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

Started by Marcia (aka "Life is Grand"). Last reply by Jan from Iowa/Arkansas Sep 7. 40 Replies

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Additional notes for AUGUST 2019 RETREAT

Started by Marcia (aka "Life is Grand"). Last reply by Lynne Aug 1. 6 Replies

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Comment by Jackie Orton on September 2, 2019 at 10:31am

This has been a busy weekend!  Riley had 4 ball games on Saturday and 2 yesterday.  I didn't get to all of them, but Kaci kept me posted by text!  I missed the first two on Saturday because I helped with two QOV awards in Winterset at the John Wayne museum.  I don't have a picture to share yet...didn't get one on my own phone.  The emotion that these awards sometimes dredge up for the veterans is so touching and amazing.

Yesterday was a cousins reunion on Jerry's side of the family with he and I and his sister and husband being the 'old fogie' Aunts and Uncles.  He has two deceased sisters as well, so there were a LOT of cousins.  Here is our bunch.

It is hard to tell, but Riley has her ball uniform on.  She had a game before the reunion and one after!

There are two nieces battling cancer, so I made them each a 'What Cancer Cannot Do' quilt.  Blue is the favorite color of the one on the left, the other is an Iowa State fan, so used ISU fabrics.

Then had our family fantasy football draft last night...a lot of laughing and good bonding time.

A little more laid back today, but the crew will be here later this afternoon.  Brats and sweet corn on the menu.

Have a great rest of the weekend...Hugs and prayers.

Comment by Jan from Iowa/Arkansas on September 2, 2019 at 9:16am

I am making two additional blocks for the ribbon block of our birthday blocks. (That sentence had a lot of blocks in it!!)  Anyway, I figured it was the two blocks I would have made for myself.  That gives me 16.  I'm going to get those made, then get the top assembled.  I'd like it to be ready for the quilter next time I go up there.  My colors are pink and grey which are my oldest daughter's favorite colors.  I'll probably give it to her sometime.  She is the one who lives in the Victorian house they bought about a year or so ago.  They are so happy working on it.  Recently had the wrap around front porch rebuilt and are in the process of painting the house.  It will be beautiful when finished.  (Thankfully a lot of the redo on the inside was already done before they bought it.)

Still working on the first 18 blocks of the Apple Dumpling quilt.  Lots of pieces in this one.  But should be pretty when finished.  I actually have one block completed!!

Happy Labor Day to everyone.  Since we are retired, we don't think so much about having the day off work!!!

Comment by Jan from Iowa/Arkansas on August 30, 2019 at 9:03am

Our power went out on Monday with a nasty thunderstorm that went thru the area.  It FINALLY came back on at 4:10 on Wednesday.  It is weird how many things you can think to do that require electricity!!  I did read a lot on my Kindle.  We lost a few items in the refrigerator, but not as much as I feared.  The freezer was also mostly okay.  We didn't open it at all during the outage and things were still cold inside.

We were out of town all day yesterday, so today I'm working on laundry, etc.  Have a lot to do. 

Got the stitches out of my nose on Wed.  All is well.  Need to keep it bandaged for another week, then I'm done.  It looks pretty raw right now, but I don't think it will be bad when it completely heals.  Oh well, it is what it is!!

Maybe I'll get to the Apple Dumpling quilt later this afternoon.  I marked a zillion of those 2.5" squares during the outage, so can get to work sewing them on.

Have a good weekend.

Comment by Lynne on August 28, 2019 at 3:07pm

All you one block wonder people out there, Prairie Rose Quilt Shop in Clarksville is having a special on certain panels. 7/$35.  If you would like pictures of what is available I can get them for you.

Comment by SandyO on August 28, 2019 at 7:01am

Glad you didn't injure your knee, Diane.  I tripped coming up two steps in our garage and came down on the left knee.  It has taken four months for that to pretty much stop hurting; nothing broken but inflamed the tendons that hold the kneecap in place.  I still baby it coming up and down stairs; the pain was awful!  Just thankful I take my vitamins so didn't crack the sucker!

Comment by diane on August 28, 2019 at 5:12am

love the cookies Carol! When Kim had his accident years ago a friend in South Carolina sent him some she had made, to make up old McDonalds farm and a few quilted ones for me. . Didn't want to eat them!

Lynne you'll just have to look over all the dies available and decide which ones you'll use most! Then go to town.

I took a header on the sidewalk yesterday during my walk. Landed hard on my left knee and both palms. Stood up bloody! As the day went on I got sorer and sorer. My wrists still hurt this morning but the other joints are ok. Only good thing was no body saw me! Story City really needs to replace the sidewalks!

Went over to the motel last night and visited with a longtime Online quilting friend from Co. I've meet her before when she has come through. She has family in Wisc. so goes up to Hwy 20 along I35 and Story is a good potty break or stop over. Her mother passed on Sunday so she and hubby are headed there for services on Sat. We've been "friends" since the 90's. 

I love these cooler temps in the morning!

Comment by Rhonda Huggins on August 28, 2019 at 3:56am


Comment by Rhonda Huggins on August 28, 2019 at 3:56am

Wow Carol, those cuties are spectacular and to pretty to eat.

Comment by Jackie Orton on August 27, 2019 at 3:33pm

Both my daughters in law have Cricut machines.  They have used it to etch drinking glasses with the names of all the family members to have here at my house.  It was used when Riley had to make a folding poster board presentation for National History Day.  They put an iron-on vinyl on t-shirts and onesies.  And it was used to put a phrase on some of those plastic recyclable bags for our alumni quilts.  I don't know that they've done fabric yet, but I'm sure they will figure out a project!  And....I get a custom made scrap book of family events for Christmas!!

But you're right Lynne....I like to have a paper manual to refer to.

Comment by SandyO on August 27, 2019 at 2:45pm

I had a Cricut a few years ago to make paper stuff like cards and signs.  I found it too fussy to bother with and my cards all looked like they were made in pre-school!  So, I gave it to a card-making friend who does beautiful work.  You said you were gifted the Cricut; what a great present!


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