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IQ 2020 Mystery Quilt

Started by SandyO. Last reply by Jackie Orton 12 hours ago. 35 Replies

2020 CHARM SWAP- sign up is now CLOSED

Started by Marcia (aka "Life is Grand"). Last reply by Nancy L Hagelberg on Saturday. 88 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

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Comment by Jackie Orton 19 minutes ago

YAY, Peg!!!  What a relief for all!  Leave it to a woman to get things done!!

Comment by Peg 43 minutes ago

Abby is scheduled on a flight out of Peru tomorrow morning!!!  Prayers welcome for a safe trip.  

She said the male US ambassador left on one of the first flights.  A woman has taken over and things have been way more efficient - lol.   There will be lots of stress sewing here tomorrow!  

Comment by SandyO 5 hours ago

That's an excellent quotation, Carol!  Thanks; I'll pass it along.

Comment by Carol Vickers/OH 5 hours ago

Good to hear from you all.  Glad you are all being careful.  Please don't play cards, Jan.  The virus, even from non-symptomatic friends, could be transferred by touching the same cards even if you are sitting far apart.  It's tough, for sure.  Not seeing my nearest and dearest hurts but I read something this morning.  "We're not together now so that we CAN be together later."  Ohio just extended the school closing till at least May 1.  I think even that is unlikely.  Scary times we live in.

Comment by Jan from Iowa/Arkansas 9 hours ago

I have completed the binding on one of the donation quilts.  I'll take a picture to post later.  I have two more ready to do hand stitching.  I like to do that while watching TV.

I am also working on blocks for a MSQC pattern.  It is the one that looks like little flowers all in a row.  I have made the block before, but put four together to make a star.  I plan on doing this like she planned it, all in a row.  Think I need 143 blocks to make it just like hers.

DH is about done with the chest of drawers he's been working on.  It has been a challenge as there are different things in the design than what he usually does.  It has been good though, because he gets to learn new stuff.  It is really beautiful - quarter sawn oak, Craftsman style.  Another piece for our girls to fight over when we are gone!!!

So far we are doing okay.  None of our friends have been sick and we are all doing our social distancing.  We could probably get together to play cards, but we aren't.  We'll see how another week of isolation works.

Don't really know anything else.  Have a good day and stay safe.

Comment by Darce Ovel on Saturday

Happy Saturday!   Worked this morning in the office - some things I just can't do from home, then stopped for groceries.  Lots of bare spaces, but got most of what I need. Never thought just going to the grocery store would cause anxiety, but it does for me now.   The twins are now at our house M, W and F while Natalie works 11 hour days.  That way she won't burn thru as much PTO.   I'm not nearly as organized with activities and Diane and Marcia and I also have to try to get some work done while they're here, but we're managing.  I made my last trip to the Chatfield office for awhile since MN is now shelter in place.  Someone will still have to bring work down to me and take care of a few of the things I usually do up there.  I'm going to have a seriously large amount of filing to do when I do go back up there.  

I participated in the Quarantine Quilt Along last Sunday with Gudrun's Quilt Crew.  What fun and oh so many gorgeous fabric choices.  I'm still working at sewing mine together.   No surprise that the retreat in Wisc I go to every spring got cancelled - definitely the safe choice.  We're going to have a virtual retreat instead.   I have my projects ready that I was going to take - mostly blocks that are already done and need to be sewn into tops.   All UFOs.   Gotta make the best of what we can do!

Peg, a friend of a friend also has a child stuck in Peru - I can't imagine how frustrating that is.  Sounds like Abby is making the best of it. 

Tressa, hope that finger is healing well.  The shower looks great. 

So many gorgeous projects done!!!   

Comment by Lynne on Friday

I got the buffet moved out of the sewing room, I love where it is at now.  The sewing room feels so much "lighter". As any project like that goes one thing lead to another.  I wanted a shelf to fill the empty spot in the sewing room.  I started looking around in our storage room and found a wooden shelf in there that was pretty much just storing junk.  Threw most of the stuff on it away, cleaned it up and brought it in.  Moving the books from the closet shelving led to a big pile for the garage sale.  And that lead to completely emptying the closets and starting over.  Lots of stuff got tossed or moved to better containers. My backing fabrics moved from an extremely heavy box onto the shelves to make it easier to get to.  I found a whole bunch of partially kitted things that need a fabric or two before they can be made.  I'm going thru them later and making a list for when the fabric store opens back up. I think I have another day of working in there and it should all ready to sew again.

Comment by Jan from Iowa/Arkansas on Friday

I was able to pick up the 13 quilts yesterday.  I dropped off 7 for her to work on for us.  I will work on my 5 and pass the others on to the ladies that made them.  Should keep me out of trouble for a while.

While I was out, I stopped at Walmart to get a few items.  I realized that I would run out of stuff like toothpaste, shampoo, etc., before long and knew I needed to get them on hand.  While there, I was able to pick up a package of toilet paper!!  Not my usual brand, but who is being picky at a time like this.  Anyway, I am good to go now for a while.

I also mailed out one of my quilts to the friends who visited a couple of weeks ago.  She mentioned she needed a quilt for a newly refinished guest bedroom and I told her to let me know what she needed.  Turns out I had a quilt that I'd made in 2007, a Thimbleberries one, and was not particularly attached to it.  Nice quilt, but not my favorite by any means.  Anyway, I sent her a picture and she was excited about it.  So, I mailed it off to her.  We are doing some "bartering" with them - they are the ones who make metal sculptures, laser cut and powder coated.  He had made some patriotic ones and we were interested.  We'll be getting two in the mail before long - one a 24' round one with a flag and eagle on it, the other a soldier kneeling with a flag in the background.  Both super cool.  Win-win-win!!!

Take care and be safe.

Comment by diane on Wednesday

fyi if you go to Pat Speth Nickle Quilt Lady on FB there is a link that will take you to her store where under the Patterns tab you will find several of her patterns for charm squares either free or $1.50. These are all PDF so you download them. You will have to go through all the steps as if you are paying normally, add them to your cart, fill out all the shipping infl, hit the pay now, even if you only want the free ones. Don't worry it won't charge you anything, you will get them all in your email with steps on how to download and print

Comment by Jan from Iowa/Arkansas on Wednesday

Hello everyone.  All is still well here.  Arkansas is slowly, but surely, locking down.  We have had a couple of deaths so far, but more negative tests than positive.  I know that will change, but for now people seem to be taking it seriously.

I am finishing up the two donation quilts today.  Just have to make the backing and cut the batting.  I'll be taking several quilts to the quilter tomorrow.  I will pick up the 13 we took up about a month ago.  (The quilter is a retired lady who has a retirement income, but I know that her income from quilting helps her also.  She is so generous with what she charges for the donation quilts.  We really appreciate her.)

I will work on Clue #6 today.  Thanks again Sandy and Jackie for doing this.  It is fun not knowing what the end result will be!!!

I ordered some Amish black fabric from Keepsake Quilting.  It was on sale again.  Love that fabric.  I like to keep some on hand.  A little touch of black always adds a spark to a quilt (in my humble opinion).

Take care, be safe and keeping on sewing.

 

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