Monday, March 28, 2016

Easter on the Mountain!

This Sadie-girl about says it all!

Our Easter day was rainy and drizzly with ever present mist and fog. 

Just not a beautiful spring day for wanting to be out and about. 

Instead we tucked ourselves inside and enjoyed movies, hanging out, and just being together.

And food.  Yes there was food, and even if it WAS a simple fare, it was plentiful and we ate too much!

Because mom was busy with quilt blocks on the floor, Sadie found her comfy safety zone on top of the denim BSU quilt on top of the ottomon.  She is the queen of all she surveys!

My hopes for Easter hiking dashed, it was easy to console myself with more time at Frannie, the new to me black 301 long bed.

Oh, she is a wonderful machine!


8 blocks short and making more!

There is nothing like thinking you are ready to put a project together to find you are 8 essential blocks SHORT!  These blocks were finished in no time, and I have had such a great time playing with all of your grey strings.  Really, I can’t thank you enough!  this has kept me smiling and laughing as I handle each piece, sewing it next to another piece, thinking of the hands that held it, and cut it, and put it in an envelope just for me.  So much abundance!


This piece!  I did some of my first patchwork ever with this print!

Thanks for the memories, whoever sent this beauty!


Hello, Pepper Cory!

I get the biggest kick seeing my friend’s names on selvage!  Whoever sent this piece, THANK YOU!  I was able to share this photo with Pepper and she got a kick out of it too.


Don’t they look great??


And then the de-papering began!

I had watched “The Monuments Men” while in Michigan, and told the guys that they would really enjoy this movie.  If you haven’t seen it, you need to.  It’s about the saving of the stolen art from the Nazis in WWII.  John Goodman, George Clooney, Matt Damon, and Hugh Bonneville of Downton Abbey fame.  Hey, it’s war stuff – GUYS will like it, but you will too!

The movie was perfect for me to de-paper by since I’d already seen it, and I didn’t mind seeing it a second time anyway – picked up some bits that I must have missed the first go round due to stitching.


And then there was this!


Wow, what a stack!


Hehehe!  Love how this cat has snuck in a few places!


Like here, too!

The hardest part about stitching for publication is that I can’t share more information with you at this point.  But there is a reason why things have to stay behind the scenes, so thank you for your patience and understanding.  When I simply stop to think how long it will be before the world can see these projects, I feel like the kid waiting for Christmas, like it will NEVER get here.  But it will.  And you are going to love it!

This is likely the LAST you will see of this project, unless I decide to do something really funky with the backing that I CAN share with you.


View from my porch!

This morning the world was still in a sea of fog.  But the wind  came up and the sun came out and it has now blown all of the clouds out of the hollers and pockets.  It promises to be a beautiful day and there may be a hike happening soon!

I’m returning home tomorrow – so I’m looking forward to Quilt Cam on Wednesday night.  How does that sound?

Today is a no-stitching day until may be this evening.  Easter holiday over, time to hit the book edits.  I need the full thing turned in by the 31st.


Quiltville Quote of the Day!

Sometimes you just got to pick up the pieces and go with it! Things might turn out better than you ever hoped they would!

Vintage orphan block quilt found in North Carolina.

Happy Monday, everyone!

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  1. Love, love, love your quote today! Defiantly posting it to my Facebook wall! Julie in MS

  2. The quote really brighten my day......several friends are going thru some hard days so I had to share on my fb page. I know that it will put a smile on their faces. Bonnie, reading your blog is my treat of the day, thank you for all you do. :)

  3. Anonymous10:10 AM EDT

    The look on that fabric cat's face is not a whole lot different than the look Emmy Lou gives you when you have the suitcases spread out to pack....

    It was fun contributing strips for you & then watching you do all the work, LOL! Don't forget, not only did someone do all those things with the strips that you mentioned, but the contributors started by standing in a fabric store (or online) comparing fabrics, until they pulled those particular bolts, declared them perfect, and bought some. So each strip represents a finalized decision, too. For some, that's one of the high points of making a quilt - deciding on the fabric and buying it.

  4. Thanks for sharing Sadies happy Easter face. Love the grey strings. Who knew there could be so many greys?

  5. You do have a glorious view from your porch! A bit envious, I am. Lovin' those greys and wondering what you'll be doing with them. Oh, and your little saying today, I don't know how well I'm embracing, but I certainly am a mess today...woke up on the wrong side of the bed or something! Have a wonderful afternoon and evening.

  6. Is it silly to get a kick ot of seeing the strings I sent being used, finally? So many posts and never seeing any of "my" contribution made me worry it got lost on its way, but there are three of them in today's post, including the cats! They were too cute not to share. Can't wait to see where these string blocks end up. (Sorry for the delete and repost, but autocorrect was really playing games with my comment.)

  7. Oh. My. Goodness!!! Those string blocks are so pretty. I am waiting impatiently for a reveal. ;) Love that cat!

  8. Oh, the cat fabric is so cute, and what fun someone is going to have finding it in their quilt! I would smile every time I saw it! I love, love, love the grey strips, can hardy wait to see the quilt you have planned. I am really liking the green strings you have shown in a previous post too!

  9. It has been great watching you put these blocks together. Now seeing them be cut and stitched again into 1/4 square triangle pieces/blocks.. Mmmm what will they end up like.
    Good on you for keeping us in suspense. I hope to catch quilt cam live this time. It's been a while..... Hubby is sick so hopefully I can catch it..

  10. I know how much you enjoy history; so you might want to check out the show on Netflix; Diggers. It's really interesting; lots of episodes about two guys who using metal detectors search for historical items from different areas. Not tons of episodes, but enjoyable.
    Love all the grey... I'm going to see what I have the most of in my stash and maybe go from there in strings...

  11. I started my morning with your blog. It is sunny and bright morning - but oh so windy - and your post just added to the joy of the morning.

    Anonymous hit the nail on the head when she reminded us of how much time we spend in the fabric shops deciding which on which best suits our purposes. That is really one of my biggest chores since I'm such a beginning beginner, even after many many years of trying.

    I do okay at finnaly getting my top made, but then it comes to putting it all together, and oh boy! I have quite a number of UFO's. I keep trying, but I really stink at it....Someday....although it has to be soon, cuz I ain't gettin' any younger!

    Thanks for your inspirations and love of life...

    Loretta McGinn

  12. Bonnie, I love your string blocks. They are my favorite too. I'm just finishing piecing your Spider Web string and am wondering how you keep from stretching the blocks when removing paper backing. I KNOW they were all the same size when I sewed them to the triangle paper but my,did I have a hard time making them all match afterwards. I did find that if I steam them and press them with a piece of 2 x 4 it helps a lot. Anyone else have this problem?

  13. Love that cat fabric! It's like a treasure hunt looking for the fabric I sent. Thanks for the fun Bonnie, and for all you do for all of us.


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