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Saturday, May 28, 2011

A Rainy Day Garden Stroll....

Yesterday was another rainy day here in the Midwest.  My ark is completed, now to gather pairs of animals!  I had a bit of an upset stomach, and just wasn't 'into' anything.  I did a few chores around the house and decided I would just go clean my sewing room.  I mean, if all else fails....there's that!  It needed it.  Scraps from several projects laying around were discouraging me from starting anything else.  Then, my Garden Stroll quilt reared it's ugly head.  It was laid out on the pressing table and I got tired of moving it around, so I grabbed it up and decided "Today's the Day!"

Remember these?


This is them now.  This quilt is called Garden Stroll by Whimsicals.  Wool applique, combined with regular cotton fabrics for piecing.  I need for the quilting to give it some 'life', so I think I'm just going to hang it up in the studio until it speaks to me.  I had quilted this same quilt for a friend a few years ago, and it was on my bucket list.  Now, it is off the bucket list and is a flimsie!  :)  It felt good to finish something for 'me' that I had been wanting to do......


I also finished this little onesie.  :)  Isn't it precious?  Army Son's significant other has a best friend due to deliver next month.  We talked about a quilt, but she figured her friend would be getting lots of blankies for the baby and she wanted to do something unique.  Years ago, I taught her how to lockerhook, so she is lockerhooking a rug for the baby's room in pink and chocolate brown.  The theme is birds.  She grabbed this adoreable onesie and asked me to embroider a bird and the little angel's name.  The letters are in chocolate brown.

The bird design came from http://www.emblibrary.com/  They are one of my favorite places to get embroidery designs.

So, as you can see.....I didn't get much done yesterday, but I got a lot done.  Still feeling a little queezy today, so who knows what kind of trouble I will get into!

Don't forget about the Memorial Day Sale on books:  http://www.quiltweb.net/  Mention the blog in the comments section for 25% off manufacturer's suggested retail price.

Have a blessed day!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Memorial Day Sale on Books

Now, through Monday, all books purchased on the site are 25% off the manufacturer's suggested retail price.  (Note that some books aren't listed on the site at the suggested retail.)  Just mention my blog in the comments section, and I will give you the discount before hitting your card.

Have a great Memorial Day Weekend!

:)

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The Waiting Game....

Saturday was "work like you are Amish Day" at our house.  While the fellas cleaned out the garage, I did some weeding in the flower beds and planted our garden.  Sunday, I did a little more weeding and started powerwashing the back terrace until Army Son came for a visit.  :)  (Love it when those kids visit!)

Here is a before pic of my garden.  Thank goodness I got everything planted before our 9 days of straight rain.  Yup!  That's what they are predicting!


This is the part where the waiting comes in.  Everybody is planted, we are just waiting for a visit.  I tried to blow this pic up so you could see the row of roses back there, but they are barely visible.  They were in a janky (yes, that is my word) flower bed in the back when we first moved here.  I tilled them up a row and figured I would transplant them and if they made it through the winter, fine.  If they didn't, fine.  Well, against all odds, they made it!

This little rose didn't get transplanted, and is fighting for territory.  Obviously, I didn't get this bed weeded yet.  See the little weeds posing on the bottom right?  Weeds just LOVE to get their pics taken!

My poppy went crazy this year.  These always remind me of the Wizard of Oz.  There were two of them here, both equally huge.  However, when nephew was trying to help out while we were in Gaitlinburg, he thought one was a weed.  :(  The storm knocked her down, but she isn't going down without a fight!

Hubs favorite....

This pic was supposed to be all about the Bleeding Heart, but from the pic, looks like there is another story to tell!  I trimmed off the first round of dead blooms this weekend, and she is already making me new ones.  I plant a bleeding heart everywhere I live as a tribute to my real dad, who passed away when I was a toddler.

The other story for this one is kinda ironic.  It is my Mom crowding out my Dad!  LOL  See the Coleus that has decided to spring up everywhere?  My Mom gave me ONE plant last year.  As soon as I planted it, the drought hit and I figured it was a gonner.  Well, it is everywhere!  As you can tell, this is the part of the flower bed I haven't gotten to weed yet!

I love these Violas!  They are purple and yellow and spread like a groundcover.

This is only the second year for these little fellas and they have gone C r A z Y ! ! ! ! !

Well, I can't wait to show you how everyone looks once they all start blooming and growing up tall for Momma.

Until then....

Babies!

I bet you thought there would be some grandiose post here that I am finally getting a grandbaby!  Nope!  Just did a customer quilt that is for a baby!  This lady makes quilts and matching bedding for customers, and I do her quilting for her.  This quilt is so simple, yet so adoreable!  It is great for a beginner who wants to learn to quilt for a new grandchild.


I just love the bubblegum pink polka dot!  That is the outer border.  (The rest of what you see is the batting.)  The gentleman she was commissioned by wanted a stipple, even though we offered to do something all cutsie for the same price.  He loves the look of the stippling.


This is the back.  It is also bubblegum pink.  I took this pic at an angle so you could see the quilting.  The thread matches the back, but with the flash reflecting off of it, it looks lighter.

I'm not usually a solids kinda gal, but I must confess, I just loved how this turned out.  Once it is bound, it will be precious! 

My niece had a baby 2 weeks ago.  Maci has been in NICU with breathing problems and seizures, so she has been unable to come home.  Word is...she will get to come home on Thursday, so I am mailing her a quilt today.  Excited for my sister to have yet one more grandchild, while I sit patiently waiting for my first.

I know a few of my kids read my blog posts, so excuse me for a moment while I address them directly....

*HINT HINT*
Have a blessed day!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Hurrah!

It goes without saying that any of you who know me and have been following me--->>I love Jo Morton fabrics.  I just love the line Hurrah, which is a Patriotic line.  I also love decorating with the Patriotic quilts.  When I look at the red-white-blue, I don't see flags waving or special holidays.  When I see the red, I see the bloodshed through the many wars our country has been through.  Men and women who have sacrificed for us to enjoy the freedoms we so take for granted today.  When I see white, I see an untarnished country.  (I'm speaking metaphorically here.)  Where countries have tried to take away our freedoms and yet we remain a democracy.  When I see blue, I see the sad families who lost loved ones because of their commitment to their Country.

I know some of my readers aren't from the US, but I think on some level we can all relate.  We are all blessed to have the ability to participate in social media...to be able to work jobs we enjoy and spend money the way we enjoy.  We are able to open the front door, visit with neighbors and not worry that some renegade fool is going to set off a carbomb or show up with a machine gun....

enough of my soapboxing....here is what I have been working on....


So far, these have all been made using Jo Morton fabric.  Most of it was from the Hurrah! line.  (Available for $7.50 per yard on our website-->shamless plug here....)  I started throwing some others in, because making these little five-inch stars was addicting.  Initially, I was making a wallhanging.  Then, I was making a throw.  Now???  I'm thinking I will be making a monster-size bed quilt.  I may change my mind 10 or 20 blocks from now.  But, for now.....they are piling up quickly on the ironing table.  I work on a few a day after I read, before my cleaning, and when they get done, they get done.

Sorry to ramble on you today....have a blessed rest of the day!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Not My Momma's Quilt....

Yup, that's what I decided to name it!  Back when the shop was in Caldwell, I told hubs I was teaching a Mystery Quilt Class that required using two fabrics.  I let him choose.  Originally, we were making it for us.  After it was done, we both looked at it and thought the colors just screamed to be a gift for my Momma.  Momma and the 'aunts' came over for a visit and I showed her the quilt.  She hated it!  Don't go gasping for air....you see....from where she is from, having predominantly black in a quilt is a "funeral" quilt.  It represents death.  Who knew?  So, I never finished it.  Didn't want to finish it.  My little feelings were hurt.  :(  Both of the aunts had tried to make things better...both offered to take it off my hands.

I felt a little better about it years later.  The guy from the TV station where we did our commercials for the shop wanted it.  He had cathedral ceilings in his house and wanted it as an 'art' piece.  I didn't see it as art, but I guess I can understand.  I STILL wouldn't finish it.

Now that I am on my quest to quilt a bunch of these flimsies, I decided I would finally take one for the team and quilt it.  Alas, finish number 18 of the year is complete.


I used black batting and just did stitch-in-the ditch.  I will bind it and we will just use it as a spare quilt when we have guests.  I did it in a scrappy version, too, when we taught the class again at our other location.  It is here:  http://appalachianquilts.blogspot.com/2011/02/ok-so-here-are-some-of-our-bigger.html

Now that I have made it scrappier, I prefer that look.  Although, we did sell bolts and bolts of these two fabrics.  The turquoise fabric has a black fern print to it (Jinny Beyer) and it looks pretty together.  Hubs was proud of himself and was really excited when I took it off the longarm.  I didn't tell him I had put it on.

So, I will be spending lots of quality time binding this one.  It is 90" x 100"!

Blessings

Another customer quilt completed

This one was a biggie!  It was 115" square.  When I was quilting it, it was rainy and cold.  All I could think about was how warm this would be to snuggle under.  Afterall, it has a flannel back, flannel front, and my favorite Dream Angel batting!  I certainly don't envy how long it will take her to bind.  :)


It was hard to get a good pic, because it was so big. 

Hubs arms were falling off, so I just snapped a pic in the middle hoping to show you the awesome snowflake pattern she chose.

Well, I am off to gorge myself on fresh cantaloupe.  Don't you just love those fresh fruits?  Especially when they are in season!  :)  :)  :)

Have a good day!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Website

Part of the revisions to our website have gone up today, with more to come.  Hopefully, it will now be easier to navigate.  In the process now of reducing minimum order quantities and lowering prices on books and patterns.  Then, I will tackle getting more uploaded.  We currently have approx 4750 bolts of fabric on the site, over 400 books and 1000 patterns!  Wow!  I didn't know we had quite that many patterns (with more on their way).  Guess I better get busy!

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Uploaded the newest line Carolina from Jo Morton last week!  :)




Blessings

Friday, May 13, 2011

Liberty Celebration

As you recall from this post:  http://appalachianquilts.blogspot.com/2011/02/accountability.html I am trying to get some of these quilts done this year and am participating in a challenge with Kim from Kim's Big Quilting Adventure.  She put out a challenge to finish 11 quilts in 2011.  My goal is a little loftier, but I have a TON more UFOs than most.

I'm also in a Yahoo! group that has put out a challenge for a Red-White-Blue quilt finish of your choosing before May 27.

Sooooo....to kill two birds with one stone, I finished this:

This quilt is called Liberty Celebration and is from Pat Sloan's book Quilt the Seasons.  I have the binding sewn on and a few binding clips on.  Hubs ordered Little Fockers from Netflix and I figured I can get it done while I watch the movie!  :)  I used a scrap I had of Dream Puff batting.  I'm not a puffy kinda gal (unless I'm looking in the mirror) unless it is with an allover larger quilt, so, you guessed it....not real happy with the way this one turned out.  As a matter of fact, I'm just about sick over it.  But, done is done and unless I am so unhappy that I want to get out my seam ripper....it is staying the way it is!  Number 17 UFO is DONE!

Now, for some fun....one of the welder fellas here at home made me this for Mother's Day!  It is a metal rose.  The cool thing is that this is made with a metal medicine cabinet we were throwing away after the remodel!


This is a close-up of the center.  Isn't this just the coolest?  These metal roses have somewhat become a signature item for him and I think he made his Momma and girlfriend some, too.  Awwwwww......


Now for a bit of news on the 'personal' front.  Hubs and are NOT going to list our house until NEXT Spring, if then!  :)  I am doing one happy dance, let me tell ya.  So, now I can start taking custom longarming again, in addition to the allovers.  I had quit taking them because I was backed up and was worried I wouldn't be able to honor the time commitments if our house sold.  Woo Hoo!

Have a great weekend.  Hopefully, Blogger has their 'issues' worked out and all of your favorite blogs will be updated soon!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

New Shop Hop!

I got an e-mail this morning about a new shop hop in the area.  The exciting thing is that is was an idea I came up with over a year ago, and I couldn't get the other shops to buy into the idea.  So, someone else came up with the idea, and voila a Shop Hop that doesn't eat up all of your gas when gas prices are at an alltime high!
Picture 
http://www.ohioonestopshophop.com/


The event is pretty local.  It is being held at:
        Hope Hotel and Conference Center

        Wright Patterson AFB, Dayton OH

Dates are:  Friday July 8th 9:00am - 5:00pm

                 Saturday July 9th 8:00am - 3:00pm


Participating Shops:

A Piece in Time


Address: 3963 Main Street Akron, OH 44319

Phone: 330.644.6100

Website: www.apieceintime.com

Aunt Ruth's Scrapbasket

Address: 11096 Reading Road Sharonville, OH 45241

Phone: 513.733.0006

Website: none

Cozy Cabin Quilts

Address: 20331 SR 116 St. Mary's, OH 45885

Phone: 419.394.6762

Website: www.cozycabinquilts.net

Engine House Quilt Shop

Address: 160 W. Main St. Berne, IN 46711

Phone: 260.589.3060

Website: www.enginehousequiltshop.com

Forever in Stitches

Address: 120 N. Main St. Bluffton, OH 45817

Phone: 419.358.0656

Website: www.foreverinstitches.com

Heavenly Stitches

Address: 2696 Greely Chapel Rd. Lima, OH 45804

Phone: 419.905.5950

Website: www.heavenlystitchesquilts.com

Nelsonville Quilt Co.

Address: 52 W. Washington St. Nelsonville, OH 45764

Phone: 740.753.3343

Website: www.nelsonvillequilts.com

Quilts N Gifts

Address: 2035 Commerce Dr. Suite 205 Bluffton, IN 46714

Phone: 260.565.4438

Website: www.qultsngifts.net

Stitches Quilt Shop

Address: 16 Village Square Glendale, OH 45246

Phone: 513.733.3999

Website: facebook.com/StitchesQuiltShop

The Country Cupboard

Address: 229 S. Washington St. VanWert, OH 45891

Phone: 419.238.7742

Website: www.thecountrycupboard.org

The Mason Jar Quilt Shop

Address: 2169 N. Fairfield Rd. Beavercreek, OH 45324

Phone: 937.431.4790

Website: www.masonjarquilt.com

Valley Quilts

Address: 104 E. State St. Trenton, OH 45177

Phone: 513.988.2560

Website: www.valleyquiltsonline.com

13th Shop Pending...

Address: TBA

Phone: TBA

Website: TBA

Sounds exciting to me!  Hope you can all be there!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Ahhhh....Home Sweet Home

Hubs and I took a little mini vacation to Gaitlinburg for our anniversary.  We went to Gaitlinburg, TN.  First of all, I would just like to say that when we left, gas here was $4.20 per gallon--Kentucky and Tennessee--well, it was $3.65 per gallon! 

Here is the view from our cabin porch.  Isn't it just peaceful?  Well, I just about had a stroke getting there, so the peacefulness was much needed.


This is our poor car parked on the straight up and down incline, also known as our driveway.  See the pavement to the right?  Well, our driveway made this hard right, downhill turn...to more steep road...some paved, some not....all straight down.  We slid and spinned until we got up and down....every time we left the cabin!


In a rare, neverbeforeseen photo, here are hubs and I from the same view on the cabin porch.  Don't we look like the happy Anniversary couple?  :)  We also look quite tired from the drive.  *sigh*


This is the place that makes moonshine.  Pretty uneventful for me, except....well, you will see below....


They were giving out free itsy bitsy shots for you to try their different kinds of moonshine.  Hubs tried them, I did not.  Just not a moonshine kinda gal!


Now, this is what made the whole moonshine visit promising.  I grew up on bluegrass music.  My grandpa used to play 8-track tapes of bluegrass on the front porch and hum along.  I love bluegrass and am always amazed at the skill needed to 4-finger pick on a banjo, play a violin...mandolin...you name it.  These kids were awesome!  Hubs bought two of their CDs.  The girl had gone to the car to get flyers when we snapped the pic.  They knew this was going on my blog, and were OK with it.  Their name was Moonshine Holler Boys, appropriately enough.  There was even some good ole fashioned Southern Gospel on the CDs.  This was one of the highlights of the trip.


We saw Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede, which was disappointing at best.  However, we went to a dinner show called Hatfield's and McCoys, which was OUTSTANDING!  There was a lot of talent, the dinner was good, and the service was excellent!  If you go to Gaitlinburg, you simply must go see this show!

Well, I have a lot of cleaning and catching up to do here at home.  Customers need called for quilt pick-ups and I need to figure out what to fix for dinner.  Home Sweet Home!  I love it and I love being here!  Nothing like a vacation in a dirty cabin to make you appreciate a nice clean home!

Blessings

Saturday, May 07, 2011

Happy Mother's Day!

I 'cleverly acquired' this from someone else:

I OWE MY MOTHER

My Mother taught me to APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE.
  "If you're going to kill each other, do it outside.  I just mopped the floor!"

My Mother taught me RELIGION.
  "You better pray that will come out of the carpet!"

My Mother taught me about TIME TRAVEL.
  "If you don't straighten up, I'm going to knock you into the middle of next week!"

My Mother taught me LOGIC.
  "Because I said so, that's why!"

My Mother taught me MORE LOGIC.
  "If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you're not going to the store with me!"

My Mother taught me FORESIGHT.
  "Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you are in an accident."

My Mother taught me IRONY.
  "Keep crying, and I'll give you something to cry about!"

My Mother taught me about the science of OSMOSIS.
  "Shut your mouth and eat your supper!"

My Mother taught me about CONTORTIONISM.
  "Will you look at that dirt on the back of your neck!"

My Mother taught me about STAMINA.
  "You'll sit there and eat until you have a clean plate!"

My Mother taught me about WEATHER.
  "This room of yours looks like a tornado went through it!"

My Mother taught me about HYPOCRISY.
  "If I told you once, I've told you a million times--Don't exaggerate!"

My Mother taught me the CIRCLE OF LIFE.
  "I brought you into this world--I'll take you out!"

My Mother taught me about BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION.
  "Stop acting like your brother!"

My Mother taught me about ENVY.
  "There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who don't have this food to eat."
  (I won't tell you what happened when I offered to send it to them....)

My Mother taught me about ANTICIPATION.
  "You just wait until we get home."

My Mother taught me about RECEIVING.
  "You are gonna get it when you get home!"

My Mother taught me MEDICAL SCIENCE.
  "If you don't stop crossing your eyes, they are going to get stuck that way!"

My Mother taught me ESP.
  "Put a jacket on, don't you think I know when you are cold!!"

My Mother taught me HUMOR.
  "When that lawnmower cuts off your toes, don't come running to me!"

My Mother taught me HOW TO BECOME AN ADULT.
  "If you don't eat your vegetables, you'll never grow up."

My Mother taught me about my ROOTS.
  "Shut that door.  Were you born in a barn?"

My Mother taught me WISDOM.
  "When you get to be my age, you'll understand."

and my personal favorite.........

My Mother taught me about JUSTICE.
  "One day you'll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like YOU!"

Have a Happy Mother's Day everyone!!!!!!

Blessings....

Friday, May 06, 2011

Sweeeeeeet Sixteen

Once I finished piecing this one, I knew it wouldn't be a UFO for long!  I loved this fabric line, Old Primrose Inn, by Blackbird Designs.  I also am a huge Kim Diehl fan.  I love her scrappy patterns and since getting to know her a little better, I can just tell you that she is one of the sweetest souls you will ever meet. 

All in a Row is no longer a flimsie!  It is now my 16th UFO completion of the year.  We've talked about how a lot of my quilts weren't "me".  With the shop, you have to make quilts from patterns or fabrics that are not necessarily your taste, but that are appealing to customers.  Well, All in a Row is definitely ME!  Did I mention I love love love this quilt???





The original plan was to have this one ready to bind on our trip, but I couldn't wait to bind it, so I did it last night!  Now, looks like I will be reading my Kindle for the carrride.

Hubs and I are off for a much needed weekend of relaxation and quality time together.  Enjoy the weather....and I will be back with lots of great pics.

P.S.  If you are in the area, please drop by the house and make sure the fellas aren't having some wild Hangover Movie-like party at our house!

Blessings

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Farmer's Market

UFO Finish number 15 is done!  Farmer's Market was a quilt we put together out of different fruit fat quarters we had at the shop.  I decided the chicken wire pantograph was just what this quilt needed.  Couldn't see anything custom for it, so went straight for a get 'er done allover!


I will never quilt this allover on a customer quilt, as I am just not happy with the results.

I really didn't know what I was going to do with this quilt.  I had to jump in and finish as their is a 4-H group who wants to make it part of a benefit auction.  So, there you have it! 

Well, I have a longarm machine waiting for me.

Have a blessed day!

Monday, May 02, 2011

Another longarm quilt

This is a quilt I quilted for Customer T.  She picked it up yesterday, so I can show you the pics today.  This pinwheel quilt was done mostly with 30s reproduction fabrics.  She did sneak a few batiks in there.  It is a throw size for a gift.  T chose an allover called Bubbles everywhere to echo the circles found in the prints.



The bubbles range in size from a dime, to a quarter to a fifty-cent piece.  I just love seeing what customers come up with for their quilts.  Inspires me to use up some of what I have!  :)

Well, the cleaning tornado must persevere!

Have a blessed day!

The BIG Reveal!

For a while now, I have even worked on this quilt in my sleep!  Alas, I have my 'masterpiece' complete.  No, I don't mean that my quilting is anything spectacular.....I'm just feeling what the old art masters felt when they had worked on something for soooo long that they didn't think they would ever finish.  As I got each bit done and thought I was ready to advance the quilt, I would find a little something that I missed.  Customer S told me when she dropped it off to just pick a color of thread (my choice) and do the whole quilt with it.  She just did not want monofilament thread.  She isn't a fan.  Well, as I started, I just couldn't do it.  If my name was going to be on this beauty, it had to have matching thread for each piece.

Another thing I felt daunting....when she dropped it off and showed me the white muslin backing, I nearly passed out.  No pressure there!  So, as I started to get parts done and advance the quilt....the different colors of thread excited me and kept me motivated.  I love the back, too!  There has been a lot of talk on the quilting boards lately about using muslin for backing.  I usually do not.  I used to....but I had a bad experience with an Ohio Star a few years back and swore I would never use it again!  There are now some quality muslins out there, and I may just eat my words.

Well, I should let you see for yourself.  Here she is!!!!!









I know that is a lot of pics for one day, yet I still didn't get the whole thing!  I freehanded trees in the right border to mimic the trees on the right side.  I freehanded hummingbirds in the left border to mimic the birds on the left side.  I made the rocks at the bottom to mimic the bottom of a lake bed.  All in all, I am just glad it is DONE!

I still have to make her an embroidered label today, but that is nothing compared to all of this.  Then, I need to catch up on housework.  The last few days I have let it go, trying to get this baby done!

Have a blessed day!