Monday, October 28, 2013

A little of what has been keeping me busy

Shoe on a tshirt quilt for a StitchIts friend's granddaughter
Here is a sampling of what I have been busy quilting. I try to post a picture of each project in progress and put that on I also put them on the web site (eventually). 

Memory quilt from t-shirts and clothes

Flannel quilt with garden theme

As an "I bleed Orange and Blue" Gator, this was a bit painful to do, but I added a special touch to this Alabama strip quilt

Puppies and kitties on a kitty quilt.

t-shirt quilt

Jungle animals on a baby quilt

Another memory quilt in progress

Snow flakes on a red and white snowball quilt

Snowmen on a Christmas strip quilt

Another t-shirt quilt

Circles on a rocket quilt.

More to come!

Friday, October 25, 2013

When does a Longarmer work on her own projects?

At a retreat of course!

I have been in business for one year. I got my machine in the middle of September last year, so we will say October is anniversary month. I have found out rather quickly that I have little time to do my own projects. I do set aside a day every week to attend my stitch group "Stitch Its." I am glad I committed to keep that up. What I do is so solitary that if I didn't keep that up I might not ever see my friends!

This week I had the opportunity to get a little more intimate time with my Bernina at a 2 day, 3 night retreat. This group is affectionately called "The Seam Rippers." We went to Scottsboro, AL to Grand Oak. I cannot even begin to describe it. If you ever get a chance to go, do it. They are perfect for quilting and scrapbooking retreats. The facilities are great, the food is wonderful, and view breathtaking. Here is the web site. Here are my pictures of the week. 
Sunrise view from the parking area

Scenery from the porch of Grand Oak

Chicken coop = fresh eggs

Another scenic view of Lake Guntersville

Looking down the driveway (Betty and I walked down and then back up!)

Meeting of the quilting minds

I worked on the small cornerstone blocks (81 of them) and cutting sashings for a block swap quilt.

Mommy blocks and baby blocks with sashings

I also did a block for a friend moving away

Talk about full service, Sara (of Grand Oak) even changed a flat tire for one lady!

Going down the drive way 
and down

Good by Cindy, Sara and Grand Oak until next time!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

My Great Deal

Ott Lites are great things. The light they shine really does make it easier to do things like sew, read, scrapbook. I already own a cute pink one and another one that sits by my chair in the family room. The pink one has a weighted base and is somewhat heavy. I also dislike having to unplug a light that I use regularly to haul it to stitch group once a week. I really wanted one to keep in my sewing bag. (Honestly I just plain forget to unplug and bring them!)

I saw this little gem at Tuesday Morning a month or so ago. I didn't snag it because I really didn't trust that the "regular price" "sale price" things were totally accurate. I have bought things before that I thought were a great deal only to find it somewhere else for the same price. Stores aren't allowed to mislabel like that are they? Anyways, I decided to investigate this one. So the next time I was at another large fabric chain store I looked at the Ott lites. Indeed they sell this one for $99.99. So $39.99 is a steal for this rechargeable light. Even better for me it was on further sale, I got it for $31.99. 

What great deals have you found lately?