I just wanted to share photos of one of my students project from last Saturdays workshop at olde world quilt shop in Cave Creek, AZ.
She brought me her project during the show so I didn’t get her name…hopefully someone can fill me in on that…but anyway…I was so enamored with it that I lost all my senses…all her appliqué was done and it was quilted! She used her new sashiko? Stitch sewing machine…it stitches like hand quilting…hmmmm maybe I need one of these, she said she loves it! Hopefully we will find out her name and I just wanted to share this with you all…
Today is the last show day here in Phoenix… I am ready to go home…and snuggle with Jeter and Presley…I don’t care how cold it is back there…I miss them so much…the weather has been great here but after 20 plus days away…there is no place like home…
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I just want to share some good news with you all…my quilt… made the cover of Primitive Quilts and Projects magazine…Yay!!! My first one! It is an all wool quilt with 9 simple wool appliquéd folk flowers…Some of you probably just received this issue…and for those of you who do not subscribe you can buy it here… Click Here for more information on ordering a kit also…this magazine always has bunch of great projects in it…
On another note…I am leaving today for CA, then on to NV and then to AZ…hope to see you all there…see the schedule on the shop front page to see where I am teaching!!! Now to finish packing for 22 days…yikes…my best…LB
“Hello…I am Lisa…Lance’s Mom
I want to stand up here and tell you about my son Lance and how much he meant to me….but I know that is not possible without breaking down…so instead I want to share this with you…
As some of you know….. I am a Quiltmaker…and a lot of you think you know what quilts are…but maybe not like I am going to explain them…
Quilts are LOVE you can touch…it takes a lot of time to stitch a quilt…. and time is one of our most precious assets……giving a quilt is like giving a piece of yourself to that special person. This is why quilt making is so popular and why our family can make a living doing this…we provide the means for quiltmakers to share their love with their families and friends.
Now the reason I am telling you about quilts is this…
Only last night while snuggling on the couch…I discovered that the one quilt I kept for myself from Lance’s house out of the three he had, had a little poem on the back that I had attached on to the quilt when I had given it to him at Christmas time in the year 2000…13 years ago…Lance was 16
I am not the author….but here is what that poem read..
THIS QUILT WITH STITCHES STRONG AND TRUE.
HOLDS ALL THE LOVE I HAVE FOR YOU
NO ANTIQUE THREASURE OR WORK OF ART
JUST A SIMPLE GIFT OF A MOTHER HEART
BRIGHT PATCHES WITH SOME DARK MIXED IN
THE WAY MY LOVE FOR YOU HAS BEEN
JOY AND PRIDE AND WORRY TOO
EVENINGS WAITING UP FOR YOU
AS I PLACED EACH STITCH WITH PATIENT CARE
I THOUGHT OF YOU AND BREATHED A PRAYER
THAT GOD WOULD KEEP YOU SAFE TONIGHT
AND SHOW ME THE WAY TO GUIDE YOU RIGHT
NOW YOU ARE GROWN, MY JOB ALMOST THROUGH
AS THE QUILT IS BOUND AND FINISHED TOO.
IT HOLDS MY LOVE AND FAITH AND CARE
TO TRAVEL WITH YOU EVERYWHERE
IT MAY NOT BE IMPORTANT NOW
BUT KEEP IT SAFE ANYHOW
AND WHEN THERES NO ONE ELSE TO CARE
YOU’LL FIND MY LOVE STILL WAITING THERE.
TO HOLD YOU WARMLY FOR AWHILE
AND SEE YOU THROUGH TIMES OF TRIAL
NO ANTIQUE TREASURE OR WORK OF ART
JUST A SIMPLE GIFT FROM A MOTHERS HEART
I LOVE YOU, LOVE MOM
Lance worked for our family business and his job was to dye fabric. I used this fabric to design and make quilts that would become patterns and kits for someone to buy and make a quilt. Our company sells these patterns and quilt kits everywhere, from here at our store in town on the corner, or over the internet shipped throughout the country and across the world….So him and his work will “live on” through us… the people he touched and quilters across the world still making quilts with something he made with his hands…
We welcome you to attend a dinner tonight that his Grandma Teri has made in honor of him… for you his family and friends…and you will see some of the things we’ve made with his dyed wool fabrics.
I am sharing this personal thing with you all because you shared your pain, your prayers and your advice with me at probably the most difficult time I will ever have in my life…and I am forever grateful to have you all and to be apart of the quilting world. All your blog comments, Facebook comments and texts, kept me going during sleepless nights and painful days…I know that the hardest days still lie ahead and I just ask to keep me in mind when you are praying for your family and friends…
There was great comfort in knowing my son had this flannel quilt with him when he went out on his own…and it was clearly worn and loved but the greatest gift that I have because of this quilt is that he always knew that I loved him and It feels good to snuggle with it when I need to feel close to him, I would not have this if I was not a quilt maker.
Lisa has been overwhelmed with emails, comments, texts and Facebook posts. She wanted me to send out a post to THANK Everyone from the bottom of her heart for all of the support you have given her in her time of need. You don’t know how much this means to her to have this many people care about her and her family. If you want to learn more about Lance he has a Facebook page dedicated to him that allows everyone to gather and post about their memories of him. The account already has 300 members. If you are on Facebook search In Loving Memory of Lance Van Groll ask to be member and view all of the posts of this special guy. Lisa has even posted a few.
Here is Lance’s Obituary if you have not read it yet. Lance’s Obituary
Thank you for being there for her.
Hello everyone, I am writing this post on behalf of Lisa and Nick with a very heavy heart. Lance, the eldest son of Lisa and Nick, passed away suddenly just before New Year’s. Lance was 29 years old. He was a sweet, kind, gentle soul. Lisa is heartbroken beyond measure. Please keep Lisa, Nick and their family in your thoughts and prayers as they go through this difficult time.
I have had many requests to offer this special during the 12 days so here it is…..by popular demand
Now I know we pretty much all have a sewing machine…or two or three or even more…But I just have to talk about the sewing machine I use 99% of the time…It is my #1 Needful thing…Most of you probably have never heard of Juki…so let me just say they are not new to the market…Juki is well known in the garment industry and are mostly industrial machines. I think I have had a Juki for about 9 years now…I also own 2 Berninas, 1060 and a 1530, and a couple of featherweights…one black and one white. I confess this to you so you also know what I am comparing to and you all know I teach all across the country and have stitched on many machines.
I bought the Juki with the intention to use it as a second machine to have set up for machine quilting my little quilts, and also so I didn’t have to change the walking foot from my regular foot on my Bernina…that would have been nice, right?…Juki has entered the quilt world with a semi-industrial machine for quilters. Here are a few of the features that the Juki machines have…all metal…no plastic bobbins, no plastic feet, comes with all sorts of feet including 2 free motion feet and a walking foot, a larger 9″ opening between the body and the arm, so machine quilting would be easier to handle. It has a nice extension table, this is nice for retreats, I have it embedded in my table usually. The machine ONLY stitches straight. Now this might be an issue for some, but I was only going to use this for machine quilting…The fact that it only stitches straight is actually a plus…nice tension all the time, single hole throat plate . It holds large cones as well as regular thread…It has an automatic thread cutter, automatic needle threader , knee lift and stitches 1500 stitches per minute or something like that, in other words it is FAST.
After stitching on this machine and using it. I did not want to stitch on anything else. It “pieces” beautifully…I didn’t have to hang on to my threads at the start, the feed dogs are nice and close together and fed my little pieces in nicely. Having the single hole meant my piecing wasn’t sucked down into that oblong hole… and again…I could stitch, cut my thread with my foot(or there is a button, but I like my hands free to hold on to my patches) knee lift my presser foot and be on to the next thing…I especially love piecing triangle paper on the Juki for all the reasons I just stated…Now I know being fast really should not be an issue, right? We want to be accurate! But let me tell you, if I am stitching strips, borders or you name it…fast is handy…I tried going back to my “regular” machine to piece on…it was almost painful!!! Just shoot me…I loan this machine at The Gathering, but it comes with a warning…if you stitch with it you WILL be going home with it! I think only one person didn’t buy one after she stitched on it for a weekend…lol…They also have updated the Juki recently…I have a TL98Q, now they make a TL2010 Q1, they have updated to an LED light…they have added a Turtle and a Hare button, if you want to control how fast it can go…and they changed the foot pedal, a bit…I love my 98 and the features they added do not make a difference to me…so I am keeping my 98.
Here is the only con to my Juki…it is heavy…but it is all metal! You can’t have metal parts and it be light!…I think of it like today’s featherweight-but it is not light. Anyone can work on a Juki…it is a basic machine, it has no computer…it just needs to be oiled and used and it is happy!
So if you are ever in the market for a machine, please check out the Juki’s and you can read all the technical words I should have used to explain it. They now have a presence at the larger quilt shows and will soon come out with a long arm, that will be most reasonably priced. I do sell the Juki 2010Q1 at my store…I could sell other machines but remember what I said, I only sell what I use…therefore I sell the Juki’s. I am placing the Juki 2010Qi on sale now until the end of the year at a special of $899-(yes…not a typo) including shipping. This is a great deal. We will order more for this same price as long as you order before the end of the year. JUKI In 2014 they will go back to $999.00 still a great price when you think about what you all get with this machine! Please allow a few weeks for delivery…we will not charge your card until we are shipping it.
If you purchased a Juki from last years 12 days…PLEASE write a comment about it! I will also pick more winners from the comments on this post…so please comment you have a good chance at winning something!
With my new studio almost complete…2014 will be an exciting year….videos, stitch-a-longs and more great projects from Primitive Gatherings…
The winner from yesterday is: Susan JDecember 23, 2013 at 11:22 pm
I think this is a great tool-quick and fool-proof with the the chart and guide-wish I could’ve been at the party!
Please email your address to: email@example.com so we can send you your prize!
Day 2…one more…believe it or not…after I write this post I have to finish my shopping!
Today’s Needful thing is a Quick Quarter for making flying geese…I have made this chart with finished sizes along with the cutting chart…Then attached with each chart is the quick quarter for marking the double stitching lines….In the photo I am showing both sides of the chart…and you can see the no waste method I use for making flying geese!!!…I have made these and have them priced at only $5…they will be on sale for $4…We only have 69 of them left and they will be gone…so order one if you want to make sure you get one! If you want to order here is the link: Flying Geese
Janet KayDecember 22, 2013 at 5:01 pm
I use the the #22 and #24 size needles too and they give the perfect end product to one’s quilting project!
Janet…please email us your address to:firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get your prize out to you….needles and some fabric!
NOTE TO THE WINNERS: We have only sent out the first two winners so far…we are waiting for product and/because of the Holidays…Do not worry after Christmas we will get them all out to you! Santa will not let you down! Now to get that shopping done…