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  • Evelynquilts
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    you did a fantastic job...

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  • piebaldbully
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    Very pretty and what a great cause you folks are making them for... I am sure they will be very appreicated.. Wendi

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  • Quilt Vader
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    Hi again Funki - Merry Chrsitmas to you and yours. Brrr I would not trade you SoCal for PA.. I have a friend in Ligionier but I think she wishes she weren't 'at home' any more and back in SoCal where the view of snow capped mountains is framed with palm trees. It's cold this morning - an unusual mid 30's, but hey, it's Christmas.
    Heh heh - I ate the last of the 4 wonderful crispy homemade cookies right after confessing to the 3
    You are blest - I know your day will be filled with fun .. filling you all kids with memories to cherish.
    This morning I read of the passing of Jennifer Jones - so beautiful in my day - and I doubt my kids have any idea who she was. Time marches by .. and it takes the good memories along with the not so good .. yes, we are indeed blest.
    Often forgotten about memories: we can choose which to hold and which to give up.
    Feasting at my house starts when people arrive ... first thing I do is lay out a sort of buffet/open house/hang out as long as you want sort of day. Paper plates, cups and some plastic stuff, and most of it is pre-prepared.. and store bought that way!
    Like you, those years of being tired running around copped attitudes and the "do we HAVE to go?" got old ..

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  • FunkiQuilter
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    Originally posted by Quilt Vader
    Alright, scrap the horse you are excused. Sorry, but broom is taken also, my DD#1 was born Halloween a long long time ago and always refers to any 'ride' as her broom..
    Not an original :idea: here - but might you gift her a gift certificate from a nearby fabric store so she can choose something she likes for a focus fabric.. that would help you guide her in rail fabrics.
    OH NO, I just ate 3 cookies for breakfast!!
    I get to do a class for my friendship group on the 4 stack posie - I need to write up a plan and a prep list for them.. info needs to include how to find and count repeats. I'm excited about it - fun helping new 'piecers' get their skills honed.
    Oh Vader, I see how it is! Everyone can ride a horse, but ONLY your DD#1 can ride a broom. :roll: Someone is not sharing and I'm telling. Ummmm..... now who is it I tell I wonder. Oh that's right, the Minister of Magic.

    Both of my daughters already each have their own stashes believe it or not. They go shopping with me and fall in love with stuff. It's hard to tell them no. The hard part is to get them to use their stashes. They always want things made out of my stuff. I let them build up their stashes figuring one day they would join me in the quilting world. I encourage them to join me while they are so young, because I joined too late. :cry: My dearest grandmother got too old to teach me before her passing. I just waited too long to want to learn. I don't want my kids to have to totally learn on their own like I did. It is harder to learn from the internet then to actually have a teacher to show you things, and a person that you can just go to with questions and get an answer (and sometimes a demo) right away.

    Oh and three cookies for breakfast isn't a bad thing either. It could'a been a dozen cookies. Now, that is getting closer to bad. It's that time of the year. ENJOY!!!!! I'm baking and decorating cookies today with my daughters. How many do you think I'm gonna eat? I'm positive that it will be more then three. In fact, it will probably be part of my lunch.

    It's wonderful to hear that you are passing your knowledge of quilting on. I wish I lived closer to you! Not only for your knowledge, but PA is COLD!!!!!! I'm only still here for my family and my husband's family. A white Christmas is nice, but you take a chance on that too. Like this year, they are calling for and ice Christmas, not a white Christmas. :cry:

    I am staying at home on Christmas so I don't have to travel, but some of my family members will be traveling so I still have to worry. I tell everyone in my family that we refuse to travel on Christmas day so they plan their family dinners on other days if they want us there. After years of rushing from one house to another and not being able to fully enjoy Christmas due to the rushing, I gave up. I told everyone that we wake-up and get our gifts, then it is not fair to my children to make them leave all their new gifts at home so that we can rush off somewhere for dinner. I got sick of fighting with my husband on who's family we were going to first to eat and who's we would arrive to already late and stuffed because of the last dinner. It's not worth all the stress!!! Christmas is meant to be enjoyed. Now we wake up, get our gifts, walk to church, then come home to enjoy our gifts and time with each other relaxed. It is SOOOOOOO much better then all that rushing and fighting. If someone thinks that I'm rude or selfish, that's their problem. My kids are soooo much happier with the way we do it now, that taking the blame is well worth it to me.

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  • jrchapman
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    OH NO, I just ate 3 cookies for breakfast!!
    It's Christmas, it doesn't matter! I took a banana into work for breakfast this morning but dumped it when one of the other ladies brought out a tin of brownies .... mmmmm .... brownies for breakfast.

    FunkiQuilter - it's really nice to hear that you're passing on the quilting bug to your daughter. I caught mine from my mother after she made me a beautiful quilt for my birthday.

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  • Quilt Vader
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    Alright, scrap the horse you are excused. Sorry, but broom is taken also, my DD#1 was born Halloween a long long time ago and always refers to any 'ride' as her broom..
    Not an original :idea: here - but might you gift her a gift certificate from a nearby fabric store so she can choose something she likes for a focus fabric.. that would help you guide her in rail fabrics.
    OH NO, I just ate 3 cookies for breakfast!!
    I get to do a class for my friendship group on the 4 stack posie - I need to write up a plan and a prep list for them.. info needs to include how to find and count repeats. I'm excited about it - fun helping new 'piecers' get their skills honed.

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  • FunkiQuilter
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    Vader- This quilt design is one that I will make with my daughter. This will only be her second quilt and I thought of it as wonderful beginner pattern for her. She has only made a 6X6 solid block pattern (her favorite) before. This would expand her knowledge into rails without her "but they don't all match" thinking behind it. Ughhhhhhh..... teenagers! (I am going to post pics as soon as she gets the binding on.)

    She loved the rail quilts that I have made and showed her, but she always says "but they don't all match" to that one piece of fabric that doesn't follow the staircase pattern. You would think she was the quilt police. She is much more critical of her own work then I am of mine.

    I showed her this one and she said that she wanted to try to make it. This excites me like you wouldn't believe. :evil: Because, two months ago, she told me that she was never going to make a quilt and she didn't like quilting. Could you imagine how that made me feel? It was like she was speaking to me with profanity. :evil: Glad we got over that!

    Even if she wouldn't do a great job on this, I would beat any quilt police to a pulp before she would hear what they had to say. Think of a mother defending her young. I want her to keep quilting now that she has finally started to enjoy it. I think she would do great on it though!

    As far as your siggy goes, it doesn't work for me. I would be blinded by riding by on the slowest horse in the world. I am allergic to horses and the first thing that happens is my eyes swell shut. I would have to choose something else to ride by on. Maybe a broomstick. Then I could pull out my magic wand and silence all the insults too.

    I like your "kiss my grits" kinda saying there. I am good at making things like that up too. My DD always tells me that she has never heard anyone return an insult as nicely as I do. I told her to take notes. 8-)

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  • Quilt Vader
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    Funki - there aren't many fabric that wouldn't work with this very simple pattern .. the keyi s making sure the outsides of all the rail blocks are the same - ie., yellow on one end green on the other.. and you can make those rails as wide, narrow , many as pleases you! .. MOST directional fabrics do look better if keeping them all going the same way .. but again... it's YOUR quilt .. the only quilt police around are in yor head.. and those who thnk they have that position need to get a big smile and say "Oh I really appreciate your input .. it must be nice to have quilts that are perfect." this is pretty much the same as saying 'kiss my grits'..
    I hope when yo start one you let us all share in the fun of it with you
    (PS..this is not new..but refer to my signature line. I actually asked a lady how slow was her horse walking for petes sake " and she had the decency to be emabarrassed and laugh. I have used it ever since. BTW it didn't need to be very slow really to see it was a beginning effort LOL)

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  • FunkiQuilter
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    I really like how the rails frame the focal fabric. I have made rail quilts before, but I never thought of putting a focal fabric in the quilts as you have done here. I like that the rail quilts are so fast and easy. This is probably faster because of the solid blocks. I bet this pattern would look wonderful for a holiday quilt.

    I HAVE to show this to my 13-year-old daughter. She is a big fan of the rails too. She always complains that 2 of the rail fabrics follow a staircase pattern, but one of the fabrics is just kinda there. I think she will be impressed with this because the solid blocks just kinda tie it all in.

    I'll bet this will be the next quilt that her and I make together. Thanks for sharing!

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  • sondray
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    Love that quilt, the fabrics are really nice.

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  • Natalie
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    Thanks for all the info! This looks like a fun and simple quilt! I will have to add it to my "must make" list!

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  • Quilt Vader
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    You all are so sweet. I appreciate the warm comments. To make it easy - I'd like to give you the measurements I used. I recommend SCANT 1/4 in seams as the reail bloxks need to be ethe same size as the focus blocks, easier to sllim off a bit than try to stretch on a bit! Very simply .. cut the focus fabric in 61/2 " strips WOF, cut into squares of 61/2"; choose 3 accent fabrics and cut in 2 1/2 in strips WOF .. choose one for center and keep it the same all the time .. sew 1 of each of the strips together, - you should have 61/2" wide strips now.. square one end and make 61/2" blocks .. ( save the end piece to put in the backing - makes a nice strip along one side.. or even some smaller blocks )
    The important step is here: be sure to lay it out before you start sewing so you get the accent colors around the focus blocks so it looks like a frame .. I work horizontally and then sew the rows together, 1st row starts with a focus OR accent, 2nd row starts with opposite .. 3rd row like the first.. be consistent in the way you press your seams. The rail blocks must be oriented before you sew!!!
    The corners can be sewn into wonderful points if you make sure to nestle the seams each block and row. I think it looks better if the rows are uneven in quatity , ie; 5x7, or 7x9 or more or less!! IT's fun, and can be bordered as many times as you like.
    If you want to make it a bit bigger, a 2 " inner border looks good, and I suggest you use the middle rail accent color for that. Quilting is simple also, SID around the blocks or diagonal rows of stitching cutting through the blocks. I like the focus block print for the binding, but it doesn't really matter as long as YOU like how it looks. Have fun ..
    I hope we see s ome pictures soon.

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  • sewhot
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    oooh!! I like it! I think I have the perfect fabric to make a quilt like this.....hmmm, thanks for the new idea. (the visuals always help me!!) I will have to see what I come up with!! Maybe I will post some pics as well!

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  • stitchywoman
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    Really fantastic job Quilt Vader!! I'm already playing with the pattern in my head 8-) I love a new idea The colors play off eachother really well!

    Good luck getting the rest of those quilt's done! I hope you have lots of help, and maybe convert a few new quilters! Everyone should have the chance right!

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  • novice quilter
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    BEAUTIFUL..............need I say more??!!!!!

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