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Thread: THE FWS PONY CLUB QUILT-ALONG Week 1 Discussion Page A Beauty & A Dandy

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    THE FWS PONY CLUB QUILT-ALONG Week 1 Discussion Page A Beauty & A Dandy

    Well, We have arrived!!! Wagon Ho!!! Finally we can do our thing!


    For all of you who are not sure of the procedure...I will refresh the do's and don'ts.

    We will NOT be posting our photos here...There will be a separate thread for them.

    We will NO LONGER use the thread we have been using until today.

    We Will have all our conversations and discussions here on this thread.

    We do not have a sign up sheet...we will not keep track of anyone.

    You can drop in out out whenever you choose to. Do the blocks at your own pace.

    I will be posting a thread every Tuesday evening after 10 p.m. The photo page thread will follow.

    We will be doing 2 blocks a week in the order shown in the book. Uhhh, you must have the book.

    We will support each other, give advise when asked...please, no negativity will be tolerated...We are a fun, happy group...and want to keep it that way.

    I will also be posting a weekly letter written by Laurie Arron Hird with her permission.
    The letter is a follow up about the children in the book.

    Please...If you have any questions ...just ask....

    Now for the letter...

    Week 01 Amyle Kafer, Carroll County, Iowa
    Block--A Dandy Oct 3, 2011

    Amyle's photo was the first one I remember seeing in my Lucky PonyWinner booklet. It was a cold winter day and my family and I were huddled aroundour wood cookstove while I was reading excerpts of the letters. I rememberthinking that the children must be shorter than they are today, since surelylittle boys would not have rifles!! But apparently little boys did have riflessince Amyle was only nine years old at the time. He won his precious "Bonnie" inthe year 1910. Amyle's full name was Herman Amyle Kafer and he was born December 6, 1901. (Youwonder why they didn't use Herman? No boy or girl name confusion there!) Hisparents were Noah and Alice Kafer and they were the parents of four children.Amyle, the eldest, followed by Verle Emerson (1905-1927) Alice Genevive(1908-1961) Donald Cecyle (1917-1994). The youngest, Donald, also went by thename Cecyle. Their parents did make things hard, didn't they! Amyle married sometime between the ages of 23 and 28, and his wife's name wasAlice, the same as his mother's and sister's names. (How confusing that musthave been!) Although we do not know when he and Alice moved away from Iowa, hedied in Los Angeles, California in 1968 at the age of 66. (At that time, I[Laurie] was twelve years old and was living only 30 miles away!) His wife Alicedied in San Diego, California (about 100 miles south of Los Angeles) on May 28,1992. There are no records of Amyle and Alice having children, so no littlebabies to enjoy riding "Bonnie."

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    *clip-clop*clip-clop*clip-clop*

    Riding on in here to check on all the Pony Club Cowgirls!

    Yeaaaaaaa!! the time is now here for us to gather round and start our PC quilts. I'm excited and anxious to tackle my first block tomorrow!

    A tip of my big ol' dusty cowboy hat to you, Honchey, for heading up this Posse, and leading the way. Bless You!! First for leading the FWS, and now to take on the PC as well! Yahooooooooo!

    That's so nice to have the extra commentary from Laurie. After reading the final comment about no children from Amyle, I was thinking, now wouldn't it be something if one of the descendants for one of the original PC winners show up during our year of doing this quilt! Hopefully Laurie and her designer, TDT will drop by the threads periodically, and check in on us!

    See you tomorrow, Pardners!!!!!
    Yeeeeeehaaaaaaaaaawww!!!!!!
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    One wonders what happened to the ponies. In one case, the father put the pony out to pasture 20 miles away; too far for the child to interact with the pony everyday. My Father who was raised in Iowa & moved to CA claimed many CAs were imported from Iowa.

    Our first pony was an old mine pony: a shetland pony used to bring the heavy coal cars up from the depths of the coal mines in the southern Iowa region. She ws 35 when she came to live with us; had her first foal at 37 years old. Some ten years later, we sold her (out grown her, of course) and she had another foal for Alex M. who bought her. She was a white dappled mare, about 34 inches tall. She trained us well, and when she did not want to go the direction we headed too, she would do her side-step instead of going forward. We often hitched her up to a homemade cart and enjoyed driving her as well as riding her. Ah, memories!!!

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    QNinaSue ... Thanks for sharing your story and I look forward to more. Maybe you'll show us some of your pictures of your ponies? Hey, better still ... here's an idea for you, maybe you'll include some photos ON your FWSPC quilt??

    No real pony stories of pics here. Like most kids, of course, I wanted a pony/horse. Born and raised on a dairy farm, they were not seen of any importance and so there were none. The work horses were gone from the farm, just before I was born, so I never had anything to do with them, either.
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    Yes. I will have a few surprises later in my blocks. Meanwhile, I am goin' enjoy the Pony Quilt block show others are sharing. We are off to a great beginning; beautiful blocks, wonderful colors each true to their own decor and design.

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    Yippppeeee and Hello Everyone! We are off to a great start as we already have 3 sets of photos so far on this 1st day of posting. Well, I finished A Dandy yesterday and I have A Beauty cut out. Let's see how long that one takes for me to finish!

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    Hi from Australia, its a bit like greeting old friends. I have been counting down to post my blocks so let the fun begin.
    Thank you so much Honchey for hosting another BOW for us.
    Karen

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    what book do we need to do this?
    Life's More Fun with a Doxie !!
    ​Have a Great Day !
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    Sounds great. Can't wait to get started.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mirabelle View Post
    Hi from Australia, its a bit like greeting old friends. I have been counting down to post my blocks so let the fun begin.
    Thank you so much Honchey for hosting another BOW for us.
    MiraBelle ... How many have you got done now?

    I did my maiden block last night .... I've promised myself, I cannot do the 2nd til I make more FWS blocks and am at less than twenty left to do! Yes, the bargain I cut with myself, so that I won't lose momentum on my FWS!



    Everyone ... any tips and hints for me, when I tackle "A Beauty"?
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    Hi , I just want all of you to know that I have tried several times to comment on all the goings on and when I go to send...I get the response...."Quiltboard not responding" then my cp freezes up on me and I have to shut it down. I have seen all the lovelies and they are just great! Honchey

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    Quote Originally Posted by Honchey View Post
    Hi , I just want all of you to know that I have tried several times to comment on all the goings on and when I go to send...I get the response...."Quiltboard not responding" then my cp freezes up on me and I have to shut it down. I have seen all the lovelies and they are just great! Honchey


    I can't get on thru my email it bounces on/off on/off but I can get on thru the site itself. I wish I could just click on my email and it would go thru guess they are still having troubles.

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    Farmer's Wife Pony Club Quilt

    Hi Everyone! I probably won't be able to keep up with you all. I just recently lost my mother in law whom I loved dearly. I have all my fabrics washed, dried and ironed just waiting to be cut into. I'm such a newbie, I've never made a full size quilt and I've never used templates. When I do get to it I'll probably have lots of questions. If determination counts for anything, I should be able to do this. See you all later.

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    Termi ... so sorry for your loss. Take the time you need to mourn your loss and deal with the things that need your attention. Remember, this isn't a race, and the joy is in the journey! You may find that some sewing will be good therapy for you, as you remember your MIL. We'll be here, and ready to help you along, when you come back!

    Honchey
    ... oh dear, now that's no good! Maybe it's a message that this new fangled computer stuff, just doesn't fit with the Pony Club era of 1915!

    Yoooohhoooooooooo is
    JeanieG, our resident computer-geek .... wake up you West Coaster, and help out Honchey!
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    Honchey, (Anne) I wonder if your memory cards are "seeded" (firmly in their slots) 'cause lack of memory can cause that problem. I had that happen to me a lot in the last few months of 2011 because my memory bits were getting smaller..mostly they died. BIL put new ones in and I am speeding along is cyperspace. With a new computer, they may need to be pressed more firmly in place...had that happen at work quite a bit. Pencil erasers are nice to "clean up" the gold area that makes the contact on the memory cards...

    Nice to see everyone's blocks. Will try to catch up by next week...undecided on fabrics to use.

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    This is a brand new cp and I'm finding if I keep the messages short and sweet it's not a problem...If I take too long ..that's when it happens

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    May be take it back to your shop where it was purchased and tell them what it is doing and let them look at it. I have learned through experience on the job, plus our children have computer (electronic) degrees & builds their own computers from components. Junior high students had me learning in the high speed lane to attempt to keep up with their knowledge. Our son learned how to read and run up his favorite programs on our home computer before he started school. Or maybe your server has a problem similar to our: nemr has grown in customers beyond their band width. It is like a 5 inch pipe drain going down through a two inch pipe connector.

    It should not stall on you when your messages are larger (using more memory to react).

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltingNinaSue View Post
    ........I had that happen to me a lot in the last few months of 2011 because my memory bits were getting smaller............

    Whoooooooooaaaa!
    This is all Greek to me!
    EXCEPT the above section ..... I often feel like that!! My memory bits sure are getting smaller ...... maybe early alzheimers for me?
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE View Post
    MiraBelle ... How many have you got done now?

    I did my maiden block last night .... I've promised myself, I cannot do the 2nd til I make more FWS blocks and am at less than twenty left to do! Yes, the bargain I cut with myself, so that I won't lose momentum on my FWS!



    Everyone ... any tips and hints for me, when I tackle "A Beauty"?
    Hi Quilte
    Do I really have to fess up !!! ok I have the first 8 blocks finished I knew that January was going to be a busy month for me and I wanted to at least stay on track for the first couple of weeks.
    PP has always been my preferred method for small blocks so I am really enjoying making these blocks.
    Promise I won't do anymore for at least a week
    Karen

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    Quote Originally Posted by mirabelle View Post
    Hi Quilte
    Do I really have to fess up !!! ok I have the first 8 blocks finished I knew that January was going to be a busy month for me and I wanted to at least stay on track for the first couple of weeks.
    PP has always been my preferred method for small blocks so I am really enjoying making these blocks.
    Promise I won't do anymore for at least a week

    Hey MiraB ... nothing wrong with being organized and ahead of the game! We always need trailblazers. Besides, you folks down under are ALWAYS ahead of us!

    So ... how about some hints for me on that dastardly A Beauty! Did you take note that I left it for block #2 (or perhaps #42?) and went the easy route for my starter block!!
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    Some of you may be noticing that JanRN has been MIA.

    She aked me to let you know that she is disappointed to not be here for the Pony Club start. Her Mother is facing some medical challenges right now, so I'm sure you all know where she is ... from one appointment to the other, and then helping care for Mom. She'll be saddling up and joining us as soon as life settles a little.

    In the meantime, I think she's actually riding in the back corner of the conestoga wagon, and getting some sleep when she can.


    JanRN ... My thoughts and prayers are with you and your Mom! {{{{{HUGS}}}}}
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE View Post
    Hey MiraB ... nothing wrong with being organized and ahead of the game! We always need trailblazers. Besides, you folks down under are ALWAYS ahead of us!

    So ... how about some hints for me on that dastardly A Beauty! Did you take note that I left it for block #2 (or perhaps #42?) and went the easy route for my starter block!!
    Hi QuiltE
    Not being a fan of Y seams I decided to print the templates onto freezer paper, iron this to my fabric, I then carefully cut each piece out with scissors not rotary cutter. I then drew on my 1/4 inch seam allowance in pencil so I could see where to stop at each corner. I also did a few reserve stitches so it wouldn't unravel on me. It was slow going but was pleased with the end result. Good luck
    Karen

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    hi everyone.will be following along as I have the book and horse themed fabric. doubt I will keep up but will try

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    Is there a different freezer paper than the stuff I buy on a roll like waxed paper?
    I'd be scared to put it thru my printer!
    Sure would be easier to do it that way, than to have to trace everything on.

    I'm not a Y-fan person either. But who is??
    I found PPing the saving grace for the FWS ones that needed to be done. The Candlequilter block in the summer was probably the first Y-PP I did and it slid together nicely, so I was sold!
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    Quote Originally Posted by grannyrae View Post
    hi everyone.will be following along as I have the book and horse themed fabric. doubt I will keep up but will try
    Welcome GrannyRae ... there's no rush, and many will be doing it at their own pace.
    Be sure to post your blocks as you have them done, and join in the fun!!

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