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Comment by SandyO 14 hours ago

I have been doing damage at Quilted Twins website; they have the most beautiful fabric, 108" backings and pre-cuts for wonderful prices.  I just can't control myself.  You all are right, boredom plus not spending money on things like eating out, movies, concerts etc. makes me think it's okay to spend it on fabric LOL!!!  If we have the retreat I have some quilt tops to bring for the rest of you to give good homes and those really, really busy (bring your Foster Grants) blocks from Calico Hutche's first mystery.

Comment by Jan from Iowa/Arkansas 17 hours ago

Boredom does bad things to us, Diane.  I try very hard not to drool on fabric on line, but haven't been too successful.  I really am trying to get rid of some of my stash and I haven't made a small dent in it.  Still working on the two scrappy quilts.  Today I'll work on the pieced sashing.  It is easy, but time consuming.  It take a 4.5 x 8.5 strip and put wonky star legs on each end.  It ends up making a star at each cornerstone point across the top.  The blocks are a 16-patch that measures 8.5.  Once I get the sashing pieced, it will go together really quickly.  No idea how many strips I need, but it will be a lot - there are 35 blocks!!!  Oh well, maybe I'll get rid of some fabric.

We are getting rain right now.  It has been dry, so need it.  DH discovered tadpoles in our fountain yesterday.  Never saw them in there before.  Weird.

Have a good day and be safe.

Comment by diane 17 hours ago


My leg if finally feeling better today but I'm not taking any chances by doing something stupid ,,like mow the lawn,, I'll wait and see if this is just a fluke or it really is on the mend. I can't sit at the sewing machine yet and I haven't tried driving, so I guess another day of hand quilting is in store. I need to finish It for Charlie anyway.I got my tooth fixed -yay me!!

I haven't been to the farm to check the garden, Kim did water it so hopefully it's ok.

We were to go to Ill. to Kim's brothers for a farewell picnic for their daughter and family. They are moving to Florida, about a days drive south of Laura, so I don't know when we will see them again, but I don't know if I can do 10 hours in a car (round trip) Jill and Shelby are going so that's good.

We could sure use some RAIN! just like a lot of you I know!

You should all be proud of me. I left $60 worth of sale fabric in my online cart and did NOT push BUY. Under $3/yd but I did NOT need an inch of it.

wait maybe I should see if it's still there........

Comment by Tressa Jurries 19 hours ago

We are in Illinois with my parents. Not doing much as do not want to go anywhere and take a chance of picking something up. Mom and I did go to joann fabrics. She has not been there for 5 months. It showed her cart was over filled. The manager checked us out. To our defense the clearance was an extra 40% off of the sell price. Did not bring my sewing machine so I'm  working on a cross stitch. 

Have my sons quilt on the frame at home. He has waited a long time for it to get finished. I will try to put a picture one here. Not sure I can as the net around here is nonexistent. 

Comment by Lynne yesterday

I finished quilting the top I had loaded this afternoon.  It is a batik leaf log cabin quilt. I think the pattern was one that came in a mailer for a magazine subscription several years ago.  I don't even remember when I made it.  It will be a donation quilt since the fabrics were all donated to the church sewing ladies.  Not sure where it is going yet, but as soon as I get the binding on it will be ready for when the need arises.

I loaded a baby quilt that my mom embroidered.  It won't take long to do. I'm not fond of it, the bunny's eyes are kind of creepy! I will give it back to her and she can decide what to do with it.

I've also been working on the Calico Hutch mystery.  It is kind of mindless sewing so that's nice.

We drove down to oldest's house yesterday afternoon to pick up a few things that he didn't want anymore.  He is taking a new job and they will need to be moving soon.  Further away from us, but just a few minutes away from DIL's parents.  

Not much else for news here.  Just hot, a good excuse to stay in the sewing room.

Comment by Jan from Iowa/Arkansas yesterday

Made a trip to the grocery store yesterday.  It wasn't very busy, which surprised me.  Guess people still have left-overs from the 4th!!

Still working on the scrappy quilts.  I have 10 blocks to finish for one, then work on the pieced sashing.  It won't be very pretty, but should be interesting to look at.  It will be a donation quilt so I want to get it finished up to take when the quilter lefts me know she is done with the ones she has.  I only have one ready to go and I'd sure like to get the second on ready.

Don't know anything else.  Be strong and be safe.

Comment by Jan from Iowa/Arkansas on Sunday

I really want it to happen even if I am a little afraid.  The world is a crazy place right now.

The 4th was very noisy around here.  There is a lake just below us and they had lots of fireworks.  I think nearly every neighbor had their own firecrackers.  It went on from about 4 until around midnight.  Glad everyone was having a good time.  We were able to see some of the aerial stuff thru the trees.  We only have "lakeview" in the winter when the leaves are all gone!!!!

I'll be working on my stash of 2.5" strips today.  I have the long strips sorted out and will be tidying up the short stuff.  One design I'm working on calls for a 16-patch of 2.5" squares.  That should use up as bunch!!

Have a great day every one.  Be safe.  Diane, get better soon.

Comment by Deb Semmens on Saturday

Linda,  Marcia plans to have a conversation with input from all of us around the middle of this month.

Comment by Linda Northwick on Saturday

do we have any info on the retreat yet. My computer has been giving me fits so noy sure if anything has been posted. Thanks

Comment by SandyO on Saturday

OK, Diane...the stencils are yours and I'm delighted they won't get thrown into the trash.  I'll bring them to the retreat and, if we don't have it this year, you and I can meet somewhere in the middle; I'll bring your box of scraps too!  Hope your body mends itself soon and your smile is back to it's old sparkle.  Tell that dentist to use some better glue LOL!!


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