My Creative Mind

My Creative Mind

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Friends Around the World

Back when we first "went online" in our home (1996?) I scoped out a few internet quilt groups to see what was out there. MAN!!! You could find groups for just about anything and everything imaginable, very much like now. I joined a couple but soon found out that they weren't for me for various reasons. I did participate in a couple that were fun but like most things in life: time changes things and people. I joined a few swaps, both fabric and blocks. I did 3 sets...YES, THREE sets of Y2K swaps (WHAT WAS I THINKING???).

This quilt is from a set of Friendship Stars that I swapped with ladies all over the world. Vienna, Austria, Sweden...most from the USA but there are a few others in there as well. It was fun! Cher(R4B2), Linda(R3B4) and Veronica(R5B4) all have stars on my quilt as we were all members of the same group at the same time. I put the top together shortly after getting the stars but did not add borders until a few months ago. After I had the blocks sashed together another block arrived in the mail, that one will be used as a label on the back (which is why there is one corner of binding not yet finished.

I see that Cynthia has posted pictures of various swap blocks she found stashed neatly away. I know I have several more sets of swap blocks that have been sitting around as well as pieces to a rowrobin that I did 5 years ago. I am in a "forget the original plan, just get it done" mode so there maybe some quick finishes for me coming just after the new year.

OK, was suppose to be headed to a corn maze and pumpkin picking but I copped out and decided to stay home to finish a couple of tops, with the hope of getting them to my machine quilter by the end of the month. I better get to it or I will start wishing I was lost in a maze listening to the laughter and giggling and hooting and hollering of the kids...wishing I was stumbling around looking for the perfect pumpking....wishing I was digging into the picnic basket getting out the cups for hot chocolate...drats!!!! I should be at the pumpkin farm!!! Too late, the kids have already left! Drats and double drats!!!!


At Saturday, October 21, 2006 3:52:00 PM, Blogger Bonnie said...

What a nice quilt - and a nice reminder that you have quilting friends around the world!

At Sunday, October 22, 2006 2:31:00 PM, Blogger Susan said...

I love this kind of swap quilt! It's so much fun to exchange with people everywhere, isn't it? That's why I'm doing the crazy quilted hearts.

At Sunday, October 22, 2006 2:47:00 PM, Blogger Jan Mac said...

I love swap quilts too so you can remember some fun groups you've had. This one looks lovely.

At Sunday, October 22, 2006 3:02:00 PM, Blogger Nancy said...

I had many set of swap blocks from my days as a "swap whore". If anyone mentioned a swap I was right in the middle of it. Even if I didnt' really like the fabric or blocks being swapped. LOL! Which is why I rarely join a swap or group project of any kind these days. Just too many of those that I never did anything with. In fact many of them have been sent on to a couple different charity groups for them to finish up over the last few years as I've embraced the idea that I DON'T have to finish everything I've ever started. Including hanging onto all those swap blocks that I now have no interest in ever putting together myself.

At Sunday, October 22, 2006 7:38:00 PM, Blogger cher said...

glad to see this one getting close to being snuggled under Pam..or hung up and enjoyed-I still have my blocks waiting!

At Sunday, October 22, 2006 9:06:00 PM, Blogger Finn said...

Hi Pam, what fun to see your friendship stars quilt. I've seen Linda's I think, and pretty sure I've seen Cher's. It's fun to have blocks from other quilts...*VBS*

I haven't been all that enthused about the various block swaps, but I sure do like exchanging with a friend.
Sorry you missed the pumpkin patch trip. It does sound like it would be fun. And so nice to have the grandkids close enough to be able to do that.
I read the post below and your Pink bags are so much fun! The new stuff that has come out to "Think Pink" is quite the big deal now.
When I had my mammagram this month, I was given a pink ribbon pin and a pink peppermint candy..LOL
Take care, Hugs, Finn


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