Hi Everyone, it’s been a really interesting year thus far in 2020. Things happening that I never imagined in my lifetime are happening and it brings not only great sadness but depression to many people affected by what is happening in the world today. It makes it hard to get things done but the one thing we all have in common is sewing and quilting. So, let’s pick ourselves up and start a new project. Smile even when you don’t feel like doing so, say hi, and pray for peace in the world again. June was a very busy month for me, I know many of you made masks earlier this year, some of you are still making them, I recently made a few more for my sister as she needed more to go back to work with. June turned into a rush month to get my patterns and classes downloaded from Blueprint. I didn’t want to lose them. I’m finally done and then a family emergency last week kept us away for 4 days and for my first time ever I was very late writing a post for a blog hop I was participating in. I’m still upset over that one. At the same time, on Friday night, I was visiting all of the bloggers who visited in that hop to see their wonderful projects. I was in awe of many of them, who knew so many cool things could be done with yellow. It was truly an inspiration.
Either or, by sheer accident when I visit other blogs, I invariably click on other things at that blog, especially if it’s a new blog to me so I can learn more about the person. Do any of you do that too? I saw a cool logo on my friend Joan’s blog at Moose Stash Quilting. It was for an event at PoDuck Pretties that she is doing this year in reviewing notions. Lea Anne claims to be cheap and doesn’t spend much on notions but decided this year to forgo fabric purchases and spend money on some notions instead that she thought would be valuable to her. For me this is awesome, I love this kind of thing because a lot of my notion purchases are almost always based on someone else’s review of the product. I love it when there are tutorials or videos even because you get to see how it works, this influences my purchase. Not everything she’s reviewed has lived up to her expectations so I enjoy that part also as I’m not reading it from someone who’s been given the product to try either. She’ll tell you if it had been also. Quite a few things come in a box she receives every month.
So with that, comes The link is on the image and it will take you straight to the section for all the posts on notions thus far this year. Sometimes there are two in a month, sometimes just one. I have enjoyed every single post. I realize this is not a botm and you’re not downloading anything but if you buy notions and I’m sure you do, you might like some of these posts. Lea Anne is also offering a 20% discount on some of the notions she carries in her store and that is a good deal when you consider some of them are a bit pricey.
Next… this morning I was doing some stuff on Facebook and saw a post for a video by Cindy Needham. My guess is that anyone who does Free-Motion quilting knows who Cindy Needham is, but 5 years ago I’d never heard of her. If it hadn’t been for my friend Darlene at Quiltship Gal I might never have known. I don’t remember now the email that Darlene and I were chatting about, but I do remember that she recommended Cindy Needham to me. She told me about her ultimate guide for stencils collection and while it was pricey she recommended I have a look. So I did and was impressed enough to buy it. IMHO it’s one of the best purchases I’ve made in years of quilting. While I’ll always be grateful to Harriet Hargrave who introduced me to machine quilting, there are so many great teachers who also teach Free Motion and so much knowledge out there. Cindy is doing a series of tips on her blog that feature the how to’s of free motion whether it’s feathers, working with lace and linens, to basting, marking and pinning, she has been doing this now for several months along with pdfs you can download to practice yourself with. The videos are on Facebook, but they are for public view, so you don’t have to be on FB or have an account on FB to watch the videos. She also shows show and tell of the lessons a day or so later which really helps you see what others are doing and inspires you to work on these tips to help improve your own FMQ abilities.
Now even if your a FB user you may not always see her notifications on FB, so it will help if you take and perhaps bookmark her page and then check on it each week or so. That’s the same for those of you not on Facebook. I was asked the other day how I keep track of the botms I follow each month… I bookmark them. I have a main folder that’s named by the year, and I add the bookmarks into that. I do have some subfolders which make those I have to check often easier to get to… Here’s a picture below of my list of botms.. it’s not the full list but should give you a good idea.
All of my FB botm’s are also weekly, but I keep them separate because they are on FB. I like to keep my bookmarks organized so I can find things easily.
In all browsers that I’m aware of, you can add a bookmark simply by dragging the url in your address bar onto your bookmarks bar, if you use folders like I do, hold it on the folder you wish to add it to, then drop it on the folder, it should add it to that folder.
The above two events have been added to my
Block of the Month page for 2020.
Last is a new type of event, it’s kind of like a block of the month, but until I know whether it’s going to happen more than the current plan I’m just going to advertise it as an event. Currently, July, August, and September are all planned.
I’ve mentioned before that I’m in a group on FB for pattern designers. Some of us are getting together and offering a free pattern a month, so be sure to watch for that on the first Tuesday of every month.
Sunbonnet Sue and Sam are planned for a Wednesday/Thursday release.
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