Getting ready for the Ewenique Quilt Guild Show


It’s been a busy summer with lots of travel and visiting quilt shops.  Now I’m back and working on getting several quilts done for my guild’s bi-annual quilt show coming up Oct. 10 -11 at Sunrise Assembly of God church in St. Peter, MN.  We’d love to have you stop by if your in the area.  Here’s a preview of a few of the quilts that will be in the show. Stay tuned, more to come!

P1080501Elaine Fitch Fabric Quilt P1080507 P1080511

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Quilt Whisperers is Changing

Let’s just get this out right now, I HATE CHANGE!  I’ve never been good with change.  Probably because we moved so much when I was growing up.  So it’s with a heavy heart and lots of tears that I’m saying goodbye to the other half of Quilt Whisperers.  Lori and her husband, Mike, are headed to Texas for good this week. She’s been down there looking for work for a few weeks. They came back this week to empty the house.  Mike has been working in Texas for a year while Lori stayed behind to get the house ready to sell and plan a wedding for her daugther.  Now Kyndal is married to her sweetheart, Keifer, and the house is ready to sell or rent. So it’s off to Texas she goes.  She’s found a job and is looking forward to finally being back with her husband but so, so sad to be leaving her kids and parents, nieces and nephews, in-laws, me and Tywanda (That’s the name we gave our longarm).

I bought Lori out of the machine. Now I’m quilting from my house.  The business will go on.  I recently left my job to stay home and quilt more as well as spend more time with my grandkids.  Lori will continue to consult with me on quilt designs.  I’m lost without her help. Thank goodness for cell phones, Skype, email, picture mail, etc!  She plans on starting her own ‘branch’ of Quilt Whisperers once she gets settled.

I’m really going to miss her whether it’s spending time in the quilt room, heading to Godfather’s for birthday celebrations, Holidays or just hanging out.

Out of my daily life, but NEVER out of my Heart.

Goodbye Lori! Love ya Sis,


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Lastest Quilts off the Machine:

Here are a couple of quilts from one of my quilt customers.  These were so much fun to work on.  I quilted each border separately and did an Edge to Edge in the center.  Then I was able to try out my new quilt display rack when taking the pictures.  My husband thinks the quilt rack is the best thing I’ve added to the studio so far.  I don’t think he liked having to hold up all those quilts! Plus the pictures turn out so much better.



Kathy Flantz Beiges (3)

Kathy Flantz Beiges (6)

Kathy Flantz Beiges (5)Kathy Flantz Bear Paw (3)

Kathy Flantz Bear Paw (7)



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Bev Olsen quilt featured on Phillips Fiber Art Blog

I was so excited to hear that a quilt made by one of our favorite quilters was featured on Phillips Fiber Art Blog.  Bev’s love of bright colors makes her quilts a joy to quilt! When she brings us a quilt, she lets us pick the designs – just lets us go and ‘play’ with both the thread color and designs -it’s too much fun to be calledwork!  Here’s the blog link if you’d like to check it out.  It’s the December 2014 edition.

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St. Peter Ewenique Quilt Guild Show October 12 & 13, 2013

Our booth at the St. Peter Quilt Guild Show 2013

Today was the first day of the quilt show.  Lots of compliments on the show and a good turn out.  We’re looking forward to tomorrow and we’re already planning for the next show.

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Getting ready for the St. Peter Ewe-nique Quilt Show

Lori and I will be at the St. Peter Ewe-nique Quilt Show on Saturday and Sunday, October 12th and 13th.  Come see 200 quilts made by members of the Ewe-nique Quilt Guild  and check out the vendors and demonstrations that will be there.  We’ll be there promoting our Longarm services and other items.  See you there!
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Blue/Green/Gold Batik 9 Patch

The girls completed this quilt and two others during their marathon day on Tuesday.  The quilter wanted an open pattern and something fluffy and cuddly.  They chose a Cloud E2E design and it turned out quite nicely.  See what you think.

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Fabric Hoards Beware

A recent study has indicated that fabric gives off certain Pheromones, that actually hypnotize women and cause them to purchase unbelievable amounts of fabric.  When stored in large quantities, in enclosed spaces, the Pheromones (in the fabric) cause memory loss and induce the nesting syndrome (similar to the ones squirrels have before the onset of winter, i.e. storing food) therefore perpetuating their species, and not having a population loss due to their kind being cut up into pieces and mixed with others.

Sound tests have also revealed that these fabrics emit a very high-pitched sound, heard only by a select rare breed of women known as customers. When played backwards on an LP, the sounds are heard as chants “Buy Me” “Cut Me” “Sew Me”!

In order to overcome the so-called feeding frenzy effect these fabrics cause, one must wear a face mask when entering a storage facility and use ear plugs to avoid being pulled into their grip. (One must laugh however at the sight of customers in a fabric store, with WW2 gas masks and headphones!)

Studies have also indicated that aliens have inhabited the earth, helping to spread the effect that these fabrics have on the human populations. They are called fabric store clerks. It’s also been my experience that these same Pheromones cause a pathological need to secret these fabric purchases away when taken home (or at least blend them into the existing stash) and when asked by a significant other if the fabric is new, the reply is “I’ve had it for awhile”.

(Originally published in August 1997

in the Western North Carolina Quilters Guild Newsletter)

Written by Kathy (Smith) Harris, Tuscon, AZ


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Lots of Fun New Choices

We have the Statler Stitcher on our Gammill longarm now and have done a few quilts.  It’s such an amazing program with endless possiblities!  Take a look at the first quilt we completed.  This was pieced by our mom and donated to Women’s Ministries at Lake Geneva Christian Center.

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Statler Stitcher Is Coming!!!

Lori and I spent two days at Country Loft Quilt and Design last week learning about the new Statler Stitcher we are adding to our Gammill longarm.  This is a computerized system that will greatly assist in the process of quilting.  It will be up and running on Tuesday, September 27.  We are both so excited to get started on it.  Watch for pictures coming soon.

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