Monday, October 29, 2018

David to the Rescue!

Photo from quiltingbydavid.com
I wanted to tell you a story of a man named David Hurd...He's a grandpa...loves his family...and has been quilting since 2009. 

He's a long arm quilter who lives up north near Saint Joseph, Missouri.  If you want to read his story directly from him, visit his website!


Here's the story I have to share with you though...

I contacted David in a hurry a few weeks back concerned that I wasn't going to be able to finish my 5 year old's quilt in time after she stated she wanted to enter a quilt show like her Nana...This was some serious pressure.  I could not have been responsible for not winning due to any errors I would make on her quilt so I called for help.

David answered that call.  Repeatedly...Every time I had a question via email, I got a response within minutes.  Every time I called...he answered.

I had a short time frame....Very short.  I went to measure the backing that J had picked out previously and it wasn't long enough in any direction.  How on earth did I let this happen?  I had to look for another backing.  When I finally found one that would answer all of the problems with her unique quilt size...I had less than a week to have it ready for turning into the show. 

I called David (again) on Thursday and asked if it was even possible to ship it to him and have him ship it back in time.  I told him I would overnight it...He said he was about to have a quilt come off his machine and it would be perfect timing to put J's on.  He was so nice!

David had the quilt top before noon on Friday...even texted me a picture to confirm the thread color...Purple, of course!  But there are lots of purples in the world.  Oh the decisions that a 5 year old must make!

David had the quilt quilted, binding complete, and shipped back by the end of Friday.  Can we say, miracle worker?

Now, I'm not gonna lie...anytime someone rushes work, I get worried about quality.  However, I have been stalking, I mean watching, David on his Instagram page and his work is amazing!  So I was more excited about how awesome the quilt looked than if he made an error (which he did NOT!).


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Do you remember this?  I may have posted this quilt top once or twice before.  This was the picture I took when Jameson and I had a sewing day in our pajamas.  It was awesome.  I highly recommend you do this at least once in your life - sew in your pajamas!


This is the quilt top as Jameson had finished last summer (2017).  She didn't know what she wanted for the backing of the quilt, so it took a while for a five year old to decide that.  I did help her with some possibilities that would match because that's what she wanted.  Hey, I'm not turning down a reason to go to a quilt shop...I'm not crazy!




I got the package on Monday in our regular mail...and it was such a small box compared to what I sent him.  I was surprised he compressed it so tightly in the box to make it fit.  Hubby and I opened it together and our jaws just dropped.





ABSOLUTELY 

GORGEOUS!  


The best part?  Making this dream come true for a 5 year old, didn't cost me an arm and a leg...David charges $0.015 per square inch of quilting...I purchased the batting through him as well...and his wife cut, made, and then did all of the binding for me!  All I had to do was send the fabric.  My total...$112.65.  I have more in the fabric of this quilt!  I believe this was a deal for the quality of work he produced and how gorgeous it really is.

If you have any doubts, check out his page as well (remember the link above?) Stalk him, I mean, follow him on Instagram....You will see his gorgeous work.

After working this one time with David, I had to share his great work and had to tell you all that I personally recommend him.  I will be using David much more in the future...in fact, I have a few client quilts that will be finished soon and I believe that I will use him to quilt them...and perhaps his wife doesn't mind binding them.

Thank you David Hurd!  You are a life saver and you made this momma and a 5 year old so very, very happy!  You did an excellent job and I can't commend you enough for making this quilt such a success!

And one final thought if you are still on the fence....She won her division (youth)...AND 2nd place in Viewer's Choice overall!  That's right...two ribbons!     

Viewer's Choice was inclusive of all 50+ quilts in the show.  #proudmomma

   
The quilting stitch pattern is flowers with bees throughout the quilt.  David has it called "Bee Happy" on his website.  Jameson picked this design herself and I helped her name it "Bee Squared".



Friday, October 5, 2018

Have you met my friend Tana?

Have you met my friend, Tana Mueller?  I say "friend", but it's more like I stalk her online and at quilt shows...Why do I do this?  Because she's freaking amazing!! 

Don't get me wrong, I have actually met her in person...I just haven't talked her into a girls night out yet...(it could happen?!)  But for the record, I have met her in person....and stalking is such a strong word. 

Tana Mueller is the owner of Western Denim & Dirt and you can find her online with Facebook, Instagram (@muellertana), and of course, her own personal website:  https://www.designsbytana.com/index.htm.

She was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas....so NATIVE TEXAN!

She's a great designer...very successful too, teacher, award winning quilter, retail shop and internet business owner.  She now lives in Crowley (Texas, of course!). 

She is very personable and responds to every comment you leave on her social media.  She's really in touch with her audience and fellow quilters.  You are treated like a fellow talented and genius quilter! 

Tana Mueller, Western Denim & Dirt owner

Tana has a history of working in emergency services and she retired with creativity spilling out of every pore of her body...You'll see when you check out her online shop.  This creativity sparked several fabric lines that sell out quickly with the fabric company that produces them, Blank Quilting Corporation.  Sometimes you can only find what's left in her shop online.  If you see something you like or love, it's best to order it ahead of time.  Her fabric lines tend to sell out in presale! 

Have you not heard of her?  How?  She is the creator of the Thin Blue Line fabrics!



Did you know she just put out the Thin Red Line?  That's right...all your firefighter friends can stop being jealous of your Thin Blue Line quilt. Well, aren't firefighters always jealous of police officers?  It's a cop joke...Taught to me early on...but some of my dearest friends are firefighters, so please know...it's a joke.  Meant in good fun...And if you are a firefighter, and you have a joke about cops - post it in the comments!  Who doesn't need a good laugh? 



She also has the Thin Gold Line fabric line for dispatchers...

She has a creative western Christmas theme line as well...


Have you checked how soon Christmas will be here?  The holidays will be here before you know it!  Make a few throw pillows for your home and welcome your family home for the holidays.

What's that, you say?  Her latest designs?  Oh, it's coming out next month.  NEXT MONTH!!!!  Without further delay...here is LOVE FOR COTTON!



I already have my order in with one of my favorite quilt shops, A Cowgirl Quilt Shop....located in tiny Jewett near Lake Limestone.  Here's Brenda's online shop: https://www.acowgirlquiltshop.com/.

So check out my new FRIEND'S talent and see if you could add her designs to your fabric stash...She is one of my favorite designers and I know she will be one of yours too!  Tell her I sent you and leave a comment on one of her social media accounts.  She really does love hearing from her fellow quilters. 

Still not sure about her fabrics?  I made a purchase of the Thin Blue Line...and was not able to purchase all of the fabric in the line...Sometimes that's life as a quilter, right?  Well, here's what I was able to do with my Thin Blue Line --

Thin Blue Line by My Charmed Cabin Life, 2018


Officer Harris and his beautiful wife, Karee 




Have an amazing weekend!  Grab a quilt show or two this weekend!  Go see Tana this weekend in Stephenville, Texas at their local quilt show: The Town & Country Quilt Show (Facebook info for Town & Country Quilt Show).  Tana will be there Saturday...and yes, she will sign autographs!  I may have asked... 

Jewett is also having a quilt show this weekend!  Quilt Show Details

Do you know of any other quilt shows coming up this weekend or next?  Post the info in the comments!