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    The FWS Pony Club WK 20 Girl's Joy & Grandmother's Favorite Discussion Page

    Week 20...Wow!! I can't believe we are so far along...Everyone else not me!!...I am trying to get caught up with a few...cutting the sections and picking out the fabric....Things are settling down a bit for me...I was called in to work for several days..tomorrow is my last for awhile....It was a blessing tho...Here's another letter....H.

    Letter # 11

    From the sizes of the children on page 25, I can estimate that Chester won
    his pony "Tip" in 1914. I believe that the children in the photo are Chester
    (age 7); and his sisters, Florence (age 2); and Mabel (age 10.) I was concerned
    that we had another widower on our hands because Chester's mother was not in the
    picture, but that was not the case. Chester's parents were very much alive and
    their names were Marshal and Daisy (what a cute name!) I assumed that the man in
    the picture was father Marshal, but I believe that my first thought was wrong.
    Marshal was born in 1879, which would make the man in the picture 35 years of
    age. I don't think so! Perhaps a grandfather? Marshal's father was named Hiram
    and he was born in 1847. At the age of 18, Hiram served for nine months in the
    Civil War. Could the man in the picture be Hiram at the age of 67?
    Often I can find birth, marriage and death records, but not so in this
    case. The last we know of Chester and his family is found in the 1930 census.
    Grandpa Hiram and wife Marriette are both 83; parents Marshal and Daisy are 50 &
    46; the oldest daughter Mabel is not listed (married?); Chester is 23; Florence
    is 18; and a "new" brother Samuel is nine. Everyone is living in Wayne County,
    which is located in northern New York state right on Lake Ontario. (Lake Ontario
    borders the U.S. and Canada.)

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    Glad to know you are getting some sewing done, Honchey ... and that life is settling a little for you! Thank you for continuing to start these threads ... and another interesting story on one of our "original" PC'ers!

    Just realized that we're almost at the next 15 marker ... and I am behind being that last week's aren't done, nor this week's and the latest pace doesn't look good for me getting back to the blocks for a bit. Good motivation for me to do so, so that I am caught up when we hit 45 ... and not be behind again!

    All that being said ... I'm SO looking forward to the two day course this coming weekend. Not that I need any more projects!!!

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    Ok...the saddle is officially posted, so everyone can get back into the saddle again. Red maple leaves honor the Canadians North of the US border, and their lovely country. I love the parts we seen back in July/August 1969...and that has been a few years ago.

    Yes, I finished the FWSQ top today and it goes across the road to the Moss sisters to LA it. Its 90 inches by 90 inches without borders. Will post after I bind it. On to the Star and Cross quick pattern by Quilt in a Day; nine squares each 32 inches square will complete a queen/king size. then do the free material from FabHopShop:Name:  FabHopShop.JPG
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Size:  78.0 KB in a pattern will post later. Love the colors I added to these pieces for a quick throw quilt. So good to have the FWSQ done. Wow. It took a long time to finish, but it is done!!!! Thanks, all, for your encouragement and so happy you have finished yours: quiltE and Mirabell.

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    QNS doesn't it feel good to have your FWS finished (well almost), it is definitely the sort of project that could become a long standing ufo if you tried to do it on your own, but with the encouragement of everyone each week it made it a joy to make
    Karen

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    QNSue ... I noticed those lovely maple leaves and thank you for the tribute!!! It's looking like another couple of weeks before I can get back in that saddle too!

    Of course you needed something more to do ... and then you had me curious of the pattern. Perhaps one of these? I really like the fabrics you're using, so soft and delicate.
    http://www.quilterscache.com/S/StringStars2Block.html
    http://cindysantiquequilts.com/dynapage/IP453.htm

    .Oh please .... a photo before the Moss Sisters do their work ... surely you don't expect us to be THAT patient!
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    Just to let you know, I am experiencing a case of the Malaise.....seems to be real. I've reached a point that I'm not being fulfilled with my endeavors. None of my kids care a bit about what I make....they have all the quilts they want. I do make some for charity and will probably make more. In fact, the blocks I've made for this project will most likely go to charity as nobody I know cares about the theme.....I'm 74 years old and feeling very "obsolete". I am NOT feeling sorry for myself....just the way it is. so if you don't see me here again, it's not because I don't care about you all. I will be lurking in the ether, enjoying all you do. You are a fun and involved group of quilters. I've got a pretty large stash that I need to work from......'cause same thing, nobody wants it......so I won't stop sewing......

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    Wendig...I know I get a lot of pleasure when I'm making a quilt that I intend to give someone. Just to let you know....we value you and the contributions you make to this little Pony ride. Keep riding with us just for the company and the beautiful work you do

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    Wendig, I am turning 70 this year; you are only as old as you feel in your heart and mind. if you are in your own home, can still cook, do laundry, and clean a bit in the house, you have still got a good life. The love of quilting is a added bonus. Please do not quit now Do what you want to do....if it is a different block, so be it. A lot of people are living to be a 100 or 103, so stay in the saddle with us, or with what you love to do.

    I have realized I have more material than I can sew up in my lifetime and I have shared with others on this Pony trail; and they have been very gracious in receipt of it. Check out the Charity needs on this board, too. Check how the others on this Pony Trail support different charities with their quilts. Others are more or less in the same boat you are...no one to give to any more, or to leave it to others. Number One Rule: Enjoy every day as you want too...and I hope you will continue with us on this trail....virtual RV is nice for a rest...but getting into action will keep you involved.

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    Wendiq, first off you are not "obsolete"!! I understand what you're feeling. I worked full-time for 40+ years and semi-retired 3 yrs ago. I felt totally irrelevant. There was no validation. I felt like I was just taking up space on this planet and not giving anything back. I whined, and moaned, and pouted around for about a month. Then I thought "screw it!"--I contributed to society for all those years it's MY time now. No, my family doesn't want my quilts, I do donate lots to charities, etc. But now I quilt for ME. I'm making a Toucan block that has about 200 little pieces. Why? Because I want to. Do what you want--not what you think other people do or do not want. If there are 100 quilts in the closet when I die, so be it. At least I learned something making each of them and enjoyed my time my way. Hang in here with us--we really appreciate your work and input. Whine to us, bitch to us and we'll either whine or bitch back or try to laugh you out of your funk. Please know you are valued!!
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    Oh WendiQ ... I so agree with what the others have already said, so I'll try not to repeat it to much. And will try to give you a little more spin on it! I am somewhat an orphan ... no husband (passed), no kids (never had any), no parents (passed too), virtually no ILs (I say they "divorced" me when my husband died), and yes, I have siblings (have being the operative word and not much beyond that).

    So it's all about me me me!!! Well kinda, sorta! My quilting is for me ... my release. I tend not make a quilt for an end purpose ... I let it talk to me as I make it and sometimes it's just for me. Sometimes as I go along, I decide, oh this would be perfect for this person, group, etc. I don't like the pressure of knowing it has to match to someone else's desires so that's the way it is. After I'm gone ... who knows maybe I'll have dispersed the quilts before then? In the meantime working on them gives me great joy, and a tremendous release from life about me ... or life not about me, whichever way I see it at the time.

    Whatever you do ... please don't go poof on us! We enjoy your being with us all too much! And please remember, that even if you don't continue to do the PC blocks, you can still hang out with us ... we need all the support, encouragement and guidance we can get as we go along this dusty ol' trail!
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    WendiQ I think everyone feels Obsolete at one time or another, I know that groups like this keep me going... seven years ago when I lost my son I survived on the thought that there are others out there that understand... last week I was handed a life sentence concerning my health; Quilting and this group is the only think keeping me sane right now.

    If quilting is what you love and value in life then keep doing it, there isnt always recognition for your efforts, so do it for YOU and nobody else. maybe you can find the joy again.

    well wishes to all
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    oooooooooh DDamsel ... yours brought tears to my eyes. Quilt all you can DDamsel and let it help you work thru this wicked blow. My ♥ goes out to you and to let you know that in this difficult time, there is once again, others here who do understand a little of what you are facing. {{{{{HUGS}}}}}
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    WendiQ and Deranged - I am feeling so sad for both of you right now. Know that my thoughts and prays are for both of you and there is a special place in my heart for you!
    "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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    I dont post very often but read these threads every morning. Feel I know you all and my heart goes out to you, God Bless

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    OMG! My heart is breakin' for ya'll!
    Don't forget that we're here for both of ya'll.
    Wendie - We need ya! We need your contribution & since of style. Your versions of the blocks are so nice! Please just quilt for yourself.
    DD - Your losses are great! Ya did say that you were at your parents house now didn't ya? Are ya still there? I'm so glad that you're still quiltin'!

    How else can we help ya'll????

    Quiltin' got me through the hard time of loosin' my DF & DFIL 9 day's apart, while my DMIL was fallin' deep into Alzheimer's. I didn't even start mournin' for 6 months 'cause DMIL lived w/us durrin' that time. It's been 3 years but I'm just now comin' out from under that cloud of mourning.
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    There is not much else to say to you WendiQ and DD that hasn't already been said. When we moved to this small town 8 years ago both my DH and DS worked away and I was home alone. I had retired early and had no plans to return to work. Quilting is what kept me sane, I am now known locally as "that woman who is always quilting". Well yes I am and proud of it. Due to long ago circumstances there is only my DH, DS and DD and myself and they have lots of quilts but I plan on making them lots more and when I am asked what I do with them all I alway reply "they insulate my home"
    I became involved with a wonderful group of ladies in the next town and they inspired me to make charity quilts and it has certainly made me feel as if I am useful in some way.
    Please stay connected with us, it doesn't matter if we live in the same street or state or even countr,y there will always be someone here ready to listen and offer words of encouragement
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    You all are so kind and have said so many kind and caring things. DD, I am so concerned for you.....and so sorry, but as some have suggested....we do what we can and then find out we are a lot stronger than we thought. I wish you peace and strength....
    I will continue to hang out here as I truly am inspired by all of you. As you know, I definitely love your life styles. And I will definitely continue to quilt, both for myself and my various chosen charities.
    I'm just going through a mental rough spot right now, but I'll be fine. Just need to readjust my thinking. It's so darn hard to grow older and it's hard not to be closer geographically to the family. I do have, thank God, a good relationship with my kids......grandkids? It's not bad, just not there....I live too far away and I'm just a name, face and an occasional visitor and giver(although I find the manners of acceptance sadly missing)I'm sure many of you have the same situation and understand where I am coming from.
    I'm not sure when I will get my finished blocks together but when I do, I will share them with you......
    Thank you all, for your virtual friendship.....

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    AWE you all are the best
    dont worry about little ol me so much, am one tough BITCH
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    Isn't that why we all joined this forum? Ta fine more people who understand us? We are all here for ya'll & I know that Ya'll are here for me.

    Oh DD, Ya posted while I was typin'.
    You have a good attitude but we are still here for ya. {Hugg}
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    WendiQ, sorry you are having a bad time, I'm right there with you on the 74 years, so I know some days can be very difficult, So we have to keep the Q's in our names on the quilting for ourselves.
    DD--sorry to hear you are having problems, but know everyone is praying for both of you.
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    Atta Girl, WendiQ ... you stick it out here, and we'll help you step out of that funk!

    DDamsel ... an incredible attitude you have, though I'm sure you are crying on the inside. Quilt! Quilt! Quilt!




    Quote Originally Posted by dublb View Post
    Isn't that why we all joined this forum? Ta find more people who understand us? We are all here for ya'll & I know that Ya'll are here for me.
    Well Said, DublB .... We maybe didn't realize it when we joined the QB that we were seeking others who understood us but gosh, I think you hit the nail on the head, as I think it was there underneath! What a joy it has been for me to get to know all of you, and become virtual friends.

    Whether with family around us, or not ... we each have our "story" as to how quilting has been there to comfort us in good times and not so good. Particularly during the difficult times and how it has helped us work thru our troubles and sorrows. Funny how so many of us admit to it keeping us sane! Here's another take for everyone .... A standard joke with one of my friends ... quilting keeps me off the streets!

    I know that when I sit and sew, I can lose myself in it and escape the rest of life for awhile. It truly takes me to my happy place!

    Bless Each and Everyone One of YOU!!!!!!!
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    Right back at you, QE. Since January this board has been my "safe place"; I can come here and tell you all what's been happening and why I can't be as active a participant as I'd like and no one feels hurt or gets upset with me. You all have helped me so much; I hope I can return the favor to someone else.
    Had fun on Gracie frame yesterday (you can teach an old dog new tricks!) but today back to reality--off to work!
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    I posted this on another thread but it's worth repeating here. Last week I had so much to do in the yard, etc before I left for Texas that I had several days I couldn't sew. This Monday I went to class and started sewing and I had to just stop and say how good it felt to be sitting there sewing. I guess in the end, it doesn't really matter who gets the quilts, I get the pleasure of listening to my machine hum and seeing beautiful things come to life in my little space. Quilting is mostly for me and my pleasure even when it overflows into the lives of those I love.

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    QuiltE I will have to remember that one!

    TRUE! quilting keeps me sane but only a little bit now you know the answer to the most asked question... "is she actually Deranged?" LOL
    Candace is Deranged
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    Quote Originally Posted by deranged_damsel View Post
    QuiltE I will have to remember that one!

    TRUE! quilting keeps me sane but only a little bit now you know the answer to the most asked question... "is she actually Deranged?" LOL

    ha! ... here's a *giggle* to add to yours .... My siblings and I used to often say ... "I guess that's my alzheimers kicking in" and took it with jest, as our Mother had alzheimers. I'd often said the same in non-family situations, and one day, I was asked "do you really have alzheimers, your meds must be doing wonders" ... OOPS!!! I explained, and from then on was a little more cautious as to when or if I said that again!
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