Thursday, August 27, 2015

It just isn't fun anymore......

I have some serious confessions.  I hate swaps.  I used to love them, then I found the world of Instagram swaps....and I tried one.  I quickly got intimidated - I signed up anyway.  I put together a package, got the top of a mini done, basted it, picked out a gorgeous backing, quilted it as best I could on my little 301a, and then never sent the package.  I still have it all.  All the extras I bought, the mini that isn't bound, all of it.  I got so intimidated, but that isn't a good excuse.  I'm not trying to make it sound like one, but that is what it is.  As I looked back over my partners information and her instagram and blog, and I cried....and never sent the package.  The package I got?  I opened it, and then sealed it back up. 

Then I joined another swap....over a year later.  And the same thing happened.  The big crafty item is still about 90% done, the extras are bought and wrapped.....and the package is still sitting on the top of my fabric shelves. 

So, there's my confession.  There will be no more swaps, I can't take the pressure, I can't deal.  I'm out.  I know when to admit defeat, and I am defeated.

On that same note, sewing has become not fun for me, I've been dragging my feet on sewing bee blocks, they're slowly getting done, but actually sitting at my machine makes me cry more than it makes me happy.  It used to be so much a part of me, something I did like I breathed.  Now?  Now, for the moment, it feels like a job and that's not fun for me.  I will continue doing bee blocks, I will not be doing the bee next year though.  I also won't be involved with Columbus Modern Quilters next year either, probably.  I can't never on that one because I do love those girls and love the time I spend at the meetings being around like-minded people.  I have thought quite often about doing a small group here in Ross County just to still have that feeling but who knows. 

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Couny Fair Season!

I really love fairs.  Like a whole lot.  I didn't enter my crafts until these past few years that I've been living in Ross County again, but I love doing it and I'm so glad I've gotten into it.  I was due to give a talk to the Columbus Modern Quilters this past week about my experience entering fairs but baby jeep had other plans for me as I ended up spending well over a week on a tire for the front end.  So, with that being said, let's talk fairs!

I know I missed the Franklin County fair, it was July 18th through the 25th.  Licking County, which is actually The Hartford Fair, is from August 9th to the 15th.  Fairfield County is held from October 11th to the 17th.  The Pickaway County Fair was held from June 22nd through the 27th.  And, lastly Ross County is from August 8th through the 15th.  I've linked back to the local counties on those links, but if you go to this website you can find the dates of all the county fairs for 2015.

 I entered the Ross County Fair on a whim about four years ago.  I really couldn't even tell you what I entered, I didn't really know what I was doing, I just along for the ride.  I didn't expect to win anything, and I was shocked to find I did win some of my classes.  The way Ross County is set up is that there are "departments" of crafts and within each department, there are individual "classes".  So, I could enter in the quilt department, but enter five different classes based off the different sections of the class.  For example, you can enter into the Quilting - Mini/wall hanging, Quilting - group quilt, Quilting - Machine stitched, and Quilting - Hand stitched.  However, you cannot enter the same quilt into multiple classes, and you can't enter it two years in a row.  How would you be able to do that?  We have a great class called "Unfinished Object"  :)  I have entered, and won, the knitting and crochet Unfinished Object class, but then I couldn't enter it again the next year if it was finished, I would have to wait a year.  (actually, the projects I won those classes with....neither are finished!  haha).  Make sure you are entering the class/department that best fits what craft you are showing.  If you're unsure, talk to the people running the show!  I've never once found them to not be helpful in any way they can be!  Make sure that you read all the rules to your fair as well - if the quilts have to be hand bound, hand bind them, etc. 

Entering the fair isn't about winning.  Don't get me wrong, it is a major plus, especially if your fair gives out prize winnings, but to me, it is about showing people that quilting/knitting/crochet/crafting isn't for tiny old ladies in nursing homes.  We are all younger with new families and new ideas of what our crafts can look like, and we have the right to show that to people.  I can't help but strongly encourage you to enter all the competitions that you can, it is rewarding, it is challenging, it is a great and amazing thing to do to share you craft and talent with others!!  I have learned so much just by entering into the fair, it has helped push me along to learn new things, it has pushed me to actually finish things because I use the fair deadline as a reason to get sh*t done!  :)

Have you entered your local fair?  Have you entered any competitions?

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Columbus Modern Quilters Bee Block

I'm requesting Anna Maria's Feathers for this month.  Please make two feathers (they make a square when put together...) but please don't sew them together.  I would like just the two individual feathers.  Please keep in mind when looking at the pattern that AMH is thinking that you're going to be doing an entire quilt of these instead of just two....but, I found this a post that helps with that.  So, be sure to check out THIS LINK before you make your block.

As for colors, please keep the background as a low volume, text would be preferred but not required.  And, for the feathers themselves, just keep them bright and scrappy, and making the two sides different of each feather would be awesome but not required.  Mix the colors as you wish, just make sure they are not in ROYGBIV color order, I love rainbows but I don't want a specifically rainbow color scheme, just want all the colors I can get.

Lastly, please have fun with it, and I'm sure I'm going to love whatever you make!  <3

Friday, December 26, 2014

2015, I got you in my sights.

I can't believe that I have let this whole year pass with minimal posting.  I love blogging.  I love having an outlet for writing and posting about Scarlett Key and such.  I have really gotten into Instagram this year and that has helped in neglecting this poor blog of mine. 
So much has changed this year too!  I got married!  I will post about that at some point.  I became a step-mom when that happened, and I will post about that later too.  I moved on to an almost 70 acre bean farm!  It has been a crazy year!  And, I promise to write about all of it....someday.  Right now?  Right now I want to talk about what's coming.  2015 is going to rock.  Plain and simple.  I did the whole, pick one word thing on Instagram and this is what I picked. 

I want to rebuild Scarlett Key.  I want to rebuild this blog and my online presence.  I want to finish building the house with my Lloyd.  I want to build myself into the best me I can be!  I mean, seriously, I'm going to be turning 30 in May, now is the best time as any to create my world the way I want it to be!  Right?! 
I will be back later with my quilty goal list, my crafty list, my Scarlett Key list, my life list, my me lists for 2015.  I work better when I have goals.  And, I'm going to set a whole flipping lot of them this year!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Columbus Modern Quilt Guild Bee - May Block

Girls, please don't hate me when I ask for this block.  I just love Flying Geese.  I think they are a pretty versatile tool to keep in your back pocket when it comes to quilting.  They can be done with half square triangles because they are generally half as tall as they are wide (i.e. 2x4 or 3x6 or 4x8) but traditional flying geese are not done that way.  There are many websites, books, magazines, etc that will show you how to make geese and you can pick how you want to make them.  The best website - and the one that I've found that includes all cutting measurements for all the ways to make geese is at (click on link).  You can also check out House On Hill Road or QuiltersCache.

My personal method is flippy corner version.  I will sew on the marked seam and then sew a half inch to the right of that seam so that I get ready made hst squares from the corners - just cut in the middle so that there is a quarter inch seam for both the flying geese and the square that is left over. I've also tried various methods to reduce the seam bulk.  Pressing seams on the geese open seems to work pretty well, but there are still going to be some bulky seams where you are connecting the geese together.  I choose to nest those as best I can in the direction that reduces bulk. 

To make this block, you will need eight 6x3 geese and fourteen 2x4 geese.  Just lay them out in this layout:

Now for some guidelines on colors and such....
~ Please do the block in one of two colorways.  There is a "cool" version using blues, greens, (not bright) purples or a "warm" version using reds, pinks, oranges, yellows.  You don't have to follow these layouts exactly, they were just to give you and idea of the colorways.

~ As for the geese part, or the middle triangle, please use something dark.  A tone on tone black print is what I'm using for my block that way there is some dimension to it.
~ I love geometric prints (i.e. circles, squares, stripes, arrows, Greek key), so if you can stay away from overly floral patterns and prints, I would appreciate it but I'm not too picky as I want this to be pretty scrappy looking.
~ You're totally allowed to use the "Make 4 At a Time" method of geese, just try to not put two of the same print next together. 

As always, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask me!  My email is and I'm on Instagram on a regular basis under @pommesdeterres

Thank you so much!! 

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Pay It Forward 2014

It is that time of year again!  Let's make it great together!!

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

It is almost here.  I need something to focus on for this upcoming year.  I need to channel my energies.  So, with that said, my word for 2014 is:  create. 

I want to create for me, for my family, for Scarlett Key. 
I want to create a loving environment. 
I want to create a positive place to work. 
I want to create a better me. 

What's your 2014 word?