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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 Peg 51 minutes ago

I’m in New Orleans this week with my Mom and sisters for our annual girl’s trip.  Our flight from CR to Chicago was delayed and we just barely made our connection- they held the plane for us - closed the door right behind the last sister to board.  

We did a city tour today that was lots of fun.  Tomorrow night we are doing a haunted/ghost tour.  We also have a riverboat dinner tour, plantation tour and swamp tour planned.  Plus lots of good food and adult beverages - lol. 

Comment by Darce Ovel 8 hours ago

I'm catching up here - plenty going on - but not with harvest it doesn't sound like.  The weather has been crazy - we had snow yesterday.  :(

Jan, your trip sounds like so much fun!

Sandy, your upcoming trip sounds like a lot of fun too - I've love to visit Ree Drummand's places.  Way to go with finishing projects too!

Lynne, the mystery quilt is beautiful - you and Diane got me curious, so I just googled the rulers and watched a video - I think  set needs to live at my house.  

Nancy, congrats on the new grandson!

I've been fighting a head/chest cold all week - I was supposed to have the twins on Tues, but instead they went to daycare and I laid in the recliner.  Of course every single package of cold meds in our house were out of date.  I finally picked up new boxes of DayQuil and NyQuil, so that's helped some.  I am managing some putzing and organizing in the sewing room tho - I feel like I've made progress, but then I look at how many totes of fabric are still downstairs and realize that I have a long way to go.  Sigh.   It's about time to take a break from organizing and actually do some sewing tho.

Comment by Marcia (aka "Life is Grand") yesterday

Jan- your trip out west sounds great! You put a lot of miles in a few days and saw some amazing sights!

Lynne- like your mystery quilt.  I was going to tell you that Prairie Rose had FFA fabric, but see you already spotted it there & bought some.  Saw the mystery bags and was tempted; but fought the temptation and only came home with some White on White fabric.

Diane- You and your friend Judy know how to party!  LOL  Sounds like the auction had a lot to offer her.

DS, wife & family coming up to spend the day.  Roast in the crockpot & Scotcheroos made- so got the basics done!  LOL

Everyone try to stay warm this weekend! 

Comment by Lynne on Friday

I saved the picture of the one with the piano key border.  It would use up all those less than fat quarters that I have left now.

If anyone else wants to join in the mystery quilt madness, Diane found another one that uses the Deb Tucker rulers.  It is on Facebook at  Ribbon Stars Mystery by The Hope Chest. She just released the fabric requirements yesterday and the clues come every two weeks. The accuracy of these rulers and the amount of blocks they can make is amazing.

Sounds like it is going to get really cold overnight. I don't have to worry about covering my flower pots, they seem to have gone thru a drought already.  Oops.

Comment by diane on Friday

Lynne I'm tempted to redo my borders on the mystery and do piano keys like that other hall did. It really set the center of didn't it. 

We had 11/2 days in the field. That's it. We got almost 2inches in the last 24hrs.

Got a haircut and went to an auction tonight. I didn't get anything but Judy sure did. Fi lled her car and will have to go back tomorrow to pick up the rest!l

Jill and family coming tomorrow for the weekend. 

I've been trying to finish a scrap quilt I've had in the works since last spring. The body is done but the border is taking awhile but I am using up quite a few scraps

Comment by SandyO on Thursday

Diane...have a wonderful birthday!

Comment by Deb Semmens on Thursday

Happy Birthday Diane!   Hope you have a great day.

Comment by Lynne on Thursday

Finally finished my mystery, except for the borders, it gets a small background colored one to make it float and another in one of the fabrics. I'm thinking of making it bigger than the original.

We got a couple of days in the field this week, now with another 3/4 inch of rain overnight we're probably done for the week again.  Upside - I can go along wedding dress shopping Saturday!

Sandy, I hope you get to Pawhuska on the day that the ranch kitchen is open.  Friends who have gone have said it is worth the drive.  One friend brought home bakery goods, yummy even if they were several days old by the time I got to taste them.

I'd better get to work while I can be in the house.  I don't know how many miles I put on my pickup already this week.

Comment by SandyO on Wednesday

Glad your drive was such fun, Jan, and that's you're back safe and sound. That's a LOT of miles!  We're off to Oklahoma on Friday for 10 days to visit three couples we "hang around with" during the winter at our Texas home. Another of the gang, a couple who lives in Illinois, are joining us there so the 10 of us will spend a week in their home area of Tulsa/Oklahoma City. Looking forward to seeing some different stuff and Ree Drummond (Pioneer Woman) has a complex and stores we will also visit.  Can't remember the spelling of her town; something like Pawhaska.

Comment by Jan from Iowa/Arkansas on Tuesday

I am back from my journey west.  We left on the 27th and returned the 4th.  We traveled 4235 miles and had excellent weather most of the time.  A couple of rainstorms that were bad, but mostly clear and sunny.

We visited the Petrified Forest.  I had heard of it for years, but seeing the actual trees that are now solid rock was something else.  Glad we stopped.  We also went to Sedona, going there from Flagstaff.  We decided going in from the north was probably the most scenic as the road is very twisty and turny.  We had lunch there at a nice place and really enjoyed the scenery.

We drove up to the south rim of the Grand Canyon.  We had been to the north rim a couple of times.  It really is amazing.  Pictures just don't do it justice.  Bigger than you can imagine.

We drove up to Sequoia Nat'l Park in CA.  That is not an easy place to get to.  We drove from Ridgecrest west on a very curvy road that sort of followed the Kern River.  Awesome.  We walked half a mile to see the General Sherman tree (supposedly the largest tree in the world) and I survived the walk back up the hill.  There was a lot of stopping and resting, but I made it.  Little did I know, but if we had kept on driving past the walking area, you could actually drive your car right up to the darn thing!!  Both of us laughed and laughed.  The walk did us good, so no harm done.

We did not drive up to check out the property we own in the desert.  It would have been another full day and we were ready to come home.  So we did out checking of real estate in Green Valley (decided we didn't really see anything we wanted) and came home.  We had a wonderful time, checked off some bucket list items and did a lot of talking with each other.  (Sometimes we forget to do that!!)

Sunday was a very rainy day here.  We had over 11" of rain in less than 24 hours.  We didn't have any damage, but lots of low places were flooded.  More rain is to come Thursday night and colder weather on Friday.  Guess it really is fall.

Oh, we saw lots of orchards in CA, even saw the plant were they process Halo oranges (those little ones kids love). 

I haven't really gotten back to sewing since getting home.  Need to get to that soon.  Loved catching up on all that's been happening here while I was gone.  Congrats on the new grandbaby Nancy.

Have a good rest of the week.  Glad to be home!!


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