Saturday, March 31, 2012

The art of thread (not what you think)

I saw this on another blog. Oh my goodness--if you like thread, this is for you. Moda Lissa, there is even one for you!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Monday, Monday

Ok, I've been a bad blogger, but what else is new?

Retirement, that's what! Not for me, but my husband has finally set a date. So, what have I been doing? PACKING lots of boxes. Making a "to do" list for the house. Drooling over houses that won't be available when we are ready (ready meaning this house is sold, sold, sold). Deciding on a white paint color...

Am I excited? Yuuuuup! I sure am. I don't think I could be a stay at home person, so I'm hoping to get a space large enough to hold my longarm and my business so I can actually go to 'work' instead of to the garage. I found a great house, but it was on the market for about, 24 hours?

Sunday, March 18, 2012

2012 H2H Challenge

Woo-Hoo! Have you signed up yet? I'm going to try and do at least one quilt for each charity. I so love children's quilts, so you guessed it, I'll be trying out some new designs.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Time for a change

I've been thinking about this for some time.

I think it's time for a change. A big change. Not sure exactly what quite yet. I'm so used to moving around every few years and changing jobs; not really jobs, but duty assignments. You see, my Dad was in the Navy. So, we moved every three to four years. I went to college off and on for a few years, still didn't know what I really wanted to be when I grew up, so I joined the Navy. One of the secretaries where I worked then told me of all the fun she had, plus (in hindsight) I did enjoy the adventures my family went on. You have never really traveled until you go cross-country in a Chevy (2 door) station wagon with five kids and a big pile of comic books.

I've started the Spring cleaning. You know, if you don't move every few years, you accumulate a lot of stuff. I won't bore you with the details but dang, we have a lot of stuff. I have a lot of books. Now I understand the great appeal of the e-reader.

Books are heavy. There are a lot of quilt books that are e-reader friendly. That'd be fine unless I want to make a template. Then what do I do? I just love the feel of the rough paper and the firmness of a good hardback. I have been collecting some of my favorite authors for quite some time, so I have a lot of books. Some of which I've been re-reading on my iPad. Still hate to part with the books though. I have quite a few first editions. Quilting books are heavy. All that color on slick paper. Maybe my inner cleaner is saying "downsize woman, downsize".

So, back to the change. Need to make some decisions. I need to make a list. Wonder where I put that journal I bought in a moment of nostalgia?

Monday, March 12, 2012

Sample Spree--the easy way

If you read blogs of the lucky folks that go to Quilt Market, I'm sure you've heard of Sample Spree. That's the mass mayhem that is crazier than the wedding dress run at Filene's Basement. Thankfully, Moda occasionally lets us do a Sample Spree Online.

I ordered Vintage Modern Layer Cakes (two left) and Vintage Modern Charm Packs (eight left). If you are interested, let me know. Free shipping just for my blog readers. Layer cake: $37 and Charm Packs: $8.50 each. First come, first served. Post a note below. I'll contact you with a PayPal invoice.

Note: This offer will end Sunday, March 18, noon PST.

Vintage Modern will go great with Bliss and Ruby. I have a growing collection of charm packs. I try to get at least one of each line I want and eventually I want to do a real charm quilt. Not sure if it will be hexagons, tumblers or whatever. Believe me, it will be super duper hard to cut into them, especially my Roman Holiday and Shangri La charms.

Are you ready for Sarah's H2H Challenge? I am! Can't wait.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Ok, this is getting old

And, after a vicious windy heavy rainstorm, we have more snow. Two more weeks and it is Spring! Must think of something fun to do...ideas? I have a stack of unpacked goodies from Moda, Robert Kaufmann and Studio 180! I have some new things to share, hopefully by Thursday.

By the way--do you Pin?