Wednesday, August 15, 2018

From Bath to London!

One more Hexie Star as we drive down the English Countryside, across the Salisbury plain on our way from Bath, past Stonehenge, and on to London!

Even our guide, Agnes mentioned that she is finding herself readdicted after our hexie workshop in the bar at our hotel the other evening!

One hexie at a time – we’ll convert them all!

There have been several pairs of busy hands on our bus as we make our way from place to place.  Some knitting, some crocheting, some applique or embroidery – wool applique is another great carry-along project.

You just never know when the opportunity to be one with needle and thread will arise!

But all needles down as we approached closer to Stonehenge:

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

An Evening in South Stoke

How about a little jaunt into the country, not far from the city center of Bath?

My friend Julia lives in this area, and she had contacted me about getting me out and away, perhaps for a meal –and we did!

This lovely old mansion house you see here has been many things in its day, and the story is fascinating.  The Packhorse store can be found HERE and is worth a read!

Who wouldn’t want a lovely meal on a golden evening in a place built in the 1600s?

Before we headed in to dinner, Julia took Irene and I on a nice little hike to get some beautiful long range views of the area.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Beautiful Bourton-on-the-Water!

Yesterday was our drive through the Cotswolds, past farmhouses and fields – stopping in Bourton-on-the-Water (Oh, how I love the names of these places!) for some exploring and lunch on our way to Bath from Stratford-upon-Avon.

Charming, charming, charming!

As this is my second time here, I was happy to explore corners I didn’t see last time, and also watch those who are with me see it for their first time – so fun to see.

When you spend 10 days in close proximity with a group of people (especially quilters!) you do get to know them!  And each person brings something wonderful to the group adding to the dynamic.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

A Day in Stratford-Upon-Avon.

Tudor buildings, old roads, canals, the land of William Shakespeare!

We arrived yesterday morning, a short bus jaunt from Solihull near Birminghum to enjoy our “stepping back in time” day.

SO many things to choose from -

Some went to the butterfly farm, others to ride the narrow boat tour, and some just wanting to walk through the park, enjoying the swans along the river Avon, taking in the sights and sounds of a Saturday with sunshine.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Festival of Quilts, Day 2!

I had one destination – a MUST DO, MUST SEE quilt that has taken the historic quilt loving world by storm -

The 1718 coverlet!

Disclaimer disclaimer – my photos can never do this quilt justice.

In order to prevent strain on the fragile fibers (THERE IS NO HANGING SLEEVE, FOLKS! – This is 300 years old!) the quilt was displayed flat with protective plastic on top to keep it from air, and curious fingers.

You can read more about the 1718 coverlet in the book of the same name by Susan Briscoe HERE.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Festival of Quilts–Friends, Fabric and Fun!

This is a section of the array of 1716 Silk Coverlet interpretations.

Each one so unique – I could spend hours here just looking at the block variations and subtle changes that makes each quilt as individual as its maker - A bit different than its neighbor.

And the truth is, I only had 4 hours at the festival yesterday and my quilt viewing time was cut short – but no worries – today I am back for the whole duration and will catch it all!

Irene had never been to the festival before, or to England for that matter, so seeing things through her eyes is really fun.

We hit the vendor’s mall hard and heavy, each looking for things that NEEDED to come home -

Thursday, August 09, 2018

Day One in Birmingham!

Our international flight landed in Dublin, Ireland at 4:50am.

That didn’t feel so bad as it was just reaching midnight at home – but when you’ve been up since 4am, things can be a bit wobbly.

I’m not much of a plane sleeper.  Being a tall girl, there is just no comfortable place to rest my knees or stretch them out.

So it’s movie time --

And I have a confession – because folks around me were trying to sleep, and the overhead lights on this plane were so FAR overheard and made such a bright light, I didn’t want to disturb my friends around me.  This flight was EPP-FREE!

A quick run to our next gate, and we were boarding for Birmingham -

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Quiltmaker September/October Gift-Away!


Hello, everyone!

This post is being written ahead during our layover at JFK before departing for Dublin!

Quiltvillians are arriving one by one, two by two and pretty soon we will be boarding so I am tapping furiously to get this out here to you!

In fact, I’ve heard from some of the Quiltmaker subscribers that they have their issue in their hot little hands already and are digging in to make my quilt Right Way Round found in this issue!

Do you remember my quilt and the story behind it?

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

Birmingham Bound!

As this posts my Quiltville travelers and I are flying in from all directions to meet up at JFK airport in New York to board our overnight flight to Birmingham, via Dublin!

I LOVE Ireland, and can’t wait to go back in 2020 (Such a long way off!) and I wish there was a long enough layover that we could go out of the airport and explore a bit, but there isn’t.

It will make me just long for June 2020 all the more.  

Anyone want to go with me?  Click the Ireland tab at the top of the blog for more info.

We are doing our England itinerary just a bit backwards from last time – where we first landed in London (Find it on the map in the southeast…) This time we are going straight to birmingham, somewhere toward the middle and closer to Wales.  The Festival of Quilts awaits!

I’ll be joining up with Irene in Atlanta – we have the same flight to JFK from there.  It’s going to be a freaking long day.

I just wanted to give a heads up on a couple of things as I head out of town.  I haven’t had time to really schedule blog posts ahead of time. 

Posts may be sporadic and at weird times due to the time change I’ll be in.

I also don’t know about hotel wifi and if it will be any good, so if we miss a few days, we will just play catch up when I get home.

Monday, August 06, 2018

400 Miles & A Nap!

What a difference a few sunny days makes!

When I drove from Quiltville Inn to Louisville on Wednesday, it was pouring, foggy and pretty much awful the whole way.

I left our hotel in Louisville yesterday morning around 9am – and THIS is what I saw.

Sunday, August 05, 2018

Day Three at Sew-In with the Cozy Quilter!

I got to visit with some old friends over the past 3 days -

Most of these friends are older than I am – but they love to stitch as much as I do, and they do it so well!

No, I’m not talking about the quilters themselves, but the machines they brought to class to sew with!

This is Hot Lips Hoolahan, the green Elna Grasshopper that was adopted right here in the great state of Kentucky LAST year when I was here and rehoming machines!

Nothing makes me happier than to see a machine being loved and used, and used often as is the case with this sweet little Elna.

From what I hear she is the belle of the ball wherever she goes, and I’m so happy that her new owner is so happy with her!

Saturday, August 04, 2018

A Day of Wonderful Wanderlust!

This sweet gal gets the award for BEST RETREAT-WEAR!!

Buy me fabric, and tell me I’m pretty!  Perfect ---(This is on my must find list ASAP!)

I love the way that the quilter’s retreat uniform of choice has turned to a wide variety of slogans and sayings on fun t-shirts that let the world know just what our passion is, and that we are a force to be reckoned with.

It makes showing up at quilting events SO MUCH FUN!

We gathered together for day number 2 of Sew-In with the Cozy Quilter in Louisville, Kentucky – group just shy of 50 participants for our Wanderlust workshop from the Addicted to Scraps book!

I was raring to go since we just did this one for another large group at Quilt Odyssey in Hershey a couple of weeks ago.  Some things we tried in Hershey worked really well with large groups, and I was ready to give it a go with this batch of quilty folk, too.  I am always learning, trying new ways to teach things, and it keeps things interesting to say the least!


From tiny center stars….


to the outer ring that surrounds the center star --


The best thing about our day is the time we spend with each other!


Well, okay.  And the vintage machines.

Always the vintage machines!!


Thank you for the Signature 60 wt 3-ply door prizes, A&E Threads!

I don’t think that Kelly is happy with this prize at all, do you?

The kind folks at American & Efird, home based in Mt Holly, NC  (not far from me at all!) Have generously donated thread for each student at this event, as well as THREE of these neutral gift-packs as door prizes.  AWESOME thread, made in the USA – ask your local shop to get it in so you can try it yourself.  My students are loving it!  And so do I.


Laying out our blocks.

Wonderful job, everyone!

You’ll find the rest of our fun and scrappy day in the video below.  Click to play:

We aren't the only colorful shindig in Louisville this weekend.

The National Street Rod Association has their annual car show here as well, and the parking lot at our hotel and surrounding hotel lots as well  have been  full of wonderful vintage cars.  We spotted this one on our way back from dinner last night and I had to stop and take a photo as the evening light was perfect, and that color…wow!


Come to mama you lovely cheddar beauty!

And then of course…..there is my poor dirty van:



Yes, it’s dirty.  I drove through pounding rain to get here.  No time to wash it.  But look at it this way – if that winder were clean, I’d never have received this lovely hello from someone who knew this van was mine!  Without the dirt, there would be no message.

Today is our last day – another big group coming in for Tumelo Trail from Scraps & Shirttails II, still a favorite!

August 04, 2018 at 06_47AM

Quiltville Quote of the Day!

Vintage pinwheel quilt shared by Kevin the Quilter!

(Love that he is always on the lookout for great quote background quilts for me!)

Shift happens.

It's how we adapt through that shifting to our new normal that ultimately makes our ride a happy one!

Enjoy your Saturday, everyone!

Friday, August 03, 2018

Jared Takes a Wife at the Cozy Quilter Sew-In!

I am so happy to be the first ever instructor at the first annual Cozy Quilter Sew-In in Louisville, Kentucky!

The Cozy Quilter is an adorable shop, owned and run by friends Irene and Barb, who compliment each other in every way when it comes to offering what quilters want and need!

The Cozy Quilter is not just a shop – it’s a community!

When they asked me more than a year ago if I would come teach for this first ever event, I jumped in with both feet.

And I’m so glad I did!

Thursday, August 02, 2018

Rain, Rain, Rain, Rain!

I left Quiltville Inn for Louisville, Kentucky around 9 am yesterday morning.

I was happy to be taking a different route due to my starting point, than I had driven before.

Louisville is nearly 500 miles from home in Wallburg, NC – but starting at Mouth of Wilson, Virginia gave me about  1 1/2 hours head start.

ANYTHING that can cut a significant chunk off of a long day’s drive is a bonus in my book.

The only problem I had to do with was – RAIN.  It rained all the way.  And it wasn’t that light stuff with intermittent drizzle, it POURED.

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

A Head Start to Louisville!

This is it.

This is the completed hexagon medallion for Jeff.

The funny thing is, and I am sure you see it too if you look at it this way – those big star points?  Don’t they look like dog faces?  Sadie faces? 

It wasn’t what I intended, I wanted them to be kind of “heart” shaped, but instead it looks like dog eyes and noses.

Happy accident?  We got Sadie when Jeff was in high school.  She’s been a huge part of our lives over the past 12 years, so perhaps this is a way of keeping her with us for always, too.

Something I need to let everyone know about: