Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Knock, Knock ...

Me: "Knock, knock ..."
You:  "Who's there?"
Me:  "Ivaben"
You:  "Ivaben, who?"
Me:  "Ivaben Gone for a while."

Ok, so now you know the truth about me ... I am a total dork ;)  I was pretty pleased with myself when I came up with that joke, lol!

You may have noticed we haven't been around for quite a while, and boy have we missed blogging.  BUT other than a whole lot of pictures of boxes and us moving things around, there hasn't been a whole lot to share.

Now though we're getting back up and running and we are SO excited to get back into somewhat of a routine which for us includes blogging.

As I continue to get things more organized there are projects we've finished and are looking forward to sharing.  Now that we're more settled we're working to establish the longarm quilting side of our business and are looking forward to doing more of that.

Some exciting news includes that this summer we'll be hosting our first Quilt-A-Long based on a pattern from the fabulous Judi Madsen's (aka the Green Fairy) new book, Quilting Wide Open Spaces. The Quilt-A-Long will be a longarm quilter's QAL, won't that be fun?!?  The pattern I've chosen is definitely going to stretch our skills and hopefully yours as well!  Be sure to check back for more details!  AND I have to THANK Judi for giving me her blessing for moving forward with this project - Thank you for your support!  If you haven't purchased Judi's book, you can buy one from her site signed - HERE!  It is an AMAZING book for us longarm quilters and freemotion quilters, I've already used some of her suggestions to improve my quilting! PS You will be required to buy the book if you take part in the QAL.

I've been blessed to continue working at A Touch of Thread in Ohio one weekend a month.  There, I teach longarm quilting to beginners - those wishing to rent time on the machines and I lead the Saturday longarm quilt guild.  If you're in the area - Zanesville, Ohio - we'd love for you to come and see what our group is all about.  If you'd like more information, please email me at

Enough talking, here are some pictures ...

Megan Ziegler Gettysburg Pennsylvania Longarm Machine Quilting

This is my Work In Progress ... I was going to use metallic thread for the first time on a customer quilt and obviously didn't want her quilt to be my practice piece.  So, I was going to just practice on the muslin, but then got this idea to make something and so one thing turned into another and now I have three spools of Superior's kimono silk thread to use as filler in the background and these fun paints and paintstiks to finish my "practice piece."

One of the great things about our new house is that we now have a dedicated studio space (more on that to come)!  A few weeks ago we got our sofa and chair where we can relax in between projects but more often then not you'll find my boy Max enjoying the sofa ... specifically keeping watch of everything happening on our street ...

"Ho hum, nothing too exciting ..."

"Ooh, what's that?!  What's going on out there?!?"

"Seriously mom, are you done with all the pictures?  You're interrupting my people watching time!"

I'm off to spend the afternoon at Gentle Giants Horse Rescue where I'm doing my orientation to volunteer with the horses. I cannot wait, I'll be sure to share pics of my time there!

Until next time!


A special shout out to our two linky parties today, be sure to check these sites out for more fabulous blogs!  Work In Progress Wednesday and 

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