julie_pickles Beginning work on my #sewsewmodern swap project. I hope you approve of my plan partner! #ssm6 16h

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julie_pickles When all else fails, wrap it with a quilt! 4d
  •   emilyannskloset I think that is perfect!!! and my little Gus Gus mice are all tucked in the girls stockings. thank you so much for squeezing me in and battling the machine beast to make it happen. xoxo. merry Christmas. 4d
  •   cruisingcaterpillar I think this should be the cardinal rule of gift wrapping! 4d
  •   julie_pickles @emilyannskloset I was happy to do it! Seeing the photo of your sweet girl cuddling him made it all so worth it! 3d
  •   my1000gifts2013 @julie_pickles any chance you have a Gus hiding out? 3d
  •   julie_pickles @my1000gifts2013 I don't have any ready made, I make them to order. I can do one for you though if you'd like! 3d

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julie_pickles Apparently, in addition to embroidery machines, I also break computers. 7d

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julie_pickles Because of the amazing response to my plea for help when my machine broke down, we are going to make a couple of teenagers happy this Christmas!! I had a hard time finding somewhere to donate this late in the game, most of the organizations had already stopped collecting and started distributing. Then I was notified yesterday by CAPA (Child Abuse Prevention Association) of some children who had just come into the system and needed help. One was a 15 year old boy who asked for clothes and a camcorder and the other was a 14 year old girl who asked for clothes, a Christian dance video and a Hello Kitty item. The camcorder for the boy and clothes for the girl are being taken care of by other volunteers, so my husband and I went shopping last night and this is what we came up with! I promised up to $100 for donations but you guys were so awesome, and it cost me less to ship the machine than I would have paid that first guy to fix it, so we went ahead and spent a little extra to help make these kids' wishes come true for the holiday. Thank you all so so much for the amazing response and generosity! Merry Christmas!! 1w

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julie_pickles Steffani, I love it!! I was hoping this was for me when you posted it the other day, I really enjoyed watching you work on it! I love that it's a trivet because I can use more of those. That Christmas print is one of my favorites, I even used it in my tree skirt! And thank you for the 12 Days fabric!!! That screwdriver tool is going to come in handy too. And I don't know if I mentioned junior mints being one of my favorite candies, but they totally are! You nailed it with this package, thank you so much!!! @steffanikburton #hotpotswap 2w
  •   tennjenny oh you lucky duck, this is SO cute! 2w
  •   antstosugar I love the polaroids and writing!!! This is awesome. 2w
  •   julie_pickles @tennjenny Aren't I? I seriously love everything about this!! 2w
  •   steffanikburton I must be psychic with the junior mints! I kept wanting you to get this to make your day better after machine issues. Glad you love it! Enjoy!! 2w
  •   julie_pickles @steffanikburton Haha, you must be psychic if I was questioning whether I mentioned it before! It really did brighten my day, you are so sweet to have been thinking of me like that. I have a small health issue that popped up this weekend too that I've been dealing with so this was definitely a very bright spot in some stressful days for me 2w
  •   steffanikburton You didn't it wAs totally lucky! Merry Christmas! 2w

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julie_pickles Well, I wish I could say that this photo of my machine in the back of my van meant that it was fixed, but alas my luck is not that good. She has to be shipped back to Brother to be fixed. Apparently the break is so bad that even if the guy I took it to was a warranty repair shop, he would still ship it to them. They said this isn't something that they see very often. The good news is, he didn't charge me to look at it, and it is a problem that will be covered under the warranty. The bad news is, I have to ship it to Tennessee and be without it for who knows how long. Thank you all again for the wonderful support. I will be using the money that was raised to cover the expense of shipping this beast. I did raise enough to still be able to go buy some toys to donate as well, so I will keep you all posted on that too. Thank you!!! 2w
  •   tonsfeldt1979 Well at least you know what it is and weren't charged for it 2w
  •   mycraftycrap I'm glad he didn't charge you to look at it & it's covered under warranty! 2w
  •   julie_pickles @vintagemodernfabrics Oh my, you are so wonderfully sweet! I think I might have things figured out. This is one of three machines, so I'm not completely out of the game right now. This is just the one that accommodates the larger files so I'm limited. I think I can finagle things using the smaller embroidery machine and the sewing machine to fill all but one order. What size hoop can you go up to? 2w
  •   starryskystitches What a pain! 2w
  •   kristiemuir1 Julie, if you need to send me files to stitch out, I can and am happy to do that! 2w
  •   julie_pickles @kristiemuir1 you are so sweet!! Thank you! I'll let you know if I need it 2w
  •   laughterinquilts Wow! So sorry you have to ship it to fix but that's pretty awesome of the shop to not charge you! 2w
  •   fairlymerry Darn! Being without our machine is traumatizing 1w

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julie_pickles My baby has been dropped off and now I stare at a blank space. Sewing machine repair guy was rude (how dare I ask him to fix a machine that I didn't purchase from him?!). And, he is no longer a warranty repair shop, so I will have to pay to have it fixed. But thanks to you awesomely wonderful people that is one less stress for me to have to worry about. I don't know how long it will be gone, he was pretty negative about the availability of parts, so please keep your fingers crossed that it doesn't need any parts and that he can turn it around quickly. Thank you all so much for the love and support 2w
  •   mycraftycrap Ugh, so sorry you're having to deal with this! I'm glad the guy I dealt with at my shop last week was super nice about it all, even though he couldn't fix what I needed & the "authorized" Brother dealer said my issue wouldn't have been covered under the warranty because it was over a year anyways. Everybody else is right though, if you go there regularly to have your machine serviced, you should be treated nicely no matter where you got the machine. Hope you get it back quickly!! 2w
  •   toddlerwithscissors Barf! So many sewing shop people are snooty though! 2w
  •   auntiepami @julie_pickles any news? 2w
  •   nanaofck What is it with the arrogance of business owners. We keep them in business, show a little courtesy to the people who pay you. 2w
  •   julie_pickles @nanaofck Agree! 2w
  •   julie_pickles @auntiepami No, not yet And they're closed on Wednesdays so if I don't hear before then it will be Thursday at the earliest. 2w
  •   auntiepami @julie_pickles :-( @itssewana is selling her emb machine if yours is dead... I have that one and it's nice. 2w
  •   julie_pickles @auntiepami Mine should be fine, I've only had it since February. I think it just got some thread wrapped around the joint on the inside, but I couldn't get to it because of all of the mechanical stuff in front of it. That's what the issue was when my smaller machine did exactly this. He said he also thought that was the case. I appreciate that though! 2w

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julie_pickles Yesterday afternoon, my machine locked up on me. This is the machine that I use to make Sally, Florencio and Gus Gus. I'm pretty sure I know what the problem is, but I can't seem to fix it, so off to the machine doctor it will go first thing tomorrow morning. Here's where I need help...I'm not sure that the issue will be covered under warranty and we're a bit strapped right now with my husband having started a new job and it being Christmas. So I'm offering all five of my quilt patterns up for a super low price of $10. That's a $45 value for only $10!! And it gets better! Any funds that I do not use towards the repair of the machine (up to $100) will be used to take my kids to purchase toys to be donated to a local toy drive. So we all win!! If you are interested in helping, please leave your PayPal address and I will invoice for the patterns. Then I will email the PDF patterns upon receipt of payment. Or, send $10 to thestitchingpickle at gmail dot com (send as goods) with "pattern sale" in the comments and I will send the patterns then. Please feel free to share, thank you so much!! 2w

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julie_pickles #widn #widrn Getting back on track after spending the last ten minutes searching for that middle piece. Finally found it embedded in the seam of the bear I was stitching . Tagged by @marci_girl and tagging my girl @jrm0501 because I'm dying to see what's in her swap package! 3w
  •   jrm0501 Lol -- I'm about to post it! It's just.... Beyond. 3w
  •   marci_girl Wow now that is a broken needle! 3w
  •   auntiepami That's one tough bear! 3w
  •   jennyrach Mine broke in three like that last night! Never found the middle piece - yikes! 3w

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julie_pickles I had myself a critter stuffing party last night! 10 down, 10 to go! @jennaquilts @ccwest54 @lizmcbrady, I just need to sew these closed and add some bows and then they'll be on their way to you! #mustangsallyandfriends 3w

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julie_pickles And because I totally forgot to post my mini...this is the one I made for my partner. I sent it out a few days later than I was supposed to partner and I apologize for that, it's just been a busy few weeks and I didn't want to rush it or stress and then send you something that I wasn't happy with. I really hope the wait will be worth it!! #igminiswap #teamrosanne 3w

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julie_pickles And the awesome extras that Jennie sent. I said I loved sweets and loved to cross stitch and she totally delivered! Thank you so much @jenniesthreads, for such a perfect swap package! #igminiswap #teamrosanne 3w

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julie_pickles My #igminiswap mini is here from @jenniesthreads and I love it!!! I have this mix tape pattern pinned or favorited somewhere and it was on my someday list to make, and now it's mine!! I said on the questionnaire that I liked things that reminded me of my childhood and that's part of why this pattern appeals to me so much. The bright colors of the tapes are perfection and that quilting is amazing!! I totally scored with this one Jennie, thank you so much!! #teamrosanne 3w

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julie_pickles I love the softness of a quilt fresh out of the dryer! This baby sold this weekend and will be going to it's new home today! I have a few more quilts listed for half off in the shop, in case you need a last minute Christmas gift! Link is in my profile. 3w

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julie_pickles Sarah, I'm in tears over what you wrote on the back. Thank you SO much, I will treasure this forever! @wattsalot 3w

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julie_pickles Fabric pull for the #hotpotswap! Since my partner knows I'm making for her (being the swap coordinator does have that small disadvantage), this is going to have to be hush hush until it makes it to it's new home. If you're lucky though @mobedell, I may give you a teaser pic before I send it out 😎 3w
  •   amylouwhosews I love this for Christmas colors! Is it supposed to be Christmas-y? It should! 3w
  •   julie_pickles It is! It's a Christmas themed hot pad swap. She has given me some wonderful inspiration in her photos! 3w
  •   mobedell Oh ya!!! You have me well figured out @julie_pickles ! 3w
  •   tiffanytravels I was hoping for a fabric destash hashtag on this photo. Great pull! 3w
  •   trilliumdesign She will love that 3w
  •   krazgrl0524 These look great together. 3w

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julie_pickles I seem to remember there being some tips for shipping overseas in one of my swaps, but I can't find it! I'm worried about my partner getting hit with customs charges, what do I declare for value on my #igminiswap package? Thank you! 4w

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julie_pickles Got a whole gang of mice (and a sneaky Florencio) heading out to their new homes today, and only 2 days later than I had anticipated!! I'm working through all of the orders as quickly as possible. My etsy shop picked up last week with the holiday coming and I'm tackling both sides at the same time and as quick as I can. I will continue to update as I ship, and tag those orders going out as they do. Thank you all so much for your support and your patience!! #mustangsallyandfriends 4w
  •   buttonsandbutterflies Oh. Is that MY sneaky fox? 3w
  •   vislis I forgot to tell you I got my little mouse thank you again have a happy holiday 3w
  •   julie_pickles @vislis Yay!! I hope he's getting along well with the others! 3w
  •   vislis Gus Gus is doing well with the others. 😙 3w
  •   cottonjo Can I order a mouse from you? I LOVE the fabrics you're using! 3d
  •   julie_pickles @cottonjo Absolutely! They are $25 plus shipping, I can either invoice you through PayPal or set up a listing for you in my etsy shop, whichever you prefer :) Just let me know! 3d
  •   cottonjo I will send you a DM with my PayPal info if that's ok. I saw @emilyannskloset's daughters mice you made and knew I needed one (thanks Tina) 3d
  •   emilyannskloset @cottonjo anything I can do to help you buy cute things. 😇#birds #mice #redtrucks 3d

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julie_pickles Ok partner, I need a bit of guidance. I had to make a design decision after this was already halfway pieced and it resulted in a mini that is smaller than our required 18", it is finishing at 16". Are you ok with that, or would you like me to put a border on it to bring it up to a bigger size? #igminiswap #teamrosanne 4w

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julie_pickles Ok partner, I'm almost ready to get hot and heavy on your mini. I have a plan, but need your input! Do you prefer the Technicolor bundle on the top, or the rainbow on the bottom to go with the low volumes in the middle? #igminiswap #teamrosanne 1mon
  •   jenniesthreads Rainbow at the bottom for me! 1mon
  •   krazgrl0524 I like the technicolor. . Oh yeah, I'm not playing. . That was dumb. 1mon
  •   sewnbarefoot Technicolor! 1mon
  •   darlingdi Maybe technicolour 1mon
  •   jball1616 Oh I hope I am your partner....I like the technicolor on top 😬 1mon
  •   mathchickey Oh my! Love a good rainbow any day :) 1mon
  •   chelengeorge I love rainbow designs but the top group is so fab - either one! 1mon
  •   juliehirt I would take all of it! 4w

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