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Thread: The FWS Pony Club Quilt-Along Wk 37 Railroad Crossing, Homeward Bound Discussion Page

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    The FWS Pony Club Quilt-Along Wk 37 Railroad Crossing, Homeward Bound Discussion Page

    Hello, Hello Everyone, The Yahoo FWSPC will be closing as of the 23rd of this month. We may get a few quilters that would like to continue with a group...The moderator that took over for Laurie really tried hard to keep it going...there were only a few that showed any interest...not enough tho for it to continue..I asked for the rest of Laurie's letters to be sent to me if that's not possible I will have to download them individually...I feel sad...Liz really tried to make a go of it....

    Week 37 is upon us and I'm still piecing my blocks....This weeks blocks seem easy so far...that is until all the sections go together..for me anyway

    Lots of chatter here lately..I didn't participate in much of the chatter ...I did read it tho...I would have loved to attend a retreat with any of you...I'm jealous that I'm not close enough..

    I and my family attended our 8th annual reunion and I was very busy preparing lots of goodies to eat..we had a good time...I have a couple of photos I will be sharing after I upload them from the camera.

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    Sorry the Yahoo group is closing down; of course, we will welcome them in our virtual RV and to take part as they wish. Good for you at your family reunion...will look forward to your pictures.

    Bf did have her surgery today and all went well. Now for the recovery for four to six weeks or more before she can go full steam ahead. Thanks to all for your prayers.

    One rancher's wife, so worried about her attending the Western States Ranchers Meeting with her husband that she came up with a wonderful sewing project for her to wear to the meeting...she sewed and embroidered a full skirt with all the brands that represented the ranches in the Association of Ranches...and wore it the day she and her husband checked into their hotel. She overheard one of the older rancher owner's comments as they checked in, as he was commenting to another rancher, "Now that young filly has really been around!!" She carefully folded up the skirt and put it back into her suitcase in their room and never wore it again during the meeting.

    Notice the brands in the Railroad Crossing: the SM, the Rocking M....wonder if in our genealogy if we are long lost relative or two there on their ranches....I know there are 96 descendants from a great aunt went to Idaho in 1900...

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    QNSue..so glad your BF is doing okay.
    Everyone...us retreaters had a wonderful time last weekend but being able to share this virtual RV quilting is really special. How I've enjoyed catching glimpses of your lives through your beautiful blocks and chatter. And on top of that, I know I'm a better quilter from the things that I've learned from all of you along the way. A big thanks and.... how about another cup of coffee?

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    If you are going homeward bound, a cow person, have saddle and no horse, you have to depend upon the 'shank's mare' to get you home...from the range. Cowboy boots were not made for walking; just riding(heel of boot was different size and inward slope of heel. No cowboy would ride a half of a block, they would rather ride their ponies. "Shank's mare' was a term for having to walk there.

    With the virtual RV, we travel in style, not even using our thumbs to hitch hike...or ride our ponies far and wide.

    Drink your coffee and have a piece of my Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate cake made with duck eggs. Four of them made a cup full of eggs. Start with a fudge cake mix ( I use the one without milk in it) add 4 eggs, 8 oz of sour cream, 1/2 cup of vegetable oil, 1/2 cup of water, one small box of instant chocolate pudding, and 1 package of mini chocolate chips. Mix dry ingredients, then add the liquid; making sure the chips are covered with mix and pudding, so the chips will not sink to the bottom of the pan. Bake in a 350 degree oven for one hour. Frost with powdered sugar or chocolate frosting.

    If chocolate is not a favorite favor, try substituting lemon instead of the chocolate...using lemon or vanilla pudding and vanilla chips. We liked that too. You do not have to make it with duck eggs, unless you raid the RV for eggs.

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    Yum--I love riding in your virtual RV, QNS, although I've put on a few pounds. I'll just pretend they're virtual pounds!!
    Do duck eggs taste the same as chicken eggs? I thought they were pretty large eggs; am I right?
    GGal, you're right about learning so much on this Pony ride; not just about quilting but about things like blue headed turkeys and duck eggs. I love it!!
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    Duck eggs are bigger and more protein, and do not run all over the fry pan. Four made a cup full into the ccccake. Its earned them a bye from the fall table, as dh wants to eat their eggs all winter and who knows we may let them hatch young ducklings in the spring. The eggs have good flavor, not like the rubber geese eggs.

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    I love this pony ride! The virtual RV is always welcomin' & comfy.
    Sue - I'm glad your BFF's surgery went well. Your stories are always so informative.
    Honchey - I hope we do git more PC riders. That can be fun, though it is sad that there group didn't work out.
    Jan & GG - I have, also, learned so much. The laughter & camaraderie are great!
    Now whose got the marshmallows????
    Bev
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    I think this group is great and checking new messages each day can be a highlight.

    Bev---we have some JUMBO marshmallows...the kids always like those best! We're happy to share. Great night for sitting by a fire and wrapping up in a quilt!

    I didn't have much time for sewing this week, but should have time tomorrow and several free afternoons next week. Hoping to finish a couple tops for a local hospice house. Also want to get some more PC blocks together. I just have about 10 more to cut fabric for. These four quilts are the ones I want to have completely together (quilted) by the end of the year. (2 hospice, 2 PC...all twin size)

    I have another retreat in October, but not sure yet what I will take to work on that weekend. Dh would like me to make a lap quilt for a friend of his, so maybe having a couple days all together would be a good time to do that...we'll see.

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    Ggal970 you said is beautifully about this group of wonderful "friends". We have sewn together for more than 2 years and I feel as if we are friends even if we have and probably never will meet.
    I will have 2 beautiful quilts that I would never have made without the encouragement of everyone on this message board.
    This is where I am first thing in the morning and last thing at night, cause I don't want to miss out on any of the chatter.
    I am now thinking about joining the New York Beauty sew along started next month.
    Karen

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    Talking about jumbo marshmallows...I just saw them a few days ago...when I get the cravings for marshmallows I eat the mini's right out of the bag...I don't think I can do that with the Jumbos...can you imagine a sweet potato souffle' with the jumbos on top???? amazing!!!!
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    You have been great friends this year listening to my tales of woe---my mother passing, my BFF with ovarian cancer (recovering at present) and my sick dog (not any better.) I want to share my happy news with you: I ordered an HQ Sweet 16 sit down quilter and it was just delivered!!! I'm so excited I had to tell all of you. I'm laughing because it took me 15 min to figure out how to get the box open--can't imagine how long it will take to learn the machine itself. I'm chomping at the bit (Pony Club speak) because DH is out of town and I can't even get it out of the box until he's home Sunday. I'm so happy!! Just had to share with my QB friends!!
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    Sharing the news both the good and the bad, that's what friendship is. Jan you have to keep us posted on the new HQ. Many of us are wishing it was being set up in our areas!!!!

    Oh another busy week. Monday saw a presentation by Ann Zemke, author of Every Barn Tells a Story and a neighboring guild meeting. Then a SitNSew putting together 2 QOV on Tuesday. Wednesday a dental appointment and overnight guest--(SIL). Thursday--breakfast for SIL, a trip to town and errands, a trip in the other direction for errands, got half the lawn mowed, picturing of a couple of cows for advertising purposes, and then chores to help with. I slept in this morning!! Going to have a relaxing weekend as next week is gearing up to be just as busy.
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    Wonderful news JanRN. Hope you really enjoy your sweet 16 for me, too. Oksewglad, sounds busy to me, but at least, there are moments of fun. Both of you watch your mail.

    Sigh!! Next week means I turn another year older...starting another decade...that figure of 7 0 makes me feel old. But I can still kick almost to the top of the refrigerator... if I wanted too.

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    I just wanted to post a quick reminder (which I will try to remember to do every couple of weeks) about the "PC Bonus Blocks". I have seen some of you say on the boards that you want to join us. That would be great! Please be sure to send me a private message with your name/email address so I can send out an email to everyone all at once with my mailing info and details for the "swap".

    Here are the basics I posted a couple weeks ago with numbers updated:

    We are making 8" blocks.

    Not sure yet how many...I will send a final count hopefully by mid-November as we are finishing up the regular PC blocks. My guess is we will need between 10 and 12. (I have heard from 7, 8 counting me so far with info.)

    What block design and fabrics is up to you. If you want to do something that will remind us of your location, of you, or of our PC "ride" that would be great. If you want to make all your blocks the same that is fine or if you want to make certain blocks for certain people, that is good too...just be sure to label individual blocks.

    Thanks!
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    Happy early b-day ta ya, happy early b-day ta ya, happy early b-day ta Sue, happy early b-day ta ya! (If I don't do this now I might not do it all.)
    I bought some charm squares o' the TX Shop Hop Fabric. I'm thinkin' about sq in sq for the PC Bonus Blocks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by janRN View Post
    You have been great friends this year listening to my tales of woe---my mother passing, my BFF with ovarian cancer (recovering at present) and my sick dog (not any better.) I want to share my happy news with you: I ordered an HQ Sweet 16 sit down quilter and it was just delivered!!! I'm so excited I had to tell all of you. I'm laughing because it took me 15 min to figure out how to get the box open--can't imagine how long it will take to learn the machine itself. I'm chomping at the bit (Pony Club speak) because DH is out of town and I can't even get it out of the box until he's home Sunday. I'm so happy!! Just had to share with my QB friends!!
    Peace-Jan
    Woo Hoo, how exciting is that! Wow, I am so very happy for you Jan. I saw that machine at the sewing machine place I had my Baby Lock serviced at, it was so neat. Oh that is wonderful!!! I have seen several on Craig's List for reasonable prices, but am still plugging along on my Baby Lock. There is another one out by Baby Lock too along the same line that I saw advertised. I don't know how you are going to wait until Sunday to get that baby all set up!
    "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 QuiltingNinaSue View Post
    Wonderful news JanRN. Hope you really enjoy your sweet 16 for me, too. Oksewglad, sounds busy to me, but at least, there are moments of fun. Both of you watch your mail.

    Sigh!! Next week means I turn another year older...starting another decade...that figure of 7 0 makes me feel old. But I can still kick almost to the top of the refrigerator... if I wanted too.
    I turned 70 in April QNS, so I know what you mean. I don't feel any older - just the numbers say I am!!! Happy Birthday!!!
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    Thanks, Barb, and Jeanie. My thoughts on bonus blocks came from a LQS, creme block, with a red outline of Missouri and a blue bird in the center...blue bird is Missouri's symbol which just might look better than the 'donkey'!!..or it might not. Still thinking about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by janRN View Post
    You have been great friends this year listening to my tales of woe---my mother passing, my BFF with ovarian cancer (recovering at present) and my sick dog (not any better.) I want to share my happy news with you: I ordered an HQ Sweet 16 sit down quilter and it was just delivered!!! I'm so excited I had to tell all of you. I'm laughing because it took me 15 min to figure out how to get the box open--can't imagine how long it will take to learn the machine itself. I'm chomping at the bit (Pony Club speak) because DH is out of town and I can't even get it out of the box until he's home Sunday. I'm so happy!! Just had to share with my QB friends!!
    Peace-Jan
    OH yeah, That's great news. I'm so jealous. I've wanted one for over a year!
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    QNS--happy birthday a little early. I hope that I can get half what you do done in a day when I am your age!!

    Jan--for sure let us know what you think after getting some sewing time in on your new machine! I will be upgrading to a larger machine hopefully in the next year. I've been thinking about a Janome 6600...just because I already have a Janome and it has some features that would be nice.

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    Thanks, carriem, for you bb wishes. I stay with my little Bernina sewing machine 1530...'cause it starts with my Mother's first three letters of her first name, and finishes with mine..and the Bernette Overlocker model 335. the latter has sit in a cabinet more than its been ever used.

    I find people prefer certain models that they are drawn too, just the Chevy and Ford people. Rockford, Ill., car people said never purchase a Monday or Friday car of any make...on Friday the manufacture lines were thinking of the weekend parties, and Monday was the 'hangover' day.

    We all know what JanRN is doing with her weekend and may be all next week...but we all hope she takes time out to chat with us about her machine.

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    I have to check out the area where she lives to see if there are any hotels/motels close by...I just might swing by some day. I think it's only a 1/2 days travel...just think of all the Quilt shops on the way...Lancaster and so on...I'm very familiar with that area.... keep on dreamin" Anne...

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    Happy Birthday QNSue, hope you have a wonderful day, (love to see a pic of the high kick)
    JanRN I hope you enjoy your Sweet Sixteen, a friend of mine has one here in Aus and she loves it, she quilts a lot of our charity quilts for practise.
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    Come for a visit ladies!! If you can get to Pittsburgh, you can get here. I'm still waiting for DH to help me set it up. I'm dying knowing it's just sitting there waiting to be used!!! He got in late last night, is golfing now with DS so they promised me right after golf they'll set it up. I'm so nervous. Hope it doesn't turn into an expensive clothes hanger like my treadmill did LOL!! Will update you tonight---can you tell I'm excited???
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    JanRN I am sure you will have way more fun with your Sweet Sixteen than you will with a treadmill
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