Behind the Seams with Laura

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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WHY A WOMAN WHO DIDN’T SEW BOUGHT FABRIC?

This quilt was a long time in the making. The client was not a quilter and had never sewn but for some reason she had found herself in a quilt store years ago and ran across these fabrics and fell in love. Fast forward several years and while reading the paper you read about this lady who makes custom quilts. Yipee, she could finally get these beautiful fabrics made into a quilt. While her fabrics waited to be cut and made into a quilt there was a family event, here daughter had gotten engaged and could I make the couple a king size quilt. Of course I could, you get to see the wedding quilt next...

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Thanking our Heroes!

One of the most rewarding things I do as a quilter is my work with Quilts of Valor. Last year I had children decorate and print messages on six and a half inch of muslin with crayons and markers for future Quilts of Valor.  I write some of words on a portable dry erase board such as Thank you, hero, etc... so the children will spell their message correctly. Also so I don't have to spell the same word dozens of times throughout the event.  I also tell them that  they can't have guns or blood in their pictures because some of our soldiers and people who were soldiers don't want to see that on their...

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The Unicorn in the Room!

Did you know Starbucks made an EXTRA MILLION in ONE day with their Unicorn drink because of this: SOCIAL MARKETING So the next time we want to roll our eyes at the girl selling leggings, skin care, make up, jewelry, quilting services or a nutritional supplement via social media... or think it's all just a scam, remember the day Starbucks sold over a million dollars worth of a pink drink in a cup, all because of Network Marketing. In his book THE WORLD IS FLAT, 3.0 A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY', Thomas L. Friedmann has added two new chapters, one of them is on social...

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It’s cool to be square!

One of the most difficult things for me as a quilter is keeping the quilt square. I have found that one of the easiest ways to make/keep a quilt square is to use my channel locks and pin the quilt top to the perfectly stitched horizontal and vertical sew lines. Now you may think you should not  have to pin when using a longarm quilting machine, isn't that one of the reasons you bought the machine? I know it was for me, but alas I have learned that to make my quilts square and those rows straight I MUST pin! Now if the quilt is not for show and won't be hung and going to be used and abused I tend...

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Will It Never End?

It has been a rough couple of weeks here at Quality Quilts with illness and still working on emptying what was once a storage building/workshop so it can be transformed into the new studio for Quality Quilts. Twenty years of stuff and all the wood working equipment is proving to be a very big job and you throw into the mix the desire to have a summer garden and illness and you have a perfect storm. As you can see more has come into the house. I didn't think we could get another thing in but we did! You see we can't have anything in the attic of the shop due to the insulation of  new  lighting...

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Born Sisters, Forever Friends

I am the eldest of three girls. I am also the one who left, I married a military man and traveled the world. I have no regrets but it has changed my relationship with my sisters and the rest of the family. My family is like a lot of families we have a lot of problems and we don't get along. I know what you are thinking, all families have problems but my family is full of so much hate we couldn't have a  funeral for my mother. If we had one funeral there would be fighting to the point that the police would be called. How do I know, it has happened in the past.  So when mom died I had to choose,...

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Saved from the Dump

As Tim continues to sort, clean, and discover treasures I ran across a box of very old hand pieced quilt tops that I remember were going to be thrown away. As a quilter you know I couldn't let that happen. If I remember correctly I saved this Apple Core quilt from the trash dump long before I even received my longarm quilting machine and opened my business.  I thought well it's time to either finish these tops and have finished quilts out of them or get rid of them. I started with the apple core because it was on the top of the pile in the box. I pressed it as best I could and tried steaming it, starched...

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When life gives you lemons……make grape juice!

Well it will be a little longer than we expected to have to wait for the new studio to be finished. The contractor will not be able to start on our renovations until the middle of May (that is when we wanted the move to be done).  So we are making lemonade out of lemons.  This will give us some much needed extra time to continue with moving everything out of the building that will be my new studio and into the garage which is being converted into a wood working shop for the hubby. It has been a long weekend of contract discussions, moving "stuff" and frustration with contractors in general....

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