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    Jenniky: a project board? How fantastic! That would mean I wouldn't have to carry it around in my head. Oh, but I might get freaked out with all I am committed to and all that I want to do and...

    works4me: am I any closer? No, uh, not yet. I just packaged up a swap commitment and am rushing out the door to get it in the mail. DH suggested I get that done first, before I get to my gardening projects... Smart man, he knows me well. It's only noon, I've got all day, don't I? Hopefully, while I am gathering piles of fabric I have here and there this pm, I will be able to locate that r,w & b. Hopefully. TTFN

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    Jenniky: a project board? How fantastic! That would mean I wouldn't have to carry it around in my head. Oh, but I might get freaked out with all I am committed to and all that I want to do and...

    I was getting freaked out by not knowing what I had going... the project board helped me to feel less overwhelmed with my tasks.

    Alrighty Im done drawing. Have a good image where I want to go with this block. I didnt draw in the flowers that I am putting along the ribbon. Those of course will be done using the Muv Method.. I think she needs to patent that name.
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    Background cut out obviously not squared yet. and Pictures of me prepping the Fire House and now Im ready to sew it on.

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    Jenniky, thanks for showing your prep work. I know you said you were a bigger but you are doing things I haven't exactly done so I appreciate the steps you are showing.

    When you said the Muv Method, I began thinking MM, for short I plan to use the MM also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by works4me View Post
    Good discussion here. Jenniky, how about SID on your machine and then hand quilt the other areas. You get more comfortable on your machine without worrying about ruining your fabulous quilt and everyone gets to see your great hand quilting, too. Seems like a win, win. You also don't have to pay someone to quilt it for you and can say you did the whole thing yourself.

    Ooh, would daughter want to learn SID? Or should that be on a smaller project?

    Me, I'm still stitching binding. Good thing I got the rest of the quilt done earlier as there is no time for anything now. I still plan to be finished this weekend.
    Hi all, back from our 3 day campout with our Camping Group! Great discussions going on here. Jenniky - love your June BOM. I have not even started mine yet!

    I agree with works4me. You can do both SID on your machine and hand quilt the other areas. Or like dublb says - draw some simple designs and either hand stitch or free-motion on the lines. I cannot do FMQ squiggly line quilting at all, but found if I have a simple pattern drawn out on the quilt, I can follow that design with my feed dogs down. Just a suggestion!
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    Time to sew in the windows and the background for the engines garage. Then I will prepare the frames for windows and the garage door. Hubby wants to know when I will start the Fire Engine..LOL I drew it while we were at breakfast at IHOP. I told him we had to have a fire house to put it in first.

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    Jeanie - That is going ta be a darlin' quilt. 4th of July all over town.
    I'm glad that ya came up w/a decision. Ya go girl. Your Patriotic quilt will be quite lovely.

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    Muv, I really like your prickly thistle. It reminds me of the time I planted thistle in my garden because I love the purple flower it produces. When my 'master gardener' Uncle came to visit, he couldn't believe I was planting thistle. In his neck of the woods (Montana) they are mostly considered annoying to have around.

    I am a Linda-come-lately here, are you hand embroidering on your appliques? If so, how many threads are you using of embroidery floss? I really love the way it looks.
    Here's the MM method.
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    Wow...LOVE this!
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    Can it be projects that have been previously completed? This is a wallhanging that was requested by a friend for a new family member that hailed from Canada. A blending of American and Canadian. They were thrilled with the result. I tried to stay to scale on placements for each flag, and had to make patterns for the stars (they were actually painted and then outline stitched) and the maple leaf (drawn freehand on a folded paper, then unfolded to have a symmetrical result). Here's some pics...

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    The fire house is built, a bit of a pucker on the left bottom window. The bunting will help flatten it out when I am ready to put it on. So now I am going to build a Fire Engine today. Wow and Im not even and engineer. Haha

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    Dashing out the door very soon, and see there's been some ChattyCathie's while I was working!!!!

    Being that JenniKy is racing along with her 3-P I didn't want to be too late with this suggestion ..... how about making that bunting 3-D? as in, don't just applique it on flat, lay some ribbon/fabric/whatever in place kind of like the real thing, and then tack it down. Love the project

    More later folks ....... when tiem is on my side and I am in the
    ChattyCathie mode myself!!!!!

    Here's to an awesome day for all of you!!!!!
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    Jenniky - you are really steaming ahead with the fire station, and such a lovely fire engine. What a cheerful project! Your little grandson will think it is for him - is it? And you are so organised... I think it's time I tidied up my sewing room, it's getting pretty chaotic.

    A bit more work done on the thistle today...

    QuiltE - I knew one of you Canadian gals would get "chuffed to bits."

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    Muv ... We had a British Bloke work on the farm, and live with us for a year, several years back. And too, his buddies on other farms seemed to make our place their Canadian home, being that there were no kids to tolerate at our place! After picking him up at the airport, our language education started .... he was looking for some Squash before bed? odd I thought, then with some explanation, I "got it"!

    JenniKy ... I like W4Me's suggestion ... machine SITD would work well for this pattern. And if you wanted something else, cross hatching on the squares ... or perhaps one straight stitched (machine) star over the group of squares. I'm like you, just learning FMQing, so hesitate doing it, so as not to destroy my piecing work! If you've done smaller machine projects, I think you'd be ready to do it on this one. Your 4th of July Firehall is going to be perfectly fun ... any significance in the family to the fire theme (ie is your DH a fireman?)

    SewExS ... good to see you jumping right in with this broody lot!
    BTW *nudge* *nudge* for the fabric show and tell!

    W4Me .... I'm bad and labels often don't get done. For sure, any quilts, tabletoppers, etc. that I have parted with have not left me til they were labelled.

    I have done them by hand with Sharpie markers. Also, have met a lady thru QB who lives near me that has done a few machine embroidered ones. And if I'd ever get around to buying a colour printer, then I'd probably go that route. Though with the lovely machine embroidery work, it's hard to persuade myself to not give her the business .... and save myself the agony! A summer project for me, should be to get caught up in the label department!
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    [QUOTE=QuiltE;5291481]SewExS ... good to see you jumping right in with this broody lot!
    BTW *nudge* *nudge* for the fabric show and tell!

    Whew... just got home from running errands all morning and an appt. this afternoon. Did start out by picking up a 1900 vintage Singer sewing head with a cute little shuttle bobbin though. Now, as soon as I catch my wind I am going to 'practice' for the jelly roll race I am in tomorrow morning with my Singer 301. I have never done this before, sew, how could I turn down the invitation.

    on the way home, I did beginning thinking of what type of design I would want to create for this challenge. Sew, your encouragement is working. Thanks.

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    *nudge* nudge* aand *nudge* again!!!!!!!!!

    As for tomorrow .... Ready, Set , Gooooooooo
    and may you be the fastest machine in the West!
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    Love what's going on here. Things seem to be just zipping along.

    Canada D'Eh is done. Not happy about the written iron-on portion of the label as it appears, even scorched, it still didn't adhere well. But, I didn't want to redo the maple leaf on the label as it was just too perfect so the label is on anyway.
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    See what I mean about how perfect the maple leaf iron-on is?

    I bought a moose iron-on for next year. It will go perfectly with the Oh Canada fabric which arrived today and is fabulous but will have to wait. Next project is a dragon fabric multi-pocketed apron for a craft fair in a couple of weeks.

    Keep up the good work everyone.
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    W4Me It's lovely! Ya did a great job on this!
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    Here is a backside peek at my Firetruck... Hip and Back are giving me a bad time today and Im trying not to take any pain meds...just stretching and warm moist heat on my back. So I don't know how much Im going to get done unless I break done and take pain meds.

    Muv - Im using the "Non Patented" Method to make the fire engine. This first attempt on the Fire Engine is going well, However I can see where I need to adjust the width of my pattern to compensate for the Machine Satin Stitch when working with smaller pieces.

    QuiltE - I don't get it.. What is Looking for Squash before bed?? Fate seems to want me to try the Machine Quilting on the Patriotic Scrappy. The LQS Lady I was going to send the quilt to said her machine is going to have to have repairs. So Its still all stretched out on the frame upstairs.

    Sew with all you fine ladies encouragement Im going to give it a try... When grandson takes his nap this afternoon Im going to spend some time figuring out exactly what Im going to do. Then I will run a baste or tie it together to hold it in place for the machine.

    Works4Me - Canada D'Eh is so beautiful. Im sure you are "Chuffed to Bits". LOL alrighty ladies I had to try using the saying at least once.

    Grandson is involved in his lil TV program and yawning so that is a good sign Im going to have a lil free time to concentrate soon. Have a wonderful day all.
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    Jenniky-love your "fire house and fire engine!" We have lots of "fire" things around our house. My husband retired almost 2 yrs ago from a 35 1/2 yr career in the fire service!! Did you use "tear away" to stabilize when you stitched it all--helps with less shrinkage!

    Sorry your back is bothering you--what is wrong, do you know? I husband hurt his back a year ago--turns out he has 3 bulging discs. He went to a spine specialist for about 6 months--he used ice only not heat. Even though heat feels good, the spine specialist and physical therapist said ice is better. The numbing effect of ice packs helped reduce the pain, too!
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    Thank him for me for his service to mankind; our support services are so vital to helping rescue and keeping people from danger and I know saving lives and property can sometimes be a very difficult and dangerous job.

    I chose to start with the Fire Department. Because When I asked myself what is the first thing I think of when I think of the Fourth of July. It was Fire Safety and I wanted my 3-P Quilt to be a safe town. So that is where I got the idea. Didnt want to create any Fireworks without the Fire Department on Watch

    As for my back and hip. My car was totaled by an elderly lady driver who was chatting with her friends instead of paying attention to the road she ran a red light at approx 60 mph <my estimate> and hit my car. The muscles were torn away from the bones in my hip and created lots of problems with the nerves in my lower back. My muscles tighten/ stiffen up badly sometimes and the Moist Heat helps. Ice usually helps numb but then I still have the problem of not being able to move. So physical therapist recommends Moist Heat for me and lots of stretching. Im hoping once the court case is settled I will have enough money to go to a specialist. At this time Im told there is nothing operable they can do for me. So its all pain management. Quilting sometimes helps me keep my mind off the pain. So I try to focus on it when I can. But there are the bad days. Oh well, so go's life.
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    Jenniky - so sorry to hear about your bad back. It sounds like one of those problems where you just have to hope it will heal naturally and bear it as best you can in the meantime. Filling your life with quilting works when you feel well enough
    , and your fire station is taking shape really quickly! I'm dragging my feet a bit with the thistle.

    Anyway, give your little grandson a biscuit and a cup of squash and a hug from me. I think that will translate as a cookie and a cup of fruit crush - QuiltE understands...

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    W4Me ...............
    This one is just for you ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxAKFlpdcfc
    Canada D'Eh is absolutely .... Fantastic! Phenomenal! Wonderful!!!!

    Your peppermint candy binding .... what an innovative choice and it couldn't have been a better one! The reds are so rich! And what a hoot, your Maple Leaf complete with eh? !!!!!! I can see you keeping the corner turned up all the time, just so everyone can see the label!

    BTW ... what size did it finish at?

    It was so much more like an ol' fashioned quilting bee, with your showing us Canada D'Eh at various stages of it's creation and evolution. You've been a great leader thru this journey and now you are ready for Canada Day with your Canada D'Eh!!!

    I do have ONE request pleeeeeeeease ... I want to see another shot of the front of the quilt, now that it's totally done. Just got to see it as it's fully dressed self! Anyone agree with me?


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    *giggles* .... fruit crush aka squash aka to those of us on the other side of the pond ........... orange juice!

    Muv ... I think we should keep them going on a few more! Are you off celebrating the Queen's "real" Birthday today? And look at all the opportunities for festivities coming up with the Olympics. I'm still waiting to find out if one of our local gals makes it on our Rowing Team!!

    JenniKy ... are you going to keep us in suspense as to the frontal look? Good reasonings as to why the firetruck! And so sorry for your back problems ... I know how unsettling it can be (32 yrs ago, two rear enders 4 months apart started my saga). I know you don't want to take any pain meds, but don't fear them to get comfort, so long as you respect them!

    Too late now, but another time, you might want to sandwich it on your quilting frame, using the basting spray. I love the stuff ... it's temporary, for a very long time, and things stay put well, while I work with it. For now, go for some good basting lines to hold it there. If you're nervous, make something smaller, with the leftover fabrics (ie table topper? runner?) and do some practice stitching with it as you get your machine set up and ready to go. Once you have it done, you'll know what settings you need, and will feel more at home with what you're doing. We know you
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    SewExt ... we're sitting here anxiously waiting to hear and see the results of The Great Race!

    As for Me?? and your wondeirng about my non-productivity ... it's coming soon! I promise!! First, I have to put a hanging sleeve on my FWS as my LQS wants it to come on holidays and hang in their shop!!! That's exciting for me!! And then onceI have that sleeve done, I can start thinking of Mr. Monty!

    Forget, did I show you the FWS? .... here's a couple of pics (all because I am too lazy to go back thru the previous 571 posts to the thread!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by works4me View Post
    Love what's going on here. Things seem to be just zipping along.

    Canada D'Eh is done. Not happy about the written iron-on portion of the label as it appears, even scorched, it still didn't adhere well. But, I didn't want to redo the maple leaf on the label as it was just too perfect so the label is on anyway.
    Two of my machine's 60 stitches. I used a different one for each side border and just meandered. I also used peppermint candy fabric for my binding:...
    Looks great. I love your peppermint candy binding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yayaquilts View Post
    Jenniky-love your "fire house and fire engine!" We have lots of "fire" things around our house. My husband retired almost 2 yrs ago from a 35 1/2 yr career in the fire service!! Did you use "tear away" to stabilize when you stitched it all--helps with less shrinkage!

    Sorry your back is bothering you--what is wrong, do you know? I husband hurt his back a year ago--turns out he has 3 bulging discs. He went to a spine specialist for about 6 months--he used ice only not heat. Even though heat feels good, the spine specialist and physical therapist said ice is better. The numbing effect of ice packs helped reduce the pain, too!

    I so agree. Years ago I really did the number on my back and could barely walk. I laid on ice packs and had a heating pad on my chest so I wouldn't freeze. It worked so well. Ice is a natural anti inflammatory and a pain reliever. I was walking in a few days.

    Jenniky, I am so sorry you are having problems with your back. It isn't any fun. Hope you are on the mend soon. How sweet to have a little guy around.

    Linda

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    Jenniky - love the firehouse and looking forward to the rest of your town. I see you are really busy on the forum but sure hope you don't overdo it. Take care of the back.

    I, too, have back issues and joint issues I was born with. Add two rear-enders and degenerative disc disease and I know how you feel. My doctor is constantly surprised that 30 pain killers lasts me 6-8 months. Only when desperate. Mind over matter. I look at it this way: if I'm relying on the pain killers now when I am 50, what will happen when I am 60 or 70? I know the joint issues aren't going to get better. But, as QuiltE said, if you have respect for them pain killers can be really helpful. I just added stupidly stubborn to a healthy respect for prescription drugs. I also try out new techniques. Discovered the Alexander Technique about a year ago and am very pleased with the results. It is the first thing I have tried that has actually helped. I am at my full height for the first time in decades. lol

    I didn't want to inundate with Canada but I can see your point about wanting to see the front of Canada D'Eh QuiltE:
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    The quilt is fun as well as patriotic. That's why the name (thanks for the help QuiltE), the maple leaf with EH! and the peppermint candy binding. It finished out at about 43" square so will drape over the front seats of the MINI, which is red with a white roof and white bonnet stripes, perfectly for the car show.

    Your quilt looks fabulous QuiltE and I can't wait to see how Monty progresses. Time for you to take over the reins.
    Of course, I'll be around. I may even find that I HAVE to do something with the Oh Canada fabric sooner rather than later.
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