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TTMT Friendship Swap

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friendship swap 2020

Hello fellow TTMT Video Makers!

After several suggestions and conversations with you wonderful people, I am pleased to share an invitation to join your fellow Talk To Me Tuesday Video Makers in a Friendship Swap!

To make this as easy and stress-free as possible for everyone, this swap will work a little differently than the ones we’ve had in the past.

Each swap participant will make:

  • 1 wall quilt, 15″ – 18″ finished
  • The quilt should be friendship themed!
  • It can be pieced, paper pieced, appliqued, or embroidered, but it does need to be a quilt.
  • Please include an option for hanging: sleeve on the back, corner tabs, etc.
  • Please sign and/or label your work.
  • You may include one other small item (postcard, bookmark, etc.) but it should be small. Please don’t go crazy, we want to keep the swaps as even and fair as possible.
  • Please do your best work. We’ve all had a stressful year and this is intended to bring both maker and recipient a bit of friendship cheer!

We won’t have sign-ups today. Instead, you will sign up when you have COMPLETED your quilt. I hope this will encourage as many people as possible to jump in and play while keeping this as stress-free as possible.

In order to participate, your swap should be completed and the sign-up form submitted by FRIDAY, AUGUST 7, 2020. Sign-ups will be open July 28 – August 7, 2020.

Once everyone who has completed a wall quilt has signed up, each person will receive a random person to send to. We’re all TTMTers and we’re all friends. Just think “Friendship!” Feel free to show your progress in your weekly videos. I think it’ll be fun to share since we have no idea who we’ll be sending to. How much, if anything, you share is up to you!

Send-to addresses will be sent no later than Tuesday, August 11, 2020. Please mail by Tuesday, August 18, 2020.

And don’t worry, I’ll be sharing a reminder every week. 😊

Please do let me know if you have any questions!

Ready, set, GO!



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TTMT Swap?

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Hello friends!

I’ve been pondering a small swap for our video makers. I know that many of us, myself included, could use some cheer and connection to our dear friends.

With that in mind, would any of our TTMT video makers be interested in a small relatively simple swap? I was thinking possibly fabric postcards, but I’m more than open to other ideas. It could be a “swap one small thing with everyone” or “make one thing for one person” swap.


If you have not made a video in a while and think you might like to come back, this would be a perfect time!

I’d love to know your thoughts. ♥



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The Heat is On…

Hey all! Our central air went out on Friday and the entire system is being replaced today so I will be posting tomorrow. Since I always post on Tuesday, and there is so much uncertainty in the world, I didn’t want anyone to worry. Love you all, see you tomorrow! 💜

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Popping in

Hey there, just popping in to say hi. No video this week from me, but I will try to do it this next week. Tuesdays are a little busy so maybe Wed. By then I hope to have something to show you, too, even if it’s not finished.

I’ve been really fighting the ennui and pandemic depression stuff. Jennifer has kept me from going into the abyss completely, and has cheered me on as I struggle to work my way out and into a crafty place. Part of my self-imposed therapy has been spending money on some crafty-related stuff. Retail therapy does help a bit, and I am fortunate we are still both working and I am able to do that.

Judging by the lack of videos this week I am guessing I’m not the only one battling to regain their crafty mojo and ability to smile on camera.

Know that I love you and miss you guys, and I will be back this next week with something to show, even if it’s just the light I hung over my quilt frame this past week.

Everyone take care and see you next week!

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WordPress posting issues

Hello, all!

Both Jeanie and myself had some trouble posting this week. If you click “publish” and get an error message, check the Post Drafts. Your post will automatically save there and we have both been able to post what we’d already written. It’s not ideal, but it’s better than having to do it all again.

If you aren’t sure how to get to the drafts, let me know and I’m happy to check for you.

Love y’all!


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Holding Pattern

I swore I was going to make a video this week, but as it hasn’t happened yet, and I have absolutely nothing crafty to show, I am going to wait and try to record on Monday so I can get my butt organized to post on Tuesday.

Things that have happened since last week: My new Juki 2000qi machine arrived, yay! Unfortunately I was missing a couple of key components to hooking it up on the Qzone Hoop quilting frame, but those parts should arrive Saturday. So I am gearing up to (FINALLY) start quilting again. My plan is to master this set up so that I can quilt ALL THE THINGS.

I sold my Arrow Gidget I table today on Craig’s List for only a little less than I paid for it, which is awesome. Some of that that money is going into the crafty kitty to save for “other things”. Meanwhile I’ve moved the Pfaff back onto the desk I was using before I bought the gidget. Yes, I know I have only had the table since May, but I’ve never been happy with it. It was “kinda” ok for the Kenmore, but I sold both my Kenmores to help buy the Juki. Priorities! I do not need 5 sewing machines, I do NOT.  That being said, the desk isn’t great for sewing with the Pfaff either, but it will do until I find something I think will work better, or sell the Pfaff, whichever comes first (Pfaff is currently listed on Craig’s List, too). As always, my project room seems to be a never ending work in progress, but I decided as long as I have my Singer 301A as my travel and/or emergency back up machine, I didn’t need the two Kenmores, anymore. I had kept the big one more for sentimental reasons than anything else. It was my aunt’s. I learned to quilt on it. I pieced and quilted TWO PoDs on it. But it was big, and it was a pain to have to use cams to do the different stitches, and I only have so much room and it just wasn’t WORKING for me and what I do as well as it used to. And the little one was so darn cute! But I didn’t need it the way I needed to be able to quilt again.

Other changes are coming, too, but let’s leave it at that for now. I think that’s enough to be going on with for now, don’t you?


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Bags, the Final Half-Dozen

I did not have time to record yesterday and won’t have time today, as I continue cleaning up the project room this morning before work, in the aftermath of the great bag-making endeavors.  In the end I made 13 bags and have delivered them to specific coworkers between Monday and Tuesday of this week. I have some canvas left that I’m going to use for some bags for my own household. That being said, I already got the best commentary from one of the recipients of a bag that was a lightweight denim on the inside and a cotton on the outside with a print of various vegetables. She got her bag on Monday and she took it to Trader Joe’s that evening. 2 different people approached her and wanted to know where she got it! hearing something like that always makes me happy. And in this case makes me thing I might want to consider making more of these to sell at a future date.

By pressing and cutting the fabric pieces and preparing the straps in advance, I was able to crank out 6 of these babies in one day! Well worth the prep work. I used the following tutorial as the foundation for these last 6 bags, but I increased the fabric length of both the outside and the lining by 6 inches, and I also did french seams, and boxed the corners. Because of the french seams, I did not cut off the corners after boxing them, I just left them inside since their seams were finished. I will put the video tutorial which I based my final bags on below.

Meanwhile, Have pics of the last 6 bags. There are two bright green with red lining, one with a print of condiments and same red lining, and 3 with veggies on the outside and denim on the inside.

See you next week!

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Hoping for a little help from my friends

Good morning and Happy Friday! I want to make a quilt for someone who really really really wants this one she saw on facebook. Of course it’s from one of those horrible “quilt blanket” scam sites that steal people’s photos. I have been unable to locate the original source of the photo/maker of the quilt.


I have told her it is highly unlikely I will be able to find that exact panel, which looks digitally printed to me. However, I know some of you have mentioned that you have bought panels and then had them sitting around, so if this happens to be one of them, I would be willing to buy it from you or swap or something. Whatever we need to do. Meanwhile, if you have seen something even kind of similar, even if it’s in a different colorway, would you please clue me in? Because I can’t find anything like it other that these stupid scam sites. It needs to have at least one big butterfly whose wings are spread open like these. If it’s the wrong color maybe I can overdye it or something.

I’m less concerned about the border fabrics, all I need is varying shades of the same color and I can do piano keys or something.

I’m on a mission!

Thanks in advance…