Thursday, April 19, 2012

Fabric + taxes + feeling dorky

I'm starting (another) new project, this time all solids.  I think this is my first all solids quilt and I'm excited. I'm using Konas: Aqua, Peacock, Snow and Corn Yellow. I promise to share an actual finished project later this week. (Finishing the binding tonight.)

Today I am going to a blogging conference called SNAP here in Utah.  I'm excited because I've watched how much work has gone into it and I'm sure it will be very cool, but at the same time, I'm feeling nervous. I always feel kind of like a dweeb at things like this - sometimes feels like the first day of Jr. High all over again. And the fact that I'm the one wearing braces adds to that lovely dorky-jr-high feeling. :[ 

But I know it's good to get out of my comfort zone, and each time I've done something like this, I've met some really lovely people and been glad that I made myself go, even though I'd much rather stay home with my sewing machine and watch reruns of MASH and Downton Abbey.  Plus, I'm SO technically un-savvy, that it's always good to learn something new in the realm of html or seo. 
Finally, I laughed when we submitted our taxes this year.  I guess it's official: according to the IRS I am a professional Quilter. I wonder what the accountant thought on that one - probably doesn't see many of those. :) Got to do something to keep those accountants entertained during tax season.  What it should really say is "vacuumer-washer-chauffer-soccerfan-chef", but I guess there wasn't room.

24 comments:

  1. I'm so interested to see your solid-color quilt! I've always wanted to try one, but haven't been brave enough yet. For some reason it seems harder to pick solid colors that would look great together in a quilt!

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  2. Oooh, have a fun weekend! Lol at the occupation :oD

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  3. I so understand what you're saying! I also feel out of place at events like that. I won't go unless I can take someone along. Misery loves company!

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  4. Have fun at your conference. Sounds like it will be super informative :) Oh, and I will see you on the 5th, I am officially making a trip of it :)

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  5. LOL about your taxes, but I think you are going to have a lot of fun at the Snap conference! I hope you have a great time!! I love Kona Peacock, one of my favorite Konas, I can't wait to see what you're up to :)

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  6. I've just started a solids quilt in Kona Ash, Rich Red and Delft Blue. You can see it and the quilts that others are working on in a flickr group that I started (we are trying to support each other :o)
    http://www.flickr.com/groups/sewintosolids/

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  7. Have fun at the SNAP conference!! Sounds great!! xo Heather

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  8. It will be fun to see your new quilt made from solids. Well, you really ARE a professional quilter, so can't think of a better title to fill in as your profession.

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  9. Hey, if it means you can write off fabric, thread, batting and sewing machine maintenance, being a quilter by occupation is AWESOME.

    Have fun and remember that each and every one of us feels like a dork most of the time. :-)

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  10. Beautiful solids! I'll be looking forward to seeing that quilt. :)

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  11. I love all solid quilts! Have fun and I totally get what you mean, I'm already nervous about the FQ retreat in June and trying not to think about it. Silly really.
    I long to be called a quilter, that's awesome!

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  12. This is my first tax season as a Quilter, and it's scarey, isn't is? And I did them myself, we don't use an accountant. So far, so good. But talk about being out of your comfort zone!

    I'm also working on a (commission) quilt that is almost all Kona solids. They are great to work with, all starched up and spiffy.

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  13. Have fun at SNAP! It will be fun hearing about it on the blogs. :)
    I like your fabric colors. Those are some favorites of mine. My wedding colors were yellow and blue, though not that shade of blue.

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  14. Enjoy the conference. I'd rather sew and watch reruns of Mash too over many other things.

    And what would I put on my return if I made money from my sewing along with my normal work? I'm an accountant already!

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  15. Best wishes at your conference!

    I LOVE that you are listed as a quilter for your profession! Fun!

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  16. Quilting, MASH and Downton Abbey... does it get any better than that? :D

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  17. Congratulations on becoming a professional quilter!!! I love the colors you've chosen for your quilt. Am looking forward to seeing what you create.

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  18. It's so fun when unexpected things happen - like becoming a professional quilter in the eyes of the IRS :)

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  19. LOL on our taxes I list my occupation as a Domestic Homefront Coordinator !! hehehe Have fun at SNAP... im so jealous.:-)Can't wait to hear about it all!!!!

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  20. I am so bummed... I just read this post and saw you were at SNAP and I had no idea! I would have loved to meet you! Bummer! Hope you had a great time:) love love love your blog!! xoxo

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  21. Hahaha -- I love Quilter on the taxes! I've always wanted to put Gopher, but it's never happened. Can't wait to see that new quilt!

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  22. Love those colors. Can't wait to see what you do with them! On my tax form, I'm "Happy Homemaker."

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  23. Love those colors. Can't wait to see what you do with them! On my tax form, I'm "Happy Homemaker."

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