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Thanks Pat. I'll be back home tomorrow, had a great time in TN of course even if it was a quick trip.
Jaye, those plates are soooo beautiful.
Anyone who needs more time on their plates can put me on the bottom of the list. I'll be using mine on Christmas tree skirts but they are for put away gifts for grands. All the current marrieds have one and I'm just working ahead now to be sure I get one made for each of the grands coming up.
I'm so glad everyone seems to be enjoying this swap.
Pat when you get some time, I'll be happy to swap plates with you if you want.
Anyone who does'nt have time to make my red and white can be off the hook of making it or send later as I can't finish the project anyway as some are in my Fl home. I am making a quilt with them. i mean an exchange is meant to be fun and not stress. We all have so much going on...
I am using off=white for my background. Jay asked the ? as to what color to use.
ay love the blue and white and black and white and the christmas ones. yes all very addictive.
Great! Just might take you up on that but I likely would say Christmas/Winter in Red White and BLUE!! I know, I know... why am I difficult??? I used to tell my poor mother "I want JUST like this EXCEPT..." and she was one of those "by the book, just like it says" kind of people and I never have been. Can't you just see the center's done with a big snowflake print??? I have several blue print winter & several R/W/B that I am HOPING someday to get made into throws.
Yes, either winter or Christmas (snowmen, snow flakes etc) in Red/ White/ Blue. YIKES, I'm going to have several plates to make up if this keeps up!!!
We have gotten so much done today... and still working on the list. We recycled/cut up old jeans into circles in preparation for making those circle jean block quilts that make up like a mock catherdal window. I'll see if I can find a link to post.
Barb, glad you got them.
A special thank you for helping me out with Sue's blocks. Truly appreciate your time.
When Jean sent her DP, she had specified on the envelope, not to bend.. or something like that. I remember too someone saying (was it Karen) that sometimes contents in the envelopes can be easily destroyed. Hence the folders, to keep them flat and protected.
Sometimes I have trouble picking them out Barb. When in doubt, I just close one eye, make a fist with the right hand and look through it at the fabrics spread out. That tunnel vision sure helps block out other "noises". Learnt that from my first quilting teacher.
Or you could use your phone camera.
nice oriental flavor, Jaye! That's funny that you mentioned the 'look thru the fist' idea... I was just thinking on that same line this weekend when we were taking pictures at the steam engine show. It's amazing what you see when your focus is on a smaller area, just like when you sit under the kitchen table and look out into the room- you see what a child sees, not the dust bunnies, though! LOL
I take quilt pics with my cell phone camera, send to my email, then open up and look... gives me an idea whether I need to change colors or rearrange blocks
Pat my mother was also a "by the book" person. Everything she cooked and no matter how many times she made it, she always went exactly by the recipe. Now her mom, my grandmother...was a free spirit. I don't think she ever made anything just how it was directed. Every pattern, every recipe had a bit of her personal touch, and I doubt she ever made things the same way twice.
Every baby in our family came home in a tiny sweater set she always made, it would only fit a newborn and only for a couple months, but we treasured them. After she was gone, I wanted to make them, I finally found a similar pattern and by sitting with the few we had left, counting stitches and making notes, I managed to come up with a close pattern. Now our babies still come home in the tiny sweater, bonnet and booties. Old fashioned I know, but I'm big on tradition. Plus I miss her so much that I feel it helps me to keep her by me a bit.
Karen, such a wonderful way to bring a newborn home! Old Fashioned or tradition needs to come back again, IMHO. I made afghans for both of my granddaughters with the crochet hook my MIL used to make their dad's baby afghan. So I guess I fit into that category.
You surely do Marion, my grandmother has been gone over 31 years and I still get the thought of calling to tell her something I know she would enjoy. She died just before I became a grandmother for the first time. She was one of the most important people in my life, one I totally knew loved me.
One of our traditions, since 1991 is to gather and put a Christmas tree ornament on the tree in memory of Roger..grandchildren never got to meet DH but we speak of Christmas's gone by and they learn more about their grandfather..he was 47 when he passed on.
We always dressed as Mr. & Mrs. Santa, Christmas eve we would visit the homes of friends, go to the bedrooms so parents could take photo's of us leaning over their beds..Jeff has our costumes and a few years ago I made costumes for Roger's sister Suzanne and her hubby Lenny to do same..hope this will continue through the next few generations.
on that note. The house I am staying in here in NJ, my DD house. 15 years ago when we came to look at the house it was so totally decorated with Santas. Quilted santa wallhanging and santas every where. Came to learn that the woman (a teacher) dressed as Santa every year and visited kinder garten and lower classes in the schools in surrounding towns. How nice! thought i'd share.
We've had so many children as they grew come up to us and said for those years, seeing Santa holding their hand while they slept made them believe there really was a santa while other children lost faith..many still have the photo's
The french tradition I grew up in had our big meal after Midnight mass, then Santa would come to give out the gifts..often wondered why my dad was never there with us??? hmmm
lovely costumes, Betty! So nice for the tradition to be continued... I worked with a lady once that did the same around the hometown areas. She and her husband looked so much like the Mr/Mrs Santa WITHOUT their costumes (white/grey hair, round cheeks, his long white beard and hair) that it was unreal. They were both lovely people, inside and out, year 'round.
Helene, I bet the house was wonderful, all decorated in Santas. Especially if it was cold and snowy outside! We never had a Santa come to our house, only to Church on Christmas Eve after the Service.
All this talk about Santas reminds me of an incident that happened when the youngest GD was about 4. We had gone to lunch and there happened to be a gentlemen seated across the isle from our booth that could have been Santa himself. I commented to Catie-Beth that Santa was watching her only to get this reply: "Grandma, everyone knows Santa doesn't have a wallet, he carries huge bags!" The gentlemen heard and cracked up laughing. When he was leaving he leaned over and whispered in my ear "Everyone should know that Grandma!!"
During the war years, I was the only grandchild and my mother and I lived with her parents and brothers and sisters while my dad was overseas. My own personal Santa paid me several visits. When I was being naughty, he would be suddenly looking in the window.
When my grands were small I made special Santa suit of the nicest, richest fabrics I could find. My DSIL's father also used it every year for the party at the VFW. It still looks nice even now.
Jaye my plates are here and even more beautiful in person. Thank you so very much.
these were through out the house. memorable was the shoe maker.
next to garage is the laundry then it was not heated- many cookie tins filled with various baked goods were waiting for the hollidays. I said to DD just like my house...
Adorable LindaKay..with 26 totes of Christmas goodies in storage I think I shouldn't be looking for more..however, on our trip to Bonners I will look for some type of lighted feature for outside..already purchased the unit that makes all the light flicker to the music..make sure I don't purchase anything else please..lol
on the main street behind Drury Inn..I will set a budget for Bronners and Fabric Shop, then budget for outlet mall and one for CrackerBarrel..bring extra incase I have to borrow for gas to get home lol
Can't wait to get home and see what the mailman has for me! I had my mail held for the two weeks I was gone so there will be Christmas at my house when the mail does come.
We arrived at Harbor Springs, MI this morning and I have already spent too much. They have a lovely glass blower who makes pumpkins in every color and combination. He was working while I was there and I love to watch. I bought a purple pumpkin and one in the colors of Monet...blue, green, reds.
The colors here are beautiful; just a little past peak as some leaves are dropping. Can't believe that all the beautiful colors are here and none in New Hampshire. I am just loving it~
I'll get the instructions to you that I received when I ordered the large template..I've cut you one out of plexi glass which will do all the sizes and will bring it with me next Friday but will get you yardage prior to that so you can see if you've enough
I am glad you bought my address situation to my attension, I have recently moved, just changed the address here. No problems if you mailed to my old Crofton address, either my former landlady will hold it for me or it will be forwarded on, may take an extra day or two but I will still get it.
I have mailed all my plates out except for Jeans', I will see her on Sunday I hope.
ok, someone help here, doesn't matter whether it's positive or negative... I can see in my head what I want to do, but now that I have it together, I'm thinking the scale is too big. This is supposed to be a baby quilt, but I didn't have a pattern, so I winged it. The blocks are 8" finished, and right now I'm measuring about 33 square. The butterfly's antennae will be hand embroidered later, but now that I I have this much together, I'm not sure whether to finish it or change it. The white space in the center is throwing me off also. The pic that I took the idea from had a large flower and leaves appliqued there, so I thought I'd incorporate heart shapes for the petals and on the outer edge. It's looking more like a wall quilt than a baby quilt...?
I have plenty of scraps cut for a border of 2" 4-patch units from the same prints.. And the main butterfly tails and hearts are like a raspberry pink and a concord grape print, although it looks blue on my screen. The rest of the prints are pastels in pinks, lavendars, greens, yellows and blues..
Anyone have any ideas on what to do now? I'm so over it for tonite at this point, but will have to start again tomorrow. I was hoping to do this for the baby shower...
IMHO the white space won't be so prominent once the antennae are done, will it? I rather like it but you do have to be happy with it. I am sure some more crafty, creative people will come up with some good ideas. That is what is so great this thread and group.
There's nothing that says a quilt can't be square, especially for a baby. if that's your problem. I think it looks darling and definitely like a baby quilt. A border or two and it will be just perfect.
having a totally square quilt isn't the problem, I rather like it, but it's more that I was concerned the size of the resulting butterflies and the center flower was bigger than should be. Most baby quilts are based on 4,6,8" squares, but with the total design spanning 3 8" blocks, I was starting to think the pattern was overtaking the quilt, sort of like a 'wow' in-your-face butterfly, rather than the 'aawww' size, if that makes sense. The big white square center threw me off trying to come up with a design that didn't overtake the butterflies. First I just cut 4 hearts and arranged in the center, then I made some smaller ones to pull the eyes more to the center of the quilt. Ended up putting some small purple ones in the outer edge, then used 2 sizes of pink ones to make a flower, of sorts.
Here's where I pulled my idea from"
The first pic is the one Sondra made and posted. She said the pattern was from an old McCalls, but I can't find it in the old indexes.
The second pic I was considering a scalloped piano key border...
The third pic I liked the patchwork inner borders and since I had plenty of scrap pieces, thought I could incorporate those into the final quilt. The outer border won't be as wide as the pic, but maybe 4" or so.
This is supposed to be for the new grandbaby, but if I don't get past this roadblock, it won't get finished.
Glad you all like the top so far.. and like you all have suggested, once I get the borders on it, it will all come together.
I also have a quilt that I working on for my niece, it's ready to be quilted, hopefully tomorrow. Instead of the red, black and white, she's getting a blue and yellow rail fence with yellow duckies and red diamonds... LOL Talk about going the opposite direction!!!! It took 4 trips to look for fabric for the backing... I finally stopped a lady in our local Joann's yesterday and asked where she got a piece of blue fabric that she was carrying around. Turns out it was in another Joann's across the river, so I hightailed it over there early this morning and found what I needed - plus some I didn't need!
My part in the baby shower was to bring fabric squares for the guests to decorate/sign/whatever to arrange in a small autograph quilt. No problem, found fabric and markers for that. Then I get a distress call from IN - the girl doing Kristen's shower has a family emergency and can't do the shower... So - in order to calm everyone down, I volunteered to save the day and go down a week ahead of time to take over.
2 baby quilts and a baby shower to save - all in the next few weeks. No wonder I'm brain dead...
Thanks everyone for the boost... back to it today! I think I just tried to cram too many things into one day yesterday and Bella's quilt was last project I worked on. Got to figure out how to quilt the other one today, too. Fortunately, I made veggie soup yesterday so supper is an easy one tonight...
tuned in late today. Received Robin's blco today, beautiful and thank you. Thank you for the pretty note and card.
Kathy, working on one projectt so much gets to you and that is so normal. The quilt is a BEAUTY. Nothing wrong with a quilt that is so beautyful to end up as Wall Hanging.
I opt for the 3rd quilt finish it'll make the inside pop. 2nd picture, your eye makes it all blend. By now you are probably finished. Let us see the end result.
Pink pears is a nice dessert for showers. You take canned pear halves soak them in disolved red hots over night serve them on a lettuce leaf with a cream cheese ball in the center or a cream cheese drizzle. Beautiful presentation and make ahed.
Thanks Helene! I'm not finished with it, still working on the 4 patch borders, but almost ready to attach. Then another border, simple this time..
back later, soup's on! LOL
Love the pear idea, will have to try that one out!
Went to purchase Thansgiving fixings (this weekend for Canadians) and wasn't there a quilt magazine called 'quilting for chrismas - full of lap top/table runners and wall hangings..the have a large Dresden plate done on a wall hanging with santa's face as the middle insert..too cute..temps me but then so does the Xmas pressie and Christmas tree runners..guess now that I have 4 out of 5 runner finished I can try one or two of those in the book.
I have some fabric with Santas that measure about 3"x3", just right for plate centers. The little banner says Merry Christmas. There are yards and yards of this that was given to me so if any one wants some just let me know.
Just out of curiosity, I measured the Santa fabric. I have 14 3/4 yards. One piece is 5 3/4 and the other 9 yards. It was given to me several years ago. I cannot see myself ever needing more than a yard or two.
Hello from MD!!! Hit the PA quilt shops yesterday with great results.
Found a 9 deg ruler, 18" long on sale for $16 so it followed me home. Other than that I stuck to my shopping list.
Now that I have fabric, I wish I had a sewing machine here with me!!!!
Karen, would there be enough for a yard to send me? Do you have a 'wish list' of anything I can send you?
Betty, when you do this applique project, do you cut away excess fabric when you layer one piece upon another? I'm laying out this flower for Bella's quilt, but seems like 2 layers of fabrics on top of the background would be bulky or too thick to look right... obviously, I haven't done much applique... LOL I'm not using fusible for this, although I could if I 'window' the fusible. But if I just machine applique, I'm thinking it will look funky...
Any suggestions from all you applique experts would be appreciated. Got the scrappy 4 patch border on Bella's quilt top, took me all day... I'll get the outer border and center applique pinned on, then post a pic for suggestions. I've come up with a different design for the center..
Better watch those plates closely Helene if you get near me!! I love them.
Happy Thanksgiving to all our Canadian friends.
Not much done here yesterday, took the day off and went to a horse show. One of Kim's students who also happens to be our vet's daughter was in competition. The fact we have known her since she was a toddler added to the interest. Today will be quiet as Kim has a 10 page paper due by tonight (has most done) and I am feeling the effects of being in the sun to much yesterday! BTW, our friend won all events she was entered in.
Jean, please, oh please bring some cooler weather back home with you!!!
Love the design and color scheme..it will be gorgeous!
Not as cold as I thought here, got everything ready for company, managed to machine quilt another runner so am sitting doing hand sewing and thinking I should be more productive..must be something outside I can do..
Next weekend Frankenmuth, week after Buffalo and by then could have snow..drats that is a bad 4 weather word!
One of you lovely ladies gave me link to the Dresdan plate pattern that was printable. I printed it, and thought I had also referenced it my document section of my computer and I CAN'T find it!!! If any of you where that post is, or have the link, would you help me?
thank you, yes in the center will be from the swap and for both sides I am making more. Can; finish as I have some down south. they look pretty much alike because some peeps used fabric I sent.On the top i am sowing 1/2 a plate from robin done with only 2 colors. Will do this all around on the white diagonal. No sashing. I don't like sashing.
Read today about this huge pile up in Sarasota 47 cars and more than 75 peeps injured.
Booked to go home 31 October. Too cold here, Vermont Cast iron stove is throwing out heat today. A marvel of old fashioned engineering. Gogin to a quilt show this PM. Looking forward to it.
Helene, yes there were actually 2 big pileup on Friday. The one near Sarasota was due to weather conditions (pouring rain extremely hard) and no one willing to back off on the gas pedal!! You have driven that area I am sure so you know what it is like.
There was another on I-10 near Jax that had about 10 cars involved...same conditions according to the news.
Pssst: bring just a little of the cooler weather with you on the 31st. Not a lots but just the 'perfect amount" :-)
Pat the pattern is on the previous pages to this thread, I'll copy mine and send with your fabric, also a copy of the ruler. If you take it to a glass repair shop they can cut it out of 1/8 plexiglas. Be sure they sand the edges so they don't cut you.
I thought you'd enjoy seeing this little engine that could, namely the vermont casting stove. 40" x40" and the pipes that throw out the heat and all sitting in a glass enclosed room,next to this high tech kitchen with induction stove . what a PIA.
Quilt show was in this quaint, artsy town of Stockton NJ, Awesome setting of a hisstoric mill and it;s grounds withmany quaint Bldgs. Was very well done. Many quilts and some vendors. Such a treat for my old, sore eyes. My DD enjoyed very much. Will post pictures on shutterfly and post an invite.
Helene, I/m with you on this COLD weather. Only 48 here this AM & I need to walk the dog. Luckily I can borrow jackets from the coat closet.
Will be great to have you back in FL. THen I'll plan my trip west!!!!!
checking if someone was able to open this
Yes that was so beautifully designed. Quilt of V had words printed into the light sections such as "God bless america" and more. beautifull show. Each and every window had flower arrangements on the inside done by one person and used flowers from members gardens.i was impressed by it all.
Sometimes you just want to hug your kids..last night I mentioned to Greg that I wanted to cut some templates to take to Frankenmuth for the girls that sew..he asked me for a template of what I wanted..was off today but just came in bearing gifts..
I will look for a market and mark each size..think the dresden plate goes right to 42"..Clear, just have to put the sticky paper off
I bought a BEAUTIFUL fabric today to use for the background of my plates!!! close your eyes Jaye...it is pink LOL
I had a grey or silverish in mind, or maybe a green. went to a few fabric places today and saw a perfect pink!!! not usually a "me" color, but the crazy fabric I found for the centers has pink also ?? that crazy design...just spoke to me when I saw it. and the pink I saw today goes VERY well !!
may do a bit of work on it tomorrow??!
don't ya just love those moments , when ya just got to give those big boys a hug for doing something so sweet...
Man... I had to REALLY search to find that post! We've been a chatty group!!! LOL, isn't grand? I'm eager to see how big that print is and how it looks in the center.
JoAnn's had their Keepsake Calico on sale for 40% off and if you spent $75 you had a coupon for $25 off... yea... I made the trip after work tonight when I realized this was the last day the $25 coupon was good. :-)
Well the 40% is still on thru Saturday but the extra $ off of the total bill is not. They also had bolts of clearance Red dot fabric for %50 off. I bought a couple of pieces to add to my pink/orange/ collection that I'm collecting. I won't say "making", that seems a little premature based on results!!!
Because I filled out the card last time I was at Joann's to get sale e-mails they sent me a 'one time use' coupon for 20% off entire purchase..do you think the 20% off comes off the entire bill only on items previously not on sale??? bet I can make a Joann's by Saturday
thanks :) I am excited, over this quilt...now I love to quilt / sew, and of course I enjoy most of what I do, but I have not felt EXCITED about a quilt ... Ya know what I mean??!!
these coupons stated right on them that it included regular, sale priced, and clearance items. sometime they say that sometimes not...be worth the try!!!
lots of sale still going
30% off nursery prints and panels, Holiday Inspirations Christmas, Autumn Inspirations Harvest, Specialty quilting fabrics...40% off Holiday Inspirations Halloween prints and panels, Anti pill fleece prints, Ultra cuddle fabrics, anti pill fleece solids, and many more...My add says Sept 30 - Oct 13
thanks, I'm not sure if it will be done for the shower or not... I work on it awhile, then have to stop to let my eyes rest a bit, then back at it... LOL Would have gone much faster if I had just used a pattern with directions instead of making it up as I go!
I had aaaallllmmmmoooosssstttt enough of the background fabric to make full length strips for the outer border, came up short like 4" for the last 2 sides. Didn't want to go back to buy more fabric, so I used what I had left and cut dresden wedges to make the corners. I plan on making a wavy border anyway, so it will look ok. here's a closeup of the corners, before I trimmed them up...
Thinking of SID and outlining the main pieces, then not sure after that... binding will be the same fabric as the pink butterfly, and the back will probably be a pink print of some sort.
LOL... Lady M, that's a lot of love to think about babies at our age...!! But hey, I'm willing to make another quilt...
Thanks Thunder, that's quite a compliment! I can't believe how many brain cells I've stressed on this one. Wonder if Sondra feels the same way after she gets finished designing her quilts!?!?!?!?
Now I just have to figure out the quilting. That red, yellow and blue one has to be finished by Friday, so the quilting starts on it tomorrow asap.
yes got my plate and set into the quilt. I placed the blocks on point. need to figure out how to cut the triangles to square it up. blocks with sashing 18" any suggestions for the corner and side triangles I mean sizes for the triangles
Post Office brought me the big container with mail for the past two weeks and there were three blocks but I don't know who sent them yet. With all the traveling I have been doing I wont get a chance to look them over until next week. Will get pictures soon.
All of mine will go out on Monday. Now I can confess part of why I am so very late...I decided to take a tumble down the stairs right after I got home and it hasn't allowed my a great deal of use of my left arm. My fault...hands way to full of laundry and didn't use the handrail. I am okay just feel really stupid!!!
Oh yes, I was checked Karen. I was very lucky in that I was just bruised and sore for a while...landed on the pile of clothes!! I got a terrible scolding from my daughter. I had just returned from visiting my Mom and my mind was on a "thousand" things I needed to start doing. We have all been there I am sure. Thanks for asking.
Hope you are feeling great now Marion. It seems like we are all a bit unsteady lately. That's why my sewing room was moved upstairs instead of in the basement. Plus the fact that the bathroom is upstairs too!!! LOL
Thanks everyone...yes, I was very lucky but also very careless with what I was doing. Jean, we would indeed make a pair. You don't realize how much you use an certain arm/ shoulder until it is sore!!!!!!!
Barb when my sewing room is finished (soon now) I will be on the bottom floor complete with bathroom and bedroom so I could just move there, seal the door shut and sew til my heart's content. :-)
I am doing fine and thankfully I was hurt as badly as Jean appears to have been. My dignity was injured the most!!!
Barb, the MILs suite was one of the reasons we bought this house. Ross was thinking as we aged we could make that out living area. Of course neither one of us knew the cancer would become hormone resistant so quickly. Still love the place to much to think about moving any where else other than a space reserved by Ross. I just have to keep telling myself "use the handrails, dummy!".
Jean that is really good news about the foot. Dirty feet? You live in Florida now don't you? You are always working in the yard...right? Then that is the gardener's natural foot look.
The person who signed on after was Janice... I'm looking at mine now and I STILL can not make a decision regarding background. I really should as that would make great handwork to take while Norm has his infusions...
Jean, that's a really interesting and attractive quilt! And I would never have lumped those all in a box and thought the combination could be that attractive. Maybe there IS hope for the ties I sent you?? LOL (Ok, maybe NOT SOME of the ties!)