My Handy Man
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.
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.
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.
Pick up your copy today and follow along. Let me know what you think in the comments below.
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.
(It’s still sweltering here)
I finally got this one done. I love this block so much. I think it may be my favourite so far. Can you guess what the next block will be? *wink wink*
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.
Hey guys, I had hoped to have the August block ready by now, but I’m afraid it will be delayed a bit longer. Just wanted you to know I’m working on it.
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.
I survived the Shop Hop. Goodness, that was a hectic couple of days. I’m not used to working all day, I usually work half a day. The craziness of the clearance sale made it extra hard. We did a lot of cutting and my wrist needs some rest so I will not be sewing on my day off. Not that I have lately anyway. I’m hoping I feel like sewing again after a break from the shop. Our last day is August 27. And then the cleaning starts.
I finally made time to edit and realised the episode I recorded last week didn’t save properly, so I need to start over. The idea exhausted me, so I’m walking away for a few days.
This week, I have to focus on hemming school uniform skirts, shopping for school supplies, and getting ready for school to start in three days! Yikes!
When things calm down in a few days, I’ll try again to record a podcast episode.
(And my mental responses to them)
Some of you know that for the past two and a half years, I’ve worked in my local quilt shop. The owner recently made the tough decision to close. Since the announcement that the shop would be closing at the end of August, I’ve heard a lot of responses to the sad news.
Most of them are understanding and comforting. Some of them are just a gut reaction to the prospect of living in a community without a local quilt shop. Trust me, I’m just as sad about it. Some of them leave me scratching my head and wondering if people think about their words before they speak. I even got one that took a step back, gave me the side eye, and a strange kind of hostility that I didn’t quite understand.
Here’s a short list of the highlights, and my responses. (Which I mostly try to keep in my head and not my mouth)
1. YOU’RE KIDDING?! REALLY?!!!
(Yeah, it was just a joke. Gotcha! Teehee!)
2. What will we quilters do for fabric now?!
(Well, I guess whatever you’ve been doing for the past couple years because I’ve never seen you before.)
3. Are you still going to teach classes?
(Yes. Meet me at my dining room table on Tuesday, at 9) All joking aside, I have extended this invitation to a few of my favourite students and customers, but the question from random shoppers still feels weird.
4. Are you retiring?
(We’re 30 and 40.. We need jobs)
5. Is another shop going to open then?
(Let me consult the oracle on that one… Hmm, nope, the magic 8 ball says “highly doubtful”)
I totally understand the denial, disbelief, and sadness. I wish things were different. I’m trying to deal with my sadness by using humor. I’m sure I fail miserably at times, but I’m trying to keep smiling and laughing.
Unfortunately, a local shop can’t compete with online vendors. I’m afraid we will continue to see quilt shops closing all across the country. The nearest shop will now be a hour away 🙁