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Happy Halloween!...and Merry Christmas early!

This time of year always gets a little busy for me.  I have a nice break at the end of summer up until now.  Everyone gets busy working on Christmas gifts which keeps me and "Trixie" buzzin until Christmas and will continue until it gets nice enough for the ladies to get outside.  Which is fine by me because when the snow is falling and the wind is blowing there is nothing I'd rather be doing then quilting all the beautiful quilts my customers bring me. 

So with my break I did manage to get this project done that I purchased at the Chicago quilt festival last year. Shockingly enough I got it done this year and not 5 years from now. It turned out ok but it was a new kit the vendor had just finished and her husband said she just got them kitted up in time to bring to the show.  Well, there was a couple of "oops" in the pattern which in turn made me short on fabric.  I had to order more which wasn't an exact match and then didn't have enough at all to make the exact pattern.  The "Welcome" part is actually supposed to be applique vines with a crow.  I couldn't find the right colors so I just decided to put the Welcome on it.  Then I had grand ideas of how I wanted to quilt it and that didn't turn out like I wanted either.  It will hang in my hall this year and drive me crazy with all of the "should have's" in my mind and I will give it to someone who loves it.

On to the Merry Christmas part.  I justed finished putting the borders on this today.  Thankfully we are getting rain and it's a little chilly so DH isn't wanting me to help with leaves.  I'm not sure how I feel about this project either as I think it's a little too traditional in color for me.  I wish I would have done Burgandy and a darker green.  I LOVE the pattern, just not loving the color choices.  I hope to be able to custom quilt this one too, and I will be "blinging" it up with crystals.  

My camera hates the color red for some reason and always gives it an orange tinge.  But trust me it's RED in all it's glory! 

I think if I listen hard enough I hear all of your machines humming today, or at least I hope they are and everyone is getting all those Holiday projects and gifts done! 

Happy Halloween everyone!


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Comment by Roxann on November 1, 2015 at 6:18am

Thank you Pam! I have worked on many projects, my own and customers I just wasn't thrilled about and after its quilted I ended up loving it! I have had a few customers tell me when they hand me something, "I'm not loving this quilt so make me love it" No pressure there! lol 

Comment by Pam/NY on November 1, 2015 at 4:50am

Love both projects...your quilting is outstanding! That makes such a difference in the final project. Working at home has pluses and minuses for sure.

Comment by Roxann on November 1, 2015 at 4:40am

Thank you Joan!

Thank you Barb! You would think I would have learned by now but I'm always drawn to the ease of kits. My local quilt shop is over an hour away and I just rarely take the time to go. 

Thank you Mary! Every kit I've ever gotten from CT has given me more then I need too! I never worry when buying from them! I think some quilt shops would be surprised how many would be willing to pay a few bucks extra for having more then we need!

Comment by Roxann on November 1, 2015 at 4:35am

PQ, sorry for the confusion, and you are right, my sewing room stays vacant for long periods of time because I would rather longarm than sew. Not to mention, every quilt is different and I didn't spend hours working on it so I'm not bored with it before I even pin it on, which is why I don't spend a lot of time quilting own stuff. Even at my monthly sit and sews I tell the girls all the time I wish I could pack up Trixie and bring her because I would rather quilt then sew. lol I do however get to where my creative juices just aren't flowing and I know it's time to step away from quilting because I get overwhelmed and I do not ever want to burn myself out. When I first got Trixie I didn't sleep and hardly ate because that's all I wanted to do. DH had to stand in my studio if he wanted to talk to me because I was obsessed. A fellow longarmer told me to make time for other things or it wasn't going to be fun any more. I am blessed I get to do what I LOVE everyday and it doesn't feel like a job to me. I don't ever want it to get to the point it feels like a "job". On the plus side (or not so much) my hands and back won't allow me to over do it. BUT, I can't let Trixie sit idle very long, even when I'm not busy with customer stuff I pin on a practice piece and go to town with all the ideas running through my head. No pressure, just FUN! So i guess I am still sorta obsessed, and chances are DH would tell you I am too! 

Comment by Joan on October 31, 2015 at 7:29pm

Love both of them.  What's not to like?  Such awesome quilting! 

Comment by Barb/WI on October 31, 2015 at 6:41pm

Both quilts are beautiful!  I can only imagine how frustrated you must have been.  I would have been so disappointed.  However, at least you are the only one who sees the quilt that knows it would have been different.  The rest of us see it, and are impressed with your work.

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on October 31, 2015 at 6:41pm

Roxann, I think I must have worded my post poorly.  I'm thinking it would take discipline to set aside time to work on YOUR projects.  I'd be tempted to (like you) take care of the clients' projects first.  (Kind of like a carpenter who never gets to his own renovation projects, or a plumber who doesn't have time to fix his own leaky faucets.)  :)  I'm glad to see you are disciplined enough to set aside time to work on YOUR projects.  Working from home means you never leave work at the office. :)  It's always there and always tempting to finish something up rather than clock out.  Hopefully that clears up what I meant.  

Comment by Roxann on October 31, 2015 at 5:29pm

Thank you PQ! Yes it does take discipline, it's so easy to say to myself I can work on this customer quilt tomorrow, which puts me behind quickly! For the most part I really try hard to work on customer quilts ONLY during the week, and I give my customers a done by date so it doesn't allow me to get off schedule. If I slack on one customer everyone has to suffer, and that's just not good business. I love it so much though, nobody has to twist my arm to work a few weekends :)

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on October 31, 2015 at 4:06pm

Cute projects, Roxann!  I'm glad you are able to manage your time so you can step away from clients' projects and work on fun things of your own!  I'm sure it takes discipline.  

Comment by Roxann on October 31, 2015 at 3:20pm

Thank you Janet! It's so frustrating to run short! 

Donalma, the Christmas tree pattern is from the fall/winter 2015 Quilt Sampler magazine. The name of the pattern is: Little evergreen but I was unable to find just the pattern when I googled it. The designer is: Cindi Rang. She does have a kit available and the magazine for sale on her website, www.fabricpatch.net.

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