Rowing in Virginia!

Before I left my favorite LQS, Loving Stitches, I stopped by the get their Row by Row pattern, a North Carolina Row by Row! But, as we’re getting our bearings here in Virginia, I’m collecting Row by Row patterns from my new state! Today I travelled a bit out of my way to visit Culpepper and Warrenton, That Little Quilt Shop and Kelly Ann’s Quilting.

My GPS was the loser of the day, as it took me well out of my way, through the winding countryside to Culpepper, the first shop I visited. I was very glad to get out of the car and walk a little to That Little Quilt Shop, located in downtown. I was pleasantly surprised to find it nestled into a quaint downtown setting, full of local small businesses. Being a more modern quilter, I was also surprised and thankful to find modern fabrics, scoring an out of print Heather Ross fabric. I bought some Kona White, too, for my Modern Instabee Hive 12 peeps, also known as the #buzzindozen. Many of us want a white, white background on our blocks that we’re trading.

So, on to Warrenton I trekked, although the trip from Culpepper to Warrenton was a short one. I made it to Kelly Ann’s Quilting and was able to park right out front! It, too, is part of a thriving downtown community of local businesses. Kelly Ann’s Quilting had quite a bit of modern fabric from which to choose, and I found myself having a hard time narrowing down what to actually purchase! I spent some time chatting there, and enjoyed my day thoroughly!

On the way home, a less circuitous route, my phone (and GPS with it) died. I knew roughly where I was, but I stopped and bought a map and some lunch just in case! =} I made it home safely from my “quilty adventure” and am no worse for the wear. I’m learning my way around, finding new quilt shops, AND getting free patterns as I travel around. Fun stuff!

Honest Sewing Room

I’ve been asked a few times for pictures of the new sewing space. Welll….it’s not done yet. I don’t have a suitable table/cabinet for the Bernina. At 50 pounds, she needs a sturdy table to ensure that no tears are shed. Right now, sewing progress is happening on a small machine (that’s much lighter) set up on the dining room table-between meals, of course.

Truth is, I share my sewing space. Mr. Wonderful and I share an office, and his side is mostly done. He adores books and having all the tech he wants at his fingertips. It’s all masculine and nice looking!

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My side, is, well, not so finished. Between having no Bernina table, my mobile office in a bag, and pretty much scattering paperwork everywhere, it’s a hot mess! But that’s ok, because it will get better. AND, I have an entire closet devoted to housing my crafting supplies! I gave up my craft cabinet for a young person in my house, but I gained a closet. It’ll have to hold the stash, machines, Project Life supplies, and crochet things. But it looks as though there is plenty of space there! I’m excited to get it all in order and show you all some better pictures!

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Happy Quilting!

Mystery Quilt Progress

I have internet!!! So to celebrate, I’m showing you the latest finished step from the Slant Six Mystery Quilt, by Aby. These are my squares for Clue #2. I’m getting excited and being the “read ahead” girl that I am, I’m trying to put all the puzzle pieces together to figure out the mystery!

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No matter how it’s configured, I think it’s going to turn out pretty and springy! We’ll see where it goes when it’s finished, but what fun!

Landed!

I know many of you have been sending happy thoughts my way! Guess what? The move went smoothly! I don’t yet have my sewing room set up, or even have full internet access, but we’re happy! And the whole awesome crew is enjoying our new city and state. If you know me well, you should come visit! :)
Until I can sew, can I live vicariously through you all? What are you sewing?

Great News-Short Deadline

As some of you know, my house has been on the market for about three months. Last weekend, a buyer showed up at the door, and within a day, put in an offer. The only catch? The buyer wants closing to happen in just under two weeks! Wow! First of all, I had no idea that it takes so short a time to buy a house these days. Second, I had no idea how much stuff I still needed to pack! Now we’re scrambling to find a place of our own in our target area, working to get paperwork complete for that, and packing up our things, all while making sure the necessary work gets finished on the current house!

I took a last visit to my LQS, Loving Stitches, today, just for some moments of calm. Have you heard of this Row by Row Quilt shop hop? Loving Stitches has their own row pattern, along with a neat fabric license plate! I plan on visiting some of the quilt shops in my new town, so that I’ll have some from both places! It should be a fun quilt!

I’m going to fall behind on Aby’s mystery quilt, The Slant Six Mystery. Are you sewing along? This is my first mystery, and I’m pretty excited about it. I know where the directions are, but I’m not looking at them just yet. I want to keep it a true mystery, and not look until I’m able to get caught up!

I may be quiet for the next few weeks as I make this move a reality with my family! I wish you all fun summer vacations or staycations!
Happy Quilting!

Project LIfe-QOV Edition

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I like this Project Life thing. It’s new to me, although I hear it’s been around a few years. I think it brings scrapbooking down to a manageable level. In fact, I’m pretty inspired by the whole idea! I may not blog much about them, as this is a quilt blog, but I plan on starting to gather pictures and documentation on the Quilts of Valor I made and awarded. When we (several lovely groups of ladies and I) took to giving out QOV’s at Fort Bragg, we worked with the WTB, Warrior Transition Battalion, on base to find Wounded Warriors. There are lots of other ways to find recipients for a Quilt of Valor, but this was the first line we ran down to make it happen on a large scale at Bragg. We had a standing “date” to come in once a month and award QOV’s, and it worked out well! Except I didn’t keep good records. I don’t have the names of soldiers who received the quilts, or much about them at all. I also don’t have a record of who made each QOV. I recorded the first 50 or so, and then life became a flurry of sewing, gathering quilts, meeting the need, and then doing it all again the next month! I have some good pictures of the soldiers, though. And I know which quilts I made. SO there’s a place to start documenting, and to be more careful next time I give a QOV! I’ll take better pictures and record more about the people involved!

For the record, I have a long list of recipients still to award a QOV, from the current wars. We’re still “in the system” as it were with our connections, and we know personally some pretty amazing heroes. My list is long, and my sewing time is short! Trying to document the ones given out thus far has inspired me to make more QOV’s, and to continue the mission. I hope you’re sewing a QOV this summer! If we each make one, and cover ONE soldier, they will all get a QOV and feel that honor and thanks we try so hard to convey!

PS-take good pictures of the whole process! =}

Notebook/Sketchbook/Gratitude Journal

In my last post, I showed you a picture of my various notebooks. Here’s what they’re used for:

1. The first one is a scratch paper pad I keep in my purse for inevitable moments when quilt inspiration (or some other nonsense) strikes. It frequently gets raided for sketches to go in the next notebook.

2. The second is a sketchbook/quilty journal of WIP (works in progress) and blog ideas. It’s a lined page book, so it doesn’t work well for drawing quilt patterns! But…..it’s pretty and it’s about 3/4 the way full.

3. The third is a simple Moleskine notebook with grid paper. I recommend this type to anyone who does any kind of artwork, as those grids make my life so very much easier. This notebook is almost at max capacity, as I backfilled and drew in margins, etc.

4. The fourth is my gratitude journal. I recommend this type of notebook to anyone, too! It’s an awesome record of the good things in life! Also very helpful if you scrapbook!

If you’ll notice, there’s a redundancy. I have two sketchbooks. The goal is to merge these two items, therefore making my sketching life less complex. As they are both almost full, I’m trying to “land the plane” now with both of them so I can move on to a new book! The goal is to work towards a set of notebooks that will look homogenous on the shelf! I will probably continue to keep three separate notebooks, each for different purposes, but, hey, it works!

If you’re a quilter, I highly recommend keeping a sketchbook of sorts that will give you inspiration for years after you’ve drawn in it! If you’re not a quilter, you might consider a gratitude journal, keeping a list of sorts of the things for which you’re thankful. I didn’t like doing a gratitude journal in prose, so I decided to make mine little artlike snippets of words here and there on the page. For heaven’s sakes, it’s my notebook, and I have permission to make the words into pretty art! Don’t let the conventional “notebook” or “sketchbook” idea keep you from writing down or drawing what you like or think onto a page! For you visual folks, check out this link on famous artists’ Moleskines.

Happy Journalling!

 

The Great Notebook Reorg.

This blog is a journal of sorts-a journal of quilts already made and being enjoyed!

My paper notebooks and journals are other things,

depending on what notebook they are and where they’re kept in the house!

I currently have six sets of journals in my possession,

some of which haven’t been opened yet.

It’s quite the mess, as each of these spans several years, and I can never find my pen, etc.

In the coming weeks, I plan on making some sense out of these snippets!

I have a few new projects coming as a result.

I hope you’ll join in for a 

“notebook reorganization”

and some

“notebook hacks”!

Here’s where I’m starting tonight!

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How do you keep track of ideas and thoughts?

Do you use a travel journal?

Leave a comment and share your notebook/journal ideas!

Washing Everything!

Mr. Wonderful bought us a new washer and dryer last week!

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They’re the “industry’s largest”, and man do they have a ton of space in them!

Funny thing is, they sparked a “wash everything in the house” spree!

I washed my favorite quilt this afternoon on delicate cycle,

and have laid it out to dry on the porch,

under fans and on top of a sheet to make doubly sure it won’t get dirty!

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How do you wash your quilts?

Stuck on Settings

So, if you’ve been following my blog long, you’ll realize I’m just enchanted by lovely sampler quilts lately. I’ve made others, like this one, and this one. Both of those are set the same way, on point from Victory Quilts. I absolutely love the way they both came out, so I’m tempted, oh so tempted, to make 5 more patriotic blocks, set them on point this way, and call it a day! But what I want is to make these blocks into a wall hanging for several reasons. First, because those blocks were so hard, hubby has forbidden me to give them away this time. {I’ve made upwards of 50 QOV’s, so he’s used to my “make it and give it away” pattern! Hahaha!} Second, I’m not allowing this quilt to be dragged around, either, for the same reason! Third, I’d prefer this quilt not go on a bed, also because of wear and tear, and the amount of white in it! Forth, I want a display wall in my next place for seasonal quilts. I don’t know how large that will be, but I’m excited about the holidays I could display and celebrate!

Well, then, I’m stuck for a setting! I’ve been pinning, drawing, and googling for the better part of three days, and I’ve got nothing. Or rather, I have plenty of options, and can’t seem to decide on one! Here are the eight blocks so far. I’m still debating on whether to make more, edit these and use fewer than this, or what! I guess it requires more thought!

 

 

 

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