Monday, September 14, 2015

Of Dahlias and Deadlines

Fall showed up yesterday and today has been absolutely beautiful! Seems like such a shame to spend any of it at the grocery store. But that's my usual Monday activity. I did get some stitching done as I worked to upload products into my online shop.

Dahlia template

Since I want to make sure my shop has the best info out there on a variety of rulers, I figured I better stitch out samples for some of the more unusual templates.


Here's what one full repeat of the 9 inch Dahlia template from TopAnchor Quilting Tools looks like, above. Below is after I've stitched the second set of patterns. This thing is fun!

Quilting with rulers dahlia

I even shot a short video as I stitched. I'll get it edited and up later this week. Don't forget to stop in here Wednesday when Christa Watson's blog hop makes a stop. I'm doing a giveaway! Technically, I'm doing 2 giveaways. Here's her Blog Hop Schedule.

Now, one of the reasons I started blogging was to share the quilting I was doing, but another was for the accountability it gave me to finish projects. Completing what I start is a struggle for me and there's something about having an online community of friends to report to that helps me get things done. So many quilty ideas, so little time.

You've heard me mention my online store several times here and I have to admit, I keep picking away at it, but not pushing too hard. But I've also had a lot of good feedback from readers and students from my Craftsy class, Quilting with Rulers on a Home Machine, that say they are ready to shop. That's a 25% off discount link, BTW.

So I'm putting my foot down and giving myself a hard, solid, deadline. With you all as my witness, I will open my shop Friday. Yep. Gonna do it. Maybe. I think I can, I think I can.


11 comments:

  1. Beautiful. Absolute perfection. And you didn't have to mark it. Too cool

    QuiltShopGal
    www.quiltshopgal.com

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  2. That ruler looks fascinating!
    Is the $20 discount supposed to be on your Craftsy class? I'm getting a $10 discount, which is good, but not $20. : )

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    1. Drat! I’m sorry Janet, it’s a 25% off discount which is $10 off. My mistake.

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  3. If I nag you to get your shop open, will you nag me to post some finishes to my own blog? :D

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  4. Way to go, Amy!! Looking forward to your shop opening!! I've been trying to contact Westalee rulers, but have not heard back-- do you happen to know if their long-shank foot and echo guides are compatible with the Janome Artistic Sit down? My dealer is supposed to be ordering the Artistic ruler foot for me, but I'm not sure when that will actually arrive, and I'm antsy to try out ruler work on my Artistic. Thanks so much!!

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    1. Emily, the Westalee foot doesn't fit on the Artistic machines. I have had folks tell me they've used the regular foot (the closed one? Dunno.) with rulers to some extent, since the foot is a bit thicker than the average FMQ foot. The echo guides may be compatible with the Artistic ruler foot as they are both for a 1/2 inch diameter foot, but I don't know for sure at this point.

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  5. I can't wait for your shop to open! Looking at these pics, there are so many ideas running through my head and I am excited to get my hands on some of these Top Anchor rulers. I'm glad to see that they are compatible with a sit down (I have a Sweet 16) and have wondered about the compatibility when I first saw these. Waiting on the edge of my seat, Cory, @coreensquilting on IG

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  6. Amy, I can't wait to see your online shop! You are so inspiring! Keep it coming!

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