January 2013 Quiltathon Has Ended

At my house it’s over . . some may still be sewing.  I did not get all the bear paw blocks done.

Nicole’s New Beginnings Blocks

These blocks are a weird size — 11″ maybe.  All the full blocks were already cut and the corner blocks were made.  The half square triangles were made for all the blocks but my pieces are cut differently from the EQ drawing and I never took the time to figure out the sizes for the setting triangles so I had to do that and decide which half square triangles will be used in the setting triangles, which take 8 HSTs and which ones will go in the remaining blocks, which take 16 HSTs so that slowed me down a bit.  I got 5 blocks done, as well as one setting triangle block just to be sure I had my numbers right.  Tomorrow I should be able to get 4 more blocks done and a few setting triangle blocks made.

Thanks to those who participated.

The dates for the February Quiltathon are posted on the left sidebar.

Link Boxes

Please be sure that when you’re adding your link, the link is to your specific post and not to your main blog.  The reason for this is that when folks come by and click on the links maybe in the middle of the week, if you’ve posted additional posts, they’re going to have to search for the report they’re looking for.

Examples:  This is my main blog:  http://www.patchworktimes.com.  That is not the correct link.

The link  to the specific post, is http://www.patchworktimes.com/2013/01/13/stash-report-week-2-2013/.  To get this link, depending on which blog service you’re using, you should be able to either get the “short link” which will go directly to the post and may look something like this: http://wp.me/pbi5z-8fT.  Or you may need to go to your own blog, click on the title of the post and copy the URL from the address box.

Incorrect links are deleted.

If you have any questions or if you need help getting your correct link, please let me know.

A Lesson From Speck

When the weight of the world is on your shoulders, when your friends have proven to not be your friends, when the bathroom scales have nothing nice to say . . what’s better than curling up in bed under a mound of quilts and taking a snooze?

Speck has a better idea!

Forget the covers . . just crawl inside the pillowcase with the pillow!

Wiggle around, squirm, curl up til you’re comfortable and completely hidden from the world!

Don’t stop til you’re completely invisible, totally under the pillowcase. Don’t leave your tail or your paw sticking out.

I’m not sure how long he recommends staying in there but my guess is . . two hours would do the trick!

He is feeling so much better.  In fact, he has so much energy and dachshund determination that Vince and I have both been left shaking our head in amazement and saying “Is that the same dog we had last week?”

Writing Articles

Obviously,  you do not have to be an expert to write an article about anything!  I feel fairly confident writing a quilting/cooking/gardening blog.  I don’t give advice much.  OK . . if you’re laughing . . please stop and keep reading!  Vince says I never stop giving advice (although those may not be the exact words he uses).  I mostly talk about what I do and how I do it.  I learned a long time ago that there are many ways to do most things and my favorite way may not be your favorite way and my favorite way may not be my favorite way tomorrow so I really try not to give the impression that I am an expert, because quite frankly . . I muddle along through almost everything I do whether it’s cooking or gardening or quilting, and hope for the best.

The article I wrote for Capper’s Farmer had to do with old sewing machines — the 301 and Featherweight variety.  It wasn’t an “I know so much about these machines” article but it was more of a “I love these machines so much” article.  Even though it’s a “farmer” type magazine, or so the title says, my article isn’t about farming.  But, they haven’t seen my crop of carrots!   This is truly a magazine that most everyone who reads my blog would love.  Farmers’ wives would probably like it more than the farmer himself.

Capper’s Farmer

But here’s the real kicker . . I’ve been asked to submit an article to a hunting magazine!  I don’t think they want me to write about sewing or sewing machines.  They’re wanting something more along the lines of funny — city folks moving to the country and well . . doing what we do out here and enjoying every minute of it.

Vince and I have giggled and laughed and we’ve planned and schemed and written and deleted and like everything else we do, we’re having a lot of fun with it.

We were talking about it last night and I told Vince . . when I tell my blog readers that I’ve written an article and it’s in a certain issue of a certain hunting magazine, some are going to want to get it and read it and can you see the husband when he comes home and the wife is reading a hunting magazine!

There’s no guarantee my article will get published so don’t anyone start hanging out at the hunting section of Books-A-Million.  I’ll let you know when I hear if and when my article will be included in the publication.

But . . don’t you think that’s the funniest thing?  Vince thinks my next article should be “How NOT to Buy Yarn From The Loopy Ewe!”  We’re not laughing or giggling or even discussing that subject!  :(