Continued from original thread: REMEMBER SEPT 1 deadline!!
Lots of great Charm packs are going out - GOOD JOB!! Let me know if you need addresses.
Charm Block swap, you will send 9 out 5"x5" blocks out and get nine back. The deadline is Sept 1 and please use 100% cotton. Each block should be different unless the member states that duplicates are alright (Please let us know).
1. Psychw2 (Pat) Novelty prints, duplicates OK, if you don't have some novelty prints just send primary colors, ok?
2. Housse301 (Laura) BRIGHT pink,purple,orange,green really anything BRIGHT. But no batiks.
3. Siliolegma (Karen) Blues, Blue & White,White TOT, Yellows, duplicates Ok
4. Abbisgranma (Marion) Scaps, TOT ok too. (duplicates OK)
5.Catbird23 ( Robin) I spy/ novelty fabric
6. FLStu (Stuart) Civil War, Victorian or Edwardian (pre-1930's) looking prints and/ or blenders. Duplicates are OK.
7. SewSassee (Bev) BRIGHT & Funky!
8. Quilter5bdsr - (Barb) Scappy duplicates ok
9. Melody - Brights... especially likes fruits and vegetables and anything Unusual. duplicates ok
10. BarefootT- BRIGHT! pinks, purple, greens, prints, TOT NO pastels! duplicates OK> (this woman likes' BRIGHTS so bright they make your eyes bleed!!)
11. Elen - Beige, tans and brown, prefer TOT and light print, not flowers etc.
12. Qwilter (Jean) : BLUES, batiks OK (still using MD address)
Elen's blocks will be mailed to ME, and the blocks she cuts will come to me. I will disperse those to the appropriate people EVERYONE else will mail DIRECTLY to the appropriate person. Clear? Let me know if there are quesitons.
I have everybody but Melody & Jean's charms in evelopes and my Sweeties says he'll take them to the Post Office today. I also have ALL of my Christmas/Winter theme's in envelopes, hoping to redeem myself for being 3 months late getting Thunder's in the mail! She gave me special permission to make a "different block" and I hope she likes what I created for her both, in Winter and the "Different" swap.
If I am lucky, mine will go out the later part of this week. Thank goodness things are now down to a dull roar. New cook top to be installed today so we can reassemble the kitchen. Been living around pots and pans since last Thursday.
Bev - certainly no need to be sorry. This swap isn't due until Sept 1 and there is NO NEED TO RUSH!!! Didn't mean to "yell" but don't be so hard on yourself. This is a fun thing- not a contest...And we will all be happy whenever you are able to get yours out. I'm so happy with what you sent me, but I would have been just as happy if I didn't get it until the end...Have fun with it my new friend...
VERY true Bev, some of us rush and finish as quickly as possible, others will need the full time! I dont' have something for Melody so I have to wait until I can get to a store... life happens and the deadline is a LONG way from now!!
I would like to buy you something on your list, I just don't have any fruits or vegetables... nothing unique that I can find in my stash so unless you have any other bright ideas it's off to the store! LOL
I will be filing a forwarding addy w/post office so should get everything just fine.
Yes Bev, please don't rush I only sent mine because I had to pack my room and don't know when I'll get it back together.
Karen also included three finished blocks that she was gifted and thought would go well with my Vintage quilt. I am honored and humbled by her generosity and that of all of you. These are phenominal. Again, the pictures don't do them justice.
I'm taking each set of charms, embroidering the persons name on them, and maybe a city or something and then making them into a nine block friendship quilt for myself. This way I can remember my first swap. =)
And thank you Jean. Love the crackled lightening looking one! Thank you so much for the added bonuses, they are all wonderful. Everyone's blocks that I have rec'd are wonderful. This is so much fun! =)
I got charm blocks today from Melody, Karen and Jean. The blocks are beautiful and I'm sure Elen will like her's as well. Thanks for the extra postage money, I have NO idea how expensive it's going to be to ship to France!
My Sweetie didn't get the envelopes to the PO yesterday like he said he would but I did it myself today.
This swap seems like so much fun for everyone...just like Christmas in July.
I enjoy seeing all the different and great fabrics you all chose for each other.
Since I am still new to quilting I don`t have a lot of extra fabric YET...lol...I think I need to tell my DH I NEED to go fabric shopping so I can join some day one of your great swaps!!!
Thea, initially when I was joining block swaps I ALWAYS had to buy fabric to have what I needed. Certainly a charm swap depends on some stash but most of us do not want anyone to have to go out and buy something so we try to be flexiable. We would love to have you join us sometime.
Wonderful stash from Stuart. Thank you! I especially like to the ones closest to the bottom both on the left (the green and then the green with the bird) and then on the right (the funky design and the awesome green/teal).
I really like the vegetables, they are adorable. Now, I am thinking kitchen curtains, hmmm... ok Karen do tell, where'd you get them? Hopefully online and not at some local store where we will never be able to get it, sniff.
They are ,from JoAnn's in the novelty aisle (except for the pumpkins, they were in Halloween). I was starting to get a bit desperate because I wasn't seeing a single one and all of a sudden there were more than I needed. I only got a bit of each ,1/4 yard, but I can send you that if you like, that is as soon as we get moved and I unpack . I will be here for a while yet so if you know which you might like yardage of and how much I can get it for you and send it.
I was just at Joann's today too. Of course I guess it's one of those things that unless you are looking for it, you just won't find it. Today I found awesome monkey's on a hot pink background. The lady said they come in lime green too but I was already at the counter and so yeah, there went that. But, at least I got the monkey's in hot pink. Novelties are on sale this week at our Joann's.
Great packages all. I have received mine from SewSassee (Bev), Karen, Jean, Melody and Stu's came today. Each one is nicer than the last, if that is possible...it isn't!! Love all of them and will get pictures soon. Had disaster yesterday with my cutting table (completely fell apart) which was had a stack of fabric on it ready to finish cutting. Need to get it all cleaned up tonight...meaning the rest of my pins as the top wasn't on the box. Can you say glutz?
Ok that's it!! Next fabric swap count me in!!! I can`t get over it what beautiful fabric you all swap with each other!!!
I did some research yesterday and found a great quiltshop in Upper NY (about 1 hours drive), told my better half he needs to get his passport asap so I can shop in the USA!!! lol
The dollar value is great at the moment, so I am sure I can get a lot more fabric for less money (here they sell a good quality FQ for 4.25$ or one meter for about 16$!!). Figured also I take my sister along (not a quilter) so I can divide the fabric amongst us three so I don`t have to pay duty at the border!!!
Oh and before I forget...what is the product called, you use when you wash your fabric first so it doesn`t bleed? I looked for it at my LQS but she had no clue what I was talking about...lol
Thea I do not pre wash. I use SHOUT color catchers in the wash for the first 2 or 3 washes . The only time I prewash will be for a swap. I have had no problems with bleeding colors.
The prices of fabric in your neck of the woods sounds expensive. You have the right idea cross over and get more fabric for less money. Not sure what the next swap will be but I am hooked.
Good to have you here. Laura
About 1/2 tsp in a washer will usually clear out the majority of dye particles. Dump a cup of white vinegar in the rinse and it will help 'set' the dye. The color catchers are great too.
Our fabric is cheap compared to many parts of the world. I have Norwegian relatives and Inger Anita goes on a marathon fabric shopping trip whenever they visit...she would have to pay the equivalent of over $20 a yard for the $7 stuff.
Thank you so much Laura for your fast reply!! I don`t prewash either (well I used to before when I first started out and bought cheaper fabric that bleed like crazy). I never seen that product here...do you buy it at the grocery store? If so I am sure I can find a grocery store in NY to buy a few packages there.
I was recently in a private swap with Kathy (Kizmo), she wanted some basket fabric (3 meter) from here and she send me FQ's instead of exchanging money (a lot easier this way, plus I get to build up my stach!!)...and OMG she send me soooo many beautiful FQ's, I felt like a little kid at Christmas opening that box of fabric...lol
I can definatly see how addicting this can be!!! lol
Thank you too melody for your fast reply!!
I want to wash my new Flannel quilt to get the stiffness out, I used high quality Flannel and I am almost 99% sure it won`t bleed, but I just don`t want to take any chances...lol
I want to be prepared just in case it does bleed a bit...so I will get those Shout Colour catchers and use the vinegar in the rise!!!
In Germany the fabric prices are horrendus!! I went online to check a few quilt stores in germany out (will be going home for a visit this october) and OMG the prices were like 35$ a meter!!! Just insane and I will definatly not buy any fabric there...lol
Thea I get mine at a store we call Walmart. It is a grocery,toys.electronics,some crafts and clothes. I see it once in awhile at grocery stores.
I have to agree with you when you receive a swap item. So much fun to open and see all the pretty things Yep a kid at Christmas.
If I buy a red fabric, or print w a lot of red, and it is "stamped" (red on the good side & still white on the back) I prewash & use the color catcher after I finish the quilt. Those I find do fade. Of course those tend to be the "less expensive" fabrics but sometimes they are the PERFECT shade/print and you have to get it.
And of course, Thea, I'll be seeing you in August so if there is something special you want, let me knwo and I can bring it with me. Search through the major fabric houses on line - Kaufman, Hoffman, RJR, Moda etc. If you find something you like, I'll try to find it here. Let me know if you wouldlike a panel of the birds/flowers that I posted. That shop is 7 miles from me and I can call and have them save it for me.
I swear by the combination of the color catcher sheets, a cup of white vinegar and a little Woolite (not really needed if the quilt hasn't been used yet, but I tend to like to wash stuff, even socks and underwear, before they're used). I did the color catcher and vinegar also when I pre-washed my flannel and the red and orange didn't bleed into any of the other fabrics. I am leary of red and orange bleeding.
Thank you all so much for your suggestions!! I am sure nothing will bleed with if I use a combination of all your great suggestions.
OMG that would be awesome if you could bring me a few boxes of the colour catcher sheets. Ohhhhh don`t tempt me with the fabric offer!!! lol Guess I shall just have a little tiny peak at those fabric websites...lol
I could just see Barb having to rent a U-haul to bring all those fabrics I would love to have across the border...lol
I will go tomorrow to the bank and buy some US $'s now that exchange is great so I have money on hand to pay you :)
I got mine from Laura too, love, love, love them! I will take a picture tomorrow and post it. In the meantime, if any one has 3" x 8" or 3" x 9" strips of fabric scraps. I could really use them. Any color or style fabric. I also need 4" x 10" strips but that is a bit wider and most likely not in your scrap department, lol. Thanks much. =)
these are the ones from Stu,
the darling that he is...he also sent me some butterflies ( I had mentioned them in a post) ^_^
and a very lovely bag full of scraps, for my 1.5'' charm quilt Thanks Much !!!
I had also received melody's ...but I don't think I posted the photo?? If I did they are certainly worth a second look !! very very nice :) I may just have to learn how to do this!!
she also sent some scraps to be included in my 1.5'' charm quilt!! :) I have a shirt that looks a lot like the middle square !!
I was watching a video a couple days ago, and noticed that in the background there was a quilt made with HST. She said that it was made with scrap squares of her pink prints and a dark blue. The resulting blocks were all shades and prints of pink on one triangle half, the other half were made from the same blue for all of them. Lined them up so all the pinks were facing left, blue on the right... really cute. I'm thinking that doing the same with all these charms would make a really nice 'scrappy' type quilt, without alot of figurin'... JMO
Love Melody's dyed fabrics, can't wait until she starts the tie-dye sessions!
Got my charms from Melody. Besides the great handyed (phenominal colors for me), she sent some killer period fabrics. Thanks Melody. All these charms are going to look perfect together. Now to find some 12 inch block patterns that DON'T use 'scant 1/4" seams like the majority of the free blocks patterns on the quilting sites like 'about' do.
That "scant" makes me crazy. Since I mostly make duvet covers, I fit to the comforter I am using. I usually have to adjust the size as most comforters aren't even the stated size. I adjust the sizes with the edges. If it calls for 3" I might have to make 4" or more or less to fit the comforter. I make a block and measure it, then figure how many and the sizes of trims. not too difficult to make the needed adjustments. I never have been good at following directions exactly.
If you are making the blocks for your own use, and use a consistant seam, the lack of "scant" just makes the block a bit smaller. So, instead of 12" blocks you have 11 1/2". Just adjust any sashings & borders accordingly and only you will know.
For 1/2 sq triangles, start with larger pieces of fabric, and then trim the "square" to the size you need.
Avoid blocks with a lot of pieces.
Practice will make perfect. Eventually you will know where to aligh the presser foot to get a scant 1/4". And there is a quilting foot with a lip on the rt side that you but the fabric up against. I actually have 1 and have never used it!!!!!
Pat, I'm finding that out. Not sure why scant is still being used so much. For me, it makes the outcome so much more variable that I don't do it. I can put tape on the foot area, but then I cover up the 1/4", next smallest and 5/8 " marks. I go between a couple of projects, so I'd be making these here and there blocks when I need a break from a project. You would think that someone would make $ on a book that gives instructions for traditional blocks, like the Antique Tile and others that I'm being gifted on another swap, using 1/4" seams, especially with the computer programs out there. Mojo... maybe a book in yhour future? Spiral bound?
Quilter. I guess my issue is that 'scant' is a subjective measurement. I really need the line guide
I believe the trouble is that when you add 1/4 + 1/4 it does NOT equal 1/2. The act of putting a seam in something takes a "tad" more that 1/2. No matter how perfect your true 1/4 is when you combine them it comes out a tiny bit more because of the actual seam and the fold you make with ironing it over. Try it with VERY carefully cut and measured fabric and the more seams the more "off" it becomes. The trouble with trying to "adjust" everything by cutting larger and seaming deeper is that you corrupt the pattern and it won't match, the more seams the more of a problem. That problem is corrected for if you can do a "scant 1/4 inch seam" Easier said than done, that is for sure!!
I have that foot with the edge on it, and I use it all of the time!!! but even with that I find if I DO NOT quite bump my fabric to the edge I get a better scant 1/4 especially when using quilters cache !! and you really NEED to press every seem, before putting any pieces together, again especially with quilters cache...
Stu can you move your needle setting??, sometimes just a spot or two over with the needle setting will do the trick, allowing you to follow the 1/4 line on your machine!!! mine is "two pushes of the button" don't even know how the numbers / measurements work ??? does the needle move a 16th of an inch?? a 32nd maybe??? I know it is not much...and there is numbers on the machine when I do it...I don't pay any attention to that...just look at where the needle enters the fabric, and where the 1/4 line is on the machine...move the needle so it is to the right ...
I just went and looked on my machine I move it to 2.5 I am sure every machine is a bit different...
I have tape on the plate on my kenmore...many layers of painters tape...took some time and playing to get it just right...and I just leave it there all of the time...only use that machine for piecing, straight stitching , so I know I can just butt the fabric against the tape and my seams will be scant 1/4 there is also a removable / re stick-able tape type product you can buy to use instead of the painters tape, and a nifty product from same person to use to mark your ruler, when you are going to be cutting multiples of the same size !!
If you have a chair w/adjustable height, you might want to play with that. How you "look" at the needle/foot also makes a difference. I sew with my machine in the table so am used to looking "down" at the needle/foot. When I have to put the machine on a table (in a class) my 1/4" is always off a bit.
I, too, just hate the "scant" 1/4" on the patterns. Why can't they write patterns for Quilters Cache that are ACTUALLY 1/4".. They are writing the patterns!!!
My Quilt Club wanted to do a block swap like we do here and I offered to host. Boy, was that a mistake!
They want to get very "directive" about what they want. One wanted a log cabin in red center with ablack and grey blocks (she wanted 4 different colors for each one). Do you know how hard ti is to find four greys that go together? One just said she wanted a windmill patterns she found in a book but didn't give us a copy. I couldn't find a pattern as she described so I had to make it up. I was the first time I made something, especially with triangles with no measurements. I had to make three blocks and use up all of my fabric in those colors just to get one that came out as 12.5. These women are driving me crazy. I'm all done except for the one who wants 1930's reproduction fabric (what is that?) and so I need to find out what it is and get some before I can finish that block. I have until Sept. 1 so there is time.
Next time I open my mouth will one of you shut me up!?
Janice, these links are for reproductions. I'm sure fabric.com and other links have them, but sometimes I find them hard to find locally. There is one LQS that has a corner of them, otherwise I would be in the dark too! From what I understand, the 1930 repros are similar to what the old feedsack prints and such were, usually small print, flowers or cats, pink, green, blue, orange, etc. But since there seem to be plenty of themes within the 1930s, I'd be sure to ask her what she really wants.. sounds like a picky, picky bunch!
There are a few here who like the '30s prints, hopefully they will chime in here, too..
I got charms from Stuart and Laura today for both Elen & myself. Stu's sent some bear fabric and the MONKEy fabric, soooo cute. Laura included a block that had a Halloween Mummy on it, THAT will be a big hit! AND a wonderful piece of pink & black print to add to my stash.
I also received Bev's envelope for Elen. Thanks all, when I have all of Elen's I'll be mailing them off.
I have gotten a bunch of packages of charms and would like to thank Pat, Laura, Karen, Stuart, Bev, Jean and Melody. I love all the charms and am dividing them up for Noah and for me. They are all great, thank you very much. I hope to get envelopes today so I can get started getting mine out.
and a few extra little goodies ^_^ this is one of them
ssseeeewwwww cute !!!!! and he has STARS on his belly...awwwwww
thanks Barb...BIG HUGS ((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((Barb))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))
about 6 1/2 inches...she sent a few different ones !!! they are adorable!!!!
I am thinking I might make a Halloween theme tote bag????
I will pull out my Halloween box tomorrow, and see what's in there that will work for your I spy...
I probably have a few different patterns / designs of fabric along the lines of those bats and spiders...I am thinking ghosts, and there is one with very small characters dressed up??? do you want ones like that??? I was thinking you wanted more like the snowman...with a "definite" subject ??? if you get my meaning???
No, I'm not trying for a "theme" on my I-spy. If I have an abundance of blocks I might sort them and add or more fabric of a specific color range to give it more harmony but I at this point, I'm collecting "anything" in novelty! Characters dressed up would be great.
Are you going to "frame" your snowmen with a log cabin pattern and add them to your Winter quilt? What can I say? We see snowmen and think of Thunder!
I have charms that came in, but they are buried in my desk which is currently being taken apart and sold because we moved from the loft to the master bedroom. Long story. Any ways, eventually when I am all back together again I can post some pics and all that fun jazz. Even my list of who sent what is buried. Thanks to every one that sent me charms. I loved each pkg so far. =)
Elaine, there will be more I'm sure!! Your best bet is find some "threads" that appeal to you, that you would have joined if you had know soon enough, and keep reading them. The new swaps are frequently announced on the other active threads. I hope that helps you. ALSO tell Barb to make sure she tells you when a new swap gets announced in case you miss it! Welcome... we hope you join us and feel our desire to have you become an active member with us.
Hi Elaine!!!! I'm so glad you made it here. There is a new 5" Holiday block swap starting - they are having sign-ups now. Get your name in there my friend. I know what your stash is like so I know this will be right up your alley!!!! If you have a problem getting around in here, I'll help!!!
I'm grateful that I went to the Post Office box this afternoon, I really needed something positive. I received beautiful blocks from Robin & Barb. Robin, my favorite from you is the neon bright frogs on black background and Barb, the fire hydrants! I can't wait to put those with my Dog I-spy. Thank you both for your generous postage money, I am clueless what it will cost for shipping to France.
I am still cutting squares--some more interruptions as usual! Pat, there will be some funds in my packet also but I think the time and effort you put into collecting for Elen deserves a little "thank you" change!!
BTW, did I read on one of the threads you don't need any more black, pink and whites? Valentine prints?
I got a very generous pack of wonderful fabrics from Robin as well. Will try to post a pick tonite.
Pat re:postage, remember that you're getting hit two ways, one to France and then one from France to us. So, I think that I definately didn't send enough. Can't wait to see what everyone has sent Elen and how she likes them.
Still on a fence about how I'm going to use the charms in my master plan for an antique quilt. I know that there are plenty of patterns for charms, but I want the blocks to compliment in style those that I've received on another swap. Still need to see if I have a 'scant' foot. I can always cut them in half and sew them in chain fashion along the 5" side to use for a border and allow for a good view of the patterns. That would really add to the scrappy look I want. There are so many that I was sent that I'd love to buy yardage. Or maybe start a second top of the entire square whole as a simple 4 patch with alternating lignt and dark on a diagonal. That would lend to two twin or larger for the master BR. HMMMM...
I received packets from Robin and Thunder. Been babysitting my granddaughters so haven't been home. Off to bed, exhausted!!!!
I am ashamed to say, I haven't opened the 2 above as I didn't get home until very late, grab a salad, showered and now I am off to bed-----just plain exhausted!!!!
OK, I need some information regarding addresses. Silio/ Karen, would you please send me Dmail with the address you would like used for mailing anything for now? Qwilter/ Jean, what address do you want used. question!
Is there anybody else who does not have an address listed in the "extras" that has not VERY RECENTLY sent a D-mail out with current address??? ANy body else with changes??? Updates???
I suggest we put that information, "like send to FL" up in the directions so people will know where to look instead of having to go thru the threads to find it.
Thunder was kind enough to send me larger pieces of fabrics (or charms on Steroids). They are perfect and will help in blocks like the Antique Tile pattern that Pat sent where you want one constant fabric that brings the block uniform and the rest could be scrappy similar color even if they have different patterns. Seen a number of those omn the Civil War block site that someone had posted earlier. Thunder, they will all be used with thanks.
The deadline of SEPT 1 is approaching... how is everyone doing? I know I have Jean's & Melody's to send out yet and I do have them ready. I still a couple of people's charms for Elen. I have not checked to see I'm missing but I do have an accounting of them so I can check.
We are heading home today Marion. We will stop and see Debbies Daisy in NY on the way but Norm wants to be home before Irene is supposed to hit us. And then too, he needs a day to recoup before heading back to work...Thank you for thinking of us my friend...
I have Melody &Jean's in evelopes and Sweetie is mailing them. I also put the frog fabric (& company!) into the envelope. THAT brings me current with everything but a private exchange of charms that is CAT fabric only. I bought more fabric last night to finish that out. wheeeeeeeeee back to the office, lunch over!
I came home from work early yesterday to get ready but found out we have a Showing at 1030 -1130 today so I couldn't bring the deck & porch things in. Will do that as soon as they leave. No streams near us so that sort of flooding won't affect us.
I jsut went out & bought some fruit & kitty litter so think we are set.
Nice charms Barb..now what will you be doing with them? purse..oh girls you should see the purse/bag I got from Barb..packed up drivers permit and insurance along with wallet this morning, put my i-pad, magazine, project that needed done and still room for treats...just LOVE it!!!