Sunday, January 18, 2009

Inspired at Dawn

I LOVE Quilt Guild Day. My friend Sydney and I drive together and we have that hour drive each way to visit, refresh friendship, catch upon news -- What a great day!

The meeting was wonderful. We start with refreshments, coffee, etc., which eliminates late comers. Our President keeps business running smoothly and quickly, so there are no boring moments. Yesterday the Ardis Wannabe presentation was again, special. Each presenter had a different version of her arty project, based on the word "HOUSE." They were all wonderful, but my favorite was the fabric house based on one gal's real old family home, and the story she told. Many of us had tears in our eyes, as she spoke of her memories. Our new word is "QUIET."

If you have not belonged to a quilt guild, I urge you to give it a go! We always have a most inspirational meeting, the Show and Tell is always amazing, and we come home energized, inspired, moved, worn out but mentally challenged and eager to try something new.

During the EARLY morning hours today (5:00am ish?), I couldn't WAIT to get to my sewing machine and this practice machine quilting piece (DSM) is the result.

Most mornings, instead of coming awake to the disturbing TV news, I put on a VCR (Simply Quilts or Fons & Porter) or a Patsy Thompson DVD and just soak up the pleasure. Also, it's interesting how those old Simply Quilt programs that previously were not interesting, can inspire new ideas, so don't poo-poo the old programs, or your old books.

I solved my problem of being unable to find my special self-threading needle. See that little black circle on the pin cushion? That's where I MUST park it! LOL And that white thing (there are 2)? That's a piece of pvc pipe, cut and glued to the pin cushion, where I 'deposit' my thimbles, so they don't go rolling all over the place when I move from room to room. What a brain! LOL

15 comments:

AverettLadyNana said...

What a neat idea for the PVC thimble holder on you pin cushion and marking where to park your favorite needle.

AverettLadyNana said...

PS...you did a great job with early a.m. machine quilting!!!
Very impressed!!!

Country Log Cabin Quilter said...

The quilting practice is wonderful! I really need to practice, but haven't done so yet. At least, I found my Patsy Thompson DVD, but have been too busy.

jovaliquilts said...

After hearing you and a couple other bloggers rave about Patsy Thompson's DVDs, I put one on my wish list and got it for Christmas. As soon as my sewing table gets set up (finally!), I'm going to use it.

Barbara said...

What a lovely job you did on your machine quilting. I'm just starting with machine quilting and it isn't easy. You did great!

paula, the quilter said...

Great machine quilting, Elaine. What a great idea with the circle for the special needle, I'm going to do this, Thanks.

Shari said...

Your machine quilting looks good. I know what you mean about joining a guild and being with other quilters. Makes all the difference. Where do you go for yours?
Cheers!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

It is all about education Elaine. Anything we can do to lean more is so valuable. Belonging to a quilt group is priceless.

We made your recipe for laundry soap over the weekend. Or Mr. Hive did. You're right, it sets up a little jelled. But I like that. I can plop some on stains that way. Thanks again.

Quilts And Pieces said...

Oh I love that quilting design! And what a fun way to use your tomato!

Helen in the UK said...

I'm LOVING your new quilt sample. I just got Patsy's 3rd fast and free DVD. I've watched it through once, but not had a chance to try any of the designs yet :)

LC said...

Nice idea for the pin cushion. I'm going to copy it for the needle that I use to hand sew bindings (even though I'm doing more and more by machine). It is always 'lost' in the pin cushion.

A question, have you mastered tension problems with those swirls? I'm still trying to keep my speed even to avoid that. Do you use stitch regulator, or not?

...still learning how to use my longarm

Purple Pam said...

Your quilting is wonderful. It is very even. I like those old Simply Quilting shows, too. I learn something new that I missed before often while watching them.

Rhonda said...

Lovely! I just learned Simply Quilts are back on and have been DVR them. I always learned something new from watching those older shows.

meggie said...

Great quilting!!
Good tips for the pincushion, to make life easier.

Carole said...

What lovely machine quilting! Sweet! Looks like a wonderful day to start you morning! I stay away from the news myself! Keep well!