Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Blog Anniversary!

I almost couldn't believe it when I saw the number...this is my 499th post on this blog! So of course I have to celebrate breaking the 500 mark with a giveaway (yet to be determined but sure to include fabric and chocolate!)

Goldie on Birds in the Air and Lemoyne star top

To be part of this momentous event just leave a comment on this post and tell me if you are a traditional/reproduction quilter or a modern quilter. On Sunday at noon EST I will run the number generator and pick a winner. (and if I can't get that to work I will put the numbers in a bowl and let Dobby pick one...if anything is in a bowl he "wants it"...)

Dobby claiming a Turkey Track quilt

Today is a roundup the stray fabric day...bits and pieces have wandered all over the house and it is time for an intervention. Does anyone else store fabric in their guest bathroom? Just wondering....

This came about because last night my DH broke a wineglass. I was at a Guild meeting so he went rummaging through the cabinets for the box of extra wineglasses (hoping to replace the broken one before I found out...) Anyway he saw a box marked "wine glasses" on the top shelf in the laundryroom. He got out the ladder and with significant effort freed the box only to find it filled with...wait for it...fabric. I am so busted.

So when I got home it was the "can you name the fabric in the box" game. Silly man...once I saw the first piece I knew it was the missing box of fabric for my Tobacco Road! But the point was taken...if I continue to stash/hide fabric then I will never know what I have and may continue to add to the stash or pile of UFO's.

The next few days I may not get a lot of stitching done but gathering fabric, roping UFO's, and herding needles and thread will keep me busy for sure!

93 comments:

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Number generators never pick 1, but just the same I'll throw my name in the "hat"!

Congrats on 500 posts!!!

Loris said...

hmmmguest bathroom....too funny, but you are giving me some ideas :-) Congrats on the blogaversary. I have enjoyed reading your posts for quite some time. The cats are doing good work wrangling those quilts. Good work from your DH as well, finding your lost tobacco road fabric. Very helpful guy!

The Calico Cat said...

I am a Traditional Modern quilter.

My number 1 UFO to work on this year - Sring Star that uses CW Repro fabrics, very traditional.

What is in the box to go to my long Armer? A Modern, don't measure, anything goes, all blue but don't worry about value log cabin.

Marj said...

I reorganized my stash this month and now I know just what I have, it has been very enlightening. I wish you the best, have fun looking at old friends...

Brenda said...

Congrats on 500! I'm neither modern nor traditional but liberated. how's that?

Gypsy Quilter said...

At this very moment, I can, without remorse, state that there are 6 bins (large bins mind you) of fabric and quilt tops stored in my guest bathroom shower. There is simply no where else to put them. Perhaps, if the quilt police show up, they probably won't discover this particular stash if I close the curtain tight!

Tamara said...

hmm... i guess im traditional... but i really dont know yet... we will see where my tastes take me and i dont think ive made enough to say! I dont hide fabric yet, but i do know i have one box missing from my last move... it may be in the storage unit... it may be lost forever.

Brenda said...

Congrats o 500 posts. I am more of a traditional quilter though I am learning to like the more modern quilts out there.

Dianne said...

I am a more traditional quilter. I love the old patterns and blocks but usually I will put my own spin on it.

tracy_a said...

hey - you gotta be creative in finding homes for stuff! But - I love and admire traditional quilts - so I think I yearn to be a traditional quilter. But I don't think I can call myself that yet - until my techniques improve. But I do love the small prints, less the more modern large motifs. For now - I work in lots of styles - depending on the project.

Kathy in FL said...

I'm a traditional quilter, and making scrap quilts are my favorite. Right now, I'm storing some fabric in the bathroom that's off my sewing room, but it's just a few pieces. I don't like to hide my fabric because when I do, I forget what I have, and sometimes end up buying the same thing twice.

Congratulations on 500 posts!

McIrish Annie said...

I'm a mutt, both traditional and modern call to me. I love the wineglass story! I'm assuming the fabric was used as "cushioning" from your last move.

Congrats on 500! Take a pic of all the fabric you find! I bet that would be worth posting.

Janice said...

Congratulations on 500 - posts. It will probably take me 10 years to get there.

I am a traditional quilter with a touch of modern in there.

Thanks for the giveaway.

The Rocky Creek Scotties said...

I'll toss my name in - I'm a traditional quilter.

And I store more than fabric in the guest bathroom - so I can sympathize.

Have a great day,
Lynn

Jan said...

That is a really funny story!
Me, I am a repro quilter, so that makes me traditional.
Congratulations on your blog. I always enjoy seeing what you have posted.

Kate said...

Sounds like a fun time - I love it when I "find" some fabric stashed cleverly away and forgotten. I'm a traditionalist and love finding patterns to reproduce from quilting history books.
Isn't Dobby getting big!

Kasey said...

That reminds me of my husband kindly taking the laundry out of the dryer only to find new fabric I had just bought and laundered, and I swear I was going to tell him, but he pretended I had a fabric hoarding problem. He also knows I hide candy, though, and he actively hunts for it! Men...! As far as quilting, I dabble with both. I love classic blocks, but I also like doing everything MY way. Congrats on your blogiversary!

Frog Quilter said...

I am a modern quilter with traditional roots.

Impera_Magna said...

Congratulations on hitting the 500 mark in blog posts! What a milestone...

I'm more of a traditional quilter... but like modern quilts as well.

Becky said...

I don't know if I could choose from the choses as I'm a "scrappy Quilter". But I like traditional blocks. Congrats on your 500th post!

Jill said...

I am a traditional quiltmaker using more repros lately than I ever have. But, I still love my novelties and brights when making quilts for my kids.
500 posts, that is amazing, Congrats!

sewprimitive karen said...

Oh you're so funny about "busted" lol. Dobby is so much like Rembrandt; looks like neither of them ever blink.

Quilter Kathy said...

Oh dear...you are so busted! Too funny!
Congrats on the blogiversary!
I would say I am mostly a traditional quilter, but my traditional friends would disagree, so I don't know what I am...
identity crisis?!?

Cathie said...

I like making traditional patterns with not so traditional fabrics. But lately I've become really interested in repro fabrics. My favorite new obsession!

debbie said...

I have MPD. (multiple personality disorder). Which means I will work on most any type of quilt in no particular order. I have some Civil War reproduction fabrics, but have not made a quilt yet. Guess Ms Brackman is making that a little easier this year...I'd better get caught up.
I don't have fabric in either bathroom. It would be all my fault if someone used a fq for a hand towel, and i'd have no one to blame!

Ali Honey said...

He was being sneaky too remember!
Happy 500 posts!
Lots more to come I hope .

Karin said...

Congrats on reaching #500-such fun..luv your blog. I am unable to categorize my quilting type ecclectic but no applique!

Linda said...

Love your stash story! Congratulations on #500. I'm a traditional/reproduction fabric collector...not sure I can be called a quilter yet!!! LOL.

twodraftmom said...

500posts, awesome! I am trying to be a modern quilter. Love the cats!

Cherie in St Louis said...

Thanks for the laugh! I can't wait to share the story with my hubby :) To answer your question, I'm both a traditional and modern quilter! I've always been eclectic, liking things for all sorts of eras, genres, styles....you name it. Can't wait for your 500th post. I've been following your blog for awhile now and always find inspiration, so thank you.

Lindah said...

Congratulations on 500! That's a lotta posts. Your "lost stash" story gave me a chuckle.

To answer your question, I tend to be somewhat eclectic, but lately I'm appreciating traditional styles more, I think.

Tonya Ricucci said...

no need to include me on the giveaway. Just wanted to say "d'oh" to being busted on your fabric cache.

Alice said...

Traditional, I guess - because I am drawn to antique quilts. But I just do what quilters have always done and used the fabrics they can get, which are often modern, in my case.
Conbratulations on your blog anniversary.

Gretchen said...

Congratulations on 500 posts! WOW! That's a great achievement! Too funny about being busted with the fabric stash:) I make a lot of traditional quilts and am sort of dipping my toes (sewing machine?) into modern style.

kynomi said...

I like the more traditional quilts, but tend to lean to the scrappy side. I always enjoy so much reading your posts.

*karendianne. said...

So fun seeing Goldie and Dobby today. Happy 500! You know me, I've very modern with my fabrics and my style! ;P

Becky said...

Congratulations on 500 posts!!!! I was LOL at the story of your husband and the wine glasses. All my closets are filled with "other" junk so my fabric is stashed just in my sewing room. I'm trying to clean it this week as it's "overflowing." I'm a traditional piecer. I like the modern stuff, but my heart is in reproduction fabrics and the traditional patterns.

sandra said...

ha ha, so funny about the hidden stash. I don't seem to have a style, I like and make all sorts of quilts, probably more traditional but anything goes.

Quilty Ramblings said...

hmm....

what time is it?

I'm piecing a hexie quilt with Kaffe Fassett fabrics

depends what mood I'm in for fabric and technique

congratulations on 499 posts, and I'm very glad that Dobby is getting adequate training as a quilter's cat :)

Petey said...

I'm more of a traditional quilter, but don't take my rotary cutter and machines away!! :)

Chris said...

Congrats on 500 posts.
I am a modern quilter in a traditional quilter's body

ytsmom said...

Too funny! But he does deserve it since he was trying to hide something from you!!

Sherrill said...

Well, first off I'm more of a traditional/repro type of gal tho I do like the others and think I'll make one someday. And I think I have fabric pretty much everywhere EXCEPT the bathroom. LOL Thanks for the giveaway..I'll take the chocolate! YUM

Sherrill said...

Well, first off I'm more of a traditional/repro type of gal tho I do like the others and think I'll make one someday. And I think I have fabric pretty much everywhere EXCEPT the bathroom. LOL Thanks for the giveaway..I'll take the chocolate! YUM

Sherrill said...

Well, first off I'm more of a traditional/repro type of gal tho I do like the others and think I'll make one someday. And I think I have fabric pretty much everywhere EXCEPT the bathroom. LOL Thanks for the giveaway..I'll take the chocolate! YUM

Shelley said...

I love that story! Haha, I can totally sympathize. Fabric has overtaken my bedroom, walk-in closet, and dining room. Oh and the linen closet. And the laundry room. You get the idea... ;)

I tend to be more of a traditional quilter, though I do have some modern tastes from time to time.

Congrats on the milestone! I love reading your blog, thank you for sharing!!

Scrappy quilter said...

I'd have to say a traditional/reproduction quilter. Happy blogaversary!!

Jill said...

Congratulations on 500 posts. I think I would be modern although I do both. Love your blog.

quiltmom said...

HI Sio,
Sorry to hear you got busted by the wine glasses LOL You must be happy to find your Tobacco Road quilt pieces..
Congratulations on your 500th post- that is a terrific accomplishment. I guess I am a traditional quilter but I really like designs that are linear and geometric. I also love bright colors and bold designs so I am not sure what that makes me...
I do love traditional patterns like Lone Star and Log Cabin. I much prefer to strip piece than cut from templates.
Warmest regards,
Anna

AnnieO said...

Oh, that is funny! Yes, I agree, silly man! Glad you located the missing fabric with his help, LOL!

I am most definitely a traditional quilter rather than a modern one. Of course, I can slip into the latter occasionally!

Congrats on reaching such a wonderful milestone. Hope the next 500 is just as informative, entertaining, and full of Dobby stories.

Kathie said...

congrats on 500 posts and I have enjoyed them all!
I am looking forward to the next 500!
I am a traditional quilt maker to the bone!
very funny story! made me laugh and I can relate I have a lot of fabric in 2 linen closets my DH would never look in!
Kathie

Irene Onderweegs said...

The best way to hide something ( a new fabric! ) is right there where you see it first! ;^)
And if anyone asks about it: you just got it from underneath a piece of fabric you wanted to use right now for the next project. It's not cheating, it sat there in the shop, didn't it?
My DH sees a lot of clear plastic boxes, and does not know what's new or old.
And my own quilting? Traditional quilts, modern quilts, art quilts, and most of all: UFO quilts.
Impressive 500 blogs, I still have to take a deep breath to start mine LOL
Irene from Amsterdam

Janice said...

I'm a beginner...think I'm traditional, but haven't seen many quilts I don't love!

Teresa said...

I think I'm more traditional/repro...but trying to broaden my horizens (while trying NOT to broaden my backside...).

Both kitties look like they are staking out their territory. My Weasley knows he owns it all.

Happy blog anniversary!

In stitches,
Teresa :o)

Nancy quiltin' momma said...

I guess I'm a traditional quilter...with a modern flare at times...I love them all!!!!
Loved the fabric stash in the guest bathroom!!

Donnamo said...

Now that gives me an idea....store fabrics in guest bathrooms, yee haw.

I am a traditional quilter and I too love your posts and Bonnie Hunter.

Donnamo said...

Now that gives me an idea....store fabrics in guest bathrooms, yee haw.

I am a traditional quilter and I too love your posts and Bonnie Hunter.

Jittina said...

I just love your bathroom story! I have my fabric mostly in 1 place, but I also tend to 'hide' some stash in other places (and sometimes forget about it!).
I think I'm a traditional quilter. I love the traditional blocks anyway. And sometime I patch by hand and sometimes by machine.

Jittina, the Netherlands

Clare said...

You can enter me if you want to, but not particularly worried if you don't.

Oh Sio - you are well and truly busted!

regan said...

I am definitely a traditional and reproduction quilter.....love the old antique look!

And yes...I seem to have fabric all over the place....it's our curse! HA!

JenniferSylvie said...

I guess I'm more of a traditional quilter, but I do like modern stuff too. Love your posts, congratulations on the anniversary.

yael said...

I am not sure which I like better, your quilts or the cats, cats sitting on quilts is the real thing! I am definitely traditional, congrats!

yael

yael said...

I am not sure which I like better, the quilts or your cats, cats sitting on quilts is the best! congrats on your anniversary. I am definitely traditional

Yael

Mimi said...

I think that I am a modern quilter. Thanks for the chance!1

cityquilter said...

definitely a traditional quilter here...

James-Linda said...

CONGRATS ON 499+ !
LOVE TRADITIONAL QUILTING-LOVE THE OLD BLOCKS! THANKS FOR SHARING!

jldouglas@wispwest.net

Marilyn W said...

Congrats!

I'm a traditional quilter, though sometimes I just have to break out with a contemporary...but usually go back to traditional...

Thanks!

Marilyn
marilynjw1971 (at) gmail (dot) com

DianneP said...

Congratulations on your anniversary! I have been following your blog for sometime, first lurking, then contacting you via email (I'm in Nottingham England). I'm a modern quilter wannabee, but I have done English Pieced Patchwork in the past! Love looking 'through the keyhole' at your life, via your blog. If I win, please eat the chocolate yourself!! Dianne

Judy in Michigan said...

I am a modern reproduction quilter - it may start out as a repro but somewhere along the line, it gets a twist. Congrats on your aniversary and keep hiding your fabric - it's such fun when you find it!!

Joyce said...

Congratulations! I seam to be more of a traditional quilter, but love working in modern fabrics.

trudys_person said...

Congrats on 500 posts! I'm a pretty modern quilter as far as fabrics go - but I like precise piecing too ... Thank you for the giveaway!

Sharon said...

Congratulations on 500 posts! I find that a fabric or block design is my starting point so wouldn't call myself anything other than a quilter. My stash keeps the cold out of every room in my house.

Marcia W. said...

Congratulations on so many posts - 500 WOW! I am more of a traditional quilter who uses whatever fabrics look good together: modern designers or Wal-mart. We do not have a designated sewing room so our fabric is stuck lots of places too. But, not in the kitchen or baths. Please enter me into your giveaway. I do enjoy your posts.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Congrats on 500 posts! ha, ha about the fabric stash. I never thought about using the guest bathroom....... hummmmm I've already filled the guest closet ;-) I am a traditional quilter.

Glenda in Florida said...

I would say I'm a traditional quilter, though I prefer fast, fun, and easy patterns, sometimes in bright colors, and sometimes more muted. I have a closet full of fabric, and have started taking over two more closets. Then, there is the huge stash still in tubs in the garage. And, last month when I couldn't find something I was sure I had, it turned up in the guest bedroom closet a few weeks later. My goal is to sew enough so it all fits into the sewing room, but that it a lofty goal!

sewkalico said...

I hope to catch up with you when I get back to the UK - at the airport right now (good bye sun *sob*)
I'm a not a modern quilter, but I try not to be too traditional either...
Congrats on so many posts on one of my favourite blogs!

Janet said...

Fantastic on your anniversary. I wish my hubby would find some of my lost fabrics/ufos?
Cute kitties.
Janet

Janet said...

PS Traditional/reproduction.
Janet

Tucker, Daisy and Leo said...

Wow, 500 posts, not near that yet.
I am a fan of tradtional patterns in modern colors.

Heidi

Janet said...

500 posts - wow! Congratulations! That is a very funny story about the boxed fabric. I haven't resorted to that yet but thanks for the idea! :0)
I am totally a traditional quilter.

Gail said...

I had to laugh at your post. I live alone but I'm still storing some of my fabric in "out of sight" places so visitng kids and family won't ask questions, lol.

I love antique quilts and traditional designs and make mostly scrap quilts, but lately I'm starting to develop a love for modern designs and fabrics.

Gail :)

Gail said...

P.S.

Happy Blogaversary! 500 posts is a milestone, that's for sure!

Gail :)

Lady of the Cloth said...

Aren't we all like that? I have fabric in the utility room, garage, office, you name it. It's a sickness but a good one. Congratulations on your blogaversary. I lean towards traditional, but at times I wander over to the other side too. Gotta try them all.

Sarah said...

Well, my house doesn't have an actual guest bath so my fabric is stored in the "upstairs" bathroom. As one of only three closets in the whole house, it's a rather large linen closet that was half empty. What better place to store yardage out of the sun and away from cat hair?!

Oh and I think I am a scrappy quilter willing to work on all kinds of patterns with all kinds of fabric.

Marge said...

What a milestone! Have I really feel like I've known you for that long by reading your blog? It was nice to finally meet you when you were in Houston with Tonya. I, too, am a traditional quilter who is inspired by those imperfect quilts from the past.

Amy said...

Congrats on the 500 posts! That's a lot of typing!

I'm a traditional and scrap quilter. I love reading your and Bonnie's blogs. Thanks for publishing:-)

I quilt for fun said...

Having just started a blog, I can't imagine 500 posts. Altho I link to yours from Quiltville regularly. I would say I'm a tradtiional quilter and trying to add a "twist" and be more spontaneous (I've now done a Waverunner quilts which breaks every rule in the book -- and loved it). I want it all!

Jan at iquiltforfun@blogspot.com

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julieQ said...

Congratulations on 500 posts...woohoo!! I think I am mainly a scrap quilter...but dabble in everything!!

Lauren H said...

Congrats on the blog anniverary! I'm a traditional quilter who is moving towards the modern quilts . . . but I love and appreciate them all!

Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

Love your story about the wine glass box and congratulations on your 500th post. I haven't tried to hide it in the bathroom yet, but you given me some new ideas.
I love the traditional quilts for my house and love to make the new modern quilts to sale and for babies.

Joanne said...

Storing fabric in the bathroom - too funny!
I am a traditional quilter although I love the look of modern quilts - just not for me.
Thanks for the chance and congratulations on your blog-aversary!♥

Lori said...

ROFL!! I've never tried to hide fabric, but I did try to hide some vintage dishes. My nephew carried the box to the basement for me. Now, the basement has LOTS of boxes. Put THAT box (a plain cardboard box) underneath 2 other boxes. I thought it blended in. Two days later--busted!