Archive for Ideas

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.

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Beginning of August – Upcoming Classes

Time marches on and I am beginning to see it even more in the birthdays of my children.  Hard to believe that these darling children have their own lives and are wonderful inside and out.  I only hope that time begins to slow just a bit.  I want to cherish each day and truly be grateful for the time I have with them.  It is hard that they are living in different places, so I am not able to be there for their birthdays but thank goodness for Facetime on my IPad!

I am so fortunate that my family has always been supportive with my love of All Things Quilting!  Quilt shops, quilt shows, projects completed, projects in process, looking at fabric, choosing fabric: I am supported with my quilting!  How wonderful to share what I do and feel the support!

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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.

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Spring Brings Out the Colors

I love spring as the flowers are beginning to have green shoots and the grass is coming alive and not so brown. It certainly is a season to look forward to when it comes to quilting as well.

I have been working on another T-Shirt quilt that turned out very well.

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The sashing and border on this quilt really set off the blocks and helped the logos to shine. Two of the center blocks were added from printing pictures and words on fabric. This is a great way to add to the number of logos or to add special sayings or photos.

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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:

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Happy Holidays

It is difficult to think that another year is passing. Thinking back over this last year, I have realized the many blessings I have.
Christmas always helps with the feeling of blessings as family and friends connect. Despite all the rushing around and full schedules, the holidays arrive whether we are ready or not. The most common question I hear is: “Are you ready for Christmas?” The question should be: “Are you ready to share your love and realize your blessings?” Everyone says it is not the gifts and yet we spend how much time and money for gifts?? I am so a part of this. I think I will try to rethink this for next year.
I know this blog is supposed to be about my quilting world so I thank you for your patience when I get off track. Thank you to all my clients for the opportunity to share my part in great quilts this year. Be sure to connect with me for a place on next years’ schedule. Remember, January is just in a couple of days.

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November Was A Month!

I feel terrible that I have not posted more than once during the month of November. I do know that many of you are so busy that having another email at this time of year can be just the thing that toppled the stack of fabric in your to do pile. Since that pile can be huge, whenever possible, do not let it topple. It can be a huge mess stacking it back up. (Ha,ha.)

I usually hate excuses, but I think this month was a bit unusual for the things that kept me from posting. The biggest reason was that I have been in a black, hole cavern as far as technology is concerned.

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Keeping Local Connections!

How many of you have a quilt group you meet with regularly? How often do you meet? The importance of having a small group of quilting friends provides many benefits to each of us.

Support is one of the number one reasons many of us join a quilting group. Being able to share ideas and stories with others who have the same passion of quilting keeps us involved in our projects. It is fabulous to be able to bounce ideas off others who may have suggestions for difficult things we encounter on our current quilt project.

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Keeping Quilting As A Focus

I definitely am passionate about the quilting world, but sometimes lose focus as I see fabric, kits, and patterns that are such eye candy. I seem to get that fever of “isn’t that just too cute?”, or “that would be so easy or quick to make” or even “what a great present for (name of someone dear to my heart)”.

I am thinking that the problem is the lack of focus or as I like to call it, “my eyes are bigger than my time”. I probably really need to look at time management so I am more on task with daily activities. I might have more time to work on quilting projects just for me if I was a bit better at taking on fewer things. Unfortunately, at my age, I do not think there is much hope for change. I am not going to give up though. I would like to try and utilize this fall season as a time to get ready for a new year coming. Look out projects! I intend to finish most of you.

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Never Idle Hands

I can not believe that it is the middle of July already. I thought I had a lot more time to get the things done that are on my To Do List. It appears that I am moving much slower than I thought I was. Anyway, I have been working between the yard and quilting almost everyday. Yesterday I spent a huge amount of time in the yard, only to have a storm last night that brought down a lot of branches. It did not look like I had done much in the yard at all. Such is life. Here are a couple of Garden Room pictures.

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