Episode 201 In Which I Resurface Briefly to Talk about Stuff 11-27-2016

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Ahem. It's been awhile. Howdy, strangers!

In this episode, I update you on a few finishes that happened since the end of June, and talk about current and future projects.

Mentioned in this episode:

Slow Stitch: Mindful and Contemplative Textile Art, by Claire Wellesley-Smith

MAGnificent Floor & Table LED Magnifying Lamp (I didn't pay this much for mine as I got a great show special price for it)

Instant Pot (Check Amazon for special prices)

Rituals for Living Dreambook

Erin Condren customizable planners

The Quilter's Planner

Passion Planner


Episode 200 In Which We Turn 200! 6-26-16

Welcome to my 200th episode! Since I missed my 6th podcastaversary back in March, I'll take this opportunity instead to give some stuff away! Look underneath the podcast player for information about my 200th episode giveaway!

In this episode, I talk a little bit about vacation but mostly about what I've been up to in my sewing room and embroidery-wise. I've been making progress! Plus, the ever-favorite-of-mine, listener feedback!

Later note: I misspoke in this episode and said both embroidery projects I have going are Lynette Anderson designs. They're not. I got it right in the related blog posts, though--the Christmas ornaments are Lynette Anderson, the Halloween BOM is Bunny Hill Designs. My bad!

And so...it's my

200th episode!

Which means it seems to be time for a giveaway!

Enter to win these fat quarters and the "Quick Turn tool" (sold in a variety of places but it's come in particularly handy on my Annie Unrein projects--she sells it on her website at www.byannie.com.) The Quick Turn tool is an easy way to turn fabric tubes right-side out again--something you do a lot of in making accessories.

To enter, leave a comment below responding to this question:

What would you love to do 200 times? 

I've loved posting 200 episodes. I've loved the conversation, the comments, the challenge, and making new friends via the airwaves (or the fiber optic cables, whatever). I love seeing pictures of what y'all are working on, and I love getting your excellent tips for how I could avoid completely screwing something up the next time I work on it. I love being inspired by your projects and I love it when you poke at me to keep going when I'm ready to toss it in. Thanks for 200 fun times, and I'm looking forward to more!

Also, I'd love to eat 200 pieces of chocolate. Although probably not all at once. That might be gross.

So--leave your comments--what would you love to do 200 times?

After you've left your comment, use the Rafflecopter widget to enter the giveaway. (I can't include you unless you're in Rafflecopter as the winner gets chosen at random through their widget.)


Episode 197 In Which We're Back in the Saddle Again April 30, 2016

This is a bit of a random catch-up episode but I do talk a fair amount of fabric and quilty stuff!

Mentioned in this episode:

Alamosa Quilt Company

Ozzypip Quilts

The Annie Unrein pattern I'm currently working on is in her Craftsy class, Sew Sturdy Travel Organizers. (Using this link helps support my podcast and blog. Thank you!) 

Gretchen Rubin's The Happiness Project, Better Than Before (the book), Better Than Before (the journal), and Happier at Home (currently on sale for $1.99 on Kindle). She and her sister also have a podcast, "Happier with Gretchen Rubin," available on iTunes and Stitcher, and probably lots of other places. 

Episode 192 In Which I'm Finally on School Break

A little bitta bling--always hard to get a blingie picture, though!

A little bitta bling--always hard to get a blingie picture, though!

I can actually talk about quilting and embroidery and fun stuff now! Progress update on several embroidery projects and a bit about some quilting projects. I do talk about my school-related plans for the break until my January class, but I warn you when it's coming so you can just stop listening at that point if you'd like to; I do, however, end with listener feedback as usual. And by the way, I apparently have a complete mental breakdown by the end. Barely coherent, really. So it may be worth hanging in for the entertainment value.

Mentioned in this episode: 

Scandinavian Needlecraft by Clare Youngs

KFNeedleworkDesign on Etsy

Lorraine at ColourComplements on Etsy who REALLY lives in Canada, not the UK as I mistakenly reported. (I've since fixed it on that blog post.)

Akonye Kena fair trade embroidery threads (and check out their buttons too)

Daylight wafer light box that my friend has and I really, really want.

And here's the real link for MeinkeToy, although I've also fixed it in that episode show notes as well.


Episode 190 In Which We Get a Little Bit Crazy 11-23-15

Letting you know it's time to get ready for #BFSI! In this episode, I talk about a finish, a near finish, a I-wonder-if-I'll-finish-it-in-time-for-Christmas, and a it-has-a-snowball's-chance-in-h-e-double-hockey-sticks of ever getting finished. 

I mentioned Sue Spargo's website for threads: www.suespargo.com. The other one I talked about is MeinkeToy Fiber Art Supplies at www.meinkeytoy.com

Episode 183 In Which I've Not Fallen off the Face of the Earth 5-30-15

Hey, strangers! I know, I know. It's been awhile. Time just got away from me these last few weeks. But this episode plays catch up!

Referenced in this episode:

Episode 177 In Which I Took Another Class 3-1-15

Did I fix the sound issues? I'm using a new recording software with a HUGE learning curve. I think I figured out the basics so hopefully the sound will be fine this time around. However, I apologize for the large file size for those of you who are downloading. I haven't yet figured out how to reduce that in this new software. Baby steps. 

In this episode, I talk about my happy dances on a benchmark reached in one of my current textile projects, plus a teaser for my upcoming giveaway. And did you know it's National Crafting Month? Get ready for National Quilting Day on March 21! I also talk about the class on Colors and Curves I took yesterday and two books she recommended. Plus, I finally do a couple of week's worth of listener feedback.

Mentioned in this episode:

Intuitive Color and Design: Adventures in Art Quilting by Jean Wells

Vivacious Curvy Quilts (which I may have misnamed in the episode--If I did, I'm sorry), by Dianne S. Hire

Episode 176 In Which I Got Some New Toys 2-22-15

In this episode I feel like I got a bit rambly, but I think it's okay because I still gave a lot of information about tools, notions, apps, and books that I've recently gotten my hands on. Plus a Sandy update about what I'm currently working on. Listener Feedback will happen next week, so get those comments in!

Felt Magazine (which I mistakenly referred to in the episode as "Felted")

Embellish Magazine

Tray Dyeing: Exploring Colour, Texture and Special Effects by Clarie Benn and Leslie Morgan

Quiltography App 

Supreme Slider

Episode 173 In Which We Experiment 2-1-15

It's snowing! And that means pretty, pretty colors spring to life in my basement. In this episode, I announce the winners of the 2015 Quilty Resolutions Giveaway and a throw-down-the-gauntlet challenge between me and Sandi of Quilt Cabana Corner podcast and blog involving snow-dyes. I also talk about the possible chance of a meet-up in Kansas in June. I give an update of my current quilty projects, talk a little bit about reading plans for 2015, and do some listener feedback.

Website for the Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival (June 19-21): http://kcrqf.com/

The book podcasts I refer to in this episode are:

Daisy of Very Lazy Daisy Quilts podcast and blog lifted these up to my notice, although they've also been talked about by Tanesha of Crafty Garden Mom podcast and blog as well.

The books I referenced are:

The Audible audiobooks I referenced are:

And, finally, the monthly short story magazine subscription I mentioned is One Story, at www.one-story.com

Episode 171 In Which We Talk 2015 Quilty Resolutions 12-31-14

I'm skipping the "travelogue" portion of report on my trip to Burma/Myanmar for now (and explain that a little bit in this episode). Meanwhile, back to our regularly scheduled programming--it's time for 2015 Quilty Resolutions! In this episode I give a Sandy Update about what I'm currently working on, as well as a summary of how I did on my own 2014 quilty resolutions. Then I announce the 2015 Quilty Resolution Challenge!

I'll have a submission form and Rafflecopter up on my blog sometime before the end of this week so you can enter my 2015 Quilty Resolution Challenge Giveaway. Have fun thinking of what you want to do!

Episode 169 In Which I Do Embroidery 11-16-14

No take-backs! I promise--this one will stay. I'm done messing with your minds for awhile. In this episode, I talk about machine quilting words and doing some hand embroidery. Plus the usual listener feedback. This may or may not be the last episode I'm able to post before skipping the country. If I don't manage one next week, I'll catch ya on the rebound!

Episode 167 In Which I Actually Get Some Quilting Done 10-26-14

In this episode, I talk about what I learned from my latest Craftsy class and was able to immediately put to use on my current project; I also review two books (see below for links). 

In this episode:

Dot-to-Dot Quilting with Angela Walters (Craftsy Class)

Shape by Shape: Free-Motion Quilting with Angela Walters

Hand Dyeing Yarn and Fleece by Gail Callahan

(Craftsy and Amazon links in these show notes help support this podcast and blog. Thanks!)

Episode 161 In Which My Mouth Hurts 7-6-14

In this episode, I manage not to whine--at least, not much--about a tooth emergency that happened. But mostly, I announce the winner of the 2014 Quilty Resolutions 2d Quarter Check-in giveaway, talk about quilt projects I've completed and what I'm working on now, and a bit about holographic threads, paint sticks, and all sorts of sparkly pretties. 

Episode 160 In Which I Talk about Quilty Resolutions 6-29-2014

2014 is halfway in the bag! How did I miss that? In this episode, I announce (officially) the Second Quarter 2014 Quilty Resolutions Check-in Giveaway and Linky party. It's on my blog--click here for the actual post with the Rafflecopter giveaway and linky party. (The deadline is next Saturday.) I also give a Sandy update, and then talk about my own quilty resolutions and what staying focused has helped me to achieve so far this year. 

Episode 158 In Which I've Got Some Reviews 5-31-14

In this episode, I have a short announcement, give a Sandy Update mostly around the near-catastrophes of free motion quilting but with happy endings, review some books and products, and do (finally!) some listener feedback.

Mentioned in this episode:

Radiant Landscapes, by Gloria Loughman (C&T Publishing, 2013)

The Complete Photo Guide to Art Quilting, by Susan Stein (Creative Publishing International, 2012)

Free Motion Quilting Workbook, by Angela Walters (C&T Publishing/Stash Books, 2014)

Sticky Fabri-Solvy (Sulky)

Wash-Away Thread (YLI)

Vanish-Lite Water Soluble Thread (Superior)

Website recommended by listener Lauren: http://www.colourlovers.com

Textile art webzine recommended by listener Carol: grumpyandmad.blogspot.com

(Using Amazon links in these show notes helps support this podcast and blog. Thanks!)

Episode 157 In Which I Went on Retreat 5-19-14

Okay, so I actually recorded this on Monday night but am just getting around to posting it tonight. Oops. But nothing's gone out of date, so we're good! In this episode, I talk about what I accomplished on retreat, and include a few product recommendations and reviews. Pictures of my retreat projects will appear on the blog later.

In this episode:

"Building Blocks" pattern by Jackie of Sew Excited Designs, available on Craftsy (Definitely check it out!)

Sew-Ezi Table

Quick Ripper seam ripper (The price seems to vary a bit every time I look at it on Amazon, so keep an eye on it.)

Banjees wrist wallet by Sprigs

Dog collar purses by Daisy Couture (And yes, most of you could make those yourselves. I prefer to support someone else's desire to make them. But I don't need to talk about that again.)

Episode 154 In Which I'm Luminous and Thready 4-16-14

In this episode, I start with another in the "12 mistakes to learn from" series of 2014; then we move on to announce a newcomer in the podcasting world (woot!), give an app review, talk about luminosity in quilts, and some yummy yummy thread I've been using lately.

Find Ms. Lottie's new podcast here: The Slightly Mad Quilt Lady on iTunes or direct from Podbean.

Luminosity quilts:

  • Check out Jinny Beyer's Borealis quilt.
  • This link *should* take you to Pinterest and a search results page for "Luminosity quilts." (If it doesn't work--you're on your own to use the search engine on Pinterest and see what turns up!) My favorites, mentioned in the episode, are "It's About Time" by Janet Stedman and "Lattice Works VI" by Carol Olsen

Superior Thread's website is here.

Episode 151 In Which I'm Playing with Lancaster Toys 3-23-14

I announce the 2014 Quilty Resolutions First Quarter Check-in giveaway and linky party on my blog running this week, and give a quick preview of my Fourth Podcastaversary Giveaway next week! A Sandy Update, a book review, and some listener feedback round things out.

Mentioned in this episode:

Don't forget Daisy's giveaway at her blog: http://www.ldq.outlandishthreads.com.

Book review: Creative Stitching by Sue Spargo