Thursday, June 8, 2017

Innova Encoders and Rulers and Red Snappers

Recently the topic of encoders came up on one of the Innova Yahoo Groups. One user was apparently informed by Michael to add weights. I concur. I've never mentioned this before but this, in the beginning, was a serious problem on my machine and something that through some trouble shooting was able to overcome, to some degree.

The problem is that the encoders are extremely sensitive, as they probably should be, but they do not track properly and during the process of quilting a row the encoder actually moves to some degree more or less than necessary. Which in the end means that when you return to the "start" point of your pattern it will no longer be there...on the screen it has moved, which means the pattern has moved.

A picture is worth a thousand words.

Pattern in use...

Start Point...

First High Point (first from left) in quilted pattern 1/2" below sandwich edge...

Last High Point (fourth from left) in quilted pattern 5/8" from sandwich edge or 3/8" higher. I know it doesn't seem like a lot but when you multiply that by 8-10 rows it adds up quickly. 

Below the needle has been returned to the original start point as in the second photo. Here is the pattern on the screen in relation that start point. You have to move the pattern back to its original start point or the outcome will inevitably call for a seam ripper. 

When I first started quilting this movement was on most occasions 1 1/2" to 2". Which meant before I finished the first row the pattern was running off the top of the sandwich or the right side of the pattern was lower than the left side...and a seam ripper was involved. I naturally went to work troubleshooting and discovered the encoder wheels were not tracking properly and had a mind of their own. 

To see what I'm talking about when you set up your next quilt put your needle at the patterns starting point...go back and lift your encoder slightly, move the encoder wheel forward or backward a half a turn or so. Then go back and look at the start point on your screen. Yep, it's moved. Which is normal, the encoder wheel moves, the pattern moves. We know the 'cross hair' or 'dot' never moves, it is always in the center of the screen. But I don't think ABM intended for the pattern to move out of alignment more or less than the movement of the arm/needle along the carriage. 

What's the fix. Well for ABM my guess is they are working on it. I personally think the encoder wheels need to be 'grooved' like the carriage wheels so that they track properly. For me it goes without saying that the encoders need more weight to ensure they maintain the same amount of down pressure as they roll along the track to eliminate pattern movement. Let me emphasize here; make an extra effort to keep the encoder wheels and the track they run on clean and free of dust and thread debris. What is pictured above is the amount of movement I deal with on a daily basis...which for me is really nothing. But the amount of weight I've had to add to the encoder wheels to get the problem from 1 1/2" to 2" down to 3/8" should not have to be this radical. Honestly it shouldn't have to be at all. You be the judge.

Yes...that is a Master Padlock, there are five magnets and a steel nut. Sadly I still get pattern movement that has to be corrected after each row. The rear encoder (X Axis) as well has magnets and a Master Padlock. 

As another precaution to avoid unnecessary movement of the encoders make sure your wires/cords are prevented from contacting the encoders. Not a problem on the Y Axis more so on the X. 

I've also read some comments about the Red Snappers interfering with rulers. I guess I have a simple mind. By having your client or if you are the piecer, just make the back a little longer and attach the top so that the Red Snappers don't pass below the top 'stationary' bar. Then the Snappers aren't in the way. At least it's worked for me. I use the Red E Edge as well so I cut my backs 10" wider and ask clients to do the same so the Red E Edges don't interfere with the arm when I'm working close to the sandwich edge. There have been those occasions when the arm has propelled the clamp and Red E. When the propelled obstacles collide with the frame it scares the hell out of the dogs. Not to mention Elaine and I. 

Quilt till you wilt...we do. 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Add 20 More Years...

Recently Elaine and I both submitted the requested sample to Ancestry for DNA testing. The results, confirming pretty much every thing Elaine was already aware of and confirming pretty much every thing I was aware of was, well let's just say exaggerated. Which has lead to the creation of a monster, Determined to dig out the facts about the Pages (paternal) and the Bays (maternal) for me.So if you don't hear from Elaine, she's fine...but enthralled in Ancestry at the moment.

While she was occupying her time in my families past I got the bug to do some Longarm Room decorating. Nothing major, just some splashes of color with signs, photos and magnets. You know just personalizing my space. I know, it's her longarm.

Spicing up the Longarm Room led to the picture on center stage above. Below is the photo.

In 1981 those pictured went to New Zealand and toured both islands to raise funds for several of the New Zealand charities. Air New Zealand was our sponsor. At the time CHiPs was the number one show there and extremely popular. We, as well, were a big hit...our fifteen minutes so to speak. The picture that was in the frame had been hanging behind my drum kit in the Man Cave and had caught just a tad bit to much sun and was faded out. I have it stored in the computer so I printed out another copy, put it in the frame and hung as seen above. Well lo and behold. When I took out the old photo I found a Valentine Letter I wrote to Elaine in 1997. Hence the title of this blog post..."Add 20 More Years."   

This July we will celebrate our 50th Anniversary and in September it will be 56 years since I was in the "Hot Seat." We've added 20 years, been blessed with an absolutely fabulous daughter-in-law, two wonderful grandchildren, stood proud as our son served a 24 year career to this great nation as a third generation Marine. Uprooted from what was home and comfortable in California to make Virginia home and comfortable. Quilting is as much a part of our day as is breathing and the following still holds as true today as it did 20 years ago when I wrote it to Elaine. 

Dear Elaine,

In the final scene of "Let It Ride" the cab driving, almost divorced, compulsive gambling character Trotter, masterfully portrayed by Richard Dreyfuss, is leaning on the rail overlooking Hialeah Race Track and whispers, "I knew it, I just knew it."

In the background seconds later you hear the announcement over the loud speaker naming Trotter's ninth race, four-legged choice, Hot-To-Trot, the winner of a photo finish. He had been having a very good day, give or take, a half million-dollar good day. Fade away, credits, rewind and back to reality.

It was a blistering hot, long summer of a '61 September day, and had it not been my first day of high school. Had it not been in a school where I didn't know the re-admissions rules. Had it been a day I could have talked my parents into letting me drive to school instead of taking the bus. Had I not been too loud and had the teacher not come into the room while I was being too loud it would all be different. However, love conquers all.

Except, I was too loud, the teacher did come into the room long before I think she should have. As a result, I was given rather forceful instructions to sit in the "hot seat." It was a small, one piece, school desk that faced the rest of the class, logistically located for quick access and under the stern eye of one tough biology teacher. It also provided a clear view of both entrances to the room something only seconds before being too loud I didn't have. My friends, who apparently weren't too loud, were given instructions not to communicate with me while I was occupying my new throne. Later to be named after me, Les' Seat. It has been said that l was the first student in the history of the school to dissect a frog at that desk. At the level of education we had attained up to this point, communicating did not include listening, so with a camouflaged ear they beard, "I just saw the girl I'm going to marry walk in the backdoor." They both turned, bad move, to see who I whispered about. Their movement provided a quick lesson on communication we didn't think we would get in biology. There were no more "hot seats," so having to spend a year in front row had to suffice. Apparently communicating with me included listening. Who knew?

This September will mark the 36th anniversary of that event, this July will mark the 30th anniversary of my prediction successfully carried out. It was probably run-a-muck hormones and the heat, combined with the short black skirt, white blouse, the most beautiful lips and warmest eyes I had ever seen, all wrapped in a natural golden brown shade of skin that still makes my hormones run-a-muck. I have been told that they are too loud at times. Some things never change.

It is in celebration of the second event listed, our 30th, that has placed me at the keyboard. On more occasions than can be tabulated, over the last 25 years, I have been challenged by the question, "How do you do it, how have you been able to remain married this long?" I don't have a doctorate, PhD., Masters, or any other piece of parchment that qualifies me to write a book, I'm sure I could, but I do have a tremendous amount of experience, and if you have a few minutes, I would love to share it with you.

I come from several different occupational backgrounds, each has carried with it the societal stigma of frequent divorce, several marriages and week-end fatherhood.sales, (cars no less), construction, fire service and for nearly twenty years, law enforcement. Each has its own mystique, characteristics and temptations. To challenge the intensity of the commitment, "Till death do you part." We are Boomers, who married young, for all the wrong reasons, without financial security, without full parental consent,total opposites, inter-racial (we didn't notice), one left-brained, one right, one right-handed, one left, one Catholic, one not, one sensitive, one "kill'em all let God sort'em out" and one "time-out parent" one "where's the belt?" We also happen to be two who never let minor differences stand in the way of their dreams, goals or the love that grew with each and every passing moment, even when we didn't know it. It is the last part that is still going on, still making each new day a gift. It is everything before that which makes what we have special. It is everything before that which makes what we have hard work. The job description requires effort, sacrifice, dedication, honesty, loyalty, trust, disappointment, forgiveness, communication (includes listening, a high school lesson), faith, sensitivity, understanding, patience, belief, tolerance, values, vision and a relentless pursuit for life together beyond what you can imagine.

It is the work part that I want expand on. If you don't work at it, you will be welcomed with open arms into the statistical world of divorce. You will contribute to thousands of hours of Talk Radio Doctors of this or that, millions of pages of books on why and why not and a zillion minutes of "Husbands Who Divorce Their Wives to Marry Her Sisters Best Friend Next Door to the Serial Killer from Venus."
 "We'll be right back after this brief message."

Marriage is a career. It is no different in marriage than it is in profession. If you want to succeed you had better be able to do all the things listed in the job description and then some. No one thing is more or less important than the other. You can communicate till your purple and your ears throb, without understanding it is all for not. You can sacrifice from now until the Inferno freezes over, no trust, no marriage. Your values can be mirrored reflections of the Commandments, no visions, no future. Nobody said it was going to be easy. Nobody said the list above is complete and nobody is saying you must do it alone, sometimes we all need help. It may come in the form of a go to friend or relative. It may be one of those Talk Radio Doctors or you may find yourself on a couch, "It all started Doc, when she asks " "If a parsley farmer got sued, can they garnish his wages.

I don't know what it will take on your part. I know what it has taken on ours. We have overlooked, not given in to temptations, sacrificed, communicated, tolerated, forgiven, understood, had faith, values, visions and pursuits. We have been loud, silent, mean, sincere, patient, mad, happy, sad, depressed, over-joyed (our son for one), disappointed, grieved, and elated to name a few. Through it all we have learned from each failure as well as each success. We have never given up, never quit, walked out or thrown in the towel, I did throw a few things at several walls and doors. We have learned to be more tolerant, understanding, patient, sharing, sincere, sensitive to others and each other, me a lot. We've stayed the same and changed. We have been so busy working and succeeding in life, love, marriage and friendship that I just had to take a few minutes and lean on the rail overlooking the last 35 years and say in a voice I hope is loud enough for a never forgotten tough biology teacher to hear, "I knew it, I just knew it."

Happy Valentine's Day Elaine, 
I Love You.
Your Lessie Poo

So add 20 more years. Some things never change..."I knew it, I just knew it."

Quilt till you wilt...we do. 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Not Yet...Spring

First let me say we didn't get anywhere near what other areas close by got. Some high winds and tornadoes accompanied the storm that passed through last Friday. But the disaster teams on all of the local stations were doing everything in their power to disrupt regular programming. I guess it is expected. Thankfully we have a Verizon, DVR, Netflix and Amazon Prime so for us it is a simple matter of changing channels or services. Our satellite neighbors, not so much. It was a pretty severe storm in some areas but in the local stations viewing area it was a world wide catastrophe. Welcome to Virginia. It's weather, it's raining, the wind is blowing, some hail and we have been alerted via our smart phones of hazardous conditions. Do we really need 5 hours of weather coverage?

I will say that as far as the longarming goes, March went out like a lion. Finally got all the cylinders working and was able to get some quilting done. 

T-Quilts for an auction at an upcoming motorcycle event hosted by Salty Dawgs.

Naturally some Quilts of Valor

As a longarmer here is something I really love to see. When I get a quilt, without borders, the piecer has taken the extra time to sew along the quilt tops edge. This really helps when loaded to prevent seams from separating.

Had a few clients pass through as well in March. 

This month we will be setting up a Not Forgotten QOV booth provided by one of our gracious supporters, Events Management Group, EMG, for the 31st Annual Spring Craft Market, April 28-29-30 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. As always we will have a Raffle Quilt. It was on the longarm yesterday and will be heading to the binder today or tomorrow. If you are in the area please stop by the booth and say hi. EMG has been a huge supporter of Not Forgotten since day one. Our successes and work for QOVF is a direct result of the support we get from our sponsors like EMG, and an unselfish group of QOVF volunteers that are the foundation and backbone of Not Forgotten QOV. Elaine and I are sincerely grateful to them all. 

I saw this on Facebook this morning and thought I'd share it here. It was posted by the absolutely finest Innova Dealer on the planet. Virginia Longarm. Okay I'm a little biased. Does it show? 
Let me just add, regardless of direction, "good" being preferred every time, please, pretty please with sugar and molasses, make your seams 1/2" and press them open. 

I'm often asked, "Why do you QOV?" 
It was 50 years ago this month that I returned from Vietnam. That just happens too be how old this photo is. I QOV because no one, not one living soul that takes the Enlistment Oath, serves and protects the freedoms that we enjoy, places themselves in harm's way, ever again goes without a grateful, sincere and heartfelt thanks for standing at any given time with 1% of the population. (Only 1% of the U.S. population that is eligible to serve is actually on active duty at any given time. During WWII it was 9%, it has never been that high since.) Yes I am in that 99% group that will NEVER FORGET.  

So here comes April, let the Dog Days of Summer be not far behind. 

Quilt till you wilt...we do. 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Spring shop...

If you ask Elaine, Winter, Summer and Fall would also quality for a time to shop. I mention Spring because it just sprung. I was going through my tools and supplies doing an informal inventory before I knuckle down and really concentrate on my longarming. Not that I'm under any pressure but looking at the QOV shelves...well there is no more room. That lead me to updating my list of online vendors for new as well as replacement items if needed. Luckily, at this time I can leave my credit card in my wallet. But just in case these are some of the latest numbers I've gathered on items I use and who knows when replacing may be necessary.

Towa Gauge..
Several on ebay for under $50.
Superior Threads at just under $53
both plus shipping.
Amazon Prime is as well under $53 with no shipping for Prime Members.
You can also find the new 'digital Towa' Body and L or M insert. The body is $104.77 and either insert is $19.63 with free shipping. This is out there for info only. This is one of those instances if it ain't broke. The old style Towa is like the old style me...not fancy but works well.

Havel Scissors and Notions
I couldn't function without the 5 3/4" Double Curved Applique Scissors
$12.99 plus shipping.
I've seen these at numerous quilt stores and fabric stores for $30.
They have a great selection of scissors for all needs and a good selection of 'Left Handed' as well.

You'll also find a good selection of Batting Scissors under $40 on Amazon.

Rotary Replacement Blades.
This is not something I use often, but Elaine uses them constantly. While looking for something on Amazon...a pretty frequent occurrence...I ran across these. I ordered them for Elaine. She now swears by them and found no less quality and performance between this brand, Improved Cut, and Fiskar or OLFA.
The 45mm pack of 10 is under $15 and the 10 pack of 60mm is under $23. Both with no shipping fees on orders over $35.

Longarm Needles. 
I use Groz-Beckert 100/16. I'm a loyalist here. As well as my threads...Omni and Omni Variegated, I purchase my needles from Superior Threads. Currently the 100 Pack is selling for $27.95. I choose the Titanium Coated. I've broken two in over 500 quilts. In both cases working on quilts that incorporated shirt blocks with buttons...I hit the buttons. I use a new needle for each client but have gotten 8-10 quilts out of one needle without any sacrifice in stitch quality. I have tried the recommended #18 for Omni threads but did not find them as efficient as the 16.

I firmly believe in floating my tops and batting. In doing so the magnets have become a essential part of my longarming routine. Harbor Freight is still the best place to purchase. The 18" magnets are still under $5 and watch for coupons and sales. Something any JoAnn's shopper knows about. 

New toy...
For some time now I've wanted to do videos. I finally purchased an 'action camera' similar to GoPro without the price tag. I've been playing (learning) with it. Not as easy as pushing record it turns out. Once I have learned the in and outs I'll be posting some videos of how and why I do it the way I do it. I was working with it yesterday and between filming, quilting, playing back, advancing, filming I somehow managed to quilt over the same place in the pattern I was working with. Okay, I got lost. So after spending an hour with Jack the Ripper I put the camera away and just quilted. I'm going to need a lot more practice filming...I've got the quilting part down pretty well. Seems to be a case of not being able to chew gum and walk at the same time. Wish me luck. When I do get it down I'll start posting the videos...thee Leatherneck Kilted Quilters POV. 

That's it for now. 

Quilt till you wilt...we do. 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

March Madness...

Let's just say March Madness today has a lot more to do with weather than basketball. Looking at the weather maps today Virginia Beach, VA is more like Orlando, FL if you compare us to Lancaster, PA. Here we are again on the doorstep to Spring and Mother Nature says "Wait just a minute, I'm not quite done with here Northeast...have a blizzard." Well thanks a lot Mom.

Since our last little talk Elaine and I have made some QOV Award Presentations, made our annual trek to the Mancuso Mid-Atlantic Quilt Fest, again setting up a Quilts of Valor Booth, promoting our passion, raffling off a reconditioned Singer Featherweight, a Calendar Quilt, raising some money for our group, Not Forgotten QOV and a new sister group, Grateful Threads of Elizabeth City, NC. Like our sister group in Corning, NY, Southern Tier QOV, we will never be able to thank those Quilts of Valor volunteers enough for their support to the Foundation and our service members and veterans. Elaine and I are so grateful for their never ending support. We would be amiss if we didn't mention those that so unselfishly support Not Forgotten QOV.

  • The Longarm Network/Virginia Longarm
  • A Different Touch Sewing Company
  • Mancuso Show Mangement
  • Events Management Group
  • Combat Veteran's Motorcycle Association (Virginia 27-1)
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW 4809) Norfolk, VA
  • Superior Thread
  • Y-Not Pizza - Kempsville
  • Members from the The Tidewater Quilters Guild
  • Olah's Restoration & Service

The Singer was completely restored by Olah's Retorations & Service in Moyock, NC. Their work is, in our opinion, unparalleled. You can follow them on Facebook. Give them a shout if you need some work or service on an older machine. In this case older means there is no computer involved. Like our latest Featherweight. Now we are on the hunt for next years raffle Featherweight.

Our Raffle Singer was a 1951 Featherweight "Fire" and the winning ticket was drawn by Dave Mancuso. Our winner was Mary G. from Norfolk, VA.

Dave also drew the winner of the Raffle Quilt, a Calendar Quilt donated to Not Forgotten QOV by Debra Harding one of the many who contribute to the success of Not Forgotten from the Tidewater Quilters Guild.. The winner, Linda N., was still at the show and quickly made her way to the booth to claim this beautiful quilt. Congrats to both. 

We've been having a good time, weather and all. So here is a medley of a QOV Award at Mancuso, our booth and some of the latest to come off of the longarm. 

Carol W. Retired Navy getting a little "Quilty Hug."

Elaine ready for the days events at Mid-Atlantic. Below spreading the word about QOVF and the many volunteers, nationwide, that make it what it is. 

Here is a T-Shirt wall hanging that Elaine crafted. You guessed it...a Dark Shadows fan. 

It has been, so far, a slow start for me and 2017. That includes, golf, motorcycle rides and longarming. But here are a few of the latest to come off the Innova. 

So as Spring nears, Mother Nature has the last word about Winter, Elaine gets ready for March's Sew Days and Events Management Group's Spring Market preparations get underway, I'll change needles and load another quilt.  

Quilt till you wilt...we do. 

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Catching Up...It's only been four months!

The election has come and has the inauguration. Not to mention Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, the New Year, numerous birthdays, The Christmas Market, and at the end of today the 2017 Birds of a Feather will come to a close.

As for the election half of this house is delighted. Unlike many of those that won't accept the results the half that didn't win in this house will stand and support the one that now holds the office and have hope and faith that events and changes will prosper and benefit our country and its people. We are both thankful for the opportunity to cast a vote and proud to live in a democratic republic.

Thanksgiving was spent giving thanks for good health, family, friends and another year of quilting and longarming. We don't keep count, but we did have a busy year with Quilts of Valor and very thankful for that. Nationally the Foundation has awarded over 151,000 QOV's. The Christmas Market was another event that provided us an opportunity to raise funds for our group, Not Forgotten QOV, and make an award to a Vietnam Veteran that was very heartwarming and emotional for both the presenter and the recipient.

Skip, Vietnam Veteran, Marine  and retired law enforcement. Okay so we have a lot to share. 

Elaine spent the month of December with the son, daughter in law, jewels by the way, and the grand kids, wow, four jewels in one house Well five counting Elaine. I went up for the Christmas holiday and had a great time. Sadly we had to come home with the grand son's illness. Not devastating but it did slow down the first week of January.

January gave us what was forecast to be a blizzard but turned out, in our area, to be an inconvenient snow storm; closing schools and having our guild meetings cancelled and other activities postponed. We survived. The heavy rains in California has brought us thoughts of many friends there and sending our best vibes their way in hopes that any damage and harm that is thrown, or maybe I should say floated, in their path is minimal. Okay I admit that California wanting to secede gives me a deep belly laugh when I hear Governor Brown asks the Feds for a $100,000,000.00 in aid.

Birds of a Feather, which ends today, was once again a fantastic event. Elaine and I went on Thursday afternoon and attended the fundraising Bingo on Thursday evening. Allison Korb hosted the event and we had a great time. Sadly neither of us got to yell out "Bingo." Once again, Valerie Schlake and her amazing staff from The Longarm Network, hosted a terrific event. I returned on Saturday, via motorcycle due to some exceptional weather, and was really pleased to meet Renae Haddadin. Renae is what many longarmers aspire to. For me to ever achieve even getting close would require another lifetime. Not to mention in the next life I would need some artistic talent. It was also good to see Suzanne DiCarlo, QOV, South Carolina, again and catch up. She will be moving toTexas in the near future. South Carolina's loss, Texas' gain. I also had time to have lunch with Anne Messley, Ethol House Quilt Company, out of Poughkeepsie, NY. Anne is the daughter of one of our guild members, Nancy Zarse and caught the quilting bug from her mom several years ago. In Anne's case the bug exploded and she now runs a full blown longarming service. Give Ethol House and Anne a shout our if you're in her neck of the woods.

Birds has a Challenge Quilt competition each favorite this year.

Okay...I admit it...I was won over by the flamingo.

Here are a few of the presentations made since October. If one happens to be QOV you had a hand in...we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

January also found us under a new roof. Literally.

The company is Atlantic Craftsman. Overall about a day and a half. The crew had about a two hour delay due to a passing storm on day one, but did an outstanding job. Couldn't be happier. When they were done the only reason we knew they had been there was the new roof. We would highly recommend them if you're from this area. Professional, courteous, thorough down to the last piece of debris removed. Our savings account suffered a hit and is gonna need some time to recover that expense but we are glad to be under a new roof.  

Speaking of expense. My hearing aids can give the roof a run for the money. I guess I should say my new hearing aids. What was wrong with the old ones? Honestly nothing. Apparently they were tasty too. At least to Nikee. He made a snack of them both. 

Just prior to Christmas he decided to climb up on my chair and have a little snack off of the side table that I used to set stuff on...this is the culprit. If you think he looks innocent you would be dead wrong. He was caught in the act. Now that's not to say Elaine, our son, daughter in law and grand daughter didn't have some fun with Gramps. Nikee, the guilty one and Lilee, the innocent one, made the trip to PA with me for Christmas. So when Gramps ask someone to repeat themselves because he didn't hear what was said they would just reply..."Ask Nikee, he heard it." Ha ha, very funny.

I don't know how many quilts were longarmed since my last post, but here are a few:

I do know the final total for 2016. I download all of my files at the end of the year off of the tablet and onto a jump drive. I completed 112 quilts in 2016...not my largest annual total, but not the smallest either. 

Okay...that's kind of got me caught up. Getting caught up with the "Wawa Boys" isn't quite has hard. We get together every Saturday and Sunday, catch each other up, drink some coffee and solve world problems. We have come up with the solutions to commute traffic, U.S. hunger, homelessness, spousal and child abuse and many other issues that plague everyday life. There of course are those that wouldn't agree with our solutions. But they work just fine for us. Yes we are all Vets, five of the pictured are retired with 24 and more years of service, All but two ride motors, all fathers and grandfathers and all tend to lean just a degree or two to the right. Oh, okay maybe just a little farther. But Saturday and Sunday morning make for a little brighter Monday through Friday.

Next up...Mancuso Mid-Atlantic Quilt Fest, February 23-26. Elaine and I will have a Quilts of Valor Booth set up again promoting the QOV Foundation and raising funds so that we can buy supplies and fabric for our efforts to promote the Quilts of Valor Mission. If you're in the area, stop by and say hi and if you'd like, purchase a raffle ticket or two. This year, as previous years, we will be raffling off a quilt and a Singer Featherweight. The quilt, which hasn't been photographed yet, was donated by Debra Harding. The Featherweight, "Fire" is a completely refurbished 1951 machine. New parts where needed, totally disassembled, cleaned, re-oiled and lubricated, stripped, sanded, primered, painted and clear coated by Olah's Machine Shop, Jason and Rebecca Olah from Myock, NC. It purrs like a kitten and Rebecca has it fine tuned, tension set and provided a sewn table cover for the folding side table, a foot pedal case and a pad for the machine to sit on while being used. Elaine has also purchased a rolling case to go with "Fire." 

As always we are looking forward to the event, re-acquainting with old friends and making new ones. We hope to see you there.

So, 2017 is well under way and we are forging ahead. Hope you measure twice and cut once, your blocks are square, your points match up and your seams only need be sewn once. 

Quilt till you wilt...we do.