Tuesday, January 23, 2018

January Quilty Box Birthday Gift-Away!

It's a weird kind of birthday when photos don't upload to Blogger!

This post will have a bit different formatting because I am doing it by email.

Yep, back to how I got things to send while in China.

Blogger isn't letting me upload photos to any post.  WEIRD!

Not from my computer, not from even a URL address.  What's a girl to do?  Find another way!

We can't have a Quilty-Box Gift-Away WITHOUT photos, now can we?

So the photos have been uploaded by email and I am adding text between.  Where there is a will there is a way.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Three Cheers and a Quiltmaker Bundle Winner!

Three cheers!

In spite of everything else going on – for ONCE I remembered that tonight is our drawing for the winner of the March/April Quiltmaker bundle!

I sitting here with a big cheesy grin on my face – new tooth included – because I think this gift-away has topped ALL of our previous records with more than 6,300 entries!


This is a great bundle, and it will soon be winging its way toward……..will it be you?

The Very Last Stitch!

There are some projects that nearly bring tears as you take the very last stitch.

15 years.  Where did they go?

It hits me even harder today I think with tomorrow’s birthday looming.

What has this quilt seen happen in my life over the past 15 years?

In 2003 we moved from Waxahachie, Texas to Irmo, South Carolina as the company that The Hubster Dave was working for expanded.

South Carolina was SO exciting and I loved every minute of the 5 years we lived there.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Such a Saturday As This!

The snow is gone.

I mean, completely and utterly gone, even in those places where “the sun don’t shine.”

My van Moby is back up to the top of the lane way next to the cabin, and temps will be into the mid 50s today.

January in the south, you are a conundrum! 

Where it’s been in the teens and 20s for the past many weeks, this is a welcome respite, but I’m not up to trusting this trend yet.  We’ve had many an ice storm in February as winter gives its last fight toward spring.  No, I’m not trusting this at all!

But yesterday, the shining sun in a blue blue sky was enough for me to not want to hole myself up in the cabin basement studio.  I wanted to look OUTSIDE.  I wanted to watch the birds, the deer, and I’m still treadle hungry --

Notice the chain of pieces behind my foot pedal?  Yes – I was busy in the loft!

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Mountain Bound!

All of my ducks were in their proverbial row by 1pm yesterday afternoon.

Sadie and I headed out, waiting for the moment we saw mountains on the horizon.  Can you see them?

There.  In the distance, just below where the sky turns blue.

Tuesday and Wednesday’s snow was quickly melting – by the time I reached North Wilkesboro, NC hoping for a rendezvous with a certain vintage telephone chair (that I should have just purchased LAST VISIT!) the temps were already into the low 50’s f.  SNOW BE GONE!

I love the beauty of a lovely snow fall, but it’s the aftermath of crunchy ice encrusted rutted roads that I don’t like.

As to the chair?

Friday, January 19, 2018

Crash the Retreat!!

I’ve had something sneaky in the works for the past couple of weeks.

It was all a matter of “Would the dates work out?!”

And yes, since my extended add on trip to Arizona fell through, I WOULD be home!

And then the planning began in earnest.

I’m crashing a retreat!  I’m really CRASHING a retreat! Hehehe!

And then snowmageddon 2018 happened and I was snowed into my driveway – could I get out?

I am so grateful to son Jeff who shoveled and shoveled that uphill driveway and got the van to the top by 4pm – I could drop mail at the post office (Since they couldn’t pick up from me, all about the driveway!) and head on over to Kernersville, about an 8 mile drive from the post office.  It was slow going – roads in the rural areas are not plowed, and there was packed snow, ice ruts and all.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

All in a Snow Day Sew Day!

This morning’s view from the front porch of our little bungalow house in Wallburg.

Oh. My. Word!

I haven’t seen snows like this since we left Idaho, and let me tell you – after 19 years of Southern Living, we don’t even OWN a snow shovel decent enough to get me out of here.

And since we are Southern, we do ONE THING – we sit and wait for a thaw!

And we have some fun as well.

And oh yes, as to “Just how deep IS this snow??”

Check this out:

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Quiltmaker Snow Day Gift-Away!

I awoke this morning to SNOW!

Not big heavy flakes, but fine crystals falling silently.

How long had they been falling?  I don’t know!  Perhaps it started in the wee small hours of the morning.

The wind didn’t blow, there was nothing at all to let me know that I would open the door this morning to a wonderland of white.

A snow day!  A home day!  FABULOUS!

And since my Quiltmaker Magazine also arrived yesterday, I thought today would be a good day to celebrate my home day snow day sew day with a Quiltmaker Gift-Away.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Hello, Tuesday!

Today I’m sharing the UNDERSIDE of the hand quilting progress on Jason’s hexie quilt!

I am loving the texture of the hand quilting on this one.  The hexies are small, only 3/4’’ per side so the quilting is fairly dense. And I think the tea dyed color solid was the best choice to show the texture.

I’m not outlining each individual hexagon, but echoing each path, and any center hexie that stands by itself I am quilting with  3 crossing lines in a starburst.

Progress on this monster has been fairly slow, just an hour or so in the evening while I am home, but any progress is PROGRESS.

This quilt has been in progress since 1999 so what is the rush?

Click the photos to view a larger image.

I am loving the silk batting by Hobbs, and have settled in with size 10 betweens by Roxanne for my needle of choice.  The 11s were just too short, The 10s bend a bit, but I can load just the right number of stitches on them per hexie side because of the length of the needle.

It pays to experiment!