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Vol. III, No. I, January, 2003
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Bird Hunting

Bird Hunting Top

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    Well, finally got this done!  These holidays sure get in the way of my quilting time.  Just have the top done, not the quilting yet.  Plan to have it machine quilted with a "cloudy" pattern of some sort.  Or maybe since it's about birds, it should be quilted in "feather" designs!  I really like the center block.  All those itty-bitty flying geese units were fun.  That block would be good for an entire quilt--one with fussy cut centers, maybe an "I Spy" type.   Next time I'll also make the center birds bluebirds instead of redbirds, I think.  It is also starts this month as a Free Block of the Month Project!

    I haven't gotten much designing done this month either.  So, I am not sure what next month's free project will be.  Perhaps a rerun!  If any of you have a certain project you liked last year and perhaps would like to see it run again, let me know, and let me know soon, ok?

    What designing I have gotten done has been somewhat frustrating as I am struggling with some EQ gliches that just won't go away.  Here's an illustration I saved of one quilt that I drew out and saved the image:

    Well, that quilt is gone now.  Lost into the big EQ library in the sky, I guess.  I think EQ took revenge on me for drawing that one and erased it on purpose!  It's really strange, one day it's there.....and the next day.....poof.  The initial rough drafts remain, but not the final versions. 

    This has happened to me on 3 quilts now.  The Bird Hunting quilt above was a survivor of the EQ disease.  Before it vanished, I managed to accomplish all the illustrations for it.  So it didn't totally die.  But, there is no EQ file backing it up now.  Just the initial layout, not the second or third layout.  

    I haven't tried talking to anyone at EQ, which is the common sense thing to do.  I'm not sure anyone would believe me anyway.  They would say something like...."Now, Claudia, were you drinking at the time that this happened?"  or..."Are you sure you saved it in the sketchbook?"  DUH!!

Site seeing, anyone?

    Another apology here for not producing more fun sites to see this month.  Been too busy for just surfing around---but the Amish photo site will make up for it.  That one site alone is worth spending a whole day saying "Awwww"  and "Oooooo"!  I lucked upon it by noticing a jigsaw puzzle in the store, bought it, and the website address was on the back.  Do a Google search with a view!  The amazing photos of Bill Coleman

What's new??

    Well, like I said, this month's project starting is the Bird Hunting Free Block of the Month.  All the blocks are "Bird" blocks--like Flying Geese, Darting Birds, Hovering Hawks, Duck & Ducklings, etc.  It's a FOWL Quilt! :-)

    OH, YEAH----WE HAVE A GUEST GALLERY!!! YAY!!!  Be sure to check it out.  New pictures of Judy Arnold's Simple Scrappy Quilt (Very lovely!), Pat Katnik's Nite-Nite Express, Jimel Ferguson's Easy Eights

    I had a dear friend stop by and give me this gift.  I just had to share it with you all.  It's made with an ordinary chicken egg, pearly seed beads (applied one at a time) and a miniature inside.  Cool, huh??

Carol Rae's Egg

In the Works:

    I'm working on some very simple and scrappy quilts.  I'm hoping to have a collection of 8 or 9 one-block quilts to use up your scraps.  I LOVE SCRAP QUILTS!  Here's a preview of 5 of them:


    These will be fun to do, I'm sure.  Now if they don't vanish.........

    Also hope to have that new 2nd Collection booklet out, too, very soon.  (I think I said that last month!)


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

December 31, 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.
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


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