Monday, 30 April 2018

Show'n'Tell Topic for Monday 30th of April 2018



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*****Sarah writes***** 

I don’t know about you but I love getting together with my friends to sew. In February I spent some time with some gems and loved sharing a sewing space with them. It is interesting how I suddenly get pernickety when it comes to my personal sewing space at home and who is allowed to cross the threshold.

Mark is now home for the next couple of months having spent the last 4 months in California
 dealing with his tax season. I have to admit, I really liked being foot lose and fancy-free, not that I didn’t miss him but it made being in my sewing room a lot easier. Mark is now home and he is coveting my space and my time. lol. Oh my God…….” seriously, dude, do you even see me at my machine…?” So I stop what I am doing, engage in conversation, trying to sympathize that it's been awhile since he has been home but it is not that we didn’t FaceTime every day. And Mark goes back to his space, his office and I’m thinking I can go back to what I was doing. I do love and like the guy but he has no clue as to the boundaries of when I am sewing. Sometimes I think he may think that I’m lonely in my sewing room so he needs to keep me company but I like sewing by myself.

Here is an official transcript of what happened yesterday (Wednesday) within 90 minutes

I’m sewing, my machine is humming along. Mark comes into my sewing room

Mark: do we have any batteries.

Machine stops.

Me: top shelve in the second bathroom closet.

Mind you, he purchased the batteries and put them in the closet himself.

Machine resumes

Mark comes back

Mark: Are we having lunch?

Me: I really don’t eat lunch - I have to take Oprah out, give her some lunch and I was hoping to finish this seam so I can finish this quilt so I can stop thinking about it and move on to other things that I have been thinking about.

Mark: Do you want something for lunch?

Totally ignores what I just said. lol

Me: No thank you.

Back from taking Oprah for her walk and I’ve managed to get one seam sewed within the time frame of 10-11:45 am

I am back in my sewing room. My machine is back on and I proceed accordingly. Prior to that I take a peep in on Mark and see him at his computer working. I feel like I’m looking in at Sophie when she was a baby and making sure she was still sleeping so I could take a quick shower or get some laundry done.

I’m sewing and guess who is back….Mark. This time I gently put my head against my machine in hopes he will understand my frustration but he thinks its part of the sewing process.

Mark: “I need to get some shopping done. Seems I have forgotten some stuff in California.”

By this time I am quickly reviewing every Snapped episode I have watched on TV where wives kill of their spouses and try to get away with it. I would get an acquittal because this murder would have nothing to do with insurance money and a justified lapse of sanity. But such a murder would not take place in the sewing room for reasons everyone would understand. lol This scenario takes place most of the time when my family is home and I’m sewing. When Mark is in his office and he is at work with his 3 computer windows up and running - that is sacred territory but when I am sewing, it doesn’t quite constitute the same consideration.

I understand the “thinking” but I don’t condone it and I don’t even like using the word “understand” because you can then rationalize the behaviour. Having been a “stay at home” mom never garnered the respect that someone earning a paycheck did. Its the underpinnings of the paycheck that basically governs the mentality of worth. For example, all the time and creativity mastered in a quilt does not equate to all the time that a someone puts into delivering the mail - Why….well “show me the money” so to speak. And don’t get me started when people condone the paychecks of doctors, lawyers or vets and compare those paychecks to first responders, nurses, teachers and day care providers and their paychecks.

Mark has always supported my quilting and creativity. He has never questioned my purchases or when I want to go to retreats or visit my friends. I do realize that deep, deep, deep, deep down in Mark’s mindset, he would prefer that I sell what I make only so I can join that “workforce.” Though he would never admit it to me if he wants to continue having sex. lol.

When people ask me what I do with my time since I don’t work, it makes me laugh, especially when I tell them I sew and make stuff. And now I answer the question with “ what I do is I live and enjoy my life” because now my time becomes a quantitate issue and not a qualitative issue because there isn’t a paycheck defining my self-worth. Quite frankly, I have way too much self-worth and self-esteem to be judged within that context and thankfully I don’t allow other people to even begin to discredit what I do or what I have done with my life.

Show and Tell Monday - April 30 Tell us how you engage in the process of sewing. Do you like having people in your space or are you like me where you can have friends around but something shifts when you are in your own space. Are you more comfortable sewing by yourself or do you do better and accomplish more on retreats with people around. Have you ever been subject to people judging what you do - creating- that sewing or quilting is nothing more than a “hobby” because it lacks a monetary consequence?

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I can't wait to see your responses 
"till then 
Happy Quilting and Crafting ") N

Sunday, 29 April 2018

April 2018 Sew Sampler Box Review...One Aussie Girls Opinion


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Saturday, 28 April 2018

OMG!!!! Craftsy Sale!!!




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'Till Next time 
Happy Quilting & Crafting ") N

Friday, 27 April 2018

How to Make a Scrappy Binding and Attach to a Quilt


How to Make a Scrappy Binding and Attach to a Quilt
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Thursday, 26 April 2018

5D Penguin Diamond Painting from Start to Finish Including Framing.



5D Penguin Diamond Painting From Start to Finish 
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My Longarm Quilting Antics Quilt #10 2018



My Longarm Quilting Antic Quilt #10 2018
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In my longarm quilting antics video Quilt #10...I show all the different designs that I added to this gorgeous modern quilt, with the guidance from the designer of the quilt. This quilt in total there is 80,791 stitches.
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Wednesday, 25 April 2018

My Longarm Quilting Antics Quilt #9 2018 Pictorial



My #Longarm Quilting Antics Quilt #9 2018 Pictorial 

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In my longarm quilting antics video Quilt #9...I  show all the different designs that I added to this gorgeous gravity quilt. The Quilt top belongs to Sandra.B of Kingaroy Qld. This quilt in total there is 772,362 stitches, and around 9 colours changes of thread. In total 29hrs of quilting with both free motion and ruler work... to make this quilt you can find the pattern in the affiliate links above :) 




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My longarm Quilting Antics Quilt #8 2018


My Longarm Antics -- Quilt #8 2018
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In this Video My Longarm Antics --  Quilt #8 is being quilted...It is a sampler and I am using 3 different methods of Quilting on this Quilt..you can see my #longarmQuilting as it happens.

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My Longarm Quilting Antics -- Quilt #7 on the frame for 2018.











My Longarm Quilting Antics -- Quilt #7 on the frame for 2018. -- 
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For those that don't know me, My name is Nicole Reed, and I am Longarm Quilter for hire based in Kingaroy Queensland Australia.
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Monday, 23 April 2018

Show'n'Tell Monday April 23rd 2018

Monday Show'n'Tell April 23rd, 2018
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Show and Tell Monday, April 23rd -
Today's topic for Show'n'Tell Monday is...Tell us about on traditional kill you have acquired, that you refuse to relinquish to a Short-cut....Comment below this video...we always love to hear from our community...remember above all have fun...and if you have yet to join our Facebook Group then click the link below, and we will approve you :) :)



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Sunday, 22 April 2018

How to Make Quick & Easy Coasters



How to make Quick & Easy Coasters

These coasters are another go-to gift I make when 
I am in a pinch...Better still they are a great way to 
use up some of those scraps that you have laying around...

So what are you going to need: 

4.5" squares of Fabric ( I used white) you will need 8 for a set of 
4 coasters 
4.5" square of either Cotton Batting, Fusible Foam or Fleece...
you can even use Insulbright too... you will need 4 
2.5" squares of contrasting fabric you will need 4 of these 
2.5" square of Heat'n'Bond you will also need 4 of these 

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Show'n'Tell Topic



This weeks show'n'Tell is an awesome one...

I love reading what Sarah has to say each week
when she offers up the weekly topic and this week 
is no exception...

As Sarah wrote this week for DDs Quilting & Crafting Group 
see the topic at the end of the post...


I’m going to try and not get too convoluted about next week’s Show and Tell topic though it is pretty interesting, well to me anyway. Another reason why I wished I lived closer to everyone. This topic would certainly inspire a couple of hours of great conversation and coffee. Perhaps some bakery items but to be honest, I’m not a huge fan of Starbucks bakery. Plus I’m back at school - UVA having received the official word that I was accepted into their PhD program in psychology. One of my coping skills is when I hit a wall about trying to understand the human condition, I add another degree. lol. Plus I want to just finish my trilogy so it's a good thing.

In 2015 Mark Lipinsky started this group and, I guess philosophy pertaining to creativity. Slow Stitching basically inspires people to slow down the actual process of creating so that one can enjoy the activity; that “enjoyment is spent that has a positive effect on the body, on what you create and your legacy.” I love that, said the person who owns an Instant Pot, an Accuquilt, a Walking foot, sewing machines that can FMQ and the fastest internet speed on the face of the planet. I am always appreciative of anything that makes quilting easier. I thrive on shortcuts but I’m not too sure that “fast” is conducive. I do wonder about future generations who attach themselves to the process of quilting but may never experience how to cut a piece of fabric when they have something like an Accuquilt at their disposal. The process of hand quilting may indeed become a lost art in lieu of FMQ, which is an art in and of itself but a long arm makes that process (FMQ) faster than hand quilting. And of course, sewing machines that zoom across a piece of fabric instead of hum. Oh, and I have one of those machines that zoom.

Sometimes the rationalization of faster is due to the limited amount of time that pushes people into a mind frame of “getting it done the fastest way possible. Moving on to the next project becomes a goal and I wonder what that does to not only the creative process but to the actual enjoyment of the time spent making a quilt. Shortcuts are appreciated but shortcuts may spill into the reality of life where instant gratification takes priority over delayed gratification. I for one think shortcuts are a privilege rather than a right. For myself, learning how to do things “old school” creates the underpinnings of having a solid base of understanding how things actually come together and especially answers the question of “why.”

When Sophie was a child (and this couldn’t be a Show and Tell Monday if it didn’t mention my gem. I’ve learned so much from being her mom that that knowledge does spill over into quilting) we didn’t have velcro shoes. All of her shoes had laces so that she could tie her shoes and understand the concept of tying laces, a skill that should be acquired and practice before allowing a shortcut. We also got rid of all of our digital clocks so that she could learn to tell time using a face clock with numbers and with Roman numerals so that time wasn’t just reciting numbers on a digital clock but actually understanding the concept of whole numbers along with minutes and seconds. We would rather have heard “the big hand is on the 5 and the little hand is on the 12” then a just a recitation of numbers.

I like taking my time when I have something under my sewing machine needle. I don’t like to be rushed and usually, when I hear “shortcut” my mind is already wondering what was the traditional way…what am I missing…fill me in and let me decide which way I want to go? Slow and steady is my basically my motto when I create. One part of the philosophy of the Slow Stitching group is that of legacy. To me, it doesn’t matter if I finish something quickly where I end up with a thousand quilts, bags, mug rugs, embroidered stuff but through that rush and the acquisition of so many projects my neck and back ached, I skipped knowledge, I missed time spent with Mark, Sophie or my friends and family or the worse yet, I can’t remember having actually made something because it got lost in that rush. I gave my brother and his wife this quilt I had made last year and it was nice being able to tell them the details of how the quilt was made instead of having a blur. The quilt wasn’t just a pattern and fabric but the representation of what was going on in my life at the time.

Show and Tell Monday, April 23 - Tell us about one traditional skill you have acquired that you refuse to relinquish to a “short-cut”
Have a GREAT weekend!


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Friday, 20 April 2018

Diamond Painting...Even Kids Can Do it 😊...Kai's First Diamond Painting

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