Many of us have happily participated in the fabric swap I started and have gotten wonderful fabrics in exchange for our orphan fabric or the cost of postage. This thread is where you can show off your finished projects and give additional thanks to the generous people who made it possible --- so start posting pics!!
I swapped with Nadine for grosgrain ribbon and made her a quilted covered calendar/notebook and am working on a purse made from a placemat. I hope to find handles tomorrow when I shop at a local thrift shop.
The rubberized fabric is nice Mittsy but I wasn't thrilled working with it. Whenever I had to sew with the rubber side down on the faceplate, I had to use a piece of tissue paper to keep it moving smoothly. And of course it took at least three seams for me to realize what to do about the problem...But, after really taking my time with it, the bag did come out all right.
That mushroom fabric was sent to me by the Mom-to-be. She asked if I could use it when I made the bag and then I found all those other delightful fabrics to go with it.
I'm off to Quilters Cache to find more blocks to use for a row robin swap in the other house. I have several to make and don't want them all the same...
I've been playing Thunder but haven't had much time. I've had the grands for a bit but school started this week so now maybe I can play more. Also, Norm oredered those DVDs for me and I think it might be a good idea for me to wait and use them. I have a great setup here in our office with two computers. I can put the DVD in Norm's and watch and pause while I have mine on EQ7 and can do as they say. I learn a lot better that way. Did that with Word and Excel and it worked out great.
Okay, so the quilt was already made, just waiting for the perfect fabric for the binding. Thanks to Karen the perfect fabric made its way to me and now the quilt is finished! Soon it will be given to little Lucas (he is about 6 months old now). I'm glad I did not make him a 'baby' quilt, I think this is more a little boys' quilt. Hopefully he will treasure (and USE it) for years.
Here's a lapQ that I made for my friend incorporating the red oriental fabric that I got from Barb.
It's my first D9P. Wish some of the portions met up better, but now that I know to use the ruler instead of the mat grid, we'll see how the next one comes out.
Mittsy... Yes, that's all I know how to do right now. The D9P is stitched between the smaller square areas within the main block as well. On the panel and pinwheels, the pinwheels are SID with a + with in the block, the smaller panels are stitched over the inner printed square surrounding the blossums and the larger panels are stitched along the stems of the flowers and along the edge of the vases... all using machined.
When I joined Rocket Quilters I participated in a service quilt in. We stayed after the regular meeting to quilt a bunch of quilts. They taught us a method of quilting that is quite easy. If you have a sewing machine with decorative stitches, you choose the serpentine stitch and open it up to the widest width, be sure to use the correct foot that will accommodate this width. Now do some practice stitches, adjusting the stitch length as you go until you get a nice serpentine shape. This is so forgiving, decorative and easy. Give it a try!
LOL... Mittsy, tried that and wasn't pleased with the results. My new machine, a Juki TQ-98 only has one stitch, the traditional. The design is based on industrial machines. Haven't tried it yet, but it has a lever to drop the feeding dogs down and allow you to free-style quilt.
I hate to ask this, what does serpintine look like Id like to give a try.
D9P is just about all Ive cut out lately. I never see one I dont like. Big squares, little square. I love it with the oriental and inserts. Its perfect for what my brain can handle about now, as well.
My D9Q is not by any means perfect. In fact, I couldn't arrange the re-oriented portions of the squares exactly as Mojo suggested due to issues I had with piece size (I now know not to measure by the grid on the cutting mat), but like the results.
Kizmo... I like the effect. Wish that mine came out as nice the first time I used it. I would consider it again if I had the ability on the new machine. I have a walking foot that I recently got on line for the singer, but, although it was wasier for me to work with the quilting bulk (manually manipulating the quilt through the machine), it doesn't compare with the new machine. May try it again on smaller quilts or if I want to 'mix-it-up' within the blocks sometime.
Psych... There were a couple of on-line sewing machine outlets that I found when I googled the model # of the walking foot that were decently priced. The sight 'The Find' (I think) will give you competing site prices side by side and you can then link up to the site of the store.
I spent a LOT of Sunday cutting up scraps into useable 4.5 inch squares, then leftovers into 3.5... and on it will go until I am through with all the boxes of scraps. My Sweet Husband just shakes his head and asks "isn't there an easier way?" LOL... ya BUY YARDAGE!!! hehehe
Pat , You get a gold star and a (((HUG))). That's called "Scrap Management". I paid $15.00 to learn that! I did however get to pick out of the trash and got some nice Batik scraps! Reward yourself by buying a half dozen clear shoe boxes. Label each one as to size. Keep one size in each box. As you build up your stash, you separate into lights and darks, prints and solids, etc. I have several boxes of 3.5" squares so when I need 20 for a scrappy Ring Around Rosie, it's very easy to just start pickin!
Yes, I bought some clear boxes but I don't have all that many blocks cut yet. For right now 90% are black background with brights. I'll get thru all the "other big boxes" eventually. I did think I might make a throw for each of the therapists with an "I spy" theme. Something quiet for when a mother brings a younger child when we do an intake. It can double as a blanket when our rooms are too cold! "Count how many lady bugs you can find in this quilt...
Thunder, nice job with the serpentine stitch (squiggle). I like to use the variegated threads when doing it. Love those fabrics, have used most of them myself. Thank goodness for Wal -Mart, makes sewing affordable.
Also, check out their red tag area. I've been seeing a lot of quilting material there lately, which is rare in my area. Must be end of season clearing out, but it's not seasonal prints that I'm seeing. Even was able to get some really nice B&W and future baby blanket Debbie Mumm a couple of weeks back.
Im afraid I shopeed very heavily in the Hancocks of Paducah 2.98 and 3.98 a yard fabric. I must have hit it at just the right time, I noticed not near so much yesterday when I looked. I put in my second order in as many weeks on Fabric.com. yesterday. Found alot that I got the rest of the 'bolt' of.
Karen, why are you calling it ugly?? I would like to see.
A good friend of mine was asked to finish an ugly quilt once. It was polyester knits, UGLY prints and colors, it had no redeeming qualities other than free and I hope warm. Oh my... ugly does not BEGIN to cover the depth of it's unattractiveness!!! We laughed so hard, we wanted to donate it in the name of another friend who would have died to have it associated with her name!!! LOL... my oh... I do have an obnoxious side I'm afraid that can play quite freely!
I did show a part of it on I think the What are you working on forum. i just don't like the colors but they are the ones my DD and DIL have...lavender and sage.
I don't like green in any way shape or form. I'm making the D9P pattern, I really like it and think it's fun. I would love it in blues and cream.
I am still tired but functioning. I am home but days are filled with appointments as I am trying to get all my doctor, dental, etc. out of the way. Will be leaving again soon to go back to my sisters. I might add some granddaughter time in also as I really miss them!!!!!!!
Have been going to bed early as I get sleepy very early--guess just being tired has done that.
Noted all of the above and thanks ladies. Today my doctor took away my coffee--major issue here; spicy foods, tomatoes, onions and chocolate--how dare he do this--and mint!!! Did say I can eat all the yogurt I want--well thankful for same favors at this point!
Oh thanks Stu, I didn't realize you could get yogurt in those flavors!!! Usually I just go for the Greek plain yogurt and haven't paid that much attention to the flavored ones. I think I might be able to have the flavored ones--sure hope so. It is just precaution right now as I have had some trouble but I really think it is stress related. Gonna miss my Starbucks and yes, I am one of those nuts who buys Starbucks. Besides I have to help my granddaughters college fund--LOL
Marion, I used to drink at minimum a gallon of coffee every day...and doctor told me to give it up!!!! I now have one cup most days, occasionally two, if I do the second one is decaf... and one coke every day...(much cheaper than migraine meds)...I feel your pain :( just keep thinking of those lovely grands...and how you want to be here to spend time with them...makes it easier to give up the goodies we love...You can do it!!!!!
Thanks everyone, it won't really be all that bad. Just need to say I can do this and I can--have done much worse like adjusting to being a widow. The grands are what keeps me sane through all of this. I keep hoping to get some time in sewing but it just seems to evade me at the moment. Maybe today as I hate being so late with things.
no worries, Marion...we have all been "late" more than once!!! Life happens...do it as you can...the most important thing is to take care of YOU, then you can take care of Momma...and somewhere in there if you have the wish to sew...you can take care of us...again NO WORRIES...do what you can when you can, or when you feel up to it!!! oh you know what I mean!!!! ((((((((((((((((())))))))))))))))))))))) big hugs to you !!!