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  1. Congratulations! I saw it in person at the show and it is just beautiful, the quilting really elevated this quilt to a whole new level!!
  2. My favorite is potato soup - diced potatoes and a small onion, chopped. Put it in a pot with just enough water to barely cover. Cook till the potatoes are tender. Then remove from heat and add a package of cream cheese (cubed, stir until melted in). Then add a stick of butter (real butter is best), sliced, again, stir until melted. Put it back on the burner on medium. Add a can of Cream of Mushroom, and a can of Cream of Celery soup. Stir to incorporate. Then add milk, anywhere from 1/2 cup to a cup - until it is the consistency you like. Add pepper and garlic salt to taste. Heat until it's up to serving temp. We like to add baked potato toppings to our bowls (shredded cheese, chopped chives, bacon bits, etc.) The funniest part of my recipe is that it uses all that fattening cream cheese and butter . . . . . then I use skim milk at the end, yeah, like THAT will make it less bad for me, lol.
  3. I'm with everyone on this - take the stove. If you take it and eventually don't want it . . . . you can dispose of it. But if you DON'T take it, and eventually want it . . . . you're stuck. Even if you only put it in your garage and occasionally sit there in a lawn chair and drink a lemonade and visit it, it will still make you happy and remind you of good times with your mom. Now, full disclosure. We had a similarly sticky-wicket situation with "she of whom we no longer speak" (feel free to adopt the title for your sister, trust me, it begins to roll right off you toungue once you say it enough, LOL) and a piano that had been in my dad's family. We finally did send movers to the former step-mom's home for the piano and paid a fair amount to get it. It sits in my sister's living room, hardly ever gets played (holds laundry pretty good though ) , but it reminds her of dad whenever she sees it - and that's a good enough reason for all the fuss we went through! Good luck, there are just no good answers here, and each choice has a list of "cons" that almost outweigh the "pros" - that's how it is sometimes.
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    Wow Kari, how exciting! And a beautiful quilt as well
  5. Oh Lora, I'm so sorry for your loss, and for the continued loss you are going through as your relationship with your sister "dies" as well. No wonder you are crying and still reeling - the unsettled-ness of the estate/house keeps your heart and mind stirred up, not allowing you to move forward with the actual grieving of the loss of your mom. I think you have received excellent advice about the stove - and I agree, bring it home and keep it. It will make your heart happy each time you see it, whether you ever use it or not. And most folks I know buy a house and replace the appliances pronto - so this precious, vintage piece will end up in a landfill in the first week or two! Seems like people want the nicest and newest stuff - hard to find someone who will love such a wonderful antique! As to the relationships, they will never "go back to before" - you will now have a "new normal" and it will not be as close or loving probably. That's something else you will have to grieve - the loss of the relationship you had with your sister, and any lingering resentment with the other sister for not stepping up and taking your side. In time the bad feelings may fade, but you might never have that same closeness (and parts of you may wonder how close you "really" were all those years.) Sending [[[hugs]]] because you need them, and keeping you in my prayers too as you navigate through this first Christmas without your mom - I hope the extra prayers from all of us for healing and comfort go a long way in helping you get through the next few weeks.
  6. Oh Rita, that's the pits! Will be praying for healing of this virus and peace & comfort while you are stuck in the hospital. Sending [[[hugs]]]] your way too, just cause you surely need them!
  7. Praying for a successful surgery and full recovery. Hoping the surgery relieves the pain and restores your hand function to 100%
  8. Oh wow! These are both great. I really like the imaginative and variety of quilting in your white space on the Irish chain - way cool!
  9. Yep, you're in a bind. She won't fit with the buffs because she's the lowest in pecking order, & they pick on her, but with the youngers, she wants to be top hen and picks on them. We've had that too, and it's sad to see because the chickens like to be in a flock - not loners. Maybe putting a couple of the buffs into "time out" cages for a week (we use dog kennel/cages when we have to resort to this.) If you have a place to keep them separated, maybe in a garage or barn - out of sight and hopefully isolated. Leave the buff you think could be lowest in the group of three with Mabel. One on one those two might get along a bit and forge a new pecking order between them. When you bring the other two back into the flock there will be a reshuffling and Mabel might not be on the bottom. But I always make sure that the day I reintroduce the 2 from time out is a day I can be outside with them and very close by - you never know how it will shake out and sometimes I have to intervene again. The only other thing I can think of is to bring in a single bird (same age and size as Mabel) - put her in a pair first with Mabel. Let them bond and become a pair for a week or two - separate from the rest if you can so they have to make friends, then mix them with the teenagers and see how she does with an ally/friend? Good Luck!
  10. Oh it's just lovely! I bet it's even more striking in person, wish I had been at the show to drool on it in person CONGRATS!!!!
  11. Way to go! The quilts are beautiful and your quilting - wow! Congratulations
  12. This turned out perfectly! Your quilting add just the right touch, well done
  13. I usually don't stipple, but a stipple back ground might be just "quiet" enough to make the embroidery pop, so that might be my choice for those big blocks. I like Egg & Dart for the small sashings between blocks, feathers for the outer border. I think those are traditional choices that will fit this top.
  14. What an exciting adventure! Take your time and enjoy the process as much as you can