Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Some Days Just Go Random!

If I had to explain yesterday - in one word - I would call it RANDOM.  

Rogue would mean that EVERYTHING went off the rails, and this just wasn't so.  

But there was plenty of random this and that to make me shake my head at the end of the day in wonder that I got anything done at all.

Do you have days like that?

On a positive note - The Shippenstitchers are on their way from Shippensburg, PA and I have pulled out some of the autumn d├ęcor which I LOVE!

And there is actually a PLACE to put light up pumpkins this year.

(It may have involved a search for a power strip with a long enough cord to reach the one outlet on that wall, but hey - we did it!)

There is more to put out - including quilts to hang in the entry, but I am so happy to be bringing October cheer into this space.

Other things happening at the inn today:

Back door, storm door, storm window installation!

This is something that has been on the agenda since we purchased the house 4 1/2 years ago.

The back French doors that open to the porch dining area are old, drafty, warped, terrible. They let in so much cold air even with weather stripping and other measures we've taken to mitigate the situation that they just have to GO.

Besides.  The old doors open inward to the kitchen - they block traffic.  We are stopping that whole situation with a wider door that will open OUT.  It will accommodate plate wielding people so much better.

There is a storm door being installed for the side porch entry, and a storm window for the kitchen window - no more winter shrink plastic going up!

In fact, I need to be over there in about 1/2 hour to meet the install folks so this post is going to go up quickly.

Kathy's Diamond Tile Blocks!

I've had a couple of emails asking where to find the pattern for Diamond Tile.  This block was in my Addicted to Scraps Column in the  May/June 2018 issue of Quiltmaker.

Who was that young thing?

You can find digital copies by clicking through the links on the Addicted to Scraps Index.

This also happened.  Miss Grumpy.

Ivy is not a fan of car rides.  It was definitely a "Turn the music up louder and SING!" Kind of journey.

She received some shots and more meds and we hope that her bladder troubles will soon be a thing of the past.  We have a follow up appointment for her on October 7th - and our fingers are crossed she'll be well beyond this by then.

She is currently living in the basement because she can't be trusted not to pee on the couch.  Accckkk.

Yes, I have asked Santa for new couches for Christmas, am using all the enzyme sprays recommended - and nothing will change until we know she is back to her usual self who never had problems going outside of her box before.

And of course you saw that last week was the pattern release for Ditch Lilies!

WOW!  Just WOW!  I am so thrilled that you are liking this quilt!

If you love bear paw units, blocks that chain, and log cabin blocks - this is the quilt for you!

On the gift-away post you'll find a google docs form.  Just put in your name and email address.  The only thing it doesn't do is tally the total number of entries we've had so that you can see - but I can on a spreadsheet.  

Please only enter once. Drawing happens FRIDAY 9/30/22.

Our 2 winners will each receive BOTH PDF patterns for Ditch Lilies and Appalachian Autumn from me as well as a Facets of Orange Color Roll from Cotton to Quilts !

Such a great way to enhance your own stash of yummy oranges!

Summer Sunshine!

Ditch Lilies has been added to the digital pattern section of the Quiltville Store and the Quiltville Etsy Store

The introductory price has been marked 25% off - no coupon needed.  Sale price good through 9/30/22.

Scrappy Summer Blossoms in sunshine colors from your scrap stash! Easy to follow instructions, full color photos and graphics to guide you from beginning to binding!

Quilt Size: 90’’ X 90’’

Optional but helpful: Bonnie K. Hunter's Essential Triangle Tool and either the Simple folded Corners ruler, or the Simple Folded Corners Mini.

Traditional rotary cutting methods are given for those who don't have access to these rulers.

And don't forget that Appalachian Autumn is ALSO on sale at 25% off through 9/30/22!  Hurry and save on both! Sale ends FRIDAY!

Quiltville Quote of the Day -

Every morning is a reality check on how this day is going to go and much of the outcome depends upon taking control of my thoughts, my decisions, and my actions and reactions.
Those reactions are sometimes a doozy!
Where are you going to put your attention today?

Happy Wednesday folks!  I'm off to welcome the door dudes!



  1. Looks lovely for autumn . Yes, hang your pumpkin quilt and the other animal ones you made.

  2. Poor Ivy- I hope this takes care of her problem! Today I am planning to quilt and finish a spur-of-the-moment fall table topper. This will get machine bound too so I should be able to finish.

  3. Here's wishing you have a wonderful day.

  4. Love the area around Shippensburg, headed that way in a couple weeks to check out the leaves

  5. Check out a product called Nok-Out and or Sniper at Everyday Cheapskate. Never needed to use it on cat urine, but it took care of some other strong problems we had at one time.

  6. I hope your kitty problem is resolved soon. A month ago, I had to put my 14 yr old kitty for the same reason. No bladder infection, only one other cat in the house who she got along with. That is sure a tough one to fix. Good luck.

  7. On the agenda is searching some vintage-ish fabric for sashing on vintage dresden plate blocks I acquired at a flea market. And I am anxious to try out my Rowenta Steam Generator Iron that arrived yesterday.


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