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Tuesday Tip- a bit different

Life took over this week & I’m currently away from home visiting family unexpectedly, so I didn’t have time to prepare an actual tip.

But I do want to share an episode from Thinking Allowed- a BBC Radio 4 show. Back in 2011 they discussed “Craft & Community”.
You can listen to it here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b010mrzc

For me being fully immersed in the quilting & knitting community- I completely agreed with the “pro-craft” interviewee.

But the “anti-craft” interviewee made me think about the perception of crafters in the world & how we many times aren’t appreciated & fairly recognized for our contributions.

What do you think?

Thanks for being patient- I hope to have the Tuesday Tip back next week!

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A Failed Project, Part 1

So I was at A Quilting Place/Stashbusters one evening & I found a great pattern from a local designer that I wanted to use for a class.It’s a great pattern that uses 5″ charms, plays a little with triangles, but not too much & has some nice borders- best of all it’s small enough so it would make a great table topper so it’s useful & cost efficient.

Sounds so easy right?

Yeah, projects like that are always bound to take you 5 hours!

Which this did! & we’re not even done yet!

The first problem was that I decided to work with a fabric line.  I don’t work well with fabric lines- I feel they are too restrictive & don’t lend any creativity to the end product.  I prefer my “scrappy” look where I just search for fabrics that work.

So I started with a charm pack from Moda called “Grand Finale” & picked up some additional fabric in the line that I thought would make a nice border.

So after making several amateur mistakes (due to my inability to read patterns…reality is I tend just to look at the pictures) I came up with this:

At which point I was so mad it didn’t work out I folded it up & put it away.

Then I got my act together & searched online for someone who sold the solid green that coordinated with this line.

I should have known in the beginning, but it’s an issue of letting the eye rest.  The charms are so busy your eye keeps jumping around & has no place to settle to take it all in.  (A dear friend actually talked about this recently.  As soon as I saw what I pieced, I couldn’t believe I ignored her advice!)

But then again, it’s hard to choose borders when the piece isn’t together- or even when you can’t fully see the charm squares b/c they’re wrapped up in a package.

It reminded me of a line Jaye of Art Quilt Maker said on a podcast with Sandy from Quilting for the Rest of Us– “Make Visual Decisions Visually.”

When I first heard that it just flew through my ears & I didn’t really understand it.  But now I get it.  You can’t expect to make a color/fabric/design choice if you can’t see what your putting it against!  I needed to have my center assembled first, then I could audition borders.

So the good thing is, this actually isn’t a failed project, it’s just not done like I want it to be.

But more importantly, I want it to be done right.

So I’ll take the time & make “Visual Decisions Visually.”

Linking up with Freshly Pieced’s “WIP Wednesday”:

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced


The Week Without Photos

I really was productive this week.

I knitted a baby set for a friend. It was pink & snuggly & cute. But I forgot to take a photo.

I quilted a Christmas quilt for another friend. It was holidayish & fun. But I forgot to take a photo.

Then yesterday was “Sew Day” for my guild in which I had a “backing party” (i.e. me & lots of yards of fabric focusing on the math to make backings large enough for all those quilt tops I’ve made but can’t quilt because I’m missing an integral part of the puzzle because backing math confounds me to no end). I don’t have any photos of the backings (not really very interesting), but I did bring Potato Leek Soup for the potluck, & I forgot to take a photo of that too.

Note to self: Goal for this week: work on taking photos!

Anyways, here is the recipe for Potato Leek Soup. (Just imagine potatoes & leeks in a warm broth.) I’ve been making this since college. It’s super easy & very filling. This has been a hit wherever I bring it & is perfect for those upcoming chilly days.

Potato Leek Soup
1 Onion
2 Leeks
3 Medium Potatoes
1/4 c. Butter
5 cups Chicken Broth
Salt & pepper

– Dice onion & potatoes.
– Slice leeks down the center, wash the insides, chop finely.
– Melt butter in skillet. (Don’t skimp here, the butter adds lots of flavor.)
– Cook onion, potatoes & leeks until tender.
– Place mixture in crock pot.
– Pour chicken broth on top.
– Genereously season with salt & pepper.
– Cook on High 3-4 hrs or Low 6-8 hrs.

Thanks to everyone who commented on the last post about podcasts! I’ve finally caught up with Pam at Hip to Be a Square & and am now listening to Sandy at Quilting for the Rest of Us. As I keep finding new podcasts, I’ll share them here with everyone!

Have a wonderful week!

Randomness & Podcasts

It’s been an odd week around here.

I was in a position where everything I NEEDED to do was put on hold for one reason or another.  So one would think I would use this time to finish those other projects I have going that aren’t necessarily important.


I decided to start some new projects.  🙂

Got out my scrap bins & started playing with fabric.  Nothing fancy, nothing exciting, just sewing fabric pieces together.  It was soothing.  Relaxing.  Restorative.

I also moved my furniture around again in the studio.  I think I’m happy with the setup now.

But now time has caught up with me & all the pieces I need to finish my important projects just got handed to me today.  So I’d better get to work.

But one more distraction to share with you before I focus:  Podcasts.

I came to listen to podcasts by accident.  I was planning a 12 drive in the car & wanted to listen to something different.  Decided to download some “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me” episodes, when that led me check out crafting podcasts, which led me to quilting podcasts, which is now my company while I’m in the studio quilting away.

Here are some of my favorites (quilting & non quilting related):

The Off Kilter Quilt– funny, down to earth, Frances always makes me smile!
The History Quilter– Susan quilts, gardens, cooks & loves history- who wouldn’t love her?
Hip to Be a Square– Pam is our resident geeky quilter!
Crafty Garden Mom– Tanesha has AWESOME book reviews!
Freakonomics Radio– *sigh*  I will still always be an economist in my heart….
The Mental Illness Happy Hour– don’t be put off by this title- it’s done very well- just try one episode
Life Habits– Another mental health podcast, one of the better ones out there I think.  Very positive focused, it’s almost like having a “life coach” without paying the crazy fees.

So I hope you download some of these & try them out.  If you have podcasts you like, please share them!  Now I really need to get to work!