NO BUY CHALLENGE 2018

Does your stash have its own room?
Is it spreading into other rooms?
Do you have to move your stash to another room when company comes to visit? 

I seriously need to cut back on buying fabric! That is a picture of my small walk-in closet from a few years ago, but the stash has continued to grow! Under my table that my hubby made for me a few years ago is full of my UFO projects in boxes, more bins and on one side is another cubby hole full of bins with more fabric in it!

I am more of a collector of fabric than a serious user. I admit it, I love to fondle fabric and I am not ashamed to admit it! My problem is that I have so much of it, plenty of projects, but am I really seriously going to use it all up in my lifetime? Maybe, maybe not. Depends on if I stop buying and starting sewing like crazy!

Would you like to join me in a challenge for one year? Hopefully it will last that long. 😀 My challenge is to NOT BUY ANY MORE FABRIC, GADGETS, OR KITS for one year. My goal is to use what I have, make a dent in my stash, and get my UFOs under control. Of course, swaps and gifts don’t count, but you have to use them. Are you brave enough to join me?

Let’s be accountable to one another. Just post pictures of your stash, list, if you dare, the UFOs that need to be finished. You know, the ones that are as old as your children, the ones that we put aside for something else, or put off, or just plain old forgot about it. And let’s encourage each other NOT TO BUY!

And, most importantly, let’s share when we have a finish and use up some of our fabric! We can also share ideas on how to use it up, give it away, or other ideas.

You can jump in any time, just a little support for all of us who love to buy!

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SCRAPPY QUILTERS’ THIRD ANNUAL LOVELY UGLY, POLKA DOT CHALLENGE 2017

RESULTS

Let’s give a big round of applause for all of our participants! They all did a fantastic job! Their names and prizes are listed under the picture.

First Place: A new quilting book (will be mailed on Monday)
Second Place: Coordinating FQ pack of 5 colors to play with (will be mailed on Monday)
Third Place: A free pattern from Craftsy.com (will be emailed today)

MOST ORIGINAL:
First Place: Karen McCulloch
Second Place: Linda Grobis
Third Place: Lillie Sunby​

BEST CAMOUFLAGED:
First Place: Lillie Sunby
Second Place: Brenda Sunby
Third Place: Ellen Upchurch​

MOST CREATIVE:
First Place: Lillie Sunby
Second Place: Karen McCulloch
Third Place: Ellen Upchurch

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LOVELY UGLY CHALLENGE, POLKA DOTS 2017

WATCH OUT!  

IT’S COMING!!

HURRY!  TELL YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY!!

On Sept 17,  I will set up a poll at a different site (link will be provided then) and voting will start the following day, Sept 18.  It will take me a day to get it set up. Winners will be announced on October 1. That will give everyone 2 weeks to vote on their favorites. I look forward to the pictures! REMEMBER: Send to me only at luv2cutfab@gmail.com.

PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED FOR FIRST, SECOND AND THIRD PLACE FOR EACH CATEGORY BELOW:
1. Most original
2. Best camouflaged
3. Craziest idea

PRIZES:  Will be awarded to each category and include:

First Place:  A bundle of 5 coordinating FQ

Second Place:  A new Quilting Book filled with wonderful patterns

Third Place:  A free downloadable pattern from Craftsy.com

From the two 10 inch pieces let’s see what you can create. All items must be finished, quilted and binding added. No limit on size, design, or project that you make, but it must be quilted. You have 2 options. You can use both pieces together and create something or just use one piece, but 60% must be in the project and you can only use 2 other fabrics.
This is not a swap, it is a challenge. They are yours to keep and to do with as you please.
Have fun creating!

TELL YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY SO THEY CAN VOTE TOO!

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SWEET DREAMS MYSTERY QUILT 2017

LABOR DAY RETREAT

MYSTERY QUILT

SWEET DREAMS

A little history about this quilt.  I chose the fabric for a baby quilt for my granddaughter who was born 5 years ago, but my daughter didn’t like it, and so this fabric has been sitting in my stash just waiting for the right project.  I need to mention that I saw this design on Quilting With Nancy and I want to give her show credit for the ideas.   This quilt will be given as a charity quilt.  The pattern is very easy to make and is very forgiving.  I started playing with it even further using Electric Quilt software.  I have not decided on a name for this block pattern yet.

There are 4 blocks to this quilt and the size is 30 x 30, perfect size for a baby quilt.

FABRIC REQUIREMENTS:  Will be different for each separate block.  A FQ would be perfect for this project.  The colors I chose are pinks and polka dots in flannel.  You can use bright colors if you wish.

Before we begin I should let you know that this is based on the simple but elegant 9-Patch block but with a twist.  There are 4 variations to the block that will be used.  Remember that when you make your block, all pieces combined should add up to 12.5 inches when finished.  There will be a secondary pattern that shows up in the sashing when it is completed.

Block 1:  Please make a 12.5 inch 9-patch for the first block.  The measurements are 4.5 inch squares.  You can find it at:  http://quilterscache.com/N/NinePatchBlock.html if needed.

This is my finished Block 1:

Block 2:

From fabric 1, cut one 9 x 5.5 inch rectangles.  Set aside.

From fabric 2, cut one 9 x 5.5 inch rectangles.  Set aside.

From fabric 3, cut four 2.5 x 5.5 inch strips, and one 9.5 x 2.5 inch strip.

From fabric 4, cut two 2.5 inch squares.

Remember that these pieces will equal 12.5 inches when the block is finished.

  1. Take the 2.5 x 5.5 inch strips and sew it to one of the 2.5 inch squares, and then sew one of the 2.5 x 5.5 inch strips to the other side.  Repeat for 2 units, one for the top and the other for the bottom.
  2. Take one 9.5 x 5.5 rectangle and pair it with the 9.5 x 2.5 inch strip. Sew together and then add the other 9.5 x 5.5 rectangle to the other side
  3. Add the two strips to the top and the bottom. You now have a 12.5 inch wonky 9-Patch square.

Block 1 and 2:

Block 3:  Will be posted Thursday afternoon.

Sorry about the delay in getting the second part of the mystery quilt out. I had my 5-year-old granddaughter over today and she was helping me. It will be out a little later this evening. Thank you for your patience.

Just an update. It is 108 and very humid here and my studio gets the brunt of the afternoon heat, sew I am going to wait a while and then finish up. I will probably go ahead and post either later tonight or early tomorrow morning. My apologies, but I  amoverly sensitive to the heat. Thanks!

Block 3:  Now that we have played with making the center section smaller, we are now going to expand the it.  Choose 3 coordinating colors and cut the following:

Fabric 1:  One 9.5 inch square

Fabric 2:  Four 9.5 x 1.5 inch strips

Fabric 3:  Four 1.5 inch strips

This time the border will be skinny.  Take your 9.5 inch square and go around the square, like so:

I somehow when sewing it, still managed to get it wrong, but the picture shows you what it should look like.  Will post a picture when it is done.  😀

Block 4:  I bet you can guess what we will be doing next.  The outside borders will be expanded and the center of the block will be smaller.  I will post the directions for that on Saturday afternoon once I figure it out and the rest of the directions probably on  Sunday.  Thanks for playing along and for your patience.

Here is what we need to make block 4.  I chose 4 pieces for it as I wanted the center to be different.

Fabric 1:  Two 4.5 x 5.5 inch rectangles.

Fabric 2:  Four 4.5 x 5.5 inch rectangles.

Fabric 3:  Two 2.5 x 4.5 inch strips.

Fabric 4:  One 2.5 x 4.5 inch strip.

Here is a picture of how it should look.

Here are all 4 blocks together.  As you can see, I redid the third block.  When working with flannel, it is very easy for the fabric to get distorted, so be careful when cutting and measuring it.  I still need to trim down and press, but I like the way they go together.

SASHING:  I plan to use 3.5 inch strips of the different fabrics.  When the sashing is put together, you should see another 9-Patch emerge as a secondary design.  Hope to finish that this evening, but will wait until it cools down a bit in my studio.  I will leave the outside borders for you to do.  I hope you had fun playing with different variations on the 9-Patch block!

CORRECTION TO BLOCK 3:  The outer pieces of the block should be 2 inches, not 1.5 inches.  My apologies for not catching that earlier.

SASHING:  Here is what I have but I may change it later on.  I used 3 inch strips and this is what I came up with.  Notice how you have another 9-Patch from doing the sashing this way.  Hopefully I can get this done sometime this week and I will post it later.  Thank you for joining me on this mystery!

 

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RELIEF!

Good Morning Everyone!   WOW!  These past 8 weeks have been very stressful for me but now I can actually relax!  Hubby is doing very well after his stroke and is back to his normal loving self.  The DMV and doctor have cleared him to start driving again.  No driving or written tests, they said that if the doctor said he was okay to drive then they agreed with the doctor, and that means I don’t have to ferry him around.  He can drive and he won’t be driving me crazy!  I feel very blessed that he is okay and back to normal, and that he is doing a lot better with controlling his blood pressure and sugars!

I plan to do some sewing today after not doing much for so long.  I sure hope I remember how to!  😀  I have  a block to design for the BOM next month for the guild and some quilting that needs to be finished.  Not sure of what else needs to be done at the moment, need to take inventory.  Well, now to finish my coffee and get started!

Have a blessed, safe and happy Memorial Day weekend!

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TWISTED MYSTERY CHALLENGE, MAY BLOCKS

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!
Just in time for Mother’s Day! We have 2 blocks for May.

What is better for dessert than a blueberry cobbler for Mom! This is a simple applique block.

Or would you prefer cake! This is a good way to use up your yummy crumbs for a pretty Dresden blade block.

You can find both of them at Craftsy.com and are free. Here are the links:

https://www.craftsy.com/…/blueberry-pie-block-5-swee…/491128

https://www.craftsy.com/…/may-s-blocks-quilt-doodle-…/492461

Remember, you need to sign in to Craftsy.com to download the pattern, they are free.

Please remember to post pictures of your creations, we love it when you share!

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EVENTS UPDATE

Hello Everyone! Just wanted to thank everyone for their prayers, good thoughts and friendship. Hubby is going to be fine. We went to PT/OT yesterday and he only needs one more session of each. He has improved remarkably quickly and the therapists were very encouraging and gave him exercises to work on. Now that I know things are stable somewhat, I can think about quilting again. I haven’t done any sewing since the end of March. I just couldn’t focus on anything but his health but now I feel more confident and can relax and enjoy my sewing.
Please make sure to check out Events. There are some changes, such as the Mystery Quilt, In My Garden, has been cancelled, too many other projects to work on first.
The Lovely Ugly Challenge is now open until May 31 and the fabric will be mailed out on June 1.
Viewer’s Choice will resume in May so make sure to vote for your favorite project for April.
Twisted Mystery will resume on May 10 with 2 new challenge blocks to make.
Crazy Scrappy Quilt Squares, contact Cheryl Hall for more information.
Coming in June, there will be a few new challenges and swaps. Stayed tuned for more information.
Thank you!
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LOVELY UGLY CHALLENGE, POLKA DOTS 2017

DEADLINE TO SIGN UP: May 31, 2017

MAIL OUT DATE: June 1, 2017
DEADLINE: ALL CHALLENGE ITEMS MUST BE FINISHED BY SEPTEMBER 15, 2016.
YIKES! I accidentally opened the dungeon door just to check on them and they escaped! I had them under lock and key to keep them from breeding and they took over my good fabric and now they are threatening to take over my sewing room! It’s not a pretty sight! Now, it’s time for them to leave! Um, I mean, go to another home. You see, some are just not as pretty as others and some have a reputation for just not playing well with others, and it is, I guess, why I had them hidden away.
My challenge, should you dare to accept, is that I send you two (2) 10 inch pieces, sight unseen, for you to play with. But this time there is a twist to this year’s challenge, they are polka dots of different colors. Let’s see what you can make with these “beauties” using just 2 other pieces of fabric.
I will take sign-ups until May 31 and then mail out on June 1. Remember, once you get them, they are YOURS! No givebacks! You will have until September 15 to finish. Once you finish, post pictures to my email only and we will vote on them for a prize. You do not have to send it to anyone, you get to keep your creation!
PICTURE AND VOTING RULES: To enter, take a before and after picture of the pieces and email me with your name and address and LU CHALLENGE  2017 in the subject line. This will ensure that all entries will be private.
DO NOT POST THE PICTURES TO THE GROUP! We want to shock, oops, I mean surprise everyone with your entries. I will have a list of entries just to keep it in order. When the voting is finished, the entries will be posted online with the fabrics and their creation. The group as a whole will decide the winners and that will be announced on September 30. Each category will have a first, second and third place and the prizes will be announced and awarded after the voting. I will be sending out the prizes after the voting is complete.
PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED FOR FIRST, SECOND AND THIRD PLACE FOR EACH CATEGORY BELOW:
1. Most original
2. Best camouflaged
3. Craziest idea
From the two 10 inch pieces let’s see what you can create. All items must be finished, quilted and binding added. No limit on size, design, or project that you make, but it must be quilted. You have 2 options. You can use both pieces together and create something or just use one piece, but 60% must be in the project and you can only use 2 other fabrics.
This is not a swap, it is a challenge. They are yours to keep and to do with as you please.
Have fun creating!
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Quilters’ Paradise Parking Lot Sale

Date: Sunday, April 9, 2017 

Time: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Stroll our parking lot for a great selection of quilting items, jewelry, crafts and handmade gifts.

Gerry and I will be there and have a lot of handmade items to sell. I have several boxes full of fabric, patterns and other goodies that need a new home at low prices. Hope you will stop by and look around.

Quilters’ Paradise
339 Pollasky Avenue
Clovis, CA 93612
559-297-7817

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TWISTED MYSTERY CHALLENGE, MARCH BLOCKS

Just in time for Easter! We have 2 blocks for March. The first one is a very pretty applique flower wreath pattern and the other one is Peter Rabbit block that would make a cute Easter table runner. You can find both of them at Craftsy.com and are free. Here are the links:
https://www.craftsy.com/…/free-odessa-quilt-guild-bl…/296656

https://www.craftsy.com/…/pat…/patchwork-peter-rabbit/295458
I will post a picture of mine later this week.

Remember, you need to sign in to Craftsy.com to download the pattern and it is free.

Please remember to post pictures of your creations, we love it when you share!

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IN MY GARDEN MYSTERY

PLEASE READ! The mystery quilt, In My Garden, is being postponed for a while. My husband suffered a mini stroke yesterday and will be going to rehab for a few weeks and I need to focus on him for now. My apologies but he comes first right now.

Hello Everyone! Sorry I haven’t been online much lately but I have an infection in my parotid gland (salivary) and am in a lot of pain lately and am on antibiotics that are making me a little loopy.

But never fear, I am still here and am designing our new Mystery Quilt, In My Garden. I will be launching this on March 14 (my 60th birthday). This will be a row by row quilt and will be partially applique and piecing. No paper piecing, I promise! So find some white and/or cream, some red, blue, yellow and primary colors for the first row. The blocks will be 10 inches square and there will be 6 blocks. Patterns will be available on March 14 in a pdf format. If you want to follow along, just email me and I will send the patterns to your email. See you on March 14!

My email is luv2cutfab@gmail.com.

 

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ROUND ROBIN 2017 A quilt made by fellow quilters.

HURRY! SIGN UP ENDS FEBRUARY 28!! STILL ROOM FOR MORE PLAYERS, TELL YOUR FRIENDS!

PLEASE SCROLL ALL THE WAY THROUGH THIS AND TYPE AGREE AT THE BOTTOM, ONLY IF YOU INTEND TO PARTICIPATE.

HOW TO SIGN UP: Please sign up by emailing me at luv2cutfab@gmail.com with RR2017 in the subject line, your name, address, phone number, and email. When the swap is filled, then I will PM everyone along with a list. You will be always sending to the same person until finished. The list will be posted after the swap closes.

SIGN UP DEADLINE: February 28, 2017

SEND OUT DATE FOR CENTER BLOCKS: March 15, 2017

WHAT IS A ROUND ROBIN? A round robin is usually a 12 inch block that is sent to a set number of people who then take turns adding borders to the block. It is then sent back to the owner as a finished top. This is a chance to be creative by using different techniques, such as borders, blocks, appliqué, etc.

DUE DATE FOR BORDERS: To be announced after we have at least 5-7 signups. From there on, quilt tops will be due on the first of the month and you will have two (2) months to complete your round. Hopefully, the tops will be finished within a year but do understand that things do happen that can delay it. When you finish your center block, please post a picture as we love to share and also for insurance reasons in case of problems.

GUIDELINES:
1. Each quilt top should start with a 12.5 square block. It can be any style or color you would like, it’s your choice. Please include scraps and a vision of what you want to see your top become. Please include a journal for others to write in as it is fun to see where it has traveled and its transformation. Please post photos as we go along.

2. It is up to the person receiving the top to decide on an appropriate border to go around the center block. Please make sure that it complements the colors the maker has chosen and styles that will match. There will be as many rounds as there are players so that everyone has a chance to create.

3. When sending the quilt top along, please make sure that it is INSURED AND THAT THERE IS TRACKING ON THE PACKAGE, as we don’t want anything to happen to our creations. Also make sure it is Flat rate shipping. Please send on the first of the month. MAKE SURE THAT YOU POST TO THE GROUP YOUR TRACKING NUMBER, YOUR NAME, WHO IT WAS SENT TO, AND DATE SENT.

4. If you find that you are having problems keeping up with the rounds, please let me know so that we can help you keep up. If we do have problems, the date can be pushed back to help, but you have to let me know ASAP! Remember, we cannot help you unless you ask for help. IF YOU BACK OUT OR DROP OUT AFTER YOU HAVE BEEN ASSIGNED, IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SWAP, OR DO NOT RESPOND WHEN CONTACTED AFTER 3 ATTEMPTS, AND WITHOUT LETTING ME OR ANYONE ELSE KNOW, YOU WILL BE BANNED FROM SWAPPING!

5. Please keep pets and smoking to a minimum as we do have members that have allergies. Use only good quality cotton and your best sewing techniques. Be creative and have fun with the quilt but make sure that it complements the quilt.

This is one that I did a few years ago.

Thank you for playing along!s6301181

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IN MY GARDEN MYSTERY QUILT

CHECK BACK ON FEBRUARY 14 FOR FABRIC REQUIREMENTS!

Coming in March, there will be a brand new Mystery Quilt called In My Garden. It will be a row by row mystery with some applique, regular piecing and maybe a little paper piecing. I hope you will follow along. Mystery will start on March 14. Please tell your friends!

IN MY GARDEN MYSTERY

My apologies for not posting the fabric requirements yesterday as my granddaughter kindly shared a bug with me and I was under the weather. I am feeling much better today.

FABRIC REQUIREMENTS: This quilt will be a row by row and the top 4 and bottom 4 rows will be 10 inches with 6 blocks to a row. The middle of the quilt I am still deciding on.

Gather up your scraps as this will be partly applique and you will need yellow, white, blue, red and sunny colors. On March 14 I will be posting the exact colors and sizes needed for the first row. On March 21, I will post the second row. Don’t worry, the patterns that I have in mind are very easy to use. Oh, make sure you have some Steam-to-Seam fusible on hand.

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TWISTED MYSTERY CHALLENGE

TWISTED MYSTERY CHALLENGE
STARTS ON JANUARY 10TH.
Are you up for a challenge? Do you have what it takes to complete it? Are you bored with the same patterns and are looking for a change? Then you have come to the right place.Each month I will choose a block to do. You choose your own fabrics as it is not a swap, but a challenge, and you can choose to pass on the block if you wish.
It can be appliqué, paper pieced, embroidery or regular piecing or something entirely new. The object is to get ourselves out of our comfort zones and play a little bit and experiment with new techinques.
To sign up just post your name below. All I ask is that if you want to play along just post pictures each month of the challenge blocks.

Is everyone ready for the challenge tomorrow? The block is 9 inches and I will post a link in the morning.

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IN MY GARDEN MYSTERY QUILT

Hello Everyone!

My wish to you is a happy, prosperous and blessed New Year, and of course, lots of sewing! With this, I am starting not only some new activities but some old favorites that I hope you will join in and enjoy!

Coming in March, there will be a brand new Mystery Quilt called In My Garden. It will be a row by row mystery with some applique, regular piecing and maybe a little paper piecing. I hope you will follow along. I will be posting fabric requirements on February 14 and the Mystery will start on March 14. Please tell your friends!

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SQUARE DANCE SWAP 2017

SIGN UP DEADLINE: January 31, 2017
START DATE: February 1, 2017
END DATE: OPEN

HURRY!  SIGN UP ENDS ON TUESDAY, JANUARY 31!   ONLY A FEW SPOTS OPEN!

LIMIT: 12 Players for a full year for a total of 12 blocks or 6 Players for 6 months for a total of 6 blocks, or 2 rounds each player for 12 blocks total. Because of the cost of postage, the swap is limited to the United States. Block size is 9 inches.

Here is how the swap should work. Please read completely for full details. In order to sign up, please send the following information to me at luv2cutfab@gmail.com:
1. Your name and address.
2. Your email address.
3. Your color choice such as red floral with cream background as an example.

Your partner for the month will have that time period (4 weeks) to make your block using coordinating fabric and she has the option of choosing her favorite method; it can be appliqué, pieced or whatever is comfortable for her but it has to use your swatch. She returns the block to you and you then go to the next person on the list until the list is finished.

DETAILS: Each player starts off with one partner and then works their way down the list until you reach the end of the list. (If 6 players, then you would repeat for a second round or you can opt out.)

COMMITMENT: There is some commitment to this swap and also to your theme or color. Everyone will choose their colors/theme and your partner will make a block within 4 weeks. Once the block comes back, you go to the next player and repeat, until you have reached the end of the list and you will have the beginnings of a new quilt! Think of it as a variation on a round robin, everyone has a chance to play and create. Please note that if we go with 12 blocks, this will take longer to finish, possibly 18 months, as it will take time for mailing, sewing and then mailing again. I estimate and hope for a month for each partner to finish. Of course, if we go with 6 players, it will not take as long for the swap to complete. Please read the swap guidelines very carefully on fulfilling swap rules.

PLAYERS: This is going to be where the square dance comes in. Everyone will send their fabric choices to me in the email to sign up. Once the sign up is closed, everyone will receive a list of the players with their choices. The person at the top of the list will send to the second person, the second person to the third, and so on, until we have gone down the list completely and then the swap will be over.

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IDEAS FOR 2017

Welcome to our new members!

My vision is to see more swaps, mysteries, challenges, and fun and to have more participation! This is just a tentative list of ideas for the remainder of this year. Wow, it is going by way too quickly! If you would like to hostess a swap, please let me know and we can set that up together.

NON SEWN SWAPS:
*CHARMS: Size: 5 inch square
*NOODLES: Size: 2.5 inch width of fabric
*LAYER CAKES: Size: 10 inch square

SURPRISE EVENT: Stay tuned and find out!

ONE-ON-ONE: Type to be determined at time of swap.

RETREAT LOTTERY BLOCKS: During retreats, everyone will have a chance at winning the lottery. For each block that you sign up for, you will have a chance of winning all of the blocks promised. You will have 2 months from the time of the retreat to complete and send your blocks to the winner.

SECRET SISTER: This is a one-on-one swap, but you will not have the person who draws your name. Rules to be determined at time of swap and same guidelines apply as above.

ROUND ROBIN: A fun way to get a quilt top made by sending it to fellow quilters.
Half Square Triangles (one on one) Send HST and create and send back

DOUBLE SWAP: Any 9 patch block that involves a negative and positive. Choose a color and get back 2 blocks for a nice start on a top. Example: Double Four Patch, 9-patch, etc.

APPLIQUE OR EMBROIDERY SWAP:

ONE IN 12 SWAP: (Block a Month) Change partners every month (or so). Send fabric and make and receive a block back.

SECRET QUILTER SWAP: Make a block and send every month but keep it a secret and reveal at the end of the year.

MINI BLOCK CLUB: Make 6 inch blocks to trade.

THEME BLOCK: Could be state, flower, country, etc

SQUARE DANCE SWAP: This swap will take at least 12 to 16 months to finish depending on the number of players. It is called a square dance as you will be changing partners throughout the swap, but keeping your same fabric choices. I will have a list of easy blocks to choose from, everyone will choose one (1) block and keep it for the remainder of the swap. As you work down the list, you send a swatch of fabric to that month’s partner, she choose and makes a block and sends it back to her partner for that month. By the end of the swap, you should have 6 or 12 blocks, depending on the number of players, ready to be put together into a top. I am allowing 4-6 weeks for each round and that is why it will take so long. In the long run, just think of the gorgeous blocks you will get back and the chance to make them for our fellow quilters.

TWISTED MYSTERY QUILT: If you are looking for something new to try, how about this? Choose a block that you want to do and challenge the rest of the group. It can be appliqué, paper pieced, embroidery or regular piecing. To sign up, post your name, a few links of the block or technique, and email it to me at luv2cutfab@gmail.com. You choose your own fabrics as it is not a swap, but a challenge, and if you choose to pass on the block, you can do so. We can do a vote on the size later. Rules are easy. Choose a block, any style, but should be the same size for uniformity of the quilt, then send the info to me, and I will choose a pattern. You have one month to finish and then we go on to the next block. Sounds easy and fun! Sew, join in! When it’s your turn to choose a block, try to think outside the square and let us all try something new – paper piecing, appliqué, etc- rather than plain blocks. But if you wish to choose a plain block, well………..we may need them too.

I think this should keep us busy for a while.

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SCRAPPY QUILTERS NEWSLETTER JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2017

This is a listing of challenges, mysteries and swaps coming in 2017.  Please check the files under Guidelines for more information on swapping before signing up.

COMING IN JANUARY 2017

UFO CHALLENGE 2017:

SIGN UP STARTS: October 31, 2016
CHALLENGE STARTS: JANUARY 1, 2017
Do you have projects that are hiding in your closet that you don’t know how to finish or haven’t had the time to finish for whatever reason? Do you have items that have been around so long that they have become part of the décor in your room? Do you have UFOs that someone gifted to you and are at a loss on how to finish them? Well, this is the start of a new year, a new chance to finish them once and for all. That means binding and labeling. Let’s take control of our UFOs and get them done instead of being afraid to finish and hide them away for yet another year or two! The first person to finish gets a FQ from my stash!

You must send a picture of the finished project to me at luv2cutfab@gmail.com. Remember, this is for all projects and they must be finished with binding and quilting, if applicable. All other entries will be entered into Viewer’s Choice and will be voted on to be the banner quilt for the next month.

VIEWER’S CHOICE:  I will post the pictures of the finished quilts for the current month and we will vote for our favorite picture to be the banner quilt picture for our group.

SQUARE DANCE SWAP:

SIGN UP DEADLINE: January 31, 2016

START DATE:  February 1, 2016

END DATE:  OPEN

LIMIT:  12 Players for a full year for a total of 12 blocks or 6 Players for 6 months for a total of 6 blocks, or 2 rounds each player for 12 blocks total. Because of the cost of postage, the swap is limited to the United States.  Block size is 9 inches.

Here is how the swap should work.  Please read completely for full details.  In order to sign up, please send the following information to me at luv2cutfab@gmail.com:

  1. Your name and address.
  2. Your email address.
  3. Your color choice such as red floral with cream background as an example.

Your partner for the month will have that time period (4 weeks) to make your block using coordinating fabric and she has the option of choosing her favorite method; it can be appliqué, pieced or whatever is comfortable for her but it has to use your swatch.  She returns the block to you and you then go to the next person on the list until the list is finished.

DETAILS:  Each player starts off with one partner and then works their way down the list until you reach the end of the list.  (If 6 players, then you would repeat for a second round or you can opt out.)

COMMITMENT:  There is some commitment to this swap and also to your theme or color.  Everyone will choose their colors/theme and your partner will make a block within 4 weeks.  Once the block comes back, you go to the next player and repeat, until you have reached the end of the list and you will have the beginnings of a new quilt! Think of it as a variation on a round robin, everyone has a chance to play and create.  Please note that if we go with 12 blocks, this will take longer to finish, possibly 18 months, as it will take time for mailing, sewing and then mailing again.  I estimate and hope for a month for each partner to finish.  Of course, if we go with 6 players, it will not take as long for the swap to complete.  Please read the swap guidelines very carefully on fulfilling swap rules.

PLAYERS:  This is going to be where the square dance comes in.  Everyone will send their fabric choices to me in the email to sign up.  Once the sign up is closed, everyone will receive a list of the players with their choices.  The person at the top of the list will send to the second person, the second person to the third, and so on, until we have gone down the list completely and then the swap will be over.

TWISTED MYSTERY QUILT: Starts January 10, 2016.  NO SWAPPING INVOLVED! If you are looking for something new to try, how about this? Choose a block that you want to do and challenge the rest of the group. It can be appliqué, paper pieced, embroidery or regular piecing. To sign up, post your name, a few links of the block or technique, and email it to me at luv2cutfab@gmail.com. You choose your own fabrics as it is not a swap, but a challenge, and if you choose to pass on the block, you can do so. We can do a vote on the size later. Rules are easy. Choose a block, any style, but should be the same size for uniformity of the quilt, send the info to me, and I will choose the pattern for that month. You have one month to finish and then we go on to the next block. Sounds easy and fun! Sew, join in! When it’s your turn to choose a block, try to think outside the square and let us all try something new – paper piecing, appliqué, etc- rather than plain blocks. But if you wish to choose a plain block, well………..we may need them too.

ONGOING:  BUST THE BITS AND PIECES PARTY: This is an easy way to use up those small scraps that have a tendency to breed while we are sleeping. Every so often, I will post some fun, fast and easy links on ways to use up scraps. If you have a link you want to share, please do so. It is open to everyone and is designed to use up those pesky little pieces.  This is not a swap but just a challenge to clean out our scraps and help keep them under control.  If you find a link that uses up stash and scraps, please share with the group!
COMING IN MARCH: POOR QUILTER’S SWAP

SIGN UP ENDS: February 14, 2017
SWAP BEGINS: March 1, 2017
SWAP ENDS: May 31, 2017

It’s after the holidays and all we have left are strings and scraps left in our cupboards. Oh, what is a poor quilter to do? I know, we can make 8.5 inch String Blocks and share them with our quilting friends. We will be making 3 blocks each. If we have more than 12 players, we may do 2 groups at a time. Limit: One group per player, please.  Each player will have a little over 2 months to finish and send out their blocks.

NOTE: Strings can be any width but no larger than 4 inches. We will be exchanging 3 blocks this time.

SIZE: Blocks must measure 8.5 inches square. Therefore, begin with a PAPER FOUNDATION measuring 9” square and then trim to 8.5”. You may use any PAPER FOUNDATION you desire – children’s drawing tablet, copy paper, tissue paper, paper made for paper piecing or foundations, old phone book pages, etc. Make sure to reduce your stitch length to 1.5 so that seams don’t pop open or break when papers are ultimately removed.

FABRICS: Please use good quality fabric. Color and/or theme will be voted on when the swap is full.

LEAVE PAPERS IN. DO NOT REMOVER PAPERS!!!! With so many different fabrics and biased edges, leaving paper in provides one more layer of stability for the block until it is attached to something else. Make sure to include your name on each block on the back. You may use address labels, or just write it on the paper. Please DO NOT use Glad Press and Seal on the blocks, it is impossible to pull off without ruining the block.

What is a string block? It is a simple PP block that uses up a lot of scraps.

Here are a couple of tutorials to get started:
http://quilting.about.com/od/quiltpatternsprojects/ss/string_piecing.htm
http://www.craftsy.com/blog/2013/10/string-quilt-block-tutorial/
Please read guidelines before signing up for more details on swapping.

Scrappy String Blocks, theme to be decided by group.

COMING IN APRIL:  ANYTHING GOES SWAP: Do you have fabric that has been sitting around since forever? Do you have duplicate tools, magazines or whatever that is just sitting there? Then, I say it’s time to pass it on! Take all these goodies, put them in a large Flat Rate Box, ship, and send it on its merry way to another quilter. Who knows what goodies you might find in there? Take what you want from the box, fill it up and send it out again! Get the idea? Great! Then let’s get started!

UPCOMING IDEAS:

ROW ROBIN: Choose a theme and create a beautiful quilt with the help of your friends. These are just samples of what we can do and we are always open to suggestions!

FABRIC SWAP: Do you need to stock up on certain colors or novelties or prints? Then sign up to swap with your friends and see what goodies you receive. Start date to be announced.
BLOCK SWAPS: Fun new blocks to swap with each other. You make a block for each person signed up and receive back from everyone! Start date to be announced.

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ROUND ROBIN 2017

A quilt made by fellow quilters.

PLEASE SCROLL ALL THE WAY THROUGH THIS AND TYPE AGREE AT THE BOTTOM, ONLY IF YOU INTEND TO PARTICIPATE.

HOW TO SIGN UP: Please sign up by emailing me at luv2cutfab@gmail.com with RR2017 in the subject line, your name, address, phone number, and email. When the swap is filled, then I will PM everyone along with a list. You will be always sending to the same person until finished. The list will be posted after the swap closes.

SIGN UP DEADLINE: February 28, 2017

SEND OUT DATE FOR CENTER BLOCKS: March 15, 2017

WHAT IS A ROUND ROBIN? A round robin is usually a 12 inch block that is sent to a set number of people who then take turns adding borders to the block. It is then sent back to the owner as a finished top. This is a chance to be creative by using different techniques, such as borders, blocks, appliqué, etc.

DUE DATE FOR BORDERS: To be announced after we have at least 5-7 signups. From there on, quilt tops will be due on the first of the month and you will have two (2) months to complete your round. Hopefully, the tops will be finished within a year but do understand that things do happen that can delay it. When you finish your center block, please post a picture as we love to share and also for insurance reasons in case of problems.

GUIDELINES:

1. Each quilt top should start with a 12.5 square block. It can be any style or color you would like, it’s your choice. Please include scraps and a vision of what you want to see your top become. Please include a journal for others to write in as it is fun to see where it has traveled and its transformation. Please post photos as we go along.

2. It is up to the person receiving the top to decide on an appropriate border to go around the center block. Please make sure that it complements the colors the maker has chosen and styles that will match. There will be as many rounds as there are players so that everyone has a chance to create.

3. When sending the quilt top along, please make sure that it is INSURED AND THAT THERE IS TRACKING ON THE PACKAGE, as we don’t want anything to happen to our creations. Also make sure it is Flat rate shipping. Please send on the first of the month. MAKE SURE THAT YOU POST TO THE GROUP YOUR TRACKING NUMBER, YOUR NAME, WHO IT WAS SENT TO, AND DATE SENT.

4. If you find that you are having problems keeping up with the rounds, please let me know so that we can help you keep up. If we do have problems, the date can be pushed back to help, but you have to let me know ASAP! Remember, we cannot help you unless you ask for help. IF YOU BACK OUT OR DROP OUT AFTER YOU HAVE BEEN ASSIGNED, IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SWAP, OR DO NOT RESPOND WHEN CONTACTED AFTER 3 ATTEMPTS, AND WITHOUT LETTING ME OR ANYONE ELSE KNOW, YOU WILL BE BANNED FROM SWAPPING!

5. Please keep pets and smoking to a minimum as we do have members that have allergies. Use only good quality cotton and your best sewing techniques. Be creative and have fun with the quilt but make sure that it complements the quilt.

Thank you for playing along!

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TWISTED MYSTERY CHALLENGE 2017

SIGN UP DEADLINE: January 10, 2017

DEADLINE FOR BLOCKS: January 10, 2017

START DATE: January 15. 2017 END DATE: December 15, 2017

LIMIT OF PLAYERS: None

Are you up for a challenge? Do you have what it takes to complete it? Are you bored with the same patterns and are looking for a change? Then you have come to the right place. Choose a block that you want to do and challenge the rest of the group. It can be applique, paper pieced, embroidery or regular piecing or something entirely new. The object is to get ourselves out of our comfort zones and play a little bit and experiment with new techniques.

To sign up, post your name, a few links of the block or technique, and email it to me at luv2cutfab@gmail.com. Each month I will choose a block to do. You choose your own fabrics as it is not a swap, but a challenge, and you can choose to pass on the block. Size doesn’t matter as it for practice. But you may have a nice sampler when finished.

Rules are easy. Choose a pattern and send it to my email (luv2cutfab@gmail.com), I will call the first block on January 15, 2017 and you have one month to finish and then we will start on the next block. That will always be on the 15 of the month. When you finish your block, please share your pictures to the group.

Sounds easy and fun! Sew, join in! Remember to think outside the usual! If we get some get some easy blocks, that’s okay, you might need them later on.

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POOR QUILTER’S SWAP, ROUND 4 2017

SIGN UP ENDS: February 14, 2017
SWAP BEGINS: March 1, 2017
SWAP ENDS: May 31, 2017

You will have a little over 2 months to finish and send out your blocks.

It’s after the holidays and all we have left are strings and scraps left in our cupboards. Oh, what is a poor quilter to do? I know, we can make 8.5 inch String Blocks and share them with our quilting friends. We will be making 3 blocks each. If we have more than 12 players, we may do 2 groups at a time. Limit: One group per player, please.

NOTE: Strings can be any width but no larger than 4 inches. We will be exchanging 3 blocks this time.

SIZE: Blocks must measure 8.5” square. Therefore, begin with a PAPER FOUNDATION measuring 9” square and then trim to 8.5”. You may use any PAPER FOUNDATION you desire – children’s drawing tablet, copy paper, tissue paper, paper made for paper piecing or foundations, old phone book pages. Make sure to reduce your stitch length to 1.5 so that seams don’t pop open or break when papers are ultimately removed.

FABRICS: Please use good quality fabric. Color and/or theme will be voted on when the swap is full.

LEAVE PAPERS IN. DO NOT REMOVER PAPERS!!!! With so many different fabrics and biased edges, leaving paper in provides one more layer of stability for the block until it is attached to something else. Make sure to include your name on each block on the back. You may use address labels, or just write it on the paper. Please DO NOT use Glad Press and Seal on the blocks, it is impossible to pull off without ruining the block.

What is a string block? It is a simple PP block that uses up a lot of scraps.

Here are a couple of tutorials to get started:
http://quilting.about.com/od/quiltpatternsprojects/ss/string_piecing.htm
http://www.craftsy.com/blog/2013/10/string-quilt-block-tutorial/
Please read guidelines before signing up for more details on swapping.

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SQUARE DANCE SWAP 2017 (1 IN 12)

SIGN UP DEADLINE: January 31, 2017

START DATE:  February 1, 2017

END DATE:  OPEN

LIMIT:  12 Players for a full year for a total of 12 blocks or 6 Players for 6 months for a total of 6 blocks, or 2 rounds each player for 12 blocks total. Because of the cost of postage, the swap is limited to the United States.  Block size is 9 inches.

Please read completely for full details.  In order to sign up, please send the following information to me at luv2cutfab@gmail.com.  Here is how the swap should work:

  1. Your name and address.
  2. Your email address.
  3. Your color choice such as red floral with cream background as an example.

Your partner for the month will have that time period (4 weeks) to make your block using coordinating fabric and she has the option of choosing her favorite method; it can be appliqué, pieced or whatever is comfortable for her but it has to use your swatch.  She returns the block to you and you then go to the next person on the list until the list is finished.

DETAILS:  Each player starts off with one partner and then works their way down the list until you reach the end of the list.  (If 6 players, then you would repeat for a second round or you can opt out.)

COMMITMENT:  There is some commitment to this swap and also to your theme or color.  Everyone will choose their colors/theme and your partner will make a block within 4 weeks.  Once the block comes back, you go to the next player and repeat, until you have reached the end of the list and you will have the beginnings of a new quilt! Think of it as a variation on a round robin, everyone has a chance to play and create.  Please note that if we go with 12 blocks, this will take longer to finish, possibly 18 months, as it will take time for mailing, sewing and then mailing again.  I estimate and hope for a month for each partner to finish.  Of course, if we go with 6 players, it will not take as long for the swap to complete.  Please read the swap guidelines very carefully on fulfilling swap rules.

PLAYERS:  This is going to be where the square dance comes in.  Everyone will send their fabric choices to me in the email to sign up.  Once the sign up is closed, everyone will receive a list of the players with their choices.  The person at the top of the list will send to the second person, the second person to the third, and so on, until we have gone down the list completely and then the swap will be over.

Thank you for playing!

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SCRAPPY QUILTERS GENERAL AND SWAP GUIDELINES 2017

Welcome to Scrappy Quilters! We are growing very quickly and I am hoping that we can better meet the needs of our members by offering a variety of swaps throughout the year.

PLEASE SCROLL ALL THE WAY TO THE BOTTOM, READ AND POST “AGREE” BELOW BEFORE SWAPPING.

What do we have to offer, you ask?

·        Original mystery quilts

·        Quick and easy projects

·        Challenges

·        Swaps and retreats

·        Encouragement and friendship

As we have grown very quickly and there are a lot of questions from new members, I feel it is necessary to set up a few rules that do need to be amended a little with so many people.

We ask that there be no flaming, rudeness, politics, religion or bad behavior or language. Please remember to treat each other as you would want to be treated, with respect.   I realize that postings can be misread and might be hurtful to others as it is written and not in a tone that you would hear when actually speaking to someone on the phone, as an example. Please think through what you are saying before posting.

ADVERTISING:  You can post an ad for a quilt that you made or patterns here, but please have any interested buyers send the information to you privately and not on the group page.   Please ask me first for permission.  NO t-shirt ads, giveaways, mugs or other ads, no matter how cute, are allowed, as  we have been burned by a few people earlier on that just wanted to sell junk here and it turned out they were scamming others.  Please do not advertise for any companies that make or sell other products as I will remove you from the group without notice and you will be banned from Scrappy Quilters.  

SWAPPING RULES FOR 2017:

Email me or the person in charge of the swap with the name of the swap in the subject line. My email address is luv2cutfab@gmail.com.  Send your name, address and other pertinent information in the email before the swap closes.  Once we have 10 swappers or at least 5-7, then the swap will close, and you will receive by email a list of the people you will be sending to. You are responsible for the postage and for sending out on time.

A swap can be closed or cancelled for lack of participation. My hope is that we will have several swaps going onto choose from and lots of swappers. If we have more than 10 swappers, then a second group may be created to accommodate everyone.  All swaps will be one-on-one, no centralized swaps.   When you send the swap out, please email  the tracking number so we can keep track of the swap and so we don’t have to hunt you down to make sure that it is taken care of.  All communication will be through private messaging.

COMMUNICATION:  I feel that this needs to be addressed yet again, and I really hate to nag. In order to be involved in a swap, you have to communicate with everyone especially when you are sending out your swaps and receiving. If you have trouble sending, you must let the coordinator of the swap know. If you do not let us know even after being contacted, you will be banned from swapping. Failure to do so is not only mentioned in the guidelines but it is also rude and unfair to the other players. Please read the guidelines before signing up.

PROBLEMS:

1. If you decide that you are not able to do the swap, please have the courtesy to let me know before the deadline, and it can be arranged.

2.  If something happens during the swap and you’re not able to follow through please let us know and we can possibly help you out. We cannot help if you don’t let us know.

 3. If you decide after the swap has closed that you are not able to do the swap and do not let someone know, you will be banned from swapping.

 4. If you drop from the swap and do not let me or a swap moderator know, that is cause for being banned from the group.

 

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LOVELY UGLY CHALLENGE 2016

Donna Coppin's photo.

LOVELY UGLY CHALLENGE 2016
DEADLINE TO SIGN UP: May 31, 2016
MAIL OUT DATE: June 1, 2016

DEADLINE: ALL CHALLENGE ITEMS MUST BE FINISHED BY SEPTEMBER 15.

YIKES! I accidentally opened the dungeon door just to check on them and they escaped! I had them under lock and key to keep them from breeding and they took over my good fabric and now they are threatening to take over my sewing room! It’s not a pretty sight! Now, it’s time for them to leave! Um, I mean, go to another home. You see, some are just not as pretty as others and some have a reputation for just not playing well with others, and that is why I had them hidden away.

My challenge, should you dare to accept, is that I send you two (2) 10 inch pieces, sight unseen, for you to play with. Let’s see what you can make with these “beauties” using just 2 other pieces of fabric. I will take sign-ups until May 31 and then mail out on June 1. Remember, once you get them, they are YOURS! No givebacks! You will have until September 15 to finish. Once you finish, post pictures and we will vote on them for a prize. You do not have to send it to anyone, you get to keep your creation!

PICTURE AND VOTING RULES: To enter, take a before and after picture of the pieces and email me with your name and address and LU CHALLENGE in the subject line. This will ensure that all entries will be private. DO NOT POST THE PICTURES TO THE GROUP! We want to shock, oops, I mean surprise everyone with your entries. I will have a list of entries just to keep it in order. When the voting is finished, the entries will be posted online with the fabrics and their creation. The group as a whole will decide the winners and that will be announced on September 30. Each category will have a first and second place and prizes will be announced and awarded closer to the deadline. I will be sending out the prizes after the voting.

PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED FOR FIRST, SECOND AND THIRD PLACE FOR EACH CATEGORY BELOW:
1. Most original
2. Best camouflaged
3. Craziest idea

From the two 10 inch pieces let’s see what you can create. All items must be finished, quilted and binding added. No limit on size, design, or project that you make, but it must be quilted. You have 2 options. You can use both pieces together and create something or just use one piece, but 60% must be in the project and you can only use 2 other fabrics.

This is not a swap, it is a challenge. They are yours to keep and to do with as you please.
Have fun creating!

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MYSTERY QUILT UPDATE

 

MYSTERY QUILT CUTTING INSTRUCTIONS!

As promised, here are the instructions. Remember that you have 5 colors to work with, Blue, Green, Red or Orange, Black, and Purple. I am going with solid or a print that reads solid and bold. There are 8 parts to the block you will need to create and keep separate.
GROUP A:
Blue: 2 x 2 inch cut 48
Black: 2 x 2 inch cut 84
Green: 2 x 2 inch cut 24
GROUP B:
Orange: 2 x 5 inches, cut 24
Orange: 2 x 5 inches, cut 12 Keep separate from other orange
Purple: 2 x 5 inches, cut 24
Yellow: 2 x 5 inches, cut 24
GROUP C:
Orange: 2 x 3.5 inches, cut 12
Black: 2 x 3.5 inches, cut 12
GROUP D:
Purple: 2 x 6.5 inches, cut 24
Orange: 2 x 6.5 inches, cut 12
GROUP E:
Green: 2.38 inches, cut 24
Blue: 2.38 inches, cut 12
Cut both colors diagonally for half square triangle.
GROUP F:
Blue: 5.38 inches, cut 24, then diagonally for half square triangle.
GROUP G:
Green: 2 x 3.78, cut 12 and then cut at 45 degree angle on one side.
GROUP H:
Green: 2 x 3.78, cut 12 and then cut at 45 degree angle on the opposite side.

I have a quilt show that I will be working the rest of this week and I will be back on Wednesday, March 23, with how to put it together. Have fun cutting. See you soon!

I went shopping this morning at Joann’s and bought this for the quilt courtesy of my Dad. Isn’t it sumptuous?  IMG_2074

Sewing Instructions

Part 1

Are we up for a challenge?  I am using Nancy Cabot’s Geese in Flight pattern, an antique pattern from 1933,  and there are no written instructions available, at least that I can find, but I believe we can make it work with a little playing with what we have.   I did not realize that until after I had cut my pieces but using the grid that I have available, but I know that we can figure out the puzzle.  Please, if you find a mistake or have an idea, let me and the group know!  For those who have Block Base by EQ, you can find the pattern under Flying Geese or #4127.  Make sure that you have it set for 12 inches.

Okay, now that we have our pieces cut, it is important to keep the groups in order as this block is a little tricky and you will be using all the colors in one block.  I forgot to put my yellow in the picture, so you have 6 colors.   There are 12 blocks in total, but let’s just do one for now to make sure that it works.  While you get the groups in order, I will be setting up.  Be back at 11 a.m.

Sorry it took so long to get back, I had to babysit for a little while.

Anyway, here is how the first section of the block should look.  I still have to sew it together.  The rest is how the block progresses.  It is a 12 x 12 inch block.  I love the way it looks!  Hope  you enjoy it.  Will post later this evening after I get it sewn together!IMG_2141 (2) IMG_2140 (2)

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Quilt Show Entries

Here are a few finishes from this month. The first one is Snowman, a BOM from the guild and will be in the show next month.

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The second one is a sampler from many years ago from another group. This was going to be in the show, but it had issues with the back and pleats, so I decided against it.

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The third one is almost finished, just need to do a little more quilting, binding, sleeve and label. It is a Purse Swap from another group and all blocks are signed with their name and hometown.

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The last one is the Round Robin that I just got back and am in the process of deciding how to embellish it. I hope to have it done by the end of the week so that I can work on getting stuff ready for the quilt show. This and the one before will be in the show, too. I am thinking small green ric-a-rac for vines and then appliqueing leaves in between the outside flowers. I found some butterflies to be appliqued in my stash and I decided to use those along the border and in between the flowers. I was pleasantly surprised that they actually matched! What a great find. Not sure if I am going to do a solid border on the outside to finish it off or if I want to repeat the colors in a piano key or small squares and then a solid border. I am going to do dragonflies in a few of the corners and then a meandering stitch with flowers to quilt it.

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Anyway, that is what I have been up to here lately. Chat later.

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PLEASE READ

This is a link on how to avoid being attacked.  It’s full of information that may save your life.

http://qpolitical.com/asked-men-sexually-abused-women-protect-future-attacks-didnt-expect/

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SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY QUILT GUILD SHOW MARCH 19-20

The San Joaquin Valley Quilt Guild presents Springtime in The Valley 2016 Quilt Show from March 19-20 at the Golden Palace in Fresno. Please tell your friends. For more information, please feel free to contact sjvqg.org. SJVQ Show

PS: I will be entering 4 of my quilts this year!

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SCRAPPY QUILTERS NEWSLETTER February 2016

 

GOOD MORNING, EVERYONE! What a wonderful day to be sewing, cool and crisp outside but warm inside with the machine humming away!  We have 1,039 members already! WOW! And I am hoping that we will have a lot to offer our members and that they will feel free to join in! We have had a few questions about ongoing and upcoming swaps, so let’s see what is going on right now.  First, here is a listing of what is going on now and are not swap related.  For more information, please check events and the Guidelines file for swapping.

UFO CHALLENGE 2016: This is open to all members who have UFOs hiding that simply need to be finished.  Please list your 11 scariest UFOs in EVENTS under UFO Challenge, and the number that is called will be the one to work on for that month.  Please be sure to number them.  Person with the first photo of a finished UFO, bound and quilted, (unless another form of sewing that is permissible) will receive a FQ from my personal stash and have the honor of calling the number for the next month.  So far, we have had a winner for February and January, but still send in your picture and you have the chance of your picture being the banner picture for the group.  Just send in the picture to my email, luv2cutfab@gmail.com and the group will vote on their favorite.  If you find that you have already finished a UFO before the number was called or just don’t want to work on it, please change the name of the UFO under the number.  The whole point is to finish what we have!

BUST THE BITS AND PIECES PARTY:  This is a way to use up those small scraps that have a tendency to breed while we are sleeping.  Every so often, I will post some fun, fast and easy links on ways to use up scraps.  If you have a link you want to share, please do so.  It is open to everyone and is designed to use up those pesky little pieces.

MYSTERY QUILT:  Coming in March. Start watching for clues for fabric requirements on February 14.  This is one of my original designs and has not been named yet.

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ONGOING SWAPS (CLOSED)

ROUND ROBIN: We almost have all our Robins back in the roost, just a few more left. This started last spring and is coming to an end. We may start it up again later but we have to wait until this one is finished first.

POOR QUILTER’S SWAP: This is a String Block swap that started in January and will be finished by the end of March. But not to worry, since it is a popular swap, 2 separate groups for this round, we will be taking signups in April for another swap to start in May. That one will be finished by the end of July.  That gives everyone 2 months to finish their blocks. 

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UPCOMING SWAPS (OPEN)

SQUARE DANCE SWAP:  The signup deadline is March 31, 2016 and will start on April 1, 2016.  The end date is open as it will take at least 12 to 16 months to finish depending on the number of players.  It is called a square dance as you will be changing partners throughout the swap, but keeping your same fabric choices.  I will have a list of easy blocks to choose from, everyone will choose that block and keep it for the remainder of the swap.  As you work down the list, you send a swatch of fabric to that month’s partner, she makes a block that she chose, and sends it back to you.  By the end of the swap, you should have 6 or 12 blocks, depending on the number of players, ready to be put together into a top.  I am allowing 4-6 weeks for each round and that is why it will take so long.  In the long run, just think of the gorgeous blocks you will get back and the chance to make them for our fellow quilters.

*By the way, when looking in Past Events, you will notice a swap idea called Twisted Sampler.  I changed the name to Square Dance Swap as I liked the name better.

NEW IDEAS COMING: 

TWISTED MYSTERY QUILT:  START DATE:  April 31, 2016.

 If you are looking for something new to try, how about this?  Choose a block that you want to do and challenge the rest of the group.  It can be appliqué, paper pieced, embroidery or regular piecing.  To sign up, post your name, a few links of the block or technique, and email it to me at luv2cutfab@gmail.com.  You choose your own fabrics as it is not a swap, but a challenge, and if you choose to pass on the block, you can do so.  We can do a vote on the size later.  Rules are easy.  Choose a block, any style, but should be the same size for uniformity of the quilt, send the info to me, and I will choose a pattern.  You have one month to finish and then we go on to the next block.  Sounds easy and fun!  Sew, join in!  When it’s your turn to choose a block, try to think outside the square and let us all try something new – paper piecing, appliqué, etc- rather than plain blocks. But if you wish to choose a plain block, well………..we may need them too. 
I think this should keep us busy for a while. Will post more later.

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SQUARE DANCE SWAP (1 IN 12)

SIGN UP DEADLINE: March 31, 2016

START DATE:  April 1, 2016

END DATE:  OPEN

I have extended the deadline to give everyone a chance to sign up.

LIMIT:  12 Players for a full year for a total of 12 blocks or 6 Players for 6 months for a total of 6 blocks, or 2 rounds each player for 12 blocks total. Because of the cost of postage, the swap is limited to the United States.  Block size is 9 inches.

Here is how the swap should work.  Please read completely for full details.  In order to sign up, please send the following information to me at luv2cutfab@gmail.com:

  1. Your name and address.
  2. Your email address.
  3. Your color choice such as red floral with cream background as an example.

Your partner for the month will have that time period (4 weeks) to make your block using coordinating fabric and she has the option of choosing her favorite method; it can be appliqué, pieced or whatever is comfortable for her but it has to use your swatch.  She returns the block to you and you then go to the next person on the list until the list is finished.

DETAILS:  Each player starts off with one partner and then works their way down the list until you reach the end of the list.  (If 6 players, then you would repeat for a second round or you can opt out.)

COMMITMENT:  There is some commitment to this swap and also to your theme or color.  Everyone will choose their colors/theme and your partner will make a block within 4 weeks.  Once the block comes back, you go to the next player and repeat, until you have reached the end of the list and you will have the beginnings of a new quilt! Think of it as a variation on a round robin, everyone has a chance to play and create.  Please note that if we go with 12 blocks, this will take longer to finish, possibly 18 months, as it will take time for mailing, sewing and then mailing again.  I estimate and hope for a month for each partner to finish.  Of course, if we go with 6 players, it will not take as long for the swap to complete.  Please read the swap guidelines very carefully on fulfilling swap rules.

PLAYERS:  This is going to be where the square dance comes in.  Everyone will send their fabric choices to me in the email to sign up.  Once the sign up is closed, everyone will receive a list of the players with their choices.  The person at the top of the list will send to the second person, the second person to the third, and so on, until we have gone down the list completely and then the swap will be over.

Thank you for playing!

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MYSTERY

WATCH OUT! ANOTHER MYSTERY QUILT WILL BE STARTING IN MARCH!

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Scrappy Quilters Welcome

Welcome to our new members!  My, we have grown in leaps and bounds over the past few weeks and we are happy to have you join us!

As you can see, our page is a little bit of a mess at the moment and I am intending to clean it up by letting you know what our group has to offer!   If you go to files, you will find General Guidelines for Swaps, and A Welcome Letter in there.  Please feel free to browse and ask questions.E

What do we offer in the way of activities or swaps, you may ask.  Right now we have, we have the Round Robin that is open until April 15.  It is not too late!  You can go here for more info:  ROUND ROBIN 2015.

We have a Once A Week, Keep Your Own Block that features a regular block and a Paper Pieced block that you make and keep for yourself.  It is not intended to be made as a quilt but just to challenge and stretch our capabilities in learning new techniques and skills.  More info here at:  ONCE A WEEK KEEP YOUR OWN BLOCK, 2015.  Of course, if you wish, the complete set for 2014 is available.

We also have the 2015 UFO Challenge.  Each participant has a chance at winning a FQ from my stash if they are the first finisher for the month.  More info here at: 2015 UFO LIST.

We are also starting/finishing (depending on how fast you sew) a Mystery Quilt called Spring.  The pattern is called Plaid and can be found at quilters cache at:  http://www.quilterscache.com/P/PlaidBlock.html.  It’s a fun, fast and easy pattern, hope you enjoy it too!

We are also doing a poll on doing a Lottery Block with a block called Pineapple without the paper piecing.  It is a time consuming block but a lot of fun. We just ask you to do one or two blocks for the lottery and whoever wins the pot, gets all the blocks.  Here is the link to see if you are interested or not:  http://crazymomquilts.blogspot.com/2014/10/how-to-make-pineapple-block-without.html.

But most of all, we are here to offer support, friendship and help!  Thank you for joining our group!

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CHARMS AND NOODLES SWAP 2018

STARTS: January 15, 2018
ENDS: December 31, 2018
SIGN UP DEADLINE: January 10, 2018

This is the perfect swap for those who would love to build up their stash, or to share some of their stash with others.

Charms: Size 5 inches
Noodles: Size 2.5 inches, LOF (length of fabric)

NOTE: This event will repeat every other month starting with January, March, May, July, September, and November. This gives everyone a month to send out and receive. This is a swap where you will send to each person on the list. You are responsible for posting when you send, who you receive and for postage.

Please read the guidelines in the files for more info. Sign up by emailing me at luv2cutfab@gmail.com. Once we have 10 players, I will send out a list of players.

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GARDEN FLOWERS CHALLENGE QUILT 2018

Since we have so many members playing along, I thought it would be easier to set up a separate group.  That way you can check on the 10th of each month and get your pattern.  Otherwise, with so many people, there is a chance that I might overlook someone with so many emails to go through.

I am in the process of setting up the group but please stop by and join in for the fun.  If you don’t want to do FB and prefer to have an email sent, I understand, just email me privately and we can arrange that.  Having the group makes it easier to manage and also a good way to get to know each other better as we sew along.

The group address is https://www.facebook.com/groups/122996508370620/  and is called Garden Flowers Quilt.

Thank you!

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GARDEN FLOWERS CHALLENGE QUILT

STARTING JANUARY 10, 2018
DEADLINE TO SIGN UP: December 31, 2017
REMEMBER: NO EMAIL, NO PATTERN
YOU MUST POST PICTURES TO PARTICIPATE.

THIS IS NOT A SWAP, just a challenge. In order to play along, you must sign up by emailing me at luv2cutfab@gmail.com. After we have our players the challenge will be closed. Then the patterns will be emailed privately to you to complete. Patterns will be posted TO YOU on the 10th of each month and you have a month to finish each pattern. Each row will have 10 (ten) 6 inch blocks for a total of 12 rows. Sashing and borders will be up to each player to complete, if desired.

YOU MUST POST PICTURES TO PARTICIPATE.

REMINDER: This will be a challenge quilt starting with easy patterns and then progressing gradually to intermediate-difficult. Some will be machine pieced, others may use applique and even a little paper piecing. This is designed for intermediate sewers but is open to everyone, if you dare. I hope that you will join us for this year-long challenge.

SAMPLE BLOCK: May or may not be used.  https://patchworksquare.com/mf/buttercup-quilt-block.pdf 

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SWAP IDEAS FOR 2018

Since 2018 is coming up I would like to get some swaps set up in advance. Relax, most swaps and challenges won’t start until February so we all have a chance to catch up with the holiday spirit and bills that follow. For more information on the swaps, please check under files, Scrappy Quilters Swap Ideas 2018. Remember to read the guidelines in the files. Here are a few that I think might be fun. Please note that Swaps will only be posted under Events if enough interest is shown.

Please vote for as many as you wish and if you have an idea, please post below.

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