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    Anael I wish I could be there to give you a hug, it is so hard going through something like this. Is there a counsellor at the hospital you and your son could talk to.
    Keep asking the hard questions because the more informed you are the better, and don't let that doctor fob you off because as parents and grandparents you do worry and you do want to know what is going on. Knowledge of what is happening, gives you the strength to keep going, now knowing makes you worry more.
    Praying for good news every day
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    Anael--I'm also oma to a preemie but not as small as your little ones. Check with hospital social services to see if there is a preemie support group. I know they have them here in the US as a cousin (a mother to 2 preemies) is very active in their local group. Each day brings ups and downs--here's hoping everything is looking up! G
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    I just came home. Bram needs a lot of time to recover from every procedure they have to do. They should have turned him on his other side today but they didn't as they had to do another procedure and he was exhausted.
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    Oh my, what beautiful tiny babies, Anael! Hang in there grandma, get some rest! Interesting use of bubble wrap - just noticed that!
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    Beautiful babies!! They look nice and pink--that's a good thing! Peeing--a really good thing. Not unusual to need a little help with breathing-premies sometimes "forget". Will keep the prayers coming, they have a long road to travel but they are just beautiful.
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    What beautiful precious babies. Keeping you all in my prayers Anael, each day I pray they get stronger.
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    DS rang me this morning to make sure I was ok. He can't get out of his yard today as the road is flooded. I just went for a quick drive and took these photos.
    The first photo is of his street and the cream building on the left is his units he is in the last one of four so high and dry just not going anywhere.
    The second photo is the main highway which goes through town, the whole town is cut in half. There are a lot of Fire and Rescue crews in town and helicopters overhead. Just spoke to my neighbours who can't get to work today but if I have a medical emergency its ok as they are both doctors..
    just checked the website and we have had 10 inches of rain in the last 24 hours. Yesterday it just didn't stop and was heavy rain with lots of wind. Even the dogs didn't want to go outside.
    I have to keep checking the river levels, if the Herbert River rises over 12 metres I will have to move my car to higher ground, but might do that anyway later today, better to be safe than sorry
    Only one thing to do today and that is lots of sewing
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    How sweet and tiny the babies look now...and save those pictures to display when they wed or maybe show them to every date they bring to the house!! I was a preemie...and now you know what is really wrong with me!! My stomach had not developed right, so they told my grandmother to never 'un-sit' her table and feed me seven to nine times a day...so I developed a life long habit of eating continuously...have never stopped. Love food. Love to cook food. Love new recipes for food. It is a wonder why I do not weigh in at 300 pounds.

    Well, I went to my kitchen at the wrong time today...{[(gasp!!)}] still recovering from the shock!! Retreated to the bedroom to converse with the TV troubleshooting guy...he did fix the problem there of a loose wire by redoing the end stem on the cable. So we have a working sink in our kitchen and a working TV in my room. But the poor hens needed feed, so I had to make a quick run to the feed store, then come back home to feed dh. Fixed him fried fan tailed shrimp which to him tasted better than the leading sea food place. Had to take a nap after all that action in my morning...too much for an old lady!!! Tomorrow is a new day and that's the best of news for me.

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    Opps..Mirabelle was couple of seconds faster than I was on the submission. We have a USA song about 'How high is the water, Mama?" "Two feet high and rising" and on through the song...which I thought of as I looked at your pictures. Lots of water, do take necessary steps to stay safe and dry, please.

    Four times at work during the time I was in South Texas, we were surrounded by high water, and they came for the kids at junior high in row boats in mid afternoon. Experienced teachers always parked on the 'high' ground parking spaces... where water did not get into the motor.

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    Aneal...thanks for the pictures. I keep praying for you and your entire family. Sleep well tonight! My card should be there in the morning.
    Mirabelle...You haven't told us if you have grown webs between your toes. Such a lot of water! BTW...I saw a documentary of Kola bears around Brisbane. Very interesting.
    OK...love your quilts. Glad you can almost return to the land of quilting. I've missed you.
    Jeanie...I saw Easy Street set in regular rows and really like the affect. I'll have to see how my blocks look in that form before i sew them together.
    QNS..hooray for the plumbing and the TV fix.

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    No web feet yet but I do answer the phone with "quack quack" my friends think it is hilarious.

    QNS I know that song and have it on a CD, I really really love old songs.

    It has stopped raining at the moment but the forecasters say there is more on the way. Haven't made it to the sewing room yet, have been doing the laundry and tidying up a bit
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    ** alert **eye candy** alert**

    Yes, I have finished and posted two PC blocks! Last night when I was working on them, I remembered it was about this time last year that I was scrambling to get all the FWS blocks done for the end of January. It's SO nice to be back at 'em!



    Anael ... oh such tiny and precious babes! Prayers and good wishes are coming from Canada for them. Every "little" thing is a huge milestone and yes, such challenges for them. As the others have suggested, please seek out what support the hospital can offer to help all of you learn and understand more. Your Grandmother's Choice parasol block is so pretty .... and 8" too!

    MiraB ... my oh my! Looks like you might to start building an ark! Is this your normal rains for this time of the year? or exceptional quantities? And just because you have Dr's next door, please DO NOT create a medical emergency! Take care and Sew your little ♥ out!

    QNSue ... hope you had a productive day in your sewing room, while all the activity happened! Maybe better stay there tmro too!!!

    JeanieG ... yea for another set of BBs almost done!

    GGal ... Thanks! though not totally back to PC. Will have to get it sandwiched and quilted.

    Baby Quilts?? ... Not being a Mom or Grandma ... please help me out Ladies! What's your batting preference? polyester? or Warm and Natural? And this baby happens to have been a preemie as well ... just not as early or as tiny! Now four months old.

    Now ... I'm off to eat supper and then hopefully some PC sewing time!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mirabelle View Post
    No web feet yet but I do answer the phone with "quack quack" my friends think it is hilarious.

    QNS I know that song and have it on a CD, I really really love old songs.

    It has stopped raining at the moment but the forecasters say there is more on the way. Haven't made it to the sewing room yet, have been doing the laundry and tidying up a bit



    You should have put the laundry outside and saved yourself some work!
    Love your *quack quack* humour .... totally something I would do!

    Of course you could answer it with ...........
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    Anael--what precious babies! Thanks for sharing pictures.

    Mirabelle---that is a lot of rain in such a short time! We had floods in Iowa a few years back, but not that much rain all at once.

    QNS--I know that song too...by Johnny Cash called Five Feet High and Rising. Our kids sing along too. Glad to hear that your water and cable problems are now fixed.

    QE--Congrats on getting a couple more PC blocks finished!!

    I worked today, but before leaving was able to get the last two sections sewn on my Rosie quilt. Just have 3 blocks to quilt, then borders to add and binding. While at work I finished the first border, got all of the 2nd border and half of the 3rd on the baby quilt shop sample I started last week...someone else will probably finish it up before I work again so it can be displayed.

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    Oh so much goin' on!! The most important thing is Anael's baby's. I'm prayin' for 'em. I'm also prayin' for you,your DS & DDIL. {{{{HUGGS}}}}
    I'll post tamarrow all about my OKC trip.
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    I changed m mind about postin' about my trip.
    Dh & I got ta OKC on Sunday evenin' & checked into the hotel. As soon as I got unpacked I discovered that I didn't pack my foot controller. So do ya'll know what my solution was? ? Yes I went & bought another sewin' machine, first thing Monday mornin'. It is a li'le Brother that has a computer & 79 stitches. I paid $139.00 for it at Walmart. I then spent all o' the rest o' Mon. in the room sewin'. (DH's meetin's lasted till 9:00pm.)
    Tuesday mornin' I met up w/Zipit & she took me ta Guthrie for a Fart.
    She is so much fun shoppin' with. I'll post picts. tamarrow. I thought Guthrie was such a purdy li'le town, & got 1 pict o' 1 o' the neat streets. I also got some picts o' both quilt shops. I got back ta the hotel just as DH got free o' his meetin's. He decided ta leave OKC then, so we packed up & headed ta Lawton for the night. Th'smornin' we went ta Harbor Freight in Lawton & I bought a sewin' machine tote on wheels. Ok, It is for tools, but it will be for my sewin' machines. Actually I think there are a couple o' other smaller bags in it but haven't looked that far yet.
    On the way back taday, DH took me ta the Dedication Falls in Wichita Falls. We would have had ta go a li'le bit further ta see the original Falls, so that will be on the next trip. I had already walked as far as I could up & down those hilly paths. (About a mile.) we finally got home at 5:00pm. A good trip all in all.
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    Bev, sounds like a great trip: you combined all the most important elements--trip with DH, a new sewing machine, FARTing with a friend, and sight seeing. Sounds like a perfect time to me. Enjoy your Brother; I have the same one from Walmart that I use as a back up.

    It's been so cold here, -4 in the mornings with a balmy high of 9 in the afternoons so I've been making soup and holed up in my sewing room all week. Haven't spent much time posting, just reading and keeping up with yinz. Hopefully I'll have Pony quilt completed by next week--YAY!!! I just have to quilt 2 more sashing strips and then attach the binding. Question: do you finish your binding by machine? I've always sewn the binding to the back by hand but I just want this quilt DONE so I think I'm going to do it by machine. It shouldn't be noticeable because the fabric is dark blue print very similar to the binding and I'll use dark blue thread. What do you do with the little corners on the back to sew them shut when you do it by machine?

    Sorry for so few posts lately but please keep yours coming--makes for such a nice break when I come out of the sewing room. My shoulders and neck are killing me. I was whining about how heavy that quilt is but when I weighed it (yes, I'm that anal) it only weighs 7 pounds. Feels more like 50 at this point.

    Have a great day no matter what you do today; will check in later about my binding question. Thanks!
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    Dublb, way to go!! Sounds like a great trip and looking forward to your pictures of quilt shops. Its "Visit your LQS Day' tomorrow...nation wide, no share holders meetings. (that ad on TV just makes me laugh)

    JanRN, its cold here too. . . but not as cold as I remember living through before. Like 10 days below zero in January; when it hit zero, we thought we were in a heat wave. We lack moisture, rain, snow, fog; its dry here. So dry, we will not plan a very big garden at all this year.

    When I came back from my chicken feed run yesterday and stopped to open our gate into our drive, I had to call dh on the cell to HELP me. Those crazy Guineans had lined themselves up at the gate making a shrilly noise that would awaken the dead and if I opened the gate, they would all get out. Maybe they knew I had their feed in the car. Dh to the rescue yesterday.

    JanRN, there is a tutorial on QB about putting binding on by machine using two pieces, but you could use just one piece. I used it on a quick throw for gs when they were coming. I did my usual ninety degree tuck in all corners...leaving quarter inch seam allowance. Clear as mud, but the tutorial explains it better than I.

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    Good Morning Ladies!!!

    Another good night in the sewing room for me ... though it was a so start. I just couldn't decide on fabrics. What I should have done was skipped the blocks and gone on to something else, but was stubborn. Later I remembered when doing the FWS blocks, I would choose fabric for a bunch of blocks and then go at the sewing. Then the frustration of the decisions was over and it seemed like I got more done in short order. I'm sure it was all the same amount of time in the end!!!

    Another ccccold day here too .... but milder at only -17C! However the feels like is -24! They say this is the start of it gradually warming again.

    MiraB ... and while we're all fretting about The Big Chill ... you're dealing with the other extreme and floods. HOw are things today? Are you moving your car to higher ground?

    DublB ... sounds like a fun time away!! And now you have your travelling machine! Did you add to your stash too?

    JanRN ... I was about to send out a search party for you! I was worried that the plague had got you but am ever so glad that it's the sewing plague instead! Careful with that sewing marathon, or else you're going to get your shoulders so sore. Time for a massage to work them out. Do you have it supported on tables to the side and behind your machine? or is it falling off a table, and creating a drag? That 7lbs can feel like 50 because of the drag on the quilt as you work. Great to be on the home stretch, isn't it? about the binding ... would you not put it on the same as doing it by hand? only that you would start on the back and flip it to the front, then proceed the same? Though in your anality (new word?), I think you'd be happier to plunder on and do it the good ol' fashioned way! I'm like that ... and even do the smaller tabletoppers etc. with a hand sewn binding. Just seems to finish it off.

    QNSue ... you should have had a pic of the guineas lined up looking for their feed!
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    My DS just called, they had a meeting with the neonatologist. She told them the twins are doing ok considering. Isa has had a tiny brain hemorrhage (spelling?) but they don't treat it now. The doctors expected this to happen with Bram but he's doing ok today, nothing wrong with his brain. Isa was very restless today and settled down at about 3 am.
    They're doing what is possible to keep them alive but my DS and DDIL have to be prepared for bad news. Otherwise no news, things are still the same.
    So now I can take a shower, wash my hair and do things I didn't dare to do because I was waiting for the call!
    Will be back clean and shiny
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    Jan--I do my bindings by machine. I like the look of by hand, but like you am usually ready to get to the next project and it seems to take me a long time! I do mine different than most. I sew my binding to the front like when you are doing it by hand, then use binding clips (red clover ones; used to use pins, but love the clips) to wrap it around to the back...making sure to hide the stitching holding the binding on. I sew from the front either by SITD or using a decorative (feather) stitch. I do it this way because when I wrapped from the back to the front it wasn't even...if it isn't even, but catches the binding on the back I am ok with that...plus by using a matching thread, if your binding happens to move on the back and the stitching "shows" it is ok. I do my corners like when doing them by hand. If using a decorative stitch is catches the corner if using just a straight stitch I usually have to go back and tack down the corners by hand. I hope all of this makes sense! If not, I will be doing a binding this weekend and can take pictures and/or can try to explain it better!

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    JanRN ... just saw this thread about machine binding
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/main-f1...-t211839.htmla
    and of course thought of you! Perhaps some tips will show up there, that will help you. What about putting a flange of colour (see Tartan's post)? Could give a nice zip of colour out at the edge with the binding.

    Anael ... glad that DS/DDIL were able to talk a little more with the neonatologist and learn a little more. Every day is a big accomplishment for these wee ones! Are things still looking as though your DDIL will be released tomorrow? Will she come home? or stay near the hospital? Here, most of the big hospitals have a Roncald McDonald house (as in McDs hamburgers!) where parents can stay. One preemie Mom friend did so. It gave her so much more time with the baby. Even if there was nothing she could "do", the satisfaction of being there and being able to talk with the Drs/Nurses and know more first hand. I still tear up when I start to think of their story.
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    Yes we do have the same here, the Ronald McDonald House is about 500 metres from the hospital. My DDIL wants to come home because of Mick, which is understandable. She will visit the twins every day though. And yes, she's coming home tomorrow.

    Oh BTW, I didn't do that umbrella block I wish I did, don't know when I will, someday I guess!
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    Thank you, ladies. Carriem, that's exactly what I needed to know. I just couldn't figure out how to close those little corners--hand stitch them closed makes sense. I've only brought the binding around from back to front one time and couldn't keep it even so I attach it to the front and bring it to the back. And yes, QE, in my anality I still may end up doing it by hand LOL. Thank you thank you all! Back to the Bat Cave, I mean sewing room!!!
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    Sewglad QE is back on the trail-lovely blocks.
    And what sweet pictures of the tiny ones Anael. Jeanie I noticed the new use for bubble wrap too. Hugs and prayers from here as well.
    Jan just stay warm and yes it's that cold and colder here. DH has been having a hard time getting warm once inside.

    Made a huge pot of potato soup with the trimmings and broth of a leftover ham bone. Add some potatoes celery and a little bit of onion to the broth. Simmer until veggies are cooked. Add a thickening agent. I have a mixture of half flour and half whole dry milk that I make. I use a cup of this 1:1 mixture to thicken my soup. I may add some milk as well. Now I will share my secret ingredient--a cup or 2 of squash. Yes turns the soup a soft yellow and a wonderful soft rich flavor as well. I like squash just not very often. One doesn't really "taste" it in the soup. I don't like to "boil" all the flavor from the ham so about 15 minutes before serving I add some chopped ham. And salt and pepper to taste. And now we are down to the last quart for dinner today. Oh and when I make soups/stews they are never the same way twice!

    Stay dry mirabelle. Just saw a TV spot from Queensland on the farm show I catch daily and the wheat crop was drying up in that part of the your huge state. How ironic.
    I sew my binding down by hand. I love doing the blind stitch and for me it's time for me to think about who the quilt is for and just bring the quilt to a finish. A baby quilt I do finish by machine so it can handle the rough and tough life ahead! I sew binding to the top and used the 3 point zig zag set a little longer than the preset. Yes Carrie I followed your binding directions just fine.

    Yes GGal the taxman has it all as of yesterday. See the happy dance from Iowa! That part of my life is over for another year and now onto doing some 2013 cost/income predictions for the banker. I can catch my breath before I need to have that done. Also will followup with some 2012 internal costs (ie cost per cow; cost per acre; etc) now a matter of plugging in final numbers into spreadsheets.

    QNS so you blame it all on being a preemie huh? Good of an excuse as any--If being a preemie gives one a big heart--then we should've all been preemies as you have such a sharing one!

    Oh so good to be back on board with you all. Off to the sewing room to get those 3 little quilts done by Saturday night!
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