Tuesday, September 22, 2009

New Pattern...Autumn Dance

Just in time for the fall season...

Available at my Etsy store. :)

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Road block and Ostrich

I've hit a bit of a road block...my machine is sick. We took it in for servicing this weekend and hope they aren't too backed up to get it done soon. I am really striving to have the new pattern available on September 21st, but that might not happen. I do have another machine, but it is really best to use only one machine on a project as they sew differently and the scant quarter inch measurement might not be precisely the same. So, this is just another opportunity for me to work on my patience level. LOL!

Regarding the Ostrich Challenge...I've decided on 6 rounds, 2 months between each round. We all have busy lives and I don't want this to take up a lot of time for anyone. If you are planning on participating, please sign up under the discussion board on the FB Fan page. The deadline to choose and submit a picture of your orphan block (or a block that you make if you don't have an orphan) is September 15th. The first round will be announced on the 21st and I'm excited about the theme! I think it will be an easy one, so you will have to be responsible for making it challenging. Oh, and I've decided to not to wait until the end for a giveaway! I'll hold a drawing for each deadline, including the one to submit a pic of your orphan block. And for this first one, if you can talk a friend into taking the challenge with you, I'll submit your name twice. Just be sure to let me know who they are so I can give you the credit. ;)

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Working hard and feeling the creative spirit!

288 of 336 seams for 24 blocks are done! My sweet little boy loves putting the pieces back up on the design board for me after I've pieced and pressed parts together. I must say it is a huge help!

I've decided on hosting an Ostrich Challenge! Don't know what an Ostrich Challenge is??? Well, it is similar to a Round Robin, except that like an Ostrich, it doesn't take flight...meaning you do all the rounds yourself. Also, you may choose to "stick your head in the sand" by not doing one round.You will start with an orphan block. There will be between 6 to 12 rounds, with a month or two between each round. I haven't decided yet, so this would be the time to voice a preference.The idea here is to really challenge yourself. This is a time to try techniques, color choices, etc. that you would normally feel uncomfortable with. Step outside your comfort zone. Since you are doing all the rounds yourself, who cares what anyone else might think, it isn't their quilt...No quilt police allowed with this project!I participated in an Ostrich Challenge some time ago. I really loved the finished top! I learned a lot and found I was capable of more than I knew. Now, I know that the experience itself might be enough of a reward. But, I think I might be offering some surprise gifts at the end. I mean, who doesn't like winning something, especially when it is well deserved???

I'm going to be hosting this challenge on my FB Fan Page (there is a link to join on the top right hand column), so you'll need to go there and you can share your thoughts on the discussion board.