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Date: Sat, 9 Oct 1999 08:29:01 EDT
Subject: Hi to all

The notebook and sleeves idea is a great idea for keeping projects and pics 
in. I got mine started too late and wish I had pictures and notes of all the 
things I  made in years gone by. Will just have to start filling it now.  
Those old machines with metal gears would be worth their wt. in gold! My 
little 1967 Touch and Sew even has plastic gears. I really wanted a new 
Singer but the salesman said it was made in indonesia or somewhere so I 
settled on a German Pfaff...that was 3 wks ago so I've only had time to play 
a little but love the embroidery and built in walking feet. It also threads 
the needle for me which is a time saver.
I love this site, (Thanks Sue!)  and all the ideas and hints everyone shares. 
  Would love to get EQ Program someday. Maybe when it comes out with EQ10 it 
will be easy enough for me.
Date: Fri, 08 Oct 1999 21:53:56 -0400
From: cyndy 
Subject: Cat Killer Quilt

Dear KKer's,
   Joan mentioned that she was going to let her new kitty help her in
her new sewing room.  I just wanted to warn ya'll about letting cats
near thread.  I was working on a quilt in an oval floor frame,  Tipper
would get up on the quilt as I was working, and play with the thread. 
One day she swallowed the thread. It wrapped itself around her tongue
and got caught up in her intestines.  $500.00+ dollars later, we had
our  kitty back.  Several months later she did it again, and had to be
put to sleep.
   That was in 1990, and I have not been able to work on it since then. 
"Cat Killer" is still in the closet.  It is my biggest ufo.  
From: NHquilta 
Date: Fri, 8 Oct 1999 20:51:12 EDT
Subject: accomplishments

Hi quilters!  For those of you worrying about what you accomplish in your 
quilting, read on!!  This applies to everything you do, but appropriate for 

The Race Against Time
Every horse race has a first place winner and a runner-up.  It is not
uncommon for the first place horse to earn twice the prize money.
Curiously, the number one horse did not have to run twice as fast or go
twice as far. It only had to be a nose ahead of the competition to reap
twice the rewards.  Time management, personal productivity, and success in
life are a lot like the horse race metaphor.  You dont have to double your
effort  you just need to get a nose ahead of where you are now to realize
significant increases in your results.  One way to do that is to have a
simple list of all the items you ideally want to accomplish today.
Prioritize them, and start working on the most important item first. It is
unlikely that all items on the list will get completed today, but success
has little to do with how much was left undone at the end of the day, but
rather, what was actually accomplished. Remember that you are only human and
you always have more to do than time permits.

(Reprinted with permission of Dr. Donald E. Wetmore, expert on Time
Management and Personal Productivity)
Date: Fri, 08 Oct 1999 09:56:19 -0700
From: JoAnna  
Subject: Thanks So Much For The Encouragement!!

   In no way did I expect the responses I've been receiving the past few
days, and I just want to say thank you! What have I learned? Well...
     1. Don't stress. This is supposed to be fun.
     2. Find a quilting buddy or group to mentor and be mentored by.
     3. Don't stress. It's SUPPOSED to be fun!
     4. Take my time and the steps necessary to ensure accuracy.

   So, do you think I'm getting the message?

   Thank you again for all who wrote to me. It meant a whole lot. 
Date: Sat, 09 Oct 1999 14:45:39 -0400
From: Brenda  
Subject: Thank you

  HEllo Ladies,

    I would like to thank everyone that took the time to answer me about the
Fylnn Frame for machine quilting.

 Hope everyone had a nice weekend and got some sewing time in!!!!!

Date: Sat, 09 Oct 1999 10:52:37 -0800
From: efac  
Subject: Journals

I have kept a quilting/sewing journal for the past 2 or 3 years and love it. I
write in it daily if I sewed or not, what I did and if I bought anything new be it a book, gadget or fabric. I also track classes I take and projects in the works or UFO's and date the projects when done either with the top or with quilting. I include in here swaps and such also. I find that I feel good being able to go back and see what I have comepleted, what I gave as gifts or to charity and what I never finished that I should go back to. I also find that it helps me to figure out why I am off kilter some weeks. I personally find that if I do not sew or quilt for a week or more at a time I get rathery witchy as my son says. Quilting/sewing helps me to relax and I can track those weeks when I do not do much and compare them to my calendar and see when I was overloaded and needed more down time and it helps me to plan my life better. I love my journal and plan to keep one always for my self and as a record for my family when I am gone. 

(time for the boys to empty out the garage, my car is moving back in and the bikes can hang from the ceiling)
Date: Sat, 09 Oct 1999 23:18:12 -0400
From: Stephanie 
Subject: a couple of answers

I'm going to kill a couple birds with one message,  or at least I hope

I have a Mac and I've used a program called SoftWindows to partition my
hard drive so I can run Windows (and therefore PC programs that I bought
when I still had my PC). I have EQ3 and I am very frustrated with it. If
I used it every day or at least pretty regularly, I would probably learn
it well enough to actually get something out of it. However, I only want
to use it occasionally, and I have to start from scratch every time
because I can't remember how to do anything on it. It was an expensive
program and I don't know if I want to throw good money after bad by

Also wanted to say that I have a 1961 Singer 501A Slantomatic, all metal
parts, which was my mom's and it still runs like a champ. She took it in
to have it adjusted and stuff about 15 years ago, and the repairman told
her to keep it because of the metal parts. I haven't tried out all the
fancy stitches on it yet, but it's a super duper machine.

That's it here -- I am behind on everything because of a busy work
schedule, but I need to finish a baby quilt that was quilted in June AND
piece another top. AACK!

From: Carol  
Subject: Paducah - Houston?
Date: Sat, 9 Oct 1999 22:33:30 -0700

Cathy   writes:
>I was wondering if any of you have been to the Paducah show
>and the Houston show.  Can you tell me what the difference is?  Is one
>larger than the other or more prestigious? I would appreciate any

Cathy,  I went to Houston last year and it was just MARVELOUS!  It's sooooo big
it's just mind boggling but something a died in the wool quilter should do at
least once.  It's costly but just stupendous.  Can you imagine over 750
vendors?  And so many quilts that every day I found more I hadn't seen yet.
It's extremely well organized and the shuttle buses are very dependable every
half hour so you don't have to be close to the Civic Center.  Go to their web
page and read about it.

I have been to Paducah several times and love that too but it pales by
comparison to the size of Houston.  Paducah knocks itself out for quilters and
it's fun.  There again, hard to find a room. They're booked up a year ahead.
It's nice too and doesn't cost as much as going to Houston.  You'll love either


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