Posts Tagged ‘Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival’

Tiki Roll from Sew BatikEvery year, I go to the beach with a passel of girlfriends to celebrate friendship, talk about quilting (for fun and profit), and decompress. This year, I came directly here from the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival in Hampton, Virginia, driving my orange quilt truck filled to the top with sewing machines, fabric, supplies, and Kathy Lincoln, my partner in crime.

Today, I spent some of my time working on a baby quilt for new neighbors. My husband and I were thrilled when they bought a house on our street and we’re doubly happy that they are expecting. While I was at the MAQF last week, I searched for a kit (I have very limited time and kits are okay) for a baby quilt. There were lots of kits, but nothing that made my heart sing — until I visited my friend Bruce, owner of Sew Batiks. His Tiki Rolls made the perfect kit for a baby quilt top — (2) 2″ strips of 20 different (and lovely) batiks that only Sew Batik carries.

Strips from the Tiki RollI laid out the pre-cut strips, sticking very close to the order in which there were packaged. So pretty! I often tell my classes to let the fabric do the work. In this case, I thought that was good advice — and the fabric is soooo pretty.

At my sewing machineDid I mention that I had the best possible sewing space? I had an unobstructed view of the ocean, which proved quite distracting. Sew, admire the pelicans, sew, look for dolphins, sew, take a break. Sigh. It’s a wonder I got anything done at all! Can you see the ocean through the window?

To end, a few random thoughts about this quilt and the baby who receives it:

  • I’d like to think that as I pieced the quilt, I infused the peace of this place into each seam.
  • I’d like to think that Bruce’s generosity, his calm demeanor, and his positive nature are woven into his fabric.
  • I’d like to think that the baby who receives this quilt feels the powerful influences and love that went into this quilt top.

I love this place and I love the time I get to spend here. I am fortunate.

Leap Year

Left to right: Kathy Lincoln, Sue Reich, me, Mary Kerr, and Shannon Shirley.  Picture by Darla Pittman.


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I’m blogging here in Hampton, Virginia, at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival. This is a Mancuso show, which means the show is organized and well-run, and everyone knows what to expect. Well, everyone except the vendors.

The quilters expected beautiful quilts, and we weren’t disappointed. But the vendors had to have doubts when they set up their wares in preparation for the thousands of quilters who attend this show each year. After an informal survey, I’m happy to report that the quilting economy seems to be fine. Fabric is selling. Patterns and books are selling. Threads, trims, and embellishments are selling. I even visited with a quilter who bought a longarm machine!

Sure, we’re watching our pennies. But we’re also quilters. We’re buying what we need to continue making the quilts that comfort others. We’re buying the fabric and kits that make our own hearts sing. We’re generating positive energy and we’re putting it out into the universe. At least for the duration of this show, we’re not dwelling on the bad news from the outside. We’re thankful to be here, thankful to be quilters, and thankful to be part of this community. If only the rest of the world’s challenges could be addressed so simply.


Left to right: Doris, Dian, Kathy, Mary, and Cyndi

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