These are probably going to be the last pictures I shall be putting on here of swaps I have done for the PP Mag forum. Reason = I have left that forum now but I do hope to keep in touch with some of the ladies who have been very supportive of me over the years I have been on there. I feel quite proud of myself for all the things I managed to set up on the forum and to this day are still continuing albeit now run by other ladies……………….. Postcard swaps, ATC swaps, FoQ swaps, Christmas swaps, Charity Quilts, Bookmark swaps, Birthday swaps, Secret partner swaps, Zapping UFOs, Fabric swaps, Bag swaps, as you can see quite a few things. I am really pleased some of these are carrying on. I hope they will for many a year as there will always be new ladies joining the forum.
I also managed to Quilt a few quilts for the ladies, which I thoroughly enjoyed doing, maybe some will still require their quilts to be done and if that is the case I do hope they will get in touch with me.
So quite a big chunk of my life has now changed as I used to spend many hours doing bits and bobs for the forum. I was made a Moderator – one of three -on the forum – which I hope Katy has now removed from my status as I requested before Christmas – hopefully someone else will join Tessa and Rosemary in doing it instead of me. I took that title very seriously, maybe to some folks eyes too seriously but heyho that is me. When I get something in my head I take it in full-on and throw myself into whatever.
Here then for you to view are pictures of stuff I have done since December for the forum, clearing swaps I am still in, some stuff is not here as I didn’t take photo’s of everything, but to date, I AM right up-to-date with the swaps for the forum as far as I know. I do believe there may be one more friendship block to do but haven’t heard from Katy so maybe I am wrong.
In case you are wondering why I have left this forum…hmmmm…Knitting….is the reason. I posted that I didn’t feel Knitting was the right thing to be on there as it was actually a Patchwork and Quilting site for a P & Q Magazine, so me being me, I spouted off as is my want, peeps took offence and I got some ‘funny’ messages, I was told I had actually scared some people!!!! I decided it was time for me to go. Just for the record I have nothing against knitting or knitters, just don’t want it on a P & Q site that’s all. Lots of my friends are knitters and that is great but heyho I spoke my mind – oops – and once again seemed to have managed to put my foot well and truly in it.
Anyway that is now all in the past and I have moved on as they say. The above tells you I was a very active member of that forum, bossy to the ‘nth’ degree but I got them doing stuff they had never thought of before and now just do stuff, plus there are an awful lot of UFO’s that have been zapped now. 🙂 Keep zapping your UFO quilts girls, for yourselves if not for me!
Here we go then, Friendship blocks – Marian requested Matrioska dolls but Japanese, these are the fabrics I chose to use for them, my best Oriental fabrics…
8″ Quilty swap – for Laura in USA this is the back – and this is the front… the Matrioska dolls for Marian, I decided to do a set of eight… this was a bag I made for Mal I think – she had sent me the maple leaf block for something we were doing but it was the wrong fabric so I offered to make her something with the block so as not to waste it – hence the bag… yet another friendship block for someone on the forum… this one I know was for Katy, I wonder what the quilt looked like when done, one of the ladies organising this swap designed this block herself, well done Alison… and another friendship block for someone… there had to be a Postcard in here didn’t there? This was for Irene in the Trip Around the World Postcard swap Di and myself set up, which Katy now runs, this depicts France, can you work out the pairings? Irene did bar one… Oh, now this was a tutorial I did for the forum. We had all made a quilt for Tessa who got married last year and I made her a bag with the scraps left over, some of the ladies said they would like to know how to make a bag like it, so I did this tutorial, if you hover over the pictures it will tell you what to do, these are the fabrics I used for it. When it was done I sent it to one of the ladies on the forum as a gift… there is no picture No.10, I got lost in my numbering hahahaha This was the bag I made for Tessa that started it…
If you go to You Tube and type in Tessa’s Tears, you will see the presentation of the Quilt we all made for her wedding. Annette – my daughter – did the video of it and made a darn fine job of it too.
So there we are, end of an era for me. It was fun.
I hope you enjoy all the piks. I also hope all the people have received all the stuff I have sent out since December, I know some have as I have been told by a kind person who has kept in touch with me. To her, she knows who she is, I say Thank you.
Actually, THIS is the very final thing for the forum on this blog. I set up a word association game on the forum where the ladies had to give the name of a patchwork block, the last letter of that had to be used by the next person for another blocks etc etc, I did warn them there was a ‘sting in the tail’ but they all carried on regardless. Such trust in me they had!!!!! Anyway when it had run for a while I closed the game and then told them the sting – oh my gosh – they had to actually MAKE each of the blocks THEY had put in the game, some had only put one so they were fine, but others had got quite carried away and put loads of blocks on. I told them if they didn’t wish to keep the blocks when they had made them, if they sent them to me, I would make quilts with them and we could have an online in-house forum raffle to win the quilts and the money would go to H4H. They all were happy with that, some would keep what they had made as they had chosen unusual blocks, which was great, stretched themselves you see, some said they would be sending to me. Well in the end I got 14 blocks, I had previously had a block from one of the girls which was wrong for another swap so I asked her permission to whack it in with these 14 to make a neat 15 block quilt. Here then, is the quilt I made with those blocks. The very very very last thing I shall be doing for them, I am sending it to Katy for her to do with as she sees fit. It turned out quite good I think, well, I am pleased with it. Hope they will be.
…and that, really is that now.