Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween

I missed a sewing weekend in Shipshe, but I had a great time trick-or-treating with the family.  It was worth it!  On the way home from exercise on Saturday I saw the sign- Rummage Sale.  I found the perfect shorts for her costume.  You know I am the queen of last minute.  I couldn't believe that they had 2 boxes of belts and no suspenders.  Being inventive, I took my roll of elastic and sewed in into the shorts for suspenders.
Delaney wanted to be a nerd, and I think her costume turned out well.

Mason wanted to be a Popeye, but he settled for a clown at the last minute

Gavin just got dressed up for fun

Sydney had her face painted at the library.  They did an amazing job!

Here's the three youngest together and looking happy about it!  What a fun evening together as a family.  Sydney didn't join us because she had other plans.

Monday, October 24, 2011

A first for me

This is a customer quilt.  She wanted 60 degree diamonds in the border.  I am sure there must have been an easier way to accomplish this, but I wasn't able to figure it out.  It was difficult to make it work out when I went around the corners.  I struggle with marking light fabrics.  I have heard horror stories about marking pencils, so I only use school chalk.  I did freehand leafy design in the middle and did SID on the skinny border.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Where I've been

I have to apologize for my sparatic blogging.  I have been a lot busy with the new crew.  This is all of the day time crew.  I have one little one that I put on the bus, but she isn't here very long.  These little ones keep me hopping!  Every day is an adventure.  They all look so innocent in the picture.  Can you tell which one give me the most problems?  The 2 little ones on the floor are just two months apart.
This little guy is just 3 months old.  I was afraid what would happen if I put him in the picture with the other kids.  They all love him just a little too much!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Quilt Shop Rant

I am currently smitten with several lines from French General.  I really wanted some, so I went online at and did a search for fat eighth bundles.  I have NEVER had any problems with any fabric purchases online.  I promptly ordered on September 30th, and waited an waited for it to come.  I of course ordered several other things as well.  When it didn't come after almost 2 weeks, I sent them an email to the address on their website.  Still I waited and waited and no communication.  I received my order a little over 2 weeks after it was placed.  Hurray!  The fabric was beautiful.  I purchased 5 yards of one piece of fabric for backing.  When I measured it to piece the backing....4 yards and 17".  UGH!!  Ok, it was on sale so couldn't complain too much.  1/2 yard shortage was only $2.50.  I don't even know what possessed me to measure it.  I have never once measured an online purchase for accuracy.

I decided I would email them (once again to the address on the website).  I waited 2 days and heard nothing.  On the 3rd day, I decided I would call them and let them know that the email address on the website didn't work correctly.  This is where it starts to go South!

When the store clerk answered the phone, instead of talking to me, she was talking to a customer at the shop.  She asked to put me on hold.  My patience is still doing well, but it is declining.  When she comes back on, I explained the sistuation.  She is still only half listening to me and is still talking to another customer.  Good Grief!  She rudely says, "so you want a credit".  I explain that it isn't really worth processing for $2.50, but I wanted to let them know that their email wasn't working correctly.  She blurts out (no other way of putting this), that I am probably in her spam folder. What??  Why would you put customers in the spam folder, and wouldn't you check that daily? (just makes good business sense to me).  She once again asked my name, and told me she would check on this.  Her words were- "I'm really busy, we are shorted staffed today can I check on this.  Would you like me to call you back?" Umm- I'm really busy too!  Currently I have 6 childen under 3 running around my house.  I politely said sure (Even though I was done with this shop), and gave the clerk my number.  That was on Wednesday- Never did hear a peep and that was 3 days ago.

That $2.50 that I was short wasn't as important as the fact that I didn't have enough fabric for the project at hand.  Is is so hard to say SORRY?  I completely understand how this could happen, but at no point in the conversation did she tell me sorry for the mixup.  The total on my order was over a hundred dollars, and it was obvious that they do not want or need (because they are so busy and under staffed) any future business.  So, Bits 'n Pieces Quilt and Fabric Shoppe in Pelham, NH (, I am sorry you don't love me!  You can rest assured that there are a lot of other online fabric shops out there that love me,  and they love the way I continue to build my resource center.

If you made it to the end of this lengthy post, thanks for letting me vent.  I feel much better now that I have voiced my opinion. 

Cold and Rainy

What to do when it is cold and raining?

Raspberry chocolate chip and pumpkin snickerdoodle.  Yum!  Now to find a good hiding spot from my children.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Something New

During my sewing weekend with my friend Tina was able to clear off a few things from the design wall. I have felt a little overwhelmed by scraps the past few weeks, so I began cutting. I have wanted to make a log cabin quilt for a least 10 years. I find it to be the perfect quilt pattern for scraps. I like to cut all my logs to length before I begin. These logs are 2" in width. I have another log cabin cut out from the scraps that don't qualify as brights. Almost all these fabrics were gifted to me from my non-scrap loving quilting buddies. I think I added about 1/2 yard of various blacks from my stash. Sue, Char, and Nancy, if you're reading this post, I am sure you will see a lot of your leftovers in there. Both my girls love this quilt (which is unbelievable in itself).