Behind the Seams with Laura

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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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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