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    Not to worry Linda. The meticulous one is for my first partner. Lord only knows what you're going to get! :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krystyna
    I have to say, this swap has been the most interesting for me yet. I think due to something someone wrote here. Gotta scroll through the posts to find it, but in essence it was that what you quilt today is who you are today.

    I think most of you know that I am notoriously undisciplined as a general rule. But this past week, I've been try very hard to get my life and house in order. In fact, in the few areas I've conquered, I've been downright meticulous.

    Well that's the case for this first doll quilt. It actually follows a pattern! While it's not perfect, I did trim all the squares to size and putting it together, I noticed some of the seams were a little off kilter, so I actually used a seam ripper several times! When I put them back together, I used pins!

    Now I know that all this sounds like the norm, but for me, it is not. And I find the entire process to be fascinating.

    Back to work.
    Oh thanks Krystyna! I'm glad something I said (it was in the August thread) was inspiring to you. The advice to AmyBaby was:
    "Never second guess yourself--what you make in the moment is who you are at that moment. Yes it's okay to step out of your sewing box, but at the same time I think it's important to remain true to your quilting self. But then I have had several years (ha ha) to develop my quilting self! Your next quilt will be who you are at that time."

    It's kind of funny to me because I'm taking my own advice as I plan some mini's for AAQI. :roll:

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    Thanks for the smiles ladies. Your banter made me feel better about the "extreme opposites" I seem to jump to from project to project:
    Warm and homey browns & golds in a traditional pattern to Sassy citrus colors in a scrappy (only second try at scrappy) quilt and DQ's in the middle.

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    Just have to send a Belated Happy Birthday greeting to my swap partner Donna (Lv2sew2011). Her birthday was yesterday. Hope you enjoyed YOUR day, Donna. Many blessings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oksewglad
    Quote Originally Posted by Krystyna
    I have to say, this swap has been the most interesting for me yet. I think due to something someone wrote here. Gotta scroll through the posts to find it, but in essence it was that what you quilt today is who you are today.

    I think most of you know that I am notoriously undisciplined as a general rule. But this past week, I've been try very hard to get my life and house in order. In fact, in the few areas I've conquered, I've been downright meticulous.

    Well that's the case for this first doll quilt. It actually follows a pattern! While it's not perfect, I did trim all the squares to size and putting it together, I noticed some of the seams were a little off kilter, so I actually used a seam ripper several times! When I put them back together, I used pins!

    Now I know that all this sounds like the norm, but for me, it is not. And I find the entire process to be fascinating.

    Back to work.
    Oh thanks Krystyna! I'm glad something I said (it was in the August thread) was inspiring to you. The advice to AmyBaby was:
    "Never second guess yourself--what you make in the moment is who you are at that moment. Yes it's okay to step out of your sewing box, but at the same time I think it's important to remain true to your quilting self. But then I have had several years (ha ha) to develop my quilting self! Your next quilt will be who you are at that time."

    It's kind of funny to me because I'm taking my own advice as I plan some mini's for AAQI. :roll:
    Thank YOU! For me, at the very least, these are words of quilting wisdom!

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    Quote Originally Posted by oksewglad
    Quote Originally Posted by Krystyna
    I have to say, this swap has been the most interesting for me yet. I think due to something someone wrote here. Gotta scroll through the posts to find it, but in essence it was that what you quilt today is who you are today.

    I think most of you know that I am notoriously undisciplined as a general rule. But this past week, I've been try very hard to get my life and house in order. In fact, in the few areas I've conquered, I've been downright meticulous.

    Well that's the case for this first doll quilt. It actually follows a pattern! While it's not perfect, I did trim all the squares to size and putting it together, I noticed some of the seams were a little off kilter, so I actually used a seam ripper several times! When I put them back together, I used pins!

    Now I know that all this sounds like the norm, but for me, it is not. And I find the entire process to be fascinating.

    Back to work.
    Oh thanks Krystyna! I'm glad something I said (it was in the August thread) was inspiring to you. The advice to AmyBaby was:
    "Never second guess yourself--what you make in the moment is who you are at that moment. Yes it's okay to step out of your sewing box, but at the same time I think it's important to remain true to your quilting self. But then I have had several years (ha ha) to develop my quilting self! Your next quilt will be who you are at that time."

    It's kind of funny to me because I'm taking my own advice as I plan some mini's for AAQI. :roll:
    I, sew appreciate your words of wisdom. It has been through the doll quilt swaps and lots of inspirational tutorials that I think I am beginning to find my quilting self. I.E. I am an art quilter at heart. For the moment/month/what have you, I am only geared toward smaller quilts with an artsy flair... if I can. I really want to wrap Zentangle type, Inktense Water Color Pencils, dense FMQing, beads and embellishments unlimited in to a swirl of I-don't-know-what! But, for the moment, I am trying super hard to focus on just a few right now so I can nail something down for Krystyna's Doll Quilt.

    :shock: serious and :lol: laughing at the same time. Time to get back at IT!

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    Linda, I am soooo glad you are my second partner this month! This is going to be marvelous! I am now going back for a session with my seam ripper because I don't like the quilting I've done. Insane! I've never done this before.

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    I found the fabric today at the shop! :) I hope that my partner likes it. I loved it! The problem is that I have 2 fabrics that I am contemplating! I bought both so we'll see what happens! ;) Oh, I'm not as outgoing so my DQ won't be as bold I feel sure. It will have some pretty fabric in it though. ;)

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    Hi everybody! Had stuff going on this month, so didn't sign up. Boo hoo... I love black white and brights. Saw that one or two have already gone out in the mail. Can't wait to see the picture postings start. If I get any free time, I may just have to make one - just to keep for a change. Maybe to put in my kitchen since I'm doing it in black, white and bright peach. Heck it could turn into a table runner, place mats, a trivet or hot pads. (Probably more like a pan handle pad only - since that's all I really have time to do....). Happy swapping - I'll keep peeking in - so excited to see them this month.

    Hugs to everyone!
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    Thanks Juanita, I know I will like it. I'll be watching the mail box. Working on your DQ .Will get it in the mail next week.

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    Finshed DQ for Needlegrammy hope you like it . Well send it out Thursday.

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    I had to stop by tonight to see if the first black/white showed up yet. I don't have my finished but I know what I am doing so that's the biggest part done. Looking forward to some fantastic quilts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hobbykat1955
    Thanks Chele for getting me in after deadline...And Thank you Dragonfly Nana for taking on two partners. I was without electric or water (wells) for a wk in both NY and RI hses and had no computer, but more annoying was NO SEWING MACHINE...Tried keeping myself busy by cutting fabric for future Dresden Plate and utilizing my "Go". But doesn't help that all my scraps are shoved into a rubbermaid bin full of wrinkles...I needed an iron....FRUSTRATING!!!!!
    Well I'm back in business and Thanks to above for allowing me to join in late.
    Glad you are back in the swap. Good to hear you are okay and made it through Irene! We couldn't do a swap without you!

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    So many of you are already ready to mail your DQs!!! Holy Guacamole!
    I think I've decided on a pattern & did have the fabrics picked & pulled, but haven't started yet.
    I'm doing a demo on Wonky Stars for part of the program at my guild meeting Thursday night, so have been working on that. And next month I'm teaching a guild workshop on the Jelly Roll Race quilt, so made a new sample top for that this past weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TammyB
    Quote Originally Posted by hobbykat1955
    Thanks Chele for getting me in after deadline...And Thank you Dragonfly Nana for taking on two partners. I was without electric or water (wells) for a wk in both NY and RI hses and had no computer, but more annoying was NO SEWING MACHINE...Tried keeping myself busy by cutting fabric for future Dresden Plate and utilizing my "Go". But doesn't help that all my scraps are shoved into a rubbermaid bin full of wrinkles...I needed an iron....FRUSTRATING!!!!!
    Well I'm back in business and Thanks to above for allowing me to join in late.
    Glad you are back in the swap. Good to hear you are okay and made it through Irene! We couldn't do a swap without you!
    Thanks TammyB...When I saw a "theme" and I was late UGH....but Chele was nice enough to find me a partner...Hate to have a gap in my collection...

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    I'm hoping that the group mom for the Secret Pal Swap, Lori, will jump in next month. The group over there is so much fun. Maybe some of you will join?

    Well, last night I ripped out the quilting on my "normal" one. I'm still not wild about what I did and am finding that the quilting is tedious for me. I get off to a good start and then get bored. Happily I'm on the last square and the I'll smack on the binding, figure out a label and off she goes!

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    DRAT! This being meticulous stuff is getting on my nerves! Now I have to tear out part of the binding. Of course if I knew what the heck I did with my binding clips ... Grrrrr! I feel "normal" slipping away from me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krystyna
    DRAT! This being meticulous stuff is getting on my nerves! Now I have to tear out part of the binding. Of course if I knew what the heck I did with my binding clips ... Grrrrr! I feel "normal" slipping away from me.
    Krstyna you are having a lot of problems! :cry: Don't cry-it will be worth it all!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jillnjo
    Quote Originally Posted by Krystyna
    DRAT! This being meticulous stuff is getting on my nerves! Now I have to tear out part of the binding. Of course if I knew what the heck I did with my binding clips ... Grrrrr! I feel "normal" slipping away from me.
    Krstyna you are having a lot of problems! :cry: Don't cry-it will be worth it all!
    I know. But one last arggghhhhhhhh!

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    Krystyna, maybe your seam ripper has been lonely and just wants to make up for lost times.

    I'm sure what you are creating is going to be gorgeous!

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    Let it all out Krystyna. We're here to listen to you. We've all been there before. :) HUGS. Got to admit now I am curious to see what is causing you so much trouble. Can't wait to see your work. It's always great.

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    Bonni and Linda, thanks for the encouragement! I'll tell you what's giving me trouble. Trying to do things correctly!

    The binding is not going to have perfect pointy corners but it will be on. I had to look up two tutorials on the board for my second and third attempts. Pathetic!

    I will tell you one thing ... my secret pal from the swap a couple of months ago sent me a fancy-pants seam ripper. I thought, what the heck am I going to do with this? Well, it happened to be the one I grabbed and man, what a difference it makes compared to those cheapy ones. Makes seam ripping a pleasure!

    My first partner is away, so I might have to break tradition and post photos. Wonder if I can do it secretly on my personal page?

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    My partner, Abonda, is so quick. She's already finished my doll quilt, and I received it in yesterday's mail! Is this just about the most beautiful thing you've ever seen? The center panel is "ribbon embroidery." Does anyone know if this technique has a name? I've never seen anything like it. So, so pretty. I love the colors she chose, and I'm just thrilled with my quilt. I drew a great partner! Thank you, Abonda!

    I'm just getting started on mine, so now I'll need to get busy!
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    Nicely done. I did ribbon embroidery (I think it is just called that) for a little bit. Looks great and it is time consuming. :)

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    It is indeed wonderful!! I love it!

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    Wow! That is stunning! Simply beautiful work.

    Mine's done, but FOO! She's back so I can't post it.

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