Thursday, December 31, 2015

$1467.00

I am happy to say the shelter raised $ 1467.00 with my raffle quilt.  It was won by Addie Brugger who I went to high school with at Stuart Hall. I hope Addie will send a picture of her with her quilt!  

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Where next Waldo ?

Starting next week , my quilts and the MOAS raffle quilt will be at the Madison County Library. This quilt is from a quilt class I taught at the library when Suzi Degrasse was the head librarian. 
My relationship with the library began when Ginni Edwards asked me if I could make a quilt show happen at the library. I brought the quilts of various members of the Cotton Patch Quilt Guild to the library , easy peasy as they had all been displayed at  Sandy Creek Park. 
The MOAS raffle quilt will be the easy peasy one to hang next week , it has its own stand. 
Tonight at the library I got some tips on how the hanging system works from Sara a major Friend of the Library . 

Friday, September 25, 2015

Rain, rain go away

It rained so much last night the Madison County fair was canceled. I hope it clears out , I have to go and sell,sell ,sell as Danielle and her mom sold $135 worth of tickets on Wednesday night. 
( Danielle is the former all star manager of the MOAS shelter or as I call her , Hurricane Danielle). 
Thanks guys ! 
Thanks toTara , one of the shelters co-managers , for the link on the shelter page . Tickets for the quilt can be purchased online ! 
After this week of the fair I will be at a adoption event at Pet Sense  in Commerce on October 3rd. There will be cute dogs to play with so I will have to snap another quilt shot with a dog. 
Speaking of dogs and quilts , here is what I am planning on for my next save the animals raffle quilt. I have a Sew Something day in planning for October 20th, here at the farm. I think something in red/black and grey and maybe one cat and one dog but the Billie Lauder's quilt book has creatures great and small in it 
so who knows! 
Sew something great today! 

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Fun at Bark and Wine and donation quilt progress!

@ Boutier Winery , an oasis in the midst of rural Madison County. It is located on Hudson River Road north of Ila. 
The event was a great success and now the quilt is officially launched. I am going to ask the shelter to fix a paypal link for ticket sales on their web page. So far ticket sales are right at $200 , and there are lots of events the shelter plans to attend in the next weeks , like the Madison County Fair , Sept. 22nd through Sept. 26th in Comer Ga. See y'all there !

Sunday , September 20th. 
The quilt at the shelter , me with puppies I won't be adopting. 

Sunday, September 6, 2015

MOAS Donation Quilt update

Woohoo! 

The Madison Oglethorpe Animal Shelter Donation Quilt tally is at $150! 

 I donated this twin/full log cabin quilt to MOAS , my local animal shelter.
 Tickets are $1ea. 0r  6/$5 
The winning ticket will be drawn at the shelter's "Live Nativity"12/12/15



Thanks Jon Ainbinder ! 

Check out his offer below 




Click his name to meet the man. I met him when he volunteered  as a tennis coach at Athens Christian School.

If you are into social media , Jon on Facebook 

His sense of humor is as big as his heart , he saves souls and 
rescues animals along with wife and love of his life , Marybeth. 
 , 
He is a great motivational speaker and passionate about the Lord.  


So glad to call this guy my friend! 

Jon has a unique offer to get some $$$$$ for MOAS


Jon is donating $100 in matching funds. To qualify for matching funds  
at least 25 tickets must be purchased up to 100. 
Same rates as stated above. 

If anyone would like to duplicate Jon's  matching funds offer 
I would be over the moon and fill out all ticket stubs! 

Contact : Amanda 

needleinahaystack7@yahooDOTcom






Sunday, August 23, 2015

Animals are my people

I wish I could save them all too.
This is a twin/full log cabin quilt that I have donated to MOAS , my local shelter.
Tickets are $1 or 6/$5 
The drawing for the quilt will be at the shelter's "Live Nativity" 
December 12 , 2015 


Sunday, May 24, 2015

One less move

There is one question I am always asked. How long did that take ? 
Like I want to know , right ? 
The other fav. answer is FOREVER! 
My brain sees shortcuts everywhere. Just drive with me anywhere (;-0 ) and I will take you down a new path. This is my shortcut for cutting half square triangles. For those who stumbled here by accident a half square is a quilting unit  , a square comprised of 2 triangles of fabric , generally half dark and half light , though not always. 
Back to the quilters, if your pattern calls for 600 half squares you may be interested in my "one less move" tutorial. If nothing else , I learned how to made a video with my phone ( yes it's less that 7 seconds) and how to add music to said video. The camera work is thanks to dd , as I am shaky when I am both the camera man and the quilter. 
Next , we have to work on getting my feet out of the scene.

 Trim the 1st edges sparingly , nothing worse than chopping off too much at this stage . 

Sliding move with the ruler. 
Cutting to 2.5" 

One down , 599 to go. jk , I am not making that many. 
Sew Something today !

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Sew Something

Sew Something @ the Farm
Starting in June , June 3rd and 17th 1pm until... 


We had a dry run this week. 

Amanda 
Deborah
Chandler 
 The 1st Sew Something was sewing bags out of feed bags. While I welcome anyone , anytime, that wants to come and sew those , that won't be the focus again for a 
"Sew Something". 
I have 3 sewing machines , and all manner of supplies so you are welcome to bring something to sew or just come and do whatever with me. I see this as an opportunity to explore some techniques that I have been putting off for years , like Sun Printing , getting back into dyeing fabric , screen printing and dabbling in soy wax batik. I also plan to actually be sewing too , 
hence the name 
" Sew Something " 
My plan for June 3rd is to sew my sun printed piece into a quilt banner. 
The time is 1pm -4pm or longer , I'm not going anywhere.   If you work or just want to come later , Wed evenings, 6pm - 8pm  , we can't sun print but other than that, the sky's the limit. I am also open to another evening night , I know Wed. is a church night for lots of people. 

 If you would like a direct email about Sew Something , shoot me an email .
needleinahaystack7@yahoo.com 
If you're a spammer , here is your eye test : %$#_)_*(&^

Amanda  

Friday, April 17, 2015

No pics only hot air

Not long ago, I posted that most blogs are content and no pictures. I fall into this category today, as I am up to my ears in calving season and can't do pictures. 

A few blogs ago I blogged ( hot air ) about buying fabric online.  The questions asked when ordering fabric  boggle the mind. Maybe there has been a run on the fabric you like , for instance  they only have 3/4 of a yard and you ordered 10 . Maybe you would be happy to add that 3/4ths to your fabric pile. Maybe not. 

Now we come to the hard part.  English is a hard language to learn to speak both for native Americans as well as naturalized.  Then try communicating in a box that allows a limited number of characters. Some web pages , like Intown Quilters in Decatur Ga, have done it right , not leaving it up to chance. They have choices, in a drop down menu , of send what you have , cancel , or contact. I love Fabric.com as well. They're fast and courteous if the order is changed. 

Below is a comment and reply from that piece <So what did you mean, when you said "i will take what you have of the others"? Sounds like your instructions were only to cancel the Mickey fabric, but that you wanted the others sent. I think you may have confused them by adding the last sentence.> Answer  to the instruction from the web page that I didn't put in this article. The context was ,what will you take of any fabric you order? The sentences were written in order , in the same box. I really thought my first sentence "If you are out of Mickey fabric cancel the entire order was clear''. I invite you to read my next installment of this story if you would like.> 

So buyer beware , and shop owners , be courteous
 I was rewarded with a credit to my mastercard , and in case you don't already know, it was the principal of the matter not the $ that mattered. 

Dear Amanda,
Your credit card has been refunded in toto for $7.72.
Cordially,
Sauder's Fabrics


Sew something gorgeous today! 

Sunday, April 12, 2015

How much for that quilt in the window ?

How do we determine worth ?  We put a price tag on it and see if anyone bites. I don't look at Ebay to see what quilts are going for , I look up Amish quilt web pages and scroll through the quilts. Lots of people ask  how long does it take to make a quilt. Like any of us who quilt obsessively want to know. 
Quilt store quality fabric is going up again,  to $13-$14 dollars a yard. An average sized quilt , 60" x 80" is going to take 5 yards of fabric. I just found a nice quilt calculator at Quiltbug.com . The calculator doesn't have a place for borders and sashing etc so I added 2 yards to it's estimate. Then there is the back of my fictitious quilt. It will require  2 cuts of 88" of 42" wide fabric, so 5 yards. 10 yards , total. Now of course there are always sales but lets just say say I won the lotto and get to throw caution to the wind. Ka ching, $140 big ones and I still need batting , $25 , thread $7. and a new rotary cutting blade $5. $177 and I have a pile a fabric, not a quilt. Given that a brain needs something to do while sewing I have calculated that a simple quilt block requires an hour and a half to be cut out sewn and quilted, again in a simple pattern. So my quilt will take about 45 hours of my time if all goes well. Even at $10 an hour , and I know construction laborers who make that , that is $450, plus cost of fabric. 
Calculating worth of quilts has interested me since I saw a crib sized quilt sell for $100 about 15 years ago. The quilter viewed the fabric as extra as it was made from leftovers from a bigger quilt. While she was quite happy with her $100 , I was struck by the thought that it was kind of like having your neighbors under price their home , sell it , thus reducing the value of yours. 
I stumbled upon the web page of Sam Hunter , who grapples with this subject in her ongoing  blog series " What's it worth"   With the advent of folks having their quilts quilted out we have more concrete  evidence of worth of the quilting side of the work , if not the piecing. 
The quilt picture above is a small table quilt , about 14''x 26'' that I donated for a raffle  for my alma mater. I won't donate to silent auctions. People are out for bargains and often the people running them have no clue as to value of handmade items. This is a one of a kind quilt with an unusual edge. I estimated it took 10 hours to make. I wouldn't work for less than $20 an hour so that piece is valued at $250. I emailed the people in charge of the raffle ,suggesting the tickets be $5 and if they can't have the raffle long enough to raise over $250 , 
they could return the quilt to me. I give away  lots of quilts, 
but I won't sell one for less than it is worth.   
Just for fun , use one of Sam's calculations to determine the cost of one of you quilts. I bet once you do , you will never let your children use one of your creations as a soft landing at the bottom of the slide no matter how much you love your grandkids. 
Sew something wonderful this week ! 




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

Done

 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. 
Amanda 







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
Heartsaflow


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




Be there aloha!