Behind the Seams with Laura

STRESS SPELLED BACKWARDS IS DESSERTS?

It is stressful to be an entrepreneur, to build a business from your living room into a brick and mortar that is separate from your home. To be honest it is stressful just to get up in the morning and go out and live weather you have your own business, work for someone else or are retired. Life is full of stress!  The new location for Quality Quilts is on our property behind our home but it is still separate.  I was not aware that this would make such a difference to those out in the business community but it has, in a good and positive way. The stress is always there but that is not always a negative...

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QOV Museum Display

The QOV Museum Display is up and ready for viewing. This all began over two years ago with the awarding of a Quilt of Valor to a WWII veteran. His awarding was set up by his family in a large room at the Bell County museum. It was beautiful and went off without a hitch and my cards and QOV brochures were given to the staff as well as attendees.  A few months later the museum contacted me to see if I would be willing to award a QOV at the museum during the observation of a military holiday. After the awarding that was held outside this time I discussed with the museum staff if it would be possible...

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RETREAT (and I’m not talking about a tactical withdrawal)

Dianne and I were gone from the studio for a couple of days last week and over the weekend. We went to a QOV quilt retreat. We had a blast and learned a lot. Dianne was the queen of the retreat and really shined! We managed to bind over twenty quilts for the up coming QOV Museum display and a 50th reunion of Vietnam Veterans. We also made rod pockets for all that will hang in the museum. I brought with me a plastic draw full of cut out pieces of fabric, some sewn together but most not that I inherited for out local QOV group Quilters With a Heart. I found out they were a Stack-N-Wack and  One Block...

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AND WE HAVE A WINNER!!!

What a weekend! Went to the local quilt show to have a look at Siren Song and found out she won 3 ribbons. One was best computerized quilting. The painter was here and painted the kitchen and dinning room. The last of the odds and ends are at the new storage site waiting for when we can build a storage shed on our property. Now to put up the artwork on the walls and putting  up the books that remain in what will be the hubbies wood working shop. Even the decks are being cleaned and the additional decking around and leading to "Quiltopia" have begun to be built by the hubby. We are seeing the light...

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Her name is Siren Song

Siren Song is the name given to this beautiful black and cream quilt that will be hanging in this weekends Wildflower Quilt Guild Quilt Show. This quilt was quilted during the moving of the studio to its new location. She is one of my best works! I will post details on all the designs in a followup blog after the show. No pictures of the full quilt at this time. Enjoy getting a glimpse of Siren Song.  

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Fran the Fabulous Fusion

Fran the Fabulous Fusion was brought into the new studio over a week ago and has been busy at work. When we took her apart we were able to bring most of her in large units. When we turned her on she ran like she was still in the house that is until I broke a needle and got her all out of time. I will be forever grateful for the training I have taken with Handiquilter educators and their info on how to order the tools and DVD on how to time the Fusion 24. It has saved me valuable time and so much money! You can not order these things from their website the educator called and when I called and placed...

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Batting Station Up

One of my dreams for my new studio "Quiltopia" was to have a batting station. I wanted my rolls of batting to be on bars and easy to get to and measure what I needed for each quilt. I also wanted it to not break the bank. The search was on, it took awhile but we finally found what we were looking for at Ikea. It was literally the last thing we looked at before leaving in the markdown section. I was sitting on a bench thinking well maybe I wasn't going to have a batting station when I saw this stack of mark-downed  bookcases for $60.00 each. They were 24 in. deep and so heavy. They only came with...

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Moving Forward!

What a week! The contractors finished up on Friday. They did a fantastic job!!! I just can't believe they are done and how beautiful it all looks. Now for the deck and some landscaping. Tim and I have already began buying and putting together new shelving, cutting tables and storage. While the contractors were finishing up I was busy cleaning all the shelving and containers that have been outside and in storage. I did manage to get a few thing set up in the storage room.  

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CONSTRUCTION, HELPING OTHERS , and QUILTING…..OH MY!

So much going on here at my new studio "Quiltopia" Part of the exterior has been painted. The bamboo flooring is installed and we have the light fixtures up. The interior is all textured and painted a bright white. This is really happening!!!! Oh yea the new windows arrived and will be installed next week.       Quilts of Valor have taken a back seat to customer jobs but this week we worked on binding and labeling four so we can award them and ship two to be awarded next week to those that are returning home from another of many deployments.     After...

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It Begins!

The tree trimmers and landscapers have been here and a lot of brush was cleared from around the new studio. Three large truck loads of leaves went to the dump and the grapes and herbs have been planted. There is more landscaping to be done and of course decking to be built once the building if finished. Flooring, windows, lighting and decking materials have been ordered and are waiting to be delivered when the contractor is ready. The building is empty and construction has begun. It is unbelievable the changes in just two short days. I am mapping out where everything will go when we get to set the studio...

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