I want to know how all of you are planning to deal with responding to comments from now on, because I was having a conversation with a friend and she doesn't think that the emailed comments are coming back. I got an email from an online friend that said the same thing, and then I talked to a couple of other people, and none of them think we'll get comments mailed again without some kind of opt-in process from commenters allowing their email to be shared. I'm sad to say that they might be right. We didn't get any notification from Blogger, but I think they intended to eliminate that feature. (Some communication would be nice, wouldn't it?) The fact that they seem to be "working on it" now only shows how much they over looked the anticipated response. So, I'm not certain it's coming back and I'm not sure what I'm going to do with comment responses from now on. I do know that I treasure the relationships I've made through this blog and not being able to respond privately and individually will have an impact on future friendships. So, yes, I really want to have a discussion about this and what everyone plans to do. Let us all know!
(Diann came up with a work around that seems to work for her! I'll give it a try on this post.)
Wow, boring way to start a post, huh? Let's have a picture to lighten this up:
I haven't had much time to stitch this week because I'm getting ready for a professional conference next week, but I did finish off these two little practice pieces. Both are small but functional since they both have a layer of Insul-brite in the middle (plus a layer of thin batting) so they can be used out by the grill or on a table.
This little one was quilted with orange peels, which were surprisingly easy. The big accomplishment here is that this was all quilted without breaking thread. One pass--yahoo!
|Those are raindrops, not stains!|
The little blue piece was quilted in diamonds. They seem simple-- and they are-- but they gave me fits, mostly because I was too stubborn to actually mark anything. Since it's all blue and white hsts I kept getting confused about which intersection I was aiming for. A small sticker would have made it much easier! Things like this are one of the reasons I want to practice on useful pieces, not samples. Real-world learning is always better! For me, anyway.
I'm happy with how these turned out. I'm going to do one more baby-sized quilt, this time in an all0ver pattern, and then I'll move on to something larger, just to keep practicing and improving.
That's it from here for now! Hope everyone has a good weekend. I have to do some more work on my paper, then I'm going to a quilt show with a friend! That will be a super-nice break. It will be raining all weekend, so it's a good thing they're holding it indoors!
Sharing at Confessions of a Fabric Addict, Finished or Not Friday, and crazymomquilts.