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This swap is FULL.
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
Mine, too. I was showing the blocks to my mom and she thought that it was nice that each of the grandkids are getting their own Christmas quilt. I think that each one is nicer than the last, and I would be happy with any one of them. I talked to Lisa this morning and she wanted the lavender charm squares now as she is working on her MIL's gift whenever she can fit a little sewing in. I asked her if she wanted strips or precut, and she chose the precuts as it allows her to assemble rows faster. I cut everything to 5" squares and mailed them all out. It was a nice plump package. She's going to let me know if she needs more or if she is set. Today I did a little embroidery on my chambray shirt. It will be worn during or Thanksgiving get together.
The wax dip is really great. My fingers are pain free and flexible. Only problem is getting my rings off before dipping. They come off easier in the morning than at night, probably too much salt.
All I can think about is how much I want to try embroidering on denim. I really like that cool denim rag vest. Going to check on the local thrift shop to see if I can find a large size full skirted jumper. It's so much easier to do the embroidery on a large piece of fabric.
Mailing my charms out today. Spent all day yesterday going to Pa. A friend of mine is trying her hand a quilting and I told her about Burkholders and road trip it was.
Amazing store and beautiful land. But sooooo tired today. But trip was worth it.
mittsy, just put a little piece of tape around your rings, that way the wax won't stick to it.
I'm an esthetician and give a lot of paraffin dips..that is what I do when clients can't get their rings off.
Oh and to all...my charmes are all mailed..should arrive any time now.
Elaine...hope you are feeling better soon. Guess you and Barb are getting pounded with snow right now!!! Stay safe.
Astrid...WOW that is just beautiful...what a great way to use up the charms, did you designed this yourself?. I think I see some of the charms I send you...guess that answers my question if you received them...lol
I received yours as well last week...thank you so so much and I hope I can be as creative with my charms as you have been.
Also received these beautiful charms from Bev!! Just love all the Halloween charms...it is so neat to see how much more Halloween fabrics you have in the USA compared to us here in Canada. Thank you so much for the charms and the Extras!!!
And last but not least beautiful Fall Charms from Barb!! Btw. Barb...you gave me already the charms when I visited you!!!! Thank you soooooo much for everything!! Miss you tons and can`t wait until spring to see you again.
lots of lovelies!!!
Astrid, that is fantastic!!
Betty are those 5'' squares in the tree!!??? that looks like a fun one!! should go much quicker than the applique!!! you will need that after doing three of them, and the big rag quilt!!!
I don't understand what happened Astrid but I will have more squares out to you today!!!
Was the envelope sealed when you got it? I ask because the envelopes going to Canada were sealed at the post office after I found out if I needed a customs paper!!! I may have messed up there...
many of the charms I have received will be going into two quilts for Malena !! she will be "graduating" into big girl beds, shortly after Daddy gets home...sew she is gonna need two quilts, as big girl bed is the bunk beds that were my boys!!
And then this package from Barb, who wants hers on account until she decides what she wants? I offered private lessons in Cocoa Beach this winter? Sounded like a good deal to me especially to someone with 27" of snow on the deck in OCTOBER! Aren't they all just wonderful. These quilts will be very special.
No, I am working on several Christmas quilts (at one time) for the grandkids. Barb just asked if I could use them and I said, sure I'll add some green to each one. Maybe sash it in evergreen branches print. Not sure yet, still picturing it in my mind. It will be beautiful, though just look at them.
Okay. I keep looking at the red and white blocks and thinking I need to do one in those colors. Trying to be really good and finish somethings before starting a new project. Let me tell you it is a hard chore for me to do!!
Pat, I'm just not organized enough to multi-task. I have to finish one thing, clean everything up and then start another. I guess it's good though as I make it a habit to give my machines a good cleaning after each project. Might be why they are still running like new after more than 25 years.
I admire the two of you Pat and Karen. I don't know how or why I got into so many projects at once. Maybe Kim is right--I am ADD. Do, however, clean my machine often--remember how long I had to save before I could have the one I wanted. LOL
I got beautiful blocks from Barb AND Marion today! It was worth skipping lunch and running to the post office for! Marion, I was so surprised by the box and magazine and all those pink, black & white scraps too! OH MY!!
Barb, the halloween blocks are adorable, thank you so much!
I'm ONcall again today AND this weekend... the newbie still does not have her waiver from the county so it will be a couple more days before she can do the work and we have to continue to pick up the slack. I WANT TO SEW AND PLAY!!!
Only 1 project at a time...I've never even thought of that concept before!!!!! I can't even count haw many "in process" projects I have. I have a Christmas quilt I started when I was still in the Army and I retired in 1998!!!! Every year about this time I think I'll get it out & woerk on it. And rhen it's January and I never did and by then I've lost interest yet again. This year, all the pieces are in FL so I have a good excuse for NOT working on it. Maybe after I retire...
And then there are the 10 projects in progress in my sewing room and the other 10 floating about in my head...
So I see I am in very, very good company!!! Jean, I have a quilt I took to Palestine with me in 1999 to hand quilt that I need to finish. There really isn't much left to do. Sadly when Ross and I returned home from that trip,he retired and shortly afterwards discovered he had cancer. Finishing the quilt was the last thing on my mind then.
It was interested working on the quilt while there. I would go down by the pool sitting in a shaded area and quilt. The people who worked there were fascinated by what I was doing as their crafts seemed to be more cross stitching. Word spread quickly about this strange American down by the pool who had cut up pieces of fabric, restitched together and was stitching again. LOL I never lacked for an audience--and some wonderful memories.
Maroin - I traveled a lot my last few years in the Army. Usually I was the only female. I would take hand piecing projects with me. Working the nite shift we would have long stretches of down time. I would sit at work & quilt. The guys were fascinated by what I was doing. On the longer trips (3-4 weeks) I'd actually get most of the top done and they were amazed with the outcome.
I always have some hand work with me even when I go to see my Mom. The trip to Palestine had me concerned as I was alone all day and not much you can do besides read--housekeeping just didn't exist. LOL I really had to plan my packing as we were there for 3 months and I was limited on luggage. Did manage to take one piece full of crafty items and one for clothing. All our other pieces were allocated to Ross for hard hats, boots, work clothes and resource materials needed for the project. Managed better than I thought I would.
I didn't get into this swap but I'm enjoying looking at all the holiday fabrics. I can see these being made into a child's cuddle quilt. I thin a 4,5,6, or 7 year old would just love seeing all the pretty prints for the holidays. They would be almost like I Spy quilts.
Thunder, had forgot to add your name to the pretties up above..just did, love them.
Drats, took photo's to show you this morning, guess my camera batteries aren't strong enough to let me download.
Got my charms from Marion, they are all so adorable..got me laughing and smilling, included was the cutest piece of art..wait until you see it!!! Maybe at lunch I'll go pick up some batteries, can't wait for you all to see..Her gift was heartfelt because I know it came from the heart...
Jim lives up on the bay I lived on, quite the character..my thoughts on the weekend of our get-together I'd have him come, dressed as Elvis, on a motorcycle to do Sunday morning church..spoke with him and said as long as he doesn't have a major engagement..then I'd make up sing-a-long sheets and think it would be spectacular
Betty, Really enjoyed the photos. Thanks for sharing.
Also, everyone, I have received all the blocks and have been sewing sewing snowballs all week. My first idea was to make one quilt with all the blocks, but somehow they started to divide themselves into smaller quilts... Like place mats, or table toppers. or mug rugs... Had to raid my stash for a few extras. I am having fun! My camera has gone on strike so until we can agree on whatever I'll post pics later. Thank you all for the great fabrics!
I traded some cottons for flannel, with Bev, and I have started a rag quilt !! sorry no photo at this point.
and I have charms on my design wall..trying to decide what to do??? I was going to do two DP9's for Malena's bunk beds ?? but now that I am looking at many of the charms on the wall...I am not sure how I am going to proceed???
After negotiating with my camera, and agreeing to charge the battery more often, I was able to down load photos...
Now I am going to bore you all to death on another thread... But first, I want to show you the snowballs I've been making with all the wonderful squares you all sent me. Well, maybe not all of them right now... But this is a start. This is my design wall. I would not want to be without it. It beats standing on a chair or table looking down at the floor trying to see how your project looks! I took this photo a couple of days ago. I started sewing the snowballs together last night and done several more this morning. Then I took lots of photos of my 'studio". Inside and out. Prepare to be bored!! LOL
how cute is that???? Just got back from your other 'boring' posting... NOT!!!!! It's great to have a separate place for your hobbies! I plan on making a snowball quilt for the Halloween Charms I received from this swap, but it will have to wait until after Christmas...
Laura, Do you have any idea of how much yardage you used in the black for your quilt????
I have an idea for my charms, using your design...but using a few different butterfly design prints, in place of the black. not sure if I have enough??? would go to store to see if I can get more, if need be...
do you think thats crazy?? using a design print for sashings and borders, with so many colors??? my other thought is to use an off white ??? I am soooo sew confused?? LOL
Laura, I really like what you did with your charms. Very elegant! Anyone else made up anything yet!? I am ready for backing for two projects. A table runner and a table topper. Then I'm going to see if my lovely long arm will co-operate... I know I'd be really good at it if I could just figure out how to adjust the bottom tension!!! I also learned what not to do in making snowballs...
Waiting for the last of side panels on the 3 -12 months of Christmas to see if I can incorporate them as a border..would love to, just not sure it would be too busy...guess I could use them on 1 of them!
Quilter5bdsr wrote:Astrid, has your package arrived yet? Please post when you get it. Thanks, Barb
I picked up mail today..and yes your package was in there...I'm speechless...that is way to much...BUT I SURE LIKE IT A LOT...now to think of something special to make with it...thank you so much...thank thank thank.
Astrid I'm really happy to know that you got my package. After receiving an empty envelope, I'm sure you were not happy-I know I wasn't!! Glad this helps put a smile back in your heart. I'm sure you will find a project to use those charms on. There are several tote patterns around that are made with them...
Astrid, loved what you did for your quilt!
Mittsy, lol! When I have a bit more time I'll show every one what I learned about making snowballs. Another boring thread from me! Hey, it is supposed to snow here Monday so I'd better find me some mittens! Maybe there will be enough for me to make a snowman...
This is the runner. Somehow the squares with blue in them just wanted to be together... Who am I to argue with them? The other projects shown will probably be finished sometime in 2012... The 'Merry' one is going to be a pillow and the other one is a small wall hanging. They are both Patrick Lose designs.
This is where I put the runner. You can't see it to well but I know what it is. Next year maybe it will end up on my dinning room table, or the coffee table. It's on a cabinet that I keep DVD's in. The quilt on the wall is a Thimbleberries pattern and fabric. I made it for a tablecloth but like it better on the wall.
Thank you Marion. You've been in my thoughts a lot lately. I'm going to spend the night with my 95 year old aunt tomorrow. She is such a sweetheart. She's my moms sister. This is my weekend for visiting out of town relatives. I'm meeting some cousins for the first time way down in the Southern part of the state. I am so looking forward to it.
Many of my charm squares ended up in the four grandchildren quilts. This one will get binding, hopefully today. You can tell it's Taylor's by the bling. Sheila stippled it with gold thread. So beautiful, I couldn't have done it without all your help. Sheila took Jonathon's when she delivered Taylor's, hope to get it back Thursday.
Yes, that is the pattern. The only thing I have done is make some serious notes as the directions can be very confusing and many, many mistakes were made until I got it sorted out. I will gladly send the pattern with my notes to any who want it and I LOVE the idea of a package block swap for next year. If we sign up and start in January and send out later in the year, I might can join. LOL
My sister called tonight to tell me Mom is slowly getting worse. I am not surprised as she couldn't continue after the last episode with the pneumonia. The cavity in the lung is having an adverse effect on her breathing but I guess that shouldn't surprise us. My daughter and I will be leaving Thursday to go south so we can have Christmas with her. If no one objects I will send out the instructions when I return about the 27th.
So for now I am sending my very best wishes to each and everyone of you for a happy, safe holiday no matter how you celebrate and a very healthy New Year full of sewing swaps!!!!
Thanks everyone. I didn't mean to "hijack" the thread about Mom as I know there are others with just as great of concerns as I have. For all of you, know I am thinking of you also and wishing for the very best! I will have to confess, your support is helping more than words can express.
Oh good Mittsy, I think the package idea would be so much fun! Sending warm thoughts and best wishes for your Mom.
Hey gang...sorry I haven't been around for a while...been sick..I thin k I killed my body a littledeveloped Ramsey Hunt Syndrome and that is a complilation of 1 injured nerve in my right eye which won't let the lid down...can't blink.+..Bell's Palsy + a shingles in my ear...all on the right side of my head. I am going for a Brain MRI Sat (Happy New Year's!!!!) and see what happens from there...
Elaine I am so sorry to hear that you are battling this painfull disease!! Sending you gentle hugs and praying that you will feel better soon and for speedy recovery. I can only imagine how scary and frustrating it must be for you not being able to do the things you love.
Well somehow my post with the picture of the beautiful embroidered Charms that Mittsy has send me got lost!!!
They are soooo special to me, because those are the birds my dear Mom loved. I will make them into a Wall Hanging for my sewing room.
Thank you so much Mittsy for your beautiful work!!
Those are wonderful Thea. I can "see" a hanging already!!!!
I talked to Elaine this morning and she is having an MRI of her head tomorrow. Hopefully they will find what is behind all these symptoms. She is miserable because she can't sew or paint. We decided we were both going to do purging and tossing this week while we both wait for answers. I have gone through all my quilting magazines and taken out any patterns I wanted. The rest are going to our local swap shop. She is going to try to do the same. We both are then working on all the paperwork we have accumulated. I have some that should have been shredded a long time ago and Elaine says she does too. These are things she can do using only one eye. Her other is still under a patch as it cannot blink. She can use your prayers fellow quilters...
I had my test with the scope down the throat yesterday and I'm thrilled (so far) with the results. The enlargement of my bile duct is not anything I need to worry about. It is the way it is and there is nothing wrong in it. They found no masses that would cause the narrowing at its base. The only thing they found was that I do have gastritis and they took several biopsies to check the cause. This is something that can be treated with medicine. I know I still need my gall bladder out but at least they eliminated my fear of cancer in my digestive tract. I will talk with the surgeon next week about getting the gall bladder out. Then in mid Jan I will get another CT scan of the lungs to check on the spot they found. At least now I feel I'm getting answers and working on solutions instead of just sitting here worrying. I thank all of you for all yourprayers. They surely did help me and I'm so grateful.
Barb, I am so glad to hear the big "C" word is off the consideration list! I can imagine how crazy I would be if I could not read or sew, so I can quess at no painting or sewing! . Do not pass up the opportunity to "listen to some books" while you are not able to use your eye sight for the other things you love. If your local library will likely have some you can check for free.
Keeping both you Barb and Elaine in my prayers. Very good news so far---just remember about the spot--it isn't always the big "C". So we found out with Mom.
Shredding parties seem to be the thing right now. I am finally getting the boxes of papers I have accumulated shredded and will be using the wonderful stuff for mulch. No colors pieces included...helps me with the nicest earthworms in the soil. Neighbors looked at me like I was nuts until they realized it just helped with my garden. Also sorting through my quilting patterns I have saved and now deciding I no longer am interested in doing them. Funny how our "taste" changes as we age.
Have a great day everyone no matter what you are or will be doing.
Ya, I'm keeping my Sweetie too. He may be a little worse for wear right now but he's a Keeper! They finally sent him home with a leg yesterday, he is not suppose to be complete weight bearing on it yet as the place where he tore open is still not completely healed. Still... he is allowed to walk into the bathroom now with crutches and not use a wheel chair, he's DELIGHTED! LOL It has been a LONG 3 months since this surgery.
Ya when I turned 49 I think the warantee on all my parts expired. I had a hysterectomy and gall bladder surgery within 3 months. Prior to that the only thing I'd been in a hospital for was to have babies LOL> My husband says he feels like an old work truck. Fix one thing and something else needs fixing, it doesn't look too good but it keeps on keeping on so you keep it!
Evening all, brrr cold outside but cozy as old heck I side..
Barb gave me the idea to clean craft room and purge today..what she didn't say was don't pick a few projects, see what fabrics you have and make a list of what supplies are needed..ran to the city and picked up bags of fabric, shaking my head, so much for purging..
But oh Lordy, if I get ambitious this weekend I'll have some treasures.
Barb, both you and Elaine are blessed with being able to gab and get together..praying that things will I prove for her. Thrilled that Your results although worrysome don't have the 'c' word..
By the way, if by chance Norm does go, tell him there is a Canadian gal who lives but miles from a timmies who has doors always open..I just love being spoilt!
Off for a bath and washing fabric...no not in same water. Lol
Look out Barb, Norm has a new partner waiting in the wings!!
Mittsy, I got the 3 new kitty charms from the post office! Do you still want Christmas blocks in exchange or some other color scheme now? Have you completed all your Christmas quilt orders for the family this year?? I especially love the golden colored embroidery kitty, I like the applique ones but LOVE the embroidery kitty!!!
I could use any red, green, and white Christmas star blocks or any (red and white only) that would go with some I received from Barb. I'll post more info as it gets brighter outside and I can take some pictures.
Glad everyone likes their embroidery blocks. Hope the lavender butterflies made it to Ocala area.
I am praying that each of us have excellent health in 2012 and that any parts that break down or need replacing are readily available and in good supply!!!!
Lucky to have gone into Orillia to Fabricland yesterday afternoon as we have freezing rain so I now have enough fabric to play with my 5" squares..hoping I have enough white on white..so little available!
Betty, stay inside and play--that's an order! LOL We have a very heavy fog today--still hasn't started to lift--actually feels like a slow rain outside. I had planned to prepare a standing rib roast for us today but lo and behold they are not on sale this week and I refuse to pay 13.99 a lb. for some. I could put that to much better use buying fabric--more pleasure and no worries of weight. Betty, are you in need of some white on white fabric? Let me know, please. Just might be able to help you out with that one.
Mittsy, post pictures soon about blocks needed. I am hoping to get my embroidery pieces made into pillows for my living room very soon. They blend with my colors so perfectly!!!
Sending happy, healthy and sewing thoughts to evey one for the New Year. Looking forward to a new year with all my special friends.
Marion, been playing since before sun up. Lol. Had flannel blocks cig and ragged from previous rag quilts so bought more yesterday..already cut, ragged and ready to sew together..then got 3 meters of white on white cut I to 5" blocks and now that all the housework is done and I'm out of my Jammie's I'll play with the tree and present design..that being said I have 10 black/red/white quilt blocks sitting on my bed, thought I'd make a foot runner for end of bed..materials for it purchased last night and now in washer...so I've plenty to keep me inside...
This being confined to the house for a week due to health issues is the pitzzzz, could have been south enjoying sunshine!
Is getting milder though, sure hope the kiddies don't lose their snowmobile snow.
Marion, wow talk about mega $$$ for meat, really can't blame you for not going that route..I should put a roast on, tired of Christmas leftovers and being alone well let's just say I don't feel the need to be cooking...maybe I'll save it for tomorrow seeing it is a day I fill each moment to keep myself busy..
I will let you know about the white on white..only had one bolt...omg Marion, fabric per yard ranges for cotton print between $16 -$22 a yard..don't save your pennies for fabric shopping this side of the border.
Oh I know about the prices of fabric there Betty. Save my money for maple sugar candies, butter tarts, maple syrup and Timmies! LOL
Kim and I usually have a standing rib for Christmas when they are on sale ($5.99) but for some reason no one has them on sale now. Of course, tomorrow will be pork loin, black eyed peas, greens and cornbread. Just guess I am Southern and to set in tradition to change that.
Are you using TOT cotton? I don't think I have ever seen and TOT flannel, do they make it? Let me know about the fabric as we do get it so much cheaper than you do. Always can find a sale somewhere.
Hope you are feeling well soon and take care, stay in side and do fun things!!!
Ok Mittsy, blocks to go with these: http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/fp.php?pid=8872200 I have enough red and whites to make some nice coordinating blocks. I was studying Quilterscache just last night trying to select the blocks for my friends Christmas 2012 quilt. She bought beautiful fabric without any idea of what she wanted and asked me to make it into about twin size or GENEROUS lap quilt.
I am committed to FINISHING Paula's quilt, even if that does mean sending it out to have it quilted.
I rarely keep anything for myself, but fell in love with those red and white blocks. I thought green sashing and borders would tie it all together for a Christmasy look.
We (Judy and I) have been fabric shopping in the thrift shops. Judy's daughter tipped us off to a half price sale at the local cancer benefiting thrift shop in south Cocoa Beach. I got a beautiful denim jumper that has little flowers embroidered on it. Judy got one with gorgeous embroidered fall flowers, she's turning hers into a tote bag. I'm working on some denim purses made with 5" charm squares. I also got some beautiful green fabric with a tropical look and some beads, a nice ceramic flower pot and three binders to put my embroidery patterns in.
How wonderful, I'll e mail picture to my sister Patty and she can show it to mom. Thought I'd share a picture of my Christmas purse that Judy made me. I love it and am making one with similar pattern in denim.
That is beautiful. What a nice job Judy did on it. Please tell her I'm impressed!!!! I like making tote bags too and they make such nice gifts...Now I want to make the Mondo bag which Cher sent the pattern to me...
I'm the proud owner of one of Barb's bag totes..use it everyday!!! I so appreciate it when someone makes me something homemade..most times, people think that because I do crafts, sew, paint and stained glass that why bother but it sure does make my day knowing how much energy, creativity and time went into doing something just for me...
I'm sure you'll love your tote every bit as much as I love mine
Here cleaning my craftroom, bought a few new tools, checking them up, on another table sits all my 5" squares and I'm wondering, should I continue to clean or just get creative juiced going??? hmmmm what to do, what to do on this blizzard of a day!
Don't ask this group whether to clean or sew, YOU know the answer you'll get!! Mittsy, do you know what fabric line etc that the beige background fabric is?? I need to get another light background for my friend's Christmas quilt.
Thanks for all the prayers...feeling a "little" better...had a hearing test today...seems the shingles has affected my hearing a little...still have the double vision...that sucks...and I talk like Daffy Duck...lol...
THe hardest part is I can't see enought to sew or paint and it's driving me CRAZY!!!!!!!!.
I can well imagine Elaine! Audio books would be good as a form of entertainment..let's hope you'll be able to get back to what you enjoy..if not, then new exciting crafts will be learnt. Time for healing..sending prayers and soft hugs