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,
Thanks for the thought Jean but lately I've been putting in 12 hour days at work and I'll be out of town 3 weeks in September. I just can't do more than drool at all of you ladies fabulous work! I have to get my pleasure from just watching you'all this time.
I have received three of the plates and I think this is going to be really great. I do wish you all would put your names on the back of the fabric as I have trouble remembering what I got from who unless it is right in front of my face! This getting old is not fun when it comes to remembering things.
The first one is from Helene and the second is from Barb. I love the fall colors of the one Barb sent and it goes beautifully with the one from Kizmo that came today. Hers was all fall colors, too.
Kathy, thanks, too for the recipe for Peach Cobbler that you sent. I am really enjoying anything peach these day. One of our farmers introduced me to a new peach called Canadian Harmony and I just love it. Larger than a lot of peaches with a little thicker skin but so sweet and juicy that you will love to just sit and eat one. i also made freezer jam with it and have already gone through one of the jars.
I thought i would also send along a picture of the quilt I finished for my DS & DDL. Several of us at the sewing house worked on this pattern called Island chain and we each used different fabric and different sizes. Mine is queen size and so I had to add an extra row of chains to the outside as well as the borders. It is made with 20 different batiks and I had a hard time choosing that many to go together. It was supposed to be 40! but I knew that was not going to happen. I do love it and so do they. My son saw me working on it and called "DIBS!"
Karen, I received you beautiful plate yesterday. Unfortunately we are having some serious issues with our internet the last couple of days. We think it is repaired now but only time will tell. Add, since Kim got home yesterday we have been busy gathering up the lawn items and putting them out of harms way. Not just for their protection but to avoid something blowing around. It is looking more and more like we are going to take a hit from Isaac so we have taken care of needed supplies. At the very least we are expecting some rather heavy rain in this area onto ground that is already saturated. Just hope none of my trees decided to fall!!!!!
Janice, I didn't really plan mine as Fall colors, but after I got them sewn together I realized that's what they were... While I was in the LQS, I just kept pulling colors out of the FQ bins to find something to go with the dk green piece. Bought 6 colors, then after I got them home, I ended up taking 2 of those out of the selection and replacing with 1 that I had in stash. Intended to go with purples and greens, but you see what my subconscious did to me...LOL Hope it fits in with your plan. My other choice that I had picked out earlier was brighter, looked like a neon explosion once I got it finished! It's currently hanging on the wall...
When I was little, I hated Gma's canned peaches! They just looked browned and yucky in the jars, and I passed the pies up for apple. Now I would rather have peach than anything! Hubby asked for peach cobbler for his birthday instead of cake, so we ravaged the local farmer's market for some Georgia peaches. The girls sold me some bruised ones for half price, but they were large peaches and Kristen and I ate as many as we sliced...LOL I normally make my cobblers with pie crusts, but my boys really like the recipe I sent you that has the cake-y topping. Either goes great with homemade ice cream!
Marion - the past 2 days have been GLORIOUS. Mid-80s, light breeze, low humidity & no rain. Did a ton of yard work. Mulched, edged, mowed. As far as I can tell, unless there is a change of path, we are just to get rain. Somewhere btwn 2" & 2' !!!!! I bought a case of water so don't know what else to do to prepare.
Oh Kathy I am sure they would be excellent cookies but Kim nor I need to be having them...that whole diabetic issue. Our numbers are good but we want to keep it that way. If I were to bake a batch...have to do it again tomorrow. Regular cookie monsters here!!
I love the island chain pattern also. The quilt is stunning.
yes they are! Dad used to bring home dried fruit a couple times a month. Had to find a way to use some of it up, so I experimented... The best dried cherries were the ones he brought home from the food Co-op!
And if you mix all different types of dried fruits together, they make a lovely fruitcake - and I've never been a fruitcake fan.
Okay ladies you need to stop!!! I am getting so hungry for cookies now I might just have to go bake a batch. Karen sounds like we like the same type of fruitcake...more fruit and nuts than batter. Always leave out the fruit I don't particularly care for...fun of being the fruitcake maker.
Off to corral a few more items even though Isaac has shifted a little more to the west. They are telling us to still prepare as so many things can/do happen...ie: Charly in 2004 which did a 90 degree turn into Charlotte Harbor.
Have you ever speed read ahead a little and THEN caught your error when you did READ the post??? Heck... " Karen sounds like we like the same type of fruitcake...more fruit and nuts than batter" can BECOME "Karen, sounds like we are the same kind of fruitcake, more fruit and nuts than batter!!" LOL
I actually have good reading comphresion normally so when these "little" errors are found it shocks me! NOW my hearing is another thing ... when I don't respond in appropriate fashion, ASSUME I didn't hear the statement right!!
LOL Love it Pat, I do believe we ARE the same kind of fruitcakes especially the "nuts" part.
I have that hearing thing going on too. I've been expecting it as it happened to Mom, Grandmother and Aunts too.
LOL Pat... I think I like being in the 'more fruit and nuts' section - I have more than enough 'batter' to suit me! ROFL I do the same thing, used to speed read to get thru stuff, but now it's so much a habit that I have to stop and go back to make sense of what I read..
The best fruitcake I've ever made was a mix of all the dried fruits I could find at WM: cherries, pineapple, peaches, pears, mango, figs, apples, apricots and golden raisins mixed in with toasted pecans, walnuts, almonds. There wasn't much batter to it, in fact it reminded me of just enough to 'glue' the fruit and nuts together, but after 3 weeks wrapped in cheesecloth and a teeeeeeny bit of brandy, it was the best thing I ever had on the holidays! Expensive to make, but even fruitcake haters at work came back for another 'little' piece.. Sad that I don't have those people to continue baking for, it would go to waste (or my waist) around here!
Karen, I didn't send you a peach cobbler recipe with your plate, but if you like I can email it to you. It's one of those no-fuss, cake-y types.. Oh and by the way - those Ultimate Krispy Treats that you shared on FB just added a pound or two and I haven't even made them yet!!!!!! LOL
me too... Linda's arrived today! Guess I better decide how to start putting these together for my quilt! Thanks Linda! Thought I had posted, but can't seem to locate it... Thank you Janice for your plate!! My quilt is going to be awesome!
I have everything moved into my new place, am working on getting organized. I do plan on having my plates done and in the mail by the end of the month so don't give up on me. I have recieved about 5 I think so far, will post from whom when I find them in the mess, lol.
I see how small my 20 blade looks next to the one from Linda. i don't know what happened but i used the template ruler my friend shared with me. If a 12' BLOCK with a 10" finish circle and you used the #4 line on the ruler. All of them came out to not want to lay flat and when i took them in to lay flat they ended up at 8-9"
not 10. What did I do wrong and I would be glad to make them over if you can tell me how to make it larger. Am I making any sense?
Since there are many pieces at the center you have to cut & sew accurately.
Were they not flat in the center or at the outer edge? You might try lying them out after you do the points, before you sew them together, and see if all the raw edges line up and there is no overlapping. Then you would know they were cut accurately.
Not for sure on the brand, I will let you know when I get back home Tuesday. At the beginning we were talking about rulers, and I ordered one. I cut out 20, and it was too many, so I used 16, and still had to take larger seams, especially at the bottom of the plate.
Jaye and I were talking on the phone about that problem, and she said because the sides were cut on the bias, they stretch when being sewn. She pressed hers really good before sewing, and that helped the stretching problem.
Real life seems to keep throwing its' unexpected curves at me.
But here to say I got Jean's AMAZING plate, Karen oh so delicious colors and Janice cute plate.
LK's, bigger one truly surprises me with LSU colors, and got it yesterday, in time for the first game! Ehem..brought LSU good luck too :D
After measuring, I think LK uses 4 and a half, instead of 4. Maybe with that extra 1/2, she needs less blades and the fan turns out bigger? Thanks LK!! I'll be attempting the bigger ones, less blades for sure!
Mine is at 4, and have completed so far 5 plates ... all almost similar in size to those using the DZ and @ 4.
To avoid sewing on the bias (you know how they stretch), I press the blades first before joining to others.
Karen, I'm loving this so much!! Made duplicates too!!
Betty, I'll gladly mail you one. Using the DZ ruler is a breeze.
What a wonderful way to start my day...seeing a post from Jaye. I am reading all this chit chat about using the ruler and different number of blades...very interesting. I guess I just love Dresden plates as the number of blades makes no difference to me. I know I am trying to match mine to the others but for my personal use...I love the mixing up.
Have a wonderful day and gret day tomorrow. Remember: don't labor to hard.
That's is what I am enjoying so much with the different sizes. I have the ones I have received already on the background I have chosen. As I lay them out and start thinking about the assembly. I see a wonderful unique top taking shape. Each brings it's own personality and loveliness.
It's easy to make a template for any number of blades.
Trace a large round object (dinner plate).
Fold in half and half again. Take a 1/4 and fold it in half and half again and you have the basic template for a 16 wedge plate.
If you want 12 sections, you take a 1/4 and fold it in 3rds.
For the 20 sections, fold the 1/4 into 5 even sections.
I'm loving all the different variations I'm getting. It will be so fun to put them together into tree skirts. You're so smart Jean, I'll be trying that to make a pattern as I want to make more of the different sizes.
Nice thing about working with a circular design, they all have a circumference of 360 degrees. No matter how big you make it, that is the constant. So you can draw any length line out from the center, make it any size you want, and the math stays the same.
We have been rain free for 48 hours!!!!! After the 4" we got Thur/Fri, rain free days are what we need. I'm hoping it stays this way so I can (hopefully) get the front yard mowed tomorrow afternoon. The back yard is still partly under water so will be awhile before I can mow, or even walk, back there. We have had over 60" of rain since May.
That is a lot of rain!!! We also have been rain free for a couple of days but one section of Tallahassee got pounded yesterday...glad it wasn't where the stadium was or there would have been some drowned fans. Just got my mower back from my son so I will use it tomorrow in the back yard. Provided we aren't another another heat advisory, I will.
not sure whats doing or has done on LBK. Here we had a beauty of a week but needed rain now and this week.
Rec'd my plate from Linda. 16 blades do look good too.Makes for Semetric positioning of the 4 colors
OT: DD's step grand daughter is going off to nursery school tomorrow. She is 4 and has always been with her Moma.I'd love to give her a gift in the AM to take in with her. Any suggestions.Me I can see a raggedy Ann doll. to late to make... However does any one have a pattern. You guys always have good ideas?!
You girls are addictive. Lol. Watched a video today..36" Dresden plate with smaller dresdens at each corner..a must done in Christmas fabrics..I'm hooked..think the trick is ordering The templates which I did
HI Jaye! Missed you so much. I've really enjoyed this and am making more for my self too. I'm even making what amounts to a giant one 60" across with 12 blades and then will put these from the swap on the points for a tree skirt.
Sounds as though you are all already incorporating them into projects.
I received an email saying the templates I ordered Sunday were shipped and a 3-5 day delivery..so hoping they come in today. Already been to post office at 8am but no go..here's hoping..so looking forward to seeing your projects
I have been appliqueing them to my backgound material as they have arrived. Just playing with the ones I have received, I realize it is going to be a nice quilt top. Of course I won't do any final assembly until I see all of the plates. Betty, what colors do you plan to be using or will it be a scrappy?
Limited with fabrics here. I do have a ydg of white withtiny polka dots (meant for napkins but not being use for that.
So i'll machine applique on 12=1/3" not sure about the dot (center) should be red ???
You guys are real troopers. Jean, when you come to MD I am off of NJ 78 close to PA, Thinking 3 hrs fromMD. Beautiful country here. I teetering of going home soon. House is 71 deg.. I am so cold here. Outside is fine...
So this is what I have here. 2nd pic. this 2 ft away from my BR window at 2: midday. Inundaded with them as the property has a spring feeding pond and fresh water ways.
betty I remembered my friend "carol doak.com" her work.She does christmas ornamentd. has has them at the white house several times. I bet you could make these as you have so many talents. All the faces are painted by her, the rest she cottages out...no not fortunate, too manyanimals here destroy everything. Blue Heron eats the fish in the pond. foxes arre a pest and never mind watching for the bear, cubs and mamma.
Helene, I will have to go check out her website..yes I do paint Christmas bulbs..now how did you know. Lol. I especially do scene's of Georgian Bay as give always, do snowman with recycled lightbulbs..paint Santa/snowman faces on some etc etc. always give 4 to each grandchild so that when they leave home they will have a collection a will remember me from time to time at Christmas..
Yes, guess these critters are nice to look at but can cause mayhem..
Just got back from town, ISAAC within a few minutes of having sunshine rolled in..could barely drive to get home..slowing down now but bet there is some damage done..
sorry this is the site I mean. Gladys Boalt is her name http://www.gladysboalt.com/ you'll see what I mean. No christmas balls but christmas collections. We have Heidi etc. Also Sherlock Holmes etc.some more.
Got the templates in the mail tonight, checked my stash and cutting..tomorrow at work I can sew at least the tops and turn into hopefully perfect point..this dresden plate is 36"..doesn't take long to use up the stash I'll tell you
I found a perfect fabric for my centers, while I was on vacation!!!!! and some Christmas, that I sure hope Karen likes... :)
an Angel (thanks again) sent me an old computer to use, until I can get a new one (thanks to other angels )
I have received plates from: Helene, Kizmo, Barb, Jean, Karen, and Linda K. thank you very much. they are all BEAUTIFUL ! !
I will be sending out some soon.
Betty that BIG plate is gonna be gorgeous! what are the measurements at top of wedge, and at bottom??? Maybe I can make a template??? would be great for a table topper for my sisters round kitchen table.
hope everyone is in good health and doing some great stitching...sure have missed Y'all...
How are you doing Janice? Are you still coming East this month? I would really like to get together. Right now things are a bit up in the air regarding Norm. We are waiting for the oncology appointment as his melanoma has returned. I'll keep you posted though as to my availability...
Thanks Jean. Hopefully we will hear of appointment date today. They are trying to get an MRI, a PET scan and an appt with the thoracic surgeon all on the same day!!! It is 65 miles one way to there so they try to accomodate us as much as possible... One of the many reasons Norm wants to go there and besides, he still has faith in the doctors there.
Barb, so sorry to hear of this, hugs and love to both of you, and many prayers...
Miss Betty ... are you ignoring me????? nah !!!! just missed my question TWICE LOL
what size are the edges of your wedges??? narrow top, and wider bottom...would love to make a circle for my sisters round table...
Karen, were all coming in from different directions, Judy is coming in from her home, Betty is coming from Canada, I will be driving in with Judy Saturday morning early, to meet everyone at one of the cracker barrels for breakfast!
So I started to sew them onto white background with decorative stitches, only to find out that I have one with the white on the right side up and the other with the wrong side up. consequently I made table mats, which turned into pillows for my red quilting room chairs. They are, however very beautiful.
I will be careful with the rest and than have to add to them to make 16 for a quilt w/o sashing.
very nice, Helene! Those red and whites are awesome!
Karen, got to thinking today while I was sewing those butterfly dresdens... If you cut long wedges, like Betty did, out of a light seasonal background, maybe with some glitzy metallics, the plates that you have rec'd could be separated into halves and sewn onto the ends like scallops around a tablecloth...
Well, it seems I will be purchasing a new iron tomorrow, the one I purchased at the beginning of the summer will not get hot. I do believe I have a 20% coupon for Bed, Bath & Beyond that will come in handy.
Betty, I only wish those were my creations! They were on a Google search, and after seeing the dresdens in the borders, I'm seriously thinking on doing something similar with my fall plates. There sure are plenty of creative minds out there!
Hi Thunder! Glad you're back online, how's Ms Malena these days?
Catbird, what are you working one? So far my cheapie iron is holding up, but I have an older back up if it goes out. Those new ones that have the automatic risers are nice, but pricey. Not sure what type to buy if I do need another one...
My Sailor bought me a "shark" last Christmas, I think it is fantastic!!!
Ms Malena is great, turned three in August!! and just started school !!! 3 days a week for 4 hours at a whack...a new pre-school program they just started on the base...she did not like the first couple of days, but seems to be enjoying it more as time goes on.. I will post a few pictures when I get my new computer
it should be here tomorrow !!
Thunder, mailed the thread catchers to you along with a few things for the 12 month Christmas quilt and you should have it by weeks end.
However, think 2 of the 3 need the packets for the pin cushion, you'll see one done and the other 2 need filling..was too rushed to get them finished (thought they were-remembered I gave a lot of the DG girls at the gathering one so ooops)
Just went downstairs to zellers to purchase an iron..now I'm all set here at the office...a sewing machine and an iron, cutting board/ironing pad...what else do I need?
I know I wasn't in this project thread but you've given me the incentive to move right along with you
I am working on my plates. found this to make nice centers: with a pinking shear cut your center 1/2" larger than required. I am making mine 3-1/2". Cut a piece of freezer paper the exact size you want yourcenters to be. Iron freezer paper with shiny side to the wrong side of the fabric. baste (1/4" stitches) all round the fabric.gently pull it around the freezer paper and press on the wrong side and the right side. Now gently remove the freezer paper disc. Beautiful.
This is ny quest, however in reverse colors. White with red and white plates.
I made it to the post office this morning and mailed plates. I still have 3 to make so those won't go out in the mail until Monday.
:>( Almost made the deadline.
Jean, I will hold onto yours until you get up here and we can meet.
Yes, Heaven, buy into THEIR thoughts about how TERRIBLY difficulty this block is!!
Helene, you asked about background other than white, I REALLY like black as a neutral, it's dramatic and doesn't compete with the colors.
Beautiful plates Jaye, shucks here I was thinking they were all mine! :-)
Thunder, don't feel bad about being late...so am I. Lost a lots of momentum when Mom started having more trouble and I couldn't leave town due to all my doctor's appointments. Not to mention, he wasn't allowing me to drive down by myself for a while. Hopefully the CPAP is adjusted correctly but will find out more on Wednesday.
I am ever so happy we had this Dresden plate exchange as this pattern is one of my favorite. LOL Jaye, I am using boring white for my background but only because of where I plan on using this quilt. It seemed the best color for using on the brass bed in the guest room.
Pat, we cross posted. I like the idea of black also...so dramatic. Humm, think I might have a thought of more Dresden plate blocks. Thanks for refreshing me "old brain" with the black. I feel like I am still in a fog since returning home.
I am going to finish all of them sweet Jaye. Just mentally couldn't wrap my brain around sewing for a while. Funny thing, I didn't realize how really badly I was sleeping until I got my machine...still doesn't excuse me from being so draggy. I need to sew to get myself more relaxed and back into the routine.
Speaking of Amish black...maybe we could do an Amish block exchange sometime? Thoughts anyone?
Oh Marion QUIT!! LOL... too many IDEAS and not enough time!!! I have enjoyed watching all your of ladies' lovely blocks coming together and I can't wait to finally make one of these! They are so beautiful and I will take ya'all's word that these are easy (that you are not woofing me, as my DH would say!)
LONG and exhausting. These past 3 weeks of class 4 days a week and then drive 200 miles after class, work a day at the clinic and / or be on-call THEN the memorial for my Uncle and that was another 250 miles each way. We picked up my BIL on the way down but IL and my Dad rode back with us (my sister went down early and stayed an extra 2 days). My knees and ribs are still unhappy about riding in the back seat with my knees pulled up! I'm only 5'4" but my BIL is 6'3" and I sat behind him, NEVER again! HE can take a turn in the back seat!! LOL