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!

sue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Busy Fall

I have had such a busy fall. I have been working on outside projects, trying to get ready for winter. Seems like I have been blessed with good weather to get a lot accomplished.

I have a small orchard (actually had) on the side of my house. I have taken out all but one apple tree. I have removed the raspberry and blueberry bushes. I also had a raised bed that was my herb garden that I removed as well. It is so shaded now as the neighbor’s oak tree has grown more and more each year.

I also moved all my gardening items from a small shed and sold the shed. I removed rocks and smoothed out the ground, so the orchard is cleaned up and ready for winter.

I cleaned and stained the deck, fixed outside lights, fixed screens, strung speaker wires and mounted speakers on the deck.

I moved my greenhouse and redid the front landscaping so I could plant garlic, iris, and tulip bulbs. I pulled all my tomato plants from the pots in the front.

I split and stacked 3 1/2 cords of wood. Thank goodness I had help as it was a huge job this year for me. I am ready for nice, warm heat in the wood stove this winter.

I have started the leaf raking but both of my huge trees still are holding bags of leaves waiting to fall. I will probably be raking through November.

A sewing cottage has also been under construction. It is taking forever. I certainly hope it is finished before the snow flies. I will share pictures of the sewing cottage next post.

At the same time of getting all these projects completed, I have been doing quite a few projects for clients.

This great embroidered quilt was very fun to quilt. I enjoyed being able to enhance it with several patterns. I always strive to enhance rather than overtake a quilt. If a client spends time and money making the quilt top, it should still be their quilt you admire. But I always enjoy the creative process of longarm quilting.

I have completed several Tshirt quilts since I last posted. It is always great to see all the different logos on Tshirts that you collected from activities you or your relatives have been involved.

I am booked through the end of December with quilting and Tshirt quilts. If you are interested in securing a spot on my calendar between January and June, send me an email at CrystalVisionQuilting@q.com and I will place you on my calendar. An example would be you would like a spot in April, so email me that is the time you would like. I would place you on the calendar then, remind you two weeks before your time, and try to complete your quilt in a two week turn around time. This has worked well for clients this last year so would like to do this again for 2018.

Wow, can you believe 2017 is rapidly approaching the end? It is definitely flying by!

Until next time, enjoy your family! Be thankful for your friends! Quilt as much as possible and always

Count your blessings!

Sue

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!

 

Quilts and quilting is an art and craft that has definitely changed over the last couple of decades.  Moving from an era of hand quilting to an era of machine quilting was not anticipated by most of us, I would guess. Even the world of machine quilting has changed in the last few years.  Regardless of the changes, the basic joy of what quilts and quilting bring to each of us has not changed.

 

As the years pass, my scrap collection has also grown by leaps and bounds.  I have looked at many ways of trying to contain this collection from using baskets, bins, tubs, etc.  I used to dig through the tub looking for the size and colors I needed and it seemed to take forever.  In fact, it took far longer than I wanted to spend, but I felt that I needed to use the scraps first, before I make a trip to the quilt store.

The problem of dealing with scraps needed a solution.  I began to research ways that many quilters organize their scraps.  There must be as many ways as there are quilters! (Ha, ha!).  So . . . . . . . I believe that the scraps must have certain rules to be functioning the best way for their use.

One:  The scrap fabric must be easily accessible.

Two:  It must be organized in a fashion that would be used most often.

Three:  Standard sizes make it easier to use for a variety of projects.

Four:  It does take time to get a handle on your scraps.

One:  I decided that the standby rubbermaid containers would work the best for me.  They come in different sizes, I can see what is inside, I can easily stack them, and I can easily label them.

Two:  I thought about color coordinating the scraps.  I make many scrap quilts and projects and decided that I did not need to color coordinate the scraps.  I can sort through the sizes and pull the colors I needed fairly easily.

Three:  Cutting my scraps into some standard sizes makes it easier to a) find the size in the color I need, b) organize them in containers based on size, c) have many scraps of the same size used in a variety of projects.  I rarely use scraps smaller than 2 1/2″.  I would rather use strips for projects needing that size.  My cut sizes are 3″, 4″, 5″, 6″, 8″, 10″ for squares,  and 2 1/2″, 3 1/2″ strips, and I do not cut everything into smaller pieces.  Sometimes, I keep larger pieces depending on the size.

Four:  I devoted time every day in my sewing room (about 20 minutes) to work on my scrap system.  As I began to cut the pieces and organize them in my bins, I found that the stacks took up far less room than the bunched up scraps.

I will always have scrap fabric, but I do not feel quite so overwhelmed with it. I am also able to use quite a bit of it in my current projects.  I still go to the quilt shop though!

Classes:  I am going to be teaching some classes at Cindy’s Quilt Shop in Caldwell, Idaho this fall.  Keep your eyes open for them.

Cabin by the Lake will be a twelve month BOM using scraps for most of the quilt.

Mystery Stash Buster Strip Quilt Series will be a five month, five quilt series using 2 1/2″ strips.

Advanced Quilting is a class that builds on beginning quilting.

I will post more about these classes as I get them ready to schedule this fall.

 

I do have a couple of longarm quilting spots in September, October, and the first part of November.  Let me know if you would like one of these spots.  (I fill up fast).

Remember to count your blessings!

Sue

 

 

 

End of Graduation Season

The tshirt graduation season is coming to a close.  It
was a very long season this year and I was productive with all the Quilts I completed since January.  Previous posts show some of the Quilts completed.

Each of of them were very different but all were based on a grid system with each block being the same size.  Some blocks contained more than one logo.  This is the last of them!

Whew!  Now I should have time for everything else piling up.  Seems that this time of year is so busy!  I am always saying that I will not fall behind, however, I am on the same swift river as years before.

 

 

Speaking of rivers, we are having an issue with flooding this year.  I needed to get a breath of fresh air so we took a drive up to a small town called Pine, Idaho.

I am so sorry for their flooding difficulties.  Past forest fire issues and now flooding,I hope this tragic situation passes quickly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The list is long as I move on to the next few projects.  I have been organizing my fabric, cutting and sorting scraps, going through the holding bay (garage area where I have stored my quilting supplies), moved fabric to a storage facility so that the holding bay will be cleaned and everything is in order for the building of the Sewing Cottage.

Of course, I am still quilting so should have some photos available soon on the progress of my projects and of the building of the Sewing Cottage.

My next few writings will be about my thoughts of scrap fabric, scrap Quilts, and organizing those scraps.  Hopefully I will be able to shed some light on this as we all deal with unless we just throw leftover fabric in the garbage bin ( wow, what a terrible image)!

Anyway, glad to have shared a bit with you today and hope to stay in touch.

Remember to to count your blessings!

Sue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quilting Studio Organization

Every year at this time, I get the urge to organize my studio. Spending countless hours on that black hole known as “Pinterest”, I get very motivated, but I am no closer to being organized than if I did nothing. Staying off Pinterest might help. The pictures of these fabulous studios must be of staged, non-working spaces. I do not see how a creative soul can work in a totally organized, labeled, sorted, space with all the fabric in neat stacks that are color coordinated.

All I have to do is walk into my studio and the “tornado winds” hit with full force. My cleaned desk is suddenly piled high. I have several boxes of items to put away. There is not a neat stack of fabric in sight. I have a couple of cups and my lunch dishes precariously balanced on a stack of patterns and books, and it all happens spontaneously.

On the heavy workdays, fabric is everywhere. Unfortunately, my studio containing my longarm named “Crystal Rose” is not the same room as my sewing room. Double the tornados, double the mess seems to be a daily mantra.

I am able to find everything I need right away, I just do not have a beautiful, lovely staged studio and sewing room. They are work areas and I work in them almost daily. I do not have fabric on the floor, but it is in boxes and bins and disheveled stacks.

I wanted to “organize my scraps” during the month of April. To whom was I kidding? Regular yardage needs attention first. However, I read a couple of articles and a couple of books on methods of organizing your scrap fabric. Sounds great for someone who has lots of free time, no yard work, no garden, no garage, no housework, no dogs or cats, and definitely no quilting business!

We are planning on building a Sewing Cottage in the next couple of months so maybe there is hope. I hope to be able to at least post this beautiful space with everything in its place, color coordinated fabric, and darling decorations on the walls (might happen once when I first move into the Sewing Cottage). After that, it becomes a working space once again.

Speaking of working: here are a couple of tshirt Quilts made for clients.

Gus’ tshirt quilt

Wendy’s tshirt quilt

Ryan’s tshirt quilt

I have three additional tshirt Quilts I am currently working on and hope to get them posted this week for you to see. As I said, my studio and sewing room are working areas!

I was also given Levi’s and a BSU bean bag to make a quilt for a client. Thought I would share that as well:

Memory quilt

Well, it is late and I have a busy day tomorrow. I promise myself that I will not look at any Pinterest studio/sewing rooms tomorrow. I do not need that pie in the sky stuff to distract me from reality.

Imagine and creativity happens! Be kind to each other.

Sue

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Busy Year

img_4172 img_4173     It has definitely been a busy year. I had intended on posting more, updating my photo gallery, and printing new patterns this year. Alas, I have not had time.

Keep posted as I hope to meet one or more of those goals.

 

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Remember, life is meant to be lived to the fullest. Be positive, loving and giving!

 

See you soon!

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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Summer Filled Quilting Projects

  I have been sew busy quilting that I have not posted in a while. The saying “the hurrier I go, the behinder I get” seems to match my summer. I have been very focused on getting quilting pieces completed for my clients but sometimes it seems that I am not making progress. It is always nice to look back at some of the quilts I have completed. Enjoy the show!   

Here are a couple of the details from the darling snowman quilt. 

   
This wall hanging was commissioned using antique appliqué blocks. The detail pictures below show how nicely it turned out. 

  
 
This blue and white quilt was one of my favorite client pieces this summer. 

    

I made this Levi quilt for a repeat client. I like to work with the varied shades from the Levi pants. 

    
I loved the colors and movement this piece presented.    

   
I have been able to be very creative this summer with my quilting. It helps to have great pieces to work with each day. 

   
   
A little flower garden to “grow” is always a visual treat. 

   
    
 
This was my Valentines For Aids auction piece this year.   

Loved being able to be very inspired with this great quilt. 

   
   
Here is the quilting on the back side of the quilt. 

  
This cute snowman quilt just made me smile. 

   

 This quilt was very large and took a bit of time to finish. 

   
   
Having a small piece made me think I was catching up on my client quilts.    

   
My dear friend and I each did this embroidery piece to learn how to use our machines. She finished hers and I quilted it. Mine is not finished yet. 

  
 
The following pieces continued to keep me busy this summer as I quilted, quilted, and quilted some more.  

   
    
 
I also managed to make and quilt this commissioned Double Wedding Ring quilt. It took hours and hours to piece and then the quilting was not a fast work either. 

  
I am still trying to stay focused and get these client quilts finished before the Holidays hit!  Anyway, I had better get back to work. I hope you enjoyed the mini quilt show!  Stay turned for more to come. 

Sue

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