Behind the Seams with Laura

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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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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