May 21, 2018 – Love is Power

Mother’s Day was sunny and a beautiful day to call Mom and chat. I hope you enjoyed sharing time in person or in prayer with your Mom. I enjoyed time with my daughter and her fiance. Good times…Good food!

The weather was picture perfect for a drive to Moultonborough, NH to share my “Stranded on Island Batik” talk with Ladies of the Lake, Country Village Quilters and three representatives from Keepsake Quilting! I learned a lot about the new owners of Keepsake Quilting.  It is now own by a family from Pennsylvania. They are going to try to bring the shop back to a destination shop for quilters and non-quilters. There will be a gift shop there.  The kits will be limited to make more space for fabric cut off the bolts.  They will also try to keep collections together.  They have already re-hired many of the workers who were let go when the previous merger took place.  The sentiment in the room was of relief and joy!  Thank you Keepsake Quilting for coming to this luncheon and sharing all the great news! ( I had so much fun, I forgot to take out my phone and shoot some photos! Sorry!)

My nephew’s wife, Minerva and my niece, Lizzy are due to give birth this summer! I finished their baby quilts.

The pattern is “Cathedral Window in My Log Cabin” which I designed for my Block of the Month in 2016.

I finished a few more small versions of my Shazam pattern. I hope to have the pattern out soon for table squares, runners and baby lap quilt size.

shazam runners

I also attended a meeting in which quilters shared what they learned at MQX this year. It sounds like the classes were fabulous! I especially liked seeing the samples of covered beads on a binding.  I took that concept and added it to my Challenge quilt (not on the binding) for Vermont Quilt Festival.  The deadline is May 20th to 30th for the quilt to be received.  I thought I had missed the deadline, but since I hadn’t, I decided to create a quilt…As you know, I love challenges!  The theme is “Happiness Is…” I don’t want to spoil the surprise, so I won’t put a photo in this blog.  I’d just like to encourage you to take part in challenges, especially those in larger shows such as MQX and Vermont Quilt Festival. Many kits are sold, but many people put the packet down and forget about it, or let too many other quilts get in the way. Sometimes, even having just 4 days to make a challenge, you can learn a lot about yourself and your skills.

I’ve decided to volunteer on Monday and Tuesday before the Vermont Quilt Festival opens this year. It does take a lot of volunteers to set up and run a show.  I think that by volunteering, I can meet people and learn how to help other shows such as Connections in MA this year run smoothly. I’m sure there are still open spots to volunteer. Just go to the site and click on volunteers. Sign up and join the helpers who give of their time to make this show a success!

Did you see Prince Harry and Meghan Markle get married in England? The sermon, “Love is Power” was inspiring!

How do you show love? By quilting? By calling your mom? By inviting a friend to go to a quilt show with you? By treating yourself to a class at a quilt show? by volunteering? By walking your dog? Love is Power!

Finally, I have 8 drapes to finish and family from New Mexico visiting this week. It’s going to be another busy two weeks. See you June 4th.

Happy Quilting!




About inspiredlayerslinda

I was an Island Batik Ambassador for 2017. I enjoyed the challenge of designing new quilt patterns with this very special batik fabric collections. I teach free motion quilting via my Youtube videos and Doodle of the Month program which anyone can sign up for by sending me an email requesting to be added to the list. I enjoy transforming fabric into unique quilts, t-shirts into memory quilts, and photos to wall art. I joined Toastmasters to find my voice and learn to share my quilts and stories with others.
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