REMINDER: THIS BLOCK GOES STRAIGHT TO MOJOQUILTER.
The 12 Month Quilting Block Swap for 2009-10 has begun!
Each month will be a seperate thread so we can keep track of the blocks, colors and the results.
Remember, each participant will choose a pattern and colors for the blocks she wants for her month. Each month, except the one that is yours, you will make a quilt block (and one for yourself if you choose) in the pattern and colors designated by that months' individual. Send the block to me and I will send all 12 blocks to the person whose month it is. No embroidery since some don't have that machine option, but you can choose from a variety of patterns.
1. All fabric should be 100% cotton. Please wash all fabric before making
Fabric is completely up the individual as long as it is 100% cotton.
2. Do not use any spray starch on blocks, spray sizing is OK.
3. Remove all selvages before cutting fabric for blocks
4. Block should be 12.5 x 12.5 when finished.
5. Make 1 block to send and 1 block for yourself (optional).
6. Cut off date for your mailing would be the end of the month i.e. the June
block would need to be mailed not later than June 30th.
7. Remember, after you make a quilt we would love to see your results!!
You will be signing up for the entire year, so even if you get your blocks in the early months, remember you need to stick with us for the entire year. Others are counting on you. If something happens and you will not be able to complete a month or the 12 months, please contact the hostess as soon as possible. I realize that everyone has a life outside of the swap, but please try to plan, so that things will go smoothly.
The following are participants in this swap, their colors and months they will receive their blocks.
I pulled a bunch of bali fq's I've been collecting to start deciding on a companion block. I plan on setting my swap blocks on point somehow. Still working on that :) here's what I have to work with to give an idea of pastel batiks. I guess pastel usually means baby pinks, greens and blues but I'm thinking tropical/carribean/sun and sand kind of colors. I went to Belize years ago and the houses there are all of these gorgeous pastel/bright colors and it was such a feast of color set next to the blue/turquoise of the sea. I always think of calypso music when I look at these colors! we definitely need margaritas too.
you can make them paler according to what batiks you have if you'd like and you can also make them as wild as you want to with as many colors as you want to :) my fabrics in the picture aren't as vivid as the pic makes them out to be. Something to do with a setting my kid changed on the camera that i can't figure out how to change back. If I can ask for a preference, I would like the squares in the corner 4 patches to really stand out that make up the X, other than that the wilder the better:)
I still can't find the setting on the camera my kid changed. It makes the reds really really red. She was taking a sunset photo and wanted to pick up those colors or something. The colors of the block are more true I guess since there's not much red in there.
I'm such a goof :) I got home last night and sewed together this block and I LOVE it! I have it right above my laptop and I sit here and gaze at it all gaga faced. I got the day off due to the snow, although we only got about 4 of the forecasted 10 inches so the roads aren't really that bad. I got the coffee made, I don't have to do my hair, and the sewing machine and iron are already on so I'm gonna sit here and sew to my hearts' content, looking like a wild-haired crazy woman!
anything will be wonderful :) I made another one today lol...I'm going to make 9 and make lil' Miss Rian a big girl blankie and I found another stack of earth toned batiks! gotta try this one out in those. My doctor switched me to regular Ambien for my insomnia since my prescription insurance won't cover Ambien CR anymore and even though the past few nights have been a little restless with waking up with a headache at 3am, I'm finding that my focus is coming back and I have a lot more energy. I was on the Ambien CR for 3 years and it helps tremendously with sleeping the whole night through, but I had no clue it was still affecting me through the day. I guess I just got used to it. I'm hoping the headache is just a withdrawal symptom and temporary. I kinda like this newfound energy:)
I love the batiks! Makes me want a whole quilt out of them. All the fabrics are wonderful colors and shades. I have been staying away from the quilt shop since I am moving soon. Didn't want to get more to pack but looking at all those wonderful fabrics I have to get out and look for some of those batiks for the swaps.
Hoping to get March and April done this weekend, providing I don't get sidetracked..lol.. then, guess what..it will be my turn to received the treasured blocks..already decided to machine quilt each block as per the technique that one of you gracious ladies provided me with that will make the back and front complete in same process...anxiously awaiting my packet..don't panic though, I've about 30 projects ahead to do while waiting...
yes it is Betty:) I was looking around outside this morning and my surprise lilies are up about 2 inches as well as some irises. I keep watching the calender hoping April 15th gets here. That's DG date when frost danger is over for my area. I have so many seeds to sow and figure out how to make a vegetable garden the dog can't get into.
You found me Barb and thank you sweetie for worrying about me..wow it was quite the day yesterday, barely had time to breath, not all work, lots of play and shopping, outing with friends and many laughs..
Crossing over to Buffalo again this weekend so will mail my swaps/ my block and a few other parcels...
I'm going to go ahead and and post the April and May threads since you are all chaffing at the bit! I can't believe we are in the last few months of this swap. We have gotten some beautiful blocks with wonderful patterns that stretched our sewing skills and gave us new patterns for our files. Are we talking again next year?
I have arrived! I reached my new home late on Saturday and spent Sunday putting things together. Now everyone has gone home and I have a mountain of boxes to clean out. Spend yesterday working on the kitchen and I am not a happy camper. I designed the last one and it was perfect. This one is large but things are spread out and I don't seem to have the right size cabinet/drawers to put things in. I work all day and by 7:00 I was pooped! but I got the kitchen done.
The dog is causing all kinds of problems. She wont go to the bathroom in the back yard and insists on going on my new carpet. This house is too big and open to keep her confined or to watch her every minute. Last night I lost it when she had pooped 4 x's and peeped 7 x's all in the house. I put her out and she comes in and does her business inside! We are going to have one dead dog if this doesn't stop, but quick. I am tired and cranky and she is confused and we both need to just relax a little.
Had a bit of a mishap several months ago with one of my blocks, was on my way to post it and when I got to the post office I didn't have my envelope..it was curb side garbage so I must have thrown it in the garbage bag... that made me late with sending my block...
What a glorious day it was yesterday...arrived home at 5:30 and decided to pick branches and winter debris before we get more snow and do some burning...ahhhhh just in the side garden was more to burn...hmmmm an envelope...
Sitting pretty inside was my 'quilt block' not a mark on it..guess I must have set it on the top of the car with my coffee while I unlocked the door and it blew off as I drove off..couldn't figure out when I got to the post office where in heavens name it could be..
Guess my plowman came and it was under a snowbank until now...
Don't know how with these winds that it didn't blow away but it didn't...lol
What a wonderful story! That sounds like something I would do. So glad you finally found the package and the block was all good. Now you have a nice reminder of us. The melting snows show off all kinds of goodies.
One of the things I do miss about my Lansing house is that all of the bulbs will be popping out. I had lots of tulips, jonquils and other spring bulbs and they were a really pretty show. I hope someone sees them and wants them...and the house along with it.
Ok, here it is the end of March and I for one, have not finished my block. I have it all cut out but the move got in the way and I need to find some time to finish it up and get it int he mail!
How about the rest of you? Are you all done and mailed and am I the tail fo the donkey? Say there Mojo...how are they coming in and when are we going to get to see what you have. Remember, pictures are required! LOL
REMEMBER: you need to send the April and MAy blocks to me at my new address. It is on the exchange. I will be collecting them, as usual, and sending them on the Marion and Betty. As always, we have saved the best ladies and blocks for the end.
Sondra, so Happy you are not in a hurry, as I am hanging my head in shame...I am not quite done...
I don't have moving...or thinking of moving...or any such thing as an excuse, Just have not gotten there yet...mine will be out late...but not by much...
Sondra, I'm late, too ... as usual. Has been a busy month. Thought I'd get it done this past weekend but I will have to admit - the weather was beautiful and I spent the time outdoors. Call it a mental health weekend. LOL
Need to find a time/place to set my machine up again. Put it all away in prep to take it to the shop and take the embroidery lessons for my Christmas blocks. First, I had to reschedule. Then, the instructor got sick and canceled. Haven't gotten it rescheduled yet. Bummer - cause April is one of my busiest months at the med center. We are teaching or testing 15 days out of the 22 work days so far. That's a lot for this part-time job.
ladies, don't worry a bit about it :) my son finished bootcamp and helicopter mechanic training for National Guard, came home to Dallas, got a job with FEMA and his first apartment finally. The next thing I work on will be his patriotic blocks that everyone sent now that he has more than a footlocker to his name :) he also got a golden retriever girl puppy! maybe I ought to hold off sending his quilt until she's out of the chewing phase lol...
So glad that he is finally settled and you can help him furnish the apartment. He will have his hands full with a puppy as I can attest. I love her to death but she can be a hand full. She loves to chew on anything especially my panties and socks so I know she would love to chew on a quilt! So you may want to wait to put that RWB quilt together.
The lost has been found! The March blocks were in their bag with April and May. Guess I thought I would mail them when I had mine done but didn't get to that before the move. I'll be finishing up that block and will send them next week.
I used ot have a great PO sub station right near me that I could drive in and the guy knew me with all my swaps. Now I have to go into the "big" PO and do all that. Not as handy but this is a small town so not too much traffic. The drive-thru was nice...will miss that part.
Am I the only one left? Sondra, please forgive me. I've never been this late. Seems we've been out of town so much that I'm not getting this done or a lot of other things, either. Can't get my machine set up. We will be gone this weekend, too. My husband will be away next weekend on a hiking trip and I should have some time to myself. Hope to get yours and Marion's both done then.
don't worry a bit about it :) I probably won't get around to putting anything together till early summer. This time of year is just about as busy as the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas if not busier. My stargazer lilies are coming up beautifully, I should have at least 20 to 30 blooms this year. The irises are coming back but no stalks for flowers as of yet. It may take them another year to bloom. I think I saw one coneflower seedling poking up this morning but I didn't have my glasses on so it could have been anything :)
This seemed to be a bad month for all of us. Those bright gals who worked ahead are just puttering out in the gardens and laughing at us who are still working away. I did get Marions done the same time as this one so all there is to do is Betty.
I found some neat drawers to hold fabric. With this new big room for my sewing I have an embarrassment of riches. I don't know whether to put the sewing table up under the window against the wall or try and make it island style. I have lots of ideas and they float around...I'll decide on something. Can't afford to do much buying right now anyway but it is sure fun to dream.
I am not finished either. Between the festival and the nice spring weather--welll what can I do but hang my head in shame... :-(
Debra, the festival was great on Saturday, I got to met BarefootT (Thunder) and oh what a lovely sweet person she is!!!!!!! Gardenglory (Pam and daughter, Tracey) also came and they were life savers on Thursday and Friday--well all weekend for that matter. They even sat for the floral exhibits when we didn't have anyone and helped in the Children's area when they were without volunteers.
Rained Sunday and all ----well you insert the words as it broke loose. Horrible to say the least!!! My DIL had a booth with vintage children's clothing and she did extremely well for a new vendor. Insert huge grin!! I thought of you and your wedding last year as as I said--I had that chocolate ice cream for both of us. LOL
I played with my blocks today...sorta...I created a Jacob's ladder block, in my eq7. went through the fabrics library, and tried to duplicate the blocks Y'all sent...and now I am fooling with placing the blocks into a quilt design...I will post some pictures when I get a little further along...
At quilting club the other night a lady had a lap quilt that was made from the selvage edge of lots (and I mean lots) of quilts. She just used the border that had the fabric name, designer name, etc. on it. She used a chevron design. It was the neatest thing I had ever seen. I would never have thought of using just that throw away piece but leave it to a quilter to come up with a way to use the smallest scrap.
HOW did I miss this thread these 2 years and HOW on earth did I pass it up? I can't figure that one out! Maybe I was just too overwhelmed with a new job and trying to get moved into here. Don't remember...
Wish I could see your pictures! Anybody else get them together and wanna try sharing a picture??
Stu, my blocks in this swap are blue, yellow and white. Jacobs ladder blocks not black and white and red. I did do a swap with those colors,sorta...I asked for black and white, with a touch of either red or green.
I have part of them together... this picture shows some of the blocks, don't have photo of parts together on this computer.
That swap was so much fun and I would do it again in a minute. Everyone was so good about getting things in on time and poor Betty was the last, if I remember right, so she had to make and wait until the very end to get her blocks. We done good ladies!