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    Yeah QNS, sounds so yummieeeeeeeee and no calories
    What are Peanut Butter Cowboy cookies? How do you make those?

    Hi DD! Hope you will be back soon!

    Still waiting on news about Bram. I have no idea when he has to go to Groningen. I didn't speak to my DS today as I was gone for most of the day and I didn't see him online. I hope to hear from him tomorrow.
    I'm calling it a day, sleep well all (or have a great day) and CU all tomorrow!
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    Please, QNS, share with us the recipe for the Peanut Butter Cowboy cookies. Yum!!

    Look at the beautiful block Dublb sent me. I love it. Thank you Bev!!Name:  Dublb.jpg
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    Just like the Chocolate Cowboy Cookies and the Butterscotch Cowboy Cookies. Start with basic cookie dough....1 cup of white sugar, one cup of brown sugar, one quarter stick of butter,room temperature, cut up, 2 eggs, with mixer "cream"/whip the mixture 'til it turns a light color, add no cook jello pudding the flavor you wish (Chocolate, Butterscotch, or white chocolate for Peanut Butter) 1/4 c. vegetable shortening, 3/4 c peanut butter, 1 T of vanilla flavoring. Stir completely with mixer. Dry ingredients: 3 1/2 c. flour, (1 cup of Quaker Oats, if you wish or another cup of flour) 1 teaspoon of baking soda, and 1 teaspoon of baking powder, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt, peanut butter chips and 1 c. pecans...mix dry ingredients, then dump it into the 'wet' ingredients in the mixer bowl and blend together on low speed until it all combines together. Use small to middle scoop and place on parchment paper on your cookie sheet...add a taste of chocolate with a chocolate star or piece of Hersey chocolate bar in the center...Bake at 350 degrees for about 12 to 15 minutes. Remove from oven and cool.

    That is a cool block JanRN; I am getting a machine like Dublb has so hopefully I can embroidery like that before long. Dublb has began her vacation of three weeks going with friends to Louisville, Kentucky for a workshop.

    Enjoy the cookies in the virtual RV. All cookies are done and ready to serve. About 200 of each kind is available. They freeze well.

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    PS...I added toffee bits to the butterscotch, and put a small thumb print of homemade peach jelly in the center of them.

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    OMG, QNS, I just gained 5 lbs reading about those cookies!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JeanieG View Post
    OMG, QNS, I just gained 5 lbs reading about those cookies!!!
    Yeah but I cut and pasted the recipe as those cookies in the Christmas goodie box were the first to go! GD Elise chastised Gpa for eating them all! A must keep recipe here!

    Good to hear from you and DD.

    mirabelle--I dream quilts--you get them done. So enjoy watching you create! And pretty soon Carrie's propellers will be spinning off the ground. Keep at it.

    QE a "wee bit o' luck o' the Irish" in Out to Pasture I like the cream triangles extending into the border. It sends the cream chain blocks out to the pasture as well. Diagonal quilting would reinforce the diagonal direction of the design. Your border fabric is quite busy and detailed quilting may get lost in it. JMHO

    Jan hoping for an end to Mom's house woes. Way to go for standing your ground on the $10K concessions. Give some people an inch and they'll take a mile. dublb your Jan block will look lovely with her other two.

    Having worked almost daily with DH all our married life we never argue. NOT!! We just give each other the silent treatment! Both know each other so well that sooner or later whatever's bothering us will be laid to rest. But in the meantime it's worrisome.

    We've had 3" of rain in the last 72 hours and it's raining again. DH got the lawn mower going in time for the rain to start. Should've taken a picture of 4 yo Avery dancing in the dandelions yesterday! A pretty sight except it was dandelions. Going back to getting fabric put away so I can then get play space ready for the kids to use. This switch better be worth it as it's taking along time!!!

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    Hi Everyone! How are you all?? I'm Laurie (the author of the Pony Club) and I've returned from a long visit to my cave. Frankly, I had just been feeling rotten healthwise and couldn't do much else but rest, so that is what I did. Hopefully, things are looking up now. I don't have any life threatening illnesses or anything like that, just lots of problems some of which are fibromyalgia and nerve damage to my feet and legs. Figuring out the right medications has been a challenge and some of those medications have made me sleepy or just a little crazy and unable to write a clear sentence. LOL Don't mean to complain—just wanted you all to know where I disappeared to so suddenly. You are all so very kind and I do hope to be a real part of this group in the future, and I'm looking so forward to it!

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    Welcome back, Mercysland. Do drop in anytime in our virtual RV and have a cookie with us. Bf suffers from fibromyalgia but it has not stopped her from enjoying her quilting!! We have a guest room with her name on it.

    She raised three children on her own and drove 60 miles each way daily for over 30 years and never missed a day of work. Remarried to my highschool best friend's brother and they have been together for 25 years now, with 17 dgchildren, great grands, and gggrands...and is younger than I am. We have one grandson, and raised three children, two girls and a boy.

    I enjoyed making the FWSQ and PC quilts, telling my childhood stories with the blocks for their enjoyment in future years. This group encouraged me to excel and finish both quilts. We have refused to end our QB friendship...now working on designing a "town-country" quilt showing all our 'front' doors to welcome one another via a quilt.

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    Thanks for the encouragement QuiltingNinaSue, I really appreciate it!

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    Laurie great to see you here!

    QNS--sounds like it was a day for baking. We made bran muffins this morning and then tonight DD#1 made cornflake bars (use rice crispy bar recipe, but add peanut butter to the marshmallows/margarine and use cornflakes for the cereal). It cooled off again here so having the oven on today was a good idea. Looks like we will have a few more cool days...kind of nice.

    Jan that MB is very pretty...great job Bev!

    QE--I like how your Out to Pasture projects turned out. Sorry no suggestions for quilting.

    Karen--great job on your two shared quilts. Looking forward to seeing how you decide to quilt them.

    Great to hear from so many today. Tired tonight so heading to bed early....

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    I see I have missed much today, while I was "on the road, again!"
    On the way home I went thru one wicked rainstorm ... couldn't see a thing, and there was this car tailgating me on a narrow highway, as we were meeting other vehicles. With no where safe to pull off, I had to continue on. I knew there was a parking lot coming up ... drove out of it, before that though. Made it home, safe and sound ...... and by then, an hour later, the sun was shining!

    I should have dropped by the RV ... some better food waiting, than I found in my own kitchen for supper!

    JanRN and DublB ... what a block ... B+W with some fancy embroidery! You're really mastering your new machine DublB. So many different B+W fabrics.

    QNSue ... 200 of each variety ... my goodness you have been busy! Re Honchey's vacation suggestion ... sometimes vacations can be had without leaving home ... or locally without sleepovers. I do a lot of that and can create a vacation, just with a few hours .... sometimes only minutes worth!

    JanieW ... Well Said, with all those good warm and fuzzy feelings! This has become a very special group to me. THANK YOU EVERYONE for your friendships!!! Maybe I could do some fancy quilting in the Irish Cream borders. I think OKSGlad nailed it that the larger one is just too busy to do much, but that dark green might show off something ... but am I good enough, as it'd really show!

    DDamsel ... good to see you drop in, between windy times! Ready to go on a midnight raid with me, for all of today's baking?

    Anael ... yup, I used WHITE! shock!!!! As for getting going with the BSR, yes that's in the plan, soon ... though I need some good coaching and guidance as to what to practice, to be ready to quilt these and my new machine project 4PP that's soon ready too.

    OKSGlad ... ITA with the diagonals, though wonder if it'll be too skimpy on the quilting. Thinking a lot like you that fancy border quilting will be lost. Have been thinking of a stipple/meander like I used in the Baby Irish one. The smaller one was the start ... and then I wasn't totally happy with it, so abandoned it for the cows in the centre smaller square as well. I think you saw the end result, as the chains being the fence, and the snowballed outer block, like a picket fence!

    Maybe I should call the smaller one Irish Cream?

    MiraB ... did your FFC travel bag get lots of attention at patchwork today?

    CarrieM ... more baking! muffins and squares!! Thanks for sending those cows north!

    MercysLand ... Welcome Back!!! Do we make any sense to you? My PC is at the LAQ now, and hopefully she is now working on it. You'll see that I took some creative license with mine, adding in some blocks with meaning to me, of my rural background.


    I think someone asked the purpose of these ... they'll both be used in the Story of Butter displays this summer/fall. Heaven forbid, that we should use the same ones as last year!!
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    The edge of my lane way has lilac bushes all along it. When I left this morning the branches were so heavily laden with flowers, that they were bending into the car's path. So I did some "pruning" tonight. The flower heads are bigger than I've seen for a few years, and likewise, I'm sure have more scent than they've had in a few years. Is this possible?
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    Hi Mercysland, Good to hear from you....Not feeling up to par is a real bummer!
    We're still hanging out here on the board ....most of the girls here have completed both quilts. some are still a WIP... We enjoyed each other's company so much we decided to continue with an update thread...
    We all look forward to seeing you here...

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    Janie you said it so eloquently, this thread has become a soft spot for us to land, with everything going on in our lives sometimes its nice to be able to vent and know you will not be judged but encouraged.

    Beautiful MB, I love the embroidery

    Yes QuiltE my sewing box was well received this morning, everyone wanted to know how I made it but first I had to tell them the story behind it.

    Mercysland welcome back to our little group, I sent you a photo of my finished Pony Club Quilt, it has since been quilted. I hope you are feeling a lot better and getting back to some form of normalcy.

    Now to finish cutting my DS's quilt so I can start work on it tomorrow at embroidery club, I don't take my embroidery machine as I don't like it travelling in the car.
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    MiraB ... so do they have you lined up to do a class tutorial another week? You've never mentioned it, so I am thinking none of the patchwork or embroidery ladies are on the QB. Too funny ... you go to embroidery club, but no embroidery! Do the others take their machines?
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    Mirabelle - that quilt turned out just beautifully! Wow!!!

    QuiltE - what a great looking cow quilt. I love how the white sets off the cow fabric! Your lilac branches are gorgeous, I bet our house smells wonderful!

    Jan - Love your MB from dublb. That embroidery really sets off the black/white fabrics!
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    Jan, you've got a lovely block.

    Laurie, welcome back! Sorry you felt so bad. I guess a few of us know about medication making you feel sleepy, dizzy and not thinking clear. I know I do

    QuiltE, lovely lilac bouquet! My lilac bush is starting to bloom. It's still cold and raining here!
    You can find lots of practice designs on the internet. It depends on what kind of quilting you want. You could do some fancy meander in the border if you want to quilt that separately. Or just do an all over design, maybe something like this?
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    Oh Anael - love that all over quilt design. It is amazing how evenly spaced you get that. I would have to draw it out and sew on the lines. I am soooo bad!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE View Post
    MiraB ... so do they have you lined up to do a class tutorial another week? You've never mentioned it, so I am thinking none of the patchwork or embroidery ladies are on the QB. Too funny ... you go to embroidery club, but no embroidery! Do the others take their machines?
    I typed my message and then something happened and I lost the lot, so here goes again.

    QuiltE my embroidery club meet in the Craft Room of a retirement village, it is mainly for village residents but sometimes they will invite an "outsider" to become a member, so I guess I was lucky to get an invite. Most of the ladies do take their embroidery machines but they live in the village and don't have far to travel. I don't like my machine getting jiggled in the boot of my car even though I have it in a Tutto bag. Sometimes there will be no embroidery machines at all and everyone will be working on patchwork quilts. They make some amazing quilts, will have to keep my camera in my sewing basket to get some pics for you all to enjoy.

    Just thinking about your Cow quilts why don't you try making the quilt top with a design, either my stencil or just with a washout pen.
    Anael you quilting is wonderful I love it
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    Thank you Jeanie and Mirabelle

    I have a question for you all: do you name and label all your quilts, including wall hangings? I just made a wall hanging, have to sew the binding on the back but was wondering if I should label it. What do you think? I think it's going to live here and I never made a label for a wall hanging.
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    Anael I don't normally label my quilts, cause they are going to wear out before they become antiques but if they are for a special occasion then I will put a label on. I know some people put labels on everything they make, that is just not me...
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    Thank you mirabelle. I normally don't label my quilts either. Only time I did it were the ones for the mentally challenged and the quilt my DS and DDIL got for their birthdays. And I will make labels for the twin quilts. So no label on my wall hanging I guess
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    Welcome, merciland! If you hang around for awhile, you will see that we have become a true virtual quilting bee. Instead of each other's kitchen or dining room, we meet on our computers and share bits and snips of our lives inbetween showing what we've been working on. We laugh, we cry, we encourage, we love...it's a place where we can stop as often as we wish without traveling out of our home...and it all started with making the FWS or PC quilts. Some have been here from the start and others have been welcomed along the way. Thank you!!
    JanRN...your new block is stunning. Great work, Dubib!
    QNS...glad you had some peace and quiet yesterday. It can be so invigorating.
    Anael...beautiful quilting. Jeanie...you could do that even if you draw it on first. Nothing wrong with that.
    QuiltE..I think the hardest part for me at this stage of my quilting is to decide what design to use. Seeing how the pros like Mirabelle "speak" to each part if the quilt design and enhance it is mind boggling!
    Yesterday I got a beautiful pineapple in the mail! I'll share pictures and details later today. The SS needs two more rows joined and it will be ready for binding. I ran into a learning curve with my new machine and it took me a little to figure out what to do. Something continues to dig in my cocoa hull mulch and make a mess. Hope they soon get their chocolate fix and leave it alone so I can plant it. Peas and potatoes are sprouting. More things to plant but SS calls.

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    Good morning, all. QE, I just went back and looked at your "Cow Quilts"--awesome job. As to quilting suggestions, I'm not the right person to ask that LOL. I still roll finished tops up and throw them in the closet to do "someday". I do like the all over meander that Anael suggested. I would have to draw it on first tho.

    Speaking of drawing designs, what marking pen/chalk system do you use? I've bought every washable marker on the market and they dry out most times with only a single use. Chalk has given me problems removing it. The best marker I've found is white chalk from the Dollar Store but it rubs off before I get too far.

    I don't make labels for my wall hangings or table runners but I do sign them with my name, date, and of course a Peace Sign. After I'm "gone", my DIL will send everything to the Salvation Army anyway.

    Laurie, welcome back and I hope your health problems are under control. Have you had a chance to go back in this thread to check out the finished Pony Club quilts? You'll see some very creative quilters have taken this ride.

    Off to the Bat Cave--I have a day where I have nothing to do but sew--how rare is that for any of us????
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    Good Morning!

    Anael ... That really takes meander up a notch! Nicely done! Thanks for the visual. I printed it and have just sat here tracing over it with a pen. I'm not a big placemat person, though my plan is to haul out some prints and make some for practice pieces. Yours will be one!

    JeanieG ... As I walked into the room this morning, the lilacs hit me with a waft of scent ... and now, I am starting to fill up! Yes, somewhat allergic, but I like to tolerate it, to have the enjoyment!! I'm like you and have problems following a FMQ design without getting trapped in a corner ... or forgetting to put the loopy flower in the midst. Lately I've been printing them out, as above, and then tracing to help me get the flow of where to do what!

    MiraB ... thanks for the suggestion ... my problem is what sort of a design works. And as GGal mentioned, your ability to match the quilting with the elements in a quilt is amazing and let each part of the quilt "speak". It's so good to "hang out" with you, and try absorb the abilities! Osmosis? Good Plan ... add camera to your FFC bag!

    GGal ... good description of what our group has become! Now, do you suppose we could get Guild status, to allow us the LQS discounts? Oh delicious ... cocoa mulch! Maybe it's the Easter Bunny?

    JanRN ... When I did Monty last year, I had the whole border marked for cross hatching, and part way thru had to re-mark, so now I've been doing it in sections, then quilting, then marking ... but that's such a pain! Your signing, etc. do you do that as part of the quilting? or with a marker on front? or label on back? or? ENJOY your "all to yourself day" ... Remenber it's all about Me! Me! Me!


    Marking Quilts
    ... too funny, JanRN, I was asking the exact same questions, and then I saw yours! I'm always wondering what to use. Maybe with both of us asking, we'll get twice the feedback? Especially for darker fabrics, what do you use for marking? Chalk? Anyone use the "soapstone" marker? Pros Cons?

    Labels and Names ... My quilts have always had their own names ... the big red one, the white one, etc. I never thought of "naming" them til I came to the QB. Even now with names, I still usually reference them as Eloise's quilt instead of In The Pink. And these ones will probably just get called the cow quilt and table topper ... even though they are named! Labels, I tend not to do, though I do put a label on any that I give away. It's just me!
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