Friday, July 10, 2009

12 Steps for Quilters

I have a little poem for yall. This poem was written by my blogger friend Sara, she a good writer and an excellent sparkly chicken maker. She gave me permission to post it on my blog. I really like it and find it very befitting a Quilter. Check out her blog when you have a chance.

12 Steps for Quilters
by Sara Sparkly Chicken Maker

1. Admit you are weak - perhaps even addicted, obsessive, compulsive, and anal-retentive - when it comes to quilting, quilting attitudes and ideas, fabric, notions, tools, books, and patterns.

2. Accept that a Power greater than yourself has put quilting, fabric, notions, tools, books, and patterns into your life for a reason.

3. Decide to turn your quilting will and life over to this greater Power.

4. Make a thorough, fearless inventory of your fabric, notions, tools, books, patterns, WIPs, and UFOs.

5. Admit to the greater Power, yourself, and your quilting friends that you have wronged others in your neglect of them due to quilting and that you have wronged yourself in your neglect of quilting to fulfill the needs of others.

6. Ask the Power to remove any character defects that lead to a lack of productivity, unfinished projects, impulse and/or binge purchases that you won't use in this lifetime, and guilt that arises from preferring to participate in quilt-related activities instead of family, friends, and work activities.

7. Humbly ask the Power to remove any shortcomings - poor organizational skills, lust for more quilting supplies that you truly don't need and won't use, inability to sew 1/4" seams, fear of quiltzillas, a perfectionist nature, terror of new techniques, and so on - from your heart and head.

8. Make a list of all people you have truly harmed through your quilting and be willing to make amends.

9. Make direct amends to those you have harmed, whenever possible, by gifting them with at least one quilted object that is larger than a potholder; make amends to the Universe by gifting at least one charity with a quilt each year.

10. Continuously take inventory of your , quilting attitudes and ideas, fabric, notions, tools, books, and patterns, admitting when you've overspent, purchased unwisely, have no intention of completing a project, or have neglected loved ones in order to pursue quilting-related activities and so that you might remember that quilting is a gift that serves many purposes and meets many needs in your life.

11. Through your version of prayer and meditation, establish conscious contact with your greater Power so that you might fully understand and fulfill your quilting purposes.

12. Having had an awakening of understanding, spirit, and consciousness as a result of these steps, carry this message to both other quilters and the loved ones of quilters, so that they, too, might come to the understanding that quilting is more than just a hobby but that it is a way of life.

Keep On Stitch'n On!
(mauh) Liz

Sunday, July 5, 2009

apron finished! and a couple more chickies!

apron is finished! please note the towel loop at the waist band. even thought I like wearing aprons, I do like having a towel at my hip! I use the welt from another pant leg to make the loop. I made the straps extra long so I can wrap them around my waist. despite being a fluffy bat, this does fits me well!

2 more chickies arrived in the mail weds! our everso loverly mail lady took a 4 days weekend and I have no mail til monday. grrrrrr......I am loving these chickens. I now have 7 in the roost!
We have decided to do a sparkly halloween swap. I have dug out my pumpkin and cat templates! cant wait to get started!
Keep On Stitch'n On!
(mauh) Liz

Saturday, July 4, 2009

happy 4th of july!


have a safe and happy 4th of july. when yall are out there flipping burgers and watching the fireworks tonight, think of me. I will be working til 11pm, ahhh, the joys of retail!

here is waht I am working on, I am doing an article on 'going green' with making tote bags out of recycled vintage sheets and jeans. I was playing with some cut off legs that came from some jeans I had turned into shorts for beloved monkey boy. I saw a article on another blog on how the back side of a pair of jeans turned into a apron. I thought I could do the same with a jean leg. what ya think? I still have the waist band (I found some turquiose materials in my stash), ties and towel loop to put on. enjoy! stay tune for my double giveaway coming up soon!
I plan on doing a tutorial in how to make this.
Keep On Stitchin' On!
(mauh) Liz