This is quilt number one hundred for me to quilt on my HQ 16! We bought the machine in August 2010 so it is 10 months old. The pastel pineapple is quilted with all over feathers in the center, smaller all over feathers in each corner and a long continuous feather in the small green border. I love it!
Several months ago I purchased a rather large (10 1/2 foot!) curved church pew. It was a beautiful antique! It took an unexpected tumble off the trailer, however, and was in a terrible state! My brother in law worked his carpentry/refinishing magic and put Humpty Dumpty back together again even better than new! As a very small token of my appreciation I have made him this scrap quilt. I chose the pattern we call the Million Squares to represent the million pieces of splintered wood he reassembled. Thank you thank you, Craig! (The pattern is actually Bonnie Hunter's Many Scrappy Trips Around the World)
The pew is destined for the quilt shop so you can hopefully come and sit here and ponder great family here... and maybe dream up a new quilting project too!
It's been almost three years since I last posted here! The Feathered Star has been open 5 years this past December. I can't even count all the quilts I have made in that time. Seems that I start a quilt to showcase new fabrics, customers see it in progress and then on the HandiQuilter and by the time it's bound the main fabrics are almost empty bolts.... then everything starts again! Every week new customers visit the shop. Every week. Usually several different times each week. Smart phones make finding local quilt shops so much easier! Being just about 5 blocks from Interstate 20 is an ideal location for a quick jaunt off the highway for a quilt shop stop. I have regular customers from all over the Big Country and beyond. Every week is like a quilt show with customers bringing quilts to share. Best job ever! I have met so many interesting and talented people in the past five years and hopefully I've been able to share some quilting knowledge with a few!
So now that the Feathered Star has been open for 1 1/4 years you would think that I might not do so much quilting at home... nope, I generally have at least 2 or 3 projects that I'm working on at both places. However, lately I've had a major push to sew up some of my great fabrics I've got at home. Right now I've got a twin sized Rail Fence (3" blocks) and a twin sized Thimble (2 1/2") both mostly finished using bright happy fabrics... an Off the Rail quilt using sports fabrics, one with 1930's reproduction fabrics, and one using purple and green scraps from a granddaughter's baby quilt... a Tumbler (4 1/2") AND a Thimble quilt using jungle prints not to mention a Million Squares with these jungle fabrics and with the littlest of strings I started a 6" square string quilt rather than throw the tiny leftovers away. I recently finished a light purple and baby fabrics thimble quilt that will be a gift and a wonderful wonky house quilt!
At the shop I'm working on a red and white Courthouse Steps Log Cabin, an ABC quilt with the letters inside log cabin blocks, and many others that started out as Demonstration Day samples. Whew!
The quilt shop has been open for six months now and its been a whirlwind of activity. Ordering fabric... being creative with where to display the fabric when it comes in...keeping up with the Facebook page and web site...creating pattern samples and quilts from the beautiful fabrics for inspiration...planning the classes offered at the shop... planning and preparing for Demonstration Days the last Saturday of each month...and being the custodian, bookkeeper, and other assorted "must do" activities! But what fun!
The numbers of my customers continues to grow. At last count 475 quilters had signed into the guest book/ enewsletter list! Many have become regular visitors to the shop often coming with friends and family.
So if you are reading this blog you might check out the Feathered Star web site and blog or search for "feathered star" on Facebook! Happy Quilting! Shaula
Opening day for the Feathered Star was Tuesday, Dec 7. Since then I've had many shoppers and visitors to the store! How exciting to see old friends come through the door and meet new ones. Many are stopping by with good wishes and to see the amazing transformation of the building. My mother and sister spent the first day at the store providing yummy breads and taking pictures. Son, Aaron was there for opening day to make sure the computer cooperated nicely. Many thanks to them!!
The flower shop is long gone though I've been fortunate to use many things in the quilt shop including the Christmas tree and its' decorations. The shelves from the flower shop have been repurposed to hold beautiful fabrics (many florals which is more familiar to them!). Our friends next door have give us slat board to add to the back of two shelves where I display notions. From another friend I purchased old doors and school desks/chairs which are used throughout the store for display.
Since the store has opened one new quilter has created her first quilt for a Christmas gift (string pieced squares using Civil War reproductions)... beautiful! I hope she's just the first of many new quilters to gain inspiration and guidance from the store!
I've been working on the logo for the quilt shop and this is where I am with that project at the end of the day. What do you think? Readable? We are making progress at the shop, hopefully the flooring soon! I'm ready to move in the building with fabrics!
Several months ago I purchased a fairly large (10 1/2 feet!) curved church pew. Unfortunately it took a tumble off the trailer and was in a terrible state! My brother in law worked his carpentry/refinishing magic to put Humpty Dumpty back together again even better than ever. So, to show my deep appreciation I made him a quilt. I chose what we call the million squares pattern to represent the million pieces he brought back together to repair this beautiful antique! Thank you, thank you, Craig!
The pew is destined for the quilt shop so come on down and enjoy it with me!
The biggest latest development down at the quilt shop is on the roof!
We had insulation blown on the roof then this snow white rubberized coating. Hopefully this will keep the electric bills reasonable and eliminate the leaks in the roof! You should be able to spot us if you are flying over Clyde, wouldn't that be fun?!
I am a teacher, quilter, scrapbooker, amateur photographer, gardener and now a quilt shop owner! I'm also Nana to four, Mom to four (six counting the daughters in law and soon another making 7!) and wife to one.