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From: BRG
Date: 04-25-2005, 06:26 PM (1 of 250)
This is a new swap here ... the more people who join the better :)

This is going to be a centralized signature block swap. A signature block (for those who are not familiar) is a block with your signature on it. This is very popular on swaps, parties (graduation, wedding, birthday, etc). I think it's time we have OUR OWN quilt and thought you could have your own quilt with "your buddies" near you. What I mean by centralized block swap is that all the interested/signed people will send all of their blocks to me and I will distribute to each one once all blocks are turned in.

Please sign up by May 5. Deadline for blocks is June 6. I would like to mail out everyone's blocks by June 10. The deadline date can be adjusted if the majority prefers a later date.

Sign up: Send me an email (<email address removed for privacy>) with your name, SWN username, address, and email address. If you have an alternative email address, please include it in case the first email address does not go through for some reason. I will email everyone after the deadline with details again (rules) and my address to mail the blocks.


The rules are quite simple:

1. Blocks are to be 12.5 inches (unfinished) so it will be 12 inches long finished
2. All fabrics must be prewashed.
3. You can create whatever block you want and the colours whatever you want as long as the signature area is in cream/cream on cream. (This is perfect for your creative juices to flow and to try things you have never tried or your favourite block).
4. You can do sewing, quilting, embroidery, and/or appliquing on a block.
5. Your signature can be done by pen (please use pigma pen - the kind that won't be washed off) or thread. Preferred (but not necessary) colour is black (easiest for people to see/read).
6. All blocks (number of blocks to be determined at a later time in email) are to be mailed in a ziplocked bag and in a package (up to you how it's mailed). Please also include an envelope/squishie with postage paid (some people use priority mail which is easier and faster). It is up to you to have a delivery confirmation on it or not.
7. All blocks are due to me by June 6.
8. This is the most important rule of all: HAVE FUN!!!

Any questions, concerns, or feedback, please feel free to contact me :bluesmile Thanks in advance for joining :bluesmile


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Sign up list: (15 so far)

AngelLover
BRG
Carman
Debby215
Esrun3
GreenDragonLady
HeyJudee
Hogmami
Mamadus
Mother In Law
Oklahomanana
Peggy
Postcardgirl
Smith972
SummersEchos
- Brenda -
User: BRG
Member since: 01-12-2005
Total posts: 388
From: postcardgirl
Date: 04-25-2005, 07:28 PM (2 of 250)
I'm game! Do we need to let you know what block we're doing now or will it be a surprise?
User: postcardgirl
Member since: 05-01-2001
Total posts: 367
From: BRG
Date: 04-25-2005, 07:42 PM (3 of 250)
You do not have to reveal your block until everyone gets theirs at the same time ... more suspense ... do whatever you want ... there are no rules except to have the "writing" on white fabric ...

Shud be fun!
- Brenda -
User: BRG
Member since: 01-12-2005
Total posts: 388
From: Hogmami
Date: 04-25-2005, 08:33 PM (4 of 250)
Can hardly wait. This should be a great sampler quilt for all of us.
Carolyn
Michigan
User: Hogmami
Member since: 09-30-2004
Total posts: 800
From: esrun3
Date: 04-25-2005, 08:54 PM (5 of 250)
I'm in-hope we get a lot of people who want to participate! I'd love a sampler quilt from all my friends!

Emailed my info to you Brenda!
Lyn
User: esrun3
Member since: 12-02-2004
Total posts: 2345
From: Debby215
Date: 04-25-2005, 08:55 PM (6 of 250)
YIPPEE a quilt for us.....This is going to be so great, and with everyone signing them, it will be a true keepsake. I think it will be super, I am definitely in... :up: :up:
Debby
So much fabric....... So little time!!
User: Debby215
Member since: 11-14-2001
Total posts: 611
From: Peggy
Date: 04-25-2005, 11:25 PM (7 of 250)
Please make sure to count me in :up: . This should be so much fun. I'm always talking about my quilting/sewing friends on line to my friends and I think sometimes they think I'm nuts. Now I'll be able to prove you all really exist :bluesmile !

Peggy
User: Peggy
Member since: 09-19-2003
Total posts: 53
From: BRG
Date: 04-26-2005, 12:19 AM (8 of 250)
No really, we are just a figment of your imagination --- just kiddin'! :bluesmile
- Brenda -
User: BRG
Member since: 01-12-2005
Total posts: 388
From: oklahomanana
Date: 04-26-2005, 07:05 PM (9 of 250)
Count me in too! This sounds like great fun! Can't wait to get started~
One of the best gifts to give a child/grandchild is your listening ear.
User: oklahomanana
Member since: 09-07-2004
Total posts: 406
From: esrun3
Date: 04-26-2005, 07:51 PM (10 of 250)
Hey everyone, I just had a thought......when making your blocks, be sure to make one for yourself!!! I know I'd likely sit down make 8 or 10 or whatever # I needed and forget all about me and then my quilt wouldn't have me in it!! :bg:
Lyn
User: esrun3
Member since: 12-02-2004
Total posts: 2345
From: BRG
Date: 04-26-2005, 08:41 PM (11 of 250)
That's right ... I will be sending an email and also posting on the website how many blocks we need to make. I think some of you are curious how many we have and who ... I will post it under the first post (so we all can refer back to).
- Brenda -
User: BRG
Member since: 01-12-2005
Total posts: 388
From: carman
Date: 04-26-2005, 09:07 PM (12 of 250)
can i make a suggestion :nervous: can we make sure the light color is either cream on cream or cream OR white on white or white, one or the other. it will make a much more uniform quilt if we have one or the other but not a mix. also with white on white you have to make sure the "white" is not raised as the siggy will come off VERY easy. i have a siggy quilt and any printing that was done on the fabric with a raised print is pretty much gone :cry:

with that, count me in :up:
User: carman
Member since: 04-17-2000
Total posts: 692
From: BRG
Date: 04-26-2005, 09:11 PM (13 of 250)
Carman - thank you for sharing your experiences with the siggy swap. I am not sure I understand about the raised part ... could you explain to me again - this is my first signature block so I am learning.

Guys - what you think cream or white? Majority rules. (I want this a team decision) - either post here or PM me.
- Brenda -
User: BRG
Member since: 01-12-2005
Total posts: 388
From: Debby215
Date: 04-26-2005, 09:46 PM (14 of 250)
First of all Lyn, thanks for reminding us to make one for ourselves....DUH< I probably would have forgotten....Brenda I agree with Carman that we should agree on either cream or white on white. Personally either is fine with me. I will go with majority. I think by raised Carman means SOME white on white fabrics the design is kind of bumpy for lack of a better word.... I kind of like cream. there is my 2 cents.. :bolt:
Debby
So much fabric....... So little time!!
User: Debby215
Member since: 11-14-2001
Total posts: 611
From: Hogmami
Date: 04-26-2005, 09:47 PM (15 of 250)
I would like cream. Also, if we are making enough blocks for everyone, when we mail them to you, the person mailing to you could keep her own block out.
Carolyn
Michigan
User: Hogmami
Member since: 09-30-2004
Total posts: 800
From: BRG
Date: 04-26-2005, 10:23 PM (16 of 250)
I like cream myself ... less chance of "dirty" than WHITE :)
- Brenda -
User: BRG
Member since: 01-12-2005
Total posts: 388
From: carman
Date: 04-26-2005, 10:24 PM (17 of 250)
Debby has it right, when you rub some WOW they are "bumpy" even a few COC do the same but not as common. i vote for the cream as well. :bg:
User: carman
Member since: 04-17-2000
Total posts: 692
From: oklahomanana
Date: 04-27-2005, 08:09 AM (18 of 250)
Cream or white? Does not matter to me. I will go with the flow here. :smile:
One of the best gifts to give a child/grandchild is your listening ear.
User: oklahomanana
Member since: 09-07-2004
Total posts: 406
From: Peggy
Date: 04-27-2005, 09:06 AM (19 of 250)
I think I vote cream -- no white -- no cream :shock: !!!!!!!!! I don't want to make a decision this early :whacky: ! Just kidding, I would be happy with either, but I'm leaning towards cream too.

Peggy
User: Peggy
Member since: 09-19-2003
Total posts: 53
From: Hogmami
Date: 04-27-2005, 02:46 PM (20 of 250)
Ok, I have my block and fabrics picked out. Just need to know if we are using white or cream. I'm ready to put them in the washer.
Carolyn
Michigan
User: Hogmami
Member since: 09-30-2004
Total posts: 800
From: SummersEchos
Date: 04-27-2005, 03:12 PM (21 of 250)
I haven't wrote to count me in but I think Brenda knows I am in. I like cream better than white.
Summer
Summer

FREE FALLIN
User: SummersEchos
Member since: 09-29-2004
Total posts: 884
From: postcardgirl
Date: 04-27-2005, 04:38 PM (22 of 250)
Carolyn, looks like the majority is saying cream...
User: postcardgirl
Member since: 05-01-2001
Total posts: 367
From: BRG
Date: 04-27-2005, 05:03 PM (23 of 250)
CHanged the "rules" to include only cream or cream on cream for the signature section.

I bought some fabric yesterday getting ready for this swap ... I have an idea in mind what I wanna do and hopefully you all will like it.

Go ahead and be creative ... get personal ... show your favourite block, favourite colour, favourite hobby (fabric print) etc ... be bold girls!
- Brenda -
User: BRG
Member since: 01-12-2005
Total posts: 388
From: BRG
Date: 04-27-2005, 05:32 PM (24 of 250)
I would like cream. Also, if we are making enough blocks for everyone, when we mail them to you, the person mailing to you could keep her own block out.

I was thinking about that ... how would it be easy to keep track? I think because of the signature block it should be easy cuz I could look for your name (and making sure you don't get your own ...) Right? No worries ... I think I can do it. I can do it. I know I can do it :)
- Brenda -
User: BRG
Member since: 01-12-2005
Total posts: 388
From: Hogmami
Date: 04-27-2005, 05:53 PM (25 of 250)
I know you can do it, I know you can do it, too.
Carolyn
Michigan
User: Hogmami
Member since: 09-30-2004
Total posts: 800
From: HeyJudee
Date: 04-27-2005, 06:47 PM (26 of 250)
I had to think about this to see if I had the time to do this...but finally decided I might as well give it a try. So if there's still room, I'll join the swap too. If we get at least 12 people then we would have a good number to make a 3 x 4 block quilt.
TTFN from
Judy
User: HeyJudee
Member since: 01-25-2005
Total posts: 1366
From: esrun3
Date: 04-27-2005, 07:11 PM (27 of 250)
I'm ok with cream for the signature part. Debby, I just happened to think about the block the other night-I would have been one to mail all mine out and then wonder why I didn't have one I had made! LOL So....was hoping I wasn't the only one who would do something like that...glad I'm not alone! :smile:
Lyn
User: esrun3
Member since: 12-02-2004
Total posts: 2345
From: esrun3
Date: 04-27-2005, 07:14 PM (28 of 250)
I was thinking about that ... how would it be easy to keep track? I think because of the signature block it should be easy cuz I could look for your name (and making sure you don't get your own ...) Right? No worries ... I think I can do it. I can do it. I know I can do it :)


I was thinking that when I mailed all my blocks in I would put each in a zip lock bag and put the name of the recipient on it. Would that help you if we all did that? I was going to do it to make double sure I had included everyone but sounds like that might help you out in distributing them too.
Lyn
User: esrun3
Member since: 12-02-2004
Total posts: 2345
From: Debby215
Date: 04-27-2005, 07:56 PM (29 of 250)
Hey Brenda, do you think Lyn's idea of separating them into ziploc baggies would help you? Or do you think it may add alot for postage? Just wondering out loud....Whatever would make it easier for you...
Debby
So much fabric....... So little time!!
User: Debby215
Member since: 11-14-2001
Total posts: 611
From: HeyJudee
Date: 04-27-2005, 08:16 PM (30 of 250)
I would place everyone's sets of blocks in a row, e.g. BRG's, Carman, Debby215, etc. Then when I start assemblying a set for someone, I would remove that person's from the row. Then I would take a block from each of the remaining sets/piles and put it in the envelope for that person. Then I would put that person's set of blocks back in the row and remove the next person's set and continue on for the next person. Don't know if I am explaining it well but this is how I think I would do it :smile:
TTFN from
Judy
User: HeyJudee
Member since: 01-25-2005
Total posts: 1366
From: BRG
Date: 04-27-2005, 09:01 PM (31 of 250)
That's my plan. I am hoping people will use zippy lock bags for their blocks so it's protected by packaging people.

I am hoping people include their own blocks in the mail so that everyone has the same number of blocks including one of their own. If we have 12 people ... then it would be easier for me to see everyone has 12 blocks before mailing it out.

Another option to think about - yeah throwing a curve here ... but honestly I don't mind. I am willing to send everyone's packages (except those to Canada) by priority mail (I can easily get those packages or tyvex bags) from the PO and have it all labelled up and ready to go (and just include 3.85 in your swap for the priority mail ... just an idea). The PO is right across the street from my office on the same block (I need the exercise and they know me pretty well = don't need to use ID for my cheques anymore - they know who I am!).

I am so psyched!
- Brenda -
User: BRG
Member since: 01-12-2005
Total posts: 388
From: Debby215
Date: 04-27-2005, 09:04 PM (32 of 250)
I agree with Judy's idea. It makes alot of sense I think. I really think all the extra baggies will just add bulk to our packages,,,,just my 2 cents...
Debby
So much fabric....... So little time!!
User: Debby215
Member since: 11-14-2001
Total posts: 611
From: BRG
Date: 04-27-2005, 09:05 PM (33 of 250)
I agree with Judy too ... I don't know if I was clear ... I only meant one zip lock bag for all of your blocks and I will use the same bag for the blocks you will get back.
- Brenda -
User: BRG
Member since: 01-12-2005
Total posts: 388
From: carman
Date: 04-27-2005, 09:34 PM (34 of 250)
i will mail mine out to you asap, i will have them done this week end so that you can mail them when you head across the border and i will put inside the envelope an express post (prepaid). i have my block picked and i will sewing up a storm the next few days, in between quilting my amish stars quilt :shock:
User: carman
Member since: 04-17-2000
Total posts: 692
From: mamadus
Date: 04-27-2005, 09:57 PM (35 of 250)
BRGie... you do have my name on your list, right??

MO
life is too short, not to explore
User: mamadus
Member since: 12-31-2004
Total posts: 492
From: oklahomanana
Date: 04-27-2005, 10:42 PM (36 of 250)
have we decided to send in our own blocks to you Brenda or not?
I am confused.
This is my 2 cents: we send in all the blocks, including our own. Lay each person's blocks in a row stacked one on top of another. If we have 15 people should have 15 rows. Take the first person's block and add one block from everyone else's stack and set aside. Continue on in the same manner until all 15 rows of blocks are gone. When you get finished you should have 15 people with 15 blocks for each one.
Hope this is not confusing.
Carolyn, Can't believe you already have your fabric ready for the washer~ you go girl~
One of the best gifts to give a child/grandchild is your listening ear.
User: oklahomanana
Member since: 09-07-2004
Total posts: 406
From: SummersEchos
Date: 04-27-2005, 10:46 PM (37 of 250)
Okay probably a silly question but.....................I went searching and found a sig block I love. Well it is only 12 inch block not 12.5. I am not sure if it can be made larger. How does one figure out if a block can be made larger?
Summer
Summer

FREE FALLIN
User: SummersEchos
Member since: 09-29-2004
Total posts: 884
From: BRG
Date: 04-27-2005, 11:01 PM (38 of 250)
Everyone sends all blocks to me including their own and I will make sure you get yours :)

I have washed mine already too :)

13 and counting :)
- Brenda -
User: BRG
Member since: 01-12-2005
Total posts: 388
From: BRG
Date: 04-27-2005, 11:01 PM (39 of 250)
Summer - add a few inches to the fabrics ... that's what I do.
- Brenda -
User: BRG
Member since: 01-12-2005
Total posts: 388
From: Hogmami
Date: 04-27-2005, 11:08 PM (40 of 250)
Its going in the washer tomorrow. While its washing I will work on another project that should be done in a couple of days. Than on to the blocks. And probably work on charity blocks for Joanna at the same time. That fabric will go into the washer tomorrow too.
Carolyn
Michigan
User: Hogmami
Member since: 09-30-2004
Total posts: 800
From: oklahomanana
Date: 04-27-2005, 11:22 PM (41 of 250)
Just a thought here in case someone here has never done writing on a block before: If you take freezer paper and iron it onto the back of the piece of fabric,it will help to stabilize it for the signature. I have also drew me a line on the paper side of freezer paper so I could have a straight line to sign on~ Lots of ideas are flowing through my head for this. can't wait to see what all we come up with! Happy Hunting to everyone for just the right block~
One of the best gifts to give a child/grandchild is your listening ear.
User: oklahomanana
Member since: 09-07-2004
Total posts: 406
From: BRG
Date: 04-27-2005, 11:27 PM (42 of 250)
Thanks for the tidbit ... I didn't know that and I have never done this so don't be surprised if I ask you more questions :)
- Brenda -
User: BRG
Member since: 01-12-2005
Total posts: 388
From: oklahomanana
Date: 04-27-2005, 11:31 PM (43 of 250)
We might need to ask what kind of pen works best for this too Brenda. I have had good luck with pigma pens. They are for fabric and don't wash out, but I had a lady locally tell me she has never been able to find a pen that did not wash out. I used a pigma pen when I made our son's wedding signature quilt and had several laying on the table for guests to use as well and I have washed it once and the signatures stayed. I did however heat set each signature, so I am not sure this is why mine stayed on the fabric or what but I like the pigma pens. Any other ideas from you other ladies that have experience in this area as well? Carolyn, Judy?
One of the best gifts to give a child/grandchild is your listening ear.
User: oklahomanana
Member since: 09-07-2004
Total posts: 406
From: carman
Date: 04-28-2005, 01:16 AM (44 of 250)
Summer i think what you are seeing is that is says it is a 12 inch FINISHED block, making it 12 1/2 unfinished. all our blocks will be 12 inches finished, but are made 12 1/2 unfinished. does that make any sense :shock:
User: carman
Member since: 04-17-2000
Total posts: 692
From: Hogmami
Date: 04-28-2005, 08:17 AM (45 of 250)
Thats the kind of pen I use too. Have never had any trouble with the lettering washing out as long as I have heat set
Carolyn
Michigan
User: Hogmami
Member since: 09-30-2004
Total posts: 800
From: HeyJudee
Date: 04-28-2005, 01:05 PM (46 of 250)
I've never done any writing or signatures on fabric before so have no idea what to use. Unless I find I can't do it I'm planning on free-motioning my signature....guess we'll see when I try it. (Might be going out to buy a pigma pen instead.)

Summer, Carmen is right. Generally, when someone says a block is 12" they are usually referring to the "finished" size which is the size after it is sewn into the quilt top. So when you are making the block it should measure 12 1/2". But the best thing is to complete one block and check the measurements before making all the blocks.

Also, have we decided on Cream or White yet? It sounds like most are in favour of cream...but I would prefer white....just because I a certain piece of fabric in mind and it has white in it. I don't think it will look great with cream, but I will go with the majority....just have to go back through my stash again.
TTFN from
Judy
User: HeyJudee
Member since: 01-25-2005
Total posts: 1366
From: Hogmami
Date: 04-28-2005, 06:57 PM (47 of 250)
How many do we have so far?
Carolyn
Michigan
User: Hogmami
Member since: 09-30-2004
Total posts: 800
From: Debby215
Date: 04-28-2005, 07:04 PM (48 of 250)
Hey Carolyn, looks like we have 13 so far, wish we could get a couple more...Listen to me, I don't even have a clue what fabric I am using. I DO know it will be from my stash that's for sure...I spose I should start looking. The only thing I DO know is the block I want to use. :bluewink:
Debby
So much fabric....... So little time!!
User: Debby215
Member since: 11-14-2001
Total posts: 611
From: Hogmami
Date: 04-28-2005, 07:38 PM (49 of 250)
I am enjoying things like this. I am starting to make a dent in my stash so I can get some new.
Carolyn
Michigan
User: Hogmami
Member since: 09-30-2004
Total posts: 800
From: smith972
Date: 04-28-2005, 07:44 PM (50 of 250)
Being a new quilter myself i have seen so many nice blocks that i am now not sure which one i want to do...but i have to go get the cream fabric after that i will use what is in my stash to make the blocks....

Debby,

What i sent with the match a charm was the correct type of fabric right??

Jada
User: smith972
Member since: 09-10-2004
Total posts: 241
From: Debby215
Date: 04-28-2005, 07:54 PM (51 of 250)
Hey Jada, the color was great that you sent. I think the only requirement we have is that the fabric is 100% cotton, correct me if i am wrong, fellow swappers. It seemed fine to me Jada.
Debby
So much fabric....... So little time!!
User: Debby215
Member since: 11-14-2001
Total posts: 611
From: Debby215
Date: 04-28-2005, 09:19 PM (52 of 250)
Here comes a really dumb question. Is ANYONE else using up stash for the signature blocks? I was thinking if I did, everyones may be a different color, but the same block. ALSO does it have to be a "SIGNATURE BLOCK" or can it be a favorite, with a cream center and a signature? I went to Quilter's cache for block ideas and they only show 3 actual signature blocks. SOrry guys for thinking of so many dumb questions... :coffee: :coffee:
Debby
So much fabric....... So little time!!
User: Debby215
Member since: 11-14-2001
Total posts: 611
From: BRG
Date: 04-28-2005, 09:33 PM (53 of 250)
Debby - that's the beauty of this swap ... anything goes ... there are no "rules" as far as what kind of block you want to use ... do whatever you want ... as long as the signature part is sewn/written on cream fabric ... use your own stash or buy fabric = your choice!
- Brenda -
User: BRG
Member since: 01-12-2005
Total posts: 388
From: oklahomanana
Date: 04-28-2005, 10:02 PM (54 of 250)
I have an idea? What if we all put where we are from in with our signature? I Would love to remember yrs from now that I did a internet quilt swap with ie: Dorene (Oklahomanana) from Hobart, Oklahoma. I think the date we did the block would also be a nice addition to the quilts.
What cha say Brenda?
One of the best gifts to give a child/grandchild is your listening ear.
User: oklahomanana
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From: BRG
Date: 04-28-2005, 10:49 PM (55 of 250)
Sounds great to me ... I included that in the "rules" to have people put down their name, and where they are from (city and state/province) ... It would be cool to see where my buddies are from! Also to prove we are not (but really we are) a figment of Peggy's imagination. :)
- Brenda -
User: BRG
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Total posts: 388
From: BRG
Date: 04-28-2005, 10:49 PM (56 of 250)
Oops forgot to add ... date sounds good ... May 2005 or June 2005 ?
- Brenda -
User: BRG
Member since: 01-12-2005
Total posts: 388
From: Peggy
Date: 04-29-2005, 12:28 AM (57 of 250)
I'm getting so excited about making a quilt with blocks from all my imaginary friends :bg: ! But I feel so behind, I can't even decide what block I want to make at this point. Guess I just better sit myself down and decide that this weekend. Love all the ideas: names, where from and date!

Peggy
User: Peggy
Member since: 09-19-2003
Total posts: 53
From: esrun3
Date: 04-29-2005, 12:54 AM (58 of 250)
I'd like to see our board names on the blocks too-if there's room. I'm sure we don't all know each other by name but would recognize the user name-altho some I've managed to put together over time. What's anyone think? Or is the signature part getting to full?
Lyn
User: esrun3
Member since: 12-02-2004
Total posts: 2345
From: BRG
Date: 04-29-2005, 06:41 AM (59 of 250)
I am with you too ... I usually know people by their usernames as well ... if we can do that (if enough room is possible, go for it). I plan to add mine so people will know who I am.
- Brenda -
User: BRG
Member since: 01-12-2005
Total posts: 388
From: BRG
Date: 04-29-2005, 10:55 AM (60 of 250)
Just updated the sign up list ... so far we have 14 :) You can see the sign up list on the first posting of this thread.
- Brenda -
User: BRG
Member since: 01-12-2005
Total posts: 388
From: angellover
Date: 04-29-2005, 08:33 PM (61 of 250)
I'm glad to be doing this one with you! I was a little worried about taking on too much and stressing out! LOL :sick: But I started today and I have one done!! Well sewn together anyway, still need to do the details. LOL So there is hope for all! LOL Thanks Oklahomanana for the encouragement! :bg: Thanks for BRG for the idea!! :up:
Well back to it! LOL I hear my sewing machine calling me! :bolt:
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From: BRG
Date: 04-29-2005, 10:38 PM (62 of 250)
I am glad we have a great turnout ... we still have a few more days left for anyone who wants to join the group - the more the merrier!

By the way, I wasn't the one with this idea ... it was everyone - it was everyone's idea!

Have a great weekend you guys!
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From: SummersEchos
Date: 04-30-2005, 10:42 AM (63 of 250)
So far we have our name, state and date going in the sig part of the block, am I right? Our SWN s/n if we can fit it? What date are we using? I have finally come up with my block did a fast one to see if I liked it and how it all looked together, now my goal is to get them done.
Summer
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From: BRG
Date: 04-30-2005, 11:04 AM (64 of 250)
I would use June 2005 as that is when it is due. If anyone feels May should be the one ... okay no problem with me. Just throwing a date :)
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From: Mother in Law
Date: 04-30-2005, 10:09 PM (65 of 250)
N'Awlins, Lou wee z anna is in!!!! Don't forget me!!!! As if I didn't have enough stress in my life I'm signing up for a dozen or so siggy blocks in less then a month to make and I don't know the first thing about making a quilt block :shock: :shock: I love to live on the edge! Nah really y'all I have a really good idea for my blocks. Now all I have to do is go to the quilt store and get my fabric. HEE hee wait till you see what I'm going to do. Are you sure it can only be 12" blocks. :sad: All kidding aside, I'm going to love this one. Thanks for including me.
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From: Hogmami
Date: 04-30-2005, 11:14 PM (66 of 250)
Its nice to have you. The more the merrier.
Carolyn
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From: Mother in Law
Date: 04-30-2005, 11:22 PM (67 of 250)
Is it best to make them all the same or do a different one for each person? i think it would be easier to make them all the same. What do you think?
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From: SummersEchos
Date: 05-01-2005, 12:24 AM (68 of 250)
Well this is up to you, mine will all be the same unless I get bored with it, then I will change, everything lol.
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From: esrun3
Date: 05-01-2005, 12:53 AM (69 of 250)
My block pattern will all be the same but I'm trying to use up some of my stash so the fabrics will all be different probably.

Now I have a question...........What is anyone calling cream? I picked out what I thought was cream, cut out my center squares, stitched up a couple blocks and it looks white instead of cream. If I hold it up to white batting, it looks cream colored but not with other fabrics around it or in the bright light of the sewing room. Help................... :sad:
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From: BRG
Date: 05-01-2005, 12:58 AM (70 of 250)
Hey girl ... if it looks cream to you, then it's cream. Sometimes cream can be very light that looks like white .. but when you hold it up next to white (say the walls) it doesn't look white --- looks "dirty" - that's cream.

One trick I do to make sure it is really really really cream and not white is to bring that cream fabric against the white fabric bolts ... (That's what I did for this swap - went to a quilting store last nite ...checked for a cream fabric and held it against the whites) and cut some up.
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From: esrun3
Date: 05-01-2005, 01:15 AM (71 of 250)
Thanks. I'm going to go ahead and use it then. It looks cream to me and definitely is not white next to white fabric or quilt batting. With that in mind, 2 down and many more blocks to go! :smile:
Lyn
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From: oklahomanana
Date: 05-01-2005, 01:18 AM (72 of 250)
MIL, You crack me up~~~~~~~~~ I rolled after reading your post! It has got to be that cajun food you all are eating. Couldn't be any of this Okla. Food I eat~ LOL~~~~~~~~~~~ R u all caught up with your house blocks too~ I am not. Have been so busy! I have got to Get the May themed house block on a roll now and get it posted! Wonder what Joanne has up her sleeve for May block for us? I am like you too, I have no sense in myself to be signing up for this but JUST couldn't allow this to pass me by~ I ahve got to quilt shopping for fabric. It is about to overtake the quilt room!!!!!!!!
Can't wait to see them all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love this idea of us all doing this! If you know of anyone else tell them as soon as you can, so we can get this show going and know how many we are going to be making. This is going to be Fun fun fun fun~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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From: Mother in Law
Date: 05-01-2005, 10:22 AM (73 of 250)
oklahomanana, It's the pepper!! It's like me very spicy. :bluewink: I'm really not as bad as I make out to be. Eating the food we eat is like indians drinking "fire water" makes us a little loco. Oh my, just think if I drank things other than soft drinks :up: then you would really see a different side of me. :bg:
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From: Peggy
Date: 05-01-2005, 04:52 PM (74 of 250)
So, how many are we up to now? I'm beginning to get nervous, I haven't even picked out a block yet :shock: ! OK, I will pick one tonight and go from there. Hopefully I can get started this week :up: .

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From: Debby215
Date: 05-01-2005, 05:32 PM (75 of 250)
Hi everyone, I have my fabric washed and made a test block last night. So I am ready to get started. I have used so many fq's from my stash, and hardly making a dent, but it SURE felt good. Going to wait till the end to do the signatures, though, so it won't hold me back. :up:
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From: Hogmami
Date: 05-01-2005, 05:54 PM (76 of 250)
I have my fabric washed, ironed and ready to go. I intented to start last week but had a busy week with my mother, so hopefully, this week. I have to finish one piece for Mary's challenge first. Than the blocks. Does anyone know how many we need yet?
Carolyn
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From: BRG
Date: 05-01-2005, 06:38 PM (77 of 250)
So far we are up to 15. Last day to sign up is on May 5 ... Big group - I love it! I am still taking more people if they are still thinkin' of signing up :)
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From: esrun3
Date: 05-01-2005, 06:53 PM (78 of 250)
I have 2 made, now to go through my stash for fabric for the rest of them, just used what I had sitting out for these 2.

Just a word of advise. I picked my block from quilters cache-they have so many to choose from! Directions are great BUT.....the 12 inch block came out to 12 inches...not 12 1/2 so had to adjust .... so BE SURE to make a test block first!! Glad I did before I decided to cut everything out.

Happy sewing everyone.......I bet our quilts will be great when we are done!
Lyn
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From: postcardgirl
Date: 05-01-2005, 07:55 PM (79 of 250)
The thing about Marcia's patterns (Quilters Cache) - if she says SCANT 1/4" seams - she means that - you're better off to do just a hair under 1/4" of a seam to get them the right size! I've run into that too!
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From: carman
Date: 05-01-2005, 08:23 PM (80 of 250)
i agree with Shari, i have done many blocks from that site and the one i am doing is for this swap is from that site as well, and mine are coming out a perfect 12 1/2, but that is using a SCANT 1/4. one way to check the block as well is to measure the squares within the block. for instance the outside squares should be 3 1/4 inches and the inside finished squares should be 3 inches, that is if you are doing 4 by 4 squares for your block, hope that makes some sense :re:
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From: SummersEchos
Date: 05-01-2005, 08:49 PM (81 of 250)
15!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! that is going to make something great up.
Summer
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From: oklahomanana
Date: 05-01-2005, 09:06 PM (82 of 250)
Peggy, I am in the same boat you are ! I cannot decide on a block yet~ Trying to decide which fabrics to use from my stash. I cannot buy more for this. I have a store full at my house I have got to use before I buy more! I have looked at some and go what was I thinking when I got that one, but it will come in for the right quilt for me someday I am sure. I could stop buying for a year or more and still not run out. ( Are any of you other ladies this way too~) I am a true fabricaholic~I have got to put it into quilts or something~ It is getting scary it is so big~ :shock: Well off to Marcia's site for ideas? Any other sites you ladies recommend for this? I am just blank~ Thanks again of time! hugs
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From: BRG
Date: 05-01-2005, 10:00 PM (83 of 250)
Okay can someone please explain scant 1/4" again ... I saw that and I didn't understand it. Does it mean I have to add 1/4" to allof the fabrics prior to cutting?

I have seen many great block patterns from that site but the block I am using is not from there ... I just need to know what this means in case I do a block pattern from that site.

TIA!
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From: carman
Date: 05-01-2005, 10:14 PM (84 of 250)
scant means 1 -2 threads SMALLER than the 1/4 inch. it may not sound like alot but if you think of those 2 threads over a 12 1/2 inch block you pretty much loose that 1/2 inch that ladies were talking about. i just move my needle one beep over (real technical :wink: try a sample like 3 strips sewn together, 2 1/2 inches each, and then you can measure, the inside one should be exactly 2 inches and the outsides 2 1/4. if you are out an 1/8 of and inch on one block, one has to expand that to the rest of the them and you will find that the measurements are WAY off from what was expected.

also one more VERY important thing and it makes a HUGE difference, is pressing. i am a fanatical presser (my classes that i teach will second that one, lol :nervous: if the seams are not pressed completely you get the same issue as a scant 1/4 inch, your block will be smaller as the seam is not flat and pressed.
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From: HeyJudee
Date: 05-02-2005, 07:13 PM (85 of 250)
Well off to Marcia's site for ideas? Any other sites you ladies recommend for this? I am just blank~ Thanks again of time! hugs
Here's a site that I got either from someone on this forum or I discovered it sometime when I was surfing the web. It has links to free quilt blocks all over the internet.

http://blockcentral.com/index.shtml
Go to the site, at the top of the page click on Directory, then click on Free Quilt Blocks....have fun looking up all the links. :pc:
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From: Peggy
Date: 05-02-2005, 07:46 PM (86 of 250)
OK, I feel just a little better now :wink: . I finally decided on a block to do, now I'm getting excited. I'm hoping to put one together tonight to try it out before I do all of them. Think I may have enought in my stash to do it -- and it's even washed already :up: !

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From: angellover
Date: 05-02-2005, 09:16 PM (87 of 250)
Ok, I have a question...now that I have already finished 4 blocks! :cry: Duh! LOL When you say that it has to be cream or cream on cream, does that mean that I can do just the center for the signature in cream and the rest other colors? Or do I have to do the background color cream as well as the center? Sorry this is all new to me, if I have done these wrong at least they were good practice! LOL :sick:
Thanks!!!
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From: BRG
Date: 05-02-2005, 09:44 PM (88 of 250)
You can use any colours you want for your block ... the only thing is we want to see some cream fabric in there somewhere to be used for signature. It can be a background, it can be part of the block, it can be appliqued on ... anything. The only requirement is the signature is to be on the cream fabric.
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From: oklahomanana
Date: 05-02-2005, 10:59 PM (89 of 250)
Judee,
Thanks for that link at Blockcentral.com I am a member there and forgot about the directory! LOL~
I am happy to report tonight though, I have found my pattern this afternoon, while my fabric washed and dried and have 3 blocks done! YEAH~
I didn't even have to go to the store either~
AND I got my DH's T-shirt quilt ready for the quilter's~ I am so thrilled~~~~~ When I laid it out on the floor in our living room today and called him in there to see his reaction, He said Oh Honey It is beautiful~ That's all I needed to hear him say for me to be pleased~~~~~~~~~ Thanks Carolyn in Michigan for your inspiration to do one~~~~~~~~ Hugs to you all. Happy Sewing~~~~~~~~~~ :USA:
Brenda, Where is Twin Cities at? Just wondering. You know Oklahoma is so small I don't do well with other places~LOL~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I have got to get out more~ LOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL
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From: Mom of Six
Date: 05-03-2005, 05:59 AM (90 of 250)
I would love to join but just do not have the time. I have a senior in high school & an 8th grader both with all of the activities to with them. This is the first yr in over 20 that I have worked outside my home & I am a little overwhelmed with all I need to do & not the time to do it. It sounds like fun but as a new quilter I like it would add more stress to my life that I could avoid.
:sad:
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From: angellover
Date: 05-03-2005, 08:07 AM (91 of 250)
You can use any colours you want for your block ... the only thing is we want to see some cream fabric in there somewhere to be used for signature. It can be a background, it can be part of the block, it can be appliqued on ... anything. The only requirement is the signature is to be on the cream fabric.

Ok I am good then!!! Thanks BRG! :bluesmile Back to working on number 5! :bolt:
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From: BRG
Date: 05-03-2005, 08:30 AM (92 of 250)
Hey there Okla! I am in Minneapolis - suburban of Minneapolis. The area where we get snow and mosquitoes! Been here going 9 years.
- Brenda -
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From: HeyJudee
Date: 05-03-2005, 06:27 PM (93 of 250)
On the weekend I went shopping and got my cream fabric. I've picked my block and selected my fabrics. I've cut all my signature squares (mine is in the shape of a square) and I am in the process of doing the signature and adding the rest of the info. I've cut out and sewn most of my first block - just have to finish a signature square in order to finish sewing up the block. Once I check the measurements and if things work out to 12 1/2 inches, then I will be ready to cut and sew en masse! :bluewink: :smile: :smile: :smile: :smile:
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From: BRG
Date: 05-03-2005, 06:32 PM (94 of 250)
Great!

I got the fabric cut up --- just need to start sewing, etc. In between other quilting jobs ... I am trying to decide how to proceed with it. I know I want to start with this but I need to figure out the signature part before I can proceed.

Also what's slowing me down a bit is a family cold - DD DH and myself have it. Today all of us are home sick. YUCK.

How's everyone else doing with theirs?
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From: HeyJudee
Date: 05-03-2005, 07:05 PM (95 of 250)
BRG...I forgot to mention that too bad you aren't coming to Ottawa this weekend. There's the "Festival of Quilts" show being held from Fri to Sun at the RA centre near Billings Bridge Plaza. I'm taking Friday off to go. Depending on the events that interest me, I may spend a lot of the weekend there...so can't count on getting many blocks sewn this weekend! Got to work on them in the evenings instead.

http://www.ottawavalleyquiltersguild.org/
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From: postcardgirl
Date: 05-03-2005, 09:24 PM (96 of 250)
Haven't started mine - know what block I want to make and the main focus fabric but forgot to pick up cream fabric at the store the other day so I'll have to go stash diving to see if I have any! Wednesday is my day off, although tomorrow is the mom's lunch at preschool so not sure how much sewing I'll get done!
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From: BRG
Date: 05-03-2005, 09:27 PM (97 of 250)
AWWW man ... the RA center is like 5 minutes from my dad's work! He works off Heron and Riverside! AWWW man!!! If my mother was alive, I would be home this weekend!!!!!!

Thanks for heads up, though. Please lemme know how it goes!
- Brenda -
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From: Debby215
Date: 05-03-2005, 10:08 PM (98 of 250)
Hi all, I have of course chosen a block that requires my favorite half square triangles, soooooooooo I have the hard part done, just need to sew the squares together to MAKE the block. I ended up using everything from stash, which was quite fun. I haven't even thought about the signature part yet. PLEASE don't anyone tell me that I should have done that before constructing the blocks...because I will cry :cry: :cry: I am only using a pigma pen, so it shouldn't be too difficult. I think I have around 14 blocks ready to put together. I don't have to pick up GD from school tomorrow, so I may take a tiny nap after work, then get busy. :up:
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From: oklahomanana
Date: 05-03-2005, 11:06 PM (99 of 250)
Hey there Okla! I am in Minneapolis - suburban of Minneapolis. The area where we get snow and mosquitoes! Been here going 9 years.

Thanks BRG for letting me know where you were from. I had asked several people where twin cities was and no one knew so I guess being from Oklahoma we are just plain ole okie's and you get us out of the country we are lost somewhere else.

Brenda, I have emailed 6 others and thought I would get us 5 more to add to make our 20 but Have gotten no's from 4 of them already! Sorry~ I am trying to promote this idea but I think with school almost being out, some are pressed for time for school activties this time of yr. I showed off my block tonight at my quilting class and they were all thrilled with it and what I was doing with it.
Hope we get more signed up! Sure would be nice to have 20 sign up.
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From: oklahomanana
Date: 05-03-2005, 11:10 PM (100 of 250)
Forgot to tell ya I am working on my blocks~ Had to take a night off and go to quilt class to learn a new pattern! It is called the Oklahoma shuffle. Kinda neat, It is diffferent for me but I chose patriotic so hopefully it will turn out good for me. Our teacher there is just as sweet as can be. I think quilt teachers are blessed with much patience~AS IS MARY AND JOANNE ARE~ Cuz when I am in class I ask lots of questions~~~~~~~~~~~~~ LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I promise to work on my blocks after bible study tomorrow night!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hugs everyone~
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From: esrun3
Date: 05-04-2005, 12:40 AM (101 of 250)
I have 7 of them made and 3 more cut out and ready to go. I'm digging through my stash as I make them so don't have a lot cut out at a time.

How many are we going to need?
Lyn
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From: Mother in Law
Date: 05-04-2005, 12:55 AM (102 of 250)
Oh man I'm way behind. I got my fabric today. All of it washed. Tomorrow I'm going to try and figure out what the heck I'm doing and then start putting it all together. When is the cut off date? :sad: We might have to make a king size quilt when everyone gets finished signing up. Or a bunch of baby ones. LOL
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From: BRG
Date: 05-04-2005, 07:57 AM (103 of 250)
So far we are up to 15. Tomorrow is the last day to sign up. Any more interests? Any more takers?
- Brenda -
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From: mamadus
Date: 05-04-2005, 08:01 PM (104 of 250)
okay.. I need a clarification... when we say "NAME" are we putting our REAL, ACTUAL names on these? or by name do you mean our screenname?? or are we putting both if there's room?? I've finally got my material.... its been washed, now in the dryer... tonite or tomorrow I'll start cutting...

MO
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From: BRG
Date: 05-04-2005, 08:05 PM (105 of 250)
Both if you can ... so we can put a "name" to a screenname :)
- Brenda -
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From: oklahomanana
Date: 05-05-2005, 07:04 AM (106 of 250)
Brenda can you wait one more day for sign ups? There is a lady named Dianne and She is asking me info about it and seems interested in signing up and I am emailing her the info this am. Iwill check it again at lunch time today to see if she has responded to me or not and will let you know asap. Thank you~ Dorene
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From: BRG
Date: 05-05-2005, 08:11 AM (107 of 250)
Oh absolutely, not a problem.
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From: oklahomanana
Date: 05-06-2005, 12:48 AM (108 of 250)
Brenda, Dianne said she is not able to join us at this time. So I gues it is just us 15 . I have thought of everyoone I can to join but I guess many are really busy with graduations, and school functions right now.
So we are still at 15?

Ladies, I have to share this with you~ I just learned it too~ The teacher in my local quilt club was watching me cut out my fabric for the pattern she was showing us, (WHHOOOOOOOOO doesn't that just make ya nervous when that happens) It did me. Anyways, she said why do you use the mat to align your fabric up. I was taught like that was my answer. She said are you ever off a little with your measurements, and I had to admit sometimes when I do triangles I am off. (where you take 2 squares face to face and draw a line diagonally and then sew the 1/4" away from the line on both sides, then cut on the straight line) When I do this kind of triangle I am always off just a hair, maybe an eighth or even a sixteen, but still OFF. She said when you get home tonight you flip your mat over so you will have NO lines on your mat and just USE YOUR RULER FOR ACCURACY. I nearly croacked! LOL~ But you know what? This ole bird learned something last night. IT WORKS!!! AND IS GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My blocks are now 12.5" right on the money ~ Had to go back and start over on them I had done so far! BUT they are what they are supposed to be now~ Anyways I thought if this was new to me, it might be of use to someone else out here in this cyber world we share~ take care and let me know if you have ever done this, and if you haven't try it and see if it helps you too~
I asked her if I don't have lines anymore how do I align my fabric up to cut, she said align your ruler at the end with a horizontal line aligned with the fabric fold. Give it a try ~ It worked for me! I instant messaged with Joanne last night and she said the same thing! ON GIRL DON"T YOU USE YOUR MAT TO CUT BY! USE THAT RULER!!!!!! I quickly got back in line teacher! LOL
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From: HeyJudee
Date: 05-06-2005, 07:56 AM (109 of 250)
Oklahomanana, I have always used the ruler to line up and cut my fabric. I could never figure out how I could use the lines on the mat as the fabric would always move before I could cut it. Hence I caught on to using the ruler to line things up. My biggest problem is sewing that quarter inch seam. Even with my quarter inch foot, I find I always have to measure to check the size after sewing and if necessary trim. When I do this, the block usually comes out the right size. If I don't...then it is sometimes larger or smaller.
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From: angellover
Date: 05-06-2005, 08:24 AM (110 of 250)
Wow great tip! :bluesmile I never thought of doing that, and I am usually off a hair. This could come in handy with the house block of the month! LOL I have issues with that one triangle for the roof! :whacky:
Thanks! :up:
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From: BRG
Date: 05-06-2005, 09:10 AM (111 of 250)
Great tip! I learned to use the ruler myself but I have caught myself using the mat a few times. Big no no, I know!

Anyway the swap is now officially closed ... we are set to 15 blocks!

I will be emailing you this weekend to remind or go over the rules and such. If you don't receive an email from me by Monday, please email or PM me. I have a cold and it's Mother's Day weekend so bear with me :)

Thanks to all those who signed up or thought about signing up ... should be a great BIG swap! I am excited!
- Brenda -
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From: carman
Date: 05-06-2005, 09:11 AM (112 of 250)
i agree with your teacher, i was taught when i first started t quilt, to flip the mat and use the blank side, best thing she ever taught me.
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From: oklahomanana
Date: 05-06-2005, 01:50 PM (113 of 250)
I cannot wait to see what we all have chosen for our blocks~~~~~~~~~ Let's have some fun with this swap ladies~~~~~ It's going to be a great one I can tell~~~~~~~~~~~~ Brenda, you are so clever to come up with this~ Thank YOU~

Great tip! I learned to use the ruler myself but I have caught myself using the mat a few times. Big no no, I know!

Anyway the swap is now officially closed ... we are set to 15 blocks!

I will be emailing you this weekend to remind or go over the rules and such. If you don't receive an email from me by Monday, please email or PM me. I have a cold and it's Mother's Day weekend so bear with me :)

Thanks to all those who signed up or thought about signing up ... should be a great BIG swap! I am excited!
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From: oklahomanana
Date: 05-06-2005, 01:51 PM (114 of 250)
What trouble are you having on that roof? maybe I can help ya or some of us other ones. I have got to get the themed house block done and have Joanne post it for us~!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So many things to get done. maybe this weekend~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Hugs to ya Teresa

Wow great tip! :bluesmile I never thought of doing that, and I am usually off a hair. This could come in handy with the house block of the month! LOL I have issues with that one triangle for the roof! :whacky:
Thanks! :up:
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From: BRG
Date: 05-06-2005, 02:32 PM (115 of 250)
Hey thanks, but I can't take the credit of creating this swap. It was from you guys - you guys pulled it out ... I started with a possible 9 patch block and somehow it came to a signature block swap. It wasn't me ... it was all of you ... so a pat on the back to you all - thanks for a great idea and inspiration!
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From: BRG
Date: 05-09-2005, 04:33 PM (116 of 250)
Hello everyone - I just sent an email to those who are in the block swap --- please check your email to make sure you got it...if not, email me again and I will double check. I included an attachment so you know that is legit.
- Brenda -
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From: BRG
Date: 05-09-2005, 05:14 PM (117 of 250)
Just sent another email ... forgot to include my address for you to mail the blocks to :)
- Brenda -
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From: oklahomanana
Date: 05-09-2005, 07:25 PM (118 of 250)
Brenda,
Just a note to let you know I got all 3 emails from you today with the attachment information too.
Thanks, I got 2 quilts out of the way this weekend, So now after I get the binding on one that has to be done by Saturday, I can concentrate on the blocks for this swap~
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From: SummersEchos
Date: 05-09-2005, 09:47 PM (119 of 250)
Got all your emails today. I almost have one block done!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This quilting is not so easy.
Summer
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From: HeyJudee
Date: 05-09-2005, 09:55 PM (120 of 250)
I got your emails tonight when I checked my mail. I have one block made and have cut all the squares/triangles, etc for the rest of the blocks. Just need to sew them up.
TTFN from
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From: BRG
Date: 05-09-2005, 10:18 PM (121 of 250)
How was the quilting show in Ottawa? I bet the RA Centre was packed!!!
- Brenda -
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From: HeyJudee
Date: 05-09-2005, 10:27 PM (122 of 250)
Brenda, it was good. Saw lots of beautiful quilts. Spent most of Friday there and it was packed...hard to find a parking spot. Even found lots of stuff that I just had to add to my stash! LOL :up:
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From: Peggy
Date: 05-09-2005, 11:58 PM (123 of 250)
Well, I sat down tonight and did my test block and much to my surprise -- it turned out good :up: ! So now I'm good to go. Brenda, got all your e-mails, thanks.

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From: BRG
Date: 05-10-2005, 07:42 AM (124 of 250)
I got all of my blocks done ... needless to say I cut too much fabric so I decided to create a quilt for my dad with the same colours/blocks. I just ironed 63 blocks last night. Gonna have to square it up to 12.5" all the way around (hope I can do it - this is one of my weakness) ... I shudda have it cut way bigger so it's definitely 12.5" unfinished. Live and learn.

Gonna do some appliquing on it so getting some ideas ... I get most of my ideas either in the shower, in bed (trying to fall asleep) or driving to work or driving to meetings/appointments) ... one idea came up ... gonna see how it looks.

How is everyone else doing?
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From: angellover
Date: 05-10-2005, 08:56 AM (125 of 250)
Wow Brenda you are fast!! LOL I have 6 done. I have been doing different blocks, and I too have been having a problem with the size. I figure it is good practice! :whacky: I also received your emails, thanks!
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From: carman
Date: 05-10-2005, 09:01 AM (126 of 250)
i have 2 more to go and then i have to put the siggys on and then off in the mail before the week end i hope :up:
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From: BRG
Date: 05-10-2005, 09:24 AM (127 of 250)
I am normally "slow" to get started but I was on a momentum for a few days so I thought I would continue the momentum --- my house is a product of lack of attention. Gotta get the house cleaned up and catch up on other things then go back to sewing.

I am usually one of the last people to finish (I probably will as I am doing appliquing so ... we will see) at least we still have till June to finish it.

This is not a race to be the first or best to finish --- this is a fun swap for your pleasure - this would be YOUR quilt ... so enjoy it while you can ... :up:
- Brenda -
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From: esrun3
Date: 05-10-2005, 09:35 AM (128 of 250)
Sitting here at work, I'm thinking I have 10 of them done but still need to do the signatures on them too. My "cream" fabric is giving me fits. Looks cream to me especially next to white but on some blocks it looks pretty white by itself so haven't decided how I'm doing the signatures yet. Might applique something into the middle block and do the siggy on that........have to think about it.

Got your emails too!
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From: Hogmami
Date: 05-10-2005, 09:41 AM (129 of 250)
I am just starting to cut for my blocks. I have to get going. I have been busy looking for a job, and that has taken up alot of time. Still have a little bit to do on Mary's Challegne too. I will know today if I have a new job.
Carolyn
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From: Hogmami
Date: 05-10-2005, 10:08 AM (130 of 250)
Brenda,

Check your private messages please.
Carolyn
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From: postcardgirl
Date: 05-11-2005, 11:46 AM (131 of 250)
FINALLY picked up the fabrics I needed to do these blocks and they're in the wash now. Hoping to get a good start on them today!
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From: Debby215
Date: 05-11-2005, 03:22 PM (132 of 250)
Hi everyone, I have 13 blocks done and only have 4 more to go. I don't have th signatures done, as I am not sure quite how to do them. I have been playing around with my pigma pen on sample squares, and just don't know what I like. I THINK my cream fabric is a big nubby, kinda sorta and it seems like when I go to write on it, my pen seems scratchy. :sick: I have only used the pigma pen one other time and I can't say as I remember what it was like. ANY suggestions.? :nc: By the way, I did all my blocks the same design, just different fabrics, but like Brenda I cut out way too many, so I may make another lap quilt with the leftovers. How is everyone doing> ?
Debby
So much fabric....... So little time!!
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From: carman
Date: 05-11-2005, 04:55 PM (133 of 250)
try putting freezer paper behind it really help with the writing
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From: BRG
Date: 05-11-2005, 05:34 PM (134 of 250)
Carman and others -

Any other writing tips? Pigma pens ... freezer paper behind the fabric that you are writing on ... what about "ironing" on the words to make it permanent or something?

TIA
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From: postcardgirl
Date: 05-11-2005, 05:43 PM (135 of 250)
You have to be careful pressing the fabric after writing with pigma on it - I've had some get a little smeary! Read the directions on your individual pen, but most don't need to be heat set.

I sometimes use a little bit of tape to keep the edges of my square still while I'm writing.
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From: oklahomanana
Date: 05-11-2005, 08:10 PM (136 of 250)
Embroidery on it. By hand or machine. Or heat set from the back side. I am coming slow.Too many irons in the fire but I will get there~ :wink:
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From: oklahomanana
Date: 05-14-2005, 01:56 AM (137 of 250)
Carolyn, How is the job hunting coming along? Any luck yet? Wish the best for ya? What kind of work do you do?
I got my DH's t-shirt quilt done! Here is a pic:
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From: Mother in Law
Date: 05-14-2005, 02:32 AM (138 of 250)
I have 7 squares done and for the life of me I can't get a full 12 inches. I have 12 and a quarter inch on all of them. I'm going to send you all the left over fabric I have so each person can have a little of the same fabric to play with if they have to add the quarter inch back. I'm sorry that's the way it is but I'm no quilter by all means I even started pushing the fabric under the presser foot a scant over as to make the seams a little less then quarter of inch but it wasn't enough. I would start all over but I cut all my fabric into strips and then discovered my mistake. All I can say is, "Ladies I tried really hard" It's my really first quilt swap so please bear with me. And I think it will be my last. LOL Hugs Susie
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From: BRG
Date: 05-14-2005, 10:01 AM (139 of 250)
Aw no sweat ... most people would likely to sew/cut it down to either 12 1/4 or 12 finished blocks.

Wanna know a secret - I don't always have the right size either ... the most important is you tried and that you had fun doing it!

Just do the best you can ... that's all we can say and again ...

HAVE FUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!
- Brenda -
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From: Hogmami
Date: 05-14-2005, 10:06 AM (140 of 250)
Yes, started a job yesterday. At Burger King. Not what I want to do rest of my life but will do until I can find something else.
Carolyn
Michigan
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From: BRG
Date: 05-14-2005, 11:34 AM (141 of 250)
May not be the most glamourous job in the world, but but but but at least you are working and earning real money and earning the money. It's a start.
- Brenda -
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From: carman
Date: 05-14-2005, 12:21 PM (142 of 250)
you can't cut down mine :bluesad: i only have 3 or 4 blocks that don't have points, if they are cut down all the points will be lost on mine, mine could be increased if anything with a border around them, i think that is what i am going to do they are uniform in size.
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From: SummersEchos
Date: 05-14-2005, 01:09 PM (143 of 250)
Susie,
WTG! I am like you am not a quilter. Have been trying to learn here with Joanne. I am going to like the blocks whether they are perfect or not, whether they are 12.5 or 12. Susie your father than me in how many blocks you have done.
Summer
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From: Mother in Law
Date: 05-14-2005, 08:04 PM (144 of 250)
All my blocks are the same. How boreing but at least each one of you only get one of mine so who cares.......right? LOL Thanks for all the heads up. I am having fun with this just wish I could take a class on how to make these things work out. I wasn't any good in Geometry in school either so I guess that figures in too.


If I send the fabric I have left over you can cut my squares down and then add some on the edges to make up the inch.
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From: HeyJudee
Date: 05-14-2005, 08:42 PM (145 of 250)
Well I am the opposite to you all. My blocks are over 12.5" - about 12.75" - and like Carmen, if I square up to 12.5" the points will probably be lost when they are sewn. So I have been struggling with what to do to get them to be 12.5" without doing major ripping. Well back to the drawing board!
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From: Mother in Law
Date: 05-14-2005, 10:14 PM (146 of 250)
You know all these squares are done with love and fun in mind let's not get too exact on them or it will look too professional. If all the blocks don't line up at the end of the quilts when we finish assembling them then we can add a sashing on them and cut the sashing to make it square. Is that right? I'm beginning to feel better knowing I'm not the only one fretting over my blocks. :wink:
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From: Hogmami
Date: 05-14-2005, 10:28 PM (147 of 250)
Your right. I have done that before.
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From: oklahomanana
Date: 05-14-2005, 10:46 PM (148 of 250)
I too was having trouble with my blocks coming out to be 12.5" at first too, but here's what I did to get correct that. Hope some of this will help each of you in your own way. I have a brother machine and I first got my 6x12 ruler out and put it under my presser foot, right on where 1/4 is and lower my needle gently down to the ruler and then I took Brown duct tape and laid down a appx 4" strip of tape along the side of my ruler where the 1/4 mark was. Raised my foot and needle back up, and then I laid another 4 strips down on top of the duct tape. To make it thick. This made like an edge/wall for my fabric to run along as I sew now. I used the saying I once heard "generous cutting, stingy with stitches'' so I cut a thread or two over my required sq. measurement of 4 7/8, then when I sewed them together I sewed a thread or two under my 1/4th" sewing line. This worked for me. I will try to attach a pic of my bed of my machine so you can see what I did. I hope I explained it well enough for you. I played with the postion of my needle too until I had right on a 1/4th stitch. I have sit here for almost an hour trying to get this pic small enough to email but it is still too big! UH!!!!!!!!! Email me privately and I will send you the pic, I am sorry I don;tknow how to make it really small to email~
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From: oklahomanana
Date: 05-14-2005, 10:52 PM (149 of 250)
Hey Carolyn, So happy you got a job! Flipping burgers will put food on the table right? That is what counts I think. And we need polite, good hard workers in our fast food rest's so congrats on the job!!! Hey, Can I place an order????????? LOL~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I like onions~ LOL~~~~~~~~~ Hugs to ya lady!
Yes, started a job yesterday. At Burger King. Not what I want to do rest of my life but will do until I can find something else.
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From: Hogmami
Date: 05-14-2005, 11:38 PM (150 of 250)
I use form core with a sticky back. I get it at Joanns in the memory book paper department. It works better than the tape and one sheet cost me 59 cents. I can probably used it for years.
Carolyn
Michigan
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From: Mother in Law
Date: 05-14-2005, 11:55 PM (151 of 250)
Hey Carolyn, I'm a people person too Burger King would be a good place for me. Everybody around here goes to Burger King so then I'd get to see all my buddies. I better not get that job, it would be too temping to eat the fries and I'd be as big as a house again. I better stick to flipping fabric instead of burgers. Congrats on the job. No job is too small when it pays the bills. :up:
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From: oklahomanana
Date: 05-15-2005, 12:02 AM (152 of 250)
Carolyn, Does this foam core pull up easily so a person could get to their bobbin when necessary? Sounds like a good idea~
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From: carman
Date: 05-15-2005, 12:44 AM (153 of 250)
anything with a ridge will work, even a layer of post it notes, i did that for awhile when i first started quilting.
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From: Hogmami
Date: 05-15-2005, 07:56 AM (154 of 250)
Yes, it comes up easy and doesn't leave any sticky stuff on the machine.
Carolyn
Michigan
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From: Hogmami
Date: 05-15-2005, 10:12 AM (155 of 250)
Another thing I use when I am making alot of half square triangles are Thangles. They are wonderful. I have found them in quilting catalogs or at quilt stores. You get a half square triangle that is perfect every time. I had to made 208 for my blocks. I used these and it only took me a couple of hours.
Carolyn
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From: esrun3
Date: 05-15-2005, 02:10 PM (156 of 250)
I've managed to get 13 of my blocks done but like the rest of you have had some problems. The blocks can always have sashing added to them, whatever...the important part for me is that they are made by friends with love and I'll love the quilt no matter how it looks in the end. I'm still obsessing over the "cream" color I picked out. So...just enjoy making the blocks and it will all work out well in the end I'm sure.

Carolyn, congrats on the job! Any job is a good job as long as it pays the bills!
Lyn
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From: Debby215
Date: 05-15-2005, 02:52 PM (157 of 250)
Hello all, I have ALL my blocks sewn and I will admit that MINE are far from perfect and will be honest and also admit they may not all measure exactly 12.5. I agree with Brenda and say we should have fun with them and they will work JUST FINE once we start putting them together. I STILL have my signatures to do and will probably try and get that started this week. I am NOT looking forward to this part.... :nc:
Debby
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From: oklahomanana
Date: 05-15-2005, 09:36 PM (158 of 250)
Here is a great site to help with pressing everyone. It is:
http://www.scrapquilts.com/pressing.html I have been pressing wrong all this time and this sure has taught me a lot about pressing my seams. I never knew it mattered which side you pressed on! Another lesson learned here. Whichever we do our quilting is our style though. My blocks will not be perfect by no means, I want us all to just have fun with these blocks too! It's great to be among such sweet people. Take care ladies and hope this helps us all as well.
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From: Hogmami
Date: 05-15-2005, 11:08 PM (159 of 250)
I am with all of you. I don't care if the blocks are perfect. I think it is nice just to have everybody try and to share. I can hardy wait to get all the blocks. It will be fun to see how we all put them to gether. I will have mind done and in the mail before June 1st.
Carolyn
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From: BRG
Date: 05-16-2005, 07:57 AM (160 of 250)
Thanks for the site about pressing - I have a problem with it too ... I think I need a real lesson ... but printed out the article and will read and keep for future reference.
- Brenda -
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From: oklahomanana
Date: 05-16-2005, 06:37 PM (161 of 250)
Brenda, My blocks are done!!!!!!!!!!!! They will be headed your way in the morning's mail. Worked all day getting them finished. I did mine with a pigma pen rather than embroidery on them. I don't have much time to get some quilts done by August that I am really wanting done~ So had to use the pen method but I am happy with it~~~~~~ Let me know when they get to you please! :bluewink:
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From: HeyJudee
Date: 05-16-2005, 07:25 PM (162 of 250)
Oklahomanana...All done and gonna be mailed tomorrow...Wow! are you fast or what! Good job. Me, I only have four together, six semi-constructed, and the rest in piles waiting to be sewn together. But I do have my signature squares all done.

I finally figured out my problem on the third block. I wasn't lining up my triangles correctly. Now things are going smoothly. So hope to have everything finished next weekend. (Unless I have just jinxed myself. LOL).

Here's an idea that I was going to use when putting the blocks together so that it won't show if they are different sizes. When I took a beginner quilting class, we made a lap-size quilt and the teacher had us put a border around each block but the border was cut in such a way that the block was tilted - she called it a "wonky" border. Each border was cut differently so nothing had to line up except the outside edge of the border. We could alternate with one block being tilted one way and the next tilted the other. I will try to take a picture of my lap quilt and see if I can find a way to post it to show you what I mean.

Well off to the sewing room to get some more blocks done!
TTFN from
Judy
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From: oklahomanana
Date: 05-16-2005, 09:22 PM (163 of 250)
Judee, I would be real interested in seeing that border! What a great idea, thanks for sharing it with us! And please do post a pic so we can see~ You might have to help us all do the borders! LOL!
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From: BRG
Date: 05-16-2005, 09:43 PM (164 of 250)
Wow .. sounds great ... I got all of my blocks appliqued .. now just machine stitching them and then write 'em down! Awesome!

I feel like I am the LUCKIEST one cuz I get to see everyone's blocks before you all do!
- Brenda -
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From: BRG
Date: 05-17-2005, 11:32 AM (165 of 250)
Hey guys - just a friendly reminder:

Please either email me or post when you mail the blocks to me so I can be on the lookout for them and warn DH to watch for it, too :)

Got a few emails/PM from some - THANKS!

Thanks!
- Brenda -
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From: angellover
Date: 05-17-2005, 12:01 PM (166 of 250)
Wow great job for those who have theirs finished. I'm starting to feel slow! :sick: I only have 8 of them done, including the embroidery. I too was having a hard time with the size of the blocks! Glad to hear I'm not alone! :yawn: I dislocated my shoulder and tore some stuff in it so I am working with one wing most of the time! LOL But don't worry I will get them done in time! :smile: I just hope that they are good enough, I am my own worst critic! LOL
I think the idea of a "wonky" border sounds fun!! I would love to see it!
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From: BRG
Date: 05-17-2005, 05:23 PM (167 of 250)
As long as you are having fun I am happy :)

Always something new to learn in swaps ... wonky sounds great! :)
- Brenda -
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From: HeyJudee
Date: 05-17-2005, 07:36 PM (168 of 250)
Here's pictures of my quilt with the wonky border around the blocks

http://www.flickr.com/photos/heyjudee/
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Judy
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From: Hogmami
Date: 05-17-2005, 08:04 PM (169 of 250)
Like your quilt. I have seen that done on Fons and Porter. Its a good idea for this one.
Carolyn
Michigan
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From: oklahomanana
Date: 05-17-2005, 08:22 PM (170 of 250)
I like the wonky style borders. How is each one cut? I like how you can size your picture from thumbnail to square to large. The large was best for me to view it up close. You did a wonderful job on it Judee! Like I said if we all go with wonky borders you will have to show us how, bc I think you are the only one that knows how!!!!!!!!! LOL! I like it!
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From: BRG
Date: 05-17-2005, 08:32 PM (171 of 250)
I think the new Fons Porter magazine had a pattern using this kind of wonky style. Hey Judee - looks pretty good ... you did a great job!
- Brenda -
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From: Hogmami
Date: 05-17-2005, 09:15 PM (172 of 250)
Fons and Porter does have it in their magazine. I just have to find my copy.
Carolyn
Michigan
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From: angellover
Date: 05-17-2005, 10:02 PM (173 of 250)
Judee I really like your quilt! I really love that wonky border, I agree it would be a good one for this quilt! I have never seen one like it before. Thanks for sharing it with us! :smile:
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From: esrun3
Date: 05-18-2005, 12:24 AM (174 of 250)
Judy, LOVE the wonky border!! What a great idea! Now i just have to figure out how to make it-maybe I can find a Fons and Porter magazine around here in the store.

Brenda, blocks are signed and put into a ziplock, hoping to stop at the post office on the way home tomorrow...I'll let you know when I get them out for sure. I signed mine, didn't really like the way they looked with the lettering my machine did on it.

Can't wait to see all of them!
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From: BRG
Date: 05-18-2005, 09:35 AM (175 of 250)
ESRUN - will watch for the mail :)
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From: Hogmami
Date: 05-18-2005, 09:59 AM (176 of 250)
I found my copy of Fons and Porter. If anyone wants the directions from there, send me a PM with your address and I will mail it to you.
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From: Hogmami
Date: 05-18-2005, 12:26 PM (177 of 250)
Brenda,

It is the newest copy of Fons and Porter. Everyone, Brenda will send the directions with your blocks. I am finally making a head way. All my blocks are put together, just need to press real good and size. Will have them in the mail this week.
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From: carman
Date: 05-18-2005, 01:06 PM (178 of 250)
mine our on their way via puralator, should be there is a couple days or so :bg:
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From: BRG
Date: 05-18-2005, 01:48 PM (179 of 250)
Aw man ... I sure miss Canadian "words" ... Purlator (sp) ... so many things about Canada I miss ... including the spelling! I still say TOQUE! Gonna teach DD that one ... sorry to go OT!
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From: carman
Date: 05-18-2005, 02:00 PM (180 of 250)
lol, also we have pop, you have soda :bolt:
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From: postcardgirl
Date: 05-18-2005, 02:58 PM (181 of 250)
We say POP in Pittsburgh, too! :bg:
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From: Debby215
Date: 05-18-2005, 03:40 PM (182 of 250)
Hey Shari, we could probably write a book on all of PITTSBURGH'S slang right? pop, gum bands,etc etc
HEY BRENDA, I will probably mail my signature blocks to you after work tomorrow as well, Thursday. I will let you know for sure tomorrow...One just never knows what the future has in store....LOL :nervous:
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From: postcardgirl
Date: 05-18-2005, 03:51 PM (183 of 250)
One block done!! :wink: Hubby was laughing at me - got one test block done and it was 1/4" too big, so I took it apart and redid it and now I'm a tad too small in spots! Sigh. :sick:
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From: esrun3
Date: 05-18-2005, 04:50 PM (184 of 250)
Dropped mine in the mail to you today Brenda. Should be there by Friday, Saturday at the latest!

Debby....gum bands? the elastics for braces? Or for ponytails? My daughter laughs at me about stoop and the pronunciation (sp!) for window, roof & creek. I'm from Columbia PA!
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From: HeyJudee
Date: 05-18-2005, 06:04 PM (185 of 250)
Thanks all for your kind words about my quilt.

I like how you can size your picture from thumbnail to square to large. The large was best for me to view it up close.
OKNANA, it is the website where I uploaded my pictures that does the sizing. I didn't have a place to put pictures so I googled for free photo albums and found the site www.flickr.com where you can sign up for free and share photos. I think it is similar to the yahoo site that Joanne uses. This one seemed fairly easy to use and I really liked the sizes.

RE the wonky borders...I have the latest Fons and Porters magazine (May/June 2005 ) and didn't even notice that quilt. LOL! Their finished blocks are 8" so you would have to make the rectangles that you cut into triangles longer. They are using 2 3/4" x 12 3/4" rectangles.

For my quilt I had the same size finished block that we are "trying" to make. I used one 4 1/2" x 13 1/2" rectangle and one 4 1/2" x 17" rectangle for each block.
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From: Debby215
Date: 05-18-2005, 06:23 PM (186 of 250)
Hey Lyn gum bands as in rubber bands...lol supper instead of dinner, pop instead of soda...to me a soda has ice cream in,,,, Shari don't make your self crazy, most of us agreed that no matter what we did, that ALL the blocks didn't come out perfect size. To be truthfully honest, I have made quite a few quilts , some very large and some small, and have NOT ever measured them. I just fit them together the best I can, and everyone is happy. Just my 2 cents... :bluewink:
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From: angellover
Date: 05-18-2005, 10:11 PM (187 of 250)
I had an idea that I am going to do when I finish my signature quilt. I am going to make 1 more block, so there will be 16. On that block I am going to put SWN Block Swap 2005! Or something like that, I think it will tie the whole quilt together with all of our user names, real names and home towns.
Thanks for sending the directions along with the blocks for the wonky border!!! :bg:
Back to work on my blocks!
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From: oklahomanana
Date: 05-18-2005, 10:56 PM (188 of 250)
Teresa how smart of you to think of this~~~~~~~~~~~~ I think I willl go that route too~ Thanks for sharing it with us~
Brenda, my are in the mail too~ So be watching that mail box~ I mailed you a priority envelope with postage attached to it inside to return it to me! Oh WOW Now I can't wait to see thema ll~~~~~~~~~~~~~ WHAOOO~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The postmaster was sure envious of my blocks~ She just grined when I told her what I was doing~~~~~~~~~~~~
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From: oklahomanana
Date: 05-18-2005, 10:59 PM (189 of 250)
Judy, Thanks for sharing this info about the wonky borders with us~ I love it~ Does the F & P magazine call it wonky borders too? LOL! I love the name as well~ Judy have you made a spool yet for the advent block? I am having trouble getting mine to match up. Just wondering if you are too? Thanks! D
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From: esrun3
Date: 05-19-2005, 12:19 AM (190 of 250)
Hey Debby, we always have supper-dinner is for Sunday! LOL After living "out west" for so long I've come around to soda rather than pop. Never even thought of rubber bands. We used to call elastics those ponytail holders as well as the bands for braces. All this "back east" talk is making me hungry for some baking I haven't had in a while-might have to make a shoo fly pie this weekend! It'll be all mine too as my daughter doesn't like it-just likes chicken pot pie as well as strawberry shortcake & apple dumplings for supper! Yes ladies, that's a meal, add sugar and milk and thats supper-makes great breakfast cold too!

Shari, I'm with Debby, not all of mine came out the the correct size and in fact, most of the time they don't. I just fit them together at the points/seams that need to match and they usually come out close enough! Besides, we all just want to have fun so don't stress over it! Enjoy it!! I had lots of fun doing mine and forced myself to do triangles that I don't do very often. They actually weren't as hard as they seem after I did several of them.

I like your idea angelallover! I think I'll do the same, I have a couple xtra blocks so that won't be a problem What a great idea!
Lyn
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From: HeyJudee
Date: 05-19-2005, 06:35 PM (191 of 250)
Does the F & P magazine call it wonky borders too? LOL! I love the name as well~ Judy have you made a spool yet for the advent block?

OK'nana, the F&P doesn't call it anything. They only say to decide which way you want to "tilt" your blocks. If you get a chance to look at the issue, the quilt is on p. 71.

I have been working on my signature blocks and since I work during day...I haven't spent much time on my spools. Last night I did try one spool but I don't like my fabric choices. The fabrics that I would really like to use has mostly fluorescent colours (greens, yellows, etc.) but I don't think it will go well with the rest of the blocks. Hope to have something done this weekend.

I am having the same problem as everyone else with the signature blocks. Some come out OK, others a bit bigger or a bit smaller. Maybe I shouldn't have chosen the block that I did. LOL! So I am doing the same as everyone else...just sewing along.
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From: Mother in Law
Date: 05-20-2005, 01:40 AM (192 of 250)
That's okay Judee. We'll all wind up with a finished quilt - 3 X 4 wall hangings with the finished blocks of 10 inches. LOL :nah: I haven't been able to start doing my blocks again and I really need to get on the ball with them it's getting late. I've been busy with the Grandkids and haven't had time to do anything for myself. But I will get them done in time I promise.
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From: Hogmami
Date: 05-20-2005, 08:44 AM (193 of 250)
I am mailing my blocks today.
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From: BRG
Date: 05-20-2005, 04:50 PM (194 of 250)
I feel like a kid on Christmas morning ... my mailbox was FULL ... got a few blocks from you guys ... ESRUN and OKLAHOMAMAN (sp). GREAT GREAT GREAT job!
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From: HeyJudee
Date: 05-20-2005, 05:00 PM (195 of 250)
BRG...This is not fair!!!! :sad: You get to see everything and even brag about it to us. :sad: :sad: :sad:

So we have to make some rules here...just bc you get the blocks first doesn't mean you can start working on your quilt now. You have to put them aside and wait until at least June 6...juuuuuuust like the rest of us. Right guys! :wink: :wink: :wink:
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From: oklahomanana
Date: 05-20-2005, 06:30 PM (196 of 250)
YES yes yes yes yes yes ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ :dave:
LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! TOO FUNNY JUDY~~~~~~~~~~~~
Glad to hear you got mine Brenda!
I can rest easy now.

Ladies, I did the wonky borders on a trial block today (in the am and at lunch) and LOVE IT~~~~~~~~~~~~ GOT to do wonky borders on this quilt~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I had the book and did not even know it~~~~~~~~~~~ I just subscribed to Fons and Porter mag and forgot I got it in the mail~~~~~~~~~ That means too many mag's or too much fabric, one or the other!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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From: BRG
Date: 05-20-2005, 07:18 PM (197 of 250)
HEY why you think I am the hostess????? (snicker) Just kiddin' =

I ain't doing anything with my blocks until all the blocks have been mailed out a few days then think about what I wanna do ... gotta be fair too!
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From: esrun3
Date: 05-20-2005, 07:46 PM (198 of 250)
Brenda, thanks for letting me know the blocks arrived. Won't this be cool if no one duplicates the block style. I know they will all be different colors-not likely to have the exact same color combos but I think it would be fun if we all managed a different block too! Can't wait to get mine!!
Lyn
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From: oklahomanana
Date: 05-20-2005, 11:28 PM (199 of 250)
Brenda, Hope you know we are just teasing ya and giving you a razz of a time now. You know Joanne and Mary always caught it from us , so since you are the lady in charge this wouldn;t be any fun if we did not razz you a bit~ LOL~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
I think you are truly wonderful for doing this for everyone and doing all the swapping of the blocks and doing the leg work so to speak~
It will absoutely be my favorite quilt in the world~ and I will treasure it always!
Oh the stories those quilts will be able to tell through the yrs huh???????? LOL~~~~~~~~~~ I know I can have some that will be goodies.
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From: BRG
Date: 05-21-2005, 12:06 AM (200 of 250)
I know you guys are yankin' my chain ... gonna do it right back at ya! What goes around comes around, right? :)

Keep it up, girls! :)
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From: oklahomanana
Date: 05-21-2005, 12:07 AM (201 of 250)
yank, yank~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can do that bc you have my blocks~ ROFL~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ :wink:
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From: oklahomanana
Date: 05-21-2005, 12:12 AM (202 of 250)
How come I feel a naughty corner is coming~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ LOL~~~~~~~~~~~~ hope all you gals work really hard this weekend on your blocks. Just get in the sewing room and think I can do it, and you will. I was so relaxed doing mine, just knowing each one was going into each of your homes. Ah! What a comforting though to keep near our hearts always. I wanted each one to be special. Am i scoring brownie points yet~ LOL (I am trying to stay out of that corner ladies~_ LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Help I see Brenda coming!!!!!!!! :bolt: LOL!
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From: esrun3
Date: 05-21-2005, 12:19 AM (203 of 250)
ROFL!!!! You ladies are too funny! I think if Brenda is going to start on hers, she could start putting mine together too since she has my blocks along with some others.....just work on them as they come in and you'll have mine finished in no time!! LOL
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From: oklahomanana
Date: 05-21-2005, 12:22 AM (204 of 250)
That is an idea~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ WHen you get Lynn's blocks done do mine too Brenda~~~~~~~~~~~ ROFL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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From: Debby215
Date: 05-21-2005, 12:41 AM (205 of 250)
Hey Brenda, I have an even BETTER idea, as you get the blocks you can sew together ALL our blocks and then All we need to do is add the 16th...kewl idea don't you OTHER ladies think so? :bolt: OOPS here she comes.. :bolt:
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From: BRG
Date: 05-21-2005, 08:54 AM (206 of 250)
Yadda yadda yadda

Gotta get ready for DD's 2nd birthday party coming up in 3 hours! I ain't supposed to be on the computer ... I should be showernig, getting all the food and cake ready ... but here I am!

I still have to do the applique stitching then names and then I am done with mine. I need to figure out the stitch length ... need time to play with the new machine which I haven't done in 2 months. Will do that asap!

I will do everyone's blocks if everyone comes over! Fair deal!
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From: Debby215
Date: 05-21-2005, 01:11 PM (207 of 250)
Brenda, I just took my blocks to the post office and mailed priority. I enclosed a check for the return postage. Let me know when they arrive please....Thanks again for taking charge of mailing them back out. :bg: :bg:
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From: BRG
Date: 05-23-2005, 09:39 AM (208 of 250)
Not a problem!

I just finished my blocks last night - now I just have to "sign" my name ... gonna get me some pens today at a quilting store with a coupon (birthday coupon) and spend me some money since the coupon is good for the entire purchase up to $300 ...
- Brenda -
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From: HeyJudee
Date: 05-23-2005, 01:52 PM (209 of 250)
Debby, great idea. :up:

Hey Brenda....Start sewing those blocks together so you can get everyone's done in time to be mailed back to us. ROLF! And if you have trouble finding something to spend that birthday coupon on --- since you can buy up to $300...think of all of us! You could buy something for each of us and include it in our packages when you mail them back to us! :bluewink: ROLF!

Can you tell I am in a good mood??? Here's why....Hurrah!!!! I have just finished all my blocks and will be mailing them tomorrow.

Now it's on to the spool block! See ya!
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From: BRG
Date: 05-23-2005, 02:28 PM (210 of 250)
I'll do everyone's blocks if they can donate me time off from work (give me a week or so) and I will do it! :)

$300 is money I don't really have ... just gonna do it anyway and deal with DH's wrath later (will claim coupon/discount in my defense as I always do at Joann's) :)

BTW heard there's a coupon that is printable that is floating around (will start a new post about this in other thread)
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From: BRG
Date: 05-23-2005, 06:26 PM (211 of 250)
I spent 53 bucks ... not bad ... got some 30's fabric for my future SBS blocks/swaps. I need more ... gonna have to look around for more 30's repo fat quarter sets (Fat ones please!) if you know where ... lemme know!

I came home with a nice decoration on my front door - a few packages arrived!

I have to look at who's blocks are here ... I put them downstairs where it is safe and away from possible harm from DD's terrible two stage! Oh vey!
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From: carman
Date: 05-23-2005, 11:49 PM (212 of 250)
Brenda, mine came today i hope :bluesmile my tracking number said it was delivered this morning?
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From: Mother in Law
Date: 05-24-2005, 01:17 AM (213 of 250)
Hey Is there anyone that still working on their blocks out there? I am. I have four more to put together and then I have to sign them. Maybe by the weekend I'll have them all done. I have been so busy with the Grandkids and all. I have a birthday party at my house this weekend for an 11 year old Granddaughter who invited everyone in her class which is 20 kids. This child could be Ms Congeniality and will probably have the whole school over to swim in our 15 X 30 pool. Anyway I put on the invites all the children have to be accompanied by an adult so maybe that will keep the attendance down a bit. Hopefully. She is getting a sewing machine from me and a box of goodies along with the party. I've been really busy with all this so I'm slow ladies so don't think I'm not doing it I am I'm just slow. LOL Having fun too. :up:
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From: oklahomanana
Date: 05-24-2005, 01:22 AM (214 of 250)
Suzy should we say a pray for you on this party? LOL~ Whew~ 20 kids~ LOL~ glad it is your party~ LOL~
I have been working on my Oklahoma Shuffle quilt and I wish there was a way to let you see this quilt~ I love it~ You cut your strips in to 12 different sizes and shapes and then shuffle them and then have fun with the sewing part of it. I taught a class tonight with it, and had a blast with it. Hope fullly I can get a pic posted in the next coupel of days. Take care and you might need to rest up for that wild party~ LOL~
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From: Mother in Law
Date: 05-24-2005, 01:31 AM (215 of 250)
YESSSSS!!!!!!!! 20 and the best part of it is the teacher told the kids that if they are going to invite anyone from school to a party and bring invites to school that they have to invite everyone in the class. Which I think is a good idea but I think 20 is a little much. I don't think all will come but even if they have 8 kids come it will be a lot. I have 7 grandkids of my own that will be here and friends of the family's kids will be here. I'm not worried about the kids coming I'm worried about the water in the pool being not too sanitised after the first hour of this party. All those little bodies in there swimming around ..............well you get the picture. LOL I will survive. I packed over 100 people in my house one time for a wedding I think I can survive a few preteens. Of course, I put the keg of beer on the back porch so that helped with the wedding. Most of guzzlers stay close to the keg. LOL That elimated about 20 people there. ROFL
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From: BRG
Date: 05-24-2005, 07:50 AM (216 of 250)
Oh lordy MIL - good luck with the party and all these kids!!! Hope you have some extra bodies there to help!!!!

Sorry about not telling whose packages I got yesterday ... I got busy from the time I got home till I went to bed and then I was too tired to go in teh basement to see whose blocks arrived ...

These blocks came (and they were just beautiful!!!) Carman, Debby215 and Hogmani!!! Great great great great job!
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From: Peggy
Date: 05-24-2005, 08:39 AM (217 of 250)
I have not forgotten all my imaginary friends! Life has just been sooooo busy. I plan to spend most of today and tomorrow working on my blocks :bg: . My plan is to get them out by the weekend.

Here's to a productive day!

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From: HeyJudee
Date: 05-24-2005, 07:17 PM (218 of 250)
Brenda, I mailed my blocks today. I don't know when you will get them...I was going to send by "USA small surface mail" (???) until the guy told me it would take approx. 3 - 4 weeks!!!! So I switched to air mail but he said that should take 7 - 9 days. So if they don't arrive by June 6th...blame it on Canada and US Postal Services - I met my deadline...they were made and mailed before June 6th. LOL!
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From: postcardgirl
Date: 05-25-2005, 01:40 PM (219 of 250)
Just a warning - things here are crazy - my computer won't boot up (I'm on dh's but as he's a computer nerd, I get very little time to "do my thing"). On top of that, I'm organizing Police Pals & Mem. Day parade for the Young Marines unit my son is in-both this weekend. PLUS, my SIL's baby shower (which I am hostessing) is Sunday, then Mem. Day is the parade and then the whole fam is headed to my house for the day.

I have all the fabrics cut so all I need to do is sew, sew, sew, which will be done next Wednesday, June 1. They WILL get in on time, but just barely!
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From: BRG
Date: 05-25-2005, 03:40 PM (220 of 250)
Postcardgirl ... take it easy! The things we do in our lives!!! I was just so exhausted after reading your post!

Judee - no sweat ... will watch for it! Weird about the CAD and USA and customs!
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From: BRG
Date: 05-25-2005, 06:13 PM (221 of 250)
How's everyone else doing? I know the Canadians had their nice long weekend (Victoria Day weekend) and soon it'll be the American's turn - Memorial Day weekend.

I just have to write stuff on my blocks and then I am done ... then I am going to press everyone's blocks so it looks nice when I send them off! :)
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From: HeyJudee
Date: 05-25-2005, 06:26 PM (222 of 250)
Brenda, I pressed all of mine before I sent them. But in order for them to fit in the ziplock bag....I had to divide them into 4 piles and fold them in quarters. Used 2 ziplocs so when you get them they will probably all be creased. But even if you press them again, you will have to fold and fit into the ziplocs to send them back and we will still need to press again when we get them. So do you really need go to all that effort???

Just my 2 cents...
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From: BRG
Date: 05-25-2005, 07:55 PM (223 of 250)
True ... but I like it to look nice when it leaves here :)

Besides ... I have huge ziplock baggies that will fit all of your blocks in without folding it. I could send one with your blocks :)
- Brenda -
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From: esrun3
Date: 05-26-2005, 01:39 AM (224 of 250)
Wow Shari, you wear me out! LOL My holiday plans include going to see Madagascar with my grandson, TRYING to straighten up my sewing room-I have boxes of fabric everywhere from this swap and I can hardly walk in there-time to tidy up so I can start something new and my son's birthday is this weekend too. But even all that doesnt' sound like near the amount of stuff you are doing!! Enjoy yourself and don't stress over the blocks! :bluesmile
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From: Mother in Law
Date: 05-26-2005, 10:00 PM (225 of 250)
I have my blocks done Yipeeeee. All I have to do is the signature part. I'm doing mine with the embroidery machine. My handwritting is not too neat LOL I think I'll have mine out by beginning of next week. Keeping my fingers crossed. :nervous:
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From: Peggy
Date: 05-27-2005, 11:38 AM (226 of 250)
I have all the fabric cut now to just sit & sew! Probably won't be able to until Sunday night, but dh is home Sunday & Monday, so I should be able to work semi-uninterrupted! We have a horse show tomorrow, so today we're practicing and getting ready and gone all day tomorrow, I'll need a relaxing day of sewing after the show :dave: ! My goal is to mail out on Tuesday. Here's keeping my fingers crossed that all gets done.

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From: angellover
Date: 05-27-2005, 09:42 PM (227 of 250)
I am finishing the last 2 blocks, then pressing them all and they will be out in the mail Tuesday! :bg: I can't wait to see everyone's blocks, then to actually put the quilt together! Have a good Holiday weekend everyone!
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From: Mother in Law
Date: 05-28-2005, 12:32 AM (228 of 250)
Can you hear the excitement in my typing? LOL ROFL I'm almost there!!!! I have been sewing all evening and I have just a few more embroidery hoopings and I'm done. Whewwww that was fun. But stressful. I was so afraid I wouldn't get it done in time. Putting them together I think was the most stressful part of it. Trying to get it perfect. When I said the heck with it then I started having fun. So after saying that, if you get a block from me you are also going to get some fabric to add on if you have to, is that okay Brenda? I am adding a few cents more to what I"m sending you for the postage so you can add a little bit of fabric to each block from me so they can have matching fabric to play with if they need to. If that's okay with you Brenda? :love: :up:
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From: BRG
Date: 05-29-2005, 10:13 PM (229 of 250)
Ah no sweat .. no worries!!! It will be just fine! :)
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From: oklahomanana
Date: 05-30-2005, 10:50 PM (230 of 250)
Oh goodie. It is almost June!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Be getting our blocks soon~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ YIPPEE!!!!!!!! CAN"T WAIT TO SEE ALL OF THEM! Can anyone tell this is my first cyber swap~ I am hooked I think~ I feel like everyone is coming to my house to have their block in my quilt. Oh this is so exciting, I can hardly wait! :bluesmile
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From: angellover
Date: 05-31-2005, 08:44 AM (231 of 250)
Hey Brenda, My blocks are going out this morning Priority mail! :bg: I will have a return envelope with the return postage on it for you. Thanks! :bluesmile

oklahomanana Oh goodie. It is almost June!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Be getting our blocks soon~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ YIPPEE!!!!!!!! CAN"T WAIT TO SEE ALL OF THEM! Can anyone tell this is my first cyber swap~ I am hooked I think~ I feel like everyone is coming to my house to have their block in my quilt. Oh this is so exciting, I can hardly wait!

Oklahomanana you are so funny! :smile: If I am coming to your house have a cup of coffee ready ok? LOL I may need a quick pick me up! :dave: I am getting excited at the thought of getting to try to finish a quilt! I already have the place to hang it! :bg:
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From: SummersEchos
Date: 05-31-2005, 02:33 PM (232 of 250)
Brenda,
One box coming your way should arrive by Friday Fed Ex. Got the right post this time lol.
Summer
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From: BRG
Date: 05-31-2005, 04:11 PM (233 of 250)
Received HeyJudee's blocks - just gorgeous! Great job!
- Brenda -
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From: HeyJudee
Date: 05-31-2005, 06:15 PM (234 of 250)
Brenda, glad to know you received my blocks....took 7 days...good to know Canada Post was right when they said 7-9 days.

So Brenda...what are the blocks like? Are any of the blocks the same?...similar?...similar colours?...similar shapes?...similar patterns?...similar signatures?...similar material?...same material?...come on give us a hint!!!! LOL! Can you tell I'm getting excited too!
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From: Mother in Law
Date: 05-31-2005, 09:32 PM (235 of 250)
Now I'm done except for some trimming. I am having problems with mine raveling, anyone else having that problem?

I am going to try and mail mine tomorrow priority mail so you should get it by June 6 at least. Now let me get this straight, I am suppose to wrap this to mail it in a large baggie and then in a bubble envelope? And send another bubble envelope self addressed with postage paid or money for postage. Right? If so I'm ready to go. If not tell me what I have wrong.

LOL I'm looney tonight, I'm so glad I'm finished. I just hope you can use my block in your quilt. ROFL You might have to applique it onto a good block. I'm not good at quilting. I promise!!!! The colors are pretty anyway ladies. I had fun Brenda, thanks for including me in your fun. Hugs Susie
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From: esrun3
Date: 05-31-2005, 09:48 PM (236 of 250)
Sounds like everyone had so much fun with this swap! I know I sure did! I can't wait to see everyone's.........hey Brenda, do you have our quilts made yet? You've been getting the blocks so if you work on them as they come in we should all have finished quilt tops, right? While you're at it, could you batt & bind too? Pretty please??????? LOL

Can't wait to see what everyone has done! I'm with HeyJudee......give us a hint......naything similar? colors? WHAT????????????? :wink:
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From: oklahomanana
Date: 05-31-2005, 09:56 PM (237 of 250)
We want a hint please Brenda. With double chocolate on top and lots of nuts ~ LOL
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From: BRG
Date: 05-31-2005, 10:12 PM (238 of 250)
Make that a homemade strawberry shortcake with real whipping cream and I'm yours! :)

There are LOTSA colours! Some people brought in their blocks in same colours for all of their blocks and some used a variety of colours - makes good use of their stash. Some of the colours are very colour coordinated ... some are just plain wild and funky ... there are a lot of cool blocks ... some simple some really good ones ... mine is a very simple one ... Most of these people wrote their signature ... very few have or will have embroidered names ... one had a really cool label - never thunk of that! Some of the fabrics have flowers some with coloured theme ... a lot of them have triangles in it ... I was very impressed with their work! Some didn't but still was impressed with their work ... you will be too!

but ...

trust me when I say this ... you will NOT be disappointed!

I only can hope you will like your blocks ... (some will have different "colours" or fabrics for their blocks than others).
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From: BRG
Date: 05-31-2005, 10:13 PM (239 of 250)
so ... where's my homemade strawberry shortcake then!? :)

The best I have ever had was in a small motel with a restaurant (Three Bear Inn) next to it off I-81 in Marathon, NY - they had the BEST BEST BEST strawberry shortcake I have ever had (so far).
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From: Mother in Law
Date: 05-31-2005, 10:17 PM (240 of 250)
How did everyone put their blocks in ziplock bags? They won't fit without folding them twice. Is there a trick or is there a bigger ziplock bag other than the gallon? I'm ready to zip mine up Brenda. Yippppeeeeee!!!!!
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From: BRG
Date: 05-31-2005, 10:48 PM (241 of 250)
Some people are able to fit all of them in one ... most send in two or threes... I found a baggie that is "HUGE" ... I will be sending it to everyone so they have their own for their use :)
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From: HeyJudee
Date: 05-31-2005, 10:53 PM (242 of 250)
Brenda, I was wondering where you got a huge ziploc. I went all over and the largest that is sold here is 27cm (approx. 10"). So I had fun figuring out how I would fold and fit all those 12" squares into a 10" ziploc. :re:
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From: BRG
Date: 05-31-2005, 10:58 PM (243 of 250)
I found it at SuperTarget ... try Walmart. Nonetheless you will get one from me :) Paid $2 or $3 for a box. Love it!
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From: Mother in Law
Date: 05-31-2005, 11:09 PM (244 of 250)
I found a plastic bag that some curtains came in and it almost fit in that so I'm going to tape the end of it up so it will close. That way I don't have to fold them. I passed the lint roller on them and was able to get all the fuzz off of them from the embroidery ripping I had to do on one or two of them :cry: :nah: I'm getting there almost all packed up. All I need now is the bubble envelopes and the post office and I'm good to go. Mine will probably be out tomorrow evening. I'm going to send them priority mail also. Does anyone know how long it takes to get there this way?
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From: GreenDragonLady
Date: 06-01-2005, 07:52 AM (245 of 250)
I looked all over the place for those big ziplocs, and I finally found them at Hannaford (formerly Shop N Save). I don't know if you have one of those in your area.
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From: BRG
Date: 06-01-2005, 08:10 AM (246 of 250)
Priority mail are usually 2-3 days max. I find them sometimes cheaper to use priority mail than first class / parcel post when you compare the cost and the time it takes to deliver. I always like to compare when I am at the PO and then figure out what to do.
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From: HeyJudee
Date: 06-01-2005, 10:20 PM (247 of 250)
Already tried Walmart but they only had the regular size. We don't have either Hannaford or Shop N Save - I haven't heard of any in Canada...definitely not in my area. Guess we will get them someday! You guys had Glad Press 'n Seal way before we did. It wasn't in the stores in Canada until last August. Now it is everywhere! LOL

BTW Brenda....thanks for the hints of the blocks you've received...great descriptions...I can certainly picture them...clear as mud! LOL! Next time I'll ask for a picture instead! :nah:

PS I'm not sending any strawberry shortcake! :bluesmile
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From: BRG
Date: 06-02-2005, 07:50 PM (248 of 250)
Another group of blocks came today ... from Angellover - you did a great job ... love the way you used stash!
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From: Hogmami
Date: 06-02-2005, 08:47 PM (249 of 250)
From reading the back posts, it sounds like we could have a colorful quilt. I can hardy wait. I think I will buy lots of fat quarters to make borders with the directions from Fons and Porter. I think about this alot when I am at work. It makes the job I hate better. Good news, I have an interview Monday at the local hospital.
Carolyn
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From: HeyJudee
Date: 06-02-2005, 09:29 PM (250 of 250)
Carolyn, good luck with the interview on Monday. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you.
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