Monday, February 20, 2017

Sadie Approved!

It’s not easy getting the binding and sleeve stitched down when Sadie has firmly claimed a quilt as her own!

How could I dare move this sweet girl off of her comfy place?  I had to wait until she had woken up and moved off of her spot so that I could get the job done.

And what a job it was – this quilt is BIG!

On large quilts, which most of mine are, I tend to set a goal of one side per evening. 

If I add in the stitching down of the hanging sleeve and the label, it can take me 5 evenings of relaxing stitching and TV watching time to get the job done.

I started in on Tuesday night after arriving here Tuesday afternoon.  It actually took me 6 nights to do it all, but I love my evening quiet stitching time.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

February Quilty Box Winner!

Happy Sunday Evening from Quilt Villa NC!

The grilled pork chops, baked potatoes and salad have been consumed, table cleared, dishes washed, and all put back where it goes.

The remaining meals we will eat under this roof are limited and decreasing in number.

I wish I weren’t so attached to “THINGS” as in houses or furnishings or other items – in fact much of this will go with us, but I’ve loved this place.

As I sit here at the dining room table typing up this post, I realize so many memories have happened here at this same tbale in the past 3 1/2 years.  So many blog posts have been written as well.

It will always hold a very fond place in myj memory.

But we aren’t here to get sentimental about that!  It’s time to draw our winner of the February Quilty-Box!

Cabin Plannin’!

This is the view from one of the look out points at Grayson State Park, Virginia.

I just can’t get over the vastness of the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountain ranges.  As far as the eye can see, there is a peace and a sense of wonder that just leaves me breathless.

While some folks flock to the beach along with a gazillion other folks to claim a section of sand barely bigger than the perimeter of their beach towel and umbrella, I run the other direction.  To each their own.  The ocean is beautiful, no doubt, but my batteries are recharged with solo time.  My soul is centered in solitude, not fighting traffic and the noise of others around me.

I know I’m weird that way.  It’s just how I’m wired.

We had friends Rick and Mona with us on this drive across the North Carolina state line into Virginia.  They guys were discussing the bazing of ATV trails on the property as we hiked up the hill from the cabin to get a feel for this new land, soon to be ours.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

When Life Throws You Scraps…

When Life Throws You Scraps…Make a Quilt!

How many times have we heard that saying, and can’t help but chuckle in response?

In this case, Mona and I hit the Antique Mall in West Jefferson to spend some time wandering before meeting up with Kathy and Tami for lunch and guild meeting time.

I love having newer quilters in tow.  There really is so much to discover about people from the quilts that outlive them.  And it is rewarding to be able to shed some light on things such as what type of batting was used, what era the fabrics are from, and the variety of fabrics in the quilt are also clues into the maker’s life.  Are there masculine fabrics (stripes, plaids, chambrays, etc) as well as feminine dress prints? It could mean that the maker was also responsible for making clothing for her sons or husbands.

How do you date fabrics?  There are books on the subject – not sure if they are still in print, but they have taught me so much.

Friday, February 17, 2017

To Guild We Go!

I’m networking.

I’m not teaching.

I’m not lecturing.

I’m one of the girls, and I brought Mona with me as I attended the February meeting of the Ashe County Piecemakers Quilt Guild in West Jefferson, North Carolina.

We had a great time!  And it was really fun being introduced just as “guests.”   No last names were given, just “This is Bonnie and she is purchasing property next door in Grayson County, VA.

And then two and two started being put together and it felt like a surprise party when the last name came out and the big welcome came on.

This was also Mona’s first guild meeting, and we had come to hear Lester Mullis of the  Ashe County Sewing Center speak on the care and maintenance of our beloved machines.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Wandering Gastonia!

Everywhere you look in North Carolina (and likely points further south) Spring is shrugging of it’s winter clothes and bursting into full bloom.

The first signs of spring around here are my favorite of all – Pink trees!  In all of their varieties, I LOVE the pink trees the best.

And put them against a Carolina blue blue sky with plenty of sunshine, and you will find me squealing and fist-pumping in the car as I drive from errand to errand yelling “YES!!  Bloom, baby, bloom!”

Sadie looks at me as if I’ve lost my mind from her place in the back seat.

But this is my happiest time of year.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Road Trip with the Minnesota Girls!

On a bright and sunny Monday, i grabbed my purse, my keys, a few goodies on special order via text, and headed out to Gastonia, NC.

Gastonia is known to quilters world wide as the home to the fabric mecca called Mary Jo’s.

I had been waiting for this day for months and months, ever since Cheri contacted me about a certain Singer Library table style cabinet she had found in Minnesota of all places.

“It’s lovely, but it’s too far away and shipping would be astronomical”  I told her via email.

She twisted my arm further by telling me that she would be happy to “Pony Express” it down to me on a driving trip to Florida early February.

She didn’t have to twist very hard, I’m kind of a push over that way.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Quilty Box Valentine’s Gift-Away!

Happy Valentine’s Day, Everyone!

I hope your day is filled with all of the sweetness you can handle!

I also have a very special Quilty Box to Gift Away to someone extra special!

No, you won’t get it ON Valentine’s Day, but it’s a sweet treat to look forward to!

This month’s box is absolutely fabulous and you won’t want to miss it!

What is a Quilty Box?
  • Quilty Box is a monthly subscription box of fun quilting supplies. We offer plans from $44-48/mo.
  • 5% of the profits of multi-month subscriptions are donated to Quilts for Kids - a non-profit which donates quilts for children in need
  • Each month we have 4 or more products (Fabric, patterns, thread, or notions)
  • Our retail value of the products in the box is always more than $60
  • We will be using the hashtags #QuiltyBox and #GetQuilty
Your support is appreciated. If you have any questions or comments don't hesitate to contact me.
Get Quilty!
Patrick Claytor, CEO

I love knowing that part of the proceeds go to benefit kids.  To me that is a win/win all the way around!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Mystery Monday Link-Up! The Finale!

Good Monday Morning, everyone!

Today is the day – the last Mystery Monday Link-Up for our En Provence quilt progress!

SO MANY of you have finished!  So many are tops, or full quilts complete with bindings and labels, and I couldn’t be more thrilled at the momentum that swept this quilt to completion all across the globe.

Just think of it!  On every continent! You have been working so hard on bringing these quilts to reality, you’ve shared the fun with your friends who have also joined in.  It’s been a learning experience for those who consider themselves “new” quilters.  It’s been a fun adventure for those of us more seasoned.

You’ve added your own twists and touches to suit your own vision, and I love that!

During yesterday’s Quilt-Cam fun, so MANY En Provence photos were sent to my inbox, so many that I couldn’t share them all during the time we had available. 

They were all so gorgeous!

Here are a few: