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Thread: The FWS Pony Club Quilt-Along wk 45 Western Star & School House Discussion Page

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    The FWS Pony Club Quilt-Along wk 45 Western Star & School House Discussion Page

    Hi, Here we are at week 45.. me posting the last 2 blocks for this Quilt-Along...It's been a great ride...some bumps along the road for me...I've made new friends and I want to thank all of you for joining in...I will be posting an update page next week and that will be the only thread we'll be using to discuss anything related to this journey ( added blocks and to further discuss the Bonus Blocks we'll be doing and showing starting the first of the new year... I will also be posting a new thread for photos of completed quilts after next week.... My gosh, I can't believe I've been doing this since August of 2010...
    Any suggestions for what are we all going to be doing after we're done with the bonus blocks???

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    Working on design of Bonus Blocks, but probably will wait until after Christmas gift quilts are done, before doing those. Same the complete PC top 'cause I am putting my extended blocks right in with the others, depending upon color for placement later.

    FWQ is not going to be ready by Christmas; the LA quilter had the machine down for repairs for a time and is behind on her Christmas must have done quilts, so I opted to wait until end of January to pick it up. Have enough to keep me busy right now...

    The future is not mine to see, but I have enjoyed the ride with everyone; I have learned so much in quilting, piecing and feel like I have met some wonderful people, world wide. I have ask Aneal to keep us updated on the triplets and show pictures in March or April when they are born.

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    Anne, thank you. That seems so inadequate--you've done so much for our group. Keeping all these riders on the trail each week, answering questions, and dealing with all the other things life has thrown at you--again, thank you!
    I'm glad we're going to have a follow-up thread so we can stay in touch with each other. I feel like you are all good friends that I want to share with. I thank you all for helping me get through this difficult year. You've taught me so much and not just about quilting. Thank you, friends.
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    Anne--I too want to thank you for keeping this going.

    I wasn't involved with the FW threads but you have all welcomed me and made me feel like one of the group. It has been lots of fun getting to know you all just a little bit each week.

    I will be sure to watch for the follow-up thread and post updates for the bonus blocks. I printed my papers today and am working on cutting pieces out tonight....hint on my blocks: I am using some yellow and even chose a block with "y-seams". For those who may have missed it, we are up to a count of 13.

    As far as what I have going on "next", I am just working on finishing UFOs and a few other small projects that keep coming up. I have the "Rosie" blocks to finish (9 wks left). I mostly just check these threads, so if someone starts a new project, please be sure to post in the "follow-up" thread or let me know so I don't miss out...even if I can't start the project with everyone else I will want to see what you are all up to.

    carrie

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    Hello All!!!!
    I'm baaaaaaaaack!!

    I will add my sincere appreciation to you Honchey, for all you did to make the PC such a succes. And for the FWS too. What a commitment you made by taking over the leadership and coordination of the weekly threads. And an incredible job you did too!

    Dear Friends, I have come to enjoy and appreciate each and everyone one of you. It's been such a thrill to get to know each of you, learn about your lives, and countries. I'm looking forward to our block exchange, as a way to keep you in my life for much longer. I hope that we can all stay in touch for years to come, whether here on QB or via emails. The world truly is small with the wonders or cyberspace!

    I only wish life would have been kinder to me, to allow me to keep with the posse as you all progressed along the way. I started late for FWS, so missed most of the FWS camaraderie and that is what drew me to the PC. So then, ended up being in on the camaraderie, and not so much the sewing. Just not the same as doing both! So I'll hope for a match for whatever the group plans next, and that life lets me participate in both ways this next time round.

    No sewing for me since the first of August so I really am way behind. I am seriously thinking of the Miniature Pony version that I mentioned a few weeks back. I'll see what happens on that front! Regardless, you can count on my exchange blocks to be done on time!
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    I'm so sad that this fun ride is comin' ta an end. We've had so much fun, tears, & laughter. I wasn't able ta keep up w/ the blocks, but havin' ya'll ta yack w/& watchin' all o' ya'll's blocks come tagether, has been a real trip. This became my favorite place ta come to for the comradery & beautiful blocks.
    PS I do still intend ta finish my PC quilt.
    Bev
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    I really don't want this to come to an end although it does feel good to have this much of the project done. These threads are the first thing I check in the morning and the last at night. I've laughed and cried and learned so much from each and every one of you. Thanks for being part of my life and giving me of yours. I made some suggestions on the photo thread for what could be next.

    I'm finishing up a couple of BOM's. One I have done except the borders and the other is ready for QAYG. I still seem to be avoiding the actual quilting as I have about 3 lap quilts that I have in various stages of quilting but keep being put aside. I've finished one valance for my friend and the other is ready to sandwich and quilt but she said there is no hurry as the window frames aren't done yet so again another quilting project gets put aside!
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    I was thinking last night ... how far my quilting has come since being part of these two groups! I could never have won those ribbons on the FWS without the support here, and the skills learned in doing the work. Just think, I HATED PPing and now, I do not fear. Ironically ... I have come to love PPing so much and the excellence it gives, that I somewhat hesitate to do traditional piecing now! Strange, eh? I didn't know anything about FCing, and made it one of my PC goals, to get more comfortable with FC, and so I have. As a result, almost every block has some FC work. I pushed myself to do it and am glad that I did.

    More thoughts from last night were the squishies that came from all round the world! The friendships made, the bonds created. We've shared our lives, the good times and bad. Laughed and giggled and had more fun than one could ever imagine. All virtually!

    Onward ho! ... to whatever is next?
    I'll be honest here ... I think, one of the reasons I have not progressed so much with my PC blocks is that I jumped into the PC while finishing FWS ... without a break. Add to that, the repetition of a sampler style. I guess what I'm saying is that I'm wondering if there would be a pattern we could choose that would be away from a sampler style and yet be something we could break down into the weekly chunks. Maybe a long shot request? Or maybe someone has an idea?

    Another thought that had been discussed a wee bit sometime ago, was to do a colour study project together. I believe OKSGlad had some ideas in that regard. For me, I somewhat stumble along when it comes to colours, shades, tints, etc. and really should learn the technical background to feel more confident when choosing fabrics.

    Just some thoughts ... and yes, I'm hoping to stick with this crowd!
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    Great idea QuiltE! I'm practicing FMQ right now on baby quilts No, my DDIL doesn't like too many quilts but maybe she will change her mind once the triplets have arrived.

    Colour study project sounds good to me. I just grab what I like and what I think goes well together. Some background knowledge would be nice.
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    Some o' us mentioned, on the photo thread, some ideas too. I will stay w/ya'll what ever ya decide. This is my favorite group here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anael View Post
    ........No, my DDIL doesn't like too many quilts but maybe she will change her mind once the triplets have arrived. .........
    Anael ... maybe DDIL will change her mind if once you do some special triplet quilt designs!
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    OK I have been busy the past few days and am just catching up, someone please pass me the tissues. No joke I have tears in my eyes as I type this, this group has kept me sane on the long days when I am home on my own and DH is at work.
    Apart from my DS and DD you are the "friends" I chat with each week, without this group I would never have attempted either of my two quilts. Thank you so much Anne for keeping us all on track each week and a huge thank you to each and every one of you for just being the wonderful souls you are.
    Will post pics of my last two blocks later tonight or tomorrow, the puppies are growling at me, its dinner time for them.
    I hope someone chooses another project for us to continue with....
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    Whew! thankfully you have your priorities straight .... get away and feed those growling puppies!

    Now, do us a favour and show us pics!!
    ..... I can only "imagine" via the avatar! Oh how I wish we could click and enlarge it.
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    QuiltE I only have old photos of my "boys" as soon as I focus the camera they move. My avatar was taken while I recuperated from foot surgery and he stayed on my bed with me all day.

    So here are my boys,
    Sammy is a Maltese Shitzu cross, he is now 12 and has heart problems. I have had him since he was 6 weeks old and he is the boss. He loves to lie on pillows
    Prince is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, he is 8 and hyperactive, he has 2 speeds flat out or stop.

    They are so much fun to have around
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    Cute boys!!! Love both of them. Real characters and strong personalities. Lots of company and they know who loves them...they carry tails, but never tell your secrets...

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    Mirab they are precious. Patches can't get on the couch anymore, but when he did, he was always in the position that Sammy is in. Are they airing "it" out LOL? Patches is our last dog, I swear. It's so hard watching them age, get health problems, etc. But then I see pictures of other's furbabies or I see a cute commercial and I wonder.......
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    What wonderfully handsome buddies you have, MiraB!!!!

    I SO miss having a dog around ... last one being Patches' cousin!
    Though all of mine were the "best" you could ask for.

    And what a beautiful scrappy quilt, MiraB!!
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    Mirabelle--thanks for sharing pictures of your dogs. It is nice you can have someone to take care of while your husband is away. I know I enjoy having ours around.

    Jan--I had to smile when I read about "Patches being your last dog"...we have already decided we will get another pair of sisters when one of ours dies. We have enjoyed having two dogs around.

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    JanRN, Sammys legs are too short for him to jump, he just stands in front of the sofa staring at it and if you don't take notice of him he gives you a low growl and like the dutiful servant you are, you pick him up and put him up on the sofa, where he can stay for hours. When he wants to get down you just hear a little bark, like he is saying come here and you go and lift him off.
    I know I know talk about being spoilt rotten
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    I have just been on Carol Doak's website and her Mariners Compass book is now out of print and there are limited supplies left so if anyone was wanting to purchase the book maybe now might be a good time.
    I bought mine, I thought I had a copy but I didn't, even if we don't go ahead with this sew along I may still make this quilt in the future

    There is also a website called Quilting on the Square which has a free block of the month which is called the Compass Collection, I have been downloading these each month and saving them, it started in February so there are 10 blocks already to download, maybe that is worth thinking about as we wouldn't have to purchase any books, everyone will just need to download their patterns and we could maybe make one a week or one a fortnight
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    I like the idea o' not doin' such an intensive BOM. One a fortnight sounds great. (We could still have a thread ta talk every week.) I'm still gonna have ta sew my PC blocks next year.
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    Thanks for the heads up on the Mariners Compass book, Mirabelle. I went to Amazon and they still have it there...some as second hand...and I just ordered a copy plus her 50 Stars book. I have another idea for us...I just ordered Bonnie Hunter's Adventures with Headers and Enders. What if we just made it a year to use up our scraps while we do our other projects? That way we don't commit to another large project, no new fabric required, we help each other with a new discipline...all of us are not as dedicated to scraps as you are OKsewglad...and we each can have however many scrappy projects we care to do. I do remember OKsewglad mentioning something about a study in colors and that could easily be worked into a scrappy project too. I have a book, The Quilters Color Club by Christine E. Barnes that might be helpful.

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    Ladies ... Here's an idea I just saw, for PC quilting ....
    http://kydeb.wordpress.com/
    go to April 25th
    click on first picture and then you can see all in larger view
    First three pics show barbed wire quilting!
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    Barbed wire quilting....so cute. Reminds me of D_Damsel.
    Dubib...I don't know if this is the thread where you posted that your right wrist was bothering you but I do hope you get some relief. I know it can be very painful.

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    I have Bonnie's Adventures with Leaders and Enders book, absolutely love it.

    I took up the challenge to make her bowtie quilt this past year just as a leader and ender project. I managed to use up all the charm packs that I had been given as gifts. This one is for me
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