Friday, January 17, 2020

Frolic Mystery, Part 9: THE REVEAL!

Hooray!!!  It’s TIME!  It’s finally TIME!

This quilt has been on my mind since April 2019, under my needle since June of 2019 -

Assembled, quilted and bound during “The Great Plague” of September 2019. (Oh, I survived – and I’m so glad!)

It’s been a journey.  I wanted photos of the quilt reveal with Sadie, but before I could take them, she passed the first week of November.  (There are some in the construction process and I will gladly share those with you through this post.)

Before I knew it, Thanksgiving was upon us – and no “over the porch rail” photo op could happen because – the retreat was FULL of beta-test retreaters!

No photo with dad and the quilt this year either.  But guess what happened just a few days ago?

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Wednesday with the Ashe County Girls!

It was a day of many surprises – and definitely a day to remember!

Yesterday Quiltville Inn opened her doors wide to receive 11 ladies from the nearby Ashe County Quilters.

A sew day full of friendship building, creativity, and connection!

I am still so high on cloud nine that I don’t think I’ll ever come down.

First one car, then another – the unloading of crock pots bearing soups, platters of delicacies, favorite salads, munchies galore!  All to be enjoyed while sewing.

And this time – THIS TIME – I got to participate!  It was wonderful wonderful wonderful.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Days of Quilting, Friendship & Laughter!

From strips to four-patches -

Isn’t strip piecing just the best?  This was my morning yesterday.

I’m also happy to report that Operation Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs – Try number TWO was a complete success. 

I’m not sure what happened the first time around, it it was likely operator error, but we are well on our way now and I am excited about learning to make many of the recipes from the many places I’ve been directed to thanks to your comments.

I need something that can speed up the dinner process from time to time.  I get home from the Quiltville Post Office about 5pm, and if I don’t know what the plan is before I leave in the morning – dinner turns out to be “BREAKFAST” or even the “Let’s just go out” which is happening far too frequently in my book.  It’s not healthy for my body, it’s certainly not healthy for my wallet.

I’d love to know what your favorite recipes are – in fact, we could have a recipe share by posting your favorites in the comments section below!  Ready? Set? POST!  I’ll link this post to the recipes tab at the top of the blog so we can always go back and find new ones to try.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

A Bit of Out & About–And Quilting!

Overcast and dreary -

A typical January day.

But we were not letting that stop us!  Yesterday was the day to learn to use the Instant Pot that Kim brought to Quiltville Inn in August – it had still been sitting in its box as I was too afraid to use it!

Jill and I headed out on a round about journey to retreat the Instant Pot, get the outgoing mail to the USPS office, do a bit of barn sighting around the area (I love showing new folks the cool old stuff around here!) and eventually make it back to the cabin where we would do something SIMPLE for my first foray – like hard boiled eggs for egg salad sandwiches for lunch.

But first – photo ops had to happen!

Monday, January 13, 2020

Jill’s on the Mountain!

She’s here and sewing away!

This vintage Featherweight card table holds Jill’s sweet featherweight.

When she said she wanted to bring this cutie I mentioned that I had a card table so she could sew with her flat to the table surface.  I hadn’t pulled out the table to be used in quite a while -

The only problem?   I moved some things around, set up the card table and -

Sunday, January 12, 2020

The Morning After the Rain -

These two greeted me this morning!

Actually, there were four – 3 at the salt lick and one just in the yard.

I was attempting to get the big camera out so I could zoom in for some photos, and just the click of turning on the camera sent one bounding beyond the bushes and up the mountain, soon followed by the second as the click of my camera raised the alarm.

Mind you – the first photos I took were THROUGH the glass of the window.

Those ears can hear EVERYTHING!

But these faces!

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Cut it Up, Use it Up!

I have another project at hand!

And I am SO excited.  The whole thing makes me giddy with anticipation – I climbed out of bed at 6am, eager to pull fabrics and get cutting.

Yes, it’s a busy weekend ahead.  There is painting to happen at Quiltville Inn today – starting with the Hen Den and moving through the kitchen and the back entry.

And our nephew arrives from Texas this evening for a visit. 

My friend Jill will be on her way down from Pennsylvania tomorrow.

I’ll have a full house – and there are meals to consider among other things.

But this PROJECT!!  I need to make this project!

Friday, January 10, 2020

Frolic Mystery, Part 8!

Another Friday, another clue!

We’ve got to be getting awfully close here, don’t you think?  Just wait and see!

I’m so glad we’ve taken a more leisurely pace with our Quiltville Winter Mystery this year.  I have heard from so many of you that you have enjoyed working on each part each week, and you haven’t felt overloaded.

And you are going to thank me this week -

Because there is NO CUTTING INVOLVED!

That’s right.  You’ve already cut out everything you need during our previous parts.

This week?  Instant units!  Just add thread!

Thursday, January 09, 2020

SIZE MATTERS! (Needles!)

Remember this sweet little lady?

I brought her home as a gift from my friend Elisabeth in December of 2018.

It was MAY before I really had the chance to dig in and attempt to bring her back to life.

And that was put on hold due to a missing spring that attached to the feed dogs below.

A part was located sometime in June, and then July hit and things went crazy with my schedule.  Until New Year’s Day.  I wrote about this last week, so this is the continuing saga of the oddly named C.G. HDW machine (Made by the White Sewing Machine Company.) and how she FINALLY got to sew!

And THEN – when I was eager to hook her up to a belt and get her running, I found that the one leather belt I had was too SHORT.  The black rubber tubing belt that I get from Lehman’s was too thick to pass through the belt guard of the balance wheel underneath the machine.  GAH!!

Wednesday, January 08, 2020

A Snow Day Sew Day of Fun!

Do you remember as a child when school was cancelled for any reason, and you got to stay HOME and PLAY!?

That’s exactly what happened here in my corner of Southwestern Virginia.

The snow came down, BOY did it ever come down!

Tuesday, January 07, 2020

Mona and the Snow Event!

If you’re going to face being snowed in -

You may as well be snowed in with a friend!

Mona arrived yesterday morning bringing with her a couple of tops for the long arm machine.  Both of them Diamond Tile quilts, made with the block from my Addicted to Scraps column in Quiltmaker Magazine

This block has been SO FUN to play with – she has chosen to fussy cut many of her center squares, using novelty fabrics and big bright florals.  One quilt will be going to her cousin’s granddaughter who is turning 4, and the second to her own granddaughter, also turning four.  These two sweeties are very close in age, and full of sugar, spice and everything nice!

At this point it was close to 50 degrees and sunny - the snow wasn’t falling yet, but wait for it – wait for it!

Monday, January 06, 2020

Time Out For Quilt-Cam! (Cushion Cover Tutorial!)

I had some free time yesterday afternoon!

I wasn’t sure it would REALLY happen, but as it turned out – the option for me to drive over to the QPO to put a binding on a cushion cover provided a wonderful opportunity to log in to Facebook Live and share my whole process.

Why bind alone, when you can by with thousands of your closest internet friends? LOL!

I know binding is not a mystery to many, but there are a lot of new quilters that have joined us during our Frolic mystery and at some point they are going to need to tackle that binding thing as well, so hopefully this will give some clues.

And maybe there are some who also have a fairly shredded but still too good to toss out quilt that may serve you better as cushions to be enjoyed, than something folded and kept in a pillowcase in the closet.

Sunday, January 05, 2020

Work Hard, Play Hard, Nap Hard!

Oh Dresden!

Dresden and Lola have settled in to life at the Quiltville Post Office, can you tell?

It’s making working at the computer a bit of a challenge – I mean, who wants to wake this sleeping beast so you can actually SEE where to click your mouse at the bottom toolbar on the screen?  He’s right up on my icons!  But that soft snoring?  I can’t resist it.  It reminds me continually that there are more important things in life than work, work, work.

And sometimes you just have to take time out and scratch the kitty bellies.  Click to Play:

Saturday, January 04, 2020

The Quiltville Inn Retreat Rally!

It’s the TIME you’ve all been waiting for!

It’s the moment I’ve been pondering, plotting and planning for almost 2 years now. 

It was January 2018 when our offer on Quiltville Inn was accepted, and the journey began.

It’s been an adventure, a labor of love, with SO MUCH to do to make this beautiful 1880s home ready for group retreats.

We knew it would take this long to be ready.  We have tried to be realistic when it came to things like replacing 31 windows.  Adding heating and a/c to the ground floor, replacing appliances, painting, oh the painting!

And it is still on-going.  Porch rails and decking are on the docket for painting this spring when the weather is more welcoming.  Interior window frames, door frames and doors and baseboards  - those are still being painted as time allows. We also know that upkeep will be continual, and that is the best way to show our love to this beautiful place!

Friday, January 03, 2020

Frolic Mystery, Part 7!

Yes!  It’s time for Part 7 of our Frolic Mystery!

And yes, you read that right.  If you are not a regular blog follower you may have missed that we let part 6 go live on New Year's Eve day.  I can be sneaky that way!

If you missed part 6, you’ll find it linked under the Frolic Mystery tab at the top of the blog. 

Now that the holidays are behind us, there should be time to catch up.  And part 6 isn’t a hard one – you can work it in right along with part 7!

Things are about to get MORE INTERESTING the further we go into this frolicking adventure!

Thursday, January 02, 2020

Party Like a Block Star! (and FMQ like one too!)

I spent my New Year’s day with 110 year old friend!

It didn’t start out this way – My plan for new Year’s Day was to finally get the old White treadle that Elisabeth so lovingly handed over to me up and running.  I mean – I’d had the part since JUNE!

But truth be told, it was a fix that I was flustered with myself, I couldn’t seem to get it right – and I needed help.

What would you do with parts like this??

Wednesday, January 01, 2020

A Very Quilty New Year!

I am Quilting into 2020!

I had a conversation with my dad yesterday afternoon that went like this:

“I can’t believe we are entering a new decade!  It’s the Roaring Twenties of the Twenty-First Century!”

“Well technically, dear daughter – we don’t start the next decade until 2021.  You are a year early.”

“But Dad, you know this is my world and I get to set the rules!  I’m going to run this decade thing the way I want to run it!”

And we laughed and laughed.  It ended up with “Have it your way if it makes you happy.”  “Likewise!”

The turning over of the 70, 80, 90, 00, 10 and now 20 have been remarkable milestones for me.  71, 81, 91, 01, 11??  Naaaaahhhh.  I’m not having it!