I am organizing a new quilt block with a JANUARY 10 deadline for signups. Mailing date is Feburary 10th, 2009. I am requesting that EACH participant leave feedback for EACH participant in the exchange. On time? followed the rules (100% cotton etc.)? You will EACH be responsible for keeping track of the blocks you have received so that you CAN leave feedback.
Also please note, we have been joined by one of our French members, Elen. We have made arrangements to ship Elen's blocks to Qwilter (with your block to Qwilter) Elen's blocks will be mailed all together to Qwilter and then be distributed out to the swap members. Please anticipate including at least $1 to offset the postage expense. AND realize it will take longer to get your blocks from Qwilter and Elen
Block Specifics: YOU choose the block pattern you are sewing, YOU list the colors you want YOUR blocks to be sewn in by the other members.
1. PLEASE make sure the fabric is 100% cotton and prewashed! If in doubt, don't use it.
2. Do not use any spray starch on blocks, spray sizing is OK.
3. A block should measure 12 1/2 x 12 1/2 when finished. (so that it will be 12 x 12 when sewn in quilt)
4. You will make ONE block for each participant, there will NOT be more than 12 participants.
5. Remember after you make a quilt we would love to see your results!!
Each of us are choosing the pattern that we will be doing, it is my hope that we can choice something within our ability level and not over-stress over the whole project. The purpose is to have fun!
Deadline for sign up is January 10th. Unless we have 12 people sign up before the deadline. When we reach 12, or the deadline January 10th, the swap will be CLOSED.
So ladies!! Confirm your interest and post your colors!
Each of you are responsible to choose your own pattern and make ONE block in the appropriate colors for EACH of the participants. Mail them directly to each of the swap members..
The deadline to have all blocks mailed to the swap members is Feburary 10th. Be sure you are listed in the address exchange.
We will accept Non-subscribers on a case by case basis. If you have participated before, and there were no problems, I am sure you'll be allowed in this one. I do NOT think its a good idea to post your name & address on the internet, PLEASE take care of addresses by d-mail.
Be sure to put your username and real name on the block that you send . You can pin it on or put a label on it, whichever works better for you.
Members of THIS swap and their colors:
1.Psychw2 - Red White and Blue
2. Ladydragon5 - stonewashed denim blue, white and yellow
3. BarefootT - Red White and Blue
4 knslwilliams - Barn Red, Dark Brown and Cream. (interesting colors Sheila!)
5. Lillyfan Red, off white & blue
6. Qwilter - blue, yellow and white
7KarenofArizon blue and yellow & a "3rd color" of your choice
8 Elen (from FRANCE~ Welcome!) red white and black
9 Quilter5bdsr -greens, soft yellows and creme http://www.quilterscache.com./T/TwistingStarBlock.html
A reminder that although it is not "necessary" it is very nice for each member to post a link to the block they are sewing when the time comes. One of the benefits of participating is increasing your skills AND your collection of patterns!
Yes, I had really expected to do one in Nov & Dec but we have so many members that are not finished with the other swaps, AND I'm working more than full time so I postponed. Guess we'll see how many are interested. I decided against doing just "Black White & Red" or "Red White & Blue" and again let people choose their own colors.
I had been talking about doing a black and white block swap sometime after the first of the year since people were so busy with the Holidays but you beat me to it! I think I will sign up for this one and wait to post mine until January.
So count me in and I will let you know colors after I think about it for awhile.
I forgot to say I have completed all other swaps, that are due..
I do still have to do the Jan.. and Feb..for the 12 month swap, but all past blocks were done on time...And I am also in the flower pot holder swap, that is not due till end of Feb. and I do not anticipate any problem with that.
I do have Christmas presents to complete, but they will be done before this swap is due, so again I do not anticipate any problems with that...
Welcome Quelgian, I hope all of you are checking the FIRST post above for updates on members and colors. Anyone not seeing their name above should bring it to my attention. I likely will be trying to update this "not daily" for a while since we have plenty of time and I'll be out of town for a bit off & on.
Jump on in, the water is fine! These are great gals and their blocks are well worth receiving. I'm fairly new myself and I look forward to seeing what they will come up this this time. I like the idea of picking my own block since i can gauge it to my sewing level with maybe a bit of a stretch from time too time.
Now I am questioning my color selection. Did I do something wrong? I thought that they would look good together and sorta match my living room. Was thinking about making a sampler quilt/lap throw. If the colors are not up to snuff for this swap, please let me know.
knlswilliams, its not too late to change your colors but you are welcome to have any color combination you desire! That's the beauty of this kind of swap. Everybody picks the colors THEY want to receive and sews a block within their own skills level.
quelgian - the only hard part about making a block for you is making sure I don't use fabrics I've already used in other blocks I've done for you. Those are colors I've been collecting to make a quilt for my bed. One of these days!!!!
OK, I'm in. I'll be on vacation for a bit in Jan, but will have time to get these made.
Hi psychw2 add me in for this one. I am working more hours, but don't see why I can't do this for my fun time.
I was so impressed with the black and white with a little bit of red, that that is what I would like to have for my colors. Will let you know on the block that I am going to sew in a few days. I will have to put my thinking cap on and come up with one.
Thanks so much for doing another swap for us swap junkies.
I have LOTS of blue and yellows! I made a jean quilt with yellow and blue denim appliqued with yellow/blue prints on random blocks. I don't have any pictures of it, it was a gift to my son & DDIL last year for Christmas.
I'm so glad I let you all choose before me as you give me such good ideas. As I have said, I never saw a color I didn't like, so choosing just 2-3 is hard. But this idea of having a stonewashed denium blue, yellow and white appealls to me very much. Put that down as my choices.
We've added hundred of fabrics to our $3.59 clearance section.
All Rowan fabrics are now $5.99! All Free Spirit fabrics are now $5.99 There are so many price reductions, they are just too numerous to mention...
Stop by Z&S Fabrics and find your next project.
Again, thank you for sharing a wonderful year with us.
These are all 1st quality, name brand fabrics. And the 2 ladies who run the site are wonderful.
Just realized I never gave that 3rd color. How about white.
The fabric I have that started this has lemons, blue swirly things and a white background.
I've spent the last 3 days cutting out the pieces for my king size quilt. Took me @5 years to collect the @50 pieces fabric. According to the pattern I'm "sort of" following I'll need @230 blocks. Each block has 12 pieces and finishes 6". It's done in turquoise, purple, and mauves. I hope to start sewing this afternoon since it is to be a cold & dreary day.
Jean you have really taken on a project! but with your sewing skills I'm sure it will be beautiful. 230 blocks with 12 pieces is too much work for me, but I envy those who have a long attention span than I do.
I don't plan on "finishing" it any time soon!!!! My goal is to have it ready to toss on the bed come fall (and notice I'm not saying which year).
I did open my quilting machine to it's full 12' in anticiparion of quilting it.
Just speaking for me, I would love to know that one of my blocks was in a quilt used by someone in France. And think of the different fabrics you have access to. Mail time will be longer for you, though.
Qwilter, if you don't mind facilitating the exchange that would be great. I'd be happy to kick in an extra $1 to help with shipping. We would all have to mail Elen's block to Qwilter when we mail hers so she could ship all of Elen's to her.
ALL MEMBERS - Feel free to contact me by dmail if you are not comfortable discussing this in open forum. I don't want anyone to feel pressured to accept this proposal.
I think I can figure out what shipping will be. I'll just put 12 blocks in an envelope and take them to the PO next week and ask what it would cost to mail to France. It's a small town PO and they all know me. It will give them 1 more thing to scratch their heads over!!!!
So then Elen, you would mail all blocks to me, label them, and I'll distribute them out on this side of the Atlantic.
qwilter, thanks for volunteering on distribution of blocks to and from elen, and thanks for the link to zands sale! not that i need to be spending any money!!!! LOL butttttt i found some fantastic fabric for my january block quilt, which is going to be surprise for DH. found some nifty black and white! and found something perfect for baby quilt, for first grandbaby !!! Yup yup #1S and DDIL gave me a lovely Christmas Present...told me I am gonna be a grandmother!!!! Yippeeeeeeee!!!! ;-} ;-} ;-}
Thanks, Jean, for taking on the exchanging of the blocks to Elen.
Just think, we have two newbies with us; one in her first swap and one from across the sea! Who says this sapping isn't fun!
Welcome, both of you.
If you got to other threads in the sewing that are swaps, you will see we have posted the links for our patterns. MANY of us use the quiltercache.com. If you look there, you will have more choices for patterns than you could ever make in one lifetime!
I just want to put a word of caution out to folks shopping at a "non" quilt fabric shop that not all the fabrics you see in the "quilting" section are always 100% cotton. They don't know any better and will put blends in with the 100% cottons. My local JoAnn's has an entire section of solids, in the quilting section, that are a 50/50 blend. So, check the label before buying the fabrics.
It's cold & dreary here and I've already warmed up the machine.
Thank you for the warning. I was shopping aat JoAnn's yesterday and didn't pay any attention. I picked up all the fabric for all of my swaps and now am ready to go. Put everything in the wash last night and spent the evening taking them apart where the frayed ends had tangled in the dryer. What a mess! But I think I have some pretty combinations for everyone.
Must finish the T-shirt quilts before I play with my blocks so I have that on the list for this weekend. Somehow I love making blocks but hate finishing quilts! Who knew?
My quilt store here has a big event on New Year's Day. All the ladies come and work on quilts for the local shelters. You bring in leftover material beforehand to use for backing and stripping. There is always work to do, no matter the skill level and they have been known to do 20+ quilts on just that day! For us non-football people that is a great way to spend the day.
Quilterbdsr, IF you have read the instructions, understand the deadlines and abide by the rules, I don't have a problem with it. PLEASE make and send Elen & "Quilter" their blocks asap since Quilter will need to COLLECT all of ours and mail them out to Elen. Also please give me your color preferences. Thanks and welcome.
IS EVERYONE CLEAR TO MAIL ELEN'S BLOCK TO QUILTER, SHE WILL FORWARD ALL THE BLOCK ON AT ONE TIME. ELEN WILL MAIL HER BLOCKS (FOR ALL OF US) DIRECT TO QUILTER, QUILTER WILL DISTRIBUTE THEM TO US WITH HER BLOCK TO US!!!
Sorry to "shout" but I want every body to take notice of the instructions. Please note we will need to help with the additional mailing expense.
The colors I would love are greens, soft yellows and cream. The block I would like to make is at www.quilterscache.com and is called Twisting Star. If this isn't going to fit in please let me know.
Wow, Sheila and Barbara, you are both using very beautiful and difficul blocks. I am anxious to see what they look like in my colors. This is going to be a wonderful quilt and THIS TIME it is for me, me, me!
I would know if one of the participants could give me her msn, skype or emansip adress. It would be easier for me to contact her quickly if I need some instructions or a little help. How can I give you my adress ?
A number of you have indicated you want red, white and blue in your blocks. Could you tell me if you are planning on something patriotic or just using those colors? I have neat fabric in both designs and will be glad to give you whatever will go with the quilt you want to make.
Thanks for the update.
I'm afraid not always be ok with your languages subtleties. Please tell me if this term "off wthite and blue" (lillyfan's colors) is something special or if it's simple white and blue...the word "off" makes me hesitant.
any red white, and blue is fine for me, patriotic designs, or not...pure white, or "off" white, either way fine also, I've got a new grand-baby on the way and daddy is a soldier, so these blocks may end up being a baby quilt !!??!! don't know yet.
quilter5, I am not in address exchange so I will d-mail you with my info, you will need to d-mail me with yours. thanks...
Yes and he is active as ever; sang in a quartest at two different services today; one the main service and the other at the Health Center. Image him singing for the "kids' in their 80's who don't have as agood genes?
I have to admit I haven't started mine. I have been out of town visiting my Dad for his 101st birthday and am late getting to these blocks. But this weekend is marked on the calendar and I will work on them then. I have all the fabric just need to cut and sew.
The deadline is Feb 10th, there is still time to get them done ON TIME. I know you are all getting to it as quickly as possible.
I just got Quilter5bdsr's block and it is SPECTACULAR! Such a wonderful job of sewing, the pattern is awesome, the color combination wonderful. Thank you so much! I'll be leaving feedback! I would encourage everything to leave feedback so there is SOMETHING to judge future swap participation on.
I have finally decided on my block and started cutting and sewing today. I am doing a block called Kings Cross. I found it in my 1000 quilt block book and then I drafted it to 12 1/2" size in my EQ5 program.
qwilter, I totally forgot to add postage $ with the blocks, so I will do your black and white block today after work, and send $out with it. sorry...I'm the queen of the local C.R.S. club you know...LOL ;-}
hey guys i will be starting on these blocks today and hope to get them mostly finished. We have been at the hospital with DH's father and he is still in critical condition. Have a day home today and want to get these finished in case something should change and require me to be away from home more.
Boy was I glad to see the mailing date on this one was Feb. 10! I thought it was the end of January and I hate being late! Will work on them this weekend and hope to mail next week but I was afraid I was going to go over the line. Red & white & blue, Oh, boy!!!!
Well, it is a lovely sunny day here in MD. I was going to work on quilt blocks this AM but was preempted with a call from work. Seems they NEED me to go TDY to lovely San Angelo, TX in early March. Hopefully all the blocks will be in to me and back out by then. If not, I'll make sure and leave instructions for DH. He did "good" last time I was away and he had to mail things out.
So the morning has been spent doing some coordinating and making reservations. I've done all I can for now. Will make the plane reservations once I get to chat with the guy I'll be traveling with. Just yesterday I was joking with him that he needed to get a cowboy hat & boots for the trip. Luckily, I do have both in case I want to look loke a Texan.
The TV repair guy is do here in @ 1 hour. Perhaps that gives me time to at least decide on a block.
barefootT - I just got your block and I am thrilled!!!!!!!!! The colors are just what I wanted. And what a great job you did matching seams. And it's my very first item ever received in a swap. Thank you you so much. I LOVE it. Barb
PS Does this pattern have a name?
Okay guys since this is my first swap, I am a little slow about the rules. I am doing a paper piecing and was wondering if it is customary to leave the paper on the block or do I need to remove it? I know that i like to have the paper on the block for adding sashings and joining other blocks, but i also know that some hate to have to tear away the paper so...
If you could let me know the custom or if each of you would like to chime in as to whether you would like paper on or paper off.
P.S. got Elen's block done and am on working on quilter's block to get those in the mail asap.
:-) Who knows??? hehe, I've never done paper piecing so however it comes will be fine!
Sooooo did everybody understand how important it is to get Qwilter's block & Elen's mailed out to Qwilter? She will be headed out of town and will want to get this all set in motion/done if possible! I'll be getting my blocks out to these two ladies tomorrow and the other blocks will S-L-O-W-L-Y follow BUT before the deadline!!!
Elen, how are you doing on getting the blocks done? (No pressure, right? LOL)
Thanks Thunder, the colors are just right. I threw you all a curve with the stone-washed blue; didn't think it would be that hard to figure out but it was.
Love the block and, as usual, beautiful work! I strive to catch up ...
Elen's this weekend, promise.
Waouhhhhh !! I'm excited too... Just have 4 blocks finished ! The first were made very slowly because I was a little in trouble with the inch ruler (1/4",1/2",7/8"...) hmm now I've got it. It's the first time I make a block with english informations...hope the result will be suitable.
I try to finish all the blocks quickly as it's possible ...
thunder your seams are so perfect. I wish mine where!
I cut out Elen and a few others last night. I love the black, white and red but you all know that is my favorite anyway. I can't wait to sew it together today.
Ladies, ladies, why have you not told me before? It wasn't until I measured Thunder's block (thought it looked a little big) that I realized that I should have been making these things 12 1/2" x 12 1/2" to send. That way when you put them in a quilt with the seam they will finish at 12x12. DUH!!! I have been sending them to you as 12x12. Were you all too polite to tell me I was being a dummy? Well, next time I goof, tell it like it is. I'm a big girl now.
ladydragon5, your blocks could not have been for off, because I did not even notice a difference in size, when stacking them with other blocks. and thanks again for the compliments...I don't see my seems as perfect, but I do think they are pretty good, most of the time...I've been at this for lots of years, and I sew almost every day!!
practice makes perfect! ;-} just take your time, and remember it's for fun and relaxation...do not stress over it!!!!
Love the red, white ane blue. The pattern just pops!
I sewed all night last night on the one for Elen. I love the fabric; the pattern didn't look difficult, but I just couldn't get those darn triangle to look right. since they meet in the middle they have to look good. Finally got it as good as I want, but it means that I wont be doing my second passion today. Was supposed to go to the movies with friends but I really want to get these blocks done; at least Quilters and Elen to mail tomorrow.
Finished mine and they are ready to mail. I found the pattern got easier the more I did. Now I can try something else. Stretching my comfort zone a little at a time.
Some of you are far better quilters than I am and I have always found that it helps to work with those who are accomplished so that I can learn. I would appreciate knowing when my sewing could be better and tips any of you might have to make it better. I know we all try to be only complimentary on these threads and that is encouraging, however, I have always been one to seek out constructive criticism so I can learn. If you would feel more comfortable sharing this with me in a D-Mail, please do so. You will find I have a very thick skin. Thanks for helping me grow!
Oh, Barb, that Twisting Star is wonderful. I really like the pattern and can already see it in other color combinations I love. You have got to tell me how you did it! Your seams are beautiful, it lays so nicely, the whole effect is just perfect. THAT is what I wish my blocks looked like and am striving to get.
P.S. I love the colors, too. Thanks for a great block!
So glad you join us and keep coming back. I can learn so much from you.
thunder... ask and yea shall receive! I'm saving more for you. Since I mde you the first block (so I could mail all that other stuff), I didn't have much to pass on this time but the mini stash of tiny pieces is growing!
Spring blocks went in the mail yesterday and shuold be arriving soon. I loved the pattern and how it turned out but I am not as proud of the sewing. After seeing the backs of some of you blocks I know mine don't look anywhere near that good. I had no idea how hard it was going to be to made 8 triangles meet in the middle correctly! some h elp on how the seams could be flatter would be appreciated.
P.S. I did, however, find a 1/4" foot in my sewing machine drawer. Don't know if it came with the machine or I ordered it long, long ago. I was cleaning out the little box and low and behold, there it was. Boy, did that make seams and measuring much easier. Wouldn't even known what it was if you all hadn't turned me on to it.
When I have seams meeting in the middle like that I try to press open all the seams going there. Or try pressing all the seams going in the same direction such as clockwise or counterclockwise. See if that helps.
Hey guys I have to apologize. I think my last post i said I was going to get qwilter and Elen's block in the mail and life got in the way and I did not get it done. I am finishing Qwilter's block today and should have them in the mail today or tomorrow. I hope that I am not holding anyone up.
Okay, Qwilter and Elen's blocks are in the mail. I hope they are satisfactory. I cannot load pics because I can't find the darn camera cord. Will keep looking and hope that Qwilter or Elen can upload the pics
for those of you that don't know...I am trying to do a charm quilt, with 1.5" squares...Yes I am crazy...but I just hate to throw away fabric...so if you have any scraps you wish to include when you send blocks...just the scraps, I will cut them,No problem...Thanks in advance ;-}
ladydragon...did you mean winter blocks went in the mail???
I got another Beautiful Red, White, and Blue block today from Llilyfan...talk about perfect seams...!! WOW what a block !!!
Well ladies, I've just had the second day from H_ _ _! Finally think I got that darn printer installed, used up my entire day off, and a lot of my saline solution...well at least my eyes are well washed. Was able to print out the directions for the block I am thinking about doing for the B&W swap. I will do a test block on this one before I decide!
I was able to finish the 2nd to last block on this swap (only have mine left) and they will go in the mail tomorrow if nothing else goes wrong.
Thunder, thank you for the praise, just don't look too close LOL!!!!
Qwilter, I used the 'press open the seams' advice on my last block (only in the center where a bunch of seams met) and boy did it ever make a difference. I had always been told to press to one side or the other least the batting migrates its way out between the stiches.
Yes, Susan, I thought the same thing about seams but I have noticed that the blocks I get that look the best, both back and front, have the seams pressed open. I used it on the test black and white where I have another 8 seams meeting at the center, and it worked like a charm. Thanks Jean for the advice.
Yes, I sent the Winter blocks out on Wednesday afternoon, so you all should be getting them soon. Duh! Who else would choose two patterns in a row that have 8 triangle or diamonds meeting at the center. Only me!
Bravery is sometimes just a lack of enough brains to know what you are getting into. But as soon as I saw this pattern I knew I wanted to do it in black and white.
We'll see what happens when I do it with fabric that has patterns and not just solid color.
As soon as I have all the blocks, I'll get them out to Elen.
I got the majority of the paperwork together for the main part of our taxes this evening. I still need to tally up the charitable deductions and do the business numbers. Hopefully I can really concentrate on getting blocks done tomorrow.
Now I'm calling it an early nite. I worked 12 hours overtime this week and I'm just worn out. Not as young as I used to be!!!!
BarefootT, our RWB blocks are really looking GOOD together! That's what I love about that color combination, hard to get the "wrong look" when you put it all together. I worry about some of the other color combinations - "did I get the green they wanted? I hope what I chose coordinates with the others..." They of course I have a tendency (obcession?) with using ALL prints and I notice many of the members stick with mini-tone on tone prints and I worry if my stuff is "too busy" for some people's taste...
I got Lilly's in the mail yesterday and it is beautiful, thanks for posting a pic BarefootT. I feel guilty that I can't post pics! I wish I could so I could share you all the beautiful blocks I get!
Pat, we used a very similar block pattern, I agree they will all look great together. I am in the same boat you are riding in...I tend to use all prints, I do try to go with a multi range print in the color selections hoping they will blend with what others have chosen.
Sorry to have made your block exactly the am as Thunder's but i really liked it and am doing the same for me except the white will be off white.
Lilly, never a apologize for making two SPECTACULAR blocks the same!
Lilly, I didn't make your block the same as BarefootT's because that fabric star print center of her block did NOT look good combined with off-white. I have just 2 more blocks to finish and I'll have all of these done & the B & W swap. My plan was to save money by mailing them together.
I've used variations of the same block for everybody. I changed out the center, some were a solid piece, others I made different depending on the fabric I had in their color choices etc.
I experimented with the flying geese method and the quick sew/ split block. It kills me to "waste" all that fabric of the flying geese method. I have been sewing all the trimmed triangle into smaller blocks from the black and white swap. I will combine all of them in a "scrap border" for the finished quilt.
Psych, I am eargerly awaiting the arrival of your blocks, tap, tap tap. Great minds... I've been saving all those trianglular pieces also and was going to sew them together for something like a doll quilt for my granddaughter. Now you've given me another idea for using them.
I was sure I couldn't get all of mine for both swaps done by the deadline for this swap and just went ahead and mailed all but 2 of them. I'll do those B&W blocks first and get them in the mail before the 10th I hope.
Quilter5 and knlswilliams; your blocks went in the mail today, hopefully they will arrive early next week.
I figured the beauty of using the leftovers in a border was they darn well should coordinate!
I'm been asked to "donate something" for a silent auction that benefits the counseling clinic I work part time in. I have 9 of 12 blocks done in "crazy quilt" style in RWB so I'm going to get the last 3 done today to put together a twin quilt. If the weather was better I'd buy a couple of bags of cement mix and pour a garden bench. I don't think my shoulder is up to man handling cement bags today.
take those trimmed triangles, and keep them in a stack next to your sewing machine, when you are piecing block parts , sew the triangles before and after pieces of your blocks (chain sewing), then you don't have wasted thread, and you get little bonus squares! to use with your quilts...sew some together into bigger squares, sew together into strips for sashing/borders, great when putting different size blocks together into a quilt top!!! there's always a triangle on my machine!!
Llily and psychw2, you both do tremendous jobs with colors, don't change a thing!! and I did the same block for the three of us, just switching to off white for one..."great minds" gotta love that RWB ;-}
GREAT!!! Elen, how are you doing? Have you mailed or almost ready???
Jean/Qwilter, have the 2 ladies (with the missing blocks) been in contact with you lately?
How about the rest of you ladies? Everybody on target to mail out all the blocks by the 10th? Please check in!
I got the 3 RWB blocks done yesterday and I have the red fabric selected and yardage calculated for the crazy quilt top sashing. I might have the quilt top DONE later today if I don't have difficultly locating and buying the red sashing I chose. I need LOTS and LOTS of that red, its the same one I want to use for my Sister's King size quilt!
LOL... I went over to the "think spring" swap to see if you had gotten in to that one and saw you were there. I'm afraid I have bad news... you are addicted to swaps. You are starting to worry about MORE swaps when you are in a brand new one and are yet incomplete. THESE should be warning signs to you. ;-)
The next logical addiction is HOSTING swaps. I'd be happy to coach you thru that addiction! I love to share my addictions with other DG members!!!
psychw2 - Yep, you gals got me!!!! I loved the fat quarters I got in that swap and I can't wait to see what is coming soon from Winter swap. I am lucky in that I'm retired and have lots of time. My Spring blocks are started and won't take too long to finish. In the meantime I'm chopping away at UFOs and am making good progress. I really needed everyone to motivate me again. My DH went through a bout with cancer this past summer and I didn't quilt/sew for months. I'm grateful to all of you for getting me going again. I have noticed that a lot of the ladies make quilts for hospitals and other organizations. How about a kids swap where the blocks could be used for something like that? Or is that something that has been done? I haven't been here at DG that long and don't know what's gone before. That said I would love to host one.
Throw it out & see what kind of response you get. I know there are many orgs that take them.
I use my RWB swap blocks for Quilts for Valor - quilts donated to service "people" injured in Afghanastan and Iraq.
I have received the following blocks, BarefootT, Thank you so much Thunder it is really great and will go great with the one I made for myself.
Quilter5bdsr Thank you Barbara it is a really great block. Thank you both very much. Will post pictures later.
Well it seems quilters cache is down tonight and I was needing to get more paper piecing patterns printed. Hopefully they will be back up tonight and I will be finished and everything in the mail tomorrow.
Each time I see a group of colors that you all pick I get excitted about having a quilt like that, too. I love the RWB combination and would never have thought of doing a whole quilt before but the combination of blocks is wonderful. I keep saying that I never met a color I didn't like and that proves true over and over.
Got a great block yesterday! Thank you Ladydragon. I'll post a picture later so everyone can see it.
Knls,we love beginners here. I had never made anything more than 2 baby quilts and was finishing a third for my grandaughter. First one I had made for my own daughter 30 years ago, never finished it, but it is still in use today! I was so insecure when I joined the first swap I sent pictures of my work to see if they would let me in!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I still sew very slowly and try to challenge myself to learn something new with each swap. I'm just about ready to tackle the blocks I started for my 'first quilt'.
I am hoping to get my B & W blocks done and in the envelopes with the blocks from this swap for Ladydragon and Karen today. Cutting it close here! I will have all of mine mailed then.
I promise I will lay all mine out & post a pic. Work (the paying job) has been taking up way too many hours recently. And I keep telling people I don't want to be "in charge", but, once again, I find I have people working for me and waiting for me to make decisions. And now Ihave to go to more meetings than I have time for.
But, I did skip out for a bit yesterday afternoon - had to get to a private phone to make some lodging arrangements for my TX trip, and while I was out stopped in at the local quilt shop.
Now I have to get moving and back to work so I can get out at a decent hour today!!!
llilyfan - Sue, my apologies. I saw the last name and jumped to conclusions. I WILL learn each of you and give credit. I'm sorry for the mistakem identity. I do so LOVE the block.
And many thanks. Barb
Barb, you wouldn't believe how excited I was to see Sheila's last name! A sister! And even fairly close to me. BTW I'm really bad with names most times, the really important thing is that the block is acceptable ^_^.
Ha Ha Ha. I would love to take credit for that block, but i think it is Susan's. I thought wow that got there quick as I mailed all my blocks yesterday. Sorry I know I was a little late, but the site being down held me up. I now know that I need to print the patterns for all my blocks and not print as I go.
I thought I would share a couple of tips I have adapted from sprapbooking. Many of you probably have already discovered this but since I scrap 12 x 12 pages and the blocks are 12.5 x 12.5 this works for both.
You can get ziplock bags in 2.5 gallon size. These work very nicely to keep each swap's fabric, paperwork and fat quarters in. It will also hold the completed blocks laying flat. Also as many of us have quilt "in the go", pizza boxes also hold all the blocks for one quilt together and flat. You can get new pizza boxes for 10 for $3.00 at most pizza places and they stack nicely in your closet or on a shelf. Just thought I would share. I use both of these as I sew on my kitchen table and have to clean up after each time I sew. It gives me a way to keep each project together and organized.
What terrific ideas! A pizza box would be great for keeping each series of blocks together until I want to do something with them. I was wondering how to keep the Oct., Christmas, Winter blocks all seperate.
I sew on the dining room table and so don't have to take down too often but my cat just loves quilting. The pins and small peices of fabric are wonderful to play with and drop off the edge of the table to the floor. The larger pieces of fabric or quilt blocks make a great soft place to lay down and take a nap. I had to de-cat a recent t-shirt quilt before I could give it to my friend. The cat would pull it down off the chair or shelf just to lay on and it was covered with cat hair. Luckily she loves cats and is not allergic, but I still had to clean it up.
Plastic bags would help, at least for the blocks. Plastic she doesn't like!
Walmart sells clear vinyl folders in the craft section meant to store paper for scrapbooking. They are marked 12" X 12" but they are bigger. A 12 1/2" block - or quilt worth of blocks - fit in one nicely. I have used pizza boxes but like that I can see what is in the clear folder.
Another trick is to hang them from a pants hanger. I use the free ones from the stores.
I use shoe boxes, I can not lay blocks flat, most fit folded in half, (my boys have big feet) I put a label on the box to identify...at the moment the top boxes are -- black and white -- red, white, blue -- fall colors blocks -- Christmas blocks -- scrappy stars --
skeletons are now to big for a box,so they are sittin on a shelf in the dining room!
I have been taking pictures of the blocks I make for each person with their names on it as well as the blocks I get from each of you with your names on it. I make a collage of them and put them in an album for wach swap. I knew I wanted to keep track of the patterns I was using so I didn't repeat too soon but I think this will work better. Now just have to remember to DO it each time. then I can get the pictures off my puter to leave room for more.
Ladydragon5 - I got your block yesterday. It is so pretty. I especially like the flowers with a touch of blue. Thank you so much.
I too take pictures of what I made and what I received. Everything looks so pretty when you see them all together.
Well i just got 4 of my blocks i mailed out back in the mailbox. Apparently hubby thinks they will mail them without postage, LOL. What's the old adage "If you want it done right... Any way I will be resending them tommorrow with postage and sorry for the delay.
That is too funny!!! I just had 1 from the other swap returned for insufficient postage. The Post Office stamped them for me and others made it to their destinations. You have to figure it costs more to send it back then it would have to just deliver the darn envelope.
One last block and I get the the package mailed off to Elen.
Ok, ladies please "check in". Has EVERYBODY (except Jean/Qwilter who is waiting for Elen's blocks) mailed their blocks out? Who all is mailing late? Who is combining this swap block with the blocks from the Black and White swap?
PLEASE check in now!!!
Psychw2/ Pat all blocks mailed. (Moodene, yours went out a day or two ago, everyone else's when out about the 8th.)
2. Ladydragon5 -
3. BarefootT -
4 knslwilliams -
6. Qwilter -
8 Elen - all mailed out, not yet received.
9 Quilter5bdsr -
I will create a new thread with this post at the top. Please check in, please post feedback for each member. THANKS.