Arlene, just checking in. Feels like it's been weeks! His surgery went well, he is at home now recovering, and will start PT by the end of this week. I've been busy taking care of him, but I got a chance to check my mail and surf the web for a while. I can't wait until i can have some quilting time!
Hope all is well with you and yours.
Hi, Arlene. Hope everything is going well with you and your family. I am up late because my husband's surgery is tomorrow morning and I can't sleep. This lead me to think of you and your SIL.- I will continue to pray for her recovery.
On a lighter note, I started in on my first "real" quilt on my new set up. It is a homespun nine patch on point with a black weather vain rooster silhouette(large) appliqued on the front. I just meandered around and maybe sometime this weekend I will get to the applique part. I'm not quite sure what I will do there yet. It's for my mom, so whatever I do, she will love anyway. I thought I would put her's on the frame first just in case I had any unforseen problems. Better her's than a paying customer, right?
Now that I have all the extra space to quilt in, I just want to quilt all day long. I was kind of sad when I realized I was already more than half way through the quilt! Oh well, I've got seven more quilts (or more) waiting in line for their turn.
Have a good Friday and a wonderful weekend.
Hi, Arlene. I am sorry to hear about your SIL. I will say some prayers for her. Hopefully you can get some rest now that you are back home. That kind of stuff can take a lot out of a person!
I have not been able to do as much quilting as I'd like to lately either. My husband hurt his knee playing dodgeball on mother's day, and the swelling has just gone down enough to have an MRI. He blew out his ACL and tore his meniscus in two places. Basically, he ruined his knee real good! He has to have complete reconstructive surgery. So, that means I have been pulling a lot of double duties around here. I'm not trying to sound like a complainer or anything, but it's hard to keep everything going when I'm used to his help. I'm slowly getting used to it.
I better get to bed soon. Let me know how things are going with your SIL.
Hi Arlene. Me again. I figured it out after reading the manual and looking on the web at Nolting, Gammill, and APQS. I adjusted the height of the hopping foot, and she runs perfectly! I am so happy! It wasn't too hard to do either, so I'm kinda proud of myself. ;o)
Hi, Arlene. I finally got my LA set up this weekend and had a chance to play with it. I didn't end up needing a new motor after all. My dad's an electrician- he found the $3 problem and fixed it with ease.
I dohave a question for you though. The machine seems to be skipping stitches. I've tried changing the needle, changing the thread, changing the fabric/batting, loosening the roller tension, even floating the quilt, but it still skips. Tonight I loaded another sandwich and gave it a whirl. I realized a pattern... it skips really bad (standing at the needle end) when you push away from yourself. It's not that bad going side to side, and it never skips when pulling it toward yourself. Does this mean it needs re-timed? I'm dreading your answer because I think it is "yes", and I have no clue how to do such a thing. I guess I need to learn someday, right?
Arlene: Your area is wonderful. On our walk today we saw some baby Canadian Geese and their babies. We thought we were in trouble when we saw this black cloud overhead but nothing came of it. Here's a really loud HI from the KOA camp on 78th blvd.
Hi Arlene. I got it from a lady here locally. I am picking it up on the 26th.
No, I did not get any of those motifs or CD's, wish I could have. We had our fridge die and our water heater within 2 weeks of each other, so I can't afford much right now. That's why I had to look for a little cheaper LA. And now today, my washing machine is not working right! I have had the worst luck with home appliances lately!! Hopefully this will be a little cheaper to fix.
I do have a couple of the CD's though and I do like being able to print them out. I would also like having the books to flip through for ideas. Sometimes that's easier than going through the designs on the computer.
I've been outside all day- I need to get a quilt ready for the frame for this weekend. (Maybe I'll get it done Monday!) I love the weather lately. Right now it's in the low 70's.
Have a good afternoon.
Hi, Arlene. I just wanted to let you know that I finally found my LA!! YEAH! It's a Nustyle NU-220. It's about 7 1/2yrs old. It needs a new motor, but for the price it is well worth it. The rest is in pristine condition. I can't wait to get her up and running. I'll have to post pictures of her when she gets home! ;o) It's got a 20" throat space and is on a 12' table. No SR, but I can add that later if I wish.
I really appreciate your time and suggestions. I will look for the program. Plain fabric/solid I sure is better to document on unless the design was a watermark type. Now I'm anxious to do a label! Thanks again...j
HP as in Hewlett Packard I'm guessing, I'll see what I can find online. The scrapbook is pretty basic, just an 8x8" book but I enjoy doing it. Another question - in your opinion, should the fabric for the label "match" or be "color coordinated" to the quilt or backing? I will add a label to the old/"antique" quilts, good idea! Since he doesn't know which is which I guess I could make a "generic" label and print it off on fabric and then place it? If he has any memories of sleeping under them, etc I'll gleen those out of him too. Well, he's ready to finally get up so I'll be back later....
Not to long of a note! It's like visiting directly with you. I wonder if you added, on your information sheet, some questions to the client: if the quilt is a gift, what that person's interests are, what the relationship is, if it's for a special occasion, nicknames and such if that would spur thoughts in their head that may lead to script? It's a thought. (Typing is rough right now - sick dog in my lap! Too many Easter treats yesterday! ha! Not really - she just has a delicate tummy) Love the idea of the QOV - have heard of them but didn't know much about them.......will definitely explore that! I care for an elderly uncle and he was a Navy pilot in WWII and we have spoken about doing someething for the service men and women. How great were the Navy Seals yesterday?! What an Easter blessing to have Captain Phillips freed! I saw the quilts on your site about the Quilts of Honor but didn't quite get the connection (senior moment). Now confession......I have never put a label on my quilts as yet! Know I should and I do document with a picture, fabric scraps and journaling in a special quilt scrapbook but that's all I've done so far! All I have made so far have been gifts/family and I can add labels to them. I can't seem to come up with a "look" that I like! Asking the gal that quilts for me is a good idea. She's pretty clever but I don't know that I've ever seen a label on one of hers either!! My uncle have several quilts that were his grandmother's and mother's. Some are all hand done, some machine pieced and hand quilted......you're exactly right - NO documentation! He doesn't know which belonged to which relative, etc. I guess my thought is - is my work good enough that a quilt will be around that long! lol! I'm not confident enough in my work as yet to feel that it's "that good", a friend tells me I'm too critical of myself,etc. Not looking for sympathy - know it's something I've got to work out! As a scrapbooker - I think that your writing/hand is important for future generations so have so maybe I can find someone to embroider a daisy (Mom's favorite flower) on some labels and then I could write on them? I don't have an embroidery machine but know a couple of gals that do. Is embroidery an OK thing or should the label not have dimension? I promise I'll think on it!
OK please tell me what QOV is? I put a note on the Newbie page to refer other new quilters to read our conversation (so to speak) from today. Thought it great info and may lead to good contacts too, I thought. I am going to ask the gal that does my quilting re: the script on a quilt. Finished one niece's quilt (that's the one with many ravels that have to be removed!) and am doing one for her sister. Both quilts have ties to my Mother and it would be great to put something in each one.....like Mom always refered to Gretchen as her "sunshine", etc. Is this something the client asks you about or do you suggest to them, find out such via "interviewing" them or how? Just love it!! So glad I checked out your website!! j
Arlene, I checked out your website. Beautiful quilts and I noticed (at first on your page here) that there is script in the quilting. I could read it on one of the quilts on the website, what a great idea. That is a new thing to me and I really like that. Thank you again for your advice! j
Arlene, quick question for you. Do you happen to know any coupon codes for Quilter's village? I might buy those motif books and I was wondering if there are any coupons you might know of. These days, every little bit makes a difference.
Thanks a bunch,
You sound like you are really BUSY !! Wish I could retire & do things like that, sopunds like fun ! When is the show again? I asked Sue last Sat if she was going & she said she was thinking about it. Sue usually never misses, but she's been on the busy side latley. He son ( living on his own) fell & broke his heel & she has been running into town fixing meals & also running him to the Dr. Appointments in Rockford...his fater isn't helping much ( tho his wife is??). I will contact her later this week. I had a great time having lunch with little granddaughter Grace at school yesterday....they are soo much fun! Then spent the rest of the afternoon with her Dad ( my youngest) shopping. Talk to you soon...Georgie
Yes...the weather isn't very good. We are planning to take off about 3 this afternoon....with packed bags!!! LOL sure hope we don't have to stay over, but just in case. We really wanted to leave early and do some shopping, but scratched that with the roads. My friend Sue Rammage ( who had the "Quilt Cellar" in Dixon is going also. I'll have to ask her if she's attending the quilt show, she goes to Princeton a lot..Talk to you soon
That would beat fun for you. I think we are planning to go tomorrow, I have gotten my hubby hooked on the meat from Yoders meat market, so I do believe we must need something. That usually gives me a trip about once a month if I need to go or not. Enjoy your trip.