Anybody got some projects started they can show? Some links for ideas that are perfect for this? I saw one called Concordia Blues on Etsy (LynBrownDotCom) and her California Roll was also adaptable for this.
For those of you not following the Valentine heart block, they had a posting and picture of their Valentine swap block made with 2.5 inch strips. The finished block (without the added border shown) was 20 x 26! Wouldn't take many of those with great sashing to make a throw or twin bed etc. http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/fp.php?pid=9156910
My oldest son & his girlfriend are coming tomorrow for lunch. She is going to look over my fabric and finished blocks to pick out a project to have finished for her. Maybe my beautiful pink/ white/ white strips will end up in a project for her? I have internet pictures printed out of a couple of projects that feature 2.5 inch strips... we'll see!
I have told her I would put the top together but she will need to take it to a quilt shop to have it machine quilted or will NEVER get done!! LOL
That is the nice part..even though we are on a high area the water drains down the street, down my drive on one side only and has formed a wonderful natural riverbed. Will need to work on landscaping that area. Otherwise, we are actually in an area less likely to flood...house sits way back and on higher ground than the lake.
I was in an "organizing" mood this AM so opened all the envelopes, sorted by color, laid them all out & took a pic of my collection. Of course, the pics are on the camera & the camera is not near the computer...
I think I will need to create at least 2 tops.
And, while I was at it, I also got all the 5" squares in 1 pile. When sorted by "value", believe there will be at least 2 tops using these also.
Okay, now to decided which pattern I want to add to my to-do list. I will finally say I have gotten my swaps blocks organized and it clear boxes with labels so that it a huge step forward for me. Pat, those links are fantastic...thanks for adding to my "wish list" of things to do. LOL That is what is so special about this group...everyone sharing neat links for projects.
I've been rolling this around in my head. I have soooooo many other projects started that I don't dare get going on this one just yet, but I'm think I might try mixing the strips and insert pinwheels of different sizes. I wish I could just "do things" and not make it harder but I have a real love of NOT symetrical work and it takes me in a different way than most established patterns.
I did something today I rarely do. I purchased a book - Scrap basket Sensations by Kim Brackett. After organizing all those 2 1/2" strips I decided to get a book of patterns to use them. Of course pat's links are GREAT also. I just need to put all my 2 !/2" strips to good use.
STOP reading now if you don't want to read a grown woman whining like a 5 year old...
My husband has spent 2 1/2 days trying to find a way to make our Maytag Neptune washing machine work. Maytag no longer makes the parts for this lemon. DH has spend time calling, internet search and even "wired around" the problem two different ways and STILL I do not have a fully functional washing machine.
If people WANT to sell a product (used washing machine), why do they make a listing on Craigslist and NOT list a phone number (or list a phone but NOT return calls)) OR return emails??? *sigh* Thanks for listening (please picture Eeyore with baleful eyes).
Pat, I so understand what you are dealing with...had a Maytag Neptune and it was nothing but trouble. Finally got tired of the repair bills and got rid of it...seems there is some major issue with those.
I feel your pain...I have a real problem buying a used aplinance. If it is worth selling, why not keep it & use it?
Hope you soon have clean clothes. After having spent 3 months using a laundromat, I know how much "fun" they are!!!
I exchanged Dmails with Stu recently and he asked that I pass along that he is thinking of you all and still hopes to get strips mailed out. He is in the processing of getting the house ready for sale, painting, cleaning and storing. You all know the drill! LOL
I assured him that Life happens, most of us have had to take a pass or partial pass on a swap at some point in time, no hard feelings.
I'm going to work on my Son's girlfriend Pink/White/ Black quilt top. I'm hoping she will "approve" of my proposal to add a row of pieced strips after the sashing. I want to get it made to that point and then show her what I mean. Easier to see than visualize if you are inexperienced.
Our 15 year grandson is with us for 2 weeks. I took down my sewing table and set up a twin bed for him. I hope to get more little projects completed while my sewing room is less conveient to use temporarily. I have blocks to cut out of old jeans and other tidying to do that don't require the use of my sewing room.
I signed up for a class that uses 2 1/2" strips and plan to use some of the ones I got from all of you.
Poor Stu!!!! I do not envy him getting the house ready.
I found a nice storage unit (on sale) yesterday, very similar to the one I had in MD for storing my fabric. Now I need to clear a large area in the studio so I can build it. The box is so heavy I can't get it out of the car w/out taking some pieces out 1st!!!! Always another obstacle to work thru. But this was the last piece I needed to finish organizing the studio.
Studio is still quite "messy" and disorganized. I did take before pics...no "after" till it is organized. I need more of the 12 1/2" clear plastic boxes for storing "works in progress". Or maybe I need to finish more projects!!!!
I got several little things done since I wasn't in the sewing room. I recyled 5 pair of jeans that were too big into blocks. I'm adding another row of blocks to increase a jean quilt to KING size. One of jeans were colored and they were added to the rag-quilt-someday pile.
I was out all night, took the rest of today off. Took a short nap and I think I'll tackle altering that jean skirt.
I sent out last week another envelope n hopes everyone who was on my list received them...please, if anyone did not receive their strips p,ease post..know I've asked a dozen or more times so after this request I shall assume they were all received!
barb, now that the operation was a success and you'll be home today you'll soon be thinking of starting those projects you set aside just for you...no sewing till next week, heal first lol
Pretty sure I got mine Betty, but I'm still in TN so can't check right now. New great granddaughter is due any day and Dr. says if not here by next Thurs. he will start things moving. We're concerned she may have to have a Cesaerean as all is in place but she is not dilating at all.
Marion - it was supposed to be nice & sunny today. All I see are big dark clouds with a few bursts of sun in between. Sure looks like it will rain this afternoon. As long as it's only an inch or 2 at a time, I'm OK with it.
Betty, I am relatively certain I acknowledged mine. I JUST took them all out of envelopes and organized them in box as "one project". I am hoping to use some of mine as part of a border on my son's S/O's quilt top.
Hey all. Sorry that I,ve been absent for soloing, but it's been a whirlwind of a few months. Even more sorry and embarrassed that I haven't filled my part of the swap yet, though I plan to.
To review, in March, the new hospital group that controls my clinic sold off one and closed two other of the four clinics in our system. We thought that they were going to shut us down entirely, though they would tell us anything that was going on. My clinic and I were spared, but it's been days of leaving the house at 7 am and getting home at 7 pm. At the same time, I met someone at. A conference who said that his. Clinic system in Indiana may want to hire another Doc for their five clinic system. To make a long story short, they made a position for me, made me an offer, we worked for a month plus getting our house ready and just put it on the market last week. We are in Indiana for a few days and put an offer in on a house yesterday.
I will get my strips out in the next couple of weeks and have to get a dorm quilt started for my nephew. I am sorry most to Barb as I owe her more than strips, so Barb, you will be my first mailing.
Thanks for understanding and I'll try to catch up on the last couple of month's happenings through the threads.
I do have to let you al know that the house we found, though not having the amount of land we wanted, has perfect space for a dog room, a beautifully huge space for my SO's business AND a dedicated sewing room, all in the finished walkout basement. The basement also has a sizable family room with a wet bar. Now for the back and forth negotiations.
Will try to be on the computer a bit more, but, again, thanks for your patience and understanding.
Stu, praying you get the house for a bargain and yours sells quickly..think it's a wonderful opportunity for you! As for strips, please, no strips, have enough to keep me busy for an after nitty and you know I'll not likely ever do the projects my mind as picked..you just get you looked after..hugs
Great seeing you post Stu. Do not send me any strips either...I would much rather you spend your time doing things that need to be done for the move. The house sounds great..post pictures when you get some.
Stu - wishing you a quick Sell & Purchase!!!!! And just when I'm getting settled here & will soon have time to go visiting other FL quilters.
I'm also NOT expecting strips from you. Just have fun moving!!!!!
How wonderful for you Stu! And please don't worry about me - you have enough on your plate right now. Just know I wish you all good things with your move and that I look forward to you being back here with us when you can. I don't think you realize how much I and I'm sure others here enjoyed your male perspective on what we do. And to have you quilt with us is such a bonus!!! Good luck my friend..
Stu, ditto to Barb's comments...don't forget about us when everything settles down. I enjoy seeing what you do with pieces I normally would have passed purchasing. Opened a whole new "door" on things for me. How are the "babies" any shows lately?
So good to hear from you Stu! I join the others in not needing any more strips! Please get on with getting settled. You are so lucky--a room devoted to sewing, yes pictures are in order. Good luck with getting the house.
Oh, shame on me for getting the "free" part. Must have been a "blond" moment...funny as I get older how I have them more frequently.
I did like the site and bookmarked it for future use. Have a wonderful day all!
I've been sewing along! I was sewing all my strips together with the intent of cutting them into sections 6 inches wide to use as a border on a pink, white & black quilt I was making for oldest son's girlfriend. She loved it but NOT along her sashed blocks, thought it looked too busy. Sooooo... I'll keep sewing and will use them on another project! I have enough P/W/B blocks to make another quilt top. Maybe they'll be part of THAT quilt! or not... I have some crib size quilt ideas I'd like to try that combine strip with pinwheels. Sooooo many ideas, so little time!!
You have yet another p/b/w block residing in my sewing room. Maybe you would like other colors now after all this time?? I dont know why I couldnt just finish a block and go on. I have 4 in the process, its sad I know.
My oldest GD asked me the other day to help her make quilts for her American girl dolls. Her mother had made some practice papers for her to practice using her sewing machine and getting the "hang" of sewing straight lines. She is now ready to try making something. I was thinking maybe some of my strips would be perfect for her to work with. Any thoughts from others?
Pam, she has 3: Just like Me, the Indian doll and the Hawaiian doll. I don't remember their names so will need to asked her. Trust me I have so many jelly roll strips we are sure to find the right ones for the doll.
Pat, thanks, I was think so also but sometimes it helps to have others input. She is extremely interested in sewing and I hate to see her not develop this. Her Mom sews beautifully but she told me that Abbi wants Grandma to help. How could I refuse?
When my oldest DGD (now 31) was young she wanted Samantha for her b'day which I got her. Of course then she wanted all the clothes...quite expensive even back then. Instead I ordered the patterns and made almost the exact same clothes for a fraction of the cost. She still has her doll and has passed it to her daughter..named Samantha.
Karen, the clothes are still expensive and yes, I have been making some clothes all along for Christmas. Both girls have the dolls so it adds up quickly expense wise. Besides, I like doing a the personal touch on some items. I still have my daughter's Baby First Step with all the clothes I made for her...yikes many years ago! She kept it very nice and I guess will decide which niece gets the collection. Don't envy her that job!!
Marion, did you get a chance to do some sewing with your granddaughter? Doing the little blankets in the "quilt- as you go" style would be perfect for the strips and get her a finished product faster. There is a cute tutorial on Missouri Star on U tube I saw on it once. Anybody know how to find those things??
Pat unfortunately we never did get a chance to sew some. Her schedule got busy and so did mine, however, it is still on our to do list. When things settle down from school just starting back we will attempt to do some on the weekends.
need an new idea for all those bits and pieces left from the jelly rolls or 2 1/2" squares? Check out the bags from Connecting Threads! Kristen wants me to make her some new shopping bags, guess what kind she's getting!!!
Finally took some time today to work on my kitchen throw panel to make use of this swaps' fabric..everyone was so generous that rather than purchase fabric for backing I am able to use up remainder of the jelly roll fabric.
Then came afternoon nap, just woke and am trying to muster up energy to go downstairs and finish it..bought a new quilting gadget and want to try it (someday)!
So thanks for the pretties
Barb, seeing the design reminded me of panels for the quilted sweaters..still have knitting for 2 or 3..with fall coming might be a usable project..did you ever try the pattern?
Thanks Jaye, yes I purchased a quilting frame made especially for home sewing machine and this is my first effort and am sure now that I've gone through the learning process I will do much better with the overall quilting design.
Strips sure came in handy, and ALL that were sent to me matched perfectly