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Game Night was a success!

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IMG_5371Back in October I attended Quilt Market in Houston, TX. I’m still sorting out all the things I learned! One thing I knew I wanted to bring back with me was hosting a Game Night.IMG_5367 I love getting to know the sewing community and I think others do as well. I met the fabulous Teresa from Stitchin’ Tree Quilts who introduced me to Trader’s Dice. It’s a lot of fun and everyone leaves a winner. Not only can you trade quilt squares, but ANYTHING you can think of! And it’s not just for us grown ups…my kids even used them to trade out their halloween candy.

We looked over the calendar, and I thought what better way to celebrate National Quilting Day than find a way to bring quilters together? Boom. Done.


IMG_1485Getting closer to the event, I will confess I started getting a bit anxious as to whether or not I would be able to fit everyone in the shop area. I did have a plan b in case more showed up than those that signed up, but luckily we didn’t have anyone who I wasn’t prepared for. We had door prizes every little bit and everyone that came left with a prize and also a free table runner pattern to use with those 2.5″ squares!


It was the perfect amount for my space. Now I know exactly how to plan for the next one! Plan on having another one in May or June so keep your eyes open for more information to come on that!

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The big winners of each table won this braided table runner patter along with the fabric to complete the top. The pattern is a Judy Niemeyer pattern using fabric from her Reclaimed West collection.

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We also had a table full of goodies to snack on!

Food, friends, and fabric = FUN!

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The game is really easy to follow and it didn’t take the ladies very long at all to get the hang of it.

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After the game was finished there was extra time to shop! Everyone who came received a discount off their purchases and a few were just happy to be able to shop at night since I’m not usually open during that time. I got a little chuckle out of that one. The picture above gave me an even bigger chuckle! These ladies made me smile the whole time they were here. Thanks again for coming and I hope to see you at the next one!


This is fixin’ to get personal y’all

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First of all, I have THE BEST husband.  I don’t care what you say about yours, mines is better.  He just gets me.  I mean completely gets me.

Second, I don’t want to come off as a complaining negative person.  I really do try my best to be positive and see the good in things and I am blessed beyond measure – so just know that as you read on.

Two weeks ago, my husband and I sat down to re-organize my schedule.  We took an entire day and at the end of it I felt both motivated and numb.  He helped me figure out how to be more consistent with social media and also made me face some of the parts of business that give me anxiety.  Getting my calendar organized to know what I’m doing everyday has helped tremendously! It still takes me more time than I’d like to get everything accomplished like scheduling posts and such but it’s getting better each day.

A little wrench was thrown into my plans yesterday.  You may have met this guy. His name is Taxes.  Oh how I don’t look forward to meeting with him every single year! Unfortunately, it’s a necessary evil that really I should be thankful for since paying taxes means I live in a country of freedom, but that’s another story for another day. So where was I? Oh right – taxes.  Taxes alone isn’t a huge problem but because I’m now on this super cool schedule, it threw me off. Big time.  Maybe I just need to get my hormones checked but everything came crashing down internally for me yesterday.  Knowing everything would be thrown off, put me in a tailspin because I already have a packed week especially since I have my most wonderful in-laws coming for the weekend and the guest bedroom looks like this…

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And the kids rooms looks like this…

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And the bathroom looks like this…

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And the sink looks like this…

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And my bedroom looks like this…no, I’m not even going to go there.

I woke up this morning thinking about all the things I had to get done today to make up for lost time and started getting overwhelmed. I mentioned my concerns to my sweet husband over breakfast and he thanked me for letting him know and then loaded the dishwasher. Then he went to work on the laundry. Then he texted me we would go out to eat for dinner tonight before worship services.  Oh how he makes me smile.  Oh how the little (and big) things make me love him just a bit more. My stressful day just got a lot less stressful. Thank you honey for understanding exactly what I needed today!

When things just don’t turn out as you’d hoped.

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Today is officially a Snow Day, although, we don’t have any snow yet to show for it.

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It’s possible it will arrive at some point but as of right now, zip.  I can’t say I’m too disappointed as I’m not a huge fan of snow but my daughter is ANXIOUSLY awaiting some sort of snow fall. Living in Mississippi, we just don’t see much of the white stuff and she loves the rare occasion when we get some.  So school is closed and it was nice to wake up without an alarm, even though my body woke me up anyway. Still, something about it being my choice makes me smile.

In preparation of today’s weather predictions, we stormed the grocery store last night along with everyone else in our town to make sure our pantry and fridge were full.  I don’t normally do this but we’ve been away and we literally didn’t have anything in our cabinets. Seriously, I ate the ends of the bread yesterday for lunch.  The ends.  Who eats the ends? Me apparently because I was HUNGRY! Wow, first world problems right there. Attitude check in place as I sit and re-read those lines I just wrote. There are so many people without any type of food and I’m complaining about having to eat the ends of a loaf of bread? Shame on me.

So, we now have a carload full of groceries and no fear of going without. When I woke up this morning I expected to see a white-covered yard and street. I did see a lot of wetness, but no white anything. I had mixed feelings. I love the look of snow, just not the actual snow. Not only that, but it’s very dangerous to us who have no idea how to drive in it.

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My husband reminded me that sometimes projects that I’ve worked on turn out the same way. I can’t tell you how many projects I’ve worked on expecting a certain outcome that just don’t turn out the way I want them to. Sometimes good, sometimes bad. The latest example of this would have to be the quilt I’ve been working on for my sister. I wanted to do something special for her and I wanted it to be a surprise.  She is drawn to mid-century furniture and decor so I thought, she totally needs a quilt/throw that reflects her taste! So I researched and researched.

primetime.jacobnadolskiI looked at colors used along with design elements for that time period. I decided to go with a boomerang design and used this tutorial that I found. I used Kona Cotton in Bone, Snow, and White for background and Canary, Buttercup, Tomato, Coral, Emerald, Fog, Aqua, and Pool for the boomerangs. Having never done paper piecing, I was intrigued to try it out.

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I found that it took alot longer to put together but it does create a very precise block. I really like that. I worked on the blocks on and off for a little over a month, waiting for the right colors to come in and once I was able to get all the blocks created, I attached them to my batting so I could see how to place them.

IMG_1177This is where the “unexpected” happened.  After I got ALL the blocks put up I realized it sort of created this geometric pattern that I hadn’t seen before. The unfortunate part is that my sister has a really hard time with her eyes when it comes to patterns like this and I was sick just thinking about that.  I had to call her and let her in on my secret to see if she would be able to deal with it.  She graciously said it’s beautiful and she would love it but I know, I KNOW, she is going to have a hard time with it. It’s not completely finished, and she hasn’t seen it in person yet so we’ll see.  Maybe it’ll be like the snow that hasn’t come yet but is on its way.  Maybe there is joy to be had afterall! I guess the only thing to do now is wait.  Wait and find the proper motivation to finish that quilt. I suppose being stuck inside today may be all the motivation I need!

Annnndddd, here comes the snow!

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I’m an 80’s girl

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quilt market houston 2014 (88)Think back to the last time you sat down to a sewing or crafting project.  What did you do to prepare? Did you just sit down and begin because a chance free moment came available? Maybe you planned in advance to clear your schedule and made preparations by getting your pieces cut or organized so that you could jump right in.  If you are like me, you do a little of both.  No matter which one happens for me, music has to be playing in order to get into that “don’t bother me I’m sewing” mode.

Like the title says, I’m a big 80s girl.  Born in the 70s with two older sisters that had music blaring anytime we got in the car guaranteed I’d know the words to every song on the radio by the time I was 9 or 10.  At least that’s as far back as I can remember.  I suppose I’m drawn to listening to those old songs because they bring back sweet memories of my childhood. Nothing better than getting into the groove (pun intended) while rocking out to Rick Springfield, Journey, Pat Benatar, Michael Jackson, Simple Minds and others.

What’s your routine when it comes to sewing?  Maybe you don’t even listen to music.  Maybe you meet up with a few friends and let your conversation be your background noise.  Whatever the case, I’d love to hear it!

Give me math over writing any day of the week!

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I am a literal person.  That’s probably why I did so well in math in high school. Give me a problem and I can figure it out.  Give me a writing assignment and watch the anxiety flood my face.  I’m have anxiety just thinking about this blog and having to keep it up.  It’s necessary so I’ll do it, but by-golly, I don’t enjoy it.  Bleh.

I also like hands-on work.  Tell me how to do something and I may or may not get it.  SHOW me how to do something and it’s on! I think that’s why I’ve come to enjoy quilting so much. It is kind of the best of both worlds for me.  Surprisingly it takes quite a bit of math skills when it comes to quilting and the work that gets put into making one creates such a sense of pride at the end of completion.

Speaking of hard work, here’s a little peak at what I do when the store is not open to the public.  I get tired of looking at the same ole setup day in a day out.  On Wednesday (yes, Wednesday, the day before I have regular business hours), I decided to change it up a bit.  Some of you regulars know I do this often. So this is what the shop looked like on Wednesday around 2pm.IMG_1023

and a few hours later……

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Needless to say, progress was slow.  Have I mentioned I don’t make decisions quickly? Not only that but Wednesdays we always try to eat together as a family before evening worship so I wasn’t able to completely finish that night. Asleep by midnight, up at 6am but it all got finished in time to open at 11am on Thursday! I mean when push comes to shove, throw everything that doesn’t fit into another room right? Right.  So here it is, all open and airy, which helps the lighting do its job properly.

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Luckily, I won’t have to do this again until at LEAST next week.  Yes, that’s right, I’ve got 53 new Kona Cotton colors (see below) coming in addition to the 62 colors we already carry in the shop and I’ll have to find a place for all their deliciousness. But until then I will sit back and enjoy the view.

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Minor Heart attack, nothing to worry about.

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I do not make decisions quickly.  I would prefer to NEVER make a decision actually.  Decisions create joy or sadness and it’s a 50-50 chance of either of those. I am not a fan of those odds.  Unfortunately in business I’ve had to force myself to make some decisions but I never make them without lots of thought going into them.  And a little prayer, no, let’s be honest, a LOT of prayer.  As much as I do not like decisions, I dislike regret even more.

IMG_0919I look at my rows of Kona cotton everyday with the thought of making a small quilt or throw out of their deliciousness, EVERYDAY.  Today was the day that I finally threw the bolts on the table and started to make it happen. Oh decisions decisions! Granted, these decisions are not major ones, but anyone who has made a quilt knows the importance of your color choices.  You can make or break a quilt by your color choices.  It’s all about contrast and compliment.  It only took me half a morning, but I decided to go with bright cool colors.

FullSizeRender (7)If you aren’t familiar with how to choose colors, I have a wonderful book in the shop titled  School of Sewing by Shea Henderson. You can purchase it in the store as well as in my online shop.  I met her at Quilt Market back in October and she is just delightful!  Her love for helping newbees learn to sew is contagious.

I’m going to make a simple HST (half square triangle) quilt and I will share it with you here when it’s finished.  So where was this minor heart attack??? I pulled out by ruler to start cutting squares of each color and found that I had misplaced my Gingher rotary cutter.  I looked everywhere even though I keep in the same place at all times, right in the basket that hangs off my cutting table. After frustration had set in, the knowledge of where it could be made me gasp.  I vaguely remembered hearing a thump last week mind you, LAST WEEK, when I Kona Cotton Quiltwas cutting some yardage. Some of you know I keep a garbage can right beside the table, so when I thought about that thump, I went straight for the garbage can. Luckily I only fill it with fabric related garbage (scraps, thread, stabilizer pieces, paper, etc.) so it was easy to rifle through AND there it was, right in the middle of it all. Double lucky for me, the trash had not been full enough to take out yesterday. Phew.  That was a close one.

I wonder what have you misplaced that makes your heart skip a beat?