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2019 RETREAT

Started by Marcia (aka "Life is Grand"). Last reply by Rhonda Huggins Jun 9. 23 Replies

2018-19 Mystery Quilt

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Comment by Rhonda Huggins on June 16, 2019 at 3:58am

The pulley system sounds neat. My design wall is a 5x8 ft frame with 2 cheap tableclothes from the dollar store (sewn together) and stretched across the frame felt side out. Works good for the place I have it. It hangs from the rafters very close to the block wall of the basement. I had no walls to attach it to so it floats from the rafters....LOL

Comment by Jan from Iowa/Arkansas on June 15, 2019 at 9:22am

Aren't our quilting sisters wonderful?  When you have a problem, one of us has a solution, either from experience or seeing it done somewhere.  Love you all so much!!

I am working on a MSQC quilt pattern called Four Corners.  I am making it much smaller, 4 x 5 block instead of 6 x 6.  I am also using that yummy red fabric I bought a while ago for the border and inner pinwheels.  I think it will be nice.  (This one is for me as I absolutely love that red fabric!!)  I have all the blocks done and will start working on sashing this afternoon.  It is going together easily which is always a plus.

The Arkansas Razorback baseball team made it to the College World Series and play later this evening.  They made it to the finals last year, so it is bittersweet to be back again this year.  They lost 6 seniors from last year's team, so there are several brand new guys.  So far, they have played really well in the regionals.  I'll keep my fingers crossed for them.  I am not usually a big fan of sports, but softball and college baseball have stirred my interest.

Have a great weekend.  Happy Father's Day to your hubbies and sons!!

Comment by Deb Semmens on June 15, 2019 at 8:10am

Lynne, I was thinking about using a pulley system of some sort.  

I see they are currently out of stock.  I think I will send them an email and tell and get a quote for my room.   I could even not hang the batting when I don't NEED the design wall.

Thank ya much.

Comment by Lynne on June 15, 2019 at 7:58am

THIS!

https://www.hangyourquilts.com/hang-with-pulleys.html

I would think you would be able to do it with stuff from the hardware store

Comment by Lynne on June 15, 2019 at 7:52am

Deb, how about a pulley system of some sort that you can lower the top of your "wall".  After you have the upper rows placed, you could raise it up higher.  You would need to attach a small lath or something to the top of it to keep it even while it is lifted.  I can see it in my brain - can you?  I'll see if I can figure out what to google to give you a better description.

Comment by Deb Semmens on June 15, 2019 at 5:52am

Need to pick you guys brain for DYI ideas for a design wall.  I have a 96 x108 wall in my quilt room that I can use.

I have a 96x96 quilt that I am going to need to lay out and each row has about 20ish blocks in it.

Easy Peasy tack up a piece of batting, you would think.  Ya know at 5ft 2, even on a step ladder (which my husband is not thrilled about this clumsy wife using)  I can't place the top blocks easily in the top row.

Now I know that there has to be a fully functional way for this to be accomplished but it currently is escaping me.  Any ideas?

Comment by Deb Semmens on June 15, 2019 at 5:38am

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qoqBKh4l2qs

This is the tool that I am playing with.  It is really easy.  I decided to make mine a scrappy version on white background.  That is the only problem I am having.  On one of my later rounds, I forgot my colored pieces were odd numbered and I used the wrong part of the ruler.

Comment by Darce Ovel on June 14, 2019 at 7:27pm

Marcia, I feel the same way about garage sales, which is why I hadn't had one in probably 20 years, but Natalie really wanted to do this to get rid of baby clothes that Once Upon a Child passed on, but were really nice and of course the big items.  The clothes really went well an she was happy with the outcome.  Probably won't be having another any time soon tho.  And Jan, I don't go to them either unless I'm with Natalie and looking for clothes/stuff for the kids.   

That really was quite a score for your future DIL, Lynne!

Never done a pineapple quilt either - sure like the way they look tho. 

Planning to hang a curtain rod in our bedroom this weekend and put up the scarf valance I bought for it - finally after 4 years, getting something up besides the blinds.  I'm glad I waited tho, so I didn't have to repaint around them.    Maybe I'll get stuff hung on the walls too - wohoo.  

Comment by Jan from Iowa/Arkansas on June 12, 2019 at 11:18am

I hosted our church quilt group yesterday.  It is always a fun time.  Really like these ladies.  We have completed five quilts for the children's home in southern AR and will have them dedicated Sunday at church.  Don't usually do that, but the lady in charge of missions wanted to point out that we actually doing something for the home.  (I guess the 14 quilts we sent in early May didn't count as much!!!) 

I think I'll start on a quilt for me today.  It is another MSQC pattern and I think it will be fun.  The pattern calls for it to finish 97 x  97, but I think that is too big.  We'll see as it goes along.  Going to use the red fabric I drooled over for so long before actually purchasing it!!

Sandy, be safe on your trip.  I know that you will enjoy it as you and Greg always enjoy your adventures.  Life is short, so take what you can that makes you smile.

Carol, awesome find at the garage sale!!  I don't even go to garage sales, I don't need more stuff.  (I have gone to a couple of estate sales since coming here and found some good fabric bargains!)

Lynne, sounds like your future daughter-on-law really scored!!  Sorta sad that the divorced husband got the short end of the stick, but who knows what that situation was like. 

Deb, I can't help with the pineapple quilt.  Never made one.  Good luck.

The deer have been enjoying eating our hostas!!  Most are nibbled almost to the ground!!  Oh well, they were here before we were.

Have a good rest of the week.

Comment by Lynne on June 11, 2019 at 3:56pm

Don't you just love it when you find those brand new bargains at garage sales! Youngest's future wife is a serious garage sale shopper.  She even paid her neighbor $100 for whatever was left over at their garage sale last year.  They just dumped it all in garbage bags and put it in her SUV.  The first thing she pulled out when she went thru the bags was a brand new Michael Kors purse with a $79 price tag still attached.  Most of the stuff still had tags on it. Turns out the gal was recently divorced and had been maxing out the ex's credit cards for some time, she didn't care what she bought as long as he paid for it.  E kept a lot, her sister kept a lot, she sold a bunch at Plato's closet and the rest at her own garage sale.  She made almost $1000 plus what they kept.

A pineapple quilt looks like a lot of work to me! 

I went to the orthopedic doctor this morning with my sore shoulder.  It's been bothering me for a long time.  He thinks there is probably a small rotator cuff tear.  We will see if a cortisone shot helps, he thinks it probably will.  If not, an MRI and possible surgery.  Yuck.

I went to the quilt shop this afternoon and tweeked my 24 FQs for my mystery quilt again.  It finally looks like they belong together with more variety in value and texture.

 

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