>Quilt Block Swap Starting

>I have been asked how does one find out about these swaps that happen. Well, here is one that is just starting out, and you can join.

There is a group just getting started over on flickr called block of the month. This is a group all about sharing quilt blocks. If you sew or embroider, you can do this. Objective of this group is to swap blocks each month. Once you have enough blocks, you can assemble a quilt and show it to the group.

Blocks, hopefully, will come from all over the world because this will be open for international swapping. Please feel free to check out this group, see rules, and join.

I will have tutorials here for most of the blocks and a link to the patterns. You can sign up now for the group for sign ups for each month start August 1, 2007.

Thanks for checking this out
Take care


>Getting a few things finished

>My daughter finished her needle punch today. I thought she would have had it finished yesterday, but she burned out a little. Not bad for three days’ work.

daughters flag is done

I also finished a repair project I had been putting off due to time and sick kids. I repaired seven alter clothes this morning for my church. Then I drove 20 miles to return them and discovered I had two more to repair, so as soon as I got home I repaired the other two. This time I don’t want to be behind. I will deliver them this week. Two things we are ahead of right now. Trust me, that is amazing because I feel behind on everything at the moment.

repaired altered clothes

>WIP: Flag in Russian Needle punch

>My oldest daughter has a take-home assignment from her art class at school. During the semester she is supposed to make an item that shows at least one hour of work. She is up to eight hours of work on this so far and I think she will finish it today. This is how she wanted to spend Spring Break. Learning a new skill. She was upset when it was her younger sister learning how for a take-home assignment and not her. So when it came time for her do her take-home, she asked to learn what her sister had learned. I think children as young as five can learn how to do this if you thread the needle for them. Older children can thread the needle themselves.

front of flag

The design she came up with herself. We discussed a few things then I handed her a post-it note tablet and let her draw her design. If you do this, remember on the fabric the image is drawn on the back of the work and has to be a mirror image or something like a flag will be backward and so will words if you don’t plan ahead.

Flag in Russian needle punch back of flag

To see all the Russian needle punch that both daughters and myself have posted thus far, go here.

If you want to view just the photos and not the stories that go with them, go here on flickr.

I also started a group today if you do this type of needle work I would love to see it join the group and add your photos.

Russian Needle Punch / Punch Needle. Get yours at bighugelabs.com/flickr

>Part 6 Valentine done

>The second heart for the Valentine swap I am in at my hand-embroidery group is done. Now I just need to package them up, and get them in the mail.


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Now for the other Old Fashioned Valentine swap I am in at MJF. In that one, people sign up for swapping cards. The hitch is they all have to be hand made. I think we are up to about thirty people, so I need to get cracking on that.

>Part 5 Valentine Progress sort of

>I didn’t get to work on this as much as would have liked to this weekend. Oh well, this is were it is, and I had fun doing craft projects with my kids instead.

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>Part 3 Valentine swap WIP 2nd heart

>Here is the next heart pattern in the heart swap. This one is more simplistic than the last one. A lot more traditional as well. I will probably do a tiny bit of shaping with it, but I’m not sure yet. These hearts can be used in Crazy quilts.

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>Part 2 Embroidered Valentine Swap

>The first Valentine for the swap is now complete. It was my WIP for the day, but I finished it about 20 minuets ago. On to the next one which won’t be near as colorful or busy; more of the cupid and heart thing. I will make two more, actually my daughter wants me to make one for us to keep, as well. These hearts can be used in Crazy quilts.

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>Part 1 Valentine swap (embroidered heart)

>In the embroidery group I belong to on the internet, they are having a swap for Valentine’s Day. You can make either 1 or 2 hearts, and you get back as many as you make. I started one yesterday; the first one is about half the way done. It took about 14 hours to get to this point. Mine is in Russian needle punch embroidery. Sign ups for the swap are open ’till January 19, if you want to join in the fun. Just an FYI this is 6 inches across at it’s widest point. These hearts can be used in Crazy quilts or any thing else the receiver can think of.

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>Russian Needlepuch Nutcracker finished

>My daughter finished her Nutcracker. To bad she forgot to tell me it was due the day before vacation so now it is late even though it is done.

I think she did a great job on it. When she gets it back from school we will have it framed in a shadow box hard to tell in the photos but this has a lot of depth to it.

She has the second round of awards on Tuesday night. She doesn’t know yet, but she did win again. Not for her Russian Needle punch but for her chalk drawing. One of these days I am actually going to see that drawing because she completed it at school and entered it without me ever seeing it. Her Russian needle punch is in 3D art and there isn’t a division of that at the State level of the Reflections program, so it was stopped at this level, I think. She will have fun with the awards ceremony as the mayor of our little town will give her the award. Pretty cool for a 7 year old.

To see all the posts on my daughter’s Russian needle punch go here.

Update: Jan 2 2007 Well she turned it in today to find out it wasn’t late after all. It is due at the end of the semester in two and a half weeks. She thought Christmas break was the end of the semester. So all is good and it is early instead of late. Plus we may get the other one back from the art contest and she can still turn that one in too.

>Russian Needle Punch Nut Cracker


We have progress on my seven-year-old daughter’s art project.

I think she is doing pretty well and getting a lot done. To see what she has done so far go here. Front on right side of text back on left side. If you look closely at the pictures, you will see the needle is left in the work when my daughter is not working on it. The gold-looking tool top left in left photo.

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