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Diane replied on Fri, Jun 6 2014 1:14 PM

Very pretty batiks Darlene.  Love the way you put them together.  I've stayed away from batiks because I think they must be hard to hand stitch.

 

Lillie---try Melatonin which is a natural hormone which we start to lose as we get over.  It naturally tells us when it's time to go to bed.  You can start with 1mg and go up to 9mg as needed.  There is no hangover and works great for some people.   I would love to see the quilt top Lillie.

 

I was with Karen yesterday.  They have a new idea to go to Balize and get married.  There is a 3 day waiting period and they could have a great honeymoon.  They are discussing it.

The person who told me that Guatmala was great to visit was in a group tour.  She felt safe.  Another friend went to a wedding there and had a police escort for the bus that took them to the hotel.  Sort of shocked her.

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Linny, this pattern is called Lotus and  was created by JayBird Quilts.  The ruler that goes with the quilt is called Hex N More.

I bought the ruler and the pattern on Mother's Day weekend.  I have placed the pattern some place safe and now I can't find it [really hate it when I do that]

You can google "Lotus" and see pictures of quilts done with this pattern.  Keeping a picture up on the computer while putting my rows together was how I managed without the pattern.

I did remember from reading the pattern that the secret to getting the contrast is in the value of the mini triangles in each unit.  There are 3 Jewels and 4 mini triangles in each unit.  The units that point up need to have light value triangles, the units pointing down need to have dark value triangles.  The values of the jewels didn't seem to matter as much.  A couple rows had units next to each other that I would not have placed there but because I told myself this was going to be scrappy, I went with the order they came off the pile.  Had two piles, one "lights" and one "darks" 

I made 10 rows and it took me until row 8 to get a sense of how to keep them straight.  Because they are equilateral triangles when the unit is complete, I kept getting my row turned when I added the third triangle.  Then my lights and darks were not facing "correctly".

My idea of the half hex border is probably not going to work.  I can't get the proper size hex from the ruler and don't want to "wing" it.  I'm thinking a pieced border of 2" squares from the scraps from cutting this out.  I sorted them today and also have a lot of 60 degree triangles which could be pieced for the border.

Not sure if I want to continue with the triangles or end with squares?????  Any input would be appreciated.

Time to think about dinner so that I can sew some more.

Have a great night and a better weekend.

Darlene

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Darlene,

Isn't it always the way to misplace a pattern or fabric and not be able to find it when you need it? Makes me crazy sometimes. I went online and looked at a couple quilts made with this pattern, and totally see about the light and dark values.  

It's really hard to know what to finish it off with, border wise. I seem to always end up playing with those when the top is finished. You'll come up with something wonderful. I know....

Hope you have a great weekend as well...

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Darlene-would you please post the url for your Etsy site here?

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lilliepad:

Darlene-would you please post the url for your Etsy site here?

  Lillie,  Just put Etsy.com in the search bar at the top and then when you get to the Etsy site, put in Crazy Quilts by Darlene. 

Here is a picture of some Viola/Pansys that George planted for me.  They look so pretty that I had to share.  The butterfly chairs I picked up along the road a couple of years ago and the butterfly table I got at a garage sale this year.  I didn't even realize they matched until I got the table home. Hugs, Jo

QOA  changed my name again.  lol

 

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Diane replied on Sat, Jun 7 2014 2:13 PM

Hi Everyone

Darlene---I love the cute quilts on your Etsy site.  I hope you get what you are asking.  Someone told me if you post often it goes on a certain page and people check out your site.  Good luck.  Beautiful flowers!  So sweet of George.

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Robin replied on Sun, Jun 8 2014 5:26 AM

Good Morning Everyone,

I'm a little behind with all of you but I have been reading all of your post to find out what you been doing each day.   I just didn't have a lot to say so I just "listened" for a while. 

School is out for the summer for the kids and they were glad to go.   I think for me it will be a continuing thing this summer.  I thought I was finally going to have a whole summer off but between the two trainings I signed up for, finishing my packing in one room, then unpacking and setting up a new room and now writing the curriculum maps for the course I teach (all 9 of them), I'm pretty sure that ain't going to happen.  Well, I don't care, I'm still going to sew so much everyday whether I get curriculum maps are written or not.

Donn and I went to one of my trainings in Panama City Beach the other day.   He took me to the quilt shop and the largest  and nice Joanne's I've ever been in.   I would have liked to stay in the Joanne's longer but we didn't venture in there until I was actually on my way to the training.   I got what I needed to set my scrappy squares when I get them made and I got some more purple fat quarters to add to the quilt.   At the quilt shop I got a green for the scrappy to help set the squares, a rapid fire ruler for a hunter star quilt I want to make for my nephew and some threads for a wool project I'm going to start after we get through with the round robin.  When we came home Donn treated me by driving back home down 98 all the way to St. Mark.  This road runs right by the coast and it's great in part because there wasn't a lot of traffic and I got to look at the water which is always relaxing for me.     

Yesterday I was weed whacking the back yard and the weed whacker broke so Donn and I made a quick trip to Valdosta to grab and new one and new shoes for culinary camp, which is in a few weeks.    So today I will work on finishing the backyard and doing some other yard work.   I do love working in my yard and it's good for my body.   Again in addition to the physical stretching and such it is relaxing.   Mainly because it is something different and I can always see my improvement. 

Darlene, I love all of your quilts they are bright and cheerful.   I can't imagine cutting someone's wedding dress.  Laurie wanted to cut a piece of mine several years ago to sew into hers for here something old.   I was freak out.   Of course I don't know why not neither of my daughters are interested in wearing it.  I would be a beautiful crazy quilt piece because of the gorgeous laces used on it.    Maybe I need to send mine to you.  When do your market days start?   I had a thought about the side panels on your tent.  Some tents have a straight crossbar along the bottom of the top section of the frame.  If your's does why not use shower curtains and use the shower hooks to hold them on.   Shower curtains would help with the rain and if they are the fabric kind you can tie them them back and have buntings with they are not in use.

Jo,  I love your butterfly pieces and the flowers.  Joe did a great job.

Mamag,  I love your quilt.  I like the colors with the brown.

Stephanie,   I hear you about wedding crafts and such.   I'm having a hard time nailing Laurie's little foot down.  She wants some succulent dish gardens and such and I keep telling her I need kind of an idea so I can get them started now so they will be full and look good next summer.

Linny,   I'll need some more idea about the guidelines for the Christmas Ornaments before I can commit.  I've got and idea and I want to do it but I've got to see what I accomplish this summer on my summer projects.   None of which was on my list at the beginning of the year.  This was suppose to the be the summer I finished ufo's.

Lillie,   I'm sorry you are having so much trouble with your leg.  But I'm also jealous you have access and can use a long arm.  There is no place around here to do that.   I would love to own a sweet sixteen but I'm sure that will never happen.

Diane,   I'm so sorry for your friend that she is having such a difficult time getting married.   I hope that she will find a solution.   Now when they get married where will they live in the US or in Belize?    I hope your work gets a little easier.  I'm sure it will as you come up with a system to manage both houses.   

Ok I feel like I'm leaving someone out.   Sorry if I did but please know I love you all.  Time to get dress for church.  

Robin

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Linny t replied on Sun, Jun 8 2014 6:30 AM

Sorry I didn't post yesterday.  We had a death in the family.  It was my nephew's wife.  She was just over 20.  She had many health issues, but has had one reoccurring for some time.  He heart would just stop.  They couldn't figure out why and tried everything.  She even had a pacemaker put in.  That helped for a time, but last week it happened again while she was home alone and the pacemaker didn't work this time.  Kevin works nights and was working a double.  He didn't worry when she didn't answer his usual texts, thinking she was sleeping.  A neighbor friend came by that morning and suspected something was not right and got into their apartment to find her on the floor.  No one knows how long she'd been there.  Every other time this has happened, she bounced back in a few days, so everyone was expecting that to happen again.  They tried all they could, but yesterday took her off of life support.  They said even if she did come back there was so much brain damage that she wouldn't even know she was alive.  It's all so very sad. 

Please pray for Kevin.  He had a rough childhood as his mom died of chicken pox pneumonia when he was 6.  He had chicken pox and then she got it.  My sister Barb raised him, so he's like her son.  He's had emotional issues and everyone didn't think he'd be okay as an adult.  Barb was so hopeful for him when he found Juliette.  He literally blossomed into a beautiful young man with Juliette.  Needless to say, Barb was greatly affected by all this, too.  He loved this girl like an epic love story and is so very broken hearted we are worried about him.Since they didn't know what was causing her heart to stop, they are going to do an autopsy, so the final arrangements aren't set yet.  We're all hoping they do it quickly so as to not prolong this tragedy and that they learn something to help others.

t's so hard to believe she's gone.  Even with her disabilities, she was so full of life, so sweet, so full of hope for the future.  Barb and I were just shopping with her last month.  She liked to make things and was interested in my crazy quilting.  I had it in mind that the next time we got together I'd bring along some of my work to show her.  Just goes to show you that life is, indeed, a breath.  We live as though we'll always see each other again, but everything can change in a moment.

Linny T

 

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Jo, the flowers are so beautiful. I love the butterfly chairs and table. What a great find for you. Gotta love garage sales!

Thanks for the Etsy info.

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My goodness. Longarms are so expensive and take up so much room. They cost more than a brand new car! I won't have one in my house anytime soon.  lol

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Linny, I'm so sorry to hear about Juliette's passing. It's so sad and tragic that they could not find the reason for her heart stopping. I'm praying for your family, especially Kevin. Praying that God grants him the courage to move past the sorrowful time.

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Robin replied on Sun, Jun 8 2014 8:17 AM

Linny,

I'm so sorry about the death of your niece.   Bless your nephews heart.   I will certainly add him to my prayer list and the rest of the family too.  

Robin

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Diane replied on Sun, Jun 8 2014 11:07 AM

Linny---so sorry to hear about the death of Juliette.  It is so sad when someone dies so young.  She sounds like a beautiful person who lit up people's lives. I will keep you all in my prayers, especially your nephew.  Please keep us posted.

 

 

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Oh my Linny I'm crying.  My prayers are with your family.

 

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Hello Everyone,

Just wanted to let you know that I had to walk away from Diane's block for a few days.  I stitched something on it and wasn't quite sure if I was pleased with it. When I came back to it today I realized I don't like it at all. So now am going to rip it out and start another design element in that area. Sorry this this taking me so long. I just have this one area and one other place and then I'll be finished and can mail it to Stephanie. I don't think it will happen before June 13.

Happy Sunday to all.

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