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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 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 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 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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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 26, 2020
show and tell from Quilt Nut Creations

 It has been waaaaaaay too long since I've done a show and tell post and I have so many great quilts to show you. Sit back and enjoy!

This fabulous quilt by Val,

quilted with Lilac

So pretty.

This lovely quilt by Monica

quilted with Greenery

By Trish

quilted with Oriental Illusions

Melody has kept me busy with these lovelies.

quilted with Apex2

Melody was made 3 of these.

Quilted with a very old panto Aztec.

One of my favourites of hers. 

                                                            quilted with Stars and Loops

The perfect backing

my favourite part

By Bonnie

quilted with Cat's ...

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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 13, 2020
In the Meadow from Appalachian Quilts

Don't you just love a good "A-Ha" moment?  You know the are going about your day and an idea just smacks you upside the head.  I love them!

I had just finished doing a snowflake allover design on a customer's Christmas quilt when I looked over at the flimsie rack.  This little guy was over there whispering for me to come get him off the rack.  After some cRaZy negotiating, he convinced me he didn't want to wait to be custom quilted.  He wanted to just have snowflakes.  I was a pretty easy mark, as ...

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November 9, 2020
Batik Bowtie Quilt from Appalachian Quilts

Yup - I finished another UFO!  This was a class I taught - I'm pretty sure it was one of our mystery quilts.  I miss those Friday Night Mystery Quilt nights!  We had so much fun.  Usually, we brought potluck.  Class started at 6 and went until midnight-ish.  The best part of it was the fellowship.  Why does this virus have to take away our fellowship?  *sigh*

I do love batiks.  I go back and forth between traditional and batiks when it comes to fabric.  I think that's why we stock so many.  (We have hundreds of bolts in stock ...

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November 4, 2020
Batik Bunnies from Appalachian Quilts

Batik fabrics are so bold and full of life.  There is just something about them that draws you in.  I haven't been able to show you most of the quilts I have been longarming for customers because they have been Christmas gifts.  One was a show quilt and there are 'rules'....

These two bunny quilts aren't Christmas gifts, so I am comfortable in showing them to you.  The customer wanted the bunny allover design.

The one that starts with a pink bunny at the top has a beautiful pink batik for the backing.

The one that starts with ...

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November 2, 2020
Lemon Zest from Appalachian Quilts

There was a trend years ago where everyone was making mason jar quilts.  This image was taken from Google.  (I chose one with the website listed to give credit to the maker/designer.)

The fabric designers came up with some great fruit and vegetable prints and everyone was out gathering fabric to make their quilt.  We brought some of them in for our customers.  To help our customers see beyond the mason jar quilt, we made a few samples.  

This one is called Lemon Zest.  I just quilted and bound it.  It's another flimsie/UFO that is now finished ...

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October 30, 2020
Garden Glory Quilt from Appalachian Quilts

As a shop owner one of the things you are tasked with doing is making samples to show off new fabric lines.  We used to carry all of the Thimbleberries - all of the fabric, all of the books, all of the patterns.  At some point the 'groupies' for a certain designer/style start to fall off and they try to adapt to current trends.  Makes good business sense, right?  Lynette Jensen tried to do just that when she came out with the Cottagewood line.  I'll be completely honest here - I was not a fan of the focus prints for ...

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October 28, 2020
Gilly's Stars and Stripes Table Runner from Appalachian Quilts

Some quilters will throw out a challenge every January based on what year it is.  For example:  10 quilts in 2010.  Up until about 2015 (think 15 quilt finishes), I participated.  Then, life got in the way.  I'm absolutely amazed at the ladies who are striving for 20 in 2020!  For me, having all the flimsies (finished tops that just need quilted) from shop samples and class samples, it seems like a great challenge to get some of them completed.  I even will challenge myself to quilt a flimsie if I 'allow' myself to piece yet another.  Back when ...

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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 8, 2020
baa, black sheep from Quilt Nut Creations

 I've seen some interesting things in my 14years of longarm quilting. 

But this may have been the most interesting.

I got a call from Helene.

 Helene has sheep and wanted to use their wool for her quilt. Would I do it?

Helene brought out the wool and I'll admit, I wouldn't have guessed it was 'homemade'. Well, not exactly homemade. The sheep get sheared and Helene washes the wool a minimum of 7 times; combing the wool each time to get all the bits and pieces out of it.

It then goes to a factory where they ...

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September 29, 2020
show and tell from Quilt Nut Creations

 It has been way too long since I've shown some recent client quilts. And my clients have kept me busy. Last week, I matched my longarming total for 2019. Last week was still September and I have 11 weeks left in my year. 

If you are one of my clients reading this, I thank you!

Now onto some pretties.

Pieced by Melody

I called Melody when this quilt came off my machine because it turned out AMAZING.
She was also lucky to get it back ;)

quilted with Malachite

Also by Melody. 

quilted with a meander

I love the red ...

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