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    Oooo Purdy!
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    Mirabelle, your quilt is beautiful; love it. What ever the group wants to do is fine with me. I either will or will not be an active member...but will follow all anyway.

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    What a great scrappy, MiraB ... did you do it as a true Leaders and Enders? or make it as a specific project?
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    Mirabelle, I'm so glad you found quiltingonthesquare.com ... I think I might enjoy doing this as a group.....Guys check it out...a single block every 2 weeks would be great...I think?? nice 12"compass stars... Jan,I don't think there are any "Y" seams either Let me know what you all think???? we could start this after we're done with the bonus blocks or whenever all of you decide when to start...I've never done a compass star..

    QuilteE, I cannot quilt....Period...AND I love you for finding the barbed wire quilting technique...I have never seen it before...

    The trees are coming off the house this Sunday....what an experience that is going to be...one of them has to be totally removed...

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    I'm glad ya are gittin' those trees taken care of & out o' the way. Life's an adventure, right?
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    Hi everyone! We are in Phoenix right now. No internet at the place where we camped Monday to Thursday. Lots of chatter here while I was gone. I did not get last weeks blocks finished (one done and one almost done). And I have not started this weeks blocks either. I thought I would get some sewing done while here at my son's house, but when I pulled the sewing machine out this evening, I realized I forgot the power cord. Well Darn, and we are not leaving for home until Friday.

    I also liked the look of those Compass blocks at Quilting in the Square, they are beautiful! If we do 2 a month, it would end up a 6 month project.

    But I'm game for anything that we all do together. It will be fun because we are all doing it together!

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    Honchey ... butttttt ... you showed us your Jelly Roll quilt that you quilted, so we know otherwise!!
    I thought the barbed wire quilting was just too PC'ish to not show it to everyone.
    Good to know you are getting those trees off your home. I just hope that's the end of it all for you.
    BTW ... you mentioned about the lights, heat, gas, internet being out ... though I don;t think you mentioned any flooding? Can we think that you were you SO lucky?
    Hope you can go to NC, and ENJOY, and leave some of the Sandy worries behind.

    JeanieG ... oh oh! With all the travelling you do, maybe it's time to get a permanent machine for your home on wheels? ENJOY your time with your family.


    Just took a look at the Quilting in the Square site. The Compass Stars are intriguing. We'd want to make sure we had them downloaded soon enough, as I suspect they will pull them soon after the year is up. Using them as a starting point would be good. Then we'd see lots of variations in the fabrics chosen and the way each person decides to finish them off to a completed project.

    Another suggestion waaaaaaay back was applique. Nothing too intense, as many of us have not done it ... but I'm willing to learn!
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE View Post
    What a great scrappy, MiraB ... did you do it as a true Leaders and Enders? or make it as a specific project?
    QuiltE I did it mainly as a leader and ender project, I just kept cutting into my charm packs and kept a small container at my machine ready to sew, great for when you are paper piecing as you are not always cutting your thread.

    There are 400 3 inch bowtie blocks in the quilt, and when my container was full I did start to just sew them to get them finished.

    I quilted it at my LQS on her longarm, which she rents out. Lots of fun, which I had the room for a machine of my own..
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    The Compass blocks should be on the website until February, so if we decide to do this we can let everyone know to download their patterns all at once.

    OOOOHHHHH QuiltE, I have tried applique, both needleturn and by machine. I did a BOM needleturn Baltimore way way way back when I thought "that looks easy I can do it" weeeelllll 9 yes 9 blocks and 10 don't fall off the chair 10 years later I had the blocks finished but still had to do the borders.. I piked out and just sewed a border on it and called it done. It is in the wardrobe somewhere In my defense I was working full time at the time, by girlfriend took 3 years to finish hers but she is an overachiever. I think I have a photo somewhere, will see if I can find it
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    Ugh, no applique for me! All that hand sewing is murder on my hands! I just don't think I have the patience for it either. Just my opinion!
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    Good for you MiraB, for getting it done!
    I've tried doing leaders and enders and found that I don't like having to get it in there straight and square. Instead I just use scraps and aim for it under the foot and keep reusing til it's got too many stitches. Of course, if I would practice practice practice .......... I just may get the hang of L/E!


    While I like the looks of Baltimores ... NO WAY JOSE! .... I said not intense, which means to me really really simple.
    In one sense I don't want to learn applique as I'm not sure my hands nor my eyes would allow me. Whereas on the other hand, I kind of enjoyed those two FWS blocks with applique and would like to learn more about the how to, even if it was just to understand it more and appreciate the work of others!
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    I Love machine applique but don't think I could handle needle turn. If I glued the edges under & then glued the shape in place, I could sew that down by hand. I have done this method on some small projects. All o' my machine applique has been done by turnin' the edges down & then gluein' 'em down. Then I machine sew it down. I guess I cheat.
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    I did this block w/ machine applique. First I had 2 yellow squares & 2 blue squares. I cut out 2 circles o' each color & had a circle template made out o' the a breakfast bar box. I placed foil onto the ironing board. I then put the cut out circle (w/seamallowances) on the foil. Finally I centered the template in the circle o' fabric, & folded the foil over the whole thing & then smoothed it out. I ironed the foil on the front & back. When I took it out it was such a nice circle. I placed the circles onta the opposite color square & glued 'em down & then top stitched. I then cut the squares w/circles into 4 equal squares each. Finally I arranged 'em inta a Drunkards Path block.
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    QuiltE....The jelly roll was just straight stitching.. my freemotion circles & stippling look like zig zags.

    I've only done applique having the seam allowance already turned under...no needle turn for me...too intense...

    I signed up for the newsletter at Quilting on the Square and downloaded all 10 blocks so far...
    Dublb, I did something similar ...I placed a circle of fabric centering it on a large square.. sewed a buttonhole stitch around the circle..flipped it over..removed the center section of the circle from the back...then quartered the block . as long as the circle is starched it works real well...it is now another UFO.

    Thank the Lord there was no flooding....the soil around here is very sandy and it drains very well...We have city water so there was no problem as long as their pumps work...I put my big pots to use on the stove (propane) for heating water for heat & washing...lighting was all done with the led lanterns & candles....we didn't have electric, cable, internet landline phone & no cell phone either...We have a wood stove in the fireplace and burned wood night & day...The coldest place was my bed...I don't have flannel sheets but I do have several pieces of polar fleece that I was going to make throws for my grandsons....I put the fleece between the top & bottom sheets like a sleeping bag...that really saved me from shivvering....There are still places without electric...those poor people...I feel so bad for them...My LQS has something going on at the shop for them....I will have to see what I can do....

    my sinus's have been acting up as a result of burning wood and had to see the DR to get a shot of whatever it is for allergies now it's settled in my chest and have to use an inhaler...what a drag...and winter is just beginning!!!

    it's almost one o'clock here and now I'm going to bed..nite all!!
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    Oh my, Anne that does sound a bit rough. At least ya were able ta adapt & handle it. {Huggs} I guess I'd better go ta bed too.
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    So glad to hear you were away from the flooding Honchey, trees will always regrow or you can plant more.

    Here is the only photo of my Baltimore, there was a lot of three dimensional work, ruched roses, stuffed bluebells, such a lot of work. I will put it on the bed one day
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    So much going on here and at home so I have been trying to read, but haven't taken the time to reply...

    I have already downloaded the free "compass" blocks and think it would be fun to do this as a group..yes 1 block every 2 weeks would definitely be manageable and give me time to work on other things without worrying about always trying to catch up!

    On applique...I can't do much hand work (wrist issues), but someday would like to learn machine. I am currently working on a project doing raw edge applique...learned at the retreat Ggal and I attended in September.

    I sewed a mini-charm square (2 1/2") on top of a regular charm and then cut in half. I am making a couple Christmas table runners. Not sure on the layout yet...this was when I just had half of the blocks done and I wanted a picture to send a friend showing her what I was working on.
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    Maribelle--that Baltimore quilt is very pretty.

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    Carriem I love your little blocks, so pretty
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    Mirab, that Baltimore is awesome!! I can't believe I'm quilting with people who have such talent--I'm a rookie! That must have taken a long time; there are so many details to look at. It's gorgeous.

    Carriem, neat idea with the charm squares. What you have so far looks very good. I also don't appllique and would someday like to learn to do it by machine. Just not that into it yet. The only "applique" I do is when I sew my labels on.

    I also downloaded the compass patterns--that's a really neat site with lots of ideas. I ordered 50 Paper Pieced Stars because I love stars and pp (thanks to yinz!) I'm open to any and all plans for our future ride.
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    Honchey ... Thank goodness for the no flooding for you! You were well prepared for the storm. Lucky for you that you had the wood stove and lots of wood. Looks like the wood pile will get re-stocked tomorrow too! Good thing you had that stash of fleece came in handy ... almost too funny!

    MiraB
    ... Your Baltimore is indeed stunning!!!


    hhmmmmmm ... the 3-D effects might be something we could do together?

    What about the Compass Star Blocks as our regular thing, and then in between times teach each other different techniques? Like a Bonus! eg. the 3-Ds, dresden plates, maybe a little applique. New ideas/projects that come along and I'm sure there's lots more things that could be taught. We could take turns. I'm thinking do it within the regular threads, just the same as we "talk" about everything under the sun and then some, now!

    Another thing we could do would be to set WIP/UFO goals for ourselves. Putting out there, gives some accountability and we would then push ourselves to get them done, as the group would "know" we did or did not. At least, that's a tactic that works for me!

    OK ... I've blathered enough on this ... will keep quiet now!!
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    I like the UFO/WIP idea! I have so many projects and need to finish some of them! I keep telling myself to do that but I don't so this would really help.

    Mirabelle, your Baltimore is so beautiful! How did you do the applique?
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    I went & downloaded those compasses so if we decided ta do 'em I got 'em. Actually if we don't do 'em tagether I think I'll do 'em anyway.
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    I taught a class on a kaleidscope dresden plate a couple of years ago...It was alot of fun...These were appliqued to a square then sashed with triple stripe border and yo-yo cornerstones . What was fun about this was you don't know what each plate will look like until all 12 wdges are sewn together..there also was a single yo-yo at the center of each plate...I'll have to find some photos to show you...

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    Anael the blocks were all needleturn applique, it took me 10 years to complete those 9 blocks but I did work full time back then. The borders were added and I did quilt it just never took a photo.

    I am so pleased everyone likes the Compass blocks and have downloaded them, I also like the idea of teaching each other different techniques. The idea of a wip/ufo is also great. Gee we could be sewing together for yearswith all the great ideas we are coming up with..

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