Saturday, January 31, 2015

Two more shops to swap.

Denise and Linda Th each have a shop ready to swap.
Denise made this one.

Linda made this one.

Polka Dot Roof to Swap!

Here are my store blocks. I will trade the one with the polka dot roof. 

Friday, January 30, 2015

Cathy - Quilt Shops Done!

I'm finally done! All five shops are finished with a day to spare. :)  I'm having a hard time giving these up.  I'm going to keep this one...

And this one...

I'm going to swap this one...

And keep these...

Deana, thanks for such a fun project.  I've had a blast making these blocks.  :)

Moira - Jan update

No blocks to swap from me this time.   Life has been too busy, so I'll have to buy the next block.

Hopefully Feb. will cooperate better, and I'll start to finally feel better after heading to the ENT to get this 5 month old infection under control and gone.

A shop to swap from Edith.

Here is Edith's block to swap.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

I have 2 blocks to swap this time. Lucy

Susan: One Block to Swap

I can only wish this were made on my hand crank Singer. It needs a bobbin cover that fits. This is The Quilted Horse, but there's no place for words, so the quilt works like the old Amish signs - a picture of what the store is.

Cheryl's Quilt Shop blocks finished

I made 2 quilt shop blocks, one to trade, one to keep.  Both blocks were made on my 1959 Singer Spartan hand crank.
1959 Singer Spartan hand crank
I've made all my other blocks on this same machine, but, I had been using the motor on the machine instead of the hand crank.  It's much more fun to sew with the hand crank instead of the motor.

block I'm trading

block I'm keeping
Notice the vintage sewing machines in the window quilt blocks.  If I ever have a quilt shop, it will have LOTS of my vintage sewing machines in the shop, too.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Cathy - Block Received

I got my last block in the mail yesterday from Jo....

Isn't it pretty?!?  Thank you Jo!  I love it!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Block Received

I received my block from Kathie.   It is so cute and so different.   I am not sure when it arrived as I have been out of town and it was in my stack of mail.  Thanks Kathie.

Quilt Shop Block

Quilt shop block to swap

The quilt on my shop is no match for Cathy's quilts! They are lovely. Mine is a bit homespun!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Cathy - Quilts for the Shop Windows

I just had to share!  I absolutely love these little guys!

Today I start building the quilt shops that go with the quilts.  :)

Thursday, January 22, 2015

three more blocks to show off

These are the pics that I will keep.  Once again the pics are distorted and cloudy. 
I have put the blocks that I have ready together and they look great. 

Shop block swap

This is the block that I will be exchanging.  I wanted to keep it but....I loved doing this row.  I think it has been my favorite.  Sorry the picture looks a little cloudy. 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Quilt Shops - Cathy

I got so excited when this month's pattern came from Deana because each shop pattern has a place for a tiny quilt to hang. I knew immediately that I wanted to play with my Dear Jane software and miniaturize some blocks to be the quilts in my blocks. Yesterday I printed up my patterns and last night I put together this little guy. This is D-10, Battlefield.


After I made it, I realized that I had made it to finish at 3-1/2" when it is supposed to finish at 3".  I trimmed it to 3-1/2" which is what you see above.  It looks like when I use it to make my quilt shop that the outside coral plaid will disappear.  Most likely this one will end up on a shop I keep because of that error.  I did reprint my other patterns this morning so they'll be the right size.  Don't you just love it???  I'm so excited about this.  Can't wait to get home tonight and start the next block.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Shop to swap - Lorri

Lorri has a darling shop to swap!  She also wants me to  report that she received Edith's beautiful block today.

flower block received

Thank you Cathy for the beautiful block and sweet note!  It looks gorgeous on my design wall with the other flowers in the garden.

Quilt Shop Lane

It is amazing what I can accomplish without the help of toddlers. These are the blocks I am trading

And these are the blocks I am keeping
These cute shops were fun to make, but definitely had to use my seam ripper more than once. 
Here is my Seam That Seam strip

And here is my Pinwheel Flowers strip
The variation in size of blocks is very interesting. This will be a fun quilt to  join and quilt. 

Daryl's Quilt Shop Blocks

Here are the quilt shop blocks I made. The first block below is the block I am swapping.
This is the block I made to swap. The little quilt that hangs on the shop can be set on point like this or...
...set straight like this. Whoever receives this block can decide which way they prefer it and tack it place on the block.
I made this block and added rickrack with French knots on the gable end of the roof. 
I changed the windows to square on this block (and the first block above that I will swap), I also cut the gable end with a curvy inside instead of adding rickrack. I did add red French knots. I will add a shank button for the door knobs of these shops after I make the quilt so it doesn't get in the way of the quilting later. Again I placed the little quilt on point here.
The little quilt on the shop is not on point like in the above photo. I am not sure which way I will place the little quilt. Perhaps one will be on point and the other not.
Here is another shop style. I had a few small quilt block stencils, so I stenciled this using Shiva paintstiks. I  added some embroidery by hand to enhance the stencil. I added some ribbon to the roof and added yellow French knots in the center of the flowers on the ribbon. This block got a bit wonky when I sewed it. Maybe it will look better when it's in the quilt and quilted. I hope so!
Here is another style of quilt shop. Again I added rickrack to the roof. Instead of a little quilt in the window, I fussy cut a sewing machine from a sewing notions print fabric.

Monday, January 19, 2015

I got mail......

AUSTRALIA POST has delivered my 2 blocks.
Block 40 from Lucy. I love the Suffolk puff. The block is also more green and yellow than it appears.

Block 48 from Deana. I just love the polka dot button.

 I am very happy my blocks are very different than the ones I have made. Just waiting on one more now.
I can't believe they are so much smaller than the quilt shop. I may have to make some more.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Blocks for Cheryl

I've received both my exchange blocks now.
block from Linda and block from Denise

Thanks for the great blocks ladies.


Quit shop to swap

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Another block received

Lucy received her final block from Edith today.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Block from Phyllis

I received the beautiful block from Phyllis today.  I just love it!   Thank you.


Yes, I did receive mine on Wed. So pretty, she did an awesome job. Thanks.

Cathy - Blocks Received!

I got happy mail!!! Look at these lovlies!

These are my blocks from Deanna, Ann, Marilyn, and Phyllis!  Don't you just love them??  Thanks girls!!! 

block received

Moira received her block.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

For a good chuckle today

This was posted on Facebook today and I just had to share!

2 more blocks received

The mailman brought my last 2 blocks today, from Moira and Trudie. They are beautiful, and now I can put the row together.
And Trudie sent a little gift along with the block. Cute coasters. Thanks Trudie. They will be put to good use!!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Block sent and block received

I sent my block off last week and received my block too and it is adorable!


Both of my blocks got put in the mail today. Should have them by Monday :)


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Lorri's blocks mailed...

I mailed both blocks  on the 5th- Lucy has rec'd  hers but have not seen if Moira got hers. I have not rec'd any back yet but the month is not over  yet. thank you for all you do for this swap

1 block received

I received my block from Linda today.  Thanks Linda.  I'm waiting for one more block to arrive.

Cheryl in Illinois

One more block received

My block from Lucy came today. It is beautiful. Thank you.
Getting started on the next row now.

2 blocks mailed out

I finally got both blocks in the mail.  One to Diana in NY, and one to Phyllis in UT.  Sorry it took so long.


quilters garden

I received my flower block from Lynn yesterday.  It's very, very pretty.  And the dotted fabric looks like the same dotted fabric that was used in the iron block I received last month.  They look good!

Monday, January 12, 2015

One blockk sent and one block received

I don't know what happened to the rest of my post earlier!

I sent my block to Lucy on January 5th and received my nice block from Tracy on Saturday, the 10th. Thank you, Tracy. You did a nice job. I will have to get some similar buttons for the rest of my flower blocks. I really like the look!

Block from Ann

The pretty block that Ann sent to me arrived today.  Thank you.  Very pretty.

One block sent and one block received

One block sent and one block received

Blocks received

I received two beautiful flowers from Lucy today.  Thank you.  They are truly lovely.

Received another block

The mailman brought another block today, from Betty, in Oregon. THANKS!! I love it!  And congrats on your new great grandson, too. Hope you get to see him soon. SOOO enjoyed my trip to meet mine.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

I received my second quilt block on Saturday.  Thank you Deana!  I love it.

Lyn received her block.

Lyn sent me this message:

"I received my flower block from Cathy Smith.  Would you put my thank you to her on the blog?"

Blocks received

Got home from my trip today. and there were 3 beautiful blocks waiting for me, from Cathy, Phyllis, and Linda Th. They are all gorgeous and will match my colors beautifully. Thank you ladies!!
Have to show off the great grandson in the quilt that I made for him! He is now 3 weeks old, and I hated to leave and come home

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Quilt Shop #5 is ready!

I just emailed out Quilt Shop #5 so watch for it.

Lucy reports in.

All my blocks went out yesterday. I have received 3 of 5 so far. They are wonderful!!

Friday, January 9, 2015

quilters garden

I mailed my flower block to Cheryl today.  Hope she likes it!!

Edi received a block.

I received my first block today from Darryl in NM. It is absolutely gorgeous !! Thank you Darryl. 


Lorri's blocks mailed.

I mailed my blocks on Jan 5th too Lucy and Moria.  They should  receive the  blocks  soon.
My block is on the way to Trudie.

block mailed to Ann

Block headed to Utah to Ann in todays mail.


I am in bed with the flu.   My blocks will not be mailed till Monday.   I am so sorry!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Received my first flower

I received my flower from Ann today.  It is SO PRETTY!  I love the fabric so much.  Thank you so much!

Thank You Ann!

I received my block from Ann in Utah today and I love it! Thanks Ann.

I got mail!

I received a block from Ann today.  It is fabulous and so very cute.  Thank you Ann, it will go great with my project.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Shop to swap!

Linda Te has a quilt shop ready to swap.  

Block 4 Quilt shop is done

I have finished the embellishing on my next blocks. I decided to do block 4. I have done them the same fabrics but different embellishing. The one with the black writing is mine to keep and the other is to swap. I found a cute little scrap I could use as the quilt so a Christmas theme it was.
Hope everyone else has fun with these blocks.

This one is to swap 

And this one is for me to keep

Blocks Mailed

I mailed out my flower blocks today.  I hope they make it to all of you safely:  Jo, Tracy, Cathy, Marilyn, and Lucy.

sent blocks

I sent my blocks to Ann-UT, (which I also received the one that she sent to me the same day), Cathy-TX, Vickie-UT, and Trudie-TX today Jan 7th. 

Mail is on it's way!

I mailed quilt blocks to Marilyn and Pam today!

Block 1 QUILT SHOP LANE is done

I have done two block 1's today....there are a lot of pieces but I got there.
I made my own quilt design for the window. I strip pieced a block then cut it up to make a pinwheel.

Here is "Nancy's Cupboard" quilt shop to SWAP

And then there is "A Quilter's Home"  for me to keep.

I have also made two block 4's but they still need embellishing. Photos to come.....

I have put my 3 Pinwheel Flower blocks.. No 14, 15 & 16 in the mail to Linda, Deana & Cathy.
Hope they don't take long to reach you and that you are happy with them.