Saturday, May 17, 2014

TOBE blocks, a sew-in and a Finish!

I participated in a block exchange, with my Treadle On group.  All blocks had to be made on a people powered sewing machine (treadle or hand crank).

I made 3 sets of blocks for the exchange, using 3 different machines (2 hand cranks and a treadle).  These are the blocks that I made.
12 of each block was made

Yesterday, in the mail, I got my 'squishie' full of TOBE blocks (Treadle On Block Exchange).

set #1

set #2

set #3
I received blocks from 11 US states and the United Kingdom.  I received 36 blocks from 14 different people, made on 19 different sewing machines.  The machines dated from as old as 1882, to as new as 1959. 

I'm signed up for 2 more exchanges this year with this group. 

On Tuesday, we had another sew-in with Quilts of Valor at the middle school.  I had one of the same boys as the week before.  He was really getting into stitching on the hand crank.  He even tried my other machine, a Kenmore.  Here are all the blocks he got done in an hour.
Williams 6 blocks
 Williams blocks, along with all the other blocks that were made on Tuesday, will be stitched into a Quilts of Valor top.  We've been invited back in the fall.

I finished Erika's quilt.  It's been washed.  She will be receiving the quilt later today.

Erika's finished graduation quilt
I have beginning quilting class later this morning.  Out of my 4 students, one is finished.  Two are planning on basting their quilts today (hopefully), and the 4th is hoping to get all her blocks sewn into a top today.  At least 2 of the ladies are planning on making more quilts.  Woohoo! 



9 comments:

  1. Quilting with kids is always a great time. So glad you will be going back to the middle school again. What a neat block exchange - love the signatures! As usual you have been one busy lady! Hoping I will find a little stitching time today. ~Jeanne

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  2. I have never done a block exchange with TOBE but you totally inspired me to check it out!

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  3. Love your exchange blocks... they look really good. But I am really impressed that a middle school boy is interested in quilting... you must be a heck of good (and patient) teacher for him to come back. Love his blocks, too.
    Hugs

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  4. Well girl, you are just as busy as me LOL!!! Teaching and swapping and quilting... That's a lovely graduation gift - perfect for a teen :) And I am amazed at all the blocks you got from everywhere - what a nice treasure to keep and remember!

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  5. I just love that graduation quilt! It turned out beautifully! You've definitely been busy, busy, busy! :)

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  6. That TOBE is an interesting challenge. Must be fun to see it all going together.

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  7. Look at the fun you have been having while I have been flying, and getting QOV stuff taken care of! I love those blocks William made! And, how cool to have so many blocks made by many different types of eclectic machines!

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  8. So nice to hear of a boy taking an interest in quilting. It would be wonderful if we could change the stereotype of who quilts. I would love to teach a grandson to quilt someday without him feeling that it's a female hobby.

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  9. How wonderful that you are sharing your skills with the younger generation! William did a great job, too!
    I love the exchange blocks. What a wonderful memory that quilt will be!

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