Friday, January 29, 2016

WHEW!

                                    
The year is off and running and I feel I am already playing catch up!
Whilst preparing for my upcoming BOM 2016 launch and my participation in BLOCK STOCK 2016, I took a break and went for a trip:)
Because that is what you do........

This is Rosemary's Quilt Shop in Highland, Illinois.  I used to live about 10 miles from here and her shop is just lovely!  She has rooms she will rent out to quilters so you can eat and quilt here for days...oh, and sleep if you need to :)
The house is full of beautiful antiques and walking through at night petting the fabric feels decadent.
There was a group of us that did it just before I was transferring to NC in 2007 and I really missed it.  I was able to fly out once again in 2011.
HERE is the post from 2011....

We had SEW much fun quilting and eating:)  There is a fantastic Chinese restaurant a couple of blocks away and I do miss it!
Looks like my friend Suzn Quilts was working on Dresdens even then!
The crew is a bit smaller now but just as much fun was had by all.
 
I was able to fly out a few days early and spend time junking and antiquing with my sweet friend.  Those treasures are for another post! 
Time spent with friends is so precious and rejuvenating so think about booking a retreat today!

Saturday, January 2, 2016

HAPPY 2016

It was a very quiet evening here at the Koehler rez with drinks in our pjs and nosh and puppy snuggles (one because he was terrified of the fireworks outside).

Now the new year is upon us all and that invigorating feeling of a clean slate and possibilities looms before us.  I waste every clean slate put in front of me but I don't stop being excited that it is there and what I may or may not do with it this time:) 

There are those that choose a WORD for the year and I have done that a couple of times in the past but again I get side tracked and forget all about it.  This year I wasn't going to do a word until I went down the rabbit hole on FB to one of those--Type your name here and I will tell you your future--type sites. I know they are a crock but the first word that came up was CHANGE and with my husband retiring from 30 years military service this year, it seemed HUGELY appropriate:) When I posted this on my FB page, his response was, " at least it wasn't PANIC". LOLOLOLOL!!!!

Kidding aside, that word does make me pause and wonder how that will and / or could affect my life this year. 
There are the changes I can't avoid: 
--He will retire!
--Money will be tight!
--He will be here everyday!
I love him with all my heart but I find my solitude in work a necessity and when he is home the energy changes.  It isn't all his fault, I get distracted very easily! 

Then there are the changes I have control over:
--How to add additional income?
--How do I want to grow my business this year?
--What do I want to leave out of my business this year?

I have control over 'Changing' the way I approach situations and I vow to be more on top of that.

Definitions of CHANGE:
1. The act or instance of making or becoming different.
I can CHANGE how I approach situations.
2. Take or use another instead of.
'Use' Can and Will 'instead of' Try.  More action words.
3. Move from one to another.
'Move' from a place of fear (no one would want that) to a place of, Why Not me??
4. Remove and replace with another of same kind.
 My husband?  Just kidding...I would NEVER!!    
5.  An alteration or modification.
I would like to modify the direction of my business but I just haven't figured that out yet.  The beginning of this year will have some introspection to work on this one.
6.  A new or refreshingly different experience.
I WILL challenge myself to create my own 'refreshingly different experience' by forcing myself out of my comfort zone in business.

As you can see, I don't have to know it all today thankfully.  Instead I will work toward using the word to remind me to think differently and be different than I have in the past.
I see that my biggest change will be my own attitude and isn't attitude 90% of anything:)

Trying to change myself all at once won't work.  It never works for anyone.  It has to be a daily reminder when the negative thoughts pop up to CHANGE that thought to a positive.

What Changes would I like to work on?
- Walk my dogs more frequently.  I am sure they would love that too:)
-Be less of a procrastinator.  This includes NOT carrying over the jobs on my list.  Stick to the list!!
-Take more chances!  This will fall into #3 above.  When an opportunity arises, I will see if it fits my biz plan and then take it!

I feel like this is a very doable direction without being overwhelming.  If I take the AA approach of one minute, one hour,  one day at a time and include one decision at a time, I should make more progress than I have in the past!

So here is to a very productive 2016!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Victorian Boot

DECEMBER

                                       

There was a time when I wanted to live in a Victorian mansion and be surrounded by everything 'Victorian'.  Not that there aren't still those moments, but tastes do change.  When I started designing my BOM though, there just was NO other option than a beautiful Victorian boot for Christmas.  If only I could find one in my size:)  How do you think this would look with jeans?  What is your favorite time period?

As always, the pump is 12" square to fit on the originally designed (by me) Ackfeld metal hanger.
Hopefully you have already signed up for the Starter Kit.  If not, this BOM is open enrollment so still plenty of time. 
Since it is now December 15th, the templates for the Dec shoe are available for purchase on my website BOM 2015 page.
 
**NOW A WORD FROM OUR SPONSOR:)
Originally this project was set up so that you would pay for the templates and they would be an immediate download.  Due to a VAT (Value Added Tax) put into place overseas on digital products, I had very limited options as to how I could keep the digital aspect but not be subjected to a very disorganized new law.
 
When you pay for the templates on my website, a payment notification will be sent to me.  Once I have received this notification, I will then email you the PDFs of the templates.  Please be sure that your email address associated with Paypal is correct so that you can receive these files.  I will email within 24 hours of payment.  Thank you so much for your understanding.
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I am very excited about watching this BOM progress and seeing how all of you use different fabrics to achieve a new shoe each month.  Please share your progress on my FB page.  This is also where you will find additional tips about how I went about making these sweet shoes.
Happy Quilting:)

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

QUILTMAKER 100 Quilt Blocks Volume 12 Blog Hop

HEART BURSTS
 
Good Morning and Welcome to the blog hop for Quiltmaker's 12th Volume of 100 Quilt Blocks.
 
 
This block is so whimsical and SO me:)  I love the applique and the swirly vine too. Showing other layouts is usually what I do here but that will have to wait since it will be featured in the Spring:)
Stay tuned for that~
 
Instead, I would like to share with you an easy way to cut multiples of fusible applique.  Many times I hear quilters say that there is too much applique and that puts them off making and loving certain designs.  This particular block has 8 identical petals and is perfect for cutting multiples.  With this technique, you can cut your work time in third (pun intended:).
 
 
For the petals, cut a fabric strip @ 2-1/2" and a fusible strip @ 2-3/8".  Keeping the fusible strip just a tad narrower than your fabric strip keeps accidental guck (the technical term:) off the ironing board while applying.  Cut strip into 4" sections. 



Trace a petal onto freezer paper.  This will be ironed to the right side of one section.  Stack with the freezer paper template on top.

Binder Clips are our friends!  They give the stack stability while freeing up your non-cutting hand to hold without fear of the stack slipping and without cramping up (I know how intense this can get:).  I can cut up to 4 at a time relatively well with scissors that have a light serrated edge.  Cutting stacks of 3 is a more accurate way to do this when you are just starting out.
As you can see with the petals, I didn't put a clip on the side I would start cutting on.  Once that side is cut, I will place a clip there to keep that side together and reduce slipping.
On the leaf, I did place clips on the side I plan to cut first because the leaf shape is quite a bit larger with more chance of slippage.

Carefully cut your shapes and Wa La, I cut out 4 leaves at once without having to trace each and every piece onto the paper-backed fusible.

My other tip for you today is Roxanne's Glue Baste-It EZ Squeezie (in the accordion bottle).  Once I had all my bias strips done, I just placed a very thin line of glue onto my drawn vine guide and then pressed the vines into place.
 The leaf was fused in place before adding the vines so that once they were all in position I could zig zag stitch everything in place.

Here is a link to a previous post with more information on how to figure out dimensions for other applique projects: http://nestlingsbyrobin.blogspot.com/2015/02/tutorial-cutting-multiples-of-fusible.html
 
NOW TO THE GOOD PART:)))
Leave your comments here before Thursday and I will draw 2 lucky winners for a FREE copy of the new magazine.
 
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Sunday, November 15, 2015

FALL is HERE!

NOVEMBER

I absolutely LOVE Autumn with its cooler days and bright colors.  October is my birthday month so that brings celebration too.  Does anyone else have a season where your creative juices just seem to flow like a raging river after a Spring thaw?  Autumn is that season for me.  Ideas just pop in and out of my mind and some days it feels as if I won't ever get them all filed let alone made in a lifetime!  I am very thankful for that feeling though- It is INVIGORATING:)  What is your season?
This little boot represents my love of Fall attire and they make me feel fantastic when I am rocking a great pair of jeans with a cool pair of boots:)

As always, the pump is 12" square to fit on the originally designed (by me) Ackfeld metal hanger.
Hopefully you have already signed up for the Starter Kit.  If not, this BOM is open enrollment so still plenty of time. 
Since it is now November15th, the templates for the Nov shoe are available for purchase on my website BOM 2015 page.
 
**NOW A WORD FROM OUR SPONSOR:)
Originally this project was set up so that you would pay for the templates and they would be an immediate download.  Due to a VAT (Value Added Tax) put into place overseas on digital products, I had very limited options as to how I could keep the digital aspect but not be subjected to a very disorganized new law.
 
When you pay for the templates on my website, a payment notification will be sent to me.  Once I have received this notification, I will then email you the PDFs of the templates.  Please be sure that your email address associated with Paypal is correct so that you can receive these files.  I will email within 24 hours of payment.  Thank you so much for your understanding.
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I am very excited about watching this BOM progress and seeing how all of you use different fabrics to achieve a new shoe each month.  Please share your progress on my FB page.  This is also where you will find additional tips about how I went about making these sweet shoes.
Happy Quilting:)

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Oh Witchiepoo...


OCTOBER
                                    
I hope someone else got the reference to H.R. Pufnstuf in that title:)  I loved that show on Saturday mornings, the ONLY time you had cartoons.  As I researched some of the spellings I was surprised to see there were only 17 episodes.  It seems like it took up more of my childhood than that:)
Now that my girls are grown and moved, I tend not to decorate for Halloween as much as Autumn in general.  They were my reason for going crazy and now I am so busy that I sometimes forget to decorate at all except for a well placed quilt design of mine here and there. 
This shoe is sooooo cute though and I do have a perfect spot for it!

As always, the pump is 12" square to fit on the originally designed (by me) Ackfeld metal hanger.
Hopefully you have already signed up for the Starter Kit.  If not, this BOM is open enrollment so still plenty of time. 
Since it is now October 15th, the templates for the Oct shoe are available for purchase on my website BOM 2015 page.
 
**NOW A WORD FROM OUR SPONSOR:)
Originally this project was set up so that you would pay for the templates and they would be an immediate download.  Due to a VAT (Value Added Tax) put into place overseas on digital products, I had very limited options as to how I could keep the digital aspect but not be subjected to a very disorganized new law.
 
When you pay for the templates on my website, a payment notification will be sent to me.  Once I have received this notification, I will then email you the PDFs of the templates.  Please be sure that your email address associated with Paypal is correct so that you can receive these files.  I will email within 24 hours of payment.  Thank you so much for your understanding.
**End of message**
 
I am very excited about watching this BOM progress and seeing how all of you use different fabrics to achieve a new shoe each month.  Please share your progress on my FB page.  This is also where you will find additional tips about how I went about making these sweet shoes.
Happy Quilting:)

Thursday, October 8, 2015

I LOVE October!

www.nestlingsbyrobin.com
Hexie Pumpkins
Not just because it is my birth month, but we have somewhat cooler temps in FL (80s instead of 90s) and pumpkin 'everything' comes out of everywhere:) and my FB feed gets bombarded with beautiful Autumn pictures that I am so envious of!  My energy levels jump off the charts (usually) when surrounded by all that color and crispness.  Here in FL not as much but I can feel a difference than before all the aforementioned.  I just want to design design design!
 
This year I haven't had as much time to do so since I was still playing a bit of catch up over my crazy summer and preparing for my trip to Virginia to teach workshops at the Fairfax Quilters Unlimited guild.  If you are in the area, contact them and come play!
Beaded Holly class


Seahorse Workshop
Make sure you tune in for the November, Quiltmaker 100 Quilt Blocks Blog Hop of which I will be participating in for the release of Volume 12.  I have a fun new block in there.
In other good news, I have 2 quilts to finish when I get home for upcoming magazines so stay tuned for that as well. 
If you read this particular post because of the pumpkins, maybe you don't know about my shoe BOM.  Scroll through a few other posts and if you are intrigued, you will want to watch for the fun October boot next week:))

In the meantime, keep quilting!