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    Super Member mirabelle's Avatar
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    Just a reminder to everyone the last Compass Block is available for download from Quilting on the Square. As this is the last block I am not sure how long it will stay on their website as they seem to be adding new BOM's for this year.

    Anael sent you an e-mail
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    Mirabelle, got it

    GG: thanks for your compliments! I started quilting about 3 years ago. I was a member of an embroidery board and some of the members were quilting too. Once, many moons ago, I tried to do some patchwork but didn't get anywhere and I thought I hated it. Nothing matched, not even one seam! So I quit and never gave it another thought. When I saw the quilts on that board I thought I might give it one last try and here I am I took one class on FMQ because I was too scared to do it myself. Did a few practice pieces but had no clue what to do. One class was all it took to get me over my fears for FMQ.
    Don't think my blocks are all perfectly square and all the same size because they aren't! You should hear me talking to myself while sewing LOL LOL. In these past 3 years I became very close friends with my seam ripper!
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    Anael I think we have all had that relationship with a seam ripper at some stage or another

    I can remember always seeing a quilt pattern and telling my friend "that looks easy it won't take us long to make" Well we were both working but we taught ourselves, my friend had a much better understanding than I did. Back then I used to get Sunday afternoon to sew as we ran our own business. Fast always seemed better for me but seams never matched and points what points. My friend and I still sew together even though we live in different parts of our State, the internet allows us to share what we are doing and then there is the weekly phone calls. We have been patchwork buddies for almost 25 years.
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    Alright I got all o' the compass stars & am ready if we decide ta make these tagether.
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    I started Ode to my Mom last year and with one of the first blocks I did I told myself: oh well, you should learn how to sew! You did a miserable job And I keep telling myself the same over and over again and still it's fun to make blocks. Somehow in the end all seems to come together and (sometimes with some stretching) matches up!
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    As long as you are having fun, that's the most important part.

    Bev glad to see you have your block patterns all ready, we just have to decide now
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    mirabelle sounds like something interrupted your line of thought there, stopping in mid sentence.

    Bev, so happy you had a good time on the family time at the lake.

    I had almost finished by Magic Blocks when I came to realize two sizes were done wrong; so I ditched the two wrong sized blocks...too much ripping on 65 4" squares, and 16 12" squares to make them right...working by the unit now, and have one out of 16 done right. One step forward and three steps backwards...

    I kept seeing quilt block designs in the Rose Parade yesterday; it was so different and heart warming parade. Two floats honored the military men and women and defense dogs. In fact, Petco had a soldier in from the from lines on their float, which stopped at the beginning of the parade to pick up his wife and four year old child...whom they had flown in pretending she had won the trip to see the parade, and pulled her out of the crowd for a photo shot...the boy spotted his Father first, and that BIG smile hit his fact...the wife was in shock at seeing her dh...it had been a well kept secret..she and the four year old joined the dh on his bench on the float to enjoy the rest of the parade together. So heart warming...and the sealthe bomber flew over head in perfect timing . And on the Love Boat float, a couple got married, for real, with the minister 'milking' the scene in front of the HGTV booth...delaying the moment where the new husband could kiss his bride. Seen the Canada bands in the parade, and a first with a CA and Japan kids marching together in their respective uniforms in the same band...that was a first too. Maybe there is hope for world peace. Beautiful roses on several floats...Mirabelle your rose pillows are so beautiful..lovely work...now if I could do half as well, I'd save up for that machine.

    GG, I have bee working on quilting since 1972, self taught with bad habits, and still learned so much from QB, with the FWQ and PC trail...and remember dg hand tied quilts and blankets that kept us warm in the cold winters back then...when January weather would run for two to three weeks below zero...and have lots of snow...were the snow banks bigger 'cause I was a child back in the dark ages?

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    I think we all have our "war" stories! Those are the ones that we learn from though ... and chances are we don't make those mistakes again. Well, sometimes I still do them ... and that's usually a sure sign that I'm too tired and should not be sewing. So, maybe it's more that I'm getting better to know when to walk away? I think that's why I usually have more than one project on the go ... one that's more intense, and one that's somewhat a no-brainer! OK, I confess, I have a LOT more too ... but they're usually sitting in the PhD Dept and not up front in the active WIP!!!

    One thing that I am fussy about is starting with everything well cut ... and then making sure my seams are right. If one is a little over 1/4 and another under, well, you know what happens! I was convinced that PPing was NOT for me. I just couldn't get it. When I really wanted to do something with it, I did it ... and then from there on it was progress. Then I started to do PPing with the FWS, and the old practice practice practice soon had me converted. Now, I am finding I am a suck for it ........ or is that lazy? And yes, kind of a mindless thing for me, towards getting perfection in the blocks, and not having to be too much with it. Sure, I still goof up there too, but man-oh-man does it make it easy-peasy to get perfect points and square squares and to size blocks!

    And yup, even while doing the BBs, I've had to rrrrrrrip away! Fabric on backwards ... and flipping the wrong way!! And guess what? Even with the simplistic pattern I chose, I still decided to do PPing, so that you'd have some nice blocks. Well, I hope you think so!!

    Anael ... looks like in three years you've come a long way. From what we see, they are not marginal jobs, but exceptional jobs!

    QNSue ... I kept the Rose Parade on for more than one round! There really wasn't much on TV til night time. Loved the music and glimpses of the flowers, colours and originality in those floats. Did you see our Canadian Cowgirls? I somehow must have missed the Canadian bands you mentioned. Where were they from? And yes, even I had tears pouring down when that Mom and Son met up with DH/Dad! The plane was amazing ... the first view of it looked like one of those giant kites in shape, and then it rolled, and OMG it was the real thing! It really was a great parade and I can;t wait to hear my neighbours talking about it.

    JeanieG ... I'm like you, not a big crowd fan, so can totally see why you do not go. Like you, I'm sure that sitting at home we get a much better view and explanation via the TV. However, IRL the size, work, flowers, grandeur, etc. would be so overwhelming, I'm sure! Guess I don't have to think further on that, as I'm not too likely to be there anytime.
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    You're right QNS I was interrupted, the phone rang, my DS arrived unexpectedly and the oven timer went off all at the same time, so I threw my hands in the air and gave up trying to chat.

    Sounds like the Rose Parade was worth watching, nothing like that out here...

    I have just got home from grocery shopping, not a chore I enjoy, everything is put away and I am heading to the sewing room. It is nice and cool in there (guess who forgot to turn the aircon off last night) but don't tell anyone.
    Karen

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    Ok, I got 3 units of Magic Square done right yesterday; baked four pies, 2 pumpkin, one apple from fresh apples, and one peach and two loaf pans of sweet potato cinnamon rolls. DH did up all the dirty pans and stuff this morning.

    Mirabelle, the Rose Parade happens every year on New Years Day in Pasadena, CA., but I had never seen any like this one. I was very moved when the lady and son spotted the husband/father, and the airplane flew over honoring the floats based on honoring the military ladies and gentlemen who serve our country, and the ones who have died fighting for its freedom. Shed a few tears over that one. Miracle Grow was going to completely recycle their float after the parade, going green. Yes, I see the Canadian Cowgirls with the trio of maple leaves on their chaps, standing tall in their saddles...riding very close together which takes a lot of practice. No other group rode that close together in the parade. No, I do not remember where the band was from in Canada...sorry.

    Have nine bonus blocks done; now if I can decide on which ones to send to Carrie...after I make a few more. PC blocks are in a plastic tub...slowly getting the slashing on them in odd moments. Back to that maybe today. Dh has an appointment in town...Unionville, which is a 22 mile round trip this afternoon, so will go with him and run to the grocery store, add a few more pennies to my gas card to receive additional pennies off per gallon at the gas station...can use up to $2.12 off on each fill up. LQS is next to the chiropractor dh goes too...isn't that wonderful!!

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    What a tragedy QNSue ... that DH has to go to the chiro .... and you must fill in time at the LQS!!!

    My BBs are progressing along well too ... and like you, I am making extras and having to decide which ones I get to keep (yeaaaaa!!!) and which ones the rest of you get!!!!!!!!!! I'm really liking mine, and with them up on the design wall, they are giving me visions of a quilt!!!

    I've seen the Canadian Cowgirls, though they'd be more aptly called Ontario Cowgirls!! That just doesn't have the same "ring" as CC, does it? All are from Ontario, though all over the province. So the girls and their horses travel a lot of miles for their practices. More for some than others, as practice is always at the same place, where their Leader/Coach is located. One of the girls lives not far from me, so every once in awhile she gets featured in the local paper. Hopefully, we'll see a write up after she's back home from this tour.
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    I still have to start with the BB! I know which block I"m going to do if I can find it again that is

    Today my DS and DDIL had their check up at the local hospital. The twins are doing ok, but there's something with 'Doppler flow'?? They told them not to worry but they will have to have a check up every week now instead of every two weeks. About not to worry...... How can they say that and tell them to come more often?
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    Hi Everyone, I am in NC .. finally!!! spent New Years Eve & day with my sister in DE..had a very nice time...slept late and never got to watch the Rose Parade which is something I really look forward to...I'll be starting my BBblocks tomorrow...one pattern..same fabric for everyone and they will be pp'd....I have it all in order so there shouldn't be any problems...I think you will love them...
    QuiltE...Guess whatI found out???....there's another local bingo tonite..wish me luck!
    Mirabelle...are there more than 10 of the Compass Blocks? I have 10 downloaded already...

    I see everyone's been chatting away...way to go girls...I'm going to unpack my organized quilting bag now to get ready for tomorrow...no sewing tonite...I'm going to bingo!!! talk to you later...H.

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    HEY ALL

    WOW! has it SNOWED here! it has snowed everyday since the 24th! over two feet total, and with the sub zero temps not much has melted off!

    We had a good Christmas I think, we dont DO much in the way of presents, but had a GOOD time visiting with family several of Dh grown children showed up on Christmas Eve, so that was FUN, I got to take all of the kids/grandkids Sledding and then Dh favorite! treats and watch Scrooge

    New Years Eve was uneventful... Dh and I both seem to be party poopers when it comes to partying. New Years day was AMAZING! Dh sister whom I have only met ONCE in twelve years of marriage to Dh, came for a visit! brought Her Dh and son. kind of INCREDIBLE I think... maybe the walls are coming down

    I DID get quite a bit done on my BBlocks! I hope yall like Barbed Wire

    I also finished two baby quilts for my sisters grandbaby, and a quilt and afghan set for Dh grandbaby, both due this month silly tho... I always seem to forget to take a picture before given away

    HAPPY NEW YEAR to all
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    Honchey there are 12 blocks in total, the first one was February 2012
    The names of the blocks in order are:

    1. Which Way North?
    2. Spinning Points
    3. Wheel of Fortune
    4. Flying Home
    5. Kaleidoscope
    6. Sunshine
    7. Feathered Compass
    8. Country Fair Compass
    9. Compass of Many Colours
    10. Holiday compass
    11. Snow Crystals
    12. Celebration

    Hope this helps you find which ones you are missing.
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    thanks, mirabelle, for the site and patterns. so many UFOs that need to be finished asap, so I will just put the patterns in the 'bucket' for later.

    Good luck at Bingo, Honchey. Hope you win big.

    Shopped at my LQS, picked up more Mary Ellen's starch unscented, of course. One strip away from finishing gs little wild baby animals that I designed...hoping to show it to the Shop owner tomorrow. Missed their sale after Christmas.

    Dh is keeping his hens too happy; they sing to him when he comes into the poultry yard. With 21 laying hens, inspite of the cold weather, they lay from 18 to 21 eggs a day. Eating deviled eggs, egg salad, fried eggs, boiled eggs, scrambled eggs, poached eggs, french fried toast, and they still fill up the refrigerator. can anyone PM me more suggestions that uses lots of eggs? Maybe a slow cooker recipe so I can quilt more...

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    Anael ... I think sometimes the medics forget that what is not a concern to them ... is hard for the patient and family to understand! Hang in there .... and quilt quilt quilt!!

    Honchey ... I think we're going to have to do a special B-I-N-G-O project, just for you. So now, Tues and Thurs nights. And next thing, you'll find a daytime one. Then you'll be abandoning your quilting!! Glad you have landed ... and now are getting ready to start sewing your little ♥ out!

    DDamsel ... I have visions of you sliding down the hills just like one of the kids. I'm honoured that you're sharing your barbed wire with me!! And of course, I have some blues for you too!

    MiraB ... I still need to download those compass blocks. Thanks for the list, so I can be sure I have all!

    QNSue ... hope you did get to the LQS today, even just to drool!! Eggs? I had that problem when I had hens too! You didn't mention custard, that's one of my favourites!! I know there are some crockpot egg recipes (strata like), but have never tried any of those recipes. Or how about any of the stratas and the like that you make ahead and then leave in the refrigerator til ready to cook? The leftovers are delicious heated up, which is good for quilting time. Oh just thought of another ... homemade lemon meringue pie, with yolks in the filling and of course the egg whites for the meringue.
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    QNSue ... just remembered another one ... Egg Muffins!
    Basically it's omelette ingredients and then you bake it in muffin tins. Eat it right away or store in the frig or freezer and zap in the microwave when ready to eat. And bonus, you can eat it by hand ... so a good grab and go food.

    For cakes ... there's always Angel Food Cake ... then a Sunshine Cake where you use the egg yolks.

    If you want any of the recipes, just let me know and I'll send them your way!
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    QNS--my DH's suggestion is to "put out a sign and sell them"...he really likes fresh eggs so wishes you lived nearby. We saw on one of those "prepper" shows that you can rub oil (I think it was mineral oil) and they will keep 6 months or so in a cool, dry place...not that this will help you too much if they keep laying all year long, but thought I would share.

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    Anael - Huggs! There is nothin' more frustratin' than Dr.s.
    DD - They wouldn't be you w/o the barbed wire.
    Honchey - Have a great time at Bingo.
    QNS - Try Egg Pie. Eggs, onions, & cheese all mixed tagether, then put in a pie pan & baked.
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    QNS how about a vegetable quiche and it is freezeable or a frittata which is really like an omeletee just not flipped
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    Quote Originally Posted by mirabelle View Post
    QNS how about a vegetable quiche and it is freezeable or a frittata which is really like an omeletee just not flipped
    And there's even the Impossible Quiche ... where you toss the eggs and bisquick in the blender then pour it overtop of the mix-ins. And then the bisquick separates out to make a crust!
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    I have several breakfast casseroles you might be interested in???
    "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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    When I need to know anything "egg", I go straight to the hen and check out ......
    http://www.getcracking.ca

    How be we post some of our egg recipes?
    After all, I'm sure we'd all like to get some new ideas ... and not just QNSue!

    Here's a favourite of mine. It's like an omelette or quiche as far as ingredients, only that you bake in muffin cups. Because of that, it's easily eaten by hand. I like to keep a stash in the freezer for quick meals (great while quilting!!), snacks or as a grab and go food.

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    Beat together
    12 eggs
    1/2 cup milk
    salt and pepper, to taste

    Saute together as few or as many as you want/ have.
    ----onions, peppers, mushrooms, broccoli, cherry tomatoes, Canadian Bacon, celery, ham, etc. (basically anything that you'd add to an omelette)
    Then add to egg mixture and mix well.

    Add and mix
    1/2 cup shredded cheddar (more or less, or optional)

    Spray 12 cup muffin pan with no stick spray. (I use the Pampered Chef Stone for muffins.)
    Fill with egg mixture. (I fill the muffin cups.)
    Bake at about 350°-375°F for about 30 minutes.

    The "muffins will "puff" up like a muffin and may settle some as they cool.
    (They develop a bit of an outside skin or crust, to make them hand-eatable!!)

    **Eat straight from the oven, or keep in frig or freezer and zap in micro.
    **Depending on how many of the add-ins you have you may get more than the twelve muffins or you could pour the extra into a skillet and lunch is ready while the muffins bake.
    **Can be made as appetizer-like mini muffins!!
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