Quilter’s Rule is negotiating with a contractor to build a
new website. We know that our current
site is hard for some people to use. We
would like to make the site easy to use for the majority of folks who come to
the site. We further understand that we
will never satisfy everyone, so we are attempting to satisfy the majority of
Under normal circumstances we only hear negative comments
about our website. When folks are
satisfied they enter the site, make a purchase and leave. You can help by
telling us what would make you positive experience even better.
We would like to know how you use our site.
Why do you use our site?
How do you find items on our site?
What would make the site easier for you to use?
What do you look for when you go to a site?
What can we add to make the site better?
What should we remove from the site?
Thank you so much for your help!
Today is a very sad day in my life. This afternoon I will lose a friend and
companion. For 15 years Scamp has been an
important part of my life. I purchased
her for my wife, but she decided to choose me as her human; maybe because I get
up early and would feed her while the rest of the family slept, or because I took
her to the barn in the morning when I fed the rest of the critters, or because
we just liked to sit quietly in the morning with that first cup of coffee.
When our previous collie had died we waited a long time
before we decided to get another. I
still remember when she came to the house.
Scamp was born in Florida at a kennel Eloise tracked down that had
collies related to a line of collies that carried the Belhaven name. We waited for six months for a female tri
colored collie to be born. By then it
was the middle of the winter and very cold in the upper Midwest. We had to wait for the temperature to moderate
enough for the airline to allow her to fly. The night she was coming in we drove to
Chicago and arrived at O’Hare before she left Orlando. It was a very long wait, but Eloise had been
without a collie for almost 2 years and it was time. When she finally got to us we got her out of
the crate and have never been successful in getting her back into one. I carried her up the escalator and the stairs
and she sat on my lap in the tram. She
sat in Eloise’s lap for the ride home.
At any rate, since I worked close to home, it was my job to go
home at noon and walk Scamp and make sure she was okay. Well that lasted for about a week and I
decided that it would be easier to just take her to work. After all I owned the company and I could do
that if I wanted. So in the car she went
and off to work we went. For the last 15
years she has be coming to work with me.
By now you can tell she is not Eloise’s dog. She choose me.
When I was a town chairman, she went to meetings with
me. She would lay under the table until I
was done and then she went home with me.
Until I gave up being the chairman she was welcome at the town
hall. When I quit they immediately passed a
rule that only service dogs were allowed in the town hall. Just one of many reason I dislike twofaced politicians. But that is a totally different discussion.
For the last several months, Scamp has steadily gone downhill. She now falls on floors without carpets, she
cannot negotiate steps without falling.
Her body functions are starting to shut down. When she looks at me she just looks and seems sad. I think she knows her life is about over. Why do we put ourselves through this sort of traumatic
crisis? Dog simply do not live as long
as we do.
Last week I called Dr. Stewart and talked with her. Then I made the decision it was time. Last night I prepared a grave for Scamp next
to the flagpole in our front yard. This afternoon Scamp will go to sleep and
never wake up. This is the consideration
I wish I could have when I get old and unable to care for myself.
Please don’t be too sad for me. About 15 months ago, I purchased another
collie from Florida. Her name is Shawnee
and she is nothing like Scamp but she is related. I will miss my friend.
Now that I am home two weeks after The Vermont Quilt Show
I have cooled off to the point I can at least talk about it. I have wasted most of that time learning
about and trying to comply with a regulation that was never intended for me.
Patricia and I were on our way home minding our own
business and we had just crossed out of New Your into Pennsylvania and we
stopped at the welcome center to go to the bathrooms. We were flagged down by a guy with a PUC cap
and had to go through a DOT inspection.
It seems that the GVW, that’s gross vehicle weight or more correctly the
GCW the gross combined weight of our Suburban and trailer is greater than 10,001
pounds and we are engaged in interstate commerce. Of course I know that but if you carry your
products in your personal vehicle and not in someone s for hire vehicle there
is a difference.
So I have spent the past two weeks getting square with
the violations we committed.
5) No DOT number on our vehicle
Today Quilter’s Rule is a Motor Freight Carrier in
addition to being a manufacturer. And we
have lots of additional restrictions on our activity. We are restricted to driving no more than 11
hours a day between the two of us. We
have 14 hours each day to complete the 11 hours behind the wheel. We must be off duty and resting for at least
10 hours. We have to keep a log book; we
must carry a medical card stating we can drive.
That physical for the medical card was a joke. My Medicare annual physical is better, but
does not count. Patricia has to renew
biannually but because I have high blood pressure I have to renew
annually. The doctor spent less than 10
minutes with me.
So what does all this mean? First and foremost some shows will not be as
economically feasible, as they were before.
California is now a 4 day trip instead of 2 ½ days. We will have additional expenses for lodging
and food. Some shows will be impossible
because we cannot drive as many hours and cannot make the trip in time. We cannot count nap time in the front seat to
extend our driving time. We can work no
more than 70 hours in a week and drive. I
am a business owner, if I want to work
hard, it is my choice. I do not need a
government to tell me to back off.
I understand why these regulations are in place, but
Quilter’s Rule is not really a Motor Carrier.
We have simply been caught in the cross hairs of a regulation to prevent
an owner from abusing his employees, and a Government trying to keep the public
safe. I share the road with 18 wheelers,
I understand how dangerous the roads can be. I slow down for icy conditions,
rain, snow, high winds and at night. I
pull off and sleep when I am tired and get up and go when I am rested. Resting does not take 10 hours.
I resent my government telling me how hard I can work.