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Thread: The FWS Pony Club Quilt-Along Wk 34 Old Indian Trail & Pansy Discussion Page

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    The FWS Pony Club Quilt-Along Wk 34 Old Indian Trail & Pansy Discussion Page

    We are 3/4 of the way thru the blocks...We"re getting busier as the months are rolling by getting closer to the end of the year. Never enough time in the day...I just get started then realize the day is over... I only have one block finished for this week...I have 3- 12" blocks to do by the middle of next week...better get goin'...Have to watch the convention tonight...My Governer (Christie) is speaking tonight and I don't want to miss it....H

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    Delighted to see early posting so I can now go help get our fowl babies to bed...trouble with the posting and do not know what all happened there but the blocks are posted.

    Might be my fault; I have been typing in book records this afternoon; got 2/3s done with 137 records in the computer and my eye is tired. Hope to finish tomorrow morning and get them gifted to our county public library and out of my house. DD is coming for a visit,(Sept 8th) so its clean up time and do the 'extra' little details to clear the areas and clean deep. She will find a fault or two but that seems to make her happy. Company coming in Thursday, I think, until Monday, Labor Day...but we think alike and love quilting, so that is going to be a fun time. Looking forward to seeing everyone's blocks.

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    QNS, if DD doesn't know what her house looks like by now..... But I know what you mean--I have to at least get the clutter under control and floors mopped if I know kids are coming!!
    No blocks this week, but as noted earlier I have the 3 AAQI quilts registered. These two will be delivered tomorrow for thee local hospital quilt auction. I am also working on a couple of minis and Christmas ornaments for the GK's school fundraiser in September.

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    I don't have kids old enough to come home and complain about the house not being quite right...if they ever said something while still living at home, I would put them to work since more than likely the mess was theirs to begin with!! LOL

    As usual it sounds like we are all busy...good thing quilting is important to us or it would be pushed to the wayside. I have people say "how do you get so much done"...well, my thinking is if you want to do it you will make time for it.

    I am still working to finish a couple UFOs and then will be back to PC blocks more regularly. Crystal and I are getting together next Tuesday to cut more fabrics and less than 2 weeks to our retreat where *hopefully* we will get LOTS of blocks done!! We are so excited.

    I just have borders and binding to finish on the D9P w/a Twist and then will be working on a quilt to donate to the local hospice house. I had a friend who was there and died of cancer last November the same weekend I was at a retreat. Well the day after she died I went to a quilt shop and bought fabric. I didn't know what to do with it, but have found a pattern.

    I called the hospice house and they said they could really use some new quilts as theirs are getting a little worn. So...that is what I decided to do. I might even have enough fabric for 2 quilts. I will be contacting my friend's mom today (whom I got to know during Jeanne's illness). Another friend suggested asking her if she would be interested in doing the quilting on it (she has a longarm).

    Hope all have a productive week!

    Carrie

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    You are so right Carriem, if you want to do something you will make the time to do it. How thoughtful of you to make quilts for the hospice, it is such a wonderful way to honour your friends memory.

    I have spent the day cutting DD's quilt to take to retreat, I have to cut 840 1/2 square triangles, 370 down just 470 to go. Then I have to cut the same amount for the background fabric. Silly me, then I have to cut mine. We are going to be making the same quilt just in different colourways. The things us Mums do...she did gift me all her purples to use in my quilt. It is a Bonnie Hunter pattern so lots of little pieces, just the way I like it.
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    Oh yes, mirabelle, Bonnie Hunter is my favorite too. Can't wait till November when her next Mystery Quilt will begin, I've done her last two. She is also doing a Mystery for Quiltmaker Magazine that will be in the Spring - over three editions, I believe from what she said on her blog.
    "You have enough quilts made when your soul is filled, your creativity satisfied and your fingers just won't work anymore."

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    Quote Originally Posted by JeanieG View Post
    Oh yes, mirabelle, Bonnie Hunter is my favorite too. Can't wait till November when her next Mystery Quilt will begin, I've done her last two. She is also doing a Mystery for Quiltmaker Magazine that will be in the Spring - over three editions, I believe from what she said on her blog.
    I've heard so many mentions of Bonnie Hunter. Does she have a website?

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    Oh indeed she does

    http://quiltville.com/

    Be prepared for an extended look!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gardnergal970 View Post
    I've heard so many mentions of Bonnie Hunter. Does she have a website?
    See mirabelle's link above. She has tons of free patterns on her site too. Also check out the Scrap User System. Beware - she likes little pieces in her quilts! LOL She also has a Yahoo group, and blog.
    "You have enough quilts made when your soul is filled, your creativity satisfied and your fingers just won't work anymore."

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    Thanks, Jeanie. I've already found some very good ideas. I've sort of started to cut strips but this will take me to the next level. I agree with her that scraps are as expensive as the original yardage and that's why I've been so reluctant to give them away like some do.

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    My rule of thumb is at $9 a yard for fabric--an inch width of fabric costs us a quarter. I have trouble tossing a quarter into the trash. A 5 inch charm is worth 15 cents and a layer cake 60 cents. Your 2 1/2 strip would also be worth over 60 cents. We must have been raised by the same kind of parents--waste not, want not.
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    I love scraps and I don't throw out anything... I have several Huggies Wipes flip top containers is several areas where I cut, sew, press....and just push into them threads and pieces too small for crumb blocks. I am saving these "scraps to use as a filling for other projects....I place a pile of these "scraps" on a cutting mat and then rotary cut them into a finer pile with less lumps...no waste at all...I even save the trimmings from the pping blocks...future filling for pot holders...pin cushions..mug rugs/coasters...

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    Quote Originally Posted by gardnergal970 View Post
    Thanks, Jeanie. I've already found some very good ideas. I've sort of started to cut strips but this will take me to the next level. I agree with her that scraps are as expensive as the original yardage and that's why I've been so reluctant to give them away like some do.
    I answered an ad on Freecycle several months ago. The gal had fabric scraps to give away. Those fabric scraps were 2 large bags full of scraps and miscellaneous fabric. I was astounded! I told her if she had any more that I would be delighted to take them off her hands. Well, she emailed me about two months later with another large bag of "scraps". Apparently she works with several other ladies and they do charity quilts, but none of them use the left overs. Needless to say, I have them all cut into several sizes of squares and strips ready for a scrappy quilt. Whatever is left over from a binding, or border they just toss, as well as already cut strips that were left over from a project.
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    My organized sewing table/design pad might give wonder to why I lose a few pieces in the process:
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Size:  61.5 KB, but I know its there somewhere! See why I need help, Mirabelle, CarrieM and the rest of you neat "chick" "hens"??? Room and board until its finished!! LOL!! Thought we needed a bit of laughter; its better than crying over the mess....or is that 'spilled cream' we laughed instead of cried over on the farm.

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    Oh Dear! Where to begin! That would be the main problem!
    "You have enough quilts made when your soul is filled, your creativity satisfied and your fingers just won't work anymore."

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    I earned my pilot's license at a young age working with Grandma: we piled it here and piled it there. Simply took a big square box and slid it off the table into the box. Now the table is all clear again. That way I will 'discover' different fabric when I dump it out on the table again!! The rest of the story on how my blocks end up so different each time!! LOL!!

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    What a hoot! QNS!! Hmmm, did we have the same Grandma?
    Thanks for saving the scraps from the landfill, Jeanie. Seems a lot of us cut from the same cloth
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    I save everything too! I gotta git it organized! I can't find anything!
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    Here you go dublb - Bonnie Hunter's Scrap User System. When I finish a project, I cut all the smaller left over fabric into squares/strips and save in clear show boxes by size. I use the squares as leaders/enders, making twosies, then foursies.

    http://quiltville.com/scrapusersystem.shtml
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    Yes Jeanie; Bonnie is great! I've been plannin' ta do her system for a long while. I just gotta do it, but I keep goin' ta Brady instead. I also gotta git the boxes & boxes o' books outta that room & outta my way. I've got built in bookcases in the living room in Brady that I want ta put those books in.
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    Well, I haven't been quilting for very long, so I guess I should figure out one of these "good systems" before I get too many scraps. Currently they all fit in two big plastic tubs....some are scraps and some are yardage from my clothing sewing days. Next time I get on an organizing spree I will have to check out Bonnie's method.

    Right now I am trying hard to finish my started UFOs...at least one quilt a month. Since May I have been able to stick to that...tomorrow I should have the 3rd quilt for August finished! Just a little border to quilt and then the binding. Next month I have one more lap-quilt close to being finished and then I am going to focus on PC blocks!! YAY!!!

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    Wow you are doing great Carrie on all your UFO's. I have around four that need "doing". I have got one finished except for the border, and started another QAYG - Star blocks from last year's BOM. I see why Jan does her PC blocks this way, it is so easy to quilt just one little square! I have been following Jenniky's QAYG challenge, it is very informative!
    "You have enough quilts made when your soul is filled, your creativity satisfied and your fingers just won't work anymore."

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    Quote Originally Posted by JeanieG View Post
    Oh yes, mirabelle, Bonnie Hunter is my favorite too. Can't wait till November when her next Mystery Quilt will begin, I've done her last two. She is also doing a Mystery for Quiltmaker Magazine that will be in the Spring - over three editions, I believe from what she said on her blog.
    JeanieG we are making Jamestown Landing, it is in Bonnie's new book String Fling but was in an Australian magazine about 12 months ago. I put it on the definitely wanna make list and thought it would be a great project to take to retreat. It is a 2 1/2 day retreat so hope to get some serious sewing done. I plan on having everything cut beforehand.

    I have also been saving all my little bits for her Wild and Goosey block which is appearing in Quiltmaker shortly, or so she said on her blog. That was another one that just took my fancy..
    Karen

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltingNinaSue View Post
    My organized sewing table/design pad might give wonder to why I lose a few pieces in the process:
    Name:  Designing time.JPG
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Size:  61.5 KB, but I know its there somewhere! See why I need help, Mirabelle, CarrieM and the rest of you neat "chick" "hens"??? Room and board until its finished!! LOL!! Thought we needed a bit of laughter; its better than crying over the mess....or is that 'spilled cream' we laughed instead of cried over on the farm.
    QNS what the weather likewe are heading into our wet season. Up here in the Tropics we only have two seasons the dry and the wet, and it would be great to be away from floods and cyclones. I love a challenge, I'm sending good vibes your way. I know you can do it..
    Karen

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    I was counting the quilts I have started while drifting off to sleep last night and if I don't start anything else MAYBE I can finish them by the end of the year. I'm doing two small quilts as QAYG and just need to add the borders. Another small quilt is being quilted right now. I too like able to quilt individual blocks so I think finishing the other full sized quilts should go better.

    Jeanie, thanks for the link. I had started strips for a quilt calling for 1 3/4 inch strips but I think I have enough done to work on the...it isn't in my UFO count...and have a few other sizes started now. I just need to get the boxes to keep them separated in. I still don't keep the crumbs. There is a lady that works with mentally challenged people to use them for dog beds for a local shelter. She gives these people a reason to get out of bed once a week so I don't feel bad about that.

    What an accomplishment, Carrie! That has to feel good.

    QNSue...I'll fly with you anytime! Your results speak for themselves. My sewing room is very small so ever so often, I have to straighten up so I can find a few more corners to store things in. I'm not in Mirabelle's "neat" league at all although I admire her ability to keep things looking good and getting a lot done at the same time. I could learn from her.

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