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Chris, Mom, and I are so excited! We’ve opened a new, spacious studio in Cedar Park, Texas – for clients from all over Central Texas. Our new location is:

Over The Top Quilting Studio
The Commons Shopping Center
200 Buttercup Creek Blvd – Suite 111
Cedar Park, TX
(Here’s a map)

We will continue to see clients by appointment at our studio in Westlake Hills, Texas.

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IMG_2722Our new studio has 4 APQS longarm machines for you to try and to rent, longarm essentials on sale, and a classroom for us to exchange ideas and knowledge.

 

 

 

 

 

The expanded services at the new studio include:
♦ Machine rental on 4 APQS longarm quilting machines:
— Millennium
— Lucey
— Lenni
— George
♦ Longarm quilting classes:
— Beginner’s Longarm Quilting Class
— Advanced Beginner’s Longarm Quilting Class
— Longarm Rental Certification Class
♦ APQS Certified service on your longarm machine
♦ Longarm supplies and accessories

Of course we still are very proud to longarm quilt your quilt, our quilt creation: t-shirt quilts, memorial quilts, and custom quilts.

Thanks to everyone who made our grand opening a success – and a fun and educational event! For our friends who were not able to attend, here are some images from the day.

A video of the Grand Opening ribbon cutting and first visitors.

Slideshow of the Grand Opening – a fun event for all ages.

We’d love you to come visit us at our new studio location!

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20120618-215414.jpgAlthough today is officially Earth Day, at Over The Top Quilting Studio, we seem to be in Earth Year!     That’s because so many of our projects involve the recycling of T-Shirts into graduation/special occasion quilts.   This is a wonderful way to clean out your drawers and closets while still preserving the memories associated with the shirt.     Our clients bring us bags and bags of shirts and walk away with a wonderful, soft quilt.     A perfect combination of memory and practicality.IMG_2231

20120509-184500.jpgAnd then there are the memory quilts which frequently are a composition of clothing from a loved one.   We are privileged to be able to use old clothes which would likely wind up in a landfill somewhere and reconfigure the pieces into a useable quilt.   This allows  the receiver to wrap themselves with the feel of their loved one or have a wall hanging to preserve the thoughts forever.

Marie Z 2We have lots of fun with the clothing quilts where a Mom wants to preserve the memories of her child’s younger years.    These types of quilts really let creativity to flow, trying to figure out ways to highlight some of the more interesting aspects of a piece of clothing.

IMG_2368Our message to you on this Earth Day is – clean out those drawers and closets and make a quilt!

 

Susan

 

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Hearts filled with prayers

I believe there are a handful of times when we are able to truly make a difference in someone’s life. I know that we are called to do that on a daily basis, but do we? I imagine our actions however subtle CAN make a difference. We can share a smile, allow someone in our lane, pat someone on the back. Those are gentle touches that oftentimes subconsciously touch someone’s heart and soul.
I had the privilege to do a bit more than that over these past few days. A previous client contacted me this past Friday with desperation in her voice. “Chris, I need a big favor”…was how the voicemail started. I had just checked my voicemail sitting in the parking lot after leaving a funeral for a friend who had suddenly and quite unexpectedly passed away. Needless to say I was spent and somewhat raw from the morning. This message reminded me of how precious life is and I had to set myself aside. I listened to the message and the urgency made me realize this was not the “typical” urgent message from a client who may have dragged her feet in getting a quilt done for a baby shower or birthday gift. I knew this was different.
I called Debbie back and she said to me that she and her mom were working feverishly on getting two quilts done for her sister. Her sister was just diagnosed with a very aggressive form of breast cancer. Through her tears I understood how important it was to have these quilts made and finished for her sister. I promised her that if she were to get the tops pieced, I would quilt them over and above our queue of quilts.

I have sisters. I know the connection you feel for them. I would bleed for them and I felt this way about this. My sisters, Susan, MaryEllen and me!I had planned on being out-of-town on the weekend so I asked that she drop them off the first thing on Monday. While at the studio, the doorbell rang and Debbie stood there with these two beautifully colored quilts. She handed this bag of love over to me and I hugged her and said I’ve got this. Go take care of your sister, I will have these done as soon as possible. I hugged her and off she went. I came upstairs and

No time awastin’

realized I was to do them NOW. I put on an extra wide backing, found the exact size batting (end of roll right amount needed…!!) and off I went. I had the two quilts on the machine at the same time and I said prayers for Debbie, her mother and especially her sister. I thought of my own mother and sisters, and realized that we are truly all sisters in one family. On one quilt I added twists and turns, hearts and swirls, thinking of the journey that they were about to embark on. I had pulsating hearts, triple hearts to symbolize the three women. I added her name and surrounded it with hearts, so she knew that she is surrounded by love and prayer. I quilted the other quilt with more curves, spirals, something more elegant, how I see Debbie. Beautiful, lean, elegant. As I trimmed them up, took out the pins and smoothed out the edges I shed a tear imagining the struggle this family was to endure.

For my sister

Today Debbie picked up the quilts explaining to me why two… One for her sister and one for herself. Since they both tend to be cold they knew they would be spending many hours in doctors’ offices. The quilt was made in part with their mom, who is not a huge hugger but wanted to surround her daughter with her love. Her ‘hug’ was this quilt that she will wrap around her daughter during the many hours spent waiting.

I feel so blessed to be part of this journey. I hope they all know that although I am not a true member of their family, I am one with them.

I believe in the extreme power of prayer. Through this quilt story and if every one of you if you would offer a prayer or positive energy for Debbie’s sister, for the family, for the doctors for everyone that will care for them together they will get through this.
I believe we all can make a difference. Thanks for listening.

Chris

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