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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 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 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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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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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 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 6, 2020
Cornucopia Woven Runner from Appalachian Quilts

I am not necessarily a procrastinator.  It's not that I put off things.  It is just that I struggle finding time.  I will confess, however, that this project was a procrastination.  There was a time when a bunch of us made these super cool table runners with tubes of fabric.  I searched high and low on the internet to find the name of the pattern for you - to no avail.  I have since realized this pattern may have come with our tube turner set.  These things were popular - every shop was giving classes, mine included.  We utilized these fabric ...

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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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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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April 29, 2020
Challenging from Appalachian Quilts

Remember this post ( What's Holding You Back ) where I challenged you to complete something you had started but hadn't had time to finish?  This was my UFO.

This thing was a hot mess.  There were wrinkles that were beyond pressing and it took me a bit to figure out where all those strips went.  While the strips were marked "top", the big piece and the side that was pieced were not.  

As I look at my UFOs, I justify the pile with "I never have time".  Well, we are all stuck at home and we all have time ...

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April 27, 2020
Monday Motivation Week 18, 2020 from Patchwork Sampler Blog

I am not afraid…I was born to do this.
                                        Joan of Arc

Do you need a little Monday Motivation? Need to spend more time in the sewing room to get your mind off all that is happening in the world right now? Join me and set a goal for the week to hold yourself accountable for getting one thing done.

How many times have you told yourself you would spend all your time quilting if you didn’t have to do X, Y, or Z? Many of us dream about having hours and hours of quilting time each day ...

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April 13, 2020
What's Holding YOU Back? from Appalachian Quilts

I was concerned this morning when I saw all the social media posts with pictures of family gatherings for Easter.  My heart ached to be with my family, but we just couldn't do it.  There are so many of us that have compromised immunity, we have no choice but to follow the rules.  I get it.  Some of us have been 'quarantined' for a month.  We are getting antsy.  We want our world to go back to the way it was....but it won't.  Nothing will be the same.  This will have been a game changer.  Sure, we ...

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