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Hello and welcome! It's Tuesday To-Do yet again
but this one promises to be one of my best
posts yet. I have such exciting news!
First, let's give props to Linda, otherwise known as
the Texas Quilt Gal who handles this shin-dig.
When you're done here, please go check out what
the rest of this crazy group of quilters is up to.
Last week's To-Do's
1) Finish Harvest Pumpkins top and make backing
I wanted to make this bigger but couldn't bring myself to
change the feel with another border. I like it just as it is.
I had just enough of the background fabric left to piece
up the backing. Quilt Top #1 of Project Build Inventory
is now complete and awaiting my new long arm.
2) Cut out second version of the same quilt but
turn the pumpkins into Christmas ornaments.
DONE! Sort of...
I am careful to keep holiday fabric to a minimum
in my stash so it was pretty time-consuming to get
this planned and cut out. And then I didn't like it
so I cut more out and tried those.
(Sorry these are night-time pics)
I thought it was a go but the next morning, I walked
into my sewing room and just said, "No." I think this
might be the first time in my life I truly scrapped a
project. Well, maybe I haven't technically scrapped it.
Here's my plan: If I can find more fabric to pull it
together, then it'll be a go once again. If not, these
will be the makings of a lot of table runners and
toppers for next Christmas so they will not actually
So back to
the drawing board my current book
of choice, County Seat Quilts (shown here) to choose
a new pattern. Funnily enough, named Lucy.
But more on that in a bit.
This was the fabric that I wanted to focus on.
And this was my first pull. As I said, I don't have much by
way of Christmas fabric so, because I haven't purchased
ANY fabric ALL year, I'm going to the LQS tomorrow to
see what damage I can do.
(Sorry, another dark picture.)
Meanwhile, I've gotten this far. I love the busy background.
It might be much for some but it reminds me of my
Great Aunt Mary who lived to be 103 and always wore
handmade calico dresses. I might talk about her more
in another post because I feel like I want to name this
one after her, though I don't recall ever spending
Christmas with her?
Anyway, moving on...this is a very, very fun and quick
design and I think I might pull another one today.
Or maybe another five?
3) Attend APQS seminar, take pics and post about it.
If you're a skim-reader, you'll want to slow down here.
This portion is the highlight of my post.
On Thursday, a text let me know that due to the
forecast almost everyone had cancelled for the
seminar. (Wow, these Okies are scared of snow!)
Well, no way was I going to let a few flurries keep
me away so I called the dealer to discuss this one.
(Remember--I was already *this* close to buying.)
We decided to do a one-on-one the next day instead
of the possibly-bad-weather-Saturday. Excellent!
I'd still have the weekend open for sewing.
Maybe even snow-sewing!
I also learned she had a fully-loaded Lucey
demo for sale--and her price wasn't all that bad.
That kind of stopped me. I'd already priced out a
new one with all the extras and that hefty sum
was taking some warming up to but hey, what
if I didn't have to warm up to quite so much?
Hubs, bless his wonderful heart, had taken that day off to
work in woodshed but guess how he decided to spend it?
Not only did he come along to help me make the decision,
he also drove so I could make notes and work on the
beginnings of a business plan. He's a keeper!
We pulled up to Red Barn Quilting at 9 am on the dot.
(I'm a very punctual person but that was especially
good considering the 2.5 hour drive!) Brenda's quilt
shop is right on their ranch--I'm a little jealous.
We spent some time getting to know Brenda and learning
about the APQS company but most of our time was focused
on the Lucey--specifically the question of new v used?
I was really open to either but with a savings of more than
$5K and still getting everything that I wanted and more
(note the overhead lights!) I knew what way I was leaning.
The decision really hinged on was the lifetime warranty
worth that higher price tag? I was leaving this one up
to hubs and we've been married long enough that I
could see we agreed. Still, I wanted to talk it over a bit
so I let Brenda know we'd text our decision within an
hour and said our goodbyes--after I requested a
referral for lunch. Always ask the locals.
So, funny story there: guess where we ended up?
For me, it took a walk back to the bathrooms and
for hubs seeing the name on the menu before we
both realized where we were. Never mind that we
missed the logo on the door as we walked in.
I can't say I'm a big follower or anything but I
do know who the Pioneer Woman is and knew she
had all of this down there somewhere. I had seen
a few of her episodes years ago--funnily enough
those episodes included when they bought this
building and began renovation on it.
After we enjoyed a nice lunch (great steak fries!), we
decided to look around the mercantile section. The day,
filled with so many things that I enjoy*, had a bit of a
magical feel to it. I wanted something that would hold
the memory of The Day That I Bought My Real Longarm.
*Road trip with hubs, small rural towns, quilting, etc.
I settled on this oversized coffee cup. It's the enamel-
coated metal kind so it won't break, which makes it
perfect for holding pens, pencils and tools right next
to Lucey in my new studio.
I have two more trips planned in the near future so I'm
sure I'll return to the Mercantile. The first trip will be for
the class that comes with all longarm purchases. When
the new Lucey arrives at the dealer's (6 to 8 weeks), I'll
head back down to finally bring mine home!
It feels like I should be going crazy having to wait but
I have so much work to do on building my quilt inventory
that I know the weeks will fly by.
The one thing I opted out of on my Lucey was that
computer program because that I do want brand new.
And as you might know, those things come with their
own hefty price tags! Truthfully, if I'd asked, I think my
husband would have agreed to it but it is somehow
very important to me to work toward it by myself.
It's a huge goal but I'm going to see where I'm at in
a year. If I've done well by then I'll be adding that,
and with it will officially begin the full quilting service.
I hope to get comfortable on her with the pantographs
much sooner and will likely offer that, though I think
most quilters prefer the computerized?
Anyway, the first big step has been made!
Above is the squirrel that likes to see what's going
on in the sewing room. I'm just certain she's a mother
who wants to learn to make quilts for her babies.
Since it's clear that we're going to be friends (even though
they are the enemies of my garden and nut trees),
I've asked my husband to make her a little picnic
table feeder (the kind that holds an ear of corn)
and I'm open to suggestions for her name.
I have to admit I don't have the up-to-date numbers
here but I've used something like 15 yards so far
and, as mentioned, purchased none. Yet.
Let's just enjoy this productive and guilt-free
feeling....for the next 24 hours.
This past weekend the Cadet was at Virginia Tech along
with such schools as Duke, Virginia, Tennessee,
North Carolina and North Carolina State. Once again he
cleared 15m /16' 4.75" (his PR), taking 3rd place among
some pretty strong competition. Even more
encouraging was how so very close he was to
clearing 16'11". I tell you , it's coming! He's right there!
(Can you imagine? Practically 17 feet!)
With the number of meets increasing nationwide,
he has dropped in rankings but clearing that next
height will have him back in the mid-teens; he remains
#1 in the Patriot League (and at West Point all-time).
My daughters are in their second year of coaching
volleyball--the parochial league in the fall and
club ball in the winter. My other son now has in his
possession his official diploma from Creighton and
is enjoying working full-time without ever having to
worry about homework again.
So, what's going on in the week to come?
All over Blogland the QAL's are popping up. Clearly
I have other plans this year so those just aren't an
option...except, I just found the perfect one for me:
The 350 Blocks Project at Prairie Moon Quilts.
Encouragement to do what I need to do anyway.
So, I'll be giving a monthly count of blocks made.
It's only mid-January and I already have over 80
so yeah. I think I can do this one.
My personal goal for January? Hmm.
How about 100?
And for my to-do's:
1) Finish the Great Aunt Mary Christmas quilt
and piece backing
2) Choose next quilt and cut out
3) Load up scrap quilt and ensure LA is ready to sell