Wednesday, March 25, 2015


Busy time for Quilter's Pantry.  

I'm making more items to have for sale on line and at the quilt show. I was also scheduling studio appointments for customers. One to discuss details of longarm work on her quilt. Another for checking out the Nolting Longarm machine as she is looking to purchase one!  

Yes, if you are thinking of getting a longarm machine and want to discuss a Nolting... give me (and my husband) a call.  We can arrange for you to stop in and see how mine works and even try it out. 

If you are interested in adding the Side Saddle   computer system to your longarm... you can make an appointment to check that out as well.  AND once you have purchased a Side Saddle.... call me to take one or tow of my classes to learn how to use it.

in the mean time......
Just a couple of weeks left before the 2015 quilt show. Are you setting your GPS to come join us? 
Gather your friends and make a day of it!

Pictured is just a sample of what I had for sale last year.
(Those items pictured may have been sold....but there'll be more!)

I will have more fabric baskets this year, some microwaveable fabric bowls, fabric, and of course my quilts. 

And.... more ornaments!   

So.... til next time .... 
Keep those needles stitching, 
those sewing machines humming, 
your creative juices flowing.

Sunday, March 15, 2015


It 's that time of year again. 

Spring has arrived.

 The sun was out shinning brightly. The temperature outside allowed the doors and windows to be open and the fresh air to flow through the house. 

The studio got a make over of sorts today with a bit of rearranging. Amazing how just switching a desk, a pattern cabinet, a file cabinet and a book shelf around (while keeping them against the same wall) added so much more space to the room.  Added the first quilt (wall hanging) I ever made to the wall decor as well. Still have more organizing to do to make the room more pleasing to my eye and the eyes of my customers. I don't work well with a lot of clutter. 

It's also that time of year to prepare for our guild's quilt show coming up April 10 -11, 2015. I'm looking forward to the show this year. Meeting new people, seeing new quilts, enjoying the fellowship of other quilters. Introducing those who don't quilt to our wonderful world of quilting. 

If you are in the area, or want a road trip..... set your calendars for April 10 - 11, 2015!  Stop by the Quilter's Pantry booth and say hello. 

Looking for a longarm?  Stop in at the show and try out a Nolting Longarm!  They will be set up at the show right next to me! 

Til next time...

Keep those needles stitching, 

Those threads snipped
Your creative minds creating! 



Friday, February 27, 2015


Winter hit with a bang around here in February.
I had so much I wanted to get done, a class to prepare for..... and bang- first I got sick with a cold. I lost a couple days of work. 

Then our grandson got sick with the croup with bad cough, wheezing and the works. 

All the while I was busy preparing for teaching the computer system "Side Saddle" that I use with my Nolting longarm set up. 

And then.... the snows hit! First here at home....and I missed more work. 

Then for our trip to Richfield, OH where I was to teach, the roads were not the best.

Then while we were in Ohio teaching - more snow.

Then the snow and ice were on the roads for our trip home!  We did arrived safely and it felt so good to be home.

Teaching was a success and I really enjoyed meeting everyone and helping them learn how to use their Side Saddle systems to make beautiful quilts. 

THEN -- MORE SNOW! And I missed more work.  

So...  now the snow has stopped. I managed to longarm 3 quilts are am now working on the bindings. 
The joys of quilting.... see the end in sight. 

 ......just in time to start a new quilt of course!  

So now, with the temperatures warming up next week and rain instead of snow, I look forward to Spring.  

I already have a few things on my calendar that y'all may be interested in:  

 1) April 10 -11, 2015 the Appalachian Heritage Quilters Guild of which I am a member, is holding their annual Quilt Show. 
Friday's hours are 10 - 7 and Saturday's hours are 8 - 5. 
It is being held again at Crossroads Christian Church in Gray, TN. 

2) June 19 - 20 there will be a LONGARM RETREAT held here in the Tri Cities area of TN.  Put on by Memory Lane Quilting with Nolting longarm machines. 
I will be teaching the Side Saddle classes.  I will be posting more details as we organize the retreat.  For now, just circle your calendars if you hope to attend. 

For now.... time to hand sew the binding on a quilt and a hanging sleeve on another quilt...

Til next time.....

Keep those needles stitching, 
the creativity flowing, 
and the joy of quilting in your heart. 


Sunday, January 4, 2015

You Get What You Pay For.... Choosing a Quilter/Seamstress/Crafter

Choosing a Quilter for a Custom made Quilt

So many people are looking for pricing on a variety of services and products related to quilting and sewing. I wanted to take this opportunity to share some observations and things I've learned over the years.

That familiar phrase: “You get what you pay for”, is true here as it is in the general populous of purchasing any other merchandise.

Sure we all want to get the best for the least amount of money. And many of us jump at the cheapest price we find.... then we often regret it. The quality isn't there, the endurance doesn't last, the up front guarantee falls short. We find ourselves saying, “I knew it was too good to be true;, or 'I knew I should have bought the other one”.

When it comes to quilting services, sewing services, and products made with fabrics either sewn, or embroidered, even crocheted or knit, do some research. Find out what people/companies are charging. Understand what is included in those fees.

As a quilter I can best explain the pricing in that medium.

As a customer you want a quilt made. Maybe a pieced quilt, maybe a T-shirt or memory quilt, maybe an appliqued quilt. You reach out and ask a general question, “How much for a __________ quilt?

And that's when the fun begins! Depending on size wanted, style wanted, prices can range from $100.00 to $10,000.
What makes the difference?
      1. Fabrics used – amount and pricing (quality)
      2. Size wanted
      3. Type of quilt wanted
      4. Pattern used
      5. Machine or hand stitched
      6. Top stitching (quilting)
      7. Turn around time
      8. and if you as the customer provided the batting and or backing or buy it from the person making the quilt.
      9. Contract vs word of mouth

  1. Quality of fabrics used.
    1a) Cheaper is not always better, nor is it the worst
  2. Size wanted
    2a) Size is a major factor as it determines the amount of fabric, pattern used, and amount of stitching used as well as binding
  3. Type of quilt wanted.
    3a)Believe it or not a T-shirt quilt may cost more than a pieced quilt due to all the work involved.
  4. Pattern chosen
    4a) Simple blocks, or intricate cuts vs applique will make a difference in pricing.
  5. Machine or hand stitched
    5a) Machine stitched is a faster process and your quilt should be completed sooner. Some people hand stitching is the only way to make a quilt and for it to be a 'real' quilt.
  6. Top stitching or the quilting
    6a) Choices range from free motion quilting on a domestic machine, hand stitching, longarming free motion, long arming using a computer design.
  7. Turn around time
    7a) When do you need it done? What is the time frame availability of the quilter you choose.
  8. You or quilter supplying fabrics
    8a) The customer, as times, supplies the backing and the batting, but you can purchase it from the quilter as well. Ask if that is an option.
  9. Contract vs word of mouth
    9a)When you made all the decisions with the quilter do you sign a contract or leave it all up to word of mouth agreements? If something doesn't go the way you were thinking it should what do you have to fall back on that shows it should have been done a certain way, or within an agreed amount of time?

Now you have a lot to think about when you want a quilt made.
And that is just about the quilt.

What about the quilter?

Word of mouth goes a long way when it comes to choosing a quilter.
Who have others used and why?
Does the quilter have photos or actual quilts so you can see their work?
So they do their own quilting (longarming, hand stitching) or send it out?
Do they offer an acceptable turn around for you? The quilter you want may have a backlog on their orders and you may have to consider a different quilter, or be willing to be put on their list and wait.

These same ideas work for if you want curtains made, a custom dress or outfit, or anything else you want homemade, made by hand, custom made or locally made.
Consider all the work and time that goes into each item. Consider the quality. Consider everything.
And to those who are doing the bidding for work - when you are discussing pricing on a public forum such as Facebook pages/groups, or other internet forums, be considerate of all those bidding. It may be best to not post a cheaper pricing and undermine other businesses who have a higher price. Send private messages to your potential customers no matter what your pricing is. There is a lot that goes into your finally agreed upon price quote, and what you charge one person may be different than what you quote another due to one or more details in the order. If someone sees a cheaper price for what they think is what they want, but you quote them a higher price than you publicly quoted someone else, you may loose that customer because they don't understand the difference in the specifics.

May you all succeed in your business transactions as buyers and as sellers. May you all have a better understanding of all the work involved and be appreciative of each other.

Phyllis Dewey
Quilter's Pantry

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year 2015

Wishing each of you a Happy and Healthy New Year! 

I'm looking forward to a busy 2015 in my world of quilting. I hope to stay more connected to y'all both here, and on my facebook page, forums I'm involved in and for those who live close - to stay in touch better. 

I have several things already waiting for me or planned and scheduled for the new year. So far I'm already scheduled into April!  And the quilts are lining up. 

May you all have a great new year! 

Keep those needles stitching,
The creative juices flowing
The world of quilting growing! 


Tuesday, December 23, 2014



you and your house
 Quilter's Pantry.

May you find joy in the reason for this season 
and this day of celebration. 

May God's blessings surround you.


Monday, December 15, 2014

Hard to believe that this year is just about over. In just 10 days it will be Christmas day!  I know many of you aren't ready. Don't worry, neither am I.  I have one ornament yet to make and am waiting for another item to arrive so I can wrap it. Then there are the two types of cookies still to bake. Other than that - I'm ready. 

It has been a full and busy year. My wonderful loyal customers kept me busy. New customers kept me even busier. New quilters allowed me to guide them and to teach a few of them 'formally'.  My fellow quilters kept me encouraged. My family and friends loved me through it all. And God blessed me and my family each and every day. 

I wish you all a Very Merry Christmas. May the joy of the season be with you and your families. May you be able to keep the stress to a minimum, and don't fret over the little things. Remember even what we think are big things, are really little things overall. 

In this hectic time of year, take time out for yourself. Remember to breath. And sit back, relax, reflect, and enjoy the new as well as the memories of past Christmas's. 

Til next time....
Enjoy the season
Spend time with family
And smile as a child full of wonderment.