Here’s your chance – ask a shop owner anything!

Here’s your chance – ask a shop owner anything!

Everyone has a favorite LQS, right? Mine is Cary Quilting Company and I’m lucky enough to have them right around the corner from home! Julianne, the shop owner, said she would be willing to write a guest post with things we might be interested in reading in a Q&A style format. I’ve got a pretty good list of things I could ask because I’m always interested in what people do, but I thought it might be more fun if you asked!  Julianne is also a professional long-arm quilter and has won some spectacular quilty accomplishments – all good things to ask about!     Cary Quilting Company is such a quaint shop. There’s something really fun about a business setting up in what was house. It has the squeaks and creaks of aging home and I find it so charming. I love the variety of fabrics that Cary Quilting Company carries. They have nice selections of all sort of styles and don’t have too much of any one type of fabric. With the range of prints and solids, I’m often able to get an idea of what I’m looking for even if they don’t have exactly what I need. I, of course, almost always walk out with a fat quarter or yard of something I had no idea I was even looking for!     My favorite thing about Cary Quilting Company is that they really get it. They have customer service and focus wrapped up with a nice little bow. Every employee is friendly and personable. I’ve never been pressured, snarled at, or questioned. They will cut anything...
Is this thing on?

Is this thing on?

Hello? Is there anybody in there? Just nod if you can hear me…   Can you hear me now?   I’m back bitches!   Leeeeeeeeeeeeeeeroy Jenkins!   I’m dusting off the bloggy cobwebs this morning getting ready Tuesday’s new post and just couldn’t settle on a single title. Negative two days back into writing and I’m already indecisive! I hope you’re not too mad at me for dragging you over here for a little bit of silliness. Just so you’re not totally bored, consider this: It is a house made from vacuum cleaner dust from artist Maria A Lopez. I remember seeing these a zillion years ago. Looks like she’s not really updated her site in as many years which is really unfortunate. I don’t think I’d be able to dig around in vacuum dust, but I like the idea of of things it represents. A little kooky, eccentric, and thoughtful all at the same time.   See you on Tuesday – I hope!...
It’s Blog Vacation Time!

It’s Blog Vacation Time!

OK, I suppose I’ve already been on vacation, but I decided I should be all official about it. You don’t want to hear my huge sob story so I’ll just tell you all the things that are great about this extended blog break! I get to focus to the people right here. Some QT with my kid, dog, and most excellent new friends I’ve made this year. I might have a chance of finishing the three Christmas projects I’ve started. I have two new quilts and matching free patterns coming in the new year. Now I have time to actually sew them and write the patterns I’m participating in a fun nerdy blog hop next year. Yes! Another new pattern! My Nintendo fans are going to go ga-ga over this one. Well, I know I did! Warcraft. Seriously ya’ll – I have a problem. Want to stay connected while you wait for me to come back to the blog-o-verse? ME TOO!! I’m still around! Here’s some places you can find me: If you’re local – right here at my house! I have plenty of room for lots of sewing and would love to have you. Wednesday nights are generally best for me, but I’m open to a few other days too. Just email me, we’ll work it out. My personal Facebook Page. Friend me! Go ahead, you know you want to! I’m on Instagram off and on. I always friend back, add if you’d like! Find me on fitbit.com. If you have one and use it, friend me (susandowenby@gmail.com) I visit google+ from time to time, you may see...
Breaking all of the Rules: Suedre’s Around the World Post

Breaking all of the Rules: Suedre’s Around the World Post

I know you’ve all see the Around the World Blog “chain letter” posts floating around. I’m so grateful that five of you have thought of me when nominating bloggers to carry the torch and continue the game. When they first started showing up, I really couldn’t participate because of so many other things going on. When I had more time, I decided I wasn’t too jived about the assigned questions. You’re here because you read my blog – you already know what I’m working on and what makes me different from the pack, right? Then I was nominated again. I thought about and decided that the spirit of this thing is sharing your favorite bloggers and linking around the community. So I’m going to tell you about five that nominated me with five that I dig lots. For each blogger, I picked my favorite project of theirs to show you. Awesome Chicks that Nominated me! Julie @ 627Handworks I so enjoy Juile’s projects. She seems like a real down to earth chick and has an amazing eye for color combinations. She’s been successful with all sort of design projects and has some pretty great paper piecing patterns. When I think of Julie, I think of fresh, modern and thoughtful. Tina @ Seaside Stitches Let me tell you – Tina knows no fear. She takes one the big, hard, time consuming projects and completes them at a rate that just makes me wonder how she manages it all! Her favorite project of mine is the one she is working on right now. I’ve never really wanted to make a wedding...
Suedre’s Big Week: Chattanooga and SPARKCon Raleigh

Suedre’s Big Week: Chattanooga and SPARKCon Raleigh

AQS Chattanooga My very best friend has agreed to ride with me to Chattanooga so I’m headed her way after work tomorrow! We’re going up on Wednesday to see Windows to the Orient hanging with all of the other BAQS quilts and maybe, just maybe, do a little shopping! It’s going to be a fast and furious five days for me. Once I make it to her place, I’ll have a few hours to catch some shut eye then it is back on the road to head to TN. I won’t be back home until Thursday afternoon with obligations that evening to boot. Will you be in Chattanooga on Wednesday? If so, I totally want to say hello! Email me, lets make it a date!   SPARKcon Back to work on Friday, then it is time for SPARKcon Friday afternoon and Saturday. SPARKcon is an event put on by Visual Art Exchange in Raleigh. Each SPARK represents a style of art or artistic expression. There’s a SPARK for everyone. My favorites are artSPARK, filmSPARK, geekSPARK, circusSPARK, and of course, swearSPARK. There’s events at many of the downtown locations over the four day timeframe. My kid and I LOVE artSPARK’s street painting event where they close Fayetteville Street and let everyone create art in per-registreged squares. You may remember last year, her and I did an alien eating a hamburger. This year we will be on Fayetteville Street Friday evening working on this years’ design, an Alien kissing a frog. We’ll be back Saturday morning with her girl scout troop to make some, ahem, “amusing” designs. Saturday afternoon, we’ll be...
Dragon Con 2014 Report: Art and Artists

Dragon Con 2014 Report: Art and Artists

We survived and OMG, what an excellent convention! I swear, I love Dragon Con so good, I get a little emotional about it. It is such a fantastic fan driven convention. The wall to wall humans, lines for everything, and baby steps across the sky walks are part of the experience and in a lot of ways, kind of fun! I’ll have a post coming up all about the people with some most excellent costumes. In the meantime, I want to show off some art prints we picked up. If you’ve never been to one of these conventions, one of the funnest parts is walking through the artist/vendor areas. It is extra special because the artist is selling their own wares and often working on new drawings as you wonder by. The talent is high and with the exception of one somewhat moody artist, they were all excited, passionate, and friendly. Each of the artist’s names and images of prints purchased are links to the artists’ site where you can see more of their work or buy prints. Just to be clear – these are prints I purchased because they were my favorites or I particularly liked the artist through personal discussions. I’m sharing for pure love of the game (and showing off a bit). There’s no sponsorship or affiliate links, just love for the community. Kelley Hensing Whoa. The bug hair – right? The painting was there for sale and while it was tempting, not really a smart purchase. We went with a print instead and still wonder a bit if we should have bid on the painting....