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    MiraB ... the butterflies are even more beautiful than when you gave us the sneak peak. The colours/threads combos are incredible and I don't think there are two alike. I think this is for your DDs birthday present, right? For borders ... what about extending the Chains to complete the diamond/square on point, like I did for my baby Irish?


    Anael ... I'm so happy with the SewGrands progress! Bram will be a dressed up little man for his "birthday" today ... and there should be another photo op with the kilo banner for him!

    Your floating blocks will work grand. They look a bit plain right now, but once quilted, they will float nicely and pop above. I also visualize some special quilting in the blank setting triangles to pull it all together. Perhaps a contrast thread? maybe variegated? For me, the hard part in doing all the joining as I go, would be to get the colour placements right. You are more consistent in your fabric choices, so it probably wouldn't be quite the issue. Another option would be to put the sashing on 2 sides as you go, then when you put it together, you could move the blocks around til you were happy, and just start stitching with no more sashings to be done. I started that with the PC, though when I got back to making the blocks, skipped that step in favour of getting the blocks done. The good news is that I have only about 1/2 the sashing to add and then will decide on the placement. The bad news is that if I were to do it again, I would go for a 1-1/2" finished, instead of the 1" in the pattern. That being said, you are doing the FWS and I would stick with the one inch, for sure.

    QNSue ... you must have been peaking! Yes, I got your muslin yesterday, and was going to email you once I got done here to let you know it had arrived. It had arrived on Friday, but I didn't get to the PO til about ten minutes after they'd closed, so all that I got was a card saying, pick up at the counter. I didn't alert you, as til I got it I wasn't sure it was. It really is nice ... I am sure I have not seen anything like it here. I can see why so many have been posting about using it. THANK YOU! for getting it on it's way. And I'm sure the Mystery requests will be quite appreciative too!

    CarrieM ... while the kids didn't qualify individually, it looks like there is still a lot to celebrate. Let's hope that they can go to Nationals as part of the team. Maybe you need to recruit some and get them excited about that? I picked up your package yesterday (see QNSue) and OMG the fabrics are all delightful. Not sure which I like the best ... OK, the panel with the farm animals and the cows both score highly!!! By chance, the cows on grass fabric, is there a plain grass as a go-with?

    OKSGlad ... lots of excitement at the AGM yesterday? Got your secretarial notes put together? BTW that Makower farm panel I told you about, is well worth getting!!!!!! Don't miss out on it at your LQS or via CarrieM!

    Honchey ... You asked about the squishies. I had sent JanieW a BB when I sent out the others, being that I was the one that had recruited her last year. Her enabler DH pushed her over the edge, so it was a collaborative effort! So my squishie was a BB she sent me in return, though as I noted, it has yet to arrive. Not sure of the others. And QNSue sent me some muslin, being that I was questionning about it and I am taken by it! Then, 3rd squishie was CarrieMs personal LQS shopping for me!

    A pretty exciting day at the PO for me yesterday!!!!!!!!!!!
    Now, if only the Canada Post huskies would get their butts in gear and deliver JanieWs!
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    Thank you all!
    Honchey, yes I did use the same background. I only have about 30 blocks finished but I wanted to try out this and I do like it.

    GGal, happy anniversary! I hope there will be many more to celebrate! Thanks for the information on the Solstice blocks. I didn't click the link but now I have and I found block 2!
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    QuiltE, as soon as I have a picture of Bram dressed up and his kilo banner I will post it. I'm sure my DDIL will take lots of pictures today. She almost always does.

    I do want to do some special FMQ in the setting triangles and I think I know what I want there. I'm not sure about contrast, it makes all the mistakes pop too I'm not that good at FMQ yet. I thought by joining row by row it's easier to pick the right colours for the next blocks and yes, I'm quite consistent in my fabric choices Bit booooooooooring?? LOL
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    Not at all boring, Anael ... it's pleasing to the eye!
    Just make sure you have lots of fabric as if you run out part way thru ... oh don't even want to go there!
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    Oh some much chatter; my head is spinning and I must move on. Anael--I see you using the white and bright colors consistently. "Your" color palette for sure. And another BD as well as a kilo milestone. Yeah!
    mirabelle- Isn't it amazing how much more complete the blocks look when sewn together vs just up on the design wall. So pretty.
    Another anniversary to celebrate--Ggal it must be a Golden one--3 on the third, like the birthdays. Avery's golden birthday is tomorrow.
    Good day yesterday--yes friends from a distance getting together and never enough time to visit properly. Meanwhile on the home front think DH needs to see an MD as chiropractic treatments not giving him the relief he needs. Everyone has to do extra while he's out of commission. Weekend warriors (the oldest grands) are helping today, so I will be back on barn duty tonight. We're supposed to get a blast coming from the Dakota's starting tomorrow afternoon. Just what we need another 10 inches of snow and one less man to handle the extra work it brings. So if I'm AWOL don't be alarmed.
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    QuiltE, I ordered 5 yards yesterday. Not the same fabric but the same colour. Maybe I have to wait till it's here which will be next week and save the background for the setting triangles and sashing. I do have some other PIGS to finish

    Oksewglad, I hope your hubby will be well very soon. I'm glad we don't get that much snow! Great grands you have helping you out!
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    Marshal N B....was born at 3:33 am on 3-3-13! 8lbs 3oz!
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    Congrats Bev! What a day to remember 3.33 on 3-3-2013 LOL

    No pics of well dressed Bram All the tubes were in front of him so you wouldn't see Bram.
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    Marshall N.B. at 8 lb and 3oz. Celebration time, Dublb!!! Great Date to remember...

    OksewGlad, hope your dh gets better quickly. If our Chiropractor cannot help us, he tells us to seek medical but all they knew was how to charge us money for my dh and his condition of bone spurs in his neck joints. Coral Calcium has been know to dissolve bone spurs, so that is what he has been taken for several years, and he is finally getting a little better.

    I have been watching the Food Hospital on the Cooking Channel; so many things are related to food! Like my high blood pressure! Potassium and magnesium has been given me a lift since I started taking them couple of days ago...I have more energy!

    Anael, hope the twins continue to make progress; will watch for more updates tomorrow.

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    Carrie - you are so sweet to always help everyone out with the fabrics from your quilt store. Thanks so much for asking. I ordered (I hope I got the correct one) last night online. We have 3 quilt stores, plus one fabric shop and JoAnn's all within 17 to 20 miles in two different directions. I find it just as easy to order online as run to all these places looking for a fabric. I did go to the fabric shop yesterday, as I was in that town, and that is where I got the fabric, but she is not carrying as many fusions now (darn).

    Dublb - congratulations on Marshall!

    Anael - wow, it is hard to believe it has been 6 weeks since the twins were born! Time sure flys by fast.

    Gardnergal - Happy Anniversary!

    OK - hope you find out something to help DH soon. Maybe he does need an MD, rather than a Chiropractor.

    I have been having trouble for several months with the middle finger on my right hand. It just would not bend into a fist like the other fingers. Finally went to a hand specialist who says it is aggravated by arthritis, so have been going to a Hand Physical Therapy place here in my town. Talk about taking time out of my day with heat pad, straps to bend it down, exercises and cold packs. I am suppose to do this 3 - 4 times a day, but am usually get it done 2 times a day. It is such a process - takes around a half hour at a time! I've gotta remember to get another one in the middle of the day - I just forget! It is the pits getting old!!!
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    Jeanie, it's a hassle to do all that but I would try and do it 3-4 times a day. Not being able to use your fingers is such a problem, oh well you know that yourself!

    Update on the twins: Isa was gaining weight very fast but today they told my DS and DDIL she's retaining fluid also and on meds. Otherwise she's doing ok.
    The plastic surgeon visited Bram twice, he (or she) cut open his arm because of the infection. No need of surgery yet, maybe later, they don't know. He's still on the ventilator. The day before yesterday they tried to get him off, he managed to breath on his own for about 1 hour but had to go back on the ventilator. They're trying with meds now to get him off because his lungs are already damaged from being so long on the ventilator
    My DS told me one of the nurses said to him today she needed to speak to Grandma......... She wants to know where all the lovely fabrics are from as she has been looking here but can't find them.My DS told her about the flannel brigade
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    Thanks for the anniversary wishes. We celebrated by filing our yearly taxes! Not exactly my first choice but we got through it without any major disruptions.
    OK I hope your DH gets some relief. There is nothing worse than backpain in my book. It limits almost everything else. Glad you have the grands to help you today at least.
    Dubib...congratulations. Nice healthy weight.
    Aneal...sorry you didn't see Bram.
    Jeanie...I hope you get more flexibilty back...and yes, it's not easy growing old but it's still a good alternative.
    QNS...you know the old saying...you are what you eat. I'm glad that you're getting some relief with what you are doing now.
    Here's a UFO that I finished Friday. I was asked a couple of months ago to make tab valances for a friend for her window over the sink and in the breakfast area. I had gotten down to the last tabs and top stitching and she said there was no hurry since they didn't have the blinds up and and then were gone for a month. Finishing them has given me back one entire shelf in my cabinet. So glad they are done! The thin accent and center of the dresden are really a bright lime green. Name:  photo-48.JPG
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    Oh my Gardnergal, that valence is stunning! I just love how you made them. Ideas for my sewing room!!! I have the plantation shutters, but have not gotten around to making a valence. Gosh even those colors would look great in my room! Did you use a pattern, or design it yourself?
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    Congratulations GrandmaDublB ... Welcome Marshall!!!!

    JeanieG ... Glad you found your fabric. Now to wait for it to arrive! RE your forgetting to do your therapy ... when I had to put in my eye drops hourly (24/7) I carried a timer and set it each time. A few minutes here and there, doesn't seem to matter much, but when it's supposed to be hourly, you soon miss out on several of the treatments over the day. Now it's just kind of a routine, that when I need meds on a regular basis, I just do it. Now, it's my phone I set, as it's with me 24/7. It's important for you to make it a priority, please?

    Anael ... I laughed when I read "the flannel brigade" ... did he go on and tell about the PseudoGrannies and their SewGrands? While the two of them fight their way along, I bet you are all so thankful that you are so close to a hospital that can provide such intense care for them. That is a blessing in itself.

    GGal ... My Oh My ... what a lot of work you put into them. Will make for a cheery breakfast room and kitchen. I hope your friends are impressed with what you have done for them.
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    Oh wow. I just got back from sledding with my son and his three sons. I am boggled by how much we chatter on here. I can't keep up.

    Bev.... How cool is that? Glad the little one is here safely.

    QuiltE... Canada Post...sigh. I mailed yours the same day as the others to the US so how can it not be there yet? Ack. I got a 5k run in this am. I am trying to build up to 10 k to run with my DIL for Ronald McDonald House in May, but I don't think my wonky knee is going to co-operate. I can do 7k comfortably, but much more than that and the knee starts to protest. Regarding the Brier, I was born and lived in MB until 2005 when we moved out here to be closer to the kids and grands. I consider myself a Manitoban first so my heart will always be there. I hope for the Blue Bombers in the CFL, too, altho somedays I wonder why!

    JeanieG... Have you tried Vitamin D3 for your arthritis? Talk to your Doctor , maybe do a bit of research, but since I started taking 5000 units /day in the winter, the arthritis in my hands has improved by leaps and bounds. Might be worth looking into. It's not expensive.

    Aneal.... I still marvel at how your darling twins fight that good fight. I look for info from you each time I log on and am always so pleased to hear relatively good news.

    GGal... that valence is so striking. Love those colours.

    Hope I haven't missed anybody. I need to get some dinner on and then park in front of the TV with some hand sewing and watch some curling.

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    Big congrats to Dublb on the birth of Marshall, how exciting.

    Ggal thanks for the info on the Jinny Beyer newsletter, I did read it and then deleted it, so no first block for me, ooops might make one block twice, who will know My embroidery machine and sewing machine are set up that I can have the embroidery machine humming away and sew at the same time. When I need to change thread I just have to swivel my chair.

    QuiltE I did not think to extend the chain into the border, I was thinking of a 2 inch border in the background fabric and then a 4 inch border of piano keys using all the fabrics that are in the blocks, hmmm have to think about it. Yes it is for my DD's birthday which is on the 31st of this month so better make up my mind..

    Anael I like the white background to go with your soft fabrics. Can't wait to see another photo of the Grandbabies, I laughed when I read about the flannel brigade, I wonder what the nurse thought as she was told where it all came from.

    Have a great day everyone, DH and I are going for a drive, have a nice lunch somwehere then I will cook dinner tonight. DD can't get home today and DS is working so not making a big deal of it
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    JanieW we posted at the same time, lovely to hear from you
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    Quote Originally Posted by gardnergal970 View Post
    Janie and Quilte...I would prefer unbleached muslin but if the person making this months has already started with bleached, don't start over. I found a tut for the one I'm thinking of. I'll try to attach the link. http://www.instructables.com/id/Pine...tern/?ALLSTEPS. The muslin would be in place of the black. I start with a 2 1/2 square in the middle and use 1 1/4 inch strips. Mix the colors up as much as you like. This block is so adaptable.
    Quilte...Yes I did a small block to match the one I'm waiting to send. I worked on another one and found that not all blocks adapt to 6 inches but I'll make one with the same fabric that is somewhat similar. Congratulations on finishing then PC. Looking forward to the pictures.
    Anael...great news from the SewGrands! No let up on prayers though.
    Honchey..I've been doing those kind of blocks using strips and then cutting them to size. I think you get a much better mix doing it your way. I'll have to try it. Hope you get the price you want for your home.
    Carrie...love your purse.
    Janie...did you get saddle sores? Looks like quite an adventure.
    Me...today I'm actually finishing UFO's. Will try to post picture next week.
    GGal,

    What size block will this make? When I do the math using a 2.5" centre and 1.25" strips it comes out at 11.5 and adding another round makes it 13" unfinished. What am I doing wrong?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mirabelle View Post
    JanieW we posted at the same time, lovely to hear from you
    Nice to see you here, too, Karen. What's happening in Oz today/tomorrow? We had a killer snow storm overnight and now everything is lovely and white again.

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    Janie...I might have figured it wrong. I only got up to row 4 which was 7 1/2 inches finished and added strips on my ruler. I will freely admit that I can be mathematically challenged but refiguring it just now...4 more strips would be just where you wound up...too much. Any help in this group? Do I just make the middle square larger? How large?

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    How about a muslin border that would tie everything together regardless of the color used with the muslin??

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    Quote Originally Posted by gardnergal970 View Post
    Janie...I might have figured it wrong. I only got up to row 4 which was 7 1/2 inches finished and added strips on my ruler. I will freely admit that I can be mathematically challenged but refiguring it just now...4 more strips would be just where you wound up...too much. Any help in this group? Do I just make the middle square larger? How large?

    My mathematician husband says we need to start with a 2 inch square. Is your heart set on a 12.5" unfinished square or could you live with 11.5" unfinished or another round to make it 13" unfinished or as QNS suggested we could add a muslin border to the 11.5 to make it 12.5?

    Decisions, decisions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JanieW View Post
    GGal,

    What size block will this make? When I do the math using a 2.5" centre and 1.25" strips it comes out at 11.5 and adding another round makes it 13" unfinished. What am I doing wrong?
    Gardnergal, maybe since you have already started making these blocks, we should just use your 2 1/2" square and 1.25" strips like you have been doing. Just let us know how big you want them. That way you can integrate the blocks you have been making with the ones we send you???? Please let us know what you want to do. I also have many different Pineapple Blocks in EQ, so could print one up that is 12" and let you know what the measurements are.
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    O dear. I've caused such confusion. How about any of you that have started making one, continue on and make it 13 inch block.
    Jeanie...if you can please check what EQ has for a 12 inch block, the rest of us can make the 12.5. Keeping my fingers crossed that not too many have started. I had looked over what sites I knew about and most pineapple blocks were 15 inches hence my try at the size.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JanieW View Post
    Nice to see you here, too, Karen. What's happening in Oz today/tomorrow? We had a killer snow storm overnight and now everything is lovely and white again.
    JanieW we just had a weather report that said we have a severe weather system about to hit with flooding rains, my heart sank. That is the monsoonal trough sitting off the coast just north of us. Here's hoping that it is not too bad.

    DH goes back to work on Wednesday and I am also having some minor surgery (nothing serious, done at the doc's medical centre) on Wednesday and I don't like driving in the rain, and Thursday I want to get to the LQS to put a quilt on her frame.

    Will keep you all informed...
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