Houston or bust!!

It’s that time of year again!  We all madly prepare for Houston market and Festival! Those late nights of prepping the boxes for shipping.  We have to send those weeks ahead of time.  I always forget what I put in the boxes so this year… I wrote down what was in the boxes so hopefully I won’t forget something crucial!  Which I ALWAYS DO!!!

I will be arriving on Sunday to set up my classroom for Monday and Tuesday classes…. unfortunately this year…. I will not be having a booth at Festival!  I know…..booooo!  I just couldn’t swing it this year.  I am hoping to be back next year.

FREE SHIPPING ON DOMESTIC ORDERS 

when you purchase 2 or more items

OCT 25-NOV 1, 2019

Use the code FREE

So in light of the fact that I won’t have a booth… From Oct 25-Nov 1, you will receive free shipping on orders of 2 or more items!   Orders will go out the following week!

If you forget to enter the code…. (please don’t)…… remember I am in Houston teaching and won’t be readily available to fix the error!

Purple What???

I’m embarrassed to say that this post is VERY late in the making (she says hanging her head very low).  A couple of years ago, a student of mine in Houston, Heather Snow,  gave me a wonderful gift!  Now, I need to say…. when I return from a Houston trip things are very hectic…. unpacking, finishing up the accounting etc.  It normally takes me at least a week to see the top of my desk.  (not that this is a good excuse at all) So I put Heather’s gift in my studio and like everything else it got shuffled around a bit.  When I recently  moved I rediscovered it and promptly was kicking myself in the ass for letting it get shuffled around.   AT this point you are all probably saying… just shut up and tell us what the hell the gift was!!

It is the Blade Saver thread cutter from her company… Purple Hobbies!  

BladeSaver thread cutter

Bladesaver Thread Cutter

Soooo… those old rotary cutting blades that really don’t cut fabric very well… now they have a use!!  Pop them in this cute little flower and voila!  a thread cutter for when you are chain piecing.  When not in use the cute little flower is stored in the circular base!  Heather, Thank you so much for your thoughtful gift!

This is the next must have, the Magnetic Pin cup!   They come in different sizes for all of your pin holding needs.  I realized I needed this after needlessly stabbing my self countless times (and cursing up a blue streak) going for a pin!

Make sure you check out all that Heather has to offer at Purple Hobbies!  No affiliation…. just a very happy quilter!

 

If you are going to Houston and see me…. Make sure you say hello!!

Janis’s Big Win!!!

I was so excited to receive Janis’s email!!

Lisa…do not know if you will get this…but I sent you a thank you a few years back for helping me quilt my first customer custom quilt…your classes have made me a really..I think…good Quilter.   Below is my first big win as a Quilter and waiting to see if my client and I get into AQS Daytona Beach 1st entry….still waiting.  I asked if you would please come to Florida…we have great golf courses.   I see you are on the list for Daytona Beach and you can bet ….I will be in those classes.  I know you have been thru a lot of changes in your life in the past year and I hope all is well.  Just wanted to let you know in this big world you are always in my thoughts….thanks again for all you do.

As a teacher we never tire of hearing our students success stories and I personally love to share them with the world!

Janis’s quilt won a blue ribbon!!! And I am quite certain I’ll be seeing this quilt in Daytona!!

Congratulations and thank you for sharing Janis!!

“Don’t have a creative Bone in your Body”

So its not secret that the past year has been a bit of a challenge…. divorce, moving etc.  It really takes it toll on how creative you are.  I have always been the type of person that takes her time with all of my projects… thinking that each one is a  masterpiece.  A creative rut is no place to be!  So how do you get out of it. Many of you have given great advice in the past…. step away, work on a simple project, knit or crochet etc…. I listened to this podcast on my way to teach in Vermont and I believe this is gonna help.

Take a listen and let me know in the comments what you think.

Marie Forleo’s Podcast with Chase Jarvis

I found the study on the pottery class most interesting!

With this in mind, I came home from that trip with a renewed energy that I just have to create.  Whether it is designing an original quilt, quilting customer quilts, my own quilts or even grabbing a pattern so I can work on something where I don’t have to think as much.

I decided to use a very old jelly roll in my limited stash…. and make this cute quilt by Cluck Cluck Sew called Pixel Chain.

How cute is that???  I cut all my fabric in a day and now it seems like its taking me forever to sew the blocks.  I have 5 done… that’s it.  lol . but at least the directions are there… I just have to follow them.

So with this podcast in my ear…. I am going to see how many projects I can get done by the end of the year.  I have a couple UFO’s that I am close to finishing so that should boost my numbers.  But the goal here is to not over think….. I suffer from Analysis Paralysis….. anyone else??

 

Who wants to join me???  Let’s see how productive we can be.