Sunday, July 29, 2012

So....What's Stopping Me??

  • A broken down long arm machine.
  • A few sewing projects (not quilt related) that I just can't seem to get at.
  • Hot sunny days.
  • The cutest grand-kids in the world .
I seem to have misplaced my motivation....Oh, and sitting around reading mindless, romance novels while eating chocolates, isn't really helping either. 

Then there's always the Olympics to watch.......

Sunday, July 22, 2012

So...I thought I'd Fire Up The Longarm

That was several hours ago......
 My long-arm machine has been languishing in the back room, for way to long, since I have a tendency to get so involved in QAYG projects. I've been wanting to play a little more on the long-arm, without committing to a full quilt. I have done full sized quilts but am really just wanting to experiment a bit.
So out came the books...
One of the books mentioned quilting smaller pieces such as wall hangings on the long arm. 

That got me thinking. 
I dusted off the machine.....

 Found several meters of sale fabric, in the stash, for backing...

Used a little sticky back Velcro.... 

 Cut some batting the same width as the fabric...gotta love that pool table, for jobs like this.

I put a little basting spray on a square of fabric...all ready to play. The backing fabric and batting are 45" wide so I could even play with some small type baby quilts with out having to reload the frame.

I was in a pretty good frame of mind, pardon the pun, until I turned the machine on....TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES.

SEVERAL HOURS LATER.....I think I need an EXPERT and and CHOCOLATE, lots of chocolate!!!!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Thanks For Your Comments

I just wanted to thank all of you for your informative and supportive comments on  Pricing One's Work

I'm not sure how serious my prospective buyer is, but you've all made it so much easier, to stick to my guns. I'll let you know what transpires.

Also thank you for all your kind words about my's really encouraging.

Look at the fabulous bag I picked up at our local market on Saturday. I gave it to my Mom for her birthday....I really just wanted to keep it for myself (selfish, huh).  

It's just a quilt waiting to happen if you ask me. 

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Pricing One's Work.....

When someone asks to buy one of my quilts I have a tendency to struggle with pricing it.

 Strange as it may sound I would rather give the quilt away than undervalue it. 
 A few weeks ago I took River Valley Walk .......and hung it in my guest/sewing room on the west coast.

Last week we had guests stay while we were back in Alberta and out of the blue, one of the guests asked to buy it.

I'm just not sure how to price it.

Quilt Detail

  • The quilt is approximately 60" x 80"
  • The value of the fabrics including batting is about $215
  • It's my own design....a one of a kind
  • Fairly heavily quilted
I'm thinking of asking $1800.....chances are they won't want to spend that much, but I don't think I can sell it for anything less.

Is my price fair? How much would you charge?
I would love your input.......

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Free Bee July 2012

It's been hot all not a lot of sewing going on around here.

 I did enjoy finishing up my July Free Bee block for Stacey
I dipped into my Colourbox from Oakshott and came up with this. 
This looks much more complex than it actually is. 

  • Sew a strip set (random widths)
  • Cross cut into strips (random widths)
  • Sew a log cabin block, with the strips
Stress free and lots of fun.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Insomnia Induced Colour Craze

What does a quilter do when they can't sleep??  

Produce slightly off colour  colour crazy blocks. 

 I couldn't sleep so I thought I would start my Free Bee Block for July. After seeing Lynne's spectacular block here.....I was all hyped up for this months I guess it's Lynne's fault that I'm up at 3:30 in the morning.

Maybe I'll like the colours better in daylight.....whoops that could be anytime soon.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

One Last Ocean Wander

One last ocean wander....before heading back to the prairies.

With my studio arranged to my satisfaction ( I hope) and my scraps all sorted, a walk along the ocean was the order of the day. 

I just might be up for some serious quilting next week....I really am all sorted out.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Fresh Sorting Day.......

Whoops, I mean  Fresh Sewing Day at Lily's Quilts....

Since most of the month of June, was spent, with my head in the scrap bin, so to speak, it feels more like Fresh Sorting Day. 

Very little sewing, but lots of sorting went on.
I finished my free bee block for Lynne, now just to get it in the mail.
I did a quick QAYG scrap block...because I couldn't help myself, sorting all those scraps was such a temptation, to play a little.
I set up a humungous scrap system.....then flew off to the west coast.

After rearranging the studio, out here a few times, I threw myself back into sorting. I don't have near as many scraps to deal with here, as I do back home. I thought I would set up a smaller version of the scrap system, I have back home.

I already had the let the sorting begin.
And, I just had to show you the nifty, oversized safety pin I found for my wall. Thanks for telling me to stop rearranging and go shopping instead, Leanne !!!

Lily's Quilts

So if you have a minute, pop over to Lily's Quilts and see what everyone's been up to.


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