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Tuesday, August 11, 2020

From Quilt Top to Quilting -


This is how I decided on the big yes.

Does that happen to you too?

You pull out umpteen different things from purple to red to fuscia to turquoise hoping one of them will do the trick as inner border -

But they all made that skinny little green sashing disappear.  I needed something lighter than the green sashing for the inner border. But darker than neutral or my little neutral rectangles at the ends of the sashing would also disappear.

And I dug into the bins that are currently stored in the garage/shop at Quiltville Inn just KNOWING there would be something to do the trick.

And I found 1/2 yard of this piece:

Monday, August 10, 2020

Sunday - Post Earthquake -


Sunday morning New River views.

I kept waiting for aftershocks.

Growing up in San Jose, California – in the San Francisco bay area, we ALWAYS watched and waited for aftershocks whenever an earthquake of any size rumbled through.

Truth be told, there were very few of note that happened during my childhood.  Any of the devastating ones that toppled bridges and overpasses happened after I had moved away, gotten married, and started a family far away from the old stomping grounds of my youth.

Yesterday was different.  It’s not that earthquakes don’t happen here – they can happen anywhere.  It was just so oddly unexpected, like an out of body experience of “can this be real?”

What happened yesterday is the strongest earthquake to happen in this area since 1916.

For those wondering, the epicenter just south of Sparta, NC is only a 20 minute drive from Quiltville Inn.

Sunday, August 09, 2020

Rockin' and Rollin' in the Blue Ridge!


Saturday was a perfect day for a morning hike in the Blue Ridge!

August has some lingering humidity – but what can I complain about?  It’s why things are so lush and green around here.

(Insert – that was scary! As I am tying this we just had an earthquake!  Holy cow! When I stopped shaking myself, it was found to be 5.1 in magnitude with the epicenter about 2 km south of Sparta NC. About 26 miles from here.)

Saturday, August 08, 2020

Blossom Time Top Completion!


Lola the Show Girl is still showing her best moves!

And I would be right down with her doing the same, only if I did – I’m afraid I wouldn’t be able to get back up again!

The dreaded skinny sashing debacle continued yesterday – in rounds between getting mail out, and meeting up with the gutter guy who is going to FINALLY get gutters up around Quiltville Inn, and I wish it could have happened 2 years ago when we bought the place.  But all things in due time, and gutters are next on the list of big things to happen.

I mean – the house has waited 136 years, what’s the rush? LOL!

But in all seriousness, without gutters, rain splash back (And boy were we caught in a deluge yesterday afternoon!) so much damage can happen due to splash back, etc. 

This will all happen in about 9 to 12 weeks depending on their schedule.  At least we are in the queue.

Friday, August 07, 2020

Stitching and Re-Stitching -


Lola!  This is NOT where I need you to be right now!

The truth of the matter is – sometimes I make choices that make more work for myself.  But once I am both feet in and have made some “not going back” decisions – all that I can do is continue to move forward.

Even if it is just baby steps.  Even if it means back tracking and re-stitching where things have come undone.

Thursday, August 06, 2020

To Wallburg and Back!


What you see here took all day!

I made my weekly trip to the Wallburg house yesterday – not only to bring some things back here to Virginia, but to finally tackle a job that has been niggling at me since December.

Every parent knows the “happy happy joy joy!” of having a child move out, and making plans for that vacant room for whatever purpose you desire it.

Yoga studio?  Great!

Reading room?  Wonderful!

Sewing room?  Fabric room?  Always terrific!

How about a space just to store your quilts?


The walk-in closet in the guest room has been the storage place.

And there really was no way to keep things organized in there – there are SO MANY quilts!  And every time I would pack for a traveling trunk show or a workshop series I’d have to paw through the stacks to find what quilts needed to come with me.

And as life tends to do – Murphy’s law or not – the ones I needed were always at the bottom of a heavy stack which meant moving piles and putting them back.

QUILTS ARE HEAVY!

So yesterday, the basement studio moving was put on hold while I declared it the best day to box up the rest of Jeff’s stuff – store it in the bedroom closet, or put it in the garage.

There really wasn’t much left honestly – but I was on a mission to clean that floor so I could occupy the space.


Music up loud – I got busy!




This is not a permanent solution.

But I was able to refold everything and put them in stacks by book title and category which will help greatly.

I found a couple that I want to send to my dad.  Quilts that I don’t teach as a workshop.  Quilts that need to go to nieces and nephews.  Quilts that should go to my kids if they feel like they can take on anymore -

Quilts that I should be rotating in and out on the beds in my own house.

Oh, so many quilts!  Click to Play:




Two stacks of quilts from the Free Patterns tab!

And some I pieced in the 80s & 90s.

Some are pretty worn – but I can’t get rid of them.  They are like my children, you know? My life over the past 35+ years is recorded in each stitch.

I was able to pack up a few tubs of overflow fabric – and I brought a stack of bolts that were purchased as backings, etc.

I also brought up the Accuquilt Studio and some dies from the basement studio at the Wallburg house for use in the QPO.  I'll be setting that up today.

Next weekend we may take the trailer down and see about moving my cabinets and shelving up here so i can start putting it all away.

And when we finally decide when is the best time to sell the Wallburg house, the quilts will need to move up to Virginia.

But for now – they will stay where it is easy for me to see them and grab what I need and know what I have.

It took all day!  I didn’t make it back to Virginia until after 6pm.  Whew.


How many of you know what this stick thing is?

Did you know you can turn any bag into a “zip lock” affair with these things, locking out air and keeping things fresh?


I just ordered another round of these bag sealers – they are awesome!

(Though that pack of M&M’s would be gone without the need of sealing it.  Why bother? Just eat the whole package!


And this is how it works!

I use these quite a bit in the freezer for bags of veggies or french fries that don’t come with zip closures.

5 different sizes in this multipack!

They really are the best “chip clip” I’ve found. In our more humid climate here in the Southeast we have to keep things air tight to keep them fresh.

And I have added them to the “In the Kitchen” category of the Quiltville Amazon Affiliate Store.


Did you find out yet?

We are gearing up for HollyAnne Knight’s Fall session of Free Motion Quilting Academy to start registration later in the month.

If you missed the spring session and were waiting to register for the fall session, keep following along.  I’ll let you know when the Early Bird special registration begins so you can save some in the process.

But to get us excited about learning to quilt our own quilts on our home sewing machines, here is a little quiz for you that comes with a free video tutorial that is sent to your email so you can start practicing today!



It’s a little multiple choice quiz – and I happily played along just to see what it would consider me to be.


My answer:


Perfect!  I love quilting paisleys!

And after finishing and inputting my email and confirming it, the “How to free motion quilt paisleys” video showed up in my inbox!

Which Free Motion Quilting Motif are YOU!?  Let me know in the comments section below.

And be watching for more Free Motion Quilting Academy ramping up to happen here over the next few weeks. (Registration isn’t open yet, but will be soon!) And this weekend there will be a FMQ Launch Pad event through the String & Story facebook group page so you can get your feet wet and see what all of the Free Motion Quilting Academy fun will be like.  Be watching here for more info on that as it becomes available.

Today – will I get to the sewing machine? I hope so!



Quiltville Quote of the Day -

How about we all take a short time out and do something that brings peace to our morning and carry it throughout the day?

This morning began with sliding doors wide open to screens to catch morning breezes. I hear the sound of tree leaves dripping rain from last night's storm, and the early dawn melodies of bird song from the surrounding woods.

It's going to be a wonderful day!



Wednesday, August 05, 2020

For the Love of Ivy!


Yes!  Ivy gets to stay!

I took Ivy to the vet on Monday, curious as to anything we could find about her.

Vets in the time of pandemics are interesting places with even more interesting protocols put in place, as we found out when we brought Zoey home in March.

Call from the parking lot.  They will call you back when it is time to bring your pet into the front vestibule.  One client at a time, and you must be masked.

A vet tech will meet you and your pet in the vestibule, take down important information, and then take your pet through the inner door into the vets office while you wait in your car.

They checked all the usual things, no chip was found.  they shaved a bit of Ivy’s belly fur.  There is a spay scar – so at least there is that.

But she’s been outside for a while – flea and tick meds were administered, and I have some drops to give her twice a day in her ears – mites and fungus present.

I wish I knew the story of how she came to be at the QPO – but it is safe to say that her future story will be happier than her past one.

Tuesday, August 04, 2020

Breaking Up is Easy to Do!


Quiltville Inn got a new fridge last night.

It was a “MUST HAPPEN” event - It was time to break up with the old one.

The existing fridge is 10 years old, proof found on the dated label inside the fridge.  We have tried to fix it three times in rapid succession since March.

We tried “ALL of the above” recommendations and there is just no fixing that thing.  We’ve lost trust in it.

And dealing with a failing fridge is not something you can easily work with when you are running a hospitality business.

You can’t have the ice maker not make ice.  You can’t have the freezer compartment leaving ice cream soft, while the fruit in the chill drawer in the fridge side freezes.

We had to bite the bullet.

This photo is of the guys loading this thing into the trailer last evening.  Thank you Lowes for masking up your employees!

Monday, August 03, 2020

It Starts Off a Little Quilty -


My best laid plans were to make some progress on this!

And I only got this far!

All of these hours I thought I’d have due to not traveling – and the days seem to be eaten up (in very good ways) by other things.

I had cut out four Nearly Lemoyne blocks with plans to sew them up, but only made it as far as two.  Okay, well two and a half by the pieces you see chaining from beneath my presser foot.

How can time just fritter by when you have given yourself the whole day to sew?

Sunday, August 02, 2020

Saturday in the Virginia Highlands!



A cooler morning.

Nothing pressing on my to-do list.

Zoey and I headed up to Grayson Highlands yesterday morning, dropping the out-going mail order at the USPS on our way.

The rain from the night before and the cooler temps had left a bit of ethereal fog between the rises and ridges, and it was a wonderful way to welcome in August.

August?  Really?  How did we get to August already?

And as they say, time marches on and stops for no one.

Saturday, August 01, 2020

The Good Old Run Around!


This is irony!

The soundtrack in my head goes back to the 1990s and Alanis Morrissette's “Isn’t it ironic, don’t you think!” lyrics.

I was folding laundry and just chuckling to myself over this shirt that came home with me from Tokyo, purchased in January of 2019.

I loved that beautiful quilty looking logo – and seriously – who would have thought that something like a global pandemic named Covid 19 could even postpone the Olympics?

Yep.  Isn’t it ironic?