It has sure been a rough few weeks. I had all these grand sewing and cleaning plans that I would do while hubby was gone on his business trip. It all went down the tubes in a blaze when I got sick. However, I was able to get a little bit of work done.
I am going to try out my AccuQuilt Go for another top, doing the tumbler shape. Will see how that goes and may be able to start on that this afternoon.
I am also happy to say that I have finally got my sewing room set up the way I want and all is working out quite well.
Speaking of EQ 7, I am SO, SO glad that this version comes with the ability to download on my computer as many times as I need. With learning how to run this new computer I have had to install the software back on already about 5 times. Thankfully, when it restored, all my saved quilt files done with EQ 7 were still there. I am thinking I really should save those to a CD or stick drive.
Also, on the quilt front, a local quilt store has started their BOM program up again. I used to participate in this, about ten years ago or so. At that time, for $5 you received the pattern and the fabric to make one block each month. Usually had two color choices and you could purchase the second color choice for an additional fee as well. The store used this as a sales tool. We would line up, get a number and then they took about 25 customers at a time in to the class room and we would sit through the sales pitch for new fabrics, new gadgets and of course upcoming classes. Just a big sales pitch to a captive audience because you didn't get your block until after you sat through the sales pitch. This year, the cost is $10 a month. You get the pattern, the amount of fabric you need to make that block, each month. Still have to sit through a little sales pitch, but it ends with a little demo of the block we will be making and some tips to make it easier. The store is asking us to commit to them to purchase all twelve blocks (yikes $120) plus of course there was a fabric pack for the alternate squares (the quilt is set on point), the sashings, borders and backing.
This is what the quilt will look like when we are done. HOWEVER...I will not be doing the same sashing. Don't want to do all that piecing. So, since I have the EQ 7, I tried some different looks and have decided that I will do just strips of the same inner border fabric with one of the lighter fabrics for the connecting pieces. I feel the solid sashing looks less busy. I know that with the traditional blocks a lot of people like the pieced sashing, it is more traditional. There is nothing wrong with that. I am just saying that for my on personal opinion, it is just too busy. Plus I don't want to do all that piecing. Yes, I am a bit lazy I guess. At any rate, by the time it is all said and done, the quilt will cost me about $200. I will be working on it very carefully as I plan to donate this for a raffle prize when it is all done.
I have recently found out that I can take off the exact cost of materials for any quilt I donate from my income tax. I am really keeping up with receipts for any fabric and supplies I buy, keeping a spread sheet for each quilt's cost, because for 2013 I will really need the deduction. I make a lot of quilts for charity, especially since the family is tired of getting them. However, my nieces and nephews are starting to get married, a few more of my kids are married now, and have added some grand babies. Three so far, all boys, and recently found out that number 4 will be a girl. I am so looking forward to making some ruffled things and pink quilts. I also still have a plan to open an online store, am just waiting until I have a decent amount of inventory to offer.
I think my book and supply orders have finally gotten all caught up. The book I ordered - Jan. 21 - finally arrived today. It has the pattern in it for a quilt called Shakespeare in the Park and that is the quilt I bought the book for. You can Google it, or click here for a link to the many images of the quilt online. The book is by Judy Martin called The Creative Pattern Book. Be for warned though, if you order it from Amazon, it will take a while to get it. I chose Amazon as the seller because I have a Prime membership so I get 2 day shipping free. Well, suddenly the product description had a notation that expected shipping date would be Jan. 28, then it changed again, even got an email asking me if I still wanted to order it if they were able to find it. Now I see that it doesn't give a date, just tells you will ship when they find it available. In my opinion, the fine print should be a little bit more obvious to let a buyer know there might be problems with delivery. Had I known that, I would have just bought a used one listed.
Goodness, just noticed the time. Where has my morning gone? Got to get some lunch so I can get to doing some sewing this afternoon since I don't have Mister M. Since I have been so ill he has been staying with his mom, we didn't want to chance me passing it on and the doctor said it was a good bet I would.
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