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  1. pegomyheart's Avatar
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    Linda, are you following any groups on Facebook? There are several that are for people interested in vintage and antique sewing machines and one that is specific to treadles...just to a search at the top of the facebook page where you would search for friends...any of these groups would be able to help you...they are very friendly and enthusiastic...willing to share their knowledge and resources...I would love to be able to try treadling just to see if I would want to add one to my collection...goodluck!
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    Oh, Sweety, I know you don't seem to have the time right now, but trust me, your time will come. I am now a Widow and I cared for my husband with Alzheimer's for what seemed like an eternity. I kept him at home and gave him my undivided attention. Treasure your time with him, as he needs you right now. I, too, thought selfishly to myself, I need time for me. Hold on to the memories that you & your family have with him. This is HIS journey, share it with him, while you still have him in your life.
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    Being the care taker can be very hard. Dont forget to care for yourself. You need that. When my husband is having bad days, he wants me close by. I keep somekind of hand work handy to work on has I sit with him. I wish you strength! And hope you can find those minutes in the day to create.
  4. sewhat540's Avatar
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    very good, beautiful.. anyone would be happy to have this one. Never saw it made by anyone. Thanks for showing it to all of us.
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    I was touched by your entry. Sorry I can't offer any pointers, as I cannot even imagine what you're going through. Are there community services available to offer some respite: someone who comes in from time to time to give you a break? You could use these times to quilt. Seems to me that it would make you feel good to do something for yourself. Then again, I'm not speaking from experience. Hope some fellow quilters can offer more ...
  6. Charleen DiSante's Avatar
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    This is a type of Dresden plate pattern.
  7. cookiemonster's Avatar
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    Love what you have done with the ties to make a gorgeous quilt.
  8. SewingSew's Avatar
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    I love intense, passionate colors, like blood red. I also like bright, vibrant colors--such as school-bus yellow contrasting with fuchsia pink or bright blues, or red-orange and purple. Black used in the right way is stunning. Cranberry red and hunter green and off-white are beautiful. I love deep, rich colors, like blue-green, purple, different shades of violet, hunter green, olive green, against butter cream yellow, etc. Plaids appeal to me. I love, love, love polka-dots. Monochromatic grays and blacks and whites with a focal point that is dark or bright red is beautiful and classy. Off-white or antique-white used in quilts when it is contrasted with a darker shade or warmer tone is pleasing. White shades against pale colors just look washed out to me in most cases. There are exceptions though. Robin's egg blue used with olive green, mustard yellow, burnt orange, dark brown and off-white--appeal to me.
    I love Baltimore quilts, quilts that show optical illusion through their design, whimsical appliqué, and trapunto. Samplers that incorporate a variety of design squares of different sizes appeal to me. I absolutely love Thimbleberry quilts. I love the art of quilting and think that there is beauty in most every piece, with a few exceptions. Occasionally I see something that I think is fugly. (Yeah, that's right. I meant to say fugly.) But most of the time I find beauty in everything I see.
    I took a hand-quilting class about 20 years ago, but got side-tracked with college and put it aside. I seemed to have a knack for it though. Right now I am signed up for two online classes. They are both block-of-the-month. I will be working on them simultaneously once I complete my wall hanging for this swap. One of the classes is taught by an Amish man, and in which I will learn paper-piecing. The other is a class taught by Lynette Jensen making a Thimbleberries quilt. I should learn many skills through both classes. I love learning new things.
    I really don't care what type of fabrics are used but I prefer that they are cotton.
    I love appliqué, but I am also open to all other techniques. I love piecing that incorporates appliqué.
    My favorite candy is Werther's Original Caramels, Lindt milk chocolate Truffles, Gummy Bears and also Peanut Brittle.
    I am a beginner quilter, but I have been involved in some art or craft project since I was about 6 years old. I learned to crochet and sew at that age from my grandmother. I like to sketch, paint, make jewelry, arrange flowers, make baskets, crochet, sew, knit, cross-stitch, cook, garden, write, read, and just generally create things. I want to try my hand at doll making at some point down the road, and I'm interested in glass-blowing, stained glass, and pottery making.
    I love animals and have had both cats and dogs in the past. My home is presently pet-free and smoke-free. I have a very sensitive sense of smell and can't handle the smell of something that retains a smoky odor. It has nothing to do with not liking a person with that habit, but it is all about being offended by the smell when it is embedded in something. If I can wash the item, then I'm okay. If you are still reading at this point, thank you for taking the time.
  9. Conartist1945's Avatar
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    Marshalls dry goods and thousands of bolts (and only one nut)Wittles are all good sources and great prices
  10. Roscoesmom's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilter7x
    I would recommend the walking foot because your stitches will all be the same length. If you use the free motion foot, your stitches might be all different lengths. The walking foot will also help move the quilt along while you're doing it. Good luck!
    I followed your advice and it turned out great. Would post a picture but I don't know how.
  11. IsabellasWhimsy's Avatar
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    These are so cute. Wonderful gifts!
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