Social Media Take Two

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AND ACTION!

I am really pushing the social media button, but that’s okay.  Without social media where would I/we be? Therefore, I am a HUGE advocate of uniting with my quilting community by means of social media in order to enhance my craft. Yes, networking is a fundamental part of my profession.

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But let’s face it, its intimidating when we see other quilters also using Facebook, Snapchat, and Tweeter.  Trust me, after seeing what “Sewing Susie” has posted I feel undeniably “less than”.  Her style seems better, photos of what she has completed are simply breath-taking and she is circulating ideas and achievements that I know are on my someday list.

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This mind-set deters me from posting any “new” projects because I feel I cannot compete with “Sewing Susie”.  With a little self therapy (yes, that would be talking to my dog and quilting friends) I’ve learned a little something about “Sewing Susie”!

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Sewing Susie is NOT perfect!

As stated above no one is perfect! Sewing Susie is very smart, she is going to post her best!  That includes her best quilts, her best accomplishments, basically anything that she feels falls into the “best” category.  The fact that we are all human has us yearning to show the world our supreme masterpieces and triumphs.  So when it comes to social media why would Sewing Susie volunteer anything less?  I am constantly reminding myself that what I perceive on my computer doesn’t imply that I am an unworthy participant . We are all worthy of posting.  Don’t let Sewing Susie take up your mental space in regards to sharing your quilting accomplishments or thoughts.  Enjoy viewing post from those in the quilting arena. Focus on gaining some insight that will encourage you to create and inspire you to be the best you can be.

It’s Okay to be a WIP, I am!

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Step aside Sewing Susie, and make room for Lisa who loves being a “WIP”.  I embrace being a WIP full heartedly, and I love sharing the ups and downs of my quilting journey.  Believe it or not I find it less of a burden knowing I’m willing to share my many flaws!

And if all else fails try saying this five times fast:

“Sewing Susie stipples sucky samples.”

Hey, who knows this might be just what you need to get your mental space headed in a positive direction!

Is anyone else out there a “WIP”?  Or does the name “Sewing Susie” have you intimated of taking a step in the internet world of connecting with quilters?

AND THAT’S A WRAP FOLKS!

Relationships with Rulers

“Lisa, what is your favorite or most used ruler?”  That is the question that I frequently encounter.   My response is always “My ProEcho’s.”  Why are they my tool of choice?  My ProEcho’s are used daily whether it is for quilting or drafting out a design.  My next BFF is the ProLine 8.  Believe it or not the ProLine 8 is what started me on this crazy journey of template designing.  The idea of designing templates was not an overnight epiphany.  Life would have much simpler if I had woken up one day and said “Hey, I think I will design some templates starting today.”

My initial goal was performing perfectly straight lines, 1/8″ apart.  Attempting to accomplish this by drawing them free-handed wasn’t very successful, and I was far from happy with the results.

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I wanted perfection so I put my thinking cap on and eventually the ProLine 8 became a reality.  Out of all the ProLine rulers I gravitate towards working with the ProLine 8 and 16 the most.  The best things come in small packages, right? I know the lines appear very small but I love the look of straight lines next to the curves.

Below is a video of a straight line fill.  They are quite easy to use and will provide the look of perfection that many of us quilters demand to see.

Incorporating this fill in place of a small stipple is one of my favorite things to institute on one of my designs.  These amazing rulers are very versatile, and can be used on any longarm, mid arm or domestic machines that have a high shank.

If you haven’t given the ProLine or the ProEcho rulers a chance then you are missing out!  Why don’t you give them a whirl? If my theory is correct you will most likely shake your head and say “ProLine/ProEcho where have you been all my quilting life?”

Once you’ve had you’re first date with one of these rulers let me know how it went.  Did they have you at hello?