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Friday, May 25, 2012

It is so easy to be nasty nowadays, especially since e-mails are rampant and you never have face to face contact with people, words can be said and sent before thinking about them. THis week, I deleted 2 e-mails before sending them because I thought better of it. But this morning, I get a note from a client about a furniture delivery, slapping my hand and advising me to be more diligent. Then I get a note from the Chamber of Commerce about my dues being overdue and why haven't I made payment. So I'm getting ready to send an e-mail and then thought better of it.
I don't recall getting an invoice for my dues. That could have happened and might be in a pile on my desk but as I said, I don't remember being invoiced. Sending me an invoice via e-mail is even worse as it gets buried. Sigh. So much stress in life nowadays. Whatever happened to simple phone calls?
I'd rather be quilting.



Friday, May 18, 2012

I admit it. I'm obsessed with quilting and there seem to be others out there with the same problem. When it gets in the way of my life, home, relationships, and business, I need to step back and regroup! There is something so soothing about pushing those fabrics through that machine and having them come out as a beautiful bag or quilt that keeps me going. Somehow I've got to get a handle on this. One thing I've noticed, I don't eat as much because I'm too busy sewing.
I need to go back to Flylady and set that timer for 15 min and attack some piles.

I covet fabrics and as an interior designer, I've always said that they multiply in the back room, at night, when you aren't looking. Then you have too many. I recently received 3 boxes of new fabrics. Oh, heavens. Please. Now, I have to go through the old fabrics to make room. And that is work.

At least I realize my addition and know I have to do something about it. What, I'm not sure. Tomorrow I am tied up all day with a sewing workshop that I'm in charge of for my guild. Then tomorrow night is a big party/fundraiser that we are going to. Hubby is not excited but I paid for tickets. I made a quilt to auciton off and it is really pretty and I want to go see how it looks and how many people want it!

When I was at my conference last week in Atlanta, I bought 2 new fringe books. I have some that are really old and want to pitch them. However, can't pitch then until I take off all the old bits of fringe, etc. to use for embellishments. At least I know how to recycle. I think I'll go and do that now, while I'm thinking about it. Later.

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LADYBUG1943 5/25/2012 10:38AM

    Among my plans for the day is to quilt. I've been denying myself that, saying when everything else gets done... then I quilt. Last night at 10 p.m. I was going to go up and do just 45 minutes worth... and my sister called. At midnight, we said goodbye.... sigh.

Just took a Mariner's Compass class and I'm hot to get started...

Enjoy reading your blogs...


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ALMMOM 5/19/2012 12:32PM

    I thought I was the only one whos fabric multiplies. By itself too!!!

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FIFIFRIZZLE 5/18/2012 5:08PM

    Sounds like a creative addiction to have. So long as you are not cluttering up your environment so you can't move, what's the harm?
How did the auction go?

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JENNY888 5/18/2012 11:53AM

    Somehow I knew that it was quilting you were obsessed with even before I looked. There are worse things to be obsessed with.

I have to laugh at the statement, "At least I realize my addition and know I have to do something about it. " I think you meant addiction and not addition, but if you are like me fabric is always an addition for me. Can't have enough.

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KASEYCOFF 5/18/2012 9:18AM

    I once saw a bumper sticker that I bet would amuse you: "Whoever dies with the most fabric - WINS!" lol...

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KNEWMETODAY 5/18/2012 8:23AM

    I know how being busy can thwart that ol' eatin' monster. My grandmother, my mother, and my youngest sister quilt; I never got that bug! Too much of anything can sometimes be problematic, but I also know that my life NEEDS a modicum of moderation, and it's SOOO easy to get lost in the process. My guilty pleasure is scrapbooking, I probably don't do it frequently enough which is why I can nearly bury myself once I get started. (I won't need to buy supplies EVER again, I'm thinking.)

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Monday, April 30, 2012

Well, last year I signed my ten year old GDD up for a class to sew a pillowcase and she made two, one for her brother for Christmas. Then I gave her an inexpensive singer machine for Christmas. But she has lost interest and everytime I ask her if she wants to come and quilt she says no. I so want her to love sewing like I did, and do. This summer she will likely be at our house a good deal of the time as she is too old for camp and we love having her anyway.

So this weekend, my whole family was at our home. Our son and family from North Carolina was visiting so we had them all over for dinner. So I was showing, Hannah, my GDD, and her Mom all the quilts and bags I had been making. So her mom says, Hannah you need a new quilt for your bed. ANd I said we could make one this summer. And Hannah says, but its hard. ANd her MOm says, but you will need something to do and Grandma will help you. And mentioned that Hannah wanted cats on a quilt. And so I said, we could do that! Make a quilt with cats! I think Hannah was a bit excited about that so maybe I can find some cat fabric and come up with a simple block design to make a quilt.

I know there are cat patterns out there but I think the easiest thing would be 12 inch blocks of cat fabric and plain fabric alternated across a quilt. That is just straight stitching. So I'll be looking for cat fabric. I know there is tons of it out there!

We had such a great time, our whole family including 93 year old mother-in-law. And the youngest 2 boys are 2 and 1/2. They were so cute together. And my other grandson is 7. The weather was lovely, not too hot. We swam in the pool and rented a pontoon boat. Never better living in paradise. Later.

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ALMMOM 5/2/2012 7:54PM

    Way to go ------ instill love for the creative side early!!

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DAP1313 5/1/2012 7:47AM

    Good idea to keep the quilt simple for your granddaughter. I think that will help get her excited about the project especially when she sees what she has accomplished.

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TOWHEE 4/30/2012 7:28PM

    I think I'd consider doing a pieced cat block and an appliqued cat block for the quilt. Not all of us like to sew straight seams, some of us like to do hand sewing or applique or watch a cat suddenly appear from squares and triangles. On the other hand your GDD may be more of a cross-stich or crewel type gal.

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Saturday, April 28, 2012

WEll, many of you know that I took up quilting in Sept of 2010 when I took a class. I've become a sponge about quilting and I just soak in all the knowledge I can find. I've owned a decorating business since 1984 and I have a great business mind and creative talent which moves over into quilting very effectively! So I don't just want to quilt, I want to turn my quilting into some sort of business. And I keep learning so I can move in that direction. In the meantime, I'm improving my sewing skills and learning new techniques as I go along.

Today, I learned about using a light box to trace designs for applique! Didn't even know I needed a light box but there it is. The info came from a quilting book entitled BEST IN SHOW which features applique patterns for 12 dog breeds!. Since I'm a dog lover and new owner of two dachshunds, I am smitten. My sons both have dogs and an applique done of their dogs would be a nice gift. So a light box purchase might be in my future. I need to keep my interior design business going so I can pay for all this "quilt stuff".

Our local medical clinic has a party every year entitled "Little Black Dress" which raised funds for women's health and awareness. This is the third year and the theme is Paris. So I found this black and white dress form fabric online and I have the idea to applique an Eiffel Tower in the center of a fabric of Paris streets surround by a border of the little black dress form fabric. And make a lap quilt and donate it for their silent auction! Oh, what fun. You can find just about any type of fabric online nowadays and I just searched for Little Black Dress. There is also eiffel Tower fabric but I don't like it as much as the applique on the street fabric so here we go. Guess I could use that light box to transfer the Eiffel Tower form onto a pattern.

Today my son and family are visiting and we had the best time renting a pontoon boat and going swimming yesterday! The Gulf of Mexico is perfect this time of year! Today is another fun day planned! Later!

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ALMMOM 4/29/2012 7:13PM

    Don't know the sites you go online for quilting material.....for unusual or hard to find fabrics I use "e-quilter". They have about everything The fabric is wonderful too.

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KASEYCOFF 4/28/2012 12:43PM

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ANDI571 4/28/2012 11:11AM

    Oh swimming sounds like so much fun. I am back into sweat shirts here. Glad you had a good time with you son and family.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

So we have these two new dogs and they peed on my 100% wool carpet. So I moved it outside to clean it and left it basking in the sun. Didn't work as we still smelled pee everytime we walked past it. So now, it is pouring down rain and guess what, it is soaked! And you know how wet wool smells. Any solutions out there, let me know. Carol

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LUTHERANGIRL 4/25/2012 8:52AM

    Carol, I think you'll need a lot of sunshine to resolve this one

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MISTTIQUE 4/23/2012 5:31AM

    Just buy a new one. You will always be ticked off with that one. Sometimes it's best to just accept things as they are and start over. What are you doing with the two new dogs? I have a feeling that rug won't be their only victim. Your flowers on your page are beautiful by the way, gave me a really warm feeling inside. Good luck with your delima.

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ANYVAR54 4/18/2012 3:38PM

    such a shame. sorry, I don't have any advice, but the previous girl seemed to have plenty. Hope you can get it fixed.

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KASEYCOFF 4/18/2012 9:29AM

    Pet urine on wool:


Water-soaked wool:


Myself, I would take it to a professional - if the carpet is worth the expense and trouble - and have them steam it or dry it or whatever needs doing.

Some wool carpets are not 'dye-fast,' and if mine wasn't, I'm sure I would ruin it. Many top-quality ones will shrink - we had that happen to one of ours.

Now, the only 100% wool carpet I have (except for old wall-to-wall in the house, and believe me, we do NOT want to go there) is a hall-runner. If I wanted to keep it, I would take it to the pros. If it smelled or was wet enough, I'd get rid of it.

I'm pretty sanguine when it comes to stuff like that. Himself prefers wool (yeh, right, HE doesn't worry about cleaning it, lol). These days, I go synthetic.

Just call me laid-back...

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AJB121299 4/18/2012 8:48AM

    sorry to hear, but i do not have a solution

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