Sunday, January 15, 2017

Mark Your Calendar

Upcoming sewing events:

January 24. 4th Tuesday Sewing. We have reserved our building for sewing days on the 4th Tuesday each month during 2017. Thank you Karen, for scheduling all our meeting and sewing days throughout the year with Hanover County Parks & Recreation.

FEBRUARY 10 & 11. Friday and Saturday sewing together. Always a fun time to sew, visit, inspire each other and have some good laughs. Please note: on Saturday we will need to be out of the building by 2 p.m.

FEBRUARY 14. Our regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Since our January meeting was canceled due to snow, we will pay our $15 annual membership dues at our February meeting.

You won't want to miss this meeting because we will have the drawing for the raffle quilt made by Betsy and quilted by Terry. Raffle tickets were sold last May/June for a drawing to be held in July. Sadly, Betsy's quilt was lost and she so very graciously made ANOTHER one. It's a beauty, using her extensive collection of reproduction fabrics to make 2 1/2" hour glass blocks. Terry's quilting flows across the blocks. All money from this quilt will go towards supplies for veteran quilts - our on-going project. See Carolyn at the meeting if you want to purchase a ticket - $1 each.  See pictures of this lap size quilt at the end of this post.

February 28. 4th Tuesday Sewing.


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

January Sewing

Hanover County Schools are closed today and our meeting has been canceled. The back roads are still snow covered/icy. After days of single digit night temperatures and daytime highs of around 20, we welcome a big warm-up this afternoon.

The snow should be gone by Friday and Saturday for our sewing days. Hope to see everyone for a fun time sewing and visiting together.

Sunday, January 8, 2017


Country School Quilters follows Hanover County School policy for canceling meetings.

Check the news - if Hanover County Schools are closed on Tuesday we will not have a meeting.
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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

What is it?

Guess what this is. 

Do you need a hint?
The marking pen is a good hint.
If you guessed name cards
you would be correct!
I thought it was time to start our new year with new name cards. We will throw away (recycle) the old ones and make new ones at our January meeting. Three colors will make it easier to find them in our storage container.
Your first name determines the color of your card:
A-F = Blue
G-N = Yellow
O-Y = Purple
Fold your card lengthwise and write your name on front and back of the card in BIG letters. We want people sitting next to you as well as those sitting on the other side of the room to be able to read your name.
Maybe at the end of the year we will all know everyone's name!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Looking for a custom machine quilter

I made my goal!  Thanks to Vicki's UFO-busting encouragement, I finally completed this top that has been in work for more than 15 years - my goal was to get it pieced by the end of 2016.

Now I need to find a machine quilter to custom quilt it for me.  I'm looking for recommendations!  And also, if you know of anyone I should avoid please send me an e-mail with that information, too.  Thanks.

Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas!

I've read this book to my children and my grandchildren every
Christmas Eve since 1975.
It's beautifully illustrated and who doesn't love the magic of a good Christmas story.
Peace and love to each of you.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

10 Questions - Debbie Quitaquit

I've been remiss. I've had this interview done for over a month. Debbie is one of our newer members but has quickly become completely involved with us. She sews with us on Sewing Friday and Saturday almost every month and is going to be providing our meeting program in January.

1. If you live in Hanover (or the area), how many generations of your family have lived here and how did they come to settle here? If you moved here, where are you from and what brought you here?
I moved to Hanover in March of 2015. I was born and raised in Big Stone Gap, Va and moved to Emporia in 1975, where I lived for the next 40 years .  My husband and I moved to Rockville to be closer to our children and grandchildren.  

2. When you were young what did you plan to be when you grew up and what happened with those plans?
I wanted to grow up to be famous like my ideal Gypsy Rose Lee.  At the time I was not sure what she did for a living but she had the coolest name I had ever heard! 

3. What are your favorite things to do in the area?
 I love the shops (quilt shops), restaurants, and visiting with the kids.  I love being closer to the local quilt shops so I can take classes, and run over if I need something for a project I'm working on!

4. Tell us a little about your family
 I am the youngest of 13 children, the "daughter of a coal miner", and my parents favorite(don't tell my sisters and brothers). I  moved to Emporia in 1975 to marry my husband and raise two children .  In the late 80's my husband gave me my first Valentine gift, an 18 year old daughter.  The other stepdaughter moved in with us that June growing our family to 4 children.  At that time we purchased a second house located in Midlothian, where I lived with the children for the next six years.  
This made my five to six trips to Richmond for my daughter’s gymnastics only a ten minute drive and gave the kids much better schools than were available in Emporia!
We moved back to Emporia after my gymnast graduated from high school, and lived there until last year. 
We now have six grandchildren and are looking forward to more, as my son has only been married since last December.

5. What hobbies or activities do you do other than quilting? Where do you do them? How did you get involved with.
I crochet, knit, and embroider.  I started embroidering in my teens, teaching myself from the instructions in books. I started cross stitching in the early '80s, making sure to buy two skeins of thread for each number in the pattern so I would not run out doing the pattern.  I still have some of the thread from the first project I started!  I learned to crochet when I was pregnant with my first child.  I have only been knitting for about five years, and still feel like I am a beginner!
 I would love to learn to tat and may need to take some online courses as I haven't found anyone who teaches tatting.

6. What’s your favorite vacation spot? Where do you want to go next?
I fell in love with the Dominican Republic when we went for my son’s wedding last year!   Would love to go to Scotland and visit the places that my ancestors are from.

7. What saying best describes how you like to live your life?
 At times my life is best described by "Life is a circus!”  Now that I live closer to my kids my life has calmed down a bit so I feel like my life is more "The circus has come to town (country)!”

8. Show us a photo (or photos) of where you create.

9. Show us a photo of the quilt that’s on your bed right now.

10. What is your all time favorite quilt and why?
 I love Bargello quilts!  I have made three and have patterns for several more variations that I would like to try in future.  I think Bargellos appeal to me because of their simple construction but they give such a complex geometric design.

I have included a photo of one I still have so you can see what a Bargello quilt looks like.