Alabama Quilt Shows 2014

Quilters Companion has list of quilt shows for each state.  You can click here to see them for Alabama     You can key in your state and find the shows for your area.

Also if you Alabama or states nearby notice in October The Sewing Expo will be in Birmingham, AL

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I Am Not MIA

I am not Missing In Action.. I am busy.  We moved to a new home and that has taken up a ton of my time.  I hope to be back sewing this week and blogging.

Stay tuned for good things to come.

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New Fish Pattern from Fons and Porter “Going To Class.”

Fish quilt.

In today’s economy we are blessed to be able to have free patterns from these wonderful companies.    I love Fons and Porter.  They are very talented nice ladies and have such easy beautiful patterns. Check out “Going To Class.”

I was excited to click on my email and seeing the fish pattern and  even more excited when it was no charge.

I plan on getting started today and also I plan on buying a subscription to their magazine. I  only take two subscriptions a year.  One is non quilt related and one will be quilt related. This year Fons and Porter gets my subscription.


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A Work In Progress for “B”

DSCN8804I was blessed to meet someone at a clinic I was taking some vitamin treatments. No I was not sick I was taking them to stay well and not get sick.  This person had the ugly “c” word beat it and it was trying to come back again.

Due to privacy I will not call her name but “B”.. Well B was a wonderful lovable person that all who came in contact with her just fell in love with her. I would have my treatments scheduled the same time as hers. It was awesome. She made me so happy.

B passed away not long ago. It left an emptiness to all who loved her.  Well I decided that I was going to do something in memory of her. Wallhanging incorporating a picture of her and some other things that relate to her.

As you can see above the artwork starts at my front door and goes to the hallway.

I wanted to work on it this weekend but I could not. It would just not let me work on it so I said “in due time.”  Hopefully tomorrow I will be able to figure out what it is I need to figure out.   I have the whole thing in my brain but as my husband says “you can’t go all willie nilly on the project.”  So I hope Willie and Nilly understand.. I am going to have to start on the left side and cover inch by inch of the project and not jump around all crazy like.

I hope you all follow this with me and I plan on naming the piece of art work.  I will need help so be thinking of something that I may can use.

I guess right now it will be “Journey of B…..”

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All I can say is “Praise the Lord.” FINALLY I got old Shug (Tin Lizzie) home. Thanks to my sweet husband Gary and his friend Tim aka Timmie to me. He is a grown man and I call him Timmie!! Now I am ready to get busy and get busy and get busy! I am in a really strong sewing mood.  It has been so long since I have touched the machine about nine months during this house building that I am having withdrawals. NO MORE.. No excuses. The sewing machines are here the long arm is here and ALL the fabric is here.. NO EXCUSE.

I figure I am going to fine myself daily when I do not sew. What would you all think would be an appropriate amount?  Of course I know there are going to be days that I have to clean house, go to appointments or whatever those will not count.  Gary and I are so content and happy here at our new place. Looking out every window you see a beautiful sight.  Now to back in my sewing mood and I am my happiest when I am hearing “click a click a click a” (sewing machine sound.)

My first project coming up VERY soon.. watch for the post.


This was when it was a mess in the floor with all the boxes and tubs we were having to unload.DSCN8737

I need to make a label and call this Shug.DSCN8736

Does Shug not look absolutely lovely? Her new home is so cheerful.DSCN8735

I have these shoe racks on both sides of the doors. You can get a lot of things in them you need without having to clutter up the shelves.DSCN8734

A closer view.DSCN8733She sure looks good from afar!!  Oh how I love my special little piece of earth! Thank you Lord and Gary for giving it to me. I feel blessed!


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More Sewing Room Heaven Progress

I have not decided what to call my sewing area.. “Studio Chris, Studio Wheeler, TiannaKeith Studio, Or just “I AM IN LOVE WITH MY SEWING AREA.”

Progress made. Tables came today. I had to “interview” them and move them around about 10 times until I found the place I wanted them.. Right in front of the window so I can look to the right when I sew. Outside is a beautiful fenced in field with horses..

DSCN8547This is the year of the horse. Chinese New Year so I will be watching them horse around while I sew.

I have not hung up much in the house. I do not want to clutter my walls. However I could not lose my identity so I have a Hippie room next to my two sewing rooms. I also hung most of my wallhangings in there. In our group  that I own, sometimes we swap miniature wallhangings. I love that.. So I plan on filling up that room with my art that I make along with the art I receive from the ladies.

Well four tables came today for the actual room where my Brother sewing machine and my felting machine will be.  The cutting area and design wall will also be in here.  I have just started working on this.. Here is a before.


I have never played Mother with dolls. I was always the one that made their clothes, quilts and fixed their hair.  I never mothered them I just designed them. Over the years I have gotten a collection of dolls. Of course I had to put them in my Identity Room. I could not leave my babies out and in the pile there is one of the first Cabbage Patch Dolls with Xavier Roberts written on the backside. The doll is made of cloth. There is also a red Cupie doll that I got when I was born. If you look real hard you will see Tiny Tears peeking out at you and my baby bed I got when I was one or two years old. I still have it. Metal bed and the sides raise up and down.

DSCN8593Here are some more pictures of my Hippie room minus the black light I bought today. I have not gotten it hung up yet. I hope to fill this room up this year with beautiful artwork and items from the 60′s. PEACE!


I got this vest when I was 13. Oxford Mall had just opened and I went shopping one Sat night and my mother to my surprise bought it for me. It is suede and fringed. I would not take anything for it. DSCN8591 DSCN8592 DSCN8594

Aunt Jan bought this rug for herself and then she just knew where it belonged. It is beautiful.DSCN8595

I was a BIG X-FILES FAN. Fox had that poster in his office.  DSCN8597Here is the entrance to the room where all the fabric stash is.. In the floor are boxes to unload. I hope to have all this straight by this time next week and can really show you some great pictures and by then I should be sewing away.  Oh how I love to hear “click click click”  the sound the machines makes when it is working!

Stay tuned!

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Happy New Year


Happy New Year. I am ready for you.   I did not post much this year. We started back in March designing and getting ready to build a new home. I have an awesome quilt area or studio as some may call it.. I am not finished completely but when I am I will send you a picture.  Here is a sneak preview of my fabric. I think I need to go shopping. What you think? I am blessed to have it right at my fingertips. Nothing bothers me anymore than having to get ready to go to the store to get a piece of fabric to finish a project.

DSCN8303This room is big enough for me to put my long arm in here.  I have been in such a sewing funk. Does that ever happen to any of you. We had a nice home it was small and an attic was my sewing room. IT WAS A MESS..I mean a royal mess. I hated to go up there. I only made myself go when I had to go.

Here at the new home with several huge rooms for my sewing I will be able to just walk around the corner, no steps and sew. I even put a den on that side of the house so Gary my husband can be there watching TV and not miss me. LOL seriously we love being close by each other and he is my official cutter. He cuts all my fabric. My hand does not know what a rotary cutter feels like. I do not like cutting I mess up cutting and he is perfect and he likes to do the cutting. We have an awesome view. I look out to a beautiful neighborhood and two of my new best friends.. Two horses in a pasture across the street from me.  I go over daily and talk to them and rub their noses. They are so cute.

So now that we are about 99 percent finished I am ready to start blogging and being creative.

Did you miss me?

YES THE GIVE A WAYS ARE COMING BACK.. We will start the new year off right.  Just leave a comment here about what you have planned on doing or try to do this year. You know nothing can ever be wrong with anything you try. If you have always wanted to learn to paint with oils. Take a class. So what if your picture looks terrible to you. It is your work. You are only a failure IF YOU DO NOT TRY.  Look at some of the famous painters paintings. They are horrible.

If you want to learn to quilt find someone nearby that will teach you. There are guilds all over the place and someone is always willing to help you. So what if your quilts are not perfect. We do not want perfect we want progress and finding something we love.  Look at the Gees Bend Quilts. They are not perfect.  Look how they are loved and accepted.

I want to learn to crochet. I plan on going to a town nearby here to learn as much as I can. You know you can go to YouTube and find a wealth of information.


Be happy 2014 step out and try something new. Just think you may be the next famous artist or quilter or whatever and do not even know you have that in you.. GET BUSY AND TRY.. You only fail if you do not try.


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American Quilter’s Society COMING TO CHATTANOOGA, TN 2014


Here is a list of the AQS Quilt Shows for the year 2014. I turned flips when I saw Chattanooga, TN.  Beautiful town with nice facilities. It has not been the same to me since they left the Gaylord Hotel in Nashville, TN but things are looking up. See you in Chattanooga.

Mark your calendar for these coming American Quilter’s Society Shows.

Phoenix, Arizona

  • 2014: February 5 – 8

Lancaster, Pennsylvania

  • 2013: March 13 – 16
  • 2014: March 12 – 15

Paducah, Kentucky

  • 2013: April 24 – 27
  • 2014: April 23 – 26

Charlotte, North Carolina

  • 2014: July 30 – August 2

Grand Rapids, Michigan

  • 2013: August 14 – 17
  • 2014: August 20 – 23

Chattanooga, Tennessee

  • 2014: September 10 – 13

Des Moines, Iowa

  • 2013: October 2 – 5
  • 2014: October 1 – 4
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