Changes in the wind

Well my life came to a bit of a halt in June.  My dad had cataract surgery and due to being removed from his blood thinners, he had a second stroke – the first one was in 1996.  The next few weeks he would be in & out of the hospital.  On July 4th my dad finally passed.  I was grateful I had recently returned from visiting my parents in late April/early May, but it was difficult being so far away.  My husband & I flew to Washington State for the funeral and to help my mom adjust.  I had recently noted some inconsistencies in her memories & behaviors on my last few visits.  My siblings came on board with watching mom deal with dad’s hospital stays and death.  So I spent time taking her to dr appts., researching possible outside help, cleaning and promising to return to give relief to my siblings in taking care of her.

I returned home in late July and started getting back into quilting and life.  Speaking of life – our 9th grandchild is expected by month’s end and our 10th in January!  #9 will be living here with us – so I’ll be busy taking care of him once his mom returns to work in November.  So for now my quilting schedule for the rest of 2015 –

October  7  – 145 Art & Design in Culpeper (new location across the street); Cottonwood in Charlottesville; Quilt & Sew in Fredericksburg

October 21FINAL PICK UP FOR HOLIDAY QUILTS!!! at 145 Art & Design in Culpeper; Cottonwood in Charlottesville; Quilt & Sew in Fredericksburg

November ??? – I plan to make one trip in November to return all quilts in my possession.  You will be emailed or called when they are ready to pick up.

For those willing to drive to my home in Partlow or mail/ship – you have until October 31th to get quilts to me.

At this point I don’t know exactly what 2016 will bring. I know in January I will be heading to North Carolina for the birth of our 10th grandchild.  And sadly its’ been almost a year since we’ve been to Texas to see our grandchildren there – so a trip is desperately needed to see them.  And my mom – although I have several siblings on the West Coast to take care of her – they need some relief even if all I can give is a week or two a year.

I have no plans to end my business – I love quilting and working with your quilts too much, but my schedule will be erratic at times.  Please be sure to let me know if you have deadlines.

And for the favorite part…. your work & some of mine too!

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Quilting – lessons learned

December of 2012 – I started a Block of the Month quilt with a Christmas theme.  April 2013 I finished Block 1; August 2013 Block 2 was complete and two others the pieced backgrounds complete.  Over the last 3 years I’ve slowly worked on the blocks until about 4 months ago when I decided I was going to get it done.

Tonight I finished all the embroidery, all the blanket stitch, all the piecing – whew!  Quilting & a few button embellishments and it will be complete.IMG_3716

I considered myself a fairly decent quilter, but there is always rooms for improvement.  So a few things I learned:

  • Iron-on interfacing:  I have this spider web awesome stuff I use when doing hand applique – I have no idea why I used a heavier interfacing for the applique work on this quilt.  The blanket stitch was time-consuming and difficult to push a needle through two layers of fabric and the interfacing.  Also with the main blocks I was turning the edge with the blanket stitch. When I finally reached the corners with the birds & scallops – I trimmed off the edge I had originally turned under.  It helped a  little bit. Lesson learned – avoid med/heavy weight iron-on interfacing for any hand or machine stitching – even if you are just trying to use up your stash.
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    You can see how smooth & flat the scallops are versus the border strip.

  • Measure. Measure. Measure.  I tell clients all the time when it comes to borders to measure, measure, measure.  Another disadvantage of the interfacing – the scalloped edge stiffened the fabric where it had NO movement and so the border didn’t work well with the directions measurements.  I had to put an easing stitch along the entire edge of the border to ease it to fit the main blocks.  No gathers or puckers but time consuming.  The borders were made as a unit – difficult to adjust beforehand, but I probably could have figured it out if I had measured first. I’m working on another Block of the Month quilt – no embroidery or embellishments.  The directions call for measuring & squaring the smaller blocks withing the blocks as you go.  I wish this quilt had done that a bit more. Lesson learned: measure, measure, measure.
  • And last of all – I really don’t like to do blanket stitch by hand.  I love to do needle turned hand applique, but not blanket stitch.  Blanket stitch with my machine – love it. Lesson learned: next quilt that calls for lots of blanket stitch – I will use the machine.

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Last but not least – leftovers!!! Several years back I made a quilt for a fundraiser – raffle quilt 2010

For almost 5 years I kept the leftover scraps together – because there were that many!  Recently I finally made a very scrappy baby quilt for my great niece.

Well I have the same dilemma –  guess I’ll wait for a Christmas baby?

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This entry was posted on May 27, 2015. 5 Comments

Slowing down…

I’ve kept pretty busy for the last several years – quilting, children, grandchildren, church, etc.  Recently I felt inspired to slow down.  I let my clients know that I was only scheduling 2 quilts a week versus the 5-7 I had been doing.  I was released from overseeing the children’s program in our church.  And I paused.

So for the last month I’ve been working in my gardens, tending my bees, playing my piano, studying my scriptures, finished embroidery on two shirts for my husband (last year’s Father’s Day gifts from my daughters), worked on a quilt I’ve been working on for about 3 years, traveled to Tacoma to visit my parents, attended my youngest daughter’s spring concerts, relaxed in the evenings with my husband, went strawberry picking with my grandchildren, and… done a few quilts.  And yes this was slowing down in my book.

I’m still waiting… I know the Lord has something coming around the corner, that he wanted to give me a chance to breathe.  In the meantime I’m enjoying the sun, my gardens and quilting.

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New Studio!!! WOO HOO!!!

Well it took more time than I had planned and there are still lots of odds & ends but here’s a photo slideshow of the process!

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Tonight – this is how the studio generally looks.

From the closet - project wall - ironing board - cutting table - thread wall  - sewing table.

From the closet – project wall – ironing board – cutting table – thread wall – sewing table.

Scrapbooking corner - office - longarm machine - bobbin winder/file cabinet.

Scrapbooking corner – office – longarm machine – bobbin winder/file cabinet.

Catching Up on Quilting! And the Top Quilters for 2014

This blog post will be just that – all the quilts that I haven’t posted in the last 7 months.  And why!

Life is crazy busy and not just with quilting.  For the last year & a half I’ve been chauffeuring my youngest to all her outside the home activities as her siblings have grown up.  As a homeschooler you’d think we’d be home more than away but with a very artistic & talented child it can mean just the opposite. We are gone 3 days a week to music & art classes.  That has meant less time in the studio working on quilts during the schooling months.  And then there is the traveling….we now have 8 grandchildren in Virginia, North Carolina & Texas.  Sometimes we are traveling there and sometimes they are traveling here – either way it means less time at the quilting machine.

But I love quilting your quilts!!!

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*Top Quilters for 2014*

In 3rd place – Leann Shelor (7 quilts) $10 off first quilt of 2015

In 2nd place – Jackie Macuk & Pam Brackett (9 quilts) $15 off first quilt of 2015

And 1st place quilters for 2014 were Susan Oakley & Elaine Wurth (10 quilts)  $25 off first quilts for 2015

Happy Quilting ladies!  Next post – the new studio.

This entry was posted on March 26, 2015. 2 Comments

Quilts! Quilts! And more Quilts!

Wow!  Several months of your quilts to share – this post will be just that!  And I’ll soon post a second one with the studio’s updates!

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A New Year of Quilting – A New Quilting Studio

I don’t think I ever realize how much time has gone by since my last post until I finally sit down to do a new post.   I’d like to say this year I’ll be better but…. well blogging is not at the top of my “to do” list. The last few months have been busy ones.  I’ve done some traveling back & forth to North Carolina, had a family reunion, traveled to Salt Lake City and more back & forth to North Carolina.   And finished lots of quilts!

I’m moving my office & quilting room out of the dungeon!  In the coming weeks my daughter & I will be tackling moving, painting, flooring, and more moving.  We have a huge room over the garage that we’ve been using as a playroom for our kids & grandkids – no more.  It will be my studio – lots of room and a WINDOW to the outside! So here’s a peek at where I’ve been working…. distorted views because I used my iPhone to do a panoramic view

The "quilting" room.

The “quilting” room.

The "office" and "everything else" room

The “office” and “everything else” room

And here’s where I’m heading to… two flights of stairs….

Future home of Hummingbird Hollow Creations

Future home of Hummingbird Hollow Creations

Tentative plans for the new studio

And with not keeping the blog up to date on a monthly basis, I have a ton of your quilts to show off!  Rest assured that there will be a spot to hang & photograph your quilts in a much better setting than currently!
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Last bit of news –

That Little Quilt Shop in Madison, Virginia has moved.    Noreen Smith, the owner, also has a store in Culpeper, Virginia called 145 Art & Design Studio (located at 145 E Davis Street, Culpeper, Virginia) and has decided to combine the two.    She has a closet all ready for your quilts.  Parking is located in the back – you can also go into her shop from the back – dark red brick building, wooden stairs – located at the left(northwest) corner of the parking lot.  Parking lot is on northwest corner of E. Culpeper Street & S. East Street.

I will also be continuing drop-offs & pick-ups at Cottonwood located at 2035 Barracks Road in Charlottesville  and at Quilt & Sew located at 3940 Plank Road, Suite N in Fredericksburg.

1st & 3rd Wednesdays of the month are my typical days for drop-offs & pick-ups.  Fredericksburg area customers  – flexible as I go into Fredericksburg a few days a week – just let me know when something is ready for me.   And your always welcome to come visit me – the new studio will have a corner just for you to visit!

Also – look for Hummingbird Hollow Creations at Pinterest and on Facebook.