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Saturday, July 30, 2016

The Cutest Little Quilt Shop in Helena!

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I loved my time in Montana!  From Bozeman to Helena and the drive in between.

Even the time spent stuck with a plane that never left the ground turned into something memorable!

One of the perks of our time in Helena was the location of our workshop – we were in the conference room of the Holiday Inn, which is right on the walking mall with cute shops and even picnic areas where we could sit, enjoy our lunches, chat amongst ourselves and enjoy the beautiful July weather.

Does it get hot in Montana?  Yes! But to coin a phrase “It is a dry heat!” and that makes it lovely in the shade.  It makes it bearable in a breeze.  And it cools down at night to the point where sleeping with the windows open is blissful!

Friday, July 29, 2016

Machines, Cruises and Cabin Time...

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This was a fun introductory photo to a group I’m with – avid vintage sewing machine collectors and users. 

There are more than just quilters in the group, which is fun because I love hearing what ELSE  people make – from clothing to awnings to boat seat covers and even sails.

When it comes to the heavy duty sewing, there is nothing that can beat the vintage machine.

In preparation for Quilt-Cam last night (That went bust because the sound cut out after 8 minutes…but you can catch those 8 minutes and then try to read my lips for the NEXT 8 minutes after it died HERE)

I had pulled out my green Electro-Hygiene machine with the caption of “always wash your hands before you sew!” 

The words on my photo?

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Quilt-Cam & Give-Away! 7/28/2016

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While Quilt-Cam was a bust due to no audio tonight, we still have a Quiltmaker Giveaway going on!

When I arrived home on Tuesday night, there was a HUGE pile of mail to go through and in amongst the envelopes, mailers and boxes were my sample copies of the September/October issue of Quiltmaker!  One for me to keep, and a spare to give away to one of our lucky readers.

In it I found ALL kinds of autumn pleasure.  Could it be that cooler temps are just around the corner?

I certainly hope so.  Here in North Carolina the car thermometer said 103 as I was out running errands. 

That is way to hot for ANYONE in their right mind, and I’ve been holing up in the basement with some pattern writing in an attempt to stay cool!

Take a look at what you’ll find inside this issue:

Old Governor’s Mansion, Helena!

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After my last workshop day with the Helena Quilt Guild, we had some free time and when it was suggested that Bobi give us a private behind the scenes tour of the old Governor’s mansion (because she works there!) I jumped at the chance!

Touring old homes and buildings is a favorite thing to do when traveling. 

We had passed the mansion while riding the tour train the night before and I couldn’t wait to see what was waiting for us inside!

The Queen Anne home was built in 1888 by Helena entrepreneur William Chessman as a symbol of his wealth and influence throughout the Helena community. The next two owners, the Larsons and the Conrads, continued the pattern of affluent living. In 1913 the State of Montana acquired this handsome brick mansion as the first official governor's residence for nearly half a century.

Between 1913 and 1959, it was home to nine Montana governors and their families.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Off to 3rd Grade! And Show & Share!

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I can’t believe that just yesterday morning I was sitting on the front steps at my sister’s house in South Jordan, Utah posing with my nieces for the first day of school photos!

Taylor started 3rd grade yesterday.

How can that be possible?  I remember making her baby quilt!

There are photos of her here with it as an infant.  Isn’t blogging wonderful? It’s all HERE!

In Utah the elementary schools go year round in blocks, so I was just thrilled at how my “Bonus Day” in Utah panned out.

Not only was I there for an impromptu family BBQ complete with fireworks on a state holiday for Pioneer Day, but I got to go with Taylor to the school to drop her off for her first day of 3rd grade.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

A Happy Snafu!

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How cute is the helena Montana airport at 4:30am?

This was my view as I stepped through security, climbed up the stairs to the second level where gates 3 and 4 are located, one for United and one for Delta.

We thought all was right for my 5:10 boarding and my 5:50am departure for Minneapolis which would get me further on to La Guardia and then home to Greensboro by dinner time.

We even boarded and were ready to go until….

“Ladies and gentleman, we have a maintenance issue…please retrieve your belongings and proceed back into the gate waiting area..”

Oh boy.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Smith Mountain Morning in Helena!

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Say hello to two Sneaky Quilty Canadians!

Pauline and Darlene made their way from Calgary, Alberta Canada on a road trip, hitting quilt shops all along the way to take yesterday's workshop in Helena, Montana!

And they did so WITHOUT letting their guild buddies know ANYTHING about it.

You see,  when they were contacted after inquiring about openings in the workshops, they were told that there were only TWO spots available.

And they took them, keeping silent about the whole road trip until we posted this photo yesterday afternoon to Instagram and Facebook.

Oh, the responses!!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

July Quilty Box Winner!



Hello from beautiful Helena, Montana!

We finished our last workshop with a bang this afternoon, and thanks to the kindness of the guild hostesses, I was treated to a personal guided tour of the old Governor’s mansion in a very historic area of town!  This place is so rich with history, my history loving soul is so happy to have had a chance to experience Montana this way.

I DID set the alarm on the phone to remind me that tonight I needed to do this drawing thing – and it went off right in the middle of dinner.

We did some more talking and show and sharing of hexie projects and applique projects and a returning of a borrowed featherweight in the lobby before I came up here to my room.

I’ve got to get everything packed and ready for my 4:15 am journey to the airport, so it will be early to bed for me.

In other words…let’s DO this drawing thing!

Texas Tumbleweed Day, Montana Style!

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The smiles and the laughter, the conversations, the connectivity!

These are the best parts of coming together to learn some new things in a workshop!

Could we all sew this at home? Certainly – but being together makes it all that much more of a rewarding experience, don’t you agree?

Why quilt alone when you can quilt with friends who make life such a joy?

We gathered together in the conference room at the Holiday Inn in Helena Montana for a Texas Tumbleweed workshop from my book MORE Adventures with Leaders & Enders.

The fabrics and projects were so varied and it was great to see the progress bring these quilt visions to fruition.