Saturday, October 31, 2009

I Found A Really Neat Blog

As a child of the fifties, (oops, I just gave my age away) I always love finding photos from that era. And I found the neatest blog today. It really brings backs lots of memories. Check it out: 1950 Atomic Ranch House blog. It is lots of fun.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Magazine Ad

I thought I would show you the add I placed in Fons & Porter Easy Quilts. It's in the issue that is on the newstand right now, the winter issue.

Adds are so expensive. This was actually the least expensive of all the quilting magazines.
The March issue of Fons & Porter Love of Quilting will show Stitching Lines on their
new product page.
Can't wait to see that. That's free advertising!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Another Little Quilt

I made this little quilt last week. Sometimes when I demonstrate my Stitching Lines at shows, I will show the quilters how easy it is to make flying geese rectangles. So, I planned ahead and used fabrics that would look good with this border print.

I call this quilt Mixed Up Geese, because the flying geese are flying in two directions. But it also looks a little like rick rack.

I quilted this with the built-in serpentine stitch on my sit down machine.
I have already washed it, so it is nice and crinkly.

I found a cute little kitty cat print for the backside. It had all the right colors.
And that's about as childish as I get when I choose fabrics for children's quilts!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

One Sick Puppy

Before I tell you about my dog, I want to thank Mary, over at Quilt Hollow for posting a mention about my Stitching Lines. Mary, your photos look like still-lifes. I am a new Follower and can't wait to read more!

If you have followed my blog for very long, you will know that I am the proud owner of Tess, the one and only Perfect Puppy. That's not to deny any of you the same claim to ownership. But, I don't know your dogs.
Tess is 4 1/2 years old now, hardly a puppy, but still one at heart. She has been a perfectly healthy and lively lab retriever mix. She lives to play fetch. And this PP actually will drop the ball or stuffed animal at my feet. She has enough smarts to figure out that, that is the only way I will throw it again and again and again.
Well, two nights ago, she really threw us for a loop. I was upstairs at my computer. Tess was at the top of the stairs. She usually lays there when I am at my desk, kind of like a watchdog. I turned off the lights and headed downstairs with Tess. She acted a little strange, but even more so, when we got to the landing. She wouldn't come any further. It was like her legs just weren't going to take her all the way down.
Finally, she came down, with quite a bit of urging from me. We went out to the front yard, where a neighbor was walking her itsy bitsy little dog. Tess would only sit and watch the other doggy. This was very unusual. Tess loves to chase other doggys if they come to visit.
Anyway, as the evening went on, Tess sat more and more and would not get up and walk.
Dave gave her some Tylenol, to see if that would help her. She was obviously in some kind of pain, although, we couldn't figure where.
By 10:30, Dave and I were getting worried, so we took her to a 24 hour vet.
Of course, just like kids, by the time we got there, Tess was feeling better( probably due to Tylenol) and just walked in.
This was just another adventure to her, with more of her favorites..............people who liked her!
The doctor could find nothing wrong with her. Everything checked out OK. We left.
Andy slept downstairs on the couch, with Tess beside him on the floor. Tess wasn't going upstairs, that was for sure. And he was very worried about her.
The next morning, she was in bad shape again. So Andy and I took her to her own vet. Once again, all systems were up and running. Nothing could be found that was wrong with Tess.
The doctor gave me some pain medication for her and sent us home. One pill knocked her out for most of the day. When she awoke she was fine. And this morning she was out chasing toys again.
We have no idea what caused her the pain and probably never will. I'm just so glad she is feeling better.

Quilts From Demo Half-Square Triangles

I have been having a lot of fun these last couple of weeks making small size quilts.
As many of you know, at the quilt shows I go to, I sit and demonstrate my Stitching Lines ALL DAY LONG. So, now I come home, divide up the colors and have started sewing them into quilts. I just can't stand the thought of tossing all those half-square triangles away.
Below is what I finished up this morning.
I started out with a very different fabric for the stripe, but it was boring.
I found this beautiful leaf print on my shelf and it was perfect.
I had been saving it for just the right project.
Don't you just love it when your stash gets used up?

A couple rows of half-square triangles doesn't even start to use up my
ever growing pile of squares!

I quilted it with a simple built-in serpentine stitch on my domestic machine.
I still can't get to my quilting frame.
(A very messy offspring is occupying that room at the moment)!

I did have to buy some new fabric for the backing. I think this fabric is perfect.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

It Can Only Get Better- I Hope

This is becoming a recording. "Quilt show is a bust...Low Attendance...Where Are All the Quilters".
Vendors are starting to become very discouraged at the quilt shows I have attended lately. I am surprised we even go to the trouble of packing up everything, unpacking, setting up a booth, and then packing up again a few days later. I hope it is just a reflection of the economy and that everyone's sales will get better. But....IT REALLY IS DISCOURAGING! Some vendors don't even make enough sales to cover their expense of the booth, travel fees and the cost of inventory sold. Luckily for me, I have been able to cover all my expenses.
I'm not ready to give this up yet. I am still new to this whole business and consider everywhere I go, as mere advertising. I still enjoy meeting new quilters and the camaraderie of the vendors. I like the networking and I love seeing all the beautiful quilts.
I just hope it gets better sooner than later.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Another Day, Another Show

I am off to another quilt show. I am hoping the attendance is better than the last two shows. This guild did advertising on two radio stations, so my hopes are high. They were shattered a bit yesterday when I found that my booth was not in the large room, but in a smaller one that only has room for two booths. Well, at least the lighting was fantastic, something I can't say for the larger room. Since, I have the ideal job at a show, (I get to sew on my machine all day), I better find some more fabric to take with me. Wish me luck!
Oh, the show is put on by El Camino Quilter's Guild and is at CSUSM. It is on Friday and Saturday.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Use It All Up

You may think this is trash, but don't throw these out just yet.

They work great for sewing together binding strips using a bias seam.

Place the binding strips right sides together at a right angle.

Cut your leftover Stitching Lines to the length of the diagonal.
Stitch on the solid line.

Tear away.

Trim seam and press open.
Fold strip in half and press.

Duh! I was using a new strip when I sewed my binding strips together. Even the inventor can learn something new!

Monday, October 5, 2009

I Am Lovin' Triangles

As if I hadn't made enough Half-Square Triangles at the quilt shows lately, I came home from the last one and made more. They are just way too much fun. Of course, I am using my Stitching Lines. There is no way in the world I would be making this many without using them.

I wanted to try making a little baby or tot size quilt and I didn't have enough HSTs that were the right color. So I made them all in one day and sewed them all together the next. I think the quilt came out very cute. I even quilted it right at my sit down machine. It's been washed already, so that's why it already looks all crinkled up.

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