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Sunday, February 09, 2020

A Little Bit of Irish Luck!


This happened yesterday!

As temperatures remained well below the freezing point, and snow fell silently in the finest crystals possible, I gave up every idea of going to the Quiltville Post Office to do some long arm quilting and declared it a stay in and stay warm kind of sew day.

I could have easily just dug right into the Sugar Loaf block kits that are waiting for me in a basket next to my machine, but another deadline crept into view the closer we get to March.

March is going to be VERY busy for me – I’ve got two back-to-back sessions to teach at Empty Spools Seminar in Asilomar, California.  There are retreats also scheduled at Quiltville Inn, so deadline quilts need to be pushed forward a bit.

A gaggle of green geese underway!

The project?  My first international trip of 2020, which is nearly 3 weeks spent with 2 groups in Ireland.

The center panel of an embroidered Celtic knot was at the Quiltville Post Office, but I thought I remembered the size and would just dig right into making borders.  I’d get those done, then retrieve that embroidery when we left to go to the movies in the evening, stitch the borders right on and we’d be good to go!

Only – what I thought was an 8’’ finished center, turned out to be a 10’’ finished center and it threw my whole design process off by 2 inches, which interrupted the flow of how things were going to turn the corners in the borders, etc. 

Well, RATZ!


While my original plan was to be something like this -

With the real size of the center, it’s going to be something like this -


Which means, dagnabit -


I’m going to need many more four-patches!

And I need more green 1 1/2’’ strips and they are at the QPO.

I’m heading down this afternoon to meet with the owners of Yadkin Valley Quilts for a tour of the inn as the shop is hosting their retreat in April.  Many fun plans to be made!

They are planning to do things up ALL THE WAY, including providing meals for their retreaters, along with give-aways, door prizes and other goodies.  I’m not sure if the shop has filled all 12 spots yet, so if you are near by, don’t have a group, want to join in, please contact the shop at the link above.


We DID make it out for a movie at our favorite Blue Ridge Movie Lounge last night to see The Last Full Measure.

THE LAST FULL MEASURE tells the true story of Vietnam War hero William H. Pitsenbarger (Jeremy Irvine), a U.S. Air Force Para-rescue-men (also known as a PJ) medic who personally saved over sixty men.

During a rescue mission on April 11, 1966, he was offered the chance to escape on the last helicopter out of a combat zone heavily under fire, but he stayed behind to save and defend the lives of his fellow soldiers of the U.S. Army's 1st Infantry Division, before making the ultimate sacrifice in the bloodiest battle of the war.

Thirty-two years later, respected Pentagon staffer Scott Huffman (Sebastien Stan) on a career fast-track is tasked with investigating a Congressional Medal of Honor request for Pitsenbarger made by his best friend and PJ partner on the mission (William Hurt) and his parents (Christopher Plummer & Diane Ladd).

Huffman seeks out the testimony of Army veterans who witnessed Pitsenbarger's extraordinary valor, including Takoda (Samuel L. Jackson), Burr (Peter Fonda) and Mott (Ed Harris). But as Huffman learns more about Pitsenbarger's courageous acts, he uncovers a high-level conspiracy behind the decades-long denial of the medal, prompting him to put his own career on the line to seek justice for the fallen airman.

I love movies that are “based on a true story.”  And this one was truly incredible. While I'm not a fan of war movies, the story of this one was worth seeing.


Morning sunrise on my deck -

No footprints in this snow – Emmy Lou refuses to go out!


The rain chain has GROWN!

I shared a picture of what it looked like in yesterday’s post.  Today – wow.  It’s a huge icicle from the gutter above to the ground below.

The sun is out now, it is supposed to hit the low 40s today so I know the ice will start melting and dripping down until there is nothing left on this chain – it’s beautiful in a very cold sort of way, isn’t it?


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Quiltville Quote of the Day -

Vintage trip around the world quilt from my collection.

Every day, do something that will lead you closer to where you want to be!

Now off to fix that border issue! 

Have a wonderful Sunday, everyone!



15 comments:

  1. I keep wondering - what is the 'rain chain' really for?

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    1. to divert water away from the foundation

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    2. From RainChains.com:
      "Rain chains are a beautiful and functional alternative to traditional, closed gutter downspouts. Guiding rain water visibly down chains or cups from the roof to the ground, rain chains transform a plain gutter downspout into a pleasing water feature."
      The ones with cups look really neat! I am trying to figure out where I could put one!

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  2. I love the way your stars are "jumping" in and out. You gave me an idea, thank you.

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  3. how did you know i have an overwhelming stash of greens??? spooky and beautiful!

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  4. Is there a pattern for the Celtic knot embroidery at the center of your quilt?

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    1. This is a project I am designing for the folks going on to Ireland with me in May/June. When I return this project will become a digital pattern available for purchase from the Quiltville Store. Please stay tuned.

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    2. You will have many customers for this wonderful kit -- I'm sure - I'll be one for sure!!!

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  5. If your icesickle rain chain doesn't give you some ideas for a spectacular quilt. It's absolutely gorgeous with that lovely background.

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  6. I love the Ireland project and can't wait to get started on it!! I have the borders ready for Warm Hands Warm Hearts - just need to finish the mittens.

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  7. Oh My! The pictures of the ladies with their absolutely beautiful quilts have convinced me I want to take this course! It is on my list to take when the budget can afford it. And my eyes had a veritable feast on the wonderful greens you are using in your Ireland project! I will be buying your pattern when it comes out, for sure; we have Irish heritage in our family.

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  8. Your Celtic knot will make a perfect gift for my husband when the project becomes available. Be careful on those icy patches. Take care.

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  9. Your Ireland project looks amazing, love your beautiful stars. Your rain chain looks so pretty full of ice, I think miss Emmy-Lou has the right idea stay indoors in the warm lol.
    Keep safe and warm.
    Love and quilty hugs
    Anne xx

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  10. Is thete a pattern for the sugarloaf block?

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