|Last Updated: 02/01/08||
This is so much fun on the forum! Lynn (LynnWin41) hosts this mystery swap (annually now). It's always unexpected fun.
This year my "twisted sister" was Debbie McDaniel, Mountain View, Arkansas. She made the quilt above from fabrics I provided anonymously. She had no idea she was making it for me--And I had no idea she was the one making it. Lynn handles all the mailing to and fro and "pairing up" of applicants and recipients.
Each participant receives a fabric package in the mail from Lynn, makes a quilt from that fabric, mails it back to Lynn, who in turn mails it back to the original owner of the fabric. I'm glad Lynn keeps everything straight, cuz it could get confusing! Participants are not allowed to discuss what fabrics she has, but can discuss what progress she is making on it, what pattern she is using, etc. As long as no one gives any information away. Each quilt is made completely finished.
I furnished 1930's reproduction fabrics for the swap this year. I normally don't enjoy working on such prints, so I thought this would be a great opportunity to own something without the work involved. Debbie found a pattern on the Quilters' Cache called "Easy Pieced Butterfly". She said it kept "calling" to her, so that was what she used. Debbie embellished the little appliquéd flowers with butterfly beads stitched on in the center of each flower.
Here's a close-up of one of the blocks:
Pretty, huh? But wait.....who's quilt did I make, you ask???
Well, I had NO IDEA, but the fabric sent to me belonged to Lynn herself! It was a really nice Laurel Burch Christmas Kitties focal fabric along with some really bright blender fabrics. It was a challenge for me to come up with something. I was thinking about a lone star, but the busyness of the focal fabric wouldn't be suitable for the background or the tiny star pieces. So I tried out....yes...a frenzied 4 patch. Yet I ended up using fussy cuts from some of the focal and a few "frenzied" centers in a simple block. Here's Lynn's quilt and a closeup of one block.
To join us at the forum, go to: http://forums.delphiforums.com/quiltshoppe
What Am I Working On?
I've decided in 2008 I'm not going to list what I'm NOT working on anymore. It's being the same old list every month, and it seems it just depresses me to keep repeating all the things I haven't finished yet. So here's a more realistic list of things I HOPE to work on in 2008.
Here's my list:
1. Spend more time hand quilting (like that's gonna' happen).
2. Organize/cut scraps into strips of different widths (in my dreams, and I'd have to do #6 first).
3. Spend less money on fabrics, work from stash only (Say what? Maybe I could just continue borrowing from friends' stash).
4. Finish at least one UFO every other month (probably every other year).
5. Go to guild meetings regularly (maybe, but I'd have to give up watching Deal or No Deal).
6. Change the blade in my rotary cutter (It goes tick, tick, tick across the fabric now).
....well, maybe I can do the last one to start with.
Don't forget to order your copy of my new book out from Leisure Arts "Slash Your Stash--8 Recipes to Reduce Your Stash"!
To purchase from me on this website, go HERE. You can also purchase from Leisure Arts, and from Amazon as well. And now you can buy at Connecting Threads, too!
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http://quiltmuseum.org/detail.html?id_number=559 American Quilter’s Society announces the 18 winning quilts of the 2008 Sawtooth-themed "New Quilts from an Old Favorite" contest.
http://www.doverpublications.com/sampler/1228/sample11a.htm For those of you who might need a good source of clip art books, Dover Publications has a weekly sampler they will email to you. Here is one link of some Victorian sewing clip art. (temporary link).
Tag Line of the Month
I never drink water because
of the disgusting things that fish do
May you always have a quilt in the hoop,
January 1, 2008
ARCHIVES: (Please note that some of the links on past newsletters
on the Site-Seeing Categories may have expired and are no longer available--in
other words--It's Not My Fault!!)
August, 2001- Premiere Issue: Explanation of Website Categories, Picture of Author
September, 200l - Eden Mennonite Sewing Society, Oklahoma MCC Relief Sale Link, New House Hunting Pattern, New Ozark Mountain Night Pattern, Call for Guest Gallery
October, 2001 - Plett's Plot, Sewing Society Follow Up, New Quilter's Alphabet Pattern, New My Stars & Bars Pattern, Free Block of the Month Project - House Hunting
November, 2001 - HenryCat, My Stars & Bars Free Block of the Month, New Easy Eights Pattern, Granny's Tip of the Month
December, 2001 - MCC Relief Sale, Enid, Oklahoma; Quilter's Corner, Auction Bay, Featured Quilt, Other Quilts, 10,000 Villages, Twilling, Finished Simply Amish Quilt, Free Block of the Month - Easy 8's, New Heart Trio Pattern - Appliqué
January, 2002 - New Year's Resolution; Website Reviews: Bead Creative, Quilting with a Passion, Webshots, Lancaster Gen. Store, others; Quilters Mall Crawl; Free Block of the Month - Calendar Blocks
February, 2002 - Grandma's Buttons Lap Quilt, weather box, Quilt University.Com, Fran Iverson Gonzalez, Hawaiian Ice Breaker, Paypal Added, Connecting Threads, New Pattern - Proud Mamas, Free Block of the Month - Heart Trio Table Runner
March, 2002 - Twilling Quilt Update, Quilt Car, Worm Song, Alex Anderson's Chat Room, Out with Henry, In with Frosty, Free Block of the Month - Simple Scrappy Pleasures.
April, 2002 - Finished Shadow Quilt Top, Yoyo Site, equiltessence.com, Snoopy Dance, What Muppet are You?, Free Block of the Month - Proud Mamas, In the Works - Train Quilt & 9-Patch Wonders
May, 2002 - Nite-Nite Express Quilt & new pattern, Mr. Skunk, Frosty Update, End of the Internet Site, Sewing Genie Review, Ground Zero Quilt Site, Internet Bumper Stickers Site, What Simpson are You?, Crazy Horse Site, 9-Patch Wonders new pattern and free BOM, New Logo
June, 2002 - Eden Mennonite's Broken Star, Stack & Slash Tutorial, Gauge your Age, T-Shirt Quilts, What Storybook Character are You?, Holiday/Birthday List Link, Vacation Notice, Quilt Index. Com Mall Crawl
July, 2002 - Our mention in Quilters' Newsletter Magazine, Diana's 9-Patch Wonder Recipe #3, Diana's Simple Scrappy Wall Hanging, Fractal Quilts Link, What Vegetable R U?, Smiley Reference Link
August, 2002 - Homeland Pride Quilt, Winsome Wildflowers Quilt, Gag Gifts Link, What's Your Inner Flower?, Quilters' Survey, Fireworks Link, WWQP Pattern Search Link, Funny Valentine Link, Kansas Trouble Quilt Pattern
September, 2002 - Simple Scrappy Pleasures Finished Quilt, Sharon Caligan's Simple Scrappy Quilt, Friendship Basket Exchange Block, Nickel Cobblestones New Pattern, Kansas Troubles New free BOM Project, Mini Munchkin land Link, Useful Items Link, Quilt Costs Link, Useless Quiz Link, Jeanne Prue's Guest Gallery Link, The Mom's Dictionary Link
October, 2002 - Book One--the First Collection, Basket Luncheon Set, Friendship Basket Swap, Baby Cobblestone in Progress, Site-seeing, 3 Barns Kansas show
November, 2002 - Cobblestone Finished, Another Nite-Nite Baby Express Finished, Jungle Lone Star Finished, Site-Seeing Links: Kaleidoscope toy, Funky Chicken, Quilt Lid Boxes, Telephone Game, Which Villain Are You?, Weird Eyeball, Pickup Truck Cover, Quilt Block Design Interactive, Movie Physics; Simple Scrappy Wall Hanging new Free BOM Project; Bird Hunting and Pieced Flowers In the Works.
December, 2002 - Thirteen Flowers Finished, 4th Nite-Nite Express Finished, Pat Katnik's Nite-Nite Express, Site-Seeing Links: Quilts Stolen, Paint by Number, Sarah Mylchreest, Snowmen, Giggles, Mugshots, Canon Cards, Twelve Flowers New Free BOM Project, Snowball Poem
January, 2003 - Bird Hunting Pattern and Quilt done, Site-Seeing Links: Google View Search & Bill Coleman's Photographs. Addition of Guest Gallery, Beaded Egg, Scrap Quilts in the Works
February, 2003 - Nancy Adams' quilt, Juliana Winegarten's quilt, Tulsa Volunteer Blocks, Site-Seeing Links: 71 Reasons to Buy Fabric, FBI Watching You, The Weedeater Quilt
March, 2003 - Just Quilt It! Feature Story; Site-Seeing Links: 12 Flowers Block Swap, Quilt Judges, & Where words come from; Plaid Mad in the Works, & Peacocks in the Works
April, 2003 - Pretty-Boy Peacocks Finished; Site Seeing Links: Owl Cam, Eagle Cam, Old-Fashioned Living, People/Dogs, Armed Services Banner; What's New Decisions/Decisions
May, 2003 - Muskogee Quilt Show, 2003; Site Seeing Links: Leather Thimble, Evil Squirrels, The Weird Chronicles, Iraqi Information Minister, What's New Ducks in a Row, My Stars & Bars free block of the month.
June, 2003 - Penguin Quilt, Site Seeing Links: QuiltMaker program, Baby crib quilt racks, Quilter signs, Carjacker raccoons, Avoid alien abductions, EQ4/5 Tutorials, What's New Lone Star Basics Pattern
July, 2003 - Darcy Ashton in T-Town, What's New Caddo River, Appliqué Wall Hanging Top, Site-Seeing Links: Easy Circle Cathedral Window, Falcon's Bird Cam, Snowflakes, Lunch Boxes, Invisible Thread Review
August, 2003 - Lone Star Appliquéd quilt, Site-Seeing Links: Classic Couches, Digital Clock, Singing Horses, Stress Test; What's New: Shopping Cart, ShortnScrappy Pattern, Picture Frame New BoM project, Buster Licking
September, 2003 - Precut Kits, Other Kits, What's New Toy Box Baby quilt coming up, Site-Seeing: Fly Swatter, What Kind of Storm Are You?, Interactive Kitty
October, 2003 - Eden Mennonite Church Fall Country Festival, The Spellchecker Paragraph, Site-Seeing Links: Wrap them in Love, EtchASketch, Marie Webster Story, Interactive Shapes Board Site, Car Handbags, More Fractals, Urban Legends Detector Site; What's New Toy Box Baby Quilt Pattern free, Patches/Scrappy Photos.
November, 2003 - Short & Scrappy Photos, Site-Seeing Links: Test Results of Fusible Web, Terrell Designs, Clean Your Sewing Machine; What's New Baby Steps
December, 2003 - The Buttonhole, Sew Natural, Henfeathers, Site-Seeing Links: Marsha McCloskey, Porky Sings Christmas, Daily Devotional Site, Which Biological Molecule Are You?, Nice Christmas Card
January, 2003 - Bandana Quilt, Site-Seeing Links: Dancing Paul, ZeFrank.com, Chicken Purse
February, 2004 - Absolute Beginners' Series, Fine-Toothed Comb, Site-Seeing Links: Color Trends, Quilters' Husband, Hand Quilting Frame, Hypnotizing Balls
March, 2004 - Absolute Beginners' Series completed, Site-Seeing Links: Kameleon Quilts, Note Pad Graphics, The Original Laughing CAT; Christine's Cat Scan..ner
April, 2004 - Mary Covey Feature, Site-Seeing Links: Fling the Cow, Owl Cam is Back, Tomato Pincushion, Paint a Wall quilt
May, 2004 -Muskogee 2004 Quilt Show, Site-Seeing Links: Batting in a Can, Many uses of Freezer Paper, Senses Test, Chiseled in Cloth. com, Boy Scout songs, Pass the 3rd Grade, The Wedding Dress Guy; What's New: Mystery Free
June, 2004 - Pups N Pails, Site-Seeing Links: Serial Quilter, John Flynn's Backing Formula, Are You As Old As You Feel?, Computer 101 Lessons, Office Supplies Attack, Snoopy Happy Dance; What's New? Mystery of the Half Moons
July, 2004 - Quilt Frame Corner Stands, Site-Seeing Links: Marvin the Martian, Organizing Tips, Scouts Crafts for Summer, Baby Shade Tent, Liberty Fireworks
August, 2004 - Nine-Patch Wonders II, Site-Seeing Links: Bargello Design Program, Freezer Paper Project, HP Fabric Printing, Cow Tipper Game, Penguin Game, Paper Snowflakes, Timed Typing Test, Penguin Slapping
September, 2004 - Inola Independent article, Big MOVING day arrived, Site-Seeing Links: More kids' craft projects, Every Cat Picture that Ever Was, Quilting Stencil Super Site, National Quilting News Site.
October, 2004 - Workroom curtains; Missing Scrappy Cat; Mystery Solved; Site-Seeing: Curtains 101, Craftgard products, Curtain Instructions, Photo stamps, quilt index ORG.
November, 2004 - Site-Seeing: Handkerchief Magic, EQ challenge album, Amish Country Lanes quilts for sale, Quilt Bus Halloween quilt story, The Boring Site
December, 2004 - Christmas Cactus quilt top; New Starlight Sampler in the works; Site-Seeing: Mt. St. Helens watch-cam, Bizarre Star Dance site, Painted Barns, Hummingbird nest; Whitehouse Pan-cams; Carola Forsberg's Webshots Album
January, 2005 - Home Sweet Mobile Home; Starlight Sampler 2005; QI Mall Crawl; Site-Seeing: Lost Frog, the Real Story about the Frog, Super Stencil Site, quilt fiction, hieroglyphics, colorful eye candy
February, 2005 - Carola's Square Dance; New Mystery--Granny's Road Trip; Forum news; Site-Seeing: Cat Screen-saver, Interactive quilt design creator, Dianne Johnston products, Home projects site, Little Village Eye Candy, Road to California Show Winners, Club Q's Star Challenge Entries, More Painted Barns
March, 2005 - Dutch Blues; Quilting By the River, 2005; Forum news; Anilee's Mystery Travelers; Site-Seeing: Paducah game, Wild Salmon on Parade, Patches the Horse, Granny's Road Trip Online, Kona Coffee Contest, EQ's January Challenge Results
April, 2005 - Baby Hearts, Quilting By the River 2005, Forum news, Site-Seeing: New Quilting Channel, Penguin Cam, Dover Weekly Sampler
May, 2005 - Nickel Nines, Forum News, Favorite Things, Site-Seeing: Pretreated Fabric by the Yard, the Dark Room, Buzzwhack, Shaken Faces, Po'boy Long Arm, Bubble Wrap, AQS 2005 Winners
June, 2005 - Sisters In Stitches, Jenks Quilt Show Link, Forum News, Site-Seeing: Normal Test, Bear Pyramid, Photo Stamps Again, Genuine Smile Test, Skunk Formula, Mercury Template, Country Music, AQS Contest.
July, 2005 - Memorial
August, 2005 - Jenks Quilt Show Pictures, Site-Seeing: Interactive Dancing Skeleton, Excuse List, Texture Color Wheel, Men In Coats!, Duct Tape Clothing, Dog Humor Links
September, 2005 - Hurricane Katrina Relief Efforts, Site-Seeing: Ice Cream Quiz, Find the Real Penny, Hoffmans 2005 Challenge, Goodwill Auction Site
October, 2005 - Eden Day in the Country, Uncle Sam & Regina, Site-Seeing: EQ Contest; Fractal Katrina Images; HP Learning Center; NOAA Satellite Imagery; Forum "netiquette"
November, 2005 - Eden Mcc 2006 quilt top, Site-Seeing: Claudia Hieber's QNN Episode; Aunt Grace Challenge 2005 Winners, Interactive Pumpkin Carving; Hurrican Name Facts.
December, 2005 - Claudia's Nickel Bricks quilt, Baby Nickels Quilt #8, Site-Seeing: Block Central Blogs, Porky Singing Again, The Daily Kitten, Shark Cam, Jos Ley's Fractile Image Gallery
March, 2006 - Starlight Sampler Finished, Library Fund Raising Quilt, Site-Seeing: Snowglobe, Snowflake Creator, Sunbonnet Sue Quilt Club, Art Quilt Tahoe, Quilt Shops Map, The Toymaker.com, Alex Anderson's Podcast, FBI eyes, Road to California Winners, Irena's Webshots, Moving Jigsaw Puzzle
April, 2006 - Mary's Log Cabin top, Ella's Basket top, Heart Scramble block, Site-Seeing: City Data, Auctionfabric.com, EQ Challenge, Elm Creek Sequel, Reproduction Chintz Fa brics, The Juggler, The Owl Cam, Real People Phone Numbers, LeAnn Weaver's New Site.
May, 2006 - Some baby quilts, Site-Seeing: More Amazing Juggling, Quilt University's Glossary of terms & techniques, Wikipedia.com, Camille Allen Baby Sculptures.
June, 2006 - Starred & Feathered, Site-Seeing: Paducah Winners, Paper Dolls, Hmong/Amish Quilters
July, 2006 - Bob's Mourning Quilt, Tulsa Show, Site-Seeing: Kaleidoscop e, Russian Quilt Site, Penguin site, Stabilizer for String Piecing,
August, 2006 - Pryor Quilt Show, Triplets Quilts, Site-Seeing: Quick Change Artists
September, 2006 - Twisted Mystery Quilt (LOST!), Site-Seeing: Christmas Day Counter, Hoffman Challenge Winners, Quilts of Valor, Parking Game
November, 2006 - Lost Mystery Quilt, Site-Seeing: UFO Donor Site, National Park Tour, Dover Sampler, EQ6 Arrived, Dawn Stewart's Clip Art
December, 2006 - Snowstorm, Quilts of Valor, Site-Seeing: Back to the 60's, Christmas Songs, Christmas Traditions
January, 2007 - Arrival of EQ6, Toy Box Baby Quilt on Free BOM page
February, 2007 - Ice Storm of 2007, Christmas Mystery Photos, Site-Seeing: Tying Quilts, Make Your Own Basting Glue, Painting Game, Make Your Own Dress Form, Quilted Periodic Table, Offbeat News and Videos, Win a Trip to Space, How to Photograph Quilts
March, 2007 - Fanfare Jenks Quilt Show Quilt Top, Mary Riley's Simple Scrappy Pleasures, Site-Seeing: AQS Online Quilt Show Winners, Jenks American Great American Quilt Show Info, Using 9 Patch Geometry, Rhombic Hexecontahedron
April, 2007 - Triplets Update, Ice Storm Damage, Site-Seeing: Gardening Fun, Brain Speed Test
May, 2007 - Christine Holloway's Lone Star Basics class, Site-Seeing: Graph Paper PDF, The Alex & Ricky Show, EQ Fabric Pallettes
June, 2007 - Regina's Butterfly Top, Memorial Day Picnic, Site-Seeing: New Postal Rates, DoNotCall Site, Terry Crawfords' site.
July, 2007 - Pryor Patchers' centennial quilt, Site-Seeing: Over dyeing Tutorial, Dinosaurs, Morphing works of art.
August, 2007 - SLASH YOUR STASH Leisure Arts published, Site-Seeing: Quilters' Search Engine, Heirloom Quilts Tutorials, You Tube - Quilting with Buck, You Tube - Cute Kitten
September, 2007 - Decisions/Decisions Red & Blue, Site-Seeing: Obedient Dog, Dawn's blog, AQS Nashville winners
October, 2007 - Four-Patch Frenzy quilts, New Project--Simple Scrappy Treasures--on the free page
November, 2007 - Devon's Four-Patch Frenzy, Simple Scrappy Treasures Retail Pattern Available, Site-Seeing: EQ Club Challenge results, Retail Hanging Sleeves, Dancing Bird, Mosaic Quilt, Quilter's TV, Needle-Minders, Hoffman Fabric Challenge 2008, Houston Winners
December, 2007 - Blake's Four-Patch Frenzy, Site-Seeing: Wild Unmentionables, Maxine's website, snowflake maker, online puzzles.
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