Quilting Fun in Sevierville, Tennessee

Traveling to visit and speak to quilt guilds is so fun!  I have a couple of hours to talk to DH while we drive. He is so helpful with set up and handouts, and it is nice to have him with me.  Last week, we drove over to Sevierville, Tennessee to give my Decisions Decisions …

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Star Quilt of Valor

When quilting buddy Sheryl contacted me to see if I would do a Quilt of Valor for her, I immediately said yes.  She brought over a wonderful Double Friendship Star quilt, beautifully pieced with white sashing and a navy blue border. Ah, look at that, perfectly measured and sewn borders. I quilted it with red …

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Memorial Day Weekend Fun and a tribute

It has been a bit busy around here lately in spite of my bum knee, and this weekend was full.   On this weekend to count our blessings and remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedom, here are a few of my posts with patriotic theme projects and tablescapes. I …

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Choosing Colors and Fabrics for Quilts

Choosing fabrics for quilts can be a fun experience, but so many times quilters are frustrated by this process.  I am often asked about this while speaking to quilt groups.  Just looking around a quilt shop can be a daunting challenge. Fabrics and prints catch the eye, but do they go together? Will these look …

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Odds and Ends, and Quilting Goes Couture!

Next up on the frame is another Hurricane quilt.  This top was sent to me by sweet reader Phyllis Donohue (who is in her 80s!), a lovely patchwork with gold sashing.  I loaded it, but before I could really get to quilting, something happened. I twisted my knee somehow, not once but twice, and pulled …

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Quilting a Foundation Pieced Quilt

This beautiful quilt top was brought to me for quilting and presented a number of quilting challenges.  The top maker was a local quilter and she wanted it to go to the Carolina Hurricane Quilt Project.  She did a wonderful job with the piecing in pretty pinks and greens.  Since I have run out of …

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Misty Mountain Quilt Guild Presentation

The past Tuesday, DH and I had the pleasure of driving down to Georgia for a speaking engagement for the Misty Mountain Quilter's Guild in Blairsville.  We left fairly early, amazingly missing most of rush hour traffic.  As the drive went through the western mountains of NC and through the Nantahala Forest, we enjoyed the …

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Quilty Road Trip

About a week ago, I drove over to Shelby to meet with my runner for the Charlotte area to get the quilts for the hurricane project left at the drop shop, Quilt Patch.  As I was coming out of the mountains, I was struck by the many different colors of green on the mountainsides and …

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Another Dog vs Quilt Repair

Sometimes, despite our best efforts, our furry friends can make a mess of a treasured quilt.  This one had been in a closet, but the dog found the door open one day, and began a chewing spree resulting in a lot of damage.  Add to that the wear and tear of a quilt over 60 …

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Row Quilt for Charity

A friend sent me an email a few weeks ago with a picture of a row quilt, and wanted some advice on adding some borders.  She said the quilt was long and narrow, made from a kit, and she wanted to expand it to make it bed size.   Then amazingly, she said she wanted it …

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Quilts of Valor, and a QOV Story

Having participated in a Quilts of Valor presentation, I wanted to try to give more to that organization.  So, when my friend Bonnie asked me to quilt one for her, I readily agreed.  She brought this lovely pieced scrappy red, white, and blue, with a red wide backing.  Wide backings are lovely, LOL!! The great …

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Program for Ashe County Piecemakers Quilt Guild

Speaking to quilt groups is one of the most fun things to do.  I get to meet new quilters, talk with other longarm owners, and have a great time.  Last week I presented my program, Decisions Decisions, to the Ashe County Piecemakers Quilt Guild and I have to say that I was treated like royalty …

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Centering the Back on a Longarm

Recently I was asked to do a fun kid's quilt, with trucks on the front and a city street print on the back.  The quilter put borders around the back panel, and asked me to center it on the back.  This is a bit harder than it sounds.  When the backing is loaded, and the …

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