Monday, August 31, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
As I have a pile of quilt tops that need finishing and no photo's to show, I thought I'd pick your brains with another question today.
I'm not surrounded by loads of quality brick and mortar quilt stores. There are a number scattered throughout Oklahoma City and the surrounding areas, but nothing that is handy, add to that, that I still haven't gotten my drivers license. So I tend to do the majority of my fabric shopping online. Which is probably a good thing after reading some of yesterdays comments. I don't get pulled by beautiful fabric displays pulling at my heart strings or my purse strings.
I'm going to list a couple of online stores that I frequent, but I'd also love to know what your favorite store or stores are.
http://www.marshalldrygoods.com/ This is where I purchased my Dick and Jane fabric. I tend to buy my basics here. You can't beat $3.99 for 1st quality quilting fabrics.
http://www.zandsfabrics.com/ Always a fun place to shop and great customer service.
http://www.fabricsquareshop.com/shop/ Pre-cuts only here, no yardage.
http://nancyrinkdesigns.com/thread.html This is where I buy my Aurifil thread from, at only $7.95 a spool and $1.75 for shipping.
Thank you for taking the time to answer this question, you may just be adding to my online list of favorite stores to shop at.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Washed and folded ready to be put with the others.
Monday, August 24, 2009
I love the bright colors in this quilt. I've dubbed him/her Georgie.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
What a weekend, the move went well except for the fact that we didn't have a phone line until Monday afternoon. Once we finally got the computer hooked up we discovered we had a fried monitor. It was left too long in a hot truck. How amazing everything looks now, with a new screen. Please forgive me for not replying to your comments from the last two posts. I returned to over 200 emails and 450 posts to read.
Today will see my sewing room completely organised. I ran out of puff yesterday, but the rest of the house is done, all the boxes are gone and everything is in it's new place. So hopefully that will mean I can get back to my neglected sewing machine.
I have several baby quilts in various stages that need to be finished, then it's on to the bags.
Thank you for all your lovely comments on the previous quilts and your wishes for a smooth move.
Monday, August 17, 2009
Both made from 1 charm pack.
Friday, August 14, 2009
Do you see that little puss In The Corner sticker attached to the tissue paper?
Look what was inside the tissue. An adorable terry toweling bib.
Now I'm sure you're all wondering who the lovely lady was that sent me this box of goodness.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Lots and lots of quilting to give it a nice wrinkly effect.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Baby Wonderland, made from charms, quick and easy, with simple triple straight line quilting.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
A tiny little box filled to the brim with buttons and floss, a gorgeous peach and yellow fat quarter, and a very clever note book (which is already being used) and such a sweet card designed by Sarah.
Thank you so much Lisa and Sarah for your thoughtfulness and your creativity.
Another parcel arrived last week.
I needed to wait and pick it up from the post office. (I must do something about getting a drivers license)
I had plans of hanging this in my sewing room.
Please excuse any mess you may see on my floor, I'm surrounded by packing boxes. Believe it or not we're moving this weekend. We/I decided we needed to be closer to Hollie and the baby when she arrives. Hopefully this will be our last move for a very long time.
And if that wasn't enough to keep me busy I've been putting the final touches on the next pattern. It should be going out to the testers this week.
Wednesday, August 05, 2009
As a thank you for all the lovely and encouraging comments I'm giving away a copy of the pattern, and the Random number generator picked #4 from the comments from this post.
Congratulations Carrie, I'll send you an email for your mailing details.
So many of us who are venturing into pattern writing and designing are referring to Elizabeth Hartman's of Oh Fransson blog post about copyright. If you have a moment take a look here, it's very informative, whether your a designer or a consumer.
Thanks again to my super Stitching Diva's, your copy of the pattern will be mailed this week.
Monday, August 03, 2009
- Our swaps are international, so that means added expense with postage. When you commit to an international swap, you commit to mailing without whinging about the cost involved.
- Guidelines are always included eg: items that need to be included in the parcel. If you are unable to follow through, or don't have the skills, please don't commit.
- Guidelines are included about contacting your hostess with emails. If you've never run a swap before you'd be surprised at how many hours go into making sure it runs smoothly. Contact is an important part of a smoothly run swap.
- Regularly updated blog, (yours). This helps your swap partner get to know your likes and dislikes, and also let's your hostess know that you're still alive and kicking.
- Make a point to read your hostess's swap posts. These posts take time to prepare, and give you information specifically about the swap you are involved in.
- Leave a comment on the swap post occasionally so your swap hostess knows your still involved.
- Read your partner's blog so you get to know what her tastes are.
- Be polite and don't delay in blogging about the gift you've received. Within a week of receiving your parcel. This is one thing that I've noticed with the Christmas in July swap the very unexcited posts and distant photo's of the gifts that have been received, by just a handful of swappers. Regardless of whether the gift/gifts are totally to your taste, someone has gone to the trouble to make something that they hope you will enjoy. Imagine their hurt if you don't show any enthusiasm.
- Be polite and send a thank you to your partner to let her know that you've received her parcel.
- If something unexpected happens that is going to delay your mailing, let your hostess know so she can work with you and let your partner know.
- Quality outweighs the number of swaps you're involved in. It's easy to commit to every swap that's going on, but it's much more difficult to send quality gifts if your mind is occupied with "How am I going to get all these swaps done on time" Learn to say no.
I know when reading all these things, it may seem like a lot of rules and regulations, and that's not the point that Stephanie and I want bring. More that, a smooth, fun swap needs everyone to be involved.I hope you'll join us on our next swap in 2010, until then.
P.S. Please hop on over to Stephanie's blog and read her final thoughts.