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A Quilting Dilemma

Are you like me, once you have finished a quilt top you are faced with the decision of “how am I going to quilt it”? While looking for ideas you discover a sea of choices? Itching to start but not certain where to start? Which quilting design, motif, style or pattern will look good where?

It doesn’t matter what type of quilter you are, a domestic machine quilter or a longarmer (standing or sit down). Getting started creating a quilting design map is probably the most difficult part of the process for many of us.

Avoiding the Rabbit Hole

When I need quilting inspiration or direction my ‘go to’ is my personal library of BOOKS.

I have these at my finger tips. Having a personal  library keeps me on the path of quilting and not making a trip to the local library or waiting for a guild meeting or bother a friend to borrow a book from.

The ability to bookmark the pages of designs I like, those for future projects, highlight patterns that work really well and reference the pages again when I need a refresher.

The opportunity to take two of the designs, (or more), and combine into one design or pull out just a part of a design for my project….

Best of all I don’t find myself down the rabbit hole of Pinterest looking for ideas or inspiration.

Solution

The solution I  recently found is a trio of books that fit all of the above and are inexpensive enough to have the whole series. These books are filled with designs from many designers, some of the designs we’ve seen and others are fresh and new. Lets start with what I would consider the first book of the series, although you could start with any of the books, because they are a la cart books and don’t require a “start”.

 Free-Motion Quilting Inspiration

The books are published by C&T Publishing. “Free-Motion designs for Allover Patterns” is where we are starting, but there are two more titles just as promising “Free-Motion Block Designs” and “Free-Motion Designs for Borders, Triangles and Cornerstones“. All the books are all 158 pages, but have a varying number of designs. The Allover Patterns has more than 75 designs by 8 well known quilters! They are all bound with a spiral for flat easy reference with full page spreads of each design. The best thing about the books is you get a great sampling of several Free-Motion Quilters.

the Cover of the Allover Patterns book.
The cover of free-motions designs for Allover Patterns.

Have I intrigued you? Of course you will find them right here at I Have A Notion!

More Later- Beth

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Goodbye

Linzi

To my sweet noble Linzi. We had to send her over the Rainbow bridge today. She was only 8. She became ours in South Africa, at 4 months old shortly after arriving in August 2010, and before our household belongings arrived!!!

Linzi at 4 months

She will be happier now and certainly more comfortable. Things came on fast and after a week, several vet visits and a horribly long weekend we just couldn’t see prolonging her ordeal. This picture was taken Saturday afternoon. I have never seen these 2 lay like this ever! There several other instances where Goldie laid close to Linzi. 

Her truly happiest days were with Axel. Those two had a bond and an understanding. Absolutely zero alpha issues. She was not quite the same without him.

Axel andLinzi

We always teased that she was all beauty and no brains, but I think she was a follower, for the most part. Happy to do assigned tasks and just be quietly in the room, unless there was a squirrel or a rabbit in the yard. Not only did she know there was varmint in the yard her nose told us that we often had overnight visitors other than rabbit. She could find a bread crumb in the lawn.

Playing in the snow with Goldie winter 1-2018

She was also a ladies dog. Tolerated men… and my fierce protector when on the lead. We always considered her not dog friendly, but a stay at a kennel, where there was dog social time… showed (the kennel posts videos) us that it was only when we were holding her lead that there was a problem. Her humans not around… no threats.

I think she and Goldie might have forged a relationship similarly… as the one with Axel, eventually. Some of the best times she had with Goldie was before Goldie became toy alpha, and they would run in tandem around the yard each carrying a toy. The only way Linzi played with a toy in the yard. She had hers and carried it while the other dog played fetch. Linzi NEVER played fetch.

Linzi and Goldie playing

After Axel left us, I would take Linzi up to the Creative Space with me after dinner each evening. She would just lay on the floor and nap.  After that it became a ritual, that we have carried on with (especially after Bandit). It became nearly as important to her as mealtime (which was like clockwork with her).

Linzi napping in the Creative Space

Linzi had never lived alone… she always had dogs around her, since she was raised in a breeders kennel, she also had a kennel mate that she was very fond of. Because Linzi got along so well with Axel and we really missed his big presence… we got Bandit… Not a good IDEA!!! but we were looking at the next decade of years and Bandit was going to be our last puppy… ha! I never appreciated Linzis calmness, until we had Bandit. Goldie… is just a year old this month and active, and still in puppyhood, and is calming down… as she matures. She did ok today, not even sure she has noticed that she is living alone. I did give her the whole box of toys and she entertained herself all afternoon, (she and Linzi would not play with toys well in the same room).

I had to go back through pictures to find Little Linzi pictures and of course, there was Axel…. and all the years we lived in Africa. So I have taken a little walk down memory lane… and there were some tears (ok lots of tears), and some smiles and some joy… but there is a part of our family missing…. so there will be more tears!

If you have a pet give them a nice scratch behind the ears or belly from us!

More Later-Beth

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Quilt Show

Last weekend the local quilt guild had our annual quilt show “Heartland of Kentucky Quilt Show. We set up on Thursday for a Friday and Saturday Show. This was where I spent all 3 days and I shared a REVOLUTIONARY new ironing product! 

The Booth

ihaveanotion.com had a booth at the show, I think I am going to need some more quilts for the tables! I had a blast. I love meeting quilters and helping them find just the right tool to help them make the most of their sewing, cutting, ironing  or creative time. It is precious.

A ‘Revolutionary’ sewing room aid

I think I have found one of those REVOLUTIONARY tools for the sewing space or household. I had heard of these “spray misting bottles” a few months ago and before there was one for the sewing industry! They were either black or white and only available at beauty supply stores for the professionals and retailing at a much higher price.  I started using one… immediately and I LOVE it. It was featured prominently to show this special spray bottle off at the quilt show. I set up an ironing station with a fabric that would show moisture so I could share… the REVOLUTIONARY benefits… and the poor quality spray we were using from ordinary spray bottles. So what makes them so special?

The Benefits

1 The first benefit is the super fine mist that the bottle produces. No large or super large drops are deposited on the fabrics that then have to be dried instead of just pressing out the wrinkles.

2 Benefit 2 is there a pump built in, so one pull on the trigger delivers a continuous spray, (about  1.5 cc’s) and will spray continuously with multiple pulls. Also if you only want a little… you can spot shot, with short pulls. No hand fatigue…. from pulling on a trigger from a dime store spray bottle that can’t decide if it spits or sprays.

3 And third is the ability to spray 360 including upside down!!!  It will spray right down to the last drop of moisture in the bottle. How helpful would that be? 

Its not a Plain Jane

Fill it with water or your favorite pressing aid. I use a homemade ‘pressing aid’ and I include the recipe with your order and it comes in 3 different designs.

Iron Maiden
Color Therapy
Quilt Shops

Have I intrigued you with the “newest tool” to make your time creating more productive? Check it out over here! What do you use at your ironing board?

More Later! Beth