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Thread: The FWS Pony Club Quilt-Along Wk 22 Handy Andy & Hen and Her Chicks Discussion Page

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    The FWS Pony Club Quilt-Along Wk 22 Handy Andy & Hen and Her Chicks Discussion Page

    Hi Everyone, Week 22 is here and I did notice the there's been alot of activity here...I wish I lived closer to you gals so I too could enjoy all the fresh fruits & veggies being picked. I have a single peach tree that has 94 peaches on them and now I have to cover the tree cause the deer and squirrels eat them.... Again, I don't have any completed blocks this week...I DO have them cut out and almost ready to sew...I seem to be having a hard time picking out fabric for them and the next thing I know it's another week and nothing to show for it...It's like I've got a mental block of some sort....Hopefully the bug will bite me and I'll get over to the machine...H.

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    It is one stitch at a time, like the first step is the start of a journey...or task. Did not think I would get down to my blocks this week, but started yesterday and Handy Andy kept changing on me...taking most of the day...of the free time I had. Hen and chickens had me digging into my stash, repeatedly, to get the colors acceptable today. dh helped with lunch, so that saved me some time.

    Spent last Friday in a lovely cabin by Lake Rathburn at Honey Creek, visiting a friend until their family could arrive. Of course the guys went fishing...caught couple small channel cat and blue gill. The family is having a wonderful time at the lake, they are staying through next Saturday, enjoying their time together with their kids, grandkids and great grand kids. So happy for her. If her dh does not go to Bahamas next fall, she has offered to take me...guess I had better get my passport. Told her I would never fit in a two piece swim suit.

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    I've been under the weather the past couple days so nothing's getting done! Hopefully tomorrow brings a new and better day!
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    Anne, I'm glad things are getting better for you. Things are the same here but I'm trying to get back on some type of schedule. Thank you all for your kind words and thoughts and prayers. You are my "therapy"-cheaper than drugs and safer than booze.
    I apologize again for being an absentee participant but hope to get back into the fold/campfire this week.
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    Hello All! I am out in the clubhouse getting ready to choose/cut fabrics for this week's blocks. I had to make a scrapbook page for my mom that took longer than I thought it would. Oh well--it's done now and I can sew. I started new med yesterday for my back pain (going on and off since the end of March) so am a little out of sorts today! Hope to have pictures to post tonight...

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    Anne and Jan - hope things improve for you soon. So sorry for all the trials and tribulations. That is life I'm afraid, and we have all been there!!!

    Carrie, sorry to hear about your back problems. That has to be real hard on you. Hope the new meds work out, sometimes they take some time to start working.
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    Carriem so sorry to hear of your back problems, I also have major back problems but so far I have been able to get by without medication, fingers crossed it continues.
    I have good news from this side of the world, my 30 year old DS has just bought his first home, had to wait for a few legal issues to be sorted out but everything is in place and he will take possession in 2 weeks. Now I am going to miss him terribly (he is only moving 3 streets away) BUT I get to move my sewing stuff into his double bedroom and I won't have to share my sewing stuff with my DD's bed which made life a little cramped. I haven't discussed with DH yet but he will be painting the room for me and I get 3 huge cupboards which take up one whole wall.
    There is only one down side and that is it could take him a month to move out completely, we have to go furniture shopping and everything else shopping as he doesn't have anything so that is going to be fun, he hates shopping and DD and I are going to give him a whole day of retail therapy
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    Thanks for your thoughts on my back issues...the meds seem to be working. I have already tried physical therapy and chiropractic. Side-effects are no fun and I was too tired to sew this afternoon, but that is ok I will have time on Saturday too to get out to the clubhouse.

    Hope everyone else is feeling better by today!!

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    Since I got home from Texas on Monday I've basically spent the week in recovery mode. I did do the week's blocks and sew the binding on the next two gift quilts. I'm finishing them by hand and have one of them about 1/3 done. When I saw that the FWQ links were active again, I was challenged to take pictures and post what I have done. The pictures aren't always good quality because of my lighting and I don't have sashing on all of them but this will keep me moving on the quilt if only a little at a time. I used Marti Michell's cutting guide so what I have done doesn't follow by week. Here's the baby quilt I finished last month that will be for my DH's first great grandchild. Name:  photo-62.JPG
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    What a great colorful baby quilt, gardnergal! The baby will enjoy looking at that, for sure!
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    Hello All ... anyone remember me?
    I haven't forgotten you ... life has been crazy-busy ... and like some of my other PC-Sisters, my back has been bothering me. I know why .... too much garden work!!! At least this time I know why ... whereas sometimes I'm in agony and saying, why?

    I haven't done any PCs for oh so long! I really feel like I'm going into remission!!
    Spare time this week was to getting entries ready for one of our local Fairs. Took my entries in today and then pick them up on Sunday. And this weekend there's a gazillion other things on the agenda. This afternoon I had the pleasure of going to a quilt show. It was the first time for this Guild to have a show ... over 160 quilts, plus 35 heritage quilts, plus several flimsies. The tea room was outside, and at the edge of a butterfly garden! All the tea tables had table topers in the centres to add to the atmosphere! Well done, for a first show!!!

    I see I have a lot of threads to catch up on with GGal now posting her FWS' ... and of course others, and the PC threads too.

    Gradually, I'll be back ....... I miss youuuuuuuuuuu!!!!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE View Post
    Hello All ... anyone remember me?
    I haven't forgotten you ... life has been crazy-busy ... and like some of my other PC-Sisters, my back has been bothering me. I know why .... too much garden work!!! At least this time I know why ... whereas sometimes I'm in agony and saying, why?

    I haven't done any PCs for oh so long! I really feel like I'm going into remission!!
    Spare time this week was to getting entries ready for one of our local Fairs. Took my entries in today and then pick them up on Sunday. And this weekend there's a gazillion other things on the agenda. This afternoon I had the pleasure of going to a quilt show. It was the first time for this Guild to have a show ... over 160 quilts, plus 35 heritage quilts, plus several flimsies. The tea room was outside, and at the edge of a butterfly garden! All the tea tables had table topers in the centres to add to the atmosphere! Well done, for a first show!!!

    I see I have a lot of threads to catch up on with GGal now posting her FWS' ... and of course others, and the PC threads too.

    Gradually, I'll be back ....... I miss youuuuuuuuuuu!!!!!!!!!

    You are never forgotten. Take care of yourself. Let's see...red ribbons this weekend? We're cheering for you!

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    We have definitely missed you QuiltE! Hope things calm down soon so you can rejoin us!
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    So glad to have you back with us QuiltE
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    I was wondering where you were QuiltE. I've missed seeing your beautiful blocks each week. sorry about your back.
    Good to hear from you!!

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    Some how I didn't git this thread subscribed to. I remember goin' & findin' it but wasn't gittin any e-mails for it.
    I too have back trouble! Last year I broke down & had an epidural. Wow, what a difference. Don't git me wrong I still have some minor pain & can't do anything too long but I can live my life again. I'd do it again in a heart beat.
    So who's got the marshmallows?
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    Aw shucks, everyone ... it's nice to feel missed ....... and wanted!
    And to answer your question about the red ribbons ... yes!!!!!! I managed to get back into the hall, and get a few pics on Friday night, before I got kicked out! You see, they didn't have things fully set up, and didn't want the public in the building yet. I saw the main ones ..... my quilts, all three got reds/firsts!!!! The other miscellany, I'll know after I'm back to the fair tomorrow!

    This one you're quite familiar with already ....... it was entered in the pieced by one person, LAQ by another, judged only on the piecing ....
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    The green and purple one is mine and the class was "unfinished top, ready for quilting). It's the BCS mystery that I've been working on. I was quite shocked to see the red ribbon on it, as the one to the right of it was a Country Bride, appliqued quilt with embroidery, plus prairie points. I saw it opened up when we were delivering our quilts, and OMG it was stunning. I'm sure it will be back next year as a finished quilt. Mine is so simple in comparison, I sure never expected to be placed ahead of it.
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    Mine is the white sampler in the centre, and the class "pieced by one person, hand quilted by another". It's 25 sampler blocks, mostly from the Eleanor Burns books.
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    That's my three quilts I took, well, here's a 4th one ... that Little Mini that I just did recently. I was pretty proud of it, and to have the mini quilt rack too. Take a look to the left at the other mini and quilt rack ... it was in a counted cross stitch class, andwas done as a mini-quilt, complete with an even tinier quilt rack than mine! Mine was in a miniature quilt class.
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    So, that's the preliminary results ... I had 16 entries! The rest are miscellaneous sewing/quilting related things ... I chose whatever I had that fit the classes. When I was there, it was all confusing ... as they didn't have them all set up and in place yet. So, hard to find my entries ... and to see what else was in the same classes. I'm pleased ... very pleased with what I saw on Friday night. And yes, I've beamed all weekend!!!!

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    Woo Hoo - Great work QuiltE! How fun to get prizes for something you just love to do! Keep us posted on your other 12 entries!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JeanieG View Post
    Woo Hoo - Great work QuiltE! How fun to get prizes for something you just love to do! Keep us posted on your other 12 entries!
    **blush**
    Thank you JeanieG!!!!
    **and blush some more!!!**

    They had more entries this year, than they have had in a long time ... wonder what that says about the art of quilting? And especially so, that this is no longer a true rural area ... yes rural, but highly influenced by the urban sprawl, with many in the countryside who are very far from the farm, even though living amidst the farms!!!!! With the more entries, the display space was very crowded, so as you can see, unfortunately, the quilts did not get much chance to show themselves off!



    And oh ... how could I forget Miss Mazel ...... yes, she claimed another first!!!!!! I didn't get a pic, but here's one I took before ...
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    Whoo-Hoo! We have a celebrity among us! Way ta go QE! We are proud of you!
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    Hip Hip Hooray! Hip Hip Hooray! Hip Hip Hooray! for Quilt E!!! Congratulations on all counts.

    I was surprised to see Miss Mazel. Most of our local fairs require quilts to be completed in the last year.
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    Well done QuiltE--we all know how talented you are, now others know, too. Congratulations--they are all beautiful!
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    QuiltE...love all the red! Congratulations! I will doubly pay attention to your comments on blocks. Keep them coming.

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    Good Grief ... I had a post all typed and went to post and it went poof! .... whyyyyyy?
    Let's try this again!!

    Thanks everyone for all your kind words .... I enjoy the showing not so much to "beat" others, but to learn more and to see how my work measures up. It's one of the few opportunities I have to see my work alongside others. And too, to see IRL how others do things, colour combos, ideas (not that I need more!). I especially like it when a Judge leaves a comment on the back of my card, so I can learn something more.

    GGal ... oh please pay little attention to me! We have a lot of better skilled quilters around our PC campfires and throughout the QB than I am or ever will be. What I know has come from others sharing IRL and here on the QB. I have learned ever SO much since discovering the QB last April and am so thankful for the opportunity to be amidst so many talented people.

    OKSGlad ... Most of our fairs allow for a 2 year window, as did this one .... thus Miss Mazel had eligibility! Some are only for one year, and some don't specify. It's a little frustrating and tedious, as all the fairs belong to the same association, OAAS, yet they all may have different rules or interpretations of them. Sometimes the different rules are so they can encourage more entries.

    For example, most of the fairs and their classes are for quilts pieced and quilted by the same person, with specific classes to types of piecing and/opr quilting. Usually those fairs will have one class for handquilted by someone else, also LAQ, as was this fair, and we must show the quilter's name on the entry tag. Thus I am limited, being that so far I have had my larger quilts done by others. One of the fairs I show at in the fall, a few years ago recognized they were getting few quilt entries as many were not quilting their own. So they opened it up and now they have an incredible show of quilts ... even better because all of their quilts are hung out fully.

    The size requirements are easy to figure out ... sometimes they give length/width, though now most give total outside measurements minimum/maximum. Interpreting definitions "wall hanging", "centrepiece", "fibre", "needlework" are a few that create confusion .... and yes, each fair, each judge, and even different members of the same fair committee, may have a different definition. Sure makes it a little frustrating when you're trying to figure out whether to enter an item or not ... or what class to enter it in!

    Another little difference I've noticed here in other QB discussions ... most always we are required to include samples of the fabrics used (likewise for knitting/crocheting). So after having to scramble to find these in the past, I've now learned to keep samples when making things if there's even a remote chance I might show it. Much less stress to just have to trim them up when the time comes. And yes, you've guessed it, each seem to have a different "rule" on the size of those samples! Fairs that will be hanging the quilts, require a 4" rod pocket. These may be sewn on or with safety pins ... so I have a massive collection of those, and what a tedious job that becomes!

    I should add ... you don't get rich when showing here. Often under $10 for a first prize, the most I've received was $25. Sometimes there are extra prizes for example: most points in a section; new entrant with most entries in a section; judge's choice; special classes sponsored by outside groups/individuals (that's the yellow ribbons you'll see along with the reds). Then out of that "big" income ... your mileage for two trips to the fair, your time to do so, fair admissions (of course, you have to go to the fair to see the results and check the other entries) .... and all that frustrating time at home trying to interpret all the rules! It's all worth it in the non-$$ rewards!!!!

    I hope that gives all of you a little idea about showing at our Ontario Fairs.
    And too, I hope others will tell us a little about their showing experiences and requirements.
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    WOW!!!! QuiltE, you've been busy. They're all gorgeous. I especially like the mini quilt. Congratulations and good luck on the rest of your entries.

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