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    Sounds like everyone enjoyed their holiday. QNS, MrJanRN is not really a "gifter". The day before Christmas he asks what I want. Well, this year I planned ahead and told him I wanted a new office chair (the hydraulics in the old one didn't work so I would slowly sink towards the floor.) So I got my new chair and I'm a happy girl. I guess at our age DH and I don't really need anything unless it's practical.

    GGal, I hope you're not snow bound. We're getting the weather you had yesterday and it's scarey. We got about 1/2" of ice this am and now we're getting pummelled with about an inch of snow an hour. We have 3" already and now it's mixing with ice pellets. Most major highways are shut down already because of 100s of accidents. And it's only noon. I have milk, bread, toilet paper, and lots of left over ham---I'm all set and hunkering down to work on Pony quilt. One more row to add and then I have to figure out the borders. Yay--I think I see the end in sight. Then on to the next project!

    QE, I love how your snowman looks on your door. He turned out really cute.

    Please, please stay safe everyone!
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    QuiltE...sweet snowman. Such a merry greeting.
    QNS...with just the two of us, there was no decorating either. Still cookies and candy from my DD's visit. I'll celebrate when they're gone. I'm just not used to that much sweet stuff.
    Honchey...check your list twice or you just might have to go shopping! How long will you be away from home?
    Jan...how nice you got your new chair. I think mine is loosing some of it's holding power too and drifts down before I realize it. We didn't get the snow that was predicted. It's still snowing but the radar shows that it's almost past us. The way people were driving this morning, I think we got some freezing rain overnight so the roads in town are slick. I'm not planning to go anywhere for a couple of days. I'm working on my PC quilt too. I have two rows quilted and 7 more to go. I'm hoping to get this quilt done yet this year.
    I have the BB's on my design wall and I still like them. A little more finishing and I'll get them in the mail.

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    Phewwww, I'm glad the storm in your area was lighter than expected...I have family in Chicago & Ohio...I hope it's not bad there either.... Jan, I love my chair...it doesn't have any arms and the seat is slightly tilted down in the front so that your legs don't go to sleep after sitting for awhile...Ggal, I hope to be away for 6 -8 weeks if all goes well....Everytime we plan a lengthy stay some sort of a family calamity occurs and we have to come home to sort it out...things are quiet now so Bob & I hope our stay will be as expected.....I always make the rounds to the LQS...I have to have my fix you know...I'm smarter now and only pick up 1/4 or 1/2 yards instead of the 3 yd pieces I used to get...how are you putting your quilt together Ggal? are you doing it like Jan?
    Jan...Do you think it's possible to do a QAYG set on point... can the side triangles be added ? I'm asking because you' ve done QAYG before..I've never done it... would like to try the technique....how do you add borders??? I'm confusing myself with all these thoughts...I'll have to do some research on it...
    I have cut out my patterns for my BBblocks...now to figure out the fabric choices...
    I'm bringing my Sapphire & fabric mover..will play a little bit with freemotion...I've never used the fabric move except for demos while working...just jiggles all over the place...my curves and circles look like boxes and zig zags...I need alot of practice...
    Jeanie, I'm bringing all my fabric for Easy Street...I have all of step 1 & 2 done..part of 3 & 4. none of 5 and will probably just download all the others that will be posted...I don't want to stress my self out...I can't imagine myself keeping up with everything on my plate...I need to get the BBblocks done first.....I will play a little in between them tho It's starting to sleet/snow here...I'm glad I don't have to go out... Have a good one everybody...don't forget to check in once in awhile.

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    Honchey...I'm using the method I learned on QB under the challenge section, and orphan blocks is in the heading of the thread. JennyK started it and if you click on her blog, all of the directions are there without reading through all of the comments. Yes, you can do QAYG on point. The one problem I had adding borders is that I get ruffles but I haven't quite figured out how to accommodate how much the quilting shrinks the border. As a whole, I really like the looks of the finished quilt. I've posted a couple there.

    carrie...I was just thinking about the 6600...Did you know that the 7700 is now priced at about 2K and has a 11 inch harp? I don't know what your budget is but these will now be sold on line and you might be able to find a better deal than the 2K. If you know a good Janome dealer you might be able to get a machine that has been traded in on an upgrade but well taken care of and in good condition.

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    Still waitin' for that Kindle Fire ta git here. Toe tappin' time. I hope it hurry's, we gotta git the fire goin' as soon as we git ta Brady. A few electric heaters & the wood burnin' stove are the only heat. It may take a bit ta git the house warm. Burrrrr! After it gits goin' the whole house will be warm & we won't even have ta use but one electric heater. We are all packed & ready ta go. Again, toe tappin' time. Ya'll have a a happy New Year.
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    Oh Bev, I hope you can stay warm.....Enjoy yourself!!!

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    Once it gits goin' we will be warm. I just want it ta be warm before we go ta bed. LOL
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    This stove is warm once it gits goin'. The whole house will be toasty. We just have ta git it goin' ASAP. Where is that UPS truck?
    Bev
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    Honchey, enjoy each day of your time 'off' and relax a bit.

    We did not get any snow or ice, but I was in Kirksville this morning and they got a lot of snow and ice...one street I pulled out on was very icy...then the quilt shop was closed!!

    Chickens were out of feed, so that meant a quick trip to town; 82 miles around trip. Stopped at Queen City for the Straw bales and most of the feed, and they wanted eggs, so I brought the loaded pickup home and picked up the car and 14 dozen eggs for them...and continued on to Kirksville for the grit and oyster shell and 18% pellet layer feed; stopped at Hy-Vee food store to replace my flour and a few staples....last flour I opened for Christmas pies had weevils in it...and I picked up fresh to replace that,...only to find weevils again. Sigh!! So before New Year comes in I will try again in my hometown that is a forty mile round trip.

    Dh does not know how he missed the mark and thinks of himself as innocent always....but I will make up for it in the next FART trip, I promise!! I was embarrassed one Christmas when the kids ask where my present was...so I made it a routine to include myself in the Christmas shopping and mark it from him to me and that took care of that...I was just hoping this year he would remember..

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    Dublb, beautiful cabin, enjoy!!

    Everyone have a happy joyous New Year!

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    Your cabin is so cozy...love the rocker...

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    My hubby and I did not exchange gifts this Christmas as neither of us needed a thing. I get what I want, when I want it, and he does the same. Besides that my mixer of 25 years decided to die this year, so I got a really nice Kitchen Aid to replace it. I told him that is my Christmas present. Last year it was my 18 years old Bread Machine. My grandkids would have a fit if grandma did not make their favorite - Potato Rolls!

    I've kept up with Bonnie's Mystery Quilt this year, she has taken it really easy on us. Before last week she said we were about 50% done. I've only made 2 BB so far. I figure we have all of January, and things will slow down with Christmas out of the way. I am going to use my BB as leaders/enders for my Mystery quilt. I have everything cut out, so its just a matter of putting the blocks together.

    QNS - you are really out in the country. I don't think I would like to have to travel so far to the store. It would make me darn sure I have doubles of everything!!! When one is used up, put it on the list for the next store visit!

    We are having dessert at my sister's home tonight with my other two brothers and their wives to exchange our token Christmas gifts. We try to meet once a month for dinner somewhere, just to chat and find out what is going on in everyones lives. We all live with 15 miles of one another. Our lives got so busy that months would go bye and we would not see each other. We started this several years ago, and all enjoy it so much. It is awful how familys kind of drift apart unless you actually set a date and get together.
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    Anne, I'm glad Ggal had a suggestion for you about QAYG setting on point. I've never tried it so I'm going to check out the thread she suggested, too. Good luck with your Fabumotion Fabricmover whatever it's called LOL--I have one and used it a total of maybe 3 hours. I could never get the hang of it; I couldn't figure out how to move the section I had just quilted to get to the next section. When I QAYG I just move the block around. Let me know if you figure out the secret or if you want to buy another one (just kidding!)

    Bev, love the cabin. That stove would feel so cozy especially on a day like today. We've got about 5" of snow but a layer of ice under it and on top of it. Really messy but it's let up now. BUT another freakin' snow storm is predicted for Saturday. I need to move to Florida!

    Jeanie, I love that you get together with your family monthly. It seems like we only get together for funerals or weddings. I just have one sister, lives about an hour from me. We spent more time together this past year while our mother was ill than we've spent together since we were kids. It's a shame. MrJanRN & I get together with son & his family once a month for dinner or breakfast. Really enjoy this time with them.
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    We are like you Jeanie and don't exchange the way we used to....although we do get token gifts...I asked for fuzzy socks cause my feet get cold quickly....so he got me socks...my grandchildren got me socks too!...

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    Jan, You put the needle down..then slide the fabricmover under to the area you want to continue to..I'm really a novice at it. the one I have has a larger opening where you sew...I've never used the one I have ...it's new in the box...It's hard to do large pieces on it...

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    Hello All!

    For some reason I didn't get an email notification of updates to this thread, so have missed out on a couple days of "chatter". All caught up now though. We had a nice quiet Christmas at home. We went to DMIL's Monday for lunch. My family was home for Thanksgiving and they don't come at Christmas.

    QE--I love how the snowman turned out. The snow on the bottom and then border matching the scarf is perfect.

    We don't do a lot of decorating...not really my thing. DH is the one who hangs stuff on the walls. We did put some garland up around a door with lights and our youngest (11) put some ornaments on that. I made stockings when the kids were first born, but they usually don't actually get hung up, just filled for Christmas morning....or this year Christmas Eve.

    DH and I rarely exchange gifts. Occasionally we will buy something to surprise the other. This year DH said he is paying for half of my "new" sewing machine!! Now that was a surprise!! I just have a little more to save now, so should be able to get it by February.

    Ggal--I was already planning to get a used 6600, I may mention to the dealer that I would consider a 7700 too depending on the difference in price. Since there is a bigger machine out there might be some of those coming in.

    I got a new sewing chair last year...it is very nice, especially since I had been sitting in a padded folding chair!

    Dublb--that wood stove looks like it should be a good "furnace". We heat with a wood stove all of the time even though there is a furnace in the house. It means some nights we have to get up and add wood so the house isn't freezing in the morning, but that is ok...costs a whole lot less than LP!!

    QNS--I feel like we live out in the middle of nowhere, but nothing compared to you! It takes 15min to get to a small city with grocery store/Walmart and 25min to get to a large city.

    Honchey--hope you have a safe trip and can enjoy a long stay in NC.

    I spent a little time in the clubhouse each of the last 3 days and was able to get the sashing on all my Rosie blocks. Also have a good start on my BBs...will be working more on these Friday. I worked today at the LQS and tomorrow after the kids get done with school we will be going to help set up for the first "home" archery tournament. All three kids are shooting again this year. I help with getting the score cards ready and then help run them through the machine to record scores.

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    I use QAYG for most of my quilts. I have tried the method where you add fabric to the front and back (looks like sashing when done) and also seen the one where you make the backing bigger and join the blocks with that and turn to the front (again becomes sashing). The method I use most often is one I learned using the book "6-Hour Quilt" by Kaye Wood (http://www.kayewood.com/item/6_Hour_...ew_Format/2029). This book has you start in the middle and build your way out section by section. I just do the same idea, quilting by rows....when the rows are done I add the borders the same way...for those having problems adding your borders with the strip/sashing method, maybe you can finish this way. It is hard to explain, but I can take some pictures when I start quilting my Rosie and PC quilts....hopefully next week!!

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    Hopefully I will get into the quilt room today....and do laundry and kitchen duty. Working on Magic Squares throw; have the big squares (easy part) done.

    It was good to hear from you, Carrie. enjoyed our little 'chat' in the virtual RV. I did hear from Anael who is ready for the 'cookie' recipe, so she is taking it one day at a time which is the best way. I know we are all keeping her in our daily prayers and looking forward to seeing pictures of her new grand babies. Now if I can remember how to save the recipes in 'rich text' as dd told me.it worked to sent them to Mirabelle. Carrie, what cookies did you take to your exchange at church?

    Nice to have a place to meet in our virtual RV...drop by for a chat...

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    Good morning QNS and everyone else too!

    I ended up taking Snickers Cookies (peanut butter cookie with a bite-sized snicker bar baked in the middle)...everyone really liked those. I will have to make a small batch of one your cookies to enjoy one day soon. I like raisins, nuts and oatmeal in cookies but DH doesn't so I don't make those very often. Our kids however will eat anything sweet so I am good with them helping me eat them.

    Just got done cutting DS hair, have the downstairs picked up and dusted, and a comforter in the washing machine. Need to vacuum yet and the basement will be clean (well except the girls' room but they have to do that!) Need to get school started soon and then need to wash dishes and put plastic on a window I didn't realize was letting in so much cool air until recently. After that we will be spending the day at the school for archery...I might have to take a little quilt along to work on binding in my "free" time.

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    Your cookies sound very good!! And have you made the snickers cake as well? I do check out the duncanhines.cm recipes t site that is on the side or back of every box...how to make cookies from the cake mix.

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    I hope everyone had a great Christmas, we had a lovely day, we decided to play board games, something we haven't done since the kids were little. Lots of laughing and cheating, I told them there would be no fights as long as I won
    We had 5 inches of rain Christmas Eve and another 3 inches Christmas Day.

    We haven't exchanged gifts for many years, as JeanieG stated we buy what we want when we want it, DH did buy himself a pair of sunglasses with a camera attached, so he can film himself catching the big fish. I was on the net searching for design walls, found a free standing one in Aus but I thought it was too expensie so searched the US and found one for $120 cheaper and larger so DH said buy it. So it should be here in the New Year. Christmas Day our coffee machine decided to die so had to buy another, can't live without good coffee

    Our children are the same and if they need any big item we help them as much as possible.

    I have been busy in the sewing room trying to tidy up the scraps, I am sure they multiply, in the past few days I have made 22 QAYG blocks which will eventually be a snuggle quilt for someone. It never ceases to amaze me what you can make from a box of scraps.
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    I ran into 3 PC blocks that after I quilted them were too small to even fudge them enough to be 8 inches square in the quilt. Overnight I remembered a class project that I hadn't started so yes, I allowed myself to be completely distracted yesterday and went to work on it. It's the ocean wave pattern done scrappy with blues and whites. I did enough half square triangles to see how my fabrics worked and now I will use the rest for headers and Enders. I still need a couple more blue on white to have enough squares and good balance. Now back to quilting PC blocks but I'm not pushing to get it done this year.
    Dubib...I used the new quilt with the wool batting last night and loved it. I could notice a difference right away.
    carrie...I've seen the QAYG method you use and will try it someday on something really scrappy where I don't have to worry about what I'm using for backing.
    Jan...have you shoveled out yet? We didn't get much snow at all but there was some freezing rain mixed in so the roads were slick. I'm going to venture out later today and get a few groceries. My DH loves fresh fruit!
    mirabelle...you will love your design wall. Mine it not freestanding. I don't have an inch of free floor space!

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    Yes, dh loves fresh veggies, so I did a run to the store today...picked up my prescription for bp shopped at our local Hy-Vee Food Store which offers 'gas' savings with certain foods....should have been credited with 27 cents per gallon gas off pump price, but ticket says just 23 cents off per gallon at Casey's...so will deal with that next time. Picked up the black-eyed peas and green spinach and kale for New Year's Day lunch...for good luck and better financial status all year.

    Actual temperture today was up to 33 degrees, so water was running on some hills coming home.

    GG, I keep looking at the Ocean wave, thinking that would be a great project; love blue.

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    Sounds like everyone is busy. Ggal, I had a few of those blocks, too, luckily I had some others I could substitute. I was moving right along on PC quilt. All the rows are sewn together and I started to plan my border. I'm using a 4" border with a bunch of 4" blocks scattered around it. OKSewglad & I found out EQ7 will not let you "scatter" (it's as anal as I usually am). I got out my trusty graph paper, measured, drew, colored, and finally came up with the arrangement I want. As I was falling asleep last night, it hit me: I forgot the inner border!! Grrrr-now none of the measurements will work. I'll attach them today and get the graph paper back out and start over plotting the outer borders. Talk about a major senior blonde moment!! I think I'll go shovel snow (got another 7" this morning--another grrr.)
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    Hello All !!!
    I've been having intermittent computer problems, so have not been around so much.
    Plus, getting caught up after the Christmas marathon sewing ... I've actually cleaned, tidied and did some re-organizing in my sewing room.
    Fr♥sty got finished at midnight Christmas Eve. No wonder, Santa did not find my home!
    And the housecoat has now had it's post-gifting finishes done.

    Started two new threads this morning ... including more pics of Fr♥sty than I posted earlier ........

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/picture...t-t209528.html

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/picture...p-t209523.html


    Snow ... I didn't get quite so much snow as many of the rest of you. Only about 3". There's a really fine snow coming down , and I know from other times, that despite it's looks, it adds up fast. So we'll see what happens today! I'm thankful to not be in Quebec with the volumes they got!!

    JanRN ... been there, done that, have the T-shirt! The good thing is that you had the aha moment sooner, rather than later ..... and after you'd cut your borders and started at it. How about a WIP pic?

    Bs ... I'm starting this afternoon! Will do mine first as the test run ... and then onwards to all of yours! So any last requests and input would be greatly appreciated!
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    Woooohoooooo!!!!
    I've got started at the Bonus Blocks

    The first went together perfectly, and looked wonderful. I was pleased as punch!!!
    .... then I realized, it needed that "flip".
    Oh well, thankfully it was mine, and I'll add it to my Miniature PC !


    So then, I was back to the drawing board.
    Did another test run ... and then a "real" one!!
    And now onwards!!!
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