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Vintage Stitchers met at Ellen's on Thursday. Rebecca is working on a new appliqué, of course. 

Carol brought her finished quilt to sew on binding. Here's the front.

The back is as lovely as the front:

Two weeks ago, I called the top a version of the "1600" quilt. It is, sort of. I have more information on it now. It came from the Missouri Star Block magazine, winter Vol. 1, Issue 1. 

This is an incredible deal. The "magazine" is book-quality, with fantastic photos and sturdy pages. It comes out every other month for $6 an issue. If you subscribe, the shipping is free. You pay only for the current issue each time and can skip an issue if you need to.

Barbara's appliqué, inherited from a friend who passed away a few months ago. The background and leaves are cotton flannel, and the flowers and berries are cotton corduroy. The pattern is Apricot Preserves by Ann Danzig's Granny's Attic. I was unable to find this pattern online, but the designer is (or was) with Mormon Handicraft

Since I couldn't find a link that showed a photo of the finished quilt, here's a photo of the pattern. This will give you an idea. 

Brenda is working on the orange slice for the cover quilt from Beginner's Guide to Free-Motion Quilting by Natalia Bonner. 

Janet brought some books she wanted to remove from her quilt/fiber studio to make room for more books. We all looked though them and picked what we wanted. Rebecca selected Vintage Blooms by Pat Sloan. Remember this appliqué of hers?

She had purchased it as a kit. It was originally a set of seasonal pieces. This one and the rest of the quilts are in this book. Now she can make them all, thanks to Janet. 

Joanie, Georgette and I got together for a UFO-finishing session. Georgette is making another pair of booties. I finished half of the third Yei figure on the Yei Figures Bag, then went on to the fourth. I'm not sure I have enough of the orange color (Jamieson's DK "Amber"), so I'm going to wait until I've used it in the border to find out if I need to substitute another color. Or maybe I'll see if I can find it online somewhere.

The Madison is coming along famously, and I got another leaf appliquéd onto the last panel of my "Delectable Pathways" quilt. 

What's on my needles: Madison cardigan, back and most of the front done. "Green Tea" socks, no progress this week. 

What's on my loom: Waffle scarf, inching along. 

What's on my Featherweight: Soren's I-spy quilt, working on the sashing and cornerstones. The blocks are done. 

What's on my iPad/iPhone: Finished listening to Georgette Heyer's The Foundling from Audible. It had me in stitches at times. One of her funniest. Now watching "Top-Down Icelandic Sweater" with Ragga Eiriksdótir and Joe Cunningham's "Pattern-Free Quiltmaking," both classes from Craftsy.

What's my app of the week: Craftsy. I love that I can watch the videos and download the materials, even away from home or lying on the couch.  

What's in my wine glass: Woodbridge Zinfandel, 2012 vintage. Nice! (It had better be, since I have up my second glass of wine each evening for Lent! If I can only have one glass, I want it to be nice.) 

What's my tip of the week: Whether it's quilting or knitting, don't let anyone tell you there's only one way to do something. What works for one person may not be as comfortable or as much fun…or even as successful…for you as another method. It's good to try new methods, though, so you can find out what suits you.

Note: This blog post was produced on the iPad and the MacBook, using the iPhone for some photos and some photo processing. No other computer was used in any stage of composition or posting, and no Windows were opened, waited for, cleaned or broken. No animals were harmed during the production of this blog post.

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Comment by angelkarhu on March 18, 2014 at 11:12am
See Peggy thats why I never listen to or have heard of them. Tend to fall back to sleep after walking the dog in the ams. Other than in car I dont listen to radio.
Comment by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on March 18, 2014 at 8:27am

Mine too! 

Comment by Peggy Stuart on March 18, 2014 at 7:55am

I can use podcasts about fiber stuff, or even music, but my favorite is a good audiobook!

Comment by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on March 18, 2014 at 7:31am

Great Blog!  Beautiful quilts. 

If I don't have a good audio book to listen to, I can barely knit or spin or anything... it helps keep me focused. 

Comment by Peggy Stuart on March 18, 2014 at 7:18am

"Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me" is a radio program on NPR. Very low-tech, but it's available as a podcast if you miss a show. It's on Saturday morning. They make jokes about the news and have famous guests who try to answer questions to win Carl's voice on the answering machine of some listener who signed up. If you ever need a laugh, this is the show.

Comment by angelkarhu on March 18, 2014 at 2:24am
Naturally never heard of them. Dont listen to podcasts, talk radio or do FB or twitter. I prefer old fashioned paper and pencil if I need to communicate with someone far away. Dont do audio books as my mind wanders too much. I rarely even watch tv except for news.

Dad goes back saturday. It was nearly 90 degrees over the weekend and hes not one that likes heat. He had a skin cancer removed again before coming down. They got it all I think. My sister reason for not taking me to surgery is she was being checked for ovarian or some other reproductive cancer herself. Turns out not to be but could turn into it later so they are watching it. Shes so secretive doesnt tell us anything or give reasons why she cant do something. Makes us all feel neglected. When shes around family she cant wait to leave. My dad could of had a nicer place to stay but sister didnt want visitors. Dads been here a week and tomorrow is first time sister has bothered to invite him over. Shes only two blocks away!
Comment by cherylbwaters on March 18, 2014 at 1:06am

Hey, AB, I'm glad your dad is there to help you in your recovery. I certainly hope this works so you can stay away from the bleach.

"Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me" now has their broadcasts available as podcasts. When they don't have a live broadcast, they will take excerpts from different episodes on a specific area that they have discussed.

Comment by angelkarhu on March 17, 2014 at 10:43pm
Huh? Recap on ikea? Totally lost me.
Comment by Peggy Stuart on March 17, 2014 at 9:15pm

Sounds like fun. "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me" had a recap of their various segments about Ikea a couple of weeks ago. It was really funny.

Comment by angelkarhu on March 17, 2014 at 4:47pm
Gonna get them printed tomorrow. Dads her helping me post surgery. He went to ikea for me to get storage solutions and table to cut fabric on so no more using floor. Still assembling but still managed to cut all sashing, background and borders on quilt top 4. Haven't gotten to binding and quilting lesson yet.

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