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Lots of News!

1. Connie will be having arthroscopic surgery on her right knee on January 6 – she’ll feel like a new woman when her knee doesn’t hurt any more BUT she’s been getting acupuncture treatments and they have really helped with the pain. Isn’t that remarkable?

2. I had my 6 week appointment today and all is well and I had hoped to schedule the surgery for my other knee BUT my doctor took up skiing 3 years ago at age 52 and now he takes all of his vacation in the winter so he can go skiing. He will check his skiing schedule and call me.

3. I have hired a trouble shooter for my blog problems! Hallelujah! Here’s the deal in a nutshell – I guess everybody has problems like I’m having BUT I am taking it personally. Ha! I guess I should quit worrying so much.

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6. I did the afternoon chores today and couldn’t resist a picture of the tribe under the heat bulb.

7. Someone asked how far the quilt shop is from the house – how far I have to walk outside when the weather is bad. Here’s a picture from the garage with the door open and you can see the shop just beyond.

8. I went through all my wonderful cards, transferred the addresses to my book and then sorted them out to find all the animal cards.

I loved receiving all these cards! And now I’m going to pass them on to Aidan, Lucy and Owen to cut and paste the cute pictures of the dogs and cats. Good idea, right?

9. My new jacket – have you ever thought about living in a cold weather area and how many jackets/coats/shawls/ponchos/coverups you need? I have more coats than should be allowed but we wear coats many months of the year. Here is my newest down jacket that I have gotten so many compliments on – my right hand is playing with Betty in this picture taken at Connie’s house.

I think I’ve covered it all except for one thing – Connie and I will be doing a book signing and trunk show at The Quilters Window in New Hampton, IA, next Thursday, December 12 from 5-7:30. It’s Ladies Night Out and we’re joining the fun – will YOU come and see us? We’d love to meet you!

More Fun!

Here are Dot and Lily at Connie’s house – sitting shoulder to shoulder on top of a Split Squares table mat. Isn’t this just the sweetest picture of sisters? And look behind them to see Frosty ready to hang up. Remember Diane’s Dirty Dozen picture?

Just look at all those Itty Bitty Frosty quilts?

You, too, can make Frosty – this pattern is available for $3.00 and a SASE.

AND – here is a free pattern for Split Squares. You could make one in red and white for Christmas!

More Dirty Dozen finishes:

Let’s Do Something Fun!

Thanks for all your support – I’d say to just leave the ads alone for now until I might be able to figure out a different route and NO! It cannot be a GoFundMe page. Smile!

Remember I said I couldn’t find my #12? Haha! I had laid it apart from the others because I had hoped to finish it for a Christmas gift – like many of you who hit it lucky when your #12 was something you had hoped to finish for a Christmas gift. Wow, I was thrilled when I found it and started working on it right away. Here we are in progress – with all of my “help”!

And here is my red and white snowball quilt!

Here are the measurements:

Red squares and light squares – cut 5″ x 5″

Red and light connector squares – cut 1-1/2″ x 1-1/2″.

I’m not sure how big my #12 will be – I have some cut out and corners sewed on but will need more.

More fun stuff coming tomorrow!

Finished blocks will be 4-1/2″ square – you decide how big you want your quilt – it would make a nice Christmas tablecloth, wouldn’t it?

I’m off to PT – talk later.