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I just use the large Tyvek priority envelope. It costs a whole lot less than the box.


Sometimes I laugh so hard tears run down my leg! Lois
 
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I like Tyvek bags but as the blocks get embellished you may need to add a layer of bubble wrap to protect the glass beads. I also used padded envelopes but I rarely use boxes...too expensive. Just my opinion. You can do whatever you want.
 
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I like the priority padded envelope or they have a thinner box that is still in the cheapest flat rate


Kayla

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when u mail, if you fold the block into itself don't you think that would protect the embleshments? folding it 2 times.

patsy
 
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I used the tyvek when I sent mine because the large plastic bag fit nice and my block was flat. I guess I should have sent along a layer of bubble wrap but didn't think of it. Sometimes folding the block can't happen because of the embellishments being right where you need to fold it. Guess we'll just do our best to send them when the blocks come to us.
 
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Mail came and I now have Pat's block. Sent you a PM Pat. I need more instructions. Thanks
 
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Finally was able to piece my block today, it is a 14" circle for my DIL's kitchen (she asked for pink)

I will be mailing on Monday.


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That's so pretty. I'll enjoy working on it. I like the bright pinks you picked.
 
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Bea, I received your pretty block! Now to decide what to do on it.
 
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Glad you got it....anything goes, my granddaughter is learning on this block. She will be asking a million questions on how to copy this & that! She's been waiting a year for me to start it. I needed this push to get back into hand sewing again.
 
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bjeannes, love your pretty pink! I will enjoy working on this, too!
 
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Alexemmarose, your block arrived today! You mentioned you wanted everything gray scheme. So I'm thinking clear beads with silver/gray threads is not what you have in mind right? You prefer silver or gray beads right?


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Kathy, I made a few stitches today. Just to get comfortable with it. Tomorrow I think, I will be ready to thread my needle and add floss.Big Grin


Erma


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Pat, I think what you have in mind sounds perfect! Go for it! Smile
 
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I rec'd a block from Cr8tve1 today. I think I have picked out a section to work on, now to gather my "greens"


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Hi all,

Just catching up on this thread. Holee, can you tell me what kind of fabric you got that has the word - Love - written on it. I would like to get it for a cq project I am going to work on.

Mary
 
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Fishing, it's just muslin. I first tried it on silk but too much ink and the edges ran. The word love was not on it. I looked on the net for "love words", ironed freezer paper on the muslin and printed out some words.

Just want to say to the new to CQing ladies: If you are having trouble with this it is not just you! I keep wanting to add colors. Sticking with one color is really harder then I thought it would be.

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holee, thanks for your comments about how challenging it is to stick to one colorway...

It is very difficult to make yourself work against what comes naturally to you and stitching is no different. You have to think of everything in terms of values instead of colors...

Sure looking forward to what everyone comes up with! To all of the players~thanks for playing!
 
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I'm just starting my "thinking process" for the first block. This one is Mary's and it's a blueish, greenish, yellowish kind of block. Not a true monochromatic...a single color, or various shades of a single color.

The hints of cream, yellow, blue, and green make it easier to mix other things in...but still require that the overall "look" remain that blueish/greenish colorway.

I've pulled in the threads that I have to match the block fabrics...and since Mary asked for "a beachy style"...I've also pulled some nautical things. The sailboat, starfish, sand dollar, and surf board are not to the scale I'll need to use...but are just ideas at this stage. Some of these things will not be part of my final work...and others things might be added instead or inclusion of. We'll just have to see how the block develops.

Being the first to work on this block is important...as what I decide to create will set the tone of the block for the ladies following me. So, I will pay close attention to staying with the beach theme Mary asked for...and not venture out too far from shore!

 
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Shawkl, this is a lovely block and you have pulled some gorgeous colors to work it. I look forward to watching it progress. Thanks for posting pic...helps us all in our thinking...

Bjeannes pink block arrived in my mailbox today...will have fun pulling pinks...

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i got tammy's block today and it is soooo purty

patsy
 
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And I just opened up Kayla's block from the mail today. Really a nice block. She asked for burgandy and mauve colors so will put on my thinking cap and get to it.

Mary
 
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Mary feel free to use what ever colors you want I just gave those as examples to say I'm not really a pastel kind of person.

Kayla


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"All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream"
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Just sneaking in here to see your progress...these blocks are going to be so gorgeous! I've promised myself to actually try and "use" some of the CQ stuff I've collected after I retire. I might try this monochromatic look, I really like it.

So far - beautiful things to see...I'll stop back in a couple of weeks, if that's ok?
 
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Lindaboomer...thanks for dropping by! Come back and see us anytime! Looking forward to seeing the progress on these blocks also!
 
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Here's a photo of one of the sections I did for califgal's block.


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Bluesnail...lovely work! This will be a gorgeous block.

Just a reminder to everyone...monochromatic means one color. You will see that Bluesnail used green for the leaves in her purple motif...this is because califgal used a block that was actually a tertiary color scheme with three colors involved. califgal had asked me before we mailed our blocks out if this would be alright. I told her it was not a traditional monochromatic color scheme but it was her block and she could use what she wished. I suggested to her that she give specific instructions to her group on what colors they should use on the block as they wouldn't know which monochromatic color scheme she was interested in. She decided they could do as they wished and use any of the colors in the block. This is perfectly fine and is her decision for her block.

I just wanted to point out that if you are using a true monochromatic scheme you would keep to the one main colorway of the block.

Its all good...we are all learning with this challenge!

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...having trouble resizing my pic of bjeannes' block with several of my trims and threads pulled to work on it.

Anyone else ready with a pix??

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bjeannes block with trims and threads pulled...

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This is Pat's block. Silk ribbon will arrive on Tuesday and I also have blue pearls thanks to Shogun who sent them to me a few years ago! The packet on the left has blue stars in it.

 
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Colleen, those pinks look like fun! Pink is one of my very favorite colors to work with...so many flowers to do in silk ribbon!

Bea, love your stash of things for the blue. Those buttons really caught my eye...just gorgeous!

Can't wait to see what y'all decide to do!
 
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Have been busy working on Happy Erme's block staying Monochromatic is a real challenge sure hope she likes it.

Kayla


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Oh Kayla, that's just lovely! The little vine seam treatment is my favorite of all...and those leave beads are just so pretty!

Can't wait to see this close up as I'm sure it's even more beautiful than the photo shows!
 
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Kayla, your work on this block is just beautiful! You are SO right when you say it is a challenge just using one color...several times I caught myself thinking in terms of what "color" to use next. This is a creative challenge for sure!
 
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Any more pix ready for viewing??
 
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OMG all you ladies do such great work. i hope i didn't bite off more than i can chew on this RR. i'm not as good doing embroider as all of you are.

Patsy
 
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Patsy, you will do just great! It is all a learning experience for all of us. I have seen your work and you do lovely and creative stitching! Hang in there, girl!

Just do whatever you feel comfortable with. My first several RRs I had a couple of basic stitches that I used and reused on every block that came my way. Eventually you begin to add a little different twist on them with beads and embroidered scrolls or French knots or any number of things and suddenly you have done some new work. If you feel that you can only do basic stuff, that is A-OK. Usually when an RR is over and my block comes home I assess it and usually add stuff that I like right on to other people's stitching. I have even been known to move stuff around on the block if I don't like the placement. What I am trying to say is, I think we all have doubts and just know that you are interested and trying your best. I think we all appreciate so much that everyone is putting their own hands and work on our blocks and are just grateful for the friendship that goes into it all.

We are thrilled to have you and all newbies joining in the fun. We were all newbies once, too, you know!
 
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Oh, I forgot to say...if you see a stitch or something you like on someone's block that another stitcher has done...copy it!!! We all do it and that is how we learn!
 
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thanks Colleen, i just don't want the blocks that i work on to dissapoint the owners, i want them to be happy with the work that i did. i will do my best and pray that the girls like what i did.

patsy
 
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What a wonderful surprize. I love it! Thank you so much. you some great Ideas.
I started on Kathy's again yesterday. I did not like the way the silk flower looked so I pulled it and redid it. I still do not like the way it looks but the silk ribbon kept rolling on me. My pinky finger was numb this morning. I was not sure if it was related to the stitching but I rested it this morning. I plan to work on it a little tonight.

It is hard being the one to work on a block first. If I had a clue what others will be doing it would help. Maybe?!?
This is not a very good picture but it is some of the items I picked for Kathy's block.


Erma


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Great colors for Kathy's block. I've found that silk ribbon flowers are very forgiving. After you get a few on next to each other and some beads or stitching they fall into place and look good. You just have to remember that no real flower petals are the same, some are twisted naturally, while others may be larger or smaller. Sometimes if you lift the ribbon and make it puffy it changes it's look. You'll do fine with the choices you've made.
 
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Tammy check your PM please.

Patsy
 
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Happy Erme, the bits and pieces you have pulled to work on Kathy's block are yummy! She will be so pleased!

holee, thanks for your reassurances about SRE...you are so right that it tends to be forgiving once you get a few more things placed...I never like the flowers I make and shy away from making them because I don't think they are good enough but truly, once you add the bling and leaves and whatevers, it usually turns out okay.

califgal, your work will be just fine. Don't you worry about disappointing...the fact that you are participating is what it is all about. We all have different tastes and I ALWAYS worry that my additions won't be good enough. Sounds like you fit right in!
 
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I am finished with my portion of bjeannes pink block...I surprised myself and worked in just one area...normally like to spread it out over the whole block but it just seemed the thing to do...

bjeannes asked for "bling and butterflies". Once I stitched my first row with the pink pearl trim and herringbone stitching, the velveteen didn't want to lay nicely so I decided to "quilt" that part with little sparkly beads...I rather like how it pulled it back. Had a lot of fun working on this lovely block!

 
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Oh Erma...I love all the pretties you have selected for audition. I know that everything won't find a home on my block...but whichever you use will be just great!

And I adore silk ribbon flowers...so just cluster a bunch of them and you'll have made me very happy! Don't stress out...all will be fine!!

Colleen, loving your pink seams! Ingenious of you to quilt that section! Bravo!
 
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Wow my block is looking great! of course all the other ones are too


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