Grinch for a minute

It’s always good to be positive, upbeat, cheerful, happy, smiling, and supportive of others.  It IS, right?

But what if someone gave you one minute where you could be the exact opposite?   Just for ONE MINUTE?

I’m giving you permission.  Take a few seconds to think… close your eyes, imagine yourself as a green quilting Grinch.  What ONE THING in the  world of quilting do you just despise?  Now, don’t pick on any particular individual or company.  Let’s not be hurtful here… But unleash your inner Grinch and leave a comment about what one thing you despise about quilting, and then be done with it.  Release it into the atmosphere, never to be thought of again. 

I’ll go first.  

I don’t like some of the newer colors in fabrics; particularly the lime green, teal blue, bright yellows and reds.  They nauseate me, especially when mixed together.  
Oh, the Who-manity.”    But then,    One man’s toxic sludge is another man’s potpourri.

There.  I feel better.
Your turn.
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Decisions, decisions…

I finished my Spools quilt… you can see it in a few days.  I really like how it turned out, and I even remembered to put a label on it.  Aren't you proud of me?

So I'm now looking at my list of projects and prioritizing.  I've done really well on sticking to my list, but I'm feeling a little bit iffy right now.  Here is what I have on the list:
  • Hand Quilt the “Yes We Can, Jane” quilt – needs to be prepared for quilting in the hoop – backing ironed, sandwich put together, stretched, basted/pinned – this is my first priority, then I can hand quilt at will during the cold winter months!
  • Barn Owl quilt – the top is about 1/2 finished, then it needs quilted (machine)
  • Scrappy Baskets – This is a full-size bed quilt for me, myself and I
  • Redwork Owls – Needs a few hours put into it before I hand quilt it… the few hours are to repair a measurement boo-boo I made.  You know how that goes!
  • Christmas Siggie Quilt from my DJ online group – I think I'm way too late to get anything done with this for this Christmas, don't you?
  • Add to list:  Double Irish Chain queen-size bed quilt for our bed to replace worn and and tattered quilt that is there now.  It should go together quickly, I have all the fabrics, and will machine quilt this for quick use
On top of all of this, I have committed to undertake a large project which will take up considerable time over the next 18 months – 2 years.  That's my best guess…
What to do?  What to do?  How do YOU make your decisions like this?
                                       

Three Rivers, Michigan

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that I had put a gadget on my blog that shows where my visitors come from.  It’s fun to see people visiting from all over the world!   There has been someone regularly visiting from a place called “Three Rivers, Michigan.”  I had never heard of that location, so looked it up on the map.  It’s 151 miles away from me to the southwest.
I’ve noticed since mentioning that fact that the person seems to be on the same time schedule as me.  When I’m on, that person also seems to be on the website.  Today I realized that the person from Three Rivers, Michigan is none other than….

ME.
We have high speed Internet through Comcast.  It comes to us from… Three Rivers, Michigan. Michigan

On the map above, I am at point A to the north.   Three Rivers is at point B to the south. 
151 miles away.

Things are not always as they seem. Good grief!

Ready to start hand quilting

Some time ago I wrote a post about a quilt that a group of quilters from around the world has been working on for President Obama.  I ordered the backing fabric for it today, and after Thanksgiving will start to hand quilt it. 

Here’s the backing fabric I chose for it:

ObamaBackingI purchased the fabric from eQuilter.com:

Cream, Champagne, Sand
This vibrant blender is rich with textural qualities and done using a monochromatic palette that is sure to add just the right touch of visual interest to the back and borders of your latest project. Please prewash and allow for up to 7% shrinkage. 108″ wide quilt backing, tonal blender from the ‘Quilter’s Blenders’ collection.

 

finishedQuilt

Kathy Timmons designed the layout and sewed our blocks together with a beautiful setting that incorporated a stunning stripe by Marcus Fabrics called “Indigo, Pewter and Honey” from Judie Rothermel.  I tried my best to find some of the fabric from that line to use on the back, but no luck.  So this is a good neutral that will work with it.  The stripe has a bit of a gold color in it, and with our cream background will look quite nice.  The binding that Kathy (so nicely) prepared for us is in the blue stripe as well, so I think it will be perfect!

I will keep the members of the Yes We Can, Jane group informed of the quilting progress on my blog so that they – and all my readers – can see how it goes, one block at a time.  Keep coming back to this blog to see when your block/s are finished being quilted. 

I am so excited about this, and I hope you are as well!

Every Square Inch

I spent most of the day yesterday at Great Lakes Crossing shopping with a new friend.  I do believe we covered just about every square inch of the mall, which is huge!  I desperately needed clothes since my weight loss, she needed lots of warm clothes for winter in Michigan (since moving here from a warmer climate recently).  Our tastes in styles and colors match to a T, and shopping was a real pleasure for me.

I previously thought I was the only girl in the world who hated shopping.  I really disliked walking through crowds carrying a big, heavy purse and wearing a coat in a hot mall.  Nothing ever fit, I wanted everything to be big enough and styled to hide parts I didn’t want seen.  Now, finally, I can admit to the Sisterhood:

I get it!

Apologies to my hubby for making a big dent in our checkbook.

A Hand Quilting Blog is Born!

Celebrate Hand Quilting is a brand  new blog for hand quilters, and I’m excited to share it with you! 
If you are

  1. a hand quilter, and
  2. if you have added a link on this site to a hand quilted item that you have made, AND
  3. if you have put the Celebrate Hand Quilting button on your blog, you are invited to be a part of the new site!

If you would like to participate by writing some blog articles about your own hand quilting, please send me an email at caron mosey at gmail dot com with the following information:

  • Your first and last name
  • Where you’re from(City, State, Country…)
  • Your email address
  • Your blog address

When I get your email, I will write you back shortly with details about how to proceed.  But you can start getting ready right away!
Our first topic, which will run through the end of November, will be about hand quilting tools, meaning thimbles, gadgets, scissors, etc.  Please go visit the blog at http://celebratehandquilting.blogspot.com/ and look around.

Then put your thinking cap on and get creative!

Celebrating Hand Quilt in a Big Way

CelebrateHandQuilting

 

If you recognize this button, you are probably a hand quilter:

I have had so many quilters email me and mention having a blog JUST FOR US that many quilters can actively participate in.  A blog where we can share what we’re working on, talk about tips, techniques, tools, and how we work.  A blog where hand quilters feel quite at home and understand our need to DO IT BY HAND.

I hear you, and I totally agree!

Within the next few days, I will be posting a link to a brand new blog that will do just that.  But I can’t do another blog all by myself.  So (1) if you’re a hand quilter, and (2) if you have added a link on this site to a hand quilted item that you have made, AND (3) if you have put the button above on your blog, you are invited to be a part of the new site!

You can start preparing now for your first article.  Yes, you can add articles to the new hand quilting blog!  Our first series of articles will be sharing about needles and thimbles.  So get ready… take a few pictures of the needles and thimbles you use the most, write something that talks about why you use what you do, and when you hear back from me, I will tell you how to put your article on our brand new blog!

I think this will be a lot of fun, and I look forward to seeing how it progresses. 

I hope you do, too!