{~*New Start*~}

Can you believe that it's almost SEPTEMBER!? When did this happen?

Thanks so much for all the kind emails this weekend. I did a *lot* of thinking and talking things over with Mr. McPorkchop. I sent several emails requesting my photos be taken down off websites that weren't mine, I sent etsy convos letting the sellers know that copy cats weren't appreciated. Basically, I stood up for myself and fought via email with some jerks all weekend. I changed flickr settings, took down some photos and worked on twitter. I accidentally blocked some friends from twitter and when I try to add them back it completely won't let me, so I'm trying to figure that out. Eeek!

The thing that struck me the most is that I got over 25!!!!! emails saying that copy cats had happened to them before. Sheesh. What does that say about people?! :(

And in between that I went to a beer festival, which was great fun and spent Sunday morning in bed with netflix and Mr.McPorkchop hand sewing the binding on a large quilt.

There were SO many times that I didn't want to work on this quilt but I just kept going and going and now it's finally done! It's over a mile and a half of thread on the quilting. That's INSANE! It reminds me so much of Humboldt County, the rich greens and the murky blues. It's currently being professionally laundered but I think I'll be picking it up tonight! I can't wait to see how crinkly and cozy it gets! It's going to be perfect for our bed and traveling.

Pattern: 5 & Dime from All Washed Up

Fabrics: Kaffe Fassett, Amy Butler, Philip Jacobs. Backed with Kona Cotton and Shot Cotton. The solids on the front are shot cottons. Quilted with color# 224 Gutermann thread. 10.5 spools of 247 yards.

Time: This quilt is a breeze to put together, I had the entire quilt top done in one afternoon. Not too shabby. The quilting is dense and took around 15 hours but I'm glad I took the time to do it because it looks like duponi silk and woodgrain all at once.

Where to find the pattern: I purchased my pattern at Scottie Dog Quilts

Pattern Comments: This is a super easy pattern. Angie and Weezie make the directions extremely clear, concise and easy to follow. The pattern has great diagrams and couldn't be simpler. I'd recommend this pattern to anyone new who is looking for a simple, modern, first quilt pattern. It's fun to lay out and the cutting doesn't take long, so it's also great for last minute gifts.

I'm still feeling less than impressed with sewing but instead of dwelling on it, I'm going to be making a ton of pads. With lots of brand new fabrics. I've been getting a lot of etsy convos lately, so I'm going to be stocking both etsy and my shop all week with tons of new goodies. I'll gladly combine shipping between the two shops as well. With people starting their holiday shopping I want to get lots and lots of new cute pads out there! I might start taking custom orders for wet bags as well.

I hope everyone has a great Monday!