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    Quote Originally Posted by leakus
    I am really thinking about joining; I will probably order the book and decide then. One block a week seems very hard for me. I know that if I do it on the machine I could do it as it goes very fast but for quite some time I wanted to do some hand applique so I spend more time with DH while he watches TV. I think this is a beautifull opportunity.
    Andrea, jump in! I too was thinking that some weeks, Ill be pressed for time and won't get my blocks finished(and I am doing it by machine) as summer is busy work and travel time for us, but I thought maybe in April or May, i'll start cutting my templates and getting things labeled in baggies, so at least I have some sort of ahead start..

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    Quote Originally Posted by luvmortherest
    Lesley those are beautiful blocks.

    Kathy i like the schedule the way it is. i will give me a challange.

    i have also decided to use kona black as my background.

    here is a picture of the fabric that DH helped me pick for the first block. (yes i am already choosing my fabriic from my stash) i am hoping to get all of them printed out and colors selected before we start.
    Debbie, what a nice husband you have! Mine is good too,lol. I can't wait to start seeing blocks finished. It's gonna be awesome!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lacelady
    OK, Kathy, will do. My mind boggles with you having one right hand, and two left - no wonder you get a lot of quilting done!
    Yes, Lesley, I look rather strange, so I keep that extra left hand hidden from view as much as possible! Actually, sometimes it gets in the way of my doing something, so I spend more time slapping it than working! :)

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    Leslie, everyone else has said 'gorgeous' about your blocks and I agree. I absolutely LOVE your color choices for your flowers.

    Today I looked at 12 Kona colors for backgrounds and couldn't make up my mind. Since I want to use colors that go with the ones you used Leslie, it does look like black would be best....

    ...but then I stroll back to Elle's yellow with her color choices and I am back to square one again. Oh well.

    Meanwhile I have several swaps and thingies to get done this month, so I guess I will just keep mulling it over in my mind and get my other quilting done. :-D

    Hi to every one that has recently joined. Everyone is so nice on this project. They have certainly made me feel welcomed and I know you will find the same thing yourself. :-D

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltswithConvicts
    Quote Originally Posted by Lacelady
    OK, Kathy, will do. My mind boggles with you having one right hand, and two left - no wonder you get a lot of quilting done!
    Yes, Lesley, I look rather strange, so I keep that extra left hand hidden from view as much as possible! Actually, sometimes it gets in the way of my doing something, so I spend more time slapping it than working! :)
    LOL about the image! :mrgreen:

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    thank you ladies.

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    For those of you whose books haven't yet arrived, I think I would advise you to wait a little before agonising about colour schemes, especially as there is plenty of time to go.

    Otherwise, try assembling some colours from your stash that you think you might use, and when you have a handful of them, try them out on different colours that could be backgrounds.

    Auditioning this way might help you come to a decision, or at least decide whether to go for a dark background, or a light one. And don't forget, there is still plenty of time to change your mind too!

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    Plumber called earlier - they were making up their work orders for tomorrow. Did I still need them? Uh - YES!!!! So it looks like my days of hauling water are soon to be a thing of the past.

    Slightly off topic (Since when is this something new for this group! :) ) I have attached a photo of the Production Leaders of the quilting program. These are the guys responsible for cutting out all the kits for the 200 Quilt Techs, sewing step 1 of the binding and generally acting as a go-between for the QTs & me. I am really proud of how hard they work. I chuckle when I look at this picture as they were trying to look "thug-like." Kind of hard for them.
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    Hah...funny Kathy...there are a few of them who couldn't even keep themselves from smiling! LOL! I'm soooo happy that your plumber is coming. Now...I need to know if you are Right or Left handed...that whole image is now stuck in my head and I think its gonna hurt!

    Candi..I bought a few of those batiks that change color from side to side, therefore, I didn't have to get a whole ton of fabric to get a lot of colors that will all work well together for my autumn type colors. I'd have loved to have seen that almost olive green you saw today.

    Linda..I've got some chickens waiting "in the wings" before I can get to these blocks too!

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    Thank you Leslie for the tip on how to interview fabrics. I will try that. I do have lots of yummy colors in my stash so I will begin there.

    Kathy, what a great group. I admire the work you do with and for them and in turn the work they do. :-D

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandpat

    Linda..I've got some chickens waiting "in the wings" before I can get to these blocks too!
    Yes, me too. Lots of ideas and plans floating around in my head but my funky chicken blocks need to come first!!

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    Patti - I'm a rightie!

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltswithConvicts
    Patti - I'm a rightie!
    Well then I hope that lefty that you are slapping is Elle and not me... (hehheheheehee Elle, sorry!)

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    I'll never tell!

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltswithConvicts
    I'll never tell!
    OUCH! :shock: :lol: :lol:

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    Oh, was that you???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lacelady
    OK, here are the four finished ones I have done. Don't panic, I have taken lots of pics of fronts and backs of each one as I went along. And more pieces doesn't really mean harder, just might take a bit longer.

    With the last one, you will see that I did have enough similar fabrics to mix them and make the outer flowers. On the other hand, if you have a a nice, mottled batik, or similar, you could achieve a very nice flower with just the one fabric. The flower fabric I used for the middle had a background that varied from pink, through yellow to green. It turns up as a leaf in Block 14
    Leslie: WOW!!! BEAUTIFUL!!!! Did you do the embroidery by hand????

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lacelady
    For those of you whose books haven't yet arrived, I think I would advise you to wait a little before agonising about colour schemes, especially as there is plenty of time to go.

    Otherwise, try assembling some colours from your stash that you think you might use, and when you have a handful of them, try them out on different colours that could be backgrounds.

    Auditioning this way might help you come to a decision, or at least decide whether to go for a dark background, or a light one. And don't forget, there is still plenty of time to change your mind too!

    Yes there is plenty of time for us to change our minds, and I already have!!! I got the book and since looking at all of the pictures (I was disappointed in the stitching in the book too... but I'm over it!) I've decided that my unbleached muslin and autumn batiks is no longer the way to go. I've decided to make this quilt for my daughter - I've rearranged the layout to make my 36 blocks into a twin size - and I am planning a white background with pinks and purples the predominant colors in the applique. My daughter just turned three and is in a toddler bed now - I will give her this when it is time for her to move into a twin size. I decided that although the colors do really pop on the black background, it's not really right for a little girl's bedroom. Besides, we have a white cat that likes to camp out on her bed...

    That is the plan.... for now.... June is a long way away!

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    I will dig mine out tomorrow and post pics.

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    Looking forward to seeing another AOTH quilt Crochetetc.

    That vision of two left hands is haunting me and making me laugh, glad Patti got the slap and not me, working with all those lovely guys I would think that slap could be awesome LOL

    Off to have breakfast its now 9.21am here and time is calling got things to do

    Elle

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    Lara, your idea sounds delightful - another pretty option and I will look forward to seeing it grow. What are you planning, sizewise? I am envisioning three blocks by four in the centre, to narrow it down?

    Carsey, yes, I hand stitched the embroidery, just as per the book. I haven't ever combined hand stitching and applique before, but when the app. is done, I am finding it really nice to bring it to life with the embroidery

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    Finishing it out with the embroidery reminds me of doing cross stitch and bringing it to life in the end with the outline stitching. Pretty similar I think although I thing the embroidery does more for the applique.

    I love your idea of the white,pink and purple. I know the white cat won't show up quite as well...but she/he will just have to "get over" it! LOL!

    Now to sit back and wait for the new quilt pic to be unveiled. :D:

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    Lara, you could always make 2 - one for daughter & the other just for you!!!

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    Patti, I guess we now know who it was! :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltswithConvicts
    Patti, I guess we now know who it was! :)
    Did ya' notice that she didn't feel sorry for me at all?? :shock: Some friend she is!! LOL!

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