LDQ #78 Feeling Magenta

Is that title confusing you? I am a huge fan of The Golden Girls. I am often quoting the show, and sometimes people don’t even know it and they just think I made a clever joke, all on my own. No. I am not funny. I steal all my material, lol. There was an episode where Blanche describes a sad mood as “feeling magenta” because it’s a horrible colour and goes with nothing. This always made me laugh, even though I don’t particularly dislike the colour magenta. I am also, not feeling particularly sad at this moment, because I just finished talking to you, and you always cheer me up. I am working hard to stay positive and not let in the holiday blues.. or the holiday magentas..

Speaking of magenta, I talked a lot about Clue 2 of the En Provence mystery hosted by Bonnie Hunter. I am so enjoying the process! I hope I love the finished quilt as much. If not, someone is going to get a gift with way more work put into it than I normally do for a gift.. haha!

I have decided to suspend the Outlander quilt along until after the holidays. I will have the last few remaining blocks ready before the spring, and we will pick up and finish then. We all just have so much going on this season, I didn’t think you guys would mind a wee break. I know several of you will appreciate the time to catch up anyway. Thanks for playing along!

Thank you for all the lovely comments, friends!

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LDQ #77 Starting a new quilt

In this episode, I talk about starting a new quilt, the Bonnie Hunter Winter Mystery called En Provence. It grew on me and I am enjoying the first clue, which can be found on Bonnie’s blog at Quiltville.com. This project has me looking forward to each Friday again after a long dry spell of no inspiration and not feeling like sewing at all. It has jump started me into thinking about another new project, which I have already started, and will talk about next week. I started a  new shawl that isn’t as fuzzy as the moonlight shawl, though I still plan to finish both.

The book I recommended this week is:

The Apartment by S.L. Grey (which is a collaboration between Sarah Lotz and Louis Greenberg

 

 

 

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September Block – Outlander Stitch Along

Yes, this would have been our September block, had I got it finished in time. I’m still catching up with everything.

This time we are stitching Jamie, Himself! You may leave out the whiskers if you prefer your Jamie clean shaven. Those little stitches are tedious! If you choose to do the facial hair, I suggest tiny, tiny stitches in a mixture of orange and gold threads. All the colour info is on the pattern.

You can download the pattern HERE

After working this pattern, I realised I am not completely satisfied with the Claire block I did. I will be revamping that one, and the revised pattern will automatically notify you from Craftsy if you have already downloaded that one. I want to put more details into her hair, and her shoulders to match with the style of the Jamie block.

Lallybroch is coming up soon, too! That’s an intense block, and I haven’t got it quite right yet either.

 

LDQ Episode #75 Bears and Birds

I talked a lot of quilting in this episode, and I finally got borders added to an old UFO. The second picture shows the fabrics better. Crossing my fingers I can get this quilted soon!

I am doing a chapter by chapter discussion of the book I am enjoying.

Birds in the Air by Frances O’Roark Dowell.

Pick up your copy today and follow along. Let me know what you think in the comments below.

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A Fall Finish

For the first time in a long while, I can say I finished something. This is a quilt I started many years ago and finally quilted it last week, right before the longarm broke (again)

I started with a charm pack of the Salt Box Harvest line. I made half square triangles that are bisected by a strip of neutral beige batik through the diagonal. I set them in a grid and the secondary design of a lattice naturally formed. It was a weird number of blocks so I added an asymmetrical set of borders. I quilted it with an allover swirl in the borders that I am obsessed with. I used loops and Paisley on the blocks. I did a machine binding this past weekend, and of course it’s a stripe. The backing is a fun print with recipes printed on it. I have enough left of it for the next Fall quilt.

 

I’m calling this quilt The Axeman of New Orleans because I was listening to a true crime podcast while quilting this one. I even put it on the quilt label!  If you’re into that sort of thing, check out Unsolved Murders: True Crime Stories. Their format is nice. They include a discussion of the facts of each case, but they also have dramatic voice overs to help tell the story. Their attempt at New Orleans accents weren’t quite right, but actors rarely get those right, so I give them some slack on that. Overall, it’s a great podcast.

Yay Fall!

(It’s still sweltering here)

LDQ #74 The End of an Era

In this episode, I gave brief updates on several things. Senior year field trips, and Renaissance Faire costumes. The end of one of my favourite podcasts, Books on the Nightstand. The end of Quilter’s Newsletter, and the unexpected connection to one of my other favourite things. I talked a lot, about nothing at all, but that’s kinda what you came for, right?

This is the black cactus quilt I mentioned as my husband’s favourite.

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LDQ #73 Jumping Time

Take Two! I lost the first file of this episode, so here goes the second take.

I talked about what’s happening at work, and what I will be doing when the shop closes at the end of this month.

I spent some time sharing my thoughts on what’s going on with the quilting industry, and how things are changing. While I still believe in supporting small businesses where we can, we have to accept that even with doing that, some shops will close. Probably a lot of them will close. The quilting industry has become bloated and consumers can no longer support it in the same way. The industry is changing. I think it’s like an over inflated  balloon, and the shops are the air inside. The balloon has popped, and as it contracts, some of the air inside will manage to be in protected spots, and remain there. Most of it will go away.

Some shops have multiple contributing factors like location and buying power, that will keep them afloat during the period of reduction. I hope some lovely quaint shops are still standing when this is all over. I hate to imagine a world where the only place I can actually see and feel the fabric I am buying is a big box store.

DISCLAIMER- PLEASE NOTE, I do not claim to be an expert on ANYTHING, whether it be quilting or economics. All my opinions are simply that, opinions, which are based on my observations of the world around me. I sometimes make generalizations in my podcast when I talk about groups of people, sometimes based on age and stage of life. I never mean to exclude or offend any groups. I can only comment on what I’ve seen, and experienced. Please don’t take it personally if you don’t fit into those sweeping generalizations that I sometimes make.  I KNOW THERE ARE EXCEPTIONS, AND SOMETIMES I AM JUST COMPLETELY OFF.

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