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October 24, 2020
Fireside from Appalachian Quilts

I picture a cold, crisp day with snowflakes gently falling.  There are flames dancing in the fireplace with the crackles creating a calm quiet in the air.  The smell of fresh apple steaming up from my mug of spiced cider.  I'm curled up with a good book - the kind you don't want to put down until you are done.  You are all warm and toasty under a good old-fashioned quilt.  I'm not thinking it is a quilt that you should receive a 'lifetime achievement' award for making.  This quilt is just meant to be comfy and cozy ...

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October 17, 2020
Leaving It On The Table from From the Strawberry Patch...

I mentioned this work table last week, it's exactly what I'd been hoping for when I'm doing ruler-work on the front side of the longarm. I had been improvising with a sheet of foam core (any port in a storm, right?), I needed something to hold my tools above the surface of the quilt while I worked my way along.Mr. Goodneedle picked up the hints that I was dropping and created the work table that

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Leaving It On The Table from From the Strawberry Patch...

I mentioned this work table last week, it's exactly what I'd been hoping for when I'm doing ruler-work on the front side of the longarm. I had been improvising with a sheet of foam core (any port in a storm, right?), I needed something to hold my tools above the surface of the quilt while I worked my way along.Mr. Goodneedle picked up the hints that I was dropping and created the work table that

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September 24, 2020
Ruler Work - from last summer from Bits and Stitches

After watching a several online longarm quilting classes, with iQuilt and Bluprint, I decided to take these vintage UFO pieces and use them as samplers.  Several of these were about using rulers to make the quilting more accurate.  These pieces weren't precious so I was free to just experiment.  I was able to use elements from all the classes on them.

They turned out better than I had anticipated.  I thought I was just playing.  A different color neon trilobal poly thread was used on each.  Size is 20" x 30".









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September 18, 2020
Ironic? Well, sort of.... from Appalachian Quilts

I didn't even plan on this post following my last post of how it all began, but it just worked out that way.  When we first opened our shop, it was in Caldwell, Ohio.  Prodigal Son went to Caldwell High School.  Army Son went to a different high school in the same county.  Both boys have kept in touch with a lot of their friends from school.  I think social media has helped this generation be better about it than our generation.  Prodigal Son really didn't hang out with his now wife, but they knew each other through ...

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September 16, 2020
How it all started - the quilt shop.... from Appalachian Quilts

 I will warn you, I foresee this being a very long post.  But, there is a lot to opening a business.


The name "Appalachian"...my family is from West Virginia.  If you have been reading my blog for a while, you will remember that my 'real' father committed suicide a month before I turned 3.  My brother was 6 months old.  When he died, Momma didn't have a driver's license nor did she even know what they had in their bank accounts.  It was a hard reality check for her.  As a way to pull some of the ...

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August 19, 2020
Too Much? from From the Strawberry Patch...

I've been quilting pumpkins and leaves on "The Quiet Road". I fell in love with the pantograph and really wanted to add a bit of color and lots of texture to this simply pieced quilt top. As I worked along however, row after densely quilted row, I wondered if it was a perfect example of a project that was completely over-quilted; maybe this was just too much. I used a TON of thread! Off the frame

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Too Much? from From the Strawberry Patch...

I've been quilting pumpkins and leaves on "The Quiet Road". I fell in love with the pantograph and really wanted to add a bit of color and lots of texture to this simply pieced quilt top. As I worked along however, row after densely quilted row, I wondered if it was a perfect example of a project that was completely over-quilted; maybe this was just too much. I used a TON of thread! Off the frame

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July 11, 2020
Private Quilt Coaching! from Lisa H Calle's Blog

I am so excited that I can barely contain my excitement! The past few months have been challenging to say the least. We are all in a similar boat… our quilt shows have been cancelled which means that all of those classes that we all signed up for just went POOF! So what’s a quilter to do… we turn to our online options. Sometimes these are good and other times not so good. I have the perfect solution!

Private quilt coaching… you are in your studio, I am in mine and we come up with a game plan specific ...

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Koala from Appalachian Quilts

Back in the 90s, I was one of those Craft Mall Vendors.  I also did a lot of craft shows.  I made a lot of wreaths, fabric dolls, fabric bunnies, painted wood items, birdhouses, etc.  I guess I have always been a crafty one.  I remember Nurse Daughter coming home from school one day and finding a bag of my supplies on the kitchen table.  She was upset that I was using eucalyptus.  It would seem that my crafting career was starving the koalas in Australia to death.  Whenever I smell eucalyptus now, I remember her devotion to their habitat ...

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July 10, 2020
SO I DID A THING....... from That's Sew Kerry

I bought a Longarm machine

Often, when you least expect it, life throws you a curve ball. Something you weren't expecting happens and you don't really know what to do, this happened to me at the beginning of the year when I was forced out of a job I loved because of poor leadership and lack of support, but as the saying goes when one door closes another one opens!

I have longingly looked at longarm quilting machines for quite sometime, but they are big so where would I put it and they are expensive so it isn ...

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July 7, 2020
Chevron from Appalachian Quilts

I couldn't help myself.  I went through my old e-mails from fabric sales reps until I found the video on how batiks are made.  I'm literally on my 6th batik quilt in a row, so there must be some interest in them.  :)


99% of the batiks in my shop are from Hoffman.  They have a high quality standard and I love their fabrics.

This batik quilt that I quilted is called Chevron.  It also looks like you could bust through some serious stash.

This customer chose to have an allover design quilted on it called Chinese Dragons.  I ...

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July 3, 2020
Arrows from Appalachian Quilts

I've been longarming a lot of batik quilts lately.  I love the variation in the colors and the whole process of making them.  One day I will find the link for you to watch them being made.  It is fascinating!

This quilt is called Arrows.  It looks to be a good way to use up a lot of leftover scraps and could be a real stashbuster.


The customer chose an allover design called Leaf Pano.  I love this one, probably because of the swirlydips (my word, but you can use it) in the leaves.  She wanted a teal thread ...

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May 25, 2020
My Pattern Design Business Experience - Part Four! from Quilting Affection



Welcome back to my blog series on starting and running a quilt pattern business. If you have missed any of this series, be sure to check out Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

Last week, I talked about the commitment to starting a business. First, I hit a little upon the research that should be done before starting, then the financial and time commitments that may be required. This week I want to focus on what my average day looks like and the type of work I am doing.

Now to start with, not every day is the same; it ...

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May 18, 2020
O Christmas Tree from Appalachian Quilts

We try not to do any 'work' around the farm on Sunday.  My grandparents never let us plant or work in the garden on Sunday.  There were other strange things we weren't allowed to do, and Hubs and I try to keep it as our day of rest.  We were getting ready to watch our online church service yesterday and we kept thinking and talking about all the things we needed to get done.  We are workaholics.  The best option was to get in the car and leave.  We decided we would take a drive.  We loaded up Princess ...

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May 14, 2020
Holiday Stars from Appalachian Quilts

With the crazy weather patterns here in the Midwest, you have to find things to do to resist the temptation of planting too early.  For me, that is usually quilting, soapmaking or making candles.

I decided to finish up another UFO.  I was going to start a new project, but Hubs actually made a remark about me finishing up more.  He doesn't do that much, so we will just chalk it up to him being 'excited' about me knocking down another UFO.

This quilt is called Holiday Stars.  It is made of batiks.  I love how batiks "modern up ...

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May 12, 2020
My Pattern Design Business Experience - Part Three from Quilting Affection



Welcome back to my series on starting and running a home-based quilt pattern design business. Over the last two weeks, I talked a little about my history and touched upon why I decided to start my own business. If you missed those blog posts, check them out here. Part One, and Part Two. This week, I want to talk a little about the challenges I ran into.

In starting a business, one of the first challenges I ran into was how to do it. Between my husband and me, we had to figure out the type of business, what laws ...

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May 5, 2020
My Pattern Design Business Experience - Part Two! from Quilting Affection



Welcome back to the second part of my blog series about my experiences in starting and running a quilting business. Last week, I gave a quick introduction to myself and how Quilting Affections Designs came about. This week I am going to focus on the question on if starting a quilt pattern design business is right for you.


To start, I know everyone is different, with different dreams, talents, lifestyles, and financial needs. Which means that everyone’s reason for wanting to start a business will be different. For me, I think it came down to wanting to quit the ...

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April 28, 2020
My Pattern Design Business Experience - Part One! from Quilting Affection


Starting a quilt pattern design business may sound like a lot of fun and a great way to earn extra income. The reality is that quilt pattern design is a challenging profession that requires and a lot of time and dedication with a lot of hard work. With that in mind, I decided to devote a blog series to my experiences in running a pattern design business from my home. I hope that in sharing the struggles that I have faced and what I have learned will help others decide whether they would want to take the challenge of professionally ...

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April 15, 2020
Stellar from Appalachian Quilts

I made the little girl quilt....but what about a boy??  The most recent baby quilts I have sold have not at all been what I thought people would be shopping for in a baby quilt.  In listening to the shoppers, I took mental notes.  That's how I came up with Stellar.  Stellar is a commercial pattern that utilizes 12 fat quarters.


I probably spent more time fiddling with these background pieces that I did piecing them together.  I was so thankful to have that new design wall!


After I laid out the background, I had to put the ...

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