Misc blethering about fabric n’stuff

  • local MQG guild elections last week, now there is another past president to keep me company
  • I found 3.5m of Jay McCarroll “City Centre” in this colour way for THREE DOLLARS.


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It’s brand new, never washed. I think it looks like a disease under a microscope but it’s enough for a twin backing or I can re-sell it. B/c who wouldn’t snap up ~70$ worth of fabric for 3$?

  • I quilted a quilt for a friend last week. Trickiest mo-fo pantograph I’ve tried out. bear-paw_2.png

Ask me how I feel about this one. Wait, I’ll just tell you. Scared, intimidated, annoyed, pissed off, grudgingly okay, somewhat competent, totally zen. 81″ square quilt. Each pass of the panto was 9″ wide and took a FULL bobbin.

  • I have two quilt tops in progress, one the giant voile pluses, which is now in rows but needs to be in one piece like, yesterday, and the other is in 16 blocks and four borders and needs to be in one piece like, asap. These two quilts are 40% of my “big plans for 2019” – maybe I’m feeling more ahead than usual so therefore lost?
  • I think that’s about it for fabric stuff at this moment. I am reading more books than I have for the past couple of years so I’m pleased about that. Yay me!

Random day, mid-October

Hey are you still here? Me too. That’s something at least.

I haven’t abandoned blogging, or sewing, or quilting. Just trying to find balance in the regular life/kids/job/hobby mix that I, and likely most of us, have. Here’s the Cole’s notes* version of what’s been going on.

July we moved. Pack, unpack.

August, tried to stay afloat with kids, heat, and boredom. First time we tried lake swimming which we loved.

September. WOW.

New school. Kids were anxious and nervous but everyone has been finding friends and routines and settling down.

New job. Same job, different place. Slower pace, less volume. Less stress accordingly but it’s much less well organized, so increased stress. Averaging therefore a slight increase in stress overall. But honestly? It’s cake and icing and desserts. Not fighting fires or curing cancer. But I am working more school days and fewer weekends which cuts into my ME time! “Me time” is actually introvert recovery time and is really really important. Even though I’m sharing with random strangers on the internet I’m actually pretty reclusive. Hi though! 👋

September was also my month on the longarm which though great is a scheduling nightmare. Funny thing about longarming…I loaded up a big quilt anticipating it would be my project for pretty much the whole month. Just a few hours later though, I was done. Next day I loaded another one. Same thing again. Reached for a third quilt! And made significant progress on that one too.

October, to date: Niece 1st birthday. Fun and cute. Husband’s 50th birthday. Much less cute. Much higher expectations. I volunteered myself to chair/co-ordinate/design/make my guild’s QuiltCon 2018 Charity quilt challenge. It’s an awesome design and I am very excited about it.

What else? I made a quilt start to finish. I finished off a lingering project. I got to meet Debbie Jeske in person when she visited my guild. I went through my works in progress list and I was cheered and heartened by what was there and what I could cross off. I’m excited about starting new projects. I wish I was similarly excited about binding five quilts. Sheesh. Five.


Because we can’t NOT have a picture, here’s one I found when I was looking up how to swap out a ceiling light fixture because we did that last week too. I believe this is a picture of different types of electrical cords available from a supplier in England. I just think it’s pretty, and hello bias tape quilt design idea!

Any-hoo, thanks for being here. More quilts coming soon.

*”Cole’s notes.” I’m Nicole. Ha!