Saturday, December 15, 2018

Need a Little Christmas, Right This Very Minute -


Last night’s #viewfrommyhoop!

It was a wonderful quiet evening of hand quilting on Jason’s hexie quilt – the main red/green Christmas decor hanging out in my living room right now!

Stitching happened to Mowgli on Netflix followed by a round of Blue Bloods accompanied by popcorn on the stove – there is NOT a packet of microwave popcorn to be found in this house.  Once you’ve made real popcorn, there is no going back.

Friday, December 14, 2018

Good Fortune, Part 4!


Welcome back, Oh Mystery Quilters!

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I am beyond thrilled at the staggering number of new participants we have this year! And I can’t believe we are already up to Part 4 – but the fun isn’t over yet!

Hang on to your scraps, my friends – it’s about to get REALLY FUN around here!

I took the photo of this fruit tree when we went to see the Terracotta Warriors in Xian in October of 2017.  Our guide, Charlie told us we were so fortunate to be visiting China in October – it was the Golden Season.  

And as I spied this fruit laden tree framed against the blue blue sky, I just KNEW these colors were going to play in our mystery somehow.  I didn’t go as light as that sky with my own blues, but some of you have from the photos I’ve seen, and oh it makes me SMILE!

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Deliveries, And the 12th of NEVER! (And a Winner!)


See this package?

It was dropped ON THE DOORSTEP last night by the USPS.

See that stamp in the corner?  This is when I was using up the last of my Net-Stamps for first class postage a year ago.

Evidently – Yours Truly, in a mail-order-induced-zombie-state-of-automation, stuck a US stamp on a package needing to arrive in South Africa which evidently wouldn't, couldn't and didn’t get there with first class domestic postage.

Well, DUH!  Hanlie Van Zyl, if you are reading this – do you remember this lost shipment?  We thought her package was gone-forever-never-to-be-found and I sent a second one – and it turns out that this one never left the good ole USA.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Mona’s Odd Angles!


Mona doesn’t have odd angles – but her runner does!

This is the valentine runner that Mona quilted a few weeks ago. She had no idea when she was designing this that it was going to require a tiny bit of an adjustment when applying binding since the corners were roughly 60 degree instead of 45 degree.

And since I was teaching HER how to do it, I thought this might be a good way to share a couple of hints with you just in case you want to bind something with odd corners.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Chasing My Tail!


Silly Out and About Lunch Selfie!
Celebrating with Rick and Mona!

And I am wearing the lampshade on my head! LOL!

These are the faces of three very happy friends who met up for a round of antique mall wandering and lunch out to celebrate the closing of the North Carolina cabin ---happily in the hands of new owners who will love it as much as we did.  In fact, I’m wondering if they were up there for the snowpocalypse that befell this corner of North Carolina, Virginia and beyond and how they fared.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Mystery Monday Link-Up, Part 3!


Hello, Monday! How are ya??

There is a whole lot of showing and sharing of completed part 3 units for our on-going Good Fortune Mystery happening all over social media, and I couldn’t be more thrilled!

If you follow along with our hashtags #quiltvillemystery and #goodfortune quilt on Instagram, you are going to see a wondrous array of colors and fabrics  -- it gets the juices flowing! 

I can’t say enough about how much I love this time of year and how quilters are running with it!

Sunday, December 09, 2018

Snow–And Starting Over.


Snow! We’ve got snow!

A big snow dumping this early in December is not a usual occurrence in North Carolina. Sometimes we get a light dusting in January, or perhaps some freezing rain (that always takes the power out)  in February – but this is a solid several inches, and it is still coming down.

Saturday, December 08, 2018

A Quick There and Back!


Quiltville Inn in December!

How did I end up here?  Well let me tell you, it wasn’t intended! Not exactly.

We finally sold the North Carolina Cabin (1 1/2 years after moving out!) and our closing was yesterday morning in Jefferson, North Carolina.

Mona and I finished up as many book orders as we could and headed out at 3pm on Thursday afternoon – she to her home in Boomer, and me – planning on spending the night at the Virginia cabin, so I would only be a short 30 minute drive from Jefferson for the closing, instead of fighting Friday morning traffic through Winston Salem, and have a 2 hour morning drive on a morning that also needed Part 3 of Good Fortune released, and another 500 copies of String Frenzy as wave 4 entered the Quiltville Store.

No, that would be too much to do in one morning and expect to be in Jefferson by 10am, not to mention that I’d sign for the closing and turn right around and drive another 2 hours home?  There had to be a better way.

Well, the way I ended up was not the way I intended!

Friday, December 07, 2018

Good Fortune, Part 3!


Happy Friday, everyone!

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It’s time for Part 3 of our Good Fortune Mystery.  Doesn’t it seem like the Fridays are coming faster and faster each week?

I took this photo of a HUGE flower basket while in Beijing.  There was a celebration of something that I can’t quite remember but it may have something to do with all of the diplomats from the different areas all meeting in Beijing  - I remember that security was tight and we were told it was a BIG to-do.

This was the day we visited Tiananmen Square.  I shared a bit about it HERE.  And much more about it HERE after returning home.

I had fun re-reading through those posts – I can’t believe it was more than a year ago already!

So what are we up to this week?  How about a bit of half-chevron action?

Thursday, December 06, 2018

A Sneaky Santa Quiltville Delivery!


I’ve got Mona helping me process book orders!

She arrived mid-afternoon to spell Jeff who had his other job to go to – she set right in and got busy with learning the ropes of order pulling, invoice matching, packing and postage sticking while I did the job of signing and printing postage from my end.  We are making a great team –

And that doesn’t mean there hasn’t been any opportunities for laughter and a few “Oooopss – this postage label doesn’t match the name on THIS PACKAGE!” moments!

Getting closer toward 5pm, after the post office was closed and there was a bit of daylight left, Mona spied a package just as I was printing the label -

“Hey!” She said – “Isn’t Kernersville, North Carolina close to here?!”  “Yes!” was my answer ---

And I looked at the label.

And right then and there Mona said “We should get in the car, and deliver this order to this lady and surprise her!”

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Ground Hog Day, The Movie–(Book Signing Version!)


I have a small house.

It is overrun by boxes at the moment!

This is a shot from the little front room toward the dining room where “Quiltville Mail Order Central” is happening – oh, my goodness is it ever happening!

And it isn’t just from within these walls.  I’ve got my postal person bringing me more tubs as they pick up more outgoing mail from my doorstep – she is intrigued and amazed that we are doing all of this from wihin a seemingly unremarkable little 1970s bungalow. 

Remember the movie "Ground Hog Day" where the main character wakes up to find he is in the same day again?  Yep!  That's pretty much it over here! LOL!

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Quilt-Cam and a Quilting Cozy Gift-Away!


Big Things are happening today!

I am celebrating with my friend Carol Dean Jones about her re-release of her wonderful Cozy Quilting Series of novels, now published by my own publisher C&T!

I first met Carol Dean Jones when she approached me asking if she could use the background photo from one of my Quiltville Quotes as the cover of her book.

I replied that I took the photo with my phone, and I wasn’t sure if the resolution would be high enough.  She said she could doctor it a bit, and before I knew it, This lovely shredded hexagon quilt became a cover.

Monday, December 03, 2018

Mystery Monday Link-Up, Part 2!


It’s MONDAY!!  Let’s Link- Up!

There is so much sharing going on using our hash tags #quiltvillemystery and #goodfortunequilt!  I have loved flipping through and seeing what you are doing.  I’ve found new folks to follow, I love exploring our quilter’s world and seeing what is going on in your lives – not just with the quilts, but with family, kids, pets, house remodelings and life in general.

You keep me grounded!

Sunday, December 02, 2018

November Quilty Box Winners, Shipping and Sewing!

Just sewing strip sets!

I’ve made a rule for myself.  I don’t care what is left in the queue to get out – by 8pm I am DONE.

Let’s face it, no one is any good after staring at a screen for more than 13 hours.  Mistakes happen, and I’d rather make mistakes of the kind I can pick out with a bit of seam ripper action, not postal problems by signing a book to the wrong person, and mailing it to someone else, or shipping the wrong book or item – oh boy!

So 8pm to bedtime belongs to me!

This Friday night strip sewing turned into this:

Saturday, December 01, 2018

Getting My Fix–at Studio Stitch!


Sometimes you have to leave the mail order, and hit a quilt shop!

Here I am with the staff of Studio Stitch in Greensboro, NC – a short 1/2 hour drive from me, but in a side of town that I rarely wander to because Winston Salem is closer to home.

It took months and months of planning to find a time when Elizabeth (on the far left) was at the shop, and I was in town with free time to head over to pick up something that she had been saving for me for months – read on to see!

It’s been a while since my feet have wandered through a quilt shop door – I’m thinking of the day I had in Nebraska and wandered around with Stacey in her big ole pick up truck.

Did I visit a shop while in Indiana for my last foray of teaching in 2018??  I don’t think so.  (And it’s really bad that I can’t remember…LOL!)