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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Technology issues

Hi Everyone!
I am sending this from my husband's IPad. The power cord on my laptop decided to finally die, I've had electrical tape on it for years...

The next blog post I send will be from my new blog on my website.  Watch for the invitation to join the new blog.

Sorry, no pics today (they are all on my laptop...)

I'm going back to my sewing room.  At least I'm successful there most of the time...

Keep quilting everyone!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

moving my blog, quilt shows, shopping and more!

Hello Everyone!

I am in the process of moving my blog to my website.  I hope it will be a smooth transition, but when it comes to me and technology...need I say more?  For those who view this via email, you will have to sign up for my newsletter to get weekly updates--my blog will not be able to go directly to your inbox (at least that is how I understand it from the tech guy...).  I will send out several reminders via this blog to remind people to head over to my website to sign up when it is all up and running. 

I received this email from the SouthWest Virginia Quilt News the other day.  I plan to be at the Blue Ridge Quilt Festival in July and would love to meet you!

For those of my quilty friends who live in the North Carolina, West Virginia, Virginia area, the newsletter lists a TON of shows, retreats and shopping trips.  Sounds like a lot of fun and I would love to do it all!

Until next time,
keep quilting!

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"The Artist in You" , a lecture by Susan Brubaker Knapp  on May 5, 2014 (see Floyd Quilt Guild listing)

SWVA Quilt News
April 2014

A collaboration of the Blue Ridge Quilt Festival
and the Floyd Quilt Guild to bring you news
and updates on quilt and fiber art related
events and activities in Southwest Virginia.
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"Curvaceous Pieced Houses" a workshop with Amy Stewart Winsor, VA: register at the Blue Ridge Quilt Festival
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Blue Ridge
Quilt Festival:

July 9 - 12, 2014

The largest Quilt Festival in SWVA takes place at
Blacksburg Middle School
3109 Prices Fork Road, Blacksburg, VA 24060

Register NOW for workshops!
Workshops begin July 9

Internationally beloved quilter Jennie Rayment from Great Britain will return to Blacksburg with an ALL NEW lecture. No slide show from this energetic "one-woman-on-the-stage" entertainer! Instead be entranced with "Strip, Show and Tell" and lots of twiddling and fiddling for "Nippers and Tuckers" of any age.  Read more...

Meet featured artist Jennie Rayment and her quilts at the Artist Reception and Book Signing on Wednesday, July 9 from 2.30 - 4 pm

Floyd Quilt Guild:

May 5, 2014
The Artist in You

International fiber artist Susan Brubaker Knapp' lecture and trunk show describes her personal journey from a traditional quilter to an artist who makes both traditional quilts and art quilts.  She starts with a digital slideshow, showing her work and some of her techniques then follows with a trunk show and a question-and-answer session. The focus is on ways for traditional quilters to become more creative by embracing their own “inner artist.”

Admisson: $5,
free for Floyd Quilt Guild members

10 am
Jacksonville Center for the Arts,
Community room
220 Parkline South, Floyd, VA 24090

Additional Quilt Events in SWVA

April 4 - 5, 2014
Quilting: A Living Legacy
Lake Quilters 2014 Quilt Show with about 200 quilts and wearables. Enjoy a Quilting Bee area of displays such as table runners, tote bags and purses, demonstrations of quilting projects, and drawing for door prizes every hour.     Raffle Quilt. Lunch available.

Hours: Fri 9:30 - 4:30, Sat 9:30 - 4       Admission: $5.00  
Trinity Ecumenical Church,
40 Lakemount Drive, Moneta, VA

Contact Marilyn at 540-488-2617 or
April 24 - 27, 2014
Jinny Beyer Lecture and More
at the Greenbriar Quilters Retreat 2014. Hosted by the Alderson Quilters and Crafters Guild.


Alderson Community Center, Alderson WV2491
Contact us:
Now through April 26, 2014

FROM BEDROOM TO BOARDROOM opened the museum’s season with 3 traditional quilters (the “bedroom”) and 7 contemporary artists (“boardroom” pieces) from Southwest Virginia.
REMEMBERING ANNA HOLLAND - elaborate applique quilts made by Anna during her life in northern Va. and the Northern Neck.
MINIATURE QUILTS BY KATHIE RATCLIFFE from Waterford, VA.  Measuring 8” square, using intricately designed traditional star and pieced patterns; Ratcliffe reflects her interest in geometric designs and rich colors with a 21st century spin.

Virginia Quilt Museum, 301 S. Main St. Harrisonburg, VA 22801
The next volunteer orientation will be May 3.   This a chance to learn about the next exhibit, “Stitching It All Together - The Threads that Unite Us” - Quilts of Virginia’s Tidewater Region.    Contact if you’d like to volunteer on a regular basis or as needed.

Now through April 30, 2014
Contemporary Quilt Exhibit
Quilts by Paula Golden are on exhibit at
Stellar One Bank, 601 North Main Street, Blacksburg, VA 24060

May 16 - 17, 2014
Merry Quilts of May Quilt Show
For those traveling to North Carolina:
Forsyth Piecers and Quilters Guild present their quilt show.
Admission $5

9 am - 5 pm
Parkway Presbyterian Church, Silas Creek Pkwy/Kirklees Rd
Winston-Salem, NC

June 3, 2014
New River Valley Fiber Groups Summer Picnic
Open to all Fiber Artists
and ​organized by The Quilting Party.
Door prizes, Silent Auction, bring your fiber art for Show and Tell
Admission free; donations to Pot-Luck dinner, Silent Auction, and
cash donations are appreciated

Social hour 5 - 6 pm
Picnic and Activities 6 - 8.30 pm
Bisset Park Shelter #2
175 Berkley Williams Drive, Radford, Va 2414
See pictures here...
June 28 & 29, 2014
Q is for Quilts - 2014 Biennial Quilt Show
organized by the Shenandoah Valley Quilters Guild with Sunbonnet Sue & Overall Bill Raffle Quilts, Demos & Classes, Children’s activities, Vendors, Boutique, Silent Auction and Pillow Puddle

Saturday, June 28th, 9 am – 5 pm
Sunday, June 29th, Noon – 5 pm
Turner Ashby High School,
800 North Main Street,
Bridgewater VA  22812
Virginia Quilt Documentation Days
Bring your pre-2000 quilts especially if made in Virginia.

July 12, 2014
9.30 am to 4.30 pm (first come, first served)
Blue Ridge Quilt Festival, community room (left of main entrance)
3109 Prices Fork Road, Blacksburg, VA 24060

July 19, 2014
10 am - 4 pm (first come, first served)
Bluefield, VA Quilt Guild Show
Bluefield High School Gym

Bring quilts (3 per person max) to be documented or help as a volunteer.
If your group would like to host a Documentation Day or for additional info
please contact Neva Hart:
Phone 540-427-0184
July 16 - 19, 2014
Annual Quilt Show
held by the Rockbridge Pieceworkers Quilt Guild, in conjunction
with the Rockbridge Regional Fair. Special exhibit of guild
challenge quilts. Quilt entry info is on the webpage.

Hours:11 am to 9 pm
Admission free, handicapped accessible.  
Read more...   

Organized Travel to Quilt Events

May 3, 2014
Quilter's Shopping Trip to Gastonia, NC
Escorted motorcoach trip to Mary Jo's Cloth Store and Long Creek Thread Mill. Pick up points in Lynchburg, Bedford, Roanoke & Rocky Mount.
Contact Barbara at Travel Lovers
July 30 - August 1, 2014
Motor coach trip to AQS Quilt Week in Charlotte, NC
Departure from Lynchburg, price includes motor coach trip, games, prizes, snacks & drinks on bus, driver tip, 2 nights hotel, baggage handling, full breakfast at hotel, 2 day ticket to show, shopping at Mary Jo's Cloth Store, shopping at Long Creek Mill, 1 boxed lunch, 1 group dinner
Contact info:  Barbara at 434.385.5192 or

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Monday, April 7, 2014

International Quilt Study Center and Museum

April 4, 2014

Well, I don't know about your part of the country, but here in Central Virginia, SPRING has finally arrived!  Earlier last week on my way back from the Creative Artist Business Summit my husband and I were driving in snow and sleet. By the end of the week the forsythia bushes were in full bloom and clumps of grass in our yard needed to be mowed (or trimmed, at least!).

It's amazing how much more creative I feel once the weather turns warmer. How about you? Maybe it
has something to do with more sunlight?

I'm still working on the English Paper Piecing BOM. Maybe you are following the "drama" on Facebook? I have switched fabric lines. The other one wasn't singing to me (my dad laughs about singing fabric and

Here it is:

The green may not be quite right in the picture, but it will coordinate with the focus fabric.  These blocks are 18" x 18".  It doesn't take too many to make a large quilt! I'm working on a test block now, will work on my tip sheet, send it off to a tester and then let you know when it will be ready to order! I'm hoping to start in July 2014.

Here is the link to the International Quilt Study Center and Museum.  I like to look at quilts and see as much as we think we have changed in quilt making, sometimes we really haven't!

Would love to know what you think of the IQSC&M quilt, as well as the BOM that I am working on.

until next time, keep quilting!


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Creative Arts Business Summit

Hi Everyone!

I am slowly trying to recuperate from my trip to Washington, DC for the Creative Arts Business Summit (CABS).  I had a great time, came away with some great ideas on how to grow my business. If you are a quilt professional or any type of artist, I highly recommend this conference.  If you are an aspiring to be a professional I recommend it as well. This conference and the networking will help grow my business more quickly than anything I have done so far.

I plan to add some interviews of some designers and quilt authors that I met at CABS.  Stay tuned to see who I interview!

This is my new friend Ana.

She is a fiber artist from Cary, NC. Her business is  When she first told me she was a fiber artist, I thought of more abstract art, but she does amazing garden and beach scenes with ribbon, beads, thread, and other embellishments.  They are simply breathtaking! I actually purchased a small garden scene from her at the conference for my Mother as a thank you gift. (She kept the boys for my husband and I so we could get away).

keep quilting!
ps. head over to my website and sign up for my

Monday, March 24, 2014

End of year teacher gifts--pictures, finally!

Hi Everyone!

I have been promising pictures of the projects I am working on for the end of the year teachers gifts for quite a while.  Here is one of them, I know they need ironed, but you will get the idea.  They still need framed.

Would love to know what you think in the comments!

Keep quilting!

Monday, March 17, 2014

International Quilt Study Center and Museum

Hi Everyone!

I received an email from the IQSCM about their quilt this month.  Head over to their website to check it out.
I just LOVE medallion quilts.  I've never made one, have you? would love to hear about it and see pics!

I am working on end of the year teacher gifts. I know, I know, I keep promising pics.  I will post something, soon, I Promise! ;)

Wish I had time to work on my hexie projects, oh well. They will get done, eventually!

Have you signed up for my newsletter?  Did you know that you get 10% off your first custom order just for signing up?  Head over to my website,

and sign up.

When you are ready to place your first order, just email me and let me know you are a newsletter subscriber.

Easy, huh?

Until next time,
keep quilting!

Monday, March 10, 2014

more and more snow!

Hi Everyone!
I had two more snow days this past week.  I love snow days.  I worked on catching up with my Dresden Plate kits. They were put in the mail on Tuesday. If you haven't received yours yet, please let me know!

I cut the HEXIE blog's BOM this week for myself and the customers I have that are participating.  I love this BOM!  This month was a shamrock. When I finish it, I'll post a pic.

I'm still working on my hexie scrap quilt.  I realized my quilt was really wonky.  "Crooked" was an understatement.  How ON EARTH did I get a wonky quilt?  I finally realized if I folded it in half similar to when you are straightening fabric, I could add where needed to take out the "wonky"-ness. So I continue to add hexie flowers and partial hexie flowers to even it out. This was going to be a charity quilt, but now I don't think I can part with it. I've gotten really attached.

I also started working on my end of the year teacher gifts. More details and pics to come.

I'm working on my next BOM to start in June/July.  Here is the fabric I have picked out.  It's called Curly Q.  I'm not sure if I will use all the fabric or some of it.  I'm planning an English Paper Pieced (EPP) block using diamonds, squares and triangles. Stay tuned!

until next time,
keep quilting!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Organic Cotton

Hello Everyone!

I recently read an article on organic cotton. Have you made a quilt with organic cotton?  The article I read, "The Organic Cotton Difference" (by Stephanie Smith, Quilters' World, April 2011, p. 68+) was very interesting.

Organic cotton does not use synthetic fertilizers like conventional cotton. They rely on crop rotation, adding absorbent matter to the soil,and manually removing weeds. Unlike conventional cotton, organic cotton is co-planted with a "trap crop" which lures insects away from the cotton plants and attracts predatory insects.

Here are just a few companies that provide organic quilting supplies:

Cloud 9 (
JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores (
Michael Miller Fabrics (
Organic Quilt Company (
Robert Kaufman Fabrics (
YLI Thread (

If you are interested in buying organic cotton, it's important to look for these symbols:

Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) Logo
USDA's National Organic Program logo
 Have you used any of these fabrics and materials in your quilts?  I have used Cloud 9 fabrics and I love them.  My son suffers from Eczema and I am very picky about the fabric, laundry detergent and dryer sheets that I use.  I also pre-wash all my fabric before I put it into kits for those with allergies. I wonder if I switched to organic cotton if I would need to pre-wash?

I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section!

Keep quilting,


Monday, February 24, 2014

Color, color, and more color...

Peagler, Maria. “Breaking Boundaries in a Quilter’s Color Journal.” Quilter’s Newsletter. February/March 2011. p. 46-47.

I love this article about color!  The author starts out with the quote, “A formulaic approach to color, although technically correct, can leave a quilter wondering why her quilt looks like the color chart in a paint store.”  Hmm…yep! I’ve thought that!  Sometimes I like to design a quilt using a designers’ palette of colors, sometimes I like to do scrappy.  It’s the scrappy quilts that get me in trouble with color.  If I use a collection of fabrics that are designed to coordinate, then I often feel like my quilt came from a paint store.

I’ll admit, I’ve never used a color journal before.  I’m not much on journaling of anything…that’s why blogging can be so hard…  This journal, though, I can see a need for!  I might not use the exact type of journal that she advocates for, but modify it by using some sort of photo album, scrap book, etc.
I can see an album of patterns and fabric swatches for quilts I am in the process of making or plan to make in the future. The author states that a color journal gives us the opportunity to play and discover our own creative potential that can help us make our quilts uniquely our own.  I like that!

She lists 5 tips to help jump-start your color vision:

  1. Adorn the cover of your journal with fabric, photos, or magazine clippings.  Make it inviting!
  2. Collect photos and magazine clippings with colors you like and pate them in your journal.
  3. Select a journal page, identify the main colors and choose matching fabric swatches from your stash.  Paste the swatches in your journal to create a fabric palette. 
  4. Be sure that your fabric palette includes a variety of lights and darks.  Doing this will add greater contrast to your quilt design. 
  5. Use a color wheel to analyze and understand your fabric palette. Arrange your stash using the wheel and note what you have in abundance and what is lacking. (p. 47)

Would love to hear about any sort of journal you keep.  I have often wished I kept a journal of quilts I had already completed along with scraps of fabric as a memory keepsake.  It would be nice to see how far I’ve progressed as a quilter.

So…do you keep a journal?  Would love to hear about it!

Until next time,
keep quilting!