The 12 Month Quilting Block Swap for 2009-10 has begun! Since you have all been so anxious to get started I will start receiving your colors and block patterns IMMEDIATELY and the first blocks will be due to me by the end of May.
Each month will be a seperate thread so we can keep track of the blocks, colors and the results.
Remember, each participant will choose a pattern and colors for the blocks she wants for her month. Each month, except the one that is yours, you will make a quilt block (and one for yourself if you choose) in the pattern and colors designated by that months' individual. Send the block to me and I will send all 12 blocks to the person whose month it is. No embroidery since some don't have that machine option, but you can choose from a variety of patterns.
Please send the pattern directions to me, Ladydragon 5, before you post it on the thread. I should be able to tell if it is just challenging, or not possible! Also, please send me your e-mail address and your mailing address if it is not in the DG Exchange.
1. All fabric should be 100% cotton. Please wash all fabric before making
Fabric is completely up the individual as long as it is 100% cotton.
2. Do not use any spray starch on blocks, spray sizing is OK.
3. Remove all selvages before cutting fabric for blocks
4. Block should be 12.5 x 12.5 when finished.
5. Make 1 block to send and 1 block for yourself (optional).
6. Cut off date for your mailing would be the end of the month i.e. the June
block would need to be mailed not later than June 30th.
7. Do not mail ahead although you may make your block ahead of time.
8. You may ask for fabric types (patriotic, country, geometric) and ask for
SOME specifics (no solids, Tone on tone) but that is all.
THIS IS A SAMPLER QUILT! NOT PAINT BY NUMBERS!
8. Remember, after you make a quilt we would love to see your results!!
You will be signing up for the entire year, so even if you get your blocks in the early months, remember you need to stick with us for the entire year. Others are counting on you. If something happens and you will not be able to complete a month or the 12 months, please contact the hostess as soon as possible. I realize that everyone has a life outside of the swap, but please try to plan, so that things will go smoothly.
The following are participants in this swap, their colors and months they will receive their blocks.
Youg gals are really on the ball! So glad that you are all so excited about this swap; let's keep the excitment going throughout the year.
I'm glad you decided on real names as I expect to get to know all of you VERY WELL!
Looks like we have a lot of red, white and blue lovers. I know those colors make great quilts and the colors are usually true to what the chooser had in mind. Black and white is another good combination, but feel free, ladies, to push the envelope with your color combinations. Even if you have to "show" us a piece of fabric that is the color you want so we can get it right.
I'm home!!!!! The critters were all happy to see me. My cockatail spent quite awhile sitting on my shoulder and singing and doing what else birds do so well!!! The cats met me at the door. Now to pay the bills that accumulated. I'll get the link to the pattern out probably Fri - I am taking the day off.
Yep, Qwilter is in August and Quilter5bdsr is in July. If you will notice you are all in alphabetical order, just reversed. Those at the end of the alphabet usually get put at the end of the lilne, so I thought I would give them a break by letting them go first. I also thought this would be an easy way to remember who goes next; just check your a,b,c's.
Oh, Jean, I am sorry. My bad... I should know you well enough by now not to spell your DG name wrong but I guess I just followed the one ahead of you. I have made the correction in both of the spots and maybe, since you have been away for a while, you wont even notice. hint, hint. Glad your back.
Well, what is the feeling about paper piecing? It is really stretch for me by I am dying to try it. Since I only have to (complete) one I can practice to my hearts content. Speak Up, Ladies!!
I really have a "single" mind set right now so will post my colors and block the first of next week. Just arrived back home from Gainesville, will be gathering up items needed for the festival and returning early Thursday to stay until it is over. I have a good idea of the block but want to look one more time before posting. thanks!!
Okay take a look at this block it has a very small amount of paper piecing . It really is a great one for beginners. My month is a year away plenty of practice time. If everyone still wants to stay away from it that is ok too. I have another pick. http://www.quilterscache.com/B/BirdofParadiseBlock.html
What do you think of that Bird of Paradise? Isn't that the most beautiful thing? I can see it in batiks; oh, boy, this could get interesting.
Unless someone REALLY objects I think we should go for it! If Jean can send the easy directions to anyone who wants to go that route and those of us who have wanted to stick our toes in the paper piecing pool can try it that way. As she says, this is almost a year away so we have time to practice.
I would have no problem with this block Cheryl and it is a good way to learn paper piecing. It's very simple. I also like your suggestion, Pat, as this would help anyone who wouldn't want to try paper pieceing. Stretch a little ladies -- and since you have a year to practice why not?
I went down to my sewing area downstairs last night and couldn't believe how disorganized my fabric has gotten. I try shoeboxes, plastic stackers, shelves, and it all ends up being mixed up together after a few projects. Has anyone found a unique way to corral the fabric monster? I think I just like making a mess:)
I am trying a new idea. I found some 12x12 plastic envelopes at Wall-Mart. When I sign up for a swap I put the pattern and the fabric in that envelope. As I work on the blocks I put them back in the envelope (since cat loves to sleep on or play with these) and after I mail them I empty the envelope of scraps, file the pattern, and it is ready for another swap. I use the same method for other projects like purses to make or easter baskets to sew. Helps me keep track of how many "balls" I'm juggling at one time.
I use the larger clear plastic scrapebook cases for my fabrics. I keep them by grouping; black and white, red, white and blue, and then the odd ones. I wait until these are on sale at Micheals or Hobby Lobby.
Now my problem is that none of my shelves are deep enough for those cases to fit, but since they stack I can store them elsewhere.
Funny story...I was driving home from out of town on Saturday and stopped by a small quilt shop in a VERY small town. One of the ladies there was making Easter baskets from a purse pattern. The pattern came in petite thru lg. and she was using the petite. It takes only 1 yd of material; 1/2 for inside and 1/2 for outside. She had girls stuff with eggs and bunnys and boys with John Deere tracters and racing cars. They were adorable and the friend that was with me said, "I'll buy the pattern if you'll make the baskets" so ...that's another fine mess you've gotten me into, Olly!
If you want to know what pattern I can let you know when I get home from work tonight or just mail you the pattern and directions.
I have decided on July Fourth at http://www.quilterscache.com/J/JulyFourthBlock.html in red, cream, and blue/cream stars. The reason I said cream and blue/cream stars is that I can't find blue/white stars anywhere!!!! If you can match cream in blue fabric with other cream, that would be wonderful. I'd like them to look like the pattern.
Since my blocks are for July I thought these blocks would get everyone in the spirit of the holiday...
Linda, I fixed the link - sorry about that. After seeing all the beautiful red, white and blue blocks before, I knew that's what I wanted. DH picked this one from five options. I think it will be fairly easy. If anyone has problems with it just let me know and I'll help however I can.
I'll get the info on those patterns for the Easter baskets to you no later than tomorrow morning. I'm at work and have swimming after, so I get home late tonight.
Looks like I had better get on the ball here. I thought since I had Oct. I could wait a bit before choosing my pattern and colors but you have all been busy bees. I don't want you to think your hostess is not coming through. (Maybe I should give you the block I used for the black and white; it was quite a challenge. See?http://www.quilterscache.com/H/HuntersStarBlock.html )
But I will come up with something; maybe one for a batik?
Barb, Susan...do you want me to make copies of the pattern and send it to you are do you want to get the entire pattern yourselves. I can only copy the petite (Easter basket one). The others are two big to copy. The purse is call The Two-Hour Tulip Purse and it can be found on www.janicedpope.com at her Anything But Boring Shop.
Just let me know which way.
As for working ahead, I don't mind if you do that, I know all of you will anyway. But please don't send it to me until the month it is due. I have a small house and as you can see I sometimes loose or forget things so I would rather not have to remember which blocks go to which people for which months when I get a bunch all at once. You keep them and if you loose it, well, I'll forgive you but I might not forgive ME.
Also, please make sure you mark your blocks or put notes in that say which month the block is for (better yet, which person it goes to). As you can see we have a lot of red, white and blue blocks and it would be so easy to mix them up.
Barb, Susan, LK, I am sending you copies of the front cover with picture; templates for all purses and all the directions. They should go out this afternoon; I'll drop them off at the post office on my way home.
Hope you enjoy them; now I just have to find time to make them!
Sorry, LK, snail mail will have to do. I can only go so far here at work. Copying they are OK with but to scan them to my computer and then e-mail all pieces would tax them to the limit (I work for State gov.). The bigger templates took the large 11" x 17" paper but I was able to get all of the templates for you.
I think a specific request, like a cream print, not solid cream is okay, but I think we should try to avoid being too specific about the exact fabric we would like in our blocks. Everyone's resources are different and something that may be easy for me to find, may be impossible for some one else to find. Just my opinion.
The only reason I asked the question of Babeegirl is this: after looking at the pattern she chose I wanted my block to coordinate well with her quilt. I suppose I should have dmailed the question. Didn't mean to start anything. Barb
To those of you who are quitting smoking, my compliments. Anything we can do to help you along that path just holler. If we line up lots of projects so that you have to sit at the sewing machine and not get up, will that help? I will gladly send some work your way. Just want to helpful, here. LOL
Barb...No, no. You didn't start anything. I think people picking their color placement is fine. If some one wants red in the center and the blue on the points or whatever, I am good with that and that is certainly a question that needs to be stated here so that we all know. I just saw some other requests and wanted to make sure we were all on the same page. Not pointing fingers or criticizing, just making a comment.
Sheila that's what comes from trying to smoke and read at the same time "Smoke gets in your eyes" . Thanks for the work load Janice - If I do one third of all the stuff I have lined up, I'll make it through it. Thanks for the help friend. Barb
No matter how specific one can get to one's color choices, there are still 11 others that may or may not able to 100% comply with the choices. I understand Shuggins' worry perfectly.
My tan may appear too taupe, heavens forbid, not be your choice of tan.. my cream may be a tad too yellow for you.
So, I will do my best to meet all your requests.
Expressing my concerns, as this is my 2nd time in a quilt swap where fabric color or choices are not shown in real live time.
Just want to do my best.
Slow down a little bit! Don't want to smother your enthusiasm but we have a whole year for these blocks. Originally I only asked for the ladies with the 1st four months to give us colors and blocks 'cause I knew some of you would want to work ahead. But others have been giving their colors and blocks and while that is great I don't want those who want to take their time on this to feel rushed.
Since my October block is 7 months away I think I can take some time to look for just the right block and colors. Was going to do red, white and blue but we have more that enough of those so I want to choose something else. Haven't found just the right pattern, either.
my quit date will be next thursday ummm the 26th? I think it's the 26th or whatever Thursday will be :) as far as fabric placement on mine, the 4 patches in the corners sort of make an x connected to the big square in the center. I'd like to play up that x pattern by having those 4 patches be black and whatever you choose. If you look at the pattern, the squares of the 4 patches in the corners that are red, I'd like to be black and the middle square. I just really like that x for some reason :)
Can I make a request. If we are taking "specifics" can the 1st entry be updated with that info?
And I think getting too specific takes some of the "fun" out of the idea of swapping. I think part of the fun is to be surprised.
Betty, I'm sorry you wanted to participate and didn't find out in time, if you REALLY want in, just tell the hostess to keep your name as alternate in case someone drops out,. In a 12 month swap, that sometimes happens. The good news is if you post on these threads and follow them, THIS is where we normally post the next swap. I think it's this swap (or was it the Black & White?) that was already making small talk about a Batik swap!!! Just read along Betty, you'll hear of another swap before long!
Well, ladies, I have added Betty to our swap. This means that each of you gets to rest on the month you are to receive your block and still get 12 blocks! As busy as we all are it might be nice to have a free month. (Sure..., you'll sign up for another swap, right?)
We are not officially CLOSED to others and officially ready to begin.
First block due end of May...if you can wait that long!
Sheila, I'm trying for a patriotic look. When I looked at fabrics when I was on a shop hop, all of them had blue fabric with cream stars. I didn't see one blue with white stars. I'm just trying to make it easy for people to find fabrics. My DH loves flags so I thought this would be a good way to make something special for him. Barb
Of course, variety is good. I hope I didn't sound like I was getting really picky. My DH has fully supported me with these swaps and I thought it would be a great way to let him know how much I appreciate him. He just loves flags and that was the look I was going for. Any and all blocks will be warmly welcomed and used in his quilt. Thanks, Barb
whatever choices will be fine whether it's altogether or seperate. I just really like all those colors combined. I'm not really fond of solid colors, never have been and I don't know why:) I see lots of quilts with solids and they look wonderful. Especially Amish quilts, those are true beauties but I just can't ever get mine to look that good so I stick with prints.
OK, ladies, things seem to get getting a little complicated and I need to do a little housekeeping.
1. GO BACK UP TO THE TOP AND READ THE DIRECTIONS...
While this swap gives the lady of the month the opportunity to choose a pattern and her colors it is still an opportunity to be creative. I tried 5 different combinations of the same fabric/same pattern before I finally made my Think Spring block. These are NOT made to order blocks.
2. On April 1st I will open a thread JUST for the May, 2009, Block. That thread will be for you to ask questions of the lady of the month in terms of her color choices and pattern. If you are having problems with THAT months pattern block we can discuss that and help one another. The lady of the month can show the blocks when she receives them and also post the finished product when she has it done. THAT THREAD WILL BE FOR THAT MONTH ONLY!
Each month I will post a seperate thread for that month's block and any discussion concerning it.
3. If you are having trouble with a future month's block, let me know and I will consider opening that thread early (but not TOO early).
4. This swap is a marathan, ladies, not a sprint. You have 12 months to talk, work on, share notes and generally have fun with these blocks. Don't think you need to make them all, or even the first four, in the first month! I think we have some unusual and creative blocks and, like fine wine, we need to savory the feeling. Some of these blocks will stretch you and even tax your patience but take the time to enjoy every minute.
I think we have a great bunch of ladies in this swap and I hope to get to know you all better over time. I will leave this thread open so that we can just chit chat about our work in general and share our quilting highs and lows. Happy Quilting!
Happy Spring everyone. and I'm glad about the 13 too. If I've been making things difficult, I apologize. I just get so carried away with fabric sometimes. Sorry. I like the idea of monthly threads too.
I will give the paper piecing a try, again, but I have never been able to do one that I like how it comes out in the end...soooo...qwilter you best be prepared to give me directions, if I cant figure it out...thanks for the offer...
quilter5, barb, I did the last 12 month swap block for my DH, he was very surprised, and very very happy, when I finally let him in on it. ;-}
And I may be right behind. Gonna try with paper but we will see.
I was making the Glutton block which has 4 triangles and finally READ the quilterscache speed piecing trick for stacking, marking and sewing triangles. I love it and it was so easy and made the triangle just perfect. I feel so dumb that it took me this long to pick up on this go little trick. Maybe paper piecing (they do give you directions to practice) will work the same way and turn out to be not a difficult as I imagine.
While I have my pattern for all my other swaps I just can't find the right one for this one. Nothing jumps out at me and say's "Do me!"
I love the ones you have all picked and am actually using the one that Linda K picked for something else. I want this one to be special.
Hi Barb no I wanted to get one though I think I will now I saw them use that on Fons and Porter
Speaking of Fons and Porter does anyone here subscribe to QNNTV? They have all kinds of quilting video's on there and Fons and Porter series as well. You buy a years subscription not much and you can watch whenever you want 24/7
Well worth it lots to learn. Cheryl
OK, Linda K, red, white and blue and it doesn't have to be patriotic. This is one of the few color combinations that almost always get the same shades of color from people. I am still trying to figure out how I want the colors to work in your block. There are so many variations. Isn't that fun?
Saw some great black and red batik that I might use for Sheila's block. I am dying to try batiks!
Okay, ladies, friends, fellow quilters I posted on the other "interest" thread I would like to have everyone use their scraps for my quilt if no one has any problems with that. I have a definite pattern in mind and need to know how everyone feels before I officially post. I will want a white or white on white background but other than that clean out your scraps. Any one mind if I request this?
You got it Marion! I think we will all be grateful to you for helping us get rid of some of our scraps. While I did send some to Thunder for her 1.5 squares (yep, she is really crazy) I always have left. I am anxious to see the pattern and this should be another fun block!
By April of next year we should have SO many more scraps. Just keep those quilt block swaps comin'.
Oh goody! Then I will get the site of my quilt block posted very soon. I am truly looking forward to this as I want a scrappy quilt--now is my change to get a huge headstart!!! So ladies, clean out your bags, boxes, shelves, or whatever.
Help me understand what you mean Jayne. Color sampler quilt? You cut squares out of a certain color scheme and size and just sew them together? Or am I guessing wrong! Inquiring minds WANT more input! More addictive material... More .. more ... more!!! hehehe
My DIL doesn't like pink either and guess what huge boo boo I did before I knew it!! They asked for a wedding ring quilt--yeap you are ahead of me--it was a small accent color but enough I got before the wedding no less: I don't like pink. Want to guess where the quilt sections are?
Yep, and I snatched it up most gratefully! I use a lot of "P".
I have never been very found or "orange" and unless its combined with blue and white, not fond of red either! HOWEVER... the blocks I made for the Glutton swap are yellow, red and orange and I love them! Goes to show, it is possible to change ...
OMG am I in major trouble..Helen my girlfriend had her DH drop off 3 boxes of books..I thought 2 were decorative painting and 1 quilting but as I go through them, nope, 1 1/2 of each..not just magazines but books..just took out Sweet and Simple Country quilts by Jenni dobson, to die for Australian Patchwork Desgins by Margaret Rolfe. Scrap Crafts by McCall's...not sure how long I can stay awake browsing through all these books but know what I'll be doing this weekend..lol
yeap that is sorta what I had in mind. The room I want to use it in is denim blue and has stark white and chocolate accents. There is another hint ladies, some chocolate colors (candy too) can be included. Shucks any scraps I don't care --it will be for a brass bed. I would to say an antique but alas it is just Sears best! LOL Actually it is my daughters frame set.
After looking at the instructions, I think I'd sew ANOTHER white strip on the "otherside" of the scrap strip so you could alterate cutting blocks. That seems to me like it would less wasteful of the fabric. You would have to pick out the very tip of the square then to use it. (Since it would be seamed into the alternate block. I'm probably not stating it very well and if I could draw it then it would be easily understood.
It looks to me like we are going to have a lot of red, white and blue scraps since most of the first 5 months are using those colors. How clever of you all to let us buy those colors in bulk and see what different pattern and combinations look like. Not that any of us need any incouragement to buy fabric in bulk. LOL
I best make up my mind what pattern and colors I want to use. Sometime I see a pattern and it just jumps out and says, "make me!", other times you all give me your colors and the block just seems right with them, but this time I don't know what kind of quilt I want to end up with. I already have my black and white well on it's way, so don't need anymore of those. Must put on my thinking cap.
Beautiful design Marion..OMG those books are to die for...I'm sure that if you were looking for a specific pattern, they'd be amongst the books I received..more than a box, a box and a half...should have been sleeping last night rather than browsing...must take some photo's to show you...
Just soooo exciting.aren't friends the best..well sometimes...seems whenever someone doesn't want something they all think of Betty..at times that's great (as is this) others, well my crafts room is getting mighty fulll...need more shelving..
Thanks for you comments on my block choice. Pat, this is scary, but yes I did understand what you were saying. Is it some secret language only quilters understand? LOL
I don't care if the red, white and blues or used or just dig in their scrap "whatevers". Just scrappy!!
Betty, I would have been doing the same thing with those books. Fantabulous (my word) box of goodies. I have great difficulty disposing of my quilting magazines when I am through by putting in recycle. That is why I recycle here with those who would like to have them and pass on or out--I just can't do the out thing.
Looks like it will be a day for sewing as the we are under a severe weather warning and flood warning. Hummm, wondering, how can we be under flood watch when no rain has come?
I work for a bottling company and when the drivers shirts are ready to be retired/replaced, the admin that handles the shirts cuts the logo off and gives me the shirts. Most are in perfect condition and they are the nicest quality blue check plaid cotton. I plan on using some of them to make a raffle quilt in the blue plaid, red, and white to raise funds this next Christmas for the adopt-a-family program our company sponsors. Last year we didn't have a lot of donations. Maybe raffling the quilt will bring in more funds so that we can buy the family more needed items.
No rain yet Debra but dark overcast with a weird yellowish color. I am sure they are coming unless the front manages to swing north again and miss us. I hope not as we are really starting to need the rain.
Babeegirl, what a wonderful idea and definitely great recycling.
And did I appreciate being the recipient of some of those quilt mags that Marion wanted to get rid of. Stacey even loved them and found a wonderful quilt pattern for her first real quilt (although she now has three patterns vieing for 1st). they are getting a workout now that basketball had dominated TV.
Betty said she did great at her house with her machine. I am going down this weekend and taking MY machine. She will see the difference between a Janome Memory with bells and whistles and my old Kenmore mechanical. She may not want mine when I get a new one!
Imagine that Maid M!!! When I returned to Singapore in '86, I bought another Elna. Those old Elnas were Swiss made then I think.
None of my sisters sew, so I'm sure that Elna froze.
Mum had a Viking.. made my Elna looks like a 'Mini Minor' next to her 'Jaguar'!!!
ROFLOL I have a new Bernina but it is my house machine--Elna has case, will travel. Having some trouble finding someone to do a much needed tune up--I can do a lots but there comes a time it needs a pro--well someone other than me.
I hae had several dealers try to buy it from me but it "ain't fer sale".
Tune up?? What's that.. oh... follow the diagram where to squirt some oil?? Lolol!!!! You're at least wayyyyyyyyy up there when it comes to your machine!
Thank God the new machines don't have to be oiled, if not I'll be up a creek without a paddle.
Any of you ladies own an old Featherweight? I am thinking of getting one. Found one locally, and she wanted 500 for it.. but it's imported from England and has a high rating.. in other words, almost immaculate. A little tad high..
So.. offer your pros and cons.
Are you referring to a Singer Featherweight? Don't have one but am familiar with them. My late SIL had one and I adored it--great machine. Not sure if that price is high--depends on age and condition.
My new machine has a light that comes on when it needs to be oiled just like my car. Now that is just to much. I ca keep my machine oiled, cleaned and basically tuned up but every now and then due to the age of the Elna--it needs some one with more training.
Oh my, a real find!!! I don't really know but the asking price doesn't seem all that high for that machine----please note, I could be badly mistaken about the price. If it worked half as well as my SIL's I'd gladly pay that to have one.
I was surprised to find out that my Kenmore was made by Janome. I have looked at a Pffaf, and Babylock but I really like the Janome best. Last time I checked they wanted $800 for it and that is a little more than I wanted to go. It is a 5300 Janome Memory. All the new things like needle up stopping, setting your thread length; little things but oh so helpful when making lots of blocks.
I have a singer featherweight, they are awesome little machines...price is not bad at all if it is in good shape and runs well...I've seen them sell for that,and they did not run
I do find that I have to "get used to it" when ever I use it, they work a bit differently than other machines, and the foot pedal is different than my other machines, so I have to do some "test driving" before actually sewing...If you can get what I mean??!!!!
Aw yes... like learning to sew all over again BRIEFLY!! A little relearning time is needed like driving a different car that you ONCE knew. I'm such a creature of habit that I am still pulling out MY key to MY car inspite of I've been driving the "other car" for 3 weeks now while I wait for my husband to have time to fix my car.
yup yup exactly, like from a big truck to a little car, or stick to auto...you got to stop and think a minute...I am forever trying to step on the clutch, and reach for the stick when I get in the car I rarely drive ;-}
The manual for my Janome says no need to oil, however, recently took it for cleaning and John who services Janome's and other brands of machines showed me 3 machines in his workshop that were seized..said it's a 'MUST'..so I'll not go by my manual, worth having it done in it's yearly servicing..
Sitting here waiting for the stores to open, big sale at Fabricland (your Joanne's) and then another fabric store going out of business, might get bargoons there and an elite sewing boutique .. NOT picking up mega materials..my purpose is to look for May's colors and a yard of fabric for Stacey who wants to do placemats and didn't purchase the material while here...
Will make an extra block to frame for the same room the quilt top will be displayed...
I am not positive but the block Betty posted resembles very closely the "folded star" that was so popular years ago. It is more of a folding and tacking technique--I have my books still but not sure what box they are in at the moment.
I don't think it was Donna Poster. I have only know it as "Folded Star" and there were tons of books with ideas what to do with them. I think mine are from the late 70's. I saved them as it is a nice method to do for throw pillows etc but the problem is: where are they? Only they know for sure. I have some of the Donna Poster instructions for several of her folded blocks. Humm, guess I need to go box digging again.
Oh my yes, I do have it. It is still packed away from my move in one of the boxes labeled craft/quilt books. Being I don't have the bookcases in yet, I haven't bothered to open the boxes. Do pat them every now and then so they know I love them. Does that count?
Check out Donna Poster's website (sorry don't know address) sometimes there are free downloads that are nice. I will see if I can locate my "Folded Star" books and I will certainly let you know when I do. Hummm, maybe my project for the day?
This folding techniques looks really interesting. I saw some small pins that I now know were done with this technique. They were so neat and I thought they were difficult but I think it would be fun to try.
My DIL took me to a new quilting shop and I found wonderful stuff for the first three blocks. They had some great red, white & blues and I found just the best red, white and black fabric to use for Sheila.
I went down to her house to take my sewing machine. She had cut out three rag quilts that she wanted to put together and she doesn't have a machine. Stacey spent last weekend with Betty learning how to do a rag quilt and made a little one; now she had the three others to finish. We got all three done before I came back home and I am amazed at how quickly she picked up working the machine and putting the lbocks together. Between my quilting and seeing the blocks you all have done in the past we hooked another one!
Well, I finally made up my mind! Part of the problem was in deciding what colors I wanted. As I have said before, I never met a color I didn't like, so it was deciding were this quilt would go so I knew what colors to use.
Then, I decided I wanted some of those yummy batiks I see so often, so I had to find a pattern that would work with them.
This pattern has only two colors, so you should be able to use fat quarters. I hope some of you wont have trouble finding the batiks, I know your shopping places can be limited. Multi-colored combinations are encouraged, especially anything from the purple or lavender family, as are watercolors.
I'm sort of learning toward a Janome Memory Craft, but there are so many different kinds! I tried one and liked it; since my old Kenmore was made by Janome I am familiar with many of it's features.
I am thinking...about maybe seeing if I can get an embrodiery feature? I have seen some of the things that have been done and like them. Don't know how much I would use that feature, nor do I know how much getting that would cost but it could be fun.
What do you think, ladies? I want to stay under $1000.
In total agreement with Betty. Just go do it! I know you know your budget much better than I do but I don't think you will never regret the purchase--you get to much enjoyment from sewing and quilting. It is time to humor yourself!!!
Ladies, fellow sewers of the world, shun the nasty label "Enablers"!!! NO - we are
"pro-social activities directors!" Everyday that I work with drug & alcohol dependent clients I ask them, "OK, you've given up drugs and alcohol, but what PROSOCIAL activity have you ADDED??? The universe abhors a vacuum!"
So every person that we encourage to pick up the healthy hobby of sewing, quilting, gardening and other crafts, is another person that some less healthy pass time will snare. SEE?? We are doing GOOD things!!
I have a janome 4800 and I love it. it's never failed me even though I haul it around, run over pins and break needles, stuff like that. It's 8yrs old and never had to go into the shop to get a fix up.
Oh, Pat, I like your description better, too. Somehow I don't like the word addiction, either, although when I see how I am at fabric stores that really IS the right word. We need to come up with some positive names for our quilting. At least when I sew I feel good, have something to show when done and know where my $ goes.
Now...anybody want to make some Easter baskets? The days are getting short and I still have to work (for pay) 3 days a week. Don't get much sewing done in the evening those days as I am usually beat! I haven't even been to a movie in over a month and I used to go every weekend.
I agree, I like Pat's description. I know when it comes to sewing and gardening, people are always a little shocked that I enjoy them. I just tell them that it is healthy for me (and them) to do those things because that is what keeps me from losing it. Just therapy (and about the only activity that I ever get to do by myself).
Well, the beauty is that no one attempts to have a conversation with me when I am sewing. Little hard to talk over the sewing machine. Don't get me wrong, I am not anti-social, but with 3 kids, it is nice to have some time where no one can talk to you! LOL!
As for gardening, well, that isn't totally by myself time. Usually the 2 year old is "helping". Must be in the blood. There are 5 of us and he and I are the only ones that think digging in the dirt is cool. I am training him to take over for me when I am old! LOL. We are still working on distinguishing between a weed and a plant, but we are getting there. He even has his own "goves and chovel" and he's not afraid to use them!
Oh Janice.. go for it!!! Since you're familiar with the machine, I won't think of any other brand, unless you're into collecting!
I like your pattern too. My biggest enabler has mercifully increase my meager batik stash.. so no problem there.
When I first moved north, everyone thought I'd not survive the quiet, living on the water, miles from everyone, wrong..
Dh couldn't understand how a person could go for mail and not come home for 4 hrs...everyone standing talking at the post office re crafts..
He'd shake his head at the time I'd spend crafting while he worked away from home..told him there were only a few choices in town...the craft group-ceramics/sewing/painting or the 2nd group, hotel/motel type activities..his choice..
Didn't take long (God rest his soul) to pick the craft group..always encouraging..lol
shuggins I sure wish I had my own "goves and chovel" too... I can hear him saying that in my mind just as clearly as if I were there. What is it about small children learning anything that just makes me smile??
quilter5bdsr...He is sincerely interested even though he doesn't know what he is interested in. He helped me spread mulch one day and did a decent job, but his hands are pretty small. Today I was watering and he was over discussing it with me. I think he really will enjoy when he is a little older. I traded and got some sunflower seeds. he loves flowers, so I bet he is really going to like those. I will get a picture of him out in his gardening garb...