3/3/12

CGM Podcast Episode 26: Quilt Show Happy

Listen to the episode HERE


Show Notes

  • Life Update: Maddy is walking, hide your stuff if you want to keep it. Sam is learning the steps needed for her June dance recital, but it's "all" about the costumes really. 

  • WIPs: Slow progress these past few weeks. I have sewn the binding on At Home in the Woods quilt, and cast on my French Press Felted Slippers in Knit Picks Wool of the Andes worsted in the Cranberry colorway. I am also working on a few projects to go in a magazine this Fall - my fist published items!

  • What's Making Me Happy in Crafting: The Mid Atlantic Quilt Festival and the podcaster meetup that happened there Saturday, Feb. 25th. Simply the most wonderful time I have ever had at a quilt show. Listen to the interview Sandy at Quilting for the Rest of Us recorded while we were together. 

  • How CGM Keeps It Together: Occasional "solid" blocks of "Me Time" i.e. my full day on my own at the quilt show.

  •  Book Review: Below Stairs by Margaret Powell..I also mentioned the BBC dramas Downton Abbey, and a new one only playing in the UK so far, Call the Midwife

Below Stairs by Margaret Powell

Call the Midwife (BBC drama airing in UK)


  • Previous blog post with ideas for shows to watch or books to read while waiting for Season 3 of Downton Abbey. Shows   Books

Thanks for listening!!


CGM

15 comments:

  1. I finally gave in to the Downton madness about two weeks ago. Then I had a sick weekend (during the quilt show) and finished watching all of them. Now I'm stuck waiting, too. I may have to try some of your recommended "substitutes" - Below Stairs looks like it could work.

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    1. Yes, Below Stairs was good. And there are also quite a few really good TV dramas in the period I've been enjoying, check out my list. Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. When my oldest daughter was five and took dance, her teacher designed the costumes and we had to make them. Needless to say, they were less expensive than my youngest daughter's. Her teacher did the fancy ordering thing. But at least after the recital they make great dress up clothes.

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    1. Yes, I may have to push Sam into wearing this for Halloween to get my money's worth, lol.

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  3. Oh my goodness! I am cracking up about the dance classes! My daughter is 5 and in a ballet/tap class and it's the very same thing....what are they doing? Wiggle,stomp, stomp, mass giggling, chaos. Haven't heard what the recital will cost yet. Thank goodness my parents are footing the bill. We homeschool (we met breifly at MAQF), so the group activities are important to us, but dang! Expensive and what are they learning? I'm not too thrilled with the parents can't stay thing either. Not because I'm a helicopter parent (really, I'm not), but I want to know they're actually learning something. Doesn't help that they have a new teacher this year--she's 18.

    Binding- Try machine binding by stitching the binding to the back and then stitching it down on the front with a blind hem stitch or tiny blanket stitch. If you use invisible thread it takes a real close look to tell.

    Time away--Tell it girlfriend! MAQF was that for me; in fact it was the first night I spent away from all the kids AND my hubby since the kids were born. He and I got away only 2 nights together and that certainly doesn't count because it was for his cancerous tumor removal. When the quilting group told me they were going, I told them I would get my own room even though they had room to share. Yeah, got to get away more often.

    Loving the podcast!

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    1. Hey Amy! Thanks for stopping by. It was wonderful meeting you at MAQF: highlight of my year so far was meeting everyone there. Yes I have a few more full-days to myself planned throughout the year, lol. Thanks for the tip on the binding, and I'm so glad you're enjoying the podcast.

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  4. I'm still listening to the rest of the podcast, but had to add my experience with the dance costumes. We have a nearby studio that does the "expensive single use costume" recitals, but we looked around for an alternative. We found a more wholistic studio, where my daughter has studied ballet and other dance forms for almost 10 years - she is now 15. Both lessons and recitals are performed in traditional pink tights and black leotards, with the occasional added skirt or shirt for the older dancers, but the emphasis is on the dance rather than the costume. They add in more costuming and makeup as the dancers get older, but the studio works with the families to keep the cost to a minimum. Other than tuition, our yearly expenses are just shoes, tights and black leotards, and the dancers can pick their own leotards. Now that she is in pointe shoes, it is a little more expensive, as those wear out more quickly. Back when she started, we had no idea which of the many sports and other activities she tried would be what she would stick with. It turned out to be dance. Even though this studio is a little farther to drive to, I'm glad we found one that has this more wholistic approach. They take all dancers, both boys and girls, regardless of size. Class placement is by skill level more than age. The kids have fun, and love the program. Many study through their high school years, as my daughter seems to want to do. Some students have gone on to pre-professional dance academies. I know the little kids love to play with the costumes, and we certainly had a huge dress up bin that she played with at home. But there might be alternative dance programs in your area that don't push the costume scam.....Margaret in Portland

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    1. Hi Margaret, thanks for the tips and insight into dance classes. From what I understand talking to several co-workers whose kids are also more seriously into dance like your daughter, they all have similar recitals where you order the costumes they choose to fit the theme. Sigh. Oh well, they also say their other kids who are into other activities like sports, horseback riding, etc... it's just as much if not more money. Thanks for listening!

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  5. Hey, congratulations on the magazine stuff! Can't wait to see it. You must be so happy/proud about it!

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  6. Hi! Loved the podcast! The quilt show sounded like so much fun! Thanks for taking us all along! YEAH! for the magazine work! I'm so happy for you and can't wait to see it. Good Luck on the deadline. I know it'll be great!

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    1. Thanks Mary Sarah! I'm still working on it, although I'm at the point where I just want it DONE, and in the mail to them, lol.

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  7. Hi Tanesha, thanks for another great podcast. I'll definitely be following up on Call the Midwife - the pictures on the beeb website look gorgeous!

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  8. Tanesha,
    I am not surprised that your design work caught an editor's eye. You are quite talented Missy! Congratulations and I can't wait to see the magazine in the future.

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  9. Ooh, I just thought - have you seen "Bleak House" and "Little Dorritt"?? I can't remember whether you've mentioned these?

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