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Thread: The FWS Pony Club Quilt-Along Wk 15 Doe & Darts & Elsie's Favorite Discussion Page

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    The FWS Pony Club Quilt-Along Wk 15 Doe & Darts & Elsie's Favorite Discussion Page

    Howdy Pardners, this weeks blocks can be a little trying......I'm trying to get them done sometime this week!!!
    I'm having a little problem with my right knee and can't do any flexing of my ankle or any pressure on my foot.. It just hurts too much... I tried to sew but no can do that either. I tried to use the start/stop feature on my machine and I can't stop/start where I need to so what good is it. Oh well..I will be seeing my ortho guy as soon as I can get an appointment...I know what he's going to tell me...the same thing he told me a year ago..."when do you want to schedule the surgery"....I am totally dreading that day. I had the left knee replaced 7 yrs ago and the pain for me was unbearable...my tolerance for pain is "nil".

    Here's another letter.

    Letters of the Week #8B--Geneva Holt; Frank Harris; Yellowstone County.

    This posting should be called "Geneva Holt and Family" since I found
    more information about her family than I did about Geneva. What interested me
    most about her letter was the three little brothers and two little sisters that
    she visited at the cemetery.

    George Willey Holt, age 24, married Betty F. Dotson, age 25, on Christmas Eve
    1901.

    Nine years later in the 1910 census, George and Betty are the parents of four
    children: Ione (6); William (5); Geneva (3); and an unnamed baby son who was
    less than a year old.

    By the next census in 1920, only two children remain, Geneva and the brother
    (William) that she mentions in her letter. I can find no record of the death of
    her baby brother, but I was able to learn something about Ione. She was born
    October 2, 1903 and died on March 23, 1913. The cause of her death was listed as
    paralysis. Unfortunately, I can find nothing about the other two brothers and
    one sister that Geneva mentions.

    And sadly, in the 1930 census, the family only numbers three; siblings Geneva
    and William and their father George. Mother, Betty, had died in Ohio on March
    1929. Why was she in Ohio? I cannot find any records for father George in West
    Virginia or Ohio, but apparently Ohio was brother William's home. He died in the
    Cleveland area in 1982 at the age of 77.

    What became of Geneva? I don't know. Since I cannot find any death record for
    her, all I can assume is that she did marry.


    Letters of the Week #8B--Geneva Holt; Frank Harris; Yellowstone Coun Frank Harris' full name is Charles Frank Harris, which makes finding
    records of him rather confusing. He was born in March of 1898 in the state of
    Washington. His parents were Charles L. and Roxie Irene Harris and he appears to
    be their only child.
    In the 1910 census Frank and his family were living in Montana where he won his
    pony "Trixie."
    No records can be found of Frank and his family in the 1920 census. However, in
    1923, Frank married a woman named Ramona. In 1930 we find that Frank and Ramona
    are living in Los Angeles, California, and they are the parents of three
    children; Mona Lee, age 6; R. Dell, age 4; and a one month old baby. These
    children could still be alive. Maybe they could be found!

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    Love these letters and the work that has gone into the research is wonderful.

    Hope your knee problems get sorted Honchey, my DH lived with a hip problem for 19 years following a car accident and they finally did his replacement on his 50th birthday, he said it was the best birthday present he could have had no more pain, although almost 8 years later it is starting to niggle again.
    Karen

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    I guess you has to decide which is the worst: replace or not replace. If it would help, you might want to consider it.

    Stories of children are interesting; we are born, we live and we die. What we chose to do with each new day of our lives, is a gift. It is a "new" day; not repeat of what we have had...and that is a blessing, I think. I love that saying, "yesterday is history, tomorrow is the future, today is the present, that's why it is called a "gift".

    Making quilts, makes memories for us, and for those who love quilts after we die. Doe & dart was not easy for me; then came Elsie's favorite that had 3 tiers or rows..............the first two were fine, but I hope with that third tier, the long arm quilter "can quilt that out" like the song on You-tube! They are done, not perfect, but done. That's my story, and I am sticking to it. Future generations can take up the challenge and do it better. I always marvel at the perfect postings of the blocks on QB, but, sigh, its not mine. I do create color, and stories and enjoy doing the work & the show of everyone's blocks.

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    Honchey, heal up and get better!
    can you sew left footed??? its worth a try
    Candace is Deranged
    so many babies.. sew little quilts

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    QNS,

    Perfect isn't in the cards for me either, but we try our best. Your blocks have such a vibrancy and array of colours. They are unique. As soon as I see your blocks, I know who made them. I am in awe of your fabrics and how you put them together.

    Love your attitude.

    Janie

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    Hi All, I'm going to try sewing left footed later on today. I had the tense? unit on most of the evening and was able to at least sleep during the night...compression stockings on today....I'm looking thru my scraps for Elsie's Favorite...I have Eastertide done so that's one for next week. i will post the thread for the 2nd milestone next week...give everyone time to get this week's blocks done if they want to include them...(like me!).

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    Honchey ... I too recommend trying the left footed pedal technique. I thought it'd be hard, and just started recently, and was surprised how easily I adapted. I will confess, that I still sometimes hit go with the left, and at the same time use the knee pedal, which of course, only lifts up the foot! I am getting better, and and remembering to use the lift as I sew. Old habits die hard ..... and as you can tell, I learned with an old cabinet Singer with the knee pedal.

    QNSue ... ITA that your blocks are so filled with stories, that I am anxious to see them. And truth be known, I am learning from this, and find myself frustrated if I can't find a story fabric for my blocks! As for those stories ... if you're not getting them written down (or computer'd into memory!) ... how about talking them onto tapes?

    All ... For me, this quilt is going to be filled with so many personal touches, and that includes each of you! The fabric we've been sending back and forth. The American Flags I sent off, and will gladly send to anyone else who has had 2nd thoughts are another touch. And more, as it comes. I don't have the "family" to heir these too, so it's just between me, and you and my sewing machine!

    Speaking of which ..... I found this yesterday for my PC backing .......
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    With Elsie's favourite .... anyone know anything about the foot mentioned in this thread?
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/picture...s-t186433.html

    Is it one for all machines? or specific to a brand/model?
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    What cute kittens, quiltE!! Love that. I made two wedding ring quilts, then let this curve throw me off. I may do it again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltingNinaSue View Post
    What cute kittens, quiltE!! Love that. I made two wedding ring quilts, then let this curve throw me off. I may do it again.

    I fell in love with the kittens and being the were SO realistic looking, and that the colour was right, I just HAD to have it! Left it on a 48 hour hold while I checked my quantities needed. I'm still toying with QAYG or some variation of such, so knew I needed extra to allow for that .... just phoned to secure it all!!!!!




    OK All You Quiltin' Pardners ... ... here's another acquisition from yesterday, that I'm willing to share with one and all!! If you'd like to have some to honour MiraB in your quilt, PM me with your snail addy! Yes, it's Australian flags, complete with some kangaroos hopping along!!!!!!!!

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    MiraB ... want some? also, USA?
    DublB ... hope you will include the other patriots in your quilt!!
    Anael and ArteEC ... I'm dubious about ever finding your flags, so if by chance you have a smidgeon to share with me, I'd appreciate it. And too, if you'd like the USA?

    USA Flag material ... is still available for those who would like some (please see Spring Break thread for a pic)
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE View Post
    With Elsie's favourite .... anyone know anything about the foot mentioned in this thread?
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/picture...s-t186433.html

    Is it one for all machines? or specific to a brand/model?
    QuiltE I purchased the Curvemaster at a Craft Fair a few years ago, looked easy as it was being demonstrated but after wasting an obscene amount of fabric trying to piece Drunkards Path blocks I threw it in the trash.
    I did contact the local distributor here in Aus and she told me that there was a problem with the Pfaff foot and they would send me another but by that time I really wasn't interested. They are sold with numerous foot attachments for different brands of machines.

    You know when you want to sit and sew you don't want to spent all afternoon ripping seams out.
    Karen

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    That is so funny QuiltE sending Aussie flag fabric from Canada to Australia. The cost of postage is so high I don't want anyone to be out of pocket on my behalf, but I am so humbled that you have offered it to other PC'ers to honour me.
    Karen

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    I see Australia in my near future! we just got done with a visit from Dh's Son and his dear female! it is "officially unofficial" as he has not met her family YET... but they picked a ring!!! and... she is from.... AUSTRALIA!!!

    and if THAT weren't exciting enough! she wants babies right away! YAY babies!!! and little baby quilts
    Candace is Deranged
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    MiraB ... send me a PM and I'll send you a piece according to the postage. It's not like i"m sending you a couple yard! Size will be according to the postage cost, and I'll be thrilled to keep you in the loop!

    DDamsel ... yea for babies for you ... again better PM me your address and you can impress this DIL-to-be when you present her with something Aussie! If you want yardage, I bet I could get you LOTS more! And you can start making the baby-trousseau!
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    Beautiful fabric QuiltE! I love those kitties & that Aussie flag fabric is awesome!
    Derainged - Congradulations on getting a DDIL soon!
    Bev
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    You have the greatest ideas, QuiltE!! I agree with dublb "kitties & that Aussie flag fabric is awesome!"

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    DublB ... I figure this quilt is all about fun, so the backing should be no different!

    QNSue ... ideas? I'm only learning from you, my dear!



    *grumble* *grumble*
    I did Elsie's Favourite tonight ... which proved to NOT be QuiltE's favourite and will be a do over block!
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    I cut out Elsie's Favorite....pinned then basted then sewed left footed and thought it turned out okay until I measured and found I was 1/4 short on one side. ripped it out and will finish tomorrow...I don't like the way the seams lay. How are all of you pressing them??? I've never had to do seams this way before.

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    Hi Honchey ... yea for the left foot .... did that work OK for you? are you now a convert?

    Right or wrong?? all because I know no better on this ... I did opposite sides one direction and the other pair the opposite way. Likewise for the second layer. They didn't seem to care which way they flipped and doing them that way helped to reduce the bulk .... and I didn't think open was any better.

    Like I said ... no idea how wrong or right I was ... and look to learn more from the Pro's before I do Vs.2!!!

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    The way mine swung right or Name:  DSCN0674.JPG
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    I used my old 4H method for setting in sleeves to do the curved seams. I stay stitched in the seam line. Then I clipped the curves up to the stay stitching. Then I carefully, to avoid stretching put a million pins in. I had to sew very slowly, as I don't sew over pins, but it worked ok.

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    Yes, it is hard to avoid stretching. I finally did another block, pinning from center both ways:
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Size:  77.8 KBTrimmed as much as I want right now before slashing is sewn on...it is 8.5 inches square...almost square. Deputy Dawg D. If your block is better, wonderful. Question is do I use the Nightmare EC or DDD ec block???

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    Quote Originally Posted by JanieW View Post
    I used my old 4H method for setting in sleeves to do the curved seams. I stay stitched in the seam line. Then I clipped the curves up to the stay stitching. Then I carefully, to avoid stretching put a million pins in. I had to sew very slowly, as I don't sew over pins, but it worked ok.

    Yea! for another one with green blood!!!!
    Any other 4-H'ers? please step forward and be accounted for!!!

    2013 is the 100th anniversary of 4-H in Canada ... special events are starting already!
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    QNS I love your Deputy Dawg, he is so cute
    Karen

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltingNinaSue View Post
    Yes, it is hard to avoid stretching. I finally did another block, pinning from center both ways:
    Introducing Deputy Dawg.....
    If your block is better, wonderful. Question is do I use the Nightmare EC or DDD ec block???
    I didn't mean to suggest that my block was better, QuiltingNinaSue. I was just sharing a method that helped me with the curved seams. I did not mean to offend you.

    Janie

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