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    Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, Anael, and that looks perfect to me. Much better than what mine would have looked like. I refuse to touch the neighbor's LA, don't want to mess it up...but that was the old fashioned way... if you did not know what you were doing you did not do it to someone else property. You never handled things in the store that you were not going to buy!!! That is how we showed respect back then. And in teaching computers to junior high students and teachers, I stood or sat at their side and they worked the keyboard....and learned the 'how' and the 'why'.

    Its a new day today; celebrate. Do one thing that is very pleasing to you. You earned it!!

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    Anael...Mick is a show stopper! What a cute smile. Your picture with Bram is priceless. Your feathers are wonderful. Your practice is paying off.
    Carrie...the table runner turned out very nice. Good color combination. I'm not too surprised that your DS would like the labyrinth quilt. It is so eye catching. What colors would you use?
    QNS...I'm glad that you have a sewing retreat when things get tough at home. How many pansy blocks will you make for the quilts?
    Honchey...glad you are feeling better.
    Dubib....did Texas reinstate the Pony Express in lieu of trucks and forgot to stock oats and hay at one of their relays? I can't believe you haven't gotten your MB yet.
    Jeanie...your dedication to recovery for your hand is going to pay off. Have fun on your camping trip. You're lucky that your DH enjoys the work and you have good friends to adventure with.
    Janie...I saw your question about thread cutters...I've almost stopped using mine because it comes unthreaded too much when I start sewing. I mentioned it at class the other day and was told that it could be adjusted so it wouldn't happen but I haven't gotten it done yet. I like it when it works.
    I've simplified how I was going to finish the Lone Star so I'm confident that I can get it to the flimsy state by next Friday. Whee! I need to pick up some white for a narrow border Monday and the rest will be no problem.
    QuiltE....how does that Sweet 16 look to you? Do you have a love affair with it yet?
    Mirabelle...how nice that your DH knows how to function in the kitchen! How is your DD doing?

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    I'm speechless!!! and it's not because I still have discomfort!!!! it's because of Anael's feathers...I am so jealous!!!
    Anael, they a beautiful..when are you getting your LA now????

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    LOL Honchey thank you, I don't have the money nor the room for a LA! I would love to have the Sweet 16 though. It's not available here and customer service never answered my e-mails
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    Wow, i usually make my own decisions about purchasing my "toys" and because a LA would take up so much room...I would have to ask DH about it...I don't think he would agree with me on one...I had alot of fun practising loop de loops when we had one in the store.
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    Thanks for the nice comments on my projects. The flowers are pretty busy IRL...the picture seems to calm them some how. DH thinks solid fabric between the small blocks, but I will try the assorted fabrics first and see if a narrow cream sashing is enough to separate everything.

    Honchey--I am so excited you found the magazine!!! Thanks for looking so hard. Praying each day is a little better for your mouth/jaw.

    Dublb--this *is* the bestest group! I thought about posting in general on the boards, but figured I would try here first.

    Jeanie--glad to hear a good update about your hand. Have a great camping trip. We joke that we live were others vacation...a "cabin" in the woods near the river.

    Anael--your feathers look good to me. Great job! All that practicing is paying off...keep it up. I am guessing FMQ is one of those things if you don't do it regularly you need to practice a little before getting going each time.

    QNS--so what did you do today that was "pleasing to you"? I am spending time in the clubhouse.

    Ggal--I asked DS and he says he likes the grey/black one...showed him a picture of blue and purple ones too. Great to hear your Lone Star is coming along.

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    Just read the last couple of posts .... and see that you are all going to be here to talk sense into me.
    And saw Anael's amazing feathers/quilting!

    Yes ... I have fallen in LOVE with the S16 ... will be back to tell you all more later, and to read the 55 posts made, since I was here on Thursday!

    **mutters to self**
    I don't know I just don't know
    Can I justify it?
    There's worse places to spend my $
    **mutters and mumbles more**
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    QuiltE, go for it. We only get one turn at life....ENJOY it!! What way would the $ bring you more joy and fun?? After all, who else would enjoy that $ that you earned as much as what you would?

    Looking at the farm and home chicken tractor; its built cheap, and would probably allow racoons to break into it...maybe...it would all fit inside of the dog run since it is four wide and the dog run is five foot wide...its expensive $$$ but would not have to listen to dh yak on about building it...it would be perfect for the hen and chickens...like the cottage style the best.

    Yes, Carrie I am working on the Pansy Passion II, four blocks done, eight more are cut out, ready to assemble which I am working on...will see if I like that size or want to make it larger. The purse for AIL is calling for me to construct it.... Leftovers from Red Lobster is all gone...so may have to fix some lunch today...

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    QuiltE flip a coin. if you are not happy with what the coin tells you to do, then you'll know!

    QNS you amaze me. I wish I could come and see all your birds and quilts and fabrics and gardens. It sounds like you are in an amazing setting and you are so industrious.

    Carriem
    you are another one who is always accomplishing something. I really like your florals. Your FFC table runner is way cool, too. Great that Honchey found your pattern.

    Gardnergal, The thread cutter on my machine will remain unused as I am ok with the old fashioned way. Mine needle doesn't come unthreaded, but half the time I get a nest at the start of a seam and half the time I don't and those nests bug me . I had been reading so many people say they couldn't do without it and I wondered why. I am still wondering.

    Anael, Your picture with you and Bram got me all teary. What a lucky little baby to be so loved. Precious picture , get it framed. I have a picture of me peering into my grandson's isolette and he loves that picture. He will be 9 in Aug.

    Big shout out to all the rest!

    I am still procrastinating on the PC, I think it's because I am daunted by the task of sewing the rows together. I really really hate that part. I am going to promise myself a large London Fog for this afternoon if I get the blocks done and one of the two up on the design wall.

    QuiltE Quitcher mumbling and go get the Sweet 16. You know you wanna! What are you working so hard for if not to get the things that bring you joy????

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    Oh QuiltE...go for it, go for it..You deserve anything you worked hard for...Just think of all the pleasure you'll get from it..JanRN can give you lessons sorry Jan..I couldn't resist!!

    Janiew, I use leaders and enders all the time and when I do use the cutter.I will either pull both threads longer and hold them so I don't get the bumps...taking the 'fix' off also helps.

    Carrie, I don't want to hear anymore about what you finished this week!!!!

    Oh and I found fabric in my stash for my 3rd MB..Ha Ha, Only I know....
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    QE--I think you have wanted a S16 for a long time and that if you've been saving for it, why wait any longer??

    Janie--good to "hear" from you. I find that sometimes I have to give myself motivation to get back to something...you *will* get your PC blocks together and will be so happy when you do.

    Honchey--I won't share any more pictures until tomorrow...that's technically next week...right??

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    QuiltE, don't mutter and mumble, go for it! I would if I was living over there! So go and get it

    Janie, I never use the thread cutter on my machine either. I think it's a pain in the ***. And I keep forgetting to use leaders and enders.

    QNS, I love the stories about your birds.

    Honchey, good you found more fabric
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    Ha Ha Ha Ha....You would think I had better things to do right now !!!!

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    QuiltE....you're talking to a bunch of enablers that would get it for themselves if they could! Just think of all the quilts that you won't have to pay someone else to quilt for the rest of your quilting life. I know that you've been practicing along with Jan in your dreams.

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    **note** I have not read posts since #2775

    Hello Again ... I shouldn't have told anyone (you and others) about my expedition. Now I have to report back! And have been getting emails of inquiry, support, nudging, etc. So for the essence of time I will start here with a group reply for you ladies, and then onwards to any emails later.

    OK ... a quick overview ...

    I went to both dealers, Tiara and HQ Sweet 16. As far as I could find out, same machine. And the decision would be price and follow up service/support. S16 being the original has the better price, as they are re-selling to BabyLock to sell as Tiara. The HQ dealer has been with HQ much longer, knows their machines better, does on site servicing. Plus from what HQ has a 1-800 support line which has already been helpful to me. BL does not, as far as I know. So, no question to me as to which I would buy. I learned a lot from both.

    Price ... I could send a lot of quilts out to a LAQ before breaking even.
    Yes, the enjoyment, I deserve it, can't take the money with me can easily outweigh that!
    Plus the immediacy and personal satisfaction that I did it all by myself, as opposed to waiting 6 wks or more for a LAQ ... and continue to do smaller items on my 6600.

    Two stumbling blocks ...
    **sandwiching** ... still a cumbersome awkward process for larger quilts. A LA somewhat does that for you. NO I am not interested AT ALL in a LA. Just a fact of reality and by sending to a LAQ I would avoid that issue.
    **computer/laser accuracy** ... that comes with a fully-endowed LA!! I would definitely be doing FreeMQ forever on the S16 and would I be happy with the less so precision than a LA would do for me. Could I ever gain the skills to even come close?

    So then I wonder about upgrading my 6600 to the 8900 (2 more inches in throat) and would I be happy?

    The dealer I was at on Thursday sells both S16 and Janome. I didn't go between the two then, but I am thinking I should. Also there is another HQ dealer in the opposite direction from me that sells HQ and J, so I could also get their perspective and try both machines within minutes. They also sell Husqvarna, Bernina and BabyLock, but not the Tiara. So could be sure to get myself really confused and have info overload!!!

    Now with all this being said ... I have not said how nicely it quilted and how easy it was to use it. I made feathers, and silly me, I didn't bring the sample with me when I left the store. No, they were not perfect, but they were pretty darned good, IMHO, for a starter. I did try their TruStitch (BSR concept) ... and felt I was doing as good or better without. However, that might change with more practice and a better understanding of the how to ... I'm not sure. It is an expensive add-on ... and could be added later for the same price (barring any price increases).

    I know I know ... if I don't take care of me, no one else will.
    Though I do have to look at this totally in the real world and be honest with the facts!!

    I WILL get reading all your input later ... just need to get a few more things done before I can spend much computer time again ................
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    Quote Originally Posted by gardnergal970 View Post
    QuiltE....you're talking to a bunch of enablers that would get it for themselves if they could! Just think of all the quilts that you won't have to pay someone else to quilt for the rest of your quilting life. I know that you've been practicing along with Jan in your dreams.
    Just saw this as I posted .... you are so right GGal ... all these enablers are deadly!!
    See above about the cost/benefit scenario!
    And no, I wasn't practicing with JanRN before ... but gosh, now I sure am now!!!!
    In my mind I am there ... but then there's the guilt devil that creeps in and messes me up!



    And ... on the quilting front ... I really do want to get my April MB done THIS weekend!!!!!!!!!
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    Done with April MB, bring on May. Another Pansy Passion block done.

    And the farm and home called, they had the chicks and ducks in...so I re-drove the 41 miles each way...pick out my 8 brown ducks and 8 chicks...one of which will lay colored eggs...the rest are Production Red. The hen would like to adopt, but no natural clucking is happening, so we will see. She can still go into the stew pot. A number of the ducks had already died so do not know how reliable the hatchery is that they use. I picked for the ones that was up and running a good pace. No guarantees on these like last year from my home town. The new chicks brought kids and parent (s) in by the 'drove'...had to stand over and defend mine until we could box them up. I didn't cluck at the chicks and ducks....they just liked me...and sang to me all the way home....peep..peep..

    QuiltE, you know what you are goin' do, so just do it!!!

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    QE - I want ta tell ya ta go ahead & buy the S16. However only you know what your finances are. What else would ya spend the $$$$ money on? What is more important? You are important so if it worked out for ya then go for it!
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    Wow so much chatting

    Ggal my DD's foot is healing slowly, she is back at the gym but very careful with how much she does. We had a small shopping spree on Friday before I came home, bought her 3 new outfits 2 sizes down, it was a lot of fun as she tried on outfits and said no too big go smaller sizing.

    QuiltE you have all the information you need and you have thought of all the negatives as well as the positives. I am sure you will make the right decision for YOU!!!!

    I am ready to post April's MB and can't wait to see which victim I have er I mean recipient for May
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    All but one in....so here are the posts for this past months MBs. Watch for Dubib's and add it to the list. Happy sewing everyone....!!
    Janie..post #2413
    GGal...post#2461
    JanRN..post #2477
    Jeanie..post #2480
    QuiltE..post#2494
    Honchey..post#2517
    Carrie..#2525
    QNSue..#2556
    DD..#2598
    Granny..#2673
    Mirabelle..#2725
    OK,,#2763

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    Oh Dear oh Dear .... I had replies typed and then wiped them out ... as I went to the last page of posts to read.

    Sorry, Ladies ... not going to go back and recapture them. So no disrespect to those I do not comment too.

    Anael ... Together At Last!!! what a loving caring pic with Bram.
    Amazing Amazing feathers ... and you say this is only practice. Imagine when you have some experience!

    DublB ... do hope that your MB arrives on Monday!!

    Honchey ... All this talk about doing an inward/northward trip ... how about a Canadian portion? And we do have LOTS and LOTS and LOTS of golf courses too. In fact the LQS I went to on Thursday had one almost next door. I could slide down and meet you there ... not far from Niagara Falls. Or come in at Niagara and do a wrap around to Sarnia to head back into the States and onwards to see GGal in Indiana before, onwards to the other PC'ers!

    CarrieM ... great job on your FFC.

    FFCs ... any other progress reports for show and tell?

    JanieW ... congratulations on your FFC decision.
    I laughed with your flip a coin suggestion ... though I thought part II was going to be, if you don;t like the decision it give,s then just flip again! .... and again ... and again!
    I do like London Fogs too ... you should get some Stormy Nights from Davids and brew it up with milk ... absolutely delicious!!!

    GGal ... thanks for the post #s for the blocks. I'm starting a file with all the pics in it, so I can try to coordinate future MBs with the previous ones.

    Thanks Everyone ... for indulging me about the S16. I have not made any decisions and have made a deal with myself to kind of let it sit for the weekend. Oh I guess I did decide one thing ... to go to the dealer and test drive the S16 and the J8900 together. Then I can do a bit of comparison in the outcomes and let that help make my decision. Still in love with it though! And please, do give me any further insights you have about it, good or bad, to help me think it all thru in a rational decision making process. (Oh how terrible to be so logical!)
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    Although poor dublb has not received her block yet--she has given me permission to post it. Fortunately I took a picture before it left on the 25th. If it doesn't arrive next week I'll make another one and who knows maybe she will be lucky and get 2 MB from me!

    From her email:
    Oh, oh, oh it’s so very purdy! Thank you so much for doin’ this for me. I’m so sorry that it seems ta have gotten lost in the mail. I have no problem w/ya postin’ the picts on the board. I like the idea o’ givin’ it another day or so be fore ya make another one. The thing that upsets me the most is losin’ all o’ your hard work on this lovely block. Yes it is scrappy & that’s what I wanted!

    So here's dublb's MB from me and it's baby sister.
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    QE--my LQS just got a Tiara in--said she was thinking of me when she ordered it. It is so tempting. Maybe later after our big trip is paid for!

    I'm having a cup of barley/beef stew made with some of the meat I got ready for the pressure canner. Have 13 quarts and 1 pint of canned beef waiting to cool and put in the cupboard along with 7 quarts of the nicest beef broth. Although a long day's work--it's one of my favorite things to can. It's so handy to have on the shelf for a quick beef and noodle hot dish; creamed beef gravy over bread or mashed potaotes or just heat up and have pulled beef sandwiches. I still have enough beef and bones in the freezer to make another batch this size.
    G-night all.
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    Ain't it so purdy Ya'll??? Here's hopin' that it now takes wings & fly's here.
    Bev
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    DublB ... yes, indeed it is pretty. We'll celebrate again with you, when it arrives IRL!

    OKSGlad ... check out the machine while you are there sometime, so you know what you are waiting for! Great block pattern and love your Miss Mini! mmmmmmmmm delicious bedtime snack after a hard day's work.
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