Saturday, December 7, 2019

Reason #3 not to blog....

GOOFING OFF!

Even with my deadlines, I have to throw 
the husband a bone now and again.
He starts to feel trapped being home
all the time when I am working.
I can just hibernate here in the house
for weeks (if the schedule allows)
and never leave because I am in my
own little quilty world!

The new movie, KNIVES OUT, is
one we both agreed to see so part of my
Saturday will be at the movies and 
out to eat... YAY!
I love dates with my man:)


What will you be doing this weekend?
Whatever it is, tell someone you love them!
~R


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Friday, December 6, 2019

Reason #2 not to blog:)

DEADLINES!
I am on a magazine deadline right now for a 
due date that I was already given an 
extension for due to family matters.
So instead of sending out a lovely long post 
today with loads of pictures, I am sitting 
here whining about my deadline and 
how I have another sore throat....!
I never get sick and this is twice 
in a month now-Ugh!

I am writing this on the 5th but you will 
read it the 6th when I will be at a guild
Christmas Party.
Guess I shouldn't be whining-ha!

You may be sorry that you
popped over to read this, but you
 won't be sorry when you see
the magazine design:)

It is a combination of paper piecing
and fusible applique' and it is only
24" square. Easy to do with
scraps you have around the house too:)

Thanks for sticking with me this month~R



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Thursday, December 5, 2019

2019 Houston Festival Part 2

I truly was honored to be a part of
 the 2019 Houston Festival Faculty!


 Here is my fancy badge and pin:)
 The next 3 pics are of the Sweetest Surprise!!  
There is a gift bag for faculty members where
Quilt industry sponsors 
donate small gifts ....WOW!!
THANK YOU to 
Quilters Select for the Appli-web and thread, 
Fairfield for the batting sample, 
Steady Betty for a fun tool I have never tried, 
RNK for a great tote bag and scissors, 
IQF for the great bag and everything else you did for us, 
Mountain Mist for the baby wool press mat, 
Moda for the perfect charm pack of Jo Morton fabric, 
Cherrywood (who has great fabric), &

Your scissors are phenomenal!

Then we get to my Swimming Seahorse class...
Thank you to, Shirley, my Teacher's Pet for the day
for taking all these fab photos.
I always forget;)

 Working hard...
 I love to hammer things!
My rating when I was in the military
had a joke about being able to fix
anything with a hammer:)

 HAPPY students finishing projects!








Seeing how everyone's turns out 
differently and people learning new 
things makes it more fun for me as 
the teacher, I think, 
than the students.

A huge
THANK YOU to the 
students who signed up for
my class and made a it 
a Wonderful day!!

If your guild hasn't had me visit yet, 
send your chair HERE to see
what we can book for a play day!
Keep Stitching~R

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

My New Quilting Stencils

In 2018 I designed a whole line of 
tulip themed quilting stencils.
Here I am with them in the Quilting Creations booth
at Houston Market...So Exciting!

I learned a lot doing these.  I assumed (HA) that I 
could magically transfer my outline applique 
drawings to stencil and I basically did.  
What I didn't take into account, since I love 
hand quilting, is that drawings for 
machine quilters need to be more adaptable to 
continuous line drawing.

Next time I will get it right:)
In the meantime, you can find all my stencils
on the Quilting Creations site.
Mine all start with RK### as you can see in 
the photos.  There are more than what is shown here.

  
 I had so much inspiration from my quilt designs. 
'Tulip Buds' (above) is from my 'Tulip Pinwheels' pattern.

'Tulip Flourish' offered up the sweet border above
and the four way design below.

If you aren't familiar with 'Tulip Flourish', 
you can find the pattern HERE.


 'Nouveau Tulips' came from my sweet, 'Tulip Star'.
 The pattern can be found HERE.
The fun thing about these stencils if you don't do your 
own quilting, is that they make lovely applique' stencils.  
Trace them out and connect the breaks in the line.

Back to work for me!  See you tomorrow~R

Cheryl Sleboda of Muppin.com for more blogs to follow.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

The INSTANT QUILT

Disclaimer: May have a "Soapbox" feel as they are MY opinions:)

Instant Pots are all the rage and I feel like 
quilters expect the same thing from quilting.

I totally understand time restraints, 
ailing health issues that don't allow
someone to do everything they once did 
and I sympathize with those frustrations but.....

I do get confused when they say they are "Passionate" about quilting but want to rush through every stage by getting all the fabrics pre cut or pre laser cut/fused, assemble the top and then send it out to be quilted.  Where was the joy in selecting your own fabrics?

I am not against working smarter not harder (Thank you rotary cutter inventor!!), but I wonder how much enjoyment is being lost in the process when the urge to rush through it is there.
Every process in life has parts that are less enjoyable than others and I admit being at the machine is the least enjoyable for me.

When we live in such a rush rush world, I feel quilters are cheating themselves of the JOY of quilting, the meditative process that can come with slow stitching.  Physical limitations are starting to affect how much I can do but I am not ready to throw in the towel and rush the process when I have so many lovelies in my stash to play with.

I want Everyone to quilt and I hope that we can find a way to slow down and enjoy choosing the colors/prints, the feel of the fabric as we prepare it for stitching, and the sense of accomplishment at every stage of the process! 
Back to work and keep stitching~R


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Monday, December 2, 2019

Reason #1

MUSH BRAIN!


I can't be the only one who suffers 
from 'mush brain'!
You know the feeling when you go to 
bed the night before and visions of your 
planned awesomeness-for-tomorrow dance
in your head; but then, tomorrow morning 
comes and you know there just won't be 
enough coffee to energize that brain.

My work deadline/travel schedule this past
4 months have had me coming and going
with mostly 2-3 day turnarounds at my home.
This means that now that I am home, 
my brain has gone on strike but
the work deadlines aren't done so
what is a girl to do???

Let's sign up for more deadline work....WHAT?
I do like chatting with all of you but I would
so prefer doing it at a diner over coffee
and pie than sitting at my desk !
So, mush brain decides to do nothing.
and that helps no one!

Thank you for popping over to see what I 
am up to and hope to have you pop in 
regularly this month!
Back to work and see ya tomorrow~R

us every year to get our blogs back in order.
If we can do it when we are the busiest 
then we have no excuse the rest of the year-HA.
That should be my series of posts this month....
reason #1 not to blog....reason #2 not to blog, etc.
Wonder if I can come up with 30 reasons??

Sunday, December 1, 2019

CHALLENGE ACCEPTED

HELLO DECEMBER! 
Now let's be clear that just because I have 
accepted the challenge again this year, doesn't 
mean I will accomplish it but without trying we 
never know what we can do! So, here we go again:)

us every year to get our blogs back in order.
If we can do it when we are the busiest 
then we have no excuse the rest of the year-HA.
That should be my series of posts this month....
reason #1 not to blog....reason #2 not to blog, etc.
Wonder if I can come up with 30 reasons??

I am very glad you came over to see what I 
am up to and hope to have you pop in 
regularly this month!
Back to work and see ya tomorrow~R