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Thread: THE FWS PONY CLUB Quilt-Along Wk 12 Cake Stand & Christmas Tree Discussion Page

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    THE FWS PONY CLUB Quilt-Along Wk 12 Cake Stand & Christmas Tree Discussion Page

    Week 12...We've been at it for almost 3 months...What a relief to be able to do 2 blocks this week without a hitch....

    Letter # 7


    Letters of the Week #7--Billy Siskin; Lawrence County, South Dakota

    Unfortunately, I can find very little about cute Billy, the winner of "Bullet."His full name was William M. Siskin and he was born in 1907. He was the eldestof three sons; Harry was six years younger, and Thomas sixteen years younger.Considering how small he looks in his pictures, it wouldn't surprise me if hewas an only child when he won "Bullet."Billy's father, Maurice, was born 1858 in New York; and his mother, Marie, wasborn in 1865 in Iowa. Although Billy's maternal grandparents (Marie's parents)were both born in Ameica, Maurice's parents were both born in Russia.The last records that can be found of Billy were in the 1930 census. He and histwo brothers were living with their parents in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Correction:I have no idea where my brain was, but I got the dates all wrong for Billy'sparents. The corrected dates: Maurice was born in 1881; and Marie was born in1888. That would put Marie at 35 years old when her youngest was born. Thanksfor checking my math!

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    Imagine! I totally forgot to check for this week's threads til now.

    Honchey ... I noticed your Yahoo link ... it required us to sign in, and I didn't want to start another account. WAs it to anything else, other than the Update Letter that you included?


    I'm looking forward to getting back on the trail with "yinz" (just for
    JanRN) ... and making PC blocks!
    (and not having to think about FWS!!)
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    Hi QuiltE, After starting the FWS here someone mentioned the Yahoo group and that they had the pping patterns and being new to all that I decided to join them as well. I much prefer our group as there is so much more interaction between the members and the QB offers so much more than the other site. The Yahoo Pony club is where the letters are on file. The author suggested I post them here.

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    Thanks for clarifying, Honchey ... I did join the FWS yahoo group, and never thought about that being one and the same! Like you, I didn't really get much out of the other group, and pretty much only went there for the PP patterns! They were a life saver, for sure! It's nice that LAH is sharing the letters beyond that group, and allowing you to re-post them here.

    Wouldn't it be interesting to talk to some of the "original" PC members IRL?? ..... I keep thinking that at some point, one of them, or a descendant will show up here on a thread with us!
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    I'm curious ...Where did you see the yahoo link?

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    If you click on the "title" of the letter it takes you to the yahoo site

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    Hey Ya'll I'm back! DMIL is home from the hospital & I've spent today sewing. I'm gonna do this weeks blocks first then start trying ta git caught up later. I'm gonna substitute this weeks blocks. One is finished & the other, if I can quit having ta frog stitch, will be done in an hour. I've also worked on my cousin's blocks & some twister blocks that I'm gonna float in the border of my strip quilt. I've been busy ta day!
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    Quote Originally Posted by carriem View Post
    If you click on the "title" of the letter it takes you to the yahoo site
    Yeppir .... that's it!!!

    CarrieM ... How was your LAH experience on Monday? Did you get to ooooh and aaaaaah at the original PC and FWS quilts? Inspired? Did you take your blocks to be blessed? ...... Oh, please do tell us more!! And perhaps some pictures?



    I'm looking forward to doing these two blocks ... looks like a nice and easy pair to get back in the saddle with y'all!
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    QuiltE...so many questions...

    1st above you asked about hearing from PC receivers and meeting/hearing from one of them. So far Laurie has had contact with a daughter and a DIL of a couple different people. Not yet found one who is still a live. She mentioned that the 1940 census is coming out soon and that will help her with her research.

    *How was our experience*? LOTS AND LOTS of FUN!! Laurie was so nice and very easy to talk to. We all (I went with 2 friends) wished she had more time to talk...time went way too fast! She showed several FW magazine covers and had lots of interesting things to tell us about her research for the children. Crystal took lots of pictures, so when she sends some to me I will post them...where is a good place? This thread?

    *On seeing the originals* They were GREAT! So much better to see in person. The book does a good job getting the colors/details but it still isn't the same as IRL. After seeing the FW I might even try that one when I get the PC done.

    *Inspired*--YES!! I can't wait to sew again!!!!

    There is a quilt shop in WI who is doing the PC as a BOM...6-8 blocks each month if I remember correctly. They had 32 blocks so far...assembled with cornerstornes and sashing. They had some fun novelty fabric in their kits.

    Speaking of sashing...I found the perfect red to use! I will use it as my background when I get my next block finished...maybe this Friday since I have time to sew then. I really want to get to doing at least 2 a week! Next week isn't so busy and my new migraine meds might be working by then so maybe... Oh and there is a nice navy in the same print I will keep in mind for my 2nd quilt (I am making 2 twins).

    Need to get some ironing done..

    Carrie

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    Oh I forgot, yes I took my blocks and the were "oohed and ahhhed" over as well.

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    Anne, thanks for posting the letters. I signed up for the Yahoo group but can never remember my password. Plus, they're too quiet-I like our rowdy group. When I did the Christmas tree block I remembered your hint about using crayons to mark the colors for pp. Boy did that help especially since I switched the dark/light placement.

    Carrie, sounds like you had a great time. Glad you're feeling better.
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    Dubib...so glad life has settled down a bit for you and DMIL is home. I'll look forward to seeing your catch up blocks.

    Carrie...how inspiring for you. Keep rubbing it off on us.

    Hopefully, I'll be catching up with my blocks early next week. It's been so warm here that the garden has had priority and then I'm taking in a free motions quilting workshop this Friday and Saturday....My snap peas are already coming up.

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    Sewing on FIL memorial table runners this week, trying to catch up for being a couple of months late on that quilting job. Gardnergal, your snap peas are up...good for you. We have had fresh kale from the garden. Did you plant your potatoes on the 17th of March? I missed it this year...maybe on Good Friday I will.

    Love the blocks posted; maybe by next week, I can post mine. Love to hear the story from Carrie, meeting the author and getting to talk to her. How wonderful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltingNinaSue View Post
    Sewing on FIL memorial table runners this week, trying to catch up for being a couple of months late on that quilting job. Gardnergal, your snap peas are up...good for you. We have had fresh kale from the garden. Did you plant your potatoes on the 17th of March? I missed it this year...maybe on Good Friday I will.

    Love the blocks posted; maybe by next week, I can post mine. Love to hear the story from Carrie, meeting the author and getting to talk to her. How wonderful.
    My DH put out the first row of potatoes on March 17 and I put out a couple more yesterday. I hope to get the radishes, turnips and other cool crops in yet this week while the weather is still a little cool. It seems like we have instant summer. Last night the window was open with the fan on and I only used a sheet for a cover all night. What will the real summer be like?

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    CarrieM ... on I know I always hace a gazillion questions. Remember, curiosity killed the cat!!! Though remember too, the cat has nine lives!!!!!!!!

    Thanks for all your newsy news of your LAH GTG!!! I was more "kidding" than anything about her finding a PC recipient, being that they'd be over 100 years by now. I just think it'd be a really neat thing, if one of the family members showed up here amidst this group! I really give her credit for "caring" to search out the individuals and their stories. Not many would do that, I'm sure.

    I think it'd be such an incredible experience to meet LAH ... sure gives you the personal connection and interest now. As you said, inspired ... and chances are that isn't even a strong enough word for it all. And to be able to see the "real" PC and FWS quilts, it must have been amazing. I'm sure there are very few of us who have seen the work of others doing these quilts. I know I haven't. Although my LQS is now working on some blocks for a sample and hopefully run a PC club in-shop. Don't worry ladies, I'm not jumping ship!!

    Good for you for taking your blocks for show and tell ... were there a lot of others with blocks/quilts to show?

    We'll all be looking forward to seeing your pics of your day with LAH ... when you get them!

    Yeaaaaaaa for getting that perfect sashing! And did you nab the perfect cornerstones too? and setting triangles?

    Take care ... and please get over that migraine ... then sew up a storm!!
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    JanRN ... and you're calling us rowdy? Speak.For.Yourself.Missy!!!!!!!!!!!

    GGal and QNinaSue ... I'm green with ency over your gardening and growth already! Generally, we don't plant until after the long weekend in May! Some seeds and hardier things might go in ahead of that, but not much sooner. I did get out into the flowerbeds today for a short while and did some of the spring clean up. March 17th ... so is that the "traditional" day to plant potatoes?

    Hey Y'all ... Guess what I found today??? ... my daffodils planted in the lawn are up, and have budded already, showing some yellow. Now that's not good, as we're bound to have a frost and they'll get zapped! At least I can hope and pray!
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    Happy Anniversary, JanRN. 42 years today is really calls for a big celebration!!! Yes, JanRN, I tend to "tell" all about good news!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltingNinaSue View Post
    Happy Anniversary, JanRN. 42 years today is really calls for a big celebration!!! Yes, JanRN, I tend to "tell" all about good news!!!
    HAPPY HAPPY DAY!!!!
    JanRN and Mr. JanRN!!!!!!!!!!!

    Thanks for telling us all, QNSue!!

    (good call, to blab it all!!)
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    Exciting News ... and NOT PC related!
    Just received an email from an LQS that's not really LQS ... about 1-1/2 hrs away.
    In October ... Kaffe Fassett is coming to do two different one day workshops on subsequent days.

    This will be the first time I'll have a chance to go to a workshop for someone of that calibre ... no registrations yet ... so need to hope that I hear soon enough to get booked in before it's all full!
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    Honchey thanks for posting the updates letters, I love reading and knowing someting more about the PC kids and their families.

    Carriem Wow I am here thrilled to know you met LAH in person and could see FW and PC quilts. What a great experience, please post phots whem you get them.

    JanR Happy aniversary!

    QuiltE - here we say that the cat has seven lives, so, better be a cat in Canada! rsrs

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    Oh QuiltE that would be great fun for you!

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    ArteEC .... Yes indeed ... I'm glad I'm a Canadian Cool Cat! Good to have two extra lives!!!!!!!!!

    JeanieG ... have you ever seen Kaffe? I didn;'t even know the fabric existed til last summer when I was in that LQS for a Shop Hop! Some of it seems a bit bright and gawdy, even for me, who likes colour! On the other hand ... I absolutely LOVE a lot of the finished quilts and pics that I have seen that Kaffe has designed!

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE View Post
    ArteEC .... Yes indeed ... I'm glad I'm a Canadian Cool Cat! Good to have two extra lives!!!!!!!!!

    JeanieG ... have you ever seen Kaffe? I didn;'t even know the fabric existed til last summer when I was in that LQS for a Shop Hop! Some of it seems a bit bright and gawdy, even for me, who likes colour! On the other hand ... I absolutely LOVE a lot of the finished quilts and pics that I have seenI that Kaffe has designed!

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    I too really like his designs. I know people that have met him and he doesn't come across with any warm and fuzzies so go for his expertise and not his personality and you probably won't be disappointed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE View Post
    ArteEC .... Yes indeed ... I'm glad I'm a Canadian Cool Cat! Good to have two extra lives!!!!!!!!!

    JeanieG ... have you ever seen Kaffe? I didn;'t even know the fabric existed til last summer when I was in that LQS for a Shop Hop! Some of it seems a bit bright and gawdy, even for me, who likes colour! On the other hand ... I absolutely LOVE a lot of the finished quilts and pics that I have seen that Kaffe has designed!

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    I have seen the Kaffe fabric, but can't say I am "In love" with it. Awfully busy for me. I just got a piece of Kaufman Fusions D#5573 that I am "In Love" with. It was 30% off at a fabric shop. It is considered a blender, and has a bush type design. It is several shades of blue. They had many other colors too, but this one just called "Buy Me"! Don't know what I am going to do with it yet, but just HAD to have it!

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    Thank you all for the anniversary wishes. QNS you forgot to mention I was a child bride and I'm not old enough to be married this long. Just kidding--we've been together since I was 16!! Our exciting celebration: a 2 hour motorcycle ride. We've never had the bike out this early--everything is in bloom and just as green as if it were May; just beautiful.

    QE: I'd love to see KF in person. I have a couple of his books. I think his quilts and fabric are really busy but somehow he brings it all together with beautiful results.
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