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I Love New York…. & Sew Much More

I’m getting excited. Next week I head south to the Mid Atlantic Quilt Festival in Hampton Virginia.  I will be helping out Deb Tucker at the Studio 180 Design Booth, so please, if you are there stop by and say hello.  I’m sorry I will have to miss my local guild “The Mohawk Valley Quilt Club’s” 35th Anniversary celebration.  Congratulation to a great group of quilters.

I’m test driving my new Nolting quilt frame. It is pretty spectacular.  Having a commercial frame makes my mid-arm work better.  I have dreams of improving my quilt skills immensely.  I bought the frame from Delightful Quilting & Sewing. Joyce and Ron Blowers are Nolting Dealers and drove 3 hours to my house in a snow event and set it up for me. I really liked them a lot!  I need to take some lessons from Joyce.

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I usually finish my quilts in the order they are pieced, (just a little OCD) but I wanted to finish “I Love New York” to celebrate the mountains of snow we have, with more on the way.  There is a group on Facebook called “One Block Wonder Quilt Forum”.  Someone asked me how I quilted my hexagon quilts.  I meander mine, not just because that’s all I know how to do, but by going over every seam and center they lay nice and flat.

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I was trying to be arty and photograph my quilt out in the snow, but there is so much snow (close to 3 feet in parts of my yard) I had a very difficult time getting a good angle.

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So I gave up, scraped off mounds of snow and came inside.

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Where Do I Keep All My Sewing Machines?

David asked where I keep my Vintage Sewing Machines (VSM)?  I just moved and had to give up two VSM, but I keep some of my sewing machines on what I call “the garage”, a shelf in my sewing studio.
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They are scattered around as Knick Knacks so I can see them every day.
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Below I’m working on two different projects requiring two different machines. Nothing beats the 1/4″ seam accuracy on my 1939 Featherweight!
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The treadles are used as bedside tables and end tables throughout  the house.

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I Don’t Think We are in Kansas Anymore Toto

I am a self proclaimed over the top Wizard of Oz fan and Kaleidocally Hexed quilts. I made my first hexagon quilt in 2006.

In 2008 I made “Inside the Twister I” from Wizard of Oz fabric by Quilting Treasures.

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In 2010 I made “Inside the Twister II” as a raffle fund raiser for the New York Mills, NY Historical Society.

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In 2012 I made “Inside the Twister III” as a raffle quilt for the Virginia Quilt Museum.

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I made the “Yellow Brick Road with a Twist”  for my Granddaughter Pepper.

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I have decided to make another one, I have cut the repeats into strips as you can see below.  I wonder if it will come out the same or be completely different?

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The blocks are looking very interesting.

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Below are some of my Wizard of Oz collection:

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How Do You Store Your Threads?

I was read reading a recent post in “The Inbox Jaunt”.  Lori was discussing and wondering how everyone stored their threads. I’m a quilter and I machine embroider custom quilt labels. Needless to say I have thread coming out of my ears. Before I moved I had built in drawers in my quilt studio, I couldn’t bring them with me so I bought a chest of drawers. 3 drawers are for quilting threads and 3 drawers are for embroidery thread. It works pretty well! How about you, how do you organize your threads?

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It’s “Sew Nice” in Norwich, NY

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Located in Norwich, NY, sits a fabulous quilt shop owned by Diane Marvin which she opened in June 2005. I stopped by Sew Nice to visit and ask Diane a few questions. Diane’s career was in education. Her mother was a career woman that made her own stylish suits to wear to work.  Diane had no interest in sewing until she made her first quilt around 2000 – it was love at first stitch!

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Diane holding up her almost finished quilt top “Northern Neighbors”.

Diane is a Studio 180 Design certified Instructor as is Donna Hanley who also teaches there. Sew Nice is a “Certified Bernina Classroom Shop”. They carry fabric lines from Moda, P&B, Marcus, Benartex, Timeless treasures, Kona, the list goes on. I love that they have a whole isles devoted to polka dot fabric.

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The quilters that gather at Sew Nice refer to it as their “Quilting Playhouse” and as a “Cheers” for quilters. Quilters lovingly refer to Diane as “The Pusher”, (quilt pusher that is). You go to see Diane at Sew Nice to get your quilt fix!  Diane gently pushes you to always keep learning and try new quilting techniques.

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Sew Nice offers a 24 seat classroom. And if that is not enough, they also offer general sewing machine repair and maintenance.

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Sew Nice only sells Quilters Dream Batting (QDB). When I asked why Diane said:

  1. It’s made in the USA
  2. NO other batting can compare with QDB quality.
  3. There is no minimum order.
  4. And last but not least “QDB Customer Service”! Diane could not praise the QDB Customer Service enough. She feels QDB is one of the best companies she has dealt with.
  5. Diane’s favorite is Dream Wool!

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If you live in the area and are looking for a quilt home you will be so welcomed at “Sew Nice” because they are so nice!

Sew Nice – 6142 State Hwy 12 – Norwich, NY 13815 – (607) 334-2477 – www.sewnicenorwich.com

 

The Grass is Always Greener…..

…under the tarp. There are 3 dachshunds in my house and they are adjusting to winter. These girls are beach babies and don’t quite know what to do when it’s time to go potty. But they are getting used to it. So we put a tarp down when it snows and then whip it off so they can smell the grass. So far it is working. We are prepared with a snowblower for the big snows?

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Is Your Past Haunting You?

Mine is!  I have 7 quilt tops from 2014 that have not been quilted yet and “Northern Neighbors” pattern with only 1 block finished.

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Moving out of state put a real crimp in my quilting.  I am a compulsive finisher, so having a pile of unfinished quilts is driving me crazy.   I have a Nolting fun Quilter, it is a mid-arm with a 17″ throat.  I also have a larger studio now so I have room for a 12′ quilt frame.  One has been ordered and should be here by the end of January.  I’m hoping my new Nolting frame will help me be a better, more creative quilter.

Needless to say, my resolutions for 2015 are all about finishing my tops and getting back to healthy diet again.