Sunday, January 23, 2011

Peep Love

The Assistant needs a lot of attention. 
This is how the Assistant helps me while I'm handquilting.  She lays her head on the quilt and gives me "the look" until I pet her.  This gives me a chance to rest my wrist and give my fingers a break so I guess it does serve a very important purpose.  She knows what she is doing. 

This weekend I was so pleased to find out I was tagged for the Stylish Blog Award by one of my favorite bloggers, Carolyn, of Fake it While you Make It, a blog that not only full of awesome quilts but  lots of interesting takes on crafting and life in general.  The rules of the award are that you share seven things about yourself and this works out perfect for me since I don't have one single "post worthy" topic going on right now.  Sooo, without further ado .... seven quilty things about me:

1.  I'm hand quilting for the first time and learning as I go.  I'm now wondering if I should have bound it first.  Also I found I don't like a hoop, it goes much easier just pin basted and on my lap.

2.  I love to bookmark things of interest I find on the internet. Quilts I admire, tutorials I want to use in the future, cool haircuts, interesting paint jobs, etc.  But later I have a hard time going through my folders to find what I want.  I just found a new site I love pinterest where you can pin these links to bulletin boards you create.  Perfect!  Not only it is easy to find what you are looking for, you can open your boards on any computer you are using PLUS you can see what other people are pinning.  At this time the site is in a beta stage so you need an invite to start a board so please let me know if you want one.  I promise you'll love it!

3.  I'm attracted to plain quilts with lots of solids and rich, earthy colors.   But I found that over the summer I bought lots of fabrics of pinks and peaches.  Now I have a stash that does not match my personality or my tastes ... yet I almost bought some pink fabric today.  Haven't figured out why I do that yet. 

4.  I have major gift regret when I think of the quilts I've already given to people. As I learn and my skills increase I cringe when I think of the quilts I was so proud of and gave away.  Now I want to take them all back and replace them with better ones. 

5.  I've realized I don't like pre-cut packs like layer cakes and jelly rolls.  I'd rather pick and choose the fabric and cut it myself.  Plus they're expensive!

6.  I hate putting the walking foot on my machine and I hate taking it off.  I pretty much hate everything about the walking foot. 

7.  The next quilt I make is going to be just for me.  I'm  excited to start, but I'm paralyzed with indecision because there are so many designs I've been wanting to try.  I think I'll just have to sit down this week and start cutting and sewing and see what emerges.

In the spirit of the award I'd like to tag some of my most recently subscribed to quilting blogs.

 Andie Johnson Sews
Shiner's View 
Greenleaf Goods 
The Happy Bumbler 

Check them out!  They're some awesome quilters. 


  1. I am interested in the Pinterest thing you told us all about;)

    You are making me **blush** when you say "Awesome" quilter and listed me as one--HA got a long way to go,but Thank you none the less.

    You are pretty great yourself as a quilter!

  2. Is the Assistant all better?
    I DID buy pink fabric the other day, but it was for a valentine-y thing so I guess that makes it ok. I did penance by going and getting some lovely russets, browns and yellows today. :D

  3. Your assistant is just the cutest! Well deserved stylish blog award! And I would love an invite to Pinterest - it looks like the ultimate procrastination site, just what I need!

  4. It was so nice of you to tag me! It's been way too long since I've posted anything quilty, though. Thanks for sticking with me through this little dry spell. The quilt I'm working on now is a birthday present so I have to keep it under wraps for another week or two - can't wait to show it!

    That pic of your dog is adorable!

  5. oh, so many things.......
    1.) your assistant is beautiful and rottie girls always know what they are doing and what is best for you....listen to her.
    2.) I would love to learn more about pinterest! Sounds great!
    3.) First - how generous of you to give your quilts away. I know exactly what you mean, when it is first done you feel so proud and later, when you learn more and have more experience, you wonder why you were so proud! What you have to remember is that every step you take is progress and you learn something. So be PROUD of those early accomplishments. You wouldn't be where you are without them!

    Keep quilting and keep pushing yourself. And keep loving the Bailey Girl!

    in stitches,

  6. I love your assistant!! It is hard to work when they are looking at you longingly. I usually bribe mine.

    I don't like putting on or taking off my walking foot either but it makes some of my sewing so much easier that I deal with it.

    As for gift regret realize that the people you gave it to are so touched by the gift they won't notice if it isn't perfect. Besides a lot of time the things we notice aren't noticed by someone who isn't a quilter/seamstress.

  7. assistants are great! i have a few of my own, but with those adorable eyes i'd pet more than i quilted!

    I am giving gifts this year of quilts and i know they wont be the best i ever make... so ive already told everyone, this year im making scrappy quilts and im focusing on technique... so they may not be the prettiest, but i will learn something from each of them. (lol my attempt to preempt the gift regret)

  8. Oh boy - its so hard to resist those puppy eyes! I totally agree with you on the whole pre-cut thing, although I have been know to buy a fat quarter bundle.

  9. well clearly I am behind in my "blog surfing" ... thanks SO MUCH for the mention!


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