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mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

May 21, 2011
11:04 PM

Post #8578718

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.















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Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

May 22, 2011
5:20 AM

Post #8578995

Me please!!! I like 4 mats. There are only two of us here but that way it's two on the table and two for company!!! I have a ceramic table top and use mats all the time so as not to scratch!!!

Edited to add that I'd love a fall/autumn theme...

This message was edited May 22, 2011 8:22 AM
Syrumani
Whitsett, NC
(Zone 8a)

May 22, 2011
7:43 AM

Post #8579256

Me too! I'm in! I like 4 mats . . . they don't all have to be the same, either, just coordinated. I'd like something Fall-ish or Thanksgiving-ish . . .
ladydragon5
Fostoria, OH
(Zone 5a)

May 22, 2011
7:55 AM

Post #8579267

I'm in! I'd like 4 placemats in Fall theme and colors since my open living/dining/kitchen is decorated in warm fall colors. I was looking for a summer project!

Mittsy, are you going to give out partners for this?
housse301
Lexington Park, MD

May 23, 2011
4:33 AM

Post #8581167

Barb trust me I understand about CRS. Glad to hear you are still using the ones I sent.
Count me in for 4 Fall placemats.
mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

May 30, 2011
4:51 PM

Post #8597765

Jan, read the top post where it says in July I'll give out partners.
mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

June 14, 2011
1:33 PM

Post #8630262

Bumping this up to see if we can get a few more sign ups.

morknotmindy

morknotmindy
Oracle , AZ
(Zone 8b)

June 16, 2011
4:03 PM

Post #8634668

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!!

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mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

June 23, 2011
3:23 AM

Post #8648366

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.

Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

June 23, 2011
4:22 AM

Post #8648415

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...
mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

June 23, 2011
5:14 AM

Post #8648475

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.
Mittsy

Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

June 23, 2011
5:20 AM

Post #8648488

Mittsy, does she just like violets or does she like other flowers as well?
mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

June 23, 2011
5:24 AM

Post #8648500

She likes, lavender colored flowers. Hence lilacs,and violets, anything in the purple family from light lilac to the darkest purple.

Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

June 23, 2011
6:50 AM

Post #8648646

Pansies????
mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

June 23, 2011
8:24 AM

Post #8648850

Yeppers, she loves then!

Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

June 23, 2011
8:46 AM

Post #8648897

Do we send to you???? In NY????
mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

June 23, 2011
11:50 AM

Post #8649274

Yep, mom is upstairs in her own little apartment.

Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

June 23, 2011
4:59 PM

Post #8649912

You got it my friend...
mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

June 30, 2011
6:14 AM

Post #8663691

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
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

June 30, 2011
6:39 AM

Post #8663726

Sorry, forgot to ask, does anyone know how to do a group blast?

Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

July 1, 2011
5:10 AM

Post #8665705

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
mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

July 1, 2011
5:31 AM

Post #8665740

OK Barb, done.

Here's what I'm working on. Need to find a backing and I can continue. I noticed the Hummer feeder is empty, better get the bird feeders all refilled.

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mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

July 1, 2011
5:34 AM

Post #8665742

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.

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mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

July 1, 2011
5:50 AM

Post #8665771

Forgot to say, coffee's on me this morning, on the deck. Two deer just went racing by. Ah, nature!

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Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

July 1, 2011
5:51 PM

Post #8666952

Been away all day and came home to find you took my mug!!!!!! Just kidding. Do you use that one? I love mine!!
mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

July 2, 2011
2:47 AM

Post #8667418

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.

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Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

August 5, 2011
4:51 AM

Post #8738163

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...
housse301
Lexington Park, MD

August 5, 2011
5:26 AM

Post #8738196

I do have a question...is it possible for all to list table size /shape ?

Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

August 5, 2011
7:23 AM

Post #8738337

Why not? With the understanding that if the mats are already made,
they are what you get...
My table is an oval but wide enough for regular sized mats.
housse301
Lexington Park, MD

August 5, 2011
7:26 AM

Post #8738342

Mine is a very large rectangle so regular mats work also.

morknotmindy

morknotmindy
Oracle , AZ
(Zone 8b)

August 17, 2011
7:47 PM

Post #8762160

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?
mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

August 18, 2011
4:21 AM

Post #8762459

I don't think so.

Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

August 18, 2011
5:15 AM

Post #8762518

Not me. But mine will be ready by crunch time!!!!!
housse301
Lexington Park, MD

August 18, 2011
6:03 AM

Post #8762640

Still figuring out what pattern I want to use.
ladydragon5
Fostoria, OH
(Zone 5a)

August 18, 2011
9:15 AM

Post #8763016

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.

Happy Fall...

siliolegma

siliolegma
(Karen) Traverse Cit, MI
(Zone 5a)

August 18, 2011
10:03 AM

Post #8763085

Oh Jan, so sorry, I had no idea. You are both in my thoughts.

Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

August 18, 2011
10:54 AM

Post #8763180

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.
Thea1962
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

August 18, 2011
1:49 PM

Post #8763388

Big hugs Janice for you and your DIL, my thoughts and prayers are with you both.
Love Thea

morknotmindy

morknotmindy
Oracle , AZ
(Zone 8b)

August 20, 2011
5:08 PM

Post #8767058

Oh my, Jan...Best wishes to you and your DIL for a speedy recovery. I'm with Barb, if you have my name please don't worry about the time limit. Hang in there, girl!!!
mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

August 21, 2011
7:54 AM

Post #8768385

Please think of the deadline as a guideline, do not stress over a date. We all have had life issues that need to be dealt with from time to time and we all know it will be worth the wait.

morknotmindy

morknotmindy
Oracle , AZ
(Zone 8b)

August 23, 2011
11:48 AM

Post #8773109

Ditto what mittsy said. I have three done except for the quilting. Hopefully I'll get the fourth one put together today.
Mittsy, how did you handle that there were only five of us doing this?
mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

August 23, 2011
3:20 PM

Post #8773423

Exceedingly well.

morknotmindy

morknotmindy
Oracle , AZ
(Zone 8b)

August 25, 2011
12:36 PM

Post #8776406

LOL
mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

August 25, 2011
4:15 PM

Post #8776779

Put names in a tin and drew them out one at a time. Had the list in front of me and just went down the list. If I drew that person's name then I drew another. Pretty simple really.

Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

September 4, 2011
4:44 AM

Post #8792313

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...
mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

September 4, 2011
4:47 AM

Post #8792315

Good news. Thanks for sharing.

Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

September 4, 2011
4:53 AM

Post #8792321

I just read the message I typed and maybe my eyes aren't as good as I thought they were!!! Janice had an operation - not a poperation!!!!

siliolegma

siliolegma
(Karen) Traverse Cit, MI
(Zone 5a)

September 4, 2011
5:10 AM

Post #8792359

Barb, I talk like that all the time, Hubby doesn't even bother to correct it anymore, just translates in his head. I'm so happy to hear Janice is doing well, I was thinking of her with love.
housse301
Lexington Park, MD

September 10, 2011
4:16 AM

Post #8801839

Look what I got from Barb.
Perfect for fall.
AND...

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housse301
Lexington Park, MD

September 10, 2011
4:18 AM

Post #8801840

Barb even send extra fabric and the orange will go perfectly with a quilt I am making for my little man.
Thank you.

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mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

September 11, 2011
3:06 PM

Post #8803906

Very Nice. Thanks for posting the pictures.
Syrumani
Whitsett, NC
(Zone 8a)

September 11, 2011
8:16 PM

Post #8804353

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 . . .
mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

September 12, 2011
4:43 AM

Post #8804651

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.
mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

September 16, 2011
3:36 AM

Post #8810617

mom and I had tea yesterday. She just loves her placemats from Barb.

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mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

September 16, 2011
3:45 AM

Post #8810621

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.

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Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

September 16, 2011
4:50 AM

Post #8810657

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!!!!!
Syrumani
Whitsett, NC
(Zone 8a)

September 18, 2011
8:40 PM

Post #8814215

So, here I am tonite, sewing on 2 of the placemats . . . my hubby looks at me and says "those look like placemats." Gee, thanks, honey!


(he thought I was working on block swaps . . . )
mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

September 19, 2011
2:40 AM

Post #8814362

I think it's great that he takes an interest in what you're working on.
ladydragon5
Fostoria, OH
(Zone 5a)

September 20, 2011
9:09 AM

Post #8816177

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.

siliolegma

siliolegma
(Karen) Traverse Cit, MI
(Zone 5a)

September 20, 2011
9:18 AM

Post #8816185

Hi Jan, good to see you post, glad you are healing. We have missed you.

Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

September 20, 2011
11:36 AM

Post #8816341

I'm so happy to hear things are going well Janice. We really have missed you and it's wonderful to hear things are going well for you. Now I'm hoping you had MY name in the swap!!!!
mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

September 20, 2011
12:16 PM

Post #8816384

So glad to have a progress update, Janice

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.

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Kizmo

Kizmo
Marietta, OH
(Zone 6a)

September 20, 2011
1:53 PM

Post #8816498

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...

Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

September 20, 2011
3:14 PM

Post #8816593

Boy, Mittsy, you sure do have my number!!! And thanks for not showing the phone number!!1
mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

September 20, 2011
3:47 PM

Post #8816642

I took exta care in selecting one with a po box.

Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

September 24, 2011
4:24 AM

Post #8821632

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????

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siliolegma

siliolegma
(Karen) Traverse Cit, MI
(Zone 5a)

September 24, 2011
4:50 AM

Post #8821654

I love your table Barb, We have one very similar. Unfortunately it is in storage now as there is no room here for it.
mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

September 24, 2011
8:11 AM

Post #8821860

Very nice. It's really beginning to feel like fall here. Rainy today. Good day for catching up on cleaning and sorting out. It's never ending.

helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

September 24, 2011
8:57 AM

Post #8821922

lovely table, I want to be company too

Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

September 24, 2011
4:40 PM

Post #8822494

Any time at all Helene. My door is always open to you my friend..
ladydragon5
Fostoria, OH
(Zone 5a)

September 25, 2011
8:28 AM

Post #8823239

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

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Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

September 25, 2011
8:42 AM

Post #8823252

Sounds like you are feeling pretty good Janice. Those are so nice!!!! Are they a fourpatch that you cut on a wonky angle? I really like them...
ElaineAnn1
Hillsboro, NH

September 25, 2011
9:05 AM

Post #8823266

Hey it's meeeeeeee...Count me in if it's not too late???

Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

September 25, 2011
10:02 AM

Post #8823315

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...
housse301
Lexington Park, MD

September 26, 2011
2:54 AM

Post #8824256

Barb table looks great and ready for company.
Janice love the puzzle pieces.
mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

September 26, 2011
6:22 AM

Post #8824505

Another one nearly finished for HFH. Emboidered dragonflies.

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mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

September 26, 2011
6:23 AM

Post #8824507

I'm going to embroider applique leaves on this base.

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Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

September 26, 2011
7:29 AM

Post #8824579

Very nice Mittsy...You are so creative!

morknotmindy

morknotmindy
Oracle , AZ
(Zone 8b)

September 26, 2011
11:49 AM

Post #8825007

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.

Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

September 26, 2011
1:04 PM

Post #8825129

Can't wait to see Gloria...
Have you started radiation or chemo yet Janice? I think of you often and keep you in my prayers...
mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

September 27, 2011
3:38 AM

Post #8826140

We love pictures.
Janice, adding my prayers to Barb's.
ElaineAnn1
Hillsboro, NH

September 27, 2011
6:37 PM

Post #8827216

Too bad...next time then...Someone keep posted for any swaps...
ladydragon5
Fostoria, OH
(Zone 5a)

September 28, 2011
9:00 AM

Post #8827793

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.
mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

September 28, 2011
1:13 PM

Post #8828130

Great minds think alike. I bought that small Little Twister at the quilt shop hop. It's so versatile and fun.

Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

September 29, 2011
5:55 AM

Post #8828916

I bought it too but haven't done anything with it yet!!! Really great minds!!! I think because it was different from what I had seen recently...
mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

September 29, 2011
2:10 PM

Post #8829544

The project that was on display in the shop convinced me I had to have it.

morknotmindy

morknotmindy
Oracle , AZ
(Zone 8b)

September 29, 2011
3:50 PM

Post #8829642

About that great minds thing... I also recently bought the Little Twister! Haven't done anything with it yet.
BTW Will mail out the placemats tomorrow.
mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

September 30, 2011
2:01 AM

Post #8830133

I wish my computer hadn't crashed I had wonderful pictures of those sample quilts hanging on display in a quilt shop.
Syrumani
Whitsett, NC
(Zone 8a)

October 2, 2011
7:02 PM

Post #8833454

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!!

morknotmindy

morknotmindy
Oracle , AZ
(Zone 8b)

October 5, 2011
2:45 PM

Post #8837365

Here are the placemats, and napkins, I received from Janice, ladydragon5. I just love them. That green really sparks them and goes so well with that green Fiesta ware plate. Tea and cookies anyone?

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mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

October 6, 2011
2:29 AM

Post #8837930

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.

Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

October 6, 2011
4:42 AM

Post #8837989

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...
housse301
Lexington Park, MD

October 6, 2011
4:53 AM

Post #8837994

Barb that is a great idea. I am sure whom ever receives them will just love them.

Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

October 6, 2011
4:58 AM

Post #8837997

I can't take credit for the idea Laura. Our Mittsy is the one already doing this with her quilting group and they are doing hundreds!!!!

siliolegma

siliolegma
(Karen) Traverse Cit, MI
(Zone 5a)

October 6, 2011
6:17 AM

Post #8838094

Same here Barb. Our senior shut ins benefit from Mittsy's great idea.

Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

October 6, 2011
7:22 AM

Post #8838165

I thought I had seen a post where you said you were doing it too. Isn't it great how someone's idea carries over somewhere else???

siliolegma

siliolegma
(Karen) Traverse Cit, MI
(Zone 5a)

October 6, 2011
8:01 AM

Post #8838202

Well now I've moved 250 miles away but the group is continuing. I take them any extra blocks when I go down which is about once a month.
mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

October 6, 2011
10:56 AM

Post #8838378

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.

ladydragon5
Fostoria, OH
(Zone 5a)

October 9, 2011
9:01 AM

Post #8841964

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.





ladydragon5
Fostoria, OH
(Zone 5a)

October 9, 2011
10:02 AM

Post #8842035

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.





mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

October 10, 2011
3:32 AM

Post #8842986

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.

morknotmindy

morknotmindy
Oracle , AZ
(Zone 8b)

October 11, 2011
7:09 PM

Post #8845657

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.
housse301
Lexington Park, MD

October 12, 2011
12:46 PM

Post #8846447

I mailed my placemats out last Thursday hope they arrive to swap partner soon.
mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

October 12, 2011
3:01 PM

Post #8846592

Oh, goodie, more pictures, soon.
housse301
Lexington Park, MD

October 14, 2011
5:51 AM

Post #8848505

Getting a little worried my partner should have received the placemats by now. Will go check delivery confirmation.
Syrumani
Whitsett, NC
(Zone 8a)

October 15, 2011
12:21 PM

Post #8849953

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!)

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Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

October 15, 2011
2:26 PM

Post #8850086

Very, very nice. Great job Laura!! You do beautiful work.
housse301
Lexington Park, MD

October 16, 2011
3:25 AM

Post #8850633

Nichole I am glad you like them.
mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

October 16, 2011
11:38 AM

Post #8851151

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.

Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

October 16, 2011
11:57 AM

Post #8851174

Glad to hear you had a great visit Mittsy. Those mug mats make great gifts..
mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

October 16, 2011
12:31 PM

Post #8851216

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.

Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

October 16, 2011
4:30 PM

Post #8851524

Does she need more? I still have some left...And I'll look in my whites tomorrow.
mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

October 17, 2011
2:42 AM

Post #8852043

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..
mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

October 20, 2011
3:42 AM

Post #8856683

The last package was delivered on the 18th, maybe someone needs to check their post office box?

Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

October 20, 2011
4:22 AM

Post #8856708

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...
mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

October 20, 2011
3:33 PM

Post #8857418

Bummer, no picture! Phooey!

Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

October 20, 2011
5:17 PM

Post #8857521

Patience Mittsy dear. Im' a tad under the weather tonight but will get it first thing in the morning...Sorry...
Syrumani
Whitsett, NC
(Zone 8a)

October 20, 2011
5:51 PM

Post #8857555

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!
mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

October 21, 2011
4:05 AM

Post #8857850

Hope you have a quick recovery, Barb.

Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

October 21, 2011
5:18 AM

Post #8857900

As promised. These are just stupendous. I am sooooo thrilled Nichole. You did a fantastic job.
Edited to add - there are two of each design...

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Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

October 21, 2011
5:22 AM

Post #8857904

I'm going to go take a picture of the back too. It is the same purple as in the center of the fronts. Wait till you see!!!!
Syrumani
Whitsett, NC
(Zone 8a)

October 21, 2011
5:24 AM

Post #8857907

I'm glad you like them!



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Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

October 21, 2011
5:26 AM

Post #8857910

This is the back!!!!

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mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

October 21, 2011
8:53 AM

Post #8858133

Beautiful, I think I see a log cabin in there.

Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

October 21, 2011
9:14 AM

Post #8858156

Nichole said she was new to log cabins. I think she did fantastic!!!
mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

October 21, 2011
9:16 AM

Post #8858160

Me, too.

siliolegma

siliolegma
(Karen) Traverse Cit, MI
(Zone 5a)

October 21, 2011
9:18 AM

Post #8858163

The eyes are sometimes deceived, It took me a minute to realize...Hey those are log cabins..
Beautiful sewing Nichole.
Syrumani
Whitsett, NC
(Zone 8a)

October 22, 2011
9:10 AM

Post #8859173

Thanks all. I couldn't find a bright color for the center square, so I used the same purple material that is on the back . . . seems like it worked pretty well.
mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

October 22, 2011
10:47 AM

Post #8859234

And this concludes another sucessful swap. Happy Autumn, everyone.

Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

October 22, 2011
11:43 AM

Post #8859289

Thank you so much Mittsy. And now I want to do one for Spring placemats!!! We haven't done them before. Maybe after Christmas?????
ladydragon5
Fostoria, OH
(Zone 5a)

October 23, 2011
8:17 AM

Post #8860135

Sorry I didn't get this out earlier but her is a picture of the placemats I got and have shown off to everyone who would look!

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Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

October 23, 2011
10:07 AM

Post #8860273

Janice, those are beautiful Can you tell what size circles Gloria started with???? I just might try that myself...
mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

October 23, 2011
5:30 PM

Post #8860748

Wow, those are very nice. Good job, Gloria. Hope you are feeling better, Jan.
Dogs_N_Petunias
Cleburne, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 24, 2011
5:04 AM

Post #8861168

Really enjoyed seeing the placemats you all made. Fantastic.

Glenna

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