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 Hi Ladies (& gents)

I am so very jealous of you all right now. It seems some how each one of you get to spend lots more time not only quilting, but traveling to quilt stores, finding wonderful "stuff" and spending your time making so many beautiful quilts, pillows, etc. You see, right now, I have to ban myself from quilt shops, as money is a problem. So since I am now only working part time, I am trying to pick up a second part time job and have just finished three very long (yes, computer gennerated) apps. They all want the internet to do the work and just try not to answer a question or change something......... no way, answer them all, no matter and change, forget that....

LOL It is the "new age" for sure and it sucks at the moment! Sorry, but thanks for letting me vent!!

Have a good day all...........

Be back again when I am in a much better and less tired mood.......


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Comment by Irene Gallway on August 1, 2013 at 3:37am

I was just about to say the same thing that Debra said when I read her post.  I have many times gone to yard sales or thrift shops to find skirts or dresses with pretty fabric that I could use.  And most of my button collection has come from the garments I bought to use to make myself something.  Some of the jobs I have done when I needed work is, cleaning other peoples houses, teaching sewing classes,  and the past 6 years since my retirement I have been taking in alterations and making new things for other people.  I didn't know a thing about alterations but have learned as I go.  And the good part about all these jobs is you work the hours you choose and the money is better then working for someone else.  I made business cards and put them on bulletin boards around town.  I hope I have given you some ideas and encouragement on finding a job. 

Comment by Debra Miller on July 31, 2013 at 11:00pm
Carol, there a LOT more of US out there in the quilting world than spenders. I am on disability. I rarely buy quilt shop fabrics. One thing I try to remember is that quilting started out of Necessity! The pioneer women didn't have fancy quilt shops! Rummage sales, Goodwill, thrift shops. All have cotton fabric. In the form of clothes. That's what our quilting Foremothers used! Please don't quit quilting during your hard times! Quilting will lift you up, keep you energized and engaged. And happier for it!
Comment by Joanna liguz on July 31, 2013 at 10:42pm

I was thinking the same thing, but was afraid of being too forward....The fabric exchange.

Comment by B J Elder/WA on July 31, 2013 at 4:34pm

It is rough, isn't it?  So many of us have been affected with job losses. DH is now over a year without work. For him his age is hurting his being able to get employed, along with the many other seeking work too. I know the frustration of the applications. On some he's done he's spent an hour or more filling in the info and gets to the end ready to send and then they show a qualification requirement that eliminates his being qualified for the job. Hmmm, why can't they show they up front?  Lots of other application frustrations too. The upside is that you can do so much of the hunting from the computer now and don't have to go door to door, or search the newspapers, or job boards, etc. Looking for work is a full time job in itself.  I do hope you can find something soon.

So glad you know you can share not just the good days, but the bad ones with us. We need our girlfriends!  

It is fun to be able to go shop for new fabrics, etc. It can also be fun to see what we can do with what we have on hand. Maybe you can also do a fabric exchange with others to get some new to you fabric.


Comment by Joanna liguz on July 31, 2013 at 4:06pm

Carol, Oh it is fine...you can do this...We all vent to get rid of something we have no control over...this too shall pass...

We all need to be accepted of what "condition" we have at the moment...Nothing you can do so settle in and try to be inventive with what fabric you have..

a lot of us are going thru a withdrawal right now...esp me with no job and not I'm going to any quilt shops either. You will do what you need to do to survive. and if that means you stay home and work for now...so be it...

Your right...Prairie Quilter things do look better in the morning even if it has to be several days from now....

I hope you get a job soon...and Chin up!!  Things will look better in the morning.

I so understand what your going thru...

Comment by Janet/MO on July 31, 2013 at 3:16pm

Carol, I agree about how frustrating it can be to look for a job.  My son is going through the same thing.  He is very underemployed right now & barely making ends meet, but he doesn't do well answering those stupid online psychological tests.  Just because someone can answer computer generated questions doesn't mean they can actually do the work.  I hope something comes along for you soon. 

Comment by Dorothy I. Dishman on July 31, 2013 at 2:49pm

Totally understandable, so you don't have feel bad about venting...actually, it does everyone good to get it all out once in awhile.  My fabric purchasing has halted since last December as my favorite store in town closed, thus the source of fabric, thread, crafty items & whatever you feel you need at the drop of a hat has dried up in our little town.  SOOOO...I'm making do with my stash and have loved being more creative and incidently, my stash has not dwindled by very much so it really needed to be worked over in order to be manageable. As frustrated as I am for the store closing, it has it's up side also.   Hang in there, things will get better.

Comment by Jodi Cramer on July 31, 2013 at 2:43pm

Carol-Hope you are feeling better! I also hope you have a good-sized stash to carry you through until better financial times come around. Do you belong to a quilt group near your home? We have one in our small town and folks are always donating fabric. I try to find something in each donation that I can work with. Challenges my imagination and quilting skills for sure.  There is usually at least one collection of squares/blocks that wasn't finished, usually because seam allowances weren't right or not enough of a fabric to finish. Try one of those and see what you can come up with. I was able to make 3 pillowcases out of the last donation, which I then donated to a family whose home had been burned in a forest fire. Keeps me sewing until something better comes along. Best wishes to you!

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on July 31, 2013 at 1:57pm

Carol - there are days that just seem so frustrating and discouraging.  A friend's grandmother was fond of saying, "Thing will look better in the morning."  And generally she was right.  I hope that is so for you.  Maybe in the morning... a new job will open up.  Maybe in the morning...you'll find some time to quilt from your stash.  Maybe in the morning...someone will bring you chocolate or call just to say, "How are you doing?  I care about you."  Either way, we'll still be here to give you a place to vent and shoulders to lean on until morning comes.

BTW,  no need to be jealous on my behalf.   I'm in a quilting slump.  No buying fabric here.  I have UFO's that need finished as well.  Not sure what it will take to get me going again, but for now, I'm just biding my time.  

Comment by Carol Vickers/OH on July 31, 2013 at 1:53pm

Good luck with the job search, Carol.  It's tough I know.  I just retired; DH is already retired so I, too, am trying to quilt without spending a fortune.  I am making a small dent in my stash so that's a good thing.

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