Monday, October 8, 2012

Do you pin?

I love pinterest, I used to love filing cabinets.  I envied people who had lots of organized files about any subject.   But now I have a house full of closets with filing cabinets filled with papers that I rarely look at.  I'm in the process of cleaning those out :)  . . . maybe even getting rid of some.

Pinterest works well for visual people like me.

I'm sharing with you my favorite boards, some of which are for quilting.  If you want to learn more about the pictures I've displayed, you can click on the board title which takes you to pinterest.  Find that picture there and click on it.  It will take you to the original website.

Quilt Inspiration:  I keep pictures of quilts that I like that I either want to try to make or that will give me inspiration to pull from as I design a new quilt.  This quilt is made with Sweetwater's new fabric line, Mama Said.

Free Motion Quilting Ideas  -  I keep lots of FMQing ideas here, including from my own projects.  It's nice to have a quick reference so when I've sandwiched a quilt together and am ready for FMQing, I've got options to look at.

Quilting Tutorials - obviously where I keep tutorials that I want to hang on to.

Current Project - This one I'm a little embarrassed about.  Sometimes I purchase fabric online, and by the time my dutiful mailman brings it to my door (which is usually only a few days),  I've forgotten what I was going to make with it, and it just ends up going into the abyss of my stash.  So, I pin it, then write in the notes my intentions for it.

back for play quilt w/ "Peek Hour" for Suzzie's baby

Also, if I see something on a blog that will help me with my current project, or an up-coming project, I pin it into this board.  It's my most favorite board, currently :)

I've been collecting fabric to make this quilt by "film in the fridge".  I can also quickly look at this pin if I'm in a store and trying to match colors.

Quilt Backs - Looking at other quilt backs I've seen that I like helps me get ideas for my own design.

My projects  -  is very helpful when I'm in a store, need to match a color and need a quick reference on my smart phone.  Or someone wants to see one of my quilts.

Linky Parties  -  I put the day of the linky party in the first line of vision, so when I'm quickly looking for a party to link to, there they all are.


Favorite birds  -  I absolutely love this bird, the Tuft Titmouse.  He runs with Chickadees.  Occasionally he stops at my feeder that is stuck to the window where I quilt.  It doesn't happen very often, probably during migration time.  When I see one, it's a reminder that God sends beautiful, intricate  things my way to remind me of the delicateness of life, and that He loves me.

Open House  -  I knew I was going to be having an open house, so I created a board just for those ideas.  I wrote specific notes for myself about the things I had pinned.

assign out fruit, bake cookies 1 wk ahead and freeze, use Andy's recipe

Funny  -  A great place to go when you need a good laugh. 

Dos Equis.  No I don't drink, but I think this guy's funny.

Problem is, is that when I get into a deep quilting mode, I go days not seeing anyone :)   . . . maybe that was too much information.

This just makes me happy.

Sorry I couldn't make it bigger.  If you click on the picture, it will take you to the original link which is bigger.

Our oldest daughter announced several weeks ago, that she's getting married in late October.  Yip . . . a 5 week engagement.  We're very happy for them and we love her fiance.  Needless to say,   I'm not getting too much quilting done right now.  

Do you pin with a purpose?  I'd love to learn from any ideas you have.  If you don't pin and want to start . . . like my geekie son says when I ask for help, "goggle it".  


  1. I resisted Pinterest for a long time, partly because I didn't realize how versatile it is (at first, I thought it was all about fashion and interior design), and partly because everyone kept saying it was so addictive. Then I learned a little more about it. I waited until I was on bed rest with my twins, then I set up my account when I knew I would have lots of time for wasting. ;) I used to have a word document on my computer where I would cut and paste links to tutorials or quilts that I liked. I even had a folder where I would keep pictures of quilts I wanted to make. Now those files are long gone. Pinterest is WAY easier. I use it all the time now. There are so many creative people out there willing to share their ideas. I hardly ever come up with anything on my own anymore ;). I like your idea of creating a current projects board too!

  2. Great ideas! I haven't been that inventive with my boards. I love the idea of Linky Party board. Must do that!

  3. congratulations to your daughter! that's wonderful! you must be so busy, but you are always so organized, so I'm sure you can do it!!

  4. Love to pin! I appreciate that you actually use it appropriately! For YOU! Most of my pins are things I have pinned for myself and I like to pin from people like you!!

    The linky party board is a great idea! I am too afraid to pin my current case the recipient sees it ;D!

  5. I use Pinterest in spurts, so I probably don't get the real benefit of seeing what other people are finding. I have some similar categories for my Pins and like to use them for inspiration. If I had a Smart phone, I could probably get an app? That would come in handy, like you said, for matching up fabrics when shopping. I'm going to go follow you now. You can find me as Barb Neiwert


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