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December 7, 2021
Sage and Sea Glass Stars from Appalachian Quilts

 Another flimsy is a flimsy no more!  When Kim Diehl's Sage and Sea Glass Stars line came in, I just saw this design as a good way to show off all the fabrics in the line.  I love scrappy.  For whatever reason, this one just screamed farmhouse decor to me.  Maybe it is the muted colors.  This line didn't feel like a 'typical' Kim Diehl line, but I did love it!

It was fun matching up backgrounds for the star blocks, but I had to let me OCD go when I worked on the nine patches.  For a ...

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December 3, 2021
A Day Late And A Dollar Short from Appalachian Quilts

I giggle on the insides when I catch myself using phrases or sayings that Pops used to use.  When I started quilting this topper, I knew I wouldn't get it done in time for Halloween decorating.  So, I knew I was going to be a 'day late and a dollar short'.

Now that the house remodeling has progressed to a good point, I really want to get back into decorating for different holidays.  Non-specific quilts are a good addition for this.  What do I mean by that?  For example, red & white quilts can serve for multiple holidays.  They can ...

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November 27, 2021
Bringing it to Life! from Appalachian Quilts

One of my favorite things about being a longarmer is when that quilt is loaded and you start quilting it, there is a 'change' that happens.  The top comes to life as it morphs from being a flimsy to a quilt.  When I am custom quilting I let the quilt tell me what it wants - usually....if a customer has a vision for what they want, I try to make that a reality.  

This time of year there aren't a lot of customer quilts that I get to show you, because they are intended Christmas gifts and we don ...

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November 23, 2021
Lifetime Achievement Quilt from Appalachian Quilts

One year.  That's how long it took me to quilt this quilt.  I don't call it my Lifetime Achievement Quilt because it is hard or anything special.  I call it my Lifetime Achievement because I am proud of myself for persevering.  This quilt has been on and off the longarm for one year.....  I would work on it for a bit.  A custom quilt would come in from a customer and I would take it off long enough to take care of the customer.  Then - back on the longarm it went.  

I like wholecloth quilts as a longarmer ...

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November 11, 2021
Straddlin from Appalachian Quilts

In my quest to finish up more of the UFOs, I grabbed this little guy off the hanger.  He's been hanging out and beckoned to be ready for the holidays.  The name of this pattern is Straddlin Santa by The Wooden Bear.  

I quilted him with stitch-in-the-ditch and added some snowflakes to the background.  He's already hanging up in the shop and ready for the holidays.  Sadly, we are now out of this pattern, but we do have his friend Straddlin Witch in stock.  Here is what she looks like:

They are whimsical patterns and also make great ...

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November 6, 2021
Cheddar & Coal from Appalachian Quilts

It's no secret that Fall is my favorite time of year.  I've talked about it many times on my blog.  When it comes to ordering books and patterns, if there is a pumpkin on it I am a sucker!  As I was shopping for new fall fabric lines, this free pattern showed up.  I instantly saw a cute table topper or wallhanging, and since it had pumpkins....I had to order the whole fabric line!

Just as the food shortages are real, so are the shortages/delays with fabric.  There just isn't a lot of fabric available ...

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November 1, 2021
Eureka! from Appalachian Quilts

There are a lot of quilts hanging in the que that hang there for a long time.  I have it in my head that I want to custom quilt them.  I don't want to tie up the machine for that long because of customer quilts, so they just sit there.  I've always had it in my head that I wanted to custom quilt Eureka.  It told me it wanted lots of feathers.   Momma was in the shop about a month ago and was looking at it.  She thought it would look great in her lake house.  (That's ...

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October 28, 2021
Quilt the Seasons from Appalachian Quilts

If you Google "Quilt the Seasons", you will see that a LOT of designers have coined a book with this name.  (I know it is hard to come up with something unique, and I get it.)  By far our most popular book was the Quilt the Seasons book by Pat Sloan.  We whipped up samples of a few of the projects to sell the books and sold out of books long before we even thought about getting them quilted.  Sadly, the book is no longer available.  I regret not grabbing one for myself.  :(

I've mentioned this before...we keep ...

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October 26, 2021
Cover Story from Appalachian Quilts

Everyone who knows me well, knows that Fall is my favorite time of the year.  I love the smells, the textures, the tastes....  putting the garden to bed (pardon the pun) is always bittersweet.  I've picked just about all I am going to pick.  I have canned, dehydrated and froze about all I am going to preserve.  Seeds are saved.  What I have not done is clean up the beds and prep them for Spring.  I choose to pick a few Saturdays where the air is crisp and my body feels the need to be out there.  If you ...

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March 22, 2021
The Land Before Time from Appalachian Quilts

When the kids were little one of their favorite movies was the Land Before Time series.  I think there were 3 or 4 movies and my kids had them all.  Even as small kids they would quote lines from those movies.  (They still talk to each other in movie lines as adults!)  The boys had dinosaur sheets on their bunk beds and we had all the soft plastic hand puppets that came out at the same time.  Kids are always fascinated with dinosaurs.

You can imagine how tickled I was when this quilt came in to the shop for us ...

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March 19, 2021
Shades of Grey from Appalachian Quilts

In the 18 years that I have had a shop, there is one thing that has remained constant - having a nice variety of greys and a nice variety of yellow is never as easy as the other colors of the spectrum.  I don't know why that is, but it is.....

For that reason I had ordered in this line months ago:  Songbook Praise & Joy  

(Sorry, this picture just stinks!  LOL)

So, a lot of times when I am online ordering fabric I will look for more yellows and greys just to fill in an order.  I was excited to ...

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March 17, 2021
Giving the Dog A Bone from Appalachian Quilts

 The more quilts I longarm from this designer, the more I love them.  The same designer who brought us the cute hedgehogs and koalas also designed the quilt I am showing you today.  This customer chose the 'dog paw bone' allover and wanted a dark blue thread.  This quilt is absolutely adorable for the dog lover!

I tried to pick a point where you could see all of the elements of this allover design.  Sometimes I just watch the machine stitch out the designs.  This was one of them.  It's hard to explain, but I'll try.  You would ...

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March 15, 2021
Luck of the Irish from Appalachian Quilts

 Hello beautiful people!  How are you adjusting to the time change?  

My weekend was phenomenal.  I got to spend it quilting.  I longarmed all day Saturday and actually started piecing another quilt Sunday.  I'll post pics later this week....

Today's post will be short and sweet.  In celebration of St. Patrick's Day, I will be doing a "Luck of the Irish" promotion.

Everyone who spends $50 on books/patterns/kits will go in a drawing for a $50 gift certificate to the shop.  Here are the rules:  $50 in merchandise purchases, not to include shipping.  Orders placed ...

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March 10, 2021
Variety is the Spice of Life from Appalachian Quilts

We are still in the process of remodeling....Hubs finished his bathroom and mine is gutted.  Tile is laid and grouted.  Putting the tile around my tub is next.  Our house hasn't been updated since it was built in the 70s.  EVERY house we have lived in - we have remodeled.  It seems like we just get them finished and we have had to move.  *sigh*  Between job transfers, Pops getting sick, etc. there has always been something.  This little farm is supposed to be our retirement home.  We started with the outside because that was important to us.  Through ...

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February 22, 2021
Feeding the OCD Beast from Appalachian Quilts

I spent Saturday longarming in the shop.  Truth be told, I couldn't wait to get the quilt that was on the allover machine done so that I could put my Vacation Houses quilt on there.  I had an allover in mind.  I had been eyeing this allover for a while waiting for the 'right' quilt to put it on.  Finally I finished the beast of a quilt, got the customer invoice done and was ready to load my little quilt on there.  I just didn't want it to end up in the UFO pile for you to read ...

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February 17, 2021
Vacation Houses from Appalachian Quilts

 With all this crazy weather, we can all dream about vacations right?  We can dream about sitting on the beach with our toes in the sand watching the tide come up just far enough to tickle our feet, then rushing back from whence it came.  We can dream about the smell of suntan lotion or the rays of the sun kissing our skin just enough to give us a golden glow.  We can dream about that drink in our hand with the little umbrella floating off to the side - I'm thinking sweet tea with lemon.  We can dream....

I ...

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February 12, 2021
Just Call Me "Grace" from Appalachian Quilts

Today's pics aren't my best work - I'll just start off with that disclaimer.  Earlier this week I was on a Zoom call and saw our rural mail lady try to turn around in the neighbor's driveway.  She got stuck.  Totally distracted from my call, I watched as she kept revving the engine in her little jeep and burning the rubber off her tires trying to get out.  My call ended and I threw on a coat and boots.  In an effort to get there quicker, I started out across the yard rather than using the driveway ...

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February 10, 2021
My Rainbow is filling in!!! from Appalachian Quilts

You will want to read all the way through to the end, so you can see our **SALE**. 

I'm pretty sure our delivery people don't like delivering to us.  We had an 'incident' where the FedEx driver left a box of fabric out at the end of our 150 ft driveway (where we put our trash, I might add) and for the first time ever, Hubs called in.  The local social media site, coincidentally, had a rash of other deliveries that the same thing had happened to.  Whether it was everyone being keyboard warriors or thinking there was ...

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February 8, 2021
A Little Aussie.... from Appalachian Quilts

It's in the 70s and 80s in Australia right now.  Our low tonight is 4 degrees.  I should really focus on what the weather will be there when we are having our summer, but it's hard when the air bites your face.  The ice hangs from the barns and the high tunnel looks more like a snow tunnel.  I reflect on the Spring flowers blowing in the breeze while I started seeds last year.  Patience grasshopper....

I quilted another Koala quilt.  Can you smell the eucalyptus?  

This time we quilted it with the Australia2 panto.  Here's a ...

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February 5, 2021
Having a Whale of a Time from Appalachian Quilts

Here's a random question....what is your favorite mammal?  I love hippos.  I know they are ruthless.  Here are some unneeded facts about hippos:  A hippo can open it's mouth wide enough to fit a 4' child.  Hippos sweat their own sunblock.  When hippos are upset, their sweat turns red.  Hippos can't swim or float.  (They actually walk around.)  Hippos closest living relatives are whales and porpoises.  See, not only is my blog goofy, but it is educational!  LOL  

I have a grandson who loves whales.  When I saw this quilt...well, you know what happened.

I ...

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