Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Great Wall of Harris

As opposed to the Great Wall of China, the Great Wall of Harris is only 9' tall, 11' long and 25" deep. It is my new sewing closet, and by the middle of next week it will be complete! A year ago we wanted to do this project in conjunction with the walling in of the longarm room, however the fellow doing the work flaked out on us so we put it off.  Finally we found the perfect group to do the work, and all I can say is WOW!! They did a fantastic job!
The old wall/divider between entry and living room

Entertainment niches that we didn't use

Eli and Remero tearing it out

What a mess!!

Framing up

The supervisors weren't too sure about what was going on

All painted, waiting for carpet repair

My big double doors. The window place ordered the wrong ones, so I have to be careful with these until the right ones come in.  The floor inside is now tiled with same tiles as hallway.
Once we have the furniture moved back into place I'll add more pictures.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Fresh Air is Therapy

Autumn is just around the corner (although it has already occurred on the calendar) and the temperatures are dropping slowly. I love going outside in the early morning, feeling the slight chill to the desert air. For me, this is the renewal time, my opportunity to turn off the A/C, open windows, air out the house, to feel energized again. It gives my mind a fresh feeling when I look at my clients' quilts. Contrary to what many feel, summers in the desert provide a hot, stifling atmosphere which can bog down the mind and body. Autumn is the ideal time here! As long as the pollens stay at bay I'm good to go.

A cup of coffee outside on the patio, some deep breathing, open the house up for a little while is enough to get me kick started and ready for the day!

Mary's quilt is on the frame...a king size with organic design quilting.  Open the window....let's GO!

Monday, December 23, 2013

Introducing the Innova!

Barking Dogs Quilting is proud to be doing business on a 26" Innova Longarm Quilting Machine!
The Innova is a fabulous machine and has proven itself to be a real workhorse.

With the frame size of 10.5'  can quilt your large quilts as well as small. It sits in it's own room, so the mascots (see sidebar) are kept from hanging around.

Stay tuned for updates on prices for quilting your quilts!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Fabric Pheromones is at it again

Back in 1997 when I was still fairly new to quilting, I sat down with  a glass of wine and wrote this story. I belonged to an EGroup (before Yahoo Groups) and one of the gals asked permission to post this to her Guild Newsletter. Sure, no problem! However, in all the passing around on the internet, the story gets changed a little (adding yarn, etc.) and the Author's name gets listed as 'Unknown'. Arrrggghhhh!!! (of course then I lived in WA and was a Smith before I married Michael). This morning I requested 32 different sites to credit me. I think I have to do this at least every 2 months or so.
The funny thing was, I had volunteered to drive my van with 2 other gals from Seattle to Sisters, Oregon to the Outdoor Quilt Show.  One of the two, Yvonne, had a newsletter with her and offered to read us a story she found guessed it...The Fabric Warning story!! It had not been out on the internet yet a month and it was already spreading like wildfire!

I am not a writer. I am a longarm quilter. I'd like to know who designed the clip art? (I'd like to give credit)

Here's the story, enjoy. If you want to share, please do so, but I do require that you use my name and date.

A recent study indicated that fabric gives off certain Pheromones that actually hypnotize women and cause them to purchase unreasonable amounts. When stored in large quantities in enclosed spaces, the pheromones (in the fabric) causes memory loss and induce the nesting syndrome (similar to the one squirrels have before the onset of winter i.e. storing food), thereby perperpetuating their species and not having a population loss due to their kind being cut into pieces and mixed with others.
Sound tests have also revealed that these fabrics emit a very high pitched sound, heard only by a select few, a breed of women know as “quilters”. When played backwards on an LP, the sounds are heard as chants, “buy me, cut me, and sew me.” In order to overcome the so called “feeding frenzy effect” that these fabrics cause, one must wear a face mask when entering a storage facility and use ear plugs to avoid being pulled into their grip. One must laugh, however, at the sight of customers in a quilt fabric store, with WWII army gas masks and headphones!
Studies have also indicated that aliens have inhabited the earth, helping to spread the effects that these fabrics have on the human population. They are called Quilt Fabric Store Clerks.
It’s also been experienced that these same pheromones cause a pathological need to hide these fabric purchases when taken home (or at least to blend them into the existing stash) and when asked by a significant other if the fabric is new, the reply is, “I’ve had it for awhile.”
Kathy Smith, 1997

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Why do we shop?

As with many quilters, I have a large stash. But, I can't seem to have enough of the 'right' fabrics to do a project.  My quilting motto is: 'I must shop'. I guess because I don't hit the malls, shoe stores, etc., I can justify to myself that a yard here or a fat quarter there...oh who am I kidding??? Let's say, 'a yard or two or four'...and call it good.

I found a panel yesterday that I had been longing for ever since I saw a shop customer with it a year ago. She didn't have the selvedge information so it was hard to find. I think it's adorable and will make something with it.
Mrs. Sew and Sew