If you're a REAL quilter, you have at least one UFO (unfinished object) and one WIP (work in progress) stashed in the closet or stacked on a shelf. Maybe you just need quilting suggestions, or maybe a fresh eye from a new online friend can help with block arrangements. How about a UFO swap? Any UFO conversation is welcome.

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Comment by Linda Koller on November 9, 2019 at 6:59pm


Comment by Riana Noyes on November 9, 2019 at 6:42pm

Oh oh,'re in trouble now! Where will you store it all?

Comment by Elizabeth Phillips on November 9, 2019 at 6:26pm

Today I was our sew day for QOV.  I bought enough fabric to fill 3 laundry tubs when I got home.  And I bought 2 packages of those colourful plastic things to hold the binding together while you machine or hand sew the binding.  Prices were $2. a metre in the morning and everything was half price in the afternoon.  I sat with 2 friends and a newbie.  We had a really fun time.  I got 5 12 1/2" blocks done. I resisted the sweets and goodies that everyone was wolfing down.  It was so hard.  I had 2 cups of tea (no sugar) and I took a small salad with no dressing for lunch and a bottle of water.  You probably remember I had told all of you earlier that I was going to resist the sale of fabric.  Too late now.  I have it all washed and dried. 

Comment by Riana Noyes on November 7, 2019 at 11:50pm

We can now discuss the  2020 PHD challenge on the new page. See you there!

Comment by Linda Koller on November 7, 2019 at 7:52pm

Thank you Riana!

Comment by Riana Noyes on November 7, 2019 at 7:35pm

Thanks to Sylvia Thomas of AQS we now can  now add pages! Perhaps not as convenient as adding discussions, but still a way to store information and not disrupt the flow of our normal conversations. I have taken the liberty of naming the first one  2020 PHD Challenge, and have added a logo. The " pages" are found on the right side of our page, under the box with members list.So now, before we begin to fill it with comments, perhaps the rules should be laid out. I'm not participating in the challenge because l'll be going back and forth between Canada and USA, and cannot honestly say l have any long term projects planned. So if you need a " moderator" , l'm offering to help out.

Comment by Gail Brown on November 7, 2019 at 2:48pm

Zoe, I think that song should be called "Life".  Sometimes it just plays louder than at other times.  It's usually loudest when things aren't going so good.  Every so often something really great happens and it gets loud, but those aren't the times it keeps us awake.

Mary, it sounds like your daughter-in-law needed to vent, we all need to sometimes.  Sometimes it's easier to do that with someone you are not real close with or someone you think will understand.  Lots of times people we are real close to won't always see or understand your frustration.  I have found myself once in a great while telling people who I am not at all close to something that's got me upset and I feel better for having got it out and I haven't  gotten someone close upset about what I'm feeling.  Sometimes after hearing myself say something out loud I realize how petty it sounds or how I can fix the problem.  There's that song again!

All you girls are a great "sounding board" and I don't have to see you raising your eyebrows or making those faces or hear you sighing.  I don't have to see that "what a nut" look on your faces.

Comment by Mary Moore on November 7, 2019 at 11:33am

Zoe!  What have you done to us.  Thankfully I don't know the melody to this.  What I have stuck in my head is "Mary had a little lamb" sung to "Hall of the Mountain King."  Thanks to an internet knitting friend.

Hoping for a walk and talk with my son this weekend.  He has always relaxed and opened up when we get away and do that. 

Comment by Zoetc49 on November 7, 2019 at 3:21am

Mary, I am involved in several care taker groups online. I am glad you could be there for your DIL. My aunt was a psychologist, she taught me some things that have been helpful. The number one advice she had and it is very hard for me to do, is when someone say's something.. to repeat what they just said. When your DIL stated " she feels overwhelmed", my aunt would say, " so you feel overwhelmed"? , this allows her to open up more. Then you can say things such as " what do you think would help you feel less overwhelmed". Mary,    I am not preaching, because I am in the same boat and I do not follow my own but my aunt would tell me that this type of statements allow them to figure out how to deal with things.  I will say that I was always in the middle of helping people before I moved here, now I am the one needing help. I just got up to take something to help me sleep because my mind is on the list that never ends... ( oh, no.. now the lamb chop song just got in my head...) .  I think the benadryl is doing it's thing, so guess it is time to try again for sleep.


Comment by Riana Noyes on November 6, 2019 at 9:28pm

Mary, l think you DID help her just by listening... the poor girl needed to vent and feel heard.

You are all so right...we can stand by each other, whether it's quilting issues or family, we can all keep each others' spirits up.


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