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PostSubject: Re: Xmas Tree Block Swap 2011   Sat Aug 13, 2011 12:09 pm

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Left turn here. Off Topic.

The potluck. I decided to do a variation of Knock You Nekkid brownies. But I didn't have any wrapped caramels. So I got out a cookbook and decided to make caramel. (Because IAmWomanHearMeRoar)

I know it was not funny when it happened but I am sorry it is hilarious to read. lmao
That whole " Iamwomanhearmeroar" crap has gotten me into trouble more than once. lmao

Love the expression Drama LLama. That is great. I have never heard it before. You definitely are not one. Like Helen said, we just care and don't want to stress you out. Cause I gotta tell you, trying to keep us under control is gonna be just like herding cats! lmao lmao lmao

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PostSubject: Re: Xmas Tree Block Swap 2011   Sat Aug 13, 2011 1:28 pm

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My biggest problem with OCD is that the smart ass who named it put the damn letters out of alphabetical order - was it supposed to be some kind of joke???







Ah, did I miss something here or what? What is OCD? Again, I feel stupid!
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PostSubject: Re: Xmas Tree Block Swap 2011   Sat Aug 13, 2011 4:10 pm

OCD - Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Did you ever watch "Monk" on TV? He had OCD.

Some of us are less disordered than others... lmao

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PostSubject: Re: Xmas Tree Block Swap 2011   Sat Aug 13, 2011 4:27 pm

Whenever I re-post the list of 'guidelines' I feel a bit guilty because I think it looks like I'm carving RULES in stone

Well FB I am thinking that you could get that slab of homemade carmel out and see if you can chisel something in it lmao

....by the way, after reading all of your posts on the brownie journey....I am thinking rhubarb crisp is in order for the potluck :mockery-017:

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PostSubject: Re: Xmas Tree Block Swap 2011   Sat Aug 13, 2011 4:58 pm

OH! Well FB, my family would gladly tell you OCD is what I have. My house has to be clean ALL THE TIME, dishes must be either in the dishwasher or cleaned and put away BEFORE I go anywhere or to bed at night. (I can't stand for my kitchen to be dirty! Big no Evil or Very Mad no) Once I sweep, mop, dust and all that crap, I don't want anyone tracking it up again. Hubby always seems to find a way to do this. Needless to say I get really mad.I don't go messing up HIS space......which by the way is the outdoors! At least for the summer months.







Also Tracy, if we lived closer, I just took a blackberry pie from the oven about 2 hrs. ago you could gladly have for tomorrow.





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PostSubject: Re: Xmas Tree Block Swap 2011   Sat Aug 13, 2011 8:02 pm

Well, memaw, I would gladly take you up on the offer of pie. Smitten

There's another chapter in the caramel saga, but I'll spare you for now. If my feet stop hurting soon enough this evening I might try once more. But I have tomorrow morning and rhubarb in the freezer if it all goes south.

So, I pick up the mail on my way home - what do I find? A fat envelope from golo! :affraid: Holy smoke!

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PostSubject: Re: Xmas Tree Block Swap 2011   Sat Aug 13, 2011 8:05 pm

Okay. Golo sent me photo copy of the pattern from the magazine so I could compare it to the pattern I made up. :mockery-017:



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PostSubject: Re: Xmas Tree Block Swap 2011   Sat Aug 13, 2011 8:40 pm

lmao lmao lmao Oh thats too funny, you must have been totally boggled to think Golo had already made her blocks lmao lmao The look on your face must have been priceless, would have loved to have seen it hahaha

Sorry about your caramel, I think caramel is almost as bad as gumbo roux sauce, it can be overdone in an instant. I did like mamu's idea of carving the swap rules in the caramel slab though, very clever lmao

Ummmm if you still have the rest of the brownie mix can you break it up and mix with some alcohol or cream and some dried fruit - cherries, ginger etc and turn it into little bonbons/truffles/chocolate balls perhaps? You could take a bowl of dipping sauce, raspberry sauce perhaps, make it into a yuppy dessert?

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PostSubject: Re: Xmas Tree Block Swap 2011   Sat Aug 13, 2011 9:19 pm

FB - I did not think you were being a drama llama, but I'm kinda glad you thought so. . . only because it made you use that expression. I love it! Drama llama has been officially added to my vocabulary. lmao
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PostSubject: Re: Xmas Tree Block Swap 2011   Sun Aug 14, 2011 2:01 pm

Ahem. The trauma of the Drama Llama (in her pajamas) will come to an end in about half an hour (comma) so we will return you to your regularly-scheduled swap posts shortly.

The saga of the caramel has come to a close. I just have lost the will to go on.
But look what I found in my pantry!



...and then I opened it tigger


Oh my. Into the bin.

Plan I-Have-No-Idea-What-Letter-I'm-On is to make strawberry-rhubarb clafouti. The one that I've made for years but keep forgetting about. The one that is in the cookbook I wrote for family members.

That one. doh

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PostSubject: Re: Xmas Tree Block Swap 2011   Sun Aug 14, 2011 3:39 pm

Someone remind not to go to any potlucks any time soon. They are toooooooo stressful. Thud

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PostSubject: Re: Xmas Tree Block Swap 2011   Sun Aug 14, 2011 4:36 pm

Laura and I are wondering what clafouti is? Its not a disease is it??? Shocked

Glad you binned that berry mix, it looked like some eastern block country had found a way to dump toxic waste on the sly!

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PostSubject: Re: Xmas Tree Block Swap 2011   Sun Aug 14, 2011 6:03 pm

lmao lmao I am not that fast, FB.... but I did get my red and white blocks and stars done... was hoping to get all of it done, but gkids got in the way... lmao lmao

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PostSubject: Re: Xmas Tree Block Swap 2011   Sun Aug 14, 2011 7:04 pm

LOL.....been gone away from internet all weekend....Im having fun reading all this!!!!! LOL
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PostSubject: Re: Xmas Tree Block Swap 2011   Sun Aug 14, 2011 8:39 pm

TxMaryQuilts wrote:
Someone remind not to go to any potlucks any time soon. They are toooooooo stressful. Thud

Nah. Not when you're greeted at the door with sour apple martinis. coolsmiley


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PostSubject: Re: Xmas Tree Block Swap 2011   Sun Aug 14, 2011 9:56 pm

Do they have any Bourbon? (real stuff) Sure looks fun is about to be had, tell all!!

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PostSubject: Re: Xmas Tree Block Swap 2011   Mon Aug 15, 2011 5:38 am

I'll take 2 please!lol! lol!





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PostSubject: Re: Xmas Tree Block Swap 2011   Mon Aug 15, 2011 7:52 am

Oh, I wish I were in that picture.
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PostSubject: Re: Xmas Tree Block Swap 2011   Mon Aug 15, 2011 8:40 am

FiberBabble wrote:
TxMaryQuilts wrote:
Someone remind not to go to any potlucks any time soon. They are toooooooo stressful. Thud

Nah. Not when you're greeted at the door with sour apple martinis. coolsmiley


My kind of potluck. Thumbup

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PostSubject: Re: Xmas Tree Block Swap 2011   Mon Aug 15, 2011 9:59 am

QBee - Mary Ann wrote:
Oh, I wish I were in that picture.

Next spring, Mary Ann, next spring we'll all be together!

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PostSubject: Re: Xmas Tree Block Swap 2011   Mon Aug 15, 2011 10:06 am

Okay I've cluttered up the topic with the potluck saga, so this got buried.

Here it is again, so it's easy to find!

  • Prewash your fabrics (all of them).
  • Do not use fabric softener or dryer sheets.
  • Use any fabric that reads 'red' 'green' and 'white OR cream'
  • Use fusible web for the trees, stars & trunks*. Iron down only, don't stitch.
  • Don't embellish the trees.
  • Make 12 blocks.
  • Label your blocks on the back. Some people use address stickers, some pin a little paper to the block. Give us some way of know who made the block. Name and location is enough, I'd hope.
  • Send all 12 blocks plus one 2 by (at least) 8" strip of red fabric from each of the blocks (12 strips) to FiberBabble.
  • Mail no later than 15 October.


Tilt the trees:
1. Gimpy Cat - left
2. texasmusicmom - right
3. FiberBabble - left
4. bizkitea98 - right
5. memaw4 - left -*no fusible, trace template & add 1/4" seam allowance for hand applique
6. golo - right
7. TxMaryQuilts - left
8. Shemoos - right
9. Marilee - left
10. Linda2B - right
11. BearFoot - left
12. Mamu - right
13. redmadder - left
14. QBee - right

Everyone should be able to access the pdf files from here:
OCT- Applique Shapes
OCT- Tree Block Instructions
When you print the Applique Shapes, be sure the "fit to page" box is NOT clicked.

There will eventually be 'finishing' instructions, but we've got a bit of time.

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PostSubject: Re: Xmas Tree Block Swap 2011   Mon Aug 15, 2011 10:31 am

I think I may get to work on my blocks today! clap

Some other thoughts:

  • Those who shared an opinion were for cutting off the sign up date and making oneblock for each swapper. I'd like to set the cut off at 31 August. Even when we get a new swapper on the 31st, we'll still have six weeks to build the blocks.
    --So, cut-off date 31 August, make one block (& 1 strip) for each participant.
  • Gimpy Cat, will you put a little scrolly-thing in the banner next week?
  • Is there anyone else who wants to hand-applique their blocks rather than fuse? We need to know before we start making trees, so speak up!
  • Gimpy Cat and Golo are having problems printing out the pdf I linked to, but they both have the original patterns. Some of you may have inadvertently printed out the pdf shapes at 'Fit to Page' or some other setting that would change the size of the shapes. I think that is a good thing. This is a whimsical pattern and slight differences in the sizes of the appliques will just add to the fun of the wonky trees.
    --Having said that, you don't have to do anything special to "make" your trees different sizes - just be aware that the blocks you receive will not all be uniform. And it's on purpose. Kinda.
  • Half of you probably already have my mailing address somewhere or other. I'll send my address to the entire list of swappers after we close sign-ups. If you want to send blocks sooner than the 31st, that's okay, just PM me for my address.


There was something else... Undesided Oh, well.

I still need to write up the finishing instructions for everyone. I haven't forgotten!

What have I forgotten?

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PostSubject: Re: Xmas Tree Block Swap 2011   Mon Aug 15, 2011 12:35 pm

Dear Ms. FiberBabble, You are an awesome leader. Thank you. Sincerely, Ms. Bee
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PostSubject: Re: Xmas Tree Block Swap 2011   Mon Aug 15, 2011 2:41 pm

What have I forgotten?


To send me my Martini. Cheesy

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PostSubject: Re: Xmas Tree Block Swap 2011   Mon Aug 15, 2011 8:14 pm

hmmmm that sounds good....I think I have some of the green stuff left over from last retreat....yeah, there it is .... CHEERS everyone Very Happy


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