Upstairs Downstairs

Quilt Dots Giveaway

Look what came in my mail today - Quilt Dots with my quilts on them! The tins each contain a set of six magnets. There is also a set of six pins. I knew they would be cute, but they are about 1" in diameter and adorable!  QuiltDots

How would you like to win a set of 6 magnets? Leave a comment here before Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 11:59pm Eastern time (U.S. residents only, please) answering this question:

What is your favorite Thanksgiving food? 

Mine is mashed potatoes (the white kind - I hate sweet potatoes) and pumpkin pie.

I'll draw one name out of a hat next Monday and contact you if you are the winner!

Third and Down

Upstairs Downstairs Timna Tarr 52.5"x55.75" 2012 First off - my big news is that Upstairs Downstairs is the third place winner in 2013 Jacob's Ladder themed New Quilts from an Old Favorite annual contest. My friend Ann Feitelson's quilt, Blizzard, is the fourth place winner! Ann encouraged me to enter the contest, even though Jacob's Ladder is not my favorite quilt block. You can see the other winners here. The quilt and 1500 *scintillating* words written by me will also be published in the annual New Quilts from an Old Favorite book in March. 

As for the rest of my quilting world I have spent the last couple of weeks doing the annoying little things that one has to do as a quilter - burying threads, sewing on bindings, putting on sleeves. You know, the things that are tedious and boring, but end up making the rest of the quilt come together. It also means I have watched many, many episodes of West Wing during that time.

Luckily (or really, very unluckily) we have 22 new inches of snow, which reflects light beautifully and allows my photo-taking process to go more smoothly. Once the latest round of clouds clear away I will bust out my camera so I can share the new work. Promise.

Quilting Mojo

I have lost my quilting mojo. I don't think it is gone forever, just taking a well-deserved break. In the past month:

I have hung 17 quilts at the Hosmer Gallery and had a fantastic opening reception. Quilters are a wonderfully supportive group of people!

Finished piecing together the maple leaf quilt, although this photo was taken before the piecing was completed.maple leaf quilt in progressWrote my essay for the Jacob's Ladder: New Quilts From an Old Favorite book. Have I even mentioned that Upstairs Downstairs is a finalist in the competition sponsored by the National Quilt Museum?

Upstairs DownstairsTimna Tarr52.5"x55.75"2012

Continued to longarm for my clients.

And then I could not think about quilting. So while my mojo has been on hiatus these last 2 weeks I have:

Read a few books.

Cleaned out my pantry.

Cleaned up my sewing space downstairs. I have not even thought about the quilting room upstairs. That is way too daunting.

Played Just Dance 4. I told my parents that all of those years of dance lessons are paying off as I am now able to beat their granddaughter at Just Dance.

And a couple of days ago I did what I always do when I need to get my head back into quilting. I just start sewing fabric together. We will see if this goes anywhere. If not, it will spark something exciting, I'm sure.