Friday, March 23, 2018

Yankee Puzzle Plus! A Bonus Buddy Bonanza!

Good Morning from Quilt Villa in Virginia!

I arrived yesterday afternoon after a short stop in Wilkesboro to have lunch with my friend Mona and catch up – just us girls.

We only live an hour or so apart from each other, but when both moving targets are going in opposite directions, we just don’t get to see each other as much as we would like to.

Lunch was long gone, and we were still sitting there an hour later nursing our iced teas and chatting up a storm.

With a full belly and another hour’s drive ahead of me, I was grateful to slide in for a late afternoon nap by the time I finally got here.

Are you intrigued by this block at the top of this post?

This is something I have been working on behind the scenes for a while!

You know how I love units that leave me bonus triangles.  But instead of saving bonus triangles for ANOTHER project down the road, how about we find a place for them to land in the same project you are working on, using my Bonus Buddy ruler to turn those waste triangles into BONUS!

Thursday, March 22, 2018

A Snow Day, Quilt-Cam Sew Day!

What else is a girl going to do when the world is white outside?

There was no need to get anywhere, go anywhere, do anything else, and she (meaning ME!) was itching to spend some much needed machine time simply putting the pieces through.

And I know that YOU were anxious for it too!

We did all of this yesterday at 2pm eastern through Facebook live – if you missed it, no worry!  It’s here to be embedded and archived along with some of the stories and photos sent in by those who were sewing along!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

March Quilty Box Gift-Away (And Quilt-Cam, Too!)

I woke up this morning to a winter wonderland that should NOT be happening in North Carolina at the end of March.

Seriously, North Carolina!  I would expect this kind of shenanigan to happen in Chicago, but HERE?

However, after spending the past 2 days at my desk, I’m READY and raring for a SNOW day SEW day – and I hope you’ll join me at 2pm Eastern via my Quiltville Facebook Page for some Snowy March Quilt-Cam fun. 

To make things even MORE excitable today, Our March Quilty Box arrived while I was in Illinois, and it’s full of Elizabeth Hartman goodness!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Show & Share, Shenanigans & More!

This is part of the display that enticed us as we sewed away for two days at the Glenwoodie Golf & Country Club in Glenwood, Illinois last week.

As I went through my photos to pull this morning’s post together, this tee shirt statement just busted me out laughing.

Have you EVER felt this way?  “I’m not going to buy any more fabric until I……..OH, look!  Pretty!  On Sale!!”

Well, I caved.  LOL.

There were BINS of 1 yard cuts – 3.99 each.  In my mind, I rationalized that as only $1.00 a fat quarter, right?  Wouldn’t you??

And before I knew it -

Monday, March 19, 2018

Thread Matters…

Thread is one of those things I care about.  I hope you do too.

When putting all of this time and effort to piece quilts, quilt quilts – I give a lot of consideration to the thread that does the job of holding piece to piece, or finishes the quilt either by machine quilting or hand quilting, and binding.

Living in North Carolina, I’ve been interested and fascinated by the long standing textile industry here.

Of course, many (most) of the mills are gone now, but did you know that having been in the thread business for 127 years, American & Efird  is the only thread company still with full scale operations remaining in the US?

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Stitching Away on St Paddy’s Day!

It’s not often that St Patrick’s Day falls in line with National Quilting Day!

But then, isn’t EVERY day International Quilting Day?  It is in my world!

However you spent your day, I hope it was wonderful.

There was a plethora of green-wearing-scrap-loving folks sewing up a storm in yesterday’s Cathedral Stars workshop hosted by the Illinois Valley Quilters in Ottawa, IL!  And we were so happy to have Carolyn and Lisa join us all the way from Arkansas and Missouri.  We tried to figure out how many years it has been since I last saw them, and the best we can come up with is about 5. 

Lisa’s kids have grown – gotten married, life marches on – oh, so quickly!

And our class day did, as well.

I haven’t taught Cathedral Stars in a while, but it was the FIRST quilt that turned me on to the Tri-Recs units and how fun and versatile they are when cut from strips.  We’ve since used this unit in Celtic Solstice and En Provence, both found in the Digital Patterns section of the once again functional Quiltville Store And when students are successful with this unit, their happiness spills over and the possibilities are endless.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Of Midwest Towns & Antique Malls!


Yesterday I had the opportunity to trundle on up to La Salle and do some quilt shop wandering, have a delicious lunch out at the Up Town Grille, and hit a couple of antique malls with Sarah, my designated driver while I’m here with the Illinois Valley Quilters.

We made a stop at Quilting in the Valley!

Isn’t it wonderful how you can enter certain shops and be made to feel completely welcome and at home – even when you’ve never been there before?

The shop was busy with a flurry of customers, and we were soon chatting of all things quilty – from mystery quilts to quilt-cam to “I’ll see you tonight, I’m in tomorrow’s class” and beyond.

It never ceases to bring a smile when someone says “How’s Sadie?”  I felt instantly like part of this group!

Friday, March 16, 2018

Scrappy Trippin’ with the Quilter’s Plus Quilters!

How many quilters does it take to make enough blocks for  a king sized quilt top in a day?


Fifty quilters gathered yesterday at the Glenwoodie Golf & Country Club for a full day of Scrappy Trips fun!

This is such an easy quilt to make and the pattern is found under the free patterns tab at the top of the blog. Those who have made one, can’t stop with just one.  They are fast and easy, and EVERYTHING goes.  There is no such thing as an ugly quilt with this simple block pattern.  Grab some 2 1/2’’ strips and get sewing!


I was gifted a shirt to match “the Super Staff!”

The day before all of the ladies were sporting green shirts with the guild logo and the name of the class along with my name, and I said “Cute! Where’s mine?!”  Well, they listened and brought me one for yesterday’s class.  I quickly changed and joined these “blue birds of happiness” for a wonderful day that flew by far to quickly.


Strips are sewn into sets and strategically pressed!


Strip sets are sliced, opened and rearranged!


Pump those irons girls!


Beautiful blocks were happening by lunch time!


We worked up a powerful hunger, and our catered lunch was delicious!

Roasted chicken and seasoned potato quarters, green beans to die for….”Why are these beans so good?!” Was the query.  “2lbs of butter!” was the reply! LOL! But really, they were delicious.


Amazing, everyone!  Just amazing!

Click to play:

And lest you think that was the END of the day:


Last quilters standing SEWING!

Long after everyone else had packed up and rolled on out, and the last of the cords and duct tape had been pulled off of the floor, ONE table of die hard quilters remained, still sewing away.

We had the room until 9pm so they decided to stay put, order in pizza delivered for dinner and just use up all of the time they could making more blocks!

I waved them a fond farewell as Cathy and I rolled on out ourselves – destination?  Dinner in near by Flossmoor, IL – such a cute town!


I loved the old brick buildings.


Dinner at the Floosmoor Station!


Aren’t the Tudor buildings cute??

The sun was setting lower as we made our way toward Joliet where I would be meeting up with Sarah from the Illinois Valley Quilters – transferring my stuff (Oh, so much stuff!) from Cathy’s vehicle to Sarah’s and off we went further west to my next destination – Ottawa!


Bonnie got her Culver’s fix!

Caramel Peanut Butter Cup.  MMmmmmm!

I was in bed by 8:30.  I think I watched 20 minutes of The Wedding Planner before clicking the remote to off, turning out the lights and calling it DONE. 

This morning is much less hectic.  I have the morning to take care of and catch up on emails and other needed things.  Sarah is picking me up at 11:30 for lunch out, a quilt shop fix, and an antique mall wander.  The only thing I really need to be present for is tonight’s guild presentation!  A day to play.  Thank you!

**NOTE!**  My shop is currently down while we get the SSL certificate to redirect.  Currently it shows the page, but no items! ARGH!  And I'm still busy in Illinois, leaving the hotel to spend the time with the guild ladies.  Please check back later --  :)


Quiltville Quote of the Day!

Vintage Iris quilt with signatures shared by Cathy in Lockport, Illinois.

If you find yourself feeling "less than" - stop the comparison! Just bloom!

It’s Friday!  Get out there and enjoy it!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

A Pineapple Blossom Afternoon!

Me and the lovely ladies of the Quilters Plus Quilt Guild of Glenwood Illinois!

These gals have worked so hard behind the scenes to make these couple of days possible.

And they have the shirts to prove it!

With classes holding 50 students, a bigger location was needed, and they found a BEAUTIFUL place at the Glenwoodiie Golf & Country Club.

A lovely facility, with 85 years of history just 25 minutes drive south of downtown Chicago.

And LUNCH was served in between the guild meeting, my presentation and the start of the workshop for workshop attendees.

The shirts all say Bonnie Hunter Pineapple Blossom on them.  They planned ahead!