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Sunday, February 25, 2018

Virginia is for (Quiltville) Lovers!

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There is nothing that makes me happier than an abundant display of Quiltville quilts during a workshop or guild meeting.

We ALL know the hours that go into just one finished quilt project.

When you see dozens and dozens come in on ONE day –it takes my breath away!

This tells me two things – or maybe more.

1. WE CRAVE THE CREATIVE PROCESS!
2.  We are not afraid of color – or small pieces.

Okay, and how about this one – when we see what others bring, we are inspired and lifted and on fire to do MORE of what we love.

When we are creating beauty, we are restoring our souls.  Can you feel it?

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Let’s Draw For This (and More from the Mountain!)


Did you think I had forgotten?

No!  But I did adjust the drawing day just a bit because I ended up driving to the cabin, arriving on Thursday night too late to do it.

I simply thought Saturday Morning would be a good WEEKEND kind of way to celebrate.

I have finished reading my own copy of Margaret Goes Modern by Frances O’Roak Dowell, and I know you are going to love this one too.

In fact, I got a message from Frances stating “Within 24 hours of your posting it, sales of both of my books skyrocketed. I'm so thrilled and so appreciative.”

THANK YOU for purchasing this book, and for sharing your love of it with others.  The little things we do may seem insignificant, but you are making someone’s dream come true, one book at a time.

And we want to KEEP her writing!

Remember we are drawing for THREE lucky winners, all to receive a signed copy of Margaret Goes Modern from Frances herself.  Whoowhooo!

Our of 3,157 entries I have drawn:

Friday, February 23, 2018

Walking the Sunken Road.

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Hurry, hurry!

The visitor’s center was closing at 5pm, and we needed some information and a walking map before lock-up time.

We almost didn’t make it, the 4 of us stopping in our tracks on the curve of the drive, hands over hearts as we watched the park service representative carefully and respectfully lower the flag from the pole in front of us, a reminder of what this place is, and was in the past.  A battlefield of horrific carnage, Union against Confederate in the war between the states that changed the direction of this country forever.

The gentleman behind the counter, beginning his close down and lock up process was happy to stop his activities, answer some questions and send us on our way out the back door for some exploring.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Happy Scrappy Houses in Fredericksburg VA!

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I do believe it is completely possible to squeeze in as much quilting in a 4 hour afternoon workshop session as it is a 6 hour full day workshop with lunch served in the middle.

ABSOLUTELY possible if the ‘powers that be” whip up a wonderful buffet spread of salad and sandwich fixings, fruit, veggies and dip, and some yummy dessert items to grab and go as we sew.

It was a Graze and Stitch day – perfect while we worked on building a whole village of cute little houses from our scraps.

Students were encouraged to come with kits already cut and prepared for easy and quick house construction.

(Yes, once again – how did we EVER live without zip lock baggies?  I am the baggie queen!)

We worked these houses a bit out of order, starting with the chimney section as it is the most crucial with the most seams per section.

If your seam allowance is a bit off, you won’t reach the 8’’ unit measurement and everything gets shaky from there.

I loved hearing whoops and cheers as one by one, all of my stitchers stitched, measured, adjusted their seams so that they were reaching that 8’’ long unit size!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Jamestown Landing in Fredericksburg, VA!

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Break out the bunny ears -

Workshop selfies made much more fun with Snapchat filters!

Hahaha!  This was Jennifer’s idea, and I knew I loved her the moment she did this to our photo.

How can you NOT smile at someone wearing a bunny nose and fuzzy ears?  The only thing missing was twitching whiskers.

It’s more fun than a hall of mirrors.  At least these ears don’t make me look fat!

And it was fun and silly all day long with the Virginia Star Quilters of Fredericksburg, Virginia.

It was February 20th – and it reached 75 blissful degrees outside.  My only regret?  We were sewing INSIDE instead of outside!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Jamestown Landing with the Peaks & Piecers!

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My buddy Kevin, the mastermind behind this terrific event in Bedford, Virginia!

A talented and full-of-life quilter in his own right, he chaired this event, being the contact person for all of the emails coming from all over the state of Virginia and beyond, including Arkansas and Kansas!

In case you are wondering about our very stylish hand dyed one-of-a-kind shirts, Kevin does these himself.

I fell in love with the mono-print shirt I’m wearing, and when he told me how the process was completed, one step at a time, taking more than 48 hours to complete all the steps, I knew I had to have it. 

Don’t we all just love our quilt-wear?

I also love how we blended in to Kevin’s On Ringo Lake quilt, done in Mardi Gras colors, and therefore called Bourbon Street!  Or was it Midnight on Bourbon Street?  I’ve likely butchered it, but I’m sure he will correct me.

Thanks again for the 3 years of planning, my friend!  We pulled it off with flying colors – and scraps!  Hooray!

Monday, February 19, 2018

A Presentation, and Presidential Side Trip!

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Afternoon crowd on a beautiful sunshine filled Sunday!

I was just tickled with the turn out in Bedford, and when the audience is as interactive and into it as this one, we had some great laughs going, interesting interaction with questions from the audience, and a whole lot of down-home Virginia quilty good times!

Starting a 1pm, left me the morning to take at a more leisurely pace.  Emails cleared out of the inbox.  phone calls answered. ducks all placed in a row for future venues coming up quickly.

And with still more than a hour to go before I had to leave Lynchburg for Bedford, about a 1/2 hour drive -

I was able to do some more of this:

Sunday, February 18, 2018

A Scrap Crystals Day in Bedford, VA!

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This kind of a crazy fun day was had by all as we met together in Bedford, Virginia for a day of what could be described as “Death by Triangles!” LOL!

Small, yes – but tiny, no!  And these are easy to sew being cut from matched pairs of strips, ready to sew.  Short seams make the process fast and nearly painless.

You’ll find Scrap Crystals in my book MORE Adventures with Leaders & Enders And yes, there are 96 pieces in each 12’’ block.  But who’s counting?

Tasks like this are always less tedious when we are sewing with friends – or Sisters!  Or mothers and daughters!

Of course you can’t see the family resemblance with these two at all, right?  So NOT obvious!

I see Pat & Jeanette and instantly break into strains of “Sisters, Sisters – there were never such devoted sisters….”  I LOVED SEEING THEM!


Saturday, February 17, 2018

Road Trippin’ to Lynchburg, VA!

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It’s been a number of years since I’ve been to Lynchburg, but this little city holds so much charm, right in the heart of Virginia.

A college town, with Liberty University at the forefront at its center (and thereby explaining all of the crazy traffic at all hours!) it is also a town with a lot of interesting history behind it.

And some really NICE independent businesses in the downtown area as well –of course mixed right in with the “strip mall of usuals” that you’ll find along the main drag.

I can get to Target or Dick’s Sporting Goods anywhere.  I didn’t need to go there.

I headed downtown.