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Thread: The FWS Pony Club Quilt=Along Wk 32 New Jersey & Norway Pine Discussion Page

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    The FWS Pony Club Quilt=Along Wk 32 New Jersey & Norway Pine Discussion Page

    Just wanted you to know that Monmouth County in NJ had a ton of chicken farms way back when and the 11 acre property next to our property was a chicken farm/eggs also. My DH"s grandparents owned it before us and they would keep the eggs that the straying chickens would lay on their side of fence...The owners of the chickens wanted Nana & Honey to pay for them...They never did! Yup, Honey was grampa's nickname. A warning...you need Sunglasses!!! Go Look!

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    OK, Honchey, its 7:45pm and I don't know where go to look....or find the photo page. Will check later. the Chicken farms sound very interesting.Name:  DSCN1090.JPG
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Size:  130.2 KBCurrently working on gs quilt...its a work in progress, have a skunk, chipmunk, and possum blocks cut out to add to quilt. Beavers and ducks with be added to the bottom and Mountains with Eagles on the top.

    New WalMart Opening tomorrow; will brave the crowd to go have a 'see'.

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    dh moved out!!!....out of my quilt room....Rah, rah, rah. Now looking at used LA. Looking, not buying...yet.

    It's like the old story:Jane went to bed.....oh, don't get excited or misled...Jane went to bed with a pain in her head!!

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    QNS you had me worried there for a minute thinking DH moved out on ya!!! Hope you get that LA-your quilts are awesome.

    Chicken story: when I was growing up my mother worked at GC Murphy's 5 & 10. Every year at Easter time the store gave away free baby chicks. For 2 weeks prior my sister & I would work on the box that we'd put our peeps in when we got them (please remember I'm a city gal, this is as "farm" as I get). Finally the day would come and we'd go get 2 peeps each. I always got 2 yellow ones and she would get 2 pink ones. Why did they dye them? Parents made us get different colors so if one met an unfortunate demise we'd know whose it was. We loved those little fluffy things--probably carried them around too much. We wanted to sleep with them in our room but they lived in a wooden box with a window screen on top in the hall way (they did smell a little). It was neat to see them grow but you know kids--after about 2-3 weeks we'd get bored with them. My dad would load the box in the back seat of the car and take them to a friend's farm where they'd live happily ever after with all their little peep friends. (Or so we were told). I can't imagine a store giving away chicks nowadays--PETA would picket! It did teach us responsiblity and made me the city girl I am today!! (Sorry my story is boring compared to all you farm folks LOL!!)
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    I love your story's Honchey & Jan! Keep 'em comin'!
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    Sue! Ya nearly gave me heart attack! Now I think it is hysterical! I also think your GS quilt is very 'boy.' Neat'o, as my son would have said a few years ago.

    I just worked on my friends sewin' machine & got it up & runnin'. Actually she is the manager o' the assisted living care facility that I have my DMIL at. I talk ta her daily & we've become friends. She asked me ta take a gander at it & I did. I'm gonna head ta bed in li'le bit, just as soon as I check out the Milestone page.
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    Little action here, everyone must be busy in what life has thrown at them. The new Wal-Mart does have more floor space and has keep its fabric department, It has a grocery line now, and its open 24/7.

    The rest of the peaches have ripened in paper sacks, so its back to the kitchen in the morning to finish them into jam. Dh relation(his Aunt and family) is coming on Saturday (or we are going there) to 'gift' the three quilts in memory of his father.. Menu has been agreed upon (yes, with them we do review the menu before we get together) and sill start playing cards (500) by 9 o'clock in the morning and do it all day long.

    Guineas have developed a love for any beet or lettuce greens they can find...so we had to put screen plastic wire over the plants to protect them. They fly up on the roof top every morning to survey the town of Hartford. And if dh opens the garage doors to work in his workshop, they are right there to 'help' him. All the fowl seem to 'mind' him better than me...but the turkeys will come when called if I have any dew berries for them.. Alas, that season has past. Awaiting for the time when the pullets start to lay their eggs...know nothing about the guineas laying eggs or raising a family...or ducks and turkeys. Guess we will learn if and when they do lay eggs.

    It rained here finally, hope everyone is enjoying the summer; our daylight hours are getting shorter already.

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    This is what has kept me busy for the past month (just quilting it) I spent over 60 hours just on the quilting. I finished the embroideries and then decided to try and do it as a quilt as you go. So armed with a lot of information and a lot of prayers. I quilted it in sections, the top 4 blocks, then the centrepiece and 4 blocks together and then the last 4 blocks, sewed the panels together at the front then hand sewed the overlap at the back then quilted that sashing strip, hope that makes sense. I then zigzaged the wadding to the sides for the final bordersand attached the final borders with the backing fabric all pinned at the same time so no hand sewing, just had to mitre the corners both back and front and then I decided to do a two color binding so I would have black on the front to match the border fabric and cream on the back to match the backing.

    Now my daughter and I can fight over who gets to keep it..

    I have to drop it off tomorrow as it is going into an exhibition in a couple of weeks and I can't make it so friends are taking it for me.
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    GASP! That's beautiful! I love the roses. I'm startin' ta think o' you as a "Rose" person!
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    Oh my goodness Mirabelle! You did an amazing job on that quilt. I would never have the patience to do something like that! Beautiful, beautiful!!!!
    "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 dublb View Post
    GASP! That's beautiful! I love the roses. I'm startin' ta think o' you as a "Rose" person!
    Thanks Dublb, yes roses are my favourite flower, DH keeps buying me rose plants but I don't have any luck growing them, go figure.

    JeanieG I have been working on it for a while, the embroideries took me about 4 months to complete, and because I had a clear picture in my mind of how I wanted it quilted I decided to do it myself. (I wish I would stop listening to myself because by the end I was exhausted)
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    Truly, a work of ART, Mirabelle. Beautiful. I can settle the argument between you and your daughter...just mail it to me!! LOL! Try miniature roses inside, if you cannot grow them outside. Dh grows many roses here for me to enjoy...outside. We get ours from Heritage Roses on internet. You have really exceed doing wonderful job on this quilt. If if does not win big for you, the judges need eye-glasses.

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    Mirabelle....your quilt is gorgeous...exquisite...I'm speechless. What a vision you had for the quilting! I hope you feel gratified after all the hours of work. I've started quilting a lap quilt with simple echo and some cross hatch on the borders and it seems like it takes forever. Right now I can't imagine quilting like you do but I would like to. Did you did this on a regular machine? I don't remember you ever saying you had a LA. I'm so in love with the piecing process it seems like the quilting brings everything to a halt and I get frustrated.

    QNSue...keep the stories coming. I love to hear what your fowl are doing. And...where did your DH move his stuff and do you have your LA all picked out?

    Dubib...how neat that you can give a sewing maching a new lease on life. Was it an older machine? I think I remember you saying that you had some of your own.

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    Mirab, I'm speechless (a rarity for me). That quilt is fantastic. WOW!!!
    Imagine all the people living life in peace...(John Lennon 1940-1980)

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    At our ripe old age, GG., we have separate bedrooms. He can make ALL the noise & heat he wants to in his room, and I can have it quiet and cool. So he merely moved things around in his room and made room for his two sewing machines,( third one is in the sewing room closet), and cutting table. It is a tight fit, but it works for him. He also has his computer in his room and the living room has became his "Man Cave" with his Fathers chair that rises up with him, his Father's big screen TV and his Father's Iowa Trophy Deer.

    The kitchen is mine, except for the breakfast corner where he can clutter all he wants too. I think his favorite trick is to cook what he wants when he wants it, and leave me the mess about 75% of the time. I just cook one meal a day, usually, 'cause I am retired. He plants the garden or I do, and waters it in the drought. Its up to me to harvest any produce and freeze or can it. After 46 years, we still agree and agree to disagree, but trod along together, slower pace in our senior years.

    He laughs when I say I am looking for a LA. He knows me too well...the budget must balance or I do not go to town or spent the cash. Thank goodness we cannot see the future; its better as a surprise, then ask forgiveness. He really has no idea how many $$$$ are tied up in my stash. Daughter laughed at me when I said I was going to use up the whole stash in the quilting room. Maybe she knows her Mom too well, too. Maybe they will get a shock when I do. So, St.Peter, please do not come knocking at my door....I have a plan to use it all up for others...need to re-size the stash picture before it will post.

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    QNSue...sounds like you two have a comfortable working relationship. What caught my attention is that your husband sews. Does he quilt too and does that mean he helps you reduce your stash? My DH and I have the heat/cold thing going. I too like it cooler than he does but usually his snoring is tolerable.

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    GG, he has quilted with me since 1972 , but we hit a difference of opinion in 1995. When I took my niece's quilt he said was done to the quilter's; she ran a quilting shop as well, and unfolded the quilt in the middle of her shop that was busy with shoppers. I was so embarrassed, 'cause it did not have too many sews that were sewn together, creating the largest holes in a quilt you had ever seen.... the squares I had sewn were fine, but when he sat it together, he had not caught both sides of the fabric under his machine...by accident or on purpose, who knows?? since the ones for his niece and nephew had turned out fine. He does sew his kilts together fine....

    So if he 'helps' out now, I check it carefully, rip where I need too to do it up right.

    He is losing his hearing, or seems to be...hearing sometimes better than others...if you whisper or talk to a friend on the phone in the other room, he hears just fine. But in his room, or living room, he wants that volume on the computer or TV loud enough I swear the neighbors can hear it.

    When we came back to Texas from Colorado Springs, Co., in 1999. his family reunion, I begged him to stop driving and get a motel as I was sooo tired and suffered from high blood pressure...and it was apparently off the scales that night. He did not stop until about 12:30am, and I unknowingly suffered an optical nerve blowout in my left eye...leaving me blind in that eye...permanently. It all came together later in that week after trips to eye doctors and specialist. At least, it was not a stroke that could have been fatal. May this serve to enlighten others, so they can do things differently and not go blind or worse.

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    Oh such news from the trail--strolls down memory lane--great story Jan. Wonderful quilts QNS and mirabelle. Then the rumors of a LA--my my-that caught my attention.
    I'm breathing a big sigh as my sis and BIL drove out of the yard this morning.
    Constant guests for 10 days, I am whipped. In 4 days DS and I crammed 4 years of not seeing each other. We start talking and thinking about going to bed at night and then look up and it's past 1:00 AM Experience has taught us that when parting we just look at each other and say it's time for the visitor to go as we need our sleep! Such a wonderful interlude in my summer. And yes I did give a lesson in PPing. Now to play catch up on bookwork, lawn mowing, et al. The priceless comment from 6 yo GD to her great Auntie. "I like seeing you and Gram have fun together." was marvelous.
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    oksewglad - I am so glad you had such a wonderful time with your sister. That sounds like so much fun. Our friends that we visited on Whidbey Island, WA this summer are the same way. It seems like when we see each other it is just like it was yesterday, and we just seem to pick up where we left off the last time we were together (no matter how many years it has been). My friend, Myrna, is more of a sister to me than my own sister. My hubby always says, your sister is calling, instead of Myrna when she calls. LOL
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    oksewglad, wounds like you had a wonderful time with family and that is a lovely memory for the summer. Dh's Aunt, his FSIL, and son & wife are coming today to see their quilts and to play 500. He was suppose to schedule a time when relation and friends could sign her quilt, but did not...so the son and I are going to have a 'discussion'...I can keep the quilts here!!! They are displayed on our beds. Not the compatible family you have Ok.

    Oh, and that confounded rose block is coming around again by a different name: pig's tail. Warning has bee issued.

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    QNS, you're right about the Pig's Tail block--it's confusing and confounding. I got Pig's Tail done (I have insomnia)and the biggest hint I can give is: Crayons. Mark each piece the color you plan to use so you can do the placement easily. I don't think this is one you can use fussy cuts or directional fabrics. Heck, I was just glad the colors went in the right place.
    What a wonderful time everyone has had with family and friends this summer.
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    OkSewGlad...how nice you had such a nice visit with your sister and the rest of your family. Isn't it something that little ones can pick up on how people are feeling?

    QNSue...maybe your family isn't as compatible as others but you do still share time together. Take what you can get and enjoy what you can.

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    OK - it sounds like ya had a great time!
    Sue - Some people in my family git along great & some don't. One o' my Sisters & I git aling when she wants somethin'. I know that I have ta have plans, or she will try ta git me ta do more that I already said I would. (Boy that was a tongue twister!) Right now I'm helpin' her DGSon ta read. She brings him over & almost every mornin'. As I said, I have ta have plans or she will try ta git me ta do other things after he & I are through. She acts like It is my responsibility ta take care o' her. I do love my great nephew & want him ta do well in school. (His teachers wanted ta hold him back but his DM wanted ta do something else.) They looked into Sylvan but could not afford that. At first they did nothin'. When DSis became jobless she started takin' care o' him for the rest o' the summer. He did not respond well ta her teachin' him ta read. I believe if that he gits a good teacher he will do well in first grade now.
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    Yes, You have to use the crayons or colored pencils for this one....The other problem I had doing this Pig's Tail was handling the block itself...I taped the two sections together and that made the block one piece...I guess I have small hands...had to fold over the corners when sewing.. I just finished North Star and didn't mirror image the pattern and now it's backwards...oh well...at least it's done...

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    Anne, I had a senior blonde moment when I first started Pig's Tail. Couldn't figure out why there was such a large center seam allowance. Well, duh--it needed taped together!
    Imagine all the people living life in peace...(John Lennon 1940-1980)

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    Ok I checked the next few blocks, what is the Pigs tail block. Am I having a Alley Zeimer moment. Or have I missed something which is on the cards.
    QNS a relationship is what YOU make it not what everyone says it should be. Congratulations on 46 years, that should be a celebration of two people who have found what works for them.
    Now I am off to do some cooking, visitors tomorrow. My friends are coming to check out the sewing room. Guess what !!!! it is messy at the moment (just a little) but I am trying to organise myself for a retreat I am going on in 3 weeks. Trying to decide what to take is a pain as I like to have everything cut and ready for sewing.
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