This beautiful blue log cabin quilt that Tabatha sent to me to quilt has a few sparkle fabrics in it so we decided a few stars would fit right in. The rest of the quilting is "loopy" and it's all done in a very soft blue thread.
All participants and their groups are listed at the bottom of this post.
ENTRY TO SWAP IS NOW CLOSED.... watch for another swap in the near future.
UPDATE: The R/W/B swap is full so I've added a second R/W/B group - there's lots more room!
UPDATE: Several swappers have asked about participating if they are outside the US. No problem! We can use Paypal for postage. So far we have swappers from Germany, UK and Canada!
I just learned about this kind of quilt block swap. It sounded like so much fun I decided to host one (really two!).
When I first heard about this I was confused. How do you get blocks if you don't sew them? Well you do sew, but only your final blocks. That means you don't have to worry about your sewing and whether or not it's good enough! (of course it is, but still, less worry) and, if you are particularly particular, you don't have to deal with someone else's less than perfect sewing.
Here's how it works...
1. Select a 12" block pattern at Quilterscache.com (only pieced blocks - no applique or paper piecing)
2. Cut all the pieces for the block, but don't sew the block.
3. Place all the pieces in a baggie. Put a sticker on the baggie with the name of the block. Include your name, city/state and, if you wish, your blog address.
Repeat steps 2 and 3 nine times.
4. Keep one baggie for yourself and mail the remaining eight baggies to me by February 1st. Include a self addressed stamped envelope. (Get your package weighed before you seal it and then use that amount of postage on your SASE.) Any participants outside the US can use Paypal for the return postage.
5. As soon as all packages are received I'll divvy up the baggies and mail each of you a package of 8 different baggies. Look up each block on Quiltercache.com and commence sewing!
You have two choices: Red/White/Blue No Sew Block Swap or Pink/Green/White No Sew Block Swap. Also, please see the poll for what color Pink/Green.
Interested? Sign up by leaving a comment. Tell me which swap you want to do. Sign up will be open until January 10th.
RED WHITE & BLUE GROUP #1 Amy - Nelson's Victory Karen - Friendship Star
Kathleen - Calico Puzzle Katie - See Saw Sara - Star of Virginia Robin - Broken Sugar Bowl
Kathleen - Churn Dash Balinda - Brasstown Star SC Jenn - Sawtooth Star
RED WHITE & BLUE GROUP #2 Pat C - Carrie Nation
Gill - Bear Tracks
Lynn - Basket Weave
Candy - Antique Tile Block Marion - Love In A Mist Mavis - Annie's Choice Marj - M. Washington Star Nikki - Glory In Scraps Nici - Jacob's Ladder
PINK GREEN & WHITE Group #1 Karen - Hour Glass #3 Lexilooo - Calico Puzzle Lois - Lover's Knot Balinda - Ranger's Pride
Mimi - Prairie Queen Kate -Squares Upon Squares Sandee - Brasstown Star
Pat S - Morning Star 2 Kathleen - Louisiana
PINK GREEN & WHITE Group #3 Katy - Star Puzzle Christy - Castle In The Air Jenn - Card Trick
Carrie - King's X Wendy - Woven Ribbons Emilee - Pieced Star
Lisa - Chimneys & Cornerstones
Susan - Sarah's Choice Kathleen - Starflower
PINK GREEN & WHITE Group #4 Jeanie - Album Lynne - Tennessee Andrea - Louisiana
Lea - Sunlight & Shadows Karen - Shoo Fly
Karie - Rail Fence Diane - Churn Dash Wanda - Tulip Lady Fingers Kathleen - Prairie Queen
My sewing machine had a breakdown last summer the very morning that I needed to turn in quilts for the County Fair. I know, if I wasn't such a procrastinater (I really excel in that department) I wouldn't have been sewing at 5:30 in the morning for a 8:00 am deadline on the same day. It should have been a lesson. But as I've mentioned in the past I'm a slow learner.
After turning in what was done to the fair, I took said machine to my LQS and they very nicely loaned me a machine. I don't know if that's a regular practice or not but they lent me an awesome, very fast, very fancy, very expensive machine. Since they had a little trouble fixing my machine - mostly because he's busy - I've had this super-duper machine for quite a while. I'm hoping they never fix my machine. I have asked how much they want for the one I'm borrowing and haven't gotten a figure yet, but I'm afraid it will cost too much.
Not to change the subject, but I just got into Christmas mode yesterday. (There's that procrastination again.) Wanting to make several gifts I got to selecting fabric, cutting, sewing, planning more. Almost to the finish of the first gift and it happened. My needle broke. No big deal. I replaced it. Something didn't sound right. Apparently there is a burr or nick or something on the part that holds the bobbin case and it drags. No sewing is happening now. So again, just when I need it most.
There's good in this though...
- I'll have all these projects cut and ready to sew when my machine is working again and some people will be getting surprises in the mail when they least expect it.
- I have at least two tops waiting to go on the frame - I know I'll have fun quilting those and won't feel like I'm taking time from other sewing.
- I've been neglecting the house a bit, with all my other sewing on teapots & other stuff. Now I have time to clean things up and do some holiday decorating and some baking.
I guess I'm gifting baked goods.
I just hope there isn't another cake-tupperware-fire incident.
Bingo Ladd was my first horse. I think I was 14 and "working" as a trail guide. Pay was $10 a day and $12 a day on weekends. So, not much money to spend on a horse. I partnered with a co-worker and we paid $100 for him. I bought her out a month or two later. He was a rescue horse and about 200 pounds underweight when he arrived. He packed on the pounds fast though. I loved throwing a Navaho blanket over his back and riding him that way with no saddle.
Thanks for the picture, Karen. What a surprise to see it this morning!
And, yes everyone, I know he's funny looking. I didn't care! He was MY HORSE!
Since John had to work all weekend, Sarah, Cooper and Dexter came to visit for a few days. They needed to get out of the house and Sarah needed some adults to talk to! We had a good weekend with lots of laughs, a bit of a break for Sarah, and lots of needed grandkid time for me and grandpa. Sunday we took Cooper to see Santa on his train (the reindeer are resting up for the big night)....
Cooper thought looking out the window of the train was pretty cool....
He liked all the decorations....
His eyes lit up when he saw Santa...from a distance that is.
Close up was a very different story...who IS this guy?! Help me!!
One last look at the trains. Time to go to Mac-a-donalds for lunch.
Sara - no, not our Sarah - this Sara, is taking advantage of my half-price offer. She sent this beauty to me to be quilted. The border fabric is so cute and the center has a subtle bit of red. I almost made the mistake of using red thread for the quilting. I think red would have changed this pleasant, bit of red quilt and turned it into an "in your face" red quilt.
When I was a young mom there was lots of time spent on the ground playing or helping a little one. Tying a shoe, kissing an ow-ey, fixing a toy, playing with legos, picking just the right book. As a result all my jeans were worn at the knees, the older they were the more worn of course, until there were holes. I'd wear those jeans until the holes were really big. And, yes, I'm old. So this was way back in the dark ages before it was cool to have holes in your jeans. It just meant you were broke.
Years passed, kids grew, money improved and along came the horses. Then I needed jeans that were long enough so that, when riding, the bottoms didn't ride up to the top of my boots. That meant that, when walking, the jeans were too long. All my jeans wound up with ragged hems.
More years passed. Things changed and we said goodbye to the horses. The kids grew some more and had their own kids. Now the jeans are the right length but it's down on the ground again . . . to help, to play, to get the best hugs and kisses in the world. And my jeans are worn at the knees again. I love it.
Now if I could just get the jean size to come full circle.
In October I signed up with Finn for her New Year's Eve UFO Challenge with eight UFOs. I'm not sure if I'll make it but I do know that I probably wouldn't have finished these without that gentle push.
First is a summer holiday table topper that I started back in May, pieced it then quit. To finish it I quilted with white thread and kind of played around a bit. I tried to think fireworks and bunting. The quilting leaves a bit to be desired but that's ok - it's just for me. I now have it quilted and bound. Finish #1.
Next up, an appliqued wall hanging. Straddling Snowboy is just one of the Straddling series by The Wooden Bear. Same story here... the top was finished but needed to be quilted, bound and embellished. Finish #2.
I like the way the little bird is pulling the boy's bootlace.
Quilts for Kids is an organization that takes discontinued fabric that is destined for landfills and makes quilts and other items for kids in need. Heavyweight fabric is made into many other items such as wheelchair bags and tote bags. Lightweight cotton is made into quilts that comfort children in need globally. Kits are available by request. You ask and they send a package of fabric that is already cut into strips, and a simple pattern, plus fabric for the backing. You provide the batting and do the sewing and quilting. Of course a donation of a quilt made from your own fabric is welcomed! I made this simple quilt from one of their kits.
Rather than hand sew the binding I first sewed in onto the back of the quilt, then brought it to the front and used a machine decorative stitch to secure the front of the binding. Quicker and more secure than my hand sewing.
And less time sewing binding equals more time to make more quilts!