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Started by Marcia (aka "Life is Grand"). Last reply by Darce Ovel Apr 18. 108 Replies


Started by diane. Last reply by Marcia (aka "Life is Grand") Apr 6. 53 Replies

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Started by Jackie Orton. Last reply by Nancy L Hagelberg Feb 11. 79 Replies

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Comment by Jackie Orton 2 hours ago

It's o.k. to be a slug once in a while, Jan!!  That's what I tell myself anyway!!

Dang, Marcia...what else are you going to have to deal with?  I'm glad you were able to get away for your own little shop hop.  Been to the Pella shop several times...they have such a nice variety.

Finally doing some serious work on the retreat panel challenge.  I've had the idea printed out for a while and had done some fabric pulling/auditioning.  But got started on cutting and construction over the weekend, yesterday and today.  But it's sew nice outside, I think a walk is in my future!  Were there any size restrictions on this challenge, Marcia?

Enjoyed the weather yesterday at a Jr. High conference track meet!  So fun to watch the girls run/jump/throw.  Only two left on the next two Fridays.

Have to brag on Riley today...an announcement at school today:

This is a program they started a couple of weeks ago apparently.  That's our Riley...she really is a kind person...not like some of the 'typical' Jr. High students.

Well better get back at it...Hugs and prayers.

Comment by Jan from Iowa/Arkansas 23 hours ago

Marcia, when it rains, it pours!!  Glad DH was along to solve the problem.

Had a fun afternoon yesterday.  Cards with friends, then supper and more cards.  There were 4 couples, so we had two tables going and switched several times.

Today I've been a slug.  Got a few things done, but nothing major.  Did get an appointment with the dermatologist - cyst on back not going away.  Regular appointment is May 25, but told to call on Friday and see if there are cancellations and I can get in then.  Weird, but will make it work.

Tomorrow is church quilt group.  Always fun and I'll work on hand sewing the binding on the baby quilt I got back from the quilter.

Have a good week.

Comment by Deb Semmens yesterday

Oh Marcia, what a pain!  But so very fortunate that your hubby took quick action.  Really sorry you have one more thing to add to your plate, water damage is the worse!

Comment by Marcia (aka "Life is Grand") yesterday

Had a fun time on Saturday's bus trip.  Left Belmond at 6:30 AM and got back at 6 PM!  Went to five quilt shops and came home with lots of lovely fabrics that I just couldn't live without!!  LOL  Stopped at shops in Oskaloosa, Ottumwa, Tracy, Pella, and Bondurant.  I have two coupons from "The Sewing House" at Ottumwa  for 30% off one cut of in-stock regular priced fabric .  These coupons expire on May 31st.  Anyone want these coupons???  I know I won't be back there before the coupon expires.  Let me know if you are interested!  I will mail the coupons to you!

While I was on the bus trip I had DH stop in Dad's house to feed and let Sammi dog out.  Well- the furnace was sounding funny so DH decided to check it our and.......when he opened the basement door he discovered the basement was FLOODED.  Water was up 6-8 inches in the basement.  I'm sure it happened during all this recent wild rainy weather and now that the snow is melting it worsened.  All the times I stop into Dad's house, I rarely needed to go into the basement since we really didn't use it. I had an old refrigerator in the kitchen hauled out a couple weeks ago- so was in the basement then to shut off the water line for the ice maker.  Fortunately DH bought a sump pump on Saturday and much of the water is gone -but the carpet is still very soggy and there are water marks up the paneling.  What few pieces of furniture that were down there are ruined. So frustrating to have this to deal with now on top of everything else.  Will be calling Dad's home owner's insurance this morning.  Then will have to start carrying everything out of the basement and getting it down to the bare walls.  Grrrrr....... :(

The weather is supposed to really be nice these next few days so hope to get some yard work done this week too.  

Everyone have a MARVELOUS MONDAY!  

Comment by Lynne (APMom) on Saturday

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Comment by Darce Ovel on Friday

I am really loving the sunshine!  I did a little of the work I brought home this morning, then headed for the monthly "club" at Red Roxy.  Took MIL's quilt for Sew and Share even tho I'm not done quilting it yet.  Marybeth - you're a bit of a celebrity there.  Another woman shared her QOV that you quilted for her and I heard several comments about how wonderful your work is.   From there, I got groceries and am now trying to work up the motivation for the rest of the work I brought home.  

Jan, the quilt is beautiful!

Stay warm Jackie!

Kids can sure do some "interesting" things to walls. 

How fun for your grandson, Marcia, to be on TV!

Happy Birthday Froggie and  to Betty in Heaven.

Comment by Jackie Orton on Friday

That was supposed to be 'layering'!

Comment by Jan from Iowa/Arkansas on Friday

Thanks for the comments on the quilt.  I am excited to give it to her; she is a special girl - honest, outspoken, but kind, and very funny.  I think she gets those traits from her parents - they are good people!!!

I am making a couple of pillow covers for DD#3 today.  Not too difficult or time consuming.  Tonight we get to play cards with friends, so it is a good day.  Oh, and best of all, the sun is shining brightly - always a plus for me.

Have a great day everyone.

Comment by Jackie Orton on Friday

Awesome quilt, Jan!  Something to be treasured!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Froggie.....and Betty in Heaven as well!!

Super glue, Lynne?   Yikes!!  I came home one day when DS1 was in high school to a pencil drawing covering one wall in his bedroom of a saddle bronc rider!  And that was on the drywall.

I don't know why, but my mind is full of patterns I would like to make for myself, alumni, and classmate QOV quilts.  I have too many projects going on at the same time as it is!!  

Another Jr. High track meet this afternoon.  Will be laying up again!

Hugs and prayers.

Comment by Lynne (APMom) on Friday

Such a pretty quilt Jan, she will love it!

I seriously thought about your bus trip Marcia, but this weekend already has too many thing in it.  I would love to do that sometime, maybe even organize one with gals from this area. Do you hire out?!?  We need to talk.

Starting to put the sections together for the BOM.  I should have it together by next week.

I've been packing up a load of stuff to take to oldest.  They bought a house in Norwalk and are moving this week.  I thought I had it all figured out what I was going to bring in this load when DDIL texted that she wanted the wedding stuff, she has a taker for it.  YES!  I will gladly get rid of all that stuff out of the bedroom.  You can just come get all the other things some later.  I want to redo that bedroom.  It needs to be updated from teenage boy to guest room.  I would love to drywall it, it is still paneling, one of the two rooms in the house that hasn't had it removed.  Oldest was so proud one day, I had been gone and he had to show me he hung up pictures in there - with Super Glue!

Sun is shining and it is supposed to warm up.  Have a great weekend!


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