Go Together!

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You know, those of us who leave our homes in the morning and expect to find them there when we go back – it’s hard for us to understand what the experience of a refugee might be like.

Naomi Shihab Nye

Join us as we celebrate the launch of our new company today:  

Tandem Quilting Co.!!! 

Help us create while we hire and empower refugee women! #gotogether; #tellthestory

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/tandem-quilting-empowering-refugee-women-to-dream#/

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“Storytelling helps us understand each other…….” Kevin Spacey

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Graduation quilts are always a blast! They tell the high school experience…..clubs, sports, hobbies, travels and family adventures! Don’t miss the opportunity to “tell your story”!

Have you got Georgia on your Mind?!

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Last year, almost 57,000 people ran the Peachtree Road Race! It is listed as one of the largest races in the world – next up, the NYC Marathon with 51,000 runners! I’ve lived in Georgia over 50 years – and I’ve only run the Peachtree twice. It’s an experience for sure:  runners with tutus, beers, ACU’s and heavy ruck sacks, happy faces and determined grimaces. Chances are you have run the race – and find yourself with these great Peachtree Road Race t-shirts and you don’t want to throw them out! Have you considered a t-shirt quilt? This customer is going to hang this in his “man cave” – waiting for my first order to be hung in a “woman cave”!! 🙂

“Our running shoes have magic in them. The power to transform a bad day in to a good day; frustration into speed; self-doubt into confidence; chocolate cake into muscle.”    Mina Samuels – author of Run Like a Girl.

 

 

Chemo-“Therapy”

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Friends, I will venture to say that all of us have a friend or loved one dealing with cancer.

Going through chemotherapy or radiation is a tough time for sure. Let me share a story of how one amazing woman has decided to deal with her time while she is confined to her home. This brave soul called and told me she is quilting night and day – could I help her finish the quilts on my long arm machine?! The answer is yes, yes and yes. She sent her sweet mother over to my house to deliver the 4 quilt tops. The mom said, “When she is quilting, she doesn’t have cancer…her mind escapes, her hands are busy, music is playing and she is happy!” Right as I was going to publish this post, I got a call to finish a butterfly quilt for a friend’s neighbor that was starting chemo. Another example of a way to help a friend with her therapy – show her love, compassion and a comfy quilt to take with her to her treatments!

Kudos and prayers for these strong and optimistic people! This is the kind of moxie that we all need!! #cancersux; #quiltshelp

These are a few of my favorite things….

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As a new year starts, I’m reflecting on 2016 and thankful I had the opportunity to work on some amazing quilts! Sometimes people find a family heirloom quilt top and it needs to be finished – I love helping people in that process. Other times, there is a momentous occasion to mark – like a graduation or the birth of a baby! And there are times we need to remember a loved one with a memory quilt. It fills me with joy to play with fabrics, choose colors and patterns to go together and create a one of a kind quilt that matches the personality of the recipient. Let 2017 be a year full of stories – and let me know if your story needs to be sewn together!

“And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been.”  Rainer Maria Rilke

A Bookshelf Quilt

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You can find magic wherever you look….sit back and relax, all you need is a book!               Dr. Seuss

When my sister told me she wanted a custom quilt for her home, I knew we would need to incorporate books into her quilt! Karen has been a reader as long as I can remember! My good friend, Jan, took the design and did the hard work of sewing the top together! This quilt is bold and fun because we threw in some fabulous Kaffe Fassett fabrics, light yellow text fabric and lots of thread colors to quilt it! I hope Karen enjoys it for many years to come……along with her reading!

“I smile because you’re my sister; I laugh because you can’t do anything about it!”

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Rocky Top…..You’ll always be….Home sweet home to me!

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When our friend, Emily, graduated from University of Tennessee – her parents decided to treat her to a quilt made from her sorority shirts! It was a really great quilt to work on because she had some very colorful and fun shirts! Take a look – it’s a great way to preserve those memories and friendships. Emily has a “whimsical” style quilt with an indigo blue minky back – luscious !!!

Italian Inspiration

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Italy:  to my daughter and me – is the land of friendly people, pasta, art, wine, beauty, cheese, landscapes, adventure, walking, aperitivos, late dinners, architecture, piazzas, sculpture, prosecco, precious host family, lattes and love! These pictures represent tile work, paintings, nature, scroll work, stained glass and architecture that will inspire my quilts for years! Life is busy….take time to slow down and be inspired! La Vita ‘e bella! #italyisalwaysagoodidea; #motherdaughtertrip; #italianinspiration

The Great Futures Quilt Project

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I had the distinct honor to put together this quilt for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America! The quilt has over 200 squares created by boys and girls from all over the United States. The quilt is helping celebrate the 65th Anniversary of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) and it will travel across the nation for different celebrations!  I learned that the BGCA has over 4,000 chapters and helps over 4,000,000 children! Everyday, boys and girls have a safe place to go after school to participate in sports, academics, fun activities and character development. Way to go BGCA! Keep up the great work!!!

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My Best Friend’s Wedding….

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I met a new delightful client that decided to have two quilts made for her best friend’s wedding:  one for the bride and one for the groom! What a thoughtful and generous wedding gift! 🙂 Then, Lynn decided to make the gift complete, she wanted a pillow made that combined shirts from both the bride and groom. Lynn  painted the couple’s new monogram onto burlap for the front of the pillow. It was a great idea and then Lynn finished the pillow with this great quote:

“Grow old along with me……the best is yet to be!”

(Couldn’t agree more 🙂

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