I am taking a break from the endless packing to say hello. I thought it would be fun to share some recent giveaway winnings I have received. From a Sew Mama Sew Giveaway at Gemini Stitches, I received these lovely texty fat quarters all the way from Australia:
On Sew Mama Sew, I won these three sewing books. I don't think I am going to take up needle felting anytime soon- but those Wool Buddies are quite cute. The other books are really lovely and I am psyched to add them to my collection:
I finally redeemed a Living Social deal at the Fabric Corner. They hardly had anything new, so I chose four yards of Kona Pacific for the background for a Feathers quilt. It was a really hard choice and I am not sure if I am thrilled with what I decided, but I want to continue exploring my interest in using saturated colors instead of neutrals as background/sashing in my quilts. For my other two choices I couldn't resist the Ann Kelle elephants and a very small cut of a black and white Andover print.
Speaking of fabric, packing all of my fabric recently has been a wake-up call for my need to start a fabric fast (maybe not a diet so much because I really don't need any. more.) I have tried this before and failed miserably. Any tips? I am considering making myself not buy any until the 2014 Christmas holidays- possibly letting myself purchase a modest amount when the new stuff I am craving now will be on super sale. I am also considering not allowing myself any reward unless I finish 20 (or so) quilt tops..... so that I have something to focus on and work on using what I already have.
Last Friday my mom and I spent the day together at Laurena's longarm studio. It was my mom's first time quilting on a longarm and she did a great job but it definitely tired her out. I have only used a laser-led pantograph once and I hated it- it's so tedious! She plans to use the Statler next time.
I used the Statler, choosing a pattern called "Dewdrops" for my queen sized New Wave quilt. It was a fun day! I am told that Colorado Springs does not have decent longarm rental options and it truly has had me worried. Renting a longarm has been an awesome experience for me: I've been able to create large quilts and I really, really enjoy running the machines- both doing free motion longarming and operating the Statler.
I have a feeling that this year will entail doing a lot of piecing tops and not a lot of finishing things. It will take me a while to figure out a good longarm rental option and it will be good to not spend the money for a while anyhow.