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Comment by Jan from Iowa/Arkansas 18 hours ago

We had a fun weekend.  Spent Sunday afternoon with friends - eating pizza for lunch and then playing games and cards during the afternoon.  Seemed like a long time since we'd had a good get together!! 

Today I'm doing household chores (laundry, dusting, etc.) and sewing a little.  Working on the 5-yard quilt.  Going slow as I want it to last!!  I am waiting for the fabric for the t-shirt quilt.

Have a good day.  It is beautiful here - sunny and in the upper 50s.

Comment by Peg on Saturday

Lynne, I’m debating  doing the next mystery also.  I did look up the Star 60 ruler and it looks like you can make lots of cool blocks with it.  I’m getting tired of all these little pieces too.  The last time she did a new block I made 8 instead of 4 since I assumed we would need them.  I might do that again.  I’d rather cut them out all at once.

I got to snuggle my neighbor’s newborn for a while on Thur.  She texted to ask If I’d come look at her son’s head.  He and his brother were playing in the yard and in some mysterious accident he cut his head.  It was enough to need a trip to urgent care and she didn’t want to take the baby there so I offered to grab a mask and take care of her - such a chore -  lol.   Her 7 yr old decided he’d rather stay with me also. We spent most of the time outside and followed Covid precautions so hopefully all will be fine.  The little guy needed a couple staples in his head and is very proud of them.  He was at my door to show me before his Mom even got out of the car!

I need to go finish the last block of an Angela Walter BOM. She had a choice of 3 finishing kits and sent them out a while ago so the quilt is almost all together  - just have to add this block to the last row and finish it up.

Comment by Jan from Iowa/Arkansas on Saturday

I am all caught up on stuff for other people, so decided to cut out a 5-yard quilt.  It will be for me (or someone I want to give it to) so no hurry to get it done.  I don't like to not have something to sew on.

Enjoy the beautiful weekend.

Comment by diane on Saturday

Lyne kwik trip opened the 1st of Sept and boy is it a busy place! 

we've had repairs on the combine to deal with for several days. Get one fixed and something else pops up. I told him last year we should trade but of course he didn't listen because it's been such a good machine. We're doing beans and certainly not looking forward to dealing with that downed corn.Lots of people have plowed out down around here, insurance condemned the fields, we're still waiting to find out.

I started on Bonnie Hunter newest string quilt design. It's  fun to see how those leaves turn out.

I need to haul lunches out as soon as someone let's me know where  they are!

Comment by Lynne on Saturday

Marcia, is your husband enjoying harvest just being the hired man?  The big "R" word has been mentioned a couple of times already this week here.  Figuring out how that is going to be done is something that needs to be researched and figured out this winter.  Youngest wants to take over so bad, but I just don't know how he is financially going to make that work.  I hate to see him in that much debt. 

Still sewing, cutting and trimming those tiny mystery quilt pieces.  I'm going to be ready for some big simple sewing when I get this done.  I'm debating about the next one.  It is a 24+ week one. She is going to charge for this one.  It is almost like taking a class though, the instructions are so down to the detail complete for both right handed and leftys.

 I guess I had better go get some sack lunches ready.  The guys left for the bean plant at 5:30 this morning, it's been 4 hours in line already and they still aren't dumped.  They should be home by noon to take a second round in. They forgot the reading materials on the kitchen counter so nothing to do but watch trucks.  Youngest walked to KwikTrip for donuts and coffee while hubby moved the trucks up.  

Speaking of KwikTrip, Diane, when did that great big new one open up in Story City?  I never noticed it before last weekend.  

Ok off to work I go. Happy Weekend All!

Comment by Marcia (aka "Life is Grand") on Saturday
Jan- you've been a busy little bee! Both quilt look great! And I agree with Lynn about your panel quilt. I really like how you used black sashing to frame each round of blocks that you added to the design. Makes each particular row stand out even more. Well done!
Made up several Halloween fabric masks for a Fall Fun Day event being held in Belmond. It will be Saturday, Oct. 3rd. Lots of family fun like Pumpkin Bowling, Miniature Pumpkin Tic-Tac-Toe, Make-a-Scarecrow activity, hayride to pick out a pumpkin to take home, and more. This is an annual event and usually there are lots of venders, a large book sale held at the library with many books donated from community folks, and food concession stands. This year they have modified it to only include the kid's events---with masks and being mindful of social distancing. One of the committee members asked my Charity Sew Day group of volunteers to make masks for the kids. She gave me the Halloween fabric. So I made kits by precutting the fabric for the front of the mask, added another fabric from my stash for the back of the masks, and included elastic. Most gals are getting "Masked-Out" and only wanted to sew 5 masks. Four gals each took 5 masks kits. But one gal did take 10 masks and I sewed up the remaining 14 masks. One gal who is on this event's planning committee has sewn up 24 masks. I know there are a few other community seamstresses who are also pitching in. If there are any masks leftover from this event, the additional masks will be donated to the school for students to wear.
Now that my Halloween masks are done, I am having a binding party! Have three quilts that are at the point of hand sewing. Two are lap size and one is twin size. Trying to get them done in time to display them at our guild's quilt show at a nearby art museum. It will be held for six Sunday afternoons beginning on Oct. 4th. Sadly, we never really have a large crowd attend, but this is where we have our meetings so the guild feels somewhat obligated to host a quilt show every two years. Mostly it's a few local people who attend. There's no admission. We're just a small group of quilters sharing our projects! I'm always impressed with what our 12 members accomplish. This year our theme is "Challenges on the Prairie" (NOTE: our quilt guild is called the "Prairie Quilters".) As guild president, two of the challenges I presented to the guild members this past year will be part of the display: the Hawaiian Scrap challenge and the Panel Palooza challenge. We'll be setting up all the quilts this Tuesday evening. We also will display some of the baby quilts we gift to Cheer Fund families (who have babies under a year old) at Christmas time. So if you're looking for something to do on a Sunday in October or the first two Sundays in November- let me know! :)
Harvest is moving along pretty well. On the first day of combining beans the combine had to go back into the shop for a couple of hours. Problem quickly remedied and back to the field without any more problems....for now anyway! Beautiful harvest weather and the guys are taking advantage of the dry weather & getting lots of acres done.
Everyone enjoy this beautiful Saturday! Stay safe and HEALTHY!
Comment by Jan from Iowa/Arkansas on Friday

Lynne, it was just dumb quilting luck that everything turned out okay on that quilt.  I wouldn't know where to begin to write instructions.  I love using that 9-patch cut-up block because it looks so complicated and it is about the easiest block I've ever made - glorified 9 patch!!  Thank you for your kind words.

I am working on the t-shirt quilt.  I hope to get all the shirts stabilized today so I'll be ready to go when the fabric arrives.  It has been shipped, so should be here before long.

Don't know much else.  We have had the windows open for several days and it is really nice to have fresh air and no a/c running.  The nights have been cool, so great sleeping.  The hummingbirds have finally taken off.  There are none here now.  There were 15 - 20 at the 3 feeders for several weeks.  So much fun to watch.  One of the last two that left was a real bully.  It would sit on the feeder, not eating, and when the other one came close he would chase it away.  Onery thing!!!

I'd better get busy or the day will get away from me.  Take care of yourselves and be safe.

Comment by Lynne on Thursday

Oh Jan those are both great looking quilts.  Way better than okay!  I love what you did with the panel. If you made that up, you'd better write out the instructions, it's very creative and unique.

We are moving along with harvest. Seem to be hiccups everyday.  I think we have found a couple of replacement employees who will start next week.  Dear DIL#2 has taken a liking to driving the grain cart.  More power to her, I do not like doing it.  Of course I think hubby is more patient with her than me too.

I've been sneaking some time in the sewing room when I can.  Almost caught up with my mystery.  I don't think I'll make it by the time the next clue comes out tomorrow but I am closer than I've been in a while. I am working on a cute pumpkin quilt as my leader and ender on it right now.

I found a pattern that will work really well with the five yards of fabric that Marcia and I collected for completing the shop hop.  I think that will be up next.  So many ideas, so little time!

Have a great day!

Comment by MsDesigns on Thursday

SandyO, try a different browser or computer.  see if that fixes the problem.  If not, we can go private to see what the problem is.

Comment by SandyO on Thursday

Perhaps it's my computer/internet connection but I can't use the link. It has the same error message.


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