Thursday, October 20, 2016

Quilt Computer Install and Love Lit Diamonds

Hi everyone!

You say you want to know about my Quilt Path installation yesterday.

Well, the truth is, I have had better days.  The lady came without some of the tools she needed.  I had to go over to Jerry's barn to get some for her.  She told me we had just made things too tight, or she wouldn't NEED those tools.  With the proper wrench, the task was very simple and quick.

I asked questions she didn't know the answer to, and she had trouble with the software.  I was nearly in tears because it was a long time wasted, but fought them back.

Then she guffawed at the way I was loading my quilt, and informed me that SHE did it VERY different.  I was nice and asked her to show me HER way.  I thought HER way was fast and sloppy.  I wanted to fix it so my quilt/batting/back were straight and even and the pins were end-to-end the way I like them, but she seemed to be in a huge hurry to leave.  She didn't think it was necessary to even center any of the layers.  I wanted to be sure I got that quilt done because she had promised me we would do it, so I didn't argue with her.

She arrived at 10:30 in the morning, and she left at 3:30.  I sure wouldn't call that a whole day.  Plus, we took a break for lunch that I fixed.  That is LESS than five hours for $500.  She had to drive 4 hours to and from my house, but I can't help where she lives and that she is the ONLY Oklahoma sales rep.  She chooses to do that.  I told her before she came that she was welcome to spend the night.

Maybe all installs are like that.  I can only talk about this one.

She did say I could call her as she was driving, but I could have done that anyway.  Customer service is supposed to be the big PLUS with APQS.

OTHER THAN ALL OF THAT, I am happy with the Quilt Path, and I intend to learn EVERYTHING it does.  I still have to arrange all the cords and wires because she thought I should do that myself.  I'll get Jerry to help me as he excels at massive wire confusion.

The good news is Love Lit Diamonds is all done except for binding, and it was done using the Quilt Path.  The panto on it is called Damask, and the installer actually told me about it.  I do appreciate the time she took to tell me about that and how to get it.

Here is a picture of it:

So the Cuatro Quilters adventure is OVER!

Sadly, it was a journey without a perfect ending.

I have found all through my life that the ONLY way any two people can remain friends -- as in marriage -- is to FORGIVE, FORGIVE, FORGIVE.

Get over the bad stuff, and dwell on the good stuff.

Tell the truth.

Believe in each other.

Trust each other.

Defend each other.

And ALWAYS be willing to say "I'm sorry".

Love Lit Diamonds will forever be a quilt with the hearts of four friends intertwined -- if only for a few short months.  I truly love each of them, and I will cherish this quilt until it is thread bare.

Hubby is home!

Be back soon with Quilt Path stuff.  Have to work tomorrow though.

Hugs, Joy

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

No Lunch at Applebee's, New Outfit and SFD Blouse

My lightning fast mind realized this morning that I am in "Fast Internet Land", and I can actually upload a video in just a few minutes.

Unfortunately, I didn't have much to tell you.  I wanted to show you my cute new outfit from JC Penney's and my latest cotton blouse, which is no big deal.  Just new.  Sure-fit Designs, of course.

Here it is:

I WAS going to go back to JCP to get the turquoise version of this outfit, BUT Applebee's decided to starve us today.  FIRST -- and this should have been a big clue -- the front door was locked!  We had to walk around to the other door to get in.  We told a guy inside that the door was locked, and he told some girl "the door is STILL locked", as though he had already told her once.

Then we sat in our assigned booth and Mike came over to wait on us.  I ordered from the picture of a yummy-looking pork chop, green beans and sweet potatoes.  Margaret ordered a salad.  THIRTY MINUTES LATER, we still had no dinner.

I decided to motion to Mike and ask him if he might know the whereabouts of our dinner.  He told me it would be right out, and the Manager would bring it.  TEN MORE MINUTES later, Mike came back to our table to inquire as to whether or not our meals had arrived -- which OBVIOUSLY, had not!

Mike went somewhere and returned again.  He told us he was terribly sorry, but he had NEGLECTED to put our orders in.  He wanted to know if we STILL wanted to eat!  Of course, we still wanted to eat, but we didn't have enough time.  We decided it shouldn't take too long for them to bring us a salad.  Evidently, it would take too long, because the manager came back and wanted to know if she could bring us some soup.  Margaret told them to FORGET the salads and just bring us some soup.  The soup eventually arrived, but it was in a tiny bowl.  I could have eaten three times as much!  There was no charge, so we just ate it and left.  I came back home to fix myself some more lunch, so I never made it to JCP.

We certainly won't be going back to Applebee's!  I hate that because it used to be our favorite place to go.

I am now going to go back to my sewing room and finish the blue blouse you saw in the video.  I decided on the blue buttons.

Be back soon.

Hugs, Joy

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Love Lit Diamonds and My Latest Purchase

I can't believe an entire week has gone by since Jolene was here.  It was the funnest of times, and I am already looking forward to the next time she comes.  Jolene thinks driving to an airport, taking a two-hour flight plus a two-hour drive is NO BIG DEAL.  She can do it any time!  I wish I could be that easy-going and relaxed.  I've been planning for weeks just to come to our other house, which is where I am right now.

I have something NEW and EXCITING to tell you about!

I received my Quilt Path Computer this week.  On October 19th, Brenda Shreve from Barnsdall, OK is coming to my Kingston home to install it and show me how to use it.  She promised I will be quilting with it BEFORE she leaves that day.

Here is a little video about it if you are at all interested:

The first quilt I am going to do with it is my Friendship Swap quilt that I have named:  Love Lit Diamonds.

Following will be the charity quilts for the little boys I told you about.

If my phone wasn't currently in my husband's truck, and my husband's truck wasn't currently at our OKC store, I would show you a picture of Love Lit Diamonds.  It seems to have lights flickering in it.  It really is quite pretty and unusual.

I did not have a pattern for the quilt.  I found this picture of a granny holding up a completed quilt.  I STILL have not found a pattern for it which I really needed because I could not figure out which way to press the seams.  I ended up pressing them all OPEN because I could not make them work otherwise.

I printed out this picture, and I drew around what I decided the block must be.  By some miracle, it turned out great.  I would really like to know how it should have been pressed though.

My friend, Jolene, gave my husband some pretty blue batik fabric for his birthday and informed me that I was to use my Sure-fit Designs to make him a shirt.  I told her Jerry wouldn't wear a shirt I made him, and Jerry piped up and said he certainly would wear it.  SOOOOOOOOOOOO, while I am up here this week, I may work on that project.  Only problem is, I didn't bring the fabric, but I can start with a muslin.

And guess WHO I am having lunch with tomorrow!?

You all remember her, I'm sure.  Princess Di and Jolene mention her all the time.  She is in a lot of my older videos.  Her name is Phyllis, but I call her Phylly.  I bet she will have on something gorgeous that she has made, and I will get the clothes-making but again.  Funny, I met her in an internet quilt group, and I don't think she has made a quilt since then!  I'll be seeing Margaret sometime this week too.

I would like to say that my new Administrative Assistant at the Kingston store is FAB-U-LOUS!  We get along so well, and she is doing an amazing job.  Praise God that my awful fears were just a waste of perfectly good time, and things at our store are better than they have ever been.  Turns out that was exactly the message of Pastor Hagee this morning.  I don't know WHY I fight change so much.  I've always been most comfortable with rules, schedules and routine.

I think I'll go check out the Sure-fit Designs men's shirt kit.

Have a fabulous week my friends.

Hugs, Joy

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Cuatro Quilters Gather and We Add One More

Good morning everyone!

I am sorry I haven't had much time for blogging lately.  SO MUCH going on at work and at home -- all good -- but hard to break away for my hobbies lately.

This past weekend was SURPRISES ALL AROUND!  Jerry's 70th birthday and a visit from Jolene made it a thrill-a-minute ride that kept us either laughing or crying all weekend long.

I did make three videos of various parts of the weekend that you may have already seen.  Just in case, I will put them here for you to see.

#1:  Jolene and I are alone on the patio discussing plans to meet the other girls.

#2:  We are gathered in the kitchen the morning of the surprise dinner at Texas Roadhouse, and I am teaching Lauren how to use the video camera just in case I am not there at the restaurant table before Jolene gets there.  Jerry is SURE something is going to go wrong!  Then the big reveal.

#3:  The next day when all of the Cuatro Quilters gather in my sewing room, and we add one more, making it the Cinco Quilters!  We all adore the new addition even though she hasn't started her first quilt yet.
Someone commented about "poor Jerry". " It was HIS birthday."

Jerry's birthday was Friday night.  We had a great celebration here at home for him.  The Saturday night dinner always was about Jolene coming from Florida.  We just used Jerry's birthday for the disguise.  Jerry enjoyed the entire weekend just as much as the rest of us.  He had John to fish with while we girls played.  PERFECT!

And I have BIG NEWS on top of all that for you, so come back.

Have to get showered, slap a face on and get to work.

Hugs, Joy

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Sunday Chat

Hello everyone!

Went to our "old" church this morning on the internet and listened to Duane Sheriff.  He is such an excellent teacher.  His sermon today was Money Matters.  WOW!  Everyone in the whole wide world needs to hear it.  He said something about a verse in the Bible I had never heard, and I can't believe he caught the meaning of it.  He was talking about the rich young ruler and why Jesus told him to sell all his positions.

Matthew 19:17 As He was setting out on a journey, a man ran up to Him and knelt before Him, and asked Him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” 18 And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone.

Duane said that Jesus was trying to see if the man realized that He (Jesus) WAS God, and that He (Jesus) was the only way he (the young ruler) could be saved.

I sure never understood that was the meaning of what Jesus said to him.  Makes perfect sense!

I have been so busy at work and at home that I haven't had much time for blogging.  I DID make a video I'm not sure I have put here yet.  Let me check that ....

Looks like I haven't posted it yet, so here it is.  It shows all my fun new fabric to make quilts for little boys who don't have a home.  How sad is that?

If I was younger, and there was a guarantee I could keep them, I would take at least two of them.

I have only two blocks left to put together in order to finish my Friendship Swap half-square triangle quilt.  Those are the blocks you see in the picture above.  I'll show you -- of course -- when I get the top done.  I may need your advice about borders -- if any.

Some of you may remember my birthday a few years back when Jerry bought me a new Fossil watch.  Shortly thereafter, I bought another one from Amazon because I wanted one silver and one gold.  I love them both and wear one or the other every day.  Well, they both decided to croak and not tell time anymore.  We went to buy groceries today at our faraway shopping Mall in Sherman, TX, and there is a Penney's there.

We took the two watches INTO Penney's, and we left with NO watches!

I don't know if the guy broke them when he took the backs off, or what.  THREE people worked on them, and none of them could get the back on again.  I had to leave them for person #4 who is supposed to be at work tomorrow.  The very nice young man, Austin, who worked on the watches for a very long time -- nearly an hour -- assured me that person #4 will make it right.  I assume that will involve sending the watches to Fossil.  I don't know.

I have been very frustrated over having to work so many hours.  It appears that Candi may not be returning as planned since she is still in so much pain she cannot sleep.  It is so sad for her, but puts me in a position to need more help.  I'm praying God gives me wisdom and all the answers.  He always does.

Won't keep you.  Gonna go make those last two blocks since my weekend is passing quickly.  Very happy to have some groceries in the frig, freezer and cupboard.

Have a fabulous early Fall week.

I'll be back soon with SOMETHING to show you.

Hugs, Joy

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Jesus Inhabits Your Praises!

Awesome sermon again -- as always -- from Matt Hagee this morning.

One thing, that I know, but he said it today, is that Jesus inhabits the praises of HIS people!

My friends, why don't you try it?  Do it with me today.

I PROMISE YOU, you will feel HIS presence.  The heaviness will lift from your heart and you will feel peace and joy squeezing in between all the hurts and pains and frustrations of this life.

WHO do I think I am?

HOW can I say such a thing?

Because I am HIS, and I know His promises because I know his Word.  I have done this so many times.  If it wasn't for my ability to do this, I would be lost in endless sorrow, hurt, sadness and depression.  It would flood my heart and mind and make me a worthless vessel that God cannot use.

What I do is get in an "all by myself" space in the house.  I turn on my praise music.  If you don't have any, I HIGHLY recommend Matthew Hagee's CD's, but there are many others.

I close my eyes, I lift my arms, and I move my feet.  I love to swirl and turn.  I lift my head to Heaven and I tell God how much I adore Him and His Son.  I thank Jesus for the grueling sacrifice He made of His own free will JUST so I can have a personal relationship with Him today -- 2,000 years later -- and I can go to Heaven to be with Him when I die.

Sometimes, I just lay on the floor in total submission to Him, and I ask Him to fill me with wisdom and knowledge which can only come from Him.  The Bible says that, so I believe it.

James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.

Think about this.

As a parent, what does it mean to you to have appreciation and adoration from your children?  What would you NOT do for them if they just asked as they lived according to the way you brought them up and appreciated all your input and sacrifice and knowledge into their lives.

A different story, of course, when children choose a completely different belief system and jump right into the arms of what the Bible calls "the world".  Like America.  America wants to forget God.  God will allow it.  But His hands are totally tied because He has given us freedom of choice.  And WHY, OH WHY do so many people make the WRONG CHOICES.  For instance:  Murdering an innocent baby in the womb is "a choice"?

So, let's all remember almighty God on this beautiful Sunday, and let's beg for His forgiveness and grace and mercy on America, and the wisdom for Americans to make the right choice in the coming election.

Gotta get!

My new cleaning lady, Charlotte, is coming for the first time tomorrow.  I have to clean my house before she gets here!
Have a lovely week.

Hugs, Joy

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

A New Venture and Stuff Di Made Me Buy (-;

Hello everyone!

Hopefully, all of you know I have a video channel on You Tube, and you can watch my videos there whether I plug them in here for you or not.

Here is the latest one that I made in case you have not already seen it.  You can find out about my latest adventure.

This Friday, Terry and I are driving to Quilt Country in Lewisville, TX where I purchased my longarm back in 2006 from Connie Keller.  She is an APQS dealer, and she has lots of longarms in her studio.  She is going to show us the APQS Quilt Path computer.

After we see that, we are heading over to Mark and Joy's house for a demo on the Intelliquilter.  I have no idea who Mark and Joy are, but she HAS to be nice with the same name as me -- don't you think!?

I just got home from work a while ago, folded some clothes, wrapped a birthday present and packed it for shipping, and I am going to watch You Tube computer videos now.  Not the funnest thing to do, but I need to know what the difference is between the two computers

If any of you know about them, please comment.

Be back soon.

Hugs, Joy