Saturday, July 24, 2021

Sew, Hike, EAT!

Can you hear the laughter and feel the friendship that is happening here?

What started last July post-lock-down when we only had 6 ladies able to attend for Chris's first Christmas in July retreat has now expanded to full capacity at 12.

Those who weren't able to come pre-vaccine last year are able to be here and partake in all of the crazy fun that happens on retreat!

One of the best things?  THE FOOD of course!

Friday, July 23, 2021

Winter Blues in July!

With Chris's Christmas in July group fully moved in to Quiltville Inn - we started in on our Winter Blues workshop day one.

Can I just say how rewarding it is to teach a group of 12 over the course of several days as compared to cramming it all into 6 hours divided amongst 50 students?

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Belated June 2021 Quilty Box Gift-Away!

Evidently a funny thing happened to my June '21 Quilty Box , and I was so busy I didn't even know it went missing!

When it finally dawned on me that it hadn't arrived - I contacted the folks at Quilty Box and our digging found out that my package had arrived at some post office in Nashville as "undeliverable/damaged"  OH NO!

But never fear - here at nearly the tail end of July comes the June box, and I am sure the July box is not far behind!

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Airing of the Quilts - Pieceful Hearts Style!

SO many blocks were made.

SO much progress on so many projects -

And here is a handful of over-the-rail eye candy to share from the Pieceful Hearts gals of Augusta, GA and North Augusta, SC!

We were making the best use of the threatening cloud cover as it is so helpful in getting good photos without shadow or glare.

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Sew Pieceful Hearts, Sew!

How do you say "We had a great time!" without words? THIS PHOTO!

As I type up this post this morning from the QPO, the Pieceful Hearts gals are rounding up their stuff, packing the cars and getting ready for a 10 am departure as they have a 6 hour drive ahead of them.

And that leaves time for lunch somewhere, and a quilt shop stop or two along their way!

Monday, July 19, 2021

Beating the Rain -

It was a "Hurry up before it rains!" kind of Sunday.

Not that we couldn't get dry if we got wet - but there is the slippery mud to contend with, and as we are all past the half-century-plus-ten mark (or close to it) mud and inclines, rocks and declines come into play when they are wet.

We were four plus one - Zoey! And I'm so glad we did this hike - I couldn't fathom we would see what we did!

Saturday, July 17, 2021

This Old Dirt Road -

One of the things I love about hosting retreats is reminding folks that this is THEIR retreat to spend however they want.

There are no "Musts."

There are only "Your choice!"

Do you want to sleep in after sewing until 3am?  Go for it!

Do you want to go bed early so you can be up with the birds, enjoying your coffee on the back porch at 6am?  DO IT!

I remind folks that the word "RETREAT" means to BACK AWAY.  This is our chance to back away from all that is pressuring us in our real lives, and just BE.

Friday, July 16, 2021

With Pieceful Hearts -

They came rolling in around 6pm on Wednesday evening!

I wasn't expecting a 15 passenger "church" van!  But what a way to travel with friends!

And yes - they DID get all of their stuff packed in there as well - incredible job of car Tetris, everyone!

The Pieceful Hearts hail from North Augusta, SC and Augusta GA with ONE ex-pat who now lives in Florida.  So happy Siobhan came on this trip to get away from the Florida heat and humidity!

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Rockabilly Swing Release Day!

It's a day I've been so anxiously waiting for!

Rockabilly Swing release day!

And as a big confession, this morning has proven to be more of a challenge than I anticiated - Blogger has changed their header photo uploading format widget thingy and no matter now high res my header photo is when I go to upload it, it uploads blurry.  Not cool Blogger!

And then I had to go and hit a back button which erased my blog post completely - when I was just about ready to hit PUBLISH.  And I couldn't recover it by any forward button from that point.  So yes, it's been kind of a rough morning.

But you know what they say - if the dress rehearsal goes badly, it's a sure sign that the opening night will be a HUGE SUCCESS. So let's get on with this, shall we?

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Sew Many Scrappy Projects!

Judy's Stitchers may have left on Monday - but echoes of their laughter and visions of their quilty productivity still remain in my mind!

My yesterday was a whirlwind of getting things ready for the Pieceful Hearts who are arriving this afternoon - and not much sewing happened as I spent MORE time working on tomorrow's Rockabilly Swing PDF pattern release than I had anticipated -

And when I feel bogged down, all I need to do is look at all of the design wall goodness that continually happens with retreats, and it puts me right back into my happy place!

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Waving Judy's Stitchers Home!

We grabbed some overcast "between the rains" time on Sunday morning to photograph all of the quilts made by Judy's Stitchers along the side porch at Quiltville Inn.

Weather has been - WEATHER!  Summer humidity and the edges of tropical storms that finally made their way in this direction had rain falling in buckets during the afternoon hours.

Usually the west-facing side porch is shaded until near dinner time this time of the year - but with a bit of cloud cover there were no shadows.  So we went for it!

Monday, July 12, 2021

Saturday Hike-About!

Hiking to see the ponies along the Appalachian Trail that crosses through Grayson Highlands State Park is a bit like whale watching.

You know the whales (ponies) are out there somewhere, but there is no guarantee of finding them along the trail, and if you happen upon them, they won't be in the same location as your last visit.

I took a handful of gals from Judy's Stitchers who were retreating at Quiltville Inn up for a morning hike on Saturday.

Saturday, July 10, 2021

Wild Blooms of Summer!

This was our yesterday morning - doing our best to beat the rain!

Isn't it amazing how you can walk the same road, time and time again - and yet every time you go there is something new to see?

And of course - seeing it through the eyes of those who are experiencing it for the first time always fills my heart!

Friday, July 09, 2021

And Then There Were Eight - Featherweights!

We rang some bells and blew some whistles yesterday - 

This is the first time that there have been EIGHT vintage Singer Featherweights stitching away in the Quilting Quarters at Quiltville Inn!

This has never happened before - and it just made me giddy with vintage machine love!

And then the dating contest ensued - WHO had the oldest machine?  Which was newest?

Our oldest was from 1937, and the newest two from 1950!  The 1950 models were only 3 months apart in commission age.  SEW FUN!

Thursday, July 08, 2021

Feeling Thrifty!

The great Wednesday Morning Escape to fit in ALL of the errands in the 28 hours between one group leaving and the next group arriving was a quick success.

All of the food containers for leftover storage were snatched up at Dollar Tree, and I was off to my next destination in a flash.

I must be somewhat control oriented in my life - The route was planned in such a way that there was no backtracking, making the best use of the nearest light to make a turn, get that stuff done and get on home.

Wednesday, July 07, 2021

Grateful Threads & Sew Many Quilts (Over the Rail!)

I waved goodbye to the Grateful Threads yesterday - car by car, stuffed to the gills once again with all of the things a quilter needs for a week's retreat away.

And more!  Because there was a Saturday jaunt up to Batiks Etc in nearby Wytheville - and there is now NEW fabric inspiration going home for more projects!

Tuesday, July 06, 2021

Quilts Over Every Surface!

There has never been a group at Quiltville Inn MORE productive than the Grateful Threads!

These gals just WEAR ME OUT, let me tell you!

Shown here is Charlotte's Grassy Creek with her color choices - I can always count on her quilts to knock my socks off!

Stuff went up on the design walls, and just as quickly they were assembled, folded, set aside, and another one was quickly in production. It was FABULOUS to see what they were working on all week long.

These gals are NO SLACKERS!

Monday, July 05, 2021

Hiking the 4th!

We did it!

A handful of us including Connie's hubby Ed headed up to Grayson Highlands yesterday morning - choosing to go at 9am to beat the crowds that surely would follow on a gorgeous Independence Day Sunday.

I'm so glad we did!

I always tell folks that seeing the ponies is a bit like whale watching - you know they are out there, but whether you see them or not is always a question.

Saturday, July 03, 2021

July 2021 Leader & Ender Challenge: FISH SCHOOL!

Hey Quiltvillians!

Are you ready for something FUN??

It's time to kick off this year's Leader & Ender challenge - a fun little unit I'm calling FISH SCHOOL!

Why?  Because put on point they resemble schools of swimming fish - but there is SO MUCH MORE that this little unit offers - let me tell you!

Friday, July 02, 2021

Walkin' With the Grateful Threads!

It has been a month since I wandered up this road -

I was bound and determined to get out with some other walking fans and see just how things were healing with the smashed tailbone issue.

The morning was cool - in fact a couple were in long sleeves, having arrived from Florida thinking that our 72 degree morning at 9am was too cold for their liking!

That's what happens when your blood goes thin from tropical heat!

Thursday, July 01, 2021

Just a Couple of Fun Things!

Happy July, Quiltvillians!

You know what came to mind yesterday while waiting for the Grateful Threads to arrive for retreat at Quiltville Inn?

As scary as it was facing the unknown  at the beginning of Covid in March of 2020 - having to close the inn after only 3 retreats - 

We have been back OPEN and fully booked for a full year now - and that is just an amazing realization.

Sometimes life may derail our dreams for a season, but we still get there even if it takes a detour or two!

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

End of June, 2021 -

I did some quilt rehoming yesterday.

Actually, I've been thinking about this for months and months, but how do you know when it is time?

And suddenly a certain occasion arrived and I was in the right place at the right time (At the Wallburg house) and I quit worrying about whether a certain someone would like this one, or that one, or what if they'd prefer the other - and I grabbed the quilt and went.

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

The Great Monday Escape! *And Gift-Away!*

The wild rhodies are blooming in my woods!

The big domestic rhododendron in front of the inn blooms bright fuscia pink around mother's day - but the ones in the woods around the cabin come out much later - mostly white with the palest shade of pink -

I've been watching these buds for weeks giving them the "Come on! Bloom, baby, bloom!" encouragement.

Why are they so shy?

Monday, June 28, 2021

Last Night Road Trip!

Saturday evening out and about with the You & Two Friends retreat, group 2!

It's not often that I get to run around with the retreat gals, but Saturday gave me an opportunity!

And we didn't have to go far - about 8 miles "up the road" from Quiltville Inn stands Sarah's Fox Creek General Store.  

Not only is the building an icon in these parts (In Grant, VA - near Troutdale) but Sarah's menu and food offerings are top notch.

Saturday, June 26, 2021

Simple Whatnots II Gift-Away (And More!)

You guys!  I am SEW EXCITED!

My friend Kim Diehl sent me a lovely squishy package - and with it we are hosting a Gift-Away!

I have loved Kim's quilts forever.  As in FOREVER.

And there is a special almost-connection as when I was living in Burley, Idaho, she was just a hop and a skip east of me in Pocatello.  We didn't know each other.  Little did we know how our paths would cross many years later, in different places.

Friday, June 25, 2021

Great Eats, Great Friends, Great Quilting Time!

As I hear of the predicted 111 degree heat wave headed for the Portland, Oregon area (Stay cool everyone!) I am grateful for the cooler temps we've had this week.

Can you believe our high yesterday was only 72?  Yes, the winters are bad, but cold is cold, and anything over 85 is just too dang hot!

Our gals from You & Two Friends, group 2 hail from as close as nearby Hickory, NC to as far away as Michigan with a bit of Ohio thrown in between.

And do you see those grilled chicken salads with strawberries and diced apple?  AMAZING! (And huge!)

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Bits of Sewing, Here & There!

I can't remember if I shared photos of what I stitched on Sunday while the BEAST Quilters were in residence at Quiltville Inn - did I?

Sarah took a drive over to Blacksburg, VA to visit her husband's sister and family while she was here.  It was only a 2 hour drive which put her SO close - Much closer than Utah!

You know how it goes, you live so far away that you don't get the opportunity to see family, and you've been away from them for long enough that you forget what they are like so you go visit and....No, I'm just kidding!

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Dinner & A (Quilt) Show!

What's better than dinner and a movie?

Dinner and a Quilt Show!

Today's post contains the second half of all of the wonderful quilts that were shown at the You & Two Friends retreat, group one! (First post HERE.)

The quilts are absolutely wonderful - better than dessert after a yummy meal of shredded beef street tacos ala Irene!

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

You, Two Friends, and a Show & Share (Part 1! )

What a wonderful day we had yesterday - rain was in the forecast (It's falling now as I type this) and folks started picking up and packing up everything not needed over night, packing cars early so they wouldn't have to be hauling all the "STUFF" in the morning rain.

We all know how quilters pack for retreat right?  I'm sure everyone got their steps in!

And there was a wild array of showing and sharing - unfurling of the quilts for the world to see, be it in the parking lot in front of the QPO Studio, or later on the porch!

Monday, June 21, 2021

Hello, Summer Solstice!

It's officially summer in the northern hemisphere!

And I slept through it as it happened at 11:59 pm last night on Father's Day.

That's nothing new - I often miss midnight on Christmas Eve, or midnight on New Year's day.

But today is the longest day of 2021 and we are going to make the MOST of it!

Saturday, June 19, 2021

Coloring Our World!

There are happy colorful things happening!

I walked in to the Quilting Quarters to find a wide array of Sugar Top blocks up on the design wall - a super fun mix of recycled shirts and fabrics in wild rainbow colors.

Everyone who comes and stays brings so much creativity into this space - and it is so exciting to see everyone's twists and turns on patterns I have loved making myself!

Friday, June 18, 2021

Quilters are Sew Fabulous!

The "You and Two Friends" Sisters of the Stash retreat is in full swing!

And yes, we moved the tables around so folks could sew in groups with their roomies while still getting to know the other people as well!

It's fun to try something new - and I love the whole getting to know you experience!

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Another Day in the Scrap Mines!

This happened yesterday!

((And Lola helped - sort of!))

My amazing friend Carrie sent a couple of boxes of "hunks and chunks" as she called it - destined to find their place in future quilts.

As Susan busied herself making all things right with the upstairs at Quiltville Inn (Tuesday was downstairs day, Wednesday is upstairs) I had some time to paw through the gift boxes of awesome fabric scraps and sort things into color piles.

I LOVE doing this!

There is something so "ZEN" about being surrounded by possibilities - thinking of what these will become.

When there is a whole rainbow around you, the color themes and plans are infinite.

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Bye Bye, BEASTS!

The BEAST Quilters loaded it all up and were on the road toward their home destinations as of yesterday morning.

Farewells are SO HARD!

I can still hear the echoes of their machines and laughter ringing, even though the house is silent and empty. (But only until this afternoon!)

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Rivanna PDF Release Day! (And a bonus!)

Good morning, Quiltvillians!

As you can see from this photo - it's a promised release day!

The printable PDF pattern for my Rivanna quilt (including the bonus table runner!) is ready for you in the digital pattern section of the Quiltville Store!

And because Summer is such a wonderful time of the year - I'm also releasing the PDF pattern for my Bitcoin quilt - something you've only seen snippets and glimpses of over the past several months.

Monday, June 14, 2021

Beauties and the BEAST Quilters!

This was Sunday morning sunlight through Lani's Winter Blues top in progress!

Her goal?  To finish the top and hang it over the porch rail at Quiltville Inn!

I think she's going to make it in time!  Check out time is noon on Tuesday - so Sew, Lani Sew!

Oh, how I love a blue and white quilt - it just does all the good things for my soul.

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Stringing, Treadling, and More!

This spectacular gift for the Inn was lovingly handstitched by Lani.

I am still so flabbergasted, it brings me to happy tears.

Do you see all of the things she added just to this close up?  There is Zoey at the bottom.

2019 is when we held our first beta test retreat, the first retreat of 3 before Covid shut our doors for a season.

She graphed out and stitched the inn itself!  She even shared the graph she drew with me - imposing it over an actual photo.

The two cats Lola and Ivy are there as well.

Friday, June 11, 2021

Quilt Like a BEAST!!

The B.E.A.S.T Quilters are in the house!

Our last member arrived yesterday afternoon - all the way from Syracuse, New York to join the others who came from Ohio, Missouri and Utah!

The connections fascinate me.  Quilters know how to network!

Thursday, June 10, 2021

The Green, The Wash and the Rain!

Lonely little abandoned house - nearly swallowed up by the growing green!

I took these photos on a walk up Round House Road while the June Quiltvillians were in residence over the weekend.

It had been a couple of weeks since I'd been up here.  We had Zoey with us, and she enjoyed the leg stretch, leading the way as we walked along the river, then began to trudge up-hill into mountain farm land.

Wednesday, June 09, 2021

Quiltvillians Around the Porch!

This is the sight I love to see!

So many gorgeous quilts hung over the side porch rain at Quiltville Inn!

Covid brought us many challenges - but the one thing I love from this whole experience was having everyone bring their own quilts to sleep under to help with my need to wash and sanitize all bedding (including my own quilts if they were in use) with each group.

Folks LOVE bringing their own comfy quilts to sleep with, and then we get the benefit of a virtual quilt show with each new group that comes!

Tuesday, June 08, 2021

Quilting Round Here!

It's been a busy week in the Quilting Quarters at Quiltville Inn!

It does my heart so much good to see all of the creativity happening - bring on the full design walls - I love love love it!

I'm glad I took these photos over the past week as by the time I head over this morning the design walls will be bare and folks will be saying their farewells and see-you-next-times.

How can a week fly by so fast?

Monday, June 07, 2021

Still Horsing Around!

Of all the photos I could possibly take on Friday's hike up to see the wild ponies along the Appalachian trail - this is by far my favorite!

No faces - just quilty friends resting after a long climb and looking out over the beautiful mountain views.

And we BEAT the rain (which really didn't fall on Friday) and we made it back by dinner time happily exhilarated over our efforts to climb, climb, climb and see all that we could see.

Saturday, June 05, 2021

Pat Sloan's Holiday Celebrations Tour! (Gift-Away!!)

Happy Saturday, Quiltvillians!

Today is the day!

It's' my day on Pat Sloan's tour for her new book Holiday Celebrations.

I've loved visiting the other stops along this tour since it began with the TWO mega-giveaways from Martingale happening now (see the prize packs on MONDAY'S POST. You can enter on their blog here, and over on Instagram here.) and seeing what everyone has been making from Holiday Celebrations.

Friday, June 04, 2021

Good Friends, Good Food, Great Fun!

I think we can all agree that when quilters get together, it's not only the quilts that are wonderful, the FOOD is fantastic!

And before anyone asks, no, I don't have the recipe for Tonni's French Toast Casserole (With candied pecan crumble!) but I will get it!

The secret ingredient and main event?  Tonni makes her own sourdough bread and spoils us on retreat when she is here.  We eagerly await her bread.  We long for it.  We sing sonnets to it.

And in French Toast Casserole?  WOW!

Thursday, June 03, 2021

Sew When You Can!

Some Cabin Corners blocks happened in the QPO Studio yesterday.

It was one of those crazy "hurry up and get there in time to meet the fridge repair guy" mornings -

And I hadn't been there but 10 minutes when he drove up.

While he fussed with the freezer and ice maker, I finished up all of the making-ready in anticipation of the June Quiltvillians arrival later in the afternoon.

Wednesday, June 02, 2021

Flaming Orange!

I know nothing about gardening.

But I LOVE flowers, and there are some pretty ones blooming now along the side porch at Quiltville Inn.

Bright flaming orange azaleas - and they are stunning, especially when driving around and seeing them next to a bright purple rhododendron. (Oh there is a quilt color plan for you!)

I'm sure these bushes need some pruning.

And yes, that is a volunteer walnut growing up through the bush that needs to be taken out. It must have grown from one of the squirrel's secret walnut hiding spots.  I keep finding broken open shells all over -

Tuesday, June 01, 2021

Hello, June 2021!

Some things are not as fun as quilting.

Hemming curtains would be at the top of my "not so favorite" list.

I know, I know, I know - it's all pretty straight forward really.  And I've been needing blackout curtains in this bedroom for FOUR YEARS - but still, I drug my feet, I put it off, I'd rather scrub toilets than hem curtains.

But once I had that curtain rod installed, I knew it was time to do the deed.