Yarn of a Different Color

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Are you inspired to make something for your children or special people in your life? I am. I get obsessed with making the perfect thing, especially when there is a significant event coming up. Quilted things are not always the perfect gift. So I took a break from quilting this week.

My middle daughter is planning a ski trip with friends for Spring Break in March. She is a Sophomore in college and living at home, so this a perfect time for her to do this. I want to help her get ready for this big time, and warm clothes are sparse in my southern girl’s closet. We have shopped for scarves, caps, and warm socks. Friends are loaning her ski gear, so she is ready for the slopes. I decided to crochet another scarf, one she can wear when she’s not skiing.

I chose a beautiful teal suede yarn from my stash and started a 10″ wide scarf. As I finished the first skein, I realized that I had only one more. Not enough to make it as long as she likes, I decided to make it as long as possible and join the ends, making an infinity scarf. Unfortunately, she already has one of that style and wants this one to be long, to her knees. If I had started with a 7″ width, the length would have been perfect.

My yarn stash is a couple of years old. Most of the yarns are still available. I saw them all yesterday when I went to three places searching for my beautiful teal suede yarn. My sweet husband went with me, so the fourth shop was not an option.

I considered adding a different color on the ends of the scarf, but that didn’t fly. Long tassels of the same color, different yarn? Nope. Backup plan – youngest daughter likes this scarf just fine!

Gabrielle's Scarf

Overcoming Lost Momentum

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Overcoming Lost Momentum

When I started seriously quilting, I was determined to finish each project I started without interruption or delay.  That lasted through exactly zero projects.  For various reasons, I’ve had stops and starts.  The result is that I now have 8 incomplete quilts, most of them in the piecing stage.  I have found that the biggest problem I face is that I’ve lost momentum on each of these quilts.

I have finished all the blocks for this Dresden Plate quilt top.  Thank Goodness I finished the plates, because now I can’t find the template!  If only I had stored my directions with the fabric, I’d know just what I planned for back, binding and setting squares.

To resume working on a quilt, I have to review all of the instructions (and modifications I’ve made), all of my work details, like seam width and pressing directions, color matches. etc.  So I  spend several hours finding my groove.  If I’m really thorough in getting ready to resume work, there are only small inconsistencies in my finished project.  However, some tweaks make lasting, unsightly changes.

I have more than one example of the culprits of which I speak.  For example, my daughter’s beautiful king size quilt top I put aside half way through.  Despite my best efforts, I couldn’t finish piecing it before Christmas.  I started on it again in February when, to my disappointment, my 1/4″ seam  became just a bit smaller.  I didn’t realize my error until I had pieced an entire half of the top.  I took several approaches to correct my mistake, but nothing disguised the change in seam allowances.  Had I simply practiced and compared the seam allowances, my work would have been consistent.  As it is, there is a degree of interest added, but I would have preferred to finish without the struggle of trying to make it look right.

You can count on having interruptions like mine.  But putting down a quilt should include an effort in preparation, much like starting one.  Mark cut pieces well, mark remaining fabrics in detail, enclose your pattern or instructions in a storage bag so they won’t get separated.  Special templates should also be secured with the project.  Ask me how I know.  Keep threads, or at least thread colors, fabric names and manufacturers if possible.  Mark clearly on your pattern (or on a copy) where you stopped working, and note what you need to do next.  These precautions can help you pick up where you left off and regain momentum instead of struggling to remember and repair mistakes.

Please shop with me at MyFabricNook.com.  Thanks and Happy Quilting,

Ramona

Sitewide 10% Discount

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For a limited time, I am offering all Quilters Dream Batting and Accuquilt Fabric Cutters and accessories at 10% discount on orders of $35 minimum. Please place your orders on my website, MyFabricNook.com, or email me at Ramona@myfabricnook.com or rrobuck57@yahoo.com. I’ll be glad to answer your questions and offer suggestions to help with your selections.  You may also leave your comments here for a quick response.

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Be Inspired by the Process

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Quilting is a series of processes.  When I’m feeling overwhelmed, I break it down into manageable parts.  I make it my immediate goal to complete one process, or color or segment.  In doing so, I am rewarded twice: once for the immediate accomplishment and once for making significant progress toward the beautiful completed quilt. 

Of course, this approach works equally well in  doing housework and for organizing paperwork for tax preparation!  .

February Gift with Purchase

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Hi! A little Valentine for my customers -
Your first$35 or more  order in February will earn you a crib size batt in Dream Poly. Quilters Dream is a wonderful line of battings that are the perfect complement to your quilts.   Just mention my blog and comment here if you like, then get your gift with order.

Speaking of cribs, I’ve nearly finished Luke’s crib quilt. He will get two surprises when he sees Granny and Papa in March — the quilt and teething toys! Yep he is working on those chompers! Here is my sweet grandson:

I am Ramona Robuck at My Fabric Nook, and I’m the luckiest Granny in the World!

Free Gift with Purchase

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A little Valentine for my customers -

With you 1st order placed in February, you’ll also receive a crib size batt, Quilters Dream Puff.  See my Quilters Dream Users Guide for details of the batting.  Thank you for shopping at My Fabric Nook.

Speaking of cribs, I’ve almost finished Luke’s crib quilt.  He’ll get two surprises when he gets to Granny’s and Papa’s house in March — his quilt and teething toys. Yep, he’s working on those chompers already.  Here he is:

I’m Ramona at My Fabric Nook and I’m the luckiest granny in the world!

Set Your Timing – Or Your Timer

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I’ve tried this and it’s true. When I just don’t want to get to work, even when it’s on a project I normally enjoy, I set a mental timer. Work on this quilt for 30 minutes, Ramona. Spend 15 minutes cutting, 15 minutes sewing. Without fail, getting started is the tough part for me. I’ve soon logged in an hour or two. And once again, the accomplishment fuels my fire.

This little panel started as a burp cloth for Lucas before he was born. Then it became the basis for a story. I wrote the narrative and sketched several more animals. It is so much fun, because I can just imagine his daddy reading it to him for the next several years. I plan to construct this as a cloth picture book, with the narrative attached, but in a separate format. Whatever form it takes, this is sure to be one-of-a-kind. I love every aspect of this project, yet others have taken priority and I have set aside “Spot and His Big Red Ball”.

Spot and his Big Red Ball (front and back)

Now I need to focus on this picture book for 30 minutes a day, 4 days a week, and let momentum step up the pace on completing it. Each page is quilted using Quilters Dream Angel Batting and is the approximate size of a dinner placemat. Finished, it will be about 20 pages. If I work 4 hours a day, I could possibly complete it in 30 days, including binding and printing the book. We’ll see about that.  I also have 5 quilts in various stages, and another ready for quilting.  Hmmm…. back to the uncluttered work table advice and staying focused on one thing at a time!