For those of you who missed the last one, here's another chance to participate in a place mat swap. You pick the theme, fall, winter, Christmas, thanksgiving, whatever. I'll be hosting but not participating. You get to vote on how many you wish to make, one, two, or four. Majority will rule. I'll take sign ups until the end of June and pair you with a partner. Let's set October 1st as the date to mail by. If you have not listed your complete addy in the exchange, then please dmail me your info, including email and phone number. I will only give your info to your trade partner.
List of participants:
Barb (Quilter5bdsr) 4 Rec'd
Nicole (Syrumani) 4 Rec'd
Janice (Ladydragon5) 4 Rec'd.
Laura (house301) 4 Rec'd
Gloria (morknotmindy) 4 Rec'd
All have received their new placemats. Those fall tables should be looking good. Nice job everyone.
Mittsy, I would like to participate in the placemat swap. Four would be great. My house is Santa Fe Style, I have Fiesta Ware, I love red, yellow, blue, really anything SW. The dining room is yellow, kitchen has green and white tile, lots of red Kitchen Aid stuff. It is colorful, just the way I like it!!
Time to pair partners is just around the corner. All you lurkers, it's time to decide, yes or no. Are you in? Let me add that I would like to make just one (1) place mat to swap. My mom, 92 lives alone and loves florals, pinks and purples, violets, lilacs, anyone want to make one for her. Then I'd make one for you, you could specify a theme, or for a young grandchild, holiday, Happy Birthday, whatever. Let's chat.
Mittsy, I would be honored to make a placemat for your Mom along with the four for a swap. I believe it was Kizmo's Mom who had broken arms and we all sent her cards and books. It really was great for her and I'd love to do the same for your Mom...And nothing back please...
Well, thank you, Barb. It would be greatly appreciated. She still loves to have tea out of her violet decorated very thin porcelain tea cup. One of the pleasures of life that the elderly can enjoy.
Your secret swap partner is being d mailed to you. Lots of time to get these finished and chat. I'll post data on the first posting to make it easier to check. I am working on some for Meals on Wheels so will be posting my pictures as we go. My laptop is pretty old and the screen keeps going dark so it is a matter of time before I am computerless. I never went beyond XP as it was the latest version that would interface with my wonderful old Sony Cybershot camera. Just love that camera and I know how to use most of the buttons and settings, except video. That is why I am giving you my email addy, just in case, you need to get in touch with me, I'll have my sister check e mail if that happens.
Mittsy could you please add DG names to the top list? I know this Gloria is Morknotmindy but there is another Gloria in the Christmas swap _ LadybugNH. I don't want to end up sending to the wrong people. Thanks, Barb
You probably noticed that the above picture has for the center block the sliced and rotated 9 patch. I lovethat block and use it a lot. Here's a preview of the Winter swap block I made for Thunder's SIL Sweetie. Going to combine with the 5" squares to save on mailing costs.
Too funny. Went shopping and found my new Florida mug, the recipe holder, and a potholder that all matched, just loved the one I got for you so when I found it again, bought myself one. My FL kitchen is pink and turquoise. As we live in a windowless condo it's pretty dark. The pink wallpaper really brightens it up and the fake window we installed gives an ocean view. Sorry I can't find a picture of the window but here's a picture of our knitted Christmas stockings.
Just bumping us up so we don't get lost. Actually, I had to check on the dates. I'm grateful for the later mailing date as i've been pretty busy this summer watching my grandson and sewing up a storm. I remembered that this was on the radar but wasn't too sure of time limit. Hope this finds all well and enjoying the summer months...
I've been working on the placemats. One down and three to go. I'm trying something new and am having fun. Can hardly wait to get them done! Altho it is a bit time consuming... How is every one else coming along? Have some of you finished and already sent them out?
I am not backing out but with the surgery for my breast cancer and the fact that my DIL (Fairy1004) had just come out of the hospital with multiple blood clots in the lungs and leg, it may be a while before I can get to these. This last two weeks it seems that it never rains but pours.
I do have the fabric and a design in mind so that while I am taking the radiation treatments I can be sewing at home.
Dear Lord Janice, My prayers will be doubled for sure. If you have my name, please don't worry about getting them done. Whenever you can is okay by me. Please let Fairy1004 know that we miss her and will be praying for her speedy recovery.
Janice sent a dmail to one at another thread saying that she came through her poperation very well. The removed only one lymph node and it was clean!!! She will take some time to heal and then starts 6 weeks of 5 days a week radiation treatments. I'm so thrilled for her...
Janice - ditto what the others have said . . . if I'm you're trading partner, there is no rush at all. You are more important to me.
I may be a little late getting started, but I did get all the materials needed for my swap partner. I started cutting the pieces last night, and was able to put a bit of the pieces together today. I am taking this slow, because I want to get it right! Still have plenty of time to get them all done before October 1.
At first, when putting the first few pieces together, I was honestly wondering "what was I thinking, picking these colors?!?" But after a few pieces, the colors started complimenting each other . . .
I was gifted some rather drab fabric that has pale flowers and dragon flies on it. I came across a really pretty placemat design on Emblibrary and have decided to use that fabric for a placemat. They have a whole series of tutorials, and all free. You can even find one of my designs that I did on a dishtowel showcased. Keep forgetting to get the camera charged so i can add some pictures to this thread. Sorry.
It was cold, rainy and damp yesterday so I was baking bread. We were waiting for the cinnamon buns to raise. So we had to make do with cookies. All the while I was cleaning up (using a crocheted dishcloth that mom made from yarn from Marion) and standing on a crocheted rag rug also made by mom, I was thinking how lucky to have made such good friends via the internet. I was picturing Barb standing on her rug admiring her dish towels which I saw displayed in her kitchen. Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. Thank you.
You and your Mom are so very welcome. It was such a pleasure to sit and talk with her when we were there. I only hope I can be as productive as she is when I reach her age. And, yes, I do display all those wonderful towels and I do use the rug she gave me. I am saving the red one for Christmas. Please thank her again for me!!!!!
While I was waiting for a pattern I ordered to do the placemats I decided to play around with another pattern and before you know it I have made four placemats and napkins to match! I really like them and think I will send these to my buddy.
the pattern came today and after I looked it over I definitely decided to send the ones I have finished. The new pattern is a bargello and I love it but it would take a lot of time; more than I have right now, so I am glad I went ahead with the others.
My surgery scars are healing very well and now the breast is just tender to the touch. I am waiting to hear if I will do radiation alone or with chem but wont do either until I hear from a doctor. I have been filling my time sewing and have finished the top of the quilt for my grandson as well as the placemats. Now to work on some towels for my DIL. She wants Halloween and Christmas.
As the days grow cooler we tend to stay indoors and sew more. I'm working on a few placemats for Meals on Wheels. I found some free patterns on Embroidery library. I have an interesting fabric that has dragonflies on it so I'm designing as I go. The sliced 9 patch made with 5 inch charm squares works well with borders added. It's a great way to use up those orphan blocks. And the size doesn't really matter you just adjust the borders to bring it up to what you want the finished size to be.
I'd like to share a little tip with you. Today I bought an index card case on sale at Dollar General for 37 cents. Every time my computer crashes I 've lost all my Dave's Garden addresses.So now I have a permanent copy and can add and make changes as needed.
good tip, Mittsy! I haven't been in a Dollar store of any type for ages! Used to frequent them alot with my Aunt, before we clocked in at the factory, but since she passed in '02, I think I've been in maybe one. Have plenty of them around here, guess I better stop in and see...
Thought you might want to see this picture Laura (housse). Our company from Canada arrived yesterday and here was the beginning of my dinner table!!! These are some of the placemats that Laura sent me in last years' swap. Aren't they just perfect for the beginning of Fall????
My placemats went into the mail last Friday. I fell in love with the fabric and since my buddy wanted Fall (hint, hint) I just had to use it for her. I hope she likes bright! I am now making some pot holders and matching towels for my two DIL. They like to have one for Halloween and one for Thanksgiving.
One of the ladies from my Quilt Club has a small empty house that we use for sewing. There are tables, lots of plug ins, a wall to show new projects and all the other things you need to quilt. they meet there on Tues. & Thurs from 1:00 - 6;00 and you never know who will show up. We help each other and sometimes reverse the choice of the someone on pattern or fabric but it is great to have help and support. I love it! I made some coasters from a new pattern using small puzzle pieces and a template. I'll show you...there are larger templates for larger projects and I saw a quilt that was just beautiful.
I've finished the top of the quilt for my grandson who is at college; now to find someone to quilt it that doesn't have a waiting list of 2-3 months! Finally found the backing for the quilt top for the guest room and I will make it into a duvet to use over a purchased quilt whose colors I don't like anymore. I have lots of projects for the next two months when I am doing radiation and maybe chemo
Hi Elaine!!! Sorry about this one but there will be another I'm sure. The signups for this were last June. I know you weren't here then...Maybe I'll start a signup thread for one to be mailed out for spring!!! Say signups until Oct 31 and Mail by Feb 28????? I'd start a new thread for it though...
Janice, I received the placemats today! They are so beautiful! Thank you. They are just perfect! I'll take photos tomorrow. Today I'm off shopping in Tucson. Had to stop and borrow my husbands car as my pickup doesn't have enough room in the front seat and it really puts a damper on what I can buy... One of these days I'll have to put a camper shell on my Tacoma. Glad you are feeling better.
Glad you liked the placemats and that they were colors that you liked. I have been busy making pot holders and towels for my two DIL's, a quilt for my grandson who just went to college, and a rag quilt for me. I have been trying to keep busy and get things done now because I don't know when I will start radiation and that is a 5 day a week for 6 weeks affair. I am waiting on some tests to tell me whether I need chemo as well as radiation and waiting until the breast is healed enough after surgery for the radiation.
I looks as if my October and November are going to be busy. Then we will be into the holidays and that is always a busy time.
The coasters are made from a pattern called "Little Twisters". It is a nine patch with a border and then you use a template to cut the smaller pieces to make the twists. The come in small, medium and large templates and are lots of fun but hard to make sure you have the right pieces together.
8 days of jury duty put me a bit behind, but I've got the first part of the binding on all 4 placemats, so only need to do the stitching on the back . . . will get that done in the next day or two, then they are on their way!!
If you haven't mailed your placemats to your swap buddy, would you please contact me and let me know. I don't want to spoil the surprise but I can let them know when to expect them. Thanks sew much!. I'm inspired to try and make a couple for myself. The sliced 9 patch works up quickly so will adapt that to a fall theme.
Speaking of placemats...
I got 18 placemats ready to be put together yesterday. I'm using the Christmas blocks from last year's swap and some of my own to do them for the Meals on Wheels here in town. When I inquired about numbers needed I was told only 25 but that was in the Spring. I'll call again and check. I told the lady I would have them ready for Thanksgiving gifts...
You are the best! I am so happy to be an enabler. Those Meals on Wheels recipients are going to be so happy. I hope more will get involved as it is so worthwhile to help brighten someone's day. The remaining placemats are nearly finished and should be mailed soon. Thanks for updating with me.
I received my placemats from Mork not Mindy and I was blown away! They are the best quilting work I have ever seen. I will try and get a picture on sometime but I have a new laptop and am trying to figure out how to download pics to it. I was so pleased with the placemats I took them to show my Quilt Club. they all agreed that they were wonderful. They are all four different fabrics but the same pattern. I'd love to know what pattern. It is a circle and how she got them all to look straight I don't know. It is a difficult pattern but she did it beautifully. They are fall colors so they will go with any holiday as well as being able to use them any time of the year. I could go on and on about how much I love them but I really need to thank Gloria for a terrific surprise.
You know, I was really proud of the placemats I made for her but now that I have seen the quality of her quilting I am embarrassed. Gloria you are head and shoulders above where i am in my quilting and I now have something to strive for.
Thanks again for the beautiful placemats and napkins.
One of the ladies at the house we quilt at made on of the Little Twister quilts as a Christmas tree wall hanging. It was from a pattern you may have seen. She did it is blues and greens and did not put the truck on it as per the pattern. She banded it in black and it it stunning! You really have to pay attention when you cut the templates. Our gals mark them when they cut them and make sure you know the right form the left. After you do one of them you can just look and see when you are wrong. I did one, knew it wasn't right but didn't know how to fix it but our Ruthie from the house did. That is the beauty of having woman to sew with; someone can always help you out.
That is so true. My friend Judy from CB and Keene, makes beautiful tablerunners and readily admits to being directionally challenged, I can usually spot it right away and help her with layout. But I can't tell the right side from the wrong side of many fabrics, even some tone on tones and most batiks, so she helps me and I mark the back with chalk before cutting. Our group will even take over projects when you are just tired of working on it. Many times I've held up a baby quilt to ask who worked on this one? No one will admit to it. Then it finally comes out that one did cut the blocks and another did piece the blocks, I might have added some embroidery or applique, someone else did the ironing, and yet another did the layering and basting, someone else quilted it and yet another did the binding. Wonderful how it just comes together.
Janice, thank you for your kind words about the placemats I made for you. I am delighted that you like them. They were not hard to do. You do not need to be embarrassed about the ones you made for me! They are wonderful!! I love the colors and the pattern you chose. They are very special to me and I use them every day.
Laura! I picked up the placemats from the apartment office today . . . there was never a notice that something was waiting, so I didn't know to go look for them! But, when I saw what you said on Wednesday, I went to go check this morning, just in case . . . and there they were! Thank you so much! They are fantastic! Sorry it took so long to tell you so! (this in another reason I want to move from these apartments once the lease is over!)
The reverse toile side is also very nice. Only one left and they're in the mail! Thank you everyone, I've so enjoyed following along.
My daughter just left for the airport to fly home to Vero Beach. We had a whirlwind session making mug rugs for her managers. She was so proud of them she wanted to give them each (4) a little personal gift. They've been in Rochester attending meetings since Thursday, and after taking them to the airport in Rochester she drove down to visit us. Got a nice visit in with her gramma Marty and her auntie Patty. I put the fleece sheets on the bed so she was cozy and warm. Temps still in the 80's for them. Unfortunately it rained the entire time they were in NY. She'll get home about 9 pm tonight. Now I have to keep busy until she calls to say she's safely back home.
For those of you who have offered white tone on tone the size needs to be 8 1/2" tall x 7 1/2"wide to fit in the frame. What I usually do is keep the fabric strip intact , embroider one design, then trace my square over the design, allow a little extra and put fabric strip back in hoop. Across the width of the fabric I can usually get a couple of extra stitchouts this way. What can I say, my mother was the eldest of 12 children, and we grew up learning to be thrifty!. I had to smile seeing my daughter going through my scrap bags, picking out scraps she wanted. She's making a quilt for her MIL and is using all different 5" charms in lavenders and violet to purple. Has a good eye too, cleaned out my batiks then went upstairs and cleaned out mom.
Funny thing, Lisa took her shoes off (flip flops) to go through the comforter bags of scraps. Last night as I was deciding what I wanted to work on today I moved a few things and found her shoes. Guess I'll pack them in my suitcase to bring to her when we meet up for Thanksgiving. Too funny. She's making the quilt as a Christmas gift for her MIL so my guess would be yes. She's pretty good with the sewing machine, not too good with hand sewing. Her little mug rugs did come out very cute, and it's the thought that counts..
They are here!!! I picked them up yesterday. I had company so did not post right away. They are from Nichole and they are stunning!!! I have an appointment this morning but will post a picture this afternoon.
NICHOLE - You have truly outdone yourself and I am so lucky to have you send to me this time. Thank you so very much...
I'm glad you like them, Barb! The pattern (and binding) were a challenge for me, and I wasn't sure the colors would work with each other . . . but once I got a few pieces into it, the colors started coming together.
I kid you not when I say that alot of blood, sweat, and tears went into this project!