Sunday, November 30, 2014

Liz finished a swap block.

Liz finished a swap block just in time.  Here it is.  She says the colors are off.

Welcome Tracy

Let me introduce Tracy's "non-swap" blocks to you.  She is new to our group and also my sister.

Thanks for joining us!

The block she  is swapping is in the photos on the previous post.

Blocks emailed in to me...

I have had a busy weekend with a family reunion and tons of other family in town for my daughter's homecoming from Russia.  I fed 150 people today.  It was a joy though.

Here are the swap blocks that have been emailed in to me this week:


Linda Th





This is my swap block for November. Just in the nick of time!

Steam a Seam block to swap

Now it is done.  I have sewn the corners on.

Moira: Steam that Seam Block

I'm sliding in with one block to share, and one block for me (hadn't planned on that one!).

Block with green border & white corners will be swapped, the blue bordered one is mine.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

One iron to exchange. I love the look of this months block.


Cheryl's blocks

I made 2 blocks this month.  I wasn't sure I was going to find time to finish them (too many gifts still not finished for Christmas).

This is the block I'm keeping.
block I'm keeping
and this is the block I'm swapping.
swap block
Talk about last minute.  Next month may be the same way, since I'm losing my sewing room for about a week.

Cheryl in Illinois

Susan: Steam That Seam Block to Share

It took me almost to the last day this time, but here's my block to swap.

My block to share

Finished my blocks and here is the one I am sharing.   These are just so much fun to make!


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

September and October rows

When I received the blocks from the September swap, I got blocks from #1 and #3 patterns. I wanted to have one of each, so made a #2 and a #4 to go with them, then sewed them together. Buttons will go where there are no knobs. (the #2 block I measured wrong and so had to add another strip to the top left, so it looks a little different than the original pattern. :-) ). The #3 block is a beautiful green, but it just does not show up well in the picture.
The October row is also missing the centers until the quilt is complete. Don't want to add them until it is quilted.
I am excited to get the November drawing and sharing done and the December instructions and blocks. Those will be added as the time comes. Now I have to decide what to put as spacers between the rows. Such a variety of colors will need some contemplation to choose what will enhance the blocks.

Monday, November 24, 2014

My first Iron Block

This is the first block.  I hope to crank out the other two this weekend.   But first, Happy Turkey Day to all!

I have done 4 blocks....

I am so relieved to have finished my 4 blocks.... 2 to swap and 2 to keep.
I cut and sewed 1 block back to front but it doesn't matter. I am keeping it.
This one is mine to keep

This one is to SWAP

Another one to SWAP

and this one is for me to keep.

I enjoyed making these blocks. Mixing piecing and applique is fun.
It was an easy block to do....

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Steam a Seam....done!  
I made good use of my seam ripper on this one.  

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Marilyn's iron

Here is Marilyn's swap iron.

December row revealed: Pinwheel Flowers

Yup!  We are making flowers while it snows in December.  This is the "garden" part of the Quilter's Garden.

I tried to make a block that could be made quickly to accommodate the busy holiday season.  One block will not take you very long - promise.  

I also made options where you can choose a flower pattern that has NO APPLIQUE'.  One flower pattern does require an applique' center to cover raw edges, but the other two styles of flowers do not.

More details will be posted on the Dec 1st.

 I will be adding buttons or centers to the flowers that don't have them yet.  I can't make it to the store until Wednesday, so try to imagine all the flowers with centers.

There are ten flowers in a row for both a queen and a throw size.  I split them for the photo.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Block from Liz received

I received my block from Liz.
block received from Liz
Thanks Liz!  Sorry I didn't post sooner.  I have a new computer, and, I can't load pictures on it (yet, hopefully).  I have to keep loading pictures on the old computer.

Cheryl in Illinois

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Thank you Marilyn for such a pretty block. I love the print you choose for the rotary cutter blades. Really cute..

Beautiful block received

Today I received my block from Frances in Nova Scotia.  Thank you so much I love it!

steam that seam

All of the blocks so far are really cute and look well done, but I love the rick rack on Daryl's blocks and the little flower button on someone else's block.  It's so fun to see creativity bloom!!!!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

PHYLLIS my block has arrived

Yes Phyllis, this is my local post office. It is about 1/2 a km from my house. But we get that size mail delivered to us. It was in the letterbox when I came home today.
For everyone else who is a bit confused, Phyllis, has checked up where I live.
It is a nice part of central Victoria, Australia. 1/2 an hour North of the Melbourne Tullamarine airport.
Have a look at Hanging Rock, Woodend.
There is a movie called PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK
This is about 7 minutes from me. We are lucky to have lots of wineries in the area as well.

thankyou Phyllis it is lovely and fits so well with my other blocks.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Another block to swap!

I've finished one block for swapping :)



Saturday, November 15, 2014

Finished my Iron Blocks

Here they are~
I am keeping the block above and below. I used rickrack instead of bias for the cords. I thought the rickrack gave the irons an old fashioned look.

I actually made 2 of the blocks above, so I am swapping this block. I didn't see the need to photograph them both since they are identical.

Lucy reports in

I think I totally spaced letting you know about mailing the blocks. I did mail both of mine and I have received both of them as well.

Liz reports in

Sent my block to Cheryl yesterday. Also receiver my pretty rotary flower from Ann.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Moira - Block received

Jo's beautiful block arrived safely here in Fort Wayne!

Love it.   thanks Jo!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Blocks sent and received

I sent the block to WV on Nov. 6.

I did receive my block.

Thank you.


One block received

I have received my "Rotary in Bloom" no 28 block from Linda Te.
Yes, it is so much brighter and prettier when it's in your hand...
It is lovely.
Can't wait til the next one arrives...
I still haven't had time to sew some " Steam that Seam" blocks...
Under pressure....

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Steam that seam -iron 1

This was by far the funniest, fastest, easiest row yet.  And its not even the middle of the month!  I already have three finished.  Life is good! 
Deana, I would prefer that I receive a right handed iron in return.  I would like all my irons going the same direction.  Thnks .  You are amazing!

Cathy - Steam that Seam Blocks Done

I spent a lot of time last night working on my applique' and managed to finish up my Steam that Seam blocks.  I still think my applique' skills need A LOT of work, but these turned out really cute and I'm thrilled to have them done.

This first one I'm keeping...

I'll be swapping this one...

I'm keeping this one....

And much to my daughter's chagrin, I'm swapping this one...

Here is everything together so far (I couldn't resist laying them out to take a peek!).  

Thanks Deana for such a fun swap quilt!!!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Another iron complete.

Linda Te has completed an iron block to swap.