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    Hi Susan, great to hear from you. I'm so sorry about all you have been through with your husband' medical ins. They ought to have notified you in writing before cutting him off! Hope those meds arrive soon.

    Also sorry to hear your health probs are worse. But you are so right: God is in control! Take care of yourself and especially that foot! Whenever one of us has stepped on a nail, soaking the foot in iodine solution has kept any infection away and helped healing. The
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    dulbl, I bought the new LH book too. I just wanted to buy it simply to read the book. I'm not planning on doing the blocks (yes, SBG, more 6" ones) any time soon. I liked her CD format from the FWS book and thought it would be nice to get another CD like that again.

    OK, your cleaning sounds refreshing! (pun intended) 35 people for potluck! That's quite a crowd. You will have fun. 5 flimisies, and 5 WIP... wow... is that all? lol

    Susan, soaking in hot water with epsom salt helps draw out infection. Hoping things are looking up at your home soon.
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    SewBizGirl has a wonderful log cabin posted http://www.quiltingboard.com/picture...o-t286220.html

    JuneBillie good to hear from you.

    MyOmy, I am behind times. No LH book yet for me. Good to know Givio and Dublb have theirs.

    Dh threw his hip out yesterday and cannot hardly walk now, just by blowing the dust out of the garage with his leaf blower and twisting wrong. I had to shut up the ducks and chickens, walking over holes in the yard in the dark and had a terrible time, but lived through it. He is not much better today. His right leg will not hold him up. One step at a time today, will wait to see how the day progresses. Drat, we are too far from town, especially, when I don't drive. Lord, help us all.

    Good FART trips planned end of March and the 7th of June, something to look forward too doing then.

    Everyone have a good day.

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    QNS, hope some rest and maybe ice on his hip will help your hubby feel better. Hope he can walk soon. Sounds like it might be a disc moving around?
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    HUGGS QNS! I hope that your DH feels better real soon!
    DH & I planted trees yesterday. 2 Chinquapin Oaks. It is a type that is supposed to grow well in our limestone filled dirt. Yup lotta rocks that had to be dug up.
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    I have a son-in-law that told me recently, "If I have my health, I can do anything!" He seemed so optimistic when he said it. And, my being old and arthritic, I wondered how he became so wise at his young age?
    QNS, I hope your husband is feeling better soon!

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    Oh dear, QNS - so sorry to hear about your husband's hip. Maybe you can get a neighbor to get you into town to have an x-ray. I know an ambulance would be really expensive, as they charge by the mile.
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    We pay an ambulance fee on our taxes and insurance pays the reminder. I know because I have been carried out of the house twice. Two too many times. He just twisted and moved things our of place; will see his Chiropractor tomorrow morning. He can now walk to the bathroom and back by himself. Thanks for all your kind words. I was so miserable last night shutting up the fowl birds because I could not see in the dark, did not know where he had put things that I could trlip over. Yep, he had a hose on the ground all the way out and beyond where I was going, with a curl in it that could have tripped me. I did not gather the eggs until this morning; three guineas were left out and was running around outside the shed this morning. But I survived and will again tonight and in the morning Tonight I will count the hens and guineas and ducks as best I can.

    Jeanie, I hope those floods and rain are not affecting you in California. I keep telling people on face book I know some nice people in California and have relation there, too. I have a half-brother out there with four daughters...according to my ancestor chart. Haven't seen him since I was two years old and don['t care too now unless they search me out and come here. Not likely to happen. There is good and bad most places we have lived and that makes a normal life where you can choose your friends but stuck with family wherever you are in life.

    No sewing today, I played 'Nurse' and 'Cook'. Made Oatmeal bread and soft cookies for dear dh. Serving him in his bedroom, running up and down the hallway. Last sunshine day up into the 70s again today. People are starting to garden planting peas and radishes. Very unusual for February here. Temperatures will continue to be in high 40s, 50s and some 60 degrees the next few weeks. Have a good week, everyone.

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    Sixty degrees here, too. Four windows and entry door clean...3 windows left...been going around the perimeter dusting off furniture while I go. Winter storm is coming through but staying to the north us. We could get 1 to 3" of snow...this morning I dropped recyclables up at the collection center...saw 2 swans fly over...not a common sight in our neck of the woods..back to cleaning...guess what? No sewing getting done!
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    QNS, My husband puts the chickens in and out. He leaves things in the yard. I can identify with you-- I sure wouldn't want to put our hens in the shed in the dark after I got home from work. I'd fall over something for sure! After reading your message, I'm thankful again that he's doing that chore. They mostly go in all by themselves, but the door needs to be shut after them against predators. I don't mind opening the door in the morning when it's light out.

    It's been warm here too, no winter jacket needed the last couple of days. I'm thinking about starting seeds.

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    QNS - No flooding here, and we are not in a flood zone. Most of the problems are in Northern CA. No more rain here until next weekend, and the rain here over last weekend was less than 1/2". Our lakes are filling up, thank goodness, as they were awfully low after all our drought.
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    Nice day here today too. Almost 90! I actually got hot at one point. It is cool in the house right now though. I haven't sewn a stitch all this last week. I just seem to tired by the time I have a chance to sew.
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    I turned the car toward the hen shed last night and turned the car lights on, therefore, no problems seeing anything in the chicken yard! Yes, I had a flashlight, too. Gathered the eggs earlier, so I did not have to do it in the dark. Led the guineas in by flashlight into the shed. They cannot see in the dark, but will follow the flashlight into the shed.
    dh is slowing getting better. Got good rest last night so ready for today, I think.

    You all have a good one. Jeanie, I am glad you do not have to worry about the flooding. Dublb, the time will come again when you can sew.

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    I wish I had chickens! I miss the fresh eggs. We have so many varmints out here in the woods, you have to have a fortress to keep chickens safe at night. And then there are the egg swallowing snakes that get in! We gave up.

    QNS, just curious... what do you do with guineas? Do you eat them? Keep as pets? Do they lay eggs you can eat?

    I've been playing with a crazy quilt pattern. I got a book by Karla Alexander... Stack a New Deck, where she shows you how to stack up fabrics and then whack them freehanded, then shuffle the stacks and sew them back together. So much fun.

    Hope you all have a great day. It's a warm one here, too. Everything is blooming and budding.
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    Just taking a cleaning break ...2 windows done, 1 to go then hit the laundry/mudroom....I have an 8 foot counter in there just off the kitchen. It's a horizontal surface so catches everything from clean clothes to canning jars to stuff emptied out of MrOK's dirty work clothes. I'm planning on using it as my pot luck buffet for Saturday....guests can go through on one end and come out into the kitchen and onto seating themselves...

    Lots of chicken stories! Best one from here is when then 5 yo GD had a session on fire prevention at school. She came home and tried to get the chickens out of the coop in a fire drill...they didn't cooperate!

    The Stack the Deck book sounds interesting...my first thought is to take scrap squares, 8-12", then cut in thirds both ways to get 9 uneven squares, shuffle and resew. Or cut in thirds for wonky rails or fourths for wonky 4P....oh thanks, Bonnie...I want to sew and can't until I get this house cleaned.

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    I'll show you the one I'm working on soon... It's a very wonky square-in-square, blocks of 4 of them sewn together and then sliced both ways and black and white strips inserted. It's called Hopscotch. Seriously cute!

    OK, you wanna know what I do when I have to clean but want to sew? I SEW!

    (So bad.... )
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    Here are some photos of my blocks. When you stack two each of 4 9" squares, slice them and mix them and sew them back together, you get these blocks:

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    Then they are sliced again and the black stripes inserted, and you get this:

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    The quilt will have a deep blue print sashing between the blocks. This design is called Hopscotch. So much fun to make!

    These are brights and kind of childish prints, but you could do a very elegant version with oriental fabrics, or batiks... lots of possibilities.
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    Great job, SBG. We keep a few guineas because they eat ticks, etc., bugs. down to four now. May try to order and raise more this Spring. Jumbos, who have their wing bone clipped so they cannot fly. But I have to order 30 and that is too many. They are good alarm alerts when someone comes onto the property. Yes, you can eat their eggs. They have dark meat, and only the breast has enough meat on it to eat.

    OK, you remind me of the old saying " Man's work is from sun rise to sun set, but a woman's work is never done!" Good luck on getting it all done.

    I have dh happy with his cookies, noodle/chicken creamy soup, and a Jello fruit salad. And fresh baked bread. His treatment helped him so much, he can walk again on his own. No more
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    Glad your hubby is feeling better, NS.
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    I recently watched a YouTube that showed stacking fabric, shuffling, and re-sewing. I gave it a try too! Is it a new craze or fad? I stacked some blues and yellows, 10" squares. I did a simple straight cut into 2" squares. It went ok with a stack of 6, but I think you have to be careful to use good contrast fabrics, because my shuffle of the 2-color palette left a little to be desired. Then I cut some strips, cut some 2" squares and made 4 more blocks. It's hard to tell which were the stacked blocks and which were not stacked, so that's why it's ok... but I think I'd go with only 3 squares to cut if I try that method again. I'll say, though, it's a great way to make up a set of blocks very quickly! Whoo hoo!
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    Those look great, Giv... I don't think this is a new fad tho. The book I have is from 2004 and it's not her first book on this concept. She's written about 7 books using the stack, whack and shuffle method. It's fun to play with, but I wouldn't want to do all my quilts that way!
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    It gives me the idea to cut out block components (the various squares and triangles needed for one block), but instead of separately, deciding what fabrics to use for each block, just cut them in stacks. I have some FQs that I've put aside together where I think I'll try that out. Here's a case where I already decided which fabrics to use. I'll cut a 12" block pattern by stacking them, cutting the pieces I need, then I'll have several blocks cut at a time that way, but each will be in different fabrics after 'shuffling'.

    Ok! Maybe quilters have been doing that since 2004! lol I'm late to the game! lolol

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    Givio, better late than never! I love some of the old old quilt patterns on my to-do list that may never get done...but I enjoy the patterns any way. To do and finish one is even better! Do what interests you.

    Anyone have suggestions on washing an old wool quilt...some of the backing is missing and I am afraid it might 'wash' out and so I am looking for suggestions. I have thought about sewing cheese cloth over the large area where the backing is missing.....but....somewhere.....sometime...an animal...maybe a cat...has relieved themselves of excess water... and it smells strong...too strong to get too close to it...I think the batting is wool also. Years and years old...I remember it from childhood. Its a tie knotted quilt.

    It is snowing here...sigh.

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    If it's that fragile, I think I might try soaking it in a big tub of water (or the bathtub) rather than washing with an agitator. Once you get it smelling a little better you can handle it enough to repair the backing.
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    QNS, I'd consider using borax when soaking...it would help to neutralize the urine odor...detergents only make the odors worse. I would consider dissolving the borax in hot water first, then cool down and add it to your cold water soak. Woolite may be a good choice of cleaner. After the final rinse roll the quilt in a cotton blanket to squeeze out excess water...I remember doing this to wool sweaters back in the day.
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