Wednesday, October 20, 2021

It All Started With Crumbs!

Another quilt reached its recipient, and just in time for Utah weather to turn toward winter cold!

Crumb Jumble was started while I was still living in Irmo, SC  like so many other quilts with blocks languishing in baggies until the overwhelming desire to turn them into "Something" kicked in to gear -

And once that "IN GEAR!" thing happens - watch out world, there is no stopping until done!

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Barely Time to Quilt!

Lola, evidently holding the quilt top center from sliding off the table to the floor - 

I've been working on this project mostly off, less on, for the past several months.

It all began when I unboxed a bunch of cut red half-square triangles that were left in a bag - remnants of my Hunter's String Star.

Leftovers.  There are always leftovers!  And sometimes it is just what I need to kick me into the next gear.

Monday, October 18, 2021

A Mid-October Weekend!

I am surrounded by glorious color!

That's The Hubster's shed you see front and center, and the colorful trees as backdrop are just magnificent.

They are quickly losing leaves and I have a feeling we've passed the peak of the season, but I'm so glad we got to see them against a beautiful blue sky - they appear so much more vibrant than against a cloudy grey.

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Capturing the Last Warm Fall Days -

Muddy Creek Misfits - enjoying what may be our LAST fire pit sit of the 2021 season!

It was unbelievably warm this week.  Temps near 80?  Mid-October?

Well yes, we are the south - but at this high elevation, the mountains are not usually this balmy!

We soaked it up like the troopers we are, declaring it was too hot for an afternoon walk, and enjoyed the porch with much hand stitching instead.

Because one must not waste gifted days like this, right?

Friday, October 15, 2021

Boxy Bow Ties - Release Day & Gift-Away!

Happy Friday, Quiltvillians!

Can you believe we have reached the middle of October?  Halloween is only 2 weeks away.

The time change is coming - many of us will be "Falling Back" an hour soon!

And as temps get colder and turn toward winter in this hemisphere, we are gearing up for snow days and loads of quilting in our cozy spaces inside.

If you are looking for an easy project with a big WOW factor - and NO TRIANGLES - my new printable PDF pattern Boxy Bow Ties may be just what you need!

Thursday, October 14, 2021

QPO Re-Do!

The view from where I now sit!

Remember that big trailer unloading that happened on Tuesday?  I'm dealing with the aftermath, and it will take me a while!

However, I am reminded of what I've held on to for most of my adult life: "Just take one thing and make it better today."

Be that a drawer, a tub, a box, a tote - ONE thing makes a difference.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

A Little More Red, Please!

I've been gravitating toward red for what seems like ALL. MY. LIFE.

I love the vibrancy of red, and what it can do to tie a whole mass of other colors together.

Red is magic.

It has been my go-to, first thought for a long time.

So much so that I have to force myself to try other options.

Such was the case with my 25-Patch quilt, recently finished and still waiting hand stitching.

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Sew Long, Sewciologists!

We had the most glorious of October days yesterday at Quiltville Inn!

The ladies continued to work on their Straits of Mackinac blocks and units, but the pull of the OUTSIDE was strong!

Just LOOK at this display over the rails - fantastic!

In fact, it was so beautiful that we even had a car stop, pull into the parking lot behind the QPO (where I am standing to take this photo) and ask if these quilts were for sale, and just what was going on here.  LOL!

Monday, October 11, 2021

All The Weekend Fun!

Irene's Sewciologists are STILL having a great time at Quiltville Inn!

Saturday was a continuation workshop day for our Straits of Mackinac quilts from my book String Frenzy.

Just how many ways are there to make half-square triangles?  We discussed MOST of them, and I am sure there are more - everyone having their favorite method.

And you are welcome to use any method you wish, as long as you keep in mind the unfinished and finished sizes so they fit with the other units we've already made.

How many half-square triangle units do they need to finish the quilt?

Only 500+!

Saturday, October 09, 2021

Rain. For. Days!

All of this rainy autumn weather means it's SOUP SEASON!!

And with Irene doing all of the cooking for her October Sewciologists, we've enjoyed such awesome soupy lunches in the dining room at Quiltville Inn!

As pretty as the porch looks, it's been far too wet and windy to want to be out there.

I keep hoping for a bit of October sunshine to just enjoy that great porch space for just a bit longer -

But the truth is - we are just as cozy and conversational in this space as well!

Friday, October 08, 2021

Straits of Mackinac with Irene's Sewciologists!

We dug in to Straits of Mackinac from String Frenzy yesterday morning as rain continued to pelt the world outside.

Quilting, friendship, and being cozy inside?  Perfection!

Nothing puts a smile on my face faster than walking up the front steps of the inn (Where I can see that all of the lights are on, and there is already much quilty activity happening in the sewing room!) opening the door with a "Good Morning!" and finding myself surrounded by yummy smells coming out of the kitchen, and the sound of machines and laughter filling the space.

Thursday, October 07, 2021

Embracing Fall!

With the emptying of the Wallburg house - some things were discovered in the attic that I hadn't set eyes on in more than a dozen years!

These light up Jack o' lanterns haven't seen the light of day since the movers packed us up in Irmo, SC for the move to Wallburg, NC in 2008!

Upon the Hubster's return to Virginia last Sunday - along with some things I KNEW were coming - this box came along as a bonus.

I cleaned them up, set them out, and plugged them in to be enjoyed by my October groups retreating at Quiltville Inn.

Wednesday, October 06, 2021

A Day of Blue Ridge Driving -


As far as the eye can see!

And not really a great place to pull off and photograph them - until Martha decides that no one will mind and drives me right out into the middle of the field.  LOL!

Harvest has been underway for a few weeks now - and it is my absolute FAVORITE season.  I love to see the pumpkin wagons bumping on down the highways - all of the gorgeous globes stacked in huge crates being carried off to destinations far and wide.

How far do they travel?  I don't know - but it feels so festive!

Tuesday, October 05, 2021

Before the Rain Came -

We snuck in an over-the-porch-rail quilt airing just as the clouds were gathering and the sky was getting ever darker.

There is not much I love more than the sound of rain as it hits the metal porch roof -

But we were hurrying to get the photos in a frenzy of activity before the skies opened up and we could enjoy the rain.

Just look at that ominous sky!

Monday, October 04, 2021

Quilting with the Shippenstitchers!

This wonderful group has been just so much fun!

I had a visit yesterday afternoon at the QPO studio - 

We talked quilts, we shared quilts, we petted fabric - we petted Lola! (and Zoey!) and it was such a fun visit!

They've been here since Wednesday afternoon, and today is their going home day and there is so much to catch up on since I posted on Saturday.  What a whirlwind weekend!

Saturday, October 02, 2021

A Friday Away -

It's the weekend!  Hooray!

This was the scene yesterday morning from the Hen Den at Quiltville Inn where the Shippenstitchers were relaxing, enjoying some morning coffee and chatter before hitting the machines for another day of quilting on retreat.

You know it's a good morning when half the folks are still in slippers!

Friday, October 01, 2021

Washed, Dried, Fluffed and Folded!

It was late last night when I washed Zoey's chosen and mended quilt - 

You know the kind of night where you are too tired to wait for the spin cycle, so you just GO?

(And secretly hope that none of the reds bleed while sitting in a wet washer over night.)

This is the quilter's version of "living on the edge."  It's so risky! LOL!

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Way Back When in 1987 -

It was 1987 when I put the last stitches into my one and only ever (And I mean EVER!) Double Wedding Ring Quilt.

I was born in 1962 - I'm turning 60 in just a few months - and that makes me just 25 when I finished this beast.

On the radio - Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes were singing "I've had the time of my life..." (Dirty Dancing) and as I go through all of these quilts with the great quilt migration of 2021, I have to agree!

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

From Sadie to Zoey with Love

Do you ever ask yourself WHY you put something off for so long, when it really wasn't that big of a deal?

Sadie chewed this quilt at least a dozen years ago.  I know I finished this top before our move from South Carolina to North Carolina - and that was 2008.

I just simply could not be bothered for whatever reason - and so I kept it folded good-side-out and displayed on top of a book shelf.

Chewed spots out of sight, out of mind - right?

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Machine Quilting with Patrick Lose!

Something FUN was quilted up over the weekend!

And to tell you the truth I have been quite star struck with the quilting of this one -

I don't know how long you've been quilting, but it started for me back in the early 80s.  My fabric designer stars were (and still are!) Jinny Beyer, Virginia Robertson, and most of all - Patrick Lose!

I can't tell you how many yards of Patrick's Moda Marbles that I have gone through in my quilting life.  I KNOW I have fabric in my stash that he designed eons ago and it still goes right into my quilts today because his fabrics are that blendable - and TIMELESS.

Monday, September 27, 2021

Quilting Through the Weekend!

Saturday was Caturday around here - and Lola stole the show, as you can tell! LOL!!

A mob of Bonus Quiltvillians came over to the QPO Studio next door to Quiltville Inn just to heap praises on her and give her scritches, scratches, and treats.

I think Lola has the best deal going over here! LOL!

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Quilty Shenanigans!

I popped over to Quiltville Inn yesterday morning to find many of the Bonus Quiltvillians all cozy and comfy - congregating in the hen den with cups of coffee and morning chat.

I love hearing folks' plans for the day - several were heading out to Wytheville to hit up Batiks, Etc. and taking notes of things wanted or needed by others.

If it takes a village - we've got one here!

Friday, September 24, 2021

September '21 Quilty Box Gift-Away (And More!)

September isn't over yet!

And let's make the most of it with a September '21 Quilty Box Gift-Away!

I'm not ready to say farewell to beautiful sunny days quite yet.

I keep crossing my fingers and hoping for an Indian Summer that carries on through October.

I may be fooling myself, but a girl can dream, can't she?

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Kucht in the Nick of Time! (And Sew Pad Sale!)

While I was finishing up yesterday's blog post - this was going on at Quiltville Inn!

The stove on the right is the outgoing one - new in April - and the left is the replacement coming in.

You know I've written about our stove woes MANY TIMES over the past several months.

First when the original range that came with the house quit working, and there was no such thing as a replacement thermostat or gasket to be found for this 12 year old range that had NOTHING ELSE wrong with it.

This was another episode that proved planned obsolescence to be a reality - a commercial gas range that just COOKS should last longer than that, and parts should be standardized to where you can get replacements.

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

When Mornings Turn Foggy -

There is a saying in these parts - that if you count the number of foggy mornings starting around the end of August - all the way until winter, you'll have the number of snow days that are coming in the winter months ahead.

I took this photo of our foggy mountain morning yesterday on my way from the cabin where we live, to the QPO studio.

As you can see, our mountains were shrouded in low hanging clouds and fog.

It was an all-day-rain.  The kind that doesn't pound hard, but just comes in a steady fall, giving everything in the surrounding fields and farms a much needed soaking.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Other Weekend Things -

Sometimes you've just got to take a break and step away from it all -

It was warm here over the weekend with temps in the 80s.  

The main BIG JOB was to spend time painting the porch rails at the back side of the porch at Quiltville Inn,  and paint until the paint ran out.

We know the job is too large to get it done all at once.  We are working on it as time allows - it's much like maintenance on a cruise ship. Once you've painted yourself all the way around, it's time to go back to where you began and start all over!

Sunday morning however, needed to be enjoyed by a little side trip down to the New River.

Monday, September 20, 2021

Weekend of Quilts -

Where do I start with the recap of this weekend?

I can say that YES. It feels good to be making progress.

Baby steps will still move me forward.

And nothing has to happen immediately.

And all of this (and more that you can't see) was unloaded from the van to the living room floor where most of it is still sitting.

Saturday, September 18, 2021

The Great Quilt Relocation Trip -

This happened yesterday.

A trip to Wallburg to meet with my realtor friend, and get more movement going on getting the old house ready to put on the market now that our renter has moved out.

And I have a van completely loaded bonnet to boot with quilts.

Isn't this what it's like when someone has been quilting a lifetime?

Friday, September 17, 2021

And It All Lead To This!

Oh Boy!

I'm in trouble now!

I finished the work that was on the "must do" list and found myself with some extra time late afternoon.

You know how they say "Idleness is the devil's playground?"  I disagree!

Because fabric and rulers and rotary cutters can get me into a big heap of trouble in a blink! LOL!

And I think this is where I'm leaning.

But then again, I could change my mind at any time, so don't quote me!

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Inside This Patchworker's Brain!

Please tell me I'm not the only one who does this.

Instead of counting sheep - my brain has this imaginary grid like graph paper, where I can envision shapes and patches - triangles, squares, rectangles and more - coming together to create patterns, make connections with other units with seemingly endless possibilities -

I design during my waking hours.  I design in those moments where I am relaxing before falling to sleep. the giant graph paper in my mind starts filling up with shapes the moment that birds start their morning chirping and awaking begins.

Sometimes it drives me absolutely insane.

Other times - I am so excited to jump into my day I want to throw all the "must do's" to the side and just dive in.

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

September Sky, Spider & The Fly!


It's time, it's time, it's more than time!

The middle of the month arrives so quickly - one day we turn from August to September, and then BAM!  It's the middle of the month!

But with the middle of September comes the desire to be tucked up cozy inside, playing with fabric and planning on how I am going to happily quilt myself though the fall and winter months ahead.

I can't stop the seasons from getting colder, so I may as well dig in and enjoy it!

Are you with me?

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Quilter At Work!

What can one quilter do on the first day back at work after a weekend of bum ankle elevation?

Sit and cut!

And sort and press and cut some more.

And listen to podcasts.

My big outing was taking the mail I filled on Sunday to the USPS about 3/4 mile up from the inn.

No handicap placard, but I got the next spot over and hobbled my way to the door, handed it over, grabbed the empty tub and hobbled back.

It's amazing how much effort and time that can take when one is used to sprinting to and fro!

Monday, September 13, 2021

In the Land of "Feet Up!"

Photo through the window from where I sat on Sunday Morning -

Zoey and Ivy are loving the cooler morning temps and the warmth of the sun on on their fur.

As for me - trick ankle wrapped in an ice pack and elevated on pillows - there was no way I was going to attempt to get in that hammock on the deck that they are lounging beneath. 

No freaking way!

I am, however, happy to say that Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation have greatly helped the ankle situation.

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Whoops! She Did It Again!

Yesterday we got an early head start on the porch floor project at Quiltville Inn.

Yes, those are my skinny ankles in socks AND shoes no less -  It was chilly yesterday morning, the seasons are turning and with the job at hand I was not about to slosh around in sandals on the wet grass getting to and from.

I never really thought of the porch floor as looking dirty before - but once that new coat of paint was down - wow. What a difference.

Friday, September 10, 2021

When Internet Fails - Quilting Ramps Up!

For the second time in a week - our internet has gone out at the Quiltville Inn & QPO studio property.

It wouldn't be such a big deal if I didn't need the internet to even give me a cell signal via my booster - but it is what it is, and when the internet goes out we find other things to do.

I can only hope that these two big outages have been due to IMPROVEMENTS with CenturyFink, not more duct tape fixes on an already antiquated and less than modern system.

We are just one notch above dial up after all, it's all we can get out here.  

Thursday, September 09, 2021

Projects, More Projects and Little Bits of Sewing!

I spy Canada!

These little scraps of red and white Canadian fabrics came in the mail from a friend a couple of months back, and the smallest of the strips are finding their way into my Cabin Corners border blocks. I love having little pops of fun stuff in my scrap quilts - things that aren't visible from 6 feet away, but when you get up close and personal - things that make ma (and hopefully the other lookers) smile!

They are getting there - those little Cabin Corners blocks - 

I have a sneaking suspicion that I shared this photo earlier - but maybe it was just Instagram/Facebook?  My weekend was a blur.

I'm still feeling pretty blurry!

This little finish happened late Tuesday!

I love how a small project checks all the boxes on creativity and satisfaction with a quick completion.

I bordered my lone leftover Rocky Road to Grayson block with a 1'' finished inner blue border - fabric also received from a friend!  It felt so good to put that beautiful blue right to good use.

The cushion cover had been completed for at least a week and all I needed to do was make a pillow form for it.  It didn't take long at all.  It's now residing in bedroom 4 at the inn.

In other goings on - I ran some errands and was asked to pick up the newly sharpened lawn mower blades at the sharpening place.  My mind kicked into gear, knowing that the antique place I hadn't been to in quite a while as a short trip up the road from there.

Yes, that is me all masked up in the mirror.

The pink and brown hourglass pinwheel quilt caught my eye - all of that lovely double pink.

I also love how the diagonal line quilting changes directions in between the blocks and the sashings.  Can you see it?

It had me wondering about the maker - where she acquired her scraps. And yes, I'm assuming it is a she - thought it might not have been.

Were these scraps from skirts, dresses and blouses?  Such a pretty combo!

Though nothing came home with me - I did find this lonely early Singer 66 (the presser feet are back clampers, not side clamp - that was something that was changed in time) with the red eye decals.

It looks nearly treadle ready, though it is missing the bobbin cover.  The decals seem to be in really nice condition and I bet it wouldn't take much to get her sewing.

She just needs a cabinet and some TLC.  

However, I'm still on the downsizing side of things and at the price of $60.00 without a cabinet, it was best left there for someone else to discover and love.

Here is something else that has been going on!

Click to Play:

It looks so much better!

We've needed to do this for the past 3 years - but it was always one of those "We'll get to it" projects.

With the next couple of weekends free, we are able to tackle some of those outdoor things while the weather is till good enough to get it done.

So where has my otherwise non-sewing time been spent?

Pattern writing at my big desk!

Time to pull out all of your favorite spooky fabrics!

And throw in some fun non-Halloween prints to spice up the mix.

And that arrow border? SO MUCH FUN!

I'm hoping to release this by next week -

And there is more in store!

Since not everyone is "INTO" holiday quilts - 

I will be offering September Sky as well!

I hope to be ready with this one by the weekend as well - and YES, there will be introductory pricing.  And YES, We will be throwing them together in an even more price reduced bundle.

My only hurdle right now?  It's raining. So it's not a good photography day.  But I will do what I can do!

If you are wanting to make September Sky - start gathering your purples and neutrals - and yes, that is all one piece of black yardage as my constant throughout the quilt - do you have a piece you've been saving and want to put to good use?

Of course, you are never limited to colors in any quilt - go your own way! And have a great time sewing up the scraps.

So needless to say - that is where you'll find me today - back at my desk drawing graphics and writing patterns.

What's up for your Thursday ahead?

Quiltville Quote of the Day -

The most important things in life are people, not things! 

Wanderlust quilt from my book Addicted to Scraps available at deep discount in the Quiltville Store!

Have a Terrific Thursday, folks!