OK, I have cut new blocks and mailed them all this morning at the post office. The post office would give me NO information on all the lost mail. OH well... new blocks cut and mailed. A check to Karen to replace the one that with first set of charms.
How is every one doing? How many more charm packets to go out? Anybody getting an projects made up?
Thanks for your patience, I know most of us have lived thru at least one of our envelopes not making it thru the mail and know the frustration first hand.
Pat, Pat, what are we going to do with you besides love you? I for one didn't want you spending your precious time during the holidays redoing those squares. Since you have, I will say thank you very much.
all of mine have gone out, I have one more thing I HAVE to finish for my Christmas list, then I am going to start making something with my charms. big question??? on the something ??? I have seen a few things i like, sew i have to decide which????
also will be working on Malena's quilt, and a quilt for her baby doll...
also have all of my Dresden plates, I am anxious to get some work done on them.
Marion I got your charms, thank you so much, lovely selection. I haven't done a thing with them yet. Thinking of using them in another quilted stocking. I have no idea. They will get used, but for what? hmm... depends on the day, lol
Okay so all of mine have been received with the exception of Pat. I haven't mail yours Pat as I was hoping to make a block to include. With everything going on with this bum knee...I have finished it yet. There will be a package in the mail for you soon!!!
Please keep the first check you get and just destroy the next one.
I'm happy that I decided to make a different set of blue blocks for Barb "just in case" she ever got the first set!! I imagine everyone will get the 2nd set AND then the first since that is how the remail sequence happened. I even WENT the post office and asked if they knew of a bag of mail lost or something since NO one had received my blocks. The clerk acknowledged she remembered helping my husband post the envelopes, why it took this long to FINALLY return them to me for postage, WHY there would even be postage due is beyond me!! Heck, THEY helped him, you'd think they'd get it right!
Could be the first clerk was being helpful and the next one to handle them had a bad day. I know it makes a difference which post office branch I go to. At one they will stick the envelope through that slot guide, and if it fits will just mark them all the same.
The other one puts every single one through the slot guide and sometimes there are several different costs for the same thing.
I just recently decided to use stamps.com for all my postal needs. It costs $15 a month but I figure it is saving me money, time, and gas in the long run. Our post office isn't far but we live near UCF and I think that probably should say it all, the lines, ugh, out the door all the time... it doesn't matter what season, forever in a day at that place. It was worth it to me to do the 4 week trial for free. I really like it and I had a scale already so now I am always going to be paying the right postage from my home. If anyone does a lot of mailings, this would be a good thing for them. I like it and I know, it seems expensive, but my time is money especially since I work from home so yeah.
The problem with USPS.com is that you can't print first class mail or even parcel post. The only choices there are for Priority and Express through in home printing. I do a lot of mailings because of my sewing business and I am forever sending stuff and USPS.com wasn't cutting it for cheap postage. Sure it let me calculate out postage prices but even then if you have for instance something going to Japan and it is going first class mail at $1.09 you'd end up over paying just to make the $1.09. I'd like to find a cheaper printing service but for now I will gladly pay the $15 because it saves me a headache, gas, and time.
I got both my sets today. I love them, and especially the strip, so I can make some rectangles etc.
Man, I opened the mailbox and saw those two cards, my first thought was O NO, Ive sent Christmas cards to everyone who sent me one, now what Im I going to do, I will never get 'them' a card in time. Boy was I happy when I picked them up, knew before even looking at the return address what they were.
Im short a few gifts, and behind on cookie baking. I keep telling myself, one way or the other...Wednesday will come. Cool, but another beautiful day. Sure hope its like this for Betty.
Not necessary AT ALL, I'm just so grateful they are both finally starting to get delivered!! I felt so bad, I knew I had cut them and Sweetie said he'd mailed them. The postage clerk even remembered helping him!! I had been so proud of myself for being EARLY!! LOL ah well... pride goeth before the fall!! hehehe
Pat, both sets were in my mail today. I picked the mail up on the way out to do a few last minute errands but sadly haven't opened them. I know from past experience they will be beautiful...you always do send beautiful things in your packets. My leg was giving me so much trouble when I got back home that I am guilty of leaving all my mail in the car. Kim brought in what few things needed to be refrigerated but everything else stayed.
I too, got an envelope of charms from Pat. Thank you so much they are beautiful. I really like the gourd / pumpkin print and wish I had my camera to show how nice they are. I've been using all my squares to make more placemats. Have a bag full to photograph.
Wasn't that yardage fantastic?? I think it was Barb who sent me several pieces of Halloween and that piece was just WAY to nice for me to use in my projects!!! It needed to be put to use in a table runner or something else that would get some major "Face time"!!
A lot of Barb's Halloween fabric went into a wall hanging. It's not quilted yet but the top is done and I hung it. I hung it in my office without the quilting or backing yet. It's BRIGHT and bold! Looks like something Thunder might was whomped up.
Thanks Pat. Was thinking oh bother another lost package. But, yippee got mine and I love it by the way. Been very crazy over here needless to say with all these holidays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years and then next week is my birthday so more activities. I wish it would just die down a bit. Still house hunting by the way, blah.
Anybody getting stuff made??? I bought a little more Orange fabric to combine with the blocks, I hope to get a baby blanket done in "knock your socks" off orange and pinks combo!! I have some cute flannel to back it with orange & prink Ice cream cone print.
I used a couple of the cat blocks to make a 4-square block that I converted into the bib of an apron with coordinating cat & dog print for a Christmas gift, it was a big hit.
lots of things in the works, no new finishes at this point...
I found a nifty and super easy burp cloth design, somewhere on the web ??? can't remember where, thought I bookmarked it, guess not...good thing I think I remember it. going to see if wal mart has the diapers tomorrow.
you simply fold diaper in thirds, measure width, and length. cut a piece of fabric, width measurement plus an inch X length measurement minus 2 -3 inches. take width measurement and your new length measurement minus 1 inch and make a "template" out of a piece of cardboard, cereal box works well, and can be used over and over...place fabric wrong side up on ironing surface, place template in center, using starch, or best press, fold edges of fabric over template and press very well. gently remove cardboard place fabric on top center of diaper, you will have a few inches on top and bottom of diaper exposed.and 1/3 of diaper width on both sides. stitch all around edge, close to fold of fabric. you can use strait stitch, or a decorative one. add a piece of grosgrain ribbon, or rick rack for decoration going across the width, if you desire. looked very cute !! gonna make some for the new baby.
I cut 200 1.5 '' squares today for a new project, and cut a bunch of 2.5'' squares for a table topper.
Was a rainy afternoon yesterday so I got my sample sewing project done. Have looked (almost) everywhere & cannot find the wall hanging I need to take to show feathers. It will show up the day after I need it.
We are to have FANTABULOUS weather for the next 7 days so think I'll be in the yard more than in the Studio. Need to call the guy & see if he can get by to till my garden in the next few days. A friend has bags & bags of leaves I can use for compost. Then a nice layer of top soil to level everything out. Then more leaves on top for mulch.
I was cutting scraps yesterday and it was taking me forever. Wondered if it was worth it???Decided to move forward, one day when they are finished, I will feel much better and it will give me ideas of what to do.
I too will be in the yard, Ive got mega amounts of work out there, and when doing some yesterday, realized if gotten so out of garden shape. Ive got varigated lirope I dug up to move but never got it replanted. I got to pruning, and I thoughy my arms were going to fall off, holding the big lopers over my head. I had started in the back, but decided to move to the front first. You never know whats going to happen in life and I want that 'tightened up first. Goint to try to devote just 15 minutes a day to garage, and see if that will start to shape up.
As for the thread question...I do have my charm squares laid out with some scraps. Im thinking about making my first bag, and was going to try to use some for the charity pillowcases. Im going to incorporate them into the border piece at the top of the pillowcase.
Come on down Barb!!!!! We will make out a schedule & pass you from house to house to help us with our projects. As soon as I put all the holiday linens in the Super Space bag, I'll have a uncluttered spare bed.
Well it is a grayish looking day so far this morning. I certainly hope the sun comes out soon as I get depressed when it is like this for very many days. Did walk around the "estate" as we refer to the yard. Made a few decisions as to locations of plants I want to have planted but then the "pain" started so it was back inside.
Fantastic idea about having Barb come down and passing her around, Jean. Also wish I was closer could certainly add several (actually a lot) bags of leaves to your tilled ground. They have gotten so thick on the ground that we have finally had to start disposing of some of them. This bothers me as I don't like to add to the waste stream but there did come a point...
Working on a baby quilt so guess I will return to the sewing today and try to behave. Dull!!!!!
Finished the quilt top for a quilt I had been trying to complete in between everything for the last year. I got the top done and said hurray! I will stitch it all together later in the year.
We are officially moving! Thank you for your prayers during our nightmare. We are moving the end of January to, are you ready for this?... to the house next door, lol. Yep, it is seriously one house away, to the left of our current house when looking at it. It is a rental but it is going to be saving us $600 a month! Praise God. We are signing an 18 month lease and by the time we are done on our lease our custom built home should be completed, if all goes as planned. In May of 2014 we will start seeking out a community and pick out a layout of home so that by the time our lease is done, our custom built home will be complete. So, finally things are looking up.
Once we get our move over, I am trying my hand a jelly roll quilting. I found a lovely pattern for a jigsaw puzzle and I have already cut out all of the pieces to make it, but now its on hold.
Try to build so that you are done in January, or as close to the first of the year as possible.
Our taxes on the house are 6500 a year, they were 500 a year on the property. It only saves you one year of taxes, but, for instance, if you move in your house on Dec. 31, the next year, you will be charged the taxes for a house. If you move in one day later, Jan 1st., you wont be charged for the house until a full year later. Its money you can use for something else better than sending it to the county.
Nice quilt, and congrats on no more house worries, well, at least for now. ;-)
Great news Bev, and I LOVE that quilt top!! so bright and cheerful. How did you applique the flowers on? I really love the look of applique but I haven't done anything with it since my first attempt about 4or 5 years ago that wasn't very well received. Guess now I'm chicken. I don't have the patience for needle turn, I know for me to do it, it has to be machine applique.
I love doing applique work. I just go very slowly and sew. Sometimes I use spray to hold it in place but in the case of the quilt I just pinned it. On these journals I sprayed them. These are a few of my favorites to make. They are on marine grade vinyl.
If I can draw it or find an outline of it, I applique it. Thunder is really good at applique also, she did some nifty skeletons before and I think frogs. If you don't have the patience to go really slow then machine applique is probably the way to go for you. I get creative in my applique stitching too. The journals are straight stitched because of the tiny pieces but the quilt has a funky zig zag stitch on the applique flowers. I made some wall hangings for Christmas and did some blanket stitch and some I do satin stitch. I like that I can create with different stitches. I'm Sassee that's how I got my business name UR SewSassee. I am so Sassee that I am having an artist friend of mine draw me up a logo especially for my business. His artwork goes for quite a pretty penny.
ohhh thanks , butttttt I am not so great at applique, I would say I am still learning...still working on those skeletons...they only come out of hiding every sew often...LOL I do think I am getting better at it tho...
takes patience, and practice
Doc, my first attempts at applique was HORRIBLE...did not try again for many years...then I saw a pattern I really wanted to do, and it was applique, sew I decided I would learn...and I would keep on trying till I got better... watched some videos on u tube ( just love those ) and Pat Sloan had some links on her blog. tried a few simple shapes, practice ...practice
I feel the key to appliqué is loving the project you are making and watching it come alive. Especially in those journals. They just sort of cried out to me as I did them. Just go slow! Don't rush and turn on your pivot function on your machine.
The are just too cute..I'm not that fond of applique either but my sister who wins most competitions with her quilts will sit forever and a day doing it..Aunt Muriel does the same..guess I should have sat with them more often.
Sharon (DS) is doing one now, says she has about 60 more hours to quilt and it will be ready for binding.
will ask her for photo of work in progress, proud of her..because she has a health issue, shakes like crazy, can hardly hold a cup of coffee and yet when she quilts she is as steady as can be..doctor says it's the brain relay when she concentrates that allows her to do so
journals are adorable. is there paper inside?? so it is like a book?? yea I know stupid question...but I wonder is it a covered book, as it does not look to be made like a book cover??? do you know what I am trying to say???
Anyways, can one be made to be like a coloring book ?? with blank pages?? would love to get one for Malena...I have a few Ideas...we need to talk!!
Thunder on the journals I will have to bring one by to show you but basically it is marine grade vinyl and this particular style slips over those school composition books that you buy at the office supply store. These have lined paper inside and when the book is full the cover can come off and slip right on to another book. I can make them in any size to fit on any style book, including one with blank pages. So, yep, we can definitely talk Malena's doodle pad or coloring book, or Thunders sewing thought. I'm dying for some kid to draw a picture and I take that picture and make it in to an applique, stick it on the book and then hand it back to them and watch them go oooowwwhhhh aaaweeee, yeah. lol
And thank you everyone for kind feedback on those journals.
I have been piecing up a bunch of MOW placemats using all the beautiful charms from all of you. I have a stack of them all ready for quilting to the batting. As soon as I get them together I'll be posting pictures on the MOW thread. Thank you all so much for sharing your lovelies, you'll be making many elderly and not so elderly recipients feel loved and thought of.
When I got home from the evening quilting at the library I found another charm pack. Thank you LK. Beautiful. They'll join the others. Last night we experimented with the 5" charm squares and making some little twister strips to be used in the placemats. Today we have a GDO and we're going to Vero Beach for a 3 shop hop and lunch at Waldo's on the beach. Tomorrow a new quilting group starts in Satellite Beach, the efforts will support homeless kids. Margie Engel, author (Bodacious Quilts) is starting it. It's a sew in from 9am, bring a machine, and lunch and work til ? We all love Margie, so many of us are going to show our support. Baby it's cold outside, I might have to forego my birki's for socks and sneakers.
Oh, Pat. THAT would be a picture! We had a fabulous day. 22 of us enjoyed each others company and the two quilt shops, yarn shop and bead shop that we visited. I'm sure the economy got a nice boost from all the sales! Lunch was superb, and dessert at Edie's house, the perfect ending to a wonderful day. Edie's quilts and wall hangings are just beautiful and motivated many of us to try new projects. We all especially liked her grandchildren's picture framed in black scrollwork and matted and framed. I loved the 2 Japanese Kimonos and thought I'd try to make one in cobalt blue silk for my bedroom. My camera battery ran out just as we began our trip, so I'll have to beg pictures from Sheila who took her camera along too.
The only place I dont wear birkis is a funeral, and if I could get away with it I would give it a shot. I wear them to do tai chi...walk...anything. Weather is no concern. NOW...a bikini is out, now and forever more!!!!!!!
The house next door was a nightmare. The man said he was going to be out, but he wasn't. He said he would bring by a lease, but he didn't. He told us that his son wanted the house and was mad that he was going to rent it to us. And the most important reason it was a nightmare, it wasn't clean, as in he was not going to clean it and it had urine on the floor from his elderly mother, that I guess he felt didn't need to be picked up and on the baseboards appeared to be yellowish caked on stuff, we guess from their male dogs? Probably urine again. So, since we had already given our notice, we had to be out by the first. Went in to panic mode and ended up finding a nice sized one story home for us in Lake Nona. Rent's about the same as what we were paying but at least, it isn't $1800 a month! We like it here. Kids enrolled in school and like it. The neighbors are amazing and it's in a cul de sac, so that is great and gated. Oh and I have this huge room for my sewing, hee hee. I'll snap pictures once everything is unpacked. I was attacked by 144 seed beads yesterday as I unpacked the box they came flying at me like a bunch of wasps, lol. They were every where. lol
Glad you found a place...especially glad its one story. I dont think there is anything worse...or hotter, than the upstairs of a two story house,in FL, in the summer, I dont care how much you run the AC.
Im going to use my charm squares for a twister flower basket. I know Betty already made one, but I love flowers and it just had to be the first one I tried. I wish the heart wasnt out of stock.
If you make the larger size blocks, like Bettys the blocks left can be used to make either a small twister, like above, or whaterever you want that uses smaller squares. I saw a tutorial for that too on you tube, but have no idea how to find it. I think its really cool that it leaves those perfectly cut squares.
Im off to look for it.
If you make the larger size blocks, like Bettys the blocks left can be used to make another quilt. Cant find the you tube I saw on that, but here is at least one to check out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-d1sqIfUctQ
Im still working on my swap blocks from spring 2011, when I first started with the seizure issue. A couple people I dont even see anymore, and even have their blocks finished. In other words, dont fret. Funny thing is, Im still looking for the perfect red white and blue for Thunders jitterbug block. Im guessing these will go in the pot holder pile, as Im sure everyone has finished their quilts they were for ;-).
My quilts are not finished... Pam, I am not sure which swap / block you are talking about, but ANY red, white and blue is perfect... If you have something done send it...or just forget about it!! It is A O K !!!
I have three quilts of R,W,B, blocks in various stages of being put together...one is for the Soldier boy!! remember those blocks??? well stupid me, asked him about a back side, and he keeps changing his mind...switched rooms in one house sew wanted different color, then moved..etc etc...I have finally decided I am going to put together some large pieces of various patriotic fabrics...and be done with it!!!
Betty I got charms from you...cross me off...and you will NEVER be excluded!!!!! ♥♥♥
I generally print out the list of participants with color choices...mark it when I send out, and mark on it when I receive...
I use a box of near to appropriate size for the swap, put pieces I get in it, along with the list...have a spot on my cutting table where I keep the current boxes. stays there until I decide what I am making with pieces / blocks...moves to another spot when I have received all pieces / blocks...