Totally Off Topic & A Giveaway

When I was putting on lipstick the other day, I thought about how my sis hates the way my lipstick ends up being shaped. She says it’s ugly.  Considering how a lot of lipstick comes brand new, I think my lipstick shape is perfectly normal.

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my lipstick

My sis’ lipstick on the other hand, is a hot mess. It looks as if she rolls it all the way up to apply and then forgets to roll it back down before putting the top back on. LOL!

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sis’ lipstick

Alas, I’ll let y’all be the judge. Whose lipstick is uglier?

It got me to thinking about something I saw on Facebook awhile back. About how your lipstick shape says a little something about the type of person you are.

Lipstick

Mine most resembles the curved shape, so I guess that means I’m Outgoing. They don’t have a “hot mess” category, but I can tell you that my sister’s lipstick ultimately ends up flat because she throws away the 7/8 of it that breaks off, so that makes her Frank. hahaha.

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Sister Selfie

Anyway,  I thought it’d be fun to find out more about you, via your lipstick shape. I hope you think so too! So for your chance to win, please comment how you follow A Quilted Passion AND your lipstick shape. I will randomly choose a winner this Saturday, March 18th and post it by 9a (AZ Time).

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What will you win?

The giveaway prize is a Cotton and Steel layer cake (40- 10″x 10″ squares) called Homebody by Kim Kight, a spool of Essential cotton thread by Connecting Threads in Grey, That Purple Thang, a Sewing Machine Seam Guide, and a “quilt junkie” pin/button.


Here’s a look at the different fabrics in the layer cake.


Thanks for playing along!


A Thread for Life
You are altogether beautiful, my darling; there is no flaw in you.- Songs of Songs 4:7 NIV

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Shop Hoppin’!

I had a blast participating in my very first shop hop!  It was the Rally in the Valley Shop Hop Tour 2016 and included 11 stores in the Phoenix Metro Area from October 7 – 15, 2016.

Me and my friends, Teresa and Kelly, hopped on Mon & Tue Oct 10 & 11.

Of the 11 stores participating in the hop, I’d only been to one prior and that was 3 Dudes.

Here is how we hopped.

Monday
3 Dudes Quilting – Phoenix, AZ
Cutting Edge Quilts – Chandler, AZ
Quilters Ranch – Tempe, AZ
Mad B’s Quilt and Sew – Mesa, AZ
A Quilter’s Oasis – Mesa, AZ
BERNINA Connection – Phoenix, AZ
Bonus stop SAS Fabrics Phoenix, AZ

Tuesday
The Olde World Quilt Shoppe – Cave Creek, AZ
The Other Quilt Shop – Phoeniz, AZ
You Can Quilt – Peoria, AZ
Arizona Quilts – Surprise, AZ
Sun Valley Quilts – Sun City, AZ
Bonus stop 35th Ave Sew & Vac Phoenix, AZ

I had a great experience and bought a few goodies…

…and a little bit of fabric.

Here’s a better view of my lovelies!

The only thing that would’ve made it better is if I was spending someone else’s money!

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time, God Bless.

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A Thread for Life
Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my concerns. See if there is any offensive way in me; lead me in the everlasting way. Psalms 139-23-24 HCSB

Hazards in Quilting? Who Knew?!

If you would’ve asked me this question a couple of years ago, I would’ve said, “no way”! Believe it or not, there are hazards in Quilting and not just to your pocketbook! After doing it for awhile, I’ve found, not only can it make a significant dent in the pocketbook, it definitely takes a toll on ones body. Particularly the neck and back, and personally, my neck. I sew/quilt almost daily and really struggle w/keeping my shoulders relaxed and not straining my neck. After reading a few articles like this, I came to the realization that I’ve been doing it all wrong! =(   I would like to continue to quilt for many, many years to come, so when my neck really started bothering me, I began surfing the web for stretches and/or exercises for sewers/quilters.

I came across this handy dandy, preventative maintenance pdf: Ten Exercises for Quiltmakers. I pinned it on the wall behind my machine to remind me to take breaks often and stretch.  I’m sure the exercises are effective for Readers and heavy Texters too! I’ve since been working on improving my posture, bending from the waist, and using my eyes more than my neck.

While looking for the stretches/exercises, I found more good info for proper  height adjustment for sewing and cutting tables here. I know my sewing table should be lower, but I haven’t come across one that is “cheap” enough. I’m thrifty remember 😉

Got the desk at Goodwill for $4 on a 50% off Saturday

My cutting table is just about the right height. It is raised w/4 – 1″ risers. Another inch would probably do the body better.

And speaking of exercise, to keep in shape in general AND in preparation for Extreme Flagstaff, a mud run, or hopefully one day Survivor and/or The Amazing Race, my bff Melinda suggested I put my pull up bar in the doorway of my sewing room and do at least 1 pull-up every time I enter. Truth be told, I don’t do a pull-up every time but I do about every 2nd or 3rd time… and I’m up to 2 – 3 reps when I do them!

One last thing where exercise is concerned, whether I’m sewing, cutting or ironing, I try to remember to keep my abs engaged (belly button to spine) to tighten my core and strengthen my back.

Lastly, from this point forward, I will end each post w/a scripture or verse as encouragement to anyone who reads my blog; a biblical truth or spiritual fruit which is truly my thread for life.

A Thread for Life
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jer 29:11 NIV