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    OK little story on how I got my new car. We had planned on buying a new car in September 2009 when an investment matured BUT we were flooded in February and our old car was water damaged. DH and DS and a friend cleaned it out and checked it over mechanically and said it would last 6 months. Well in the blink of an eye it went from a reasonable car for its age to an old clunker and I didn't feel safe in it anymore considering I do a lot of highway driving. I was borrowing my DS's car when I could but found I was becoming house bound which was not making me a happy camper.

    On the phone with DH one night (he was at work) I laid out a new strategy for buying a new car earlier than we had planned and he just kept saying no "stick to the original plan" . Well I burst into tears and said goodnight to him. He arrived home on the following Thursday and there was not a lot of conversation happening. Friday morning he says "lets go get a coffee" so off we went (in DS's car) and he drove straight to the car dealership and said "which one do you like"
    Now there is more, 3 months later the old car died and the first words out of DH's mouth were "I think I will buy myself a utility truck" so in the blink of an eye he bought himself a new car, because I told him he couldn't take my new car fishing and get it all dirty and smelly.. hmmmmm men!!

    QuiltE I absolutely love the block you made, love the colours, love the green fusion and those crisp white polka dots, PERFECT

    I just have one problem and I am sure other will have the same problem !!! I can see myself wanting to make this block, I think it would make a stunning quilt with different colours in the pinwheels. SO with 13 of us making 13 different blocks that makes 169 blocks (I used the calculator) of my gosh that is a lot of temptation to start new projects I have already printed off a copy and placed it gently in my to do folder, gee my buy more folders, think I am going to need them
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    QNSue ... now you could take a temper tantrum, as the child would do! Instead, I'm sure you two are celebrating doubly so ... today as well as Sunday with your friends!

    GGal ... when you fast track your visits, you have to cram a lot into the short time! Will you be able to have another flying drop in visit on their way home?

    GGal and GrannyQ ... on sure, now both of you are leaving us sitting on edge!

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    Happy Anniversary to QNS and Mr QNS hope you have a wonderful day and enjoy you trip when you get to take it

    More MB's arriving woo hoo excitement building
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    GrannyG, I love the label you posted for the BBs It could be thee thing for each of us to use, patterned the same but with the names changes each time...wonderful idea. Maybe you could post it here as well....just a suggestion.

    GardenGal, so glad to know you did receive the box. Squares do not measure the 12.5 inches, but with the same fabric, you can perfect that size correctly. So that makes it two out of 13 MBs have arrived...

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    I have to send mine yet--just here for a second to clear my head of numbers--the eye candy is much more appealing!
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltingNinaSue View Post
    GrannyG, I love the label you posted for the BBs It could be thee thing for each of us to use, patterned the same but with the names changes each time...wonderful idea. Maybe you could post it here as well....just a suggestion.

    GardenGal, so glad to know you did receive the box. Squares do not measure the 12.5 inches, but with the same fabric, you can perfect that size correctly. So that makes it two out of 13 MBs have arrived...
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    I can print some out if anyone wants it on 8 X 10 piece of material, white or beige. Just let me know.
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    OH! I just love the Friendship Flower!!! It's just too perfect!
    I've been workin' on my MB but it's kickin' my butt. It is PP & was goin' so well. When i got the 4 pieces done I decided ta sew around the edges. I guess it was way too late & I didn't think. I used the same gray thread, that I used for construction, ta sew around the edges, then I cut all 4 down ta 6.5". Well those gray stitches are just outside the seam allowance! They shine like beacons on the dark fabric. Ta make matters worse I used the tiny PP stitches. So most o' taday I've been pickin' out those tiny stitches. LOL I am pleased about how it is comin' out. PP is so accurate. I had so hoped ta mail it out taday.
    Well maybe tamarrow.
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    MiraB ... And to think I missed story time!!! (we posted at the same time). Once one is "scared" of their vehicle, it's definitely time for replacement. You knew it was. Yes, Men!!! Funny how it was an urgency for your DHs new truck, for fishing!! Thank you for your MB comments and yes, I am very tempted by that pinwheely Flower of Friendship pattern as well. So, do you keep file folders with your future quilt plans? You must be the MOSt organized quilter, ever!

    OKSGlad ... we aim to please, and try to provide some "sweetness" amidst financial number crunching

    GrannyQ ... what a nice tribute you have given to each of us in the BB swap.




    Update on the PC Trail .........
    Sashing and Cornerstones on ..... check
    Blocks on Design Wall ..... check
    First sort for placement ..... check
    And how many more shuffles to follow? ..... unknown!

    And because I never did like one of the blocks ... I remade it tonight!
    (No, I will not be continually remaking ... this one just never sat well with me!)
    MiraB ... I felt you deserved much better than the first was.
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    Ooohhh are you giving away secrets QuiltE am I your next recipient???????????????????

    You can clearly tell I am busy sewing away finishing stuff right, almost finished a charity quilt that has definitely been sitting around way too long, just a scrappy strippy that will go to a nursing home.

    QuiltE I do keep folders, I have one full of tips and techniques, like 2 coloured binding, how to mitre your binding cause I always forget and the right side of my brain won't do what my left side wants and any other useless info I might need. Other folders have full patterns in them like the Compass Blocks and now one will have the Jinny Beyer pattern. I started one for the MB's but that is quickly turning into a folder of quilts I want to make.

    I showed DD the Flower of Friendship block and quick as a flash she has decided what fabric is going to be used and how many blocks I will have to make, as she is presumably going to provide all the fabric I told her to halve it and we will both make blocks. Bet she has all the fabric cut ready to give me next week So as I said this could be very dangerous, all these beautiful blocks to choose from.
    Now back to the cave and finish this quilt
    Karen

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    Maybe you are? and Maybe you are not?
    (pssssssssssst.... it was your Aussie Froggy that I re-did!)

    MiraB ... You're a real inspiration with all your productivity and amazing work. ... I can't wait to see your Flowers of Friendship blooming!!! Love how your DD makes all these plans for Good Ol' Mom! BTW how's that quilt coming ... will you be able to meet your/her birthday deadline?
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    Taking a break, have only 3 seams to go and I can sew the binding on and its done and dusted..

    Butterflies is back on the agenda tomorrow, her birthday is the 31st so I have 9 days but whose counting. don't know if I will make the deadline but I will come close. I just need a few days with no distractions, which means getting my butt off this computer and back to the salt mine but there is too much going on here and I don't want to miss a thing
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    OK this is all finished thank goodness, it has been hanging around my sewing room for about a month. I have made three of these so far this year and I am happy to report my string bin is empty.. yahoo...They will go to a nursing home so whilst not great works of art they will keep someone warm and thats the important bit.

    News alert!! Compass blocks from Quilting on the Square will no longer be available after 1st April so if you haven't downloaded these patterns now is the time to do it. Also on the 1st April they are releasing a new free BOM called Spike Your English. The name doesn't give anything away so will definitely be checking it out.

    GrannyQ thank you so much for the label, I am going to machine embroider mine, I have an 8 x 10 hoop.
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    GrannyQ, that's a beautiful label! I haven't thought about a label yet but I love yours!

    I have been busy, Bram and Isa need new outfits with sleeves and little pants. Meaning they might be out of the incubator very soon now. This is the first set I made.
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    Anael they are beautiful, can't wait to see them both all dressed up
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    GrannyQ--great job with the label.

    QE--you're making good progress on your PC blocks. Do you do your own quilting or will you send this off?

    Mirabelle--I am sure that strip quilt will be much appreciated! Does your DD know you are making her the butterfly quilt or is it a surprise?

    Anael--cute outfits. So happy to hear the twins good reports.

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    Mirabelle, it doesn't have to be a work of art, it's a work of love, bright and happy and that's what's important! I love your string quilt!
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    So much news and so much to catch up with. I love sitting here reading all your posts-feels like we're in that virtual RV having our morning coffee.

    QE-I love the block you made--awesome job pp and picking colors. It's so soft & feminine and just says "friendship". You're getting closer to finishing PC. Just remember while arranging and rearranging blocks that there comes a time when you just say "done!" and sew it together (not nagging LOL).

    QNS, happy anniversary. MrJanRN & I celebrated 43 yrs yesterday. I mean I celebrated in Cleveland at the Quilting Expo and he celebrated a day at home alone. We both enjoyed our days LOL.

    GrannyQ, waht a lovely label and tribute to the PC riders. I would love one and would treasure it like I treasure all of you on this ride.

    Anael, awesome news and pics. I can't believe how little dimples are showing up on their arms and little legs. My grandmother always said dimples were kisses from the angels. They must be the best dressed babes ever!

    Bev, I'm laughing (with you). If I had a penny for every pp stitch I ripped out and swore at I'd be a very wealthy woman. Hate ripping pp stitches.

    Mirab & Carrie & OK, you are the busiest, most productive people I know. I feel like such a slacker when I read of your accomplishments. I'm trying to remind myself what Anne said--just have fun with quilting. But there are so many quilts out there that I want to make! I have to live to be 100!

    More about the Expo later--saw some really neat things that I'll tell you about. Have a great day!
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    Jan & QNS, Happy Anniversary!!!.. I still can't get over how much Mirabelle, Carriem & Ok accomplish with their sewing/quilting...I think they have some elves secreted away in their sewing rooms...
    GrannyQ, The label turned out beautiful..simple, elegant, classy..what size font/hoop did you use???
    I'm visiting DS in DE today and coming home on Sunday...She brought me See's California Brittle home from Ca..She was there for 2 weeks..Have to pick it up so I can take it with me to NC...
    I'll be sewing my April MB when I get down there..DH is anxious to leave..he hates the cold weather, splitting wood and no golf in the winter up here....
    Anael, Isa & Bram are the best dressed kids in the nursery...the dimples made me smile..little chubby arms & legs..you just want to scoop them up & hold them close...
    Everything seems to be moving right along with the MB... I'm also in 3 swap groups here on the QB which need to be done before I leave for NC and I completed one of the 3 obligations last night...starched, pressed, cut, packaged 20 sets of 50 (1000) 1.5 postage stamps...I was up until 1 a.m. just needed to get it out of the way...enough about me...
    now just to wait for the MB's to arrive...this is the best and worst part of the ride!!!!!

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    GrannyQ, I PM you but decided I like it better with all the names on it, like you posted. With 14? blocks, that will make it 15?, just perfect for a 3 by 5 block quilt arrangement, but please add Janie's name to the list 'cause I have one from her in my PC BB blocks.

    Yes, Honchey, waiting is not easy. QuiltE, I wonder which 'frog' you used in your block! Some of you are very quick with your sewing machines, they really hummmmmmmmmmmmmmm along quickly to have many beautiful quilts to show us! And all those beautiful outfits, Anael, for the little ones, wow!!

    Well, rain moves in tomorrow here, and then on Sunday, snow goes from here to Indiana, so heads up, GardenGal, lets see what each of us get.

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    MiraB .. oh what a nice and cheery stringy for the Nursing Home! Now pedal to the metal for those FlutterByes ... and knowing you, i'm sure you will have it ready for her birthday. What are the birthday plans? You to her? DD to you? and a sew-fest day planned? or a FART?

    Anael ... cute outfits ... an astronaut and a princess!

    CarrieM ... I have been gradually doing more and more of my own quilting since I got my 6600, and bigger projects each time. However, something this big, I will send out to my LAQ who did my FWS. Besides, I look at it, that after all the work I put into it, I want her exemplary quilting to finish it off and not my beginners efforts! Looking at the blocks on the design wall, it's definitely not going to be as showy as my FWS ... even with her quilting. I still keep thinking of JanRN's machine .... and dream! Now if I only had a SugarDaddy!

    JanRN ... Happy 43rd to you and the Mr! I was waiting with your greetings for Saturday ... for some reason, my brain said 43rd on 23rd. Not to worry, I won't be endlessy shifting the blocks around. Didn't shuffle last night, but noticed a few that were bunched (too much yellow in spots, or too much solids, etc). I think they will switch easy enough, but I didn't feel like getting into it. Something to do when my brain is firing fully!! ............. So you are leaving us sitting on edge before telling us about the Quilting Expo and your great finds!!!!!!!!!!! geeeesh!!!!!!!!!!!

    Honchey ... on the road again!!!! Good thing you aren't wasting any time to get to that toffee! And so many sewing To Do's before you head to NC to make your DH happy! The mailman better get there quickly, or he'll be gone and you won't have your MB! OMG ... you and all your postage stamps!!!!!!!!!!! Do you send them direct? or is there someone who then has to sort yours and others later .... Hopefully NOT as I think they would go nuts doing it!

    QNSue ... The winning froggy hopped it's way into this thread ...
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/blocks-...192789-11.html
    I liked the others, but felt that it was more the style of the other animals/birds I had in the quilt. Plus it was going to let me get the Aussie flag fabric into the quilt, along with my repeating yellow. Thanks again for your part in this! Please don't send too much snow this way!
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    Just a sec before final preps for bank appt. What darling outfits, Anael!! The SewGrands are the best dressed kids on the hospital block!
    mirabelle, strippy quilt is so bright and sunny with the yellow sashing. Sure to brighten anyone's day! Bless your heart
    Anniversary greetings Jan and QNS--many more happy days before you!
    Honchey wish I could say my late night was to quilting. Alas number crunching instead. Enjoy your time in NC!
    Off to the salt mine, but had to have a cuppa of tea and some great conversation this morning!
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    QuiltE, this is what they look like all bundled up..They will go into a large padded envelope and sent to the member hosting this swap. she in turn will swap them all out with the other persons sending theirs...we pay her for the return postage and then we wait for our squishie to come to us...I will get 20 bundles of 50 PS from others from all over the country and sometimes foreign countries...it's fun... after this swap I should have 2500 of them besides what I have cut for myself....when I just want to sew mindlessly I will pick them up and sew them into 4 patches and then join them.

    We are leaving on the 1st of April...no fooling! we plan on being there for 5 weeks..
    Ahem, we do have an extra bedroom and I have several machines....close to the beach, several quilt shops not too far...decent restaurants and I am a fantastic cook if I say so myself.... Oh, plus I will have 2 lbs of See's candy......the welcome mat is out!!!

    I can't wait for my MB and my Candy...all 2 lbs of it for me...I will have to hide it from DH..Although he's not much of a candy person he will finish the box without any guilt!!!!
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    How nicely presented, Honchey! I hope everyone else does as nice a job as you do in packaging them up. Although I doubt there'll be any candy left for NC, if you're not leaving til April 1st ... no fooling!!
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    Ggal--you asked about the new clubhouse plans...they are mostly in my head, but have done some furniture placement on graph paper so I can get an idea of where I want the windows and doors. We can't do much until things dry out this spring. My dad offered to help so if we have all the materials here for the structure itself, could get the framing done in a weekend. We have some metal sheeting left from a pole building we put up a couple years ago that will work for siding/roofing. I know how to run wire/put in outlets and do sheet-rock (thanks to Dad teaching me) so once the outside is done my son and I can work on finishing the inside during the week. We won't finish the upstairs right away, but it will still be a good place for storage. I am thinking I want pull-down attic stairs instead of having the stairs take up room on the main floor all the time. When the weather gets nicer we will go to a Habitat for Humanities Re-sale Store and pick out the windows and doors. Once we have those we can figure out what is needed for lumber.

    The neurologist gave me a new medicine to try...worst side effect is supposed to be sleepiness...I will take it at night and maybe sleep better.

    Happy Anniversary QNS and Jan (and to your husbands of course)!

    Honchey--you have been very busy cutting squares. What other swaps are you working on? Have a great time visiting and safe travels.

    Jan--I haven't been doing any sewing for almost 2 weeks...so not sure I should be on the list of "productive quilters" right now. Next week I hope to finish the quilt I started at my retreat. My goal is to finish at least one quilt a month (UFOs)...I was able to do that in Jan and Feb. I know when I am feeling better I should be able to get more than one done especially come May when school is pretty much done...we'll see.

    OK--hope your bank appt went well and that you can reward yourself with some time in the sewing room this weekend!

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