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1  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Quilt Block Swap Round 7 (Sign Ups through June 30; Sendouts August 31) on: July 03, 2015 10:50:16 PM
I have both an Olfa and a Fiskers 18" x 24". Like them equally well. The Olfa seems to be just a tad thicker, if that matters. As AIMR pointed out, the Fiskers has a reverse side that's light (mine's light gray) to make it easier to cut dark fabrics. I seem to use my small 8" x 11" Omnigrid and my rotating 13" x 13" Fiskers the most though. The Omnigrid cutting mat is on one side and has an ironing surface on the other, then they fold together to make a folder. That's convenient for putting in a tote bag when I'm taking a project with me. I also use it at my machine so I don't have to go to my bigger mats for trimming small things. The rotary mat is what I use when I'm trimming up blocks. It's so much easier and more accurate than moving the block.

Went to JoAnn's to buy some white fabric today. I was only going to buy a yard since the muslin I chose was 108" wide, but there were only 2 2/3 yards left on the bolt, the muslin was on sale, there would be an end-of-bolt discount, plus I had a 20% off my total purchase coupon, so I did what any right-minded quilter would do - I bought it all!  Grin I now have the equivalent of approximately 8 yards of 42" wide fabric. Think I'm set for a round or two unless someone gets fancy-schmancy on us and asks for white-on-white or beige. LMAO because I'm probably the one who'll do that!

I almost photographed my half-full waste basket after I finished cutting most of Donniesgirl's blocks because I knew AIMR wouldn't believe me if I admitted to actually throwing away scraps that were big enough for a crumb quilt. For the uninitiated, that means anything at least 3/4" x 3/4". I'm seriously trying not to start a third crumb quilt since I haven't yet finished the other two.
2  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Quilt Block Swap Round 7 (Sign Ups through June 30; Sendouts August 31) on: July 03, 2015 10:50:31 AM
Fussy cut all 48 novelty prints for the Polaroid blocks last night. I've thrown in a few holiday themed prints just for fun. Who doesn't want a leprechaun bouncing around or Charlie Brown's buddy Linus waiting for the Great Pumpkin? And I didn't have to cut duplicates to reach 48. What does that say about my stash?!!  Grin Will need to pick up more white fabric though. Seems like we use a ton of solid black and white in our blocks some rounds, so those are both getting pretty low. Maybe I should just buy a bolt of each. Or maybe not since I'm also in the destashing craftalong and am suppose to be clearing out rather than adding to my stash. As Winnie the Pooh would say, "Oh, bother!"

Also have the first pixel block ready to sew. I had to cut individual squares for a few of the scraps but most are cut as strips for some speed piecing.

I have several other swaps I should be focused on, but it's always so hard to see the quilt blocks my partners want and not start sewing immediately.
3  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Stash Swap (Signup thru July 2; sendout July 16) on: July 02, 2015 06:39:23 PM
Last day for signups everyone. Will be geting partners out after midnight Grin

Yeah! Knew there was a good reason that I'm a night owl. Anyone need felt yardage?
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Stitching INCHIES Craftalong *JOIN IN ANYTIME!!* on: July 02, 2015 10:42:23 AM
The sea is my favorite. Love the texture you were able to create.
5  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Setting the Miniature Scene Swap signups 6/5/15 - 6/12/15, sendouts 7/10/15 on: June 30, 2015 09:20:59 PM
Confession: I'd forgotten that I even had a Dremel. I thought it would be so useful when I bought it, but the sanding pads are the only feature I've ever used.
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Quilt Block Swap Round 7 Gallery on: June 30, 2015 02:30:15 PM
This spot looks cozy. Think I'll claim it as mine.

Group 1
Donniesgirl - Pixelated Blocks
Alwaysinmyroom - Friendship Hexagon
Sloth003 - Icky Thump
Homerof2 - Maple Leaf

Group 2
Donniesgirl - Polaroid Blocks
Alwaysinmyroom - Whirligig
Sloth003 - Garden Fence
Brandyk - Chinese Lantern
7  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Quilt Block Swap Round 7 (Sign Ups through June 30; Sendouts August 31) on: June 30, 2015 02:22:53 PM
...the worse thing is having to put all the pulled fabrics back where they belong after the swap...

Amen!
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists on: June 30, 2015 05:55:47 AM
Kookaloo, that's gorgeous! The heart design seems especially appropriate at this time. Glad to hear dh is awake and aware. Continuing to pray for his full recovery.
9  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Setting the Miniature Scene Swap signups 6/5/15 - 6/12/15, sendouts 7/10/15 on: June 29, 2015 05:15:14 PM
 We took a huge (and hugely expensive, for us) step today and bought a 3-D printer!    Shocked

Wow! Our local university just bought one through a grant. Can't imagine an individual forking out that kind of money!
10  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Quilt Block Swap Round 7 (Sign Ups through June 30; Sendouts August 31) on: June 29, 2015 04:51:28 PM
I understand, Quaggy! I keep wanting to know if I should be cutting little squares for Donniesgirl and what colors to cut. At least my quilting fabrics are already color-sorted.  Cheesy You and brandyk are really going to fit in well with the rest of us. I've seen the part of your stash that you've posted. Maybe you should have joined more groups.  Grin
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