I am in love with the color Fuscia! Growing up, we always called it “hot pink” and these flowers in the garden center at Wal-Mart yesterday just drew me in…SO pretty.
And they were HUGE!
I hadn’t been off mountain since Wednesday when I arrived, and there were some definite things on the “must get” list for the cabin, so it was time for a drive down to Wilkesboro to restock.
I also did quite a bit of cleaning up of my sewing area after my whirlwind of finishing my Twirl Around top, and also making and completing ALL of the blocks for my 6 Addicted to Scraps column blocks that will be appearing in 2016 issues of Quiltmaker Magazine.
All of the blocks for my column are submitted all at one time – in August, and this time I’m bringing them with me when I go do my tapings for my 6 online workshops.
The amount of “I’m sewing like a crazy woman but can’t show you anything!” around here has been staggering! But you are going to love next year’s columns!
I can show you this:
Honest Cutting Table!
After taking an hour or so to set it back straight!
I kitted up a bunch of these!
I have NOT given out cutting directions for this block because it may appear in a future publication when it is done. But if you have mad drafting skills, the background square on the H is 1” finished.
H Quilts are popping up EVERYWHERE on my radar! Check out this vintage one I found on the 4th of July:
I love how stylized these are! FUN!
For those of you NOT excited by the H blocks – why not make up a block to go with your own initial? There are a ton of alphabet tutorials and patterns out there…or go freehand!
Meanwhile in the Tumble-Zone:
As I was cutting, kitting and sewing…any scrap I came across was also getting cut down into tumblers! This little basket is quite full, and my rows are quickly growing.
I’m so excited to see this project grow. I have always liked this pattern, but it seemed a tedious project if doing it as a regular quilt….but doing it as Leaders & Enders is a no-brainer and it’s going to be a great year for tumbler quilts all over Quiltville!
And we sure have fun while doing it!
It’s going to be hard leaving the mountain this morning, but it must be done. I’ve taken a long holiday weekend and there is work awaiting at home….Anyone who placed an order after I left home on Wednesday morning, your orders will go out this afternoon! They will be on their way, I promise.
I have already ordered MORE of the Easy Dresden tool that I am using to cut my tumblers with ---if I run out with what I’ve already got at home, there will be more on my doorstep in a couple of days.
I want to piece a backing this evening and get the Twirl Around quilt loaded in the machine for quilting – I need to be binding it by next weekend when I’m back up here again!
Through my time off, I’m vowing to take WEEKENDS off –I figure I deserve a weekend just as much as the next person, don’t you agree?
Oh another thought-provoking front:
Yes, this is a comment for the soul who contacted me yesterday – a Sunday morning on a holiday weekend wanting answers to work related questions- What have we gotten to as a society as far as respect for a person’s time and boundaries go?
Email is instantaneous. You can buy merchandise from a website at any time on any day -- So folks expect answers to be instantaneous also.
I get crazy requests via Facebook as if I am on Facebook every waking hour –and those I can wait to reply to.
But phone calls on a Sunday on a holiday weekend? I should learn not to pick up my phone and just let it go to voice mail and answer it on the next working day. The behavior issue is my OWN. I need to learn to not pick up the phone during off hours. Let voice mail do what it is there for.
I guess in this society where stores open late on Thanksgiving to get a rush on the Christmas Black Friday sales – where Amazon is always on –and there is always someone to answer your call on some help line, we forget when dealing with a small business that they are not always open 24/7/365.
I’m not LLBean. I am not Amazon.
I am vowing to take better charge of my own personal time and leave business to business hours.
That will give me more time to quilt, create, and share with you!
Quilt Cam on THURSDAY evening at this point -- 9pm! But keep watching, I'll keep you updated!