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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Re: Quilt block swap on: December 07, 2018 05:11:43 AM
sounds like fun am game

would be nice to get a lot of the old group back in on the swap again

Homerof2 suggested I ask you about organizing since you were the last organizer.  Cheesy

Hey, I didnt mean ask carolmb to organize another round, I suggested talking to her before YOU start another round, to be polite ... we all know Craftsters are polite  Grin

Im in for another round when DONNIESGIRL starts it.  Cheesy Wink Grin Smiley

I don't mind - either way.   Grin
2  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Need ideas for a really weird diet. Please read because I need help desperately on: October 28, 2018 11:39:52 AM
Just curious but are your kids old  enough that you could get them involved in the preparation and cooking?   I was in middle school or so and my dad would let me pick a meal to make for the whole family like once a week and it's a life skill. My youngest had food allergies when he was younger and my husband is diabetic and I know it's really stressful when you're trying to find recipes that will work for everyone.  So maybe you could leverage the rest of the family too?

 As an egg substitute I've often see you a mixture of chia seeds and water floating around out there  on vegan websites.   Chia seeds aren't expensive and actually my Kroger even has them  so you don't necessarily need to find in natural food store.

 I'm also a fan of Dreena Burton's recipes so you might see if you can find some of her cook books at the library.   She is vegan but you could just cook up some meat to go with whatever if you need the protein for the diabetics.
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Quilt Block Pattern Recommendations on: October 26, 2018 09:29:35 PM
I think they're beautiful fabrics and I think they'll go nicely together but I have no qualms about mixing patterns.   Grin. If you're nervous about it, though, maybe do something with a lot of white or another solid in it to break it up.  One block that I think lends itself to bright colors is the Garden Fence Quilt block.  Or check out some of the patterns on Gen X Quilters Block Library.  If it's your first quilt, though, I'd recommend something that is not paper piecing.  From one experienced sewer to another.   Grin
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Quilt block swap on: October 26, 2018 06:15:51 PM
I was thinking January too.  I have a couple rag quilts I want to make for my boys for Christmas and it will give us time to look for blocks.  Smiley
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Quilt block swap on: October 25, 2018 12:46:00 PM
sounds like fun am game

would be nice to get a lot of the old group back in on the swap again

Homerof2 suggested I ask you about organizing since you were the last organizer.  Cheesy
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Quilt block swap on: October 23, 2018 05:53:37 PM
Any interest in a new round?  I think it's been a couple years...

This is the last round I think: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=442707
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Quilt Block Swap Round 9 on: December 09, 2015 11:57:39 AM
quaggy - You're not the only one to request smaller blocks.  I have done that myself (raw edge circle blocks, polaroids).  On the polaroids, I requested more than 3 blocks because they were 3.5" square.  I did the arithmetic to come up with the number of squares that would use the equivalent amount of fabric.  The Garden Fence Block has been popular on a few rounds too & one person adjusted the measurements to get them to 12.5" squares and other people left the original measurements.  This happened on the same round, so then it caused confusion on that round and the next round, people were wondering if they needed to adjust to the 12.5" or not.  Quilters like lots of very specific instructions.   Grin  Anyway, sloth PM-ed me on your blocks because they were quite a bit smaller than the 12.5" "standard size" and I think she was afraid you might be getting shorted on your fair share.  But at that point, I think we were 3 weeks in & so I left it to you all to sort out.  It was something I probably should have thought about when we were doing sign ups.

Homerof2 might have something to add.  She didn't participate this round but has participated in quite a few in the past.

I like to be encouraging to newbies because I think we have all been there.  I certainly don't consider myself an expert.  I think my seam allowances might be a bit off on my machine, but I do try to measure along the way.  No one has ever PM-ed to tell me if I'm doing anything wrong & I think I've only sent one set of blocks where I just couldn't get them to turn out to the correct size.  I was upfront about it though.  And it wasn't for lack of trying.  So yeah, if there is something I was doing wrong, please PM me so I can fix it in the future.  The way I look at it is if you don't tell people, they will keep doing whatever it is.  Although I think I would PM them so they aren't embarrassed.

So these are the proposed changes I'm hearing:
   ~When you send, you have to send everyone at once.  This is to keep the organizer sane.   Wink
   ~No paper pieced blocks
   ~No applique (we don't get many of these anyway)
   ~Sounds like we keep things as they are on color schemes

Fussy cutting was another complaint I'd received.   Comments on that?
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Quilt Block Swap Round 9 on: December 08, 2015 10:55:52 AM
Another item that was brought to my attention was insane color schemes.  Any comments about those?
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Quilt Block Swap Round 9 on: December 08, 2015 09:10:35 AM
It ran as usual for me sloth.  Smiley  I was asked to set up this thread to see if there was improvements that could be made so I opened the discussion.  And your point about people communicating rather than quietly being unhappy is also a good one.  I felt bad on that Japanese quilt pointing out that panda bears are not Japanese but I did say something.  Wink  But also construction techniques were mentioned - such as pressing towards darks rather than lights. I am probably guilty of that because if the darks have too much bulk, I will press towards the lights.  The idea that we should help each other improve our techniques was mentioned.
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Quilt Block Swap Round 8 Gallery on: December 08, 2015 04:35:23 AM
Sorry - I've been swamped at work and busy at home.  No school shootings or earthquakes.  The baby is 14 months.  Cheesy  It's a lot of PMs so I like to do updates on a regular computer screen instead of my phone.  The baby toddler likes to bang on the computer so I try to update at work...but as mentioned, I've been swamped. 
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