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Packing Away Christmas

My husband started taking Christmas down yesterday. I on the other hand retreated to the sewing machine and pretended that he wasn’t taking it down. I sure love Christmas and all the Christmas lights and Christmas trees, but I’m ready for what’s next. 

In 38 days our doors open, and we celebrate our grand opening. I am ecstatic… And a little nervous. There’s so much to do, so much stuff to finish, so many new things to learn, and I’m sure there are items that haven’t even made it on the list yet.  I’m ready to tackle it all.

Yesterday while at the machine I finished three more quilts. They were all customer quilts and they were gorgeous. I thoroughly enjoy looking at each customer’s quilt and the different techniques  they use and styles that they have. There’s an endless possibility for every quilt made, and I love seeing what different people bring to the table.

The first quilt one of my sisters made. We settled on a damask pattern and it looks lovely.

The other two quilts for a sweet lady. They were each panel quilts with cute borders for babies. We quilted a meandering, stipple pattern on both of them and it’s just subtle enough that it doesn’t take away from the panel. I love the bright colors of the fun animals and cars on each of these. 

With every quilt we quilt, my to-make list grows. I think I’m set for a lifetime with quilts to make, and I’m sure that list will just keep on growing.  I sure hope I’m not the only one with this problem. How do you keep up with making the quilts you want to make and getting them all done?
I’ve been off work for a long weekend and I have another long weekend coming up, so the quilt shop is high priority. We had another quick trip to IKEA to pick up a few last minute things and will be building those soon. 

We have lists and phone calls to make this week and fabric is almost on its way which is very very exciting. I’ll be sure to share when the first box comes in. 

Our website guy keeps asking me if I’ve done any YouTube videos or live videos on Facebook, but I’m so nervous and I don’t know where to begin with that. I might be adventurous and try some type of video when we unboxed our first box of fabric. Would you be interested in seeing a sneak peek of what we will be offering? 

We love, love all of your ideas and we cannot wait to get our doors open and welcome you into our place. We hope that you’ll share your likes, dislikes, and wants so that we can fully become everything you all are expecting. This is a new path for us and we are beyond thankful to be walking it with such sweet friends. 

We hope you each had a magnificent Christmas, and we look forward to celebrating the New Year soon! 

Now, I guess I better re-focus and help repack some of our Christmas decorations. Here is one last Christmas picture-a quilt I made years ago. I’m sure dragging my feet on getting everything packed away. 

Sew you at the machine, 

Care




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Are you Millie?

It has come to my attention that not everyone knows who Millie is.

I have been asked if I made this name up, if it is the name of one of our pups, if it is a family member… I’m surprised no one has been brave enough to ask if I have an imaginary friend.

For those of you who missed the introduction of Millie, let’s play a game: Who is Millie?

Along the way I’ll even introduce you to a few key players.  Let’s get started.


 

Are you Millie?

No, this is NalaJane.  Nala joined our family about a year ago and has fit right in.  She is one smart cookie and passed puppy class with flying colors, though you have to be careful, she is part kangaroo.  We got Nala as a puppy and I think (*knock on wood*) we are finally reaching the end of all the puppy-ness.

 

 

Are you Millie?

Nope.  This is KylieBelle.  Kylie was rescued over 6 years ago. She is such a good pup and loves to model quilts even when she isn’t asked.

If you haven’t noticed, our puppies are our kiddos.  They are spoiled, loved, and think our life circles around them (it actually might).

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If these two aren’t Millie, then who is?

 

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Are you Millie?

Not quite.  This is the latest picture I had in my phone of my husband, Dalton, and myself.  We were on the amazing Toy Story Ride at Walt Disney World.  Dalton and I have been together since High School and got married in September of 2014.  We are both avid Disney fans and he is calm and collected while I’m a little scatter-brained and chaotic.  Most of the time he avoids the sewing room, but occasionally you will see him make an appearance.  Often he is called My Love on the blog and in real life.

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Are either of you Millie?

Well, no.  This is my mom and my mother-in-law.  Also, my dad is there in the background.  I was blessed in the momma department and gained an amazing lady as a second mom too.  All the iffy stories out there about crazy mother-in-laws do not apply to me at all.  We are all able to do things together and enjoy one another.  It sure makes family get togethers and holidays fun!

 

If none of these people are Millie, and I can’t take a picture of my imaginary friend, then who on earth is this Millie person/thing I reference in almost all of my blogs?

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Are you Millie?

YES! This is Millie! If you look closely under the red bow you can see her name.  Millie is one of the APQS Longarm sewing machines.  Her full name is Millennium.  APQS creatively names each of their models: Lucey, George, Lenni, Larry,  and Millennium (Millie) are just a few examples of their different machines.

If you remember, although our machine is Millennium, my brother-in-law renamed her to Millennium Falcon.  I will almost always call her Millie, except in his presence.  🙂


 

Now you know.  I wonder how many were clueless in the past posts.  Looking back and reading the blog posts without knowing who Millie was sure makes them sound strange.  I had quite the giggle as I was looking over the blogs.  As least we were able to clear this up a bit.  Feel free to look over past posts including when we opened Millie for the first time!

 

Don’t forget we are making our first public appearance at Gift’s Marketplace TOMORROW at Tri County Technology Center in Bartlesville, OK.  Doors open at 5:30.

 

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See you at the machine,

Care

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Welcome To The Family! 

Well, if you have seen Instagram, we received a few boxes the other day and I asked what you thought they held. 

If you guessed a longarm you are correct!

This feels like a dream come true, but even better than that because I never knew I could have this dream. 

I was one of those crazies that could walk around a quilt show and then spend hours staring at the longarms, trying each one, looking for my favorite. It wasn’t long until I had my favorite- APQS, Millie, to be more specific.

If you have ever wondered the journey of a newbie longarmer, you are in the right place. I will, of course, continue sewing, sharing, and designing quilts, I will just add in this ginormous tidbit.

I thought I should share a little back story for you.

Several months ago I started sewing at a fabulous quilt shop in Barnsdall, OK (Red Barn Quilting) who is an APQS dealer. Brenda is the owner and such a fabulous person. I started renting from her to learn more, still never in my wildest dreams thinking one would come home in the future. I love learning new things and diving head first.

After spending more time around the APQS machines, watching hours upon hours of videos, and reading hundreds of blogs I was convinced and in love. 

My mom is the actual owner, I’m just like the big sister. Monday evening Millie found her way to my parents’ house which is only about 45 minutes from where I live and work. By Tuesday, I was antsy and trying to find any way to get my hands on Miss. Millie. Tuesday after work, my car was pointed north and I was on the way to Millie (Errr I mean my parents).

My mom and I picked up dinner then headed to the house to begin assembling Millie. There were many freak out moments, lots of laughter, and maybe even a few squeals. Once we finished dinner, we gathered the tools listed for assembly. 

A quick trip to the neighbor’s house for something we couldn’t find (or really didn’t want to waste any time looking for) and we were ready to go!

The first thing we opened was THE box. The one where lights shoot out, angels sing, and everyone squeals. That box would be the one. It even has notes around the box warning of such things.

A red bow adorned the machine and I was smitten. Even the bow was perfect, not scrunched or flattened—amazing!

Now with the manual and fabulous step by step instructions and pictures we were armed and dangerous. At one point I did compare the process to assembling IKEA furniture but with MUCH BETTER instructions. There are literally pictures of each step, what to do, what each part looks like, close ups, and so much more. 

Although there were quite a few pieces (it could have been much, much worse), APQS makes it so user friendly and simple to assemble. 

On with the show!

It took us about 4 hours, but if we were trying to, it could probably be assembled a little quicker. We had chatty moments and needed to clean more to make room for Millie.

The finished product was well worth the wait.

Follow along with our journey towards getting to know Millie now that she is a part of the family.

See you at the machine,

Care

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 WIP Week Wrap Up

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How was your work in progress week? Did you get anything wrapped up? I would love to see pictures on Instagram or Facebook of what you accomplished. 
Here is the quilt I was able to finish up this week. It is made using half square triangles and half of an orange layer cake. It took me a little while to settle on the layout, but I am really enjoying the finished product. 

I definitely recommend playing with half square triangles anytime you’re needing a little inspiration. 

On to the next quilt! (Of course, first I must finish this binding) 
See you at the machine, 

Care