This thread is now FULL. We have a true bakers dozen. Yeah!
How it works: Each person on the list will send out Nine 5" x 5" blocks to each person on the list and receive Nine blocks back. When the swap is done you will have 117 blocks (nine from each person listed). Use 100% cotton fabric only please. Each block should be different unless the member states that duplicates are alright.
Deadline: October 31, 2011 ****NEW**** extended it just a tad hope no one minds.
1) SewSassee (Bev): Fall, Halloween, Christmas, Novelty (prefer novelty prints to colors)
2) BarefootT (Thunder): Pinks, Greens & Purples (the brighter the better, any in those tones) *duplicates ok*
3) Psychw2 (Pat): Halloween,Thanksgiving, Tractors, Chickens or Novelty *duplicates ok*
4) Abbisgranma (Marion): Fall,Thanksgiving *duplicates ok*
5) ElaineAnn1 (Elaine): Winter, Christmas
6) Canadastrid (Astrid): Everything
7) Quilter5bdsr (Barb): Fall (e.g. reds, oranges, golds, browns, etc)
8) Thea1962 (Thea): Everything *duplicates ok*
9) Kizmo (Kathy): Halloween, Thanksgiving, Fall
10) MorknotMindy (Gloria M): Christmas, Winter
11) BettyPauze (Betty): Halloween or Christmas
12) Housse301 (Laura): Christmas *duplicates ok*
13) Mittsy: Christmas or 30's reproductions
Wahoo, there she is!!! Sure didn't want you to miss this one Elaine, go glad you signed up. Welcome to the beginning of life never, ever being normal (was it ever) again. Not to mention the greatest group you will ever be involved with. Now where is Stu?
I forgot to mention duplicates are fine. I PREFER "things" like leaves, squirrel, turkey, ghost, spider, etc. Something I can incorporate into an I-Spy quilt. PLEASE do not purchase something special, that will not be necessary.
Barb, your charm blocks from the other swap are sooo cute!! And I appreciate the heart fabric, it is really pretty. I made a book cover from a wonky Valentine block that Mittsy sent me by adding more on all 4 sides. I have enough Valentine prints (and enough variety) to get the first quilt top done now I think. I have a couple more projects ahead of it though! My dreams and "plans" always outstrip my time constraints.
My niece is expecting Nov 1 and I'd like to get a crib size quilt or two made and mailed off soon. They know they are having a boy. I've asked her if she likes the rag quilts and have not heard back yet. (I send some links of some so she can see them if she is unfamiliar with them). I don't know if I should make a "regular quilt" and a rag quilt. I found some Owl prints she would like. They seem to be very popular right now and I know she has a thing for Owls.
I'm afraid the rag quilts are a "fad" and will fall out of favor. Anyone else feel that way?
NO..big NO...I think rag quilts are here to stay !!!! they are so yummy, cozy !!!! Do you know if she will have a bassinet?? you could do a very small quilt for that, and a bigger one for the crib??? If I were to do a rag quilt for a child...I would wait till he is a little bigger, maybe a good 1 yr birthday present ??? just my opinion. even if you do only two layers they are kinda "heavy"
might not want to use for wee little one...would be very good for a little older and throw on the floor "belly time" quilt...again JMHO...
Yes, I think the rag quilts make great belly time and to the park etc... Of course I LOVE denim quilts so... My other niece has asked for a KING size denim quilt. I asked her if she had ANY idea how heavy that would be and she & her husband assured me that is WHY they want it! They LOVE the twin size one I made for her back when she was 18.
Yes, I did. I made a great I SPY quilt for my grandson a few years ago. He loved it. I put dinosaurs (his favorite) on the back and he told his mom he had to put it on his bed backwards with the head of the quilt at his feet so when he gets up he is looking at it the right way up. He switches it over.every once in a while so he can see the dinosaurs when he wakes up.
"...and lead me not into temptation but deliver..." OK count me in!!! lol
YAY I am excited for my first swap!!
For me...any Holiday is fine and any colour and duplicates are great as well.
Just a few questions...
- do all the fabrics have to be prewashed? (I never prewash)
- could maybe someone post a link of what you consider "novelty" fall fabric? I found a lot of the novelty prints around here are very "flimsy", one wash and it looks so "limp" and see through...lol
So happy to see both of you back here. You have been missed.
A novelty print is one with a theme to it. It can be of certain friuts, veggies , animals, birds, fish, holidays, cartoon characters etc. The charm packs sent to Melody in the last swap are novelty ones. It could also be an unusal design or some stripes. If someone were asking me for winter novelty, I'd look for snow scenes, snowmen, Skis, sleds etc. Hope you get my meaning...
Happy to see you Astrid. Are you using the placemats at all? Duh, not until winter right???? They were snowmen!!!
See you soon Thea!!!! 5 and counting...
So nice for me to see new faces, since I am new, hee hee. Looks like this swap idea of mine was a hit, I think I like it because all I need to do is cut, ha. I feel like my dad, so many projects, half started, unfinished, etc... I need to get them done.
yes please..or is that no thank you ?? bright is good no pastels
TOT's good prints good duplicates are fine.
gonna go into something for my grand daughter she likes pink and purple and butterflies !!! I like green, and figure green will go good with the pinks and purples... oh yea she likes monkeys too!!!
and Marion, she likes "your" pirate !!!! LOL
this is at her birthday party, calling her Daddy on skype, so he could watch her blow out her candles!! see the outfit she has on!! and look at the walls!!!
Babysat my granddaughter all day so just getting online.
Glad to see you here Kathy!!!
Thunder, that is a young lady after me own heart! Love the posters on the wall. Nothing like starting to appreciate good "eye candy" at a young age! LOL Okay, I maybe old but I ain't dead...my story and I continue to stick with it.
Barb...could I bring yours and Elaine's Charms with me when we meet on sunday (3 more daysssssssss...YAY)?
Also wanted to ask the people that make the i-spy quilts (or anyone else), if they would like some squares of tractors,chicken and cows (can you tell I am living in farm country...as that is the extend of novelty fabrics...lol)...also have two different types of butterfly fabrics. I have to go to the city to see if they have halloween/fall novelty fabrics there and then I am all set for my first swap!!
Thea, of course you can have me deliver your squares. And if it is cheaper for you, just get them ALL into little plastic baggies with the names. I'll mail from here in the states and tell you how much it was. According to Betty, it is much cheaper that way and I'd be more than happy to do it. Don't seal anything and I'll put mine in with yours!!! We can split the postage...Only two more nights and we hit the road. We packed all the clothes tonight and now we are chillin"...
Thea, I would love chickens...if it is only chickens...not with cows...got a sister who loves chickens, but not cows..!!??!! and butterflies would be AWESOME, My GD loves them :)
No rainbow...just pinks, greens, purples, please...butttttt anything in these colors is good, prints, TOT, flowers...butterflies...brighter colors are better...not pastels...thank you...and duplicates ok
morknotmindy is Gloria M. cause there is another Gloria
Marion, I just knew you would like that photo ♥♥♥ "I may be married, and very happily at that !! but dang I can still look"...and that is my story...and I am stickin to it!!!!
And it's nearly impossible now to believe that "I Spy" quilt was one of Elaine's first attempts at quiltiing. She really worked so hard on it.
You must ask her to show you the painting in her kitchen and how she made a table quilt to match!!!! Wonderful job!!! We've only been friends for a few years now but she truly is a dear one...
Astrid, I love your cow!! what is her name??
there were three of us sisters for some time, and the oldest has always loved birds, now as an adult she has many bird houses, and feeders in her yard..stained glass birds in her windows. and after visiting me, and meeting one of my parrots...she went home and bought one!! so now she also has a bird in her dining room :)
the next, has always loved chickens, now as an adult she has chickens all over her kitchen, rugs, plates, figurines...etc, and she raises them ! even hatches her own eggs!!! Has one of the rooms in her house set up with an incubator, and shelves with little cubbies in them for the wee babies!!!
I have always loved cows!! at one time my kitchen was covered in cows, rugs, curtains, table cloth many figurines!!! I still try to find a cow calendar every year. I have a few very nice cow pictures hanging, and do have some figurines above my cabinets !! my favorite cow is in my sewing room...it is a "Boyd bear" cow, standing on hind legs, wearing "farmers jeans" my three sons bought it for me for Christmas one year, when the oldest son was working at a gift shop for the Christmas season!!! I am sure he bought it, then INSISTED the others give him some monies!!! or else he made them "work it off" LOL ( I love birds too, I have two parrots, and love to see the birds outside)
I have one very special cow, one very special teddy bear (sailor), and one very special Raggedy Andy (((( hugs Barb)))) in my sewing room to give me love and keep me company...when I am in there!!!! almost forgot..even have a cow pin cushion!!!
Isn't it amazing, the things we keep company with??? I have a shelf over my computer with little "doodads" that my friends here have sent. Each and every one is so special. Glad to hear Andy keeps you smilin" Thunder...
My husband collects Star Wars and Other Sci-Fi things. I collect Doctor Who, Charmed, Tokidoki and lots of art work by Jasmine Becket-Griffith. She has a site: http://www.strangeling.com/ She lives local and so we see her every year at one of our conventions that we go to. We also have lots and lots of signatures from movie stars. So, I have a ton of inspiring things around me and my sewing area. One of my favorite art work is three fairies sewing, it's called The Three Fates and you can view it here: http://www.strangeling.com/thethreefates.html it is awesome especially in my sewing room of course, hee hee. I meant to ask her when I saw her if she made that just for me, since last year I was bugging her to do some crafty things. Below is a picture of me and Jasmine. She is the one with the dark hair.
Hi Astrid! Glad to see you back! My Gpa had a Jersey Guernsey mix named Susie. She would let us ride her from the barn gate to the stall, because she knew we'd slip her some extra corn and feed... She gave so much milk, Gpa had to give it to the neighbors or his work friends. Gma let us crank the butter churn to make butter, was very rich.
Raining here so makes for a quiet day! Anxiously waiting Thea's post to see how Barb/Norm' boat ride went..she was meeting them at 9am..so hope they have sunshine.
She mentioned yesterday she had been on the hunt for her charms and that Barb would receive them today..know Barb will be thrilled!
Anxiously waiting for tomorrow to come as it will be my turn..barb and Norm will be staying with me for the week..besides gabbing about quilting I've loads of craft kits sitting waiting so I can teach her how to do them..poor Norm, he might have to do a few himself!! That's what you get when when you hang out with crafters...lol
Elaine that table clothes is beautiful and it is the exact match to the painting!!! What a treasure!!
I gave Barb your charms and she will hand deliever them to you Elaine!! Hope you like them.
Well I just had the most wonderful visit on Sunday with Barb and Norm!!! The time was just way too short because I am sure we could have talked for days on end without stopping or getting bored!!! What a sweet and wonderful couple those to are.
This is Barb and I at Tim Hortons enjoying a good cup of coffee.
She is now enjoying her stay at Bettys and I miss them!!
On a totally different subject, before I forget. Are there any people in our exchange that are like Elen where they mail the stuff to the leader of the thread and the leader mails it out, etc? And does any one know of one other person who might want to join in our group?
Bev, in answer to your question, Elen because she lives in France is the only one. If she had other members from other countries we likely would do the same but she's our only one for now.
Every so often some our Canada members cross the border or send their stuff with a friend because of the difference in cost of postage but the Hostess rarely gets involved it that. I hope that answered your questions.
I'd like to join but only if you might give me an extra week to get my squares mailed out as I can't purchase more fabric when I have a perfectly good stash awaiting me in Fl. In the meantime I will cut those I can until iIcan get to my novelty and Halloween fabrics. No problem if you don't want to extend the time.
Thinking of you, Barb, got 6 loaves of homemade bread rising about to go in the oven. I'm sure the tomato sammies made on the onion dill bread are going to be great. Of course we'd be looking at the lake while eating them.
Oh Mittsy that bread just sounds wonderful!!! Eat a slice or two...heck make it three for me!!! Your place sounds wonderful...overlooking the lake!!!
I love to bake bread, but right now it is way to humid and hot here, I don`t think our AC could keep up with the heat...lol Would you mind sharing the recipe?
What kind of charms would you like Mittsy?
LOL Marion...oh you are so funny...count me in on that race too...another set of short and fat legs running to Mittsy's place.
Not related to quilting but as I was having my lunch today, I noticed a huge mass in the top of one of the many trees in my backyard. It turned out to be the biggest most colorful hawk, I think, sitting in the tree. The thing that makes me unsure is the coloring...a really pretty golden breast and head. It might also be a falcon as we do have some in the area. He was larger than I have ever seen. Something in the lake caught his attention and the last I saw he was swooping down over the water.
Here's my recipe for Onion Dill Bread:
This is the food processor method. Lightly spray the food processor work bowl and blade with cooking spray, it will help with cleanup. Dump in 3 cups all purpose flour, 1/4 cup nonfat dry milk, 3 Tablespoons butter, 2 Tablespoons sugar, one small chopped onion and 2 teaspoons dill weed. Add one and a half teaspoons of sea salt and one package yeast. Heat one and a quarter cups of water to lukewarm, test on your wrist like you do for a baby bottle.
This is what I do: Spray, then add 6-8 tops of dill (I freeze them in baggies and take out as needed) drop in a quartered small onion. Process until it's all finely chopped then add everthing but water and process by turning on and off until all is mixed up. This is the crucial part... slowly add the water in a stream stopping when the dough forms a ball. You will not need all of the warm 1 1/4 cups, but it varies from time to time. I just go slowly adding a cople of teaspoons at a time until it balls up. After it balls up nicely, process by turning on and off to give it a nice knead. A couple of minutes, don't, I repeat don't, keep the motor running, if you do you will get the dough too hot and kill the yeast, ask me how I know this, my bread didn't rise.
For those of you who buy your yeast in bulk, 2 and 1/4 teaspoons is the equivalent of a packet. Put it in a greased bowl and cover with a clean dishtowel. Let rise one hour, punch down and knead into loaf, place in a greased bread tin and let rise til doubled in bulk. Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 35 to 40 minutes. Makes one loaf.
Mittsy, it was bad enough thinking about the bread but now seeing it. Oh my it does look good. I will have to try the recipe...I used to do one similar but it hadcottage cheese in the mix. I haven't done any since my hubby passed but I might just have to get the recipe out and try it again. If you were closed I would be at your back door in a flash!!! LOL
Now I'm into baking bread again I'd like to try a beer bread , anyone have a good recipe? Was thinking of adding some cheddar cheese and roasted garlic. I have an awesome recipe for taco soup and nice fresh bread is so good with it. Can you tell our weather has cooled off and I'm into the oven stuff again?
I love the bread recipe, mainly because the picture says a thousand words...looks yummy! Thanks so much for sharing.
To clarify (and yes, I updated it clearer on the top thread) we are sending nine 5 x 5 blocks to each person on the list for a total of 117 blocks sent and received. (we are a bakers dozen). Every block should be different unless the person stated duplicates are ok. I hope this clears up any miscommunication. I guess when I typed it out before it sounded better in my head than it did on keypad, lol.
Finally back in to a routine, now that the kids have been in school a week today, yeah! Finished my place mats for my kitchen table. Was trying out that technique my sister-n-law, Thunder was telling me about. I think I have fallen in love with sew as you go, lol. What do you all think of my place mats?
Great job Bev. Those look great and, yes, Thunder was right when she told you about that technique. It's a great way to use up small strips and you have great gifts all ready to be given...
I love the towels!!!!!
Thanks Barb. It was an experiment. I am perfecting the pattern. You know how that goes, tweak here, tweak there, and then write the darn thing down so I don't forget what I tweaked, lol... that's the part I usually forget, ha ha. Then when I pick it up years later, I think, hmmm, now what did I do the last time I made this cause something isn't quite right, ha
Beautiful placemats and towels Bev!! Have to check out "sew as you go"...wish I had a sister in-law close by to teach me...lol
Wish all of you quilters would live closer...could you imagine all the trouble we could get into!!! lol
Forget about jobs and housework...just having fun sewing and fabric shoping!!! *sigh* one can only dream...lol
Very nice Bev. Kids been in school a week? My daughter is a teacher and is finishing up their 4th week...but they do get out the middle of May.
I need to do something similar with my scraps..starting to accumulate again.
Thea, just think of all the fun...we could just have pot lucks for dinner so as not to interfere with out sewing. Hummm has anyone won the lottery yet so we can buy a site somewhere to turn into the Sew Nice Quilter's Home?
Sure wish Barb and Norm were going back by the same route they took to get to your place Betty. Visit was just too short. I just put a pan of pigs in a blanket in the oven. Jack doesn't like them so no one to tell me how yummy they are.
Thea, our doors are always open with the welcome mat out to any and all sewers, quilters and gardeners. I have met so many wonderful members of Daves Garden. Face to face is an extra bonus like a surprise gift.
Mittsy, sure want to thank you and your hubby for the lovely gifts..just finishing cleaning around here, lots of sawdust, imagine Barb was here and no sewing materials came out!! We focused on much more though...even Norm made a beautiful floormat..think he may have been surprised by his own talent,
Week went far too quickly even though our days started around 5:30am...lol
Thea, just loved the charms you sent, am now taking all the boxes out to look at all my presses, gosh it was like. Bristles mornimg, so many gifts that many of you sent me that I was awestruck. Just like a child at Christmas..I'd open one gift box/bag only to be given another..then Barb had 2 boxes as she had my name for mug and also pj swap then brought a box of christmas fabrics from Laura and a box from her as well..just too much too absorb...no sooner did I think I was finished did the most beautiful handbag come out filled with goodies..
I'm sure Thea Norm would have enjoyed your pigs in a blanket for sure and lots of oooh and ahhh's..everything I fed him had great reviews so I know he fins just a tad!! Lol. Surprised myself, 8 meals and didn't burn a one..
Thanks everyone for the compliments on my stuff. My step daughters have been in school about a month now, they live over on the beach, Brevard County. But, our kids at home just started this week, Orange County. Makes vacationing a bit of a pain since they are hardly ever off at the same times, but we manage to work around it.
Accuquilt... tell me more. Is it easy to use? Do a lot of you use it? I have access to one, a friend has it, for rent, she owns a sewing shop, but I haven't tried it and wondered if maybe I should attempt it one day. Also, on another curious note... how many of you use the long arm machine to do the quilting on your tops? I have access to one of those too, but again, it's through my friend. She charges me, but not an huge amount, but there is still a charge. Wanted feed back on these. Thanks.
Pigs in the blanket - I LOVE them!!!! Up in west PA any function (wedding, holiday party, etc) had them as the main dish. I make a bunch every couple years & freeze them. DH won't touch one. My cousin in FL loves them also - another reason to move down there.
I don't eat red meat so mine are made w/ground turkey.
THea, thanks thanks thanks...I went to Bar;s this afternoon and hear d all about her trip. She gave me my square. THey are gorgeous...and I LOVE the little something extra you added...As soon as I can get a picture of it I will include...
Betty, B arb showed me the painted things you showed her how to do. Beautiful...those sleds blew me away...I have been painting for about 30 years and that is such a great idea...Now Barb wants to learn to paint...how cool for me. I have been wanting a painting buddy for a long time...thank you
The worst of the hurricane is now north of us. The rain has stopped but still some 40MPH wind gusts. So far, everything in my neighborhood seems to be intact. News coverage is showing huge trees split or torn from the ground.
Hope Irene dies down before going much further as she is.
Afraid she is headed toward Montreal now Betty. I imagine Mittsy and Debbie and Thea will be getting quite a bit of rain from this storm. It is huge!!!!
We expect to be very close to the eye here and it should be going over sometime this afternoon... I'll post as long as we have power. So far, so good. Pounding rain and continuous wind at about 30mph.
It's 10am now and the storm culverts along the side of the road are really filling up. I'm thinking there will be some serious flooding in NH from this.
We are good here - the culvert diverts the water away from the house. Doing laundry. Be back later...
Hey Barb, if you still have that list of addresses, I'll take it! Dmail it to me! It will save me a lot of work. I'm going to address all the envelopes for THIS swap, then compare it to the OTHER swap and combine when possible. I have all of MY charm blocks mailed out from the last one but Elen's will be coming sometime soon.
You might better luck getter PLAIN sweatshirts and Tshirt from places like Michaels or JoAnn's where they expect YOU to decorate them. I know our's used to carry them, don't know if they still do or not.
Barb, glad to see you and Elaine posting...means you are fortunate enough to have power. Keep us update.
Jean, glad all is well in your area. I have a niece who lives in Bridgeport, CT and we haven't heard from them. This concerns me a little but only because I am an excessive, compulsive worrier! My children's take...NOT mine. LOL
Very good Elaine for joining.
Greetings Pat. I am trying to consolidate some of my items also...not sure how much I will get done as I have had to rearrange my utility area to make room for a freezer.
Sewsassee, sorry I got busy and did not reply to your question about the accu-quilt...love it! With each die you are given possible quilt projects with dyes that can be used..I especially like the rag quilt block, makes doing rag quilts easy as one-two-three!
I probably have about 10 dyes and a few new ones on my list for ordering. Ie maple leaf and scrolls. With each dye you have to have appropriate plastic sheeting so the cutters don't damage the rollers.. I'm on my 2nd one..managed to get 3 quilts out of 1st one..cost approximately $10.00 for the plastic sheeting but sure beats sitting doing tagging...besides, its cuts edging evenly in 1/4" slits...
Cuts are all exact...really they have focused on manufacturing dyes that are most used in quilting patterns...last purchase was 2" strip dye..thinking of getting 3"..
Showed Barb how they worked...
You do have a bit of loss but it does make cutting easy and worth the loss.
Elaine, congratulations on joining..you'll love it..barb told me what a great painter you are..look forward to seeing some of your work
Guess I should get Bach to sewing 4 more blocks that I'm behind in..thanks to Laura and barb who have supplied me with Christmas fabric I've no excuse for being late..guess it will not be until after Halloween before they set out Christmas fabric.
REALLY? Barb, there is NO shortage of Christmas fabric here!! In my area you can find some Christmas fabric year around. I bought some of that beautiful blue tree fabric that Mystery put in her Blue Winter blocks.
Since I'm a "free" bird, My address will not be in the list.
I have no problem posting it here, since it is a mailbox, but don't know what others think about it.
For all others please D mail me with your address.
Does anyone have everyones addresses? I am lacking quite a few. I have all the blocks cut but need to now where to send them. When I started cutting I wondered what I'd got myself into but then I got to re-visit so many of my fabrics! It was fun and I cut a LOT of 5" squares. Another quilt on my list! LOL
I sent your Charms out today Gloria... I bought the fabric I needed to complete these charms. I will be trying to mail out THESE with Elen's blocks from the "other charm swap". I have not received those yet.
My sister Patty gave me some scraps of Christmas fabric and I have been cutting it up. I have some new snowflake designs I will be trying out on the embroidery machine, would anyone want one? Pat, I do have a tractor design (John Deere) would that work for you? I know when I am back in FL I also have black and white chickens fabric and a lot of Halloween and fall and novelty left overs from the I spy.
the deadline is October 31st. It was originally the 1st but then I was asked by a few to extend it and seeing as my life was so crazy too, I boosted it a few weeks, I hope no one minds. So, October 31st my dear. I won't be on here for about a week or so, have some things that need to get done, so I hope every one has an awesome labor day. TTY when I get back online, ugh, if I don't put the computer away I will get nothing done, lol.
yea 50 % off flannel and work decides to change my schedule!!!! I had to work today 8-5 and same tomorrow... I am hoping they will leave Sunday at 1-10 so I can try to get over there before work!!!! I want to re-do my design wall !!
Mittsy, I would love a snowflake or two...unless of course you have some butterflies??? and want to play?? other wise just regular charms, in pinks, purples, and greens...thanks.
Just finished all the envelopes and ready to put my charms into them, only one not going out is the Halloween, stopped in the 2 fabric stores in the area and neither have Halloween, said no call for them sooo will be on the hunt this next month when traveling..
I'm in thought, if I mail them at local post office they go vis cow route, if I wait until Tuesday then they go directly to sorting station..guess I need not think a lot as I already know the answer...lol
I bought fall fabric earlier this week... "Retail Therapy" for a lousy mood. I hope to get all my fabric cut and envelopes this holiday weekend. I bought the right size envelopes yesterday. I have the addresses... Elen's charm blocks from "new swap" should be arriving anyday so I'll be able to combine "New Swap" with "Holiday Swap" when possible.
My doctor appointments (Thursday & Friday) went well and I have tests set up for this month.I really like my new Cardiologist and I'm looking forward to getting "that stuff" out of the way. I have an echocardiogram scheduled for the 16th. I'm grinding my way through all the hoops to the Bariatric surgery that I want/need. I get my C-pap machine on Friday if all goes well. I'm looking forward to getting quality sleep.
Then I experimented with enlarging the design to the max and tried the fabric I'm using for my grand daughter's quilt It puckered a little but i like it.
I found a nice butrterfly that I'll work on later when we get back from church. They've closed so many churches around here due to the lack of priests that we don't have a lot of choice it's either Saturday evening local or drive aways to 7 am.
Everyone will be excited as can be to receive them...now look at that tractor, the cutest!
must have snowflakes designs as well because at some point years ago I think i embroidered & stabilized snowflakes then starched them and used as Xmas tree ornaments..going to have to check that out...now you have given me something else to look for? Hmmm. Minds trying to think!!
Oh Mittsy is it to late to ask for a snowflake with my charms? That is beautiful...so delicate looking. Love the tractor also but the snowflake is special. I need to learn to use the embroidery on my machine...maybe after I get back from Moms this time.
My sister Mary just got the embroidery only machine from ebay. I've had mine for 10 years, but teaching her has made it "new" again for me, too. I spent a couple of days sewing with her. She wanted to embellish some linen fabric to make into shorts and tops. I did little ladybugs one one with dots and mini flamingoes on another. She then made the fabric up into the tops and shorts and wore one set when we went out for a day. It was such fun to "play" for two days. We even managed to bake four loaves of homemade artisan (rustic) bread and make some fresh pesto. It's nice to work with someone who can also "see" what the finished work will look like when you are describing your thoughts. She just got it right away and started adding her ideas. One example I was trying to describe was how high end clothing has the front embroidered and then special detailing on a sleeve or back shoulder etc. So we have only one mini ladybug on the back. All our sample stitch outs will be cut into 5" charm squares, so everyone will get one. Anyone for ladybugs or flamingoes?
So sorry have edited my previous thread. Forgot the snowbird info. Ha, ha.
Just in passing, I feel that I am learning a foreign language when I have a conversation with my mom. "You Know" can be translated into most anything. After playing 20 questions we can usually come to an understanding. I'm now getting phone calls from my sister's husband asking me to translate for him. I may be looking at my future in 20 years. Got to keep a sense of humor.
We are getting some of the outer band of Lee and it is very dark, thundering, under tornado warning and pouring rain. We had over 2" last night with some generous pruning by nature. Good day to work on cutting some more squares for the next swap. I didn't realize Lee extended as far out as it does but will be grateful for the rain.
The waterlilies are beautiful. My next door neighbor has a pond (in addition to living right on the lake) with some lilies but finally cleaned it out as she was having such a problem with water moccasins.
Mittsy those snowflakes are beautiful!!! So delicate!! I loveeeeeee Ladybugs (reminds me of back home and being a child...lol) If it is not too much trouble for you Mittsy I would love Ladybugs and/or snowflakes. The Waterlilies are gorgeous, how big is your pond?
Barb you had Sunday morning coffee in style!! We always brew Tim Hortons regular coffee at home...I just love the flavour of it.
Marion, hope Lee will not cause any damage around you!! I think it is time you move to Canada Marion, we have NO hurricanes and very little Tornados, just the odd snow storm...lol...ok I lied...lots of snowstorms...but still they cause less damage then what you get with your storms!! lol
Pat you could move up here too!!! I would love to be your sewing buddy!!!
Thea, I know about Canada and snow storms. I lived with my late brother and SIL for a year while I attended the University of Western Ontario. This Southern gal learned really quick about ice and snow. LOL Still I have always wanted to live there again. Unless I can move my entire family, I don't think it will happen...just visits. I have a niece and her family in Ingersoll, a great niece in BC, a nephew and his family in SK. If all goes as planned I hope to come up next summer at least to Ingersoll. That is how I learned about butter tarts and Timmies. LOL
It will be after the fifteenth because we have our daughter visiting on the 15th, she'll be in Rochester (for work) and drive down to visit us and grandma Marty, then fly out of Syracuse.
Got you for a snowflake Thea.
Just finished a cute caterpiller and wouldn't you just know it ,spelled caterpillar wrong, another reject. When will I learn to check the dictionary before stitching?
Speaking of coffee, I'm enjoying a cup of Kona decaf that my sis brought me back from Hawaii. Very smooth. Wish I had a butter tart.
I have EVERYONE of the charms needed cut and carefully slid into addressed envelopes. Those of you that are in BOTH Charm swaps will get your's as soon as I get Elen's package and can get them into the envelopes. Elen mailed out of France on the 12 of August but I don't have it yet. You may recall I mailed all of mine out earlier for that Swap rather than wait for her charms.
Anyone in JUST this swap, your envelope will go out Tuesday. I mailed at least 10 different block patterns in each envelope and added duplicates in several. I hope everyone likes what I selected for them.
Pat, I have to ask if those Rose of Sharon I sent you survived. I planted one here about the same time and it is blooming. Just a tiny one but it has two flowers on it. I was so surprised. Not much blooming here but weeds, lots of golden rod, chicory and queen anne's lace. About time to plant the bulbs. Need to get some bone meal to ammend the soil.
Mittsy, nothing survived. I had 2 nice sized butterfly bushes that had made it thru one year already and those even look awful. I think I had a neighbor spray carelessly. That is the only reason I can imagine why I would have lost some of the things I did. There was a 15 foot lilac tree that was been reduced to a few surviving limbs.
Later, when the tempertures cool more and it's safe to prune, I'm going to clean up what is living and what I think is dead and try to prepare it all for next year, THEN I'll try and replant next year. I'm disappointed but not much I can do about it.
Could someone help me out..sent d-mails to sewsassee and elaine for addressed and have had no response..thought I may have had them but no can find..would like to post their charms in the am..appreciate it,
I am getting ready to leave for south Florida this morning. I will check back when I am able to get on line with my sister's "touchy" computer. Talk about horrible service!!!
More than likely my squares won't go out until the end of this month as I don't know for sure how much free time I will have while I am there. Mom is fighting another UTI and she isn't responding to the meds this time. Keep cutting and sewing and the cooler weather coming on down this way!
Adding mine, too.
We have had two days of steady rain, enough already. All my rain barrels are overflowing. It is quite windy so our phone service keeps cutting in and out. If you do have service it is so full of static, you can barely hear the caller.
I have been sewing and embroidering so all is not lost, however the weeds are getting a huge jump on me and I'm about to call them the winner for this season. The bird feeder is sprouting from all the rain, poor little birdies are being blown off the perches. The hummers will probably leave early if this doesn't let up soon. The weatherman is predicting more of the same, so no end in sight.