Thursday, January 24, 2013

Really Random Thursday: #ilovemyLQS, #mysisterrocks, #peace

I'm linking to  Cindy's Really Random Thursday with some of my latest Instagram hashtags.  Did you know that today is  Visit Your Local Quilt Shop Day?  If you visit your LQS today make sure you snap a photo of the inside and post it either on IG, Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #ilovemyLQS.  There are prizes involved.

Wagon of Moda Bella Solids
#ilovemyLQS provided the excuse I needed to check out a new shop in the area (OK so it was a few towns over) called Inspire.  It is located in a 100 year old building in historic downtown Plant City.  The shop carries a nice balance of modern and traditional fabrics.  This antique wagon filled with bolts of solids is so clever.

Singer Treadle Machine
I fell in love with this fully restored Singer Treadle Machine and cabinet.  The young sales clerk demonstrated the machine and pointed out the benefits of multitasking - you get your exercise while you sew.  Well, there you go.  I can join my IG friends who use the hashtag #sweatnsew!

Fabric purchases
When it was time to check out I mentioned "#ilovemyLQS Day" and was told that "love" was the secret word and since I said it,  I received 20% off my fabric purchase.  Sweeeeet!

Sneak Peek
Speaking of love, Michelle made two #peace quilts, and I love them both!!   I hope she doesn't mind that I cropped a small section of her photograph for a teaser here.  Today she plays hostess to the bloggy pattern party and will show pictures on her blog of the two different size (and very different) peace quilts she made.  Make sure you leave a comment on her post for a chance to win a copy of the peace quilt pattern.

Sewing Sisters
I was determined to learn Illustrator before sending the pattern to testers, but Michelle couldn't wait.  She wanted to make a Christmas peace quilt so she worked from my hand drawn sketches while I worked on learning Illustrator ;-)  Once the pattern was ready for "official" testing, she made a throw size that is so cool.  When you see it, you'll know why I say #mysisterrocks!

Another type of cupcake
I leave you with one more random photo.  Last night I was really craving something sweet like a cookie or cupcake.  However, there was none to be found in my house so I settled for a different kind of cupcake ;-)

I sure hope you are enjoying seeing the various peace quilts made by my friends.  Once again, here is the complete schedule of the bloggy pattern party:

Monday, January 21 -  Katie at KT Quilts 
Tuesday, January 22 - Michele at  Nostalgic Cafe 
Wednesday, January 23 - Cindy at  Live a Colorful Life 
Thursday, January 24 - Michelle at  Frustrated Quilter 
Friday, January 25 - Stephanie at Peas in a Pod 
Monday, January 28 - Terri at Terri's Notebook 
Tuesday, January 29 - Doris at Made by a Brunnette 
Wednesday, January 30 - Mary at Mary on Lake Pulaski 
Thursday, January 31 - Shelly at Prairie Moon Quilts 
Friday, February 1 - back here for a give away 

Please visit all my friends to say hi and see their version of Peace ;-)!!!!

Thanks for stopping by,


  1. Knowing today would be full and getting out to my LQS's not possible, I took several days last week and yesterday to visit them and tell them why.

    Thanks for sharing some of your adventures in quilting with us all! And mat the "Peace" be with you!

  2. Okay, you may need to do a post about Instagram and all this hashtag business, for those of us who are not in the know! I visited Inspire! several weeks ago - the only quilt shop I've set foot in since moving to Florida. Inspire! is just darling, and has some really good modern stuff. When waited on, I was told, "You'll be back." I'm pretty sure she's right. Wish I could do that today - to into ANY quilt shop! - but they're all far away.

  3. I just wanted to say a quick congratulations on your pattern! I saw both KT's version and your sister's and they both look great!

  4. I enjoyed the virtual visit to you lqs. Congrats on your pattern :)

  5. I loved that you learned Illustrator. I haven't even attempted that yet. Love the treadle machine. I have one like that. I kinda know how to use it....

    Hey, I'd love to share that glass of wine with you, and I love your fabric choices. Totally going to bring money and let you all do my fabric shopping at Gruber's this year. ;-)

  6. I love your peace quilt. I'm hoping to win a pattern during this hop. Got all my fingers crossed.

  7. You have some of the best hashtags! The blog hop for you peace quilt is so fun--I love seeing all the versions!