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    Lots of chatter going on, I have been busy for the past few days so missing in action. Will catch up tomorrow, it is almost midnight and I should be in bed
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    DD, please show us some pics of your puppies! 20 below! WOW that's cold!

    I'm calling it a day, it's 11.10 pm here and I'm going to bed, read a little and try to sleep. CU all tomorrow!
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    I love the dog with his hat, here is what sits at the bottom of my steps. He is a bit cheeky.

    Have just finished another snuggle quilt, pretty happy with this one, all the blocks are made from left over bits of other projects. Now to get a few of my projects moving along. Finished another block for Out of the Darkness, I think I spent more time reverse sewing and going forward, it took me 2 days to get it done.

    My Jamestown Landing is booked in at the LQS for the 24th of this month, that is another one "almost" finished.

    I found instructions for a split 4 patch block on a blog so had to have a play, have 10 blocks made and another 10 cut, hope to get them made today. Does anyone have days when they just want to use up their fabric stash. I swear my stash just doesn't seem to reduce as much as I cut and sew and cut and sew.

    Anael I found a copy of the Quilters World with Asian Scrappy Road and I found a pack of Asian fabrics so might have to put that on my list to do. My list does groweth
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    oops forgot the pics
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    Your quilt is lovely mirabelle! Nice soft colours! Did you do the quilting?

    That little guy is cheeky

    So you're showing us your Asian Scrappy Road this week? The fabric placement is the hardest part with no repeats in one block. That took me some time, but otherwise it's easy. I can't wait to see how yours turned out!

    No, I don't have the urge to sew up my stash as my stash is still small. You buy your fabrics in the US too?
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    Yes I did the quilting on this little quilt, didn't take me too long. All the blocks are SID and then a feather in the setting triangles.

    I won't show you the other gnome in the back garden, he is a very naughty gnome he is hidden in the bushes

    I have spent the afternoon making the last of my disappearing 4 patch blocks, all 20, boy are they quick to put together

    The Asian Scrappy Road will be put on the to do list, hopefully for not too long, I have a few other projects that I want to finish,

    Gotta go, DS is coming over for dinner and I haven't started anything, at this rate he might get eggs on toast instead of marinated lamb chops
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    LOL now we want to see the gnome in your back garden

    Your quilting is gorgeous, now long did it take you to be this good? Do you do your feathers completely freehand or do you draw them on the fabric?

    I don't eat lamb after my mom told me a horror story about how they get the chops so neat and all the same

    I'm off track again, should be catching up with my Barbara Brackman blocks but sewing the 2012 BOM quilt from this board instead. I copied a lay out I saw on another board, making the chain blocks now. I hope it all works out!
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    Definitely not taking a photo of the naughty gnome, might break the camera he belongs to DH

    The feathers are all freehand, they are the holy grail of quilting and I have been practising for a very long time.

    I attended my first patchwork class in 1987, obtained my tutors accreditation in 1993 and every day since has been a learning curve. Only in the past 10 years have I really been focused on the quilting not just the patchwork. Late at night when I can't sleep I watch a lot of Youtube videos on longarm quilting, do a lot of doodling and then try and make my version, sometimes it works most times it doesn't but I keep practising.

    Please show us what you are working on Anael, would love to see
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    This is what I'm working on. For the chain blocks I used the same fabric as I used in some of the blocks, maybe I shouldn't have looking at it now?
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    Anael--I like the blue fabric you used...the blocks flow together nicely. I really like the block in middle on the bottom row.

    Mirabelle--that is a pretty little quilt...such soft colors. Someday I might start practicing FMQ on small stuff...for now I just do SITD or echo quilting.

    Well...I have some exciting news and some bad too...bad first: my sewing machine may be on hold for a while. Exciting: My DDH found me a bigger "clubhouse". It is a hip-roof shed, ~12ftx20ft...with an upstairs that has standing room! I am more than doubling what I currently have!! (12x12 w/small-crawling-loft space). I wasn't thinking when we went to look at it yesterday, but the kids want to see so will take them by and get a couple pictures. It was built several years ago and needs lots of TLC, but we can't beat the price even when figuring in moving, insulation, sheeting, etc to finished it. It is already wired for electricity so that is helpful.

    DH will be talking to some people this week to set up a time for moving it here. I could have it on our property by February, then will start tearing out old carpet, taking off sheeting so we can insulate and just general clean up. For now we will just finish the main floor and upstairs will be storage...and the kids think a "play house". We shall see. Of course everyone has their own ideas of what my current clubhouse will become. LOL I told them to keep thinking on that since it will be late spring before everything is all ready for me to move!

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    Thank you carriem! The block in the middle of the bottom row will be the centre block when finished. Meaning I have to make an extra block as I need 13 and only have 12. I think a houseblock would be nice.

    Congrats on your new clubhouse! Moving a shed is new to me, how do they do that?
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    Carrriem, congrats on the new clubhouse--it sounds fantastic. I just keep spreading all over the house. Maybe MrJanRn will get tired of it and find me a new place (wait--knowing him he'd say to get my own apartment LOL). I'm very jealous.

    Mirab, I love gnomes and yours is the greatest! I'm picturing your gnome, my cement dog, and QE's bear partying the night away while we're all asleep. And that quilt--awesome!! Love the colors and the quilting is amazing. Freehand? Wow!

    Anael, I love the bright colors in your quilt. I'm intrigued also by the middle block in the last row. Pattern? Great job.
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    Aneal, love the blocks in the new quilt.

    Mirabelle, your grome is a cheeky little rascal. Needs some clothes on...maybe a cowboy hat over his rear?

    Carrie, what exciting news for Spring, Wow!! And you can fix it all up your way!! (Green with envy!!) Dh has decided that my quilting is just a hobby...that I no longer need to do it as much as I do...in almost 47 years together he has not yet learned very much about me...he makes his comments as he goes off to surf the internet for more garden tools he does not need.

    We are now rotating the kitchen work, he has odd days, so today is my chance to 'shine' and let the dishwater 'soften' my hands today. Of course, its all his big 'idea'...will see how long this shall last.

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    Thanks ladies!
    Jan: here's the link to the pattern: http://www.quilterscache.com/E/ExplodingStarBlock.html
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    Mirabelle...your quilt is beautiful. You have really polished your quilting skills. I'm still enjoying piecing so much that I haven't gotten serious about doing the quilting. I am doing a Baptist Fan on my PC blocks using my walking foot and I do like how quilting dresses up and finishes a block. I also got an instruction book that seems real helpful but she said that magic word too....practice. I want to know how to do it NOW but it sure ain't happening!
    Anael...your quilt is beautiful. Beautiful creations can be very distracting. It happens to me all the time.
    Carrie....getting a bigger club house certainly trumps a sewing maching. You will have room for a Longarm and design wall now! How nice that your DH saw the need.
    Jan...did you get your dog redressed before the cold came? We had freezing rain and sleet last evening and it's not supposed to get above freezing for a couple of days.
    More work on the Ocean Wave today. I think I have enough triangles sewn for a couple more blocks which will be enough for my class project then I can make it a true header/ended project and get other projects completed.
    have a great day everyone!

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    My BBs just went on their long trip to Carrie
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    Anael--I can't wait to see your BBs.

    The shed I am getting is set on cement blocks. For moving...it will be loaded on a trailer with skid-loaders. They might have to put it on something called "skids" (like runners on a sled). We will find that out next weekend...the skids help support the middle of the structure. Then my DH will pull it to our house and the skid-loaders will be here to set it on cement blocks. We are going to set it up higher than they had it so the wood doesn't rot in the dirt.

    I will have to decide on floors, paint, etc, etc. My current clubhouse has purple walls...kind of dark colors but I have lots of windows so it didn't make the room too dark. What color is your sewing room? (asking everyone) Need new ideas this time. Having a big design wall will be easy as the 2 long walls don't have any windows. I am think we will put 1 or 2 in on the side facing the driveway and the other will get the design wall. What do you all use for a design wall? Right now I have a flannel backed tablecloth on a dowel so it can be rolled up when not in use.

    Ok back to school...need to stop thinking about the new place.

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    I can't help you there Carrie! My living room is my sewing room No design wall. I use a wallhanging to pin my blocks on! My Batik Scrappy Road quilt is pinned on the curtains because I had to take some pictures and it's still hanging there LOL.
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    Carrie, my husband bought a 4 x 8 ft sheet of insulation board from Home Depot. I covered it with cheap white felt from Joann's. They have some felt that is really wide and I did not have to piece it. He used small washers and screws and screwed it into the wall. It works great and was real inexpensive. With that much wall space, you could cover the whole wall! I actually run out of room on mine - 4 ft is not enough (but better than nothing)!

    Anael - your BOM from last year is looking great, I love the layout. I got behind on my blocks so the one's I finished are still in the drawer waiting!!! I'll probably use the QAYG method I used last year.

    Here is what I have been working on. It is just stuck up on my display wall (crookedly at that)! It is very busy (too busy for me - wish I had used a solid color), but maybe it will grow on me! The piecing was easy, but the layout is a booger, it is so easy to get something turned the wrong way!

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    Carrie...my design wall is similar to Jeanie's except I used batting which I had on hand. It will be replaced eventually. I second what she said about size. Mine is 6x8 and it doesn't fit a queen size quilt and then there are times when you want to audition more than one project...!
    Jeanie...your quilt looks good to me! I'll admit when I first saw it taking shape, I wasn't too pleased but after I did the layout....on the floor because my wall isn't big enough...I like the overall affect. To me it's just a fun, happy quilt. I haven't started sewing my blocks together yet since I do have other projects in line before it. Today I WILL finish my BBs! I have the Ocean Wave under control and have straightened up my sewing room and am ready to get afte some UFO's.
    Mirabelle... I tried some FMQ today but I'm not quite ready to jump off into the deep end of the pool. I found some designs that I can used with a walking foot so that's where I'm going to start. Feathers will just have to wait.

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    Jeanie, I love your quilt. When I first saw it I thought WOW busy but it's a happy and bright quilt. If it doesn't grow on you you can send it to me
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    Jeanie, I like your quilt. Busy? yes but striking. Love the colors you chose.

    I agree with Jeanie & Ggal, Carrie. Size matters LOL. I have a flannel sheet from Walmart on a curtain rod. It's folded to about 5 x 6 and it's really too small. I end up using painter's tape to tape additional blocks to another wall. Go big, Carrie-you won't be disappointed.

    Anael, can't wait to see the blocks. I'm so excited--can't wait to see what everyone made.
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    Jeanie--very pretty quilt.

    Thanks all for the design wall "input". I am thinking add 2 windows to one long wall and the other will stay window-less and be a design wall...not the whole 20 feet, but a good 10-12 ft.

    My BBs are all sewn together...just need to remove the paper tonight while watching some tv. Tomorrow I need to make a sample for my spring retreat gifts and then work on sewing rows together for my Rosie quilt.

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    My 'design' wall is home made out of one by fours to fit in the hallway outside the quilting room. Its about seven foot high, that's the height of the ceiling to floor. It runs from the beginning of the hallway, to almost the quilt room door, therefore, I can get a large queen sized quilt on the board. It is framed with the one by fours, with hardboard fastened to the frame, with batting glued to the hard board...and cork glued around the edge, then flannel is used to cover over the batting and stapled down to the edges and back. Then its securely mounted on the wall. A double panel, put together with piano hinges and covered the same way, stands in my quilt room for smaller projects or a new block to try out for looks and color.

    I planned the quilt room I sew in, but it was a try and error situation, and still is...dh said he was moving in at the last minute...and we shared for awhile, but finally after seven years, he moved his sewing machines into his room. Although its just over fourteen feet long and and about 13 feet wide, I feel I still do not use all the space effectively. For short cut, I used the pre-cut shelves, cabinets and storage corner units sold by home depot. And I still sew on an old typewriter stand, not a regular sewing machine stand. Fabric is stored on the bare shelf or in plastic tubs...or as projects in a tub. Color is all white, with vinyl square tile floor. One north window lets in some light, but we added inset lights and one hanging light with five bulbs over my sewing machine....purchased at home depot for $39...

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    So ... what does everyone else have for their home's "mascot"?
    Please join JanRN, MiraB and I .... to show us!!!
    JanRN ... Do you suppose the 3 we've met are being led astray afterhours by MiraB's backyard naughty fellow??

    MiraB .... Yes indeed, a "cheeky" sort, he is. I think you'd better show us your backyard naughty boy! Not to worry, we'll remember it's MrMiraB's!!! Another lovely Snuggle. It's so soft and feminine looking. Can;t help but love it. Glad to see you are like the rest of us ... a little ADD affected! Will look forward to your D4P and Asian Scrappy next! Better you give DS eggs, than to take away from your sewing time! Wish we were all closer, and could have joint quilting lessons from you!!

    Anael ... you know, you can change the stash problem!! Yea for you and BBs on their way. Now watch them arrive before the Canadian ones!! Great quilt ... once again, your trademark white background and the fresh colours. Love those kitties with the ♥s in them!

    CarrieM ... Yippeeeee ... a new clubhouse!!!! How exciting!! My sewing room is kind of a pale but bright terra cotta. A peach? Oh I don't know what you;d call it. White wood trim with white hung ceiling. Design wall is about 7-1/2x12ft and made from tentest. I covered each panel of the tentest with black fleece only, no batting. Then we hung them on the wall, side by side, with screws. The black fleece has been grand ... holds everything!! I can still stick pins in if I want, such as when I want to pin up patterns with what I am working on or whatever. I've hung fully assembled quilts for long stretches and they've stayed put. And, you can never have your design wall large enough!! So don't skimp! Believe me ... I often have more than one project on the wall. Having a large one let me keep all the FWS/PC blocks as I did them as well as whatever else I was working on. And then, I still have some smaller 2x4 panels that are free standing that I use when the wall is full for things like when I was doing Fr♥sty!

    Flooring is the cement floor painted. I do have two area rugs with stretches of the bare concrete. I didn''t want installed carpet, for fear of a flood. I know too many people who have had that problem, though they tell me it;d never happen here. Never say Never! We'll all look forward to your new and improved Clubhouse ... will their be a new name?

    JeanieG ... is that the Easy Street pattern. Your colours work well together, though I can see why you are finding it a bit busy. Sometimes we just can't see those things, until we are well on the way. At least, I wish I could develop that early-vision!

    QNSue .. now that's one serious design wall ... and the extras, are great too! Does MrQNSue have one too? Take advantage of MrQNSue's kitchen duty days ... and be sure to praise him highly, to keep him "wanting" to do it for you!!!

    GGal & JanRN ... so ... ready for a design wall expansion?

    Moi? ... It seemed to be a long day today. Appointments for business and eye appt for myself along with a lot of driving. Whipped by the time I got home tonight. Another day tmro and I will be refreshed! I got the mini finished last night that I was working on ... and then noticed that the flange had got flipped at one corner when stitching. So need to take the binding off at that corner fix it and put it all back together again. arrgghhh!!!! Had hoped to do that tonight, but knew that my brain and eyes were just not in the zone to do so.
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