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    I thought I'd show you my little project this weekend. I made up a bunch of "Mug Mats" to use as gifts... from squares I got in my birthday swap! I used the ones that were "collections". Look familiar, anyone?
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    sewbizgirl, those are awesome gifts. Beautiful collections.

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    Got my "prize" pattern in the mail today... thank you Barbara! It's a tulip applique and log cabin blocks row, from the row by row experience. This would be so cute used in a baby quilt with 30's prints.
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    sewbizgirl -- just love your little "Mug Mats" great use of candies.

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    Just checking in - - I had to have emergency appendicitis surgery - - so I will be recovering for the next 4-6 weeks.
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    Hope you have a fast recovery. Take care of yourself and use your time off for a little quilting.

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    Mamaskeeto. I see you are from Florissant MO. I hope you are a save distance from the riots in Ferguson. Sounds like there are a lot of people who are not making smart decisions. Stay safe.

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    BJ, sorry to hear about your appendix. Take care of yourself and rest!
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    BJ hope you feel better very soon! Keeping you in my prayers.
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    Welllllll I thought my hubby had mailed my birthday candy. He had my car all last week. Guess what I found on the back seat!!!!!! :O I mailed them out this morning..... SOOOOO SORRY.

    I'm also so impressed with all y'all. We've had a few sadnesses here. So nice to see the caring and support. It warms my heart.
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    BJ, I hope your recover is a pain less one. Take it sloooooow. Remember, If you can't sew, grab a piece of paper (or computer device), and creat on paper. It's a great time to creat the next quilt, or 2 or 20.LOL. Seriously, I'm wishing you the best in your recovery.

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    Tuesday Tip on Wednesday (busy day at work yesterday)

    I have always frozen summer fruit and veggies when my kiddos were in the home to save money. But as a single person, I no longer need a case of this or a bushel of that. One of my local grocery stories had a bargain on strawberries this past weekend. So purchased two extra containers of strawberries and a box of pint freezer bags. I unpacked the groceries and sliced off the tops of the strawberries, into a couple of freezer bags and Ta-Da! I have some red, sweet, yummy treats for winter! I do this periodically when produce is on sale. Not as much savings as those cases or bushels but then, I don't need that much either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bjsmith57 View Post
    Just checking in - - I had to have emergency appendicitis surgery - - so I will be recovering for the next 4-6 weeks.
    Sewing is not stressful, so sit and sew a spell. Wishing you well on your recovery.

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    Ooh it looked like I have missed a few things. To those who have lost fur babies, I feel your pain and my thoughts are with you. I have lost furbabies too and I still feel the pain of their loss. I think that is why I have since rescued 4 stray kitties so far (3 live with me) and I feed many other strays.

    To the group going through health recovery or issues, be well, stay stress less and you are in my thoughts.

    Here is my late this Tuesday (or early next Tuesday) tip and I am not sure if this has been mentioned but I use the mini hair twists as bobbin thread holders and I use them on thread also as I usually remove those little groove hooks in the thread cone. You can buy a 300 count pack of hair twist from Dollar General for less than $2.00.

    As an FYI Dollar General will soon be purchased by Dollar Tree. Consolidation of the dollar stores. Who knew?

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    P.S. I am chin deep in fabric strips/scraps working on string blocks (80 target), Legos quilt blocks, X-String blocks and postage stamp blocks. My 1/4" sewing foot is not a scant 1/4" foot and I cannot find smaller foot so I can mark my own scant 1/4". Ugghhh.

    Oh I am also making scrappy trip blocks for 2 different swaps, one here on QB and another from an online blog. So it will be most important to get the seam allowances correct for a 12.5" block. OOOh new tip: what I have done is to cut my 2.5" strips a scant over the 2.5" mark to make up for shortcomings in my presser foot. I used my ruler to mark off 2.5" on my fabric and then just move the 2.5" mark on my ruler over just a smidgen. It has been working just fine.

    Overall I gotta find my other 1/4" mark presser foot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WMUTeach View Post
    Tuesday Tip on Wednesday (busy day at work yesterday)

    I have always frozen summer fruit and veggies when my kiddos were in the home to save money. But as a single person, I no longer need a case of this or a bushel of that. One of my local grocery stories had a bargain on strawberries this past weekend. So purchased two extra containers of strawberries and a box of pint freezer bags. I unpacked the groceries and sliced off the tops of the strawberries, into a couple of freezer bags and Ta-Da! I have some red, sweet, yummy treats for winter! ....
    I do this with most all of my fresh fruits. I go to the farmers market, buy up melons, berries, peaches, pineapples, etc, come home slice them up and freeze them. I juice a lot and make smoothies so need the fruits often. I also buy plenty of bags of cranberries when they are on sale during the holidays and freeze those also for my smoothies and fresh juices.
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    Great tips ladies, thank you! The strawberries are just $2 a box now and look great, so it may be time for me to freeze some or make some jam. Hubby loves it!
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    BJ, Speedy recovery for you, take it easy. I love fresh fruit, and love to freeze fruit for those special adult drinks I like on those stressful days at work. Yummy
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    KathyM, Just checking to see if you got my Birthday squares. They should have arrived by now. I will gladly mail you a new package. Thanks
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    Page 100 of our thread! Woo hoo!
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    Anybody check out the daily deals on the Missouri Star Quilt Company website. I just got the Tumbler block templet for 3.50 and charm packs for 3.50. I see a baby quilt forming in my mind.
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    Florissant is a neighboring community to Ferguson. Where the rioting erupted was a distance from us but it has moved closer. The news really doing an injustice to the many police officers that are trying to control the crowds. I saw one piece on Facebook say that armed officers in riot gear are pointing guns at people with their hands raised. What they failed to report is these individuals have been asked to move along and go home. The so called catch phrase is the rioters raise their arms and say don't shoot as they approach the officers and try to provoke them. The worst part is the people rioting don't even live in Ferguson they are coming from the inner city. My quilt guild meets at a church in Fergsuon and today we will decide if we are canceling our meeting next or not. It's really sad how this community is being torn apart. Thanks for thinking of me. - - Kathy

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    Mamaskeeto. I see you are from Florissant MO. I hope you are a save distance from the riots in Ferguson. Sounds like there are a lot of people who are not making smart decisions. Stay safe.

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    Here is my Tuesday tip given on a Thursday. The best thing I've ever bought were a set of little plastic storage drawers. (hope the picture shows). I keep my rotary cutter and scissors in the top drawers. Each drawer hold all the goodies that make sewing easier.
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    Candy for Quilter Day by Day is in the mail this morning.
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    Kathy M----Just wondering if you received BD candy from me? It was mailed late but you should have it by now. Please let met know so that I can resend. Thx

    Now I'm worried that I didn't put enough postage on the envelope. Saying bad words now!
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    I love those little storage boxes, I have way too many of them!!
    Just a caution for those of you still cutting, please make sure that your charms are cut accurately. I've started sewing mine and am disappointed to find that many of them are too small.
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