Saturday, February 08, 2014

It's My Blogiversary - but I'm Stalled

Wednesday was my blogiversary - 6 whole years!  I can't believe it has been that long.  That seems like a lot of blabbing going on here in my little corner of the internet.  Thanks for following along on my sewing/quilting/blogging adventure.  I never would have guessed that so many folks would be interested in what I had to say and show.  I really appreciate all your comments too.  Thanks!

Not much happening at the Threads household this week.  No sewing is occurring, due to the quilt studio being cleaned.  Poor DH is under the weather with a cold, and has been feeling pretty puny.  So far, I'm just having the sniffles.  I sure hope it doesn't degrade into worse.  My fingers are crossed.  This is always a bad time of the year around here - seems like someone is sick every year.

I went to the quilt studio last week and tried to do some sewing.  The "stuff" level has gotten so deep and thick I just couldn't function.  So, I'm trying to get things down to a dull roar.  Unfortunately, I really don't want to clean it up AND I've been so busy this week that I haven't had a chance to get in there at all.  So, no forward progress is happening.  There is sewing I want to do, and I'm still trying to get that tutorial done, but there's no room on the cutting table to work.  So I really need to get it in gear around here.

On the bright side, after much stalling, I'm finally making some progress on getting my corduroy quilt tied.  I have the middle section all tied and just have the top and bottom borders to do.

the obligatory quilt picture!

As you can see in this photo, I still need to trim all the ties.  I have all kinds of lengths going on, mostly because I didn't make up my mind early on as to what length I wanted them to be.  

I'm tying with Perle cotton, and I'm a little worried.  I'm nervous that the ties won't stay tied.  I wanted to use wool yarn, but I couldn't find any that was affordable.  Have you ever tied with Perle cotton?  How well did it work?  I made each one a square knot as well as a surgeon's knot, but still I'm wondering if I should put a dab of Fray Check on each tie when I trim the length?  I'm open to any suggestions or information.  I'm hoping to finish this up while watching the Olympics for the next 2 weeks.

I had a guild meeting Wednesday and got to see Bill Volckening (his blog is Wonky World and you can find it on the blog list on my side bar) showing and talking about his collection of New York Beauty quilts.  If you ever get the chance to see him and his quilts, go!  He's very personable and amusing, and the quilts are just stunning. 

We got a little snow Thursday night.  Only about 1 to 1 1/2 inches.  When I went out to fill the bird feeder today, I found all kinds of tracks around the back yard.  I found birds', and I think rabbit tracks.  Probably some squirrel tracks too.  This track, on the deck, was the only one that wasn't too melted to tell what it was.

I think this is a raccoon track.  I know we have a bunch in the neighborhood.  Any one know for sure?  I think the little bugger was looking for more of my bulbs to eat - they have gotten most of them so far.  They are NOT my favorite visitors.

Well, back to the salt mines quilt studio to see if I can make some progress in there.

I hope you are having a creative weekend!


  1. Congrats on your blogiversary!! Six Don't worry about your sewing room. It'll get straightened out eventually. There is no deadline, is there? It's all supposed to be fun so let the fun wait until you are ready for it! I was in WA last weekend. It was a nice change from the Midwest deep freeze but still pretty cold for you who live there. And snow too? Stay warm!

  2. Congrats! I've been around for six years too -- glad to know you in this space!

  3. Happy Blogiversary!!! 6 years is an achievement!!! I was wondering recently about tying with perle cotton, it's great you asked the question. How fun that your garden visitors leave their tracks. I hope the raccoon leave a few bulbs to bloom in spring. Have fun tidying your sewing room, sometimes it can be so tedius but you know its always so much better when it's done.

  4. Those are raccoon tracks alright. When I was living up north they used to come in the middle of the night to raid the bird feeders. Mama raccoon would bring the babies and all 4 of them would climb into the feeders. Too funny but not when the would wake me up.

    Congrats on your Blogiversary. Wow 6 years. I am celebrating my 3rd.


  5. Yup , a big happy anniversary to you!! That is wonderful.

  6. Happy Anniversary! I love your blog. I know I am definitely ready for spring, too!

  7. What? I feel like you were just cleaning up in the sewing room. I remember because I thought it would be fun to help. How messy are you?

  8. I love your quilts,Sharon, they're creative and vibrant. Congrats on your blogerversary. I used to tie my quilts in my early years of quilting (nearly 35 years ago). I always used cotton floss to tie them. The stitch stays in because you backstitch and then make the ties, but you are right, after use and washings the ties work their way loose and sometimes untie and the ends become frayed. However, only recently I have made repairs to one of my tied quilts because I use it at christmas time on my table so it get a lot of use. ;o)

  9. Once you get your space cleaned up the ideas will flow! I find it very inspiring to walk into a clean sewing room! Thinking about it is worse than doing it.

  10. Wow, 6 years! Congratulations. I'm relatively new to blog land - wonder if I'll still be going strong in 6 years.
    I was interested in you tying your quilt. As a very keen fmq fan, I have never tried to do this (which is what is so great about seeing others' work) Do you tie all your quilts?
    Hilary Florence

  11. yay! love the corduroy quilt. the ties really make a statement long like that. I've never used perle, but embroidery floss ties always come undone on me, even with the surgeons' knot. Maybe perle won't do that. I'd worry more about the knot than the ends. eek, snow!

  12. Oh My! Have we really been blabbing for 6 w-h-o-l-e years!!??? Well, my 6 years is not until July 1 so you are blabbier than me!!!
    Hubby and I were talking about tying quilts just this past week! How funny, and I come over here and you are doing one. I didn't know what or how to tie one either. I will go back and read the other comments to see what others say too.
    You are so brave doing it, but I think it is perfect for the corduroy.

    And you mentioned 'cleaning the sewing studio'……..sigh…….why?


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