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Monday, November 25, 2013

I received this email from the International Quilt Study Center a few weeks ago.  It has a YouTube video embedded in it.  I have copy and pasted the URL for you.  I just love the historical aspects of quilts!

Here is the blurb that came in the email:

"Posing with Patchwork" was guest curated by Janet Finley, author of Quilts in Everyday Life, 1855-1955. Most of the photographs in this exhibition come from Finley's vintage photograph collection. They are paired with quilts from the IQSCM collection. The exhibition is on display through Nov. 30.
Would love to see pics of you and your quilts.  Or better yet, any antique pics you have with family members and quilts.

 I know we are super busy with Christmas/holiday sewing, cooking and entertaining right now.  Would love a comment or two about what you are making for Christmas presents. I posted a pic (on Facebook)of the stockings I'm making for the boys' teachers, did you see them?  I plan to stuff them with the teachers favorite candy, nuts, tea, coffee, etc. (I've emailed them and asked what they like).  I also plan to put a Walmart gift card in it and call it a day.  I'm all about gift cards and no wrapping.  I HATE to wrap presents.  One because I suck at it.  Two because it seems like such a waste.
gotta run...keep quilting!
ps.  Happy Thanksgiving! I'm so thankful for my faithful customers and my business.  I'm living the dream!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Virginia Quilt Museum

Monday, November 28, 2013

Hello Everyone!
I hope your week has gotten off to a great start.

I had a great weekend.  My youngest son spent the night at my Mom's house on Friday night.  This allowed me to have an extra 8 or so hours of work time on Saturday to get my kits caught up.  The Rose of Sharon kits are in the mail and you should receive it soon.

I received this email from the Quilt Museum of Virginia.  I wished I lived closer to this place, I would visit every weekend.  (On second thought, maybe that is a good thing, I would never get anything else done...) It sounds like some great things are planned...
 (until next time, keep quilting...

Dear Rose,

As I look out at the mountains surrounding this lovely region and the colorful falling leaves, it hits me that it really is November and the snow will soon be flying. I hope you have been able to visit the Museum and enjoy the effervescent beauty of the star quilts that we have currently on exhibit. If not, these sparkling exhibits will be with us until December 14th and you still have time to enjoy them and see all the changes the Museum has undergone since January.
We have had such a busy year! We have had stunning exhibits that have encompassed delicate antiques to vibrant vintage pieces to amazing art quilts. Additionally, we have been able to start supporting our guilds by showcasing their art work. To date we have exhibited pieces by the Shenandoah Valley Chapter of the American Needlework Guild, the Roanoke Star Quilters, and the Virginia Star Quilters of Fredericksburg. We have also been hit with more maintenance expenses for our historic Warren-Sipe House. From air conditioning to dehumidifiers to water damaged ceilings, there's never a dull moment at the Museum.  
As you can tell, there is still a lot of work to be done at the Museum. Stay tuned for more news and events. To keep you more informed of what's happening at the Museum; the main membership newsletters will be coming in four installments, Winter in February, Spring in May, Summer in August, and Fall in November.
Thank you so much for your support of the Museum! I hope to see you soon.
Happy quilting! 
Victorian Holiday Tea
Crazy Quilts Program
We are delighted to offer another of our lovely tea program fundraisers.  On Saturday, December 7th at 3:00 pm, we will host our Victorian Holiday Tea with our charming presenter, Neva Hart.  Our guests will enjoy elegant tea, tasty scones, savories, sweets, a special tour of the STARGAZING exhibit, an informative program, and our new Curator might just feel spunky and pull a special treat out of the vault for your viewing pleasure.  Neva will be sharing with us enjoyable and interesting facts on the crazy quilts of the Victorian Era.  Although this program is filling up, we do have spaces still available. We hope you will join us for our last tea of the year. 
Pre-registration and payment is required to hold your place at the tea. Tickets are $25 each and you may reserve your place online or by calling the Museum at (540) 433-3818.   

Little Quilts, Big Talents 2013 
"New Horizons Down Under" by Millie D. Johnson
Round Three: Online Only
If you have been following this year's Little Quilts, Big Talents Silent Auctions, they you already know that we have received some absolutely beautiful pieces.  This third installment is no different. We hope you will take a moment to gaze and bid upon these gorgeous little quilts.  They are available at the Benefit Bidding website for sneak peeks, but the bidding will begin on Sunday, November 10th and end on Sunday, November 24th.  Just in time for holiday shopping!
We want to thank everyone who has donated a little quilt, shared our information, bid, won or just supported the Museum throughout the year.  We sincerely appreciate everyone's assistance because without you it would be impossible for us to continue our mission. 
Even though we are publicizing the Silent Auctions to a large audience through social media, Benefit Bidding's resources, and our own website, we still need your help to reach more people. The more people we can reach the better our chances of reaching our goals. We hope you will share this with all your friends, family, and contacts. We are hoping our final Little Quilts, Big Talents Silent Auction will reach $2,500.  We can do it with your help.

New Shop Items 
VQM Quilter's Prayer T-Shirt
Fabric, Ornaments,
& More
We are very excited to have so many new items in the Museum Shop! We have new styles of jewelry, new porcelain ornaments sporting our elegant new logo, books, and of course our new "Blue Ridge Fabric" by Quilting Treasures.  Oh, and have you seen our new t-shirts? We are delighted to offer new and fun shirts in our Museum Shop.  We have five different styles in a variety of colors, but the favorite is our exclusive Quilter's Prayer with Logo.  Now you can show your VQM Spirit with one of our shirts.  Be sure to check out our Shop for all your gift giving needs!

Shop of the Quarter
Patchwork Plus
Patchwork Plus
The Virginia Quilt Museum is pleased to introduce our first Shop of the Quarter
, Patchwork Plus!  
Ken & Phyllis Reeves purchased Patchwork Plus 13 ½ years ago. At that time, Phyllis was a floor manager and had worked at the shop for about 6 years. It was a general fabric store that also carried a limited line of gift items. Over the next 2 or 3 years, Phyllis worked to transform Patchwork Plus into one of the premier quilt shops in Virginia. The shop is 9000 sq feet with over 5000 bolts of top quality quilting fabric and 150 samples made up and on display.   They offer classes year round with an emphasis on children's classes in the summer.
Patchwork Plus focuses on batiks, children's prints, novelties, and florals. Recently they have started carrying more reproduction and Civil War prints. Patchwork also carries Bernina and Janome sewing machines and Handiquilter longarm machines. On site mechanical service is provided for these brands as well as most other mechanical machines. You can find Patchwork Plus in Dayton, Virginia on the hill above the Dayton Farmer's Market or on the web at
In support of our Business Partners, the Virginia Quilt Museum will feature a different Shop of the Quarter every newsletter. Our Business Partners support the Museum's mission through financial donations, helping visitors find us, and by sharing our information. If you would like for your business to be eligible for Shop of the Quarter, please contact Meg Carr at or by calling (540) 433-3818.   

Help the Museum Without Making A Donation
Shop Online  
The holidays are approaching fast and many of us are starting to peruse the web and stores for those special gifts. At the Museum we are very excited to tell you about some programs where you can get your holiday shopping done and support the Museum at no cost to you! If you start your online shopping experience at or, then you can choose for the Virginia Quilt Museum to be the recipient of a portion of your purchase price. The stores won't give you a discount, but at least they will give back to the Museum. So, please support the Virginia Quilt Museum and start your shopping at one of these generous web-based companies.
How to start shopping and benefiting the Museum?
1. Go to and click the tab for "Museum Partners". Then use the search box to find Virginia Quilt Museum. After you've selected us, then you can choose where you would like to begin shopping.
2. This one is very easy, go to and begin shopping to support the Virginia Quilt Museum.
Upcoming Exhibits & Events
"Stars on a Bed of Feathers" by Pamela Mann
(From Bedroom to Boardroom)

September 3rd - December 14th
November 29th - 30th
Thanksgiving Museum Shop Special - 20% off books
December 7th
Victorian Holiday Tea Fundraiser
3:00-5:00 pm
Pre-registration required
December 14th
Annual Meeting of Membership
10:30 am
Board of Directors Meeting
12:00 pm
January 14th - April 26th, 2014
From Bedroom to Boardroom
Remembering Anna: The Quilts of Anna Holland
Quilts of the 19th Century Miniaturized by Kathie Ratcliffe
The Tavern Quilt Guild of Heathsville
January 25th
Exhibit Reception
2:00 pm
Date & Time - To Be Announced
In Honor of Our Volunteers Party   
February 1st
Board of Directors Meeting
12:00 pm
April 5th
Board of Directors Meeting
12:00 pm
April 28th - May 2nd
Exhibit Change
May 6th - August 23rd
Stitching It All Together - the Threads that Unite Us
Who are Modern Quilters?  
Save 20%
All books in the Museum Shop will be 20% off during our after Thanksgiving Sale! 

Offer valid on In-Store purchases only.
No other discounts apply.
Offer Valid from Friday, November 29  to Saturday, November 30, 2013

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Locker Hook rug...DONE!!

Hi Everyone!
I hope you are having a good week!

I started out the year with a list of UFO's that I felt I needed to finish.  Unfinished "business", whether personal, professional, quilty, financial, spiritual, etc. holds me back.

I have finished another one.  This rug started out as "scrappy".  A strip here, a strip there, but then I couldn't handle how long it was dragging out...on and on and on...I just wanted it DONE!

At the 1/2 way mark, I started cutting up "ugly" fabric.  I quilting friend of mine once told me that "ugly" fabric isn't "ugly" if you cut it small enough.  It's true! some of the fabric in this rug was downright hideous! 

Here it is. 

Now the problem is I can't figure out where to put it.  I can't put it near a door, it's too thick and the door won't open over it.  Right now it's in a hallway between my dining room/hallway/living room.  We'll see where it ends up!

How are you doing on your UFO list?  Would love a comment and picture or two!

Until next time, keep quilting!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

catching up on quilt magazines...

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Well, along with finishing up several UFO's this year, another goal was to read the HUGE pile of quilting magazines that I had been collecting.  When I had my second son 3 1/2 years ago, life got a lot more hectic!  Sleep deprivation made everything more difficult.  Even reading took too much energy.  I have been slowly catching up (I discontinued all my magazine subscriptions until I catch up) and this week came across an article in The Quilter, Dec/Jan 2011 issue on Irena Bluhm.  Her colorful wholecloth quilts are simply amazing.  I'm sure I'm late to the party, and everyone else knows about her, but just in case, here is her website:

Head over and check out some real eye candy.  You won't be disappointed!

Until next time, keep quilting!
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