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Here is where we can post pictures of our Centers before we send them to get the first borders added.
Here's my Panel Center for one of the groups, and I'll post the other one when I finish the embroidery.
Barb, Pat, Audrey & LK DO NOT want their center's work in progress to be shown...
Here's "who sends what to who" Thanks to Thunder for asking for me to put this on again!!
1. Susan (sends to Linda Kay)
2. Linda Kay (sends to Barb)
3. Barb (sends to Audrey)
4. Audrey (sends to Betty)
5 Betty (sends to Cher)
6. Cher (sends to Susan)
1 Susan (sends to Mitsy)
2 Mittsy (sends to Pat)
3. Pat sends to Thunder
4 Thunder (sends to Dorothy)
5 Dorothy (sends to Anita)
6 Anita (sends to Susan)
I love that, Mittsy! As I will be putting the last 4" (4 1/2" unfinished) border on, I know Just what I'll use for your last border! I also have "keystones" for the corners! I won't show what I have, because it's when you receive your center back, with all borders on, (and any additions you may add?!?!), that we'd like to see your finished top!
Everyone - please post the finished top, Before you add anything, and if you wish to add more borders and/or sashing - please post AGAIN when it's all done with your additions.
I don't mind if people post pictures of the work they do on mine as it is going to my son in law Ray's mom, Peggy. I love to follow the progress with pictures and imagine that others do too. I'm planning on making a short section of binding with the leftover fabric from my center.
This is what I am going to make for my center. My DS went to live with his Father for a couple of months and decided to come home and he brought this little pup with him. Her name is Rosie and I started a black white and red quilt for him so I thought I would see what you all can do to dress her up LOL.
That's a Great center - I posted it in "the other room". too.
And I KNOW I have some red; white; and black (separately) material that would go well with it. I guess I'm the first one to add borders to your center, Cher. Hmmmmm will give "a think" to see which one I will add!
I'm going to have to re-think my center - not happy with the colours AND I found my Iron-On Transfer Pencil!!!!
Having a white on white lily didn't do much for me...
Now that I have the Transfer Pencil, I can simply draw over any picture I print up, and re-do it a lot quicker. The disappearing ink I was using this time was disappearing too fast (large panel - 19" square) and I was having to re-draw it every day... very tedious and I'm afraid I was stopping far too often as I was getting BORED.
I'm Very Happy about finding the proper pencil!! They didn't have them at WM, so I had "settled" for something else and you Know how that goes... lol
Here's a drawing of what my center is taken from - I've used a hot iron-on transfer pencil on this printed copy, and will be ironing it on my fabric.
Obviously it won't be Exactly like this, but it's a representation of what it will be. It will take a bit to embroider it, but at least it won't be "white on white" lol
Susan I just love that I just love birds!!!!!! It is going to be soooooo pretty
No I am sorry to have confused this. The dragon is on the pianapple black, white and red quilt I am making for my son. The puppy is his new baby so I wanted to continue and make him one with the same colors and Rosie's picture. So the Puppy is the center block I will be sending. I hope to be able to send some fabric along with it yes, I have a little left from the pinapple quilt.
I also posted this for you, in the "other room" Cher :-)
I love birds too, and the "tropical" colours are favs of mine! They're so rich looking.
I think what I'll do, for the peacock, is to outline all the areas, then fabric paint inside each...
I have a lot of fabric paint, and nowhere else to use it, except for Church banners I make, and there's only so many banners I can do lol
My MIL used to use them a lot and when she passed, I was the lucky recipient of them. That was 10 years ago, and while most are still valid, I DO need to use them up!
they doooooooooon't????? lol
Well, I check mine now and then, cuz I use 'em, and there are enough of the colours I want to be good. Some of them actually have different enough caps that they don't dry out as easily.
LOL well Pat - I know they don't last Forever but some of mine are 10 years old. However, if you use them now and them (and more then than now LOL) I gather they're ok. I bought about 7 today, then came home and found the same colours are still viable in my current ones, so going to return the new ones lol
I have some sweatshirts my MIL made, and when she passed, I was given them. Two went to my Mom and DD, and I kept two.One of those I kept has a dove on it (Christmassy theme, green, with glitter) and the other one has teddy bears on it (front and back view). I love them, if only because my MIL made them - she was a dear sweet lady...
I am really disliking my peacock center...it looks blotchy and tacky...
I'm going to quickly "throw" another center together and send it out.
I was going to do an iron-on transfer of the same picture, but it looks pixeled when I enlarge it, so it's not good that way. I now wish I hadn't done any painting. If I'd left it as an embroidered outline, then filled in the embroidery when I got it back, I would have been happier with the original. But, I will get a new center out rather quickly. Sorry for the wait, Mittsy...
I'm just not happy with having to paint with paint that's not smoothly going over my piece.
I asked Bob for his honest opinion, and he said "Is it for us, or someone else" which I take to mean if it's for someone else, it's not that great, but we can live with it if it's for us.
It looked so good when I had just embroidered it.
Don't have the time/energy to make another - I suppose I'm being a perfectionist, but there you have it...
Here's a pic - let me know what you think. It doesn't bear much close inspection...
Thank you, Helene! you're such a wonderful quilter, so I really appreciate your input too!
So, Thunder, LK and you all say the same. As I said - I just don't have the energy to do it all over again! I kinda wish I had left it as embroidery... I was getting in over-my-head with old paint. If it had been fresh, that would have been something else... Throwing a lot of this stuff OUT now/today!!
Thank you Cher! Okay, have the opinion of Four wonderful quilters, so I'm Going With It.
Will send it out tomorrow. Bear with me, cuz from Canada to US, never know How long it will take - 1 week, or 3! lol
Thank you for your input - Helene, Thunder, LK and Cher!
My centers have gone out to LK and Mittsy... sorry for the delay - I sometimes find it difficult to force myself out of the house, but today Bob gave me a "mental kick in the pants" and I got out!
You'll likely get them within 2 weeks. (blushing)...
Susan does it take the same time to get to you as it does from you to us? I missed the P.O yesterday and have to wait until Tues now because of the Holiday. I am sorry didn't realize I was mailing to Canada (duh!) till you mentioned that . I was thinking Alabama with the AB next to your name aaaggghhhhh never was good at geopraghy lol
It will take approx 2 weeks... as I just mailed it on Friday, you won't get it until approx 2 to 3 weeks. Going through customs is what takes the time.
I promise, once I get my next centers, etc, I will send them off more quickly. I have a Lot of stash, so that shouldn't be a problem!!
I think "gift" is cheaper - you don't have to put a value, etc. When I sent my centers (much smaller, and cheaper) I just said it was paper - obviously fabric, but that's what the PO office said "I guess it's paper?" lol
I just mailed a piece of fabric to Iceland, and you don't need to fill out a custom form if it is in a regular envelope, but it does take extra postage since it is out of country. So make sure you take it to the post office and have them put the proper postage for you.
I always take it to the PO cuz $$ can change, and I never have the postage for the US on me. Someone told me once that US POs don't like Canadian postage put on... dunno if that's a fact, or what.
Thanks for that info, LK - I always use a regular envelope, but I guess some staff make you put on a customs declaration (and they don't need to?!) and others don't, cuz even using the same type of envelope it changes...
I have found it varies tremendously , with whomever is working at the PO... I have gone in with 15 envelopes all containing the same thing...and had person weigh one, tell me an amount...ask are they all the same thing?? and proceed to put same postage on each one. and I have gone in and had someone else weigh every envelope???
and we have one worker here who charges .20 cents extra per envelope, every time...saying it is not an "ordinary" letter !!!
"not an ordinary letter"? What's that mean? Is it larger than the letter-sized envelopes of-old? Is it an #10 (which is longer side-to-side, and meant for legal sized, but still short top to bottom?)
Both those sizes of envelopes are "ordinary"...
That's the PO's way of charging extra, Susan... "not an ordinary letter" means that it doesn't have just a piece of paper inside the envelope. Postal regs have changed here, and like Thunder, it depends on what day you go in and who is behind the desk. They now have a cardboard template with a slot that they drop the envelope thru. Supposedly, as long as it's under 1/4" thick and goes thru easily (and it's under the 1 oz or whatever it is now), it will go thru with a Forever Stamp. But if they have to give it an extra push thru the slot, you get charged the extra .20 for hand stamping/handling..
Some of the oldsters that work there will let the extra postage slide, I even have one that will try to flatten the envelope more if it won't go thru the slot the first time around.. LOL But the younger ones won't do that, they ask for extra postage. The PO's are hurting for money and are coming up with new stuff all the time to raise funds.
I don't use the mail much, do most of my stuff online, so the main time is during our swaps and such. I don't mind paying the extra here and there, at least it keeps the envelopes from getting chewed up in the sorting machines, but it should be consistent with all the employees.
Kathy - we have the same "slot measure" here, and our PO is hurting for $$ as well. Guess it's email that's "killing" them. People just don't write letters like they used to. Even those who send letters aren't as much (those elderly people without computers, f'instance), because they likely won't get letters back from those who are used to using email.
I find the same thing, with the older workers - they help you get your mail through in the cheapest way. If it costs $10.00 (instead of $7) to send something, I suspect they find people won't use the service as often. I'm talking about small packages or large letters to US hence the price I'm quoting. I hope the 'big wigs" of the PO realizes that putting the price up is giving a short-term band-aid solution when they need long-term price adjustments to draw people back to using the PO
Ladies - please be sure, when you receive a center or work-in-progress, to let the sender know you've gotten it. Post in the thread, so they will know and not be worried that it hasn't arrived. I don't know if everyone is using tracking #s or paid for confirmation, however it would be much appreciated by all if the sender knows it's been received.
I personally have not paid extra for the confirmation, but perhaps I will... I "think" it doubles the cost of shipping?!?!
delivery confirmation, only confirms delivery to the nearest LARGE postal place...it does not confirm delivery to the actual address!!!!! only way to do that is to request a signature ...
we had an issue with a package not arriving awhile ago, and the sending company said it was delivered.,,,we went to the local post office, and they tracked it. found it was delivered to Orlando PO. but never made it to our little po... company had wanted to keep payment, saying they had delivery confirmation... delivery confirmation was to the MAIN distribution center..not to our address...
prices vary based on size of box, parcel post, first class, all that stuff...I usually never pay for the confirmation, I think it is a waste of money. IMHO I did how ever put insurance on my package, cost less than $2.00 to insure it valued at $ 50. and under...and I will insure the other ones as I send them out.
on a different note...should I take a photo of Pats center before I add to it?? so every one can see it ??
no need to hang your head in shame Betty - life happens. I AM looking forward to seeing what your creative mind will do with a center. Isn't it wonderful how very different our centers will be? I'm so anxious to get started.
I haven't gotten my first center here yet, but waiting with "baited breath" :-)
btw - will send the ARK to you - think it has a sewing room and a stash!! After all, weren't Silk Worms and cotton plants saved?
Here's what Marti sent me via c-mail:
"I just talked to her and she says she feels better. They have decided that she does not have pnemonia, but she does have some sort of lung infection. She says they have poked her, taken just about all of her blood and did a heart test. She is being moved to another room right now so I had to hang up. And they woke her up at 4 am this morning by opening her door to the hall and turning all the lights on and making noise. They are lucky that wasn't me, I would of given them all a good reason to walk very softly around me. I am a very bad patient!!
Dorothy is in Lake Cumberland Hospital room 355. Thats in Somerset, KY"
Marti seems to think the culprit may be mold in Dorothy's mobile home. The lung infection is fungal...so Marti said in another thread... poor Dorothy. Apparently, according to other posters, if she gets the country health dept to determine if it's mold, they may condemn her home and then she'd be "stuck" with no place to live. Other posters said if it's not too bad, she may be able to "gut" the area with mold and have it renovated.
Susan, I have heard of others being able to deal with the mold if it's confined to an area. Also Ozone machines will help kill the mold spores. THANKS for the update and I hope this gets under control soon.
I have no idea how long she'll be in the hospital, but if they're moving her to another room, it may be awhile. I'm thinking that if they determine it's fungal, and that it might be environmental, they may keep her to see if it clears up with clean hospital air rather than her home...
Maybe someone (a friend perhaps?) can go into her home and clean it up for her.
I think my center is too big I thought it was 15 X24 mine is 15 X almost 25 Well I guess it equals out a little but will be odd shape for you to work on.
Thanks Helene I did change the tiny squares to something else it was too much bother to make half inch squares but I like how it came out instead.
If you add all 4 sides, and it's 78" or less, you're fine. If you go over by 2" ... oh gee! No one's going to cry "foul"!
Cher - yours is a whopping 80" LOL Not to worry lady! I know it multiplies the more borders you put on, but I think we should be okay with our "stash" and creativity, don't you, everyone?
And Cher - are you talking about the final size? The 78" is the Final size. if you have the cut size as 15 x 25, then it's really 14 1/2 x 24 1/2 finished which is 78" finished total... or there abouts, as you say "almost 25"...
anyway, I shouldn't worry if I were you, unless your "next in line" had already cut the borders before receiving your center, and I don't think that would happen, do you? We all know that although quilts are supposed to be an exact "measuring science", we aren't perfect... Don't worry, Cher!
Susan, can you add a note about who want theirs shown on line and who doesn't in that first post above? I'm in the NO column. I want to be surprised and I know LK is in that one with me. I'm not sure about anyone else. I still plan to check with each one I do to be sure before I pass it on...
awwwwww thanks, Thunder. Appreciate that!!
I think all of us need to be reminded that someone thinks of us... and you're pretty awesome yourself!!!!
Every once in a while I need someone to tell me what they need in this thread, and you certainly "stepped up to the plate"!! A big Thank You to you :-)
Here we are, all ready to go to tthe post office tomorrow. I like the little embroidered butterflies. My dear friend Fran let me shop in her stash for the beautiful brown as I couldn't find any locally. She's such a treasure, keep her in your prayers and positive thoughts, she is facing putting her husband into a nursing home.
Yes that is it I did change the first border a bit because the tiny squares were coming out really wrong. I found out why after but was so mad at it so just changed it. The problem is with EQ7 when you print out cutting directions it rounds off to the nearest 1/8 of 1/4 and it is really too much math to try to figure out when you have deadlines. I think I have the change here hold on ... ok here is Rosie sorry there was a little glare but it is a phone camera so can't be helped I guess but this is the block I sent Susan.
I know mine has been received, and I got one - your puppy!
I got another piece of fabric to put in the border (blush - I haven't done it yet...). TONIGHT I will put the borders on yours, Cher, and send it off!!!
Started on squares for my insert..want to embroider but where did all my embroidery green thread go..that's ok, will improvise because if I get side tracked well, who knows what will happen..
Then got all of my fabric out that might look nice on Audrey's insert (had to look twice Barb, she's using same insert!) and nada, nothing matches or it's cut in wrong direction,soooo after my shift is over here at home, 3pm it's off to the fabric shop
NOT yours as far as I know..so confused..I thought it was Audrey's..I posted earlier that you and she had same fabric..dahhhh no wonder there was already a border on it..guess I'm to add the 3"..will wait for a response before I sew tonight
No way are you getting out of this one Betty. I can't wait to see what you put on it. And don't worry about if I saw it. I saw the birds and knew it was mine so I did NOT enlarge the picture and I won't in the future. I don't know what Audrey was using for a center. Pat, Audrey, Linda Kay and myself did not want pictures - we want to be surprised so if you get one of thiers be sure you don't post a picture - okay? And again You WILL be in this one...You have a flair for the right fabric so I know it will be special...
Either I'm tired and my mind isn't working or I'm just plain not bright today,,,
I send my insert to Cher correct??
And the one I'm adding the border to for Barb, to Cher as well??
Think I'll take a ride to a fabric shop so I can finish the border and can post both Monday morning..could do from town here but it does the milk delivery route and would take an extra week..if I mail Monday morning should be there before weeks end.
Off shopping, sunshine just came out after the rain, everything is brilliant green
Anita posted today: (she said she posted on here, but maybe on another part of this forum?!)
"I posted a question in the other forum about my center not being the correct size. I have been trying to come up with different centers in the correct measurements. The best I could do is 21 x 21. Would it be best to send that with money to cover costs for additional fabric or get material and cut it to the correct measurements?"
My answer - "Anita - don't worry about the "extra" size - my goodness, it's only 6" diameter more - I think we're good covering that! No one will be cutting the border lengths prior to receiving your center, so they will just do the sections as they will fit. No problems!!
Audrey posted today, re: sending her center to Betty:
"I just figured out what she meant. My center is just a fabric square! I hope she doesn't cut it up! I did sign it! I guess she didn't realise it was my center! I sent it with Barb's."
and my reply:
"I just spoke to Betty, and she knows it's your center - so she's adding a border to it, to send it on Tomorrow!
She's also adding the second border to Barb's and they will both be sent on tomorrow."
Don't blame you one bit. I'm not using a tracking number any more either. I thought the package was tracked to delivery but it is only tracked to the nearest distribution center. If it is something really important - like Judy's Sistah Shawl I sent to Sue Taynors - then I send it signature required...That way I know it got where it was supposed to go.
Ya, so much for "tracking" huh? The new shoes I sent to my son in China made it to international postal but never made it to him and I did not have an option of insuring or having signature confirmation. Guess that should have been my clue that no one REALLY expected my package to actually get to HIM!!!
No, and the few things that were in the box. It sucks but that's the way it is. I was not allowed to insure the package etc so I'm just out the money and I'm sure some Customs agent is enjoying the shoes I bought.
We went to a company party (GE sold the dept. DH worked for to Lockheed/Martin Marietta) when the dept was closed down. We took a lot of photos at the party. The boss, Mustafa, from Eqypt commented that he would love to have copies of the pictures but not to send any until he let us know that he had greased the palms of all the connected parties in Egypt, so that he would actually get them. We take a lot for granted here in the usa. Went we were visiting in KY I wanted to send a card to mom for mother's Day. The elderly postmistress told me that it would never make it to mom, that it would be stolen along the route. She suggested I use a CD folder envelope and mark it family photos. Sad but we are becoming like other countries. My daughter flies a lot and has had many things stolen from her luggage and her underwear tied in knots.
Susan, I am guessing that "tying her underwear in knots" was a not so subtle way of saying "I have been thru your suitcase" while not stealing something. It still makes you feel violated. A stranger touched your underclothing. JERKS.
She actually went out and bought new as she couldn't wear them without washing first. No way to track down who did it as she changed planes a couple of times. She now carries spares in her carry on bag with her laptop.
Yes Betty please don't panic I have them all safe and sound. Sorry I haven't posted I got them in Sat. mail. Been so busy with these cancer quilts I just realized I only have 2 weeks to get them done. AAAARRRGGGGHHHHHH the pressure. I am sorry I should have let youknow right away.
Don't know why she panics, but she does... I will let her know.
I know you don't go on Cubits,and guess I mistakenly asked you to... sorry about that!!
I will let Audrey know (via discretionary copy/paste) what you've said.
Glad everything's good now - I think the border crossing taking time, and Audrey never having taken part in something like this has go to do with her panic. She'll calm down once she's done 20 or so LOL
Oh ya... first 10 are the breaking in process Susan! Well said. Swaps are not for the perfectionist or regimented sort that expect things to go as planned. If you are, you will be disappointed. On the other hand, if you can flow with it, they are so much fun!
I'm enjoying this swap, even if I'm not in it. I am piecing together a quilt top this week. I'm finally getting some work done!
I finished Mittsy's!!!
Now, 4 more to do!!!
Here's the pic of Mittsy's!
oh shoot... can't find my camera to take the pic... Well, it has zebra b/w material top/bottom & sides, with red bandana fabric in the corners. With her b/w doggie having a red collar, I thought of similar doggies wearing red bandanas and it just seemed "right"!
I'll send the fabric I used with it.
I'm working on Anita's, and have some fabric that matches hers SO closely! I'll send some of it, in case anyone wants to use it as a repeat fabric, or would like some themselves!
this is Pat's anjlsmom center which I added first border to.
I used all kinds of scraps of fabrics to get the colors I wanted, including batman body parts, !!
again paper pieced...I am working on a quilt "sew along" and some of the blocks have been paper pieced, among them are flying geese, I just loved the way they came out.
when I saw this center...I knew exactly what I wanted to do for the border...
Really love your center, Thunder - looking forward to working on yours!!
I think your rendition off flying geese is perfect for Pat's deer - very natural and Right!
For Mittsy's - I can see the ribbons... not curling, but definitely ribbons. What a great idea, Thunder! I'm glad I have Christmas fabric - both for Mittsy's and Betty's!!
I don't know if you can see from the close-up, but it has sayings of all the things in nature (or just plain outside...) - busy bees, robins in the yard, May Day baskets, Spring here at last, buttercups, lazy cats; kites flying in the breeze...
I thought it was appropriate :-)
does Peggy have a Christmas theme on her center as well? I know Betty & Mittsy do, and of course they won't get the final top until the Spring.
They will have lots of time to quilt the Christmas quilt if they are sending it for a gift as I understand one of them is doing. Geeze, my memory doesn't let me remember Which One is giving it as a gift... lol
darn...I have to send them today. I was going to send them, but then thought about how someone had put their name on the pieces and set them aside because I couldn't find the proper pen to do it.
However... once they're assembled, you won't be able to see the name in the seams, right?
So, I'll send them off tonight, with no name in the seam, k?