Most of the blocks have been received and I'm hoping we'll have some pictures of finished projects soon!
MAILING DEADLINE: August 20, 2011. Post LOTS of pics if you can!!! For those that just like to "lurk" and follow along, pics are especially important. Besides that's how we "hook" in lurkers to become participants!
Time for a new thread Quilters... (over 200 posts)
1 Psychw2 (Pat) Winter theme(or floral) , hunter greens and burgundys/pinks... (or Red/WHITE/Blue ... or Pink & Black!)
2 Qulter5dbsr (Barb) Winter anycolor
3 FluStu (Stuart) Winter or civil War, scrappy... use your stash
4 Bettypauze - (Betty) Christmas
5 Helenethequeen - (Helene )Christmas Traditional colors
6 Taters55 -(Linda) Christmas, Red, Green & Gold.
7 LadybugNH (Gloria) Winter theme with blue and white and any other winter colors.
8 Housse301 (Laura) NO Christmas, scrappy
9 Jumper2 (Lucy ) Either, Christmas or winter
10. Mystery (NO name) AND wants NO blocks... LOL, just wants to sew!
11 BarefootT (Thunder) Christmas/Winter...reds, greens, blues..Lights, ornaments, snowflakes...SNOWMEN!!!
12 Mittsy (Mittsy!) Christmas in traditional colors BLING??
13 Cheriffic (Cher) Christmas in traditional colors.
14. Silioegma - (Karen) Winter theme
15 Syrumani (Nicole) TREES!!! Love Christmas trees.
16 Ladydragon5 (Janice) Christmas colors, red, forest green, gold.
That's nice Karen. I hope to combine all of mine from several different Christmas swaps and make a throw for my sister, one for me and 2 or more lap tops for the nursing home where I see some of my clients. I'm sorting hem according to color and then making more blocks to fill in. The first 3 cut block I made I used Christmas fabrics. I bought a white background Christmas yesterday so there is NO excuse for me not gettng with the program and getting some finished projects turned out!
Found this Oh-So cute winter block in my mailbox today. From Syrumani/Nichole, thank you very much. I love how the snowflakes, igloos and footprints go together so well.
Did the princess pieces work for you?
I'm glad you guys like them. I know that looks like a fairly basic block, but when you start putting like blocks together, you get two different color + signs . . . really cool.
Karen - I still have plans for some of the princesses, but my daughter has seen them, and so it's "mommy can you make this" or "mommy can you make that". I think a few of them may still be used for what I originally intended . . . did you find the postage $ in your block?
FLStu - I know those are not technically civil war materials, but I did look online, and from what I could see, these materials I already had, and were fairly close to civil war-ish . . . and since you said "scrappy" . . . well, those are my scraps, etc.
I also received a beautiful block from Nichole, in lovely shades of red, and green and white...Nicole if you have a photo you can post it...or I will do so in a few days.
I am sorry and don't mean to tease...butttttt I wanted to acknowledge it right away, and I am just too tired to deal with the camera, and down loading...
You know, I was in such a hurry to get them out, I forgot to take any pix! Maybe one of the others that got a red/white/green block will post a pic. All the blocks are in the same pattern, just with different colors . . .
I'm making a skirt right now called a speedy spiral,free pattern from Sulky. It's for next grandson getting married in March. Tree skirt is shower gift. Will do quilt for wedding gift. Plus making brides gown.
here we go "brides gowns" that is soo much fun. This quilting separates the men from boys, I mean rip rip and rip, then you have it together it's up side down, then you think you have a pattern and it stinks in reality was nice in my head. Separates woman from girls...
Haven't decided on pattern for wedding quilt yet. I have 2 quilts to make, promised one to newest granddaughter too(grandson's wife). Will go to TN for month of Feb. to do wedding sewing as I will also be making for great grand daughter as flower girl, and probably for another granddaughter as brides maid. If I don't sew hers I know I'll be doing alterations.
I have so many pretty 5" squares in blues & yellows I will do one of the quilts in D9P with those. Maybe use that 3 cut block for the other. Nothing to complicated at this point.
The thing I do love about living up here is the awesome quilt shop in town. I downloaded a coupon from their web site for 20% off "in stock" rulers. Wouldn't you know the one I needed had to be ordered? Guess what? They gave me the discount anyhow. They also want me to bring in the pattern so they can see what I'm doing, when I come to get my ruler tomorrow. I remember when I spent a winter up here a few years ago, they were so much help with a project I had going then.
Hello everyone I have missed you all so much. So many things have gone on and I am just know getting back to my life. I have my Christmas/Winter blocks ready to go out I am so sorry these are so late. I will hit the PO at lunch time tomorrow.
I know I owe from one more block swap and I owe a very very patient someone a pot holder I will get them out I am trying to catch up I fell so far behind. I hope you all like them and that they were worth the wait.
I am feeling much better thank you. It has been crazy since April. I had to have some surgery so they did a chest xray and saw something spent my birthday getting a CT scan, It was fine I had my surgery, I lost one of my beloved dogs, and a new challenge with my Dad, who will be going through some intense treatments beginning Wed of this week. He had a bone marrow biopsy and they found he has multiple myeloma very tough. So on that note I am glad to be back and it has been so wonderfully cool here in New England and the best time to sew sew sew.
Thank you all so much. All blocks were just mailed so you should have them soon. Betty I mailed yours too sorry it is a bit longer wait but it is on the way. The only one I haven't mailed was for Gloria I haven't got an address if anyone has it and can dmail me I can send it right along.
Thanks again everyone great to know you are all here with me when the going gets tough.
Received several envelopes yesterday in the mail, was late getting in and took a quick peak..did some ooohs/ahhhs..thought I would have time this morning before leaving for work to take photo's but not a chance...
tonight after work I'm off to the city to have supper with my youngest son then a 2hr. ride home..doubtful I'll be posting until the weekend...
Not sure if I showed the lovely quilt block I received from Thunder..along with a box of the most beautiful fabrics to help me with the 3 - 12 months of Christmas quilts I'm doing..her generosity overwhelmed me..
Just love the color scheme in both..now how many of you are ready to or in the process of using them up??
With all the Christmas swap blocks and charms im getting so excited to start, had grandson Kyle helping me bring totes of fall decorations out Sunday, he was counting Chrismas totes, asked him if he thought we could skip the fall and bring out the Christmas or was it too early, he said never too early for you grandma! Think he has me peg'd. Lol
Last year I honestly was soooo bummed out by having to work Christmas day AND the on-call the day of the Christmas party, not being able to spend any of it with my kids that I didn't even get a Christmas tree up. My boss promised me I'm not working Christmas this year, somebody else's turn!
Good for you, Pat. I used to volunteer for Christmas call to let my collegues with family to take off and took New Years off. Back then, I was single and only needed to worry about myself. I would take Christmas over New Years and 4th of July anytime, but I woul;d get different on-call issues than you would. I've been fortunate these last 16.75 yrs in working where there is no call, but that may be changing soon... at least we maybe open on holidays too in the not-so-distant future.
OMG Helene I just noticed I sewed your block all wrong I am gonna send you a new one I am so sorry it should look like the one I sent Linda (taters55). I will get right on that and send it out Monday. Gosh I must have been cock-eyed with that one lol.
Ok I have a plan. This is set on the angle. Will be surronded by brick road and than finished in off white with striped binding. (I'll show as I go along if I may) each block will be sashed/framed in one inch black.
I'll call it "Me and my vivid friends".
Block top row second I won in quiltmaker contest.
I block was in the whites and blues which I coudn't use. I am missing some???
very nice !! you should have 15 blocks, or 16 if you made one for yourself
these are blocks from three different Christmas / winter swaps, and some I made...mot all blocks from all the swaps are here, I am in the playing stage...and some blocks will be on the other side...maybe???
I posted this on other threads, but I know that not every one goes everywhere...
I put up a new design wall in the hall outside of my sewing room, not the greatest place when it comes to pictures, but I think it will work out just fine!!
barefoot - what I would do with all your winter colors. (put mine in the center) just kidding. the 2 large ones should be shashed with azure blue which is out there with a bit of bling for the center. Then sash the smaller onces with whatever until you have all a uniform size and take it from there..putting them on point requires more thinking but you are up to it.
The student talking to the teacher.
The windowpane we are sticking our heads out and talking as soon as DH are leaving for work. Now that was yesteryear.
Barb, I've only 1 1/2 panels x 3 quilts left to do and then I'm ready to put together...with the materials I got from all of you I'm going to do a few sets of the 4 fat quarter placemats for gifts..maybe I shouldn't try to sleep nights, might get more done..that's probably why I'm only getting 3 or 4 hrs. sleep, mind is saying get up and at it girl!
Do you have directions for it? Or do you just make what you want? How about Hershey Kisses instead???? You already have red and white candy canes. Just make them red and green!!! On a white background???
I do have a pattern, infact I think Thunder might attempt it! Likely will because I think I've loads of cut-outs ready for use..I'll first give it a try then if no can do I'll resort to something different.
Just keep an eye on Betty's thread, and when she gets it ready she will post it!
Every year she mails out some sort of kit for everyone to do. One year it was a pretty wooden sled to decorate, then it was wooden snowmen, then another year it was a pretty Victorian Santa. Were all waiting to see what this years project will be!
Betty, You can definately see the envelopes, if I am looking at them correctly, in the picture. there are four, all open, one in each corner with the flap opening pointing to the top left. The flag is within the envelopes. It's neat and I think won't be altered too much being brought to 12.5". I will give a larger seam so that the original block remains as is... who know, in a generation or two the quilt may be taken apart to utilize the 'Vintage' blocks, as they will be in several years, in another project.
Now here is the block that Cher sent me...absolutely gorgeous...get playing and looking at the blocks, sure wish the more I rub them a genie would go poof, a quilt just for you Betty!!! not going to happen that easy is it?
Got a wonderful Winter block from Lucy (Jumper) yesterday too. Heading to Orlando for a class tomorrow and will take a pic when I get back. Lucy, it's going to go phenominallyin the winter runner that I'm making for the dining table along with several others from here. Will try to get all of them together to show you how the runner is nearly complete block-wise from this swap alone.
My sweet 2nd son Kevin gave up a special promotional weekend on an online game to come and help us all of yesterday... we're still working away on the studio. Yesterday we got the formica on the kitchen wall behind the counter, formica on the counter. I pray we can get the laminate floor down today so our patient renter doesn't have to live with this mess much longer!!
My arthritis in my feet is KILLING me today. I was on my feet too much yesterday. If we can get the new curtain rods up today I can stay in my sewing room in the afternoon heming the curtains I made earlier. We'll see...
I've bought the templates in the smallest size and have the directions and photographs of the finished quilt in CB, FL. I bought it at the Bird's Nest quilt store in Daytona Beach. Let me see if I can find a link.
Hey, I'm a member of MSP Qulting Angels!!!! Just quilted 8 soldier quilts the last 2 weeks.
For quilt 8306 it's putting the blocks together that makes the pattern. 1 block alone wouldn't look like much. The concept is you just cut the 1 point of each triangle piece before sewing the block together. THe layout for getting it all together is the part wher you have to "think" a bit.
Take your measurement for the acrylic template to your local glass repair. Mine cuts mine for me for minimal cost as he can usually use scraps. Make your markings with permanent marker(you might have to cover them with tape to stop smearing) and sand the edges so they don't cut you.
My hubby has also made templates for me when he has a piece of acrylic. It's not hard, just be sure of your measurements before you cut.
That's a reason for going to a glass repair, if it's goofed, it's his acrylic that is scrapped not yours.
yes I love the green, actually looked for some today...and more snowpeople.( Linda K's is so cute!! ) ...went to buy some fabric for dyeing... Christmas was on sale 30 and 40 % off. my first thought was " oh no I am in trouble here!!" but nothing much thrilled me. I did find a nice Christmas stripe, and a blue background with snowflakes, and got some of it 50% off / end of bolt sew that was very nice!!! also found some very pretty butterflies, and dragonflies, for Malena's quilts.
bought a few fat 1/4 in a loverly blue / purple design, with multicolors "dots" splattered all over, will go nice with the greens leftover from Kyle's quilt, got a thought on some framed squares?? might work for a reverse side??? of something???
there was no Halloween!!!! not a bit...well just that "net" stuff with spider webs, but I thought I might get a few yards of something fun...nope not a bit !!! they must have had a big sale just before Halloween???
Jean, I don't know what MSP is...but yes you are an Angel, for doing those soldier quilts!!!
I soooo want to finish the 3 Christmas quilts I'm doing so I can play with putting them all together..don't want to wait until next year..you know what happens, next year comes, Christmas is over and then you are left with blocks from 2010 and 2011 and joining in the 2012 swap..lol
It did and it's adorable..imagine, having a quilt made from all over the USA..I've Christmas blankets, know one can never have too many so wondering as many others, shall the blocks be made into wall hangings, lap quilts or quilts..
I got yours too Linda Thank you I will try to post later. I am missing one not sure if I miss placed one will look again. I started my 2010 quilt the other nite also and I would like to do 11 as well we will see.
well I have been going crazy with my Christmas swap blocks, now have three years worth!!! and can not decide if I want to do something separate for each year??? or combine them all to make one reversible quilt??!!! I have had them up and down and all around on the design wall too many times to count...
I have given up at the moment, now have charm squares on the design wall..
"I just like to arrange and rearrange" kind of like when we were kids and would dress and redress our dolls or rebuild the LEGOS huh? LOL, I love it! Nothing wrong with that if it brings pleasure. My oldest STILL LOVES Legos!!! He brought a huge box of them to work and made a small bookcase out of them for on his desk. Kind of shocked the other managers but he's always been a bit of free-thinker!!
"free thinker" Doc!! I love that!!!
here is my free thinkers room!!! My sailor boy !!! saw this bed set on sale !! hated the blankets the Navy issued, and is waiting to pick up his quilt when he comes home for thanksgiving... bad Momma I was very afraid of mailing it!!!
his old "bunk mate" moved out and he was awaiting a new one...he went out with some buddies, and when he came home there was a strange guy in his room !! yup new mate...well the new mate told him later that when the petty officer opened up the room, all the newbies in the group wondered "are we cohabiting with girls??!!!" he says it is a yummy blanket!! who cares what the color is!!!! he sure is a free thinker!!! and Doc we have buckets and buckets of lego's !!
i am so happy, just finished putting the rows together for Jonathon's Christmas quilt need advice on SASHING, and check out how nice the block Marion made looks with Jon's name embroidered on it. Should i use keystones or can I leave it as shown and just add a border or two? Right now it is 40.5" wide
Dark green cornerstones! I made it to the store FINALLY and bought new sewing machine needles. I hope to be back "in the business of SEWING!!" today.
I stood in line FOREVER to buy fabric at JoAnn's yesterday. This is the first time in anything but a grocery store or hardware store in a month now. I discovered I had no "normal" needles and have been at a stand still for weeks now.
I agree with Thunder. A nice hunter green or a dark pine green would look good. I would then put a very narrow border of white all around and then a bit wider green border all around and use the green to bind as well.. I would want something with a bit of pattern to it but that "reads" like a solid. Just my opinion...
Mittsy... Maybe you can consider adark cranberry or very rich brown, still using the dark green cornerstones. The brown would look like framing. I think a rich dark milk chocolate to bring out some of the brown in the branches, etc of some of the fabric.
My internet service didn't work yesterday, but I took your advice and used a dark green for the cornerstones. Have it all ready for the borders. I'll see Jon a week from today and will get his opinion on what he would like for borders, backing and binding. Maybe we could even find a fabric store near Hilton head, SC. Thanks for the help. Your blocks all look wonderful. I love these block swaps.
Edited to add, when Jon was very young I taught him the different bird calls, I can still hear him saying "It's a CHICK -Ah -DEE! He was my little helper and we filled all the bird feeders together.
Love the dark green corner stones Mittsy! That is what I love, yes love, about this group--always coming up with such great ideas. You don't know how relieved I am to see the package block materials do blend in with the other blocks. That is the one my DD put together (materials that is) and I was so apprehensive as to whether or not it would work for you.
Got the first row of Jarrod's quilt together and all the sashing and cornerstones cut. Now I'm packing up as much as possible so I won't be sewing much after today. Sure love how the blue bow just pops on the gift block. Thank you so much Marion, Jean and Cheryl (Cheriffic).
I was happily sewing along in my little sewing room, enjoying myself and the beautiful block that I am making (with the inside block made by Mittsy, a nice red cardinal), when I got the urge to come in here and tell you all how much I have enjoyed my association with all of you. You have enricked my life and given me "social time". Time for friends and entertainment is very difficult for me crave out with the crazy hours I keep. Not sure there are that many people who will tolerate me having to leave suddenly, not being "certain" that I can attend a function etc.
I have learned so much from you and I have grown as a sewer and someday will be a quilt MAKER!! (Not just a block collector!)
beautifully said, tears in my eyes which does not happen often.
Thank you all and happy thanksgiving.
cooked a beautiful 20 lb thing with sausage stuffing for group effort with stranded condo-owners. 10 peeps 23 lbs of bird ans stuffing.They INHALED it,IT was so good. Little left for take home - very little.
This group did no do apps or italan first course as we do in my house hold so I was taken aback with that,
Good thread thanks DOC
I had such FUN at both JoAnn's & Home Depot this AM!!!! I got rotary cutter blades and flannel to finish 6 pillowcases. Got fabric for the back of a quilt I'm doing for a friend for Christmas. Got a set of OTT lites. Almost cheaper to buy a new light than the replacement bulbs. And stocked up on thread - both for me & 2 local quilting friends.
I found my Christmas present at Home Depot. Will purchase it tomorrow when I'm in FL since I'll need the tools there. Just a day trip!!!!! I have to be at the airport here at 4AM; will be in JAX by 8AM then a repeat coming back. One of the benefits of being military. Of course at 3AM tomorrow I'll be wondering what made me think it was a good idea!!!!!
Jean, you are AMAZING!!! LOL the sales had me wishing I could go but I am trying so hard to USE UP what I have and not buy anything more. Besides, $300 in tree removal has been a bit of a strain.
I have looked high and low for the beautiful dyes that Melody sent and I can't find them!! I'm headed to Walmart in this Black Friday craziness to buy Ritz dye so I can get going on this rag quilt project. I am going to over-dye some acid wash jean blocks with turquoise.
Well, I finally put a quilt together using most of the Christmas blocks from all you wonderful people here on DG! I still need to sandwich it together with batting and a backing, but here it is so far.
Linda, I really love the Christmas top you made. I also am honored that you included mine. It really is rewarding to see it actually in it's place among the beautiful blocks of you all.
Qwilter... I added to Joann's bottom line yesterday as well... much more than I intended. I also got rotary blades (60% off). 35 yds or Warm and Natural batting at 50% off (I didn't plan on getting that much, but said 'I'll take the bolt') as I want to start using three layer and not as much pre-quilted backing. I need to cut it into three sections as it's too bulky since they didn't re-roll it, just folded it. I bought some flannel - not as much as I had in my cart until I saw the total on the batting and put some back. I got five yellow, grey,black and white jelly rolls as I've been drawn to these for well over half a year and they were 40% off. I got two 14" square scrap book containers that are perfect for 12.5" blocks. And with an additional 25% off coupon.
Pat... thanks for remembering me in the group of all you ladies.
Karen... congrats on your soon-to-be #9
Editted to add... though I spent MUCH more than intended at Joann's, I SAVED about twice as much as I spent... I saved over $400 off of original prices...not bad.
Stu - please forgive me for not including you in my sentiments above. It was not intentional by any means... You have become an integral part of this group and I should have read my message before I posted it...
I used to use the term "you guys" in reference to any group male, female or mixed and was told by a few women they didn't like be referred to as "guys!" "Guys" to me a generic term, not the same as "men" but others done' feel the same.
I'm glad you aren't angry with me Stu. I'd be heartbroken for sure if you were. I've come to love your posts, your visions for quilts and your growing ability. And your photos are so wonderful to view.
One of my memories of my grandmother is when she would refer to her friends at the Senior Center (where she would go by their transport van twice weekly) as 'the girls'. It always reminds me that we all have our own way of thinking about things based on our personal referances. How wonderful and individual is that?
We just got back home from our Thanksgiving down state. Great grand # 8, Joseph Michael Hicks Jr. considerately put in his appearance while we were there, so we didn't have to make another trip down right away. His mommy loved the quilt I made him, of course I had to hit some of the sales to get him an outfit or two or five. LOL I have absolutely no restraint in a baby department.
Oh I love them...I go hunting morels every spring and puff balls in the fall. I cook them for my family who all loves them. I don't mind the taste but I don't think they are wonderful either so they are wasted on me. I just don't want them slip sliding around my mouth.
Well my chicken livers were delicious, cooked with mushrooms in a teriyaki glaze and served with fresh carrots and fried rice. My appetizer was gingered liver pate, also delicious. IAt home I usually cook it with onions and bacon. In the hot pan , turned over and quickly out. It is tender and so good!
Saute onions in butter, add chx livers, salt pepper to taste, thinly slice one whole apple into this mixture and let it cook until livers are just right. You wouldn't think. wunderbar.
Hungarian: saute a lrg. onion in beacon bits and pieces and drippings, till onions are glossy add chix livers salt pepper and 2T sweet Paprika - cook until the livers are just right serve with spaetzle..
The best is calves liver or fresh processed from the packing house... Pork seems to be stronger, IMO. But I'm with anyone who sautes quickly in bacon fat, slices TONS of onions and serves up with mashed taters... We had a fast food place back home that had the best deep fried chicken livers... drive up, and drive out with a box of goodness. Of course, it was an occasional treat, not good for anyone watching their diet!! LOL
Catching up on my threads for a few minutes and lo and behold I see the "liver" thing!!! How funny this is to me as I just went through this with my sister. Usually I would prepare whatever food Mom would want for her "Lupper" (lunch and dinner meal) but drew the line when she asked for liver!!! Perfect time to sit outside and finish my morning coffee while my sister fixed some to take for Mom. I guess I fall in with Jean and Laura on that issue.
I sure how missed reading all the comings and goings with this group. Wishing each of you the best Holiday Season and many happy sewing days in the coming new year.
Hello Lady M!! How's Mom doing today? Hopefully, you're resting up, as well! I had to laugh too, as I haven't been on here much either, but tried to catch up on the conversations. Going from quilt blocks to how we like liver and onions is a stretch, but it was fun. Dad in law and I like it, but Hubby refuses to come through the kitchen when I make it, so it's only been made once since I moved here. There is a small hometown diner that makes it though... good place to steal away for lunch while Hubby is at work!
Back to sewing.. these quilts may not make it completely before the holidays - too many interruptions in this household!!! LOL
Hugzzzz to ya, my friends!
PS: found the other thread where you posted about Mom... glad she's doing a little better at least and that she's resting. Sending prayers and hugs to you and Mom!
Hi Kathy. Funny you should ask as I just had a call from my sister and I am not to pleased with the report. Mom won't eat and extremely confused to the point she can't make a sentence or express any logical statement. I do know she is weak and they did get her up for the first time yesterday since she starting coughing the blood. I will know more as the day progresses but I might be headed right back down--thank goodness my suitcase isn't unpacked.
Not sure LK if it is the meds or not. We do know she hasn't had any morphine since Monday night so that isn't the issue. Her body is just worn out but she is one tough lady--more like the energizer bunny--she just keeps going and going.
Marion... stay in there and make sure you've packed clean undies if you haven't 'unpacked'.
I, too, cannot stand the smell of liver or the taste with exception of a good chopped chicken liver on crackers or a shmear on rye with a nice piece corned beef and spicy or brown mustard... you can take the guy out of Brooklyn, but you can't take the Brooklyn out of the guy.
ROFLOL, Stu, I thank you greatly for those wise words!!!! Done, along with some shirts with sleeves as there were a couple of cool days. BTW, pass on the shmear of liver on rye but love the corned beef with spicy brown mustard---and I am not even from Brooklyn.
Mittsy, I know you too are worried about your Mom. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers as well. Just got off the phone with my sister and Mom was better this afternoon. She talked with the Hospice case worker and they both agreed for me to stay put for the time being---enjoy my oldest granddaughter's birthday on Saturday and the programs at their school for now. In fact, that is what Mom told me to do when I left--she didn't live close enough to attend any of my children's activities but wants me to do this for her complete with pictures to bring to her.