Monday, March 12, 2012

Spring is in the air

Congratulations to ILUVMYBUGS, winner of the Bloomin' Pinwheels pattern/scraps this week. So, does the "bugs" in your name refer to VW cars or does it refer to crawly bugs? Just wonderin'.

I've had the best time traveling the past few weeks to Hesston, Kansas, Belleville, Kansas and Bartlesville, Oklahoma for programs and workshops. Such welcoming, enthusiastic ladies at every stop. I enjoy hearing their stories, seeing their quilts and answering questions of all sorts. Hanging out for an afternoon of quilting is always a blast because we get to know the ladies a little better and see how tickled they are with the fast results of our raw edge applique workshops. Is this the best job in the world or what?! Thanks to all of you who have been so warm and supportive in my travels.

On Tuesday, March 13, 7pm. I'll be sharing my quilts in a trunk show for Linda, owner of Sunflower Quilt Shop in Hiawatha, Kansas. We're expecting a good crowd at the Fisher Community Center, 203 E. Iowa St.  Join us if you can!  Call Linda for information at 785-742-4343.

The following week, March 23-24, I'll be in Oshkosh, WI for their 11th Annual Sewing & Quilting Expo at Fox Valley Technical College. I'll be teaching at a college - how cool is that!!! A few of the other instructors are Rhonda Horvath of Ragspun Quilts (I love her raggy appliques in KT fabrics); Mary Sorensen teaching fine hand applique; Renee Shedivy with crazy quilting and Jan Krueger with her Fireside Cuddle Quilt. I'll be teaching my Five and Dime quilt on Friday, a trunk show presentation Friday evening and 5 1-hour programs on Saturday. It's a brand new experience for me and I can't wait! Get the scoop here.

On a personal note, last weekend, a couple of the grandsons were here exploring the surrounding woods with the dog, Gus. In one section of trees, my grown up boys have set up a paint ball course with barrels, piles of railroad ties and other fortifications against enemy attack. The little boys enjoy playing there with their Nerf guns, hiding in spots where no one else can go. Well, one hiding spot is inside a 4' round barrel with a cone-shaped roof that has about a 12" hole in it. The boys have filled the bottom with straw and claimed it as their hideout. When Cooper (11 years old and impulsive) started to climb in, Gus went wild barking at him. Rowan (9 years old, level-headed and wise beyond his years) remarked, "I wouldn't get in there without looking first, Cooper." When Coop looked into the barrel - with one leg already hanging inside - he noticed the object of Gus' warning - a skunk. It didn't take him very long to jump down from the barrel. Rowan remarked, "He can move pretty fast!" Gus found the opening at the base of the barrel, we covered it with a brick and called Grampa B (my Dad) to come shoot the skunk. It's been hanging out under my front porch, stinking up the whole neighborhood and had to go. While waiting for Grampa, the boys insisted on beating on the side of the barrel to incite the skunk to spray, then complain about the putrid smell and do it again and again. Really? I'm pretty sure a couple of girls wouldn't go there. Grampa B came, shot the skunk and was proclaimed the hero of the day. We thought the problem was solved. A couple of nights later, Robert and I were overcome with the stench of skunk from behind the cabin. Guess all the relatives came for a wake. There's been no sign of any skunks since. Just another day "in the wild", as Delainey likes to call our little patch of country.

Okay, enough of the grankid stories, let's move on to the giveaway of the week. How about one of each of this year's new KT Stash Society patterns - Snow, Hearts to You and Bloomin' Pinwheels?





Comment here by Sunday 10pm for a chance to win all three. Tell me a story about your grankids - or pesky varmints at your house. Hope to see you at one of my upcoming events this spring.


63 comments:

  1. Love your pattern esp. the hearts. Good luck with all the classes you are teaching!

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  2. Wonderful patterns! No grand kids. And no critters that I know of! Enjoy your travels!

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  3. Great patterns!
    No grandchildren - just children who leave the nest for uni and then return!!

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  4. I only have one little grandson who is 18 months old. He had his first visit to urgent care a week ago and got three stitches in his forehead - the first of many I'm sure!

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  5. We had our first sleepover with "the little ones" a few weeks ago and had a grand time! Thanks for the generous giveaway!

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  6. How exciting to see I won the Bloomin' Pinwheels pattern/scraps Lynne!!!

    My blog name refers to my long-time paper crafting hobby and some of the machines I 'luv' to use: the Cuttlebug and Cricut machines (the original 'baby bug' and Expression aka 'big bug')...don't own VWs and prefer to avoid the creepy crawly variety ;o)

    Thanks for the great giveaway..I'll email you my info.
    ~Terry~

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  7. Love the patterns! A story about my four year old granddaughter that happened in church yesterday morning. Her mom and dad gave her a quarter to place in the offering basket. Kasey was sitting with us. When she showed Papa her quarter she said, "This is to put in the wastebasket when it goes by then I go to children's church."

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  8. In the 'burbs we don;t have many varmints except for a few raccoons. However, my grandma once had a skunk under her porch. Someone told her to put salt around the hole, then the skunk would track it to its nest. Well, it left on its own - guess it didn't like cleaning the salt off its feet.

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  9. I don't have any grandkids yet. A skunk got our dog a couple of years ago when he went out just before bedtime. He smelled like garlic when he came in, not the putrid skunk smell we all know and love. We cleaned him up the best we could but I couldn't stand to be anywhere near him. Didn't know he'd been "skunked" until we took him to the vet to be boarded a couple days later. I now have green shampoo on hand in case it happens again. Thanks for the giveaway and have fun teaching in Wisconsin!

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  10. Don't you just love boys?! I do, and I love your new fabric line Sandhill Plums!! Thanks for all you do
    ~Jill

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  11. I would love all three of those patterns. And I wish I was in Wisconsin to attend some of your events. Any chance you'll come to the neighboring state of Minnesota? Grandkid stories? I have 15 grandkids, so I'd need a book to tell all the stories! Love them!

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  12. Wow that was quite an adventure for the boys. :-) Did Gus get a good treat for saving Rowan from a tomato bath?
    Love the patterns! We are lucky not to have any real pesky critters here, but when I was growing up I reached under a hen for an egg and touched fur~ a mink! My Dad came to my rescue too. Have a happy day!

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  13. What a story! The grandkids will always remember that for sure! I do not have grandkids but we did have a mother possum who visited our garden last Spring - with her 20 .. yes 20 babies hanging on her. She looked very tired! lol thanks for the great giveaways!

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  14. Boys will be boys! Love the story of your grandsons. Thanks for a chance to win you patterns, love your designs!

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  15. No grandkids here, but we do have a resident varmint. We have been living in our new home for almost two years. We noticed right off that there was something living under our deck. We could see where it has dug several holes at the base of the wood deck, but we never could figure out what it was. So just last week, I opened the blinds and what do I see. A LARGE Armadillo sniffing around in the back yard. My hubby said there's probably a family making use of the cover of our deck. Now what do you do to get rid of Armadillos??

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  16. One of the cats cornered a mink up against the house last summer. What freaked me out was the mink screaming - it was horrible. I scooped the cat and we let the mink move on. Thanks for the giveaway. These patterns are lovely.

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  17. No grandkids here. When I was little, like about 5 years old, I had a pet chicken. One night there was a huge ruckus in the chicken house, and my dad went out and shot a weasel that was trying to get my pet chicken. My dad was definitely the hero of the day, and I got to take the dead weasel to the Farm and Home and get a quarter for the hide, which at that time was huge bucks!

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  18. My husband and son were working on a deck project at our home. Our then 3 year old grandaughter was quite interested in what was going on but had been banished to the house by her father because of missing deck boards and nails. After much negotiating by her, she was finally allowed to go outside as long as she put her shoes on. When she showed up at the door ready to go outside, her dad looked down at her feet and said "Madison, you have your shoes on the wrong feet." Her response, "Daddy, they are the only feet I have!" Aren't grandchildren the greatest blessing? Thanks for a chance to win.

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  19. Grandkids-- one of my favorite topics! I only have one-- 10 month old little Clarabel- and she is such a joy--love her more than I ever imagined! :-) She came over for a visit this weekend-- and took three steps! And she can stand by herself, bounce up and down-- and clap her hands--all at the same time :-)!

    As for varmints-- well, we don't (hopefully!) have any at our new home, but there is a funny varmint story that happened at our old home.. We had 2 shelties and a black and white cat that lived with us. We always took the dogs out right before bedtime to "do their business" and then we'd give them a treat in the barn before we'd go back in. We had stepped into the barn, (I was standing in the doorway)-- and my hubby said, "Hey, Gwen, this is where I saw that brown widow spider yesterday-- here in this corner". He was leaning down looking, when he saw what he at first thought was our black and white cat approaching from under a pile of lumber.. At about the same time he realized that the "cat" was not a cat-- but a skunk-- the skunk was turning around and lifting his tail! Hubby said, "OH, SH*T!!" He couldn't get by, because I was in the doorway--- (thinking-- "GOOD GRIEF! You are completely overreacting-- it's just a spider!") Before I knew what was happening, he grabbed me under the arms, lifted me out of my slippers, and was running out carrying me! After a few steps, he and I both fell-- I let out a few choice words--still thinking that he was doing all this because he saw a spider! LOL He started saying, "SKUNK! SKUNK!" And once it registered what he had seen, I started crawling away as fast as I could-- ended up with knees and hands full of stickers! LOL We still laugh about that every time we think of it...

    There is another skunk story involving our oldest sheltie, Mandy, but I'll save that for another day! :-)

    Oh, and thank you for the chance to win! :-)

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  20. Great patterns!
    While babysitting my 3 yr old grandson, I encouraged him to come sit by me with a book to read. He climbed up on the couch and when I brushed his leg there was a spark of static electricity. He looked so bewildered and his eyes were filling with tears as he asked "Who pinched me????" Nearly broke my heart to think he thought I pinched him....

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  21. Raccoons are the biggest pests at our house. They are not content to just steal cat food; they steal the dish as well.

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  22. Gotta love skunks! The skunks love to hang out in my garden at night. They dig in the stone walls and find honeycombs. Of course, they get stung and I don't need to tell you what happens next! It is actually quite comical to watch.

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  23. When we lived in Texas, we had a stray Momma cat and kittens that lived under our shed. Being a softy at heart, I started feeding her and her babies. One night when my grandkids were there, we heard something on the porch and I told them to look out and see the Momma cat and maybe her kittens (as they were wild). Lo and behold there was a skunk eating the cat food! Needless to say, I stopped feeding the strays.

    hl3smith@yahoo.com

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  24. Last my son called and told me where he found our 3 year old grandson. He was sitting on the floor in the pantry with a big bag of M&M's on one side and on the other side was a big bag of chocolate chips. And, one hand was in the chocolate chips bag and the other hand had M&M's in it. His mouth was covered in chocolate. He was having good time. LOL!!!

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  25. Honestly, we have been fairly lucky with pesky varmints around here. I do think that we might have a squirrel or two in the attic but my husband said no. I hear scurrying all the time up there at night. He said he will check in the next week or two now that the weather is nice. A number of years ago I had a little country gift shop in an old building; no heat, not insulation, etc...well I had a squirrel living in the ceiling. He would scurry back and forth when I banged the ceiling with the broom stick. He made two holes in the ceiling at opposite ends of the shop and would hang his tail down it. I would poke him and he would run to the other side and stick his tail down and we would go back and forth. Finally, I called a trapper to come and take him away!

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  26. My, five year old, grandson was visiting in spring when the blue birds had built nest with eggs. We went for a walk to check the blue bird boxes. I explained to my grandson that they had blue eggs. On the way back we passed the bird bath. He commented that the blue birds had been in the bird bath. When I asked him how he knew he replyed "look there is blue poop" !!

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  27. I haven't been blessed with grandbabies yet so I will have to tell you about one of the critters that visited our yard. Last spring we had a wild peacock roosting in our of our trees. He stayed here for about a month and then one day he wandered off. It was sooooo cool. We were very sad when he left.

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  28. No grandchildren :) I'm just a mummy to a 7 months baby boy :)
    Love your quilts!

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  29. I'm looking forward to your trunk show that I signed up for at Threads of Time in Danville, IL. My granddaughter is coming for a long weekend visit on Thur. so I'll have to babyproof and put away all my quilting and rug hooking projects.

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  30. no grandkids yet...but probably not too far down the road - all 3 kids are up and out of college w/significant others :) And thankfully no varmit stories either. Thanks for a chance to win - Laurie

    llsbaskets@comcast.net

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  31. I have 8 grandkids (number 9 is due in June) Our 2 acres is grandkids heaven. Poppy has built them a playhouse, swing set, fort, etc. we have 5 electric riding vehicles and need to get a golf cart to hold more kids. poppy gives wagon rides on the back of his tractor. It's hard to squeeze 6 kids and 2 Dogs in a lawn trailer, but it can be done. The oldest five have learned to swim here. In a couple of years the young ones will be ready to learn. The newest acquisition is a huge trampoline.

    The most fun I've seen them have is catching fireflies, building a fire and making s'mores at the campfire. Poppy has promised to have a sleep out this summer with our grandkids and some of the neighbors. Poppy is almost 65 and I think he'll have a tough time, but he's a Vietnam vet and in his mind he's still claiming he spent many nights on a cot or sleeping bag and will do just fine. I'll be buying a large supply of Bengay because he's not as young as he thinks he is.

    I'll be finishing 5 camping quilts before Memorial weekend. I'm trying to hide my KT fabric when they go shopping in the sewing room. The oldest two girls are big fans and know I have a stash. Of course they've been to the quilt shop with me many times and know exactly where the KT corner is

    They all love quilts I've made for them. My heart melted last year when my 7 year old folded his quilt very carefully so it wouldn't get messed up for the next nights pallet party.

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  32. Pesky varmints - hmmm. We feed our 2 cats in the kitchen. Sometimes if they haven't cleaned their bowls, we scrape everything together into 1 bowl & leave out for a midnight snack - for them not us. Anyway, got up one morning a couple of weeks ago & reached down for the bowl & it was full of ants. There was a straight line of ants from the bowl to the kitchen door. Yikes! Out came the ant spray. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  33. As a "Granny" of 6 ages 3 to 8 I like hearing stories of other peoples grandkids.They can put a smile on your face when you are feeling down. Thanks for another chance to win.

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  34. As a grandmother to 6 with #7 due any day, I love reading your stories about your grandchildren. Aren't they the most wonderful thing that ever happened? Just purchased a small sewing machine and am getting ready to start my 6 year old grandaughter to sew/quilt. I don't know who's more excited, her or me!
    Would love to win your patterns.

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  35. Enjoyed the story about your grandsons vs. the skunk. Whenever my grandmother and I smelled that familiar odor, my grandmother would always says, "Oooh, I smell a polecat!"

    I don't have any grandchildren -- yet. However, my dog enjoys chasing squirrels. Once, when we were camping, I attached her leash and opened the camper door. I didn't notice a squirrel sitting under a nearby tree, but my golden retriever did. She bolted down the four very steep steps and raced to catch the squirrel. My feet never even touched the steps as I was pulled along!

    My family thought I was surely injured. From their vantage point inside the camper, they saw me standing in the doorway, and then I suddenly disappeared. LOL! I was all right, but now I scan the area outside our camper before I fully open the door to take our dog outside!

    I hope someday soon to attend one of your presentations/classes, perhaps in Kansas. I know my hubby would be happy to plan a camping trip that would allow me to fulfill a dream of mine. I'll just have to keep an eye out for Kansas squirrels AND skunks. ;-)

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  36. In our State, deep in the South, the pests are armadilloes.They can destroy a flower bed in a few short hours. Would love to win. I love Sandhill plums fabrics.

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  37. Your story made me laugh so hard. A skunk wake. Who knew?
    Would love to win the patterns. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  38. Aren't grandkids the BEST! I have 2 with one more due in June. I love the sound of the owls that sit in one of our trees. Lots better than a smelly skunk! Tee-hee!

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  39. Our labs used to tangle with a skunk or two out in the backyard--never learned their lesson. We would keep cans of tomato juice to bathe them in when they got sprayed. We now have poodles, who seem to stay away from the varmits. Love your designs.

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  40. Glad it wasn't a snake! I grew up on a farm and had a balck racer chase me one day. I am still terrified by snakes.

    One day I was babysitting my grandson that was just learning to talk. I managed to get him in the carseat with no problem but somehow caught my hand and it hurt. I yelled, "oh rats!!" about 20 times! Later my daughter called and said Elijah fell out of the rocker and was just laying there kicking the floor yelling....Rats! So glad I didn't say a cuss word! They are little copy cats.

    I love the red hearts pattern....but they all are adorable!

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  41. I don't have any grandchildren or pets. But have a small forest behind the house with rabbits and enjoy the sights of nature. Lovely patterns -- would enjoy winning this giveaway! Thanks -- Lana D.

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  42. I have three pesky varmints, two toy terriers and a yorki. Love that Bloom'n Pinwheel pattern!

    Kathy

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  43. My pesky varmint story is about a possum that took residence under our front porch. We had just finished having foundation repair done on that side of the house and the contractor had filled in the area with lots of sand and poured a new concrete cement pad to replace the porch they had to remove to get to the foundation crack. Soon after the work was done we found a small hole on one side of the pad. The hole started out rather small but every day it seemed to get bigger and bigger. Hubby kept filling it back in with dirt but it was always dug out fresh in the morning. One night we came home after dark and the headlamps of the car caught a possum climbing over out fireplace woodpile. Good grief it was ugly--pointy teeth, glowing eyes, long pointed snout. It scrambled away whenever we saw it. It must have lived there about six months when we saw a dead possum on the side of the street--it had been hit by a car. We filled in the hole one last time and that time it stayed covered. No more Mr. Possum.

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  44. My grandchildren live in the mountains in a log cabin. They have all types of critters around them. The bears love to raid the bird feeders near the house. That is a little too close for my comfort.

    The funniest story I have is when my son-in-law took my granddaughter out squirrel hunting. When they brought home the results and he started to skin them, my granddaughter ran into the house and told her mom that "Daddy is peeling the squirrel"!

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  45. I live in WI and would love to come see you. I'm too far away though and that is the weekend when my sister is coming home from NY for our dad's 80th birthday. Shhhh!! Don't tell him, it's a surprise. No grandkids yet. As for "varmints", every once in a while, we get a mouse in the house. I'm the trap setter and am 100% successful to date. Thanks for the chance for the patterns. Love them all. Have fun while you are in Oshkosh.

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  46. Had a wonderful evening at your show in Hiawatha tonight. My wish list if very long now! Thanks for coming to northeast Kansas to share all your beautiful patterns, fabric, and quilts!

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  47. I also attended your show tonight in Hiawatha. Loved seeing your beautiful quilts and your talk was great. I have 12 grandchildren, the oldest 18 yrs and the youngest ones will be the two granddaughters one due in April and the other in August! I have made several quilts using your beautiful fabric and looking forward to making many more, Kansas Troubles is my favorite favorite. Thank you again for sharing!

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  48. By the way I forgot my pesky varmint story is when my husband and I lived in Topeka. Our boxer brought into the basement a baby possum one night. Of course, it freaked me out when it was laying there .... dead .... showing its teeth. I yelled for my husband to come down and help me get rid of it. We had a dust pan and I asked him if he wanted me to grab some toliet paper so I could grab his tail and lay him on the dust pan... at the time I thought it was a good idea! Anyway, he said no that he would "scoop" him up in the pan. Just as he touched the possum to "scoop" that little sucker jumped up running... I screamed and I have to tell you I never saw my husband jump so high!!! Anyway, he was able to chase it out the basement door and the next morning it was gone! Talk about playing possum that little devil was doing just that!!!!

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  49. Love the patterns but what is there that KT has that I don't love? That's right "nothing" I love it all. We have 2 grandchildren 16 and 11. A few years back we took them on vacation with us to Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota. We had so much fun and they definitely kept us entertained. The night before we were to head home, out of nowhere we have a grandson madder then a wet hen and a granddaughter saying that she was " having a nervous breakdown because of Connor" We have never laughed so hard as we did then. In fact we laughed so hard and long, they paired right back up together and were then mad at Papa and Me. It was a great vacation.

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  50. I babysit my 21-month granddaughter every other weekday. She is very intrigued by my sewing room and loves to sit on my lap while I sew. Every day she asks to "Tew". Even though most of the time she is busier playing with empty spools, the pin magnet, bits of fabric, etc., than watching what I'm doing, last week she hugged the sewing machine two days in a row.

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  51. A while back we had one crazy year of critters at our house... We had a bird fly into our garage and couldn't get back out, birds flew into our wood burning stove pipe and into our stove, A mouse came into our garage and ran around the car tire while the cat played with it, a muskrat ran across our lawn and jumped into our window well, a bird built it's nest on our roll down awning and another on our backyard spot light, and a stray cat had kittens on our patio. And we live in a subdivision!!! It was quite a year!

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  52. Im sorry, I don't have any grandkids. Can I still join in the fun? I LOVE EVERYTHING KT!!!!
    Bridgidk@verizon.net

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  53. Even though we live in a city, we see our share of critters. There is a golf course about a block away that backs onto a large greenspace, so that would be where they come from. We see deer and rabbits regularly. When we had an apple tree, the deer hung out near the tree for hours one morning, much to the amusement of our cat who later followed them down our street. We have an addition on our house that has no basement under it. We had a skunk living there once. If that ever happens again I'm going to try the salt idea mentioned in an earlier comment. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  54. Lovely patterns! Spring is here in Ohio, but you can never say that for sure. I have seen snow in April. But, this has been a strange winter so it may not happen this year.
    Have a wonderful week!
    Today is my Wedding Anniversary... 32 years!
    Onalee
    Stow, ohio

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  55. Huge brown egrets nesting in an oak tree branch that just happened to be right over our mailbox on the front sidewalk. As you opened the front door of the house, it smelled like a chicken coop and some days the mailman would skip delivering the mail because it was raining poop right on the mailbox. Not very pleansant. They came back a second year, but not last year. Thank goodness.

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  56. Well since I have no grandkids, my comment will have to be about pesky varmints. Does a cardinal qualify as a pesky varmint? A few years back we had a cardinal that would fly/bang repeatedly into our front window. Seems pretty harmless, doesn't it? Well this stupid bird would wake us up in the morning hitting the window. It didn't matter what time of day it was, the bird would be hitting our window and this went on for a couple of years. We wondered if it had hit the window so many times, it really was cuckoo. Not sure exactly when he quit, but we don't miss him!! Would love the Stash Society patterns.

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  57. I, too, live in a rural area. We have lots of critters and varmints, too! Some of the interesting ones are the neighborhood roadrunners. You see them occasionally crossing the roads, but rarely in yards. When our daughter was younger she was home alone one day and heard a noise outside the patio door. She peeked through the curtains and a roadrunner was outside admiring his reflection in the glass. She heard him hit the glass as he preened and tried to impress himself! It scared her at the time (she called to say there was a monster bird out there) but later she enjoyed telling the story.

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  58. What a funny story, the city we live in caught two skunks behind our house not too long ago. Yes grandkids are great, I have a 2 1/2 granddaughter, Addison, 1 1/2 year old grandson, Owen and a new baby on the way to be a brother or sister to Owen in early Sept. I am making a quilt out of KT that is 6 1/2 inch blocks - have 6 blocks done. (Started with the easier ones!!) Thank you for sharing all your beautiful material and patterns with all of us!! Patty D from Crystal City, MO

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  59. With our early spring weather our flowers are coming up. We had 2-3 nice patches of purple crocus'. I looked at them yesterday and a critter of some kind has eaten off the tops and dead headed all of them. I'm thinking rabbits, but who knows!

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  60. We unforunatly don't have grandkids yet. We have a place in northern WI and always have critters around. Two years ago our dog was barking at about two in the morning we looked out to see four little bear cubs wieghing less than ten pounds each eating from our bird feeders. They were a riot to watch.

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  61. I am Grandma of 2 with another on the way in August.
    My grandson - thinks Grandma lives in a box since we see him more on Skype then in person. He is only 14 months old and lives too far to travel often. He knows my voice and sees me often but kisses and hugs are tough to feel!

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  62. My youngest grandson lives 1000 miles away. Right now we are visiting them in sunny California. Lots of fun playing in the park and swimming in the pool.

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  63. I was at Lynn's class in Oshkosh, I learned the 5 and dime - now my granddaughter started one today.

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