Monday, December 06, 2021

Is It Really December?

The ponies are getting their wooly winter coats!

But it was warm enough this weekend to be hiking out on the Appalachian Trail without one, really - a sweater, a sweatshirt, something light - was really all that was needed.

Especially as we continued to climb, our exertions warming us up as we went.

Isn't this foal sleeping on the hay just the cutest thing?

Saturday, December 04, 2021

Where Rhododendrons Grow -

This was Thursday!

And when early December days get warmish - the quilters get out walking!

Okay, THREE of us got out walking and I'm glad we took just an hour to do this.

This is down Bear Branch, and yes those are giant rhododendron bushes growing along that stream - Rhododendrons keep their leaves through the winter, and though they may get a bit droopy with the incoming ice and cold, they are about the only other thing that stays green besides the pine trees.

Friday, December 03, 2021

Rhododendron Trail Mystery, Part Two!

Happy December, Quiltvillians!

I am so excited to have you back for our annual Quiltville Winter Mystery - 

I have enjoyed perusing all of the progress photos on Instagram and Facebook - everything is looking SO great, and you've been wonderfully creative with your posts.

We have a lot of newbies amongst us and I need to put out there once again some housekeeping rules.

Please do not post photos of your units on top of the lined side of your rotary cutting mat or next to a ruler. It gives away too much. Let's keep this a mystery, okay?

Thursday, December 02, 2021

Deck The.....Everything!

We were ready - Just in time!

Somehow it all came together!

The inn looking and feeling quite festive if I do say so myself!

It's amazing what a few runners, wall hangings, pillows and cute d├ęcor can do to cheer up a place, evecn when there isn't an official Christmas tree.

Here I've laid out two buffalo plaid table runners, and centered my Pine Tree Point runner in the middle.

I am happy that everything will be enjoyed by the December Quiltvillians, and when they head for home on December 7th, these things can come home to the cabin to spend Christmas with us.

It's quite festive if I do say so myself!

You can barely see the large Pine Tree Point quilt hanging in the Hen Den beyond.

As I look around I see other favorite pieces that I received as gifts from friends.

This topper was made by Karen and has lived on my kitchen island the last many Christmases - it's perfect here on the treat table right outside the Quilting Quarters -

The table top actually fits a featherweight, was made on top of vintage treadle irons.  It was a gift from Beth, made by her hubby.  It's close to the sewing room so if I want to pull it in and sew with a group, I can.

But I'd have to move all of the snacks first!

Cherry Crunch is hanging in the foyer!

I didn't finish this one in time to make the PDF pattern available before the holidays (plus we are running a mystery on top of everything else!) so be watching for this one to release in January 2022.

Yes, that neutral background is string pieced!

So many fun fabrics in here - and it will be perfect for Valentine's Day!

Remember this topper from June??

I made this from Pat Sloan's recent Holiday Celebrations book during her blog hop.  Those beavers crack me up!

The poinsettias were brought in by Quiltvillians!  They add just the right touch to the front foyer.

Crack up of the day!

Joann is the group mom for this group and she thought during the craziness of mystery season that i could use some helpful life-changing advice. LOL!

Yesterday's to-do focus was "mostly" finished.  I got graphics drawn and some step out photos taken, and photos edited before the Quiltvillians began to arrive.

I didn't get as far as I would have liked to, but there was decorating to finish (Will get a photo of the yo-yo garland on the bannister today!) and beds to be made, and once folks started arriving it began to feel like a party with the holiday music playing from the sound bar - and.....well, you know!

The plan is to finish everything today so it is ready for tomorrow's release by dinner time.

Are you ready for Rhododendron Trail Part Two??

AND - did you enter the IronEZ Holiday Gif-Away yet???  Enter to win ON THAT POST.  Drawing to happen on Monday, 12/6/21

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Get two or three while you are at it.  You are going to LOVE keeping those spray bottles in line and off of your ironing surface.

Need more bottles? They are now selling the new fine-mist bottles in a 2-pack so you can have one at your stand up ironing station, and one by your machine for work station pressing.

Click on over to the IronEZ website where you will find limited time FREE SHIPPING (within the USA) in addition to your 15% off should you also wish to gift yourself or a quilting friend.

Quiltville Quote of the Day -

It's this time of year that I start thinking about my word of focus for the next year. ⁣
In difficult situations, I find it a bit hard to remain steadfast to see me through.⁣
With another Covid variant in the USA my family is reevaluating holiday plans. It's so easy to want to say "The heck with it!" And go anyway. ⁣
But when "WHO Recommends People 60 and Over to Reconsider Travel Amid Omicron Variant" and it hits me that I fall into that category because I'm turning 60 in a few weeks - I know I need to stay home. ⁣
I will wait for a better time to hug family I haven't been with in two years. ⁣
I think I found my word STEADFAST.⁣
This is where my thoughts are this morning. Boosters in line for next week. ⁣

Have a great Thursday, everyone -


Wednesday, December 01, 2021

Sew Many Stars!

I love Ohio Star blocks.

Over the years I've made them in so many different sizes with many different variations and colorings.

But these little cuties?  They are screaming YES YES YES at me with each one I make, and I am getting more and more excited about this project.

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

IronEZ Holiday Gift-Away!

Let's keep building up the holiday spirit with an IronEZ Gift-Away!

We haven't done this in a while, and when Scott, the CEO of IronEZ contacted me yesterday - I replied with a resounding YES!

The adjustable clip can fit a multitude of thicknesses – this will even clamp to a table top, tray or big board.

It fits and corrals a multitude of favorite bottle sizes – and the free bottle that comes with it has even a finer mist than the traditional trigger spray on Best Press.