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Comment by Sandy Larkey on August 25, 2019 at 2:20pm

Update on the Nebraska State Fair; 4th on the doll, 5th on the costumes and a 2nd on the sweater/shrug--which was baffling, since no other ribbons were given out.  My friend Dorothy said it was probably because there weren't any other entries in that category and the judge liked my entry, but not well enough to give it a first.  Oh, well, at least I got the highest award given!  Doll costumes, I wasn't too disappointed--actually was rather surprised they got any ribbon, because I really did a p poor job on the one Victorian Tea Gown.  But only a 4th on the doll?  But then someone had done a teddy bear with a very long, shaggy fake fur pelt.  I took one look at that and thought, "No way was I working with that stuff."  One of the gals who either worked with the judge, or help set up the exhibits told me, "The doll had tape around her hair.  But I took it off, was that okay?"  I told her it was, the tape had just been to keep the hair neat until she got to the Fair.  Yarn hair is awfully hard to comb once it gets tangled!  Anyway, I did good at the fair, so am fairly well pleased with it.  But I think Angel and I must have walked 5 miles, and I am SORE today.  Next year, I'm taking Dave's scooter. 

Oh, another update on the fair--they've closed on-site parking for the duration because the parking lots are all flooded out!  Angel was unhappy because we had to drive through a mud puddle (darn near big enough to sink a VW) to get to a parking spot.  I guess we done good by going on the very first day--we at least didn't have to go park in WalMart's lot and catch a shuttle. 

Cat Lady, best wishes.  I know how distressing it is to have a husband in the hospital.  And mine never had such a serious problem.  If my wishes count for anything, it will all turn out okay.

Comment by Cat Lady--MO on August 24, 2019 at 2:34pm

Thank you Handstitcher.

Comment by handstitcher/IL on August 22, 2019 at 2:49pm

Prayers will be sent, Cat Lady, for you and DH during this difficult time.

Best wishes for the State Fair, Sandy. Hope your entries do well!

Comment by Cat Lady--MO on August 22, 2019 at 8:31am

Handstitcher, thank you for inquiring about my husband. He will be starting radiation and chemotherapy after Labor Day weekend. Prayers always appreciated.

Comment by Cat Lady--MO on August 22, 2019 at 8:29am

Welcome Sandra Geisler from the other side of the state (Kansas City area). Always good to know there are more hand quilters out there.

Comment by Janet/MO on August 21, 2019 at 7:25pm

Welcome to the group Sandra.  I have lived in Boonville MO for the last 10-1/2 yrs.  This is a wonderful group to belong to.

Comment by Katherine V. on August 21, 2019 at 4:32pm

Welcome Sandra.  This is a great group.  Lots of experience and willing to share.  

Sandy, I wish you could upload pictures.  Would love to see the dolls.

Comment by Sandy Larkey on August 20, 2019 at 5:24pm

Hi, Sandra from Arnold, MO.; this is Sandy from NE.  Welcome to the group; I know you're going to enjoy exchanging comments and pictures.  And unless you are a near-professional quality quilter, you will learn a lot from these gals--I have.

I'm currently working on a Quilt of Valor; 20 blocks of a design called Burnham Square--a long-pointed 8-point star surrounded by 3 stripes to a side and half-square triangle in the corners.  Thanks Be, I have a Tri-Recs set of templates.  But the project is being a pain in the ... !  I mistakenly purchased 2 boxes of 5 one-yard cuts of blue and red fabrics, and discovered when I got them home that they were 80% polyester, 20% cotton.  Dasn't use a hot iron on them, and the fabric acts like it's stiff with sizing.  But if I'm careful with pressing and later on washing, it's going to make a striking quilt.  There are 5 different print designs in each box, duplicating each other, just one is a blue colorway, the other's red.  Since I need 20 blocks, I'm making two blocks of each print, just reversing the colors.  I've even managed to get 2 blocks made today!  I'm thinking if I can get 2 blocks made daily, won't take long to construct the top, and then I can send it off to a long-armer, and have a Quilt of Valor in time for our November presentation.

Friday, I'm planning on going to the State Fair; I've got some items entered and it is always a kick (to me, at least) to see my stuff on display for everybody to see.  Unfortunately, no quilts this year.  I have a doll, and 2 doll costumes, and a knooked sweater/shrug in Textile Arts and really want to see what the judges thought of my efforts.  The doll is made from an old McCall's pattern called A Victorian Treasure, and is really cute.  Obviously a lot of people think so, since I've successfully sold three of them for as much as $150.  I'm thinking I should get a pretty good ribbon on that entry.  Not so much on the doll costumes, ran out of time and one of the dresses isn't so well-made.  Scrambling to get the sweater/shrug made, I took it over to Nelson quilting one Monday and worked on t the whole 4 hours.  One of the group told me she expected to see a purple ribbon on  it.  Wishful thinking! 

Anyway, time to start supper.  Catch you all later,  Updates on the Fair entries as soon as I get them.

Comment by handstitcher/IL on August 20, 2019 at 4:06pm

Welcome to the quilting frame, Sandra! There’s always room for one more.

Back to school this week. I have three quilts basted, so my winter’s work is set. I just started quilting another of my g-g-grandmother’s quilt tops. This one is a Hands All Around pattern from the 1880s or so. The fabrics seem much more stable than the one I quilted last spring. Thank heavens! 

Cat Lady, how's your husband doing?

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on August 20, 2019 at 3:18pm

Welcome Sandra!  Glad to have you  join us!


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