Observations as another year passes

This was the first highland games of the season. I was also my birthday. I was a weekend of being very busy yet I didn’t do much but watch. See that’s what I am finding life to be these days. Funny little contrasts. I was busy, watching the games, the pipers, the parade, the dance and looking at the stuff going on. But I did a lot of sitting around and being hot. It was very nice.

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We stayed in a very nice hotel/casino that we stayed at last year. It is very upscale and expensive. I had a room that was fantastic. However, the population of the hotel the first night was all 20 something year old women and middle aged women there to watch the Chippendale dancers. The hotel had women dressed like hookers and they were loud and bawdy. Children and teens  were running around the hotel unattended. It felt very seedy and full of Baracudas.  But the next day the hotel/ casino was back to being older people packing the gambling floor and not being rowdy. Ha. Funny how things changed in one day. I slept better the second night because it was quieter and it had a better vibe.

 

I am also finding that I like the time we are out visiting with family and friends during these games. I am also a person that likes times of quiet and being home. It is all about balance and contrasts. That is what makes up the inspiring moments in my life. I don’t feel much older but then I got up today and I am stiff and sore. I am feeling my Achilles injury. I have aches and pains. So yes I feel my 48 years. However, I still get things done. Lots done, I work at my day job and my home based business. I travel and maintain my own house. I do some volunteering and attend a quilt group. I still have tons of free time.

I just need to work at getting in shape to keep up with everything and everyone.

See my Instagram feed in the side bar to see other sights and sounds of the festival. All in all, I am not thrilled with being a year older. But I am sooooo glad to be. I am wiser and happier each year that goes by. Love to all my friends and family who wished me Happy Birthday.

Love this Irish Chain!

Its perfect for memorial day weekend! This is the first bed quilt this customer has made. Wonderful job. It is quilted in all over feather design.

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I am looking forward to a long weekend. Great weather is forcasted and highland games start in Alma, Michigan. Should be a a great time and my husband first games of the season, watch for pictures!!!!

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Vicki

Baby quilt

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A customer brought this quilt for me to free motion quilt all over it. What more can be said than it is adorable. Each animal and each area has a different design in it and I had a wonderful time quilting it. I think that this baby is going to have a really great quilt.

Enlarging the photos will bring out some of the detail in the quilting.
Vicki

Design wall monday

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My friend is moving and that is sad. She and her teenage daughter sold me a janome serger for a low price at their garage sale. I got it running as you can see by the test piece! Clothing sewing for babies and more is on its way!!!!

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A project my friend who is moving started for her son , I will finush the border abd quilt it. Shhhhh secret stuff this dr who policebox is, free pattern on the net at Fandom in stitches. Com

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I have this fmq all over. Longarming like mad recently more reveals soon!
Vicki

Wherein my disorganization has cost me again

 

I am so mad at myself. I have tried to follow my own Happiness project where keeping external order helps to keep internal order. Yep, keeping organized. If you have been a reader of this blog you will remember by big organizing goals a few years ago. I have done pretty well in maintain the organization that was completed.

I went through this 100 year old house room by room, closet by closet. I have a little bit of clutter that has been accumulating but spring is here and it is warm enough to start cleaning and organizing again. We have big plans over the summer to “reset” two of the bedrooms. One to a music room, the other to a sewing room. I also am going through places I didn’t hit during the last go through, the basement….. on to why I am mad and motivated.

 

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I was fortunate enough to buy this phone 5 weeks ago. I discovered on Mother’s Day that the 50$ rebate had to be postmarked, the next day. I had all the paper work.  No original box. No barcode. I ripped apart the house and discovered that I had a bit of disorganization going on along with the winter pile up of boxes and areas needing attention. I called the rebate company and I HAD to have the barcode. So the deadline came and went. I lost out on the money.

Today after getting warmer weather, I started to go through the basement. I am going through boxes in storage and pitching useless stuff. I then got motivated to bag up the boxes that were stacked up. Yep, I found the phone box with bar code. Sigh.

I am getting things going. NO More throwing away money.  I am maximizing the space in the house and we have a storage unit lined up. Let the sorting begin!!!

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Ok palate cleanser,  am quilting a really cute applique baby quilt. I have to say, I am loving it so far. Reveal later when done!!!

Vicki

Where Do I go from here?

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We had to drive several hours to pick up my husband’s new kilt on Saturday. We are going to Scotland in the fall for highland games and a vacation. Our first no kids vacation. It has it’s problems with flights already and we are trying to decide what we can do in two weeks. His competition season starts in two weeks. So during the final fitting and pick up I absorbed some sun and saw green grass. It all got me thinking about where I want to go with my quilting.

 

 

2014-05-10 11.22.53I have been waiting to hear on my first book proposal. I followed  up this week and it was rejected. I am not sure where to go from here. Etsy? Send to another publisher? Focus on   because I am pretty busy? I want to expand my online presence so I have a Facebook page, Instagram, Twitter and I am thinking about having my son develop a mobile app of some sort. Lots of ideas.

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Vicki

Block tour

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Triangle tricks is the last block in this tour. I did this twice to try two different patterns and as you can tell I made a mistake on the right hand block. Overall I really enjoyed this black and I would make it again it is paper pieced.

Quiltmaker 100 blocks magazine has me test block patterns before each magazine.  These blocks were made last winter.  Please look at the previous blocks on the tour.  Thank you quilt maker magazine for your opportunity!

Maybe someday I will submit a pattern!!

Vicki