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    Are you fibbin' to me Fraew? 2nd one you did, absolutely amazing. Looks pretty perfect to me right down to his little spectacles, it is soooo cute. I'm getting inspired but the stomach has alot of fluttering butterflies going round and round

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaba View Post
    Are you fibbin' to me Fraew? 2nd one you did, absolutely amazing. Looks pretty perfect to me right down to his little spectacles, it is soooo cute. I'm getting inspired but the stomach has alot of fluttering butterflies going round and round
    No joke...I ordered my thread over the July 4th week. It arrived the following week and I finished Santa (quilting and all) on the 19th! And yes, I had butterflies too. But clearly not rocket science...so bid those butterflies fair well and jump in the deep end with us. It's nice and warm.
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    Moonrise those blocks are beautiful! You girls and your fancy machines!!!! I am so so glad your playing!! I love all the embroidery blocks and they add so much to a quilt. I know you say the machine does all the work but I think you are not taking enough credit. Your search for the perfect patterns, all the thread changes, knowing how to do all that and the time it takes to do it all add up to some gorgeous blocks! You all are making it quite hard for me to resist buying an embroidery machine for myself!
    Welcome to all the new swappers!

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    Wow, thanks, y'all!

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    Hey Moonrise... I hope this is not out of the box. But, that block with Ice Skates, how much would you charge me to make one? So many swappers and only one Ice Skates block... It reminded me immediately of my mom, she loved to ice skate, and she was the only girl in the family, on her birthday after she was married and expecting her first child, her uncle asked her what she wanted, she said "Ice Skates" and he got them for her. I still have them. I am going to put new ribbon in them and put them by my fireplace this Christmas. I would love to have one of those blocks to put in my Christmas quilt I am making. Would you consider allowing me to purchase one? Help a girl carry on a precious memory of her mother.
    Sure, I'll be glad to. PM me your address and I'll pop one in the mail to you. What a wonderful memory! (I tried ice skating once. Let's just say that I polished the whole skating rink with my backside! LOL!)
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    I started working with my machine early this summer, it is easy. The hard part is picking out the patterns and not spending the whole day looking through the books! But don't forget the free patterns, there are lots of free patterns available. I have my desk set up in a u shape my good ole' sewing machine Nellie is right next to my new fancy Greta and on the other side is iron board/lap top. When time to change thread I just turn and change and let greta do the rest. I have found the secret is in the stabilizer. You have to have the right one for the right fabric. and ALWAYS use a bobbin thread that is made for Embroidery bobbin. You won't fight your machine as much if you do that.

    I really kick myself for waiting so long to use the machine. I bought her in Nov 07, retired in Jan 08 and started using her big time in June of 12... I could have made a lot of really cool things in that amount of time.

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    Y'all are cute. Isn't it fun to learn so much from each other. I am not near an expert. Infact I wish I had time and lived closer to my QS so I could take lessons. I'm greatful at least I have the chance to try out project with you great ladies.
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    MaryT if you can't find computer let me know, I've got a couple or three downstairs. Actually I have an old dell laptop with win98 I bet would work. Let me know would be glad to get rid of them. There is just no place here to recycle so downstairs they go in the storage room. They won't let you take them to the dump. Even have the big old monitors for each system, all the books and cd's. Very cheap, but I need postage fee.

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    Okay girls, here's another finished set. These blocks are 6 1/2" x 9 1/2". I'm trying to get a variety of sizes. Hope you like them. I will include 3 red buttons in a bag, but just am showing what one looks like in the picture. The face has been painted on with fabric paint.

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    Very cute gingerbreads!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rwquilts View Post
    Okay girls, here's another finished set. These blocks are 6 1/2" x 9 1/2". I'm trying to get a variety of sizes. Hope you like them. I will include 3 red buttons in a bag, but just am showing what one looks like in the picture. The face has been painted on with fabric paint.

    Now that is just plain showing off. But, I like it!

    But, I do have a question, two of my blocks have a ribbon to attach, I was wondering if I needed to pin it to each block or just put all five of them in the baggie with the blocks?

    PS... also, I want green buttons.
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    I can't wait to get the blocks, what a great holiday quilt we will have, I am working on finding backing fabric, i think a nice flannel will be great. I want to see how fast my daughter takes back her words to me saying I can't make Charleigh a quilt till she is 5! she will be 3 on the 14th and she already has 17 quilts that Grandma made for her! (I really did not know that until my daughter told me!) I just love making her quilts, she loves them so much! I told my daughter we should have her give some of them away to sick kids. Not only would it be a nice thing to do it would teach Charleigh at an early age to be a gracious giver.
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    OK Ronda, Fraew needs snowmen and gingerbread. Just sayin'. He he.
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    I love snowmen!! They look great. I have "Snowpeople" around the house all year. These swaps are really nice. Getting different blocks. Ones we dont make ourselves. Well, at least I don't make.

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    Oh Ronda, I never even thought of gingerbread men!! GREAT blocks! You always come up with the cutest ideas!

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    Ronda, you grabbed my idea , however, I am sure there is room for more gingerbread people, right?

    Yours are very cute. I love having gingerbread men and snowmen around my home all the time. I have some made from years ago out of dark brown felt. I love bringing them out each year. I was knee deep in rasing kids then. My, oh, my... how time does fly by! Memories are so wonderful.

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    Linda, I think more gingerbread men would be welcomed! I know I, for one, want one of everything shown already!!hehe I know that's not realistic but it doesn't hurt to dream.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SewExtremeSeams View Post
    Ronda, you grabbed my idea , however, I am sure there is room for more gingerbread people, right?

    Yours are very cute. I love having gingerbread men and snowmen around my home all the time. I have some made from years ago out of dark brown felt. I love bringing them out each year. I was knee deep in rasing kids then. My, oh, my... how time does fly by! Memories are so wonderful.
    Bring em on I say! That's like saying we can only have one ornament or one tree, or one whatever? NOT!
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    You all have made beautiful blocks.
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    Oh, I was planning to still make them. Can't wait.

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    I order some fabric this morning hoping to get it back real soon then will join hopefully. Will see.
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    I just have to stop in and give a BIG HIGH FIVE to Moonrise. I got a package from her today. I had told her how her block reminded me of my mom who loved Ice Skating, and she sent me a block.... and she sent me a Doll Quilt made with one too! I can't wait to display it during the holidays and tell the story about her and my mom's Ice Skates! What a wonderful blessing. A true "God Wink" in my life. Thank you so much Moonrise. I'm just in AWE of your sweet heart! (The fabrics all sparkle too!)

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    Oh they are beautiful! High 5 to Moonrise!
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    Super pretty, sweet moonrise! Very sweet.
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    Glad you like them! I left the block untrimmed so it can be cut to whatever size you'd like.
    Have a wonderful day! If you need to contact me, please use the e-mail address on my profile page. Sometimes I don't get notifications that I have a PM here. Please note that I'm usually unavailable on weekends, but I'll get back to you on Monday.

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    Moonrise, that was a wonderful thing you did for Kensington! Just beautiful!
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