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Vol. II, No. VIII, August, 2002
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Homeland Pride Americana Quilt

Homeland Pride Mystery Quilt

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This is how I spent one day a week from June to July.  No, I don't spend all my time working on new designs.  I get to "play" once in a while with someone else's design!  This one was quite an enjoyable experience.  A wonderful "homey" Americana-type quilt.  And it was a Mystery at that!

The top was finished in time for July 4th.  Here's the link to the wonderful gal who provided this one free on her site.  Rhonda at  Homeland Pride Mystery Quilt.  She furnished one block pattern each week.  A bunch of us gals on the Delphi Scrap Quilting Forum did this as a joint "non-swap" project.  Each week we shared with each other our progress and/or mistakes on our tops.  We shared what we were using for colors, fabrics, posted block photos, laughed at each other staying up waiting for the new block link, discussed any problems we had, etc.  For me, personally, it was a very rewarding experience.  I even found a new good friend and quilting buddy close to home to "play" quilting with.  Not to mention I now have a really nice quilt.  But, you know, I seldom get to keep anything I make.  This one is "spoken" for by my #3 son in Hawaii.  So next week, off it goes!

Here are a couple of shots close up after it came back from the machine quilter.  He used a star quilting pattern as you can see on the shot of the back, and a fancy loopy design on the borders.

Homeland Pride Mystery Close-Up of Top Side   Homeland Pride Mystery Close Up of Back

And, of course, Frosty (our stubby-tailed cat) has to get into the picture!

Dear Little Frosty, Such a Ham

Ok, here's something else I've been doing on vacation.  Playing some more.  Last year a very nice lady by the name of Jeanne Prue provided a free block of the month project called "Winsome Wildflowers".  To make a long story short, I only finished 9 of the blocks.  So to make it quick, I went ahead and set them in a garden maze setting and added borders.  It is absolutely gorgeous.  This one goes nowhere except upstairs and on a bed.  I've had several people--family and freinds--who have tried to talk me out of it.  No way.  This is mine to keep.  The machine quilter used a very intricate butterfly and flower design with a butter yellow thread.  These block instructions were very well written and Jeanne has them available for just $4.00 on her website:


The color is not exact, of course.  It's more of a soft butter yellow print.  Here's just the flowers:

No picture of the cat on this one!!  

Thanks Jeanne!!

Site seeing, anyone?  - Gag gifts and useful ones, too  - What's your inner flower?  I'm a rose. (Ha!), they don't know me vewwy well.  Maybe a cactus rose.  - This one may take you aback.  It's mind-boggling how many quilters there are and how much money they spend   - This one was a favorite with my grandkids around the fourth of July.  It's fireworks   - Find your Patterns:  Looking for a particular pattern and can't seem to find it anywhere? Ask your fellow cyber-quilters for help. This is on the Worldwide Quilting Page.  Granny and I both get A LOT of requests from people wanting us to help them find such-and-such of a pattern.  We try to help when we can, but we don't have time to spend all day searching through our libraries or all over the net.  This is the answer for that problem.  Post your question/search on this page and you'll be surprised at how helpful they are!   These "valentines" are hilarious!  I'll have to remember to post this again around February.....or maybe not!



We will NOT start NEW projects 
for the months of July & August.
  I'll Be Back September 1 with a super
new project for you all.  
Of course, there will be July & August updates.
This will give you time to "catch up" on free BOM's!

What's New? 
Kansas Troubles

Kansas Troubles  This is a new addition to the pattern page.  It is based, of course, on the popular book/movie which I think you can guess.  (I don't want to risk violating any trademarks or stuff like that here).  It consists of a spinning house block, some ruby slippers, a rainbow, an hour glass, a poppy, a "green city", a witch's broom, a hot air balloon, a brick road block, and the basic Kansas Troubles block in the center.  This design has been a long time in the making for me, anyway.  I'm hoping to present this also as a block collection sometime this fall on the free block of the month page.  So you can be watching for that  The pattern is for a 50" x 50" quilt.  I am currently working on my own top that will be a lot bigger and a different "set".  Should have it photographed soon.  So now you know some of what I've been doing on "vacation".  But there's more to come......

SAY, I Just Noticed This is our ANNIVERSARY ISSUE!!!  August 1st marks our first year online!!  Wow, how time flies!  (yes, when you are having fun!)

A big THANK YOU !!! to all of you out there who have made this possible.  Quilters are the best people in the world.


Well,--- back to work on my vacation!!


May you always have a quilt in the hoop, I try to.                            

July 31, 2002


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, 2002New 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,, 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

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