Friday, February 25, 2011


Well, I struggled to come up with what to say today...not for lack of things going on, but to ensure that I didn't write the 17 page post and bore everyone to death. You see, it has been a really busy week here at Queenie Quilts. New kits being worked on, new patterns going off for printing, new photos being taken, as well as a really busy class schedule (6 classes in one week). The truth is I just wanted something fun and silly to talk about rather than all of the business, I was looking around for inspiration. I looked everywhere, the fridge (no inspiration, but I did find some girl scout cookies in the freezer), in the sewing room (which just made me tired), in the car (nothing there), at the beach (it was gloomy and rainy this afternoon). So, I was finding myself depressed, and had almost given up on writing a post this week....and then I stopped by to read Carrie Nelson's blog "La Vie on Rosie" ( If you have never checked he out, you really should, she is quite adorable (and Rosie is her equally adorable dog, who occasionally writes posts).

She was sharing some info (and having a giveaway) about a couple of new books, which are quite lovely. She also was sharing some info about her new projects (in the Schnibbles series, which I ADORE!) and talking about her post project "routines" -- you know those things you do after a project is done to get ready for the next one....which got me thinking about the rules. Those who know me, or have met me, probably know all about the rules......

The top 10 quilting rules at Queenie (at least in theory)...
1. Each project must have it own box (btw, I like the ones from the container store, they fit perfectly in my closet, all 40 of them).
2. Only one box is allowed to come out and play at a time. All other boxes must wait their turn.
3. All rulers and tools specific to an active project should remain in the project box. This ensures that when I decide to work on something, I can grab the box and go, and not worry about not having everything I need. This would also include the pattern or book that I am working from.
4. All generic rulers and supplies should remain in the sewing room in their designated area (yeah right, just try to enforce this one).
5. Restock, replace, resort all supplies at the completion of each project. (includes replacing machine needles, rotary blades, and checking glue stick levels). Preventative maintenance is important.
6. All binding must be made BEFORE the quilt is delivered to the quilter or before I start the machine quilting (some day I'll do a post on my binding phobia).
7. No new projects shall be started in the small hours of the will only have to start over at a decent time tomorrow.
8. Diet Coke is essential to the success of all quilt projects.
9. Pajamas, friends and chocolate are optional for all quilt projects. (as are retreats, Girls Night Ins, and wine, but let's stick with the essentials).
10. Rescue all triangles and give to Amy Foster for rehabilitation.

So, that's the basic rules according to Catherine for quilting. What are your rules/habits/routines?

Friday, February 18, 2011

Lame Post with No Pictures

So, is it totally lame to do a post that has NO pictures...because you forgot the camera? As in, charged it up, made sure that the memory sticks (yes, plural) were empty and ready to be filled, that you had the tripod, and the charger and all of the other miscellaneous camera stuff ready to go....and the leave it on the camera. I was obviously sleeping when we left for Folsom last week because I walked off and left it right where I checked and rechecked it.

So, we're off to Torrance today...heading to a quilt show. I promise to take the camera. I promise to take pictures with the camera while I am gone. I promise, I promise, I promise.

And then I promise that when I get back I'll post them!!! How's that???

On other fronts, we have a couple of big announcements next stay tuned for a bunch of changes/updates and exciting stuff.

See you next week! with pictures, I promise.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Rusty Crow is a Franchise

Well, we are here in Folsom for the Quilt Show -- and Mike and Brooke (Shawn's Husband and Daughter) are at the show in Hemet, Ca -- so we are officially a franchise, a chain, a second exactly did that happen? The honest truth, we screwed see last year Hemet and Folsom were on different weekends and we went to we signed up for both this year, without consulting the calendar first. WHOOPS! Luckily, Brooke and Mike agreed to fill in for Shawn at Hemet, and we became a chain at least for the weekend.

So, for the Hemet folks (The Valley Quilters), thank you for understanding and welcoming Mike and Brooke and taking such good care of them on their first outing, and to the Folsom Quilt and Fiber Guild, we are having a blast (we'll see you again tomorrow at 10am for a rug demo!)

See you later this week (with some pictures)....

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Reflections Part Two

So a couple of weeks ago, I posted the mini step by step for reflections....and here is a pic of the finished quilt. Finally got me, the camera, and the quilt in one place long enough to get a photo....not a great one, but a taken one.

well, we are heading out for Folsom in just a few minutes, so I really must go....stop by and see us if you can....
Folsom Quilt and Fiber Guild
Annual Quilt Show
Folsom Community Center
52 Natoma Street
Folsom, CA 95630

See you there.

Class Schedule Updates

So, I was chatting with a friend yesterday, and she said that I should post the class schedule for February here, since this seems to be where most of you check in and see what is going on (rather than at the website itself), here you go....February's Class List...

Weeping Willow or Stepping Stones
Thursday, February 24th, 2011
Quilter's Paradise, Escondido

Feathered Goose 2 of 5
Thursday, February 24th, 2011
Amidon Quiltworks, Poway

Stepping Stones
Friday, February 25th, 2011
12:30pm - 5:30pm
Quilters Cottage, Fallbrook

EQ Club
Sunday, February 27th, 2011

BOM Club
Sunday, February 27th, 2011
12noon - 3:30pm