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Thread: Hi from Canada

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    :-) I'm from Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. I belong to the Kawartha Quiltmakers' Guild and I'm the new Newsletter editor. I'm also new to quilting. I am learning I have a lot to learn!! I enjoy quilting but so far I don't want to give up my other interests. I also love lace-making, knitting, painting, writing, gardening and more. As you can see there are simply not enough hours in the day, especially now that I have a retired husband at home! The guild has been a wonderful experience with our monthly meetings and afternoon classes (where I'm slowly learning). I also have a friend and neighbour who had a mother who taught her alot. We get together once a week.
    For anyone interested in seeing what our guild is about, our website is: www.KawarthaQuiltmakersGuild.ca

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    Welcome MO! I couldn't keep up with all the things you do! lol! nice to have a neighbor to help you too! Kim/Michigan

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    Welcome from Southern California.

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    Hello and welcome to the board from Milverton (southern part of mid-western Ontario.

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    hi and welcome from montana

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    Hi from NY State (Originally from around Toronto area!!) Just joined myself! Hope you enjoy it as much as I have so far!

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    Welcome to the board from Southern California!

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    Great to hear from you Kim thanks for making me feel welcomed. Where abouts in Michigan do you live? I have another email friend from Michigan, we met through a recipe site, and have been friends for quite a few years now. She lives in Muskegon.
    I love your "where it is not warm enough!" As you can imagine I know what winter is all about! So far this year we have somehow managed to miss all the worse storms ... no complaints from me. It has meant we have been able to keep up the rink on the lake without too much shovelling. As a matter of fact there is so little snow at the moment we can skate all over the lake! If we ever do get enough snow I hope to get out cross-country skiing? That's if it comes before we head south for a month or so. Do you do any winter sports?
    By the way... before I forget, what a 'cute' (he'll hate that word) little boy.
    Have you been quilting very long? Do you have the 'bug?' You know the 'I have to get some of that material, I just know I'll use it in a quilt someday,' or the 'I have to buy this quilting book... I'll do such and such a pattern someday!' I didn't think I allow myself to get caught... I had enough warning, but somehow- it happened. :lol: My stash is growing and my quilting books and leaflets are abundant.
    Well stay warm and take care. Mo

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    Thanks for welcoming me! I hope you have not been affected by the mudslides! My identical twin and her husband have been in San Diego since Christmas. So far they are loving it! They did report their trailer shaking a lot from a 4.4 earthquake 35 miles away in the Pacific back on the 4th of Feb. Are you in that area?
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    Mo, i am in Taylor,mi..south of detroit..actually i am at the half way point between toledo,ohio and detroit! i think it is 36 miles each way!
    the cute little boy, is my grandson Jack..he is 2 and a half..i watch him on fridays..i love keeping him..he is so good and smart. keeps grandma on her toes!

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    Hi again, Kim. I'll be checking out your town on a map when I get off the computer. In case you're interested, Peterborough is just north east of Toronto, Ontario and south west of Ottawa. We are closer to Toronto. My identical twin, Melanie, has two daughters with children. Kelly lives just up the road from me and I look after her fraternal twins, a girl and boy, (3 years old) from time to time these days. There were times when it was a day or two a week. I miss them when I don't see them much. I don't know how Mel can stand being away from them for so long (since before Christmas). She and hubby are in Southern California at the moment. Kelly is expecting another baby in August. Just one this time. :lol: As I know Mel likes to make a flannel comforter/quilt for her grandchildren I will not be making one for the baby's crib :cry: It would have been fun. Well take care and Happy quilting. Mo

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    Hi and welcome from the sunny state of Florida!!

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    howdy neighbour, I am from south western ontario (Delhi) its about 30 mins south of Woodstock. I am sure you will love this forum...I do!

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    Hi to you in sunny Florida. Where abouts in Florida. We have been going to your sunny state for the last 3 years for about 5 weeks. My husband has a childhood friend who lives year-round near Palm Bay. We spend some of our time near them so we can visit when they're not working. Then we spend a bit of time here and there. From Daytona to Key West. We have stayed in Hollywood on the coast a couple of years and love the boardwalk and beaches there. Last year we trailered my husband's Harley and couldn't stay there because of parking problems. :cry: This year we are leaving the bike behind, though we got more use out of it in Florida then we did here. We are kept busy with our properties on the lake and fun time takes second seat. We also don't seem to have time for boating either... only got out twice last year.
    Oh well maybe this year.... by the way what's your first name?

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    Hi and wecome from california.

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    Thanks for the 'welcome.' I hope you are not in an area being hit by the heavy rains and mudslides!

    I am looking forward to getting to know some 'fellow quilters' here on Quilting Board... though I am a newbe to quilting I already love working with fabrics/colours and patterns... probably the artist in me!

    Well happy quilting grandma1 (do you have a first name I can use?) Hope you are loving being a grandma as much as my identical twin, Melanie. Her one daughter lives near me and I look after her fraternal twins (girl & boy 3 years old) from time to time and love it! She's expecting again - (one this time!) in August. Kelly's twins and Jody's (Mel's other daughter) two girls are the closes I'll be to being a grandma for a while I think!
    Take care and happy quilting.
    Mo

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    Welcome from Alberta!

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    well mo my name is mary and no i'm not in the area of mudslides, I'm inland and it's just been raining alot. thats great that you have twins granddaughters, I am also a twin, she's a girl. beleive me you will have so much fun with them. I have 9 grandchildern :) All wonderful and at only 60 I have so much fun being na-na to all of them. I started quilting last june after breaking my hip. sewed for many years, but never tried quilting till then. I am so addicted and so many patterns I want to try. I hope it's not to cold up there in canada. thanks for responding hope to hear from you again. if you need any suggestions let me know sincerely Mary

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    Thanks for the 'welcome' Twistedstitcher... sounds like my kind of stitching. :lol: Also love your endnote...I GOTTA BE ME (everyboby else was taken) That is priceless... I will be passing it on for sure.
    So are you hyped up about the Olympics? Where abouts in Alberta do you live? ...It's a big province!

    Well take care and happy quilting!
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    Ah Mary, you may live to regret the offer of help! :lol: But, first I'll pick the brains and skills of my neighbour and friend, who I get together with on Tuesdays. She's amazing! I keep telling myself I'm not going to get addicted, as I love doing so many other things, but...

    My identical twin and I are 57 (going on 58). She has been one of my greatest gifts from God. Though we don't 'crowd' each others lives, we are very close. (She and her husband are in the San Diego area at the moment.) We no longer are as identical looking as we were, life experiences, and different taste in hair styles etc...mostly. Though when we put an effort into it we can look like we are suppose to be identical. There are still people who will see us separately and not be sure who we are...

    Have you ever heard of Twinsburg, Ohio (southeast of Cleveland)? They have a twin festival every year on the first weekend of August. Mel and I have gone twice now and love it. Many people go every year and one year one set of identical twins married another set of identical twins at the festival, as it was where they met growing up.... Really worth the trip. You come away expecting to see doubles everywhere. :lol: They have a website which you could probably google. It is far enough away that we can't go often, but we've met other twins that would only miss it they had no choice. Amazingly you can make life-long friends who look forward to seeing you each time. Even not going often we look forward to seeing the friends we made, the next time we go. Thousands of twins, identical and fraternal, triplets, quads etc... attend. Almost all of them will dress the same that day... boy/girl will where the same t-shirt or colour t-shirts... if you see what I mean. There is a parade leading to the festival grounds and then they have entertainment, food convienners, arts and crafts, science and business kiosk where twins (identical) are paid to fill out questionaires (Melanie and I got $15.00 each for about 15 minutes of our time... it was fun. There are other opportunaties but as we are Canadians, and also don't live close, we are excluded; some would take place over months. There are also rides and of course an amazing fireworks display! As you can see it is a well organized annual event. If you were ever tempted, there are also a lot of quilting place among the Amish in the area...
    Mo

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    Welcome from another Guild Newsletter Chairperson. Fun, isn't it? Lots of good folks here to learn from and with.

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    Hi. Welcome from southern mid-Michigan, my family used to vacation in Muskegon when I was a young girl. I remember visiting Hardy Dam. We stayed at a camp ground, and I took long walks with my grandmother very early each morning. Very fond memories.

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    Welcome from Oklahoma with a Massachusetts accent. So happy you could be here. It is wonderful!

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    Hello, and welcome from Oklahoma.

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    :) Hi IBQuiltin: I just became the newsletter editor this past November when the spot became vacant. Though I am fairly new to quilting and the guild, I knew I could handle working on the computer to do a newsletter - and they desperately needed an editor and no one wanted the job! I will probably be doing this job for a long time, unless in a few years, someone new wants to take over, or when I'm no longer able to... At first there was a few glitches while I learnt how to work in Publisher (new to me :lol: ). Then of course the ladies are probably getting tired of my endless questions re: quilting terms etc... though in one sense I think my being a newbe is good, the older members sometimes forget that to new quilters, they may as well be speaking Greek. It is becoming more fun now that I have also realized I can change things around and add some extras, quilting related and sometimes just interesting tibits, reflections or thoughts. Of course there is an issue with space, and I wouldn't tread too far off the track, but sometimes we need a little humour or inspiration. I also like adding little icons (pictures) from another program I have, ie for Valentine's and St. Patrick's etc... and quilt pictures too, of course. :D So how long have you been doing your newsletter? Is it available on a website? Ours can be seen in our website (which I think I may have put on this site wrong :? )our website is:KawarthaQuiltmakersGuild.ca
    I would love to view a copy of your newsletter! Various Guilds in Ontario share their newsletter, which I love as I have received some great ideas from them and hopefully I'll be sharing some too. That is also one of the things I am loving about the Quilting Board so far, everyone seem so friendly and willing to share. I'm sure if (what do I mean, 'if?' more likely 'when' with me!) I run into a problem and need help, I will not wait long for it in this site.
    How long have you been quilting and a member of your guild? Do you see yourself being your guild's newsletter editor for a long time?
    Well I should get off the computer now, so bye and happy quilting. Mo

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