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I've been trying to get at least one DWR block hand quilted a day, but most days I feel it is progress if I get any hand quilting done on it.  I mostly work on it in the evenings.  21 of 81 blocks are done.  The deceiving part is, it feels like it should be over half done, because when I get 4 more done (25 interior blocks), I will only have the 2 outside rows left to do all the way around the quilt.  Who knew they would comprise so many blocks?  It is coming along, albeit slowly, and it will be worth the effort when it is finished.  To me, there is just something special about hand quilted quilts.  I am looking forward to putting on the binding.   The hardest part is not getting distracted by other projects.  And there are other projects that are tempting me.    

Otherwise we've been busy with fall ranch work.  Weaning calves.  Sorting and shipping some cull cows.  The saddle time causes my sadly out of shape muscles to protest at the day's end.  I'm not getting any younger, that's for sure.  

We're still experiencing extreme drought conditions, but no fires in this area (thankfully).  We are enjoying cooler temps now, which is nice.  

I'd better get back to the quilt.  Thanks, Pam, for getting us going. I've enjoyed the posts.  We just need a little spurring, prodding, uh, encouragement now and then.  (Sorry, I've spent too much time in the cow corral this past week...)  

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Comment by cellogirl on October 4, 2012 at 8:03am

Go Big Red!!  PTL no fires--almost hoped for a hurricane to blow some rain your way!!--it's been a quiet season for us--WTx had some rain, hopefully it made it up your way??  We're on the third "cold" front--Fall is early and the pecan/acorn crops are heavy--a cold winter??  Third big PTL--my right cornea is replaced, again!!  In His power--

Comment by Billie Blakeney on September 20, 2012 at 5:10am

So nice to read of your quilting progress and about work on the ranch. Hope you get to finishing your project(s).


Comment by Barbara Graham on September 17, 2012 at 8:03am

You were right about the quilt I whined about for four years--and--now that it's done and I promised myself to make smaller, faster, maybe even machine quilted--I'm eyeing some other monster and thinking, "two days for a block will finish it in no time at all". Awkward, long sentence. It means "Hang in sister!"

Comment by Pam/NY on September 17, 2012 at 4:54am

The quilt will be so special...it will make you smile every time you see it on their bed. Make sure you use fertility thread on it!!!! lol

Comment by B J Elder/WA on September 16, 2012 at 8:22pm

Sounds like you could use a padded saddle! I would certainly need one. LOL  Good for you to keep at the DWR blocks. Slow and steady....

Comment by handstitcher/IL on September 16, 2012 at 6:53pm

You're so right, PQ! It does feel like you should be nearly done once the interior quilting is complete, but I swear the outer row of blocks grows at night while I'm sleeping. They seem to take forever!

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