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Sew Nights and Design Walls

When my mom and I made the decision to open Quilter’s Hideaway, we knew we wanted a way to bring people together. We immediately knew we wanted some form of a sew night where people with different experience and projects could come together to learn from one another, create a community, and encourage each other throughout their projects. 

Our Open Sew Nights every Thursday, have slowly molded into this. Although I cannot be at every one (I’m still working fulltime in Tulsa), I receive pictures, and it makes me want to be there every week. 


There have been many finished projects throughout our short, two months of being open, many newbies have learned tricks, and friendships have been made around our tables. I’ve learned more about embroidery and so many other things, I’ve seen others teaching how to chain-piece, everyone has a home at Quilter’s Hideaway.


The other thing I love about sew night, is that our design wall is always covered in so many different quilts as people work to find a layout they are happy with. Occasionally I’ll even get FaceTime to give my opinion, or someone will leave a quilt up for a few days to play with until they are happy.  My favorite saying when a quilt is on the wall is, “Can I play?”  Everyone sees quilts so differently, and I love this. 


Everyone has been on a log cabin “kick” recently using our new rulers and upcoming class, but every single quilt has been vastly different. Other than the actual block, the quilts are unrecognizable as the same pattern. 


If you are on the fence, or want to surround yourself with funny, encouraging, helpful people, think about coming to our next Open Sew Night. It happens every Thursday. Come when you’re free and stay until the seam rippers come out. Usually the crowd starts forming after 4pm and we shut the party down between 8:30 and 9. 

 
I’ve seen knitting, embroidery, paper piecing, chatting, quilt layout, laughing, pressing, and so much more happening during our Open Sew nights.

See you at the machine,

Care

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Fabulous, Fun Find (A Magic Ruler)

The first block you can create using this fabulous tool is a half square triangle.

And of course, since I love pinwheels, I made a handy-dandy pinwheel using today’s blocks.

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Check back tomorrow to see what other fantastic blocks this magic tool can create.

See you at the machine,

Care

{Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with any products shown or mentioned in this post. I am just sharing what I love.}

Quilting with Care · Sewing · Uncategorized

Quilting With Care

 We all have that one nickname from childhood that never went away; Care Bear would be mine and I still respond to it.  As time went on, this name was shortened to Care.  Friends, family, strangers I’ve barely met quickly refer to me as Care.  I like it.

IMG_8070Care by definition means “the provision of what is necessary for the health, welfare, maintenance, and protection of someone or something” as a noun or “[to] feel concern or interest; attach importance to something” as a verb.  Both of these definitions apply to quilting.  A finished quilt provides protection to the person (or animal) lying under it, it provides health and warmth, and it needs maintenance to complete and upkeep correctly.  On the other hand, quilting provides health to the quilter.  How many quilters would be insane without their hobby (Okay, so maybe some of us are still ins
ane…) So many of us run to quilting as a way to express ourselves, find ourselves, and enjoy ourselves.  Quilting provides life to quilters- both young and old. Quilting is necessary.

The word care is also a verb.  Many people, myself included, attach importance to, or care for quilting, friends, family, and so much more.  I commonly tell people that I care for them, they matter.  Caring for others is vital; it is what makes me happy and brings me joy.  Quilting is one way I show others that I care for them and I cannot wait to share that with you.

So, although I have decided to call this gathering merely “Quilting with Care”, it means so much more than a simple definition- we are quilting together, sharing our life, and caring for each other along the way.  Oh, and you’re also quilting with Care (me)!

Wind those bobbins, dig out some fabric, and let’s get those machines humming!

•Care