Maybe it appears to anyone who has stopped by that I got a new laptop then dropped off the face of the earth... well no not exactly. I have been more dedicated in keeping our family blog "Minorhappenings" updated for my family in KY to read... (my 74 year old dad just got a computer) and Dad calls often asking when I'm gonna post photos again :)
...but since I've not had anything quilty to talk about, I haven't made any new posts over here. Well, I've had one quilty thing I guess you could say -my Quarterly Mini 9 Patch Swap that I host over at the HGTV Quilter's message board. (these photos are from the past red/orange groups)
Thankfully all of my 30+ swappers are all very patient with me. :) July was such a busy month for us here - vacation to KY, Paul Thomas' surgery and then Vacation Bible School week... so I didn't get everything finally swapped and returned until this month.... and that was only possible thanks to my twice a week "helper" I have. Diane, 13 years old, is our Deacon's daughter and she's been coming on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week to watch/play/help with the kids. Now that Paul Thomas is climbing ALL the time, I just can't get anything done during the day.
After 3190 red and orange blocks to swap and return.... I'm so glad to be cleared out as of last week! Now I can try and get out my sewing machine and put it back on the dining room table... I gotta get busy on my mini greens for the next round! And maybe I will find my Star Struck Lotto Blocks and bring downstairs to have near by and kid of use them as Leader/Enders and work on both at the same time? We'll see...
As summer draws to an end, I won't be so excited when school starts back. Very excited for Nora who started this week (read that post here) however NOT excited about public school stating the 25th b/c... I've had a helper (13 year old Deacon's daughter) the last couple of weeks here helping me with the babies on Tuesdays & Thursdays. On the days she's here, it is so helpful to run errands in town and she stays in the van while I run into the Post Office, CVS, and other places... It will be hard to let her go back to school the 25th of this month!
and what you've been looking at while reading, if you are reading... is pics of the red and orange minis that I ended up with after swapping. I made some sets to be swapped and several of the swappers gave me a few of their leftovers (((my favorite hostess gift))) Leftovers, really add up!
I didn't include any of my duplicates in the photos... we had a great variety! Of course with over 30 people swapping we all have something different to contribute :) I am so pleased with this swap and so glad I thought of it. :) and thankful it is only quarterly! :P
For anyone readying and looking at the pics and want to make/swap/collect mini 9 patches... our swap is pretty much closed for now. I just cant' do much more than 30 people at a time 9most of who send in 200 each round)... but WE WILL BE HAVING A POTLUCK swap/ make up for anyone who missed previous rounds.. at the beginning of next year, 2009. Probably due in Jan or Feb. so contact me if you are interested and I can give you all the guidelines and details. :)
Love from Texas!
The listed below blocks have already been spoken for:
Group B=2, 3, 4, 8, 9
Group D=4, 6
Group F=4, 9