Episode 65 – 2013 goals

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This is the hobby table I got for Christmas:

Cool, huh? The Husband says the bonus room is fast becoming the hobby room. Hey, why not?

What are your goals for the year? Here are some of mine:

  • Finish the cloverleaf quilt & publish a pattern
  • Finish >= 1 UFO
  • Get the show quilt marked, sandwiched, and begin quilting
  • Run a marathon

You can click here to listen to (or download, if you right-click and choose ‘save as’) the show. Don’t forget to leave me a comment and say hi. Thank you for listening and have a great day!

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Some Snow Dye Pics

Here are some photos of the snow dyeing process…

snow dyeing fabric 1

About an hour later it looked like this:
snow dyeing fabric 2

And probably about four hours after I started it looked like this:
snow dyeing fabric 3

The instructions said it would take about 8 hours to melt. But it also said that the garage is the perfect temp to do it in and I did it indoors in our laundry room. I thought my snow would melt a lot faster since it was inside. It didn’t seem to, though. 8 hours is about right.

Here is batch 2. I decided to keep the red at the edges because it so dominated the first batch.
snow dyeing fabric batch 2

And finally batch 3. I wanted to see if the edges of the stripes would blend together. They did, but as it melted the red stripe took up much more space. I think that is because I used up all of the dye that I had mixed up and I had the most red.
snow dyeing fabric batch 3

Soon I’ll post some pics of the resulting fabric. It was fun!

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What I’m doing today: snow dyeing!

If you heard the last podcast then you know I saw an article in Quilter’s Newsletter about how to dye fabric using snow.

Well here is the view out my front door:

Snow!

Snow!

So guess what I’m hoping to try tonight! Is anyone else dyeing (ha ha) to try it?

Have a safe and happy new year’s eve. Don’t forget this is my week off but the podcast will return next week.

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Episode 64 – a sewing machine for The Girl

Thank you again to everyone who has come to leave comments!

You can see the machine I bought for The Girl here. Isn’t it cute?

The lady who wrote about the snow dying in Quilter’s Newsletter is Janet Jo Smith. If you are interested in hand dyed fabric she seems to have quite a variety of it for sale.

You can click here to listen to (or download, if you right-click and choose ‘save as’) the show. Don’t forget to leave me a comment and say hi. Thank you for listening and have a great day!

Have a terrific holiday season!!! We’ll talk again in 2013.
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Giveaway Winner

Hey – the winner of the giveaway was Patty! Thanks everyone for such great feedback. You all have lots of awesome ideas.

Blog Hop Party with Give-Aways

Patty said:
I haven’t been able to listen to any podcasts, but it sounds like it would be fun after reading the other comments. Thanks for the great giveaway. That’s a wonderful way to recycle magazines. I’ll have to remember that for a future giveaway.

I’ve contacted Patty for her info. Thanks again everyone, for taking the time to enter!!

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Episode 63 – Not much new here!

If you would like to enter the giveaway, see this post. These are the giveaway items:

Have you ever heard of using tulle to transfer quilting designs on to a quilt before? It is a new method that I’m trying. Last time I hand quilted (more than stitch in the ditch or cross-hatching) I used a stencil.

You can click here to listen to (or download, if you right-click and choose ‘save as’) the show. Don’t forget to leave me a comment and say hi. Thank you for listening and have a great day!

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Quilter’s Blog Hop Party – Happy Anniversary!

Blog Hop Party with Give-Aways

So today is the anniverseray of the Quilting Gallery. I’ve long been listed there. Are you?

To commemorate their happy day I’m doing a little giveaway. To be entered to win, just leave a comment telling me something you’d like to hear about in an upcoming episode of the podcast. All are welcome!

Up for grabs: a 1/2 a yard of an Amy Butler Love home dec print, and copies of the Summer and Fall 2012 Generation Q magazine (in the spirit of recycling).

Be sure to check out all the giveaways here!

The giveaway is officially closed. Watch for the winner to be posted this week!

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Episode 62 – beginner machine for a child?

Hey, Quilters! So these are some of the machines I was considering purchasing for The Girl from Amazon:

And then also this one:

What do you think? Has anyone purchased a machine for a child and had a good/bad/neutral experience? What do you all suggest? Maybe I should stop by the local quilt shop and get some input.

You can check out the Paris Bag pattern here. And here is the Amy Butler weekender pattern. Perhaps it is just that the AB bag looks stiffer and more polished…do you see the diaper bag-esqueness to the Paris bag? Is it just me?

You can click here to listen to (or download, if you right-click and choose ‘save as’) the show. Don’t forget to leave me a comment and say hi. Thank you for listening and have a great day!

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Episode 61 – Annie Smith returns!

–Alert–Alert–Alert: Kelley is having a nerd moment…because OMG, fellow podcast listeners! Have you seen that Annie Smith of Annie’s Quilting Stash has returned?!

Here is the mini-quilt I made for the quilt guild auction:

The Husband graciously agreed to model but is refusing to come out from behind it.

My new quilting desk is assembled and set up with my machine *on* it! I took a picture of it with my iPod but darned if I can’t figure out how to get the photo out of the iPod and onto my hard drive. How does a programmer get to be so technically unsavvy? Ok, so I broke down and used my real camera. Isn’t it cool? The Husband is super-duper!

You can click here to listen to (or download, if you right-click and choose ‘save as’) the show. Don’t forget to leave me a comment and say hi. Thank you for listening and have a great day!

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Episode 60 – Happy Thanksgiving!

This is the list of “classic” books that I’m trying to complete reading. This may have come from The Big Read but I’m not sure anymore; can’t find the original source. My hard copy of it is pretty tattered. I’ve finished 29 of them and three more are in progress.

1. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
2. The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
3. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
4. Harry Potter series – JK Rowling
5. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
6. The Bible
7. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
8. Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell
9. His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
10. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
11. Little Women – Louisa M Alcot
12. Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
13. Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
14. Complete Works of Shakespeare
15. Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
16. The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
17. Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
18. Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
19. The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
20. Middlemarch – George Eliot
21. Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
22. The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
23. Bleak House – Charles Dickens
24. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
25. The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
26. Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
27. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28. Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
29. Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
30. The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
31. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
32. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
33. Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
34. Emma – Jane Austen
35. Persuasion – Jane Austen
36. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis
37. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
38. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres
39. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
40. Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne
41. Animal Farm – George Orwell
42. The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
43. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44. A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving
45. The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
46. Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
47. Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
48. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
49. Lord of the Flies – William Golding
50. Atonement – Ian McEwan
51. Life of Pi – Yann Martel
52. Dune – Frank Herbert
53. Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
54. Sense and Sensibility- Jane Austen
55. A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
56. The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57. A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
58. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
59. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
60. Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
62. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
63. The Secret History – Donna Tartt
64. The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
65. Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
66. On The Road – Jack Kerouac
67. Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
68. Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding
69. Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
70. Moby Dick – Herman Melville
71. Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
72. Dracula – Bram Stoker
73. The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
74. Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
75. Ulysses – James Joyce
76. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
77. Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
78. Germinal – Emile Zola
79. Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
80. Possession – AS Byatt
81. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
82. Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
83. The Color Purple – Alice Walker
84. The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
85. Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
86. A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
87. Charlotte’s Web – EB White
88. The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
89. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90. The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
91. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
92. The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93. The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
94. Watership Down – Richard Adams
95. A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
96. A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
97. The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
98. Hamlet – William Shakespeare
99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
100. Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

There are some on the list that I read in school (e.g., Hamlet) but I don’t remember very much about the plot or characters so I didn’t count them. And I’m sure there are a few on the list that I read and don’t even remember having read.

How many have you read? What are you currently reading?

I mentioned Frances McDowell of the Off Kilter Quilt podcast and also Nonnie of Nonnie’s Quilting Dreams podcast this week. They inspired me to talk about what I’m reading. I love to read and I love love love my Kindle. I read every night before I go to bed, even if only a few sentences.

You can click here to listen to (or download, if you right-click and choose ‘save as’) the show. Don’t forget to leave me a comment and say hi. Thank you for listening and have a great day!

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