It has rained and rained and rained more than I have ever seeen it rain in the 9 years I’ve lived in North Carolina.
It poured all night before I headed out yesterday morning.
And I was pretty worried about the rain, after all I had driven through last month on my way to Birmingham through tornado warnings and hail and all.
“Enough with the rain already!” I shouted to the sky as I headed out in an ongoing pitter patter, my first stop being the post office to drop off mail order before I could steer Moby onto the highway, and then to the interstate, and finally point myself toward Virginia.
Mona sent this picture yesterday of the New River in Grayson County where the cabin is – the New River has overflown its banks.
ENOUGH RAIN already!
I made it to Richmond in fairly good time, met up with some friends for lunch, much visiting and much laughter, and pulled out back onto the road amidst another raging downpour. And the sun was shining as if to mock me – deluge of a downpour, AND sunshine making the glare nearly impossible to see anything.
“Thanks a lot!” I said to the sky and continued on my way.
Evening clouds just outside of Manassas.
That must have been the last hurrah, because the clouds bid me a pink welcome as I stopped for gas. The wind had died down, the air was cool and crisp, the world was washed clean and I was ready for a bit of dinner and a comfy bed.
My one regret? I took a lot of backroads and there were WONDERFUL old homes, and churches and abandoned estates and barns ---but I wasn’t stopping in the rain to get photos. GAH! In fact, I didn’t take any photos at all yesterday because the rain was just miserable.
But I’m here!
And today I have 40 students in a fun retreat situation here at the Hampton Inn in Manassas! There are still clouds. It could still rain. but I don’t have to move myself until my lecture Monday evening, so here I will remain.
There are 5 machines to rehome.
And I’ll sew on them while I’m here until they are claimed by someone else!
This is why I love driving a mini-van!
Haul the stuff, baby!
Pretty soon this room will be FULL and bustling!
I came down early to check the table situation and figure out where I’m going to do demos and where to hang our workshop quilt. I thought today was Scrap Crystals. It’s hanging there in the back, ready to go.
But it’s a Pfeffernusse Day!
Whew – got that sorted before folks started to arrive!
I’ve also got another issue. I was brushing my teeth, glasses off, still post shower –and I set the toothpaste down, only to watch my earring slide off the counter and into the bowl shaped sink, and…Yup. Down the drain. RATS.
I went and talked to the front desk about having maintenance come retrieve it for me. I have put a sign in the sink “DO NOT USE…EARRING DOWN DRAIN!” And the ‘”Do not disturb!” sign is on the door until they come fix it so that house keeping doesn’t run it any further. I’m hoping the earring is just in the elbow shaped part and they can get it out for me.
It was half of my favorite pair!
I brought these with me to work on!
These little Rolling Stone blocks are far to fun. I spent the rest of my time at the cabin making kits in preparation for this road trip. Kit making is fun! Choosing the fabrics, deciding what is going to go with what, bundling everything up so it is ready to sew on the go.
My life in zip lock bags!
I love the little snack sized bags for block kitting if blocks are small. Each little snack bag holds 2 block kits. (Half the amount of bags required that way!)
If you are wandering over from the Quiltmaker blog, Quilty Pleasures, in search of my 100 blocks vol 15 post, you can find it HERE. Be sure you follow the instructions for how to enter my giveaway! Drawing to happen tomorrow night so get your entries in.
And if you have already entered mine, there is more fun going on with other designers as well, so be sure to check them out. All of their links are on the Quiltmaker blog.
Quiltville Quote of the Day!
Vintage Crazy Anne quilt found in Grapevine, Texas.
Even baby steps can move you forward. Don't measure the distance ahead, focus on the progress in font of you!
Oh how I love red and cheddar together --
Have a wonderful Saturday, everyone!