Friday, December 20, 2013

Thread orders


If anybody wants to order thread in the January order, please let me know what you want by Dec 30. 

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Three simple words

 Christmas is DONE!!!
All the "gotta be under the tree" customer quilts are D. O. N. E....
Done. 
Since they are gifts, pictures will have to wait until next week...And there are some really cute quilts. 

Everyone have a happy and safe holiday.


Saturday, November 30, 2013

The to-do list:


It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Start with this:
Wreaths from a friend at work, berries, ribbons and pine cones. 

Add a helping off
My dear Mr. Darcy

And ta-da
Wreaths ready to ship to Florida. 
One BIG check mark on the to do list. 

Monday, November 25, 2013

Christmas...a little early

Ok, I admit it, I can't resist a sale at the Stencil Company. (That's quiltingstencils.com if you are interested)
Look what the mailman just brought

Some southwest designs

A few feathery motifs for corners. I think these will make nice medallions too. 

And a background fill and flames border. 
Just a little diversity. 
Now back to work!



Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Assembly line quilts part 2

So you saw the pile of tops and batting and the backings ready to load. Here we go quilting just like always. These are baby quilts all about 36 by 45 so two  or three passes of a panto is all it takes. 

Keep quilting and rolling until you get to the bottom and look what happens...


Another backing appears!  So just add the next top and batting and quilt some more. 

And when the green top is done lo and behold what happens...

And so on. I can do about 6 like this before the roll on the take-up rail gets too  thick. And it goes SO much faster than loading them individually. 

Monday, November 18, 2013

Assembly line quilts

A pile of simple 1-piece baby quilt tops with their battings


The backings for them all sewn together ready to load on the Longarm. 
You have to wait until Wednesday to see how the system works...

What I did today

No apologies for being a bad blogger. Just a fresh start. 

I have just settled into bed with a cup of tea and decided to review the day. Why not review it here? 

So here goes...

Today I ...
- made pancakes for breakfast and 4 loaves of bread for the rest of the week
- caught-up the mailing list and printed the labels for the Ruggles House bulk mailing
- wrote and emailed the press release for the Christmas Tea event at the Ruggles House (Sunday December 8 if you are interested)
- updated and printed posters for that event so I can put them up around town this week
- loaded a backing for some assembly line baby quilts
- changed the sheets on the bed
- protected the house from the ravages of these demons


AND made it back into bed the same day I got out. 

I'll give it a 7 out of 10 I guess and will try to check in tomorrow. 





Friday, June 21, 2013

July Thread Order

Celebrate Independance day with lots of pretty thread. Get your order in by end of the day Saturday June 29th.




Don't tell me not to burn the candle at both ends
Tell me where to get more wax!

leslie@theCraftyUnicorn.com
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Friday, May 24, 2013

Thread Order reminder

Just a quick reminder... If you want to order thread this month I need your list by the end of the day Saturday June 1st.



Don't tell me not to burn the candle at both ends
Tell me where to get more wax!

leslie@theCraftyUnicorn.com
www.TheCraftyUnicorn.com

Friday, April 12, 2013

MQX Day 2

Two posts in two days... Oh my...What a day! I started with a walking tour of the winning quilts given by Cathy Wiggins. It was wonderful to hear and see exactly why one quilt won and another got second or an honorable mention, or no ribbon at all.

Especially when this is a winner in one category...








This is the winner in another category...




This is best of show...





The pictures should enlarge to give you a better idea of the incredible workmanship on these quilts. Deciding on winners is a job I would not want.

Other pictures will be coming as I get them sorted and edited.

My class with Judy Woodworth was great. W learned a lot about design and composition and actually drew some beginning wholecloth designs. It's hard to believe that something like this


is the beginning of something like this.


And I finally got pictures of our "spoils of war". Faye and I were fairly restrained, but we may have a small thread habit starting...

Faye's treasures from yesterday and today:

My additions to yesterdays goodies...

Do I see a common thread? No I see a lot of uncommon thread! OK, bad joke, but I'm tired and need to get to bed. Tomorrow we finish any odds and ends and head home. The only question is... is there room in the suitcase?

 




Don't tell me not to burn the candle at both ends
Tell me where to get more wax!

leslie@theCraftyUnicorn.com
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Thursday, April 11, 2013

MQX Day 1


Pardon me, it's now the New England Quilt Festival but it will always be MQX to me... 

So Faye and I struck out bright and early this morning for Manchester, New Hampshire to oogle and drool over some world class quilts. "Mario" got us to the convention center around 1:15 and got signed in. We had arrived just in time to see Cathy Wiggins' lecture on tips for winning quilts. It was interesting and I won a copy of her book. This is going to be a good show!
Then we toured the show floor and vendors and got most of our retail therapy taken care of. I wasn't too bad...so far...

There's some thread to refill the stash and a few new colors for a couple of specific projects, my prize book, and a hand embroidered table cover that just jumped up and said "TAKE ME HOME"



 And with my ticket to Cindy Needhams lecture in Augusta just confirmed, who am I to resist fate??? Isn't it pretty?

We have seen some breath taking quilts, but with bags and totes and stuff we just didn't have the hands to take pictures. That will be remedied tomorrow...I assure you.

I did take one picture of a great little quilt that just struk a chord this afternoon so I will leave you with this thought...


And yes, the cardinal is not only thread painting, but is 3-dimentional and so is the evergreen bough.
More fun tomorrow.







Don't tell me not to burn the candle at both ends
Tell me where to get more wax!

leslie@theCraftyUnicorn.com
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Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Maintainence "Stuff"

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Since Google reader is going away in a few months, I am trying to get set up with a new blog reader. It needs this code to work...so it says. If you hear a scream, it's just me...




Don't tell me not to burn the candle at both ends
Tell me where to get more wax!

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