Behind the Seams with Laura

Oh…the things you find….

The moving of the work shop from the building out back to the garage is "moving" right along. Tim decided his new shop needed a fresh coat of paint. Me: It's a shop, do you really have to paint it? I want to start the work on my new studio soon! You are just going to cut wood and make things. Hubby: Do you really need wood flooring and textured walls in your studio. I mean all your going to do is cut up fabric and sew it back together. Me: Well played, what do you want for dinner.   Hubby: Can you help me move a small work bench. Me: This is so HEAVY, stop, let me have a minute. Me:...

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First Things First!

  The first thing one must do when building a new business location is ensure it is safe for clients and guest to get to. Walking on a slopping backyard that is nothing but dirt and rocks will not work! We have large trees that we love but keep out the sun and keeps any and all grass from growing. Trees have been trimmed a lot, we will see if we can grow anything back there this summer. So we had two retaining walls built and have filled in and given them almost two years to settle. The walls are holding up great and there are no signs of shifting. There will be a large deck off the studio...

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Quality Quilts Is On The Move

Quality Quilts is Moving!! Yes you read correctly Quality Quilts is moving out of the house and into the 800 square foot build behind our home. The previous owner built it as a woodworking shop. There are plugs everywhere and lights galore. Originally this building was going to be my husbands shop but we have decided to make it my studio. Tim is converting the garage into his shop. We are really excited for the changes and to have our home back with a dinning room to eat in and a living room large enough to entertain in. Quality Quilts has grown and now there are two of us sharing the studio and it is really...

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Heroes in Plain Sight

I was really impressed by the fact that everywhere we went there were Heroes in Plain Sight. Sitting in hotel lobbies, on park benches and walking on the beach. These Heroes on any other day, in any other place, would have been passed by without any applause or thanks yous. But not on December 7, 2016 in Waikiki, Hawaii. Sure, they were wearing their Survivor and Veteran WWII hats but it was more than that, it was in the air, on the breeze, everywhere, we were all walking, eating and breathing it. Pride, respect, humbleness at being in the midst of heroes, men and women who were a part of history,...

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Anniversary Begins or Does it?

It is now December 8, 2016. All the Quilts of Valor have been awarded and Tim and I are at the Pearl Harbor gift shop picking up those last minute gift and seeing the sights and what tours we might be able to take. We were putting our gifts in the back of the car and getting ready to go on a tour of the USS Missouri when we moved a bag and discovered a QOV. Oh no, what do we do? Well, you take the quilt back with you, enter the gift shop, find the veteran with a Pearl Harbor Survivor hat on, and you ask if he has ever received a Quilt of Valor. No? A small crowd gathered as I read the certificate...

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Everybody Loves a Parade

Oh and what a parade it was! The crowd was 10 deep on both sides of the street for the entire two miles of the parade route. The Pearl Harbor Survivors road in convertible corvettes with their families walking behind the cars, if they had families with them. The final speaker before the parade began was 103 years old James Downing. You would never guess he is 103. He presented a very moving speech and a grand way to begin the parade.   Tim and I happened across a wonderful float of the USS Arizona! Tim helped push it onto the street and into the parade.       There...

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Distinguished and Celebrated Part II

Ewa Battlefield When my husband and I arrived in Waikiki, Hawaii we were tired but thrilled about the events we were going to be a part of. But, as previously stated, that all fell apart while we were in flight. Who knew what a blessing that would be. While we were preparing to leave, things were changing on the island. One big change was that Ewa Battlefield was declared a historical site, a part of the invasion long forgotten. So we got up early (not hard since we were still on Texas time) and headed out. After the awarding of the three survivors of Ewa were finished and I had awarded them...

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All Gave Some and Some Gave All

We lived in Germany for 12 years and we loved it. I had the opportunity while there to tour a concentration camp or two and visit historical sites from WWII. These sites and tours were events that changed me and broke my heart at the horrors that had occurred. Visiting the memorial of the USS Oklahoma was different. Tim and I laid a single flower at the base of each pillar and two lei on the first row. It did not make me feel the way the grave sites, memorials, and other historical sites I had seen in Germany and France had. This was just as moving but in a different way. I was moved to the core...

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Thanks Ducky!

There is a lot going on here at Quality Quilts. It is a new year, a year of change and growth for many. For me it is the year when Quality Quilts moves to its new location. No I am not moving off of our property, just out of the house. I am moving into the 800 square foot shop behind our home. It is big and has plugs everywhere, in the ceiling, low on walls, midway up the walls. The lighting is all built into the ceiling and is abundant. Now to move all the "stuff" and wood working tools and equipment my husband has in it. Oh and lets not forget the garage where the new workshop will be. We...

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Distinguished and Celebrated Part I Ewa Battlefield Commemoration

The day  we arrived in Hawaii Tim (my husband) and I were informed that the tours we were scheduled for and the awarding of the scheduled Quilts of Valor were cancelled due to scheduling problems. I was at a lost for what I was going to do with 31 Quilts of Valor. I took a deep breath and called my contact with the Hawaiian National Parks and Recreations who were the ones setting up and running all the events for the commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor and asked what we could do and how they could help me. They were very sorry but they had never experienced anything...

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