Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Dark Tower

I've been working on a new background for the Dark Tower. Please excuse the pins, but I'm not ready to sew it down yet until I decide if I like it. And the tower isn't sewn on either, just laying there. This is the 2nd time I put it together -- Madeline had quite a few "let's slide across the sewing table, wheeeeee, isn't this fun" moments. So what do you all think? I have this vision in my head but just can't get it out (LOL). And this isn't the vision either, but I'm getting closer -- maybe.

And I did hear back from Quilting Arts magazine and once again I am a reject (LOL). So that's two strikes from them and I'm not hanging around for the third strike. So I'll soon be telling the story of the little ghost girls and Emma Violet (which you can see in the post of October 29th).

And I also need to hear from Laura in Texas about your give away prize. You came through as "anonymous" so I have no way to getting in touch with you. Please email me at niteshadoe@aol.com to claim your baggy.

Monday, November 19, 2007


Sorry for the absence. A co-worker died last week. It was sudden and to say we are all stunned is a great understatement. She was my friend and the only one I talked to at work. She is greatly missed by all of us.

I haven't done that much in the last few weeks -- had another craft show and it was okay. Not great, but okay. The effects of the gas prices are certainly trickling down to all of us. When you are a seller, you get hit both ways with the gas hikes -- personally and professionally.

I've put this lace grab bag up in my etsy shop. The link is over there on the right. This is the last of the lace from Crazy Judyth (at least the last that I have -- I've heard rumors she has lots and lots more). This group contains some motifs and some handmade lace. If you're interested, take a look. If you know someone who would be interested, please send them the link.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Give-Away Results and Answers

Good morning!! I have the names of the three people who are going to get a CQ baggie of fancy fabrics (or as some call it, "after five" fabrics). I took everyone's name from your comments and made a numbered list. Then, very scientifically (LOL), I had the three ladies in my office pick a number. Now they all think "they" are going to win something -- they kept bugging me all day, "what I'd win, what I'd win."

So without further ado, the three people are:

Campmoxie Debbie
Laura from Texas
Joan in Arizona (sorry, originally I had Joan in Texas -- got my states mixed up)

Ladies, I need your addresses. Email me privately at niteshadoe@aol.com and I'll have your package out to you this week.

Thank you everyone for your comments. I'm sorry that not everyone could get something. I know that I enter lots of blog give-aways and have yet to be picked, but maybe someday.

To answer some of your questions:

My sewing machine is a Janome Memory Craft 6600. It took me a whole year of bonuses, all the money from a year of doing craft shows and a trade-in of my older Janome to buy it. Yeah, that's a lot but I use my machine almost daily and the Janome is a work horse of a machine. I have yet to have one have to go for service (and this is my third Janome). Kind of like a Mac computer -- you seldom see one in for service or having a virus or locking up on you.

The photo of the sewing room is not a fake (but I can see how you would think that ). I didn't take a before picture because I couldn't get far enough into the room to photograph it! It still looks the same because I haven't been in there for over a week now because (a) I've been at craft shows and (b) I don't want to mess it up (LOL). Of course, most of the stuff I hauled out of there is living in the basement, but I don't have to look at it/trip over it/make room for it while it's "resting" down there.

It took me about 6 hours to clean it up and that included numerous trips up and down the basement stairs and several sessions of holding Maddie. When I'm home, she thinks I should do nothing but hold her and carry her around the house. If I stand still for more then one minute, she leaps up on my shoulder/back/head and there's nothing to do but just rock and hold her for a little while. She's still sitting in the little wagon but looks a little put out that no one has come to take her for a ride.

Friday, November 02, 2007

Dark Tower

I finally chose a background for the Tower. I see Roland approaching it at sunset, so I used this hand dyed fabric. The blue is not quite as psychedelic as it shows in the picture. And besides, I'm going to be doing some painting over the background so that will tone it down some also. The Tower is not sewn on yet, just tacked down. The hardest thing is making sure the tower is straight -- after all, it's the Dark Tower, not the Leaning Tower. And after a while, those spirals kind of get to you (LOL)

I have a big show this weekend with a very early start. The show opens at 8 A.M. - yep, that's 8 a.m. in the morning on a Saturday (LOL). Which means I have to be out the door at 5:30 a.m. to get there and get set up. Good thing I'm getting an extra hour this Saturday, I'll sure need it. I know most people hate the end of daylight savings time, but I LOVE IT and anxiously wait each year to get my hour back. Yeah, it's darker earlier, but if they hadn't of screwed with the time it would have been getting darker gradually and you wouldn't notice it as much as you do when they put the time back where it belongs. Okay, enough of that.

I leave you with Miss Maddie. I think she wants to go for a ride but can't find anyone to pull her in her little wagon. Maybe I should talk to the St. Bernard that lives across the street? Wouldn't they look cute with him pulling her in her wagon?
Don't forget the give away from the previous post. If you're interested, leave a comment on that one or this one -- I don't care which. I'll gather all comments made over the weekend and draw three names on Monday. See you then!

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Whose Room Is This and GIVE AWAY

It can't be mine. In my room, you can't see the floor. You can't walk through it without tripping over something. Every surface is piled so high you can't tell there's even a surface to work on. But after a half day's work, I think this just might be my room (LOL). Look how you can see the floor. And the tabletop with only one project on it. Looking good!

In fact, it looked so good, that I quickly ran out and shut the door so it would stay that way.
In honor of cleaning up the room and since I am List Owner of CQForNewbies, I have three fabric packs to give away. These packs have large fabric scraps suitable for crazy quilting -- silks, fancy fabrics, maybe a piece or two of nice cotton, but mostly fancy fabrics. Just leave a comment and on Monday I'll have someone at work pick 3 numbers and they will be the owners of some fancy fabric.