Monday, March 1, 2010

Needles at the Ready Girls!

The APQ Blogging Buddies 2010 Block Swap has begun!

The following APQ Bloggers are now confirmed as participants in the swap.

Liriopia - Liriopia's Legacy - confirmed

Marsha - Grandma's Quilts - confirmed

Katie - KatieMayToo Quilts - confirmed

Christine - StitchNiche - confirmed

Beth - My Creations - confirmed

Ruth - Country Log Cabin Quilter - confirmed

Kathleen - SeventhSister26 - confirmed

Joanne - Canuck Quilter - confirmed

Karen - Breezy Bree - confirmed

Ann - A Good Yarn - confirmed

Lisa - Unexpected Paths - confirmed

Mary - Stash Heaven - confirmed

Theri - Theri's Quilt Stuff - confirmed

It's time to start making your blocks and the instructions are here.

Marsha will be drawing the first two winners soon and their names will be posted on this blog. They will also receive an email.

Everyone in the swap will soon receive the name and postal address of all participants. Please post your blocks before the end of the month.

Please remember to post a picture of your blocks on your blog and email me so that I can post about it here.

Theri has already made her first blocks and you can view them on her blog. They look terrific Theri!

Karen has made some blocks too. Great block Karen - love the colours!

There is a post coming on using Flickr. Flickr is an on-line photo album where you can post lots of images. You can also add those images to your blog. It will let us see all the blocks and evetually the quilts in one place.

Ann, Marsha and Katie


  1. Where DO you find those fantastic pictures? Aren't we all glad we don't have to wear those constricting clothes to sew? I'd probably sew that tie right into my quilt besides...

  2. I love the photo! Costumes are optional right? I better get to work! :) Christine

  3. I made my blocks today, maybe I can get a picture tomorrow. I haven't signed them yet, I think I need a new pen but I'm not sure what to use. Now that I have them made, I don't want to mess up the writing!


  4. Me too! I'm having something like a panic attack - what if I make a spelling mistake? Glad you like the photo. Do you think they dressed up especially? They all seem to be in their Sunday best. Thanks goodness for the invention of t-shirts and stretch knit pants!

  5. I know this is a long comment, but I think it fits well here. I ran onto it in some of my digging around on the internet; thought you might enjoy it. Maybe it will explain why those ladies are so dressed up: *grin*
    "Advice from a 1949 Singer Sewing Manual"

    Prepare yourself mentally for sewing. Think about what you are going to do. Never approach sewing with a sigh or lackadaisically. Good results are difficult when indifference predominates.

    Never try to sew with a sink full of dirty dishes or beds unmade. When there are urgent housekeeping chores, do these first so your mind is free to enjoy your sewing.

    When you sew, make yourself as attractive as possible. Put on a clean dress. Keep a little bag full of French chalk near your sewing machine to dust your fingers at intervals. Have your hair in order, powder and lipstick put on.

    If you are constantly fearful that a visitor will drop in or your husband will come home and you will not look neatly put together, you will not enjoy your sewing as you should."
    Hmmmm----no wonder my quilting doesn't turn out as well as I'd like!
    Okay, gals, fix your hair, put on your lipstick and a pretty dress, and get to making those swap blocks! I bet they will turn out perfectly! ---"Love" (Your Pep Squad Leader!) And stop throwing that lipstick and those dirty dishes at me!!

  6. OMG, Love thats so funny, I would never ever sew if my house had to be cleaned first and I usually sew when in my pj's!!!! Would it count if I slapped on the lippy whilst on my jammies ????

  7. Me too! Flannels and a tank top! If "visitors" showed up I would just have to not answer the door. (The quilt studio is on the opposite end of the house so I guess that's a good excuse? Never mind that madly barking dog... )

  8. OK- another question. What sort of pen do you suggest for signing blocks? :) Christine

  9. What?! Doesn't everyone *prepare* for sewing like this? Is it really just me?

    Oh Love this is so precious - thsnks for sharing. I had such a good laugh.

    Regarding pens - I use a Pigma Pen Micron 05 in black to write on my quilts. I'll probably gently iron some freezer paper onto the back of the block then write on it. You can use the freezer paper quite a few times.

    I'm keen to know what others do.

    Cheers Ann :-)

  10. I use that same exact pen, and I first iron freezer paper on the back before writing. Next I cover it with a piece of paper, and hit it with a hot iron to set the ink. Then I rinse it to get rid of any excess ink.
    Maybe you could write "after" you cut and "before" you sew, now that you know from the first blocks about where you would want to write. That might avoid some anxiety! ---"Love"

  11. Thanks Love - your experience is invaluable. Some good tips there. Cheers, Ann :-)