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2020 SWAP

Started by Marcia (aka "Life is Grand"). Last reply by SandyO on Sunday. 7 Replies

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

Started by Marcia (aka "Life is Grand"). Last reply by Nancy L Hagelberg Nov 6. 42 Replies

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Started by Jackie Orton. Last reply by Marcia (aka "Life is Grand") Aug 8. 214 Replies

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Comment by Peg 12 hours ago

Happy Birthday Lynne.  I hope it’s been a wonderful day!

My Portland grandkids have been here since last Wednesday.  We’re having so much fun.  Everyone else gets here this weekend so the chaos will increase - lol.   My doggie went over to see the  neighbors without permission this morning.  She doesn’t normally do that.  I think she wanted a break from the kids - lol.  They have 2 dogs at home so really don’t pay much attention to her but her usual calm environment has changed.  

Comment by Nancy L Hagelberg 12 hours ago

Happy Birthday Lynne!!!

Comment by Jackie Orton 18 hours ago

Happy Birthday, Lynne!!  Hope today is stress free and HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY!!!

Comment by Marcia (aka "Life is Grand") 21 hours ago

Happy, happy birthday, Lynne!  Kick up your heels and do something FUN and OUT OF THE ORDINARY today!  

Comment by Marcia (aka "Life is Grand") on Saturday

Now that it is December we need to start our discussion about the birthday swap idea for this upcoming year.  We mentioned at last August's retreat that it would be fun to re-do our first original swap of sending light and dark squares to the participants to make into HSTs.  The first swap held in late January 2009 wasn't really a BIRTHDAY Swap but rather a regular swap in which we sent all the squares out to everyone at once.  Believe it or not, I counted the members that had participated in this first swap (organized by Melzee) and there were TWENTY-EIGHT of us gals participating in this swap!!!!  We mailed five dark 5" squares and five light 5" squares out to each person. We were encouraged to send out five different fabrics for the light squares and five different fabrics for the dark squares (even though a few of the gals used the same fabric for all their light squares and the same fabric for all their dark squares).  It was fun to see the various pattern designs made using the HSTs.  So the question we need to decide for our upcoming swap is:  shall we use it as our BIRTHDAY SWAP or shall we just do a non-birthday swap this year and mail all the squares out to everyone at the same time.? I know some people like to receive 'squishies' in the mail to open on their birthday and some of you would just like to mail them all at once and be done with the mailing.  So I will start a short discussion regarding next year's swap-- whether we should have it as a BIRTHDAY SWAP or just a regular swap with a deadline (like Jan 15th or maybe Valentine's Day) for everyone to mail their squares.  And if you're like me- this should be a very easy swap since I cut my leftover scraps into 5" squares.  Thus I have a lot of pre-cut charm squares on hand.

So please check out the discussion and give me your input. Thanks! 


Comment by SandyO on Friday

Life is good at OPC; temps in the high 70s and more!  We leave on Sunday for an 8 day paddlewheel trip from Memphis to New Orleans called Plantation Holiday.  Stopping at several plantations that will be all decked out for Christmas; should be beautiful.  There are 14 of us going on this adventure, from several states.  I love traveling with my friends!  Sewed the binding on the hot pepper quilt yesterday; now to do the handwork that bores me silly.  I just can't get those perfect little stitches as Lana does; mine look like an elementary school kid did them!

Comment by Jan from Iowa/Arkansas on Friday

Jackie, not a fun way to loose 40 pounds, but it is gone and he is better.  Glad to hear that.  I loved your wedding picture.  Those beautiful fall colors.  Bet it was a truly beautiful wedding, back in the day!!!

Lynn, sorry your DH had a painful incident over Thanksgiving.  Hopefully he is better and life is good.

DH had elevated blood pressure the last time he was at the VA, so we are both taking our bp daily.  He doesn't want to go on medication, but I think the alternative is so much worse.  He doesn't like to take anything, but he may have to change his attitude.  My bp is doing well, seems under control.  Evidently my afib is okay also.  The doctor says I am in it all the time, but I have no symptoms.  No discomfort - nothing.  I'm not complaining!!  Most of the time I feel 100%, other times I just feel older!!

I finished a donation quilt top this week.  I hope to make at least one a month this coming year.  The pattern I used was the Building Blocks by MSQC.  Very easy and fast.  I used what I had on hand and it is okay.  Will keep someone warm.

My next project is the t-shirt quilt.  I have been putting it off, but now just need to DO it.  Don't think it will take long, but not excited about it.

Thanksgiving was good - no family squabbles or unhappiness.  Enjoyed the grands and boyfriends.  One of the White Elephant gifts was colored pencils and an adults shopping at WalMart coloring book.  Talk about hilarious!!!  I think I've even seen some of those depicted.

Everyone have a good weekend and we'll do the same.  Sun is shining and it is in the 40s, and going higher as the day goes on.

Sandy, enjoy your time at OPC!!!

Comment by Jackie Orton on Friday

Wanted to let you all know that I delivered 76....yes, 76 'Betty-cases' to the Murray school this morning. They requested 71, but I take 5 extras just in case. I am so proud to be part of this continuing legacy in memory of our quilting sister Betty Snyder. You all help make it possible! And I am SEW blessed to have each and every one of you as my friend since I joined the group in January of 2009. I asked the coordinator to send pictures again, so hopefully I'll have them to share after they get together.
Jerry had the ultra-sound on his pancreas on Tuesday and all looks well! No scarring, no old gall stone hanging around, no tumor, or no cancer!! Now if he can stay on the right nutrition track! He looks so much better after losing 40 pounds through all this.
Been working on quilts of valor for the Winterset group and for our class reunion project.
That's about it! Hugs and prayers!

Comment by Marcia (aka "Life is Grand") on November 29, 2019 at 6:26pm

Since I really don't care for shopping, you can be guaranteed I will not be out & about on Black Friday.  Did go to Belmond to fill out my Plan D for Medicare.  Already have Plan A & B- now just to get signed up for supplemental insurance.  One sure gets a TON of medicare supplement insurance flyers in the mail when your 65th birthday 3 months away!  Recycle...recycle....recycle!

Loved your wedding photos, Jackie.  2 more years till the GOLD!

Lynne- so sorry hubby is having health issues.  The good side is that it happened AFTER harvest!

Diane-sounds like you will be celebrating everyday this weekend!  Time with family is a good thing!  Enjoy your lefse.  You just barely get done with your NDTS quilt and you are already onto the Bonnie Hunter mystery!  You are the "Mystery Queen"!  I do like the colors for this project.  Starts out with Four Patches so just might do it!

Last weekend is the retreat I organize every fall for our quilt guild members and friends.  Friday is easy for me since it is "No Frills Friday" and everyone is on their own for food.  I have to plan & fix the three meals for "Sensational Saturday"; as well as the door prizes & give aways.  I worked on my quilt guild's Hawaiian challenge.  Can't remember if I mentioned I had purchased some fabric at an auction and included along with the fabric I had wanted was a BUNCH of Hawaiian fabric cut into pieces (I'm thinking scraps left over from shirts and some were the actual shirt pieces).  So as the new guild president, I gave each guild member a large bag of these scraps at the September meeting and challenged them to make anything they wanted using those scraps.  Then we will have a Hawaiian party in February and the reveal of their projects.  Should be fun to see what everyone made!  My project uses 5" squares and is more of a modern quilt.  I rather like it and may gift it to my daughter since they just recently (mid-September) went on a trip to Hawaii.

Tomorrow is another Thanksgiving for DH and me on his side of the family. His niece is hosting the get-together.  I am making oatmeal rolls, peach upside down cake, and a fresh fruit salad.  Mostly this group just eats and watches football games.  Not much conversing going on!

Have a Wonderful Weekend!  :)

Comment by SandyO on November 29, 2019 at 7:13am

Glad it was "only" a kidney stone; hope he passes it soon and is feeling more like himself.  Life sure has a way of setting up on our heels, doesn't it?  Glad everyone had a good Thanksgiving; ours was sure different this year.  But my older son, DIL and younger grandson will be here for Christmas. Along with my sister and BIL (who also live here during the winter) we will have as close to a family gathering as it gets in my world. Everyone lives scattered across the country and world (with some of them in the Military).  


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