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    Happy to be home again, love visiting with my family in Arkansas, but home sure feels good. Doctor report was fair, not what I want to hear, but that is life, I'm still kicking. LOL.
    Went to Marshall's while I was in Ar. got some real good deals...loved shopping there, it was my first visit, but not my last.
    Now to start quilting again..after I help putting in the garden.

    April, I'm glad to see you recovering and my prayers are with you...

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    I get a chance to work on my partner's quilt today. I have the blocks set and sewing away. I think I may have to tweek the pattern a bit to make it look like I want, we will see what it looks like when I get the rest of the scrappy blocks done. Boy, will be real good a Y seams when I am done.
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    Woo-hoo!! Got my partner's quilt back from the quilter today. It looks 'fantabulous' and I'll be getting the binding on it this week. No peeking, though. Jane, are you ready for it? Nudge, nudge!
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    Still working away at your quilt, Kathleen. It's coming along - - -

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    Got seven blocks done. Now to make two more whole ones and two half ones. Looking real nice I think. May be hard to give it away.
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    Thank you all for the well wishes and prayers. I am feeling really good aside from a few muscle spasms here and there due to the irritation with the scar tissue and such
    I am excited to see how the quilting looks on ZZ's top
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    It is so hard to pick out the backing. I have two pieces and can't make up my mind, maybe I'll just do, any-many-miny-mo. or just do the muslin thing. Do any of you put the muslin as the backing???

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    I have a friend who uses a quality muslin for the backs of all her quilts, especially if she hand quilts them. I use whatever is on sale or I have on hand. I have even used up orphan blocks and left over fabrics, pieced them together and used that for the backs then I have used two yards of one and two yards of another if that is what I had on hand. For my extra special quilts, that are definitely themed, I find a fabric (generally on sale) that is real close to the front. I have also made sure to use up what fabric is left from the front for the back and added into with coordinated pieces. I think it is just a matter of preference you have. If you have two pieces that work, then just do the meenie minie moe thing and go for it.
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    Haven't checked, but sure hope there are some baseball games or arena football games on TV this weekend. I have a quilt of valor quilt to finish binding and my quilt for my partner to bind. Plus, I do the binding for a LA for her customers that request it. Pays for a good bit of my quilting from her. Lots of sitting is waaay better if I can watch a ballgame - would even be better if it were a football game. Guess I'll do some menu searching since I don't get a TV guide.
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    I always watch the cooking channel Vanogay. Its kinda entertaining and I get some good ideas while stitching. I bind in dialysis. stuck in a chair perfect time to sit and bind. I have one more border to add and I am finished with the top. I ordered my backing, I have to piece it as the one I picked is only regular width so with luck I can actually get that seam down the middle. usually I fail miserably at getting a nice straight line on the back. its always askew somehow. sigh. but it will all be the same so phew. I found a pretty good deal on the batik material 6.99 a yard free shipping so it wasn't as bad as it could have been. Now to afford the batting! sales I need a sale with free shipping. any ideas? I want fusible batting it helps me hold the back to the front so it doesn't slip when I am sewing. Twinrivers I am trying! I am. I even fit in that tiny slip of color we talked about. I cant wait to show it to someone. My DHwants it so I know its not that bad and I like it.. for a frog pond. lol.
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    Good luck with the fusible batting. I hated it. Hopefully you'll have better luck with it than I. SOme of the on-line groups have free shipping with over $50.00 orders - can you swing that in batting - even some for future projects????
    Kathleen

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    Get to pick up my quilt from the quilters Monday.....can't wait.

    I like to use the leftover fabric on the backs of my quilts when I can.....have used muslin many times also.

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    Oh my quilt will be getting its binding on soon. Oh Linny, how is that grandbaby? Is it here yet? I have 2.5 more blocks and I will have those all done for yours. I think I will send it to the longarmer. She is about 6-8 weeks out. May be an issue.
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    Yes, I'm hoping to have it done by the end of next week. Sounds like you've been busy....how are you feeling?
    Baby came Easter Sunday. He's precious and we are able to skype alot so it's almost like being there in England. We probably will visit sometime in August. Can't wait to meet him in person.

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    Well howdy folks! lol its my weekend finally. I had dialysis four times this week and it sorta kicks your tail. A nap today and I should be golden!!!! I am amazed buddysmom at how far you got in one morning. wowsa! you are fast. I was looking at that firework fabric on ebay just the other day. if you end up with a f4 left over and want to sell let me know I think its a fun colorful fabric to put in dont laugh, a picnic theme table runner. it reminds me of being a kid, you knw how the same lights we see today and say oh so pretty a kid thinks is fantastic! the best ever! super! thats what the fireworks on your fabric remind me of. being a kid. gotta smile at that thought.
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    So glad we have until July for this swap! I was finishing up on a quick project for my daughter and about to start sewing on the border for my partner's quilt and my sewing machine started acting up. It was making funny Loud noises and my stitches were skipping. I was able to take it in to the shop and they will look at it Monday and hopefully find out what is wrong. So I guess I will catch up on my reading.

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    ll previously sewn blocks corrected--will finish sewing and appliqueing this week and top will be constructed and ready for borders. May the quilting fairy look kindly upon my efforts and not let more stumbling blocks threaten my progress.

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    Hello ladies. I haven't checked in for awhile. I have been busy. I went back to work at Jo Ann Fabrics. One of the big stores in the tourist section of Kissimmee Florida. Want to give a shout out to the British ladies I have been blessed to meet. I have given them this site to check out. Been be having by not buying fabric...yet that is. Been going to some go cart races. My grandson races go-karts and is number two in the US and is now trying to win world series in his category. Then if he does he gets to race in New Orleans for the biggest race of races for go carts. He has been racing 1 1/2 years now. Hannah , my granddaughter, has read her first book by herself sounding out words. She just turned 5 but oh how grown up she acts. Always writing and carrying her books around. Kids grow so fast. So I am off to cut and sew and sew and cut. You all have a great evening and may the week be pleasant for you. The weather here has finally broken and the days are a warm 80 and the evenings a cool 60's. Last night I came home and sat outside and listened to the crickets and let the breeze gently tug at me as if begging me to play. The sky was full of stars and the clouds were scattered here and there in different shades of greys. The dogs chased each other around and then would go to the door and look at me as if asking to go back in to go to bed. But then the dampness set in and I didn't want these old bones to start aching so I came inside. So may you all find a little peace or piece at the end of your day. Angel Wings, Butterfly Kisses and Faere Dust for all!
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    I'm here!!! I'm here!!! Sorry I went MIA for a while. Life has gotten way too far in the way. Been thinking about y'all. Got my block pieces sewn together, need to sew the sewn pieces together to form the blocks and then assemble the blocks in an eye pleasing arrangement. I love the way the ones that are done have come out!!! Then on to borders. Got a nifty AccuQuilt Go! die that I have fallen in LOVE with!!! Gonna try it out for the borders.

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    Well I am sorry to say that my quilt top took a turn for the Frog! I had not even realized it until I had it hanging on my wall but I put two whole rows on backwards! UGH, so now I get to ripit, ripit ripit...

    I was so excited thinking I was ready to sandwich. Libby, I hope you are not way ahead of me! But I should catch up soon as I finish a few other pressing projects!

    Backing! Awe Darn I know I had some I picked out but where is in now? Well if I can't find it easily i will be getting something new and fresh! I am not always so scatter brained, just most of the time!

    I need Chocolate~
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    Darn It!!! I'm at a stand still, my 301 sewing machine that I do FMQ on is on the blink...had to order parts, waiting on them and then DH can get to working on it.....might have to try something else...Thank goodness not due until July.

    Peggy, if I worked at JoAnns, all of my money would go on material..LOL I have to make myself drive pass the quilt shops and Hancocks, we don't have a JoAnns, darn it...But when I go to Montgomery, I always stop by JoAnns.

    Well, its going to be nice today, so I'm going to plant my new Blackberries..and do some other gardening. Bye to All

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    Quote Originally Posted by marytoddliz View Post
    I was so excited thinking I was ready to sandwich. Libby, I hope you are not way ahead of me! But I should catch up soon as I finish a few other pressing projects!

    I need Chocolate~
    Not a chance I am ahead of you. Had a couple set backs of my own. I am still plodding along. Good thing I have a couple of months left to get my act together..... Ditto on the chocolate. Back to the sewing room tomorrow. It is a fun top, just haven't paid attention like I should have.

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    I wish we had a store lol.. ok we have a couple stores in the town nearby like a grocery store and a thrift store! and farther up the hill we have Ace hardware which doesnt help my quilting to very much.. good thing there is the internet. I buy all my things online ok 95 percent of what I have I buy online. the rest is gifted to me and how lucky is that? I love gifted fabrics

    I have the top ready, the backing came in now I just need batting to go on sale. anyone see a good batting sale let me know the one I tried to order from JoAnns sale is out of stock. waiting for new stock to come in can't guarantee me the sale price (argh). but it should be in my hands before May I hope. Then its quilt it time and send it. Goal is May 15th. I should be able to make that goal no troubles Sorry you had such a slow partner Twinrivers. Yesterday again I had a little run to the hospital for an emergency angioplasty. Love when that happens. getting old these little hospital runs just got out last week. sheesh. I have done my share and a lot of yours too. I am ready to pass that baton now anytime. arm extended? what no takers? darn it.

    new blackberry bushes? oh I am coming to your house next year to go berry picking! I love blackberry jam!!
    Linda
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    My quilt is quilted now (for QuilterMomma).....all that needs to be done is the binding....had a longarm quilter tell me that when you use the backing for binding it makes for a stronger quilt...don't know if that's true, but that's what I do almost exclusively. Hope it passes muster.

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    WOW! Mine is nearly done. I am so thrilled. I better finish up those blocks real soon so I can be ready when Linny is. How does it look Linny?
    Life is short, live it while you still can. QuilterMomma

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