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    my four mini's, mini-donkey, quilting, reading, painting, puzzles and cooking
  1. dixie_belle

    I'm so bummed

    You all know I've been struggling with some depression issues because of my husband being ill. I decided I needed to get out of the house a little, get away from the issue so I joined a quilt guild and a homemakers group thru the local extension office. Now granted, all these ladies are quite a bit older than I am and are all local. Generations local. They know everyone. So the homemaker group I chose (and there are several to choose from) was small, only 7 ladies. I wanted a smaller group so I could get to know them, rather than one of the larger groups. And it's pretty informal, which I like, too. Second meeting, no one bothered to call me to tell me where it was. (It changes each month). OK, well, I'm new so maybe they didn't have my phone number. No big deal. Last month the lesson was on recycling your old junk to make new junk. LOL One of the ladies called everyone.....except me, of course.......to ask them to bring anything they had upcycled into something new to show everyone. No biggie.....maybe they didn't have my phone number (again). Monday the extension office has this program where we get a charter bus, go to Lexington to the Markey Cancer Center and all get screened for ovarian cancer. Well, sign me up. So I'm on the bus and one of the ladies in my group says....now don't forget, we cancelled Wednesday's meeting. Um......when were they going to tell me? So, there was another little old lady who joined just two weeks ago. I called her on Tuesday morning to tell her that the meeting had been cancelled and she said she already knew because they had contacted her. OK, I get it. Honestly, I do. Took a while, but I get it now. What were they going to do....hide in the bushes and laugh at me when I showed up? Big joke. Well, don't you know I was teary eyed all day Tuesday. I guess the homemakers group just isn't a good fit for me. They have to accept everyone but they don't have to really accept you, evidently. Maybe I'll look into one of the other homemaker groups. Or friends of the library, or something. OK, my rant is over. I'm just really hurt.
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    Rocky Raccoon

    For some time now, I've known there was a raccoon close by. If I left my bird feeders out overnight, he would empty them all for me. And he has actually stolen several suet feeders. They were no where to be found in the morning. No big deal...I just bring everything in at night. BUT, the other night he's on my back porch when I go to let my little dog out. And, he's not afraid of us. I swear, if I would have left the sliding door open, I think he would have come in and had dinner with us and hung out on the sofa watching TV. Then we discover he is living under the deck. NOT GOOD. So, I go to animal control and get a raccoon trap. I ask them if I can return the trap with a raccoon still in it. Um......no. dang Day one: I set the trap at night and use a can of cat food as bait. Wake up to find the trap not sprung, the cat food gone and a dribble of cat food juice going from the trap to the edge of the deck. Well....this means war. Day two: We have chicken for dinner. I take the chicken carcass and actually tie it to the inside of the trap. **insert evil laugh** I put the trap on top of a towel because I know if I catch him, he'll poop all over and I really don't want raccoon poop on my deck. Wake up this morning and there he is, in the trap. Not a single little bit of chicken carcass is there so he had a really good dinner. And, he had used his little hands to shred that towel and pull the entire thing inside the trap. WHAT? So I go to pick up the trap....did you know raccoons can growl and snarl? Well, let me tell you, they can. He tried to pull me thru the bars of the cage like he had the towel. So I get a large tarp and cover the cage, so he can't see what I'm doing. We eventually wrap the entire trap with the tarp, pick up the trap (by the tarp) and get it in the back of my car. Hubby, Rocky Raccoon and I went to the state park for breakfast. It's not my fault Rocky missed the bus for the return trip home. LOL Let's see how long we are raccoon free. (Hopefully forever)
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    Trying something new (for me)

    So, I take my little bunny to my local quilt guild meeting and the very first comment I hear is "who ran over the bunny?" Sigh. My first thought was "hey, give me a break....it's my first non quilt thing" and then I had to laugh. It does look like someone ran over the bunny. LOL
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    Trying something new (for me)

    Make my own pattern? Now THAT'S funny. No, I purchased it at Joann's. It's got a couple of different animals and I may try some different ones, just for fun. I actually have no use for it (no kiddos here at the house) but the pictures on the pattern looked cute so I thought I'd give it a try. I'm not super thrilled with it as I think it looks like it was made by a toddler. But, my actual sewing skills are really rusty. It was nice, however, to be able to actually start and finish a project in a day. My quilts take months.
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    Trying something new (for me)

    Once upon a time, many years ago, I used to sew clothes for my daughters. Once they got big, they wanted dresses with "tags" on them like everyone else, so I switched to quilting. I haven't used my sewing machine for anything other than quilts for...well....more years than I will readily admit to. (ahem) But I decided to take a break from quilting and try something a tad different. So, here is my Easter bunny. Actually, he will probably go live with the little girl across the street at Easter. But, it was nice to do a little something different. I think I'll try making one with some really soft terry fabric. Which will mean a trip to Joann's. (I hate when that happens......NOT)
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    Ohio Star

    Since the cold weather is upon us, and I refuse to go outside (except to go to Joann's), I have been busy sitting at my machine. I have decided to try to use up my scraps. So far, it's not really working that well as my stash supply doesn't seem to have gone down and my last four quilts have been scrappy. Maybe I'm doing something wrong? Anyway, I've never done a quilt with different size blocks. So, I decided it was just about time to try that. This has 6" blocks and 12" blocks. I really like it. I may have to do this again sometime. Now I have to baste it with the batting and backing and I hate doing it so I have been putting it off. But, sooner or later, I'm going to have to actually eat at my dining room table so I guess I'd best get started on that today.
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    2016 projects

    No, it is too painful to think about going back to the farm and seeing the horses. I don't think I could handle seeing it all again.
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    2016 projects

    I know I haven't posted this past year, I've been rather depressed what with selling our farm and moving and just stuff. But I have been quilting up a storm, to keep my sanity. I am working on quilting my double wedding ring this winter. First time I did anything with a curved seam. It wasn't as hard as I thought. I did piece it entirely by hand, just to make sure I was dead on at the points. And I'm hand quilting it, as well. So far I am pretty pleased with the results.
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    Quilting Frames

    I even have this large wicker basket that I sit down next to my quilting chair and I keep whatever I'm working on in there when I'm not actually quilting. There is a fabric bag with needles and thread and scissors, everything I need (including the plastic quilting frame). This past year when my hubby was so ill and we were at a doctor's office or therapist four days a week, I simply took it with me and I'd quilt in the waiting room. It is surprising how much you can get done in an hour or two while waiting. And people would come over and ask about it. I never mind showing off whatever my current project is and explaining about quilting. I love that it is so very portable.
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    Quilting Frames

    I lap quilt using one of those PVC type frames. It's not on a stand or anything, I just keep it in my lap and quilt away. Oddly enough, it holds the fabric better than my old style wooden hoop. And it is so easy to move around as the plastic holder parts just pop right on and off. I'll never go back to the old wooden ones. And, even though it isn't really all that large, I've hand quilted a king sized quilt with it. Just start in the middle and work your way to the outside. My original one was probably....oh......20 years old when the plastic snappy parts wouldn't keep a grip and would pop off. I figure they just probably just stretched out over time. But I got my money's worth out of them. I just went back and bought a new one (with my 50% off coupon, of course).
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    Please share what you are working on

    Here is what I've been busy working on. About 10 years ago, a good friend gave me three quilt top that his mother had made (who knows when). As a gift, I quilted one of them and mailed it to him. Then, about 10 days ago, he sends me an email and asked me to quilt one for his brother as a birthday gift. No problem, I think. The email goes on to say that his birthday is on April 24 - now THAT'S going to be a problem. I've been quilting up a storm and I may or may not get finished in time. I am doing a simple basket weave in the white portions and then I have laid the stencil for the flower that I'm going to put in the colored sections on the quilt so you could see. Not like I have anything else going on in my life.....Since we are in doctor's offices at least four times a week, I take it with me and quilt in the waiting room. Someone asked me about it and I said I had heard that if you were there for over an hour they'd do your laundry. LOL Anyway, here is my progress up until right now.
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    Please share what you are working on

    My quilt label arrived today and I have it attached and the quilt is in the mail to it's owner even as I speak...er....type. It should arrive next Wednesday.
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    Please share what you are working on

    I got the binding attached yesterday and gave this vintage quilt a good washing. It looks so much better now that it's clean. I'm just waiting on the label to arrive and then I will attach that and mail it back to my friend (whose mom actually made this quilt). I think he will be pleasantly surprised with his gift.
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    Please share what you are working on

    How cute is that???? Did you do a little ringed tail?
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    Please share what you are working on

    Several years ago, a friend gave me three quilt tops that his mother had made prior to her death. I've had them stored forever and finally decided to take the best one of the three, quilt it, and return it to him as a gift. I have now finished the quilting part, I will attach the binding here in the next couple of days and am waiting for my label to arrive. I decided to have a really nice label made that says it was pieced by her, with her name and the dates of her life, and then that it was quilted by me, with my name and 2015. I'll applique it to back and it will make a nice keepsake for him. This was very difficult to quilt, I have no idea what the fabric is. I suspect it was vintage feed sacks. Nothing was straight. Evidently she had no idea of what the "bias" was. All the outside edges were all cut on the bias. I had to do some creative stitching when I was trying to attach the binding. So it won't be straight (not even close). But it's the thought that counts.
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