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No longer in the works:
I know it may not seem like much, but I'm as proud as a peacock of this design. It really has become one of my favorites and I hope you all like it as much.
I finished this top this month and I'm mulling it over in my mind on how exactly to do the quilting on it. I've debated about having it machine quilted with some fancy design with variegated thread or something like that. OR---hand quilt it with all kinds of fancy feathering vines, etc. Well, I guess it will get hand quilted one of these days because I can't make myself turn it over to the machine quilters.
I'm also getting ready to make another one using textured prints (realistic feathers, etc., in the prints) rather than the batiks I used on this one. It's a lot quicker to make than it looks. It's only 8 blocks! That's what is nice about on-point layouts. You get a lot more "bang" for the buck!
I don't have much news to report this month, so I'll also tell you a little story about where the name for this pattern came from. I was sitting in the home of my manicurist (Now, don't laugh! It's true!) This is one luxury I afford myself and I mean ONE. The way I abuse my hands, it's a necessity, and it doesn't cost all that much anyway. So that said, I was sitting there when I heard this shriek outside. "You have a peacock???", I asked. Let me explain that here in rural NE Oklahoma, we have so many natural predators like coyotes, that love the taste of peacocks, chickens, and even known to eat cats. For someone to actually have a peacock is rare. She said, "Oh, yeah, he's been around for years". I was amazed. Hard to believe. They usually don't last through one summer. ANYWAY, his name is Pretty Boy. Hence the name for the pattern.
It has a lot of those pesky "Y-Seams", but I hope I have written good, thorough instructions with good illustrations to help you conquer them easily. Anyway, check it out on the pattern page.
Site seeing, anyone?
A bunch of us have become totally fascinated with the live cameras they have placed in natural habitats for some animals lately. This one has just about come to an end with the owl babies just about to fly away. We have watched them (hidden camera behind their nest) hatched, fed, growing more each day until they are just about too big for their home. If you find these things as interesting as I do, check it out: http://birdcam.xcelenergy.com/
Now we have another site where eagle eggs are about to hatch. We've been watching the mom and the dad taking turns sitting on the eggs and are expecting to see some little eaglets this first week of April. Check it out too at: http://www.nu.com/eagles/default.asp
Now this site is just what you need to get lost browsing all the information of interest. It's all about just what the address says---old fashioned living. It's wonderful. http://www.oldfashionedliving.com/
http://www.anonymomma.com/dogs.htm People who look like their dogs. This is fun.
And finally, in view of current events, this site may be of interest to those of you who might have loved ones serving overseas right now. I was not familiar with the tradition of the Armed Services Banners until recently and had no idea just how far back this tradition goes. It is very interesting and would make a good project for families of our servicemen. They are called Blue Star Service Banners. There is also a link on this link, to a site for the pattern. Go here: http://www.historyofquilts.com/bluestar.html
In the Works and What's New?
I'm still working on those scrap quilting patterns. Yes, I know I said that last month, but it's true. And I'm still in the testing phase. The second quilt in the Short 'n Scrappy series is called "Decisions, Decisions", available this month on the Free Block of the Month page. I'm working on testing the 3rd one now.
I finished my Decisions recently that I made from all blue scraps--light blue and dark blue. I should have some pictures on the gallery in the next couple of weeks, after I take the time to bind it and also the Plaid Mad I made with homespuns.
Well, Spring has sprung here, finally. Seems like we had such a long winter!
Next month I will try to be a little more "newsworthy". I hear there is a super quilt show taking place April 12 in Muskogee, Oklahoma. They have a great bunch of people in the guild there. Think I may try to make that one and maybe take a few pictures for you. The last show I went to there was very good. The most memorable thing, actually, was the peach cobbler! I'll never forget how good that tasted, just melted in your mouth! Well, the quilts were memorable too.........
May you always have a quilt in the hoop, I try to.
April 1, 2003
ARCHIVES: (Please note that some of the links on past newsletters
on the Site-Seeing Categories may have expired and are no longer available--in
other words--Its Not My Fault!!)
August, 2001- Premiere Issue: Explanation of Website Categories, Picture of Author
September, 200l - Eden Mennonite Sewing Society, Oklahoma MCC Relief Sale Link, New House Hunting Pattern, New Ozark Mountain Night Pattern, Call for Guest Gallery
October, 2001 - Plett's Plot, Sewing Society Follow Up, New Quilter's Alphabet Pattern, New My Stars & Bars Pattern, Free Block of the Month Project - House Hunting
November, 2001 - HenryCat, My Stars & Bars Free Block of the Month, New Easy Eights Pattern, Granny's Tip of the Month
December, 2001 - MCC Relief Sale, Enid, Oklahoma; Quilter's Corner, Auction Bay, Featured Quilt, Other Quilts, 10,000 Villages, Twilling, Finished Simply Amish Quilt, Free Block of the Month - Easy 8's, New Heart Trio Pattern - Appliqué
January, 2002 - New Year's Resolution; Website Reviews: Bead Creative, Quilting with a Passion, Webshots, Lancaster Gen. Store, others; Quilters Mall Crawl; Free Block of the Month - Calendar Blocks
February, 2002 - Grandma's Buttons Lap Quilt, weather box, Quilt University.Com, Fran Iverson Gonzalez, Hawaiian Ice Breaker, Paypal Added, Connecting Threads, New Pattern - Proud Mamas, Free Block of the Month - Heart Trio Table Runner
March, 2002 - Twilling Quilt Update, Quilt Car, Worm Song, Alex Anderson's Chat Room, Out with Henry, In with Frosty, Free Block of the Month - Simple Scrappy Pleasures.
April, 2002 - Finished Shadow Quilt Top, Yoyo Site, equiltessence.com, Snoopy Dance, What Muppet are You?, Free Block of the Month - Proud Mamas, In the Works - Train Quilt & 9-Patch Wonders
May, 2002 - Nite-Nite Express Quilt & new pattern, Mr. Skunk, Frosty Update, End of the Internet Site, Sewing Genie Review, Ground Zero Quilt Site, Internet Bumper Stickers Site, What Simpson are You?, Crazy Horse Site, 9-Patch Wonders new pattern and free BOM, New Logo
June, 2002 - Eden Mennonite's Broken Star, Stack & Slash Tutorial, Gauge your Age, T-Shirt Quilts, What Storybook Character are You?, Holiday/Birthday List Link, Vacation Notice, Quilt Index. Com Mall Crawl
July, 2002 - Our mention in Quilters' Newsletter Magazine, Diana's 9-Patch Wonder Recipe #3, Diana's Simple Scrappy Wall Hanging, Fractal Quilts Link, What Vegetable R U?, Smiley Reference Link
August, 2002 - Homeland Pride Quilt, Winsome Wildflowers Quilt, Gag Gifts Link, What's Your Inner Flower?, Quilters' Survey, Fireworks Link, WWQP Pattern Search Link, Funny Valentine Link, Kansas Trouble Quilt Pattern
September, 2002 - Simple Scrappy Pleasures Finished Quilt, Sharon Caligan's Simple Scrappy Quilt, Friendship Basket Exchange Block, Nickel Cobblestones New Pattern, Kansas Troubles New free BOM Project, Mini Munchkin land Link, Useful Items Link, Quilt Costs Link, Useless Quiz Link, Jeanne Prue's Guest Gallery Link, The Mom's Dictionary Link
October, 2002 - Book One--the First Collection, Basket Luncheon Set, Friendship Basket Swap, Baby Cobblestone in Progress, Site-seeing, 3 Barns Kansas show
November, 2002 - Cobblestone Finished, Another Nite-Nite Baby Express Finished, Jungle Lone Star Finished, Site-Seeing Links: Kaleidoscope toy, Funky Chicken, Quilt Lid Boxes, Telephone Game, Which Villain Are You?, Weird Eyeball, Pickup Truck Cover, Quilt Block Design Interactive, Movie Physics; Simple Scrappy Wall Hanging new Free BOM Project; Bird Hunting and Pieced Flowers In the Works.
December, 2002 - Thirteen Flowers Finished, 4th Nite-Nite Express Finished, Pat Katnik's Nite-Nite Express, Site-Seeing Links: Quilts Stolen, Paint by Number, Sarah Mylchreest, Snowmen, Giggles, Mugshots, Canon Cards, Twleve Flowers New Free BOM Project, Snowball Poem
January, 2003 - Bird Hunting Pattern and Quilt done, Site-Seeing Links: Google View Search & Bill Coleman's Photographs. Addition of Guest Gallery, Beaded Egg, Scrap Quilts in the Works
February, 2003 - Nancy Adams' quilt, Juliana Winegarten's quilt, Tulsa Volunteer Blocks, Site-Seeing Links: 71 Reasons to Buy Fabric, FBI Watching You, The Weedeater Quilt
March, 2003 - Just Quilt It! Feature Story; Site-Seeing Links: 12 Flowers Block Swap, Quilt Judges, & Where words come from; Plaid Mad in the Works, & Peacocks in the Works
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