Friday, November 21, 2014

A Patchwork Post

Nope, not that kind of patchwork. Just a little bit of this and that for you today. Forgive me in advance for rambling on and writing a total hodge-podge. I've got a ton of stuff in the works but nothing actually done other than what I shared with you on Wednesday.


Things I've mentioned:
  • Designing a show quilt- I'm revamping the design after stalling out when I had to change up the fabrics. I'm almost back to nothing. Suffice it to say, I won't be submitting a quilt to anything soon. What was I thinking?
  • Re-organizing my "studio". Done for the most part. A little clutter to clear away then I'll share my new arrangement. My cutting table, where I sit or stand when at my computer, now faces a window. I've been watching a wren on my porch off and on all day.
  • Checking out the new Janome S5. We've got them at the shop and I'm working on a review of it. Preliminary investigation tells me I like it. I won't trade my 6600 in on it, but if I were just now looking for an upgrade from a typical sewing machine, this would be the one. It has nearly the same harpspace/throat (1/2 inch less, I think) than my 6600, but nearly 3 inches more than most basic sewing machines. Plus a ton of high-end features while retaining a mid-range price.
  • Working on a tutorial for incorporating text into a quilt project like I did with my "Never underestimate the power of a woman with a sewing machine" wall panel.
Things I haven't mentioned:
  • I'm working on sharing some resources with you soon for getting ruler feet for machines other than those who are Janome compatible. (I have mentioned this on my FaceBook page)
  • I started sending my little guy to a 2 day a week preschool/daycare. My baby, my sweet little sunshine of a fella...sniff. OK, actually it's going quite well. He thinks it's fun and I don't have to scramble to find a babysitter when I work away from home. I think it's a nice preparation to get him ready for Kindergarten next year. I homeschooled my other two kids until this year when I sent them off to 3rd and 4th grade. 2014 has shaped up to be a year of changes for our family with hopes of additional changes in 2015.
  • I created a house last week and a 'troublesome truck' (train car) this week all out of a big Horn sewing machine cabinet box. (If you've been thinking about getting a sewing machine cabinet , Horn is a quality product made in the USA. In fact, they're in WV, so when we order one at the shop, we can usually get it in one day!)
  • While I'm getting things done in my quilty work, my home life and all...you know the daily stuff....I'm feeling a bit stuck. So, so many projects to work on and ideas to pursue, but little focus.

Have I told you all how much I love having this blogging space to share and teach? It makes my day when I put up a post and get such lovely comments from you. I think we get to encourage one another. Having something to share with you also helps me keep stitching away, even though it's a big time commitment to design, make, photograph, and write enough to have material to post. I get enough comments now that it's hard to respond to each one, but I read all of them and do my best to answer any that ask questions.

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11 comments:

  1. Hey Girl...I get where you are!..You inspire me ( if only I was ** (years younger) You are responsible for delayed dementia)...( thats what I tell hubby) Keep on doing what you love but when you feel a tug in your heart go with that...Our kids get grown up way too fast and you can always quilt...Val xoxo

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    1. Delayed dementia---Ha! Maybe it's transference, since I am certain I'm losing my mind!

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  2. I've been following you for awhile and practicing and practicing. While watching your videos I really concentrated on the speed and sound of your machine. I am so thrilled to report that while doing quilting this week I really worked at repeating the sound of your machine which had me slow down and I was able to really do a better job. I did a wall hanging with pebbles around applique pieces and other then getting a bit lost with the actual circle shape it really went fantastic and when I showed the finished piece at Guild this week they all ohhed and awed at it. Thank you so much for doing the videos.

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    1. That is fabulous! Way to go! I'm glad the videos have helped.

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  3. I'm so looking forward to any suggestions for ruler work with my Juki TL2010Q. You've done a lot to keep me motivated to learn to FMQ, Amy. Thank you! On projects and focus, I seem to be always working to reach a deadline - not always what I want to be working on, but then time drives me onward.

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  4. Hi Amy: I think you're not stuck, rather you have to slow down a little before you make the next turn towards new ideas and projects. Keep sharing your journey ~ you definitely inspire me to keep practicing and improving on my quilting:)

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  5. Being a long-time FMQer myself, I find it refreshing to read your posts. You face the same decision-making, challenges, and successes I do. It's encouraging to know I'm not alone. I'm sure you're being too critical of yourself and that quilt you want to enter in a show. I never made a quilt intending it just for a show. Rather, I made a quilt I loved and decided to enter it in a show where I could just be proud to enter. That's when, in May 2012, I won "Best of Show" and my prize was a Bernina Aurora 440 sewing machine! Now I'm all about entering a quilt whenever I have a chance! It's like dangling that proverbial carrot in front of a horse. I may never win another thing, but I'll keep trying. My best to you for entering a show. You CAN do it!

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  6. Hi Amy! It's ironic to be full of ideas and in the midst of a year of changes - and feel stuck :-/ I hope things fall in to place and your next year is a great one!

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  7. Take a step back and reassess your goals. Isn't that what a new year is for? You a real inspiration to me...I appreciate all of your work.

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  8. What a fun time for your little guy Amy! I appreciate all of your observations - I have a Janome 8900 and absolutely love it. Like many others I hadn't really, really read my instruction book until I started reading your blog and saw how many things my machine would do that I hadn't realized. I've learned so much! :) blessings, marlene

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  9. Since I finally got my BLQP short arm machine fixed (the 4th person to work on it was the charm), I'll be looking forward to your info on ruler feet. I am trying to simplify my life and just sold my Babylock Tiara sit-down machine but think I might want to try some ruler work using the BLQP. I think probably my machine and insert sits flat enough in my Koala table - I suspect that is the crux of the matter .
    Don't worry about "stuck" -- this is such a busy time of year coming up, so relax and enjoy it with your family. The new year is always a good time to assess new starts.

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