Baby Quilt Number Two

baby quilt 2

Quilt for a baby girl

It does seem sometimes that things come in threes! Between our family and friends there are three babies incoming in a five-week period, so I have been busily making baby quilts.

This is baby quilt two, for the only girl in the crowd. The topper is made entirely from stash. I picked up the backing at JoAnn’s, came home and remembered that I had one fat quarter of the great Tula Pink squirrels. They were a great focal piece to tuck in on this very simple quilt. Aren’t the colors yummy?

IMG_3265As always, I made it puffy (Minnesota babies need the winter warmth!) and used the Wrights Satin Blanket Binding all around. Babies and toddlers do love that satiny fabric!

Baby quilt number three is coming. Not quite yet, but soon!
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A Swapper’s Postage Stamp Quilt Gets Published

Have you traded postage stamp quilt (PSQ) charms with Nina T, one of our swappers from Sweden? I know many of you have, as Nina has taken part in several swaps. She has posted her progress on our PSQ Flickr pages, but this time her finished PSQ got a bit more attention.

The magazine Rikstäcket, published by Swedish Quilting Association, shared this striking PSQ with its members across Sweden. I am so happy for Nina that the magazine chose to feature her quilt!

Nina T quilt as featured in Rikstäcket, Swedish quilting magazine (c)Nina writes, “Quilting is a small hobby in Sweden. We have 10 million residents, but only 2600 members in the national quilting association. But we have many small guilds connected to the nationwide, approx 80.

“It took me 2 years to sew as leaders/enders and quilt and half (1120 pieces) of the charms are from swappers and half from my stash. I couldn’t have done it without the inspiration from your blog and help of my swappers.”

Congratulations Nina–on a beautiful finished quilt, and the well-deserved recognition. Perhaps more Swedish quilters will be inspired to join the next swap.
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Flying Charm Packs Everywhere!

head-full-of-squares2 thinking of swapsWe now have 984 little packets of PSQ charms ready to mail, or in the mail. This is the moment I enjoy the most. Once the matches are all made and sent out, I envision all the participants sending their little parcels out into the world. I see the postal workers sorting them, the parcels being put on to airplanes, and I imagine all the swappers and Newbies opening and sorting through their new treasures.

Getting to this moment I always hit a wall somewhere and say “never again.” But then I see the happiness that this little packets give, and I remained HOOKED!

If you do not hear from your partners instantly, give it a little time. People have lives, catch colds, and just plain get busy. Feel free to nudge them after a few days. If you email me with a problem to resolve, I will, but not until after work that day.

Next round: Sign up will be September 16-23, 2015. Find a friend to join! And start cutting.

P.S.: People ask if they can send me something for my efforts, and the answer is decidedly NO, please! I am trying to purge 35 years of stuff from my house, I am dieting, and I BADLY need to downsize my stash by a ton! The best thing YOU can do is get a friend to join next round, and find more Newbies! – Mary
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Patience Please! Swap Matches are Coming Soon!

PSQ Charms 4Starting tomorrow swap match emails will be heading out (at which point they close my email off for 24 hours.) They will trickle out over a 18 hour period on purpose, as my email provider always seems to think I am spamming people if I send out hundreds of emails at once. They will be coming to you from one of two email addresses: curious at maryeoriginals dot com OR curiousquilter at outlook dot com. Please remember to check your SPAM folder if you do not see it within a day or so.

PSQ CHarms 1When you get your email, you need to send emails to your swap partners and/or your assigned Newbies. Newbies do not need to send emails, just watch for them. Your partners may not have received their email yet, and you might even get emails from partners before you get the swap email. Just hold tight and it will come together as everyone gets their emails. Add to that the time difference between swappers located from Europe to North America to Australia to the Indian Ocean. Sometimes people have things come up in life and just cant write to you immediately. It’s all good! It will happen! In the 8 previous swaps only once has someone totally bombed out, so our track record is good.

PSQ Charms 5As your “where is it” emails pour in this evening, I just have to repeat myself. This is a rather large and complex swap. The rules tell you it will be a week before the matching is done, and that is usually pretty close to correct. Getting 800+ parcel assignments sorted out by size, and trying to honor your preferences for international or not, plus the newbies and donor pairing, then double checking it all–it takes time! I do have a job, a family, and last weekend included a staff retreat that was not planned before the swap dates were set. I ask your patience, and your understanding about why I am not answering all those emails tonight!

I am off to bed. Sweet dreams of little fabric charms to you all!
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Quilt for a Baby Boy

I have a FINISH!  Can you hear me cheer? It has been a while . . .

Baby Boy Block Quilt from The Curious QUilterThere are three babies coming to friends and family in the next two months. So there are three baby quilts, or “comfies” coming up to share with you. But not until they are given to the families, of course.

The first is for a baby boy, and it started with a set of Kona solid charms. Add the delightful Michael Miller Tara’s Fireworks fabric to the back, and you have  a simple but adorable reversible quilt.  Finish it with the silky satin binding that babies and toddlers so love–heavenly!

Flip Side Quilt for Baby Boy from The Curious QullterIn my family we call these Comfies. A Comfy can be a safe resting place on the floor or yard.  A Comfy can keep a toddler cozy right up until they move to a big bed, and beyond. A Comfy can be  a super hero cape, or a tent, or a great place to lay in front of the fireplace or TV.  Roll up in a Comfy, and you can unroll as a butterfly. Comfies are slightly larger than a baby quilt batt, and have lasted decades sometimes, even with regular use.

There will be more Comfies coming in the next couple of weeks.
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April 2015 Swap Closed

2015-postage-stamp-quilt-charm swaps-buttonMany thanks to all of you who have signed up to swap those addictive little Postage Stamp Quilt Charms this round. I will be starting the matching process this evening, but it takes a while, so please be patient. My goal is to clear up the questions and have all the swap partner emails out before 4/27/2015. Probably sooner! We have lots of new swappers this round, which should make for a fresh set of fabrics coming your way. And special thanks to all who are donating sets for Newbies. We all had to start somewhere and, if you are like me, you probably have plenty to share.Needle and thread line copyright The Curious Quilter at WordPress dot comsignature© 2015 by The Curious Quilter, thecuriousquilter.net, maryeoriginals.com. All rights reserved.

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