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2020 CHARM SWAP- deadline March 1st

Started by Marcia (aka "Life is Grand"). Last reply by Marcia (aka "Life is Grand") yesterday. 8 Replies

2019 BIRTHDAY SWAP- "Woven Ribbon" block (NINE participants)

Started by Marcia (aka "Life is Grand"). Last reply by Jan from Iowa/Arkansas Jan 12. 51 Replies


Started by Marcia (aka "Life is Grand"). Last reply by Jan from Iowa/Arkansas Jan 12. 29 Replies

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Comment by Carol Vickers/OH 14 hours ago

Oh Marcia, I am so sorry to hear about your knee issues.  Prayers for you.  My cousin had both replaced the end of Oct. and she is having pain too....though it's not been long compared to  yours.  She too has back issues and also foot issues so not sure just where the complications are coming from.  Hope the second opinion guy has just the right fix.

Comment by Jan from Iowa/Arkansas 18 hours ago

Sorry to hear about that pesky knee Marcia.  That is a bummer.  Isn't it strange when our bodies work against us?  I have had several friends who have had adverse reactions to stuff that other people just sail thru.  Sucks big time.

Thanks for the advice on the cranberry pills.  I wasn't aware it came in that form, so I'll be picking up some soon.  It do drink the juice, but know it is loaded with sugar and calories.  Right now I'm doing okay.  I got in for a follow-up urine test on Wed., no doctor visit.

I am still working on Apple Dumpling quilt.  It is boring so I am having trouble sticking with it.  I have 17 blocks to finish and I have a good start, but none complete.  Lots of 2.5" squares that need marking and sewing - like about 800 for the entire quilt!!  More or less!!!

Not much else going on here. 

Lovely quilts Jackie, Nancy and Carol.  Love pictures!!

Have a good rest of the week.  Stay warm and safe.

Comment by Marcia (aka "Life is Grand") 20 hours ago

Oh, Nancy- I smiled when I saw your quilt made from the Birthday "HOUSE" Swap because that is the swap that has been calling my name these past couple of months in hopes of getting my attention!  I have the sashing & border fabrics bought but need to move it to the top of my TO DO list!  :)  Your quilt turned out beautiful!

Jackie O- Love the large center block in your Birthday Swap quilt.  And your pumpkin & spider web quilting designs really add to your Halloween themed quilt!  Well done, Girl!

And then there's Carol with her whimsical quilt!  What a fun quilt and since it is farm related...it is perfect for all your IOWA quilters to enjoy!  LOL  Whoever is this quilt's lucky recipient is certainly going to enjoy all the critters, the tractor, the barn, the windmill....and the outhouse!  LOL  Stunning quilt, Carol!

Thanks for the birthday wishes, everyone.  Spent most of my day with my charity sew day volunteers so it was a fun & productive day.

This past weekend was to be an annual retreat that Judy & I attended, but it was cancelled due to the weather.  So Judy and I decided to have a 'mini-retreat' at her house.  I arrived early Friday morning and stayed till late Sunday afternoon.  She didn't have to teach on Friday so it worked out well for both of us!  Since I had several quilt tops that needed to be quilted- this worked out quite well for me!  (Judy has the long arm machine that I paid for half of the computer program which she added after buying 'Millie' used & I also paid for half of the table lift system/hoist.  I also buy spools of thread and rewound bobbins.  These purchases are my way to not feel guilty about using her machine!) Anyway- I got three quilt tops quilted- along with a lap robe.  Got the binding on all of them and they're just waiting for the hand sewing now.  That will be at night while I'm watching TV!

We are now up to NINETEEN participants on our upcoming Charm Swap!  It's an easy swap and a fun one.  If you're interested, check out the discussion at the top of this page and join in!

Had to go to knee doctor this morning.  Still having problems with that bugger.  Took more blood to check for infection ...again.  X-rayed my hip to see if that may be a culprit.  Have already x-rayed my back and found it to be the source for the 'zinging' pain in my knee due to severe degenerative discs.  But I am wanting to find out why I have so much swelling and inflammation at my knee- which creates pain and a gimpy walk... with stairs being a major challenge to maneuver.  And all this is ELEVEN months after my knee surgery. I told doc I was ever so disappointed that my knee is not better and it sometimes feels worse than before the surgery. He wanted to give me a cortisone shot for the pain which he thinks is due to the bursitus (sp) in my muscle close to my knee, but since he's scheduling me an appt for a second opinion he doesn't want this shot for my pain to altar or influence another doc's opinion of my knee.  He told me research shows that 3% patients do not have improvement or even worse results after the surgery and I may be that unlucky 3%.  WHAT?????  I know my prosthetic knee joint is in correctly and it is in good shape because of an X-ray and this doc comes with great recommendations, so I have a sneaky feeling my body is the culprit.  We just need to pinpoint the problem.  An appt in Mayo Clinic and back surgery were both possibilities discussed this morning.  Geesh- all I wanted was a knee that worked w/out pain.  (And a friend of mine had both knees replaced at the same time and was back to work six weeks later.)  Okay, enough whining from me!  (I very seldom talk about me knee with others because it consumes my life enough without having to talk about it too!!)   Moving forward...

Everyone have a wonderful week.  Stay safe & stay warm!       

Comment by Carol Vickers/OH 23 hours ago

Finally finished "Fun on the Farm with Quilt in a Day".  It was a BOM but it took me forever.  Not at all my normal style, but it was fun and makes a cheery quilt.

Comment by Deb Semmens on Sunday

Nancy if your sister in law is doing research.  You guys are more than welcome to come play with Lenni and Fonzie.

Jackie love that quilt.  Yours too Nancy.

Lynne so happy that your Mom is back home and that she has such a wonderful support system.

Comment by Nancy L Hagelberg on Sunday

That is beautiful Jackie. Well done!!! I wish I was updating, My sister in law wants to get one, so I am going along to help with the research and maybe someday I can upgrade.  But I am learning things I can use and if need be, I can rent time on a computerized machine and not fork over the big bucks.  Win, Win!! 

Comment by Carol Vickers/OH on Sunday

Pretty quilts, ladies!  I need to put my house exchange quilt together!

Comment by Jackie Orton on Sunday

Looks awesome, Nancy!!  Thinking of upgrading? ;^)

Going to try to post my birthday block quilt again...

And here is a close-up of some of the quilting...I let some of the blocks be my inspiration!

It was fun to try something that wasn't edge to edge.

Comment by Nancy L Hagelberg on Saturday

Stay safe everyone, they have cancelled out church for tomorrow, so I will hopefully keep making progress on my projects. 

Comment by Nancy L Hagelberg on Saturday

I finished this today.  Birthday exchange from 2015 that I quilted on a computerized Gammill at At the Heart of Quilting in Valley Junction. My sister in law and I took a 4 hour class on a Statler and then rented time on the machine to each quilt a quilt.  A very intense and tiring day, but the outcome is a finished and will be treasured house quilt.  I am so happy with it and ready to hang it up and admire it.  My New Year's resolution is still going well.


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