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Comment by Gail Brown on December 7, 2019 at 9:05am

So, Mary you found 2 ducks on line.  Wouldn't it be swell if we only had two ducks to line up for our PHDs?  I know most of us have rather large flocks of ducks to deal with.

Riana, I was looking on line at Barnes and Noble and they had several different editions of "Make Way For Ducklings" available.  

Comment by Mary Moore on December 7, 2019 at 12:29am

Found two Christmas Duck ornaments today.

Comment by Barbara Hughes on December 6, 2019 at 5:43pm

I was looking for "Robert the Rose Horse" it was something my son Nate loved when he was little. Of course we changed the name to Nathaniel the Rose horse. We had to read it over and over to him. I found it on Amazon.

Comment by Gail Brown on December 6, 2019 at 9:10am

Riana, the book is still published,  The copy I found recently and gifted to GGD was a more recent publication.  It's such a fun book and would be really great for your  Grand Daughter.

Comment by Riana Noyes on December 5, 2019 at 10:49pm

I've never read " make way for ducklings"... l wonder if it's still published? I could gift it to my 3 yr. old youngest grandd.

I think we shouldn't worry about our lists during holiday preparations. Family and traditions should be properly seen to at this busy time. However, between Dec. 27 and Dec 31, l will be calling for all lists...and l will finalize our guidlines. 

Comment by Gail Brown on December 5, 2019 at 12:23pm

Mary, so happy someone else know that it is a "real" story.  I loved the swan boats.  I hope the ducks are still there and that there is someone to help Momma get her babies across the street.

Comment by Mary Moore on December 5, 2019 at 11:58am

Oh Gail, so happy to find another Make Way for Ducklings fan.  Last month my Spanish teacher read us Make Way in Spanish!  Husband Paul lived outside Boston as a little kid and remembers visiting THE DUCKS, and feeding them from the swan boats.  Though his more favorite book is Blueberries for Sal.  His family had blueberry acres in New Hampshire.

Comment by Wilma Schirra-Kays on December 5, 2019 at 11:35am

Ok, I guess I will sit down this afternoon and put together a detailed list of what needs to be done for my group of 14 “hatchlings”.  At least then I will know what this momma duck has to do to finish all of these items.  Of course I will do this later today after my sewing club’s Christmas luncheon....hopefully I will have lots of energy afterwards.

Comment by Gail Brown on December 4, 2019 at 10:22am

This whole endeavor makes me think of my favorite book when I was a small child, " Make Way For Ducklings". I recently found a copy, a new one, and gifted it to my Great Grand Daughter, age 4, Scarlet.  I love reading it to her just like my Dad read it to me.  We had relatives in Mass. and he took me to Boston so I could see exactly where all the action took place in the book.  So here I am again, an active participant in the story.  What fun!  I will have my list together with some detail like Melanie did.  I plan to write it all out and hang it up in my work space.  I love to cross things off of a "to do list".

Comment by Linda Koller on December 4, 2019 at 9:36am
Yes, Momma Duck! I ordered the backing for my Thimbleberries quilt. What I ordered is even better than what I originally was going to use! And I'm thinking the Thimbleberries may be the first one I work on. Other than the Women of the Bible quilt, it's been a long time since I made one for me and my bed desperately needs a new quilt. Gail, it has a lot of plum, rose, beige, and greens in it. I found a plum (actually blackberry) linen cotton for the backing from Connecting Threads. The color matched the outer border quite well.
Comment by Riana Noyes on December 4, 2019 at 8:29am

Mel, luckily ,these  are "cyber ducks", lol. Love how you thought to add "status of completion" to your list. Are the rest of you ducklings all learning?

Comment by Melanie Keith on December 4, 2019 at 3:54am

Oh darn.  I'm allergic to ducks!

Got my list together and now need to work on the details.  I will probably not do these in the order listed - probably work on 1, 2 and  5 first as they are the most complete.  I have had the teal quilt pieced for about 8 months and have the backing and thread.  The purple quilt is about 3 years old - pieced and have thread but need backing.  The bed runner is in various pieces right now.  I may need to get a different backing as I'm not sure what I planned is large enough.  Others are in various stages.  I want to use up my stash for most of these as I found WAAAY too much.  Guess I better ask Santa for batting!

1.  teal quilt - pieced with backing and thread

2.  purple quilt - pieced with thread, need backing

3.  calendar blocks - a swap a few years ago - 12 piececed/applique blocks

4.  Christmas blocks - fabric swap a few years ago - 5" charms and idea for quilt

5.  flower bed runner - folded origami flower blocks - pieced and have some backing, but may change

6.  mystery quilt - got materials and patterns from a shop and have about 4 blocks done of 12 - need backing.

7.  signature quilt - have blocks, sashing, backing and thread

Comment by Riana Noyes on December 3, 2019 at 9:47pm

Gail, the mama duck's the " herder". Wherever she goes, her little darlings follow in line.When we lived on the Muskoka River, I even noticed that mallards babysit each others broods! When mama needs some flying time ore just wants to cavort with papa ( who's normally on high ground keeping watch), the surrogate just combines her brood with mama's in a longer line. As soon as mama returns, her chicks fall in behind her, and off they go! Just call me Mama Duck,lol!

Comment by Gail Brown on December 3, 2019 at 11:26am

I have backing for all my planned projects just need the batting.  Hubby has spread the word among all the children that gift cards for Joanns is my great wish for Christmas when they ask.  I'd like to be able to get a 20 yard roll of cotton batting and have it on hand.  I am still working on the last quilt for Christmas for my Great Grandson.  I have finished four others for Grands and Greats.  Now all the boys will have what they call a grown up quilt, twin sized.  

Linda, I can't wait to see that Thimbleberries quilt.  I just love that stuff.  Hope you won't be "ouching" for much longer, so sorry that you're hurting.

Riana, I am depending on you  to help me keep my ducks in a row.  Is there such a thing as a duck herder.  I know there are dogs that keep sheep herded and of course cowboys and shepherds.  I want you to know that I have organized my very limited space and have almost all of my ducks lined up.  I just hope I can keep it that way, I'm very weak in that area, though with very good intentions.  Organizing is not the problem, maintaining is.  It's hard to teach this old dog new tricks but I'm trying.

Comment by Linda Koller on December 3, 2019 at 12:04am

Just have to get backing for my Thimbleberries quilt...only because I used what I had for my Women of the Bible quilt. Wasn't thinking when I did that. I may be able to pull something from my stash.

Comment by Riana Noyes on December 2, 2019 at 10:29pm

Linda, if you are supplying the backing, please have it on hand too. Many projects get derailed because the backing hoped for was unavailable at the last moment. 

Comment by Riana Noyes on December 2, 2019 at 10:25pm

Wilma, l'll be expecting you to have enough batting on hand well before each top is complete, and many scraps in appropriate colours for backing pulled from stash & stored with the projects top fabrics.quack , quack, quack.

Comment by Wilma Schirra-Kays on December 2, 2019 at 8:01pm

I am still giggling here...love those ducks.  Other than batting and some backing (I hope to be inventive like Riana) and use up the scraps and FQs, all items on list have fabric for top.  Standing for any length has been my issue and I don’t have a low enough table to sit and cut.  So I will concentrate on the easier ones first and move forward. I hope to start PT after Dec 9th, not sure what that will entail...at least it is my left foot, so I can push the peddle on my machine easily.  Managed to get binding on the snowman quilt last night (sister’s Christmas gift) and have one more to bind and mail...memory quilt for a friend in CA.

Comment by Linda Koller on December 2, 2019 at 6:43pm

Oh Riana, I love the duck photos! (ouch, ouch, ouch)

Comment by Linda Koller on December 2, 2019 at 6:42pm

ROFLOL!!!  (ouch)

I got my list complete, have my fabrics and thread. Does that count for having my ducks in a row? LOL (ouch) Will be glad when all the swelling is gone and the stitches come out!

Beth provides the batting when she quilts. I just have to provide the money (some how) to get the quilting done. That's the duck that waddled off! LOL (ouch)

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