Kathy, I appreciated you well thought out response to my blog question. I agree completely that quilting has become about the competition of how many, how fast. I think that is because quilt shop owners need quilters to complete projects in a hurry so they can buy more and more fabric!
I also agree with your sentiment that quilting is about the process, not the competition. It's one of the reasons I don't belong to a guild. That, and because I always figured in the hour it takes to get to the meetings and back is time better spent quilting. I've heard many quilters (including myself) say they quilt because it is relaxing and fulfilling, and that's how it should be.
I'm grateful for on-line shops, just because I don't get to town that often. The quilt shop I mentioned that is closing down is located in a town of approximately 1000, and that's probably a generous estimate. I just don't think there was any way it could generate enough daily foot traffic to be sustainable.
Hi Kathy, I am in Federal Way, WA and I come over to the Spokane Quilt show every year! thank you for giving me the information, I have F&P Magazines that I keep for reference, but I will also run to the website and download it! Lovely quilt. Thanks again!
I'm so sorry I haven't checked my site until now. I'm not quite sure what you want an answer to. I know the our Slackers are great talkers and sometimes it is hard to find the info you want without going through a ton of pages. Anyway, if there is a question I can help you with, let me know and I will give it my best shot. I've been out of commission for a few weeks but am back now.
Good morning Kathy. Well, on my way to Oregon in the morning for a week of quilting. I love the threads of friendship quilting has brought me and I think that's why we continue to seek avenues to share our passion.
I don't know what area you live in but maybe next year you could join us at Quilting on the Mountain. I have a lady from Kremling CO who is coming in this year. Back country TN is trying to get on the map - ha, ha!
Have a great week - acknowledge and enjoy all the blessings coming your way!!!
Good morning, Kathy. It was good to hear your experiences. I am learning that everyone does have their own agendas and not to take it personally that not everyone shares my passions - since I will be 70 my next birthday it tells me I'm a slow learner - ha, ha.
I live out in the country so I am finding it a little challenging to find people who want to share the love and camaraderie of a little quilting community. I'll just do the footwork and give it to God!
Think we may try a group who want to participate in the Quilts for Injured Soldiers project that is so dear to me. I'll just toss it out there and see what happens.
I'm leaving Friday for a visit to Oregon - with one of my favorite quilting buddies and as soon as I get back I will be at Quilting on the Mountain - a 4 day retreat I attend every year. Then I can work on organizing my group in earnest.
Kathy! Did we all miss your question to the Slacker's group? I saw your recent post, but nothing caught my eye, that I remember? It wasn't intentional, I can assure you! Please post again & I'm sure someone will reply & help you out, okay!
Hi kathy, Thank you for your comments on my quilts. It always makes the quilter feel good when someone else likes them, too. I browsed thru your quilts and like them. Your kind will be great when finished. I've made 3 of them, the last 2 in 3 sections. It makes it so much easier to quilt when it isn't so big. Then after I sew them together, I just have to quilt that area. Which one is your 1st? Happy quilting.
Have you caught up on cool weather--it must be a real joy to be back in that cool, balmy climate!! Hope that you had a great time with family and that your Dad is feeling up to strength before you had to leave? We're roasting in Texas, I suspect that Florida was much the same. The drought is going to ruin the fireworks for the fourth--as well as the farmer's crops and all the lawns. Oh well, either we have too much rain, or not enough--but we have much to be thankful for--PTL!!
Hi Kathy. My colors for SBS may wind up all over the place. Most of the blocks I have looked at the colors they have used, and then gone to my stash to pull something in the same family. Or, if I don't' like what they used, i do my own, like Amethysts are violet. I also like to use a lot more yellow and orange than most people. Teals and Aquas have always been favorite colors of mine.
Kathy ~ I also am looking forward to seeing your quilt finished. Your color choices are ones that I just love, love, love. I have two styles, Fall & Winter (thimbleberries/country styles) and Spring & Summer (pastels/light vivid colors). I'm happy all is well with your Dad especially and that you can get back to your SBS. It will be a wonderful, relaxing exercise for you!
Hi Kathy (again!)
I just scrolled up and read your profile. I noticed that we have more in common than just quilting! You not only have 2 German Shepherds, but you live out in the country, which I love the country AND that you said you attend church regularly and that you love Jesus.... We just found a church close by our home that we have been attending regularly since March and I love Jesus too!!!
I have a 125 lb male 6year old german shepherd who is as sweet as can be and a 65 lb female australian shepherd/sharpei mix who is very attached to me. The dog in the picture was of a dog that was posted at a local shelter (who was adopted) but I fell in love with the picture because she looks so happy!!!
I love my dogs but they don't like it when I am sewing for too long... they start to whine for my attention sometimes. That's where the hubby comes in! I "call" him to "call" the dogs!!!! HA
Enjoy your time with family!! Hope that all is a/c!! Houston is in a similar sauna condition!! We enjoyed a late Spring, but it has hit--I don't think that I'll ever get used to it!! But our winters are georgeous, sunny, just the perfect temperature --see, there's an advantage to every climate!!
Hope that your Dad is doing well and you can enjoy your time together!!
I, too, am glad we're pals! I know you're missing home, hubby and critters...........I'd be glad to let you hold this little dog! She is the most delicate thing and has an upset tummy for the 2nd. day in a row. She did eat yesterday and has had some water today but, listless, etc and is like a baby..........wants to be held/on the chest. Here's to a nice cool morning for you! ha! and REST!
Kathy, didn't know your Dad had surgery, glad he's doing well. Gosh, and 90! Way to go Dad!!! Know what all the nurses tell you, about getting rest so you can take care of him, etc......it is SO true! Listen to them and sleep!
You're probably quite right about second guessing myself. My concern was that the blorders were cut/straight and in doing that I lost some of the zigzag/very outer border so each corner ends with the monsters/black background.
Most folks are saying to leave it, just like you said.....think that's what I'll do!
Take care of yourself and prayers for your Dad! How long will you be there? Great you can be with him!