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    Here is the block from my partner TwinRiversFarm. Love it
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    Good morning girls! Sorry I have been MIA. Lost my job earlier this month, Thanksgiving week, and trying to locate a new job before the bills start pilling up have had my attention. Not to worry about my block. I am finishing up tonight. Had to start a new one. After I had it all stitched together, measured it and it was short, measured 12 3/4"!! Looking over it I saw where I forgot to reset my machine to 1/4! I had been sewing doll clothes for my neice. Oh, well. I have have to make her a doll quilt too!

    Enjoy your day!

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    Well I finished my blocks for my first swap and have mailed them out today. I had a fun time working them up. I did a Bessie Block Layout and a Maisie Block Layout. I wanted to do one with the Wings block but I had a bit of trouble with it and since it is something I'm sending out for someone else to use I wanted to make sure I reached the 12.5 inch requirement. I'm hoping to make one for next month.

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    Quote Originally Posted by queenof2802 View Post
    Good morning girls! Sorry I have been MIA. Lost my job earlier this month, Thanksgiving week, and trying to locate a new job before the bills start pilling up have had my attention. Not to worry about my block. I am finishing up tonight. Had to start a new one. After I had it all stitched together, measured it and it was short, measured 12 3/4"!! Looking over it I saw where I forgot to reset my machine to 1/4! I had been sewing doll clothes for my neice. Oh, well. I have have to make her a doll quilt too!


    Enjoy your day!
    So sorry about losing your job Queen! When you go over the size you can go back and tighten up your seams if you like. Can't wait to see your quilt block!

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    Quote Originally Posted by josykatz View Post
    Well I finished my blocks for my first swap and have mailed them out today. I had a fun time working them up. I did a Bessie Block Layout and a Maisie Block Layout. I wanted to do one with the Wings block but I had a bit of trouble with it and since it is something I'm sending out for someone else to use I wanted to make sure I reached the 12.5 inch requirement. I'm hoping to make one for next month.
    Thanks for letting me know you mailed them! I am sure the quilters who get them will love them!

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    Love this one! the colors work together. It isn't a combination I would have thought of!

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    Wow that is beautiful and I love the optical illusion it creates. Just a fantastic play on color choices.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhonda View Post
    So sorry about losing your job Queen! When you go over the size you can go back and tighten up your seams if you like. Can't wait to see your quilt block!
    I had an interview with a different company today. They have scheduled a second one for Monday afternoon. Looks good. Also, I had an e-mail from a different company I interviewed with last week. They are having a hard time getting one of my former employers to complete the job verification. So things are looking up. Just gotta keep my head up and pray.

    As for my block, I did not make it to the PO. That is on my list to do tomorrow. Sorry I let the deadline catch up with me. I had fun picking out the fabrics (since I had to do two!), learning a new technique and stitching it together. I will post a picture after my partner gets it. Don't want to spoil her surprize!

    My sewing machine is calling my name! I decided to make my 6yo neice's American Girl a new wardrobe for Christmas, and Aunt T can't dissapoint.

    Hugs!

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    BTW- did you do a new sign up for December? If so, I would like to do another month. Just could find a link. Please send it to me.

    Thanks!

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    I am also wondering about a december swap. Ive finished last months and sent it out last week but never heard back from my partners if they recieved them nor have i recieved mine yet thou it is still early days if they mailed out at end of month.

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    Before I start another swap I need to know if we have enough swappers. We need at least 6 people to swap.
    As long as there is enough interest I will continue them.

    I had thought about skipping Dec as it is such a busy time for most people.

    So let me know if we have enough to continue!

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    1) I'm in for December, if we are still on.

    2) Josykatz- yes, I did get your block. Sorry for not posting sooner. This month, I had 3 quilts on my Long Arm- I am not normally that packed in, but it just turned out that way. One was a Bronze Star Quilt, one was a Purple Heart Quilt, and the third was a patriotic one that is going to a widow who lost her husband earlier this year in Afghanistan. That made my blocks a tiny bit late.

    3) The two blocks I owe will be mailed by the end of this week, I promise. (probably with a little something extra for being late.)

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    I would be in for either December or waiting til January. My new job starts on Tuesday. YAY!! Now I can breathe. Bills were coming due and DH's paycheck was not going to be able to pay them, buy fabric and Christmas presents. Unemployment is so hard to get approved now. There are so many hoops you have to jump through. Once they are met, then you have a waiting period. Can't beleive I have been out of work for 4 weeks. I know there are others that have been out longer than that and they are still looking. Feeling blessed.

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    Well that makes 3 who want to do a Dec one so if you do want to that is alright by me. I just don't have time to make one this month.

    Josy and Queen each swap with Shelley works for me unless someone else wants to jump in. I will post a thread for it then. Maybe someone else will join in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhonda View Post
    Well that makes 3 who want to do a Dec one so if you do want to that is alright by me. I just don't have time to make one this month.

    Josy and Queen each swap with Shelley works for me unless someone else wants to jump in. I will post a thread for it then. Maybe someone else will join in.
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    Shelly,

    No problem I completely understand. Sounds like your busy quilting. I have to say I'm jealous lol. I was looking at longarms but not something within my budget so I just quilt on my home sewing machine.

    Quote Originally Posted by sgardner View Post
    1) I'm in for December, if we are still on.

    2) Josykatz- yes, I did get your block. Sorry for not posting sooner. This month, I had 3 quilts on my Long Arm- I am not normally that packed in, but it just turned out that way. One was a Bronze Star Quilt, one was a Purple Heart Quilt, and the third was a patriotic one that is going to a widow who lost her husband earlier this year in Afghanistan. That made my blocks a tiny bit late.

    3) The two blocks I owe will be mailed by the end of this week, I promise. (probably with a little something extra for being late.)

    Shelley

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    Looks like I'm having a bit of trouble posting. Some doubleclick ad keeps hanging the page so I"ll try againl.

    I'm looking forward to the new block swap and I'm happy to have Shelly as a partner again. I really owe her a new block. Since I'm pretty new to this I had some troubles with the block I sent her. After I sent it my Sister in law came to visit to see my newly fixed up quilting room. She is an artist with a great eye for color. I had her look at the photos and I took of my blocks and ask for her truthful opinion. Seems I didn't do so well with my color choices. Thou it was more about the hue and dark vs light of my blocks. Too bad she didn't get a chance to see it before I sent it.

    I'll post a photo of my blocks. I sent one to Shelley and one to stitchengramie. Very sad looking colors lol

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    The pink in the middle doesn't match at all.

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    Doesn't have enough light to dark contrast.

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    As a beginner to my methods I think you did very well. Everyone has to start somewhere and everyone has areas they can improve on. So it is a journey and we all are on it!

    I think your color choices in the first one are okay. I like hte pink and green and the darker blocks are fine. A differant color such as a navy or less of a strong print might have worked better.

    The second one is not bad. I wouldn't call it sad I've seen much worse. One hazard to be aware of is choose fabrics that have good contrast either light and dark or light red to light green. Color wheel opposites. then you need to watch the prints. If you have a print that has the same color as the block it will sit beside those colors will blend together and you wont' see the design as well.
    Using large prints with small to tiny prints is good contrast too.

    It 's all a learning process! I'm sure your partners will treasure them as you made these just for your partners! I always love that I get something that was in my partners hands not long before I get it. It is a connection I really like.

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    Josy here is tutorial I did that might help you with lining up your seams and keeping your points.
    These tips will work with any of my blocks or any quilt block you are working on.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/tutoria...ts-t23252.html

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/tutoria...rs-t46365.html

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    Thanks and a Kimono Block

    Rhonda,

    Thank you so much for your advice and the tutorials. I will definitely use them while I make my next blocks. I'm creating my own pattern for a kimono quilt for my mother in law. It is very easy with just plain blocks and HST to make a picture of a kimono.

    Here is a photo of what I designed using the Quilter's app for the IPad. I'm not using the colors shown, I just put them in there for the purpose of seeing if it would work. I'm going to make it with borders and sashing and different fabric for each of the kimono blocks themselves. I've seen a few patterns on the internet but they were all paper piecing and I'm not ready to try that technique yet.

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    It looks interesting to do Josy You'll have to post progress pics on the board and let us watch you put it together!! I'm sure it will be beautiful!

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    As far as I know everyone has been accounted for. If for any reason I am wrong please let me know.

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    I just received my block from Shelly. It was beautiful and she added a lovely Christmas tree pieced card.

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