Wednesday, September 07, 2022

I Sew...Therefore I Swear!

The title of this post?

It has a lot to do with friendship.

And a group of quilters who befriended Kathy when she arrived at her first Quiltville Inn retreat LAST September.

Someone had dropped out last minute, very last minute, and Kathy threw everything in her car, drove right up from Florida not knowing anyone.

My comment is always "You are only a stranger ONCE!" and it doesn't take long for the stranger status to be a thing of the past.

This group had so much fun that Kathy invited them to come down to her Florida beach house to keep the quilting fun going on.

Unbeknownst to Kathy, the group pulled together and made Carolina Chain from my Addicted to Scraps book to in turn thank her for her hospitality.

They presented it to her this past weekend.

And the shirts?

They were all gifted by Jennifer and say:

"I Sew....Therefore I Swear!"


Can we beat the rain? 

We are going to try!

Wanderlust from the Addicted to Scraps book, Hourglass Medallion from the Free Patterns Tab, Xing from String Frenzy, and Rough & Tumble!

Blue Ridge Beauty from Adventures With Leaders & Enders, Bear Branch in progress (purple & green!) and Good Fortune!

Chandelier quilt top, Square in a Square (And the cute backing!) and Garden Part from the Addicted to Scraps book

Straits of Mackinac from String Frenzy and a gorgeous purple/black concoction that I don’t have info on.

Check out this gorgeous medallion quilt!  WOW!

Thanks for the wonderful week, everyone!

This round of fun will not be soon forgotten!

These babies are DONE DONE DONE!

My quilt Garlic Knots was born in my Addicted to Scraps column in Quiltmaker - did you know that?

I am so excited that Denise Starck used the Garlic Knots block in her Ruby Jubilee sampler design featuring so many blocks from the column over the years.

And I had a good time reacquainting myself with how I best like to make these blocks - with easy strip set cutting not given in the magazine issue.

So if you are up to this point in the year long sew-along, and you have my digital pattern available, refer back to it for the best way to piece these babies!

And if you'd like to win a copy of the Sept/Oct '22 issue of Quiltmaker with part 5 of the Ruby Jubilee quilt included ALONG WITH the pattern for my Punkin Patch Quilt - get your entry in ON THAT POST.  Drawing to happen on SATURDAY!

Yesterday after waving off the last couple of September Quiltvillians - it was a day to start getting things in order for my family visit happening next Tuesday.

Laundry, Laundry, Laundry and more Laundry!

And a mid-day run over to the car fix-it place to have the van windshield replaced.  Somewhere somehow I got a rock chip that has started to star out.

It will only get worse when weather is cool enough to run the defrost, so may as well now.  I added a whole-van-clean to the situation and it will be ready to pick up later in the week.

That solves the problem of the dog nose prints on inside van windows and all of the pet hair too so I can play airport shuttle come next week.

NO SEWING HAPPENED yesterday.  I just pooped out.  I did pull more fabric strips for a project, and put other fabrics for the Ruby Jubilee quilt back in their bins.

I'm freaking out about the QPO studio being in such disarray - and knowing my family is going to see this.  Do you get that way when family visits too?

And then there is the meal planning thing.  Holy Moly.

I think the first night we'll do burgers on the grill with all the summer fixings on the porch.  I'll have some snacks and breakfast stuff on hand for the next morning - but I'm counting on the women folk to help plan some meals and we'll have to go shop for those items.

This is stuff I usually don't have to worry about when retreaters are on hand because they plan their own meals! LOL!

I know it will all work out - I'm just starting to go into a bit of a panic mode.

I haven't seen my mom in 3 years.

What do you have going on in your world today?

I am so excited with the arrival of Fall that I have placed the PDF pattern for Appalachian Autumn at 25% off in both the Quiltville Store and the Quiltville Etsy Pattern Shop.

The sale price is good through 9/30/22 - no coupon needed.

And if you have this project started already, perhaps it is time to pull it back out and finish it!

Quiltville Quote of the Day -

Just putting this out there in case you need some encouragement to say NO today!
And remember this -NO is a complete sentence.
Carry on!



  1. Love the shirts - I do sew, so I indeed do sometimes swear!
    Enjoy your family - especially your mom! I can sympathize about the 3-year interval as we had not seen our daughter and her 2 children for 3 years before their visit in July. TOO long! I also sympathize with wanting things to be cleaned up for the family - but they'll be so happy to see you and be together that I'll bet they won't mind a few scraps out of place! Have a great time with them!

  2. Another gorgeous assortment of quilts over the porch rail display..amazing.
    I'm happy you get to see your Mom, don't worry, everything will work out for the best.
    I have to fini part 5 of RT then onto part 6 today. I must get it done by the time the mystery starts!
    Kisses for Mable and Zoey please.

  3. Need that shirt! And another one with "no is a complete sentence!" Have a great visit with your family and let them do the work!

  4. Enjoy your visit with your Mom and family! My Mom passed away in May. We missed a lot of holidays and visits because of COVID and nursing-home lockdown. Don't stress about the details. It will all work out!

  5. I'm printing out your quote!!! Nominations for officers start at our next meeting and I have been in one position or another for 12 years!! NO!!!

  6. Thanks for the advise of No! We can get over booked so easy. I have to rest more now that I'm older and sometimes nothing gets done. But give me a quilty challenge or deadline, I am on it. Used the Berry Basket Block for the challenge. Thanks for a bunch of fun blocks so Denice could plan this 40 year Mystery. There's 120 blocks in this quilt. Laid them out on my Design floor and it filled the room. Waiting patiently for that November/December issue. Hurray for your reunion with the family and your Mom next week, 3 years is way too long. Remember they are coming to see you!

  7. So excited for you to see your mom after so much time! She won't see anything but you, don't worry about any mess. Enjoy!!!

  8. I totally get the panic over meals for family thing! This is not something we do on a daily basis so it can throw us. Back in the day I always cooked for the family when they got together but it doesn't happen very often that we are all together in the same place at the same time. Buy enough for the first couple of meals and then let them join in on the planning and prep and it will become a fun activity.

  9. Yes, I always panic when someone is coming for a visit, but I keep telling myself that if I have lived with it, so can they, I'm a creator after all, lol. My BFF comes twice a year and I can imagine her sticking her finger in all my plants to see if they are watered enough--but seriously, I love her dearly and am so sad she isn't coming this fall, enjoy every minute, it may not happen again.

  10. The black and purple quilt is a clever variation of a Hunters Star. Beautiful!

  11. The mess doesn't matter, Bonnie!! It's a regular part of your life, and your family knows it! All moms know that there are messes in their children's lives. And if the mom feels like it, she will help organize and clean up the mess...if allowed. One of my children refused to have a short visit with me because of the mess her home was in. She was more worried about how to entertain me, strangely enough. I guess she hasn't realized that working together is one of the best ways to spend time together. Oh, and don't forget leftovers can be a meal too! Have fun with your family!!

  12. Bonnie, I hope you have a great time with your family. You really do have to remember that your family is coming to see you and share time with you - not inspect your house! But I do know the feeling. I didn't feel that way when mom came over - but my daughter (married with three children) is another matter. Her house always looks like Better Homes and Gardens is coming to photograph it. Makes me crazy. Have a really good time!!


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