I remember when I first started quilting, I’d be walking around a quilt show and admiring the winning quilts thinking one day I would be able to whip something out as effortlessly as they did…. I now know, I was a little naive because I thought that these award winning quilters just had a vision and then proceeded to whip up the quilt. Boy was I wrong. There is a lot of hardwork and hours upon hours that go into these award winning babies. I call them babies because a piece of you, or sometimes a huge chunk, goes into each and every quilt you produce. Now, years and numerous award winning quilts later, I realize that there is a common trait that most of these quilters have in common besides oodles of talent. They persevere despite disappointment. Those disappointments could be anything from not having enough of the fabric they wanted to use, a quilt not getting into a show, resewing a block for the 5th time, their fabric bled when they were blocking the quilt or they used the wrong color thread in the quilting. Yet despite all of these…. they persevered.
Yesterday as many talented quilters were announcing that their quilts were accepted into a national show, I had a disappointment…. my quilt, Crown Jewels, was not accepted.
￼ To say that I was not disappointed would be a lie. Of course I was! Was my quilt not good enough? Maybe, maybe not. Most likely, it just wasn’t what the show was looking for this time around. (at least that is what I am telling myself) Being a competitive person, sometimes this is tough to take. Why do I bring this up? To show that no matter how successful we have been or a particular quilt has been in the past nothing is guaranteed, we all experience disappointments but it’s how we move forward that is important. So despite my disappointment yesterday, I moved forward today.
I am currently working on my next competition piece… This particular quilt has been ongoing since last year. I like to challenge myself with each quilt I do. This time it is my first time doing hand applique and I am loving it!! I am using some fabulous colors of fabric from Cherrywood. ￼
Because I challenge myself with new techniques on almost all of my quilts it creates a lot of those “what was I thinking” moments. Along with the hand applique, that who knows if it’s any good, I drew out this great interior border around a center star… drafting it was the easy part. I then had to figure out how I was going to piece it and get it together…. after MANY attempts, I was ready to throw in the towel but I really LOVED it and refused to believe that I couldn’t get it together in a decent way…. ￼
I managed to figure it out and got it together in way that I was satisfied with…. but when I say it wasn’t easy…. that’s putting it mildly. I started this quilt back in May 2013, I finished this part of the quilt in Jan 2014 …. it drained me of my patience and creativity so I put it aside till about 2 weeks ago… that’s not to say I haven’t been thinking about it. ￼
I am now getting back to it and of course running into more obstacles… but it will all be worth it.. at least I keep telling myself that.
It is a cold, rainy dreary day here in Pa. Blah….
I am still getting quite a few whole cloths for our challenge.. you can check them all out here. Here are some of the additions.
Are they not incredible? Wow!! I couldn’t think of a better thing to be viewing on a cold and rainy Monday. Enjoy!
I am so impressed with the whole cloths that I have seen from all of you who have participated in the challenge. WOW, loads of talent. I have posted them all on my website, if you do not see your quilt and you’ve sent it please send it to me again at firstname.lastname@example.org. I think I’ve kept up on them but am not 100% positive I got them all. I am still working on mine…. Let’s cross our fingers and hope I get it done in the near future…
As you can see, I still have a lot of work to do.
We will be numbering the quilts and doing a random drawing for a prize… Olde City has donated a twin size batting, Teri Lucas has donated 2 -1/2 yd cuts of, what else, Radiance, and I am donating two rulers, the Quilter’s Groove™ ProMax™ and ProMini™. So if you haven’t gotten your quilt picture to us, please do so. You can see Teri progress on her blog!
I spent this past Tuesday at Olde City Quilts launching the new BERNINA longarm. It is an incredible machine with some great features… on board bobbin winder that runs independently of the machine… we were like little school girls watching it work. Make sure you check it out! I’m in love with it.
I will be heading off to Olde City Quilts to celebrate the new BERNINA longarm arrival! To help me celebrate, the very talented Teri Lucas, Linda Hahn and Barb Persing will be joining me. However, the guest of honor will be the owner of BERNINA, HP Ueltschi! Bring along your machine and a sharpie and I bet you can get him to sign your machine.
Come and join the fun!! 10a-12p
Wow, market is incredible. So many things to look at, so many new people to meet. Where to start …..
First up, the BERNINA booth. Testing the Longarm, Wow, it is incredible. Smooth and the features are really nice! I love my BERNINA 750 so it wasn’t a surprise that I really liked the Longarm as well.
The Gen Q booth was on the list… Saw Teri Lucas…fun gal. AQS booth, Fabric manufacturers, so many ideas swimming around in my head. Probably won’t sort them all out till I get home. .
Today, I set up the booth for Festival. Make sure you come by and see me in the Urban Elementz booth. #1324.
Award ceremony tonight…. So much excitement.
Preview tomorrow night….. Yeah! Can’t wait.
I leave tomorrow for Houston!! Can’t wait. Today is the last day of my 15% off PreHouston Sale! www.stonehousequilting.com
Make sure you get those rulers! If you’d like to get them while in Houston, I’ll be in the Urban Elementz booth #1324! Come by and see me. I’ll show you how they work.
Better go pack!!!
October already… where did the summer go? I would love it to be summer all year long! Love the sun and surf… although the fall leaves are beautiful, I might miss those.
September was a fun month! I got to teach at MQX Midwest in Springfield, Ill. Did you know that there are ALOT of cornfields between Pa and Illinois?
I met so many talented quilters in my classes and had a wonderful experience. Hope that MQX is back there next year!
This year will be the first year I am attending Houston Market! Last year it was just Festival and boy, was that fun. In celebrating the whole Houston Festival, I am going to have a little pre-sale on my site. 15% off your entire order now through Oct 24th. For those of you who were on the fence about ordering the Quilter’s Groove Rulers™ now is a great time! Let your loved ones know, holidays are right around the corner…. oh no, I’d better get shopping. Perhaps you’d like to join the whole cloth challenge and need some help on how to start… Mastering the Mini might be just what you need. Maybe you’d like to see what others have done….. check them out.
There is still time to join the challenge. Here are the details. It has been amazing to see what this group of talented quilters have come up with. Here is another one by Linda Read. Linda was in my Mastering the Mini class at MQX Midwest in Springfield! Boy she took it and ran with it! Great job Linda! Email your pictures to me at email@example.com
My whole cloth is still in progress. Hopefully I’ll have time to work on it this week. Crossing my fingers…
Many of you know that I have been struggling with some neck issues. I have been told I have Cervical Facet Syndrome. Part of my problem is how I have quilted for the past 10+ years. I like to get my nose right down into my quilting…. this is NOT good for your posture. I was on some pretty heavy duty medicine for the past 4 months. I didn’t like the options that the western doctors had…. injections. Now, I have heard they work great for some and not so great for others. I decided to explore acupuncture. I have had 4 treatments and am now off of the medicine. While I am not operating at 100%, I feel much better off the medicine and hope to continue to improve…. which brings me to title of this post.
I purchased the CraftOptics glasses about a month ago. I originally got my reader prescription put into them and have now taken them out and am just using the regular glasses. Jeff and the team at CraftOptics have been wonderful and have followed up via phone calls and emails. The swap from the prescription to regular glasses went seamlessly at MQX in Springfield and I couldn’t wait to get home to try them. It takes a little getting use to but I LOVE them. (especially when frogging little stitches) I take breaks often now in my quilting which is something new. I encourage you all to do the same. Remember to breathe and relax those shoulders… this is the big one for me. I highly recommend these glasses to all who do custom work! (no affiliation)
Here is a little eye candy of a project I am working on but can’t reveal the whole thing…
It is Wednesday already? Really? A week ago today I was driving the last leg of my trip to MQX Midwest in Springfield, IL with my sister in law, Judy. We took the trip in two days going out so as to not have to do 13 hours in one day, the day before I taught. I love traveling with Judy, we chatted the whole time and it flew by… we passed by many cornfields… and many towns called Springfield till we came to the one we were looking for.
What a great time! I had two days of classes and I have to say… I love the people in the midwest… you all are so nice! Tons of talent as well. I better sharpen my skills a little or you all will put me out of a job. LOL I met so many wonderful people, I do hope that MQX decides to go back again next year. Maybe I can even get a quilt done by then for the show…. well, one can hope. The time went by much too quickly and Saturday morning arrived and it was time to go home… we decided to make the drive in one day so we would have Sunday to recuperate…. or maybe it was because I wanted to watch the Ryder Cup… regardless, we passed by many more cornfields and finally made it home at roughly 10pm.
I hope you all had as much fun as I did…See you next year, hopefully.