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    Battle Axe has posted a SMM class retreat picture of us from QB on the Challenge forum, in the BH Frolic mystery quilt thread.

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    Thank you, givio. Everyone looks like they are having a great time. Wow. What an experience to treasure. Yes, Bonnie spoke of your $10 sewing machine and pictured it in today's email message and told the story there. Apparently, she was very surprised at eh its price and how well it worked. Me too.

    I do not carry a cane, I carry a stick, almost 6 ft long to balance with my height. It helps me over the curb up on to the sidewalks in town without falling, so far. My GM's saying of the bigger they are the harder they fall, echos in my ears, And the ground looks waaay down when I am standing up! Now if I didn't bend out as far as I do! LOL.

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    I see some of you in the BH mystery quilt thread. It's tempting to join in just to chat with you there. :-) But I need to start a new quilt like I need a hole in the head. :-p I'll just read the news there to see how you are coming along... I still have my SMM fabric all over the house from the retreat. Cutting place is the dining room table, ironing place is in the living room, and sewing place is in the bedroom.

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    My computer is broke. Well the video card went down again. DH found me a refurbished Mac Book Pro 17. I have been crazy busy for a bit anyway. I do wish I wasn't so slow at working on sewing machines. They take me a long time.

    I took DM to Midland for Thanksgiving on Tues but my tires were vibrating so I took my truck into Discount Tire to check 'em out. They re-balanced my tires but it took so long that I just stayed in Midland over night. Boy was I crazy busy yesterday trying to get things ready for Thanksgiving. Since it was only DD & her family that came I didn't let it get to me. I got done what I could & didn't stress about all the rest. It did help that she brought half of the food.

    I don't know why I didn't think about using my phone to stop here to talk to ya'll. I sure have missed checking in here & seein' how all of ya'll are doing.
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    Dublb, I think people are really busy. I have seen a few comments on the new Bonnie Hunter from our 'group members. I have a small start made on it. Busy days here from Cyber Monday to dh appointment on Wednesday and weather problems natural for this time of the year.My health checks out good to go until in May when they will draw blood from both of us. Cyper sales from Ancestry DNA time and I ordered a kit complete with a health check included. Turns out they have considered me a member of Ancestry. com since 2009, I had no idea. Password and name used all straighten out.

    Yes, you have my email address and I think cell phone. I check this site every or every other day. Still working on the 1930s quilt top, once in a while. Not getting too much time to sew, may have to say I am sewing on such and such days of the week.

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    Well I am able to get here on my phone. I too have been really busy. I have decided not to do the BH mystery till mid Jan or Feb. As soon as I get my new computer from the Mac approved shop I will start saving the clues. I"m working on a very neat machine. A Babyloc Aria. I sure am having trouble digging all the lent outta it.
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    I've been not well this year and spent a lot of time at doctor's visits and hospital visits. Maybe next year I'll be sewing more. Yes, I look in on the BH Frolic mystery thread to see how the girls there are progressing. I don't want to do the mystery, but will look forward to seeing what block patterns BH has chosen this time.

    I had a thankful Thanksgiving, very grateful for my family and all the kindnesses I've received.

    I watch for your comments here, and hope you don't abandon our thread. It seems quiet here lately.

    I'm giving some pillowcases for Christmas this year. Have you sewn one with French seams, after rolling it up 'burrito' style? They turn out nicely that way.

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    Hi Givio... yes, that's the way I make pillowcases too. All the seams end up encased nicely.

    I hope 2020 is a much better year for you, healthwise.

    Bev, are you repairing the Babylock Aria for someone? I love that machine! I got to sew on one at a workshop earlier this year. So nice, and such a nice long harp space. Those upper end Babylock machines are great, tho I wouldn't need one with the embroidery features.

    I haven't worked on quilts in several weeks. After spending Thanksgiving at my daughter's, I came home with "orders" for new dresses for my little nieces, so that's what I'm working on. I also have a sweater on the needles for one of them, and then they both need mittens and hats for this cold weather. I'll be busy right up til Christmas. I'm hoping just to get a few charity quilts quilted and call that 'good' for December.

    Our baby grand girls are growing so fast! 9 months old now and they hardly look like babies anymore. Seems like they stayed in size 3 months forever, and then jumped right up to 9-12 months sizes. They are pure sweetness.
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    Yes the Aria is a customer's machine. I have it cleaned, oiled & timed. I have it 3/4's of the way put back together. I had to stop & take a trip to Brownwood to pick up an Elna. (I haven't even looked at it yet.) Once I get the Aria out back together I might need my instructor to help me reboot the computer. I do know that there are some high end machines that have to go through that process. If I need to do that I will be calling my instructor to walk me through that. He's great about that. I am good at following that type of things.
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    Good job, Bev!
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    SBG, What about your boom blocks? Do you have a plan for finishing them soon?

    Is anyone doing the Merry Mayhem New Year's Eve mystery? If you are on her mailing list (like I am) then you will have got the Step one in your email already.

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    Quote Originally Posted by givio View Post
    SBG, What about your boom blocks? Do you have a plan for finishing them soon?

    Is anyone doing the Merry Mayhem New Year's Eve mystery? If you are on her mailing list (like I am) then you will have got the Step one in your email already.

    No... The boom blocks are pretty, but they will wait for a bit. They will be charity quilts, but I have so much work ahead of them. Janice asked for a picture of the blocks all together, and I haven't even been able to get that done yet!

    I got the notice from Merry Mayhem... I'm planning on collecting clues on New year's day but then doing the quilt at my leisure (if at all). How about the rest of you? Anyone planning to do it on New Year's Day?

    I'm working on the third of three little dresses that I will send off to my daughter tomorrow... for her baby and her cousin, my two grandbabies. No quilting today.
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    Here are the three little dresses. The first two are for Ivy and the third is Millie's...

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    And here are the two darlings with their mommies... left is Ivy and Audrey, and right is Millie and Quincy.
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    Looks like Ivy is waving 'hello!' :-) What is that fantastic background? Are they decorations at your house, or at a mall, or what?

    Cute dresses! In time for the holiday parties.

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    Actually they are posing in front of the giant tree in the lobby of the Peabody Hotel in Memphis. We went for the lighting ceremony.
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    Wow, SBG, your granddaughters have grown up! No longer tiny little girls, and your dresses will look lovely on them. No mystery for New Year's Day in my mailing list, and that is good news. I started on the Bonnie Hill and then realized I had made everything too large. Good news is that they will cut down, whereas if it was too small I have to throw them away.

    Back to DM week after next to get DH eyes lasered since a film is now behind his artificial lens. Thank goodness, I registered with a driving service, and we don't have to drive. I miss seeing OK and Carrie online. since Ok and her husband have retired, they must be traveling. Best wishes to all in the Holiday Season and Happy New Year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltingNinaSue View Post
    Wow, SBG, your granddaughters have grown up! No longer tiny little girls, and your dresses will look lovely on them.
    I know! They look huge to me, too. Ivy weighs just over 19 lbs now... enough to make my back and arms ache when I hold her a lot. They are both so much fun at every stage. Millie is crawling so nothing is safe.
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    Aren't those girls just way too darling? Just adorable!
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    I am still here! I stop by and lurk for a few minutes before I move on to other things.
    QNS, I would love it if MrOK and I would do a little traveling to see all the Grands...but MrOK is still working on the farm...even though retired! Been a long fall with rain and nasty weather. Crops are out and this week the manure pit was emptied except for the sludge with Farmer Son and he have been hauling out using the skid steer and manure spreader.

    I have a couple of customer projects I've been busy on...one must be done by Tuesday. Plus I'm on guild program committee and we are working on our Christmas party plans for Monday night. So I have a few irons in the fire. Early this week I was up north "teen" sitting while folks were on separate business trips...doesn't happen often, but was nice to spend some time with just the kids. Sunday MrOK leaves for a business trip to Ohio so I will be home alone, but it's LQS 10th anniversary party so will be working 4 days. Something going on every day. And I'm still trying to make sense of my sewing room move...almost there, but not quite. Got the old SR painted before I moved the bed in so that room and 2 closets I've been working on are under control...just the last closet that I am rearranging and have several catch all boxes to sort through. On the bright side, I have emptied containers mostly through better organization.

    Oh such cute kiddos and more little dresses for them..lovely

    I take a pass on BH's and other sewalongs. I've learned that I have a hard time sticking to it and making the time commitment to one project. Which is why the PC and FW are still in limbo.

    Hope you are feeling better givio...Like QNS says, one day at a time. Time to enjoy my popcorn while I watch the news.
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    Good to hear from you, Ok.

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    I too am here...I try to remember to check in every few days but don't get my email reminders so sometimes it is longer than I realize! I didn't do much sewing in November, but am trying to make up for that this month. I finished the binding on a quilt for my daughter...she had one side done and it was just killing me to see it so close to finished. She's been so busy working 25-30hrs/wk and going to school 20hr/wk that she hasn't done any sewing since either late Sept. I got two bindings on quilts that I was hired to finish (my friend makes the tops, hires the quilting out and then I bind). I got a Curved Log Cabin quilt sandwiched yesterday (KT fabrics). I hope to start quilting it this weekend, but for sure on Monday since that will be a day home. This is a UFO from at least 2 1/2yrs ago possibly 3? My goal is to have it done before Christmas for a new quilt on the day bed in our living room. I also need to get more of the towel/scarves made before next Wednesday because I want to deliver 3 of them for gifts. I gave some to family at Thanksgiving and another friend and everyone seems very excited to try them out. I am making them with yardage instead of the jelly roll strips now because they cost a little less and go together much quicker.

    My husband had his back surgery Oct 31st, was off a week, then just worked half days the next two weeks. He is doing pretty good as far as being healed up from the incision....but he has what is called "drop foot" in his right foot and can't lift his toes. It could get better but more than likely there is irreparable nerve damage.

    Also during that time my dad (66) was in the hospital for 9-10 days, so I spent some time at the hospital with him too. Dad is living with my sister and she is getting him to appts and they let me know when they need some help. He is having double vision still so can't drive. (He went to ER with very high blood pressure and they said he was lucky to even be alive...the high b/p is what caused the dbl vision according to the ophthalmologist.)

    My MIL (81) has had a lot of appts the last couple weeks and I am her driver/pay attention person for those. 2 more next week and 1 the week after that then we are done until after the first of the year!! Seems like those 3, 4, and 6 month check ups always catch up to each other.

    My daughter had her graduation from LaJames International College this week...she still has a few hours left and has to take her boards, then she will officially be a Nail Technician. Then in the spring she is going back for Esthetics (facials, waxing, make-up, etc) and plans to work in a spa. Spas are more likely to hire you if you are dual-licensed.

    So...there's a little update on my life. Sounds like others are pretty busy too.

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    , I'm so glad to hear from all of ya'll. My life has been busy also. I got that Aria put together on Thurs & did the test stitches yesterday. It runs like a dream. I am so relived. I do wish I didn't over think things. I do wish I had finished it before I went to Brownwood on Wed. Oh well. If I head that way other than on Monday (the LQS is closed on Mon & Tues) I'll take it. But right now it looks like Monday is gonna be the only day I go up that way. I am scheduled to go on the 17th.
    #1DGS had to go to the Dr yesterday & he has Pink Eye. Sigh.
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    Carrie, its good to hear from you. Beginning to understand how busy you are and how blessed you are to have family who needs you. Many are alone in this world and Christmas season is hard on them. Yes, you are busy, but in a good way giving back to those who love you and you love them, that makes the world a better place for all. I marvel at the Quited twins.com stories of making so many charity quilts in Florida and Warsaw, Poland. They compare life styles and experiences and I have learned so much from their stories. We are so blessed in this country.

    Dublb, it does seem that pink eye is showing up in many places. Less we go to town, the less we pick up on things like that. Love retirement, really don't care to travel anymore and db doesn't like to drive long distances. So we agree and honor each other.

    Have cut pieces for BH clues one and two. Now to make the sewing machine hum along today, if I can. DH does not feel good, like the flu bug was biting all night long! He has my sympathy but I don't want to have it, too.
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    carriem, Your dad is 66-- I didn't know you were so young! :-)

    Yes, you girls are busy, that's for sure! I echo what QNS says-- it's so good to have family to love and be loved by. :-) OK's farm news is always interesting to me, brings me away from the city while I read it.

    I'll watch for your BHMQ update, QNS. Cutting is half the battle, the sewing always seems to go quicker.

    dublb, another victory over a sewing machine! Are you sewing something this holiday season?

    I am working on pillowcases still.

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