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2009 - A Year of Transition

No, I didn't mark it off topic, 'cause it isn't!
I have been a long time piecer. Not much of a finisher, of most things. However, for some reason, this year is starting out to be a bit different than most. Maybe because of the past six or seven months that have been really rotten for me (is has gotten much better the past couple of months though). Maybe I've hit an age where I see things a bit differently, maybe it's because I'm about to (finally) get my college degree and am scared to death of what comes next. Who knows!
This year, I am finishing things.
I have finished two baby panel quilts that I have had for about 5 years, and I have a third one that is just waiting for its binding, I just can't decide which fabric will be the lucky winner. All three, plus one that has been finished for awhile, will be sold.
I have a Turning Twenty quilt waiting to be layered and basted, but all of my basting pins are in another quilt at the moment. Don't care much for this one, so it'll be sold.
The pins? Oh they are in the first big quilt top I ever pieced! It's a twin size ribbon block in some Robyn Pandolph fabrics that I love. I made it when my DD was just a babe, and she's heading off to Kindergarten this fall! I have chosen to hand quilt this one, so it'll be traveling with me to my mother's this summer. I hope to have it finished before DD graduates from college! Who's it for? ME!
I have finally put all the blocks together from the Black, White and Red All Over block swap that happened in 2006. I had a problem with one of the blocks and it took me a while to figure out how to fix it. I just put the first border on today, now I need to measure and see how much more border is necessary. This one belongs to my DS.
I have a rainbow log cabin for a new baby that is waiting patiently for backing, basting and quilting. Again, it's going to my mother's with me. The baby shouldn't be along until later this summer. I loved the block so much, that I have another 48 in progress. (That one hasn't said anything about an owner yet. I'll have to wait and see.)
I have a batik butterfly star quilt that I have managed to get all the blocks assembled and am in the border stage with it as well. Not sure about the owner of this one yet either. Might be DD's.
I have a blue and white Irish chain quilt that is still glaring at me. It's gonna wait awhile longer, but I'll get to it soon enough. I just want to finish up the ones above first. It was supposed to be a wedding gift. I think they've been married about three years now. Oops. Maybe it'll find a new home, but it's supposed to be a queen sized quilt!
And when I feel like banging my head against the wall, I have my Light From Within quilt to work on. It would be great it I could actually get those squares the right size. I am unsewing more than sewing on this one!
I have two quilt tops that are being hand pieced. One is a foundation pieced block from Carol Doak. It looks very Christmasy, and I have all the blocks done, I am now working on sashing.
The other hand pieced project is One Thousand Pyramids. It's a perpetual project and I don't expect to finish it this year, or next, or the next after that....It keeps me busy when I am waiting for appointments and such. Or just want easy work whilst watching the television.
I have a few stitched pieces around that I grab from time to time when I don't want to quilt, but still need to keep my hands busy. One is the Christmas House, and I'm itching to finish that one, hopefully in time to put in the fair this fall. If not, there's always next year, right?
My biggest accomplishment this year will be my bachelor's degree. I have been in school for much longer than I care to admit. Many mistakes have been made, many I will be paying for for the rest of my life. But I will have my degree, there will be no reason for my children to not make something of themselves...'cause if their dumb mom can do it, so can they!
What's on your list?
Dannielle
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Dannielle
Dannielle, I am in awe! I can't believe everything you've accomplished - maybe not completed, but certainly you've made steps in the right direction. You will promise to post pictures, won't you? In particular, I'm really looking forward to the Black, White, and Red All Over block swap quilt - I was a part of that one and can't wait to see what you've done with yours. Mine is still sitting in my "projects to get done" stack!
Keep up the great work!
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Louise in Iowa 
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Louise in Iowa
Wow, Danielle. Your accomplishments are dazzling. Good, good for you. Now, aside from congratulations, could we talk? About your pins? Of course, nobody much has to deal with humidity quite like here in the Swamp - but I'm wondering if it's safe to leave pins in anything for very long. It would be such a disaster if they were to rust or something else unspeakable. Take care with that one.) Polly
"Louise in Iowa" Dannielle, I am in awe! I can't believe everything you've accomplished -
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Polly Esther
As per your request: Ok, I updated my Webshots with the pictures I took today. You can find them at:
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Maybe I should add that to my signature...if I knew how to do that! (I'll figure it out later, I have to study now!)
Dannielle
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Don't fret too much Polly! I can't see loading this thing into the quilting frame with pins in it. I think I will transition it over to a tailor's tack sometime in the next couple of weeks. I just had to do a quick baste while I had tables available to me, and pins are much faster for me to put in!!!
Thanks for thinking of me! I would have hated to see rust stains in this thing!
Dannielle
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dbeitzell
Ok, I updated my Webshots with the pictures I took today. You can find them at:
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Maybe I should add that to my signature...if I knew how to do that! (I'll figure it out later, I have to study now!)
Dannielle
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dbeitzell
Thank you! Love the BW&RAO quilt - maybe I can get to mine one of these days! Also love your friendship star - it makes such a nice secondary design with the "ribbons." You're doing just great - Keep us updated on your progress!
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Louise in Iowa
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Louise in Iowa
You've got some lovely quilts there Danielle. I love those penguins! and my favourite whole quilt is the Stained Glass, followed closely by the Black, White and Red. The panel quilts are so sweet. I have just 'found' children's panels, and am enjoying using them too!
My 2009 is planned to be very similar to yours, on finishing. So many of my pieces have been put aside for deadlines. This year I am setting none at all. It is a lovely restful but busy state to be in!
Would you like to join us on Get It Done In 2009? . In message , dbeitzell writes >As per your request: Ok, I updated my Webshots with the pictures I >took today. You can find them at: >
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> >Maybe I should add that to my signature...if I knew how to do that! >(I'll figure it out later, I have to study now!) > >Dannielle
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Best Regards
pat on the hill
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Patti
You're an inspiration! I have a 1000 Pyramids going too, hand project for the very same reasons :-) Pretty much caught up on quilting tops, but there are always more coming along. Nearly done with the BOM from the Nancy Rinks website
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(thanks to the person who sent that link) -it just needs a border, and I don't like the one in the photo. And there's a split 9-patch ongoing, my leaders and enders project du jour. Apart from that, I'm knitting a lot. Roberta in D

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Dannielle, I'm going to copy what every body else is saying and tell you that the quilts are beautiful and you are inspirational and amazing. And then I'm going to tell you that you are far from dumb. You are one smart cookie, clearly. And as for your kids -- well, they're just going to do what they do and who knows what road is the best one for them. Sometimes life requires a different kind of education before we get to go to school.
Good work! Sunny
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Oooh what a feast for the eyes, Danielle! You've got some real beauties in there! I was intrigued to see that you put all the signature blocks on one end of the black, white, and red quilt. I would have never thought of that. I put some on both ends. Sometimes I think very symmetrically! LOL!
Your stained glass quilt is absolutely gorgeous, and the tumbling blocks is very striking.
Michelle in NV
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Michelle C
Congratulations, Dannielle!
"Out of the strain of the Doing, into the peace of the Done," wrote Julia Louise Woodruff in 1910.
Another online group has a "Fab 4" list as a motivator -- list 4 items that you will finish, and finish them. Gloat for a while, then create a new list.
Nann
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Nann
What a great idea, Nann!!! This is going to be my goal! i have so many WIP's and UFO's! I think I'll group them into 4's and take it from there. Thanks!
amy in CNY (groups of 4, hmm...may take centuries.....)
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amy in CNY
Pat,
If you are talking about the Yahoo! Group, then I am already on there. I probably need to update the database over there too, as I haven't been over there for awhile!
Dannielle
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dbeitzell
How are you assembling your 1000 Pyramids? I've been putting mine into larger triangles, groups of 4, and am going to wait until they are all into that configuration before I try to assemble them further. I have seen some who put them together in rows, but I didn't think that was so portable for the way I work.
Love the BOM link you sent! I can't wait to see what yours looks like!
Dannielle
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dbeitzell
And out of all the replies on here, I figured that you would be the one to pick up on that particular statement, Sunny! (or Polly, wasn't sure!). I know I'm not dumb, but I also know that all children think that their parents are dumb at some point in time (usually through their teens) so I couldn't resist throwing that in there! I did need a different type of education prior to college, but didn't get it. That's ok, I'll work with it anyway!
Now, I cannot wait to hear about rusty rebar and how that happened! Is there a recipe or a website/book that you can share?
Dannielle
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dbeitzell
Here's a picture of one I did several years ago. Done in rows alternating with plain triangles, but that part was on the machine.
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Don't know yet how I'll set this new one, but all the triangle blocks are the same as before, with 16 patches. Roberta in D
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Roberta
Wow! That's pretty! I hadn't even gotten that far in my brain! I am just sewing four little triangles together in a bigger triangle at the moment! I guess I have a lot to figure out when I get them all done. That should be about 2100AD or so! :-)
Dannielle
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dbeitzell
Roberta: I like that Gazillion Triangles quilt. It would be a good take along project, possibly using English Paper Piecing method. When the pieced triangles are assembled into large units, one could go to the SM for joining all the big triangles. Cool. PAT in VA/USA
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Pat in Virginia

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