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. 


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