Warning - I'll be up on my soapbox for just a brief moment. Regularly scheduled blogging can be found by scrolling down just a little.
Does everyone remember 'The Christmas Song'? There are lots of different versions out there, but when I think of the lyrics, 'Although it's been said many times, many ways . . .' Perry Como's is the voice I hear. So as a tribute to Perry Como - Although it's been said many times, many ways . . . please check your blogger profiles. If you are set to No Reply, it is very difficult to respond to comments and particularly questions that are left on posts.
I don't respond to every comment that I receive, but I do try to drop a little note to everyone who visits my blog every-once-in-a-while. I love to answer questions and share information on patterns, fabrics, stitching methods, recipes and just drop a friendly little 'hello.' It is so frustrating to search out links or other sources and send it on the way only to have it returned as undeliverable. If you wish to not have your primary email available on the 'net, please consider setting up an account with one of the many free email sources - gmail, Yahoo , . . . *getting off my soapbox now*
Speaking of Christmas. I received my Lehman's 2007-2008 catalog in the mail this week. Remember when you were a kid and the Sears Wishbook, J.C. Penney, Montgomery Ward and Speigel catalogs arrived? You could feel the excitement in the air. You knew you should begin taking extra pains to be more nice and less naughty - well I get those same feelings as an adult when this catalog arrives. It's such fun to leaf through all the pages. I keep a highlighter nearby. It's efficient and and quick- I don't have to worry that Hubby or The Princess can't read my writing on my wish list.I finished sewing the first top from the Prairie Children and Their Quilts book. My current plan is to make each quilt in the book, in order. I would like use these projects as a way to build my hand quilting skills - to achieve better more consistent stitches as well as stretch myself by doing more than simple crosshatch and simple echo quilting. Don't get me wrong - I think crosshatch quilting is beautiful, I just want to try something new.
I was enjoying a post on Lucy's blog - Quilting With The Past - and she mentioned the book, Quilting With Style by Gwen Marston and Joe Cunningham. I was so excited over the cables and feather Lucy had done free-hand, I ordered the book right away. I started reading and planning as soon as it arrived.
I am just about done hand quilting on Black Licorice and Butterscotch - echo quilting the broken dishes. This afternoon I began marking a pumpkin seed design around the border. I think it's going to be fun. In this quilt, I plan to make X's across each friendship star. Then I will attempt a real-live-honest-to-goodness cable out in the border. (It was no accident that the border fabric is very busy.) I'm very excited about this new plan. With the sizes of these quilts being small, it will be a good way to test out not only the quilting patterns but different marking techniques all without a huge investment of time.
Another reason to be glad the quilts are small - it's HOT! Far too hot to be sitting under a bed sized piece to quilt. Fall and winter can't get here fast enough.
When you get an itch, scratch it!
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