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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

Favorite recipes

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

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 Marcia (aka "Life is Grand") on November 7, 2019 at 7:58am

Happy, happy birthday, Nancy!  Hope your day is GRAND!

Lynne- this fall's harvest has been challenging with the weather... and now no LP available to dry the corn.  UGH-the stress of being a farmer.  On another topic- we probably won't get to sewing the flannel quilt kits you gave me till January or February.  I will be sure to let you know the date we plan to sew these up so I can extend an invitation to you to join us at that Charity Sew Day!

WooHoo!  I received my shipment of my mom's cookbooks...and I LOVE them!  We are having a family get-together (with those who can come) a week from today at a local restaurant.  It's their Tex-Mex night and their food is great!   I will pass out the cookbooks to those who are there that night.  My sneaky way to get them there was telling them we are celebrating Mom's birthday and will be sharing fun memories of her- and the one that shares the funniest memory will get the table centerpiece I am bringing that evening!  The centerpiece will be pink carnations (Mom's favorite flower) in a mug that I ordered online.  It has a photo of Mom on one side and her nickname "Saint Selma" printed on the other side!  I am so looking forward to surprising everyone when I give them their own copy of Mom's cookbook! :)

Tuesday I worked at the election polls from 6 AM till 9:30 PM.  We were a lot busier than I thought we would be- considering there were no contests for any of the city elections.  However, there were three contests between individuals who were interested in being elected to the school board.  Since there were some "controversial" candidates running for school board, I'm sure that is what brought the majority of the voters in.  It was a more challenging day than usual since the machine tallying the ballots got jammed...not once, but TWICE!  Grrrr.  And as the chairperson, I was in charge. But we got through it.

Planning to go out to PARADISE today and do some sifting & sorting.  But I what I really want to do is SEW!  LOL  

Everyone have a THUMPING-GOOD THURSDAY!  :)

Comment by SandyO on November 6, 2019 at 2:27pm

I hear you loud and clear, Lynne.  I can get the borders on and get the quilt to the machine quilting lady but....then I lose interest when it has to be bound.  Did I ever mention that I hate binding.  I even like scrappy quilts more than I like binding!

Comment by Lynne on November 6, 2019 at 2:06pm

Mother Nature will you please get your undies out of a bundle.  Good grief, first winter doesn't want to leave, spring lasted about three days, summer was just kind of meh, fall was another three days and winter is back!  We were supposed to get snow last night, but it didn't come.  Now I look out the window and my yard is white, that wasn't in the forecast.

We are stopped picking corn because we can't get LP to run the dryer.  Can't take the corn to town because it is already sold for delivery somewhere else later.  Hubby is keeping busy with other things for the moment but it is getting old.  We are down a truck driver on top of it all.  

I did finally get a quick Walmart run and a haircut in today at least.

I'm at a standstill in the sewing room too.  It seems like after a quilt gets to the point it needs borders, I kind of loose interest.  I don't know how you gals who do big quilts all the time do it.  So much fabric under under the machine.

I should get back to dusting the living room, I didn't get it done before Sweet C came for the weekend.  Lots of little finger marks where she was cruising along the furniture!  She is getting a little personality.  I asked her if she wanted to ride in the combine with Grandpa, she shook her head no. How about in the tractor with Daddy?  She just grins.

Hey Deb, I recognize some fabric in that quilt!

Comment by Jan from Iowa/Arkansas on November 3, 2019 at 12:31pm

Marcia, I am working on a recipe book also.  It will not be a published one, but in a 3-ring binder.  I am typing out most of the recipes, but some will be copied.  They are from my grandmother, my mom, DH's mom, and me.  Also included will be household hints and things a person should know when starting out adult life.  I hope to get it done before Thanksgiving, and give copies to at least our oldest four DGDs.  I will make ones for the three younger ones at the same time, but since they are all still kiddos, will wait to actually give it to them. 

Deb, love the scrappy quilt.  Your grandkids will love it - so many bright colors. 

Marcia, you get more done in a day than I do in a month.  Such a generous heart and soul.  Keep up the good work.

I finished making the backing for the retreat challenge quilt today, so it is ready for the quilter next time I go up.  Next project (after the recipe books) will be another t-shirt quilt.  I have all the supplies, just need to jump in and get it going.

It has been really chilly here, but the sun has been shining during the days so it is really pretty outside.

Have a great week.

Comment by Lynne on October 31, 2019 at 10:55am

Brrr... I have a word for this weather but it isn't polite. We had to spend all morning outside fixing a motor on an auger for the corn dryer.  I'm not sure if I will thaw out today or not.  I just start to warm up and it is time to go out and check the dryer again. At least we only got a dusting of snow.  Planting season was never-ending, harvest is starting to feel the same way.  I need to get away for groceries sometime in the next couple of days.  And a haircut is WAY overdue, my gal is just going to shake her head when she sees my eyebrows.

I've got a good start on my NDTS quilt.  Just haven't been in the house long enough to spend any time with it this week.

Marcia, when your gals work on the flannel quilts I gave you let me know, maybe I will try to come join you.

Comment by Marcia (aka "Life is Grand") on October 29, 2019 at 9:21pm

WOW!  I absolutely LOVE your brightly colored scrappy quilt!  The sashing between the blocks really makes that quilt POP!  Well done, Deb!

Lynne- Pillowcases would be a good idea.  Something quick would be the little coasters, potholders, or the 5 minute table runners.  Bless you for organizing this activity for your friend as a show of support.  It will mean a lot to her.

HOORAY!  I finished the cookbook today!  The cookbooks (sharing my mom's recipes) should be delivered in time for me to share them with her kids & grandkids on her birthday (November 14th).  She would've been 93 years old.  I'm really pleased with all of it: the recipes, the dedication page, the "notes" that I added with several of the recipes.  (I included many brief stories about Mom and our growing up years that related to some of her specific recipes.)  The challenge I gave family members last Christmas (only preparing Mom's recipes for this year's Christmas family gathering) will be easier... now that they will have a cookbook with her recipes!  :) 

I've been busy making kits and organizing supplies for Fidget Quilts.  I had a request for 20 (or more) Fidget Quilts for Elderbridge residents.  Four of my guild members spent 3 hours sewing with me on Sunday as we worked on these kits.  I may ask my fellow charity sew day volunteers to help me with this project since there were so many Fidget Quilts requested.  But first we are going to finish the Christmas stockings for area service men & women.  Charity Sew Day a great group of ladies who so willingly help out with any projects I throw out at them!  We accomplish a lot and have fun doing it!

Hope the snow stays away....or melts quickly.  Everyone have a WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY!  :)

Comment by SandyO on October 29, 2019 at 7:20pm

HOLY MOLY!  My eyes are permanently crossed...at least until I find the Foster Grants!  I didn't know there were that many scraps in the entire quilting world, Deb!  I KNOW little kids will love it since it's so bright and cheerful.  Nice job working on it for a year and not going blind ;^) LOL!!

Comment by Deb Semmens on October 29, 2019 at 6:40pm

DON'T LOOK SANDY!  Scrap quilt alert!

I have been working on this one for about a year now.  It is on the longarm this week.

Once it is bound it is going on the grandkids bed at my house.

Comment by Jan from Iowa/Arkansas on October 29, 2019 at 11:44am

How about a pair of seasonal pillowcases?  Don't know if people would be interested or not, but they are quick and easy.

I am still working on the minister's quilt as well as my challenge project for IQ.  Both are progressing nicely, so I hope to get them to the quilter in early November.  Neither one is a rush, but I'd like to get them  off my mind.

I noticed you mentioned snow.  Please keep that stuff in Iowa.  Although the local weatherman said we should get flurries later this week, but it probably won't hit the ground.  I guess it is November and we should expect it.

Hope all is going well with everyone.

Comment by SandyO on October 29, 2019 at 10:45am

A pillow is a great idea, Lynne.  I never think of them because I rarely make one.  No binding is good (I HATE to bind) and a nice rough appliqued design block on the top...it will be a winner.


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