Saturday, November 14, 2009

New group for endless swapping

I have take the suggestion of several friends and created a Pieces of Friendship Yahoo Group. This group is open to anyone who cares to create puzzle shaped art and swap them out with another.
With my family life needing more attention lately, I decided the puzzle swap would be a perfect candidate for a Yahoo group. Much like the chain of hearts Yahoo group.
You just click on the button to the right and join. Fill out your info in the database and you will find the pattern for the sheet of puzzle pieces to print out in the files.
When you finish a puzzle to swap, you post make a photo album..I will help if you need me. Only post a piece and choose another if you are ready to mail it out within a day or two. I will post more soon.
Please take a browse and let me know your opinions.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Puzzle swaps growing

My friend Lisa had a puzzle swap for her group Art4mail. Check it out. Very neat Lisa!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Mailed last puzzle pieces ......whew!

Finally....Darlene D, Gina B, Laurie W, Orinda S, Mary S, and Terisa H...your puzzle pieces are on their way. Whew! I am sorry about the terrible packaging but I wanted these in the mail today so I rushed. I have no idea who got what, I just placed them in envelopes and addressed each one. These are the last ones....I think. If I missed someone who exchanged with me this time around, please let me know and I will check my records again.
Again, so sorry for the terrible wait you had. I love all of my pieces and look forward to swapping more. Let me breath first, LOL.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Mailed off five!

I am getting there slowly but surely. Summer has been hopping and I have been doing the best I can in working on everything. These five were mailed out and hopefully arriving to their destinations. I have a few more to make...sorry ladies. I am getting there. I just heard Liz received hers today!! Yes!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Working on puzzles..................

I really am close to mailing off the final puzzle pieces I owe. This is not typical of me, and I do apologize. I bit off more than I could chew, being summer and all. (Gotta blame it on something)
Proof that I have been working on them.....just a peek of two.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Browse blogs.........

Hi everyone. All the pieces that I have sent should have arrived by now. Please browse the blogs on the sidebar to see where your pieces ended up if you like.
I will be working on the IOU pieces the next couple of weeks and ship them off upon completion instead of waiting for all to be finished. Please let me know when they arrive. Thank you for your patience :-)
Happy and safe 4th to ladies in US!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Another puzzle piece..

I finished another puzzle piece today. My Cottonwood allergy has left me with a raw throat and feeling lethargic. Although I feel like I could sleep for days I decided it would be best to keep moving forward so I grabbed a stitching project, bottle of water, turned on the fountain and planted myself in the garden for a few hours. I made progress on a birthday project, and completed another puzzle piece. I need to finish the edges and off it goes.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Another puzzle piece

Hi ladies. Sorry if I sounded like I was complaining in the last post. Sometimes I capture the moment in words, but no way was I complaining, and yes, I do want to do this again :-)

After I cleared my mind, which wasn't too hard, LOL, it all went smoothly.
I finished another piece with two more in the embellishing stage.This just needs the blanket stitching. I love this image of the little girls.
Tomorrow I must work on a birthday gift for a surprise party next week, then back to making puzzles and the big gift shop order. Little bit at a time.......
Just like I tell mom when she looks forlorn at the dune we are about to climb, look down at your feet and take small steps...little bit at a time and before you know are at the top with energy to spare!
Anyway, forgive my rantings, I enjoyed this swap and look forward to more. However I will be better prepared to swap next time. :-)
Have a great evening.

Mailing tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!!!

Whoever is standing in line behind me tomorrow at the post office is going to be one unhappy camper. I swapped out the puzzle pieces and have them labeled,packed,and in a bag ready to head off in the morning.
Some of you will have an IOU for a puzzle piece from me. I have started working on them today and will ship them off as I finish. I hope that is ok. I didn't want to hold up your other pieces, so I will just ship mine separately.

I found a way to swap out the pieces fairly. First I set aside the swappers who definitely wanted to swap with me. I then swapped one of mine with theirs until I was out. Next I made piles of pieces according to names and turned them upside down. Then I chose 4 pieces from random piles until all were gone. I checked to make sure the pieces tagged for certain people were swapped correctly. Finally, the not so fun part, addressing envelopes and filling out custom forms. I am really sick of writing my name by now, but so happy I am finished.

These will ALL be mailed in the morning. Thanks for your patience, your kind gifts, and for playing along in the Pieces of Friendship swap #1.
I will post info in the Fall for the next round for those interested.

Thursday, June 4, 2009


A view of all puzzle pieces.........
These aren't assembled properly, but it gives you an idea of how many were sent. Wow!

Whoa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Swapping them out

Alright,I think I left my organization skills in PA, or somewhere along the trip.
I sat in the floor with DH last night to swap out the pieces.....first it yourself. It became such a mess that I have put everything on hold until after class on Saturday. I will not be mailing these out until next week. I just wanted to let you know so you won't be expecting them sooner.
I know I wouldn't have been overwhelmed if I didn't have class prep on my mind, or if I had all of my own pieces made to swap out. I only have 8 done. These are the last four I finished.
I am so pleased with the turnout from this swap. Everyone did such a beautiful job and I can't wait until everyone receives their pieces.
I want to thank each of you for participating and hope you will want to continue as the swap continues in the Fall.
I also want to thank you for the thoughtful and generous "gifts & bribes" you sent. I love everything and can't wait to play with my new items.
Hang in there , I will get these sent out very soon :-)

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Terisa Brooks-Huddleston

Terisa sent her pieces as well.Beautiful vintage fabrics used for crazy patch pieces and embellished with embroidery,beading,and sequins.Great job Terisa!

Jody Shields

Jody Shields also sent pieces to exchange. Fun pieces with beautiful buttons. Great job Jody.

Wendy Shu 9 pieces

Also 9 pieces from Wendy Shu of Singapore arrived. Quite an amazing selection of embroidered and beaded pieces. Wendy included a tatted charm for each recipient, and your piece will be tucked away in an organza bag.
I have included pictures of each one because the group picture was too blurry. Sorry, but I'm sure you don't mind pretty eye candy!
Thank you for the gorgeous goodies Wendy. WOW! You really shouldn't have. Great job!

Kathy Vorenberg

Pieces arrived from Kathy Vorenberg. Beautiful fabrics with amazing beaded embellishments. Great job Kathy!

Pieces from Freda Butler

Freda Butler's pieces arrived also.Beautiful felted pieces with embellishing. Wonderful job Freda. Thank you for the amazing variety of goodies. So much, I couldn't believe my eyes.

Orinda Spence

Pieces from Orinda Spence. Crazy patched, heavily embellished pastels. Great job Orinda, I'm happy you joined us :-)

Janine Franc

Pieces arrived from Janine Franc. Crazy patched, beading, heavy embellishing. Wonderful Janine!

Pieces from Jennifer Wilson-Parkes

Pieces arrived from Jennifer of Canada. Nature related crazy patched with embroidery. Great job Jen.

Names of those whose Puzzle Pieces I have received.

I have received puzzle pieces from the following participants:
1-Alice Topp of Wisconsin
2-Arlene White of the UK
3-Amber Rutz of Ohio
4-Annette Jeavons of the UK
5-Cathy Kizerian of Utah
6-Cindy Berghuis of Minnesoata
7-Darlene Doerscher of Michigan
8-Elizabeth Woodford of Virginia
10-Freda Butler of Illinois
11-Gina Brummett of Indiana
12-Grace Danel of Indiana
13-Ira Rosenshtein of Israel
14-Janine Franc of Pennsylvania
15-Jennifer Wilson-Parkes of Canada
16-Jody Shields of New Mexico
17-Judy Shaw of Washington
18-Karrin Hurd of California
19-Kathy Vorenberg of New Mexico
20-Kerry Leslie of Canada
21-Laurie Walton of Maine
22-Liz Waechter of Kansas
23-Lynn Sletta of Minnesota
24-Maggie Robinson of Canada
25-Marjorie Holme of Illinois
26-Mary Schuber of California
27-Melusine Gray of England
28-Micki Butler of Ireland
29-Orinda Spence of Colorado
30-Pat Winter of Indiana
31-Robin Robboy of Georgia
33-Sharon Chapman of Washington
34-Terisa Brooks-Huddleson of California
35-Terri Takacs of Connecticut
36-Wendy Shu of Singapore

Haven't received as of June 1st
Deborah of Georgia
Joy Brooks
Kathy (&Dan
Lana Richey
Lisa Alff of NC*
Patti Edmon
Ronel Webb of S. Africa
Tina Johnson
Veleta of OR
(Please email to let me know if they are on their way. I will wait for them if so.Thank you.)

*Thank you all for participating in the first Pieces of Friendship puzzle swap. I will be swapping these out as soon as I know all have arrived that are coming, with the help of DH so I don't select all of the purple pieces for myself ;-)
I think everyone will be pleased with their swaps.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Deadline approaching...............

Just a gentle reminder to let you know the puzzle pieces are due on Monday, June 1st. So, if you can get them mailed this week, that would be great. The pieces that have arrived are amazing and everyone will be happy with their return pieces I'm sure. Thank you all for playing, and let me know who is interested in another round. There are no plans at this time, and with Summer and gardening keeping most of us busy, it will probably be in the Autumn.

Liz Waechter

Pieces arrived from Liz Waechter today. The little faces are adorable, and there are 8 to swap! Cool. Wonderful work.

Robin Robboy

Robin Robboy sent her pieces also.The varied stitching is striking against the background.Great job!

Arlene White's puzzles

Arlene White of the UK
Arlene used the crazy patch method as well and did a beautiful job. Great job Arlene!

Puzzle pieces from Gina Brummett

Several more puzzle pieces arrived this afternoon. First we have Gina Brummett's pieces.Gina used tatting on her pieces. Beautiful work Gina.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Pieces from Melusine of England

Arriving today was pieces by Melusine of England. She used three different techniques which she describes on the back of each puzzle piece.
~~~ The one on the left is wet-method felt, with red satin buttonhole stitched in red silk to create a poppy, which is finished off with black silk French knots and pistil stitches. The felt was attached to the stiffener fabric with black glass beads.

~~~The middle one is a piece of candlewicking and is worked in candlewicking thread on calico (US: muslin). The central heart is stem stitched padded satin stitch surrounded by a heart outline done in twilling stitch. The flowers are lazy daisy stitch with a French knot centre - two of which have stem stitch stems with fish bone stitch leaves.

Very nice Melusine. Thank you for the pretty fabric piece.

Pieces from Maggie Robinson of Canada

Last but not least, pieces from Maggie Robinson arrived from Canada yesterday. Beautiful Maggie.
Thank you for the goodies Maggie, you sent WAY too much young lady :-)

I am excited to see so many crazy quilted pieces. With so many varied applications, everyone should have quite a nice selection of beautiful art.

Pieces from Laurie Walton of Maine

Also, pieces from Laurie Walton of Maine arrived yesterday. Laurie incorporated a very interesting lace circle effect on each piece. Hmmmm, how did she do that????
Great job Laurie.