Saturday, July 04, 2015

It’s a Red, White & Blue Day!

early 1900's #quilt. I really like this unusual patchwork pattern.

I’m celebrating today with a handful of vintage red white & blue quilts!

Makers unknown…just scrappy goodness I’ve saved over the years for inspiration.

Is there anything more classic than red white & blue?

I don’t think so…and I feel a red white & blue fix coming on!

This simple 4 patch 9 patch is a wonderful example of what low contrast sashings can do…I love that the sashings are NOT on the sides, but they are on the top and bottom!

Friday, July 03, 2015

On a Drizzly, Foggy Rainy Day ---

If yesterday was the perfect run around, enjoying every bit of nature we could grab day ---
Then today was the “Let’s be lazy because it’s pouring buckets and the mountains are fogged over!” day.

It worked for me.

Yesterday plum wore me out-

And I have to say that I am absolutely LOVING the sound of the rain pouring on the cabin’s new metal roof.

Best choice ever!

And when the sky opens up and presents us with a hosing deluge – all the better.  Oh how I love a good soaking summer rain!

Photo at the top…SO SO SO FUNNY!  The acrobatic strong men fabric is a gifted vintage piece that I’ve enjoyed using here and there ---you can only tell what it is up close..from far away it’s “Just a neutral” –but….oh my!  **giggle**

The project I’m putting together is up to borders stage!  Tomorrow should see it to completion!  I just didn’t feel like tackling borders, and it was close to time to start dinner – so I started doing some of this..

Lessons Learned from Antique Quilts:

My favorite part of the Vermont Quilt Festival –at least for the two times I’ve been –are the antique quilts on display –from the rafters, as well as in groupings.

This is where my heart skips a beat!

This is where I get a glimpse into the lives of others who loved to work with needle and thread and small pieces of fabric.

Without even half of the tools that we have today, they created such beautiful works of art –most often with only these simple items at hand:

Fabric, thread, needles, scissors, hand made templates, pins –and time.  Lots of time.

Thursday, July 02, 2015

A Day for Waterfalls!

The Blue Ridge Mountains are full of hidden wonders only accessed by perseverance on nearly hidden trails.

If you don’t look closely, you just might miss that trail head that will take you to some of the most wondrous natural sites on our planet.


I have a fascination for them….

And I think my eldest son Jason has inherited his love of waterfalls from me --

We went out on the four wheelers today in search of the best that Buck Mountain has to offer.

The goal? To go UP to the top for the view DOWN – because I’ve never been to the top before!

Seeing Spots!

Things I love about cabin life…BABY DEER!

We all squealed this morning when going through the photos of our wildlife cam that is mounted on a tree in front of the cabin.

We’ve got a few does that like to wander through the yard at different times of the day, but it’s usually just before daylight, or just past dark, and therefor the photos are usually in the realm of black/white and very much in the shadows.

If you can tell by the date on this one…it was just a few days ago at 8:28 am!

Mama nudging baby!

This is the next frame:

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

It’s All About the Slaw!

Hello from Quilt Villa!

Sadie and I made the journey this morning and have been settling in and enjoying the cooler temps the mountain provides.

You can tell the humidity is high.

the mountains are hazed over, a ghost of themselves.  It’s been about a month since I’ve been up here ---can’t believe it’s been that long, and things are green and lush and summer is fully upon us.

I am turning my attention toward family and a long holiday weekend.  Is there anything better?

Something happens to me the moment I unpack the groceries.  I want to cook!  I want to provide yummy food for my family.  This doesn’t often happen at home, where work is ever-present and schedules have us all going in opposite directions making a “together” meal time a rare occasion.

But up here?  FOOD HAPPENS!

Today I felt like making a big batch of cole slaw so I thought I’d share my favorite recipe with you.

2015 Leader & Ender Challenge! TUMBLERS!

Happy JULY!!

You know what time of year that makes it? 

July is when we kick off our Leader & Ender project for the coming year.

This is all about  choosing a part of our Scrap User’s Systems that may be a bit neglected, or a bit over flowing and putting them to good use!

Leaders & Enders are individual pieces used instead of just removing your work from the machine leaving long thread tails, and to STOP the insanity of a thread covered folded over throw away piece of fabric to keep the piecing continuous.  Why throw that thread away? 

Use purposeful pieces to sew together in between the lines of your chain piecing and at the end of the year, you’ll have most-if not all- of a quilt put together!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

When Fabric Folding Never Ends…

This has been my day today.

And I have loved every minute of it!

Last night I installed a new desktop computer – and while programs were reinstalling, and things were uploading, downloading and otherwise being transferred to the new computer, I was nearby –folding fabric.

Folding, organizing, deciding which ones to keep as fat quarters, and which ones to sort into the “cut it down and use it up” Scrap Users System…

Which really DOES work for having strips on hand.

I’ve made several quilts this year.  My strip stash has been a bit depleted in some areas, and I am excited about pulling in some new blood!

I started with the blues….


Moved on to the browns.

Who knew I had SO MANY browns?!


And then on to the greens.

I’m going to need MORE containers.  These are shoe boxes with lids from Lowes.  And I fold the fat quarters to fit their height.

I have bought 3 Lowes stores in my area clear out of them – and I’m going to need MORE!

Maybe there really IS too much of a good thing!!


And then I find fabric by my friend Pepper Cory!

And then I realize, fabric is more than fabric.  We acquire fabric not just for its beauty – there are many beautiful things out there that we don’t feel compelled to stash –fabric comes with POSSIBILTIES.  Dreams.  Visions.  It has the potential to spark our creativity, it’s a seed planted to grow into something wonderful. 

Quilts are much more than the sum of their parts –when we grow a quilt, we grow ourselves.

A quilt may last on this earth longer than we will.

Something I have discovered about greens though ---they don’t like to play well together.  So I have separated them into 3 categories each with their own bins.  Yellow green.  Blue green.  Browny-olive greens.

They are all beautiful..but some I just have a real hard time combining with others – I don’t care if it is all out there in nature..there are just some greens that do not look good together in my quilts!  I think green is the one color I can be fairly picky about.

So now they are happy – and I learned something about myself in the process….


The bins fit great –3 bins high!


I’m probably going to run out of shelf space too!

I love how clean and organized this looks…but be glad you are not seeing the chaos it has created in the process. 

Things ALWAYS get messier before they get better!

That empty spot between the red and the blue is saved for purples -- but I'm not there yet.

This evening as the sun drifts to the west, I am waving bye-bye to June 2015.  I’m not sure how it went so fast, but tings do seem to ramp up faster and faster anymore.

That means – tomorrow we welcome in JULY! 

You won’t want to miss tomorrow morning’s post.  I have something special in store for you!

I’ll be headed up to the cabin – Jason comes in tomorrow evening, so Sadie and I will go up, get all of the groceries to stock us up for the long weekend.

Quilt Villa, here I come!

I'll be stopping at the Lowes in Wilkesboro to pick up more boxes on my way.

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Taping in August–Call for Quilts!

I love working with Quiltmaker Magazine!

It’s been almost 10 years now, this relationship friendship with editors, designers, and folks who love quilts and are as excited about fabric and sewing stuff, just as we all are.

My journey with them has been an awesome partnership, and I’m excited to see it grow!

When they first proposed to me that I do an Addicted to Scraps column in every issue, I had no idea how big it would be, how much people would love it – it was just a simple idea based on the newspaper quilt patterns of old --

Here is a BLOCK PATTERN.  No quilt pattern given – get your brain in gear and see what you can do with it!

I’ve got some wonderful gals working as part of the Scrap Addicts team, and they are working behind the scenes to create quilts in their own layouts and design based on the blocks presented in each column.

Now this is where YOU come in!

I am doing some taping of online workshops focused around my Addicted to Scraps column in August.

I am looking for quilts to be included in the gallery section of each episode. Would you consider allowing me to include your quilt for the world to see?