Saturday, October 23, 2021

Midnight Flight, Day 2!

A ruby red 301!  Isn't she gorgeous?

Sometimes ALL the feels come when I see a machine that matches the project being sewn.

Or is it the project matching the machine?

You can believe that I gave this sweetie a pet or two throughout our workshop day!

I got to start the day by checking in with everyone and seeing how they had done with their Day 1 homework - 

And then we were off and rolling to our next unit, half-square triangles using my Essential Triangle Tool, cutting from strips already matched right sides together.

Friday, October 22, 2021

Get Ready For This!

There's not just one mystery quilt coming soon, but TWO!

My hope is that you'll find yourself jumping into BOTH!

First off - we've just over a week until the introductory post for this year's Quiltville Winter Mystery is released.

Be looking for that on Saturday, October 30th.

And then, while you are in a frenzy of fabric pulling for that one, make sure your subscription to Quiltmaker Magazine is up to date -

Starting with the Jan/Feb 2022 issue which should hit news stands 11/23/21 we will be combining my favorite Addicted to Scraps blocks from several issues - ALL YEAR LONG - into an amazing mystery quilt!

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Nothing That a Bit of Scrappy Won't Cure!

I finished the quilting on Cherry Crunch!

The best part?  Giggling at all of the weird fabrics that went into it.  They span decades!

Amongst the favorites?  The Cat in the Hat in the reds, and some Kellogg's cereal prints in the neutrals.

There is even Pittsburgh Steelers fabric in here - not because I am a football fan, but because it came in a scrap box sent by a friend.

And I'm constantly continuing to test that whole "If it's still ugly, cut it smaller!" thing!

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!