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    Nice to hear from everyone. Spring has skipped on through the area and its into summer here. .. and no air conditioner up and running yet...soon....I hope.

    No gardening plans what so ever this year...just the flower beds out front and maybe the RR tie perennial bed...if I can get the weeds out that has a head start already.

    Plan to work on 'Mama and kittens' today and reject the ones that do not measure up and remake them...to the right size and shape...if I can do this project, then its on to finish the other projects started on QB...SYE four blocks to finish, 50 stars, Dear Jane two ways, and Sylvia and TW. And the I SPY small quilt....along with a couple or three mini quilts that has me busy on the side with the smaller projects.

    It is going to be a good day....enjoy it one and all.

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    Honchey--I may cut back to just a couple days a week at the hotel when school starts again, it just depends on how things go. Three teenagers are expensive so the extra income will be helpful to the family budget.

    OK--we had orioles on the hummingbird feeder last week, but I think as the hummers increased they chased them off! I think there were about 15 of them out there just a little bit ago.

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    QuiltE, I haven't decided on OMG or Jake..I did show them to my employer yesterday and she loves both of them... She wants me to teach a 3 session class 2 hours each...they generally run over to 3 hours.. the classes would be for newbies and sometimes they are new to their machines and have no concept of the ins and outs of fabric..difficult sometimes to understand.. They want the quilt on the wall not the one they end up making.. This would have to take place after my knee rehab and in between trips to NC.... also several ladies want to learn PPing...My boss looked at me and I rolled my eyes.. I did have fun yesterday.. picked up some greys, white & yellows for another sample to make for the gallery.. Joann's is remodeling the whole store starting in August and the Gallery is going to be brand new also...I might be getting a nice long table for a very good price.. we'll see... I'll have to start figuring out how to move it...
    I still can't find my camera and it aggravates me to no end... I have the kids later today..my DS will now have them on his day off instead of a set schedule..easier for everyone and more time for him with them....The youngest requested Chicken gravy and shells and it's now cooking on the stove...I have the new fabric to iron.. starched it & put it in a baggie last nite so it's ready to press... I've also been gathering some colorful scraps..maybe play with them & make a OMG block... The rain has final started to fall and I have less aches & pains when that happens and For some reason I feel very energized...I wonder??? I didn't receive any batteries from Mirabelle...
    I better get off my a_ _ before I get too comfy on the couch....

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    I used to laugh at my grandmother then my mother when they'd say "It's going to rain, my arthritis is acting up," thought that was an old wives' tale. Well, I'm an old wife, and my joints are killing me yesterday & today. Rain is predicted but not here yet. I hope it gets here soon. (My boss explained that the pain is caused by an increase in atmospheric pressure and the air pockets around the joints expand causing pain; isn't it funny how so many old wives' tales have a basis in fact?)

    Working on DGD Asian themed quilt. I had a pic in my mind when I started it but can't get it to translate into the fabric. Back to the Bat Cave!
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    This morning the 4yo from nextdoor came to visit me. He's very interested in KK as his mom is very afraid of cats so they don't have one themselves. He wanted to know how she used a washcloth I told him how she does that without! Than he asked me if she's going to the toilet. I explained and showed him the litter box. He had a look and asked me 'how does she flush??'
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    OKSGlad ... never a dull moment for you!! Are you on countdown to the wedding? Not long! What nice sites and sounds with all those orioles around. Of course, you have so much time for bird watching .... NOT!

    CarrieM ... My goodness .... 15 hummers all at once. WOW!!!!!!! After reading OKSGlad's hummer/oriole update, it made me think .......by chance is your new feeder an oriole feeder? I know I have one for each, and they are very similar, and apparently, they know the difference!

    JanRN ... that picture will come to life!

    Anael ... Oh to be a kid!!!

    Honchey ... any date set for your knee yet? Maybe start kitting things, to do during your recovery time?


    Any suggestions on what causes skipped stitches when FMQing?
    The needle goes down, but the two threads are not joining.
    No, not because I am moving too fast.
    (... otherwise I would not have seen how it is happening.)

    Wednesday night I was FMQing and all was going great. When I stopped, I noted all my settings thinking I would just pick up with them and motor on last night. NOT!!!!!!! I fiddled a lot, tweaked the tension, even tried different stitch lengths. Did a lot of sample work, and tried on the real thing. Each time, all would be good ... then the skipping would start. I can accept the odd skip, but this was too frequent. A lot of frogging and whimpering!

    Any help, would sure be appreciated!!!!!!
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    The Mama and kittens mock one:Name:  1-DSCN0090.JPG
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Size:  200.7 KB I did thread the needle yesterday afternoon and again this morning, but vision is still not 20/20, but better than completely blind...feeling good that I can see what I can. Eight more cat oaurs to be added to the mix and the two split into two wall hangings.

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    We are back from Phoenix today. It will take a while to catch up on all the happenings. Really cute quilt QNS! Talk with you all later. Still unpacking.
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    Very cute, QNS. My sister would love that pattern--she's always sending me pics of her cat doing "dumb cat" things. I love the bright fabric you're using.

    QE, did you get your machine fixed? My Viking is not finicky but the Sweet 16 will skip stitches if there's the teeniest piece of lint or thread in the bobbin area. FMQ is not my area of expertise (to say the least) but check one more time for a stray thread. Good luck--I'm anxious to see your finished project (not nagging--encouraging LOL).
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    Welcome Back JeanieG ... Hope you had a good time!

    Thanks JanRN ...
    guess what? it is working wonderfully well again .... and I have no clue as to why!
    I was totally lost and phoned the dealer. The good thing was that I was reassured that it's not like I am a newbie ... and I had done what both the shop owner and the mechanic suggested. This machine sure is clean (not sure how many times I have tried that tactic, plus needle changes and just plain fiddling with tension and the like.

    One tip I did get from the tech was to switch back to a regular foot, and do some zigzag work, and straight stitching. His other suggestion was to leave it overnight!! I told him not funny as I had already tried that, last night! Anyway, once I did the regular and zigzag (and not much of it), I was almost going to leave it all for another day. Then thought, oh, give it a try ........... like magic, all was good! I called them back .... as I thought they should know that I don't just call when things are bad! The tech just said, that with all these highly computerized machines, it is more and more confusing and sometimes they just fix themselves. He's a great guy, but gee, I like logic!

    Purrrrrrrfect Kitties, QNS ........ The two blacks work perfect for an interesting background. Does your new machine not have an auto-threader? That makes life so much easier.

    And right now .... so long as it keeps working well, I'll accept the non-logic ... and use that tactic another time when I am about ready to pack it in!!!
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    QUiltE....my machine was skipping stitches but I though it was because I was crossing bulky seams, then it started doing it on two layers. I cleaned, I changed, I did every logical thing I could think of and then I remembered someone on QB saying that they ran dental floss through their tension wheels..I guess that's what they are called..as part of their cleaning process. Yup...it worked. I had the same problem starting a couple of days ago and the dental floss was the answer again. I guess my sewing just causes the dust to fly! I don't cover it when I'm not sewing and I know that that would probably help too. New flooring would be the best solution. The carpet in this house is close to 30 years old and my DH doesn't believe in shampooing it.

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    DH & I decided just taday that we aren't goin' ta Brady till tamarrow. I'm gonna take #1SDon ta the airport in a li'le bit then I'm gonna go & look at some Blue Willow dishes that are like my DGM had. My niece was supposed ta git DGM's but there was a mix up. I've been lookin' for some for about 5 years for her.
    Well I guess I'd better git ready ta take #1DSon ta the airport.
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    GGal ... thanks ... it's nice to know that someone else can truly relate! Like you, I knew that when it was skipping other than on the seams, it was something more than just needing a sharper needle. I've seen it mentioned about the dental floss and tension wheels too ... but honestly, I do not understand where that would be? I don't cover my machine either. The tech is always saying I should vacuum it, for a good cleaning, but til I find a used vacuum to keep under the corner of my sewing table, that isn't going to happen!
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    I'm with you QuiltE - I'm not sure where the tension disks are either, or how to get to them???? Any help would be appreciated - maybe there is a video about this, anyone know???
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    QuiltE, thanks for the info! I will try to zig zag and straight stitching too as my Bernina skipps stitches too
    I didn't know about the dental floss either, there might be a video on youtube. Will have a look.

    QNS, your kitties are lovely!
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    JeanieG ... glad I am not the only one who is outright lost on this!

    Anael ... maybe you know what you are looking for and will find it?

    GGal .... come back come back! and enlighten we in the dark!

    Another little tip from the tech, from another visit .... if you are wondering if your timing is off .... do some zigzag. If it looks OK, you do not have a timing issue. If it will not zigzag, timing is diagnosed!
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    The tension disks are what the thread goes through. Just thread the floss as though you were threading your needle and pull it through a couple of times.

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    Never heard of the dental floss trick before. I can see that lint would make its way into the tensioners.
    I made Girl's Joy last night and it is waiting for you in the appropriate thread. It is #19.
    I have the final Halloween batik fabrics waiting for me across the border. Unfortunately, because of the US holiday I can't pick them up until Tuesday. That is, if I can slip away from work a bit early. Wish me luck.

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    Too late to edit the post so: Homeward Bound is complete for your viewing pleasure, and trip down memory lane.
    That makes 20 blocks complete. If I can do one more this weekend, and I doubt it, I will be 1/3 complete. That's if I stay with my original idea of the twin-63 blocks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gardnergal970 View Post
    The tension disks are what the thread goes through. Just thread the floss as though you were threading your needle and pull it through a couple of times.

    Oh wow, how easy is that - thanks so much gardnergal! Do you do this occasionally just to make sure it stays clean?
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    QNS what a cute wallhanging that will make...

    QuiltE I am so pleased that you thread issues have been resolved.

    GGal thanks so much for the floss tip, will defintely give that a try

    DH went fishing yesterday at Port Douglas about 4 hours north of us, there were 8 of them all on a charter boat.

    The first 2 pics are of a couple of fish that came home, the small one is a Mangrove Jack and the big one is a Red Emperor. He had another fish and we gave that one to our neighbour this morning. Just as well as we needed their expertise. Which leads me to the last photo. DH asked me to hold onto the fillet of the Red Emperor so he could finish filleting it off the carcass... Well the tip of his filleting knife went through the webbing of my hand between the ring and index finger. It took a long time for it to stop bleeding and then we called our neighbour over to the fence to take a look at it. (They are both doctors in private practice here) and that is when I started to feel funny and apparently went as white as a sheet and my skin felt all clammy, so they had me sitting on a chair while Doctor Tom was attending to my wound. He has said if it is still bleeding this afternoon to go to the hospital for stitches.

    So I guess no sewing for me today
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    Oh My Mirabelle,,,I hope you're okay! .. What a bummer !.. The fish is beautiful and It looks like a big fat goldfish.. Maybe it's Nemo all grown up.. Seriously, I hope you're feeling better...

    Still no camera and my internet was on the blink again for 2 days...The cable guy showed me what was wrong again..a burned out connecter that was replaced last week !! he said it might have something to do with power surges or lightning...

    Remember when using the dental floss it should be UNwaxed... I have even used 1/8" double faced satin ribbon...sometimes just using different weight threads will affect the discs...

    Sometimes when I'm sewing straight stitches and it just doesn't look right and I'll do all the usual stuff to get it right and all I had to do was adjust the tension just a tad looser and then it sewed beautiful..go figure...

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    Oh gosh Mirabelle, that sounds just awful. I get like that (feel like fainting) if I cut myself badly too. I've done that ever since I was a child. My mom said if she heard just one wail and no more to go running, as I would faint. Hope it stopped bleeding and heals quickly.
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    Oh dear, Mirabelle! That's bad!!!!! I hope the bleeding stopped and you're feeling ok again very very soon!
    Glenn looks very happy with his catch Poor Nemo
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    Ouch, Mirabelle, that would hurt...and make things hard to do for a week or two. Next time tell him to lay the fish down on a cleaning station and not to practice on your hand !

    I hope it gets better quickly. Yes, the cats have me busy...almost done...

    Love our cool weather, raining today. Every one has a good day!
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