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I'm a quilter from Texas!

Dangerous Curves Ahead!

Merry Early Christmas! I’m really excited . . . and nervous . . . and excited! Can you tell? Is it showing? Am I rambling?

Anyway . . . I’m a bit late (story of my life) but the packages are in the mail!

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This is Mailroom Chris . . . and he is AWESOME at getting my stuff mailed (I hate the post office). He would also like to add that if any of you lovely ladies are single and under the age of 45, he would love to meet you. You know you’ve been wanting a Texas Vacation, right? Right! You could also come see me at the same time! Win-Win! 🙂

Anyway . . . (again) here is what is winging its way to you RIGHT NOW!

Lovely, right? WAY out of my comfort zone, but I’ve decided if I end up not liking it, I can just blame y’all! So why not stretch my imagination a little? J/K, I love them all! I just can’t help but be a little nervous! And excited! Wait, we’ ve done all this before, haven’t we?

So here’s what I’m REALLY nervous about. How are you feeling about curves? Not the lovely ones you see in the mirror, but ones on a quilt! Please tell me you’re feeling good, because I LOVE the look of curves. So I’ve picked a relatively simple block . . . except the curved part of course.

Here is the link to the pattern, but I’ve also included the pattern, the templates, and some helpful tips in your packet.

http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/projects-ideas/throws-wall-hangings/melon-patch-circles_1.html

I’d like four blocks, like the ones above. Two with white petals and two with print petals, but I understand that it is the holidays and you are slammed! Whatever happens to make it into the mail is greatly appreciated! (Also, if it makes it into the mail late, no biggie, again I understand the holidays!) I’m trying to make a full size quilt for the guest bedroom, and that’s a LOT of blocks!

So thanks for all your help! Merry Christmas!

Your Quilter from the Lone Star State!

Ellen 🙂

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Beth . . .

Look at this version!

http://houseonhillroad.typepad.com/my_weblog/

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Ms. December

Hi! I’m Ms. December! (I REALLYhope that doesn’t mean you picture me splayed out on the hood of a hot rod in a red bikini with a Santa hat on . . . noone needs that picture in their heads!) Here’s the real me!

 

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Ha ha . . . gotcha! My name is Ellen and I’m pretty pumped to be here!  I live in Dallas, TX, and am married to this man . . .

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No, really. When we were dating, he made me Creme Brulee FROM SCRATCH! He’s pretty great! My birth month is March, right in the middle of spring break (as a kid, I thought God had given me a week for my birthday, I’m pretty gullible:)

 It’s hard to say how long I’ve been quilting . . . I’ve kind of been off and on for a long time.  Here’s the novel – My grandmother and her sisters started quilting in the 70s when the “handmade revolution” came along during the bicentennial.  So she’s been quilting my whole life.  Some of my fondest memories are lying under the quilt frame, listening to gossip, and watching their needles dart in and out. It was safe and cozy! In kindergarten, I had to make a project over spring break, and I decided to make a quilt. We had read a book about a kid who couldn’t take his security blanket to his first day of school, so my grandmother helped me make one like his.  It ended up some small squares that were glued together (I’ve never had much patience).  Man, I wish I could find that! In junior high, I tried again. I made a doll quilt top, a 9 patch and tulip applique.  It was hard, so I quit.  For my wedding, my grandmother quilted it for me.  I didn’t even know she had kept it.  In college, I started to hang around this group of girls, and one of them was a CRAFT GODDESS! Every semester, she decided to learn a new craft.  A couple of us got together with her once a week for Bitch & Stitch, and I really learned to quilt. My lines were never straight, as margaritas were always involved, too, but who cares? There were margaritas!  We have since broken up as we have all moved away from each other, but I’m keeping at it.  Each quilt is a little better than the one before 🙂 My sister-in-law decided she wanted to learn, so I taught her quilting and she’s teaching me knitting.  I’m pretty damn proud of my garter stitch!!!  I have a blog . . . bee-less.blogspot.com, and have met some pretty neat people on-line (like my sisters here), and I really love the camaraderie from y’all!  I can’t wait to meet y’all!

By the way . . . this is Ralphie. She’s a BIG help with quilts:)

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See ya!

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