How about a little Kool and the Gang (does that date me or what!) to start off your day.
We're celebrating today.......
First, I haven't had a Coke in a year! I haven't had any pop in a year, I'm off pop. (do you say soda, soft drink, soda pop, carbonated beverage...I say pop)
I'm not anti-pop, you can drink all the pop you want, it's OK with me, I'm just at the age where I figured drinking pop was no longer good for me, and when it got to the point that I was craving my daily Coke at 10:30 am, I figured it was time to just give it up. So I did, and it wasn't easy at first, but I don't think twice about it now. The other day, when I was on an airplane, and was asked if I wanted a drink, I almost said, "yes, ginger ale please". That used to be my special treat when I flew. Then I remembered , I don't drink pop, so I passed on the drink offer. So now I can say I've not had any pop for a year, not at home, not on a plane, not even with my pizza.
The next thing we're celebrating ...... this is my 250th post on my blog!!
I started my blog 18 months ago, and in that time I've finished 19 quilts (and started a few that I'll never finish). Of those 19, I would have never made 12 of them if I didn't have a blog or read your blogs. What a huge influence blogging has had on my quilting.
The comment I've gotten most often over the last 18 months is, "More Cooper Pics".
It's always from my daughter, I appreciate any constructive feedback I can get, so Ashley, this is for you. Cooper and I are playing frisbee indoors these days, the yard is just too wet and the temperature too cold!
My favorite quilt that I've made in the last 18 months, the post that has gotten the most hits over the last 18 months (non giveaway post), and the quilt that has generated the most emails for more information are all the same....
Madeline's Good Fortune
I've finally added my best guesstimate as to the fabric requirements for this project to this post and added a link on my right sidebar. I've sent this information out more times than I can count.
My second most popular post is A la Mode! You've got good taste, that's also one of my favorite quilts.
I thought I would add my "stinker" quilt to this post, Mocha Trail, but when I went back and looked at the picture, I decided I liked it! And when I blogged about finishing that quilt, you all loved it, you were right, I should have listened, I guess it was like fine wine, it needed to age. I need to get that quilt to the quilter!! 19 finishes and no stinkers! That's something to celebrate!
I've posted pictures of my sewing room over the last 18 months, but after 249 posts, I figured we were close enough for me to now show you my sewing room closet. (I removed the doors for this picture and can't figure out how to get them back on.....)
I file my patterns in those binders (bottom shelf), which I've blogged about before. There's nothing in that red and white polka dot hat box, but I just love it so I keep it.
The plastic bins and containers hold projects and kits.
The pink crate like containers hold families of fabric.
So here's my stash. The fabric folded and setting on the shelves is my yardage, 1/2 yard or larger cuts, from all sorts of families, sorted by color. I also have a civil war repo stack of fabric and two French General stacks. The French General fabric is sorted by family then by color. (bottom shelf, right)
There are batiks in the bin on the floor on the right, and Fig Tree and Kansas Troubles fabric in the two bins on the floor on the left.
This helps me fold my yardage,
this is the width of my shelves. I've found that if I fold the fabric as it comes in the door, it's not such a big job.
I have two bins of fat quarters,
they're hiding, middle shelf far left.
I've been sewing over 7 years now so I've accumulated a fairly good quantity of fabric and kits for me, I tend to really over think my fabric purchases, resulting in very few! Plus I don't have easy access to a local quilt shop. It's hard to make impulse purchases when you're not in a store.
The drawer units on the floor are great and I think help me keep my sewing room neat and orderly. The black unit on the left stores scraps or pieces of fabric that are smaller than a fat quarter.
Top drawer colors, middle drawer lights, bottom drawer reds. I go to these drawers first when I start a new project.
The first drawer of the unit on the right holds my rulers and templates.
I just love anything that claims to make my quilt making more accurate or faster and easier.
This is the bottom drawer, my French General scraps.....
Most of the folks that were the first to comment on my blog still stop by, along with a host of new ones. I've lost track of some folks and others have quit blogging. That's just life I guess, folks moving in and out of it for no particular reason.
When I think of how much I would still like to learn about blogging (like how to create those great collage/montage pictures) I also remember how much I've already learned. It took me two months to figure out that my comments could go directly to my email inbasket. I actually copied and pasted each one of my first comments into an email and kept each address in an address book, a paper address book, not one online!! I also have to admit I'm still amazed when my posts actually show up on my blog.
The hardest part about blogging for me is responding to my comments. Well not the actual responding, I love that part, it's the ones that I don't respond to that bother me. I still feel the need to respond to each comment. I enjoy your comments, read each comment and make a point of answering your questions but some days I don't get to them all. Sooner or later I'm just going to have to admit that I can't get to every comment and that's OK.... I hope that's OK with you.
So in a nutshell I would have to say blogging has been nothing but one of the best experiences of my life and has made me a better quilter, expanded my list of friends, and is usually the highlight of my day. I enjoy reading what you're doing as much as I enjoy sharing what I'm up to. Thanks so much for stopping by, sharing your thoughts and experiences, and adding so much to my blog.
What's a celebration without a giveaway . . . .
The giveaway is now closed, thanks for stopping by!
To be eligible to win leave a comment with something you've been wanting to do but haven't because you thought it would be too hard, or something you surprised yourself by accomplishing and are now proud of. Also let me know which prize you would prefer to win,
1. French General's Reine des Abeilles quilt kit.
You get the pattern, fabric (Maison de Garance) , kit bag with numbered label, and a label for the finished quilt.
3. Fat Quarter bundle of Park Avenue by 3 Sisters for Moda,
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with some border fabric.
Contest ends noon, Central Standard Time, Sunday March 13th, winner to be announced Monday, March 14th.
Now on to the next 250.