Saturday, October 20, 2018

Quilt-Cam 10/19/2018!


There are days when you just HAVE to sew for the holiday at hand!

I’ve never been one to be able to sew Christmas in July, or Halloween in March – the season has to land on me for me to feel like sewing with it.

Maybe you are like this too? 

That said, I’ve got several “holiday” things that only come out to be worked on when that holiday is in close range.  And that’s okay.  They will get done eventually.

This is my Chain & Hourglass block from the July/Aug ‘18 Addicted to Scraps column in Quiltmaker.  Though it may not be on news stands any longer – if you can’t find a paper copy online, I know for a fact you can get a DIGITAL COPY and sew along with me!

I’m not sure how I’m going to set my blocks yet – I’m just going to make a bunch and play with them.  Perhaps a table runner is all that I need to tickle my Halloween fancy?

I was so tickled by the number of folks who joined me in last night’s Quilt-Cam via Facebook live!

Friday, October 19, 2018

Getting Spooky Around Town!


Read on!  There is a Quilt-Cam announcement below!

This is the mantle in the old house turned chiropractic office-

For the many years I’ve been treated in Dr. Wright’s office, I’ve looked forward to the changes of décor that happen with every season, every holiday -

But HALLOWEEN is the best of all – it’s an absolute hoot to make a visit the couple of weeks before Halloween.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

The Nebraska Mega Show & Share!


With a series of 6 workshops and 4 guild presentation events there is BOUND to be a plethora of wonderful eye candy urging you to get in there and FINISH YOUR PROJECTS!  Or start a new one! HA!

I was so impressed by the productivity of these fabulous quilters, willing to take on everything from large mystery quilts to even larger leader & ender projects – bringing blocks, tops in progress, quilts waiting for binding, all the way to bound and labeled.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Just Horsing Around–and a Winner!


Look, Ma – NO SNOW!

With yesterday morning’s guild presentation given and packed up – we boxed up what remained of my measly merchandise and book signing table (half a box worth!) and headed out in Stacey’s big ole’ dodge truck to roam the Nebraska countryside.

I got to see HER stomping grounds!  A 7 acre hobby farm complete with 100 year old farm house.

COUNTRY LIFE!  And I was feeling the need for it.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

That Jared Gets Around!


Jared may get around (Can’t count the number of times we’ve had fun with this workshop!) but so do these Iowa girls!

So glad to have them come visit and stay with Jill, who lives near Ohama so we could all have several days of playing crazy in the scraps together.

It’s been a wonderful whirlwind trip to “The Good Life” state, and yesterday was workshop number 6 of this long run!

And we haven’t run out of gas yet!

Monday, October 15, 2018

The First Snow Day Sew Day of Autumn!


If you had told me day before yesterday that yesterday would be full of fluffy white stuff, i would have replied “Oh certainly – CERTAINLY NOT!”

But you can’t fool mother nature!

However, we can point out that she is a bit confused at the moment!

And evidently, I am too – because I’m out it in short sleeves (but just for a moment – just for this photo!)

Sunday, October 14, 2018

In Search of the Lovely, and the Strange!


Adventures in Treasure Hunting!

I’ve had a couple of opportunities to hit some area Antiquing hubs while on this whirlwind 10 days in Nebraska tour – One in Grand Island on my way in from Lincoln, and yesterday afternoon after being passed off from the Grand Island group into the hands of the Elkhorn group.

The changing of the guard.

The passing of the package.

Much like the pigskin being passed during yesterday’s Husker’s game that we listened to on our way to Elkhorn.

I LOVE college spirit.  I LOVE seeing folks behind their teams and wearing colors and athletic wear even on an “away-game” day.

I went from one car full of red wearing quilting fans into another big truck of red wearing quilting fans!

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Virginia Bounding in Grand Island!


Workshop day number 2 in Grand Island, and workshop number 4 of my 6 workshop, 4 lecture tour in Nebraska is in the books! As LEGENDARY!

What is also fun this time around is that NONE of the workshops have been duplicates of any others this trip – 6 workshops, all different!  There is always something new to look forward to each day.

Yesterday we dove into boxes and bags of strings, stitching up Virginia Bound from my very first book, Scraps & Shirttails – and it dawned on me.  This book just celebrated its 10th anniversary in print – released in September of 2008!  OH. MY. WORD!  I never gave that any thought until yesterday.

TEN YEARS IN PRINT!  That’s a huge mile stone.

And watch – now I’ve jinxed it and it will go out of print.  LOL!  It’s been a good run, and I’m thrilled.  And if it does go out of print – maybe we need a Scraps & Shirttails III down the pipeline?  Heaven knows I have enough recycled shirts on hand to do many many more quilts with these fabrics that are so fun to work with.

Friday, October 12, 2018

A Cathedral Stars Day to Play!


Grand Island has been Grand in every sense of the word!

Where else can you get the whole QUILT ROOM at the state fair grounds to host a workshop for 46?

And then have your evening presentation held to maximum capacity at the beautifully renovated Grand Theater downtown??

They’ve pulled out ALL the stops, and there is no stopping!

Thursday, October 11, 2018

From Omaha to Lincoln!


Three of us loaded up into Gerry’s SUV and drove 45 minutes past fields of corn, and rambling pumpkin patches to meet up with Kay and pass me off for the next leg of this wild wild Nebraska quilt tour!

What a better place to move luggage from one vehicle to another!  The International Quilt Study Center in Lincoln, Nebraska!

Have you ever been?  It’s been several years since my last visit, and this time they had not only a display of Cheddar quilts from the Joanna S Rose collection (mu passion!) but a terrific gallery exhibit by Marti Michell, but a special exhibit on wood quilts by Wood Quilts by Laura Petrovich Cheney.  Another exhibit featured the eclectic collection of Mark Dunn of Moda fabrics, among others!

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Box Kite Nebraska Style!


It was a Box Kite Workshop Day of ultimate scrappiness with the Omaha Quilters Guild!

When the weather is just nasty drippy drizzly and otherwise messy outside, where is the best place to be?  Pressing, cutting out, sewing up, and having a wonderful time with quilty friends from all over!

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Tropical Twisting Away in the Rain!


Check out what we did yesterday!

I met with the Omaha Quilters Guild in Papillion, Nebraska for a Tropical Twist workshop from my book Addicted to Scraps!

Of course, this rainy wet Monday in October was anything BUT tropical, but we could imagine that it was rain on palm trees in some place far away with sand and sea.

And I was just bursting with happiness to be back doing what I love so much – teaching and getting to know these quilters one by one.

Monday, October 08, 2018

Nebraska! The Good Life!


Singin’ in the rain, just singin’ in the rain!

I was met by Gerry and Helen right on time at the Omaha airport and whisked off for a round of sight seeing in the rain.

Now, a little bit of rain doesn’t bother me at all – I rather like it!  Especially with colorful umbrellas and no wind or extremely cold temps – it just feels like someone has turned the tap on AUTUMN and it is doing its best to turn from the 90 degree heat wave from last week, to mid October this week.

Aren’t these the cutest gals ever?  We became fast friends as we headed toward downtown Omaha where this was my view:

Sunday, October 07, 2018

Nebraska Bound!


Guess what I found last night?

Hidden in NEARLY plain sight?

My missing *put away for safe keeping* Hexie Star blocks.

Where were they?  On my vanity table with a quilt on top.  Oh, brother!

And if I hadn’t been searching for something else during my round of packing for Nebraska – I never would have found them.  Isn’t that the way it always goes?

I’m packed and ready for the Nebraska quilters – I hope THEY are ready for ME!

On my way home from “the great bed run of 2018” on Friday, I was able to stop at a couple of places I had passed before – and with enough advance warning knowing I was coming this way – was on the look out for!

This is Sarah’s Fox Creek General Store.  The building has been here since 1934!

When I had driven past before, it was either after hours or I didn’t have time to stop, or was in the car with other folks – but Friday was MINE an I stopped in.

Saturday, October 06, 2018

A Day Full to Overflowing!


It all started with crappy internet.  Doesn’t it always?

It’s one of those “things” when staying in random hotels.  Ground floor room, way back corner – it said I was “connected” but that “No internet” statement next to the word connected pretty much stopped me in my tracks and got my morning rolling at the same time. It was that much of a dead zone that not even my phone hotspot could connect me.

If I left the hotel, and headed west to Charlottesville I’d be THAT much closer to my meet up place with Jeanette, and I could find a place that has wifi and I’d be good.

I am a routine follower.  I need to let go of that.  Anyone who has stayed with me, or had me stay with them know that I do certain things on schedule at certain times of the day – and blog is usually second after getting up and getting going.

Well yesterday, I got up and got OUT instead!

Friday, October 05, 2018

Across the Lake and Over the Mountain!


I love a less traveled road!

I will take that road every chance I get – because you will never know just what might be around the the next bend, over the next rise, just ahead -

And such was my journey to Bedford yesterday to meet up with Carol’s hubby who would help me load 2 vintage mahogany sleigh beds into the van, chatting up a storm along the way.

Not my usual route – Bedford is about 30 minutes drive WEST of Lynchburg, and the GPS sent me up toward Roanoke, and then East at Rocky mount, through the mountains.  At once point I crossed the vast expanse of Smith Mountain Lake – the location that so named our Smith Mountain Morning quilt from my book Scraps & Shirttails II and I was reminded all over again of just how soul centering this place is.

Thursday, October 04, 2018

Nov/Dec ‘18 Quiltmaker Gift-Away!


It’s a Gift-Away kind of day!

I am headed out the door early this morning on a whirlwind trip around Virginia to pick up not just one matching pair of twin bedframes for Quiltville Inn, but TWO!  One set is coming from Carol in Bedford VIRGINIA (Not Pennsylvania, though I taught in both places this year!) and then Jeanette happens to have driven a separate matching pair of bed frames down on a visit to family and I’ll be meeting up with her in the Shenandoah Valley area on Friday morning.

There will likely be loads of antiquing happening in the hours in between – the van is empty and I’m ready to roll on out the door.

But first – a bit of this!

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

New Found Antique Malls and Friends -


I got out to do something I’ve wanted to do with my friend Prudence for a long time – a lunch date at a fabulous Greek place, and a round of antiquing fun in a new to me antique mall, not far from me at all!

How could I not know about this place?

You might remember Prudence from when I sneakily crashed her quilt retreat during the winter snows of 2018 – Click HERE if you’ve forgotten or missed it!

She lives maybe 8 miles from me?  Not far at all.  But I am always on the go, she is always on the go, and our home spots have missed each other.  Every time we’ve tried to plan a get together one or the other if not both of us are gone.  How does that happen?

Tuesday, October 02, 2018

If it Fits, it Ships!


It seems I’ve been doing a lot of “over the rail” photos lately!

This is the favorite spot in my neighborhood for photos – a short walk around the corner from my house. 

Why am I taking a picture of Pineapple Crazy from String Fling?? 

Because I boxed it up yesterday and sent it off to the Iowa Quilt Museum in Winterset, IA!  It’s being shown in an upcoming exhibit called “Waste Not, Want Not” and it starts here in a few weeks!

Monday, October 01, 2018

Irish Courthouse–NEW Digital Pattern!


New in the Quiltville Store!

Irish Courthouse Pattern available as a digital download!

I know you’ve been waiting for it – And I said it would happen in September, but you know how my September went.

I taught this pattern in August during our Quiltville Summer Series hosted by Mary Koval and Mary’s Quilt Shop in Bedford, PA – and it was a hit!

This was our “Surprise” class, and the quilters had no idea what they were making – they had cut “VAGUE” rectangles ahead of time in a semblance of “kits” but no real clue what they were going to be creating.

And it was a WONDERFUL easy way to make many blocks without having to deal with triangles or specialty rulers of any kind.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Tummy Warming From Quilt Villa! (Recipe and More!)


It’s the very beginning of my favorite season – CROCK POT SEASON!!

When the temps turn cooler, when nights turn to two-quilt weather, and my day by day uniform of choice goes from capris and t-shirt to full length jeans and t-shirt with the addition of a favorite comfy denim shirt over the top (sleeves rolled up – gotta get down to business!) it’s also time to bring out and dust off the tried and true crock pot recipes and add a few new ones to the mix.

White Chicken Chili – just the ticket!  And I had a mostly devoured rotisserie chicken in the fridge that would be perfect for making chicken stock in the crock pot the night before. 

Saturday, September 29, 2018

I’m a Winner, You’re a Winner–YAY!

 have drawn the winners of our September Quilty Box and Quilty Box mini!

And there is more on that below – but I have been neglectful in something – I’ve heard from many of you with congratulations upon my being chosen as winner of not just one, but TWO categories in the National Quilters Circle Blogger Awards! (Best Quilting Patterns Blog and Best Overall Quilting Blog).

The announcement came September 6th – just 3 days after my brother Mark passed away, and I was reeling and making family plans to get to Arizona, to order flowers, to take care of this and that – and acknowledging awards just went on the way back shelf.

I’m grateful!  I appreciate your nominations and votes – but most of all for following me here through it all.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Of Dentists and Downtown Antiquing Digs -


What’s a girl to do when she walks into the antique mall after extensive dental work – the entire right side of her face numb from eyebrow to chin, and tongue feeling like it is too big to even close her teeth around it?

Not feeling like I wanted to drive home just yet – I decided to wander the antique mall where I wouldn’t have to talk to anyone and sound like my tongue had been stung by a bee.

I wasn’t there 5 minutes – I swear! 

And I saw this canvas of an applique quilt painting against the wall.  It’s huge – about 5 ft square, and I looked at the price.

40 BUCKS!?

And I knew.  Well, I hoped I knew – just where this would go.  The landing at Quiltville Inn!

Thursday, September 27, 2018

China Cabinet, Thread Cabinet, China Hutch, China Buffet -


This is NOT a China cabinet.

Evidently it’s a thread cabinet – oh, my stars! 

Melinda stood there patiently, right next to it – just waiting for me to round the corner from the next booth where I was poking around – in search of the right China Cabinet, Hutch, Buffet for the long wall in the dining room at Quiltville Inn.

This is NOT a China hutch, and I don’t think I could even fit a teacup into it – but again - Oh, My Stars!


Can I just sit here and breathe for a minute, please?

This is the ELVIS of all thread cabinets.

Roll up side panels and all!

A thing of beauty -

I am filled with abundant reverence and wonder!

And unabashed thread cabinet lust.


Door up – oh wow!


Inside storage, thread sizes numbered.


And we turn the tag over to find….

It’s $700.00.  *SIGH*

I love it dearly – but it would just be a “sitting it out and having it do nothing” thing.  A space taker-upper.

There are no drawers to hold Keurig pods or rulers or pencils or stencils – it would just be a big box of a thing to collect dust with no useful space within it – but oh, what a thing of beauty!

I’m thinking of the shop counter on where it once resided.  Can you see it in your imagination?  

Bolts of fabric-of-the-time on the shelves behind the cutting counter, other sewing notions of turn of the century or 1910s or 20s all around – the dress patterns, the buttons, the needles– 

Another sigh escapes me as I round another corner into another booth once again on my mission – I need a China cabinet for the dining room at Quiltville Inn.


Too small, not in great shape -

And I want things more "visible."


Too fancy and WAY too pricy!

There are others, but I’m not a fan of the “federal” style that has those curly ornamental things on the top.  

Who wants to dust those?  

And it makes it hard to use the top of the cabinet as a display area if everything has to go behind those curly bits.



This is mirrored in the back.

I like the open airiness of this – but the shelves are clear glass, and if you think I hate dusting federal curly things, you should see how I react to dusting glass with every bit of fluff that shows.  I like it though – but I don’t think this is it.


OOooooh!  Wrong style, but look at that tin punch!



It looks like it just dropped out of a scene from Alice in Wonderland.  Can’t you see the Queen of Hearts plopping herself down into this hounds tooth chair?  No, it didn’t come home but I loved it!

I’m afraid to say that the only thing that did come home is a big china platter – marked $8.00 and when I got to the counter, I found it was 20% off.  I left with only 6 bucks and some change out of pocket – not even enough to pull out a credit card for.


But there were beautiful quilts to touch -

Lovely 1900 Double T -


A slinky rayon spiderweb!


A delicate chicken scratch embroidery on the hem of an apron.

(I have one of these, do you?!)


We thought this was a cool way to hang wine glasses -

But you can only really fit 5 per rake or the bases of the glasses would overlap making them hard to remove.

And the weird or fun thing of the day to search for – and the thing that made us all laugh at once?  “I had one of those!!!”


The first generation Ipad!  LOL!

We all agreed – if our childhoods are now found in the antique mall, that must mean we are antiques too!  And that makes us limited editions, one of a kind, and priceless as well!

Or at least worth $12.00 as the tag on the Etch-a-Sketch says - 

I did some more antique mall wandering yesterday after a very painful visit to the dentist – I’ll share those finds with you tomorrow.

It’s raining, raining, raining outside today.  I think it rained most of the night, and that softly falling autumn rain played it’s magic on me and I slept all the way until 8:30am this morning.  This NEVER happens.  But maybe I needed it.

And this makes it a very good day to stay in and stitch.


Quiltville Quote of the Day!

This much is true! It would be really easy to lock myself away in a closet and use every reasoning in the book on why I have every right to do so right now. As it is I slept until 8:30, which never happens!

Sometimes we have to work even when we don't feel like it because the working makes us feel better.

Push through!

Have a wonderful Thursday, friends.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

To Wytheville and Back!

I was hijacked off to Wytheville, Virginia yesterday for a round of picnicking, antiquing and quilt shop fun.

The culprits in quilt-crime?  Melinda and Wendy from Davidson, North Carolina!

Little did I know when throwing myself into the shenanigans just how much I needed this day. 

The conversations in the car and around a picnic lunch, and folks we met along the way being even more important that the shopping by itself.

But the shopping was good, too!

This photo was my attempt on a cloudy Tuesday morning to get a photo of the Wytheville, VA banners on the lamp post.

Can you see it?

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

About Rediscovery


Any upheaval of significance can derail even the most stalwart of “routine followers.”

I never would have thought this to be true – but over the past month have found myself going to bed as one person, and upon waking up find myself staring at the ceiling wondering “Okay, how are you going to function today?” “Which Dr. Jekyl or Mr. Hyde emotion is going to take charge?”

Where one week ago I couldn’t even bear to look at needle and thread – afraid that I’d never be able to feed my creative self again, if I could even FIND her – I am going through rounds of digging in and digging out and finding projects that were somewhat begun, but had reached a standstill along the way. I’m asking questions like “Where did you come from?  Why did you languish?”

Such is the case with this pink bin full of  scrappy basket blocks (pattern from a previous Addicted to Scraps column with Quiltmaker) and the other items in the bin give me an idea of just what was going on here -