Always Never Done-My Quilt Ladder

My girlfriend organized a night out at a great store down the road called “Always Never Done”.  What a great name,  I feel that way everyday!  I think that needs to be my new mission statement for my life!  Hmmm….When you think about it, it seems like a better name for WIP (works in progress) too because sometimes even my finished Quilts feel like they are never ever really done.  There is alway one more thing I could have done to a quilt.


The store is a treasure of great finds.  The owner Amy, finds all these pieces of furniture and refinishes them.  Check out her site here.   We took the class on how to refinish a piece of furniture with Chalk Paint.  SO MUCH FUN!  In 3 hours we had our pieces sanded, painted, roughed up, and waxed.  SWEET!

So this was my excuse to finally get a Quilt Ladder.  I found one over in Amish Country and yes, I bought it from an Amish lady.  And it even smelled like a barn.

Here is my ladder before.


Here is the Ladder Painted


Here it is Roughed Up

(Trust me, don’t go to the gym before you do this….major arm workout!)

And here it is finished at the end of the night with the class and their great pieces.  I’m on the far right.


And here is my Quilt Ladder fulfilling my every Expectation!


Yeah, I did it!

The problem now is I have to go back and pick up the other stuff I bought that night in the shop…Ooops!

Sorry Honey.



Best Overheard Quote at a Quilt Show!

From the elderly Husband to the Wife,

Honey, you are not going to buy the Oakshott Fabric?  We can’t get our hands on this stuff anywhere else.

Seriously!  Where did this hubby come from?  No offense to my hubby, but his words would be more along the lines of “how much longer” or “how much $ for fabric?”

It’s funny to see how couples grow old together.  I’m always curious to know their story.

My story goes like this.  I’m in the stage of life I call FULL.  Our house has every square inch filled with what I call HOME.  Sports equipment, dirty (smelly) socks and sports clothes in piles, shoes that are suppose to be put away are being tripped over, an unused formal dining room repurposed to a fully functioninng homework room.  A calendar that reads like a command station with military precision timing of the activity, leave time, who to pick up, and what needs to be brought along..oh and it is color coded by kid and driver.  We have weekends filled with kids activities, a date night here and there with hubby, yard work, smores and a beer or wine at the fire pit with friends and neighbors, and that Sunday Slump of homework.

My house is clean but don’t do a white glove test or look in the drawers or behind the doors or under the couch.  I’ll get to that in a few years when this memory making part of life is my memory with my hubby.

Back at the quilt show, I talked to the couple about their FULL..  They told me about their kids and grandkids and where they all live now, etc.  She was telling me that when her hubby retired he drove her crazy and the only way to get him to stop driving her crazy was to get him involved in a hobby, but he did not have any.


Come to find out…he’s a quilter now too!



Here’s my FULL…


Easter 2014

Walking through a Quilt Show

I went to the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza last week in Philadelphia .  I lined up early with all the other’s that were getting off buses. (I drove, I got a whole hour in the car by myself..each way!)   There is so much excitement in the wonderment of what new treasures you can create by the items on the other side of the door.

It’s funny, once I got my brochure, it was like mapping out a scavenger hunt.  Where are the booths I want to hit up first?  Do I want to go look at the quilts on display?  OR Do I want to look for some new books? OR do I want to touch all those fun fabrics that keep calling my name? OR do I want to go test drive a machine I am dying to get.  Wait, back up.  Where’s the booth with my test drive…it’s not here but I saw it on the promotional stuff online.  BUMBER!  Well that just made my visit less expensive!  Say “thank you” hubby!

So I started with the books and picked up two that I was dying to get.  The first was Quilting Modern with quilts by Jacquie Gering and Katie Pedersen.  It did not disappoint.  It instantly gave me ideas with some stash I had back home.  So excited to be able to put some existing fabric to work.

 quilting modern book

 The other book I picked up was by Angela Walters

Angela Walters Book

 I loved how this book took each individual shape and gave ideas on how to approach it .  I cannot wait to play on my machine!  She has done a great job of looking at an overwhelming canvas and breaking it down into smaller sections.

After the books, I went through the quilts on display.  They had a lot of traditional quilts with some interesting interpretations.  They did not have a Modern Quilt section but they did have a section called, “Innovative Category”.  The quilts all displayed a story about how the artist came to create their quilt.  I love that about quilts.  There is always a story!

The last purchase I made was for some Oakshott Fabric.  There seemed to be a mess of bloggers writing about the beauty of this cotton fabric…it shines!  Until I saw it in person, I did not understand.  Oh the possibilities!

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I got this from Pinwheels booth.  I am thinking of using the purple as a background and doing something fun with the pink and the green.  Should be a great contrast.

My time is up and now I need to take all these great ideas back home and make them happen.  The best part now…the drive home with my thoughts and aspirations.  All big aspirations, reality…usually a bit smaller.  At least with a Quilt Show it gives you a place to let your imagination fly.