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Red, White & Blue Summer Block Swap


Red, White & Blue Summer Block Swap


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Patterns - Swap and Freebies

Started by AidaCJ/NH. Last reply by AidaCJ/NH May 15, 2015. 4 Replies

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Comment by AidaCJ/NH on August 28, 2015 at 3:46pm

Now that the evenings have been cooling up, I have cut up most of the scraps in my stash, and got ready to sew up some hst's. My machine started giving me hizzy-fits, I changed the needle, thread broke, I change the foot, it was skipping, I cleaned the feed and the bobbin well , still the machine was eating up the fabric.  Desperate I rushed the machine to be serviced by my favorite Janome guy.  Of course, the d*&$# machine worked like a charm for him, but then he wasn't too fond of the model I have, a Horizon 7700, saying he has more customers turning them in for trade-ins.  So Dave quoted me a trade-in value for my machine.  I called up DH to ask if it was something he could afford for my Christmas and birthday present, so he said to wait till Monday when he goes to the bank to transfer some money to my account.  I told Dave I'd pick up the machine on Tuesday, but he was more than willing to let me take it home today, and just send him the check when available.  However, I told him I need to take some classes for the new machine, so the machine will be ready Tuesday and he or his wife will give me free lessons. It is a Janome 8900SE, and I hope this will be the last machine I'd ever get.

On another note, Amelia made some dresses for her stuffed toy animals.  She went through the fabric stash, which at this point, it didn't matter anymore to me if they're a yard or a jelly roll and started cutting up some.  She cut holes on the fabric for the arms and legs and then seamed them on her own machine, and got 6 of her toys dressed up.  She's getting quite good at sewing straight lines.

School starts next week and she'd be going to second grade. Can't believe the summer has gone by so fast.

Comment by Cindy on August 17, 2015 at 7:10pm
It turned out very nicely, Aida. Sounds like you had a great time at the quilt fest and took some interesting classes. Sorry about the heat that headed your way. We are finally into some cooler temps, mid 70's for highs, which is about perfect. Had rain on Friday but ground so hard it didn't soak in. Now if we could get some on all the fires we have burning.

Have a good week everyone and happy stitching.
Comment by AidaCJ/NH on August 17, 2015 at 6:16pm

I decided to finish the project that was taught in the 'Applique for Cheaters' class and turned it into a wall hanging. The method is somewhat 'weird' to say the least, in that it involves using lead line (like a shoelace), fabric paint (tzukeniko) and glue to create the design.

Comment by AidaCJ/NH on August 17, 2015 at 6:09pm

Goodness gracious, Cindy and Sandy! You two must have been puffin' and huffin' away all that hot, humid summer into my side of the country! It's been so hot these past few days, I feel like I'm being baked into a crisp bacon.  I can truly say I am eagerly looking forward to fall.

I have been cutting all the scrap pieces in my pile, trying to reduce the stash. With the a/c on I dare not turn on the sewing machine, other than the older one. I try to do most of the fancy sewing in the early morning before the temp hits the mid-70's.

I have about 10 tops that need to be quilted so that I can reduce my UFO's.  This past week I went to the New England Quilt Festival and took some workshops and attended some lectures. One lecture was about color values, I admit I'm still clueless when it comes to color combination. Another was how to 'quilt as you go', which I need to learn so I can finish the Hawaiian quilt I'm making for myself; and the third lecture was on how to quilt on a home sewing machine. I have taken on-line courses on these things, but learning them first hand surely wins hands down.

There was a workshop called "Applique for Cheaters' taught by Bobbie Berquist, a quilter from NH, and another workshop about "molas' offered by Anna Hergert, a great quilter/artist from Saskatchewan CA. Talking about diversity! It was a great escape from the heat for 3 days. 

Comment by Cindy on August 16, 2015 at 10:38pm
Sandy, so good to hear from you! ! Yep it sounds like we've been drinking from the same well, and so stay that well is getting too dang dry. I am coming, albeit slowly, out of my slump. I tell ya, my mojo had left the premises. For this area it was hotter than hadies. That just takes the stuffins right out of you. And then my health issues reared it's ugly head and still trying to get my house in order, just didn't leave much for sewing. But am happy to report that I quilted a quilt last week and am working on the mystery quilt series in Quiltmaker magazine this summer. Figured I could keep up with one clue every two months. Am now ready to put the top together. And best of all, I really like the finished quilt and fabrics I chose.

Nothing like one rambling paragraph. So, I am up for an exchange of some type as well. Only I haven't the foggiest idea of what we could do. Perhaps someone has come across an interesting project.

Oh and Sandy, be sure and share a photo of the baby quilt.
Comment by AidaCJ/NH on August 10, 2015 at 7:37am

Happy Monday Sistahs. We're having a nice summer weather, finally! As a break from quilting, I have been altering my DGD's uniforms, their classes start the 24th! Being tall and skinny, she doesn't quite fit into a girl's size 8, but the size 7 is too short.  So I am letting out the seams to give her an extra 2" length of skirt, which should be okay until Christmas, when Santa will spring up for uniform instead of toys.

I still have extra/duplicate patterns for aprons and bags, so if anyone's interested, I'd post them on my FB page and you can take your pick.

Cindy, what kind of swap do you have in mind?

Comment by Cindy on August 7, 2015 at 9:57am
Morning ladies. Sounds like it's been busy times but not in the sewing room. I am still trying to get my sewing area together. Seems like a never ending task. Have been in a bit of a slump lately. My creative side has gone in to hiding and just don't have much desire to make anything. Perhaps a swap would kick me in the right direction. I just finished a project in another group but still don't have my mojo back. Don't know what's going on, but it's getting old. Hope everyone has a good day!
Comment by Pam/NY on August 7, 2015 at 9:38am

Hello everyone-

Just a quick note...it has been a construction kind of summer! Haven't had time to even entertain anyone at the lake. But...next year will be wonderful!!!! Gina, sorry to hear you're job hunting. Good luck with that...not easy to do when you don't want to relocate. My brother and wife just moved to SD and they have killed two large rattlesnakes! Not for me!

Let's throw some ideas out for a swap...I am brain dead right now...seems all I know is how to right out a check!

Comment by Quiltmom/NV on August 7, 2015 at 7:39am

Good Morning Sistahs, Sorry I have been absent for a couple of months. I have been busy trying to find a job, with no luck I might add. It is a bit depressing to say the least. I've been sewing some things in my sewing room but I really don't feel like doing that either. I'm sorry about the pity party girls. I'll move on now. Welcome to our new members. I did pick up my embroidery machine at the end of May. I have been playing with it a bit. The classes at the quilt shop that come with the machine, I hate to say, are a bit useless. I have made a couple of items on it that I am pleased with. I will post pics soon. So if anyone has any hidden tricks or websites that might be helpful I am open to suggestions. We've been in the 90's here but today it's cloudy and a 60% chance of rain. A nice change. It's nice not having to run the air today. Aida, how is your husband's mouth? Pam, did you get your septic issues worked out? Shout out Happy Birthday to Sheila, Gayle, Cindy, Sandy and Aida. I am ready for a distraction how about you ladies? Is it time for a swap? Thanks for listening. I will stay present I promise. Have a wonderful day all!! Gina

Comment by lea on August 7, 2015 at 4:41am

AidaNJ what lovely machine, such a good salesman to encourage daughter to sew.. She will make good use of it, and I'm sure you will be dying to try it for yourself.. It's been real variety of weather in MB-Canada, and I too have reached the age of joint pain. Weather forecaster expert I have become.

PamNY sounds like you're dealing with bit of a problem regarding septic.. Hope it resolves without having to resort to expensive lawyer fees.


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