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Saturday, May 4, 2019

Hello Spring!

When I last posted, I was in that "winter hating" funk...well...now that it is 3 months later...I'm in that Spring Loving Frenzy!!! :-) With May comes full, lush, green lawns, leaves on the trees and shrubs and flowers popping out all over the place! Do I have seasonal allergies? You betcha! But, Spring is so welcomed with me that I don't care if I'm covered head to toe in pollen and sneezing my fool head off...I'm happy dancing that Spring is finally here! Fresh, new beginnings...that's what it's all about!


I've got quite a bit of catching up to do here....so, I'll try to keep each topic short, but detailed...

ETSY
Let me tell you the experience I had on Etsy! It was February and a seller on Etsy was running a Valentine's special in their shop. Their price on a Dandi Annie fat quarter bundle was already the lowest...add to that free shipping AND a Valentine's Day discount? Sign me up! Two days after ordering, I received notice that my order shipped (but no tracking). Two WEEKS later, no package. I took into consideration that most of the country was having sub zero temps and lots of snow (which slowed down the postal services)...and waited another week. Nothing. So, I decided to contact the seller through Etsy. Well...the seller was no longer on Etsy!!! I panicked for a second or two, then did the only thing I could do....which was file a claim with Etsy and hope for the best. After following Etsy's protocol and waiting their specified times...I was relieved to learn that Etsy had processed a FULL REFUND to my account on behalf of the seller...and assured me that while this happens every once in awhile, they try their best to make sure their community stays friendly!

I share this story with you so that you can have confidence shopping on Etsy....and know that if something goes awry, Etsy TRULY does help and stands behind their policies! This is a characteristic of a business that needs to be commended!

THREADS
The internet is chock full of information concerning threads...particularly cotton versus poly threads when piecing and quilting. The one piece of information that stuck with me was not to use a (poly) thread that is stronger than your fabric, as the wear of use will cause the poly thread to "saw" through the cotton fabric and your seams will give way. So, I always used cotton thread with my cotton quilting fabric.

But, recently I read this post on the Olivia Jane Handcrafted blog (3rd paragraph down), and it made total sense to me! Basically, she states that cotton threads are weaker than cotton fabric...and eventually the wear of use will weaken the cotton thread to breaking (and your seams will come undone). So, what thread does she recommend (for piecing and quilting)? Coats all purpose! Eureka! This is not the first time that the "old school" brands (or techniques) continue to outshine the newest "Hollywood fad"...lol! I'l be trying Coats all purpose on the my next quilt...because I am one of those quilters that uses the daylights out of the quilts I make... my quilts don't hang on a wall, ladder or stay folded behind a protective glass door in a cabinet... so I want these babies to hold together after many washes!

BERWYN
Our cat Berwyn has been keeping our home happy and entertaining...he just LOVES to help me with my sewing...and he also helps my DH with his radios...here's a quick video of quilt help and a "moment of zen"...



WINTER GREETINGS
I finally did manage to get Winter Greetings all pieced, quilted and bound! I thought it fitting to take my Winter quilt and place it on the green grass that has been all confetti'd with the petals of Spring tree blossoms!


After over thinking the quilting...I finally decided on a simple cross hatch. I had quilted a little more fancy motifs, then thought it too busy...and even called on the opinion of the DH and he agreed...keep the quilting simple, so that the fabrics and piecing take center stage!


 I'm looking forward to quilting more of my quilts with simple straight lines...and Berwyn will be near making sure I stick to that promise! lol!


One more thing...

STITCH MAYNIA
The basic gist if this internet phenomenon is this...start a new project each day of the month...OR start 19 new projects since the year is 2019. Well...since 31 or 19 NEW projects may just cause me to suffer a total mental meltdown... I think I'll just use this "Stitch Maynia" as an incentive and motivator to finish ONE project that has been in my stash for quite a few years... it's "Spell of the Moon"...a small...and reasonably sized project for completing in a month.


Always had a love for Blackbird Designs...whether quilt, cross stitch, applique or other (rug hooking, punch needle, etc)...Barb and Alma just always seem to gather the perfect elements to make creating their designs so peaceful and enjoyable...

And, ain't that what it's all about? :-)

Hoping to return to blogging sooner than later...

Happy stitching my friends!

~Sharon

9 comments:

  1. Hi Sharon, it's so nice that Spring is bringing all these blooms. It really revives the soul. Good information about the quilting thread. I had an old quilt I made years ago that the thread didn't hold and it was very well used, so I see your point.

    Berwyn is bringing you and your husband a lot of joy, it's plain to see. It made me remember our sweet cat Kitty. She was also a black cat.

    I love your Winter Greeting quilt and that owl cross stitch looks like a good project. I haven't bought anything on Etsy but I'm glad you got your refund. It's good to know that Etsy are trustworthy. It's good business sense.

    Have a great day. Take care,
    Hugs, Julia

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  2. My goodness, you have been busy ! Great information about all sorts of things.
    BTW - I have one of those copper leafs in my garden also ! Mine has a salamander on it.
    Happy Spring to you, Sharon.
    Rose

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  3. Hi Sharon,
    So very nice to know that I am not the only one who let time get away from me!! Those months can sure fly by FAST, can't they??
    Love all of your info and beautiful projects, and OF COURSE, BERWYN!!! He is SUCH A HELPER, TOO!!!!!
    Hoping to get back to blogging on a regular basis with you!!
    Happy Spring, my friend!!
    Heart Hugs~
    Julie xo

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  4. Nice to get caught up with all that's been going on. Glad you're out of the winter funk and into blissful spring. You've got a lot of fun things going on and Winter Greetings is a sweet finish to welcome a warmer season. 31 new projects? No way. I couldn't handle that either.

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  5. you have been busy for sure. Your quilts are lovely and sweet helpful kitty
    cathy

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  6. Love your latest quilt! And the quilting looks great for that quilt too.
    I'm certainly not a fad follower when it comes to quilting gadgets, thread, or fabric.
    I like to use my quilts as well and make sure my guests know they can grab which ever quilt they want to snuggle up with!!

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  7. Fun Berwyn video.
    Your quilt is wonderful...as always!
    Welcome back.

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  8. Interesting etsy story.
    I think your straight line quilting works very well.
    Not all machines play nicely with Coats thread. You have to find what works for you. And I've had some very bad experiences with poly thread that makes me choose cotton every time. Again--you use what works for you.
    Berwyn is a hoot--and so helpful!! :)

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  9. Glad to see you back in blog land as more and more are drifting away. I am a sporadic blogger, but am always pleased with myself when I make time to do it. Berwyn is a great helper, and beautiful, too. Your finished quilt is lovely and I am impressed that you quilted it yourse. Thank goodness for a happy ending to your Etsy purchase!

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