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    QE--great job as always!!

    So...I have to ask (just because of a conversation I had last week) for those who enter quilts in shows/fairs/etc ...do you give your quilter ribbons won specifically for "machine quilting"?

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    CarrieM ... one of the hardest thing I find in entering is "reading" or should I say "interpreting" the class info. Very often it is ambiguous and poorly written!

    Classes might be specifically for hand quilting or machine quilting or other (tied or strip quilting or?). Machine quilting at one fair/show may include DSM and LA, or it may only be for DSM with a separate class for LA. And some classes will say any type of quilting can be done,

    Then there are the other class specs. Size may be specified to a minimum or maximum, generally giving the perimeter as the size. A minimum of 192" is a standard here for machine quilted quilts (whether LA or DSM) or 324" minimum for hand quilted quilts. Though that is not always the rule!

    The Fair a couple weeks ago had specific sizes, and you had to have that size or do not enter. So ... the one baby quilt class was 36x54" which would have been the same perimeter as my pink baby quilt at 40x50" but nope, could not enter. A lot of their classes were specific sizes, which cut me out. Those specifics were not even consistent ... one was 48x60, whereas another 40x60 and so on! Then they wonder why they didn't get significant entries in some of the classes?

    Sometimes too, the class is open to any size ... so last year, the hand quilted applique class at one Fair had no size specified. I entered Granny59's Mini Dresden Plate quilt .... and it won over some full sized bed quilts. I am sure there was some chatter by the owners of those other quilts!

    Quilts are generally in a different section of the entry book to many other sewing and craft classes, including Needlecraft. At some Needlecraft is anything using a needle, thus including quilted work. At some of the others, don't dare go there, they only want knitting, crocheting, cross stitching, etc. Often times this section, I am able to enter runners, table toppers or other smaller items, separate from "real" quilts, yet are quilted.

    Then the one that really gets me going is when you call the convener and ask a question, and she has no clue what the answer is! Then gives the response, oh put it in and see how the Judge interprets it. Ummmm ... sorry, I don't want to be disqualified. I want to know if it is a valid entry or not, before doing so!!!!

    arrgghhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!
    Yes, I get very frustrated!
    .......... and bite my tongue a lot!!!



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    QE--not sorry I asked. I have never entered anything, so didn't realize there were so many regulations at the different places. I looked though our county fair book last year and thought about entering, but the fair was flooded out.

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    Hi Everyone, I'm very glad to hear the good news with everyone's health issues...

    My sewing with the exception of the MB's is on the back burner for now...I don't know why but it seems I've lost my interest...I'm in a sort of lull for now...still reading the posts but have nothing to contribute so I'm quiet.. been running around alot with family obligations and don't have much down time.. will keep in touch...H.

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    Even the Drs. have warned me that I will have several days of blindness on the 1 st of November and several days after, so I will not be using the computer for at least a week if everything goes right. Bf is trying to set things up to be with me, to guide me along. She knows how DH is going to veiw things and handle the situation. Life he just did my spilled cull glass of ice tea int he living room. ...Bf and her husband were visiting they were the ones who jumped up to help me... alas dh sat on his rear....GRRRR.

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    Honchey--thanks for checking in even if you aren't sewing. Always good to hear from you.

    QNS--sorry that DH isn't helping out. Maybe it will be different after surgery when he knows you can't do it??

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    Anymore MB"S to show??? I sent mine out on the 16th..

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    Thanks for the "Fair" info QE. A lot to digest. If it were me I wouldn't be sewing I'd be sleeping after your workout!

    No I will not "share" the Princess Quilt with my Grands--I'd get roped into making 5 of them! And you all know how well I get "roped" into doing something. This is going to be beautiful mirabelle.

    Honchey sometimes we need a break. And with other needs to be attended to a step back may be all you need to be renewed and refreshed to start sewing again.

    Pretty fabrics carrie--very Persian looking.

    Sorry about MrQNS's lack of attention--as Carrie says maybe he will be better when your downtime comes.

    Wonder how the traveler is doing? Janie's must be having a good time.

    Just to show you what 400 mini 9Ps look like

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    OK, You must be a speed demon on that sewing machine to get 400 9 patches sewn in such a short time. I missed the reason WHY you are making so many 9 patches.
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    Just saw this thread--thought someone might be interested

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/links-r...s-t231275.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue Bell View Post
    OK, You must be a speed demon on that sewing machine to get 400 9 patches sewn in such a short time. I missed the reason WHY you are making so many 9 patches.
    That's cuz I haven't quite decided what to do with them. I just have soooo many 1" strips and want to tame the mini stash a bit.
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    I am now saving 1" strips. Can't decide if you are a good or bad influence on me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue Bell View Post
    I am now saving 1" strips. Can't decide if you are a good or bad influence on me.



    Anyone else joining in on the save an inch project?
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    No OK, not me

    GrannyQ, I'm very glad you got good news.

    QNS, I hope DH will help out when you had your surgery!

    QuiltE, great Fair though a lot of work to set it all up.

    Mirabelle, I'm glad my DGD is still too small to look at the pictures and tell me I have to make one too It's gorgeous.

    Honchey, don't worry. I feel like that at times too. I don't have anything to show except the stockings but I have to take pictures first! Will do that tomorrow.
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    CarrieM ... that's been my experience. It may not be so jumbled and confusing in your area. I really encourage you to enter. It helps to see how you are doing and get some feedback.

    Honchey ... I can understand your lack of sewing. Too much happening and a body that's hurting would stop me too. The important thing is to take care of yourself, through it all. I'll confess, I didn't get Friday's mail, so will check tmro/Monday after that mail is sorted and see if I should be lucky to have an MB. Yours?

    QNSue ... hopefully your Dr is overshooting his estimates, and you will not find things quite so difficult. I hope that your BF can arrange to be there to help you, at least for the company. Will it be day surgery? Or will they keep you overnight?

    OKSGlad ... I did a lot of sleeping and sorting this week, so just felt I "needed" some sewing-therapy. Spent part of today doing some more cleaning and re-settling from the fair. It's all done now. Some baking done and will sew tonight. The 9P jar is looking good, and looks like you will soon need a bigger jar for those minis! Are you managing to keep ILean out of the house? Hope so!!! Madison trip coming up soon for you? No, not saving 1" strips, though have been keeping some pieces for other projects. Just too many ideas and dream projects!!

    Anael ... yes, a lot of work but well worth it. Thankfully my colleague is easy to work with. We've done it enough times now, that the set up while a lot, isn't too difficult of a task ... more time than anything. I still have some of my antiques to bring home from their place ... just not enough room in my truck for it all at once.

    Hope everyone is having a perfect Sunday ... enjoying the lovely fall weather (summer for MiraB) ... and doing things that are important to each of you!
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    QE--you asked about the clubhouse....well plans are forming, but we aren't sure whether it will be next year of the following...just depends on finances. My dad will be the one to figure out what we need and do a lot of the building/directing us what to do. While on our trip last week we got to talking about some of the details.

    OK--I don't save any scraps quite that small...maybe 1 1/2" strips. After making a few DJ blocks I am sure I will either love little pieces or hate them.

    Today I got everything cut for my sister's quilt borders and also the crazy quilt border, backing and binding. I started cutting fabric for SYE #3 and worked a little on the binding of another table runner. This will be a busy week, but I should be able to get a little sewing in every day except Wednesday when I work. I don't want to get behind on SYE. Then I need to get my MB done for October. After that back to sewing the borders on those two quilts.

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    Yes, OK, I have some one inch and some two and half inch strips in my sewing room; also some four and five inch blocks as I recall.

    Yes, QuiltE, bf is planning on being here on Oct 31st, and staying at least three days; and for her husband to come too cause we have a 'project' for them to do: building canning storage shelves in the garage. That will keep both of them out of our hair! But she doesn't have her back patio wooden deck built after three years, so it may or may not occur. They took a walnut tree down this morning; it was full of worms inside the tree and the tree was mostly dead.

    Bf is not too healthy herself, so will see what happens. No, dh does not know how to care for anyone other than himself. And he wants waited on all the time.... It was his idea to can the apples this weekend. I did 28 pints (dh peeled them with his gadget), baked a cake and made four loaves of bread on Thursday. Yesterday, canned 14 quarts of apples (dh peeled them and sliced them with his gadget) and made an apple pie. We had fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy for lunch yesterday, and semi home made noodles and chicken (canned chicken and broth) at lunch today. Leftovers were sent home with best friend and her husband. Including cake, pie, two loaves of bread, dozen duck eggs. She hates to cook, but does walk on water when her dh asks her to do so...he pitched in a lot this weekend, carrying things to the table, and washing dishes. Now, I might get to elevate my knee the rest of the day.

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    QuiltE - here are the SYE blocks, plus the 2 pieces of Block 3, just for you! LOL I am taking apart #2 and putting the darker green in the outside pieces. I decided I wanted all those pieces the same color.
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    Hi, ladies. First an apology for not posting and commenting on all the lovely items yinz have posted. I have been sick with a sinus infection, bronchitis, and on top of that a (bleeping) bladder infection. Plus, working extra days because the new girl is also sick and called off. I go to work and come home and go to bed. I have been reading the posts and enjoying them; haven't been in Bat Cave to sew for over a week. I'm never sick (I'm so blessed) and don't handle it well when I am--tend to whine a lot LOL.

    I need your advice. As you know, I had a problem with my Sweet 16, took it to LQS who couldn't fix it because it was an electronic problem. Picked it up, packed it and mailed it to HQ. Very nice guy took care of sending me the postage and personally handled the problem. Rec'd machine back on Tuesday, set it up, hit the foot pedal and it's DEAD!! Same exact problem as before (Motor Sensor Error) so it's electronic again. I called and talked to the very nice guy and he said he'd overnight parts to my LQS so they could fix it. Due to not feeling well and working a lot, I can't get it there til Tuesday. So I have to pack it up, get MrJanRn to go with me to carry the machine and take it to LQS. Now, my question: what do I tell them? I don't want this thing back if it's going to happen again. Mr nice guy at HQ says it probably got jostled in shipping and something loosened up. Well, doesn't quilting cause a lot of vibrations and is it going to loosen up again? I just need some advice on what to ask, what to say, and what to tell them. Help please!
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    Oh, so sorry for this mess Jan. I cannot believe it is not put together better than this, that it would be broken again by being"jostled" in shipping. Maybe you could ask that they send you a new one, and make sure it is packaged properly!!!!
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    You have 'choices' to make, JanRN: either let them 'repair'/replace or say "Money back, please". How do you really feel about the business you are dealing with, can you trust them, or do more research and go for a different quilting machine....lots out there.

    My first sewing machine was a Kenmore from Sears; I struggled from day one with that machine, it would not work right. We had moved in a locating where the Lee Sewing plant sewing machine repair guy lived next door...he chiseled out the bobbin area and it worked better but not perfect, so next trip to Sears and trying their repair guy who broke the needle and returned it to me, they got their machine back. Never have bought another, although other people love their Kenmore Sewing Machines.

    I love Bernina and bought a new one this summer, but hearing horrid stories about the 830 Bernina, more expensive than the one I bought. Apparently, its not performing well at all. So its personal choice, Brand names do not guarantee much anymore.

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    Jan tell the HQ people that if they don't fix your machine that ya are gonna buy a Tierra & recommend ta all your internet quiltin' friends that they do the same. Tell 'em how many people are on the QB. They don't like ta lose business ta their competitor.
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    Not sure if that will do any good as HQ makes the Tiara--which is why they are so similar.
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    Hi everyone, lots of chatting to catch up on this morning.

    I have just e-mailed my October block to Anael for approval, will be posting it tomorrow, just a little early but I am without a car, dropped off DD's car this morning, so I have DH's truck until tomorrow night when DH and DS will swap cars, aarrgghhh then I am home without wheels. Should get some sewing done I am sure if I need anything DS will be here for me, depending on his work shifts.

    QuiltE, how confusing to enter quilts into your Fairs, boy do they make it hard.

    Honchey I hope you feel better soon, and are back chatting with us soon.

    NinaSue, I do hope your friend is able to spend a few days with you while you recover, will be thinking of you.

    Oksewglad I love your jar of mini blocks, can't wait to see what becomes of them, and thanks for the link to the Dear Jane thread. Have forwarded it to DD as she wants to make a DJ, tried to put her off but she is determined that one day she will make it.

    JanRN, hope you are feeling better soon, if that was my SW16 I would be demanding a new one be sent to me. I had a problem with the extra embroidery arm for my Pfaff and after 4 x 2 hours return trips to have it fixed I demanded and received a new one. It was the same for me, I would give it to the dealer, tell her the problem, drive home and she would ring me and say there is nothing wrong with it, I would drive back, pick it up, drive home, connect it and same problem, wouldn't calibrate. We spend a lot of money on our toys and expect them to work when we want to play.

    JeanieG I love your sneak peek at your blocks, I agree with the darker outer points on your second block. Can't wait to see block 3 finished.

    Anael it won't be long before Isa will "need" a pretty quilt

    Now it is time for me to cut some more squares, have a great day everyone
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    Quote Originally Posted by oksewglad View Post
    Not sure if that will do any good as HQ makes the Tiara--which is why they are so similar.
    Hmmm, I thought it was made by Baby Lock. My bad.
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