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At 8:45am on May 16, 2012, Cindy said…

Good morning Ellen. Hope your day is off to a good start. Have been gone so much lately have been missing talking to you ladies. Don't seem to connect when the rest of you are on line. Am sure the time difference has a bit to do with that though.  Our weather has been so beautiful, hope you are out of the rain now.  What are you working on?  I do enjoy seeing and hearing about other's projects. It is fun for me to share with others and see their things. Later.

At 1:44pm on May 14, 2012, Marilyn L. said…

Golly, look what you and I have started together! You have 6 new friends to chat with and I now have 10!  I would never have believed I could find such a neat group of gals with so many similar interests.

Some people, even younger than me, just don't want to have anything to do with computers. I say they are missing out on alot. Yes, you have to be careful and knowlegeable about what's happening on the internet, but in the years I have had a PC it has really opened up a new world for me--the information is limitless!

And---that's how I met Hank!  So, I am fortunate and blessed!

Hope you're having a great day. I'm heading off to monthly quilt guild meeting this eve.

At 11:08am on May 13, 2012, Marilyn L. said…

Just popping in to wish you a Happy Mother's Day!  Now I am off to find some more bedding plants for the yard. Have a circular bed under the crab apple tree and want to look for flowers for there too. Don't think I am going for any special color scheme this year, just what catches my fancy.

Hope it's a pleasant day there. Sure is pretty here!

At 5:58am on May 9, 2012, Marilyn L. said…

Hi! So glad you liked the little mug rug that I sent. I've seen several gals who have been making them, so I decided to give one a try. Now I have several in mind to make for Christmas gifts. I am a tea drinker also and I try to keep an assortment of teas on hand. I'm not too much into the herbal kinds, but do like to try some different ones.

At 7:54pm on May 6, 2012, Cindy said…

Just signed up for the Love of Art Quilts group. I will be looking for a little guidance along the way, so any help you can give me would be appreciated. Sent off a message to BJ as well. Will wait to hear from someone tomorrow in regards to the May 18 deadline as well as the other swap I believe that you needed one more person for. Time to jump in with both feet.

At 3:31pm on May 6, 2012, Cindy said…

Have been quilting since the 60's but got into it seriously in the 80's. Have been pretty much self-taught. I had two grandmothers who were both quilters so I have some very neat treasures. I fell in love with quilts when I was young. We were at a grange meeting where they were raffling off a butterfly quilt. I asked my grandmother to buy it for me, she gave me 10 cents and told me to buy a ticket and if we won, the quilt was mine. Well we won and I still have the quilt. It has butterflies from 40's prints set with alternate lt. green blocks. All hand quilted. I have loved quilts ever since. Made a lot of crazy patch stuff from clothing scraps at first and traced a lot of cardboard templates for applique. WOW, what a difference rotary cutters and mats have made not to mention all the other gadgets they have come out with. The quilts that are posted have been made over the past 4 to 6 years. Quite a few of them have been charity quilts and/or raffle quilts. I can get lost in my quilting for hours and not notice what I am feeling like. Look forward to getting to know all you ladies better as time goes by.

At 1:07pm on May 6, 2012, Cindy said…

Ellen, you can go to my site and clicked the "Add as Friend" button and send me a request. I will then add you to my friend list. Just follow the prompts. Thanks, Cindy

At 2:45pm on May 4, 2012, Marilyn L. said…

Good Afternoon Ellen!

Was this the week that you were supposed to go on the retreat with you daughter and family?  I hope the weather has been decent for everyone. We've had nearly a full week of rain here. I don't think the farmers will be wishing for rain for awhile now!

I finished the "Spring" banner this morning. I am very happy with how it turned out and will try to get a pic of it posted, along with a few more pics of recent projects. 

I went to a quilt shop this afternoon and picked up a few 1/4 yds of fabric to start the "Winter" banner, plus one more fabric to go in the quilt I have started to cut out. Now I think I have enough projects to work on for awhile. Ha,ha! What quilter or needleworker has enough projects?  We always see something new we want to try.

There's a small parcel winging it's way to you as my thank you for copying those kitty patterns for me.  I hope you will like it and can use it. 

Hoping for a nice weekend and first of the week. Monday we are driving to southern Illinois to meet friends who are visiting in that area from Hot Springs, AR. She is an old school chum. Looking forward to a good gab fest!

Have a great weekend!

At 7:27pm on May 2, 2012, Cindy said…

What more can you tell me about the other group and the challenge. Sounds interesting and like something I would be interested in. Where do I go to what web site to find out? Thanks - Cindy

At 11:44am on April 29, 2012, Marilyn L. said…

No storms here, thank goodness!  We did hear that an outdoor tent blew down and one person was killed in the St. Louis area yesterday. These storms are scary! We had so many last year and it looks like it's going to be another bad one this yr.

Hank said of your note this am --- "If it's good enough for God, then rest is good enough for us!"  We were to church this morning and they announced the name of our new pastor. Of course, I knew already as I was at the meeting when he was introduced by the district supr.  I think he and his wife will be a good fit with our congregation and I am hoping everyone will welcome them. We had a few extra folks from our sister church that came to play and sing. Always nice to have extra songs and musicians!

Another dreary day and it's hard to work up any ambition to do anything but be lazy.  I will try to put in a few stitches before the day is over.  I will go to quilt in the morning and hear all about our friends trip to the Paducah quilt show.

Hank just came in from outside to tell me ... he was standing by the open small garage door ,just quietly looking around...when here came 2 birds swooped down by his feet in an attempt to fly into the garage!  They saw him and he saw them and they both scared each other!  That will probably be our excitement for today. :)

You have a good rest of this quiet day before your busy week!

At 12:06pm on April 28, 2012, Marilyn L. said…

I did have a quiet evening on Thursday. Got some quilting done on the wall hanging. It's a dreary day here, blustery and cool. I keep following the sun from room to room so that I have good light for my cross stitching.

I admire your charity sewing for Africa. It is fun to sew for children, isn't it? I hope to get a quilt or 2 made for our guild's donation to the Linus project. Will have to see what quilt pattern they are using.

We were to help with a pancake and sausage breakfast at church this morning but we both got up feeling "yukky".  Think we over ate yesterday. Our older tummies just can't take it anymore. Hated to let them down at the church, but we will have a chance to work again one day soon.

So, we are having a quiet day today too. I hemmed a pr. of jeans for Hank and have been stitching on the Gettysburg piece off and on.  I decided to join the ladies in the art quilt group and work on the FALL swap. Sounds like fun!

Now have to head to the grocery for a few necessities. Hope you have a nice weekend!

At 5:21pm on April 26, 2012, Marilyn L. said…

Don't you just love all the crafty ladies out there?  So many neat ideas, beautiful quilts and such helpful hints!

I have my wall hanging all basted and ready for quilting. And I may put in a few stitches this evening. Hubby is off to bowling, so I will have a quiet evening with music instead of t-v.

I'm sure the rain that you got, though alot of it, was much needed. We had expected rain a strong storms last eve, but nothing materialized. Beautiful day here today, but expecting light frost tonite.  I knew I was smart in not getting my tender flowers to plant yet!

Happy stitching!

At 10:12am on April 24, 2012, Marilyn L. said…

Hi Ellen....Well, I didn't get to the quilt shop on Friday as I'd hoped. But hubby and I went to nearby town so that I could go to Hobby Lobby and another quilt shop there. I bribed him to go along....reminding him that we had a gift card from Steak & Shake to use. Ha,ha!  I found the rest of the fabric that I wanted to start the new quilt. I am so glad that I went back and found more. Then ordered the quilt pattern and am anxiously waiting for it to arrive.

In the meantime I dug out a counted cross stitch project that I have had a couple of year. I got it when we were in Gettysburg the last time. It has the word "Gettysburg" with small soldiers, flags and a cannon interspersed with the letter. So far I have G-E-T-T-Y done. I am hoping to use it as part of a quilt for hubby. Have some ideas floating around in my head.

I also received the small quilt batt that I had ordered. Have it laid out on the spare bed so that it can relax and get some of the wrinkles out.

One of our quilting ladies from church is on her way to Paducah for the big quilt shop this week. She is riding with a couple women from our quilt guild in Canton. She is thrilled to have been asked to join them. Guess she has been before but it was several yrs. ago. The rest of us will be anxious to hear all about what she saw.

I did join the Embroiderer's Group here and think I will enjoy learning more from everyone. There are so many nice folks out there, and so helpful.

Hoping you are having a good day and that you didn't get swamped with snow yesterday! 

At 6:31am on April 19, 2012, Cottonwood Quilter said…

Edison is way south, about 10 miles from the Kansas border, we are 24 miles west of Holdrege.  There are just a 150 people in town, so it is very small.  I lived in Omaha for the majority of my adult life, being raised in Oxford which is 8 miles east of Edison.   I only moved back to Oxford after my  first husband died in 1991.  I then remarried in 2005, so we moved here.  It is just a farming community, I have chickens and ducks so to me that is fun.  I have a shop built onto the house 16' X 18' where I have my quilting business.

At 3:40pm on April 15, 2012, Marilyn L. said…

Hello Back!  Yes, I have been working on my quilt. And I finished it up this afternoon.....after I had to rip out one small section as it wasn't lining up just right. Made the adjustments and it looks much better.  I was short just one 2" by 30" strip to finish the border. So I went to JoAnn Fabrics on Friday to try and find the same. Ha,ha!  I should have known I would never match it. But the same brand (Kona) is a near match, so I bought a yard. Cut 4 new strips and finished it up. You can hardly tell the slight shade difference. It is cream color. And the rest will be the backing as it only finishes at 34" square.

We have been fortunate not to have had any severe weather here. Had rain part of yesterday but it was light and steady. Windy today and overcast. Could still get some strong storms tonite, and it is looking pretty dark for only 5:30 in the afternoon. Hope and pray that no more tornados break out today!

We have a pair of purple finches that have built a nest in our clematis vine. It's been fun watching them work so industriously. It's just outside our back door. I hope I don't disturb them too much when I do some weeding in the beds nearby.

I'd better call this enough for today. I have to start a little supper for us. We just had light brunch after church.

Talk with you soon again!

At 12:27pm on April 15, 2012, Brenda Crisci said…

Hi Ellen...I lived in Jim Thorpe for a spell...worked at a hat factory in Walnutport....actually loved it...lol...also worked in Allentown too.  Back home in Florida...I think this is where I belong...hate shoveling the snow!

At 8:05pm on April 14, 2012, Cottonwood Quilter said…

Hi Ellen, welcome to the Love of Art Quilts, we are so glad that you joined in. 

Were in Nebraska are you from?  I live in Edison, which is in the south central part, but I lived 30 of my adult years in Omaha. 

Again welcome to the Love of Art Quilts, I am looking forward to getting to know you better!


At 10:06am on April 14, 2012, Pam/NY said…

Thanks for your nice comments about my quilts...gdsons are the best! They keep us laughing....I hate to see them grow up so fast!

At 7:21am on April 14, 2012, B J Elder/WA said…

You are so right - I don't know how anyone manages who does not have God in their life.

Thank you for your great comments on my PC's. I'm having such fun with the art quilts, along with all the other things I've made.  It's such a great stress reliever.

At 3:01am on April 14, 2012, Charlotte Gustavson said…

Hi, Ellen! I took one class to learn how to free motion quilt and another to make a Winding Ways quilt that I would never have gotten more than 4 rows done on if my youngest son hadn't asked for it and promised to change the color of the bedroom to match it! lol I took the class because I didn't want to be afraid of sewing curves, but, to my immense relief, it's really much easier than putting in sleeves! ; D

I'm only marginally familiar with Emmaus. My Dad's family is buried in the Moravian cemetery there, including the original God's Acre. I know there's a lovely little cafe/restaurant there on the main street where my cousin took me for lunch a few years ago!

Don't let my art background  give you the wrong impression of what I do: I'm a very lazy quilter! LOL

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