Thursday, September 19, 2019

And Into Thursday -

This is where I stand right now!

I had hoped to get this top together yesterday, but a dental appointment took up much of my afternoon time, and since I was in town (The nearest grocery store to Mouth of Wilson, Virginia is a half-hour drive through winding Blue Ridge mountain roads in either direction, no matter your destination…) other mundanities like groceries, gas for the car and stuff took up the rest of my time until 5pm.

I didn’t mind the grocery shopping.  I love seeing what produce is available this time of year.  I adore seeing bins of pumpkins taking up residence and adding wonderful fall color to the displays.  The flowers in front changing to colorful pots of mums in yellows and rusty reds.  I can feel it in the air, can you?

Yesterday’s continual drizzle also brought the temps down to the point that sandals were finally discarded for warm socks and running shoes.  I still may have ONE pedicure left within me this year – I’m heading to California early October for Alex Anderson’s Fall Retreat. (If you are coming, I can’t wait to spend a fun weekend with you!) And then I think I am fairly safe to give a fond farewell to Summer 2019.

Leaves trickling down.

This morning temps didn’t even reach 60.  56 degrees is as cool as I remember it being up here on the porch with my morning hot beverage.  I don’t know how much color change we’ll get up here this year, and if it happens in October, I’ll miss most of it!

Fall to Winter is always kind of an “unveiling” – once the leaves are down from the trees I’ll be able to view those mountain ridges in the distance to the East.  I love that the view does change here by the seasons.

Late last night – the remaining 36 blocks!

I have had huge plans of giving Quilt Cam another go up here – and doing a demo on these blocks.  So far the bronchitis has shoved that back a bit.  While I am talking better, the nose still runs and the cough is still there.  Maybe another week?

I’d love to turn this into a tutorial for the Free Patterns tab as well – I just need a bit more time.  And if hard wiring the laptop to the router at the QPO doesn’t work, I’ll need to figure out a way to do it from home in Wallburg, and frankly I am hardly there anymore.  It’s become the weigh station, a place to stay before and after returning from a trip somewhere because it is close to the airport.

So hang in with me, and we will get it going at some point.

Today – we get the TOP together!

More info on the sign -

The gentleman I ordered it from is named Dennis Leslie.  He calls his business Dennis’s Metal Art.  I don’t have a website for him.  I just met him at the show. 

My sign is 23 ‘’ x 23’’.  I don’t know if he is willing or wanting to be flooded with orders from my readers.  Some folks do craft and quilt shows as a hobby, they don’t want to turn it into a full time business production and do mass mail order shipping in their retirement years.

If you are in California and attending a show, be watching for him.  I am VERY pleased with this sign and I can’t wait to get it hanging.

Oh, and that dentist appointment thing?

We have good news, and bad news.

My gums are EXTREMELY healthy.  My cleaning went well – lots of kudos and gold stars there, but I have a leaking crown that needs to be replaced, and another older filling that needs to be replaced on the OPPOSITE side of my mouth – so two appointments are going to have to happen in the next 10 days or so.  Ugh.

I guess I just keep repeating to myself the words my grandpa told me from the time I was little (He was my first and BEST dentist growing up. I miss you grandpa!) “Numb is your friend! Numb is your friend!”  Ugh.

So to distract me – and since I am much much much improved health-wise, Martha and I have scheduled a play day out tomorrow.  Yippee!  I’ve been in solitary confinement for too long over the past 10 days.  I need a bit of a jaunt and lunch out and getting ourselves into whatever kind of trouble we can find.

Quiltville Quote of the Day -

Vintage 9 patch quilt shared by Kevin the Quilter.

Thanks, friend!

Do you feel stuck? Are you bored? Are you uninspired and feeling tired?

Do something today that truly inspires you and sets your creativity on fire!

Have a wonderful Thursday, everyone!


  1. Dennis Leslie lives not far from me and his wife is in my sewing club. Should I inquire about his interest in having info shared?

    1. Yes please! That would be great. I don't even know if they have a website since I placed my order at the show.

  2. Such a fun block, hope you can get quiltcam to work when your better of course.
    It turning autumnal here in the Channel Islands too all the leaves dropping and the need of a woolly in the evenings their is a definite chill to the air now.
    Have a lovely day
    Love and quilty hugs
    Anne xxx

  3. It was 37 degrees in central NH this morning, so yes, I do feel it in the air! Wonderful sleeping weather and most days it warms to around about 70 degrees - the perfect combo in my opinion! Feel better Bonnie and as always, looking forward to the next Quilt Cam! Thanks for your continued efforts of sharing your adventures with us on your blog!

  4. Chilly, rainy weather brings the doldrums on. A roadtrip is in my future. Shop hop next week. Ugh on the dental stuff. Yes numb is your friend. This Mary wants to play with Martha too.

  5. I love your sign. If the maker does not wish to have lots of orders, maybe the business in my hometown would take orders. I have had them make several custom pieces and am very pleased with their work. Here is their Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/designsbyprecisionlaser/

  6. oh my, dentaphobic myownsweetself! and your mantra, "numb is my friend" doesn't help much getting me to that point! LOL, glad you're better and going out & about by way of celebrating your continuing renewal of health and happiness. Happy also, to hear about Sadie's renewed spirits, mine too, making good progress on my "challenge rescue"-- hoping to get back in the rhythm of L/E and Emerald City...It's even Fall in Carlsbad, CA, I'm thinking about a second quilt on the bed, soon... not yet, but soon. <3

  7. Oh, how I envy your rain. I haven't gotten a drop here in Nashville in weeks. The temps are high 90's. Possibly high 80's the rest of the week. All the leaves are turning brown and falling to the ground. Sad.

  8. Glad you are feeling better. We are still having hot and humid weather here in Iowa but could change by the end of the day. I see my dentist for regular check-up Mon. I hope my crown is ok. lol! If we want to be queens on the mountain, we need our crowns! Have a great day.

  9. The quote is perfect for me today as I have been feeling "tired", having trouble getting inspired, so I'm going to help my guild this afternoon. That should perk me up.

  10. Hi Bonnie!
    Dennis' Metal Art
    8217 Mistral Circle
    Prescott Valley, AZ 85315
    This is the info he provided for our show website
    Hope you are on the mend and feeling better!
    Cheryl Zelus

  11. I only wish cooler days were here...still in the 90's during the day. Heavy sigh.

  12. I want so much to sit and sew with you but have not been able to get my head together
    I sat by my sweet brothers bed after i touched his cheek and kissed his forehead and told him that i love him. I sat down and watched him breathing easy for the first time in a couple of years. I finally realized that it did not look as though he was breathing. I asked the Chaplin if he was breathing and he said he had been wondering that himself we checked him and he was gone. Life is so fleeting. I am going to try sewing again in the morning if i can get my head together. I think your blocks will be interesting.

  13. Hey guys, you are all so lucky, here in South Africa we are going into summer. I live on the East Coast and it not just hot, hot, hot here in summer (most of the winter too) it is HUMID too!! I permanently sit in a puddle, cannot acclimatise even though I have lived here for 6 years now. Luckily being able to see the ocean from my house, in front of my sewing machine, makes up for the discomfort. Every year I envy your snow pictures and wish I was there! Enjoy your winter and colder weather! Kenya is going to be very hot for those lucky travellers. Much love from Africa!!

  14. Numb is your friend indeed. Wise words. I can attest to that when during my childhood, our dentist refused to use any numbing agent while drilling cavities. Ouch! Being a child, I cried because it really hurt. He slapped me. My mom gave him a big piece of her mind when she found out. Beautiful quilt. Have fun with your friend and keep getting better.

  15. Your quote of the day is so true!!

  16. I hope you will make a quilt cam of the wonky courthouse steps. When I saw yours I thought - what a great way to use up leftover strips. I went ahead and tried making some, but made mine big (12 1/2") to use up more strips. I have some questions about how you make them - such as: do you use short strips and sew them onto blocks one at a time or use a long strip and lay all the blocks on to the strip and speed sew them all at once?? I have lots of short strips to use up which makes the process more fiddley. I also would like to learn more about how to do "webbing". This is something I'm not familiar with. Thank you for sharing this great method for using up scraps!!

  17. So glad to hear you are feeling better. The picture of the dentist office reminds me of my childhood dentist. Not a happy memory. I have since gotten over my fear of dentists and don't mind going. Your blocks look so nice in the courthouse steps. G.Walker asks the same question I am wondering about. Love the picture of the road through the trees. Such a peaceful place. I wish I had a place like that to take a walk with my little dog Ginger.


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