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  #121  
Old August 21st 03, 06:39 AM
Nell Reynolds
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Axe murderers! With posters in this newsgroup spread over the UK, Canada,
Australia and the US (have I left any place out?) who could afford the
airfare to all those prospective victims?

Nell in Austin

"Diana Curtis" wrote in message
...
Thank you for the wonderful tale of how you came to be here and there. You
are officially what we call a starter. Nothing wrong with that!
It sounds like your new course of action is just right for you, and I

hope
it turns out to be as relaxing as you hope.
I always wondered how that fambly tree came to be. Its confused me from
the start even tho now I claim to be one of the dotty Aunties *the one in
the attic with the cane for stompin' for more mead*.
It never ceases to amaze me, the open hearts of the people in this

group.
Imagine, taking you in, sight unseen like that.. without a second

thought..
people must have thought both you and the offer givers were Nuts! but..

aha!
we disprove the rule that all internet people are axe murdereres...ask my
DH, he never murdered an axe in his life!
Thank you again for helping me pass a few more minutes distracted from the
itchy staples and stuff.
Hugs,
Diana

--
http://photos.yahoo.com/lunamom44
"Paul & Suzie Beckwith" wrote in

message
...
Slightly bored Diana - or mad? Make a fresh pot of tea and gird your
loins for a long-winded episode... "Queen of the Waffle" you will dub
me after this...

I came to this newsgroup prolly around 1998, as I wanted to make a
quilt for my sister who loves narrowboats, and I posted asking if
anyone knew of anywhere I could get canal-related fabric - roses &
castles, narrowboats etc... Never found anything that I could use,
"Rosie & Jim" fabric just ain't what I was after, so I decided to go a
different way with Jills quilt, and go for a pieced boat instead...
its still in the planning stage... (now where have we heard that
before I wonder!!)

I quickly found that everybody posting on here was warm, friendly and
(in general) two bolts short of a fabric store just like myself, so I
stayed and joined in. I got so involved that I became "Beloved
Grandorter" of RH Lady CD and the RCTQ geneology tree grew several new
branches and then turned into a corkscrew hazel...

After both Paul and I had been off work for a few weeks with severe
depression from work, back in 1999, I posted that the doctor had
suggested we took a holiday to cheer us both up, and asked for
suggestions as to where we could go. I jokingly said "we can even
afford the airfare to America"... and within 24 hours we had offers of
accommodation from practically 52 states - it certainly wasn't my
intention to "bum" accommodation at all, and it took several emails
and telephone calls to confirm that the offers we'd had were all
genuine, from people we'd never met, who were throwing open their arms
and their homes and inviting us to come and stay.

After several weeks of careful planning we flew to the USA and spent 3
weeks meeting up with our beloved Miss Sairey, Donna (& Wayne) in
Idaho, Donna in Bellevue, Sandi & Deni, Tiggrrr, Judy the Red Queen,
Anna, and loads of other wonderful people from all over the place. We
were pampered, spoiled rotten and generally treated like royalty
wherever we went. We'll never forget the way that we were made to feel
part of the family where-ever we went, by people who only knew me by
my internet callsign... we even managed to pay some of it back when
The Red Queen graced our sofa for a few days when she came over to
England for the Malvern quilt show in 2000.

And I think that really sums up RCTQ - it doesn't matter who you are,
where you live, what colour you are (as you all know I am
sky-blue-pink with yellow stripes...) as long as you have an interest
in quilting, whether as a passing interest or a lifelong obsession,
then you are all accepted here. We're all family here, we share the
ups and downs of everyday life with each other, we dance when we're
happy and offer wings of strength when needed. We can sound off about
something that has annoyed us that day at work, or sing from the
rooftops when our children graduate. We share everything, because we
are family.

As for my quilting, its hit and miss at the best of times... I started
prolly around 1996, we'd left Roman re-enactment and were looking
around for another period, and at a multi-period show got talking with
an American Civil War re-enactor who had a quilting frame in her
tent... we almost picked that period but research showed that
patchwork had been around since at least 1795 (one of the earliest
patterns documented is Grandmothers Flower Garden from that year), so
we settled on Napoleonic re-enactment instead, portraying the years
1805-1815...

My first quilt was tumbling blocks pieced over papers, and its still a
UFO... I've made a pieced cat quilt for my M&D's 50th wedding
anniversary, am working on a historical GFG using fabrics reminiscent
of those around during the Napoleonic era, completed a small
wall-hanging for a competition and a crib quilt for a friends new
baby. I even took on a commission for a pieced & appliqued quilt from
a work colleague, its in pieces on the back of the sofa as I write
this as I've developed quilters block with it...and then I discovered
City & Guilds patchwork courses were being offered at out local
evening class centre.

I completed the first year, making a lap quilt and almost finishing a
bag to hold my cutting mat and rulers in, then started the second
year, and after hand dyeing and hand-piecing a cushion cover, decided
that I just couldn't take the pressure of the class whilst working
full time, and having parents who live 3 hours drive away who were
ill. The coursework was taking over my life and my lounge, and was
making me ill. Quitting the course was the hardest decision I'd made
for a long while, but such a relief.

I've now joined a local stitching club, and am about to start a
sampler quilt (from the Lynne Edwards New Sampler book), stitching 2
blocks a month whether at home or at the club. Some of these ladies
have apparently never picked up a needle in their lives, so we're
gonna take it real slow and leisurely like... and I'm really looking
forward to it! Just think, sitting with a cup of tea stitching and
chatting to the new friends I've made, instead of worrying about
whether my coursework is up to scratch... its gonna be heaven... doing
something for myself instead for a teacher... and with friendly people
around me who can show me how to piece curves, or do those pointy bits
in applique, or 1000 other things that City & Guilds will never teach
you.

So thats my tale - now get up and take a short walk to the bathroom
and stretch those muscles out - they need it!

Suzie B
--
"From the internet connection under the pier"
Southend, UK
http://community.webshots.com/user/suziekga





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  #122  
Old August 21st 03, 06:47 AM
Nell Reynolds
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Suzie, are you literally "under the pier?" When we first moved to Corpus
Christi, my DH met a brilliant man on the internet who called himself the
Troll under the Bridge. (Shades of the Brothers Grimm!) He and his wife
lived in a converted shrimp trawler moored in the Intracoastal Waterway
under the high bridge to Padre Island.

Nell in Austin

"Paul & Suzie Beckwith" wrote in message
...
Aha - if you like mead, you need to get Anty Krysia to send you a
bottle of honey vodka - Krupnik - from Poland - its like mead, but on
steroids...

And - picture the scene if you will - O'Hare Airport Immigration desk,
"what is the purpose of your visit"
"to visit friends off the internet" and me promptly digging in my
purse for a well-thumbed piece of paper with Sarah's address written
on it.. you should have seen the look on the immigration officers
face...

Suzie B
p.s. - when you gonna tell us why you started and etc?
--
"From the internet connection under the pier"
Southend, UK
http://community.webshots.com/user/suziekga



  #123  
Old August 21st 03, 07:44 AM
Nell Reynolds
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My goodness! You certainly have an interesting family! And it was so kind
of you to share your personal family photographs with us.

Nell in Austin, who has nowhere as interesting a family

" Ellison" wrote in message
...
Howdy!
(some copy&pasting may be necessary; beg pardon!
this looks right on my screen g)
Must be the longest THREAD on a subject Ever! ;-D

My family's always been "in cotton." From my grandparents
on Mom's side who were cotton dusters, gloves and tack cloths,
http://www.theragcompany.com/
to my dad's people, industrial mops and floor rugs.
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/award/ndfa/ndf...c200/c226r.jpg
We evolved into at least 5 generations of quilters in my family,
I've been quilting since I was a kid, a mere moplet;
here's a typical home scene:
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/award/ndfa/ndf...c100/c192r.jpg
Our family song: *warning: music plays*
http://louiseward20.tripod.com/ragmop/ragmop.html
R I say R-A R-A-G R-A-G-G
R-A-G-G M-O-P-P: Rag Mop
So quilting was kind of in my fiber, you see;
I've always handcrafted & quilted:
http://home.att.net/~ellison-texas/w...ome.html-.html
Thru' some very vigorous shaking, I ended up here at RCTQ.
It definitely was not because my husband, RagMan;
I introduced him to newsgroups and talking on-line .
(What was I thinking?!)
Good ol' RCTQ-- friendly faces and friendly fire,
good ideas on and off topic, why go anywhere else?!
What made me stay?
Wellllll, this Quilting Party that Sarah threw made a big impression:
"The door is always open and everyone is welcome" at Sarah's;
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?10008820+X-8820
"Come one, come all, she said; we're gonna' have a Quilting Party;
I don't care how you get here; just get here!"
Here's Joan, tucked in and waving goodbye:
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?10062917+X-62917
LN and Kris and Pat traveled together, picking up Susan & Marcella,
and a few others along the way:
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?00170155+P-155
Linda and the Gang wanted to bring their own stuff:
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/award/ndfa/ndf...c100/c140r.jpg
Some of the party-goers took a little side trip on the way:
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/award/ndfa/ndf...c100/c189r.jpg
We had Nurses on call:
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?10012150+X-12150
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?10011879+X-11879
Sarah's planning committee met us when we arrived:
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/award/ndfa/ndf...c100/c102r.jpg
and she reminded us that she has a Stash Guard:
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/award/ndfa/ndf...c100/c109r.jpg
But I wasn't skeert:
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?10022137+X-22137
We got a tour of the premises to inspire us:
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?10013332+X-13332
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?10017869+X-17869
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?10031433+X-31433
There was space set aside for smokers:
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/award/ndfa/ndf...c100/c130r.jpg
as well as other amenities:
http://www.moore-warner.com/coups/coup012.gif
Men and children went out to pick cotton for the batting:
http://www.kountrylife.com/content/vin70.htm
Polly gave a demonstration of how to prepare fthe cotton
for batting, carding w/ deftness and speed:
http://memory.loc.gov/pnp/fsa/8c2300...0/8c23936r.jpg
while the rest of us stayed around to wash the new fabric.
Sarah & Wendy heated up the water:
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/award/ndfa/ndf...c100/c195r.jpg
(that's Sarah's favorite punch stick);
Ruth showed us the most efficient way to rinse the fabric:
http://runyon.lib.utexas.edu/r/RUN02...0/RUN02392.JPG
Entering the house w/ our clean fabric thru' the kitchen door
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?10008941+X-8941
we divided into several small groups and began our quilting;
some of us chose to work outside:
http://memory.loc.gov/pnp/fsa/8a3700...0/8a37156r.jpg
Here's LN preparing a frame:
http://memory.loc.gov/pnp/fsa/8a3700...0/8a37150r.jpg
while others worked inside, full of joy and merriment
http://memory.loc.gov/pnp/fsa/8b3000...0/8b30393r.jpg
http://memory.loc.gov/pnp/fsa/8c1700...0/8c17428r.jpg
We quilted.
http://memory.loc.gov/service/pnp/cp...0/3d02058r.jpg
http://memory.loc.gov/pnp/fsa/8b3500...0/8b35946r.jpg
http://memory.loc.gov/service/pnp/cp...0/3c18916r.jpg
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?00120179+L-179
For tips and lessons, Nann took charge of the quilting books:
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?10008315+X-8315
Lori and Teresa volunteered to help Merry
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?10009859+X-9859
with a visit to Vickie in the summer parlor:
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?10022290+X-22290
Mid-morning break saw us taking a little exercise out-of-doors:
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?00105177+NS-177
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?00105183+NS-183
but soon it was back to the quilting:
http://memory.loc.gov/pnp/det/4a2000...0/4a21210r.jpg
http://memory.loc.gov/pnp/fsa/8b3700...0/8b37107r.jpg
http://www.rogerco.pwp.blueyonder.co...s/vict-bea.jpg
At last it was time for lunch, very much a serve-yourself buffet:
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/award/ndfa/ndf...c100/c188r.jpg
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?00073973+MCC-3973
during which Roberta Z favored us w/ a little Eatin' Music:
http://memory.loc.gov/afc/afccc/p000/p051r.jpg
And then back to the quilting:
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?10000297+X-297
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/award/ndfa/ndf...c000/c079r.jpg
One of the most exciting parts of the day,
when Sarah's boyfriend from the LQS showed up:
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/award/ndfa/ndf...c100/c186r.jpg
We all indulged, esp. Sarah. *snicker*
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?00105331+NS-331
Someone just couldn't keep up:
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?00187158+Rh-2158
Indulged & inspired, spirits revived after our afternoon respite.
Kathy called for her "boys, aka Kathy's Kut-ups:
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?00105793+NS-793
& not to be outdone, we were soon visited by Donna's Dudes:
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?00105732+NS-732
even Donna had to kick up her heels over this bunch:
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?00105587+NS-587
Mim
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?00185348+Rh-348
was soon surrounded by admirers:
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?00185229+Rh-229
The neighbors
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?10032152+X-32152
thought things were getting a bit rowdy & called in
some peace keepers:
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?00185700+Rh-700
We stopped for tea:
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?00074312+MCC-4312
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?10007596+X-7596
and other refreshments:
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?00120470+L-470
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?00186821+Rh-1821
http://www.sandiegohistory.org/colle...ges/7062-8.jpg
Show&tell at the close of day brought many delightful sharings;
from one of the smaller groups who had been quilting/piecing
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?10030176+X-30176
Suzie showed off this quilt:
http://memory.loc.gov/pnp/fsa/8b2500...0/8b25287r.jpg
Taria had a Finished Quilt (& lovely booties)
http://memory.loc.gov/pnp/fsa/8b2700...0/8b27060r.jpg
Hanging outdoors with pride:
http://memory.loc.gov/pnp/fsa/8c3500...0/8c35738r.jpg
http://memory.loc.gov/pnp/fsa/8b2100...0/8b21515r.jpg
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?00185282+Rh-282
(oh, those Kut-ups!)
Some of the day's results were *not* destined to be ribbon-winners
(perhaps too much exposure to Donna's Dudes):
http://memory.loc.gov/pnp/fsa/8b2100...0/8b21356r.jpg
On to supper and more fun and games:
http://memory.loc.gov/pnp/fsa/8b2500...0/8b25473r.jpg
when Butterfly took the dance floor w/ her troup...group:
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?00186180+Rh-1180
Alas, the day ended, the shindig came to a close,
and we departed in high good spirits
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?10006414+X-6414
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?00171777+P-1777
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?10002412+X-2412
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?00125039+K-39

And that's some history to entertain you, Diana!
As to the futu more of the same, please!
Raggmopp/Sandy
http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Ranch/4775/

"Diana Curtis" wrote in message
...
Would you please tell me how you came to post at RCTQ, and why you

stay,
and
how you came to be a quilter and what you hope to find in your quilting
future. Maybe everyone else will get some pleasure in reading these ..

then
I wont feel so selfish! lol
Thanks in advance, Diana the slightly bored






  #124  
Old August 21st 03, 10:08 AM
DeB Shaw
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Posts: n/a
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That was ME ... the one that just couldn't keep up. grins
You can keep me surrounded with all the coffee and tea ya' want , but
eventually my body just has to rest. When body says STOP ... I stop right
now. yup ... yup ... that's me alrighty

Am sure glad this here thunderstorm woke me up. It's all done storming now,
just couldn't get back to sleep. Now I'm LMAO and might as well go and put
the coffee on. Will be time to get up in another 1-1/2 hours anyways.
shrugging & grinning Join me in some fresh blueberry muffins, y'all.
They'll be ready in half an hour.

ThanX Ragmop!
No matter what other pix I see of RCTQ'ers, I know they'll be just foolin'
with me. These are the ones that will forever stick in my memory. :^)

DeB Shaw
Queen of the *Northern*Lights*
(R I say R-A R-A-G R-A-G-G R-A-G-G M-O-P-P: Rag Mop)


" Ellison" wrote in message
Howdy!
(some copy&pasting may be necessary; beg pardon!
this looks right on my screen g)
Must be the longest THREAD on a subject Ever! ;-D

My family's always been "in cotton." From my grandparents
on Mom's side who were cotton dusters, gloves and tack cloths,
http://www.theragcompany.com/
to my dad's people, industrial mops and floor rugs.
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/award/ndfa/ndf...c200/c226r.jpg
We evolved into at least 5 generations of quilters in my family,
I've been quilting since I was a kid, a mere moplet;
here's a typical home scene:
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/award/ndfa/ndf...c100/c192r.jpg
Our family song: *warning: music plays*
http://louiseward20.tripod.com/ragmop/ragmop.html
R I say R-A R-A-G R-A-G-G
R-A-G-G M-O-P-P: Rag Mop
So quilting was kind of in my fiber, you see;
I've always handcrafted & quilted:
http://home.att.net/~ellison-texas/w...ome.html-.html
Thru' some very vigorous shaking, I ended up here at RCTQ.
It definitely was not because my husband, RagMan;
I introduced him to newsgroups and talking on-line .
(What was I thinking?!)
Good ol' RCTQ-- friendly faces and friendly fire,
good ideas on and off topic, why go anywhere else?!
What made me stay?
Wellllll, this Quilting Party that Sarah threw made a big impression:
"The door is always open and everyone is welcome" at Sarah's;
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?10008820+X-8820
"Come one, come all, she said; we're gonna' have a Quilting Party;
I don't care how you get here; just get here!"
Here's Joan, tucked in and waving goodbye:
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?10062917+X-62917
LN and Kris and Pat traveled together, picking up Susan & Marcella,
and a few others along the way:
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?00170155+P-155
Linda and the Gang wanted to bring their own stuff:
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/award/ndfa/ndf...c100/c140r.jpg
Some of the party-goers took a little side trip on the way:
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/award/ndfa/ndf...c100/c189r.jpg
We had Nurses on call:
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?10012150+X-12150
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?10011879+X-11879
Sarah's planning committee met us when we arrived:
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/award/ndfa/ndf...c100/c102r.jpg
and she reminded us that she has a Stash Guard:
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/award/ndfa/ndf...c100/c109r.jpg
But I wasn't skeert:
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?10022137+X-22137
We got a tour of the premises to inspire us:
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?10013332+X-13332
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?10017869+X-17869
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?10031433+X-31433
There was space set aside for smokers:
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/award/ndfa/ndf...c100/c130r.jpg
as well as other amenities:
http://www.moore-warner.com/coups/coup012.gif
Men and children went out to pick cotton for the batting:
http://www.kountrylife.com/content/vin70.htm
Polly gave a demonstration of how to prepare fthe cotton
for batting, carding w/ deftness and speed:
http://memory.loc.gov/pnp/fsa/8c2300...0/8c23936r.jpg
while the rest of us stayed around to wash the new fabric.
Sarah & Wendy heated up the water:
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/award/ndfa/ndf...c100/c195r.jpg
(that's Sarah's favorite punch stick);
Ruth showed us the most efficient way to rinse the fabric:
http://runyon.lib.utexas.edu/r/RUN02...0/RUN02392.JPG
Entering the house w/ our clean fabric thru' the kitchen door
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?10008941+X-8941
we divided into several small groups and began our quilting;
some of us chose to work outside:
http://memory.loc.gov/pnp/fsa/8a3700...0/8a37156r.jpg
Here's LN preparing a frame:
http://memory.loc.gov/pnp/fsa/8a3700...0/8a37150r.jpg
while others worked inside, full of joy and merriment
http://memory.loc.gov/pnp/fsa/8b3000...0/8b30393r.jpg
http://memory.loc.gov/pnp/fsa/8c1700...0/8c17428r.jpg
We quilted.
http://memory.loc.gov/service/pnp/cp...0/3d02058r.jpg
http://memory.loc.gov/pnp/fsa/8b3500...0/8b35946r.jpg
http://memory.loc.gov/service/pnp/cp...0/3c18916r.jpg
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?00120179+L-179
For tips and lessons, Nann took charge of the quilting books:
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?10008315+X-8315
Lori and Teresa volunteered to help Merry
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?10009859+X-9859
with a visit to Vickie in the summer parlor:
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?10022290+X-22290
Mid-morning break saw us taking a little exercise out-of-doors:
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?00105177+NS-177
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?00105183+NS-183
but soon it was back to the quilting:
http://memory.loc.gov/pnp/det/4a2000...0/4a21210r.jpg
http://memory.loc.gov/pnp/fsa/8b3700...0/8b37107r.jpg
http://www.rogerco.pwp.blueyonder.co...s/vict-bea.jpg
At last it was time for lunch, very much a serve-yourself buffet:
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/award/ndfa/ndf...c100/c188r.jpg
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?00073973+MCC-3973
during which Roberta Z favored us w/ a little Eatin' Music:
http://memory.loc.gov/afc/afccc/p000/p051r.jpg
And then back to the quilting:
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?10000297+X-297
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/award/ndfa/ndf...c000/c079r.jpg
One of the most exciting parts of the day,
when Sarah's boyfriend from the LQS showed up:
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/award/ndfa/ndf...c100/c186r.jpg
We all indulged, esp. Sarah. *snicker*
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?00105331+NS-331
Someone just couldn't keep up:
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?00187158+Rh-2158
Indulged & inspired, spirits revived after our afternoon respite.
Kathy called for her "boys, aka Kathy's Kut-ups:
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?00105793+NS-793
& not to be outdone, we were soon visited by Donna's Dudes:
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?00105732+NS-732
even Donna had to kick up her heels over this bunch:
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?00105587+NS-587
Mim
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?00185348+Rh-348
was soon surrounded by admirers:
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?00185229+Rh-229
The neighbors
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?10032152+X-32152
thought things were getting a bit rowdy & called in
some peace keepers:
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?00185700+Rh-700
We stopped for tea:
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?00074312+MCC-4312
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?10007596+X-7596
and other refreshments:
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?00120470+L-470
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?00186821+Rh-1821
http://www.sandiegohistory.org/colle...ges/7062-8.jpg
Show&tell at the close of day brought many delightful sharings;
from one of the smaller groups who had been quilting/piecing
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?10030176+X-30176
Suzie showed off this quilt:
http://memory.loc.gov/pnp/fsa/8b2500...0/8b25287r.jpg
Taria had a Finished Quilt (& lovely booties)
http://memory.loc.gov/pnp/fsa/8b2700...0/8b27060r.jpg
Hanging outdoors with pride:
http://memory.loc.gov/pnp/fsa/8c3500...0/8c35738r.jpg
http://memory.loc.gov/pnp/fsa/8b2100...0/8b21515r.jpg
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?00185282+Rh-282
(oh, those Kut-ups!)
Some of the day's results were *not* destined to be ribbon-winners
(perhaps too much exposure to Donna's Dudes):
http://memory.loc.gov/pnp/fsa/8b2100...0/8b21356r.jpg
On to supper and more fun and games:
http://memory.loc.gov/pnp/fsa/8b2500...0/8b25473r.jpg
when Butterfly took the dance floor w/ her troup...group:
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?00186180+Rh-1180
Alas, the day ended, the shindig came to a close,
and we departed in high good spirits
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?10006414+X-6414
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?00171777+P-1777
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?10002412+X-2412
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?00125039+K-39

And that's some history to entertain you, Diana!
As to the futu more of the same, please!
Raggmopp/Sandy
http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Ranch/4775/

"Diana Curtis" wrote in message
...
Would you please tell me how you came to post at RCTQ, and why you

stay,
and
how you came to be a quilter and what you hope to find in your quilting
future. Maybe everyone else will get some pleasure in reading these ..

then
I wont feel so selfish! lol
Thanks in advance, Diana the slightly bored



  #125  
Old August 21st 03, 01:37 PM
frood
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You left out Africa and Asia-Pacific (although we haven't heard from
Bernadette in Singapore in ages!). :-)

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"Nell Reynolds" wrote in message
. ..
Axe murderers! With posters in this newsgroup spread over the UK, Canada,
Australia and the US (have I left any place out?) who could afford the
airfare to all those prospective victims?

Nell in Austin

"Diana Curtis" wrote in message
...
Thank you for the wonderful tale of how you came to be here and there.

You
are officially what we call a starter. Nothing wrong with that!
It sounds like your new course of action is just right for you, and I

hope
it turns out to be as relaxing as you hope.
I always wondered how that fambly tree came to be. Its confused me

from
the start even tho now I claim to be one of the dotty Aunties *the one

in
the attic with the cane for stompin' for more mead*.
It never ceases to amaze me, the open hearts of the people in this

group.
Imagine, taking you in, sight unseen like that.. without a second

thought..
people must have thought both you and the offer givers were Nuts! but..

aha!
we disprove the rule that all internet people are axe murdereres...ask

my
DH, he never murdered an axe in his life!
Thank you again for helping me pass a few more minutes distracted from

the
itchy staples and stuff.
Hugs,
Diana

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"Paul & Suzie Beckwith" wrote in

message
...
Slightly bored Diana - or mad? Make a fresh pot of tea and gird your
loins for a long-winded episode... "Queen of the Waffle" you will dub
me after this...

I came to this newsgroup prolly around 1998, as I wanted to make a
quilt for my sister who loves narrowboats, and I posted asking if
anyone knew of anywhere I could get canal-related fabric - roses &
castles, narrowboats etc... Never found anything that I could use,
"Rosie & Jim" fabric just ain't what I was after, so I decided to go a
different way with Jills quilt, and go for a pieced boat instead...
its still in the planning stage... (now where have we heard that
before I wonder!!)

I quickly found that everybody posting on here was warm, friendly and
(in general) two bolts short of a fabric store just like myself, so I
stayed and joined in. I got so involved that I became "Beloved
Grandorter" of RH Lady CD and the RCTQ geneology tree grew several new
branches and then turned into a corkscrew hazel...

After both Paul and I had been off work for a few weeks with severe
depression from work, back in 1999, I posted that the doctor had
suggested we took a holiday to cheer us both up, and asked for
suggestions as to where we could go. I jokingly said "we can even
afford the airfare to America"... and within 24 hours we had offers of
accommodation from practically 52 states - it certainly wasn't my
intention to "bum" accommodation at all, and it took several emails
and telephone calls to confirm that the offers we'd had were all
genuine, from people we'd never met, who were throwing open their arms
and their homes and inviting us to come and stay.

After several weeks of careful planning we flew to the USA and spent 3
weeks meeting up with our beloved Miss Sairey, Donna (& Wayne) in
Idaho, Donna in Bellevue, Sandi & Deni, Tiggrrr, Judy the Red Queen,
Anna, and loads of other wonderful people from all over the place. We
were pampered, spoiled rotten and generally treated like royalty
wherever we went. We'll never forget the way that we were made to feel
part of the family where-ever we went, by people who only knew me by
my internet callsign... we even managed to pay some of it back when
The Red Queen graced our sofa for a few days when she came over to
England for the Malvern quilt show in 2000.

And I think that really sums up RCTQ - it doesn't matter who you are,
where you live, what colour you are (as you all know I am
sky-blue-pink with yellow stripes...) as long as you have an interest
in quilting, whether as a passing interest or a lifelong obsession,
then you are all accepted here. We're all family here, we share the
ups and downs of everyday life with each other, we dance when we're
happy and offer wings of strength when needed. We can sound off about
something that has annoyed us that day at work, or sing from the
rooftops when our children graduate. We share everything, because we
are family.

As for my quilting, its hit and miss at the best of times... I started
prolly around 1996, we'd left Roman re-enactment and were looking
around for another period, and at a multi-period show got talking with
an American Civil War re-enactor who had a quilting frame in her
tent... we almost picked that period but research showed that
patchwork had been around since at least 1795 (one of the earliest
patterns documented is Grandmothers Flower Garden from that year), so
we settled on Napoleonic re-enactment instead, portraying the years
1805-1815...

My first quilt was tumbling blocks pieced over papers, and its still a
UFO... I've made a pieced cat quilt for my M&D's 50th wedding
anniversary, am working on a historical GFG using fabrics reminiscent
of those around during the Napoleonic era, completed a small
wall-hanging for a competition and a crib quilt for a friends new
baby. I even took on a commission for a pieced & appliqued quilt from
a work colleague, its in pieces on the back of the sofa as I write
this as I've developed quilters block with it...and then I discovered
City & Guilds patchwork courses were being offered at out local
evening class centre.

I completed the first year, making a lap quilt and almost finishing a
bag to hold my cutting mat and rulers in, then started the second
year, and after hand dyeing and hand-piecing a cushion cover, decided
that I just couldn't take the pressure of the class whilst working
full time, and having parents who live 3 hours drive away who were
ill. The coursework was taking over my life and my lounge, and was
making me ill. Quitting the course was the hardest decision I'd made
for a long while, but such a relief.

I've now joined a local stitching club, and am about to start a
sampler quilt (from the Lynne Edwards New Sampler book), stitching 2
blocks a month whether at home or at the club. Some of these ladies
have apparently never picked up a needle in their lives, so we're
gonna take it real slow and leisurely like... and I'm really looking
forward to it! Just think, sitting with a cup of tea stitching and
chatting to the new friends I've made, instead of worrying about
whether my coursework is up to scratch... its gonna be heaven... doing
something for myself instead for a teacher... and with friendly people
around me who can show me how to piece curves, or do those pointy bits
in applique, or 1000 other things that City & Guilds will never teach
you.

So thats my tale - now get up and take a short walk to the bathroom
and stretch those muscles out - they need it!

Suzie B
--
"From the internet connection under the pier"
Southend, UK
http://community.webshots.com/user/suziekga







  #126  
Old August 21st 03, 02:55 PM
Pat in Virginia
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They do laundry?? Send 'em up to Auntie Pat's Place.

Last night and this morning I washed a whole bunch of fabric that
has been piling up for months. Mostly small pieces, not larger
than 1/2 yard. A few FQ (that came from a RCTQ Visitor last
winter!) had been cut all around with pinking shear or cutter.
Those did not get all scraggly and knotty. Worked much better
than my method of just snipping a wee triangle on the corners.
YMMV. Excuse me, I need to pull some fabric out of the dryer.

PAT, washing & fondling fabric in VA/USA

frood wrote:

I believe I saw Spike and Giles helping out with the fabric washing!

  #127  
Old August 21st 03, 02:57 PM
Pat in Virginia
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So, how many FQ does Ragmop get as prize?
PAT, who wants 10% commission ... you think I do this for free?

Diana Curtis wrote:

This one takes first prize...for.. creative journalism... ya.. thats it.
thanks Sandy!
Diana

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Old August 21st 03, 03:28 PM
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Thanks for that Sandy. That is pretty cute.
I'll have you know I have a pair of slippers
just like those. My glasses aren't nearly as
kool though
Taria

Ellison wrote:

Howdy!
(some copy&pasting may be necessary; beg pardon!
this looks right on my screen g)
Must be the longest THREAD on a subject Ever! ;-D

My family's always been "in cotton." From my grandparents
on Mom's side who were cotton dusters, gloves and tack cloths,
http://www.theragcompany.com/
to my dad's people, industrial mops and floor rugs.
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/award/ndfa/ndf...c200/c226r.jpg
We evolved into at least 5 generations of quilters in my family,
I've been quilting since I was a kid, a mere moplet;
here's a typical home scene:
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/award/ndfa/ndf...c100/c192r.jpg
Our family song: *warning: music plays*
http://louiseward20.tripod.com/ragmop/ragmop.html
R I say R-A R-A-G R-A-G-G
R-A-G-G M-O-P-P: Rag Mop
So quilting was kind of in my fiber, you see;
I've always handcrafted & quilted:
http://home.att.net/~ellison-texas/w...ome.html-.html
Thru' some very vigorous shaking, I ended up here at RCTQ.
It definitely was not because my husband, RagMan;
I introduced him to newsgroups and talking on-line .
(What was I thinking?!)
Good ol' RCTQ-- friendly faces and friendly fire,
good ideas on and off topic, why go anywhere else?!
What made me stay?
Wellllll, this Quilting Party that Sarah threw made a big impression:
"The door is always open and everyone is welcome" at Sarah's;
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?10008820+X-8820
"Come one, come all, she said; we're gonna' have a Quilting Party;
I don't care how you get here; just get here!"
Here's Joan, tucked in and waving goodbye:
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?10062917+X-62917
LN and Kris and Pat traveled together, picking up Susan & Marcella,
and a few others along the way:
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?00170155+P-155
Linda and the Gang wanted to bring their own stuff:
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/award/ndfa/ndf...c100/c140r.jpg
Some of the party-goers took a little side trip on the way:
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/award/ndfa/ndf...c100/c189r.jpg
We had Nurses on call:
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?10012150+X-12150
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?10011879+X-11879
Sarah's planning committee met us when we arrived:
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/award/ndfa/ndf...c100/c102r.jpg
and she reminded us that she has a Stash Guard:
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/award/ndfa/ndf...c100/c109r.jpg
But I wasn't skeert:
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?10022137+X-22137
We got a tour of the premises to inspire us:
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?10013332+X-13332
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?10017869+X-17869
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?10031433+X-31433
There was space set aside for smokers:
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/award/ndfa/ndf...c100/c130r.jpg
as well as other amenities:
http://www.moore-warner.com/coups/coup012.gif
Men and children went out to pick cotton for the batting:
http://www.kountrylife.com/content/vin70.htm
Polly gave a demonstration of how to prepare fthe cotton
for batting, carding w/ deftness and speed:
http://memory.loc.gov/pnp/fsa/8c2300...0/8c23936r.jpg
while the rest of us stayed around to wash the new fabric.
Sarah & Wendy heated up the water:
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/award/ndfa/ndf...c100/c195r.jpg
(that's Sarah's favorite punch stick);
Ruth showed us the most efficient way to rinse the fabric:
http://runyon.lib.utexas.edu/r/RUN02...0/RUN02392.JPG
Entering the house w/ our clean fabric thru' the kitchen door
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?10008941+X-8941
we divided into several small groups and began our quilting;
some of us chose to work outside:
http://memory.loc.gov/pnp/fsa/8a3700...0/8a37156r.jpg
Here's LN preparing a frame:
http://memory.loc.gov/pnp/fsa/8a3700...0/8a37150r.jpg
while others worked inside, full of joy and merriment
http://memory.loc.gov/pnp/fsa/8b3000...0/8b30393r.jpg
http://memory.loc.gov/pnp/fsa/8c1700...0/8c17428r.jpg
We quilted.
http://memory.loc.gov/service/pnp/cp...0/3d02058r.jpg
http://memory.loc.gov/pnp/fsa/8b3500...0/8b35946r.jpg
http://memory.loc.gov/service/pnp/cp...0/3c18916r.jpg
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?00120179+L-179
For tips and lessons, Nann took charge of the quilting books:
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?10008315+X-8315
Lori and Teresa volunteered to help Merry
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?10009859+X-9859
with a visit to Vickie in the summer parlor:
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?10022290+X-22290
Mid-morning break saw us taking a little exercise out-of-doors:
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?00105177+NS-177
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?00105183+NS-183
but soon it was back to the quilting:
http://memory.loc.gov/pnp/det/4a2000...0/4a21210r.jpg
http://memory.loc.gov/pnp/fsa/8b3700...0/8b37107r.jpg
http://www.rogerco.pwp.blueyonder.co...s/vict-bea.jpg
At last it was time for lunch, very much a serve-yourself buffet:
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/award/ndfa/ndf...c100/c188r.jpg
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?00073973+MCC-3973
during which Roberta Z favored us w/ a little Eatin' Music:
http://memory.loc.gov/afc/afccc/p000/p051r.jpg
And then back to the quilting:
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?10000297+X-297
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/award/ndfa/ndf...c000/c079r.jpg
One of the most exciting parts of the day,
when Sarah's boyfriend from the LQS showed up:
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/award/ndfa/ndf...c100/c186r.jpg
We all indulged, esp. Sarah. *snicker*
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?00105331+NS-331
Someone just couldn't keep up:
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?00187158+Rh-2158
Indulged & inspired, spirits revived after our afternoon respite.
Kathy called for her "boys, aka Kathy's Kut-ups:
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?00105793+NS-793
& not to be outdone, we were soon visited by Donna's Dudes:
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?00105732+NS-732
even Donna had to kick up her heels over this bunch:
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?00105587+NS-587
Mim
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?00185348+Rh-348
was soon surrounded by admirers:
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?00185229+Rh-229
The neighbors
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?10032152+X-32152
thought things were getting a bit rowdy & called in
some peace keepers:
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?00185700+Rh-700
We stopped for tea:
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?00074312+MCC-4312
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?10007596+X-7596
and other refreshments:
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?00120470+L-470
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?00186821+Rh-1821
http://www.sandiegohistory.org/colle...ges/7062-8.jpg
Show&tell at the close of day brought many delightful sharings;
from one of the smaller groups who had been quilting/piecing
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?10030176+X-30176
Suzie showed off this quilt:
http://memory.loc.gov/pnp/fsa/8b2500...0/8b25287r.jpg
Taria had a Finished Quilt (& lovely booties)
http://memory.loc.gov/pnp/fsa/8b2700...0/8b27060r.jpg
Hanging outdoors with pride:
http://memory.loc.gov/pnp/fsa/8c3500...0/8c35738r.jpg
http://memory.loc.gov/pnp/fsa/8b2100...0/8b21515r.jpg
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?00185282+Rh-282
(oh, those Kut-ups!)
Some of the day's results were *not* destined to be ribbon-winners
(perhaps too much exposure to Donna's Dudes):
http://memory.loc.gov/pnp/fsa/8b2100...0/8b21356r.jpg
On to supper and more fun and games:
http://memory.loc.gov/pnp/fsa/8b2500...0/8b25473r.jpg
when Butterfly took the dance floor w/ her troup...group:
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?00186180+Rh-1180
Alas, the day ended, the shindig came to a close,
and we departed in high good spirits
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?10006414+X-6414
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?00171777+P-1777
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?10002412+X-2412
http://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?00125039+K-39

And that's some history to entertain you, Diana!
As to the futu more of the same, please!
Raggmopp/Sandy
http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Ranch/4775/

"Diana Curtis" wrote in message
...
Would you please tell me how you came to post at RCTQ, and why you stay,

and
how you came to be a quilter and what you hope to find in your quilting
future. Maybe everyone else will get some pleasure in reading these ..

then
I wont feel so selfish! lol
Thanks in advance, Diana the slightly bored


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See my Siberian Cat, Lilly, at:
http://home1.gte.net/res0yk6g/lillypage/lillycat.htm
  #129  
Old August 21st 03, 03:40 PM
Lee Kerrighan
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We first got online in 1996, with 10 hours per month (!) My DH wasn't
interested, so it was all mine. I surfed a little, but tended to save it
for late in the calendar month, since I didn't want to run out of time
early. I looked at all the RCT_ groups, but mainly read RCTN. When we
got a faster computer and more hours I read that group regularly. RCTQ
was interesting, but so busy, and you were talking about obscure (to me)
stuff like Malvern, and you all knew each other, it seemed. Two years
ago I got my own computer, so looked in again. By that time RCTN was
getting tiresome; I had four ppl kill-filed because they were
contentious troublemakers, IMO, and I found that they produced 15-20% of
the posts. So I dropped that group and lurked here for a few months
before posting. I don't post much, but I read it all, admire your
quilts, share your concerns, and know I can get good advice and a
friendly ear here.

Lee (my server is in the lane, not the road)
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Old August 21st 03, 03:43 PM
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Oh, they love to help with laundry! I have a front-loader washer, so it is
easy for them to put laundry in. Then they twirl all the buttons and knobs.
They can move the laundry from washer to dryer, then help get it out when
dry. They love to fold, too, especially socks. You just have to put up with
their...uh... techniques. :-)
--
Wendy, loading the girls into a box for shipping to Pat
http://griffinsflight.com/Quilting/WIPs.htm see bottom of page
http://griffinsflight.com/Quilting/quilt1.htm
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"Pat in Virginia" wrote in message
...
They do laundry?? Send 'em up to Auntie Pat's Place.

Last night and this morning I washed a whole bunch of fabric that
has been piling up for months. Mostly small pieces, not larger
than 1/2 yard. A few FQ (that came from a RCTQ Visitor last
winter!) had been cut all around with pinking shear or cutter.
Those did not get all scraggly and knotty. Worked much better
than my method of just snipping a wee triangle on the corners.
YMMV. Excuse me, I need to pull some fabric out of the dryer.

PAT, washing & fondling fabric in VA/USA

frood wrote:

I believe I saw Spike and Giles helping out with the fabric washing!



 




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