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February 3, 2021
Owl Be Seeing You Soon.... from Appalachian Quilts

I remember in the 70s when owls were so popular.  Mustard and avocado green (even that orange - remember??) graced kitchens all around the country.  I think one of my aunts had canisters, cookie jars, trivets and towels all with owls on them.  I think I even remember another aunt who did macrame and made everyone an owl wallhanging.  Everything comes full circle, so they say.  Now owls are all the rage again.

So, I wasn't surprised when these owls showed up in the shop mail.

These guys are both huge and adorable!  I think the owls are around 30 ...

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February 1, 2021
Quilting Fatigue? from Appalachian Quilts

When I first started longarming, I wondered if I would get bored with it.  Would it start to feel like a job in a factory?  As I watched quilts come to life with each stitch, I just knew it wouldn't happen.  I remember how excited I was when I hit the 1000 mark - yes, that's 1000 customer quilts.  I've been longarming for customers for 18 years.  Guess what??  I'm STILL not bored!  Each and every quilt offers a learning opportunity as well as the excitement of bringing them to life.  When I bought the second machine ...

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January 29, 2021
Poetry in Motion from Appalachian Quilts

When April Cornell came out with the Poetry line of fabric, it was love at first sight!  What I wouldn't do to have some of those ticking fabrics right now.  Here's a little secret - ticking fabric is a weakness for me.  Look at this pic and you can see the 'feel' of the line.  (stolen from Google)

At the time, we were trying to take patterns and show them with a light version and a dark version.  I showed you the dark version of this quilt earlier this week Cornucopia

We made this as the lighter version of ...

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January 27, 2021
Give Me a Solid! from Appalachian Quilts

 It's always exciting when new fabric comes in.  The biggest disappointment is if there are backorders.  Unfortunately, this load is about half what was ordered.  Traditionally, solids have been used in Hawaiian quilts, Amish quilts and 30s reproduction quilts.  Now we are seeing a huge trend of solids in Modern quilts.  I'll be honest, I haven't used a lot of solids.  I can count on one hand how many quilts I have made with just solids.  Here are a few examples of highly popular patterns:

I still have the kits "Gee's Bend Quilts" both in my ...

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January 25, 2021
Cornucopia from Appalachian Quilts

When I was doing the sewing room clean-up and getting rid of the totes, I found this is in the tote of UFOs.  It looked done.  But when I pulled it out, there it was - all it needed was two more borders!  Seemed easy enough....I pulled it out and added the final two borders.  I was all caught up on customer quilts, so out to the shop it went to get quilted.

I remember when this fabric line came in.  I was in love with this shade of brown and this border print!  This was an April Cornell collection ...

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January 22, 2021
A Little Comfort from Appalachian Quilts

I had hoped today's post would be a pic of my new fabric.  But, alas, the usually fast shipping has not happened.  Rather than skip posting, I thought I would give you a little 'tip'.

I have been talking with a friend online this morning.  With the world being so topsy-turvy and times being uncertain, sometimes you just need to take a step back.  There are theories about this and that.  We have a new President.  We are in the midst of a pandemic with new strains coming out every month.  We are adapting to teaching/learning/working from ...

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January 20, 2021
Star Blush from Appalachian Quilts

We had our guild meeting last night via zoom.  I sat there - just staring at the screen.  The presenter did a great job.  But, I sat there staring.  I've been to more than my share of zoom meetings, microsoft team meetings, etc.  I've even virtually baked cookies!  Is this what we have become?  I think I am getting old.  *sigh*  I used to say that social media has turned our younger generation into a generation that will lose it's warmth.  I've been concerned that they will not know how to handle face-to-face conflict or interaction.  In ...

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January 18, 2021
Not to toot my own horn..... from Appalachian Quilts

... but *TOOT TOOT*!  Remember the soap I told you I was formulating for Hubs?  I named the base recipe "Generation X".  He was complaining about dry skin, especially his hairy little legs, after showering.  He was even developing a little dry patch in the small of his back.  I had put a little too much fragrance oil in it so the batch seized a little, but it was still good.  We cut into it this weekend and started using it Saturday.  OMG!  What a difference!  I have always slathered myself with lotion to keep my skin hydrated...pretty much for ...

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January 11, 2021
Just for Fun from Appalachian Quilts

What does being a diva mean to you?  Are you a diva?  Before you answer that, here is one of the dictionary definitions of a diva:

a self-important person who is temperamental and difficult to please (typically used of a woman).

That is just flat out rude.  LOL  Now, I know I am not a diva! 

I remember when the Quilt Diva craze started.  There was fabric.  There were patterns.  It was worse than the Red Hat Ladies!  Of course we had to make up a quilt with one of the patterns.  We did the Amy Bradley one, which was ...

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January 10, 2021
Christmas Ribbons from Appalachian Quilts

I have blogged before about quilts I have made over the years - some of them I love, some, well, not so much.  As a shop owner, you are tasked with making samples.  Samples of new patterns, samples of new fabric lines and samples for classes are all necessary to help customers envision what the fabric/pattern would look like.  Not everyone has the same taste as you, so you have to stretch yourself.  Sometimes you end up liking something way out of your comfort zone, so I never really minded much.

When I made this Christmas Ribbons quilt, I absolutely ...

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January 6, 2021
Lifetime Achievement Award and Kits from Appalachian Quilts

Prodigal Son, Army Son and their families went to Florida to see Princess Daughter.  While they were gone, we kept Prodigal Son's puppy, Copper.  We had forgotten what it was like to have a sweet, time-sucking puppy around.  He was such a snuggler.  They came to pick him up last night and we were discussing their trip.  I asked how Puddin Pop did on the plane (she's flown before) and Army Son's wife told me the cutest story.  They hit some pretty rough turbulence on their flight to Chicago.  She had a white-knuckle grip on Prodigal Son ...

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January 4, 2021
My Word for the Year from Appalachian Quilts

Every year I pick my 'word for the year'.  A lot of people participate in this.  As a wise pastor has said, "you will move in the direction of your focus".  Think about it - if you are driving down the road and start to look at something in your peripheral, all of a sudden you are driving toward it.

My word for 2020 was Embrace.  I wanted to focus on embracing the circumstances and people surrounding me rather than hoping for something else.  Given the current atmosphere, you can only guess how hard that could have been.  Surprisingly, it wasn ...

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January 1, 2021
Happy New Year!! from Appalachian Quilts


I'm not a "Resolution" person.  I am more of a goal setter.  Statistics show that most people who make resolutions actually break them before the end of January.  Disappointment sets in and that is it for the year.  I set goals for the year:  spiritual, career, homestead, relationship, financial, etc.  With my love of list-making, it is easy to keep track of what I want to do and what I have accomplished.  An old employer taught me about SMART goals:  Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-Bound.  I have used this in my goal setting ever ...

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December 30, 2020
A Change in Holidays from Appalachian Quilts

I've always been 'that' person who likes to decorate for different holidays.  My Momma never did, so I really don't know where I got it from.  I suspect it is probably the equivalent of her rearranging furniture all the time.  I leave the furniture and switch out the accessories.  

As I was going through all those totes I did find a lot of UFOs, and surprisingly more tops that just needed quilted.  It took all the will power I had not to race over to the sewing machine and finish one up real quick.  I have been on ...

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December 7, 2020
It's About That Time.... from Appalachian Quilts

We have lived here for approx. 5 years.  I have yet to decorate for Christmas for various reasons.  If you have been following me for a while, you know that I am usually 'that person' who decorates for every holiday.  I am also usually pretty OCD - I like things to be neat and tidy.  Since this move, that has all gone out the window.  There are parts of this house that won't come clean.  The lady who owned this house before us was a hoarder, thankfully not to the extent as the ones you see on TV, and this ...

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November 30, 2020
Frayed Edges from Appalachian Quilts

I don't know how anyone can get excited about frayed edges on a quilt, but we do!  I love the way they came out on my Seasonal Table Runners.  They just add some 'depth'.  When it first became a "thing", I just shook my head.  

I have loved this Frayed Edge Pumpkin quilt since I made it.  I love the warmth and coziness it makes me feel.  Then again, I love fall!  I love the burning candles, the rustling leaves and the smell of wood burning in a campfire or stove.  I love the crispness of the air when ...

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November 27, 2020
Orion's Star from Appalachian Quilts

I still am of the opinion that Eleanor Burns (Quilt in a Day) has some of the easiest directions out there.  We've taught a lot of her classes and have had her trunk shows in the shop more than once.  While she does 'waste' some fabric, she makes it easy for a beginner quilter to accomplish intermediate construction.  I've met her at several shows and she is NOTHING like she is on her TV show.  She is the kindest, sweetest person ever, but she doesn't have that 'baby talk' voice in real life that sends my Hubs ...

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November 23, 2020
2020 from Appalachian Quilts

You've seen a quilt similar to this one before - it's those stinkin cute Koalas!  The pattern is by Elizabeth Hartman and is called.....wait for it....."Koalas".  LOL  This customer made another baby quilt with this pattern - I think the other ones I did were larger - and sent it in to us to be quilted.  She requested blue thread that would show up but not take away from the quilt.  The allover she chose "2020".  I had to giggle.

So many people want to forget 2020, but I'm with the customer.  I don't have a problem ...

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November 20, 2020
Pride & Glory from Appalachian Quilts

I wanted to have this one up for Veteran's Day, but my binding fingers just weren't fast enough.  When I was quilting Gilly's Stars and Stripes, I was thinking 'this quilt doesn't look like what I remember it looking like'.  Ummm, that's because I was thinking of a different quilt!  I had totally forgotten about that one and was thinking of this one when I thought about that allover design.  Funny thing is -- this runner hasn't been hanging up for a long time.  It's relatively newer.  They say the first thing to go ...

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November 18, 2020
Windy City from Appalachian Quilts

We all thought Chicago was the windy city - that was until Sunday.  High wind GUSTS they said.  Maybe some rain they we did a walkaround our little farm.  We secured the high tunnel doors, made sure there was nothing that would blow away and did all the things you do to make sure you are ready.  Hubs even hooked my swing to the tree with straps.  Yup we were ready!  Or so we thought.

I was going to do some longarming, but it was rainy and windy and I didn't want to go out to the shop ...

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