timetobeinspired.ca you say?

Heaven help me. What have I done? In an attempt to “upgrade” my blog, I registered a new shorter address to eliminate the need to type wordpress all the time. I wanted to increase the amount of photo memory available, as I have a lot of photos on my blog. Also when I’m ready to post a video, I have that capacity. Aside from those things, I don’t know what I’ve gotten into.

I’m really not sure of  the consequences of my actions, but it’s done now. I thought that if I waited till I really understood everything involved in the transition, I would never be able to do it. I think that anyone wanting to follow my blog needs to sign up for emails at the bottom of the page. I’m not sure, but I think that’s how it works. So, if you are at all interested in seeing what I’m up to, please sign up for email notification. You can still “manage” how often you receive those notifications.

That brings me to another thing. I have faithfully blogged at least 3 times per week for the last year. I enjoyed doing it, and setting up a schedule was good discipline. Now I’m ready for a break of sorts. I’m switching to a twice a week schedule, and I’m only doing the photo challenge when I feel like it! There, I said it. Now let’s see what happens… I doubt there will be any effect at all, except on the time I will spend writing posts. Perhaps I’ll have time to read a few more blogs now! I’m afraid that my reading and commenting falls by the wayside when I get busy. And I have been busy.

Today was an exciting day in the studio. I completed some quilt blocks that I’ve been working on. In an attempt to use fabric and create something wonderful for my family and friends, I have decided to make quilts. I mean, who doesn’t love a colorful, hand-made quilt? Since I don’t seem to be able to do anything in a small way, I started with enough blocks to make at least 5 quilts. 100 blocks in a loose interpretation of a log cabin pattern. As you can see from the photos, I’m using a huge assortment of fabrics. I’m loving the challenge of using my fabric inventory (with the addition of some necessary color value purchases). Here’s a peek at my handiwork:

edges of quilt blocks pile of quilt blocks piles of quilt blocks

quilt block quilt block 3 quilt block 2

Next I need to arrange the blocks, decide on the borders and sew them together. I’ll be shipping the completed quilt tops to my friend, Louise, at Red Red Bobbin in Ontario for the quilting. Once quilted, I’ll get them back to bind the edges and they will be complete. While the quilts are away I’ll be able to start more! I didn’t think my post would be complete without a photo of my trusty assistant, Kush. She may not be that helpful, but she is a superb companion!

my assistant, KushP.S. I have heard from several readers that my posts till show up in their readers, so disregard that suggestion to sign up for email (unless you want to of course). See, I told you I didn’t know what I was doing!

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21 thoughts on “timetobeinspired.ca you say?

  1. Peter S says:

    Congrats on a successful switch over! I went with self-hosting to start with, though I’m not sure I’d do that again since it’s easier to be found via the WordPress site than on your own.

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  2. Linda Cote says:

    I got yours in my reader, too, so all is well! If you have questions, DM me. We’ve been through this with my husband’s blog/website too (tho I’m still on the longer URL) and have learned my way around through trial and error. Not that I know everything — I’ll have to be in my 90s before that happens, because it changes all the time! LOL. Like the new format, and good for you for “slowing down”! 🙂

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  3. Lesley says:

    TI: I enjoyed the blog and quilt squares. Didn’t know until now that you are blogging – I’m impressed that you were doing three times a week! Yowie! I feel pressed to get one in every 10 days or so. I will sign up to follow and put a link on my blog page if that’s ok with you.

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  4. As a few other of your followers mentioned your post arrived in my in-box as usual. I have been considering changing my site to a .com but I was afraid that if I made this switch the same thing would happen to me that you feared had happened to you. It looks to me like your site is reaching me just fine. I hope that when I make the switch the same will hold true of mine for you. Feel free to let me know. As for cutting back on the number of times you post per seek, for my first two and a half years of blogging I did post three times a week. Coupled with working full-time, that schedule nearly killed me. Also, my posts were pretty uneven in the consistency department. Starting last summer I cut back and in fall I had to take a much needed hiatus to work on a book I’ll be announcing on my site in April. It’s just going through a final edit. Reading blogs, writing comments, it all takes a tremendous amount of time, but of course the participation contributes to building one’s following.

    Your quilts look lovely. You really have a great eye for pattern and color. Glad to know that Kush is contributing in her own always photogenic way to the cause.

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  5. I just got my first sewing machine of my very own, and I’m DYING to try making a quilt! Thanks for the lovely pictures of your squares!

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    • Go for it! Remember that there are many styles of quilts out there and they are all wonderful. Precision piecing is not my cup of tea, but I think it works just fine! My boys both got sewing machines for Christmas this year. My girls don’t seem as interested. Guess they thing they’ve got me to do their sewing. I tried to lay out all my squares but I don’t have a floor space big enough. I laid out 50 of them and it was exciting. I am easily amused. Good luck with your sewing!

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  6. sharechair says:

    Your squares are beautiful!! I have always wanted to learn how to quilt. Now that there are so many instructional videos on YouTube, etc… maybe I should tackle it… Thanks for the Inspiration!!

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  7. ranu802 says:

    Beautiful!I love the colourful quilt pieces you have to make those quilts.I’m sure your family will love them.I get your posts without any problem.Thank you.
    Ranu

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  8. No problem as stated above – the blog appeared in my inbox as per usual. You are 100% right – who doesn’t love a colourful quilt? The blocks look inspired, glad to hear that there is no detectable diminishing of ‘the stash’ – you have many a year of projects ahead of you. With a supervisor like Kush who is such an obvious slave driver I can see why your are producing at top speed….

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  9. musingmar says:

    I changed my blog to a .com address just last week too! BTW, no worries, your post showed up in my reader just like usual. Your quilts will be so vibrant! (And your kitty looks so comfy 😊)

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    • Mar, thanks for that info. I’m very excited about the quilts and also amazed that they seem to use very little fabric – at least in relation to what is in my stash! Kush spends a lot of time in adorable poses and I spend almost as much time taking her picture.

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