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NOVICE QUILTER UPDATE!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

So last night I was finishing up some binding on a tote bag that I started this weekend. I'm really into sewing bags lately and hubby is complaining because they hang on every doorknob in the house. I need to start selling something. At any rate, my creative mind was musing again and I remembered a UFO I had started with charm packs last year. I started thinking about how I could "fix" it.

Above is an example of how I inserted a 1" strip into a charm by assembly line sewing. I saw the pattern in LOVE OF QUILTING by Fons and Porter but the designer had you cutting the 1" by 5" strips, and sewing each one individually to half of a charm square. Fooey on that. At any rate, I have this bag of about 30 charms already with the 1" insert plus fabric to go with. So I was thinking last night of sewing strips around each charm to create a log cabin like square and then sewing them together somehow. I will have to think on it but I don't want to sew it like it was orginally designed. Boring doesn't cut it with me anymore.

I am a natural rule breaker. When presented with a challenge, I am always trying to reinvent the wheel and do it a different, better way. Doesnt always turn out better but you know the drift! Later.

  
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QUILTINGB52 6/20/2012 9:17PM

    I think that every quilter I know doesn't always read the instructions....it's so much easier to look at the pictures and then chose your own path to obtain the final product.

So often a block will catch my eye...I'll draw it on a piece of paper or tuck the thought into my mind. Then later I will figure how to recreate it, in terms that are easier than what the pattern maker may have done.

I figure there are "pattern police"...why not create to my hearts content?!?!

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SEWINGMAMACDS 6/20/2012 12:56PM

    "Rule breaker" - are there really rules when it comes to creativity in sewing??

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KASEYCOFF 6/20/2012 12:46PM

    Interesting that you're into bags! I found a website the other day that made me think of you:

http://www.cococrafts.c
o.uk/coco/parties

...so all you have to do is come up with a concept that makes bags out of quilt-fabric pieces and do the 'party-plan.' Then, make it grow, establish a franchise system, sell it for boocoo bucks and retire to... well, you already live in Florida, but you see what I mean, lol...

If you're looking for an excuse... um, I mean, a REASON (!) to collect fabrics, it's a good 'un. Thinks me.
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No LONGER A NOVICE QUILTER!

Friday, June 15, 2012

I have decided that I am no longer a novice quilter. I've been describing myself as such since I took a quilting class in Aug of 2010. Last night was my guild meeting and as I was looking at others projects, I realized that I am just as good if not better than some. What I really excel at is color and pattern selection and I often hear from others, how difficult it is for them to pick their fabrics. That part is a snap for me as I've been an interior designer picking colors and fabrics and patterns for peoples homes for the last 28 years. I often find myself helping people pick fabrics at the fabric stores. I can't help it, total strangers and I'm pulling fabrics off the shelves for them.
At guild last night, I was looking at some of the home made items and realized that my points were better and my seams lined up better. That is a good feeling I guess! I"m even starting to sell some of the bags I"ve made. Sent one to a friend last week and she is thrilled. I didn't make that much because shipping ate up the profit but I wanted to get it into the hands of a client.
Yesterday I took a bag to a luncheon and sold it off of me. Guess I need to carry two to transfer contents.
So at any rate, I am confident and happy in the knowledge that I can hold my own with other quilters and sewers! I did know that, just more confident now. Later.

  
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ALMMOM 6/19/2012 10:28AM

    Way to go on your accomplishments. Quilting is so much fun!!

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LAMPLIGHTER777 6/19/2012 9:23AM

  I *love* to quilt!!! (And knit and crochet and so many other crafty things...) Sometime I'll share with you why I have not quilted in several years, but I will say that I am ready to take the plunge again!

Thank you for visiting my page! I will send you a message in a minute about something you said :) Have a wonderful day!

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QUILTINGB52 6/15/2012 9:17PM

    Glad to hear you are a CONFIDENT QUILTER!!!!!!

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FIFIFRIZZLE 6/15/2012 4:20PM

    How fantastic, maybe now you feel ready to develop this side of your business?

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GCHUNG 6/15/2012 3:58PM

    woo hoo, congratulations

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CARLANNIE 6/15/2012 2:44PM

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JENNY888 6/15/2012 1:20PM

    I agree you are no novice. I love looking at all of your projects.

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FABRIC ALERT, REPOSTED!

Friday, June 15, 2012

I'm reposting the following from QuiltingB52's blog this morning as I wanted to share with all my quilting friends. This is serious as the disease is spreading!


"Fabric Alert Warning....
Friday, June 15, 2012
Chemical Warning:
A recent study indicated that fabric gives off certain Pheromones that actually hypnotize women and cause them to purchase unreasonable amounts. When stored in large quantities in enclosed spaces, the Pheromones (in the fabric) causes memory loss and induces the nesting syndrome (similar to the one squirrels have before the onset of winter i.e. storing food). Therefore perpetuating their species and not having a population loss due to their kind being cut into pieces and mixed with others.

Sound tests have also revealed that these fabrics emit a very high pitched sound, heard only by a select few, a breed of women know as “quilters”. When played backwards on an LP, the sounds are heard as chants, “buy me, cut me and sew me”. In order to overcome the so called “feeding frenzy effect” that these fabrics cause, one must wear a face mask when entering a storage facility and use ear plugs to avoid being pulled into their grip. One must laugh, however, at the sight of customers in a quilt fabric store, with WWII army gas masks and headphones!

Studies have also indicated that aliens have inhabited the earth, helping to spread the effects that these fabrics have on the human population. They are called QUILT FABRIC STORE CLERKS. It’s also been experienced that these same Pheromones cause a pathological need to hide these fabric purchases when taken home (or at least blend them into the existing stash), and when asked by significant other if the fabric is new, the reply is “I’ve had it for awhile.” "

~ Author unknown

I have this disease but I am here to say that I actually walked into 2 fabric stores this week and left with nothing, not even a pack of needles! I don't know what came over me. I sniffed and smelled and took in the aroma but wasn't inspired to whip out my credit card! I'm seriously thinking about making a doctor's appointment! I did have a wakeup call when I got my latest credit card bill that I have devoted to quilting purchases. I figured I needed to pare that down a bit and maybe knocked some sense into me. This week I attacked a UFO of a BOM that I'm enrolled in. (ONlY YOU QUILTERS WILL UNDERSTAND WHAT I JUST SAID) I've been sewing bags like I didn't have any so I"m glad to go back to something that I needed to do.

I must be crazy to have signed up for Ripples and Reflections BOM. It is another thousand tiny triangles quilt! What was I thinking? I just finished Patriots in Petticoats which was triangle city! I'm behind on my blocks so I want to catch up this weekend. R and R isn't that much fun because I am making 4 of the same block, all those triangles! And all the same! It is quick assembly line sewing though once I get into it.

So tomorrow is Saturday! Yea! Another day to sew and catch up! Later.

  
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TOWHEE 6/15/2012 10:40PM

    Thanks for posting.

We just got back from our annual cruise to Alaska and yes, I know of every quilt shop in SE Alaska. I'm proud to say that I came home with only $50 worth of purchases this year (less than 10% of what I spent last year). My DH just sits on the bench outside and chats with the other dh's (there's always at least one other) while I roam around and check out the new fabrics.

Alaska has beautiful prints, especially if you like wildlife or wildflowers. The quilters make remarkable patterns and the shops wrap them up in kits, so that we don't have to wait for cutting. Several of the stores even have fat quarter specials - buy 7 get one free. Like every other addiction I have a "love/hate" relationship with my fabrics. Oh, why did my younger sister get me involved with this hobby? emoticon

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QUILTINGB52 6/15/2012 9:15PM

    Have to say that I worked "behind the scenes" at a quilt shop!! Too many paychecks were just handed over to pay for my many purchases that were "on hold" under the counter....just waiting for me to work enough hours to pay for them!!

I was the shop bookkeeper!! lol

And YES....you better head to your nearest doctors office....I think there is definitely something wrong!!!! lmao

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LADYBUG1943 6/15/2012 5:26PM

    I started laughing when I read the first sentence and didn't stop till the end! LOVED this post, am going to share it with my quilting store (I used to work there). I know SO many people affected with this disease; you have no idea how widespread it is. Thanks for sharing

[And I agree... you're no novice quilter! Time for you to teach a class]

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COOPQUILTLADY 6/15/2012 1:04PM

    Awesome! Thanks for reposting the blog. I am pretty sure I am suffering from the same disease!! I WAS an alien pushing those fabric sales for 17 yrs, now I am trying to use up my stash, but the batiks are getting the best of me. :( LOL

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ALMOST LOST A TOE!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Last night I was enjoying myself watching TV when I stood up and my IPAD (I had forgotten it was on my lap) fell on my middle toe on my left foot. It was like a missile heading towards earth and let me tell you, painful!!! There was blood everywhere. It pushed the toenail forward and I won't continue on with the gory details but it is not pretty. So much for the pretty pedicure I just got last week. Guess its flip flops for a while and good thing it is summer and I don't have to wear any shoes! I will be especially careful with walking here in the near future! It continues to weep in misery! Later.

  
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MAGA99 6/14/2012 8:24PM

    I pray it feels better

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ANDI571 6/13/2012 11:29PM

    Ouch! That sounds painful. emoticon

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JENNY888 6/13/2012 7:13PM

    Ouch! Sorry. I hope it heals soon.

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PCOH051610 6/13/2012 12:03PM

    Ouch! Funny that should happen to you because I was putting away laundry yesterday when our wedding picture flew off the dresser and came down on the back of my hand. There was blood but the brusing is incredible. Talk about freaky! When I told my husband he quietly asked, "are we still married?"


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SEWINGMAMACDS 6/13/2012 10:17AM

    Ouch! Hope it heals soon, emoticon

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CARLANNIE 6/13/2012 9:54AM

    Oh, no! I never knew iPads could be so dangerous. Hope you heal up quickly!

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RANDOM00B 6/13/2012 9:18AM

    Ouch! So sorry to hear of your accident. If you can, perhaps check with a podiatrist that there's no other damage besides the toenail.

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Q8PRINCESS 6/13/2012 9:13AM

    Oh no! Ouch!!! emoticon

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ITS A GOOD DAY FOR SEWING!

Saturday, June 09, 2012

It's raining today and thus a good day for sewing! And sleeping too. Just laying around the house or sitting at the machine! Bliss! Even Fox news this morning commented on the storm that was heading our way, toward the Florida Panhandle. We love rain! Especially when we need it but not on special days like the 4th of July when we have an outdoor barbeque planned! At any rate, sewing it is! Later.

  
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JIBBIE49 6/16/2012 12:06PM

    emoticonBad storm for Pensacola. The man we know in Warrington who has Judo/Karate supplies had his shop comply destroyed from all the wind and rain. He's been there since 1980.

I love to sew, but don't know why I don't do it now. After five children, I just didn't sew with them. My mother use to go up to the bargain basement at the department stores in the city and buy discount clothes and bring them home and remake them to fit me. She'd say that it was much cheaper than buying the material and buttons, etc. Often the garment was cut wrong, etc. but she'd redo it and it looked great. She'd also buy a plain dress and then add lace, pretty buttons, etc. and make it look great. Sometimes she'd embroider or make appliqué on it.

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Q8PRINCESS 6/12/2012 11:59AM

    Every day is a good day for sewing. You could send some rain this way if you'd like to share.

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FIFIFRIZZLE 6/9/2012 4:21PM

    Cool here but not wet so it's the garden for me.

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ANDI571 6/9/2012 1:10PM

    Sunny and hot in Ohio.

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CARLANNIE 6/9/2012 11:25AM

    It's snowing here, so my sewing machine is getting dusted off for a little stitching therapy!

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KASEYCOFF 6/9/2012 10:06AM

    Raining here too--!
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