Saturday, March 28, 2015

Monday Madness Strikes again.

My bee group that meets on Mondays is a fun group. Some have BEEn meeting for a very long time. Judy and Shirley were part of the Baltimore Album Group and I joined them in 1996 when the names shortened to BAGs, and they no longer did applique. ( I don't do hand applique)  I gravitate to the quirky , forward thinking , outspoken and loudest laughing broads. I so regret  not being able to join Ladies Of the Evening when they met on Wed. nights. The Monday group is a day version and lest you think we are mad , let me assure you , we are. Crazy, mad women who meet to practice their craft (s) . Friday a week ago , Judy and I met to cut out the quilt pictured here. On Friday the 27th we delivered. That's how we roll for one of our own. 

Friday, March 27, 2015

Ou la la ( not )


I am going off the usual topic fare here , as I usually post about quilting and such. The topic today is ordering fabric online. Lucky for me I have a dear friend who opens her expansive stash to not only me but all of Monday Madness Bee members. Unfortunately, she doesn't have any Mickey Mouse fabric.
I found some fabric featuring the mouse and ordered.  I realised that I could add in a bit more for the same shipping . I am building a stash of fabric featuring writing . Oh! One was this cute fabric with French words , oh wait, I digress. When I went to the checkout stand I was met with the following.
If we do not have the full amount of something you ordered please:
Send what you have - I'm stash building.
Cancel that item on my order.
Depends on which one - see instructions below.
Special Instructions & Comments
This is what I typed:  If the Mickey fabric is less than ordered cancel entire order. I will take what you have of the others . 

I got notice that Mickey was sold out  , popular little rat that he is and  assumed they wouldn't be sending anything else. Got notice of shipment. So, I called. As soon as I said I had issue with my order , the person on the other end of the phone went silent then I got a  curt " the internet person isn't here " 
received an email message with my instructions but they bolded the 2nd sentence. 
My response was to send back only the 1st sentence , "If the Mickey fabric is less than ordered cancel entire order." 

I also went to their Facebook and made a comment there. Nothing rude, just a comment about how I felt after calling. As someone who has worked in retail I know that the customer is always right .  I have navigated some very sticky situations when a customer was seriously angry and wrong. That's a story in itself.
We all make mistakes. I myself am fond of finding new ways to make mistakes everyday. In our present culture of texting , emailing and instant messaging , we seem to have forgotten how to read. My husband said in addition to not only punctuating properly he leaves an extra space in hopes the next sentence will make it into the brain.  All I can say is beware when ordering fabric online and think seriously of returning to sender when they get it wrong. No lesson is learned if you keep the 2 half yards of cute fabric which in my case really did speak to me , in French no less. Quel dommage
Off to a quilt store in hopes of finding Mickey and any fabric that speaks.
And I am happy to report at the end of the day , I came home with Mickey and words . Perfect !  

Tuesday, February 24, 2015


 It took longer to finish for many reasons , mostly because I was getting quilts ready for 2 shows. 
It's hard to see the writing on the quilt but it is there! 

 I learned a lot exploring a new approach adding messages in my quilting.
 I also learned a lot about the University of Ohio. Not the least of which is that they have "The best damn band in the land " and they sing "Hang on Sloopy" . 
Usually when the quilting includes messages on the quilt , I add it as I come to the spot designated for the chosen words. This time I actually planned out where and what would go in each place and wrote it out on tissue paper and left it pinned to the quilt as it was loaded on the frame. I discovered that string quilts defy being loaded in the traditional manner , one end of the quilt rolled up neatly, one layer on top of the other, and the other end was all over the place. I usually can fix this as I roll but since a string quilt is made up of small units sewn onto background squares, I couldn't just pull on it . Not a problem , I  laid the quilt  on the frame and basted it at the top as usual then used pins to secure it to the other roll bar. The only issue I had with the quilt piecing was that not all the fabric stings were well pressed so there were places where a lip of fabric kept making my thread break. Once that happens a few times I got a little gun shy and the thread broke because of me. When that happens a coffee break is the only way to go!   All in all I am pleased as punch with this quilt. Next time I won't put the tissue paper on the quilt , I will use safety pins to mark where the words will go.   This quilt was charged out at $175. 
       I am happy to say this quilt, 2 CAts in the Yard ,  was accepted into the Juried Art Show at the Lyndon House Arts Center in Athens.

Monday, February 2, 2015

This is Kathie's quilt,  for her daughter who graduated from Ohio State. Usually I just totally wing it, writing as I stitch. Call it a New Years resolution , something I should have always done , or just a darn good idea , but this time I decided to plan out the placement of the words . 

 Usually, I stop and write out each word I choose on scrap paper , holding my pen like a stylus , not a pencil. This most emulates the way the machine does the stitching.  This time I will have an idea of where the words can go and will trace the outline with a pencil to get it into my mind .

This is the practice piece , perfecting tension and practicing the words. This is where I use up bobbins with short runs of thread. 

 I plan to share this whole process , including the price. I asked a fellow quilter to share a ballpark figure charged for custom quilting and never received a reply. No big surprise and certainly a prerogative. This blog series is my way of saying it was OK to ask. 

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Finally back to quilting , yeah !

is turning 40 this year !
 The following  quilts are up for consideration in their juried show, there is a 3rd but alas it's photo was not available at press time.   
 2 Cats in the yard

I will have 3 quilts in the  Cotton Patch Quilt Guilds bi-annual show in Watkinsville . 

Be there aloha! 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Last quilts of the year

Lots of quilts as Christmas gifts this year! 
Sue's Hello Kitty 
 Judy's Butterfly! 

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Sorry, no updates in forever!

Facebook is easier to post on than blogger but that is no excuse for the months I have neglected to post anything on blogger. Oh well. 
 This is a quilt commissioned by  Kim , a hundred wishes quilt for her 
adopted son. 
 Bags made from animal feed bags for the shelter. 
 Coleman and his quilt in Romania !