September Events in Staunton, VA

Of course, we are all celebrating September as National Sewing Month. In fact, you may already be overwhelmed with tons of wonderful sewing and quilting information from every corner of the Hand Made Universe. However, please take special note of some key events we have going on right here in Staunton.

  • On Friday, September 11th, and Saturday, September 12th Rachel’s Quilt Patch will be hosting a baked goods fundraiser for LUNGevity, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons diagnosed with Lung Cancer. In addition, RQP will donate 10% of all sales on these days to LUNGevity. To learn more and/or to participate in other related events please visit Rachel’s website and If you are unable to stop by RQP this weekend, please think of making a direct donation to this organization online.
  • The Queen City Sewing Company, owned and operated by Staunton’s own, Sherrie Hanna, has moved to a new and beautiful studio location at 235 Kalorama Street. QCSC offers fun and creative sewing classes for children, teens and adults. You can checkout the new location by visiting For further information and to see their 2014-2015 schedule contact or call 540-290-0188.
  • Who knew coming together as the Modern Quilting Group Staunton earlier this year would transform into Sew Creative Staunton!!  Well that’s what happened at our meeting this September over iced tea and brownies. It seems our merry little band of quilters also likes to sew other fun stuff, and we do not want to be limited  by labels or in the amount of fun we have!   Please think about joining us if you sew and quilt, and want to have a great time sharing what you make. Check out the Events page on this blog  for additional information.

Thank you in advance for your support of our local artists and creative businesses. They are a cornerstone in sustaining the quality of life in our community.

All the best,


King Size Jelly Roll Finally Done!

King Size Quilt with Mod City Jelly Rolls for the center and V & Co Simply Style fabric for the borders. Both lines are by Moda.

King Size Quilt with Mod City Jelly Rolls for the center and V & Co Simply Style fabric for the borders. Both lines are by Moda.

Long Arm quilting done by Sandy Merrit, using an Open Heart pantograph design.

Long Arm quilting done by Sandy Merritt, using an Open Heart pantograph design.




Getting ready to pack up this up for my daughter. This quilt dwarfed my full size bed!!

Getting ready to pack this up for my daughter. This quilt dwarfed my full size bed!!


I had NEVER tackled making a King Size Quilt before and even though I have taken classes on how to quilt such a large project on a home machine, I knew I could not move this around to achieve such an even result. Thanks, Sandy, for your expert help in quilting this for me!

The quilt was made for my daughter and son-in-law. Now a giant, extremely bright quilt might not be to everyone’s taste; however, their bedroom is quite large, painted an apple green with white trim, and their furniture is a creamy white. The pattern is my version of a Modern Medallion style with asymmetrical borders. I had a lot of fun making this and love all of the color.

I will soon be starting another King Size Quilt for my sister and brother-in-law with a very different, calmer color palette to match their bedroom style. While I will send this one out to be quilted, too, I have been inspired to trade in my lovely Bernina 330 for a bigger, more versatile machine, the Janome MC 6300. I hope to pick it up this week!

I find it is easier to have more room for my right hand to move when holding fabric and removing pins in sewing anything these days. Such is aging!! BTW, I use a Janome DC 2012 to take to class with a Sew Steady Junior size extension table. I will be able to  interchange feet and bobbins between projects more easily, another reason for buying the MC 6300!

In the meantime, I have clothing and home dec projects to start as well- I enjoy sewing it all!!

Thanks for visiting today and I hope you are enjoying your sewing time, too!

All the best,



In Memory of James Foley

I am dedicating this short post in memory of James Foley, the courageous American journalist who was slaughtered over the weekend by the evil of blind ignorance.

As it has been said before, we in America live in the land of the free because of the brave. So today, as I sit blessed with a life filled with liberty, I will be mourning with James Foley’s family, friends and colleagues,  and all of the journalists from the US and countries around the globe still held hostage by the brutal forces of terror.

Democracy and Peace are only achieved through Truth and Justice, the heart of journalism. If you are a blogger and/or writer, please remember the reporters and journalists who dedicate their lives to the pursuit of truth and justice through the freedom of information. To learn more please visit:

The Committee to Protect Journalists

Human Rights Watch

Pew Research Center Journalism Project

The Newseum

Thank you for reading today.

All the best,