Friday, January 15, 2021

Never Too Much Yellow!

I remember reading way back in my early quilting days things I took for "gospel" like "Don't put too much yellow in a quilt. It should be minimal.  It can be too overpowering."

I believed that statement as FACT at that time.  It was spoken by folks who had been quilting much longer than me.  They MUST know things that I don't know yet.

So I set aside my gut feelings - my own creativity became hobbled by other people's ideas of what made a quilt worth making.

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Weekend Projects & Mystery Thoughts.

I've been filling my weekends with a specific project I work on mostly on weekends.

By the time I make it home in the evening I may have enough energy left for pressing and cutting - and if I wake up early enough in the morning, I might make some pieces and parts towards this project - but mostly it's been relegated to weekends.

This is the Jackknife block found in the Sept/Oct 2020 issue of Quiltmaker Magazine. You can find the link to purchase the issue under the Addicted to Scraps tab at the top of the blog.

I loved this block from the first time I made my samples for the magazine issue - and am working my way through larger hunks of scraps and fat quarters to make each block using two different fabrics.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

String Theory at the Iowa Quilt Museum!

There is a place I want to be right now, that I can't get to! (Straits of Mackinac quilt from my book String Frenzy  front and center!)

The Iowa Quilt Museum is presenting an exhibit of string quilts, past and present - and I am honored to have 3 quilts on display.

The exhibit is called String Theory. And because MOST of us can't be there, they are holding ZOOM TOURS!

The virtual tours happen on Tuesdays at noon Iowa time (central USA) - (I really should have posted it this way, but you can do it next week too) and all of the zoom information for log in, etc. is found on the String Theory exhibit page.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

From Snails Trails to Snowballs - and a Gift-Away!

And the snow came down, and swirled around, covering my world with a beautiful blanket of white -

It also made it so there was no way to get the van up to the top of the drive on my return trip home from the QPO - the only thing to do was plan to leave the van parked there overnight, and have the hubster and Zoey come rescue me and get me back home up to the cabin.

There were still hours ahead until 5pm pick up time - so I did some of this!

And as I post this - ONE of those center 4 patches is in the wrong position.  IT STAYS!  There is no picking that out.

Monday, January 11, 2021

And All that Zazzle!

Did you know?

Every year my friend Forest Jane creates our wonderful mystery badges. I send her some images of the quilt, and away she goes -

And then she goes one step further.  She places the logo on things that are useful and needful in our Quiltville Zazzle Store – marking items at the LOWEST possible profit margin, and then thanks to your purchases, all proceeds go to benefit those in need – from children to adults, in giving them the gift of creativity.

The funds raised have gone to everything from fabric, to batting, yarn and more.  It's been a different year with Covid, classes at the Library where Forest Jane teaches have been impacted by everything that we all have dealt with, as you can imagine.

Saturday, January 09, 2021

All That Snow!

My world became winter white starting around midnight on Friday morning.

Not that I was awake to see it all start - I didn't catch it until daylight's arrival.  Stretching and yawning, opening the window blinds to find that my world had taken on a snow globe appearance.

And it continued to fall all day long.

There is something to be said for the joy of a snow day - even a snowed in weekend - when you don't have to worry about catching a flight out anywhere.

By afternoon it was still coming down.  Click to Play:

It really was beautiful. All day long.  So much peace - and it was just what I needed to be surrounded by.

That pork tenderloin I talked about?  I gave up on the crock pot idea and went for the air fryer instead:

I wish you could smell this. It was sumptuously delicious.  You could cut it with a fork, no knives required.

And simple!  Not a recipe really - I started with a pre-marinated and garlic & herb seasoned tenderloin.

I removed the tenderloin from the package, and coated it with about 1 tablespoon of olive oil to prevent drying out.

I cut it into two pieces so it would fit the air fryer basket.  Preheat the air fryer at 400 degrees for about 5 minutes.  Place the tenderloin pieces in the basket.  Cook at 400 for about another 20 minutes. until internal temperature reaches 145-160 degrees.  

Let tenderloin rest on cutting board for about 5 minutes before slicing and serving.

That was it.  It was AMAZING.  

I served it up with baked sweet potatoes, steamed broccoli and a salad.

I am THRILLED with your response to Grassy Creek.  Seriously overwhelmed by encouraging replies after our reveal.

I wanted to do a quilt with a more "masculine" feel.  One that wasn't overrun with neutrals (as seems to be with all things modern) yet have a contemporary appearance.  I think we achieved that!

I also wanted something with a bit of an autumn feel - our fall here this year was just splendiferous - so much color!  And to be HOME to enjoy it was one of the greatest blessings (or side effects?!) of 2020 for me.

I really did throw everything into this quilt as long as it fit the color families we were using.  One of my favorite sashings has a Halloween spider on it - Spiders are a sign of good luck, and I felt it only appropriate to throw that in the mix.  Along with fire fighting Dalmatians of course!

I love little fabric surprises that aren't really noticeable until you get up close and personal with a quilt.

A side joy to this layout?

In between the churn dash blocks in the bottom row - do you see hearts?  Look closely!

Do you see it now?

I didn't notice them until it was coming off the quilting machine - and I know that we all put our hearts into everything we make.

Here they are right at the edge of the quilt, all the way around.

This morning's sunrise through an ice covered rain chain.

It's 23 degrees on the mountain as I type up this post.  We have a high of 29 expected today.

I have nowhere I need to go, no place I need to be than right here where I am.

I have a quilt in progress, Netflix to watch - happy and healthy and warm inside.

Today I am full of gratitude for little things.

That's my focus through the weekend.

Small Joys.

And that bird feeder is going to need more seed.

How about your weekend where you are?

Are you working on putting your own Grassy Creek quilt together?

Quiltville Quote of the Day -

If there is no growth without struggle we should be growing leaps and bounds by now!
Looking forward to a very snow covered sunny day ahead.

I'm spending Caturday in the quilt studio playing with cutting fabric and sewing it all back together.

I'll catch you back here on Monday - have a wonderful weekend!


Friday, January 08, 2021

Grassy Creek Mystery - the Big Reveal! (Part Seven)

Can we have a big TADA!!?

Surprise surprise! Part Seven is our Reveal!

I could have stretched this out for a couple of more clues, but I'm feeling like it's time to get the show on the road.

There are blocks to put together.  There are sashing and border choices to be made -

And while we here in many parts of the USA are braving the cold and grey of winter - I thought we could put some color behind it and get things together!

I present to you - Grassy Creek in full view!

Thursday, January 07, 2021

When Words Fail.

In the aftermath of yesterday - the sun rises on a new day.

I've been lost in thoughts and tears, worry, fear, anger, betrayal, horror, unbelievable emotional pain and disbelief at the unfolding of yesterday's events in Washington DC.

I will say right now that there are folks who will storm off in protest saying "I'm not reading you anymore. This is supposed to be a quilting blog!"

Well, it's that and more. Because this is my life.

Quilting is the thread that can tie us together.

Quilting is the medium in which I throw myself when my world is in turmoil.

I quilt. In the best of times, and the worst of times.

Wednesday, January 06, 2021

Tuesday, Out and About!

I am starting today's post with a photo of Jack.

Donkeys are in fact highly intelligent animals despite popular misconception.

(If you've ever referred to someone as a Jack Ass, you might have just been paying him/her a compliment!)

Donkeys can live for over 50 years, and are very intelligent.

A donkey is stronger than a horse of the same size.

Donkeys have an incredible memory – they can recognize areas and other donkeys they were with up to 25 years ago.

I wish I had the memory of a donkey like Jack!

Tuesday, January 05, 2021

On To The Next!

Quilters should NEVER be without a Leader & Ender project!

At least that is what I tell myself when one Leader & Ender quilt reaches completion - there is more sewing to be done, and SOMETHING has to fill that vacancy  to the side of my machine!

Years and years of little projects being sewn on the side - I honestly don't know what to do if there isn't something there, so I took some time to cut out some cute little kits for a project I've had on the back burner for a while.

Monday, January 04, 2021

Holiday Weekends and Much Binding!

Easy Breezy is ready for a bed!

It really has been a holiday season of MUCH BINDING - and it seems like it started back in August/September with Appalachian Autumn, then on to Pine Tree Point, and straight into Sugar Top to now round the corner into 2021 with Easy Breezy.

Have you ever stopped to imagine all the bindings you have ever sewn, stretched out before you in one long line?

How many miles of binding have we sewn in our lifetimes!?

Saturday, January 02, 2021

Winter Blues Gift-Away!

You asked for it!

And we are going to gift one away!

Usually gift-aways happen toward the end of the blog, after we've shared several photos of the subject at hand, and all of the nitty-gritty-need-to-know information about it -

But we've been so excited with the response to Winter Blues and that several of you are already sharing your fabric selections and progress photos! YAY!

I've seen purple versions, some green or red mock ups happening, and even so "throw it all in and go completely scrappy" ideas!

Blocks are coming together as folks use the pieces as Leaders & Enders while working diligently on our current Grassy Creek Mystery project.  ITS ALL GOOD!

Friday, January 01, 2021

Grassy Creek Mystery, Part Six!

Happy New Year, Quiltvillians!

Grassy Creek Road runs from Grassy Creek North Carolina, crossing Highway 16 and becomes Grassy Creek Road, Virginia.

If you happen to tell someone you live "On Grassy Creek" They will ask you "NC or VA?" just to get an idea of which side of the state line you are on.

If you remember our header photo for Part 5 from last week - the photo for Part 6 is taken from the same spot, up by the Methodist Church, overlooking the valley below.

That square white building toward the center is the Grassy Creek USPS.  And I love that someone is tending a small vineyard here.

If you look closely - can you pick out the inspiration for our Grassy Creek Mystery colors?