LDQ #82 Valerie

This episode is dedicated to Valerie Lamont.

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I decided not to do a play by play of QuiltCon, because it’s old news now, isn’t it? I did touch on some highlights, and I sure I will continue to do that over the next couple episodes. At the end of this episode, there is a small tribute to my friend, Valerie. It’s not a quality recording, but it is from my heart.

Here are the finished quilts I talked about. I did not pick the best time of day to photograph these, but there it is.

Cheese Slices is a gift for the guidance counselor of our school. She is amazing and works tirelessly. These were the magenta stars from the En Provence Mystery Quilt from Bonnie Hunter. I added the scrappy star sashing, and I like the effect. I may use this sashing idea again. It’s easy to do with a little organisation. It’s sashing with cornerstones, basically. Each long sashing strip gets some wonky points, sometimes on both ends. I used my design wall to lay all this out.

This is the purple and green portions of En Provence. It came out pretty great. This will be for an amazing teacher who has taught both of my kids. I have one more to make and then no more teacher quilts until I have grandchildren. Times, they are a changing.

I also finished my Round Robin, finally! Well, except for the label, which I will be sewing to the back the next time there is anything worth watching on tv.

AND…. here’s my glorious book haul!

I only found one Anita Brookner title this year. Last year I had three or four. I’m also especially excited about Judy Blume, Joyce Carol Oates, and Anne Lamott. This stack should keep me occupied at least until next year’s book sale.

 

The book I reviewed this episode is-

My Sunshine Away by M.O. Walsh

I wish I could give this book ten stars. I loved it so much. There are some uncomfortable passages that deal with sexual assault, and some with icky teen lust, but the overall story is one of love and compassion and family. I can’t express how much I loved this book. It’s set in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and the passages about the misconceptions about the place resonated with me. We don’t ride gators or paddle to a school in a pirogue. And not all Louisiana cities are like New Orleans. It’s a rich story that left me feeling great at the end.

 

LDQ #81 Lavender Fields Forever

In this episode, I talked about how I split my En Provence units into two separate quilts! I think I will call the purple one, Lavender Fields Forever.

 

I finished a crocheted wrap.

 

I spent some time organizing my embroidery threads, and started a couple small X-stitch projects.  (subversive with naughty words)

 

Checkout episode 65 of Dear Book Nerd, where they answered my question. (I’m Classically Challenged) If you haven’t listened before, you are in for a treat. The podcast has ended now, but there are about 70 back episodes to devour.

You should watch Love Between the Covers on Netflix. It’s fantastic.

And I read a bunch of books! Follow me on goodreads (verylazydaisy) to see my lists.

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LDQ #80 Mysteriously Quick and Dirty

Hi guys!

This episode is short, and I talk pretty fast. I tried to squeeze it into the small window when my house was empty today.

As mentioned in a previous post, I am right on track with the En Provence Mystery Quilt from Bonnie Hunter. I’m still working on my Lady of the Lake quilt, and I finally but the borders on my Doctor Who Embroidered Quilt. More pics of that one to come as I quilt and finish it. Here is a sneak peek. This picture makes me realise how awful the lighting is in my sewing room. Bah! I hope to take some pics of it outside this week. It’s too big to get the whole thing in a shot, as it is on my design wall.

Let’s Get Twilty!

LDQ #79 Purple Patches

I’m right on track with Clue 3 of En Provence, and I’m linking up. I am so enjoying seeing all the posts on Instagram from those of you participating. Here’s where I am. Spinning those seams, again. I didn’t have a wide variety of light purples, but I think it will work out just fine.

 

I made a quilt for my friend Amy, in our Fat Quarter Xmas Swap. THIS QUILT was the inspiration, and here is my interpretation.

Rainbow Wedge

 

The quilt I received in this swap makes me very very happy! The close up of the quilting highlights the hummingbirds stitched in bright pink thread!

 

 

Let’s Get Twilty!

 

 

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

 

 

 

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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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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