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Hi All

Big winds today but no snow at my elevation yet.  I'm attached to an anchor
so I won't blow away.  But, two happy moments today when I got to thinking
about it.

First, to whomever mentioned the "stab-the-tail-twice" method after
threading your needle so it doesn't come un-threaded.  You are my hero,
because I use silk thread a lot, and now you're the hero of many of the
ladies at work and two quilt stores.  In the last two weeks I've been to two
quilt stores and showed the ladies the idea.  They love it.  Today, during a
period of time during Parent-Teacher Conferences when not one parent was in
the building, I showed the home ec teacher, our armed-services liaison,
three secretaries and the registrar.  All were impressed and excited to try
it at home the next time a needle and thread make an appearance.

Second, there are now four avid quilters at school, including me, so I have
someone to talk with, share with, commiserate with, challenge with, excite
with, when it comes to quilting.  The main office secretary and I have been
sharing ever since she came to our school over seven years ago.  And
recently her old machine died, she bought a new one at a fantastic price,
and the old one was even resurrected at a very good price.  Now one of the
science teachers and a math teachers are going crazy too.  In fact, the
science teacher has achieved a bigger stash in one year than I have after
many, many years.  Projects arrive at school weekly for show-and-tell, help
and suggestions.  Such fun.

In the midst of a rough year at work and in some cases all around, quilting
is our balm.

Thank you ladies, and gents, for being here and sharing and laughs along the
way.

Steven, who is thinking of a friend who had the twins smashed again today
because of an ominous shadow.
Alaska



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Well said, dear friend.  In the best of times and in the worst of times, and
all the times in between, quilting is our balm. Maybe we should name our
next quilt Gilead.  Assuming, of course, that we can spell it right.  Polly


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Dear Polly

While Religion and I have an uneasy truce, I surely do remember fondly the
days of the choir at Church.  I was truly very lucky having such an exposure
to world-class conducting, singing and instrument playing that still makes
me tingle and pinch myself to remember.  Interlochen Arts Academy is
something to behold.  And, speaking of this, I remember an acapella version
of Balm of Gilead.  Oh dear me, hearing that in eight parts is quite
something.

That would be a good name for a quilt and I could just make it an appliqued
collage of all the things that are near and dear.  Wouldn't that be fun!?
I'd have to devise a way to represent RCTQ, that is for sure.

Steven
Alaska


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Love your idea of a collage of all things which soothe our souls. I
need such an image right now to keep my mine on things that are good.
A new page in my idea book will be devoted to such a quilt. Thanks.

Susan

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It never ceases to amaze, what a small world we are in.  Being able to so
easily communicate with folks all over the world about a topic we love so
much.  My favorite quilting store is up the road about 1/2 mile from the
Interlochen Arts Academy!!! (www.interquilten.com) And my favorite state is
Alaska, where I visited for a short, short time in the '80s.

KT. in MI

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I don't remember exactly what it looks like but RCTQ has/had a logo at one
time. Should be pretty easy to applique if it can be found.
Donna in Bellevue

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On Oct 26, 6:43=A0pm, snipped-for-privacy@oz.net wrote:
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Here's a link:

http://www.oocities.org/heartland/ranch/4775 /

rusty

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Thanks for the link. I had forgotten about the logo. A copy is now in
my idea file for my gratefulness collage.

Susan

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Steve, that balm has saved my bacon many a day. Yes, I'm mixing metaphors, =
but then that's what quilters do ... we mix up everything and if it doesn't=
 seem quite right, we throw some more colors into the mix and everything so=
mehow seems to come out right. Polly -- yes, if we can spell it. I think th=
at just might be the ticket for my next project after the banners are done.

Sunny
I'll be thinking of your friend ...

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Sunny

Didn't respond earlier on your banners.  The church should be slapped side
the head if they don't like them.  Absolutely beautiful.  And you made them
so fast with all that detail.  Just wonderful.

Thanks for the thoughs.  Hopefully I'll see her tomorrow and with good or
better news.

Steven
Alaska


Steve, that balm has saved my bacon many a day. Yes, I'm mixing metaphors,
but then that's what quilters do ... we mix up everything and if it doesn't
seem quite right, we throw some more colors into the mix and everything
somehow seems to come out right. Polly -- yes, if we can spell it. I think
that just might be the ticket for my next project after the banners are
done.

Sunny
I'll be thinking of your friend ...



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What a great, happy post Steven.
It must be lovely to be happy at work, and have friends who share a deep
interest.
Perhaps you are setting Alaska up to be the new centres of the creative
world.
Every time you post, I think to myself that i really should have taken
that cruise to Alaska from Vancouver when I had the chance.  Sigh!
Never mind: I can read your posts, watch snatches of the Iditarod, and
even Ice Road Truckers on TV!!
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Best Regards
Pat on the Green

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I'm really impressed with how many people you come in contact with who
do applique (or embroidery?) You are just a born teacher! Maybe when
you get tired of young persons in public schools, you can switch over
to adults learning quilting. Sounds like you've been doing that in
your spare time anyway!
Roberta in D

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On 26/10/2011 04:22, Steven Cook wrote:
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We have had it windy here too, very windy down in Wales last Monday - my
mum & I had to hold on to each other as we walked up the hill to her house!

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Passing on tips is important - so many of these little things make a big
difference to how we feel about life.  I have picked up so many good
ideas here on RCTQ and not just about quilting.

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I am quite envious of being able to share in person, most of mine is
done over the internet, though a week of sewing in a group in Spain was
wonderful.  I am sure you all give each other encouragement and confidence.

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Isn't that the truth!  Quilting has been a source of sanity for me this
year, even when I have been sewing through the tears.  The satisfaction
of creating something, whether a quickie baby quilt, a big bed quilt or
a detailed wall hanging soothes the soul.

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Thank you for sharing your experiences with us, your sewing & quilting
and the DIY tales all add to my mental picture of you.

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I hope all goes well for your friend.

Lizzy


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Steven,

I'm not familiar with the "stab-the-tail-twice" method.  Is there someplace
online where it is illustrated?  Sounds like something I'd like to try.

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Here is a video that I found on YouTube.  Different than what I know, but
this works too.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XYsKET2E1LQ


I guess that I just may have to venture in to making a video to show you
how.

Steven
Alaska



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The video shows the method I use. I do use a needle threader to thread
the loop through the eye of the needle, though.

Julia in MN

On 10/26/2011 9:15 PM, Steven Cook wrote:
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I always enjoy reading your posts and hearing of all you have been doing.
So glad to hear you have some quilting friends at work.  Unfortunately I've
never had any sewing or quilting friends.  However I do have a chance to get
with craft friends, and while they knit, I do some of my hand sewing.
Barbara in FL



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