Thursday, May 30, 2013

Quilter's Pantry is Having a Special

Quilter's Pantry is offering a special on longarming services for the month of June. Check out the web site for all the details!

Summer is a great time to send your quilt tops off to be longarmed. It is a time when you have other things to do, and when fall arrives you suddenly have more quilts you need/want to make for Christmas, but you feel burdened with a UFO or WIP that you should finish first. 

Why not take advantage of this special offer to get the UFO and WIP completed so that when fall comes you are ready to start on those new projects!  

Happy Quilting! 



Monday, May 27, 2013

Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day to one and all. 

As we continue to celebrate the day let us remember the reason for the holiday.We often use it as the beginning of summer. A time to jump in the pool, have a picnic or grill out with our friends. We often enjoy having 3 days off work to just have fun and enjoy. Yet we forget the true meaning of the day.

As we go about our day today may we take time to thank the veterans  for their service. May we appreciate the sacrifices the men and women have taken and continue to take to protect our country and give us the freedoms we have today. 

 Thank you veterans. 


Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Spring Wraps it's Arms Around Us

View out my studio window
As spring wraps it's arms around us and we have other things to take care of and do, many find less and less time to work on quilts. On the other hand other people have time off work and that IS the time to quilt. 

Then we face the trouble of what quilt to make, and for whom. Do we make one for ourselves, for a family member, for sale, or to donate? If we have time we make them all. But that takes a while. 

Easy patterns and smaller quilts take less time to make and often are the ones we make and donate. 
Larger and more complicated ones we make for special people in our lives, or even for ourselves. 

As quilters we always have our to do list, our UFO collections and the WIP quilts and projects. And just when we think we are caught up.....we.... well, we find another pattern we like; we find more fabric we like; we have someone ask us to make them a quilt; we have another reason to make one to donate; or we simply are so hooked that we 'need' to quilt any and all the time. 

As we welcome spring with the warmer temps and extra chores and activities, we are also faced head on with the storms that it has already brought to our country. And as busy as we are, we find time to help out where and when we can. Our sewing machines sew up quilts to donate, we send up prayers, and we find time we didn't know we had to help others that are in need. 

There is something special about a quilt. A warm quilt to wrap up in when life gets hard to deal with. A quilt that is full of memories helps out when a loved one is lost. A personal size quilt for a child helps to encourage them by realizing even strangers care about them. Quilts have and continue to touch lives in many ways. As quilters we are honored to be able to share our talents by creating these works of art that we share with so many.

Let us do what we can to help out others as well as spoiling our families and friends. May we all find time during this season to keep quilting. 

Til next time -- keep those needles stitching. 


Saturday, May 11, 2013


Happy Mother's Day 

In memory of my mother who taught me to sew at an early age. Although she only made one quilt in her life, I somehow got the bug for quilting once I learned how.I still have the quilt she made. 
I can still smell the aroma of the fabric store I would go to with her when I was little. So full of all kinds of fabrics. 
I can still picture the clothes she made for us and others. Still have the Barbie doll clothes she made! 
She was an amazing woman.
So many fond memories of Mom. She was a great influence to me and to my children.
I miss her every day. 

May you all have a wonderful day with your Moms and your children. I will be blessed to spend it with my daughter as she celebrates her first Mother's Day.

Til next time.....


Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Springtime at Your Table

Table Topper and Placemat set
With Spring finally here, flowers in bloom and leaves on the trees it's time to add a bit of that to the inside of the home as well. This set is the perfect combination. 

As you can see quilting doesn't always have to produce bed size or even baby quilts. There are many things to make under the quilt category and this set is just a sample of one. 

Table toppers are fun and easy to make. For someone who wants to quilt, but prefers to have something completed quickly this is a good way to go. Quilts can sometimes take ...... years. Yes, Years.  It depends on the time you have available to quilt and how enthused you are about a particular quilt. I have one that is taking me over a year as I keep putting it aside to work on other projects and customer quilts.

Smaller items to quilt include small baby quilts, doll quilts, mini quilts, wall hangings, table runners, mug rugs, placemats, and even tote bags, purses. 

Small quilts are fun to have as art work on your walls and table covers in your kitchen/dinning room or coffee table and end tables. They come in all sizes shapes and colors. 

Need one made just for you???? Let me know. Want to learn to make your own?????? Contact me - if you live close I can teach you hands on.

In the mean time......I made these to have for sale and you can find them on my Etsy shop and my web shop.  

Til next time, 
Keep those needles stitching and your imagination expanding.