Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Oldies But Goodies

It's an overcast day here in Lancaster County

today. We're supposed to have snow flurries

today - I am not ready for winter!

My computer has been slowly dying. It's been

making a loud roaring noise. I brought it to

the Geek Squad and the guy told me that it's

my motherboard - )o:

My daughter was visiting from NY and brought

a Laptop that I could use in the meantime.

My old computer won't read any of the CDs

that I have; so I decided to use the Laptop

to look at the old Cds and then store some of

the photos and files on a flash drive.

I found a couple of quilts that I had made

when I first started to quilt.

The photo is not very good; I took it with one

of those disposable cameras. 

I took my first quilting class back in 2003 and

then joined my Guild at the end of that year.

In 2004 we had a challenge to make  a Black and 

White With A Touch of Red quilt. I forgot the size

that it had to be but I know that I went over about

2 inches. I was frustrated that I had to cut off part

of my quilt on the right side which changed the 

whole look of it. I was so frustrated that when

the challenge was over - I threw it into the garbage!

I was so sorry that I did that I could have learned

so much from my mistakes! So now I'm glad that

I found this photo so that maybe someday I can 

do something similar and better.

Here's another one from that same year. It has

some  3 dimensional flowers and also the butterfly.

 The next year was the first quilt that I gave away.

I was so nervous because it was for my cousin's

baby shower. I didn't know if she would like it.

Well, she loved it and stood up and walked around

to show everyone. I was relieved! It's a bento box

pattern that I just loved. 

Again, the photo was taken with a disposable

camera. That God for digital! 

It was fun going through all my old photos. 


Happy Quilting! 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013


When I have the time; I love reading blogs. 

 Two of them made me really stop and think.

One said, I'm paraphrasing, "....exhibit or show 

your work, have it published or teach" other than

that - it's a "hobby". 

Now to me personally, when I'm creating something 

that pops into my head; I'm not doing it thinking - 

Can I enter this in a show? or I wonder if I could 

have this piece published or maybe I can have a class 

and teach it to others."   This would stress me out - it 

would have to be perfect, in my mind anyway. 

"Will a judge find this good enough, Is it perfect?" 

I am not putting quilters down who do this - definitely

 not! I so enjoy looking at and admiring their work! 

As a quilter; I can appreciate the time and effort that

they put into a piece.

But it's just not for me....yet.

I make what I feel even though it may not be perfection. 

 I do have to point out that I do use all of the skills that 

I have and learned  and try my best to make quality pieces.

But To me it's about the creation process and it 

shouldn't be stressful; it should feel like a release -

 releasing - like freeing a bird from it's cage - go out 

into the world,  sing your song and be happy.

I don't consider it "just a hobby" because I don't "show, 

exhibit, publish or teach."

I love making and designing functional quilts, to 

display in my home, to give away, to donate to

charity or for a cause and also I make quilts to sell.

 All of this brings me joy, peace and happiness

- just like Christmas.

And what the heck is the definition of a "hobby" anyway?


According to wikipedia:

"A hobby is a regular activity that is done for pleasure, typically, during one's leisure time. Hobbies can include: collecting themed items and objects, engaging in creative and artistic pursuits, and playing sports, along with many more examples. By continually participating in a particular hobby, one can acquire substantial skill and knowledge in that area.

Generally speaking, a person who engages in an activity solely for fun is called an amateur (or hobbyist), as opposed to a professional who engages in an activity for reward. An amateur may be as skilled as a professional, the principle difference being that a professional receives compensation while an amateur does not."

(I guess that  explains it some what )

If you're a beginner quilter - learn all of the techniques 

that you can to develop your skills,  just have fun - do 

what you feel - and enjoy the creative process. You're 

in your own space - there's no one standing over you

telling you "you're doing it wrong" - just "go with it" 

and be yourself. Make  it "your own". Then you can decide 

whether you would like to "show, exhibit, publish or 

teach" it or ......you can be just a "hobbyist" (o:

The other blog that I mentioned will have to wait for another post.

In the mean time -

Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Star Wars Quilt Progress

Still working on the Star Wars quilt.

I had taken down my design wall to

clean the sewing room. It's not

very large anyway and I might have

to re-do it. I covered it with

batting and there was lots and lots 

of tiny pieces of thread stuck

to it. It drove me nuts!

So, the bed in my spare room is 

the design wall for now.

R2D2 is put together (over 500 1" squares)

and I was debating whether to put an extra

row of white around his block. I was really 

stressing about this!

 I thought it would be too much white 

around all of the dark fabrics. I realized that 

I don't really work with a lot of dark fabrics; 

I'm used to a lot of mediums to light.

I don't like working on the dark side (-; 

I couldn't resist.

Along with the printed Star Wars fabrics 

comes this mint green and pale blue - personally,

I don't think it blends well with the backgrounds 

of the other fabrics. But I have to work with it 

cause that's what DD wants.

Then I got this brainstorm to make blocks to 

go with R2D2....

I think it's going to work.

I like this idea but now I have to make 16 

of them - consisting of 36 - 1" squares !

wish me luck!

Happy quilting!