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New Year – New Goals

It is always great to have a fresh start!  A new year is a perfect time is look at what needs to be better in the months to come.  It is a perfect time to think about changes personally and professionally.

I have gradually started going through my attic and am clearing out space.  Items I no longer want to keep, I am listing on Facebook and have started a travel fund for this year.  Goal # 1 – Travel more!  See more sites!  Go places I love. Go places I have never been before.

Goal # 2 – Work smarter, not harder!  I need more playtime with my friends and family, as well as me time.  I want to enjoy each day, smiling and laughing.  That being said, I plan on setting aside time for my own projects.  I love quilting for others, but I have projects of my own that I hope to begin, work on, and hopefully complete.

Goal #3 – I hope to have a vendor booth at a few shows this year.  I am not sure which places I will be yet, I am working on that the next couple of weeks.  I will keep you updated as I know more.

This quilt is called Cabin at the Lake.  It is a block of the month class I will be teaching at Cindy’s Quilt Shop, in Caldwell, Idaho, this year.

This quilt is called Atlantis.  It is also a block of the month class I will be teaching at Cindy’s Quilt Shop in Caldwell, Idaho.

Goal #4 – Teach again!  It has been a few years since I was actively teaching quilting classes. I am diving in, starting in February, to teach two block of the month classes, one advanced quilting class and a series of strip mystery quilts.  I will be teaching these classes at Cindy’s Quilt Shop in Caldwell, Idaho.  If you are interested in any of these classes, go to Cindy’s website to get more information on the classes, as well as sign up.  I hope I get to connect with old friends and new ones in these classes.

Goal #5 – Photos and Videos

I have tried to take photos of all the quilts I have made and all the quilts I have worked on for clients.  Most photos have been taken on the floor in my living room.  Many photos show the tips of my shoes at the bottom of the photo.  Some photos have been better than others, none have been the best.  I have been doing some studying on ways to improve photos of quilts.  I hope that the photos I take in the future will be better than they have been.

i am also looking at doing some YouTube videos this year as well.  I think this is related to my desire to teach more now.  I have been a teacher all my life and I am really missing it now, so stay tuned!

So here is the last photo of the tips of my shoes that I hope to share with you.  I took this after a long day that had started very, very early.  I am not a morning person and this photo clearly shows this.  I spent the entire day with two different shoes.  (Ha, ha, ha! Ya gotta laugh at yourself sometimes!)

Listened to a great music duo tonight (Blaze and Kelly).  They were so GOOD!  Great crowd – hey helped me move into this new year with fabulous music!  Enjoy this new year, enjoy the music, and definitely remember to be grateful for the blessings you have!

sue

Gratitude For Blessings

I love waking early enough to see the light of the day starting with such beauty.  Gratitude for the ability to see and recognize this beauty. 

 

 

It has been leaf season in my world. I have really enjoyed being outside working, breathing fresh air and playing catch with my sweet girl, Aspen, while filling bag after bag of leaves.

First week for leaf collection.

 

 

Second week of collection. Gratitude I have such great shade trees that provide shade and beauty to my yard. More gratitude that I am able to spend great time outside working in my yard. And Aspen loves playing with the leaf scoops and frisbee.

 

 

Finally finished quilting my daughter Kelli and son (in law) Tim’s wedding quilt. Did not want to mail it to them so hand delivered it. Gratitude to be able to see them, spend time with them, and feel loved with my family.

 

 

The back of the quilt has the signed wishes, hopes, and advice for the their marriage and love for each other. Took me longer to make than I had anticipated, but am ecstatic with the look and feel of such a quilt to wrap them up in huge love from their friends and family.

 

Leaving to to take the quilt to them was a bit stressful as I had to be at the airport at 4am.  Once I arrived, having a sign to locate who they were was so helpful!  (They have such a great sense of humor).  I have huge gratitude for the wonderful children I have!

So, I have a day or two before I finish the next client quilt and start on the next project.  Am hoping to change the website a bit so that I can list some items in a shopping area for you (pantographs, pincushions, patterns, etc.).  Hope it will go smoothly.  I am not the best when it comes to technology.  I would rather be Quilting!

My schedule for longarm Quilting is filling for next year.  If you would like something quilted in January, I have one spot available.  Call me and let me know if you would like it.  It is for January 15, 2018……can you believe we are finishing this year already?

I hope you all had a good Thanksgiving holiday.  I know that everyone says they are thankful for this or that at this time of year, but I try to be thankful for every day I have.  Some days are better than others, for sure.

In order for me to be thankful, I must recognize ALL the blessings that surround me each day!

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A New Year

Life always seems to flit here and there.  Sometimes it moves at a regular pace so I am able to get things completed    in a reasonable amount of time.  I am thankful for those times. I feel that I can breathe and enjoy special moments.

Then there are those times when I blink and life has jetted past me, leaving me in the dust and well behind schedule.  I do not relish those times.  I am still thankful I am here and able to look for blessings, but I do not like feeling behind.

This year, 2017, I am going to try to be more focused on my time around Quilting.  I will be scheduling Quilting jobs a bit differently and hopefully more efficiently than I have in the past.  So……….

It is time to book your longarm project for the year.  Choose a month you would like to have your top to me and I will put you in that spot.  I will call you to remind you that you need to have your top to me at the first of your month.

I had some clients do this last year and it worked out very well.  One client chose every other month to have a quilt quilted.  It gave her a deadline for completing pieces and it helped me schedule her Quilts.

Call me and let me know when you would like to be on the schedule!  Don’t forget that I will do binding for you as well.  That way you get a completed quilt!

I am sharing sharing a couple of projects to hopefully brighten your day.

Remember to hug your loved ones!

 

Sue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

January 2016

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It is hard to believe that 2015 has come and gone in the blink of an eye.  I thought there would at least be 12 months…..oh, wait…..there were and they flew by so fast that I can only hope 2016 will move a little slower.

This is the time of year that we all consider how to make this next year be different in some way.  Some of us have goals.  Some of us have resolutions, some of us make lists, and some of us just hope that this new year brings about some changes of some kind or continuation of things we like that happened last year.

I have never been one to make resolutions, but I do have hopes.  For those of you that know me, I always have HIGH hopes.  I seem to want the moon, but will take a piece of cheese if that is what happens.

My hopes for this year is for moderation in projects that I attempt this year.  Moderation in gardening, moderation in landscaping, moderation in my budget, moderation in activities that take time away from what I would really like to do, and moderation in expectations of myself.  There it is, those HIGH hopes once again!

I think my biggest hopes are to travel a bit more this year, to spend more time with my family, and to have a bit more time for my own quilting projects.  Scheduling did not go as I wanted last year so I definitely need to make a change to allow more ME time.

I also hope to be able to write more on the blog and post more photos of the quilts that I complete for myself and for my clients.  I was not very good at posting last year and I apologize.  Time management seems to float right out the window on many days.

Speaking of time management, now is the time to think about the quilt tops you would like to get quilted this year and call to get placed on the schedule.  The slots fill up before you know it and then my turn around time is further out then either of us would like.  I do have some clients that keep a consistent slot every two months so they know when there time is available and they are ready to go.

I truly wish you have a 2016 that is relaxing, loving and pieceful!  I leave you with a few photos for a bit of eye candy until I post again.  Another hope, to post more regularly this year.

Sue

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A Few Pictures To Inspire . . .

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This quilt was a very nice piece that I quilted along with the following small table runners.   Here is the back side to show you how I quilted it:

The following were very fun, small pieces.  Sometimes it is great to have a series of small pieces to get the creative juices flowing. 

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I still have many pictures to share with you. I have been busy quilting!  Thank goodness it is my passion. 

It has been terrific to have met so many of you over the last couple of months and to have seen and worked for all of you. Continue to keep being creative so I can be creative as well. 

I will leave you with this gorgeous double wedding ring I quilted for Marianne. 



Simply Gorgeous!

Keep quilting,

Sue

Back In The Saddle Again

Seems that my posts disappeared for awhile as I moved into the summer, fall, and winter. I thought I was doing well with posting, until I wasn’t. I have so many pieces to share with you since last time. My goal during this next month is to get caught up and stay posting since I have been working on some fabulous quilts. 

I have added pantographs for sale on the website. I will be adding more as they begin to filter in to me.  Take a look and see if there are any that spark your interest. If you are local, you can contact me and pick them up to avoid postage charges. Remember to check back as more will be added.  As always, it takes me a while to get some technology things set up.  I am working on the postage calculation online. Until I have that figured out, you will get two charges on PayPal when you order pantographs, one for the pantographs and one for the postage. Sorry about the inconvenience.  As most of you know, I do get things figured out but tech stuff just takes me a bit longer. 

Here are a few photos from the booth that my sister and I shared at the International Quilt Show in Houston, Texas. It was definitely an experience. 



At least you know I am still around and am still trying to figure out the tech stuff (ha, ha). Keep watching for updates as I try to catch you up on all the great quilts I have had the pleasure to work on these last few months. 

Sue

Spring Projects

Scheduling gardening, yard work, and quilting certainly becomes a juggling act at times. My yard is calling to me that it is becoming a hay field while I am quilting in the studio. Thank goodness I am as organized as I am. Nothing would get done if I let my attention drift.

I have completed a couple of projects this last month. I repaired an antique double wedding ring quilt but forgot to take her picture. Too bad. She was gorgeous with a green background and prairie points all around the edges.

I completed this memory quilt for a wonderful woman who lost her mother. I hope this quilt gives her comfort as she shares memories of Grandma with her children. Memory quilts are a fabulous way to use clothing items of the person who passed and create a quilt to wrap around shoulders or lay in a lap and remember!

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I also have completed this very large T-Shirt quilt for a beautiful graduate! I really enjoyed making this quilt with all the different fabrics and photos added. It is a different layout than just a grid of T-Shirts. The time involved is more but it certainly was a darling quilt.
Kati's graduation quilt
Kati's grad quilt
I have another T-Shirt quilt ready to go into the frame, a top pinned to my zipper system and ready to go into the frame after the T-Shirt quilt, am piecing a double wedding ring quilt (only two rows to go) and am cutting out a new top.

The garden is in and thriving, the iris are almost in full bloom, all the flower beds are weeded, am getting ready to paint three adirondack chairs and a bench, am working on my vintage trailer, Trixie, and am still “letting the grass grow under my feet”. Guess I need to fit in the mowing soon.

Was working in the studio and this gorgeous dragonfly came to visit.
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Remember to be positive about life, count your blessings, and involve yourself in your passions.

Sue

How To Decide What To Quilt On a Quilt Top

I am so excited to be asked to write a guest blog for APQS. It took me a little while to really think about what I wanted to share with you today. I know that I am going to talk about how I decide what I will quilt on a client’s quilt, but it is an involved process.
There are some basic things I go through with the quilt maker before I can begin to generate ideas for the quilt. I thought it would be easier to video my talking about those basics and give you a direction to think about for your own quilts. I hope you enjoy the video.

I have never done a video for my own blog: CrystalVisionQuilting.com but think that I will try it again in the future. I had a great time spending time shooting the video and do hope it gives you great ideas.

I have been involved in quilting since 1972, even though I do not see myself as old. All aspects of quilting from beginning, teaching, having a store with my sister, Trinity, to having my own business that does: longarm quilting, custom quilts, t-shirt quilts, and memory quilts, has given me a huge background in the industry. I am always learning and I hope that I have been able to give you some help in deciding how to quilt your own quilts or quilts for your clients.

For information on the Precise Pantograph System, contact Trinity at 2SistersQuilting.com or check out the 2Sisters Quilting.com website. For information on apps, look at what is available on your phone or tablet.
I hope that you have enjoyed this guest blog. Please let me know what additional ideas you may have or just if it was helpful to you. Keep quilting! Sue

Tax Season Always Interrupts My Quilting

It is unbelievable how fast this year is moving. Seems like only yesterday . . . . It also seems that I say that more and more frequently as I age.

I have been very busy during the month of February. Seems like, when it rains, it pours. So I just have to take deep breaths and move forward as best as I can.

As tax season approaches, I am buried in paperwork. I keep thinking that I am more organized this year than last, but I am buried and it needs to be done ASAP. Wish I could just quilt and not be interrupted by such stuff. I am going to try and be even more organized this year. I think I said that last year and here I am once again, complaining. Well, on to the quilting stuff:

My Flying M piece was auctioned and brought a very nice price for a great charity. I am so thankful for the buyer. I loved the piece so much that I think I am going to create something similar for me.

I have been working on this TShirt recently and finished it up for the customer.

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It seems to be the season of the TShirt quilt. I am finishing up on the one from last blog post. It is quilted and just waiting for the binding. I hope to have pictures of it for you in the next couple of days.

With the tax season, it seems that everything is happening at once. My vintage trailer, Traveling Trixie is coming along on her renovation. Check out my blog: GlampingWithTrixie.wordpress.com to see what is going on with her.

I am also having my furniture repaired (dining table base, and regluing a couple of chairs), my sofa and chair reupholstered, packing and moving everything out of my foyer, dining room, living room and hallways (including pictures on the walls) as carpeting is going to be installed.

The bulbs are coming up outside and I already have blooming crocus. The garden is calling for cool weather crops to be planted. Of course, there is prep work to do before this happens.

I also have several quilting projects for clients that are scheduled and keeping me very busy. If you have a quilt that you need made, or a top to be quilted,be sure to get on the schedule soon. I do not like being out more than a couple of months.

Well, wish me luck on the upcoming projects and look for more photos to come in the next couple of days.

Sue

New Year Quilt

January is always a non-productive month as the Holidays zap your energy. I am not usually productive during this month, but this year is definitely different. I do not have a lot of energy, but I am working away at my passion, quilting.

I am working on a Double Wedding Ring for a client, a Mystery quilt for me (I do not usually take time to do something just for me), a Memory quilt for a client, and two quilts for my children, and the art piece for Flying M’s Valentine’s For Aids event. I am excited to have completed this Memory quilt so early in the new year.

This piece is for a husband whose wife passed suddenly. The wound left is great. His daughter gathered her mother’s garments, picked out the quilt pattern, the border fabrics, the backing fabric, and the quilting design. I took it from there.

It is always interesting to open the bag or box and see what garments you have to work with for the Memory Quilt. It is not like going to the store and picking out what fabric you will use for your next project. It is a challenge and it is a way to stretch and grow with your creativity. I do not usually have the client pick out the specific pattern. It seems easier for the garments (fabric) to “speak” to me about how they want to go together.

A Memory quilt is a way to have that loved ones arms around you as you wrap up in the warmth of the quilt. Each fabric can trigger fond memories of times gone by. It can help with the healing of a wound as it provides such calmness and peace as quilts can do.

I am so glad that this year is starting out productively. I love the process and time I spend with each piece. It is always a good day to quilt and enjoy each breath you take. Be thankful for all your blessings. We each have many, sometimes we just need to stop and reflect. Anyway, I will stop chit chatting and share this great Memory Quilt!!! Sue

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