 9 Comments

Have you purchased from Fabric.com?

Much as I love CT, I have to say that no single company can be everthing to everybody.

So I've started a discussion about other companies that sell quilting fabric over the Web. Please go to the Continuing Education Group's page and look under the category listing websites.

If you have experiences to share about specific companies/websites you've purchased through, please share them!

If you'd like to know when there are new entries in Continuing Education, just join up! The more,…

Added by Schatze on June 2, 2009 at 5:47pm — 5 Comments

Back from Vacation ... and I need a nap!

Is it just me, or do you get back from a long vacation almost as tired as when you left because you did so much while you were away?

We had lots of fun with family while we were in Wisconsin during the past two weeks--playing cards, taking photos of fun places, sharing meals, talking and laughing. We also celebrated my DH's birthday, which was a lot of fun, too--especially with a chocolate cake baked special by my SIL.

I visited two quilt shops that were new to me. The… Continue

Added by Schatze on June 1, 2009 at 12:29pm — 3 Comments

Off to the Northwoods!

Bright and early (well ... early at least) tomorrow morning, my DH and I will be headed off to the Northwoods of Wisconsin for TWO WEEKS! Yippee! Boy, can I ever feel the buzz of the old sewing machine! Once we get settled in, I'll have some fairly long stretches of time to sew, sew, sew. Woooohooo! Nope, I'm not too excited.

It's like my very own quilting retreat. And I'll make a trip over to Ironwood, Michigan, to one of my favorite quilt shops -- The Fabric Patch. It's an hour away, but… Continue

Added by Schatze on May 15, 2009 at 12:36pm — 3 Comments

"Summer" Quilts

There's been a discussion going on in Continuing Education, under the Batting Category, about summer quilts. If you've made or seen quilts that are specifically for the warmer temperatures of summer, would you add your comments to the discussion?

Added by Schatze on May 11, 2009 at 2:50pm — 1 Comment

News Posts within Continuing Education Group Pages

Wondering about "Thangles" ?
I was! And, lo and behold, up popped a discussion that included the experiences of some of our fellow quilters. It's worth a read.

Also, if you want to know when new items are posted, just sign up for membership in the group. You won't miss a thing that way!

Added by Schatze on May 11, 2009 at 2:43pm — No Comments

Quilter's FabriCalc - a calculator

Zip over to the Continuing Education group page to see a review of this tool.
If you already have one, leave your comments, too!

From here, click on the "Meet& Share" button at the top of the page. Then click on "Groups" and locate the Continuing Education group. The review is under the Tools category.

Added by Schatze on May 8, 2009 at 9:05am — No Comments


For a review of the E-How.com website's quilting-related content, pop over to the group page "Continuing Education." Look under the Website Catetgory.
And post your own comments, too!

Added by Schatze on May 7, 2009 at 5:49am — No Comments

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