Saturday, November 30, 2013

Old Dog, New Trick, and a Milestone

When I was logging into Blogger to do this bloggy thing….. I noticed we passed a milestone.  We have had over 1 million visitors to this - whatever this thing is.  Thank you, and welcome, and have a cup of coffee and stay awhile.

Hope all of you enjoyed the holiday and survived the cooking and cleaning up.  We did.  I even had time to do some online shopping.  (If you think I went out to shop on Black Friday - you really don't know me very well.)  I shopped online earlier in the week too and this arrived yesterday.  Several spools of Aurifil 28 wt. cotton thread.
Let me preface this by saying that at one time - long before we could shop and compare online - I used a quilting weight cotton thread to hand piece (the brand shall remain nameless).  I liked the heft of it and it did a great job joining the patches, but it twisted and knotted and did it's best job to slow me down.  When I discovered better made threads I used DMC Embroider cotton thread (on the spool for machine embroidery) and 50 wt Aurifil for my appliqué and hand piecing.  Wonderful stuff - both of them.  Perfect for appliqué and quite serviceable for hand piecing - but it was a bit thin for hand piecing and I made teeny tiny stitches with it to fill up the seam.  50 wt. Aurifil is still my hands down favorite for appliqué, but I was persuaded by a friend to try the 28 wt for hand piecing.  This is also the weight I use for hand quilting.  It's fabulous for that…..but now I can tell you it's also WONDERFUL for hand piecing.  No twisting, no knots, and it fills up the seam beautifully.  Yes, I can still learn stuff. 

What else did I buy online?  Well, I did some Christmas shopping and I am proud to tell you that I have whittled my list down to 3 more gifts to buy.  I hope to be done shopping by next week and I might not even set foot inside a store.  In honor of Black Friday/Small Business Saturday/Cyber Monday - I even bought myself a gift.  It was NOT something I needed. It was something I wanted.  I saw this on Pinterest this week and I had to have it.

I found the pattern, the linen, and the floss for this fabulous stocking here.  

Yes, I really needed to get something to stitch.  I am in danger of finishing projects //laughs hysterically and wipes tears from eyes//

Besides designing patterns and fabrics for Minick and Simpson and then making those quilts that I design ….. I have the following projects in progress.

I have 2 more blocks to make in my Love Letters quilt (designed by the brilliant Blackbird Designs) Don't even ask me how I will put the blocks together. I haven't gotten there yet.

There is also the Hawaiian quilt I am making.  It is in the homestretch and about 75% hand quilted. It will be a gift. It's supposed to be a surprise gift, but they may or may not read this blog.


There is also Mrs. Billings.  She got another border added on this week.  12 borders done and 3 to go.  I tell myself that I am almost done - but as you can see - the borders do get bigger as you go along.


As it is, I needed to get on a ladder to photograph it.   (It's not pressed yet - hence the ugly masking tape to keep the edges from curling)

So, I really didn't need to get the stocking pattern.  I do have enough to do, but I tell myself that anything I can do to make Small Business Saturday a success is worth it.  That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Oh, and about that milestone! To thank you all for being there, for reading this prose on a regular basis, and supporting our small business - we would like to send out a gift to someone who comments on this post.

Comment before midnight December 3rd and you could win the kit for the 1868 quilt and our book Quilts and Rugs - which has the instructions for it.



Laurie

112 comments:

finster37 said...

My shopping is almost finished and all on line.Would love to win your give away.

Janet said...

Congratulations on your milestone! I always enjoy my visits here. The stocking is fantastic - I can see how you had to have it :0) Your Mrs Billings is absolutely wonderful! All your lovely fabrics mixed up together work perfectly. I look forward to the next border! Using a ladder for a picture is a good trick - I will have to remember that one.

Jill said...

Mrs. Billings is looking great, looking forward to see more as it grows. Congrats on the milestone, that is a big one!

Patti said...

I love your Mrs Bilingsley quilt. Every time I see it I am tempted to start it but help I'm drowning in UFO's!

moosecraft said...

No Black Friday for me neither... I did do some "Smart Saturday" shopping (that's what I call it) and bought handmade stuff (online) to give as gifts this year! As I try each year to make all the gifts myself... I always run short of time and have to "hire" some of the many talented handcrafters around the good ol' USA! lol! I'd LOVE the chance to win this 1868 kit! It's one of my favorite designs from your book... Happy Thanksgiving And yes... Hurray for Aurifil!!! :-)

katyquilts said...

Love your projects and congrats on the milestone!

sew4given AT aol DOT com

Becca said...

I love your blog! Now you have me itching to cross-stitch again……I love that stocking!

Doreen B said...

Congratulations! Always enjoy for blog. Thanks for the chance to win the great giveaway.

Sherrill said...

Ummm, NO you didn't need that stocking (but it is beautiful). I honestly do not know how you get so much accomplished! I'm just a slug, I guess. LOL Thanks for the giveaway!

Tina said...

Oh my goodness! I think the fabric chosen for your Love Letters block is just beautiful! Are the reds and blues from your fabric line? I also have to say the Mrs. Billings is amazing. I can't wait to see it finished!

Maxine said...

I made most of my Christmas gifts (knitted objects) and finished the last one in September. Only 2 or 3 left to buy from some store or online. I need another stitching project, so I hope I win this gift.

sophie said...

Your comment on the remaining border for your Mrs. Billings reminded me of my wise niece, who when making her first quilt with me, noted that when making a quilt, each step takes longer than the one before.

Kudos on your million visitors mark and thank you for an opportunity in the giveaway.

Monica said...

Mrs. Billings is looking fantastic. I was sooooo close to buying the pattern at festival but held back at the last moment. I'm still not feeling brave enough to tackle it. So for now I shall live vicariously through your's.

Margaret said...

All of your projects are gorgeous, of course. Love your designs, love your work. You are both amazing! Thanks for the giveaway!

Karen @ libertystarquilts said...

You're welcome!! But really we are thanking you for having such a great blog! And the great designs! And the great inspiration! And great giveaways! Thank you!

Irenbjor said...

Happy Holidays to you both .
I discovered 28 wt Aurifil a few yrs ago on Jinnybeyer.com Jinny Beyer's website. As you know she has been hand piecing and hand quilting only, for about 35 yrs..She used to use another brand that is no longer available to us. Yes, I agree with you on this thread that is why I was hoping you wwould sell it in small spools like you do the 50..:)

darlynn said...

Ok, I have been following for years (?) but not posted a comment. obviously I enjoy your work, hence the following. but ya got me with the give away. here's to a million more visits!

Paula said...

Congrats on the milestone. It's definitle y agreat one. Loving Mrs Billings. It is looking really great.

Shannon said...

You had me at the first picture (I adore that fabric line, and have made several items from it!).

It's fun to have a blog, and to see it grow. :)

Have a blessed Christmas and Holy Season!

rebecca said...

Fabulous to hear you will be visiting our Guild this Winter. I happen to have a couple books in need of your signature! I am a huge fan!

Also, glad to hear your in finishing mode. Wink!

Nancy in MT said...

I've been admiring your 1868 quilt for awhile, love the appilque and the folk art look and of course the fabrics.

Mary said...

I love your products and really enjoy reading your blog. My shopping is almost finished, too. What do you get for your mom when she's 90 and has everything she wants? It's a dilemma. Congratulations on finishing your shopping and on your milestone!

Jacqueline said...

Oh how boring our lives would be if we had all of our projects done.. I realize I have the attention span of a gnat so I need 2 or 3 things going at the same time.

Congrat's on your milestone and happy holidays to you and yours.

Oh and thanks for a chance at your give away.

Kristen King said...

I think if I hit 1million visits I may just pass out! Congratulations your projects are always amazing!

Carol said...

That's a great milestone! Mrs Billings is a wonderful pattern - it is getting really close to being finished.

Gayle said...

Seems like you're getting a LOT accomplished! I love reading your blog and seeing the pictures you share with us! Thanks for a great giveaway!

Karen M said...

I agree with you. I think we must guard against having all of our projects finished. That is why it is imperative to continue buying more. Thanks so much for the chance to win.

Pat said...

Congratulations on your milestone!!! That is a major one for sure. LOVE the stocking....I'm having stitch envy right now.I adore all of your fabrics and they play so nice together.

Lisa said...

Thanks for sharing your works in progress. A few projects going keeps it interesting, don't you think?! Congratulations on a million. The 1868 quilt is breathtakingly lovely.

Julee said...

Congrats on your milestone!!!! Mrs. Prose always reads your prose and I have many of your patterns & books. Thanks for the giveaway.

christineschoon said...

Congratulations for reaching this milestone!! I love your Mrs. Billings!! You're doing a wonderful job!! Thanks for all the tips on thread. A good advice is always welcome. Thanks for a chance to win.

linda said...

Congrats on the milestone! Hope you enjoy the next million!

Joan and Kevin said...

Wow! You have had a lot of visitors. Love your blog!
Thanks for the giveaway!

PamKittyMorning said...

Congratulations on your big milestone!

Melva said...

Love love all of your projects. No Black Friday here either. Still working on birthday shopping and starting holiday decorating. Having so much fun.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! Polly and Laurie! One million visitors all having the same interests in quilting and rug hooking - yay!! Thank you for keeping us inspired to create lovely things.

Barbara Stillman in
Cumming, GA

Kathryn said...

I, too, would never be caught shopping during Black Friday. Had a wonderful holiday and hope you did too.

quilter said...

Congratulations on your milestone! I enjoy reading your blog, love those Midwinter Reds. I thought Michigan was going to pull off that last play...what a thrill it would have been...but there is next year.
Gloria
gyates625@bellsouth.net

dortha said...

Congratulations on the milestone. Keep those posts coming.

Vicki said...

Congratulations on your milestone! Your stocking is wonderful, and Mrs. Billings is gorgeous! Can't wait to see her finished. Thanks for the great giveaway.

Chelle (Dana) said...

I never go shopping on Black Friday either. I'm really enjoying watching your progress on your quilts. I love how your Mrs. Billings is coming along. How do you turn out your own gorgeous patterns and still get so many other things done? I'm just now starting to learn to do some hand piecing, so I may have to order the thread you are talking about to try.

mary said...

I actually went out this year to JC Penney - trying to help their business and got bargains and a long long line but oh well it was my decision. I love your patterns and would love to receive a present!! thanks Mary in Austin

WoolenSails said...

I always love seeing what new things you are working on and love that you have quilting and rug hooking in your books, since I do both. Would love a chance to win a copy of the book.

I got a few things for my stash today to go with ones I have bought, lots of quilting for me, for the next year.

Debbie

allcounty said...

What an wonderful milestone. No Black Friday for me either. Love looking at your wonderful quilts.

Karin E:)

Mary said...

Congratulations! You have lots of faithful admirers including me! All your updates look terrific. Thanks for the chance to win a great kit and book.

Mary

AJ GM said...

1 million! Wow. That's pretty special. There are politicians ans celebrities that don't even have that!!!

saltandpepper said...

Congratulations of your millionth visitor! I love the 1868 quilt and have admired it for awhile now. No Black Friday shopping for me either. Some online shopping this weekend and will get to the local small shops also. ~Christine

Laurie in Iowa said...

Love your Mrs. Billings quilt in progress. It does look challenging.
Thanks for another wonderful giveaway.

scottylover said...

I love your Hawaiian quilt! I'm sure whoever receives it will love it, too!

Congratulations on your big milestone, too!

Sandy A

audrey said...

Congrats on your amazing milestone! Love seeing your wips. Ms. Billings is looking fabulous in those colors. Thanks for a great giveaway.:)

Jenny said...

Congratulations on your milestone, I find your work inspiring!

Becky said...

Congratulations on reaching this milestone! Merry Christmas!

Jackie at Adirondack Urban said...

It sure looks like you have plenty to keep you busy! Everything is looking really great!

Sharon S said...

I love your Mrs. Billings quilt. Love the point & click shopping too!

Vicky said...

Congrats on 1MM visitors! That's quite a milestone! Your hand work is stunning, all of them. The Hawaiian quilt is especially wonderful! Thanks for the tip on the 28 wt. Will pick some up and give it a whirl.

Kristy said...

1868 is a fabulous quilt. I sure hope all Million visitors don't leave comments, because that will really lower my chances of getting this gift!! Well, someone will be very happy! soardkgatfusedotnet

Janet said...

Mrs. Billings is just gorgeous! And what fun it was to open up today's post to see Bar Harbor - I made 3 quilts from that line!

Congrats on your milestone - and thanks for all the inspiration!

Susan Smith said...

Mrs. Billings looks great!! I did some online shopping on Black Friday---didn't dare venture out to stores! I'd love to win something for me for fun. Thanks for the chance!

Laurie said...

....if I had a nickel for every project I "needed" to start I could retire! And then maybe I'd get some of them done! Love your blog - thanks for a chance to win - laurie

llsbaskets at Comcast dot net

Anonymous said...

I know exactly what you mean about buying a new project because you are almost out, even though there are many you already own! I do the same. Thank you for such a nice blog and beautiful fabrics and patterns. Happy Holidays!
Beth F.

Nyla said...

Great milestone and I'm so impressed that you're almost done shopping! I just started today. Your projects all look great and your stocking kit will be fun! Thanks for the chance to win and Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Colleen said...

Congratulations on your milestone! Every visit I have made here has been enjoyable! The stocking is wonderful too.

Sharrieboberry said...

Sometimes, we MUST buy those projects and kits because we do not know when they will no longer be available. AND we know we are helping the creative team behind the product!

All good, in my book!

Congratulations on the milestone in visitors!

Susan said...

I do enjoy reading your blog. Its one of my staples. I can understand why so many come to visit. Your work is beautiful. I am a fan of your red, white and blues. Miss Billings is fabulous. So much work to get this far. Thanks for sharing the stocking. How cool is that.
My black friday shopping consisted of stocking up on DMC floss I found on sale and a new Ott light. Happy Holidays! Thanks for all the interesting posts.

kathyr said...

Congratulations on Your blog milestone. Well deserved. Also, thanks for the tip for hand piecing thread. I've never found the right fit. I will give,this a try.

SandyG said...

Thank you very much for your tip regarding thread for hand piecing. Hand piecing was the way I was taught to piece and quilt. Your Mrs. Billings is beautiful, stunning, your fabrics were made for her. Black Friday was a work day and Saturday we took advantage of the warmer MI temp to finish up yard work.

Linda C said...

l think l may just need that stocking kit too!! And l have entered your giveaway, because can you believe l don't own THAT book!! But don't worry, if l don't win, l should be able to get one Next Year!!! LOL

Linda C said...

P.S. Congratulations on your milestone. Its a wonderful feat!

Ruththequilter said...

Hi,
Just to add to many 'congratulations''. Your blog is always a good read and very informative.
Wishing you many more milestones.
Ruth

Lee said...

Your Mrs. Billings quilt is beautiful- even with the masking tape on the ends... Congrats and thank you for sharing!

Dot said...

I am thankful that I am not the only one with multiple projects still in the works, thanks for sharing!

sunporchquilts said...

Your "//laughs hysterically and wipes tears from eyes//" made me laugh out loud! Surely none of us _need_ more projects, but if you see something you really like you need to get it or spend forever wishing you had. I have several on the go now too, including an abbreviated version of Love Letters.

Diane said...

Congratulations on your milestone! It is a great blog to read, always with lots of eye candy and wit. Thanks for the giveaway!

mascanlon said...

Congratulations! what a milestone! thank you for sharing your projects with us all, so inspiring.

krisgray said...

Wow - what a milestone! Your projects are lovely! We traveled over the holiday and I am ashamed to say that we have not purchased one gift. Although, I do have one "under the needle."

Glynette said...

Congrats!
Love your stocking!
And I'm also amazed you are almost finished shopping.
Soooooooo envious.

Fran said...

MERRY CHRISTMAS, Laurie & Polly!!
LOVE you BOTH!!!!
YEAH for the RED, WHITE & BLUE!!

Betty in MO said...

Congratulations!!! That is a milestone.
Thanks for the chance to win your give away. Would love to have it.
Betty in MO

Buckeye Quilter said...

I love the 1868 quilt and the colors. I hope to win the kit! I can't even imagine going out in those crazy crowds on Black Friday. I love the colors on your Love Letters block. Look forward to seeing all of the blocks.

wendy said...

Happy millionth! With both boys' birthdays and then Christmas, I have been shopping on-line like crazy! Still not done though :) Thanks for all the give aways -you do, that is one of my favorites!

MarshaB said...

Congrats on the millionth. I did my share of small business Saturday too. Love the stocking, so cute! Thanks for the giveaways, always so fun to join in!

Kate said...

Congratulations on your milestone! Love reading what you are up to!

Susan W said...

Thank you for all the time and effort you put into your blog. I really enjoy it. Marry Christmas to you and everyone reading this. Now I must check my rolls rising in the oven!

kathy said...

Oh how I love your blog! You crack me up --your Friday night sounds so perfect! I also appreciate all the tips I have learned from your blog (cotton darners and Aurifil). Thanks for the chance to win your new book!

Anonymous said...

I like hearing confirmation that there are others who have multiple projects of quality going at the same time. I am never bored. I love the stocking in today's blog, too.

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

Congratulations! What a great milestone! Your projects are all wonderful and I think you will enjoy the stocking too. I have way too many projects too~ but I'm never bored! LOL Have a happy day!

Tempus fugit said...

This quilt is so nice, I keep my fingers crossed ;-) I love the stocking too !
Anne - Tempus fugit

Starla P said...

I love reading your blog and log on everyday hoping you will have a new post. Your fabrics are beautiful and I have watched your big stitch quilting video and hope to attempt this hand quilting idea soon.

Miss Jean said...

Congratulations! You must be doing something right to have so many devoted followers. I would love to win the kit and book. When I saw Mrs. Billings all I said was, "Holy Moly!" It's going to be awesome. Good job!

Geoff's Mom said...

That is so exciting 1 million..wow! Thanks for supporting my small business as well and I love love love using your fabrics!

Karen in Breezy Point said...

I have been shopping online also, but everything I've bought so far has been for myself--too many good bargains! That stocking is gorgeous and having only 3 more round to go on Mrs. Billings is awesome. I'm going to look into the 28 wt. Aurifil since I have 99 Texas stars to join up--thanks for the tip!

Marsha Jean said...

Major milestone!I did all my shopping before Thanksgiving for a change...still working on a few handmade gifts though.

Robin said...

Thanks for all the info on the thread. I like to hand piece but sometimes the thread is so bulky and stiff. There is always something to learn and I appreciate you sharing what works for you.

the girlfriend gap said...

we love you and everything you do:) Appreciate the insight on the thread. janita

Carol Sc said...

I enjoy reading that you have more than one project going at one time. I find that, when I am working on one, I get ideas for another --- so many quilts, so little time. Happy Holidays to Minick and Simpson and families.

SharoninStitches said...

Happy Hols! I just ordered some basic colors in Aurifil 50 and 24, based on your recommendations. looking forward to getting them! Thanks for the info! Congrats on the milestone too!

sue said...

Congrats on reaching a milestone! Love you Mrs. Billingsly quilts.

marie said...

Wow----love the giveaway. My shopping is about done also, mostly online, no black Friday weekend for me.

Anonymous said...

LAURIE, CONGRATS ON THE MILESTONE! I LOOK FORWARD TO READING YOUR POSTS. I AM AN AVID SUPPORTER OF THE SMALL BUSINESS/BUY LOCAL, AS MY HUSBAND'S FAMILY HAS 2 BUSINESSES IN A2. THEY ARE WHAT KEEPS A ROOF OVER MY HEAD AND HELPS SUPPORT MY QUILTING HABIT.I WOULD ENJOY THE SPECIAL PRIZE IF MY POST IS SELECTED! :) UNTIL NEXT TIME.

FONDLY, AN A2 QUILTER

farmhousequilter8 said...

Love your blog and would love to win,

Robin T said...

I did some shopping online for quilt goodies and of course to do my part to support the quilt businesses. I definitely didn't need the items I purchased, but they were discounted and hard to resist. Early Christmas to me!!!

Cynthia Meredith said...

Thanks for the tip on using Aurifil 28 weight. It still seems miraculous that we can access all these designs and supplies so easily through the internet.

Cathy said...

Love your blog. You are so generous to offer this kit. Happy holidays to you and your family.

Sue Bennett said...

My shopping is almost finished. Great feeling. I love Mrs Billings. That is on my to do list.

suebennett1975@gmail.com

kmcallister said...

I have only bought TWO gifts! Thanks for the chance to win - if I win, that will be MY gift.

Becky S. said...

I love all of your WIP's. Your Mrs. Billings quilt is gorgeous! I love visiting your blog. Thanks for the great giveaway.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

What an amazing milestone!! I did go out with my daughter late on Friday. It was more of a time to share together then to find "deals". The cyber sales were too enticing, and I found a wonderful collection of Midwinter Reds, and a copy of Nantucket that went into my shopping cart :-) Now we wait for the mail lady!

SPM said...

Thanks for the tip about the thread. I am a long time quilter who has recently started rug hooking. Talk about projects that need to be done!!

Molly Hinchcliffe said...

just found your blog after falling for midnight reds and trying to get more information on where to find it. I'm inspired to start quilting again after stopping for 3 years. And my old UFO's will still be there. Thanks for the inspiration.

woolwoman said...

I am so impressed you are going to stitch the Quaker Stocking - I've had that kitted forever probably since it was first released. WOW - some gorgeous things - LOVE the BBD block. Thanks for offering the giveaway - I'd love to win! thanks Melody

Barb in Mi said...

Congrats on your milestone - and buying something for yourself! The stocking is fabulous! Thanks for a chance!

olsons@gctel.net said...

I love your blog, and seeing all the interesting projects you are working on. It's wonderful.

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