Friday, July 1, 2016

June Goal Completed!

Yay! My June UFO (and my One Monthly Goal) is now just an FO. I just love these colors!

On another note,  I'm participating in a couple of awesome swaps. I'm in the Wonderland Swap #wonderlandswap and a Game of Thrones swap #gotcraftswap16. I'm very excited to get started!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

My Goal for June


I know it has been forever since I have posted to my blog, but I feel like I'm ready.  My job has stopped causing me to travel so much and I'm working just a mere 45 hours a week.  You know what that means?  I finally have time to quilt.

I want to put this out there so that I am held to it.  My goal from now until the end of the year is to complete 1 UFO quilt per month.  I will be linking up with OMG (ONE Monthly Goal) over at Red Letter Quilts.

May's is at the completion point, so I am ready for June!

This bad boy will be quilted and ready for hand binding by the end of the month.  I don't include hand binding in my completions because I like to set those items aside and wait until I am taking a trip or something where I cannot work using my machine.

Neighbor's Baby Quilt
June's UFO - Bird Chain
June is going to be unique.  I have a 2nd goal.  My neighbor has asked ofr a baby quilt.  I started cutting pieces over the long weekend and I plan on having it completed by the end of the month as well.  

I know.  These are pretty lofty goals for the girl who 'maybe' only completed one quilt a year until now. 

In even more lofty goals news, the neighbor's baby quilt is going to be one of my own design.  I am going to try to write up a pattern for my guild members.  Should be simple.

Boy, it has been a long time since I have written here.  You haven't heard the news!  I am a member of both the Modern Quilt Guild and my local traditional guild (North Louisiana Quilters).  My MQG has decided to make me VP and my traditional guild has decided to make me President of the moonlight chapter.  I know, right?  What were they thinking?  I am now "nudging" the traditional guild into the digital age.  We'll see how far I can nudge before they resort to pitchforks and seam rippers.

There is so much more to say, but I  will save it for another post.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

New York Quilt Shops

Last month, I was traveling for work in New York.  I, of course, visited several quilt shops.  I told myself that I would only buy fabric that was either a) on clearance or b) so unique that I hadn't seen it anywhere else before.  I did not leave a single shop empty-handed.  I did not take my own pictures at a couple of the shops because I was either out of time or forgot, but I will post about all 4 shops.

The Joyful Quilter - Glenville, NY

The Joyful quilter was a spacious shop.  Rarely, do you find a shop that has plenty of space to peruse the fabric while still having plenty of fabric.  This shop had a small clearance section that was worth a look.  Their fabric was laid out in a logical way and the staff was friendly.  What more could you ask for?
Address: 19 Glenridge Rd
               Glenville, NY 12302
Phone:    518.399.0128

The Happy Quilter - Valley Cottage, NY

This quilt shop was very cute!  The person on staff was amazingly friendly and helpful.  I found some great fabrics and will definitely visit again if I'm ever in that area.

Address: 7 Lake Ridge Plaza
               Valley Cottage, NY 10989
Phone:    845.268.8744

Sew What's New - Islip, NY

I have been to this shop more than one.  They have friendly staff and a great selection.  I asked about a finish the bolt sale and was told that they normally don't, but hang on and they will ask.  The lady looked at the half full bolt in my hands and said "sure, why not!"

My kind of shop!!

Address:  400 Main Street
                Islip, NY 11751
Phone:     631.277.4215

The City Quilter - New York, NY

What can I say about the City Quilter.  I love this shop.  the fabric selection is amazing!  I always find something that I just have to have.  the friendliness and helpfulness of the staff seems to be a hit or miss situation.  I have been to this shop twice.  The first time, they were nice and helpful.  the second time, not so much.  Maybe after my third trip, I'll take an average. :)

Address: 133 West 25th Street
               New York, NY 10001
Phone:    212.807.0390

Thursday, January 15, 2015

GRS Creations and Fabric - Spring, TX

This week, I was sent to work out of our Houston office for a few days.  Whenever I am traveling,I try to take a lunch break and check out local quilt shops.  While exploring Spring, TX, I found a gem.  GRS Creations and Fabrics.  I know, I know.  The name doesn't really do it justice.  To tell you the truth, I almost walked away.

As I was driving down the street it was supposed to be on, I saw a sign in the front yard of one of what was obviously once a strip of small, vintage houses that have been turned into businesses.  Okay.  That's not abnormal for small town quilt shops.  I parked my jeep and walk up to the front door of the building with the sign.  It's locked, but there is a doorbell...and a UPS missed package slip. Not a good sign.  I ring the bell and get nothing.

At this point, I am thinking to myself "well, dammit...did I get the hours wrong?"  So I pull it up on my phone.  Google says it is open.  I hit the button to call them.  I get an answer after 2 rings.  I ask if they are open and they are!  I explain to her where I am and she says to go over one building.

Apparently, they are so big that they take up 3 of those little houses on the strip.  The door I was at is not the entrance.  Still not expecting too much, I walk over to the correct door.

What the correct door looks like...
I enter and the first thing I see is the biggest display of pre-cut fabrics I have ever seen in person.

Large section of Pre-cuts
This was not all of their pre-cuts, either.  There were at least 3 more, smaller sections of jelly rolls hidden throughout the store.

I start wandering the store to see what catches my eye (knowing full well that I will end up back at the pre-cuts because I am a jelly roll addict).  As I walk, I notice that there are these maps posted throughout the store.

You are here
Huh.  Interesting.  I start wandering some more and find all of this (and at least 10 times more).

Modern Fabrics
and MORE fabric

I didn't bother photographing the civil war era fabrics and repros, but they had those too, as well as some asian fabrics, a baby section and many novelty prints.  There was also a small color wall of semi-solid prints.

By this time, I had some bolts in my arms to have cut.  But where, oh where was the front of the store with the cutting table?  Oh crap.  I managed to get lost.  But wait!  There were maps at every turn. I find a map and make my way back to the cutting area.  Triumphant!

As I was checking out, I found out that they have a frequent shopper program both in store and online (not to be combined, though) and that they have a very large selection of fabrics for sale in their online shop!  This is going to be so good it's bad.

If you ever find yourself near Houston, TX (you know, for that tiny quilt show they have), be sure to stop by and see them in the shop.

Shop Information:

Web Site:
Address: 302 Main Street Spring, TX 77373
Phone Number: 281-528-9898