Welcome to my blog. I was inspired by the book, "Blogging for Bliss" by Tara Frey.

Welcome to my blog. I was inspired by the book, "Blogging for Bliss" by Tara Frey. My goal is to share a little about my life, and a lot about my longarm quilting business, Lone Tree Designs.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Putting a New Spin on Old Ideas

  Wow is it hot!  I can't believe that we are nearing July 1 already, but it feels like July outside.  After going to school all my life and then teaching school for 16 years, I still measure my life by semesters and summer vacation.  Even though I haven't taught for the past five years, the habit is still with me.  I find that I make goals for myself for the summer break.  One of those goals is to paint the family room a lovely shade of seaglass blue green.  I find the color very calming, and it will look nice with the chocolate brown couch that we bought last year.  Another goal is always to catch up on my customer quilts to the point that I feel like I can take a week or two off to custom quilt something of my own.  So far, I am making good headway on the quilting goal.  I hope to throw something of mine on the frame mid-month and have it done in time to take it to the fair.
  A couple of weeks ago, I did back to back double Irish Chain quilts.  The two were very different, and I quilted them both differently.  Some people find what they like to do and stick with it.  Me...well, I have a very short attention span, so I rarely, if ever, do the same thing twice on a quilt.  Not to say that I don't repeat designs and have my favorite "go to" things that I like to do.  I just like to throw them together in different combinations to break up boredom.  I am always scanning new magazines, Youtube, and QNNTV.com for new ideas or new ways to spin old ideas.  No need to reinvent the wheel, so why not borrow ideas and put my own spin on them?  So, to all of those out there who have published ideas...Thanks!