For a few months, I was at home recovering from back surgery. Now I am back to working full time. The recovery has been an eye opening time. Before the surgery, I actually thought that by the second week out of surgery I would have cleaned out all of my closets. If you talk to some of the wonderful people that I work with they will be quick to tell you my expectations quite often have nothing to do with reality. That was the way it was with my recovery. For thirty days, I was horizontal most of the time. What happened to my energy, my muscle mass? I finally accept the fact that I am no longer a spring chicken.
What really surprised me during this time was that I didn't even feel good enough to sew. It was a shock to my system. I love to catch at least a few minutes to sew almost every day, so for me to look at my sewing machine with no desire left me in shock. Now that I am feeling better I am beginning to sew again. And it has been wonderful!
I have been working on a quilt I was in the middle of, Urbanologie and managed to finish two purses, both made with cork. Urbanologie is a creative quilt made from the mini size Quick Curve Ruler. It is not for beginners, it is more of a journey going through feathers, arrows, pineapples, butterflies, etc.
The cork fabric has been so much fun to work with, very easy to handle. What I discovered was that it brought out some creative juices that had been dormant for a long time. I tried using some of my rubber stamps and stamp pads on the cork. Super cool. I am wondering if others would like to play with this. I have plenty of stamps for folks to use in a class. They could also use the class to learn how easy it is to work with the cork and make a small bag at the same time. My class is Sunday July 9th, it is only a few hours long. I hope you will join me.
January 2017 marks a milestone of the loss of the OKC Winter Quilt Show, owned by Vickie Hundert. Vickie passed away the latter part of November 2016 leaving no one to take over the quilt show. The first OKC Winter Quilt Show was started in 2002 by myself, in 2009 I sold it to Vickie. I will miss Vickie, she was always gracious and kind.
On the weekend of the show we had planned to do an event since so many of our customers told us they had scheduled taking off of work to come to the show. Unfortunately the weather was icy which caused us to postpone it. We have rescheduled our Cirque de SEW-Leil until February 4th. This is an event that has not been held before but will prove to be a lot of fun. There will be a scavenger hunt and anyone who finishes it will win a prize. We have collected prizes valued over $1,500 so you could win something fabulous such as this $200 collection of embroidery thread. We have plenty of fun for you and you will have the opportunity to see the Prairie Quilt Creativity Center if you have not already done so.
While you are there check out our many classes, shop hops and other events happening this year. I guarantee you it will be an event to remember!
I am so excited to start the year off with our Saturday Sampler event. For the last two years I have let the Saturday Sampler attendees vote for which quilt they want for the upcoming year. This year the voting was close. So much so that we chose the top four to offer. We don't usually have this much variety, so I think there is something here for everyone. Bird Walk was the big winner; it is appliqué and pieced and made with lovely batiks from Marcus Brothers fabric.
We found the Sister Sampler Quilts book from AnneMarie Chany to be something that even a beginner could easily do. The twelve blocks we did from this one have nothing harder than a half square triangle in it. If you want easy peasey, this is the one for you. This quilt is offered in Kansas Troubles or Kaffe Fassett, and with an option of three different settings.
For the machine embroiderer, we chose a design of crazy quilt blocks done in a batik background. They are mystifying to say the least.
When I was two my father died in a boating accident, leaving my mom with a two month old infant and a two year old. My mother's father, who we all called Poppa, helped raise my sister Cindi and I. We spent our childhood in his restaurant. By twelve I was hostessing, and by thirteen I was working as a waitress. The restaurant was closed one day a year on Christmas day; it was the only day my grandfather took off.
The employees took one day off a week. Since I didn't know the difference, I thought it was the way everyone else in the world worked too.
The busy days at the restaurant were Friday, Saturday and Sunday after church. All the staff worked on those days, on Sundays, we would go to church and then go to work. Usually it was the same folks that always stopped after church. It was pleasant for us, serving people we liked, and giving them things that made them happy like fried chicken and cherry pie among the many offerings.
We will be repeating what my grandfather did so many years ago. Although we won't be serving any food, we will be greeting old friends and new in the afternoons on Sundays at Prairie Quilt. Stop by between 1 pm and 4 pm. I will be here most Sundays and look forward to you visit.
Hi, I am the owner of Prairie Quilt shop in Hennessey, Oklahoma, where I am fortunate to share my passion with other sewists!