We are swapping just the plate. Everyone will do their own background. Also everyone will do their own centers. The pattern calls for the plates to finish at 10". Decide if you want a color scheme or scrappy. Each participant will make 1 plate for each. person, so if we have 12 signed up you will be making 12 plates including your own. Due the end of September.
A slight change of plans...we are now making Dresden plates using pattern of choice. We will still comply with color requests.
SiliOleGma (Karen) I would like Christmas fabrics.
Helenethequeen (Helene) red & white.
Qwilter (Jean) scrappy but not too many dark colors
Catbird (Robin) scrappy all sorts.
Kizmo (Kathy) fall colors: oranges/rust/browns/dk.green/golds/dk.reds.
taters55 (Linda) blues & white.
Quilter5bdsr (Barb) Blue & White.
Heavenscape (Jaye) Bright & scrappy.
Barefoot T (Thunder) Black & white prints, grays & silvers,
put your curser on the last line you want to keep than hit delete until the spaces are gone. highlight your last edit and delete this the current edit won't delete until next time - hope this helps. Love the picture.
Tell me if you were not a member how could you post. i tried my laptop and didn't remember my password and I could not do anything other than view. My membership was up so I noticed that you can subsc, to only 1 month !?
When I first joined DG, Norm was on the road to an area for two weeks at a time with an occasional weekend at home. I swear that DG kept me sane. I lurked for at least two months and then finally had the nerve to post. And it's been a yearly birthday present to me ever since. You all have kept the lonliness away when I was by myself, you have prayed for my dear husband and myself and those prayers have been felt and answered. I have now a collection of quilting blocks that have been made into placemats for those less fortunate than I and the friendships formed and visits and meetings are the most precious thing in the world to me. I thank you all so very much...
Ditto the sentiments above!! Oh Barb, I lurked for about 6 months before I got the nerve to say something or jump in...then somehow Jaye got hold of me and I thank the good Lord for that every day since!!!! The friendships, the laughter, the tears and then of course, the quilt blocks, fabric and so on...
It's funny how we all come to DG differently. I don't think I did any lurking. It was easier to post and then I'd be updated when there were other posts.. I had only been in one other online community, I still can't seem to get myself around Facebook. Plus, with Facebook, I decided I could not risk having that much of my personal life out there for the public. I don't want my client's contacting me!
I started in the plant and trade forums and then found my way to quilting... then LOOK OUT!!! Kinda hard to explain my connection and friendships to others that have never been involved with a group for this many years.
I found all you lovely people when I was recovering from knee surgery and I did not lurk long either. this was and is the warmest and most welcoming group of all I have joined. I too am so greatful for all the friendships I have made here it is wonderful.
it comes with common grounds, we may think it's adiction to fabric, yarn, cooking, photo's,gardening, books,etc.that brings us together.
Niet, Nein, it's the very soull of the people that reflects through their addictions and speaks, embraces and harnesses us in and this makes us a comfortable group. As diversified as we may be,through education,background ,health,wealth and most interesting age. Do you see. I for one enjoy the humor within.
I think Debbi brings the sentiments out in me this AM. She is a mean machine.
How are you doing with Debbie Helene? Are you in a safe place? Is this affecting your move to NJ? I couldn't believe the pictures of the water spout that I saw. Is that what you were talking about before? We had a small one on a lake here yesterday and it was tossing small boats around like they were nothing... I can't imagine one as big as you get them. Please let us know you are okay when you can. Hugs to you my friend...
Is it too late for me to get in on this one? I have never done this pattern before and it looks like a challenge. while I have three quilts in the line for completion by this Fall i have missed doing blocks with all of you. I've missed the conversation, the exchanges about new fabric and our ongoing stashes. Missed seeing what you all are up to and what kind of goodie I will get in return mail...so consider me back!
Helene and Kathy?Kizmo have both finished theirs. So if they don't mind doing another plate, it's fine with me. Be sure to read the previous thread too so you can see that we are now doing sampler plates. Any number of wedges is OK as long as the plate measures 10 ".
I need to decide on the colors for my block and I would love to have scrappy batiks. Love the way the colors look like water colors and mixed should be even better. Hope you all have some in your stash and this wont be a big problem.
I will be at Betty's this weekend and then the next two months are all mine! No vacation plans until end of Sept when I hope to catch up with Barb since we are having a family reunion in New Hampshire's White Mountain. I can't wait for her to show me all those good quilt shops up east.
Janice!!!! It is so good to see you back with us!!! I am so envious of you and Tink for being able to go to Betty's this year...wanted to so very much but just not possible yet. I have absolutely no problem with you joining...been missing you lady!!!
Welcome back. Did you eve get that DMC embroidery scissor you admired 3 years ago. Hope all is well after all your turbulances.
No prob. I might be late with it because of the move. Color direction pls.! Will make 20 blades. I personally don't like the mixer-upper (as my neighbor carmella would say)
Did want to go to Joanns for the template - Debbi is cramping my style. What a nuisance. Just won't stop 4 days bad before that 2 days just rain - which we needed. I'll make template from Kathy-Kiz.
barb - yes re waterspout. Tornedo scoops up water in it's funnel while above the ocean, then a constant release as it comes ashore ofcourse high winds go with it. Leaving in 3 days and haven't packed. I mean 1/2 a household.
we are very wet, but not underwater...no puddles in the yard. it has been rain, then sun, then rain again...all day. they are saying it will be the same for the next 2-3 days...by then we will probably have some puddles...
still looking for a computer, was not wanting to spend the money as I want to go to north carolina, and south carolina, in september. # one son the soldier has a birthday, and it has been quite a few years since I have been able to spend one with him...# 2 son, the sailor, will be having another graduation!! and I want to go !!! time off from work has been approved.!! some how it will work out?!?
Janice, sew happy to have you join in :) I have no problem with batiks..
The water is up to the front step of my Studio. If this rain continues I'll have water inside by morning. Everything is up off the floor or in plastic bins.
My entire back yard and most of the front is underwater.
I'd love to be able to send water out to CO.
Rain has stopped & standing water is receeding. Not a clue where it can go with the ground so saturated.
A lot of sun & hot weather in out forecast starting tomorrow. With all the standing water it will be very "steamy" this weekend.
I've not been out to the Studio yet but am hoping for the best - especially since I found my sunporch dry this AM.
Since I can't do any gardening guess I'll be "forced" to sew!!!!!
ROFLOL at the point Pat, I am sure she has. She has had rain since last Friday and 22 cats. Normally they go out into what she refers to as the "cat yard" but being the "dainty" little things they are...they don't want their feet wet!
Well I must confess I have just made time to sew for the past 2+ weeks. Now I need to stop and clean all my cupboards out so the repair man can repair the water damaged areas. No fun!! No not from Debby, I had a leak under the kitchen sink that wasn't detected until the pipe actually burst...big mess.
My cats won't even sit in the FL room when it is raining. Rain may blow in thru the screen!!!!! Cinnamon is my grass eater and not happy that we still have none growing near the doors. I will need to carry him to the nice patch we have in the front yard. No way will he put out the effort to walk that far!!!!
Thanks for letting me in so late, ladies. I hate to even say that we have had sun, sun, sun and 70-80 degree temps here. The corn really needs the rain as it is up to my chest in so places. The warm weather in April let the farmers get some in early.
Joyce coming tonight and we leave for Toledo and Stacey early tomorrow morning. Traveling with a 21 month old that doesn't sleep in the car will be fun, fun, fun but he is usually a good boy. Hope so this time.
I just finished and sent to the quilter a quilt for my son and DIL that live in Findlay. It was all boxes made from 40 different batiks and I grew to love every one of them, so any color you make the plate will be fine with me. If you have just certain colors, use them, and if you want them mixed that will work, too.
I found a purse pattern that has a front pocket for an I-Pad or E-Reader and a ton of pockets inside. I've made two and Stacey has picked out enough fabric for at least a different one each month! I'll make some for the Christmas bazaar here too.
Next in line are a pair of curtains for Stacey's sewing room, a civil war quilt for my friend the civil war buff, a Christmas quilt for my daughter, and an all navy and white quilt for a neighbor. Should keep me busy for a while!
YAHOO! I got my machine back from the shop yesterday! It was gone for over a week. Now once I finish one quilt I need to get done, I can start on these plates.
I'm thinking of putting the ones I get onto a dark or black background.
Robin - glad to hear you are sewing again. I know how "out of sorts" I was when my machines were packed away. I find it so relaxing to jsut sit & sew.
I do have to get some curtains made for the new laundry room.
Wowsers, Barb! Those are really pretty! Good thing you're not a fabric store, 'cause I'm sitting here thinking "oooh, I like that one, and that one and oh yeah, HAVE to find that one"... LOL My favorite is the yellow/green you put into Jean's...
I see 2 with my name...both are very lovely. Will be checking the mail.
Just finished yardwork. Dug 4 big holes for future plantings; put out 8 3cu/yd bags of top soil; spread everything around; dragged some limbs down to the road for recycling...
I'm filthy & stinky & done "working" for the day!!! Feel like I'm still in the Army "We do more before 9AM than most people do all day"!!!! Did not think that was the motto for retirement.
Ah Jean, don't get attached to the second one with your name as it is at my house. I love it and have already gotten it appliques to the background. Oh how happy I am we have this swap. This was the motivation I needed to really work on the guest bedroom upstairs. Thanks Karen you got me moving!!!!!!
I have already received the one from Helene and this is going to be a pretty swap. Mine will be a while as I have to practice this one.
As some of you know, I am making a quilt for my daughter and it was from a 2009 magazine. I was having trouble finding the pattern. Some quilt shops were featured in that magazine and I called the one nearest to me in Wayne, Mi and they had a copy of the magazine since the quilt pattern I wanted was from their shop. They mailed it to me and I will be making it in Christmas colors.
Glad to hear you received the pattern also Janice. Happier to have you back quilting with us. Sure missed seeing you at the gathering...don't spend all your money on fabric and Florida is on the horizon!!!
I have to get all my curtains made before I start on these. Got the laundry room (covered wondow on the door & valence for the window) & bedroom valence & sheers done yesterday. Still need to get the spare bedroom ones done. Then I can think of cutting plates.
Plan to spend most of today sewing after I re-pot my much neglected African Violets. They are looking so sad. I've had the new potting soil here for over a month & keep finsding an excuse NOT to do it. Well, no time like the present so that is where I'm heading right now.
I'm enjoying this thread so much, I went back and reread everything AND looked at all the lovely samplers!
My washing machine croaked and it will be LATE Saturday before my husband is home and we can go get the other machine. Meanwhile, I guess I need to work on what I "can" and stop focusing on the "other projects" that need some prewashing first.
I bought a 5 pound bundle of scraps from cutefabric.com , the cat & dog collection. LOTS of work I could be doing so I guess I'd better get on it
NOT really... :-), just cut them up and prep them for "something". 5# is supposed to be about 15 yards. I'm doubting that. I got LOTS of a couple of fabrics, not as much of the cats and I'm going to cut those and prepare the cats for the 5 inch charm blanket.
I have a question? I used the ruler and cut out all my fabrics, I am making the 16 wedge plates, and so far not one has come out the same size. Most of them are measuring 10 inches, but one came out at 8 & 1/2 inches! What am I doing wrong? I will cut more fabric, and keep trying, but was wondering why they are different sizes?
shee-boy-golly, I think I really opened a can of worms with this swap. I'm still in TN but heading home on Sunday, might not actually get there until Monday but then will get started on mine. I'm really nervous about it, wondering if I will be able to make these.
Don't forget LK that the 10" size is the right size for us to apply to our own background fabric. As far as the one that came out too small, is it possible that you held the ruler in the wrong place when cutting? I did that myself...
...and of course, practice makes perfect. Seriously glad to hear everyone's comments as it will truly be helpful. Karen, no you didn't open a can of worms with this swap...just challenged us a bit more. That is always good. Safe trip home.
I have some Halloween fabrics (a few FQ, a half yard and some scraps) Does anyone want them for postage? Yes, I'm cleaning out the quilt room again!!! I also have a kit for making a stained glass butterfly. It contains everything you need including the black strips, the tools and fabric glue needed. Anyone interested in that for postage? First come first get...
I have really cute purple background with black cats that I think is going to look great if I every get it made up! I am making some progress. I have son's girlfriend's quilt in the works. I decided to invite my Dad to dinner so sewing stopped for the day. We have more company coming late tonight (my DH's daughter & husband), they are picking up their nephew so he can now go there for 2 weeks. I forgot how much teenagers can eat... holy cow... I think I'll send with him whatever he might not have eaten already that bought especially for him. We don't eat cereal, the special brand of hotdogs .. creamy peanut butter (crunchy or nothing for me LOL).
That would be nice Karen...
I had my appointment with the surgeon yesterday for follow up to my operation. I'm thrilled to say that the biopsy came back clean - NO CANCER!!! I'm riding a big high today!!!!
Janice - I mailed your plate yesterday so watch for it okay??? Feels good to sew again. I still have much work to do on my room but I needed to stop and get a couple blocks done before their deadlines. Now it is back to work... Pretty much got things weeded out and now I need to sort fabrics and patterns. Fun, Fun, Fun!!!
I am sending big apologies to Kathy (Kizmo) as I received her block a while ago and after reading through the threads I see I never acknowledged that I got it. I just love it - the blues you used are so pretty and the recipe is one that I must try soon. For some reason the envelope got put under my keyboard and I just found it. Thank you Kathy...
Barb I am so happy you have had good news for a change. Keep it up!
Marion, you are a bad influence...but I like it. They have some great fabrics on sale.
I really have to get started on these. I have so many things in line and I thought I was going great. Then the the whole list exploded and now I am behind in everything. I haven't even picked out fabric or looked at what you all want.
I did get the civil war quilt done and mailed before my Florida friends' birthday and the queen size one for the kids is done, too. I'll try and post pictures as soon as I transfer them from the camera.
I know why I'm behind... I make commitments faster than I can complete projects. I did NOT want to hem these stupid lined drapes but being willing to do that was the ONLY way my Aunt would replace the wore out nasty things she had. She needed a custom length and was unwilling to pay the price (again) for custom (like she did almost 50 years ago).
Gotta go... I'm going to work on drapes until it's time to leave for my DH's family dinner.
Oh my, oh my, I just finished my very first Dresden plate and it came out just right. Whew! You have no idea how I was dragging my feet and kicking my butt for even starting this in the first place. I have never been so nervous about making something EVER.
Barb you can't know how much you helped me! Yesterday I got your lovely Dresden Plate. The colors are perfect, warm with lots of outdoor themes. That is what I like about batiks; they are like watercolors with that same smooth look. That gave me what I needed to start to make my own.
One of the gals at the sewing house gave me a template with directions and I love it. The first one wouldn't lay flat and I could see that I had to make the bottom smaller. took it apart and resewed the bottoms and it came out fine. I am using the 10" guide which is a 4 on the template but it only comes out as 9" -9.5" so I hope that is right.
I really found these were fun to make and did 4 in just one afternoon. I can't wait to see how they go together and what backgrounds and circles you all choose for your Plate.
Yes, Barb, we are still planning on coming to N.H. the last week in September. We are staying in a house in North Conway. Everyone was very excited about going but now that Stacey is pregnant and having a hard time of it we will see if they will be able to make the trip. I will go with the rest of them, though, and looking forward to possibly seeing you if you health makes that possible.
Thought you all might like to see my latest quilt. I have a friend who is very into civil war stuff and this month is her 65th birthday. I made this quilt for her. The top row refers to the Union stars and stripes, the second row is for Barbara Friesee who wouldn't remove the Union flag when the rebels came through her town. The third row is the Ohio star for the underground railroad, the fourth for the Kentucky star. The fifth star is "54-40 or fight" for the fight for the Oregon territory to help determine slave/free states and the bottom refers to the Confederate flag. I think it came out quite nice.
What a great job you did with that Janice!!! She is going to just love it.
I'm glad I gave you the bump to try these plates. They really are fun to do. Can't wait to see.
I'm looking forward to your trip this fall and I was happy to see you will be coming even if without Stacey. I sure do hope she feels better soon and that things quiet down for her. I have that week blocked off on my calendar!!!
I can't take any credit for the actually quilting. A lady back in Michigan quilts all my work on her long arm with a computerized setting. She does a fantastic job and always comes up the the best ideas to show off my work.
I keep moving mine from spot to spot. Just can't seem to get "inspired". Maybe later today. Nothing else on my schedule.
I'm spending the AM steam cleaning my tile & bedroom floors. I have a Haan that is wonderful. Just have the hall bath & foyer remaining. Then all will be sparkling clean so the cats can make messes - again!!!!
Jean, I have some sewn, some cut out, and still looking at fabrics to choose for the rest. We are going to San Angelo this week end, so maybe I will just have to go to Joan's or Hobby Lobby and go shopping!
I was going to say "I'm done" and I just realized I forgot Janice. But the rest are DONE!!!!! and should be in the mail tomorrow.
Now to go search out some batiks in my scrap pile. It may not get made today.
I've been dying to try them but I don't have a template or ruler and no time anyhow.
I'm still just trying to get the basics of life done right now. My youngest and his son spent the night Saturday. DH was helping son with car problems, then I got up to broken car door handle. Friday I tried two different County cars to drive out to a crisis, ended driving my own vehicle (50 miles away). I had just been counting my blessings that MY car is reliable when this happened! DH finally got the door to shut now but it won't lock. We bought the service manual and DH will order parts etc.
Grandson was sick and vomiting, he wet the bed. Did I mention they did NOT plan on spending the night? No change of clothes so I attempted to hop in the car and buy him a change of clothes when I discovered the car door problem. I ended up using my DH's car. It was not the stress free weekend that I had lined out.
Hello, I hope you don't mind me looking in. It looks like you all are having a good time. I bought some Christmas fabric last year and I would like to make a Tree Skirt using the Dresen Plate pattern, adjusting to the appropriate size. What do you think? Can someone point me in the right direction? Thanks in advance for your help!
We don't mind at all that you are looking in...join us and yes, we do have fun! Hopefully Karen (Siliolegma) will pop in soon and can offer some helpful advice. She is making the Dresden Plate tree skirt. Don't just lurk, just join in..besides now that you have asked about the Dresden Plate for a tree skirt... we all will be wanting to see what you do.
Hi Shune, Welcome hope you'll stay and play. The photo what I have in mind, I want to put a Dresden plate on every other section and a Christmas applique on the between ones. There is a photo up top of a couple of the plates I have received so far. We are making the plates in one of two sizes. I'm hoping to get half of each but if not I'll make what I need. I have 15 grands and want to make each a tree skirt. I have 5 done in different patterns.
I'm not sure yet just how I'm going to figure out the dimensions of each section. I want it to be a total of 60" from point to point and have 12 sections. The plates we are making are about 10". I'm leaning on my hubby to design this for me as he has the experience. Once he does I will be happy to share.
One of the things I love most about our swaps is that it takes us OUT of our "comfort zones". It makes us use colors or designs that we may never have tried otherwise. This plate is an example of one I have always loved but kept putting off. Imagine how pleased I was to discover it was not difficult at all. And every one of us has a different slant on colors - that's for sure!
Jean doesn't care for fall colors and I just love them!!! What a great group we have and I hope to see more of you here Shune. Welcome!!!!
Jean, you did a nice job of selecting for not being in your 'comfort zone'...LOL I wasn't sure I wanted to go with Fall colors, but found a wall quilt online that used those, and the border was half-plates alternated back and forth. Was just different enough to peak my interest!
Barb, you hit the nail on the head! I've been taken out of my comfort zone since joining this group so many times, I lost count.. but it's definitely been fun!
Welcome to the group, Shune! Feel free to jump in any time!
I too agree with all above...oh you will never know just how far out of my comfort zone some things have taken me. LOL Funny thing is, I really was baffled by paper piecing but now I love doing it...just needed to get in a situation where I had to pay attention and learn what to do. Thanks all for that one.
Thanks for the nice welcome. If I ever get it together, I'll let you know. I actually have never quilted (or pieced?), anything before. I used to sew a little, years ago. I have a friend that quilts a lot and whenever I visit her, she shows me what she's made. I'm thinking it might be fun.
I finished mine and just have to get envelopes, addresses and go to PO. One of my quilting ladies lent me a plastic template and a little folder that explained how to make the plates and I found that helpful. I did wonder why I followed the directions and cut a "4" for a 10" plate for a 12" square but when it was finished it was only 8.5-9". I also followed the directions about seams but when I finished making all 1/4" seams it plate wouldn't lay flat. I had to go to the middle of the narrow end of the little fan to get the whole things to lay flat.
I hope I didn't do something wrong.
I really loved making these, especially the Christmas one. I would love to put a candle in the middle and keep it! I used the leftovers from my civil war quilt on some since I don't really know what you meant by "scrappy". Sorry if I through everyone off by asking for batiks.
I saw a quilt using this design and each block was a plate of a different color: one in all yellows, one in all a blues, etc. I really liked that idea.
What are we going to do next that will stretch us? This summer has been a total learning experience for. Besides this pattern, which I had never done before, I finished a civil war quilt, and Island chain that was really difficult, several different kinds of purses, and a Christmas quilt for my DD with lots of applique. All were things I have never done before.
Janice - I did yours this afternoon. Since the batiks are so "stiff" they worked great for this pattern. I think I like it the best of all I did. Hopefully I'll get to the PO in the AM before I go get my hair cut.
Jean, received you plate yesterday but with my brain not functioning properly I failed to post last night. My days have all been confusing to me thanks to a new calendar that starts the week on a Monday rather than the usual Sunday. Went to a doctor's appointment that wasn't until today plus many more goof ups.
It is amazing how all the colors I have received so far blend so nicely ! Loving what the results.
above it says "scrappy batiks", I took that to mean a mix of batiks... mailed it off yesterday. Janice if you want a plate of all one batik color, let me know. I have plenty of fabric left... just let me know which color you want.
Sorry to have confused you all. Yes, I wanted scrappy and a variety of batiks in my plate. I was just telling you about a quilt I saw using Dresden plates in a different way. So everyone can just sent what they made and don't do them over, please.
Here is a picture of the civil war quilt. Each of the lines has a meaning: The top row is the stars and stripes of the Union, second row is Barbara Freische star (the lady who refused to take down the Union flag when the Confederates came through her town), third is the Ohio star for the underground railroad, fourth is the Tennessee star for the Confederate states, fifth is the 54/40 or Fight star for the battle over the Oregon purchase happening at the same time to equalize the slave and free states, fifth is the star used on quilts that Confederate moms made for their sons going to war and last is in honor of the Confederate flag.
She loves it!
Janice that pattern is BEAUTIFUL!! I know it's more than UNLIKELY I'll ever get around to it hey... I can ooooo and awwwwwww!!!
I saw a U-tube this weekend that featured Dresdan plate. The folded the blade in 1/2, sewed across the top and then pushed it back right side out, THEN seamed the sides. That made a finished pointed outter edge. It was very cool idea. The less hand sewing the better for me.