Keeping up With the Joneses

Do you read very many quilt blogs? I do. I have 146 blogs loaded into my Google Reader account, and every day I read/skim through many of them. It’s a way for me to see what other people are working on, what fabrics people like, and learn new techniques that others generously share. I enjoy the blogging process!

One thing about reading quilt blogs that bothers me: YOU DO TOO MUCH! How do you make so many quilts/purses/table runners/pillows/pincushions/tote bags/and more? I usually have a few things going at one time. I like to have something to hand quilt on when I’m in the mood. I enjoy doing embroidery and applique’ by hand, so there is usually a project or two that falls into this category. I like machine piecing, and there is a project on my table downstairs waiting for me. I MAY finish two or three projects this year. That’s all. If more is accomplished, I will be proud of myself and it will be close to a miracle. This is a busy year, with my youngest son and his fiance’ getting married in July, and parents who need caring for in their twilight years.

So… how do you do it? How do you squeeze in all that sewing in the midst of life? What is your secret? REALLY, readers would like to know. Could you please leave a comment below and tell us how you accomplish what you do?

I have mentioned before that I use iGoogle.com to keep organized. Here is a look at my “to do” list. If you look closely, you will see right in the middle of the list my 2007 BOM Quilt. At the bottom is my Christmas Siggie Quilt. That’s from 2008, and is a DJ siggie exchange quilt. I have the blocks. I just have not touched them since I received them! I would work on them if I had more time. But I have other projects that seem to rise to the top of the list.
That’s how I work through my projects. Please share your process!

Copyright and Blogging

I’ve noticed a trend on quilt blogs lately that has me wiggling in my seat thinking, “NO, please don’t do that!” I should explain.

Acceptable

We all love to share when we find a quilt book that we love. We might blog about it and tell others why we like it and how fantastic it is. We might even show a picture of the cover of the book so people know what to look for. All of the above is perfectly acceptable blogging.

Posting the book cover is acceptable and not a violation of copyright.

The problem comes when you open the book and start showing pictures of the inside, particularly photos of quilts various people have made, without giving them credit.

NOT acceptable

Now, I can do this on my blog because this is my book and this is my quilt in the picture. But suppose it WASN’T? Suppose it was someone else’s quilt? If it were, I would have just shared an entire page of a copyrighted book with the whole world, free of charge. I would have violated the author’s copyright.

Posting the open book is not acceptable and could be a violation of copyright.

And what about the quiltmaker? Suppose s/he has a copyright on that quilt and gave written permission for the quilt to be in that author’s book? That’s another story.

Yes, I know there are people out there who are going to want to argue with me and split hairs about what is and what is not acceptable. I don’t profess to being the expert on copyright, but I do know that as bloggers and quilters, we need to think just a little more before we put something that is copyrighted on our blog.
How do you get around it? What if you want to share a book that someone has written with your blog readers? It’s usually pretty easy. You could do one of two things. 1) Contact the author of the book and get permission to include the book on your blog. When the book appears on your blog, tell readers that you have received the author’s permission to include a photo of page ___ of their book on your blog. 2) Put a photo of the cover of the book on your blog. Tell what you like about the book, give your own review-of-sorts, and then put a link to the author’s or publisher’s own website where your readers can go to see the book opened up and purchase it.
We all want to share with other quilters. That is our nature. Let’s just remember to do it the right way. Happy Quilting, Happy (and safe) Sharing!

They’re COMING! A great line-up of GUEST BLOGGERS!

Michigan Quilts! isn’t just about me and my silly ramblings. It’s about all the quilters in or from the state that make quilting here what it is. So in honor of our quilting past, present and future, Michigan Quilts! is going to share blogging space with some quilters you might know by name… and some you may have never heard of before.


They’re coming soon…
  • Ami
  • Liz
  • Carol
  • Beth
  • Kaye
  • Elsie
  • Joe
  • Sabra
  • Julie
  • Kelly
  • Janice
  • Dolly
  • another Julie
  • and several more (but I’m going to leave you hanging on those until another day).

Are you interested in joining the group?

Your article can be short, medium or long in length, and be about anything you’d like… a quilt you’re working on, something quilty, random thoughts on fabric, appliqué, whatever. It’s entirely up to you! A picture or two (or three, or four, or… whatever) is helpful to add pizzazz. Links can be to whatever you’d like them to link to, as long as they are clean and family-friendly (duh). I don’t mind if your business is mentioned with a link to a business website, but that should not be the focus of your post.

Now, some people may not think that they have anything worth contributing because they have just started quilting. Every single person on the list above at one time was a beginning quilter. Shucks, there are still lots of things I don’t know and need to learn from someone who knows how to do them, and I’ve been quilting since the mid 1970’s. Yes, I was two years old when I started. AHEM.

So if you’re new to quilting, tell us why you first picked up a needle, what you made, what obstacles did you face, what have you learned since them, and show us a picture or two. We won’t laugh. Really. See the picture here, circa around 1980? Who ever thought Flying Geese had
to have points??? Certainly not me!


So shoot me an email and hop on board. We’d love to meet you!

Summer 2008 Caron with Granddaughter Samantha, floating around Scott Lake in the Waterford area. Can’t believe she’s going to be two in a few weeks!

Can you blog? Be a Guest Blogger!

Simply Squarific by Caron MoseyAre you a Michigan quilter? Do you like to write?

Michigan Quilts! is looking for guest bloggers to “share the space” and their love for quilting right here, on this very page.

I’d love for you to participate if you are interested.

Here is the short list of criteria:

  • You are a Michigan quilter… either living here now, or having lived here during a time when you were also a quilter.
  • Your entry can be short, medium or long in length, and be about anything you’d like related to quilting… a quilt you’re working on, something quilty, random quilt thoughts, applique, piecing, Fabric Collection Disease, whatever. It’s entirely up to you!
  • Your entry needs to include a picture or two (or three, or four, or…) to add pizzazz.
  • Your entry may include links can to whatever you’d like them to link to, as long as they are clean, somewhat related to quilting, and family-friendly (duh).
  • If you own a quilt business of any kind, I don’t mind if your business is mentioned along with a link to your business website, but that should not be the main focus of your post.

    Are you interested? If so, please contact me!

1985 – A Busy Year

In going through an old scrapbook, I located these two pictures. They are of scrap quilts made in 1985 for my brother Bob.

Log Cabin 1985

The log cabin quilt was machine pieced and tied. It’s the only quilt I have tied, and I did not like the process.

Thousands of Triangles 1985
The Triangles quilt, also scrappy, was machine pieced and hand quilted.

I think it’s time he had a new quilt, don’t you?

I have had my eye on the traditional quilt pattern called “Snail’s Trail” for many years now, but have never tried it. I love the simple two colors, and how something as simple as a small pile of triangles can turn into something so cool.

The purple and yellow block shown here is from http://www.sewquilty.com/, and you can find the directions for a 12 inch block here. There is also a video showing how to put it together here.

For a fabulous selection of great Snail’s Trail quilts, check out Google Images. I love to go to Google Images and do a search for a quilt pattern I am interested in. It automatically brings up a ton of great variations of style and color. Try it!

Looking ahead at the
B.O.M. Calendar for March

For our March block, we are going to do something with the Snail’s Trail pattern. You will need:

  • 1/4 yard green fabric
  • 1/4 yard white (or white on white) fabric
  • 1/8 yard solid orange fabric
  • White thread
  • Orange embroidery floss to match fabric