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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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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!

Karlee's quilt

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

End of Summer with Winter Around the Corner

I have been running so fast that I think I catch sight of my backside now and then. With the change in weather this last week, I am glimpsing winter and haven’t even seen fall yet. Must be the pull of the moon or just that the end of summer is filled with tasks to keep me busy.

Busy is my middle name now. I just realized that September only had one blog from me. Either that is a good thing or a bad thing, depending on your point of view. I really want to blog more frequently, though. So, as we approach the end of September, I thought I should have at least one more blog writing for this month.

I just finished a darling custom quilt for a darling client. This quilt is a gift from a group of friends. They each embroidered a block and I received the blocks and fabric to make the quilt.

Danielle quilt

I loved quilting around the blocks to add a bit of texture to the embroidery. Danielle quilt detail

This weekend is the quilt show for Boise Basin Quilters Guild. My sister and I are sharing a vendor booth this year. We spent the afternoon getting ready for the opening of the show tomorrow, September 28, 2013. After our hard work, I think our booth looks great. Hopefully, I will be able to share pictures tomorrow of the booth and maybe even great quilts in a great show!

This has been a very sad week for me as well. My darling, sweet pea, Aspen, was frightened and ran away in the mountains. I have flyers and ads every where to try and find her. Please send energy and prayers to have her returned home to me. I am so sad without her!! Aspen

Until next time, keep quilting and thank you for all your love and support!

Sue

Yesterday’s Photos

The photos of the quilting details from yesterday did not turn out like I thought. You cannot see the details. Ha, ha. Leave it to me. Show details you cannot see. So, let me try again and show larger photos.

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Well, this should help you see the quilting details. I will try to do things better on the next posts.

It snowed a lot last night. Guess I need to shovel once again and then start on this darling piece.

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Keep quilting and think, shovel snow or pull weeds? Just depends on the season. Sue

Ending January

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I finally finished this pinwheel quilt. It took much longer than I anticipated. I started quilting and the quilt just called for more.

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20130128-100451.jpg It is hard to believe that the month is coming to an end. Months and years fly by and I no longer wish for time to pass. I want to savor each moment and keep the memories clear.
Congratulations to my friend Rob and the new addition to his family. Starting a new year with a new baby . . . Must be signs of a new beginning.
New beginnings, I think we all need that from time to time. A new year seems to lead us in a direction to review and evaluate the past year. What can I do differently? What is truly important and what can I let go of to make my time more positive and fulfilling? What is on my list of things to do that I should cross off so I have more time to do what I want to do? Who do I want to spend more time with to have fun and laugh? Questions always lead to more questions it seems so I will stop with the questions and focus a bit.
Here is the next piece I am starting. I hope to spend time quilting, listening to my audio book, and not so much time with thinking of more questions.
Let’s hope this new year is better than the last. It is up to each of us to change what we need to and to let go of what creates mountains in our way. Keep quilting! And thank you for all your support and love this past year. Sue

Snowy Days Ahead

We finally had our snowfall and between shoveling and chasing my my pup through the snow, I have more snow than I thought I wanted.

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Listened to a great speaker this last weekend. She talked about being who you want to be now, not evolving into that person at some distant time down the road. The future is now. You cannot prolong adolescence just because you do not want to be a responsible adult. I really related to her talk. I have always been a responsible adult. I grew up early and took on that role long before I probably should have. It has made me much more concerned and serious about how I look at life and how I look at my quilting sometimes.
Her talk was an epiphany of sorts for me (funny because that was what she was talking about). I need to be more open and free with my quilting. I should venture out on a limb more frequently rather than just completing a project because it is in my to do pile. Joy, affirmation, and being more open should be part of my daily approach. So now that I have had an Aha moment, an epiphany of what my quilting world needs for me, I hope that I can begin that shift so I continue to grow in my skills as well as in my contentment.
I just finished one of the cutest snow panel quilts:

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I had so much fun quilting this piece. It was snowing outside, the wind was blowing and the swirls on the quilt were just as though I was quilting what was happening outside.

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I used a great ruler called a Proline to quilt the small border lines. Worked fabulously! Even the back on this piece is is great. Once again, I would like to keep this quilt.
I know that somewhere in my fabric stash I have a snowman panel I should do something with. I am just going to have to look. It would be so much more fun working on it than the project I am finishing now. In the meantime, here is a peek at the great fabric on the back. 2013 is going to be my year of Aha moments. I need to see things shifting. I need to have more joy and affirmation that what I am doing is good. So, what will the new year bring for you? Keep quilting! Sue

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So Perfect

Sometimes, life puts whirlwinds right in the middle of everything and you end up thinking “What just happened?”
Well this time in my life, the whirlwinds are occurring on a frequent basis. So I think this quote from my friend is PERFECT! “When you realize how perfect everything is, you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky!” We just need to realize that when we are facing our greatest fears, our current trials , everything really is perfect.

20121206-095814.jpgThis is a piece I quilted for the Hurricane Sandy victims cause. I donated the batting, thread, and quilting. The top and backing came to me. I hope it keeps someone warm this winter who needs it.

20121206-100050.jpgI also decided to add a couple new additions to my house. Only one will stay long term, but for now, the house is full.

20121206-100227.jpgI am finishing up a quilt for a client that will be a gift from her to a loved one. Quilting does share love. I can not see or sit under a quilt without thinking about who made it or where it came from. I leave you today with the thoughts of “Quilting makes the world a better place” and no matter the whirlwind, “When you realize how perfect everything is, you will tilt back your head and laugh at the sky!”
Keep quilting. Sue

Java

Today is a very disorganized day for me. Everything on my schedule was messed up. So I decided to finish the binding on this quilt and only focus on it. I had other things I wanted to do but the technology demons are still lurking a bit.
I made a video of attaching a binding on a quilt while it is still in the frame. I forgot to turn on the recording at the beginning. I turned the camera on and off so I had many mini videos. Guess I will try another day. Anyway, “Java” is completed and I am moving on to a charity quilt for victims of Hurricane Sandy. Hopefully it will quilt up relatively quickly. Enjoy your weekend and remember to be true to yourself. Keep quilting! Sue

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Coffee Klatch

Today was an early one! I have a lot of projects to get done and it seems my time moves quickly so I am always trying to catch up.

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Atlantis and the Ocean Designs

I have had some life changes of late so I am sorry about the lack of writing the last couple of weeks. I finished this incredible quilt and wanted to share it with you.

20121118-104636.jpgThis quilt is from a BOM class I taught. It is such a great quilt with a unique way of making the curves within the blocks.

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20121118-105243.jpgI added seaweed, shells, starfish, bubbles, and even a seahorse to enhance this piece. I really am a firm believer that the quilting should enhance not take away from the quilt.

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I always get so attached to the quilts. I spend time looking at them so they can “talk” to me about how to quilt them. Then I spend time to figure out the logistics of the quilting, and finally I spend the hours quilting them. The connection to the quilt is always a great, enjoyable connection. I know I always say I want to keep the quilt when it is done. Must be because of the connection. Happy quilting! Sue