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    I didn't get much tonight. I heard from my DS who is in the process of getting out of the Navy. He is back in the states now and doing paperwork. He will be home sometime in the next week or so. I quilted one block and figured out the label. I am stumped on how to quilt the last block. It is a tulip that is sort of diagonal on the block. I want to quilt each block differently. Just no ideas of what to do. Apparently I can't do feathers any more. I tried several times on some scraps, I just can't get them to look right. I used to be able to do them. Anyone have any good ideas. It is a 10inch block. It is too close to the corners to do a circular design. Hoping sleeping on it will help.

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    Can you echo quilt the tulip? I liked that effect on the flowers on my daughter's quilt.

    I have a major problem - and what was the first thing I did? Go to the cupboard to eat some almonds. Didn't change anything. I still I have the same problem.

    Our ass't pastor is retiring and a person called to have a quilt made for her. I found a butterfly print online with 8 coordinates and ordered $91 worth. It came today. The prints are too big and too bright. J loves butterflies and likes purple, but this is too much. I can't think of how to calm it down.

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    Do you have some fabric in your stash that could go with it? Maybe just use a couple of the large, bright prints and something else to calm it down? Can you show us a picture of them? We might not think they are as bad as you do. Almonds aren't too bad of a choice. I would have gone for chocolate!

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    Yes, post us a picture of the fabric. Almonds are a pretty good choice. I would have been in the chocolate stash. I have some good chocolate ice cream right now. I came in from work and had the bowl and the ice cream scoop out. I did put it away. Luckily I came to my senses before I ate it all. I ate about 1 tbsp.
    I thought about echoing the tulip in my quilt block but i have already done that in another block. I have a stencil catalog that I sometimes use for ideas. I am going to look on Leah Day's website for an idea too.

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    Just saw this video about microwave popcorn. Scary!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6sqR...iving_20140318

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    Quote Originally Posted by meanmom View Post
    Yes, post us a picture of the fabric. Almonds are a pretty good choice. I would have been in the chocolate stash. I have some good chocolate ice cream right now. I came in from work and had the bowl and the ice cream scoop out. I did put it away. Luckily I came to my senses before I ate it all. I ate about 1 tbsp.
    I thought about echoing the tulip in my quilt block but i have already done that in another block. I have a stencil catalog that I sometimes use for ideas. I am going to look on Leah Day's website for an idea too.
    Can't say I've ever been able to put it away once the bowl AND scooper are out!! Good for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pam H View Post
    Just saw this video about microwave popcorn. Scary!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6sqR...iving_20140318
    Interesting. I recently bought an air popper at WalMart for about $25. It's easy and the popcorn is cheaper and tastes good.

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    We all love popcorn here. I have never been a big fan of microwave popcorn. We do eat it occasionally for convenience. I like air popped popcorn the best. Another rough day in the classroom. That is why the chocolate ice cream was out. Just a kid whose goal in life is to turn all of my hair gray. Just a pain in the ass, pushes everything to the limits. They are looking at an alternative placement for him next year. A girl in class is having anxiety attacks. 2nd grade. Mom is trying to get her in to a dr. She is pretty clingy right now. I feel so sorry for her. We are not sure what to do with her. We are planing on having a meeting about her. Not technically my kid to work with but I help when I can.

    I finished the baby quilt! I figured out why I couldn't get my feathers to work out. I was stitching them in the wrong direction. They came out good. I love the quilt. Not sure if it will photograph or not. It is all white batiste, with a layer of mint green under it. I put prairie points around the outside. I will to to photograph it tomorrow. Bedtime now it is nearly midnight.

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    Good for you, Pat! I can't wait to see pics. I finished mine about midnight last night too. Even though I had the baby's name it didn't quilt it in. Too many I's and difficult letters. I will just write it on the label - if I ever find my marker. LOL What a mess I have in my sewing room!
    Have a good eating day, everyone!

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    Another nasty sinus infection.........UGH this is so crazy. Went to the doctor this morning before work, got anitbotic shot and steroid shot. He also wants me to see and ENT and get a ct scan of my sinuses before I go to the ENT. That may be on Monday. I am so exhausted from not sleeping well........and even worse the weight that has been added due to the steroids. I am hating life right now with this crude.
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    So sorry, Cindy. Sounds miserable. Get better soon!

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    So sorry Cindy. Hope it all gets better soon. You don't need this added to your other things going on. Sinus infections are miserable. I had some nose surgery several years ago for a deviated septum and a few other issues. I still get an occasional sinus infection but not as many as I used to. This crazy up and down weather doesn't help either. My ENT also recommends I get another nose surgery, more on the back of the throat end. I still haven't done that.
    I leave for my quilt retreat in the morning. I am so ready. I cut out most of my professional tote last night. I also want to cut a one block wonder before I leave.
    The student who has been making me crazy was suspended today. The principal said enough is enough. Yesterday while washing his hands he was throwing water up in the air. Later he got mad at me and acted like he was shooting me with a shotgun. He was awful today. He just looks right at me and does things. He also told another student he was going to punch him in the jaw until it was sideways. The principal chewed him out early this morning because he was being awful. He turned right around and started again. They are looking at an alternate placement for him. Not sure if it will happen this school year. I have enough data for it. He is listed as cognitive delayed. Not sure that is the correct diagnosis.
    Spring break is next week too. And my DS is leaving the Navy and moving back to the states from Japan. He will be home Tues or Wed. Not sure where they will live yet. He needs to find a job.

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    Pat, how nice that your son will be back in the states. He's the one having a baby,right? I hope my kids move back someday.

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    Pat I know you must be excited to have your son back in the states. Have a great time at your quilting retreat.

    I am feeling the weight already going up with this round of injections. UGH. A good thing this week at work we will be starting a weight watchers at work program, so I am going to join that. It will be helpful having them come to work instead of me finding time in my day to find a meeting. I am seeing that I need something more sturctured than what I have been doing.
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    The sun is shining, it's warmer, and I'm not being so negative with myself. I tend to tell myself I'm a failure if I don't do everything perfect on my eating plan or don't get all my water in. I weighed today and was down 1/4 of a lb. Not much, but it's definitely going in the right direction.

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    Where is everyone? I have been gone at my retreat all weekend and hardly anyone has posted. The retreat was awesome as always. We are trying to fix up a girls weekend in October to quilt, knit, read or whatever. The guild only has 1 retreat a year. I can't get near the scale they feed us so well. We alway have caramel rolls for breakfast on Sunday and they are swimming in caramel. German chocolate cake for lunch. There were 56 of us there this year. I made a professional tote and sewed all of the hexagons for a one block wonder quilt. I need to play with it on my design wall to finish it. I will have to put it aside since I need to get my sample made for guild on April 9th since I am teaching. We are demoing 1 pre-cut project a month and I have April. I haven't started. I have 2 Kaffe Fasset jelly rolls and going to do the quilt from 3 Dudes. I wanted to do the falling hexagon quilt but that will take longer so I will do that one next time in November. Also someone else was supposed to do a demo on making labels in April ( we reserved a special room for it) and she is trying to back out. That means I need to teach how to paper piece too. ARGH!
    I need to get serious about cleaning up my diet. A good friend was hypnotised for weight loss and has lost 25 pounds. She said a lot of bad food don't even really interest her anymore. I might look in to it.

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    Glad retreat was fun, Pat!! You needed it.

    My DH and I just had a day trip and it was so good to get away. It was pretty dreary and grey most of the day but the sun came out for the drive home. We also had time to stop at a mall on the way home and he got some casual work clothes for his new job. We found some really good deals - I can't plan that (neither of us like to clothes shop) but am really happy we lucked into it.

    I have 4 back-to-back meetings on Tuesday and have been stress eating while I get all my paperwork in order for them. The meetings should be over by 1:00 and then I'll have my students until almost 4:00. It's going to be a long day, but I know I'll be glad when I get it all done. I'm just hoping the snow that is predicted does NOT come, it takes too long to reschedule all the people that need to be at the meetings.

    By Wed., I hope I'm back to healthy eating.

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    Sounds like you got a lot done at your retreat, Pat. Good for you!
    We have 8 days left in this month. Who is going to win those batiks? I would love to but it doesn't look likely at this point.
    DH and I took Allie to a lambing farm yesterday. So much fun! So many baby lambs and goats and chicks. Also baby pigs and a baby pony (maybe a Shetland). There were a few chickens running around too. They had a couple of huge horses outside pulling a big wagon and giving people rides. Could have been a little more enjoyable if it had been warmer than 19. One set of twin goats were only 2 hours old!
    Not much sewing going on here. I did manage to finish my mystery quilt (table topper). I also got a baby quilt finished. I need to get a label on it and get it in the mail. One more baby quilt to go this spring. Hopefully sometime soon I can get started on a king size quilt for my bed.

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    Pam, would love to see pictures of your lambing farm visit!!!

    I'm not going to tell you all what I had for breakfast. Still plan on being back on track Wed morning. I will at least work on staying hydrated over the next two days and I have my yoga class Tuesday night. I'll need that, my shoulders are SO tense.

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    Pam the visit to the lambing farm sounds so fun. I am back on track this morning after a really bad eating weekend. I am heading up to jump onto my elliptical as soon as I finish paying my bills. I also need to get our taxes and business taxes ready to take to our accountant some time today.
    Here is the professional tote I made on retreat. I lined it with orange. I have made several of these. This one is mine. I also made all of the blocks for a one block wonder. I hope to get it up on my design wall today. I usually need to look at it for several days until I am happy with the arrangement.
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    Oh my I am so impressed with how much you got done on retreat! The tote is beautiful. My eating hasn't been too bad this month, but my movement has been almost nil. The stiffness and joint pain have been worse this month than any other month this winter. I think it is the constant up and down of temps. I think it is also why I haven't been posting as much. It's hard to think of what to say since I am either in pain or foggy. Although even with the lack of movement I have still lost a couple more pounds. When I take the pain meds I am not hungry, and when I don't I am so uncomfortable I am not interested in eating. Hmmm maybe I have found a new diet plan!
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    I am new to the Quilting board, just joined this weekend. Is this community supported weight loss journey on going, month by month or was it just for March? I would love to join. I had a recent knee injury with subsequent surgery and unfortunately my lack of activity has set me back some. Looking forward to reading replies.

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    Welcome to the board, mateoh! This weight loss group goes month to month. You sign up at the beginning of the month and send in a fat quarter according to the monthly theme. The person who loses the most weight wins all the fat quarters. We are here for support and motivation. Sometimes we even share pictures of what we are sewing. Please hang out with us. Near the end of the month there will be a link to take you to the next month's post.

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    Hi Pam, Thanks for the warm welcome. Where in Wisconsin are you? We lived in Ashland, WI for 25 years prior to moving to Texas 13 years ago. How I miss the changing seasons and even the cold. LOL

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    I am in the Eau Claire area. You can be very glad you missed this winter that will not end. It is snowing very hard right now. Yuck! I spent 6 winters in Round Rock while my hubby was working in Austin. There are a lot of things I miss from there but I have a granddaughter now and could not stand to be away from her.

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