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Welcome to another “Three of 3 on A Tuesday”. I will have THREE things or links of 3 topics for you to visit/read every Tuesday to either showcase tutorials, inspirations, random daily thoughts or it could be any fabric/notion sales running that particular week. So for today, here are the THREE of 3 things:

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3 things to read and ponder

  1. Creating quilts with authenticity, making quilts that speak and represent you. I have decided to become more intentional with my quilting and reading this article was a great feed to that thought. However, I am also being reminded that I should just try and explore various ideas. Style and authenticity will come on its own with time. Which was a great advice, I totally agree with that advice! I am being intentional and not going to limit myself to try new things. How about you? Do you put lots of thought into your quilt making process?
  2. Should the quilting industry simmer down?  I love this article and the truth behind the possible theories listed. I am sad to admit it, but probably it is true that the process of quilting has grown too fast for a slow, mindful creative outlet. What are your thoughts about this?
  3. This story about a bad experience with the quilt police. That quilt police job – is not yours or anyone’s. If you have a suggestion to make, make it a polite one or better still don’t even say it, and keep it for yourself if your words will hurt. Do you agree?  Read this article too about How not To be A Quilt Police.  (alright, that is legit 4 things I linked for you to read this week, but it’s related 🙂 )

3 Useful Tools to Have:

  1. Have your ever pulling hair trying to get a quilt squared off? Sometimes, I find that with each side trim I make, the wonkier my quilts get and not to mention – smaller. Check out this tip on how to tackle this problem with the laser tool. This laser tool is on sale HERE.
  2. Make designing a quilt easy for you with EQ8 – a chance to get it at a discounted price HERE.
  3. Quilting Rulers for Domestic Machines! and you can take this class to learn how to quilt with rulers.

3 things I am grateful for this week

  1. The early mornings I get to spend sewing and blogging. I am back on track for getting my early morning routine, my internal clock is on the spot. I woke up this morning at 4 am with no alarm and got so much done!
  2. The chance to sweep up a bundle of Anna Maria Horner’s Sweet Dreams and pay decent shipping price. They are already on the way!
  3. The time spent with my son practicing our mandarin. Learning languages is always hard but we are making it fun!

How about you? What are you grateful for this week?


4 Comments on Three of 3 on A Tuesday | 05

  1. The article “Dear Quilting Industry: Simmer Down” really hit the mark for me. I learned to quilt about 15 years ago and had a couple of obsessive years making my first quilt. Then my son was born and the quilting went on the back burner for about a decade. I will confess that I went a bit crazy the past couple years in stocking up on fabric and filling my craft room with more than I will probably be able to quilt in my lifetime…the explosion of beautiful fabric and the abundance of quilting/design websites were just too hard to resist! Just this past month, a bundle of fabric arrived in the mail, and I thought, “Hm. I don’t think I will be ordering any more for a while.” Time for me to simmer down and just focus on the sewing aspect of things (with the fabric IN MY STASH), not the acquisition of supplies mindset.
    However, this has inspired me to overhaul my craft room and make a donation pile for the quilting group at my church!

    • I could not agree with you more, I had similar confession – I had times when I was stocking up way too much for the time I had for sewing. I had simmered down with the fabric buying this past 2 years. Partly because I moved so far that I couldn’t bear the shipping price any longer. Now I probably make purchase once or twice a year. Still, they add a lot the stash. And I’ll have more than enough. Overhauling sounds like the perfect idea! Have fun quilting DJ!

  2. I loved the “simmer down” article as well. But…that’s their job…to create demand~and it has become kind of a machine. The thing that I notice most is that designers generally stick with the same color palette…I too am trying to slow down, but it’s so hard…I want to make all the things! So, I’m trying to make things to donate to groups to bring joy…Little Dresses for Africa, Smile bags, etc. So far I’ve made Quilts for Kids…need to use all of this wonderfulness! 🙂

    • So true. It is their job – besides, they also make it possible for designers to have opportunity to live their creative dream. That part of the simmering down kind of upset me, I am inspired with all the new things and new lines and new patterns…. I do wish we have more time! LOL. Making for gifting and donation do give lots of satisfaction and usually these are the things that gives the most joy. And we should definitely do what brings JOY..

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