Sorting Scraps and a Few Answers to Those Questions

Hope everyone is having a good weekend. The cooler air has finally rolled in to Charlotte, and it is quite a rainy, fall day. Perfect for sewing and sorting those scraps!

picture from Kim of My Go-Go Life

First, go check out Kim’s stop (My Go-Go Life) on the Scrappy Stash Blog Hop.   She has some scrappy eye candy for you. Go on. I’ll wait. :)

OK, now that you’re back, here are some answers to the questions you guys asked me yesterday. I loved them btw! I’ll be posting answers throughout this week.

1. First up- Sharon T asked, “What’s on your playlist?” Good one Sharon!
I usually listen to music through my laptop through Spotify. If you aren’t familiar with Spotify, it’s a free music player that you can download on your computer. You can listen to any song for free and create playlists. There are minimal commercials and it’s nice to be able to pick what you want to hear.

Here are the songs I’ve been playing a lot lately:
Phillip Phillips – Home
Maroon 5 – Love Somebody
Matchbox Twenty – She’s So Mean
Maroon 5 – One More Night
Grouplove – Tongue Tied
Hot Chelle Rae – Tonight Tonight
Ben Howard – Old Pine
Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova – Falling Slowly
Jason Mraz – I Won’t Give Up
The Lumineers – Dead Sea
The Lumineers – Submarines
The Lumineers – Stubborn Love
The Lumineers – Ho Hey
Efterklang – Modern Drift
John Mayer – Something Like Olivia
John Mayer – Born and Raised

2. Lisa asked, What is the BEST read you have ever had? The kind that when you finish -you sigh-and wish the book wasn’t over?!!!” 

Hmmm. This one is definitely a toughie.  I loved The Time Travelers Wife. I never saw the movie and read the book years before it became a movie and 
remember staying up till 3 in the morning to finish it.

I also loved, loved the Harry Potter series. The last book, the Deathly Hallows was my favorite.  

I also loved The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells. I read it years ago but read it 3 times. And then of course there is Twilight. I loved those too and read them 3 times each too. I see a trend here. 

Of the ones I’ve read recently, I’d recommend  A Discovery of Witches and The Witness – both were really good.

And the last one for today, 3. Lisa asked, “Do you do free motion quilting and how did you learn?” Ahhh FMQ. I am still very much a novice with this. I have taken two classes on FMQ and need to spend more time practicing. Here’s what I know:

  • tension makes a difference
  • quilting gloves are essential- I use Grabaroos
  • set your stitch length to zero
  • drop your feed dogs (or not- some don’t)
  • a supreme slider helps
  • practice to get a rhythm between your speed and your hands
  • sketch your designs in a notebook because fmq is muscle memory
Leah Day has great tips and tons of free motion quilting advice. I would check out her blog and take a class at your local quilt shop if possible.
Hope y’all are enjoying the Q&A! Be sure to get those scraps ready too. Tuesday kicks off the Scrappy Stash Quilt-Along and you’ll want to be prepared! Check out the Flickr group for more info.
Have a great Sunday!


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    Thanks for answering my question! I love to read – it seems we have similar taste in books, as I too really enjoyed the Time Travellers Wife, the Twilight series and absolutely adore the Harry Potter series. I am currently reading the HP series again (my third time) out loud to my son. Another favourite of mine is A Prayer for Owen Meany – I quite like John Irving as an author. Happy Thanksgiving!

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    I so wanted to answer Liza’s book question when she posted it because I would have given the same answer….I LOVED that book & felt exactly as she described when I finished it :'( It was recommended by some girlfriends & I wasn’t disappointed at all. Jennifer, the movie is worth seeing, I actually put off watching it because I didn’t want to be disappointed all over again (who does that?!?) LOL

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    DOH…I meant The Time Travellers Wife book 😉 And for the question on FMQ… has some good online courses that you can work through at your own pace. Hope that helps!

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    i love john mayer. queen of california is keeping me company lately.

    second, you must read pillars of the earth. it is a fantastic book. i looooved it.

    third, i need a fmq class. i think that would help me a lot. maybe i just need to join in with leah!

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