Monday, April 17, 2017

Let's Talk Scraps

Hi.  My name is Suzy and I'm a scrapholic. 

I guess you can look at it a few different ways:  (1) I need an intervention. (2) I'd better get my butt sewing. (3) I'm one lucky quilter.  😋

It took me two whole days to sort, sift and organize my scraps. I really had to cram some of those scraps into the bins. As it was, I had to use two bins for the blues and three bins for the neutrals. Luckily, my dog is very well trained and doesn't bother with anything I leave laying around.

Scrappiness is happiness,

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

It's A Juggling Act

Life's a juggling act ... and sometimes a ball is dropped.  Well, my blogging is one of those balls. Sorry about that.

But I've been juggling lots of other fun stuff in the meantime and will catch you up on some of the goings on.

First, I finished my "Christmas Sparkle" quilt and it is now in the hands of McCall's Quilting Magazine. It will be in the September/October 2017 issue, which will hit newsstands on July 25.  I'm so tickled!  McCall's will now do their professional photo shoot of my quilt and said they will send me some pictures that I can post on my blog.  They will also be sending me a couple complementary copies of the magazine as well, and I will be having a giveaway once that happens.  Wheeee!

I've also started working on my "Razzle Dazzle" Bonnie Hunter quilt that was supposed to be the project during our Mediterranean Cruise in August but didn't happen because the company that was to supply the machines went belly-up.  We worked on hand projects instead.  I'll have more on my "Razzle Dazzle" quilt progress in a future post.

I do have something to share here now, though. I've done my first ever Bargello quilt.  We had a Quilt Gathering in early March and several classes were given.  The Bargello quilt was one of them, so I was in.  It was fun and I liked it a lot, but I think if I didn't have other irons in the fire, I would have made my quilt wider.  Just looks too long and narrow to me.  But not bad for a first go-round. Lots (did I say "lots") of seams!  Now to quilt it...

On another note, I've been approached by several members of my Guild to head-up the Block-of-the-Month this coming year (May-April).  They wore me down...  Well, since I'm in charge, I've decided to make it a Mystery Quilt and have a Clue-of-the-Month instead.  I've run the idea past several people, and everyone I've spoken with thinks it will be a ton of fun.  My main goal is to have as many people as possible participate, so I wanted to make the finished quilt eye-catching but with easy-to-assemble units so that it is also beginner-friendly.  I also wanted to make it so that it will look good in many different colorways -- that way participants can make it in their preferred color scheme, just substituting the color I reference with an alternate color of their choice, although there will be lights and darks that will need to stay the same value in order to achieve the final effect.

So far I've designed the quilt and broken it down into parts to make it easier to write the clues.  Still in the midst of actually writing the intro and preparing the actual clues.  I still also have to make it myself, and I also have a helper who is also going to make it following the clues I provide in advance, just to double-check for errors (hey, they happen).  I would share a picture of the quilt here, but there are a few people from my Guild who read my blog, so I don't want to ruin it.  Only two people know what the finished product will look like -- the Guild President and my assistant.  They both are really excited with the finished product and I believe that if the participants (especially beginners) looked at the finished product, they would think it was beyond their skills.  But it's not! It's completely made of squares, half-square triangles and corner-square triangles!

All that said, would any of you out there in cyberspace be interested in following along on the Mystery Quilt?  I could always post the monthly clues here on my blog so you can join in on the monthly fun...  Let me know.  :o)

Juggling is another art form,

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Orlando Quilt Fest

A couple friends and I headed off to the Orlando Quilt Show yesterday. It was a very fun day with much walking, walking and more walking. Got my steps in, no problem. LOL.

The quilts were wonderful, although there were many more art-type quilts than traditional, so I was a bit disappointed in that. It was a wonderful show, though, and we had a great time. We got there around 10am-ish and left around 3:30pm-ish.  

Afterwards, we went to a lovely outside mall near the Convention Center. They had a ton of wonderful restaurants and we chose to eat dinner at Taverna Opa, a mouthwatering authentic Greek restaurant. The food was the best I ever had. The three of us were trying each other's dishes, all delish. We couldn't stop raving. Then after dinner we walked around a bit and stopped in Ben and Jerrys for some ice cream to top off a spectacular day.

Here is a picture of my purchases. A couple Christmas-themed patterns, some tiny buttons for doll clothes, two Island Batik layer cakes at the unheard of price of $30 each, and a bunch of neutral fabrics (of which you can never have enough). The first row are all fat quarters I got for $1.50 each, the second row are fat quarters that ranged in price from $2.00 to $2.75 each, and the two sweet little kittie cat patterned ones are half-yard cuts. I love them so much I had to get them in fat quarter and half-yard sizes. Teeheehee.

And here are a few of the quilts that caught my eye. So much talent and beauty. Click on them to biggie size them.


Thursday, January 12, 2017

Resolution/Goal Achieved Already?!?!

First, let me say I don't make New Year resolutions. They never, ever happen -- at least in my case. LOL. But I do make a goal or two. If I make it, great; if not, I tried...

One of my goals this year was to venture outside my comfort zone.  How, you may ask?  Well, I decided to submit a quilt pattern I designed to McCall's Quilting Magazine.  I drafted it one day during the last week of December and and held my breath as I sent the e-mail with a picture of the pattern as I drafted it in EQ and a mock-up of a block I had made in the fabrics I chose.  Scary stuff, right there.

A few days later I get an e-mail back saying that they had received my submission, and that they would consider it the next time they got together to choose patterns to publish in future issues.  I figured it would be quite a while until I heard from them again, let alone at all.  I can only imagine all the work and time that goes into prepping and publishing national magazines.

Imagine my surprise when I checked my e-mail yesterday (a week after the first initial "thank you for your submission"), and they said they wanted to purchase it for publication!  As you can also imagine, I am beyond excited!

Obviously, I can't share my design here, as they will have all rights to it until it appears in the magazine, as well as for 90 days following publication.  After that the magazine and I both retain publication rights and if I want to sell patterns or whatever, I can; and they can republish in future publications if they desire.

I have a lot of paperwork to do, but I guess that's the nature of the beast.  This is all very new to me. Exciting, but scary.  An untravelled road.  I can't recall who said it, but this quote comes to mind: "Don't be afraid to fail, be afraid to try."  So I'm trying..  :o)

My other goal was to sew more for my dolls.  I really do enjoy the instant gratification it brings. This is my latest that I made a couple days ago.  At least there is a picture with this post now, so it won't be totally boring... 

Follow your dreams,

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016 Quilts

This year I decided to make a collage of the quilts I made this past year.  I was more productive than I thought!

Looking forward to ringing in the New Year!

Have a Happy New Year, everyone! :o)

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas!

May your day be merry and bright!  

Friday, December 23, 2016

It's a (Christmas) Party!

I had the pleasure of attending a Christmas Party with a few of my quilty friends last night. Rie was our hostess with the mostest. She really outdid herself with the food, decorations (there were Christmas trees in EVERY room -- even the bathrooms!), and the merriment. Lots of fun was had, especially when we did the opening and stealing of gifts. My wallhanging was a hit and ultimately went home with my friend, Diana, who is also my longarmer (after the maximum two steals, LOL!). What a fun night with friends!

Enjoy the pictures. Rie really goes ALL OUT for Christmas and every nook and cranny was very festive!

That would be Rie in the Christmas apron.

Have A Merry Christmas!