Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Welcome to April

Quilts by Phyllis

Good morning and welcome to April! 

Temperatures have become warmer, grass is turning green, buds and tiny leaves are blooming on the early trees and plants. Flowers are growing and blossoming!  Spring is in the air --- along with a few rain showers. 

Many people slow down in their quilt making at certain times of year, starting in Spring and into Summer. Other things take the place of #1 importance and quilts get put away. And then we begin the feelings of withdrawal!  It's a true emotion felt when we separate ourselves from something we love. Don't let this happen to you this year! 

Set a time aside each week to quilt. Since there are many phases to making a quilt you can deal with the withdrawal in many ways. Go fabric shopping! Stitch just a seam or two on a single block. Cut out pieces for a quilt...... even a little at a time. Design your next quilt. Attend quilt shows. Reorganize a room or area in your home for quilting. Buy containers to hold your fabric. Make or buy a quilt hanger to display your favorite quilt. Stay up with quilt blogs or forums just to stay in touch with other quilters. When you travel, stop in a quilt shop. Take a quilting class. Read a book related to quilting or quilts. There are a few novels out there to help with that. Read quilting magazines. And, as comes so natural for quilters to do, talk about quilts and quilting with those you meet. Share your love of quilting with others. 

I don't have time NOT to quilt. Orders are coming in and I'm booking into the summer ! Love it!  I will take some time this summer for ME. I promise. Of course ME time will still be quilting, but it's on personal quilts that a long overdue.   I deal with deadlines with my customers, so have set deadlines for my own quilts as well. (well, unless something comes up). 

Classes to plan as well....never a dull moment. 

May your day be special today, may you not be hit by April Fool's jokes or if you are may they be fun and silly. 

Til next time---- 
Keep those needles stitching, your creativity flowing and your imagination wide open. 



Friday, March 28, 2014

Wonderful People

Fabric Ornaments

My booth at AHQ Quilt show

We had a wonderful time at the quilt show today. Met some great people, sold some items, had a few ladies sign up for classes (one of which I don't even teach yet!). And several took my cards and discussed my longarming services! 

For those who were at the show and that we talked with - Thank you for stopping by!  We love meeting fellow quilters, getting to know new people and sharing our love of quilting.

To the gentleman who asked if I could write, "Harley Davidson" with the longarm, and I appologized for it not being in black thread when I wrote it.... when you figure out a way to move the pool table and make room for a longarm that can write, "Harley Davidson" and even quilt a motorcycle give us a call! Or when you decide a spot on your wall for a "Harley Davidson" wall hanging....

To the gentleman who saves his quarters to buy the newspaper, I hope the quarters in your change from your wife's purchase helped you out. I look forward to hearing from you and your wife again soon. We're just around the corner. (sort of).

For those who talked about longarming: having us do it for you, or buying a longarm machine - stay in touch we will do what we can for you. 

For those waiting for me to schedule that class I don't teach yet..... stay tuned and in touch! I'll get there!  I'll have your list of supplies ready soon. Same goes for the beginner quilting classes that will start up again in July/August.

For those who looked at and/or purchased ornaments ---- I do special orders all year round, so contact me for those as gifts for the special people in your lives. 

For those who just stopped in and chatted and shared a great story, a laugh or even just a smile - thank you for being there. 

For those who were unable to be there today, I hope you can stop by tomorrow.  

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Also feel free to post comments here on the blog. Have questions? Send me a message, email me, post a comment...etc.  I'll do my best to answer it for you or find an answer for you. 

Til next time either here or in person - 
Keep those needles stitching, 
those ideas and dreams flowing 
and your creativity expanding. 


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Spring is HERE!

Spring has sprung....at least according to the calendar!  
The weather and temperatures may not agree. 
 Why not take this time to take in a local quilt show? ! 

Quilter's Pantry will be set up as a vendor at the 5th Annual Appalachian Heritage Quilter's Guild Quilt Show.
I will have quilts for sale, ornaments for sale and other items.
Stop in and say, "HI!"
LOCATION:  Crossroads Christian Church in Gray, TN. 
DATE: March 28 - 29th
TIME: 9 -  5 each day.
See over 100 quilts! Meet other quilters,

Vendors include Quilter's Pantry, Memory Lane Quilting (Notling Longarm Rep).
There will also be a quilt appraiser there if you have a quilt or two you would like appraised!

 Hope to see you there! 

Friday, March 14, 2014


It's been a long, cold winter with lots of snow for so much of the U.S.A. this year. We've had our share of cold and snow even here in East TN.  

I think it's time for warm weather, sunshine and flowers in the gardens, leaves on the trees and birds singing in the air. 

It's also time for quilt shows!  The guild I belong to is having their 5th annual Quilt Show March 27 - 28, 2014 at Crossroads Christian Church in Gray, TN! 

I will be one of three vendors set up there. I'll have quilts for sale, ornaments for sale and other items for sale.  Mike H. from Memory Lane Quilting will be there with Nolting Longarm machines and have a machine set up for customers to try out and play on. Another vendor will be there to work on sewing machines and to sharpen scissors.  There will also be a quilt appraiser there to appraise quilts for informational as well as insurance purposes.  Somewhere close to 100 quilts will be on display from tiny to large, as well as vintage quilts. 

Admission is free!  
And you can have a chance to win a king size quilt made by members of the guild. This year's quilt is worth over $1,600.00.

While large quilt shows with over 100 vendors and all the latest and greatest tools, techniques and fabrics are fun (and expensive) to attend, once in a while stopping in at a small quilt show and getting to know the local quilters and seeing their work is pretty amazing. You get to see work done by beginners as well as more advanced. The quilts are not all intimidating to a beginner like most seem to be at bigger shows. A smaller show is more intimate so you can talk to the quilters and get to hear their stories.  

If you are in the area or can get to the area for a day or both days---stop in and say "HI"!  

Til next time -
Keep those needles stitching
Your seams straight
Your stash building! 



Saturday, February 22, 2014


Winter has hung around for a while this year. More snow than we have had in a while. Businesses closed, schools closed and events canceled. Through it all there was quilting to do and time to do it. 
I'm so looking forward to springtime.  Today was a great teaser with warm temps and sunshine!  A surprise trip to Asheville, NC. with my husband to meet with his cousin and her husband. They had not seen each other since they were kids!  We had a great day!
Back to reality, but also realizing that every once in a while, no matter how busy you are, you need to take a break. 
Go for a short trip (or a long one if you have the time). Get away from work, get away from home, and yes, get away from quilting. Take a look around a different area even if it's just a few miles away in a direction you rarely go. 

Look around at God's beauty. Look at nature, look at architecture, look at people. 

Breath in the fresh air. 

Enjoy a good meal. Give in and try something new. 

And laugh. 

Let the cares of the world, your personal worries and stresses melt away. They will be there when you get back from your mini vacation - or be gone - which is even better! 

Yes, Spring is in the air (even though they are calling for snow again this week). A feeling of newness as the flowers start to grow and bloom. New energy as we enjoy the feeling of sunshine and warmth. 

New ideas for quilts or wall hangings, table runners, etc.  The beginning of quilt shows to attend, new techniques to learn and try. New fabrics to find and buy. Old quilt tops to find and send off to have longarmed! (hint hint).  

I will leave you all tonight with thoughts of spring, of new quilts and a fresh new look on life. 

Til next time.....
Keep your needles stitching
Ideas flowing 
every once in a while..... 
Take a deep breath, 
and take in the freshness of a new day.

Friday, January 31, 2014


While we were not looking.... the month of January flew by! 
O.K. maybe we were looking, but we were also busy.  Most of the country was doing their best to stay warm and safe. Temperatures dropped to below 0 in some places, including ours. At one point our water froze and a pipe burst! We were blessed with a great insurance company, great contacts of companies who came out and took care of the clean up, and blessed that it wasn't worse and mainly involced the garage and not the main part of the house. 
We were also blessed in that it didn't get into the studio. 
The temps however did play a part in less studio work time this month. I did manage to get two quilts done for customers, but am a bit behind where I wanted to be at this time. I will catch up. 
For the first time I have a waiting list of quilt work to be done. Most customers are not in a hurry which is a help, but I still do my best to get them done quickly so they can have their quilts and I can work on other customer quilts, or my own. 

IN THE MEAN TIME - I've been making ornaments!  I have several orders for Christmas ornaments for this year and am working on filling those orders. (Some are ordering several and spreading the order out throughout the year to better budget their money and save me from a mad rush at the end of the year. I am appreciative to that thoughtfulness).  In the mean time..... I've made a couple ornaments/decorations for Valentine's day and even more for Easter. Those that are still available for sale can be found on my Etsy shop!   I LOVE making these!  Yes, they take some time to make. But are a great way to use smaller amounts of fabric!  I now have a supply of ribbons I never thought I'd have a use for! LOL   

Temperatures are now getting higher and this weekend (Saturday) I'll be in the quilt studio working on at least 2 customer's quilts. Back into the rhythm of what makes up Quilter's Pantry!

May you all have a wonderful weekend! For those watching the commercials on Sunday - otherwise known as the Super Bowl - have fun!  I'll be working, but watching when I get home..... Love the commercials! 

Til next time..... keep those needles stitching, the fabric in stitches, and your imagination and creativity flowing!  Share your joy with others and watch their faces light up!   


Thursday, January 2, 2014


Welcome to 2014

We have made it through another year and entered into a brand new one. 
Above is the best way to end the year - teaching my son to longarm and my granddaughter to sew!  She's 7 1/2 years old and took to it so naturally! For those wondering how old a child should be before you teach them to sew and get around a real sewing machine, I say let their enthusiasm play a part in it. She wanted a sewing machine for Christmas (so of course I gave her one of mine!). She took to following the directions well, and her only complaint was that the foot pedal sewed too fast! LOL  She needs practice controlling her foot pressure on the pedal. I was so impressed with her and am so proud.  My son also took to the longarm quite easily. Even doing some ruler work - to stitch a straight angled line!  He used the computer system and was working on just solid fabrics. But made two pot holders or whatever he uses them for. Wish they lived closer. I could have two quilters on my hands! He had ideas for a quilt or two for me to make.  :)

As we all get started with our new year, putting away all the Christmas decorations, reorganizing our sewing/quilting space and starting to quilt I wish you all the best.  May your goals for this year be met and go beyond what you think you could get done.  Try a new technique, step out of your comfort zone. Use up some of your fabric stash. Share your love of quilting with others and teach someone to quilt. Show off your work. Enter your quilt(s) into a show. Join a quild. Start a sit and sew, or join one in your area. Learn the history of quilts. The list of things to do in this wonderful quilting world are endless.

My goals for this year...... finishing the quilt I've started for my Daughter, finish the quilt I've designed and have started to piece.  As well as ALL the quilts for my customers. 

And then there are the ornaments I now make. I have 52 orders so far!  My goal.... let's say 150 and see where it ends up.

Yes, this year at Quilter's Pantry will be a busy one. I plan to spend today - black ice on roads and some snow on its way, so staying home- catching up with all the paper work from last year. Then I can start fresh for 2014 and hit the studio running! 

til next time...
keep those needles stitching, 
the ideas flowing, 
and your joy showing.