Sunday, August 18, 2019

Old Man River Quiltfest, Day 4!

This was last evening when day was DONE.

Hot hot, Mississippi Hot – humid, and gorgeously green.  That’s the price you pay – and it’s good for your skin, don’t you know?

I was told that I couldn’t leave Vicksburg without a trip to see the iconic bridges – one for the railway, one for cars, crossing the mighty Mississippi to Louisiana.

And we did it.  We drove across the bridge to put my toes on the Louisiana side, took the first exit and came back to Mississippi.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Emerald City–Vicksburg Style!

Old Man River Quiltfest – Day 3!

Do you see how gorgeous this Emerald City block is in PURPLE?! (Pattern from my book String Frenzy)

That is the one thing that thrills me the most – when folks take my quilt designs and interpret them in their own color and fabric choices, making their project more of a reflection of THEM, than of me.

Besides, there is no way that I could possibly make this quilt in all of the wonderful color plans I’ve seen it in as finishes have started cropping up over the past few months.

It’s a two color quilt – so choose your favorites!  Or, as Connie and I talked about last night – do your “Dark” areas in Scrappy Everything, keeping the neutrals (or grey, or yellow, or whatever you envision) as your background.  It would be FABULOUS!

Friday, August 16, 2019

Old Man River Quiltfest, Day 2!

Cutting it up with the Quilt Girls in Vicksburg!

Serpentine Web quilt from my book String Frenzy-

The hours fly by so fast and furious – and we are filling them to the brim with fun and laughter -

At the beginning of the class day I love to ask who my newbies are.  Who is a first timer to one of my workshops – and then, who has NEVER made a string quilt before.  And the hands come waving – these brave souls about to throw themselves into a scrappy adventure destined to open their eyes to new experiences when it comes to quilting.

This is the part of their quilting journey that can change the direction of EVERYTHING – as the saying goes – Once you go scrappy, there’s no turning back!

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Old Man River Quiltfest, Day 1!

Illinois Central, Yazoo and Mississippi Valley Railway Depot
Built in 1907.

As excited as I am about the quilting going on in Vicksburg (and believe me, there is LOTS of quilting going on!) I am thrilled to also be experiencing a glimpse into the amazing history of this town.

You can’t miss the old railroad depot right along the mighty Mississippi River.  It’s now a museum, and while we won’t have time to visit inside due to our workshop hours, I can just imagine what this was like in the early 20th century – the coming and going of trails connecting the rest of the country to this corner of Mississippi.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Just Get Me to Vicksburg!

Three girls on a road trip from Jackson to Vicksburg!
(This photo comes later in the story – so hang on!)

It was an easy day of travel – the only moment of panic being waiting for a gate at the farthest corner of the A terminal to open in Atlanta so our Greensboro plane had a place to pull into – all the while my flight to Jackson was getting ready to board clear at the far end of the C terminal.

Run, Bonnie run!  See Bonnie run…It ain’t pretty!  But I got there, no thanks to those meandering folks with their faces clearly not on where they are going, but down into their cell phones instead. Text walkers.  GAH!

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Quiltmaker Sept/Oct ‘19 Gift-Away!

Autumn is right around the corner!

And since I am on my way to Mississippi today, I thought this would be the perfect time to share with you just what is found in the September/October 2019 issue of Quiltmaker, and throw in a little give-away at the same time!

i can feel it on the horizon, that imminent change of seasons.  Can you?

Are you getting a feel for things that turn from green to gold to orange and rust?  Beautiful shades of red and brown?

Cooler temperatures also bring on the desire to dig in to projects, getting things ready for the holidays that come on the heels of the first nod to fall.

Below are a few of my favorites from this issue:

Monday, August 12, 2019

Sunday Quilt Display, and a Crazy Cattle Call!

Mona’s finishes – over the porch rail!

Good Monday morning, everyone!

Let me just say that I am happy that I am getting this far this morning.  Living this remotely and having our internet for Quiltville Inn and the Quiltville Post Office sometimes presents interesting moments of “Oh, seriously?  You’ve got to be kidding!  How slow can it go?!”  And those visions of waiting for dial-up to make it’s molasses connection circa 1990 something comes screaming back.

Oh yeah.  That’s what it was like back then.  And it is now.  And then you kick yourself in the keester, be grateful that you have any kind of connection at all, and just go do something else while photos are taking their own sweet time uploading – and that YouTube video you want to process?  Just come back 2 hours later because it says it’s going to take 80 minutes to process.

So let’s distract ourselves with how GORGEOUS Mona’s quilts are!  This is one happy girl, and we had the best time!

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Saturday Quilting–Still Going Strong!

It’s been a long arm marathon of a week!

Not only have I been able to quilt a couple of my own quilts since returning from Hershey (And get borders on another!) and help get Kim’s sampler quilted and trimmed, ready for binding – but we have completed THREE of Mona’s!

I love hearing the stories of her plans for her quilts.  Her Texas Tumbleweed was up for quilting yesterday, and is destined for her cousin and her cousin’s hubby.  Quilts are such a labor of love and to see and feel everything that goes into them, and the plans to quilt it, bind it, and gift it away to folks that are important in Mona’s life lets me know that she has not only developed skills as a quilter – but the HEART of a quilter as well!

Saturday, August 10, 2019

A Girl’s Day Sewin’!

Oh, Beanie!

You are the cutest photo bomber!

I am having SUCH a great time with the placemats for Quiltville Inn made from license plates so lovingly gifted to me over the past many years.

Mixing these cute plates with my love of string piecing – I can hardly wait until I have enough of these made that I can load them ALL up into the long arm in one fell swoop and quilt them all.

Can you see that I’ve already prepped the binding for each one as well? 

I’ve got some fun gifted florals that Nancy gave me in Pennsylvania a couple weeks ago, and I think I’m going to use those as backings.  So much fun.

While I’ve been working on these – Mona has been busy at the long arm, and Martha even stopped by with her knitting so we had a very full and fun Friday – this Quiltville Post office has been full  this week with all of the laughter, conversation and busy activity that I dreamed it would have.

Dreams DO come true!

Friday, August 09, 2019

Mona, Quilting, and a Little Bitty Side Trip!

It’s going to be a big time quilting weekend!

Mona (And Beanie and Max) arrived yesterday – I haven’t seen her for MONTHS as our paths have just been going opposite directions – but the stars aligned and she is mine all mine for the long weekend ahead – objective?  Operation Long Arm: On Ringo Lake, Good Fortune, and Texas Tumbleweed from MORE Adventures with Leaders & Enders are soon to be graduating to quilted quilt status.

We got On Ringo Lake locked and loaded, and before we knew it it was lunch time, I hadn’t packed a lunch – we needed groceries for the cabin as well, so we hopped in the van and trundled off to Independence.

Low and behold – the Independence 1908 courthouse was OPEN and after more than 2 years of living here finally made it inside – to a real treasure trove!

Thursday, August 08, 2019

And Then There Was Quilting …

Go-Go Kim’s lovely sampler quilt on a bed at Quiltville Inn!

“Do you have any quilts you’d like to throw on the long arm?” I said.

Never in my wildest dreams did I envision this beautiful and unique sampler quilt finding its quilting finish in the Quiltville Post Office!

I watched on Instagram as @gogokim worked her magic on blocks inspired by Tula Pink’s 100 blocks in 100 days, jumping from the given block into a creation all her own, all of them made with upcycled garments including cottons, crepes, silk ties - and set with denim.

Wednesday, August 07, 2019

A Bit of Old Time Fiddlin’!

Our Monday Evening – Old Fiddlers Convention in Galax!

How do you top off a very full long weekend?

You take the quilt off the long arm machine, throw yourselves in the van when you see there is still time – and drive over to Galax to watch the children’s competition at the 48th annual Old Fiddlers Convention

After all, what better way is there to spend a lovely evening in the mountains than finding yourself surrounded by incredibly talented young musicians and more food trucks than one can count?

Tuesday, August 06, 2019

Well, Hello, Ponies!

Sadie, a baby pony and Kim!

This post is coming a bit late today – I just waved Kim off up the road toward Spotsylvania, VA after such a fun filled-to-the-brim long weekend.

Yesterday was so full I am breaking it down into 3 parts because we just can’t fit it all in.  Seriously.

It was a day of hiking to see some long range views and see if we could locate the ponies near the Appalachian Trail up at Grayson Highlands State Park, bringing Sadie along for the ride.  This was followed up by heading over to the Quiltville Post Office to finish up the quilting of Kim’s fabulous sampler quilt that we had left on the machine from the previous evening.  We followed up yesterday with a drive over to Galax to take in some bluegrass music at the 48th annual Old Fiddlers Convention where the children’s competition was going on – and these little 8 to 15-year-olds just knocked our socks off on fiddle, mandolin and banjo! You just can’t pack a day more full that that!

We are both moving a bit slowly today – but oh, it was so worth it!

Monday, August 05, 2019

Two Girls on the Virginia Creeper Trail!

We Came. We Biked. We Conquered!

Yesterday was our open opportunity for a 17 mile bike ride down the Virginia Creeper Trail from White Top down to Damascus – NO RAIN!  Beautiful sunshine and cool summer shade through the woods – it was beyond perfect!

The last time I had seen the trail was in April when Lori came to visit, but then all of the trees were still without leaves – it’s amazing how different the trail looks just a few months later.  Green, lush, gorgeous – this activity has to be at the top of the “What to do in Southwestern Virginia” lists.

Sunday, August 04, 2019

With Friendship & Rainbows -

This little sign is at the edge of the Quiltville Inn property.

So much information here -

How many miles between here and there -

And that rainbow?  Definitely a sign that a beautiful weekend is ahead – no matter whether there be rain or shine – my friend Kim had just arrived from the other side of Virginia – about a 7 hour drive.  (Virginia is bigger than you think!)

Saturday, August 03, 2019

On Trimmings, Backings, Bindings and More!

Quilt number 4 off the Long Arm at the Quiltville PO!

When Lisa came to visit over 4th of July (was it only a month ago? It feels like forever already!) she brought some rulers, notions and tools she thought I could use either here at the Quiltville Post Office, or perhaps for the cutting tables in the Quilting Quarters at Quiltville Inn.

I did NOT have possession of a ruler this large before, so claimed it right away – it’s perfect for trimming up a quilt after quilting and before adding binding.

This thing is 20 1/2’’ square!

As I’ve posted before, I do like to square up the edges and especially the corners of my quilt before adding binding so I am sure I am getting a good straight binding edge, and those corners will definitely be square for a nice binding miter.

Friday, August 02, 2019

Remember those Runners? (And More!)

Are you wondering where the Garden Party runner post went? It is up on the C&T Blog!

I've included my modifications to turn the quilt pattern into a cute runner. You'll need my Addicted to Scraps book to complete the project - on sale in the Quiltville Store for the low low price of $19.99!

(And you get a free bonus Wanderlust PDF pattern at purchase!)

Such a fun project – and ZERO TRIANGLES!!  Visit my post with instructions HERE.

Thursday, August 01, 2019

Virginia is for FRIENDS!

Don’t let the sunshine in this photo fool you!

You may have heard that "Virginia is for Lovers." and I have no idea how that whole slogan got started, but I am here to tell you that Virginia is for Quilters, and for Friends!

A bike ride plan from White Top down to Damascus had to be delayed for Maryethel and her hubby due to impending rain.

Rain. Rain. Rain. Every day there has been rain!  I’m not complaining – just stating the facts, Jack.

And the rains DID come not long after my visitors had left – so it was a good call not to get caught on bikes out on a muddy trail somewhere where shelter would be hard to find.

So instead – they rescheduled their trip and made a little jaunt from Damascus to Mouth of Wilson for a visit!