"Friend of the Month"
JennB
Posted 2008-02-23 8:13 AM (#4511)
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I don't know how many of you have been around BC as long as I have, but when I joined just over 3 years ago, we had a friendship swap each month. Everyone who wanted to participate would sign up, and we would be paired off with one other person. The purpose of the swap was to spend that month really getting to know that person, and at the end of the month, we exchanged small gifts, I believe 10.00 or so was the max. The gifts didn't necessarily have to be quilting related, but as we got to know each other we might find something else we would like to send.

We only ended up doing 2 or 3 of these before they were discontinued for whatever reason, but I had asked the people I was paired with to make a block for me as my gift, and I had planned to turn it into a friends quilt with 1 year of blocks from my friends. I thought it was a really cool idea, and a great way for us to meet each other and get to know one another without proclaiming our whole lives publicly. We traded alot of private messages.

My first swap was with a lady in Austrailia, and being from Texas, I sent her some Texas Bluebonnet seeds, bluebonnet fabric, and a coffee mug with Texas stuff on it. I figured it was something she might never see otherwise. She sent me the cutest coaster that she made, and a beautiful block in my favorite colors, which I still have sitting out on my sewing table. It was so cool to get to know someone from another country and learn a little about their way of life. You'd be amazed at how different some of the most mundane things can be!

Since all that is required of this would be the time to talk and get to know each other, and possibly one small package that wouldn't necessarily involve sewing or fabric, would anyone else be up to starting up this type of ongoing swap again? I know alot of us are on tight budgets so this would be a simple way to become more involved with the awesome people here without investing alot of money. Obviously the benefit of making closer friends would far outweigh any material items we might gain in the process, but it's always fun to receive a package in the mail and not know what might be inside :)

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Cindy
Dorian
Nawma
Jess
Wendy
Jacqui
Mary
Milica
Gerda
Jennifer
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misisipimenace
Posted 2008-02-23 8:27 AM (#4514 - in reply to #4511)
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jenn!  sounds wonderful!  and since it can't possibly start until march   please sign me up . . .

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JennB
Posted 2008-02-23 8:52 AM (#4517 - in reply to #4511)
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I'll keep a list through the end of the month, and send out partners on the first of March if that's ok. If we need more time, we can start it on April 1.
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Dorian
Posted 2008-02-23 9:15 AM (#4524 - in reply to #4511)
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It sounds like fun to me, so sign me up too, please.

Dorian 

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buggalugs
Posted 2008-02-23 9:20 AM (#4526 - in reply to #4524)
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If this does go ahead I would like to join please.If it is ok, being overseas and with our postal system I would fully understand if you would rather I didn't take part. I really won't be offended and would definitely understand .

JAcqui



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JennB
Posted 2008-02-23 9:29 AM (#4530 - in reply to #4526)
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oh no Jacqui....I think that makes it even more fun, especially since most of the swap just involves emails :) I had a blast getting to know someone who lived halfway around the world. It made for some really fun conversations! I dont think anyone would want to keep those outside the USA from being able to participate...it just wouldnt be right!
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nawma
Posted 2008-02-23 9:54 AM (#4537 - in reply to #4530)
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I'm in!! Sounds like lots of fun.

Connie

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Wendy MI
Posted 2008-02-23 12:29 PM (#4552 - in reply to #4511)
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Now, how could anyone pass up a friend of the month?!!!  I'm in!!!  Wendy
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Jess
Posted 2008-02-23 1:12 PM (#4556 - in reply to #4552)
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I was adamant that I would not sign up for any swaps, as I do not have the time to fulfill the obligations. However, this is simple, easy, and inexpensive. Also, what better way to get our members acquainted! I am definitely in.

Jenn - Will you take new signups each month so that the new members joining can participate? Also, can we give you hints before you assign names and let you know the people who have signed up that we don't know very well? (For instance, I pretty much know Nawma about as well as I can! ) If you would like, the administrators can help you keep an updated list of the participants on your first post so that everyone knows where to find it. (The forum will only let you edit your post for a limited amount of time, but admin's can always do it.)

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misisipimenace
Posted 2008-02-23 1:24 PM (#4559 - in reply to #4556)
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jess are you 100% totally, absolutely, positively, for sure and for certain that you know nawma as well as you can????
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buggalugs
Posted 2008-02-23 1:39 PM (#4563 - in reply to #4559)
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lol Cindy, I think Jess only knows Connie as well as Connie wants her to

Jacqui

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JennB
Posted 2008-02-23 2:09 PM (#4564 - in reply to #4563)
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yes, this can be an ongoing month to month one, and I'll just start a new sign up thread for each month. I started a spreadsheet with everyone so I can keep track of who is signed up, and make sure that month-to-month we dont repeat partners. :)
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JennB
Posted 2008-02-23 2:12 PM (#4565 - in reply to #4511)
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OH....um...I'll edit my first post to include those who are in so far.

....or not. I cant seem to edit my first post. If Jess can add this info to the original post she can do it. Otherwise March 1 I'll post a list of participants and their partners, along with all the guidelines, etc. in a concise, easy to read format.



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JennB
Posted 2008-02-23 2:24 PM (#4566 - in reply to #4511)
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oh...Jess reminded me of something important....any takers to act as a co-host for me? It really wont involve much other than keeping a list of who's involved and seeing that everyone has been in contact with each other. No mailing or anything like that except between you and your partner.
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Jess
Posted 2008-02-23 2:24 PM (#4567 - in reply to #4559)
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misisipimenace - 2008-02-23 12:24 PM jess are you 100% totally, absolutely, positively, for sure and for certain that you know nawma as well as you can????

 

Hmmmm.... perhaps I should say as well as I want to! What I don't know, I don't want to know...

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JennB
Posted 2008-02-23 2:31 PM (#4568 - in reply to #4511)
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haha I hear that Jess...

When I was a teenager my mom and I spoke to high school students about the dangers of drinking and driving, after my sister's accident. I remember the first time I went with her to watch her speak, I was sitting on the end of the stage listening to her talk to high school seniors, and she told them about how she used to drink in high school and her and her friends would drive across the border to Mexico (she lived 20 minutes from the border) and never gave a second thought to it....my jaw dropped to the ground. I never knew my mom had ever had a wild side to her. I only knew her as PTA mom that sang in the church choir.... it was weird. haha
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misisipimenace
Posted 2008-02-23 2:49 PM (#4570 - in reply to #4568)
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JennB
Posted 2008-02-23 3:06 PM (#4571 - in reply to #4570)
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I just tease her about it now..since i never went through that phase as a teenager...I guess she did enough partying for us both :D
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in2patches
Posted 2008-02-24 2:42 AM (#4580 - in reply to #4511)
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I'd love to joint this - as long as you remember that I REALLY am on the other side of the world :)  Jenn - do you need us to send you any info on ourselves - like address, etc for your records?
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Posted 2008-02-24 8:39 AM (#4587 - in reply to #4580)
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most swaps would require that, so I guess that if you want to send them to me I'll just keep a list of everyone's contact info on the spreadsheet I started, but do please share this info directly with your partners when it is assigned.

Mary, I'm sure whoever you are partnered with will be sure to take into consideration your location....since this isn't a time-sensitive swap, I don't see it as a problem at all. I think I can safely speak for us all when I say that we'd rather have participants all over the world and wait for slow mail than to exclude anyone just because of where they happen to live. The more varied and vast our backgrounds, the more interesting it makes our group! Besides, how else will some of us ever get the chance to see or get something from another country?! I personally think it's pretty cool to get mail and things from my friends overseas. I giggle everytime I get letters from my friends in Europe. When my friend in England came to visit me a couple of years ago it was his first trip to the states and I got such a kick out of seeing him wide-eyed at things I don't think twice about...like wal-mart, and 6 lane highways...makes you stop and really take a good look at how you live and appreciate things you might otherwise take for granted!
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Dorian
Posted 2008-02-24 9:09 AM (#4595 - in reply to #4511)
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I totally agree with Jenn, just cause some of you are overseas, please don't leave yourself out of this swap. It will be fun and shouldn't be any problem with mail/etc.

 

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misisipimenace
Posted 2008-02-24 9:15 AM (#4597 - in reply to #4595)
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are you kidding?  OF COURSE we want gerda, jacqui, mary & midge (did i forget anyone??) and any other new members from overseas to join this if they choose!!  and any other swaps for that matter.

when we played Fabringo on BC and i won, my prize was the FQs that everyone entered to play their cards.  in the pack was 2 south african FQs from mary - i was SOOOO thrilled to get them, not sure they will ever see the sharp side of a pair of scissors!!  they are too precious to me to use LOL

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nawma
Posted 2008-02-24 10:26 AM (#4605 - in reply to #4597)
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I agree that EVERYONE should be included in this swap.

Connie

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logcabin1961
Posted 2008-02-24 11:00 AM (#4609 - in reply to #4605)
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Me, me, me ,me, I want in too!!!!

Jenn, would love to participate in this as I'm more or less uptodate with my swaps now (just got to start quilting Cindy's but don't tell her that!!)

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JennB
Posted 2008-02-24 1:31 PM (#4621 - in reply to #4609)
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Milica I got you added to my list.

I still need someone to volunteer to "co-host" with me...any takers??
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misisipimenace
Posted 2008-02-24 1:58 PM (#4627 - in reply to #4609)
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ARRGGGGGGHHH how could i forget milica?????????? 
(*psst* don't anyone tell milica, but i got my lines marked and the bobbins are wound . . . so keep your fingers crossed cause this quilt knows whose hands it is in and of course it is natural that it would want to misbehave . . . )

jenn, i'll co-host for ya if you want . . .

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JennB
Posted 2008-02-24 3:36 PM (#4630 - in reply to #4627)
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ohh yay cindy thank you!

Once I have everyone signed up and all the info gathered, I'll send you a copy of it.
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Jess
Posted 2008-02-24 6:12 PM (#4632 - in reply to #4630)
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I agree that everyone should be allowed to participate. It would not be right if there was something at The Quilt and Needle that excluded people because of their location!

Jenn - I updated the front page and added Mary and Milica for you. Btw, Cindy has this ability as one of our administrators too... so it may be really handy to have her as your co-host!

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Gerda
Posted 2008-02-24 7:42 PM (#4635 - in reply to #4511)
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I would really like to join in, but I think I need to wait a couple months. It looks like we'll be moving into our new house in the next few weeks, which means I'll be packing up most if not all of my sewing stuff, and I don't know if I'd be able to make much during that time. So, Jenn, keep me in mind, please, and I'll join in as soon as I can. This sounds like so much fun! I'm in a redwork swap with two ladies from BC (one in Australia, one in Hawaii) and that is something tiny that I can keep out. But my sewing stuff, nuh uh! It's gonna be in boxes soon. I will let you know when. Thanks, Jenn - this is a great idea!
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Posted 2008-02-25 12:43 AM (#4641 - in reply to #4511)
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Gerda - we'll look forward to having you join when you're ready :) I thought you were going to sell the house you built and not move into it at all - must have got my wires crossed.  Good luck with the move !

I'm curious as to how we will be paired - names drawn out of a hat? - makes no difference to me, just curious :)

 



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JennB
Posted 2008-02-25 8:56 AM (#4652 - in reply to #4641)
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yeah I'll just randomly pair people up, except i'm thinking we shouldn't pair up Jess and Nawma since they're family, but thats their choice if they want to keep that exclusion in place

Gerda, you don't have to sew for this "swap", this is more of a chance to really get to know someone on here much more than through regular posts. When I did this in the past we started talking to each other through private messages or outside email, just between us, which allowed us to get a little more personal or open with our partner. Sometimes we don't feel comfortable sharing everything with whoever might be watching, so this way makes it easier I think. The only real commitment for this swap is the time for talking, in whatever form you and your partner choose to communicate, phone, email, etc. and perhaps a small gift of some kind at the end of the month, whatever that may be. As I said before I sent a gift that represented where I'm from, and had nothing to do with sewing at all.

Please please feel free to jump on in whenever you feel ready to. We can't have too many friends, ya know!
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Posted 2008-02-25 6:44 PM (#4704 - in reply to #4511)
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OK, then, put me down!! I'll PM you my info.

Mary, that was the plan, but there are a LOT of homes on the market right now, and it's the slow time of year, AND our realtor hasn't really done much, other than advertising weekly. We did find today, that someone showed the house to someone late last week (of course, with us being sick at home, we didn't find out until today), but we have heard nothing, and there is no way we can pay for rent $960/mo, and a mortgage payment!! so, we have decided to move in in March, and will see from there whether we relist, or live there a while. We would love to build another house, but can't do a lot on a retirement pension!! So, that's it in a nutshell!! :)
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Jennifer
Posted 2008-02-25 6:58 PM (#4707 - in reply to #4511)
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I have been thinking about this for a few days.  I am NOT a talker so I prefer e-mails.  This is out of my comfort zone, but I have decided to give it a shot.  So, count me in!

Do I need to send you any info?  If so, what do you need?  This is my first official swap.



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misisipimenace
Posted 2008-02-25 7:31 PM (#4708 - in reply to #4707)
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jennifer, glad you decided to "get your feet wet"!!  you'll need to PM your name, address, phone & email to jennB (i think that's her screen name - you'll need to know that to PM her).  and it's that easy to sign up!  which reminds me, i need to send my contact info also!!
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Posted 2008-02-26 4:15 AM (#4713 - in reply to #4708)
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Oh Jennifer it is lovely to have you join in :) I know that who ever you get will be lovely, and send them to me if they scare you too much ;)

I'm well known for being tough. aren't I ladies

JAcqui

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Posted 2008-02-26 7:27 AM (#4716 - in reply to #4713)
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ok I have info from Gerda, Jennifer, and Cindy added to my list!

Jennifer...do you go by anything else besides Jennifer, like Jenny? My friends have always called me Jenn, and know never EVER to call me Jenny :) They all seemed to think it was soo funny to call me Jenny (in a Forrest Gump voice) after that movie came out. Grr!
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Posted 2008-02-26 8:59 AM (#4720 - in reply to #4511)
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So glad you decided to join us Jennifer!

My 'baby' sister is Jennifer also. About your age JennB, so must of been the popular name of the time. LOL. She goes by Jenny though, always has.

 

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Posted 2008-02-26 9:00 AM (#4721 - in reply to #4716)
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OK, I've been thinking about this and wasn't going to do it because of my hectic life - but then I decided, what the heck!!!  I'll try it for a month since there's doesn't have to be any sewing involved - unless we want to make something.

So put me down, Jenn.  I'll PM you with my info.

Nola

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Posted 2008-02-26 9:15 AM (#4726 - in reply to #4721)
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I got you added Nola. :)

Yeah, my name was just way too popular when I was born. I can't recall ever having a class or group of peers where I was the only Jennifer. My best friend in elementary school was named Jennifer, and even stranger, we grew up in NE Oklahoma, but we were both born at the same hospital in Bryan, TX, even had the same doctor sign our hospital cards that were on our little cribs in the nursery! To even beat that...my freshman year of college, I started out living in the dorms, and my next door neighbor was named Jennifer Jones (my maiden name), we had the same major, our SSN were only off by 2 digits and we had an almost identical schedule, AND the same workstudy jobs. The administration at the University was forever mixing our information up.
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Posted 2008-02-26 9:26 AM (#4729 - in reply to #4726)
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nola's name is now on the official list on page 1 ;)
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Posted 2008-02-26 9:40 AM (#4734 - in reply to #4511)
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My mom and her sister were both pregnant with their last child at the same time. Both of them wanted the name Jennifer if it were a girl and both of them wanted the name Jessie if it were a boy. LOL.... luckily, one had a boy and one a girl.

Too odd about those coincidences Jenn!

 

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Posted 2008-02-26 10:03 AM (#4740 - in reply to #4734)
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Yep. It made me vow that whenever I had kids, I wouldn't give them weird names, but they wouldn't have the most popular ones either. Unfortunately I didn't have any say in my kid's names, as their father chose both of their names and there was pretty much nothing to be said about them. When we adopt, I let Ashley choose the name for her new sister, and she chose Aleya, which in Hebrew, means precious gift, so that is fitting. I plan to keep her given name as her middle name so she can keep that part of her heritage.

If we have another baby, we'll choose a biblical name for them, probably Rebekah for a girl, and I like Levi for a boy, but we shall see. :D
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Posted 2008-02-26 10:05 AM (#4741 - in reply to #4716)
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My teachers and friends called me Jen in school.  My parents call me Jen and Jenniday (Jenni with my maiden name). 

Jessica and Larenda (my sister) were freshmen at A&M when I was a senior.  My name for Larenda is Renda.   Jessica and I decided that we would go by the last 2 syllables of our names too.  Jessica became Sica, and I became Niffer (we added an extra "f" so that it didn't look like Knifer).  Sometimes we still call each other that, right SICA????

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Posted 2008-02-26 10:13 AM (#4745 - in reply to #4741)
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hmmmmmmm . . .

Sica Jean

has a ring to it don't you think?

(j/k jess ROFLOL   )

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Posted 2008-02-26 10:21 AM (#4750 - in reply to #4511)
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  Hey, when you have the most common name on the face of the earth for your age group, you gotta get creative to find something that nobody else uses...it really does get annoying to hear your name called and 5 other people look up.

 

At least I dont have the most common last name anymore.  I mean, seriously, how stand-out can you be with the most common first AND last name on the planet?  Maybe if I had been a SMITH it would hae been worse, but JONES? Come on...

Now nobody can spell OR pronounce my new last name, which I couldn't take fast enough after we got married. Beauford is most decidedly a southern name, (pronounced like beautiful), but strangers either say bow-ford, or spell it bUford.  My previous name was Cheatham (pronounced cheat-ham) so I sounded like some shady lawyer....I never liked that name. Perhaps I should have taken it as a clue? 

 I   my name now, but I supposed alot of that comes from being proud to show off who I get the name from

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Posted 2008-02-26 2:03 PM (#4768 - in reply to #4750)
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Darn! I just wrote a really nice post and Sammy hit the back button and it got erased! Argh!!

Yes, I still refer to Jennifer as Niffer most of the time, and I haven't thought of Renda as Larenda in years. These names bring back wonderful memories, climbing up four sets of stairs to my home away from home, and being "All grown up!" (Or so I thought at the time.) So, feel free to call me Sica Jean, Miss Cindy. It is absolutely a term of endearment!

JennB - I have lots of similar stories about Jessica, as it was one of the most popular names the year I was born. I always had another Jessica or two in class and even had a best friend named Jessica for awhile in J. High. I loved Eicher as a last name because it was so uncommon and I used to swear I would not marry a man with a plain last name. I had a high school love named Miller, then I fell madly in love with my hubby and got the name Smith. No hope for me I guess! I always joke with hubby and tell him we should change our last name to something cool like Mormegil (his favorite character out of one of J.R.R. Tolkien's lesser known books). He is not buying it though.

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Posted 2008-02-26 2:11 PM (#4771 - in reply to #4768)
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haha! Being that DH is military, its funny because anytime he's around anyone in his unit, or they call, they never ask for him by his first name, they always ask for "Beauford". I would venture to guess that most of them don't even know each other's first names.
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Posted 2008-02-26 3:10 PM (#4780 - in reply to #4771)
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When I was in school, back during the Ice Age, the most popular names were Kay, Elaine, Sharon & Cheryl, and David & Gary for the boys.  There were two Sharon Harkless's in the same class - one's middle name was Elaine and the other was Sue, so the second one was called Sherry Sue.  I think there were 4 or 5 Davids and 3 Garys in the same class room too.  I was truly an odd one with the name of Nola - there was only one other Nola in the entire school and she was my 2nd cousin (both named for the same great-aunt who's name was actually Minola).  Then my last name was Schieferstein - middle name Catherine - 26 letters in my full name!  And I had these cruel teachers who were always asking, "How did you ever get an odd name like that?"  - well, heck, the same place everyone gets their names - from my parents!!  Which is what I'd say nowadays!  Back then I just hung my head in embarrassment!

Nola

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Posted 2008-02-26 3:16 PM (#4781 - in reply to #4780)
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nola i spect their names were ordinary and they were jealous . . . nola catherine sounds pretty & they should've been more educated or else they would've known where your last name came from!
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Posted 2008-02-26 3:26 PM (#4782 - in reply to #4511)
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I think teasing you or harassing you about your name was easier for her than having to spell it.

I like your name, but I soon realized when Ashley was 4 and really learning to write her name, that giving your child a long, or difficult name to spell can be cruel and unusual punishment for a pre-schooler trying to tackle their first real word to read or spell.  My best friend gave all three of her children African names, and chose them based on their meanings. I admit it did take me awhile before I could easily say them, let alone spell them, but they are all beautiful names. Her daughters are Malaika Ayana (meh-like-uh Eye-ah-nah) which means Angel, beautiful, Jendayi Anisa (Jen-die-ee Ah-knee-sah) which is gift from Heaven, and lastly Iyanu Umoya (Ee-yawn-oo Oo-moy-yah) which means pleasant surprise....which she was a complete surprise! 

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Posted 2008-02-26 3:55 PM (#4785 - in reply to #4511)
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I love hearing stories about names...don't know why...just do.

My name isn't all that popular, but there are a few here in California alone. Surprised the heck out of me when the first time the UPS man came up to our house, he actually said it right. And that's 'cause his wife has the same name. LOL There is also a deejay on the radio with my name. I had a teacher is school who just could NOT pronounce it right. He called me Miss Kinney (my maiden name) all year long. lol  Dont' you just hate teachers who are like that Nola!? What a shame.

My dh is a Veteran, and yeah, it's funny how they all go by their last name. Most of dh's comrades shortened his from Lucas to Luke though.

 

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Posted 2008-02-26 4:02 PM (#4786 - in reply to #4785)
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DH's brothers call him Zach, but everyone else calls him Zachary (or Beauford for his AF buddies). I shortened it to "Z" when I started referring to him in my blogs, so once in awhile I'll refer to him as that, but I usually have other names for him that will remain my secret :D
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Posted 2008-02-26 4:04 PM (#4787 - in reply to #4786)
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  jenn there are not supposed to be secrets between quilting sisters . . .
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Posted 2008-02-26 4:18 PM (#4789 - in reply to #4511)
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LOL Jenn. Rarely do I call my husband by his given name. It's usually Sunshine Man
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Posted 2008-02-26 5:05 PM (#4792 - in reply to #4787)
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misisipimenace - 2008-02-26 3:04 PM jenn there are not supposed to be secrets between quilting sisters . . .

 

Just use your imagination my dear and I'm sure you can figure it out...we are still newlyweds, ya know  

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Posted 2008-02-26 5:09 PM (#4793 - in reply to #4792)
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Posted 2008-02-26 5:40 PM (#4795 - in reply to #4511)
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Well, my name was very UNcommon. I was baptized Geertje Wilhelmina (after my two Omas - grandmas to the non-Dutch!), and because there were several cousins named after Oma G, my dad said I would be Gerda. Now, in the Netherlands, that's no biggie, but we came to Canada when I was 13 months old, and it wasn't until I was 12 that I met another Gerda - she was German. I got teased a few times by being called giraffe (I was tall and skinny with a long neck) and Gerdle the turtle. Needless to say, I hated my name! It's ok now that I'm older, but I always vowed not to saddle my kids with hand-me-down names. It did sort of end up that way, though. Bill is Jan Willem (John William inEnglish) and named after his dad, so he wanted our son to be named that. I said no, I don't want two Bill's in the house, too confusing (my dad and younger brother were both Tony), so we compromised. He wanted Sean (a la Sean Connery), I wanted Ian, but we came up with Shaun William. Tania Ann, my daughter, was named by my mom - Her name was Anna, my MIL's name in English was Antonia, and My dad of course was Anthony in English (Teunis is Dutch) - I didn't care for any of the names, but agreed to Tania. I WANTED Sarah Rebecca for a girl, and either Joshua David or Jeremy David, hubby said "no Bible names". And I think at some point most kids hate their names. as for last names, I went from Dezeeuw to Vantuil - people have trouble pronouncing and spelling both!!
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Posted 2008-02-26 7:53 PM (#4802 - in reply to #4795)
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Gerda, I have a lot of Dutch names in my family tree.  The family that is now known as "Dutcher" originated (as far back as I've gone) with one Jan Cornelise Van Hardeen.  His son was Willem Janszen Van Hardeen.  Willem Janszen had a son Jan Willemszen who was my immigrant ancestor.  In Amerca he became known as Jan Willemszen DeDuytser which I'm told meant Jan Willemszen the Dutchman.  Over the years the name underwent a number of spelling changes until it became simply Dutcher.  My great-grandmother was Catherine Alice Dutcher.  The name has pretty much died out in my area now, but there are still a lot of Dutchers in Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York.  There are names like Grietze, Tys, Roelof, Dirck, Leentje, Willempje etc. in the family tree.  Lots of fun to try to pronounce and/or spell them!

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Posted 2008-02-26 11:40 PM (#4812 - in reply to #4511)
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My folks kept to family names for us kids.  My eldest brother, George, was named after my mother's father, my next brother after my father, Izak Zirk Buys (a mouthful), my third brother after my father's brother, Philip Rudolf and myself after my maternal grandmother, Mary Lea (Lea was actually her surname). My mother said that her worst pregnancy was the second as my father wanted the baby named after his mother if it was a girl: Daniella Isabella Maria Cornellia - I actually like the names but when it got to me it was my mother's turn to choose.

Gerda and Nola - you can guess where my paternal roots come from

My husband's mother was real English  lady (imagine Pride and Predjudice) and was sooooo  pleased when we decided not to go the family name route.  My son was named Simon because we liked the name and his second name is Alistair because I was reading an Alistair McClean book when he was born (not literally but after the birth ).  My daughter, Jane, did get the family second name Lea but that was perfectly acceptable to mom-in-law   

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Posted 2008-02-27 7:57 AM (#4816 - in reply to #4511)
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Isn't it amazing how varied and vast our backgrounds are? I'm Irish and German, with names like Vierheilig and Pursley in my history. I have been slowly trying to gather up all the information on my genealogy that my mom started collecting so I can try to get it all organized and into one spot. So far I've been able to trace my roots back to Antrium County, Northern Ireland, and Bavaria,Germany as far back as 1705. It gets a little muddy before that, as most of the records only have information like...."they had 5 children, 2 boys Robert and Richard, and 3 girls". I guess it didn't seem important at that time to list girls names in their records. :(

I have some really juicy stories in our family history as well...I can't help but giggle at how scandalous some things seemed to be so long ago that we wouldn't even give a second look at today, but there were some moments that even the best soap opera writer could not have dreamed up. These are the sort of stories that makes geneaology so interesting. You really never know what you might dig up. (To steal a line from Mary!)



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Posted 2008-02-27 8:17 AM (#4819 - in reply to #4511)
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I haven't done any looking back at the ancestory, one day I would like to though. My Mom has a family tree made up, I keep asking her for a copy, and she keeps 'forgetting'. LOL. I have 3 sisters though, the first one has my Grandma's middle name, and the last one has a Grandma's middle name, but us middle two have names my Dad just picked out. My Dad is a real patriot, and supposably I was named after a war ship of some kind, called the Dorian Malone. But I think that is just bull pucky, my Dad is a grand liar

With our kids, dh and I are both smitten with the frontiersmans. So both our boys have Mountain Man names...Jedediah Coulter and Carson Bridger. We gave Rachael' a middle name of Sierra, due to the mountains in our area. Of course, Jedediah and Rachael are both biblical too.

 

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Posted 2008-02-27 12:06 PM (#4830 - in reply to #4819)
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All this talk of ancestry has given me an idea for a challenge....but I will wait to see how I could develop it before divulging it entirely....besides, I just added 2 projects to my "to do" list. I need to get through those first!
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Posted 2008-02-27 12:41 PM (#4832 - in reply to #4830)
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chicken . . . come on throw another project into your plate - be a REAL quilter!!

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Posted 2008-02-27 12:43 PM (#4833 - in reply to #4832)
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Wow! This thread is already helping me get to know everyone!
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Posted 2008-02-27 12:51 PM (#4835 - in reply to #4511)
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I got the wheels turnin' in my head on this one...let me see what I can come up with before I spill it...I need to organize my brain first!  I don't think on a one-track mind. I start one place and tend to go off on tangents.  I'm sure none of you can relate, right?!
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Posted 2008-02-27 12:59 PM (#4843 - in reply to #4835)
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nahhhhhh not moi . . .

   

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Posted 2008-02-27 2:52 PM (#4851 - in reply to #4843)
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Dorian, just for fun I did a quick google search for "Ship Dorian" - check this out:  http://www.projectdorian.co.uk/  Rather interesting!

Will be anxiously awaiting whatever Jenn is thinking about for a "project" - if it combines genealogy or ancestry AND quilting, I'm all for it!

Nola

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Posted 2008-02-27 3:01 PM (#4855 - in reply to #4511)
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I was just thinking it would be a neat challenge for us to come up with blocks that reflect our respective family histories, but not quite sure how to make it work.

 For example, I'm german and irish, so making a quilt that uses only blocks that have a german or irish origin, or maybe reflect the meanings of our family names. ( I guess I could take the easy route and just make a quilt about beer but I digress...)

 

Anyway, it was just a starting point...need to really think about it a little more to see if/how it could work. 

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Posted 2008-02-27 3:06 PM (#4856 - in reply to #4855)
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OR you could have a beer while quilting . . .

(just so y'all know, i am in a sassy mood today . . . oh, you noticed huh? )

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Posted 2008-02-27 3:11 PM (#4859 - in reply to #4511)
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I could...but I have enough trouble making my points match up sober...I shudder to think that a drunken attempt might look like!

 

I have absolutely zero tolerance for alcohol. My DH knows if I have more than one he's likely going to be playing babysitter for me later.  

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Posted 2008-02-27 3:56 PM (#4870 - in reply to #4859)
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Well, Jenn, you could always make the old Drunkard's Path block!!!  (ducking behind my quilting frame as she tosses a beer stein at me)! 

Actually I think that is a great idea for a Challenge!  I'd have a huge variety of blocks to choose from too - I'm German, Irish, Welsh, English, French, Dutch, a smidgen of Shawnee Indian, and who knows what else!!!  Schieferstein - that means slate & stone - slatestone - as in slate roofs.  Braun (brown), Diener (baker, I think - not sure on that), Kern (corn or kernel).  I could make dutch windmill blocks, Indian Trail blocks - - - - -     And I could even make that Drunkard's Path block to honor my dearly beloved granddad, the town drunk of Decatur!  (I still loved him - he was a wonderfully talented man - just had no tolerence for booze!)

Hugs,

Nola

P.S.  I was wrong about the meaning of "Diener" - did a google on it and here's what I found: 

The word Diener is German for servant. In English, it is used to describe the person, in the morgue, responsible for handling, moving, and cleaning the corpse. It is derived from the German word Leichendiener, which literally means corpse servant.  Dieners are also referred to as morgue attendantsNOW WHAT KIND OF QUILT BLOCK COULD I MAKE FOR THAT?????????!!!!!!!!!!



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Posted 2008-02-27 4:16 PM (#4876 - in reply to #4870)
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i don't know what block you could make for that nola, but i bet it would be a sure-fire winner!!
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Posted 2008-02-27 4:29 PM (#4879 - in reply to #4511)
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maybe use some creepy halloween fabrics?
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Posted 2008-02-27 5:36 PM (#4887 - in reply to #4879)
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I don't even have to think about this- Holcz means "wood" in Humgarian so I would make Carpenter's Square, and I would probably find some nice cotton in the Gordon tartan to reflect my Scot-Irish heritage. General Gordon of Kartoum fame was an ancestor- I bet Jacqui and Milica know who he was.

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Posted 2008-02-27 5:57 PM (#4888 - in reply to #4887)
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ok i am going to do a rare thing and admit my ignorance (i know y'all are rolling by now!!! ) and ask just what site do y'all use to find out the origin and meaning of your surname?  i have put in "prince" and "brasel" (my maiden name) and all i get are sites that want you to log in for a "free" trial period - which i don't do those, period & paragraph, end of story - or else the sites have "no listings for that last name" or whatever . . . my mother's maiden name was nevil and i believe that was french in origin and billy's mother's maiden name was goodnight, which has german roots.
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Posted 2008-02-27 6:04 PM (#4889 - in reply to #4888)
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Gosh, Cindy, all I did was type "Diener" in a google search and it pulled up that meaning.  Some of the others I've just always known what they meant.  I used I have a site that listed meanings of names, but have lost it.  Will go on the hunt and see what I can find.  Another crazy name in my family is Pfundstein (German), literally translated means Poundstone. 

Will do some digging and see what I can find for you.

Nola

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Posted 2008-02-28 12:45 AM (#4896 - in reply to #4889)
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Nola, De Duytser actually means "the German" That's the Dutch word for "german". So that ancestor may have lived near the border. In Holland, if I'm not mistaken, Diener means waiter/waitress - but I could be wrong, I have heard the phrase" om te bedienen" which means to serve, as in a meal.

Oh, this is so cool!! I came in touch with a new to me cousin in Holland, she is doing the family genealogy for my Dad's side - my Opa (his dad) was married twice (first wife died) and she is related to the child/children of his first wife. And Bill has a Baron way back in the 1300s in his family.

OK, gotta go!! It's getting towards bedtime. Later friends!
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Posted 2008-02-28 9:13 AM (#4904 - in reply to #4511)
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That is SO COOL! Thanks for the link Nola, How interesting is that?? LOL

ROFL to a morgue servant!   too funny.

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Posted 2008-02-28 10:57 AM (#4919 - in reply to #4904)
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ok I'm thinking we should get another thread started with this idea so we can keep it separated from the Swap....I'll start it in the challenges forum.

 

And another smiley that would be appropriate for my quilt blocks...



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Posted 2008-02-28 11:25 AM (#4928 - in reply to #4511)
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yeah...I have hundreds of smileys....
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Posted 2008-02-28 2:06 PM (#4941 - in reply to #4928)
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I'm SO excited!  Just this morning I got an email from a 2nd cousin - she's found our great-great grandmother's parents - Charles White and Isabelle Campbell, from Glasgow, Lanark, Scotland!!!  Now to figure out what quilt blocks would go with that!!!

Nola

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Posted 2008-02-28 10:07 PM (#5009 - in reply to #4511)
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How about the Thistle block? http://fifegeek.com/quilting/patterns.shtml
Not a freebie, but... http://www.createforless.com/products/productDetail.asp?ProductID=1...
Lone tree aka English Thistle http://www.how-to-quilt.com/patterns/blocks06.shtml
http://mccallsquilting.com/qb/pattern_900/
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Posted 2008-02-29 7:32 AM (#5019 - in reply to #5009)
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Gerda, those are beautiful!!  I've printed off a couple of them.  Thanks for the suggestions!

Hugs,

Nola

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Posted 2008-02-29 8:51 AM (#5027 - in reply to #5019)
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oh wow one of those sites has some really neat stuff, quilting aside...she makes period dresses...gonna have to bookmark her page for later use!
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Posted 2008-02-29 8:58 AM (#5029 - in reply to #4511)
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Today is the last day of the month, so please make sure you have sent your info to either myself or Cindy. I will post the partners tomorrow morning and you have the whole month to spend getting to know each other. I'll send you all individual emails with the information of your partner, along with a little "questionnaire" that you can fill out and send to your partner with some basic questions so we can get the ball rolling.
Again, the purpose of this "swap" is to encourage us to foster closer friendships with one another, and really build a sense of closeness among our members. The majority of participation in this will be communication between ourselves, and at the end of the month, a small gift (no more than 10-15.00 in cost) to one another.  It doesn't have to be sewing or quilting related, I will leave that up to each person to choose.  Since we are all very active here anyway, I don't think this will really be any increase in your time spent here, and I hope that we will all feel like we have someone else in the world we can call a "true" friend, even if you aren't able to get together in person.
I'll be up early in the morning, and will post the partner list before the shop-hop begins.  I'll also start a thread for April sign-ups.

 
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