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Vol. II, No. XII, December, 2002
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Thirteen Flowers Finished Top

Thirteen Flowers - King Size

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    Gee, I hope everyone is nice and full of turkey and stuffed with all that stuffing stuff!  

    I managed to thoroughly enjoy myself over this past weekend.  Thanks to you all for being patient with me in getting this newsletter out just a couple of days behind schedule, so that I could travel and enjoy family and friends.

    I managed to TOTALLY FORGET going to the Oklahoma State Mennonite Relief Sale on the first weekend of November.  Can't believe I did that.  Actually that weekend I was an invalid anyway, so I couldn't have gone.  Reached over one morning to pick up my purse and ......well I didn't move from my couch for almost 4 days.  Must have been all the weight of my money in that purse, huh!  (Couldn't have been from the painting I'd been doing upstairs previously).  Anyway, I was disappointed that I didn't go, or even think of going.  I'll be back there next year, with a vengeance!

    I finished the top shown above and it's now available on the pattern page--Thirteen Flowers.  This is King size because of a very simple reason----I NEED ONE TO FIT MY BED!  You know, all these little wall hangings and twin-size quilts are great for quick gratification.  But sometimes a person has to tackle something a little larger just for the sake of having something totally useful.  I'm planning to hand-quilt this one with feathers in the borders.  Like this:

13 Flowers Close Up

    Gee, not sure if you can see the markings.  Now, exactly where I'm going to set this thing up on the frame is beyond me.  Can't do it in the living room, as we have the "cat from hell" living there too, and my husband is a smoker, so that absolutely won't do.  Could set it up in the spare room upstairs, but I'll never get it done if I have to climb those stairs to get to it.  Might even consider paying someone to do it, we'll see what happens.

    By the way, the borders in this pattern are not what they seem.  All the borders are made by strategically placing half-square triangles in the right directions.  It's all 12" half-square triangles and only 4 red outside border pieces that are cut 12 1/2" x 24 1/2".  It only took me about 2 or 3 hours to make the quilt top after piecing the flower blocks.  I'm thinking I'm going to try to do some more with the borders laid out like this in the future.

    Next, I finished the last of the choo-choo train quilts for my four grandsons.  This time I used a night-time print for the sky instead of a daytime cloudy blue.  What do you think?

Blake's Nite-Nite Express

    Here's a closer view.  I used a navy blue with little silver stars everywhere.

Blake's Choo Choo Close Up

    I hope you don't mind this page taking a little longer to load, but I really want to include a couple of pictures of the same Nite-Nite Express quilt, made by our good friend, Pat Katnik.  She hand quilted hers.  Here's Pat's results with hers.  (She did better than me, as she pieced her border like she was suppose to.  I didn't have time, so I didn't put as many passengers cars on it and just put plain borders on)

Cameron's Quilt

Cameron's Quilt Taken Outside



Site seeing, anyone?  37 Quilts Stolen  Paint by Number.  Select Hexagons, Trapezoids, Pentagons if you want.  Good selections for children also.  Sarah Mylchreest and her quilts.  All things pertaining to snowmen.  Giggles are precious.  This is a MUST SEE.  The mugshots site.  Be sure to check out Nick Nolte and Yasmine Bleethe.  I haven't tried this yet, but I'm going to as soon as I finish getting this newsletter posted.  It's time for some unique Christmas cards and this looks like a winner!  You can supposedly make your own cards, free, using your own pictures and things.

What's new??

    Well, let's see.....Oh, yes!   The free block of the month project is 12 out of the 13 pieced flower blocks from the Thirteen Flowers quilt pattern.  If you want #13, you'll have to buy the pattern!  

12 Flower Blocks

In the Works:

    I'm still working on my "Bird Hunting" quilt pattern.  It's in the testing stages now and will hopefully be available sometime this month.  Eight block patterns included to make a very nice wall hanging or for baby, all related to "birds"!


    Also hope to have that new 2nd Collection booklet out, too, very soon.

    Here's a little poem for you for the holidays.  

The Snowball Poem

I made myself a snowball,
As perfect as can be.

I thought I'd keep it as a pet, 
And let it sleep with me.

I made it some pajamas, 
And a pillow for its head.

Then last night it ran away...
But first---It wet the bed!

(Author unknown)


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

December 2, 2002


    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, 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
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.

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