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    I finally decided, after moving those blocks around and around, that who on earth is going to look that closely at the placement of those blocks? They will look at the quilt as a whole and not really notice if that fabric/color is right next to the same fabric/color, or whatever! I'm just not going to look at it any more, and just DO it! Put those babies together and get on with it!

    On my first quilt, I've decided on the border design, so will practice that, then get it done as well. The end of this quilt is in sight everyone! Yeah!

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    Hello Ladies ... am I inspired or what? I took some of my quilts to one of our local Fairs this weekend and guess what, the Grand Champion Quilt (not by me) was a sampler.

    I've posted it here with my Fair results ......
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-153488-1.htm

    I don't think the Grand is a FWS. Do you think DJ? or perhaps Civil War?

    It was all machine quilted ... I couldn't get a good enough look to determine if it was QAYG or after the fact. The sashing was all black and the border a greenish/tan sort of colour. The realistic colour shows best in one of the other pics, where it shows in a corner.

    I'm hoping to get a better/closer look at it when I pick my things up on Sunday.

    And yes .... it's given me huge inspiration to get going on my FWS soon ... when I get my life back again! :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE
    Hello Ladies ... am I inspired or what? I took some of my quilts to one of our local Fairs this weekend and guess what, the Grand Champion Quilt (not by me) was a sampler.

    I've posted it here with my Fair results ......
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-153488-1.htm

    I don't think the Grand is a FWS. Do you think DJ? or perhaps Civil War?

    It was all machine quilted ... I couldn't get a good enough look to determine if it was QAYG or after the fact. The sashing was all black and the border a greenish/tan sort of colour. The realistic colour shows best in one of the other pics, where it shows in a corner.

    I'm hoping to get a better/closer look at it when I pick my things up on Sunday.

    And yes .... it's given me huge inspiration to get going on my FWS soon ... when I get my life back again! :)
    VERY nice sampler, but not DJ or FW. I have no knowledge of civil war sampler(s?) though. Are those blocks 6" ones?

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    Quote Originally Posted by weezie
    VERY nice sampler, but not DJ or FW. I have no knowledge of civil war sampler(s?) though. Are those blocks 6" ones?
    It was a lovely one ... and yes, 6" blocks.

    I think what appealed to me the most was the colour that was there, but not in your face colour. Just enough zip though, to not have it looking too blahhhh. The black sashing helped eveything to pop ... and interesting that the border was kept as subtle as it was, rather than the frame up like an oversized sashing.

    It was a great nudge of ideas towards my FWS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE
    Quote Originally Posted by weezie
    VERY nice sampler, but not DJ or FW. I have no knowledge of civil war sampler(s?) though. Are those blocks 6" ones?
    It was a lovely one ... and yes, 6" blocks.

    I think what appealed to me the most was the colour that was there, but not in your face colour. Just enough zip though, to not have it looking too blahhhh. The black sashing helped eveything to pop ... and interesting that the border was kept as subtle as it was, rather than the frame up like an oversized sashing.

    It was a great nudge of ideas towards my FWS.
    Sorry if this seems like an afterthought, but congrats on your wins at the fair!

    This, however, IS an afterthought: any civil war quilts & fabrics that I've seen always bring the word "dreary" to my mind and that winning sampler has cheery blocks, like the nosegay and the fan, etc., and no dreary or drab ones, so I am curious to know if the quilt maker had a specific book she followed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by weezie
    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE
    Quote Originally Posted by weezie
    VERY nice sampler, but not DJ or FW. I have no knowledge of civil war sampler(s?) though. Are those blocks 6" ones?
    It was a lovely one ... and yes, 6" blocks.

    I think what appealed to me the most was the colour that was there, but not in your face colour. Just enough zip though, to not have it looking too blahhhh. The black sashing helped eveything to pop ... and interesting that the border was kept as subtle as it was, rather than the frame up like an oversized sashing.

    It was a great nudge of ideas towards my FWS.
    Sorry if this seems like an afterthought, but congrats on your wins at the fair!

    This, however, IS an afterthought: any civil war quilts & fabrics that I've seen always bring the word "dreary" to my mind and that winning sampler has cheery blocks, like the nosegay and the fans, etc., and no dreary or drab ones, so I am curious to know if the quilt maker had a specific book she followed.
    Thanks, Weezie ... I really wasn't looking for praise. I've just had some crappy things going on lately, and was a little exuberant in sharing my success. It helped brighten things amidst the rotten stuff!

    And who knows, it could be her own combo of blocks ... after all, we do know that there's no rules when quilting!!!!! I just hope I can connect with her at the Fair on Sunday, and chat a bit about her quilt.

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    Here's an update to that Grand Champion quilt at the Fair.

    I went to the Fair this afternoon to pick up my things, and met the lady with the Grand Champion quilt. Funny thing ... she only lives a couple of miles from me! Small world!!!! And I got to touch/pet the quilt!!!!!!!!

    We were all wrong ... the Grand Champion quilt was Sylvia's Bridal Sampler. It was done as a quilt along thru their Guild.

    The quilting was all DSM and done in four sections. The blocks were all SITD or next to the line. Only FMQ was in the border areas with a loopy-lacey-look-flower type design. Looked more like LAQ than DSM though, so I'm wondering just what/how that was done? Any ideas how that was done? or just that she was very very good at the FMQ?

    From the distance, I had thought the sashing was black, and at closer view, it was a lovely forest green.

    It truly was a lovely quilt .... though no nicer (and maybe not as nice) as the awesome FWS quilts that you ladies have already completred and that others will complete as a result of this group!

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    Hi Guys, I'm finally getting to unpack my car from my trip to NC. I am going to seriously try to do some sewing on the sashing for my FWS quilt. On another note, I received my Pony Club book today and you are all in for a surprise when you see it. It's constructed much the same as Laurie's previous book. If you're going to follow in the genre of the original quilt you'll have to start hunting for novelty western fabric....The blocks look real cute done up that way.

    What are all of you up to? I'm cutting tons of 1-1/2" squares for some mindless sewing for a postage stamp....I'm not sure what I'll end up doing with them. I'm using alot of the scraps from the FWS Quilt-Along. I also signed up for a block swap. I've never done that before..I hope I don't fall behind. Let me hear from some of you!!! I miss the Tuesday & Wednesday Activities.

    QuiltE Your quilts turned out great. You should be very proud of yourself!!

    See you later!!!!! Anne

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    I think we are all feeling lost every week, no blocks to post no eye candy and no one to talk to :cry:
    I hope to get my Pony Club book soon

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    It does seem odd not to see the mid-week quilt block pictures.

    My sewing machine is unplugged and has been for many weeks. My cutting table is covered with a king sized quilt that I have been hand quilting for what seems like at least 100 years. I've found that I don't like to use a frame, so I mark & stitch the long, straight lines (grids??) while the quilt lies flat on the table; I do the little blocks & triangles, etc. (1/4" in from seams) in the cold weather while sitting on my bed; the quilt keeps me cozy warm while I stitch it. Meanwhile, with my cutting table temporarily unavailable, I'm not doing anything else physically, but my mind is busy making lots of plans re: new projects and UFO's.

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    I've got my "2nd" quilt finished except for the border. I played with several different fabrics and chose the one I used as the sashing. I'll get that cut tonight as soon as I finish "de-threading" the back of the quilt.

    I cannot believe how many loose threads there are on the back of that quilt. LOL! I keep stopping by my sewing room and working at getting as many of them off as possible. They keep re-appearing as if by magic!

    I bought some flannel to use on the back. I was so happy with the flannel I used on the back of the 1st quilt, that I went with flannel again. It will be so comfy! I still have to quilt the border of the 1st quilt. Just wanted the 2nd to be done! Looks like I'll go from quilting the border of the 1st directly into the 2nd. I'll post a photo of my 2nd when I get those borders on!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Honchey
    I'm cutting tons of 1-1/2" squares for some mindless sewing for a postage stamp....I'm not sure what I'll end up doing with them. I'm using alot of the scraps from the FWS Quilt-Along. I also signed up for a block swap. I've never done that before..I hope I don't fall behind. Let me hear from some of you!!! I miss the Tuesday & Wednesday Activities.
    Anne, have you ever seen Eleanor Burns' show where she uses postage stamp squares to create a cross-stitch look quilt? I saw that episode not long ago on t.v.; I loved what she did, counting blocks, choosing colors & using sticky paper with pre-drawn grid lines on which to lay out the little blocks before sewing them together. Anyway, among other things, she made a gorgeous basket of flowers in the quilt center & had equally gorgeous "cross-stitch" corners & borders. I really liked it a LOT!

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    Hi Weezie, I don't get ANY quilting shows on TV anymore. If there are any around I can't find them. I'll try to see if I can get it online. Thanks, Anne

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    Thanks Anne .... much appreciated!


    I'm now re-organizing things and finding classes at the Fair this weekend to enter them into. Different Fair, different classes, and different requirements. For this one, the fabric samples are differently sized, which might be a challenge to meet. Plus every quilt must have a rod pocket ... so a lot of work there!

    Looking forward to getting at my FWS beyond the first fifteen. Ordered the Pony Club book, so far have not received it. Of course, will take the huskies longer to mush it across the 49th!

    Have FUN ladies .... I'm soon getting back into the world of the living and getting some time for meeeeeeeeeee!
    (and am I ever looking forward to it!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Honchey
    Hi Weezie, I don't get ANY quilting shows on TV anymore. If there are any around I can't find them. I'll try to see if I can get it online. Thanks, Anne
    We get her on RFD TV, thru' DirecTV. This cross stitch quilt is the last of 6 in a series called Country Fair and the Cross Stitch book (and maybe a CD included ... I can't remember) is available at her site for about $19.00 (a slight markdown sale price), but I've just spent quite a bit of money on some other quilting stuff. I ration my quilt-y spending, so hope to get the book at a later time.

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    Ooooh how I hate it when I don't get emails notifying me of new postings on my "watched topics"!! I'm just now catching up on the new postings to the topic. No wonder I was having withdrawals. Glad to see you're all doing well and certainly enjoyed QuiltE's fair photos -- not our regular eye candy but lovely anyway! I miss the quilt-along!! :)

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    I have ...E.X.C.I.T.I.N.G...N.E.W.S !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    My Farmer's Wife Pony Club book arrived today ... wheeeeeeeeeeee

    Just spent some time reading the intro info and the first couple of letters. Now starting to dream about fabric choices. Will I go with the novelty pony type prints? or broaden the scope to kid prints? or go totally scrappy? one colour family? one repeating fabric in every block?

    Wonder how many times I change my mind between now and when I start ........ and finish?

    Just got back from the Fair last night. I haven't posted my results yet. A much larger showing of quilts, and all went good with mine, so I was VERY pleased! Best part, Mazel scored another red ribbon (and for you Americans, remember in Canada, that means first!) and created quite a stir of excitement!!! :)

    One more Fair to go (week after this) and then it'll be over for the year. Before it, hoping to start getting my sewing room and fabrics sorted and organized (it's become such a mess lately!! too much abandonment has been going on), and get using my new machine to work on UFOs and PhDs which includes my FWSQ!!! :)

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    Here are a few of my blocks with the sashing triangles added and quilted with feather stitches.
    I was going to sew them in strips and add a small print between the rows, but when I put them together, a secondary pattern developed which I really like.

    The chalk marks haven't been marked out yet. But so far this is my plan, then maybe the small print for the border.

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    Quote Originally Posted by violetsfarm
    Here are a few of my blocks with the sashing triangles added and quilted with feather stitches.
    I was going to sew them in strips and add a small print between the rows, but when I put them together, a secondary pattern developed which I really like.

    The chalk marks haven't been marked out yet. But so far this is my plan, then maybe the small print for the border.
    Violet, This is turning out soooooo pretty...Love the feather quilting. Anne

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    Violet, your quilt is going to be lovely!

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    I think you've got a winner there, Violet.

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    Thank you Honchey, Weezie and Evie, this has been a wonderful project. Hope to do another one next year. Of course I am always working on 5 or 6 projects at the same time, but there is always a desire to do another one.

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    Violet, I love it. Your quilting is fantastic-I love all the space around the blocks. The quilting really makes them stand out. Great job!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by violetsfarm
    Here are a few of my blocks with the sashing triangles added and quilted with feather stitches.
    I was going to sew them in strips and add a small print between the rows, but when I put them together, a secondary pattern developed which I really like.

    The chalk marks haven't been marked out yet. But so far this is my plan, then maybe the small print for the border.
    WOW!!
    Looking pretty impressive ... nice soft background and all those circular feathers too!

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    Wow what a gorgeous quilt this is going to be. Love your feathers. Well done

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