Saturday, December 24, 2016

The Road to North Wilkesboro!

The sky was absolutely beautiful as we made our way toward the mountains I love so dearly.  Evening was on its way, the sun was reaching its lowest point before dipping over those blue ridge mountains, and the clouds were reflecting the rays.

So hard to capture with a phone camera through the windshield where I was riding shotgun, Sadie already snoozing and snoring in her very Sadie way in the back seat behind me.

We had just dropped off everything that could be filled and shipped before post office closing time.  We had stopped at our little Food Lion grocery store in Wallburg believing that the crowds would be more manageable at 4pm there, than at 5:30pm in Wilkesboro.

Everything we need for our Christmas weekend at Quilt Villa has been obtained.


Dining room mail mess!

Back of the van stuffed with outgoing goodies!

Invoice boxes 20 & 21 and most of 22 have SHIPPED!

And there was one special delivery yet to make.


Let’s hope Donna is HOME!

While we were busy packaging up Essential Triangle Tool and Addicted to Scraps Book bundle orders, The Hubster said “Hey!  This one is on our way –it’s in North Wilkesboro!  Do you want to make a surprise delivery?”  And I said yes. 

As we pulled up into Donna’s drive way, I smiled at the Holiday decor brightening her yard.  I was so nervous coming up to the door!

What if she was in the middle of something?  What if she felt embarrassed and would have preferred the anonymity of a postal worker dropping this off the “normal” way?

“Knock knock.”

“bark bark bark bark bark……”

And the door opens!

“Are you Donna?” I ask?


“I have a special Quiltville delivery for you!  We are on our way to the cabin, and you are on our way to the cabin, and I wanted to drop this off and wish you a Merry Christmas….”

And Donna, bless her heart threw the door open wide, and gave me the biggest hug!  She invited me in to meet her kids, her house decorated and lit and ready for a long holiday weekend with friends and family.

She showed me her sewing studio --- where she was busy stitching away on our En Provence mystery!


Thank you for welcoming me in, Donna!

I wish I had thought to ask if I could take photos in Donna’s sewing space.  Her hubby has made some adjustments to her cabinetry enabling her to stand and sew due to back issues.  And I thought…HOW BRILLIANT!  She can stand and sew here…and turn and press here…and she is in high production mode and it isn’t killing her back from too much sitting.

Now if only I could figure out to stand and treadle, we’d be in business!

Donna, making this one little side trip to bring you a little surprise really made MY Christmas that much sweeter.  I’m so happy to know you and know that you are close by when I come up here.  Merry Christmas to you and your family.


My evening of binding.

The string pumpkins are half-bound.  Jeff arrived shortly after we did, and we settled in to watch Home Alone while waiting for Jason and Jenny who were on their way up from South Carolina.  Perfection.

We spent up to bed time just sitting and talking with them, and over and over and over came the realization that life is unfolding as it should.  That even amidst the chaos, things are in order.  We’ve learned so much this past year.  We’ve grown as a family.  These two men-children of mine are amazing and watching them go off into their own lives fills me with wonder.


Clouds on the mountains.

Today it’s raining, and the clouds are low and hugging the mountain ridges.  It’s a perfect day for some cookie baking and just relaxing and enjoying each other.

If there is any quilting to happen, I’m thinking it’s a hand-work-only type of weekend because I can sit and enjoy everyone else and not be chained to a machine.

There will likely be very full bellies, and lots of nap taking.


And loads of quilt snuggling!

I’ve got Jingle Bell Square from the Addicted to Scraps book here and I love seeing it being used on the couch while we settle in to watch another round of Christmas movies.


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  1. Merry Christmas Bonnie! I look forward to meeting you in 2017 at a quilting retreat in Washington State. Thank you for the En Provence MQ! I am having a blast!

  2. Have a Blessed Christmas with your family, Bonnie. Sounds like a perfect holiday weekend. Hugs!!!

  3. Merry Christmas to you and your family. What a blessing you are to so many.

  4. Dear Bonnie, Have a blessed Christmas with your family. What a nice surprise delivery! Relax and get calm at the cabin. Thank you for all you do and share. I am a better quilter because of you.

  5. Merry Christmas, Bonnie and peace and joy and love in the new year!

  6. Merry Christmas to you and your family! I cannot wait to start Jingle Bell Square! I just ordered more Christmas prints to make it a bit more scrapy. It will be my winter project considering I live in Wisconsin and it is a long winter. I'm going to hang it on my wall next year. Cant wait to get started. Thanks for the MQ I so enjoy doing them and learn so much.

  7. Merry Christmas Bonnie! Love hearing about your surprise delivery, what a nice thing to do. Have a wonderful weekend with your family.

  8. What a great story and treat for Donna! Your hubster is an inspirational guy!
    Merry Christmas! Hope you have a wonderful time with your family!

  9. All the Bonnie fans are so happy for Donna (and a tiny bit green with envy!) for her surprise hand delivered parcel!
    Have a wonderful Christmas Bonnie and thank you again for all the blessings you have brought to all of your adoring fans!

  10. Merry Christmas Bonnie! Thank you for sharing your talents and day to day goings on with us. I can't wait to finish my 3rd mystery quilt!

  11. "And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should ..."

    Christmas blessings!

  12. Merry Christmas to you🌲 Enjoy your family, mine scattered between Ohio, Colorado & us in North Las Vegas

  13. I think it is just lovely that you delivered your package to Donna - such fun to have met you I bet. Have a very Merry Christmas and thanks for you blog and facebook page I love following you along on your travels and seeing where all you go and the fun you have.

  14. Happy Holidays to all and safe travels. If anyone is in the Charlottesville, VA area, Cottonwood Quilt Shop has 2 of Bonnie's Essential Tools - saw them yesterday. she is open until 2pm today and back again on Monday.

  15. What a fun surprise for Donna and cool she was working on your mystery. :) Love you friend, Merry Christmas.

  16. Merry Christmas Bonnie! I'm spending mine with my kids too. First time in five years we have all been together for the holidays! Feeling so blessed.

  17. May you have a very blessed Christmas. You have done so much for me and I can't thank you enough. Enjoy your family and time with them.

  18. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you! Wishing you love and joy now and throughout 2017. Thank for your warmth and generosity in sharing so much with this group. God Bless!

  19. Thank you Bonnie for all that you do to inspire us. You make me want to sew faster ;) The secret really is leaders and enders! Merry Christmas to you and those you love !! Janita

  20. Merry Christmas Bonnie and thank you for inspiring so many of us with your creativeness.

  21. What a Great treat you delivered to a fellow quilter!! I agree with some of the other comments, there is some envy, would love to see how she has set up her quilting studio for standing too. Merry Christmas to you and yours! You are such a blessing to all of us!

  22. Merry Christmas Bonnie and family. I hope you have a relaxing holiday at your cabin.

  23. Your hubster is just like you always thinking of others. Hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas.

  24. Merry Christmas to you Bonnie, family and extended quilting family. From down under. Xx

  25. Bonnie you have the biggest heart. Don't ever doubt how much we all appreciate you. A quilting novice in NJ. Merry Berries to you and yours.

  26. Merry Christmas to you and your family Bonnie! We are just us 2 tucked up warm and cozy on a cold frosty Alaska day. Torrow will be the same though both days should have some sewing time. I am for the first time making progress on the mystery - I've sone others, mostly after the fact. This year i have some of each clue made.

  27. That is such a great picture of you and Donna. What a fortuitous choice of where to make a special delivery plus you were able to scope out another sewing room setup. Your husband is so cool.

  28. Have a very Merry Christmas Bonnie from here in England,you are an inspiration to all your quilting followers! xx

  29. I am so glad the world contains wonderful people like you who share their passions and knowledge! May your holidays be loving and warm with the spirit of peace encircling you.

  30. Bonnie,
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from snowbound northern Vermont.

  31. As I sat here reading your post this early (4:00 am PST) Christmas morning, when I got to the part where you and your husband made a SPECIAL DELIVERY to one of the quilters who purchased the Essential Triangle Tool, I cried (and yes, I really did cry)! Oh Bonnie, YOU are the SPECIAL DELIVERY, far and above the tool that you dropped off. God Bless You and your family on this wondrous and most precious day of the year. You continue to amaze us all....

  32. Just so glad I've found this site. I love all your scrapiness ideas, your personality from your stories shows through your stories and they are such a blessing to read. Have a blessed Christmas with your family and an abundant New Year.

  33. Merry Christmas! I am so impressed that you would take the time out of your busy schedule and time with your family to stop to see Donna. I know she was thrilled. Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

  34. Thats the best story!! I love it !! MErry Christmas ( a little late ) to you and to yours!


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