Also, having 4 dogs tracking mud in and out. Mmmm..... constant cleaning.
My Tuesday Tip for the week is have your favorite books re-bound at your local office supply store. You can take you books into Staples and PIP Printing in our area and they shave off the binding, punch holes and add the spiral binding. It is awesome to have the book stay open on its own. They also add plastic covers to the front and back and this helps to proctect the outside of your book.
For the Free Motion Quilting, it allows me to lay the pattern I want to try in the copier and make a clean copy to practice on. I either lay a plastic sheet over the copy and use a dryer ease marker, or use a little 505 spray on the copy and use it on the longarm on top of my practice fabric.
Using the spiral binder allows you to lay the book open flat or prop it up on an easel while working on each block. The approximate price of having a book spiral bond is $3 to $5 per book.
Hope this gives you the motivation to get out your favorite book and get to work!
Yours in quilting,