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The seeds of a quilting business are planted…

How did this journey begin?  As one might expect, it began with a quilt.  Actually, truth be told, it began with curtains.  I have always had an affinity for patchwork items, not just quilts.  In the year 2000, my husband and I bought our first house, and of course I got busy decorating it.  I had chosen a quilt block that resembled a pansy to be modified into valances for my daughter’s bedroom, and had headed to my  local quilt shop to find fabric that would coordinate with her room.  I had visited this quilt shop often, and even recently...

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Giving Back

It is no secret that one of my deepest desires is to make a difference in the world around me. Since I was a small girl, I have been working with fiber, and hoping I could use the product of my labor to bless someone.  I have given countless hand crafted items as gifts, from crudely woven scarves, to intricate counted cross stitch creations, and of course, more than a few quilts.   I often pray over my creations as I am making them in an effort to leave a lasting blessing for the person I will give them to. I...

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Something New in Every Block

A couple of months ago, I was asked to add custom quilting to a quilt top that my friend Janet had made.  I have known Janet for a while now, and she is known for being a great teacher and art quilter, so I  was excited to see what she had to bring me.   The quilt top did not disappoint!  It was made from a gorgeous collection of Batik fabrics, in all the colors of the rainbow…what a treat for a dreary March day in the last weeks of the longest winter EVER! As always, I asked Janet how...

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2015: The year of the Unfinished Quilt

Today’s quilt that I am working on has inspired me to share something that has been on my mind for a while.   My friend Betsy brought it to me a couple of weeks ago in response to a sale I was having.  It is a beautiful, hand pieced Amish quilt.  The black background sets off the jewel tone solids wonderfully, and it will be a treasure for generations.  The only trouble with this “quilt” was that it hadn’t been quilted!  In twenty-five years!!!  I am thrilled to be able to help this quilt come out of the closet and...

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Thing #1…How to properly apply borders to a quilt…

  I don’t know about you, but when I’m working on a project…especially a large, time intensive one, sometimes I get so excited to get it done that I hurry up to get to the end.  Sometimes this means working on it more frequently, and sometimes it means not taking enough time to do things RIGHT.   Unfortunately, when it comes to quilt-making, that last step before sending your top to the quilter can have a huge effect on how your quilt turns out!  Rushing through it, or simply not knowing the best method can cause all sorts of problems....

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