Sunday, July 20, 2014

Family Celebration

Summer is a good time for family celebrations, isn't it? Bill and I ventured out on a road trip last week.  We meandered through Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, and Kansas.  There was even time to stop at a couple of quilt shops on the way. It isn't a real road trip unless you do that - am I right??

The reason for the trip? Polly's son Colonel James Minick retired from the USMC.
Jim is the tall one on the left

 The ceremony took place at the WWI Museum at Liberty Memorial in Kansas City.  It was a beautiful, moving, ceremony.

Afterwards the Marines and guests ate wonderful home-made tacos from a truck that pulled right up to the park beside the monument.
 One of the guests was Jim's long time best friend Jim Harbaugh. Jim H. has a job on the west coast that  keeps him busy. He kept connected to work via his cell phone. Many, many hilarious stories were told about young Jim and Jim.
 Polly and her other sons - Jeff and John presented Jim with this rug that Polly made for him.
Here is Jim with his wife Heidi and their children Grant and Emily. We all wish him the best in his retirement and we thanked him for his service.


*If you were waiting on Tulip Hiroshima needles from me - they will be shipped out tomorrow.  They are back in stock (almost all of them) in out Etsy store.  

Thanks

Laurie


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Tulip Hiroshima Needles

As we promised earlier this year, we are stocking some hand quilting tools in our Etsy store.

The hoops were a huge hit and we hope to have them back in stock shortly.

We also just got in the Tulip Hiroshima needles.  They make them for many forms of hand work - but we have quilting/betweens, milliners, appliqué, and embroidery needles in stock.
 Isn't it nice when good tools come so nicely packaged?
 Inside the box is a test tube with your 6 needles…. appliqué - size 10
 Milliners - assorted sizes 8, 9, and 10
 Embroidery - assorted 7, 8, 9, and 10 (2 each)

I've only used the milliners so far - when I hand quilted the Austin Bluebird Sampler with a Big Stitch.  This vial of 8, 9, and 10 milliners are perfect for that.  I'm really looking forward to getting some quilts back from being basted so I can try the quilting needles.

I picked out the sizes I would use for various things.  I thought we'd try these sizes first. If you have a specific request for a needle in a particular size - let me know and I'll get it.

You can see the Tulip Hiroshima video here….






Monday, July 7, 2014

Quilts of Honor

I had a wonderful treat this weekend.  I was asked by the folks at Quilts of Honor - Melissa Guzman, Angie, and her husband Dave - to accompany them to Progressive Field in Cleveland to present quilts to the 2 ballplayers there nominated for the Bob Feller Act of Valor Award.

Melissa and Angie made lots of quilts - including 2 to give to Nick Swisher of the Indians and Billy Butler of the KC Royals for their work with veterans.

Me, go to a baseball game and present quilts? Yes, that is a no-brainer!

Progressive Field in Cleveland

Yes, I was really there!


Navy and Air Force personnel waiting with us for the presentation

Mr. Billy Butler waiting to come out

Can't have a game without these guys


The 2 quilts Melissa and Angie made to present to Nick Swisher and Billy Butler. I was honored to be there  and honored they used our Stars and Bars pattern and our Grant Park fabric to make them.

Hope you had a great weekend too!

Laurie

P.S. As everyone knows that reads this blog and knows me a little bit - I am a life long, die-hard, long suffering Detroit Tigers fan.  The Cleveland Indians have been a rival forever. Everyone there in Cleveland was wonderful to me and to Quilts of Honor - and the passionate dislike I carried will forever be softened.  Also, if you are a life long sports fan of a particular team (any team) there is always that ONE GUY from the other team that you love to hate.  THAT ONE GUY who gets game winning hits against you.  You know that guy?? Well that guy used to be Nick Swisher for me.  Not anymore. Mr. Swisher proved himself to be a gentleman, he was gracious. lovely, and a bit adorable.  Now I have to find a new THAT GUY.



Wednesday, July 2, 2014

July 4th

Pledge Rug by Polly Minick

Lots of quilts at Polly's house


Hurrah!


Happy 4th Everyone! Stay cool, stay safe.

 I read a disturbing item online this week that said most pets that run away - this is the week it happens.  The travel and the fireworks disorient and scare them.  I know Gibby hates the noise. It's terrible to see him so anxious.

I love fireworks. I just wish everyone wouldn't shoot them off. Especially in small city lots. Lets be considerate to our pets.  //steps off soap box//

Oh, and guess what. Our new set of patterns have just arrived in out Etsy store.  Here they are!

Birmingham Stripe

Zip Code
Plymouth


Have a great holiday!

Laurie




Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Lexington and Crazy For Red Winners

I'm boxing up fabric right and left.  The winner of the Lexington Fat Quarter Bundle is….

Elaine

The winners of the Crazy For Red Scraps are…

Cindy P

Martha

Laurel


I've emailed Elaine and Martha, but Cindy P and Laurel, please contact me HERE and I'll get your boxes out to you,


The UPS guy has worn out my driveway and the staff at the local post office know me pretty well.
What's another few boxes?  I shipped 4 quilts yesterday to Kari.  I'll get 2 back only basted and I'm really looking forward to hand quilting them.  One I showed on the blog a couple days ago - the new Zip Code quilt using Crazy For Red fabric.


The other is my Mrs. Billings quilt! It's done! The top anyway…..
Here she is - finally pressed and getting folded up to go into the box.  I pressed it with the ironing board up against the dining room table to take all the bulk and weight of it.  It's big and it's heavy. Nothing like a big 'ol quilt on your lap for July and August.  Maybe I didn't think this through?

Remember what I said about my phone/camera not talking to my computer? They still aren't speaking.  It looks like a visit to the Genius Bar is in order.  It will be bad enough without my computer for a day or two - I sure hope they don't need to keep my phone.  How will I manage? Will the sun still rise in the morning?  Think of me, won't you?

Still some more stuff all packaged up….. Polly asked me to remember to take a photo of the Austin Bluebird Sampler Block of the Month - Month 1 all packaged up.  I forgot until I was on my way to the post office.  Here they are in the back of my car.


I'm at a stop light, taking a picture, with that selfie/backwards function on the camera.  So, yes, if you signed up the Austin Bluebird, your first package went out today.

Zip Code and a couple other patterns will show up soon in our Etsy store.  I'll post more later, but it's getting pretty late.

Laurie

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Bad Photos

We are becoming famous in the quilt blog world for something that that is increasingly hard to find……bad photos.

And with no delay, here are some more.  (Even Gibby complained about his unflattering picture on the last post. I have lots of excuses. First is that I'm a lousy photographer. Second is that I am knee deep in stuff. 3rd is that for some reason my phone has stopped all communication with my iMac. I can't even edit my totally inadequate pictures. )…..


This is a pile of half square triangles that will turn into the last border of the last quilt of our new fabric collection.  The fabric collection is called Crazy For Red!

We're pretty excited about it.  It the same shades and hues of Midwinter Reds with lots more prints, people!  They will fit right in, assuming you have any Midwinter Reds left.  If you missed out on Midwinter Reds - here is your chance.

Are you getting a bit ahead of yourself? I empathize.  Lexington hasn't left the warehouse yet and we are making patterns and quilts with this new group.  So, not to be redundant, but to explain…. Lexington will ship out next month.  Crazy For Red will go out 3 months after that.  In the meantime, we are creating like mad.

Oh, what else showed up to add to the chaos??? These wonderful scraps of Crazy For Red...

These have your name written all over them, don't they?

So, first things first.  It's give-away time.  Comment on this post and you can get a priority mail box jammed packed with Crazy For Red strips.  Or - you could win this.  A fat quarter collection of every print in the Lexington group.

Are you confused? Me too.  Just know that if I draw your name (post before midnight July 1st) you will get a box of Minick and Simpson fabric - either Lexington or Crazy For Red.

Want to see some more?  This is Zip Code made with Crazy For Red.  It's going off to Kari, my expert machine quilter.  She is only going to baste this one.  I'm looking forward to showing you my progress on this one as I hand quilt it.
We'll be putting up the new set of patterns in our Etsy shop in about a week.

What else??? Right after I finish the last border on the last quilt and box them all up, I'm sending out the first installment of the Austin Bluebird Sampler Block of the Month.  Yep, if you signed up - expect your first package in about a week.  I would say next weekend, but since it's the 4th - mail will be held up a bit.

Remember, make a comment here and you could be a winner of either Lexington or Crazy For Red fabric….

Laurie

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Sunday Update

While some of us are having a slow, lazy Sunday…...
Gibby hogging the ottoman

I am plugging away at some chores.  

First off, I want to thank all the ladies at the Genesee Star Quilt Guild for a exciting lecture and trunk show.  What a great afternoon, ladies! 

Second of all I want to update you all on the hoop situation.  I quickly sold out of the hoops I had here and ordered all that I could from the warehouse.  Those sold out too. Those hoops should arrive here in Ann Arbor in 1-3 days and your orders will go out then.  I re-ordered from the warehouse and they are back ordered.  Hopefully they will be here in a week or two.  I took down the hoops form the Etsy store until there are back in stock.  Keep watching here and I'll post when we are again - knee deep in hoops.

I am also working on a future project - one of our new patterns for a line that will come out this fall…..

This is my "in progress" photo. Not very exciting, is it?  I'll show these quilt tops soon.  I don't want to get to ahead of ourselves as Lexington isn't in shops yet. (It will be soon!!!).

So - to keep you informed - Lexington, our indigo and cream collection, will be in stores in August



These are the Lexington patterns…..

And the mysterious red and cream collection (with the same shades as Midwinter Reds!) will be showing here shortly.  Whew.  Can you keep up?

That's about it for this Sunday.  Have a great one!

Laurie

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