Ever since I got back from Lancaster PA (AQS Show) a few weeks ago, I have been itching to try some techniques from two books I bought there.  

The first book is Cotton Theory by Betty Cotton. Using this technique you end up making 2 quilts (reversible) and quilt one block at a time.  Looks complex but is supposed to be easy. It certainly looked that way at the demo.

The second book is Friendship Strips and Scraps by Edyta Sitar. Some of the patterns here combine appliqué and piecing (my favorite) but she has a great technique for sewing strips together, then cutting. It's hard to explain how NOT boring this look is.   

So what is inhibiting my efforts to delve into these projects? Well it is the passel of fabric, patterns, books and supplies that are taking up all the room in my studio. You see, I was a vendor at quilt show merchant malls until health problems nixed that at the end of last summer. So... I have been trying to sell off all of this wonderful merchandise (I kept one of everything!!) but it is a long road. I have a shop on ETSY - pieceofmindquilts where I sell everything for half of retail and I am able to sell a little on a quilt forum site I belong to... Anyway, I am supposed to spend half of every day taking photos, writing copy, setting prices and getting these items into my ETSY shop.  I get up with the best intentions. Every day I tell myself - I'll do the business work and then I'll play. But by the time I have spent hours on the computer, my neck hurts and I can't think straight.  I'm NOT whining. REALLY!

I just need to figure out how to do what makes me happy AND what I have to do. In one form or another that is the problem most people face.  I'm just another face in a sea of those just like me!

Well, this has motivated me a bit so I am going to go pick some colors for a quilt from Friendship Strips and Scraps. My husband needs a quilt for his office wall. Maybe that will bring me some business.... Yup, always thinkin'.

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Comment by Janet Espeleta on April 1, 2011 at 7:02pm
Sheila, it sounds like you are feeling a bit overwhelmed.  It would be difficult enough to organize all that stuff for sale if you weren't having health problems, but I'm sure that just adds insult to injury.  I wish you much good luck in getting your stuff sold!

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