Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Bowls With Borders

  When Madame Samm and Carol proposed this hop and Regina graciously offered the pattern to participants, I jumped at the chance to be in my first internet blog hop so excited to be chosen. I needed 9 blocks for a table runner representing our family. Base bowls represents Xavier & I, or one of our children, or the one and only official son-in-law. After some adaptation, I sewed the blocks together and was ready to sandwich and quilt when DH tells me...'No one will know who is who. You need to put their names on the blocks.' Ugh...more adaptation via embellishment when I get back on the 19th from the Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler Shop Hop 16th ,17th, & 18th . Whoo Hoo! 
I'll post again (hopefully before blog hop is over) showing the finished runner with embellishments
It just fits our 9' table with one leaf so it will be perfect with two and room for great-grand children bowls on top! LOL

  So let me introduce you to our family. I still think the girls will recognize their bowl as will Xavier J. since I chose based on personality/talent/interest/career . Wink!
Sunflowers for DH & Me
Lynn & Trey & DJ
Lisa w/Kristin & PJ

Brian(son-in-law), Gabe, Micah & Gabriele
Dorothy, Lance, Gavin, & Donovan


Tanya & Sammie
Michelle, Chris, & Spirit
   
Xavier J., Nevaeh, and Camilla
Billie, Alexis, and Bryan


A big loving blended family!
Second side will be for Great-Grand children! 
Much Much Later!

"Life happens and you have to adapt." 

I read this on one of the blogs I frequent and it really hit home especially dealing with pictures & blogger, Louisiana weather, and life.
  Lately, we have had to do quite a bit of adapting from breaking air conditioners to busted water beds to hard to find waterbed mattress sizes to moving DGD#1 back to college to electricity outages to finding funds for all these and other adaptation during July and August. But I am getting good at adapting without stress. Ha Ha Ha! (Hysterical laughter.)
First try: Pretty but small pieces.
 I made the first set of bowls according to the pattern and oh....my eyes couldn't adapt to the size so seam ripper had lots of unsewing to do. So first adaptation had to happen.... I wanted 12" blocks but available copier would only do 8 1/2" blocks. So my adaptation got an adaptation which was good since we are such a large blended family. 12" blocks would have been too big for the already large table. DH provided more adaptation with wanting names and embellishment! I need to pet fabric so I am off to shop hop all over South Louisiana for the next 3 days. Who knows how I will adapt to hopping with limited funds! Probably not going to do much adapting there.
Lator Gators! However I will be looking for a surprise based on adaptation for one lucky internet hopper open to all who comment and are not NO REPLY bloggers.  Only one comment per hopper please...I will draw the winner on 9/29. 
                                                      Visit others scheduled for today!

August 16th


100 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh! I just love what you did!! A set for the whole family! What a great idea, thank you for sharing.

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  2. Love your idea of a bowl for every family member! Very cute treasure you have!!

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  3. That is a fantastic table runner! Your family will love having bowls to represent them! Have fun petting fabric, it's good therapy :)

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  4. What a fantastic job you did. This is going to be a family heirloom, which might mean that everyone will have his own mug rug in the end, when it would come to share fair and square of this family treasure...

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  5. Love your family's bowls. So lovely.
    Thanks for sharing :)

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  6. Love the table runner, how heat that everyone has their own bowl. Thanks for the giveawa.

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  7. great idea! i llove that you also try to match the fabrics with their personality!!! thanks for the lovely hop!

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  8. It looks amazing! What a fun idea. Will you make them sit by their bowls or are you open to adaptations there too? Have fun petting fabric, but try not to slobber all over it.....

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  9. So fun, and so beautiful. I like the way you added the bowls together. tubakk@online.no

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  10. I love your table runner with the bowls for every member of your great family. A wonderful idea to use the pattern

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  11. I love the fabric choices for different members of the family, it was quite a hard piece I found but I'm loving the hop but glad my submission is at the end lol :)

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  12. What a wonderfull idea and so well done! I am speechless about all the love behind your project.

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  13. I love the idea of the "family bowls". Thank you for sharing.

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  14. Charlene. What a great tablerunner! I can imagine what fun it will be to have everyone sitting at that LONG table, talking, laughing, pointing to their own bowls. You did a fabulous job and you must be proud! Three cheers for you and for family - I love it! thanks for sharing.

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  15. What a wonderful idea for using the bowls. I so enjoyed reading this post.

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  16. Just love the idea of a 'family' table runner with the special fabrics to represent each family member. What a great piece to have on the table during family get togethers. And thinking ahead with the future grands on the back - love it!! Thank you for sharing with us today.

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  17. I love what you did with the pattern! How very sweet to have all family members on your table.

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  18. I like your work. Great idea, the bowls of your familie.
    Greetings from Germany

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  19. What a fabulous idea! I would love to try this!

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  20. So great and it looks fantastic!I also plan to make such a runner, but started off with a small piece first, lol!

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  21. Love your project, that soccer bowl is too fun!!

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  22. This is a great idea! Your runner is fantastic.
    I'm a new follower, too.

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    1. Thank you for the great compliment. I am honored to have joined your list.

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  23. Loved your idea and your bowls. I always enjoy finding new blogs that I like to read through when I follow these blog hops! I've added you to me list of must reads!

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    1. Thank you for the lovely compliment. I hope my wonderings will continue to be enjoyable.

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  24. Your idea is a great concept! Thanks for sharing with us!

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  25. Your project is wonderful. Thank you for sharing with us today.
     

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  26. Good Morning GEEMA, what a delightful idea. bowls for each member of the family. YOU made me chuckle at everyone's selection, certainly I am sure, reflecting their personalities and ages...wonderfully done...

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    1. Geema, would you please add all the names of the other ladies playing along with you today..we want to find them as easily as we found you...we can help you get them up if you have trouble...Appreciated sew much!

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    2. Thanks Geema...they could have been there, but you had to have magic glasses to see them right lol wink..

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  27. Beautiful bowls.Your runner is fantastic!

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  28. Love the bowls especially mine. Wonderful job.

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  29. What an excellent idea! I love your family of bowls.

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  30. Hi!!! I love how you have turned this into a family heirloom!!!! Some day one of those gg children will be enjoying this!!!!

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  31. Great job and what a wonderful idea. I'm sure everyone appreciated your choices for them.

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  32. RosemaryB here: All of them are lovely. I like how you personalized each block. that is so nice. I love the fabric choices you made! this is such a great finishing idea! Lovely!

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  33. Love your table runner and hubby's idea to put names on them. Good job! My family is all about adapting! Our plans never seem to work out so we always have plan B,C,D however many it takes! We tend to just laugh at it and go another route!

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  34. I love your family bowls, very clever! I enjoyed your post very much :) Happy quilting!

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  35. How clever to use your bowl table runner to symbolize your family. I enjoyed seeing your work.

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  36. This is such a great idea for a grandma table runner--love it and may have to fit that into one of my future projects. My grandkids would love it! Thanks for being so creative and showing a fun way to use those bowls. I'm so glad you hopped with us!

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  37. Terrific job and a great idea to make bowls for each family member! I especially like Dorothy and Tanya's fabrics.
    Love your blog...will be back to visit again. Thanks for sharing!

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  38. Getting the whole family involved was a great idea. What a fun conversation starter full of memories for your family.

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  39. Love your family inspired table runner. Thanks for sharing.

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  40. What a HIT! You go girlfriend! I love your post and your table runner!

    glen

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  41. Wow! That's a big family and lots of bowls! Great job!

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  42. What a fantastic table runner that everyone will enjoy! Being adaptable is a good thing, enjoy your shop hop!

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  43. Great job on the runner. Sounds like you have a wonderful, adaptable family.... Thanks for sharing

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  44. That is such a great idea. I'll bet everyone enjoyed seeing their bowl too.

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  45. Ok......you're on your way to a masterpiece! When it's finished are you going to enter it in a fair or show? My Nana had a tablecloth that we all signed each Thanksgiving then she'd embroider the names.

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  46. Now who would have thought to make a family tree out of a stack of bowls!! The best yet!!!

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  47. That is going to be an heirloom. Good job

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  48. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

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  49. How wonderful that you are going to label with names. Sometimes hubbies do come up with good ideas. 'nouf said. I LIKE your blog. Going to try to remember to check back later.

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  50. I really like how you personalized the bowls to your blended family; totally awesome! Kudos to you, I love the style of your blog and will definitely need to come back!

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  51. Awwww! I love the personalized bowls!

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  52. This table runner will be great to use for family celebrations. I like that you chose the fabric to match the person's interests. Enjoy your shopping trip!

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  53. Such a large family needs a large table runner and you certainly accomplished that. Cute that you personalized each with fabrics that reflect the person or family.

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  54. You are very creative and love the table runner. Have fun on your fabric shop hop. I like them too.

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  55. What a wonderful idea and the table runner is so cute. Thanks for sharing

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  56. What a great idea. Bet the children love it.

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  57. How ingenious to create a family tree using these adorable bowls! I think you are right, the kids and grandkids will know which bowl they are!!! Wonderful table runner!!! Thank you for sharing your adaptations with us on this blog hop!

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  58. What a fun 'family' table runner...thanks for sharing!

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  59. Love your personalized bowls table runner - it could even be placemats. Wow! Nine sets-this will be a family heirloom. Thanks for sharing.

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  60. what a great idea. You picked some fun fabrics for you bowls.

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  61. How cute! I love the personalization of the bowl stacks!

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  62. Wonderful bowls. I sure could use some candy corn in that one bowl.

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  63. great bowls....you did a wonderful job on them

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  64. What a very clever idea. I really like your runner.

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  65. What a lovely idea, Charlene. I just love that you chose the fabrics for each family member based on their tastes. It's a keepsake!

    Thanks so much for sharing and being a part of the hop.

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  66. Great work thanks for sharing!!!

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  67. Very nice. That looks like alot of work.

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  68. I love what you did making them reflective of family members! what a good idea that I am going to borrow! Thanks.

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  69. This is a very special idea. I like your use of the bowls to build your family tree - and your husband's idea is a good one. Good work!

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  70. nice idea for a table runner
    greetings from Germany

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  71. How fun to incorporate your family into the table runner. I can just imagine a gathering and everyone finding their bowls!

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  72. family bowls what a great idea .... looks great and gives you a table full with or with out people
    in stitches

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  73. What a great idea. An heirloom in the making.

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  74. Such a clever idea! I'm loving looking at all the different ways this pattern can be used and adapted. hehe. This is an idea I'm going to keep. Great job and thanks for sharing your bowls with us. Oh and I'm a new follower.

    Thank you for a great giveaway and a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  75. What a great adaptation of this pattern--your own family tree, ur, bowl! I'm a new follower of your blog and will come back to visit!

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  76. What a great and unusual idea! Thanks for sharing.

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  77. I love your table runner!! A bowl for each member of the family is such a great idea!! Thanks for sharing it with us!!

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  78. Your version of bowls is unique and special with your family members being represented l love it . Thanks for sharing .

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  79. Nice way to have the bowls be individual stacks on your table runner rather than one huge stack. I like that. Great job.

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  80. That is such a great idea to represent the family. It must be a great fun, when your children have to find their bowls.

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  81. I love all your different versions, great tablerunner!

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  82. Charlene what a great idea to do the bowls to represent your family members - that's going to be a treasure! blessings, marlene

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  83. Wow, I am stunned by your runner! What a great adaptation of a family tree! I'm sure the little ones will enjoy looking for their bowls!

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  84. Your idea is so clever! You really poured your heart into your project. I love that. =)

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  85. How smart of you to make bowls for each of your family members!!! I love this idea! Great job! I hope you're enjoying your blog hop!

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  86. What a great idea. I like your bowls and the intention you had. :)
    Angie

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  87. I love your idea of family bowls. Great choice of fabrics!
    Cathy R

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  88. Lovely table runner! Great bowls!

    Deborah
    homemakerhoney @gmail .com

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  89. You know I thought about doing that too....but then decided it was way too much for me....I just love how your's turned out and the addition of the others on the back will be a wonderful heirloom.

    Smiles,
    Kelly

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  90. Charlene...WOW...what a beautiful idea...the family bowls are gorgeous. Thanks for the inspiration and for sharing in the Bowls with Borders blog hop....what a fun time hopping to so many different countries. Have a wonderful week! Pauline

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  91. Great Job! I love teh idea you have of making it for the family.

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  92. There is a lot of love in those bowls. I think your husband is wrong about adding the names, but I understand. I don't know anything about your family but can tell you have chosen fabrics specifically for people, a soccer player, some gardeners? a miltary person, a coffee lover, another quilter in the family, one with maaaybe an organization problem like me (love the sticky notes), or who is maaaybe too organized (OCD?)!! lol! Is a wonderful adaptation. I too had trouble with the size, and may have gotten carried away with them, who cares? It suited our wants, desires. I also understand about the other life adaptations, no air conditioning either in Mid MO heat was over 100 for almost 4 weeks, thought I was going to go go to ash or go crazy (your hysterical laughter reminded me!!) Great times aren't you glad we played along!! Cyndi

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  93. Thanks for including your family into the bowls. Makes it nice for us readers of the blogs, and makes it interesting. Thanks for sharing.

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