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GOALS

  GOALS FOR A NEW YEAR.... Happy New Year! Time to think about goals and dreams and how to make them happen.  I have heard that we should think about the different areas of our lives: spiritural, emotional, physical, financial, relationships, educational. As many do I am in the process of making goals for 2018. I have to make separate goals for my business, my work with Quilts Of Valor, Ministries and work with our local Quilt Guild that I am the president of for the third consecutive year. I would like to pose a question: Do you have any creative goals? Do you have to separate...

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“Trash to Treasure”

One of the things I receive are a lot of unfinished quilt tops and pieces from loved ones that don't know what to do with them after a loved one has passed. It gives me great pleasure to save these treasures. I have also found quilt tops in the trash or about to be taken to the trash and have rescued them and finish them as I can. Next year I will be having some of these treasures in our local quilt show for family members to come and see their loved ones quilts completed. Most of the time I don't receive such treasures but I still go when I get the call because every once in a great while when...

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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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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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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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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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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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