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You know I've often wondered how it is that so many of you can get these quilts done. Bing bang boom and you're posting pictures of two three quilts at a time. The answer has finally come to me this evening. You don't live with my herd!!!!!! I have the BF, the lovable wonderful tollerant man that he is, has limits. Doesn't give a wit about quilting. Example, He thought that my fan quilt was going to pieced together to look like the front of Charlie Brown's shirt. You see, you know what I am talking about. Ok when you are done laughing, if it's not the BF then there is the retriever Zeus, afarid of his own shadow and always under foot, yes I have tripped over him several times. And then the yorkies, Yoda who is actaully king of the manor no matter what the BF says is the first to be inline for getting his time with me. Then he takes his place on the back of the couch to gaze out the front window and bark at everything in the street. I swear one day I will get one of those kid guns that shoots darts that stick to the window. I figure that will get his attention and won't really hurt him, maybe then he would shut up and let me concentrate on what it was that I was trying to figure out with my quilt. Then of course there is Ivy my female yorkie who not surprizingly is pregnant again. Someone around here wasn't listening when I said don't let them get stuck together when I left for work. I guess he thought I said something in reference to the stars and moon. Yes she is getting fixed when this litter is done. Ivy is the jealous one. Yoda got to sit in my lap she wants her turn, ok she loves to have her belly rubbed. she will lay on her back all day for that one. Then there is the Black Pearl, appropriately named. My only surviving puppy from the first litter when not playing with Zeus is usually digging clothes out of the dirty laundry and dragging them about the house. Not so funny when your socks are in the backyard with the unmentionables!!

So I was laying out my quilt pieces on the bed tonight just to get an idea of order and size when here they come. All of them pile onto the bed and the laid out pieces. And now I will go collect my quilt pieces from the bed and probably from the back yard as well and try again another day.

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Comment by Kathleen/CA on May 18, 2010 at 11:30am
Love your stories about the dog. I don't have one now but do miss not having one to enjoy and play and fuss at as well. I also admire those who can work so quickly. It took me over 10 years to get my quilts quilted. Life got in the way. After retirement I was able to get organized and sent out many to be quilted. Now 10 are done and one at the quilters. I still have at least five that need quilting. As time goes on they will go to quilters for final touches. I just made two small easy to assemble quilts for our guilds comfort quilt collection. Comfort quilts are given to our child services department to give to children who are taken into foster care. It is a fun project to do and I am able to use many fat quarters that I have collected over time.

Good luck with the puppies. Hope you find them homes.
Comment by Connecting Threads on May 18, 2010 at 9:24am
Happy Birthday Kathy! Look at the bright side - you'll NEVER be lonely!
Comment by Ruthann on May 18, 2010 at 7:43am
thats what dogs(our feline children) are for to bark and drive you nutty, to jump on the blankets and pillows while you are making the bed, to drag all the folded clothing you have just put in the laundry basket and drag around the yard for all the neighbors to see, then seeking your lap the second you start to head for a chair, is a race sometimes between who will get the chair first me or the dogs, the having more babies is more for you to cuddle up with, and last what you actually get to piece your quilt on the bed or lay the quilt top on the bed to see how it looks, never happens in my house, even changing the sheets is a hassle with chasing dogs off the bed and then they jump up and are under the sheet or the blanket and my dogs must sleep in bed with me so there has to be enough room on my side of the bed for me and my dogs. have you ever tried crocheting with a dog on your lap grabbing the yarn or trying to get in there between to get petted or when it storms out, 2 dogs hiding in the chair behind your head to not see the lightnining or the thunder booming? oh, yes, there are worse than having children underfoot. as for men, well depends if he is getting his own personal quilt being made for him or are you getting money for this quilt. then there might be a small intrest. although mine made me a hanging thing between the dinning and living room that all had to do was pull string down, clip quilt top on it, pull string back up and then can look at it or take a photo of it. but then that may be the part of selling the quilt tops better photo does wonders... did I also mention my 2 dogs are office dogs too, they come to work with me 5 days a week, as have our own home business here. so I do envy you that you can handle so many adorable companions such as you have. deep down some days want to shoot them with a dart gun, spray them with a squirt gun or a tap with a flyswatter.. ha ha
Comment by Judith Cogswell on May 18, 2010 at 7:22am
Funy story. I live with great danes and a fat cat. My latest rescue is a 1 1/2 year old male and he is definitely a Marmaduke. They all have their spot in my swing room.
Comment by Stephanie G. Benson-Greer on May 18, 2010 at 7:17am
Happy Birthday! Oh, what we do for the ones we love! Hang in there girlfriend and remember that these are all memories to keep you laughing at a later date! Can't wait to see the quilt, paws, dirt and all! :)
Comment by Lori/MD on May 18, 2010 at 6:25am
first of all Happy Birthday. Don't dismay not all of us can crank out two and three quilts at a time. Months and months go by before you will see me crank out anything. I've got 3 dogs a cat 5 daughters, (2 of which are always home, another home from college next week, 2 out on their own most of the time), oh yeah and a DH. All of whom know i have "mom's time for sewing" Not much mind you, a half hour here and an hour there, whenever I can catch a few minutes, usually after bedtime. Like Linda i trained my dog not to bark when he was a puppy. and now if he's barking because someone is at the door, all i have to say is no barking in a normal tone, and he stops. The good thing is he also stops the other 2 dogs from barking as well.

I have a philosophy, for what it's worth. We all find time to do what we want to do and what we enjoy. Mine happens to be quilting. I like BJ's idea too, expecially the chocolate and laughter part. Point is if you enjoy it and it relaxes you do it, you'll be in a better mood, and happier for everyone else around you.
Comment by B J Elder/WA on May 18, 2010 at 6:12am
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! You have quite the circus going on at your house -- at least I think it may seem like that. I, too, am amazed at how productive some people are. MIne goes in spurts these days. Today I hope you have a wonderful, fun, relaxing, doing what you want, chocolate and laughter filled day.
Comment by Sherry N/ Alberta on May 18, 2010 at 6:00am
Well I hope you can have a HAPPY BIRTHDAY, even with that crew around! Hope you have a little time to yourself to quilt away!
Comment by Linda Richards/N. Ontario on May 18, 2010 at 4:30am
First of all Kathy, you need to train them young not to bark. I have mine trained that he doesn't bark very often as I cannot handle a barking dog. When I was training him, my DH says (with every dog we have had) that's what dogs do. No sorry that is not what dogs are suppose to do unless there is danger. As far as getting on the bed with your blocks well at that point you just cuddle with them and then they know they are loved. I wish I was handy for that next litter and hopefully they will all live this time. I would love to have a second dog. My GF came yesterday with her new dog. She is 7.5 but she doesn't want to play and she growls at him to keep his distance and now he is a little timid of her. It is funny. But he really needs a playmate who can tire him out. I cannot do it as he plays me out. (ha). Happy Quilting!! Hugs to you. WHen you get frustrated with them, think of me!!
Comment by yolanda fullerton on May 18, 2010 at 3:09am
sound like the day I had just this last weekend. when everone wants to pull you into a mill. peices. but then you have to do the something over again. you just have to put your foot down and tell them that when you are sewing that is your time. cause they had their time earlier in the day. well have fun and try to do as much as you can. yolanda

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