The Masterpiece by Javan

The Masterpiece by Javan

We are born into the world like a blank canvas and each person that crosses our path takes up the brush and makes his mark upon our surface - So it is that we develop - But we must realize there comes a day that we must take up the brush and finish the work. For only we can determine if we are to be just another painting or a Masterpiece.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

All In The Name

As Sweet as Cinnamon at is having a giveaway and the only requirement is to blog about how and why you picked your blog name. Really fun topic and be sure to check out all the blogs that have signed up.  Make sure you look around her site while there - you will be amazed at the talent that comes from Australia and New Zealand.  I love them all.

SHADE TREE QUILTING came into being because of my beloved dear wonderful husband (DWH).   He had just retired from his second career and thought maybe this retirement thing might stick this time around and was considering becoming a long-arm quilter. While explaining the idea of the business to his son, he described it as "kinda like being a shade tree mechanic" - which men of a certain age would remember as working on their cars in the shade of a tree at a leisurely pace. The son suggested Shade Tree Quilting and the name was chosen and available as a domain site.

The long-arm business could not be started right away - do you know what a fully loaded Gammil costs, which is what he wants? When I decided to start my blog, I borrowed his name knowing that if he did start his business, I could just add "blogspot" for my part of the name. Works for us and I have certainly enjoyed blog land - love that we can make and nurture new friendships every day.

We have entertained several ideas for the heading and these two were our first choices,
 unfortunately they also have a copyright and/or watermark and we cannot use them.
This one below we use mostly - capturing the colors of our seasons but
 hard to get a winter picture if you do not get much snow.
This beautiful white dogwood is imbedded in our pine tree forest where approximately 250 pine trees were planted 40 years ago.
Autumn Dogwood

This is one I thought I could make and possibly use - but just wasn't quite right.

Would certainly appreciate knowing how your blog name came about, so please leave a comment. Be sure to check out As Sweet as Cinnamon for the links of everyone who has signed up to post about their name. Good blog hopping.

Autumn is wonderful and so should your journey be - Judy C


Janet O. said...

I chose the name "rogue quilter" because among most of the quilters I know, I felt like a rogue. I don't belong to a guild, I have never been to a quilt retreat, I've never bought a kit or made a pattern just the way it was written. I've never bought a jelly roll, layer cake, or, until recently, a charm pack. I don't enter my quilts in shows, and I don't care who designed the fabric. I just care if I like it! I've never made a "mystery quilt" or followed a QAL, or participated in a block swap. I've been quilting for over 20 years and usually just do my own thing! Does the name fit? : )

Quilt Hollow said...

You have a wonderful name and fitting!!

Quilt Hollow - - I knew that it would be a longarm quilting business so the word Quilt was a must. Another longarm friend suggested something to do with area I live. Even though we are out in the a country like setting with 3 acres it is a title subdivision called Oak Hollow. SO...Quilt Hollow I am.

Katie said...

My Sandbox - because my DH said when I'm doing my favorite things I'm as happy as a kid in a sandbox. :-)

Jeanneke said...

Love your name and your blog.
Have become a follower and will be back!
Hope to see you at my blog

Janet said...

I think it is hilarious that your hubby thinks long arm quilting is a relaxing business. Most of the people who I see doing it as a business are swamped! But it gave you a great blog name.

taylorsoutback said...

Good morning Judy - what a fun background story to read - had no idea this is how you came about your delightful blog name...

Yes, one of those fully equipped L.A. machines is the price of a basic new car if not more!

Our son was the driving force behind my entry into blogging...and the name comes from what we call our 40 acres of northwoods where we live. Mr. Outback was born in Australia (1943) - my mother-in-law was Australian and was one of the first to marry an American officer during WWII.
So those are my Thoughts From Taylorsoutback this morning!

Have a good day!

Kelly@ Charming Chatter said...

Oh, what a neat story of how your blog name came to be! That is so neat that hubby wanted to do long arm quilting! Love all of the trees you all contemplated! Thanks so much for sharing! Hugs!

Karen said...

I like the way your name came about. It's not a term I was familiar with here in Australia, but I really like it. Hope the long arm business is underway soon.

Vic in NH said...

Judy, what a wonderful tale of how your blog got its name. Your photos of the crepe myrtle are so pretty and serene.

Stitched With Prayer said...

I don't have a blog, but my Google ID for when I do set one up is "Stitched With Prayer" because when I was working on some projects for a dear friend who suffered two ruptured brain aneurysms, I realized the my mind needed to be focused on the Lord in every stitch I took and I tried to keep her in prayer all they while I sewed up her quilt and shawl. By the time I was finished with hers, it had become a habit to remember how blessed I am and to 'thank Him' when things go right and seek His help and peace when they don't.

Judy, I wanted to ask you, did you ever try the Sulky Sticky Solvy product you mentioned in an earlier post? I've been using Transfer Eze and adore it, but I found the Sulky product on an at a much better price but haven't ordered any yet. Hugs....