Thursday, October 30, 2014

The things that didn't happen in October...

(I did not win this gorgeous raffle quilt!)

I had lots of good intentions but somehow it just didn't work out like I had hoped.

I did not accomplish...

1. I didn't get a cute little Halloween mini quilt made that I really wanted to quilt.
2. I didn't go to Houston (never have actually but I will go one day!)
3. I didn't write a half dozens posts that I intended to.
4. I didn't get nearly enough sleep.
5. I didn't read the book for my book club this month.

(I did give him lots of belly rubs!)

I did however...

1. I did finish and give SIX quilt tops to a long arm quilting friend to quilt for me.
2. I did vend at a local quilt show for a weekend.
3. I did teach 3 programs and 2 workshops.
4. I did go to 2 horse shows and 3 cross country meets.
5. I did go to 3 local quilt shows.
6. I did donate a quilt to the guild charity.
7. I did attend my two guild meetings and my bee group.
8. I did mail two quilts out for publication in spring magazine issues.
9. I did write two articles for Craftsy.
10. I did volunteer at the Quilt Cabin during the county fair (so fun!)
11. I did do 34 loads of laundry (but who's counting?)
12. I did clean up the summer garden and plant the winter veggies.

(She requires daily love as well.)

And before the month is over, I will...

1. Make Tarzan and Jane costumes for Kelly and her horse.
2. Host a Halloween party for the kids and their friends.
3. Go to one more cross country meet to cheer for my boys!
4. Machine quilt a large quilt that's been waiting for me.
5. Put the borders on a New York Beauty quilt that I finished today.

Okay, now I think I understand why I didn't get that mini quilt made or that book read. Oh well, there's always next month!


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

10 Minute Tip

This 10 Minute Tip is one I have been using this past week. Instead of winding new bobbins for piecing work, just use random partial bobbins that are left over from other projects. I have been piecing a scrappy quilt and I have blue, green, pink, yellow and beige bobbin threads used throughout it. If the thread is not darker than the fabrics you are piecing, it won't shadow through, and you will be able to tidy up your bobbin container at the same time! 

Now go use up some old bobbins!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Quilt Market

No, I'm not in Houston, and I actually have never been to fall quilt market in Houston. I do plan to get there eventually, but this was not the year for me. My humble little "Georgia" block is there! I was lucky enough to be asked to participate in the American Made Brand debut by Clothworks. So if you are there, and happen to see this quilt, would you send me photo? Thanks!

Enjoy every stitch!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Craftsy time!

Check out my post on Craftsy's a hoot!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Book Review

(click on the photo for link to the book listing)

Try not to be too shocked, but I ordered another used book from Amazon this week. I know it's kind of getting to be a habit but for the price of a cup of coffee I can get happy mail, inspiration and good stories. That's a win all the way around!

Of course it's packed with good information as well as pretty photos of quilts...

And you know how I love these old photos! I can't help but wonder what these sisters fought about and perhaps the secrets they shared.

A really cool feature in this book is that some of the old quilts are remade in modern fabrics and the instructions are given. Gotta love that!

Isn't this a fun update to the old string quilt?

This quilt was just pretty so I thought you might like to see it.

And this quilt might serve as inspiration for the eagle quilt project going on over HERE.

Some really cool quilt comparisons (I love these!)

And if I had to choose a favorite from the book, this would be it. It's string pieced and so random and charming and the red is gorgeous! 

I hope you enjoyed this peek into this book, I know I'm going to spend some more quality time with it. I find so much inspiration from these books and quilters featured in them. 

Enjoy every stitch!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Don't you hate it...

Don't you HATE it when a blogger is working on a super secret project and they can't show it to you until next year!?!

I do HATE that, because I am super curious and impatient...I want to see it NOW. Well, I happen to be working on one of those projects and I want SO BADLY to share it right now and I can't. Sigh.

So I'll share this super cute kitty quilt from the show last week. Does that help?

Please forgive me!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

10 Minute Tip

Today's 10 minute tip is one of my old standby's. I ALWAYS have a secret stash of chocolate in my quilting room. I keep a little chocolate handy at all times because it helps when you need a little moment to relax, or you are contemplating the blocks on your design wall, or you cut your last piece of fabric wrong (not that it's ever happened to me, of course, but JUST in case!) 

My favorite brand are the Chocolove bars, and I haven't tried a flavor I didn't like yet, but the raspberries in dark chocolate is my most frequently purchased. I find these in the health food section of my local grocery store, so they must be good for me, right?

Enjoy every bite!

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