Monday, February 4, 2013

Going to QuiltCon!

Are you going to QuiltCon?  I am!  The Modern Quilt Guild is running a link party, encouraging folks to share headshots so we can kind of recognize each other.  Smart.

QuiltCon Snapshot

This is just a screen capture from a video I shot for Curves Class last week.  So... that's me, like now.  I'll tell you more about the quilt in the background later.   If you're going to QuiltCon and want to participate, you can find the MQG's blog post here.  It's fun to "see" who's going!





We're also to share 5 things people might not know about ourselves:

no. 1  I love philosophy.  Also, diagramming sentences.  But... given the general backlash against diagramming, I'm nervous to introduce this delightful exercise in our homeschool.

no. 2  I studied ballet quite seriously throughout my childhood with the intent of going professional.  I still dance now for exercise.  Love it!

no. 3  I really want to have another baby.  My husband is 85% "yes".  You can bet that as soon as he is 100% (I'm thinking it's inevitable) I will sit down with a pencil and notepad and start planning a "sewing for baby" class.  It will be epic.

no. 4  Don't lean over the sewing machine while your child is winding a bobbin.  Bad things can happen.   Guess how I know?

how not to wind a bobbin...

Fortunately, that hair is still attached to my head.  But, wow, did it wind a tight coil!

no. 5  This spring I am going backpacking with my husband for the first time.  Like no bathrooms, no running water... backpacking for 2 nights.  I am a teeny bit excited now, but when the big day comes I know I'm going to be kicking myself for agreeing.

pratice, practice

This morning I have been practicing Oh, Fransson's Dogwood Quilting Pattern with the intent of giving it a go on my Vintage Tangerine quilt.  I am not at all confident about my abilities here, but Aria saw my practice bit and exclaimed joyfully, "Mommy, it's BEEEEAutiful!" So, that helped.  She is now making that practice bit into a purse (hence the bobbin winding).

Love that girl!

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  1. Ooo I'm going too! I'm so excited! Taking any workshops? I would love to say hello to one of my favorite bloggers:)

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    1. Yes I am! I'm taking FMQ with Elizabeth Hartman on Thursday and Designing Mini Quilts with Lizzy House on Friday. Saturday I'll be at lectures and Sunday at the show. I'm really excited about the quilt show, so it will be fun to have that for last!

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  2. I had the bobbin hair thing happen last week. Thankfully, I just ripped a couple of my hair strands out. I was letting my daughter wind the bobbin. See you at QuiltCon.

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  3. Fun tidbits about you! My son is deep into grammar this year in school. Diagramming sentences came for me in 7th or 8th grade. I remember liking it too though I'm not so sure he will!

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  4. I'm going too.

    I used to love diagramming sentences...

    I think you should plan the sewing for baby class now, and then if you do have the baby you should rest. :)

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    1. Ah, words of wisdom. But, I can't let myself plan it now or I'll be even more bummed if it doesn't work out. It's not just him saying "yes", it's also the whole pregnancy happening =). We'd have some work to do before we can start trying.

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  5. Diagramming sentences sounds fun to me! Ouch about the hair. So will you be weirded out if I do see you at QuiltCon and ask for your picture with me?

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    1. See, you too about the sentences! Maybe it's a quilter thing =). I'd love to take a picture with you. Will try to look cute ;)

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  6. That's a great picture of you! Fun facts (the sewing for baby class would definitely be epic!), and I love your quilting practice.

    Also, yikes. That must have seriously hurt!

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  7. Oh my word!! That looks like it hurt!! Glad you were able to save your hair!!

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    1. Thanks. It wasn't too bad! Mostly, I felt silly.

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  8. WooHoo!!! I'm so happy to learn that you will be going to QuiltCon.

    I LOVE diagramming sentences, it was one of my favorite things in English class, next to reading the Classics.

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  9. I'll see you there!

    When Avery was little, she went to look at the top of my machine and her hair got caught in the wheel on the side. I was horrified, even though it didn't hurt her. Ever since I've been extra vigilant about making sure no one is next to my machine when I sew.

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  10. so looking forward to meeting you!

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  11. Definitely teach diagramming sentences. My mom taught that when we were homeschooled and it was a huge help later with foreign languages (I did spanish and russian).

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  12. well, now that you put it out on the internet that your husband is 85% yes, the pressure is ON! :) he'll have no choice but to say yes! ;) the sewing class sounds awesome! and ack! - i would have never thought of that with the bobbin!

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    1. Yes, the pressure has been on.... But, he doesn't read my blog AT ALL so he'll not know I said this. I'll admit the percentage estimation is mine. He doesn't think in percentages about decisions. How strange, right? wink.

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  13. I love your list Rach! So wish I was going :(

    Also, why don't you ever teeth smile? You have great teeth!

    I love #2, I don't think I knew that. And I agree that diagramming sentences is amazing. Do they not teach that in school anymore? Why?

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    1. I think I teeth smile in real life, but I never like those pictures. Thanks though!

      Some schools don't teach diagramming anymore. Apparently, lots of people hate it so vehemently that the teachers decided it wasn't worth it. Or maybe there's another reason they decided it wasn't worth it? Anyways, I loved it. It's kind of like math + language, haha. Aria will probably like it then. She LOVES math.

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  14. I'm going to QuiltCon too and will get a chance to meet you in Lizzy House's class! I'm so excited to be making the trip from Vancouver, Canada!

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    1. Cool! Lizzy House has such a great sense of design. I'm excited to glean from her!

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  15. ... What is diagramming sentences? :-D
    Great fun facts, Rachel. Good luck with the extra 15%
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  16. Rachel it will be so good to see you again and catch up!
    I can't believe your hair in that bobbin, another bad idea is letting your son zoom an electric car over your head the hair goes right around those little wheels.

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    1. OH my! Good to know. I am officially warned ;) Yes, it will be great to see you again!

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  17. My daughter attends a school that is 2 days home school and we use Shurley Grammar. She is in 4th grade classifying indirect objects! A great curriculum.

    No babies in my future, but love sewing for my friends'! :)

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  18. No Quiltcon for me this year, but Houston in October, Yea! My first big quilt show! I just have to say I giggled about the hair in the bobbin, you know you could start a quilt trend with hair! Have fun and sew on!

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  19. eeeeeeeek, your hair! and i loved diagramming sentences; it helped quite a bit with learning foreign languages to understand the underlying structure of our own language. too bad we don't teach this more holistic approach anymore.

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  20. I so wish I could go but can't unless we win the Lotto here in England. OUCH that must have hurt. I just have to tell you how pretty you are. Only my Uncle Bill ever told me and my mom said he was only saying it to be nice. So now I tell every who is really pretty, which you are, that they are pretty so they know. My mother wasn't a nice person at all.

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  21. So jealous of your quilt con trip! Wish I was going. As a former English teacher, I also have always loved diagramming sentences. And personally, I think they help children understand the relationship of all the words in a sentence but that is not a popular opinion :)

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  22. It's so great that you're going!! How exciting! And I hope you can have that baby! I want another one too, but my husband is at 10% yes, 85% seems like an impossibility, I'm jealous :)

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  23. Fun post to read Rachel! Oh that hair bobbin thing!? Sorry but I did giggle! glad it didnt hurt but then I read you comment saying it just made you feel silly and I giggled again! Good luck with the baby hope we happy news this year!

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    1. Thanks, Rebecca! A giggle is the perfect response =)

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  24. I am excited that QuiltCon is around the corner. Since I live in Austin I signed up to be a super volunteer. I will be working both Saturday and Sunday.

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  25. Ouch! That didn't look good - glad to hear you were able to unwind your hair somehow and that you didn't have to settle for some scissors instead.

    Awesome to know you will be at QuiltCon. I'm SO jealous of everyone that is going. I mean, I live in Austin. I have no excuse! Unfortunately, I won't be able to make any of the lectures or workshops due to my little one's 3rd birthday. I will be going to the show, though! Does that count?

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  26. Oh no- another reason for short hair for me- I'd do that for sure. Hope our paths cross at QuiltCon.

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  27. You're much braver than I. I would never, ever go back packing. I can't live without an actual bathroom LOL

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  28. I'm going! I'll also be in Lizzy House's Mini Quilt Workshop! :)

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  29. I was about to pay for my registration when a little voice in my head kindly (it was more like a nagging twitch) reminded me it's Sweetie's birthday that weekend. Btw, that dogwood quilt pattern is perfect for your Vintage Tangerine quilt! Love it!

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  30. Backpacking is so much fun! I grew up camping and hiking, many times without a bathroom, and have many great memories of it. In my early 20's I went backpacking in Maine with some friends. One of the best trips as it involved a cross country road trip as well.

    Have fun at QuiltCon and in the wild!

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    1. thanks for the encouragement, Katie! I'm hoping I enjoy it so that it'll be something we can do together. He would love that!

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  31. Jealous! I so wish I had the money to go to quilt con. Maybe next year! Cute picture, btw!

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  32. I am all for diagramming sentences. I didn't know it still existed and I have fond memories.

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  33. Oh poor thing, the hair in the bobbin - OWIE! I really hope we run into each other at QuiltCon. I'll only be there on Saturday and Sunday. I think I will make a QuiltCon post like this as well!

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  34. I hope to meet you in person at QuiltCon! Next year maybe you should offer a workshop called "Diagramming sentences using Text Fabrics." I'd sign up! - Flickr - Sews with Charlie (from last year's handstitched workshop)

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  35. Ouch on the hair! I wouldn't have given it a thought until it was too late either. Looking forward to seeing you at QuiltCon!

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  36. 85% can turn to 100% in no time! :) I'm bummed I won't be at Quiltcon and won't meet you!

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  37. My husband and I hiked the Grand Canyon on our Honeymoon, we weren't hikers haha not sure where we got the idea, it was lots of work, but we have some wonderful memories, #1 thing bring plenty of food :)

    Did you ever get your machine issue sorted out? Your dogwood is looking good, that is actually a very hard pattern to get perfect, so if you keep practicing you will be really good at most FMQ patterns. I wonder if Elizabeth will show it to us in her class!

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    1. Wow, the Grand Canyon!

      Machine issues still in process. My dealer and I are waiting to hear from the Pfaff dealer. Fingers crossed!

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  38. I love diagraming sentences and just thought I was werid for it. Glad to know I am not alone.

    Getting really excited about going to Quiltcon.

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    1. Look at all these other quilters who loved diagramming! We could start a club ;)

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  39. always fun to learn more about you-- the hair in the bobbin looks awfully painful. i would love to take a class on baby clothes with you... (of course, my babe is growing quickly so maybe I'd need to work on hubby for #3?) oh gosh, did i just admit that on the internet?!?!

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  40. ps- i'm going to quiltcon too!

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  41. Enjoy QuiltCon!

    Definitely teach diagramming sentences! It's an incredible way of teaching/learning grammar.:) You can hear the difference when people speak--and it's visible when they write. Or type. Communications in general! lol

    Good for you for dancing for exercise! I returned to the ballet barre about two years ago to learn to stop looking at my feet when I walk. Too many injuries over the years! I found a terrific teacher who was willing to work with me, picking up where physical therapy ended. I discovered I did not like going to the gym, but I can handle two ballet classes (30-minute sessions--just enough to keep me on the right track) per week! :)

    Hair in the bobbin winder? *eek* Thankfully, mine is shorter now, so it shouldn't be an issue when Miss Curious (cousin's five-year-old daughter) starts sewing in a couple of years! I'm ready for her to start now! :)


    Taja

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  42. oh my goodness that hair!!! so glad you didn't loose it! xoxo

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  43. Whoa!! I would have freaked out about the hair thing...glad that's sorted out. :) And seriously...Brandon is up to 85% in for the baby?!?! Yahoooooooooo! ha ha! Can't wait to see you soon!!

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  44. OMGosh, the hair, I can't get passed the hair. Love the dogwood quilting.

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