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At 8:31am on June 18, 2012, Cindy said…

Good Morning Ellen. Hope all is well on your side of the country. Our weather is cool and rainy again. Enough I say! I am more than ready for summer. Have a good day and hope you can get a little sewing time in. Later, Cindy

At 12:06am on June 12, 2012, Cindy said…

Well, just had typed another message to you, all of a sudden the computer jumped to another site, I lost everything. Oh well. Hope your day went well. You have been in my thoughts and prayers.

Did you know we can communicate privately where no one else can see what we're saying? If you want to 'talk' that way, we can. Let me know.

At 8:12pm on June 10, 2012, Cindy said…

Thank you Ellen. There are times when we still feel we have to be all things to all people. My health has gotten progressively worse over the past few years. This past 6 months it has gone down rapidly. I keep thinking it has to get better again. I have had bad spells before, but this has been a really long one. I would only take a day or so to recoup after an outting, but now I am slowed down for weeks. Well I guess there was one other time that was really bad about 10-12 years ago. I was totally bed ridden that time for months! I can be thankful that I am not at that point again. I get frustrated when I think of what I used to get done and can't anymore. My DH gently reminds me that at the same time we're not getting any younger and part of this has to do with age. I do have to give him that point. Will have to find some new ways to cope with limitations. Usually feel better in the summer as well. Where we live we don't get hardly any sun in the winter months. Would you believe it comes out from behind the mountain peaks for about 10 to 20 minutes in the dead of winter; gets pretty gloomy at times. Summers can be quite hot but for only about a month and a half. Just get used to the warmth when it turns cool and rainy again. Would sure like to move to a dryer climate when we finally retire. One where there are less extremes in weather as well. Wherever God directs us is where we will go. Again thanks for your kind words. It is wonderful to have found such a great group of women!  God directs us where we need to be whether it is where we live or where we find friends.

At 6:17pm on June 6, 2012, Marilyn L. said…

Hello again....to answer a couple of your questions....yes, the Gettysburg piece is counted cross stitch, 14 count cloth.  I bought it at the museum gift shop when we were there 2 yrs. ago. Worked off and on till this spring when I decided I needed to finish it.

A couple of weeks ago I downloaded a pattern to do a Christmas sampler of redwork squares that will be put together into a small quilted wall hanging.  The pattern only cost about $5, so I decided to go for it. I can access it here on my computer and print each motif whenever I want to. I think it is supposed to make about a 38" sq. quilt.

Made plans to go out for lunch tomorrow with my friend, Sandy, and two other gals that I used to work with at Penney's.  We are all retired now. One of them has a birthday so we will celebrate a little too.

Hank came home bushed!  He said there was alot of walking from one end of the civic center to the other. But it looks like most of tomorrows meetings and programs will all be located in one central area. That will be better.  His legs bother him when he has to walk long distances.  Plus he missed a couple of turns going and coming home, so that frustrated him a bit too.  He's know where he is going tomorrow!

Have a good evening!

At 8:40am on June 6, 2012, Marilyn L. said…

Hello Ellen!  It's been awhile since we last chatted. I've been sort of busy with a variety of projects and business.

DH will be gone most of the next 3 days at our church district annual conference in Peoria. He is our delegate to the conference. He is also the head of the trustees and has been up to his ears in efforts to get the  bad renters out of the parsonage before our new pastor is ready to move in in July.  Problems,problems, but he has taken his job seriously and done a good one. We will be having a farewell dinner for our present pastor this Sunday.

I finished the "modern type" quilt top last week, and am almost finished with a purse that I am making for my friend. We shopped for the fabric last week. She had asked if I would make her another one and of course I said yes! She has made and given me so many beautiful crocheted doilies over the past few years. She can do what I can't do!

I hope to get a little house cleaning done while DH is away. Just easier sometimes without the distractions of stopping for lunch, watching t-v, etc. with him. And next week my step-son is coming for a couple days to help us with some painting. He will do the ceilings in our living room/dining room. We feel we can handle the walls, but it's just too difficult for us to tackle the ceilings anymore. God Bless him for offering!

Have you formulated any ideas for your Fall block swap?  I have sketched out some ideas and cut a 12" sq. of muslin to lay out some fabrics on to test my plan. I love the sq. of fabric that I got from my partner.

DH and I persevered and I finally got 7 more photos posted to CT. I will have to get a couple more made - of the finished purse and my small wall hangings.  I am itching to start a new project and I'd really like to do some embroidery, perhaps redwork.

Here's hoping you have a splendid day!

At 2:23pm on June 5, 2012, Cindy said…

Any time Ellen. It is so nice to have others to talk to who understand! I too find it beneficial to do things, but with me I would rather be sewing. If I try to read I almost always fall asleep. I seem to be having a lot of trouble lately of falling asleep at the drop of a pin. Sitting at my machine, even while driving I find it very difficult to keep my alertness. The extreme fatigue is at an all time high. So glad my DH can drive again! With me even back into the time I was still in school, something was amiss. Sure glad the doctors have come to recognize this disease. There are still some that don't though. Any way, I am thinking of you and wish you the best, so glad you have GK to help you. Take care.

At 11:27pm on June 4, 2012, Cindy said…

Don't tackle too much at one time Ellen. Get some of those GK to help you. They now have paint that has anti-mold agents in them. Don't know how well they work, but might be worth looking into. My DD has been painting the different rooms of her future home. She loves to do that kind of thing as do I. Will help her with some wall papering later on after the wedding. My mama was one that was into all this as well. I used to help her, now it's my turn to do it with my own DD. I was diagnosed with "something" over 30 years ago, they weren't quite sure what, but they knew something was wrong. They are still thinking it may be a combination of fibro and MS. But whatever it is I just deal with it and keep on going. As you know, you have to pace yourself as best you can. Some times you think you are, but you still get laid flat when you least expect it. Have to be careful of others as my immune system is shot. My t-cell count is so low it is almost non-existent. I have been blessed with a wonderful husband and two exceptional kids. God is good.

At 9:11am on June 1, 2012, Cindy said…

Mold is a huge problem and allergies, we won't even go there. My poor DD has so many allergies to a variety of different things from environmental to foods. We also have been "blessed" (LOL) with asthma in my family. Weather doesn't help that any either. We just deal with it and go on. It is hard to stay ahead of mold in our houses. Where we live we get 80 to 100 inches of rain a year. So much more than the rest of western WA. We do have a temperate rain forest here as well (Olympic National Park), and several places with smaller "clusters" of rain forest type vegetation. It is beautiful but has it's drawbacks. A lot of our precip comes in the form of snow. Well, have a good one Ellen.

At 6:03am on June 1, 2012, Cindy said…

Sounds like you're busy. Just pace yourself so that you don't overdo it. I bet your yard is beautiful! Used to do a lot more outside, but just can't keep up with it any nore. I have a nice weed patch that is very healthy. Too bad the plants we want are not as prolific as those pesky weeds! My rhodies are blooming nicely though.  Our growing season is about 3-4 weeks behind the rest of the area,

Don't see many gals on line in past couple of days. Summer must take them elsewhere rather than sewing and "talking" on the computer. Have a great day.

At 11:10am on May 31, 2012, Cindy said…

Ellen, hope you haven't been affected by the storms hitting the east coast. Saw on the news this a.m. how that area has some severe weather. Don't know the area so I am not sure where everything is hitting. Looks like the mid west is getting some nasty stuff as well. Rain here on the west side of WA again. Guess that is why we are so green. Did you get finished with the project you were working on over the weekend. My date with Mr. Ripper, aka froggie, is over with, things are back together and looking awesome. Need to add another row to make it long enough for a queen size bed, then borders. Will post pic when finished. Have a great day.

At 7:32am on May 29, 2012, QuiltDragon said…

Hi Ellen, so sorry to hear about your daughter. I hope she's feeling better soon. The cruise sounds like a great time.

I'll look at the shops/areas you mentioned and we'll see where our trip takes us. Barb

At 5:53pm on May 28, 2012, QuiltDragon said…

Where in the Lehigh Valley do you live? I live in Stillwater, NJ - about 25 minutes down Rte 94 from the Delaware Water Gap. Do you ever go to Pocono Sew Vac in Stroudsburg? I also have an account at American Ribbon - they have some really good fabric, too.

On June 8th, DH is taking me on a Birthday Fabric Shop Hop like we did last year - we had a blast. The best shop we found was Endless Mountain Quiltworks in Tunkhannock. Do you know of any good shops in that area or between the DE Water Gap & there?

Gotta go work on Lily's big girl quilt....talk to you soon. Barb

At 8:21am on May 27, 2012, Lois Sparks said…

I must get a picture of the fabric. it is really not a check. but it is hard to describe. lol Thank you for the complaments

At 4:27pm on May 21, 2012, Cindy said…

Dito to that Ellen. An afternoon sewing and sipping tea with a friend sounds lovely. We could always have the tea anyway and pretend we're together LOL. Sounds like we're kids again huh. Any way, the way the instant messenger works is when you see that someone is online just click on their picture and a box will pop us for a private conversation. Pretty cool this modern technology. Have a good evening and maybe we'll connect later in the week. Will be gone tomorrow to take DH to PT. Later. Cindy

At 2:15pm on May 21, 2012, Marilyn L. said…

Oh, I forgot to mention that I saw the pics of the quilts and your kitty. The leaf quilt is going to be striking. Did you say you planned to applique a silhouette of your kitty onto it also? I like that idea!  The princess quilt is so sweet too.

At 1:33pm on May 21, 2012, Marilyn L. said…

Hello Back, Ellen!  Sounds like you have been keeping busy there as well. You were able to get both inside and outside work done. Saturday here was hot too, but at least the humidity has been low so it isn't so uncomfortable. Today is glorious! Only in low 70's and bright sunshine.

I should be doing some housecleaning instead of being here on the computer. I brought the vacuum in here to the computer room so that I could dust and sweep up the corners where the cobwebs lurk. But you can see that I haven't gotten around to THAT WORK yet!  Ha,ha!

But I did get the "modern" quilt almost all set together. When I discovered that the last piece I added - I had put upside down - I decided it was time to call it a day on machine sewing. Oh, I corrected my mistake first before I quit.

Now I have the binding to hand sew on another mug rug that I made for a friends birthday. Actually, it is a very belated birthday  gift as hers was on May 1st. If I hadn't gotten a b-day card from her on Sat., I would have forgotten entirely that I had missed hers.  My face is red! 

I wish I still had iris in my yard. We had beautiful ones in Indiana, but the few that we brought with us didn't thrive in our thick, clay soil.  We are also in the process of digging out some old day lilies that have run wild in the flower beds close to our back walk. We are downsizing the flower beds alot as it is becoming too much work for me and DH is not a gardener.  So we started last summer to lay landscape fabric and then put decorative rock over. Then I have large pots or urns with annuals in them. I have a few large hostas between and a bird bath.

That plate of food looked delish! The small chunks with the cherry tomatoes, is that cheese or tofu?  I can't do tofu!  Ugh!  But everything else on the plate looks scrumptious. Hurrah to your son for changing his diet and losing all the weight. It sure is hard to do! And I admire your adherence to a vegan diet. But you do what you have to when it improves your overall health.

Now here I have rambled on too, but you make it easty to chat with. I feel like I am getting to know you well already. The same goes for so many of the other gals here at QWU. I am anxious to get to know the gal whose name I got for the Fall Swap-will put my square in the mail tomorrow.

Now have a great day and week!

At 7:50am on May 21, 2012, Cindy said…

PS-love the pic of your cat on the quilt with leaves scattered across it. Very creative!

At 7:48am on May 21, 2012, Cindy said…

Thanks, Ellen. When I have been on I check to see who is on line. There are times when I know someone is on but they don't show in the "members online" box. The web site has been doing some funny things lately, too. Sounds like you have some beautiful projects going. I agree with the basting though. With our hands, it's much easier than trying to hold onto small pieces and keeping them in their proper places. Haven't done much handwork because of the arthritis in them. It's good exercise for the hands though. (so is typing, ha-ha). I have my fabric picked out, cut and ready to mail tomorrow. Our P.O. is 30 plus miles away. The delivery does come to our company office and they get it out to the residents. How's that for old times. No Sat. service, ever here. Again, thank you for your kind words and for being a friend. I am almost overwhelmed with the friendship you ladies have extended to me. I guess part of it is also due to how isolated I have been living where I do. Especially the past several years. The number of people living here has decreased dramatically in the past 5 to 8 years.

At 1:45pm on May 20, 2012, Cindy said…

Thank you for your kind comments Ellen. As far as quilting goes I am pretty much self taught. Was quilting and "making" things long before there were any classes let alone all the "modern" tools and 100% cotton fabrics after all the blends and polyesters of the 60's - 80's. Had scraps left from dresses, aprons, etc. that were all cotton as well as feed sacks and flour sacks. Sure wish I had them now, but back then they were meant to be used and use them we did. But I digress.

I have taken a few classes for special techniques and patterns and some just to be with others. Have also taught a few classes.

Just sat down to take a break from working on memorial quilt for my aunt. Too tired and hurting. Will work on it tomorrow.

Hope your day was a good one. 

At 5:19pm on May 19, 2012, Cindy said…

Beautiful here too although it has cooled off into the 60's. Sounds like you've been busy with grandkids. They are fun but can be tiring. Am anxious to see your finished quilt. I have to get a memory wall hanging done for my aunt (the cousin I lost last weekend) then back to the wedding sewing for DD wedding end of July. always too much to do. We think we can get more done than we actually have time for, at least I do. Yes life does have a way of interrupting our plans. My husband says "Tell God your plans and watch Him laugh". How true, how true. We are not in control.

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