Saturday, April 27, 2013

My Newest Upton MLB Quilt

Six years ago, I was commissioned to make a custom quilt for Yvonne Upton.  Both of Yvonne's sons play in the MLB (Major League Baseball).  At the time, the oldest son, BJ, played for the Tampa Bay Rays and the youngest, Justin, played for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Yvonne wanted each team's logo, both sons' names, and her name appliqued onto the quilt.  She wanted only each team's colors to be used and she liked fancy/curly-q letters.

This is the quilt that I created for her back then (please ignore the washed out look to the photo...I have been unable to find the original jpg of the picture):

Over the years, I've made almost 15 different quilts for a variety of themes and colors.  Mainly gifts for family, friends, her grandson (BJ's son), and each of the boys' girlfriends.

Earlier this year, BJ signed with the Atlanta Braves as a free agent.  Within a few weeks, his brother, Justin, was traded to the Braves.  I knew I would be hearing from Yvonne about making her a new quilt with the new team logo and colors.  And I did.  She also ordered a toddler quilt for a friend's son.

The names and team logo were created from fabric (for those of you who aren't familiar with the term "applique").  The quilts were machine quilted by a local award winning long-armer.

 Here is Yvonne's newest quilt:

My first team quilt was mentioned in an article, for USA Today Sports Edition by Seth Livingstone, in an interview that he did with Yvonne.  I wonder if this quilt will make it into any interviews.  :)

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Coupons, Coupons, Coupons!

Just about everyone, these days, is trying to save money anyway that they can.

A customer, a couple of years ago, asked me to design a coupon organizer for her that she would be able to attach to her shopping cart.

After playing with a couple of different designs, I finally found one that I liked.

My coupon organizers close with an elastic and button.  Using the same items, you can attach the organizer to your shopping cart.  Leaving your hands free for shopping!

I added a pocket to the front, so that you can store your discount cards and/or money.  I also added a small elastic loop to hold a pen.

10 mini dividers and 2 sheets of labels are also included with each organizer (10 blanks on the labels sheet, so that you can customize them to your needs).


I have a large selection of coupon organizers available in my Etsy shop or my Artfire shop.  I offer free shipping (continental US only).  International customers, I do refund any shipping over-charges and I never charge a handling fee.

I also have them available in NFL fabrics.  I have all teams available.

If you live in the Virginia Beach, Hampton Roads area, or will be visiting then stop by my new shop located in the heart of Kemspville...minutes from the 64/264 Interchange.

5310 Providence Road
Virginia Beach VA  23464

We are near the intersection of Providence Road and Lord Dunmore.  2 shops left of Madison Jewelers.

Visit our website to see pics of our shop and more!

Monday, April 8, 2013

VaBeachQuilter Brick & Mortar is Now Open!

VaBeachQuilter is Now Open!

We have finally opened a brick and mortar shop!  We are having a grand opening sale.

We also have a drawing to win a $25 gift certificate.  No purchase necessary.  Winner will be announced on May 1st.

You can participate in the sale, at my online shops, by using coupon:  GRANDOPENING to receive 15% off your total purchase.  As always, free shipping (continental U.S. only).

My Etsy shop:  VaBeachQuilter and my Artfire shop:  VaBeachQuilter

If you would like to be entered into the drawing, just leave a comment (make sure that I have a way to contact you, if you win).  You can also tweet this post and add the hash tag #vabeachquilter or share on Facebook.

Here are a few pictures of the shop:

Lots of NFL Items
Just a few of the quilts for sale.

Lots of Microwave Bags & Mitts
Lots of goodies!

Rag totes, table runners, snappy pouches!

If you live in the Virginia Beach, Hampton Roads area, or will be vacationing here then make sure you pop on by and say "hi"!

5310 Providence Road
Virginia Beach VA  23464

Shop Hours:

Monday - Friday  10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday  10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Closed Sundays

We have a new website up and, pop on by to take a peek.  VaBeachQuilter Website