Monday, September 10, 2012

Too Much Fun

Though Austin and his parents returned home last week, I just had to share one more picture of him. We got out the John Deere toys our son had played with when he was little. So glad we hung onto them. 

Returning to my sewing room after they left, I went back to quilting my Great Granny Along.

The white spaces are filled in with an all over sort of triple "C" design. I'm pretty sure I saw it online someplace and after doing some drawing, came up with my own version of it.

Each of the Great Granny blocks are quilted with feathers along a double vein, and a spiral (snail-type) top. That quilting shows up best from the back.

The quilting is "half-and-half" - half quilted entirely free-motion and the other half quilted with the aid of the BSR (Bernina stitch regulator). I'm still uncertain as to what I think about the BSR. On one hand without it: 1) I like the way I'm able to make my own pretty stitches, particularly when starting to stitch, and 2) the machine sounds smoother when the regulator isn't on. On the other hand, using the BSR: 1) stitches are definitely of a more uniform length, but the very first stitch (after a stop) doesn't want to "launch" - it's usually longer than subsequent stitches - and, 2) the machine definitely sounds different. It sounds like a longarm machine.

Last Tuesday The Villages Daily Sun newspaper came to our house to interview me about "Snowflake Medallion" - where it's headed (to the AQS show in Des Moines, Iowa) and where it's been. A photographer took a half dozen photos of Snowflake and me, and a videographer recorded me free-motion quilting on the above-mentioned Great Granny quilt. The article appeared in the Friday, September 7 issue of the newspaper, and on the same day, was local "news" on The Villages cable TV channel. Pretty fun stuff for me. By the way, that's my Supernova quilt, Lee's quilt-along from 2011, on the wall behind me.
The article went on, to page three.
Now if you've stuck with me through this post, I want to mention that I'm celebrating 500 blog posts! That's since January, 2009. And I've just noticed that my followers now top 200. Don't you agree these numbers are worthy of a giveaway? The prize is out of my own pocket - a $25 gift certificate to Pink Castle Fabrics, because fabric is my favorite online thing to try to win.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.

TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY
Make sure you're a follower. Then comment to complete this sentence:

If I had enough money to purchase one thing to improve my sewing/quilting room, I would buy...

Have fun dreaming! A winner will be drawn on (my) Friday evening. Linda

39 comments:

  1. If I had enough money to purchase one thing to improve my sewing/quilting room, I would buy...

    i would like a bathroom so i didn't have to go upstairs 20
    plus times a day :)

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  2. If I had enough money to purchase one thing for my sewing/quilting room, it would be more storage!

    Thanks for the giveaway chance and congratulations for being published!

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  3. Ooh, thanks for the giveaway.

    I suppose I'd get a fancy schmancy sewing machine. :)

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  4. f I had enough money to purchase one thing to improve my sewing/quilting room, I would buy.. a SewingBox from The Original Scrapbox. We have cats, so I have to put everything into "hair-proof" and "cat-proof" totes and drawers, and put up all of my cutting tools, the ironing board, and cover my machine with a sheet (which has to be secured underneath so they don't burrow under it and get their hair all over my machine and stuff). Dear Santa, if you're reading this, please bring me: http://theoriginalscrapbox.com/catalog/products/newggthe-sewing-box

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  5. oh, and congratulations on being featured in the paper!!!

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  6. If I had enough money to purchase one thing for my sewing/quilting room. I would buy a new iron.

    Thanks for the chance at the giveaway and congratulations on being published. That quilt is wonderful!

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  7. Congratulations on your appearance in print.

    If I had unlimited funds I would get a wall to wall storage unit full of shelves and drawers and cupboards, small spaces, large spaces, squares and rectangles, a special secret compartment (just for the intrigue) and it should be partially covered by a creative expanse of design wall. Maybe include a coffee machine too!

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  8. A new machine! Needle down, stitch regulator, big throat, knee lift - all requirements of my dream machine ;)

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  9. Congratulations, Linda! You are a celebrity in your new hometown already. Yeah for you! I would like some classes from people like yourself on machine quilting. I am a visual person and like a hands on approach. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  10. I would buy walls. A finished basement with real walls would be great, and a bathroom downstairs too!
    congratulations on your publication. I can't wait to see your quilt next month at the show!

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  11. Well....
    If I had enough money to purchase one thing to improve my sewing/quilting room, I would buy..an extension to the house to get a bigger sewing room, so I don't have to sit in the lounge.:-)
    I don't want much do I ?? VBG!!
    Well done for your article in the paper. Also I just love that machine quilting you do. Maybe you could do a U TUBE tutorial for us.LOL!

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  12. If I had enough money to purchase one thing to improve my sewing/quilting room, I would buy a new table for sewing machine. I've had my eye on the one I want for years but it's never in the budget!

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  13. Hi Linda, Well now you will be well know in your new neighborhood .lol
    Thanks for the give away, two years ago I had a cutting table designed just for me and now I would love to have the sewing machine table it would make it so much easier to MQ.
    I love your little guy with his John Dere trucks , we just bought Jonah one and he just loves it. Blessings Sandra

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  14. too easy!
    If I had enough money to purchase one thing to improve my sewing/quilting room I would buy...

    A NEW HOUSE! so that I can have all my stash in one place, instead of Upstairs Stash (in bedroom, sewing room etc) and Downstairs Stash (in garage)

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  15. Linda I love the picture of your grandson. I kept my son's matchbox cars and my grandson loves playing with them. What a great article and what fun for you to have that documentation of your beautiful quilt. What would I buy for my sewing room - a new iron. I'm definitely wanting to try out the Reliable but just can't make myself pay the dollars yet. blessings, marlene

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  16. You are a celebrity. that is so cool. You are so good with your quilting. Looking good. Congrats! and thanks for the giveaway.

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  17. I guess I would need to start with a room, and out building to hold a retreat would be better but I would settle for a room.

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  18. ....I would buy a white shelving unit to fill one wall, with glass doors to store fabric, jars of buttons and pretty coloured boxes of bits and bobs.
    The newspaper article looks good, Linda. :)

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  19. Oh! poo! I missed that question. I need to go to bed, pass my bedtime.
    Okay here is the answer. I would really love to have a big sewing table where my machine sits down in it so that I can do machine quilting easier.

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  20. If I had enough money, I would buy fitted storage.

    Congratulations on your interview, and being famous!!

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  21. Well deserved praise for your beautiful work, Linda, I'm so happy for you!
    My dream purchase would be a nice mid arm, like the HQ. I've never wanted a big machine, but I have learned enough on my set up to see the limitations. I want a bit more reach in my quilt passes!
    :-}pokey

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  22. Congratualtions on the article-well deserved recognition.
    Also congratulations on 500 posts, that is quite an achievement.
    The big question on the sewing room-it would have to be a room extension so the longarm could come in out of the garage.

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  23. A new cutting mat mine is warped out of shape and way too well used.

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  24. If I had enough $$ (and enough space!) . . . I purchase a LONGARM machine!!

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  25. Look at you - the quilting rock star!! I am so happy for you. If I had enough money I would fly to CA and spend the week at Asilomar - taking classes :). Sounds like heaven on earth.

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  26. Your snowflake medallion quilt is just so beautiful. I can't wait to see it in Des Moines again!

    If I had enough money, I would buy a nice tall cutting table. While we're dreaming, I'd also buy a longarm and more space to put it all!

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  27. What a great article/feature! Can't wait to gawk at it again next month in Des Moines!

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  28. One thing I would buy... hmmm...WINDOWS!

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  29. Congrats on your article and 500 blog posts! I can't wait to see your quilt in person. I thought it was going to be at the Iowa State Fair for some reason so I drug dear hubbs through the rooms multiple times looking for it. lol If I were to choose one thing for my sewing room, it would be more classes like Stitchin Mission so I could work on my skills.

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  30. Congratulations Linda on your milestones! I would buy a cabinet maker to come to my house and build in my storage space with movable shelves!
    Thanks for the lovely giveaway.

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  31. Firstly congratulations on 500 posts - well done
    Secondly
    If I had enough money to purchase one thing to improve my sewing/quilting room, I would buy...
    a staff member to sort me out!

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  32. I am definately a follower....love the pic today of the little guy, by the way! If I could buy anything for my sewing room it would be a SEWING ROOM! I'm quilting in my tiny laundry room right now with barely enough space to move!

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  33. I would buy ... A house next door to you, so we could sew quilts together whenever I wanted to. Congratulations on your celebrity status - how exciting!

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  34. If I had enough money to purchase one thing to improve my sewing/quilting room, I would buy...

    better lighting! That was easier than I thought it was going to be!

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  35. I'd buy a longarm and the space to accomodate it. Congratulations on being featured in the paper & on your blogging achievement. Thanks for the giveawa!

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  36. I love the quilting, Linda. It looks just perfect on the quilt. I am drawn to designs that have movement because I think it makes the quilt more interesting and "alive."

    If I had enough money to purchase one thing to improve my sewing/quilting room I would purchase a custom-made sewing center from Tracey's Tables.

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  37. Congratulations on reaching a milestone!! What a generous way to celebrate. Shannon probably thought that since she was first, she didn't have a chance!! Surprise! #1 came up on one of my give-aways, too, once upon a time.

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  38. Oh.... look at you, Linda! You are such a celebrity!! Congrats!!!

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