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Comment by Janet/MO on November 27, 2019 at 4:14pm

Thanks PQ.  I always try to get people something I know they will like.  And like Sandy said, you don't always have to spend a ton of money either.  

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.  If you are traveling, please stay safe.

We had very high winds last night.  Around 70 mph at times.  Saw a friend today who told me a tree fell on his car last night & did $3300 worth of damage to it.  Not a good start to his morning when he found out that had happened!  

Comment by handstitcher/IL on November 27, 2019 at 1:28pm

Wishing everyone a blessed Thanksgiving! Safe travels to all those making a trip. Seems as though nowhere in the country is spared challenging weather this holiday. Enjoy your time spent with family and friends or quiet time at home. 

Comment by Gail Brown on November 26, 2019 at 8:16am

I have a lot of help for the holidays.  Everyone does something to contribute to the festivities.  About 5 of us will do most of the cooking, everyone has a specialty to contribute.  Even the kids have jobs to do, organizing activities, sampling all the baked goods of course and just trying their best to behave.  We will be at my Oldest Daughter's house, a really big one with a huge yard and most important a big kitchen.  My job is turkey, dressing, gravy and pumpkin pies.  Oldest Grandaughter is doing ham and sweet potato casserole.  Three Daughters will be making all the other side dishes and some desserts.  There will be other contributions but we'll just have to wait and see what they come up with.

I do love making gifts for people and try to make each person something that matches their personality.  I have some things that I've had for years that someone made for me and they make me think of them all the time.  I have one Christmas Tree that we call the "Homemade Tree".  Only home made ornaments are allowed on that tree.  It started out many years ago as a small table top tree however over the years it has become a six foot tree absolutely covered with ornaments.  Some were made by children others by friends and family over the years, many are dated and go back 40 or more years.  This tree is referred to as Mothers Tree, I love it.  Even the skirt is home made.  For me this is all I need, however Hubby is a Christmas nut.  Everyone says that coming to our house at Christmas is like going to "Cracker Barrel".  It is fun for the Grandchildren and the Grands but, taking it all down is a two or three task and not fun.

Comment by Sandy Larkey on November 26, 2019 at 7:53am

Prairie Quilter, obviously you haven't "dodged the bullet" that we apparently have.  We did get some snow, enough to dust the ground, but it's melted on the streets and driveways.  I TOLD the gals at Nelson quilting yesterday that we weren't going to get much if any snow--I bought a snow thrower last year, just after our last snow. 

Yes, when it comes to gifts, it really is the thought that counts.  One of the better Christmas gifts I ever received was from a co-worker.  We had drawn names for a gift exchange and he got my name.  Well, I was the office "pusher" of candy, had a jar that I tried to keep full. I also had a cap that was--really--the talk of the town; wild paisley print that I put a lot of buttons on.  This kid got me a $5 gift certificate to the confectionery shop downstairs in the Skyway, and a Twins button for my hat.  He put thought into choosing the gift, and that made it one of the best gifts ever. 

I am also thankful for my friends on Quilt With Us.  It's really good to have a place where I can just chat about quilting and other needle crafts, and read about and see what other people are doing. 

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on November 26, 2019 at 7:20am

Janet, the mark of a good gift giver is  knowing what the recipient(s) will like and putting thought and meaning into it.  You obviously have the gift.  

From snowin' & blowin' southwestern Nebraska.  Safe travels everyone if you are headed places for the holiday.  I'm reminded of the many things I have for which to be thankful.  I count all of you among them.

Comment by Janet/MO on November 26, 2019 at 6:09am

Wow Gail that will be a lot of people!  I sure hope you have a lot of help lined up.  

I was so happy that my tote bag for my sister turned out so I decided to make one for my daughter & her guy.  They love to play cribbage so when I saw this design I knew it would be perfect for them to store their board & cards in.  We are going to buy them a new board & cards as well.

Comment by Gail Brown on November 25, 2019 at 11:08am

Lynne, what beautiful quilts.  I'd be very hard pressed to pick a favorite.  I love the baskets, great look, all those little blocks.  I love basket blocks, have made several basket quilts, but smaller that that one.  Bigger blocks as well.  Love the beautiful applique on the Roses.  The Rosebuds is another favorite of mine, have made two.  Love them all, so pretty.

Sandy, I just finished a red, white and blue quilt for one of my Great Grandsons and quilted it with red.  I am quilting another, same colors and quilting it in blue for another GGS.  The second one also has a Patriots football team border, he is a big fan.  I am working on the blocks for another GGS also red, white and blue.  I'm sure that the little girl that gets the doll will love it.  It sounds just lovely.  I know whatyou mean about adding the 1/4 inch seam to those panel projects.  I've done it several times without thinking and it does change things.

Had doctors appointment this morning, stopped on the way home to get all the goodies and needs to start cooking and baking for Thanksgiving.  Sewing will be on the back burner for the next few days.  This will be the first time in over 30 years that the whole family will be together for the Holidays so it's a very big deal this year.  all seven children, Grands and Great Grands.  A huge crowd for sure.  Actually it's almost like a small city.

Comment by handstitcher/IL on November 25, 2019 at 9:44am

Lovely quilts, Lynne! Such a treat to see them! Love them all, especially the one on the orange background. The quilting on it really sets off the blocks well. You’ve been very busy! 

Love your book bag, too, Janet. I’m sure your sister will put it to good use.

Parent conferences from noon to 8 tonight and from 8-11 tomorrow morning. Then the eye doctor tomorrow afternoon before I can start Thanksgiving preparations. We’re a small group of six, so it won’t be too bad. And everyone helps with the dishes!

Comment by Sandy Larkey on November 25, 2019 at 9:38am

One of the Quilts of Valor we presented on the 14th had been long-arm quilted in a very nice pattern--wasn't an all-over meander, but was Native-American themed.  Really nice.  I didn't get a very good look at it, but Angel had it folded back side up when it was on display, so people could see the quilting.  She used a white back, and the long-armer used red thread to do the quilting.  Wish I had got a good photo of it, and that I could post photos.  But ...

I just finished a little quilt this morning.  I think I've mentioned the Cranston Print works dolls I'm making for Toys For Tots.  well, the girl baby in christening dress also came with a little pillow that is also a "birth certificate" for her.  To make sure they stayed together, I decided to make her a little quilt.  Not a very complicated one, 18 3' squares of various white-on-white prints (left over from Lemoyne Stars) and 6 each of 2 different pinks and a pale blue with dabs of pastel colors.  Then I used a lavender/blue/purple rose-printed flannel, machine quilted the whole thing diagonally across the blocks.  Looks pretty cute, and I think the little girl who gets it will really like it.  And I realized why the girl doll of the pair was so fat; I added a 1/4" seam allowance to the pieces, and I don't think I should have.  Anyway, got the boy doll cut out this morning, and I didn't cut a seam allowance.  I bet his clothes will fit better.  Anyway, just about time to get ready to go to Nelson quilting.  Hopefully, we'll get Gwen's two quilts done this week, so maybe I can get mine in the frame.  Catch you later.

Comment by Janet/MO on November 25, 2019 at 6:47am

All beautiful quilts Lynne.  I agree with PQ that it is nice to see quilts done on a longarm, but look like they were hand quilted.  

 

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