The Perfect Time of Year for Quilting

You may think the perfect time of year for quilting is in the dead of winter when there’s tons of snow lying on the ground and it’s hard to drive anywhere.  I tend to think right now is the perfect time of year  during the dog days of summer.  I am definitely not a hot weather gal unless it involves being near water with a cold drink and a floatie.  But even then it’s iffy!  So, while many save their favorite quilting time for the cold days ahead, I like to claim this time (when it feels like a sauna every time you walk out the door) as my favorite!

And quilting is exactly what I have been doing … lots and lots of quilting!  Unfortunately, a lot of what I have been working on are my new patterns which will make their grand appearance in November (hint, hint), but I did have an exciting day yesterday (yes, involving quilts) which I can share with you!  Thanks to Camille for reminding us about the importance of sharing quilts we’re working on just for the fun of it … I’m going to try and be better about this!!!  (No promises, but definitely try.)

Yesterday I long arm quilted and had a blast!  I have done long arm quilting before, but yesterday was my first try using a Gammill and I must admit … I am in love!  They are so well made and you can quilt from the front or back.  I have to take 4 pre-ownership classes at the store I’m working with, A Touch of Thread in Zanesville, Ohio, and then I can rent time.  One of my goals for my company has been to long arm quilt my quilts and I am now one step in the right direction for accomplishing that. 

I worked on this little beauty … a Gammill Vision 18-8. Picture from

I quilted a wall hanging … check out the pictures below.  Now all that’s left to do is put the binding on and hang it up!  The binding is all cut out and ready to be put on, so hopefully I will have a picture of this wall hanging finished, finished next week 🙂 

On other business related news, we got our registration number for the company from the Secretary of State so as of July 19, we are officially Cherry Valley Designs LLC!!! Woo hoo!

What quilting projects have you been working on just for you lately?  I would love to hear about them!



Let’s Brighten Things Up a Bit!

This chair has been in my family forever and my mom and I have always talked about giving it a makeover. Last year, I decided it was time. I will say it has been a while since I’ve worked on it, but I finally decided to hunker down this weekend and get it done! So, here is a before picture …

Not so pleasant looking, right? … And here are the afters …

The fabric is from the first (hopefully, not the last – keeping my fingers crossed!) time we went to Minnesota for the Minnesota Quilt Shop Hop and visited one of my all-time favorite quilt stores, Heavenly Patchwork in Waconia. Definitely stop by if you have the chance!

What do you think? I think it is much improved and just brightens my day! Mission accomplished!



Helping our military families overseas

Hi Everyone!  Is it ever hot, hot, hot!!! After the wind storm last week we lost electricity, but luckily got it back last night … Wahoo 🙂  Wishing you all safety and hoping you stay COOL in this heat!  But enough from me, without further ado, enjoy this guest blog post from my mom (Thanks, Mom!) about her easy way for helping those serving our country.  Hugs, Megan

Each Sunday, if you get a newspaper, there are always tons of coupons.  I have thought for years it was ashame not to be able to send those we couldn’t use to those that could use them.

In August 2011, I stumbled on a great blog, The Krazy Coupon Lady.  As I perused this site, I noticed on the right hand side of the home page a box saying “Donate Coupons to Military Overseas.”  After investigating, I decided having grown up in a military family, this would be a worthwhile thing to start doing with the extra coupons we get each Sunday in our newspapers.  Basically, it takes a pair of scissors, time to cut the coupons and organize them into a “food” and “non-food” envelope/plastic bag and then a once a month trip to the post office to mail them for usually less than $6.00. 

Where we live, there is an organization that supports our military troops by sending boxes overseas to them.  Periodically, they have fundraisers.  At one of them this past winter, I was talking with a military wife and made mention that I was cutting coupons and sending them so military families overseas could utilize them.  She got so excited and said that when her family had been stationed in Korea, once a month all of the military wives got together to sort through the box of coupons they would get from the USA!  She was impressed that the coupons were now sent already cut out  – at least with this organization.  There were several men in uniform that echoed this military wife’s appreciation.  They said coupons help military families immensely.

A small, simple thing to do to show appreciation for all that our soldiers do for us that has a huge impact for both them an their families.  Hope this excites you and you participate!