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Monday, January 23, 2023

Something Happening Here!


Well, I went and did it.

I emptied some totes full of UFO pieces, looked at some projects that weren't going anywhere and put the remaining fabric back into the stash while putting the completed-thus-far blocks into the orphan bin of pieces and parts that will become something at some time.

And then I opened up this tote:


OH!  So THAT'S where you've been hiding - since 2016?

And just what was the plan?


In 2016 I was in Traverse City, Michigan teaching - and was escorted to some antique malls on our off time, and I found and purchased this little child sized quilt of  6-point stars.

It's wonky and wobbly and  it is around here "SOMEWHERE" - or is it at the inn? I think it's at the inn.  On a quilt ladder in one of the bedrooms.  I THINK. (You know how it goes?!)

At any rate, I fell in love with the different colors in the centers of the blue stars, and of course my mind went to "What if I enlarged the blocks and made them out of strings?

It seems that I got as far as the blue and yellow, and then the project got set aside for something with a deadline.


The hubster had 2 tournaments on Saturday, one for archery in the morning, followed up by Corn Hole in the evening (Yes, Corn Hole has become a serious thing around here and he is ALL IN.) and he was gone from 8am to 11pm.

That left me with the dogs. ALL. DAY.

They don't mind a car ride - anywhere.  But they are not a fan of spending "too much" time inside the QPO, so I decided to work from home after filling mail order and feeding Lola and this bin came home to became the "must sew this now!" project in the cabin basement sewing studio.

There's nothing wrong with having a big project at home, and a big project at the office, right?

Now that I know how big these blocks are going to be I can do some figuring to find out what colors I want to do for the middles and how many blue/neutral string triangles I need to make.

But it's immediately going into time-out - I'm leaving for Arizona tomorrow morning.  It will be here when I get back.


A bit of community fun!

This is "The Grange" in Grant, VA.  It was a school in the 1930s - I'm not sure when it became the grange, but loads of community stuff happens here - it is used quite often.  It even has an internet center in it. it has a big kitchen and wide open rooms for different community activities.


Friends and neighbors, Jean & Gordon asked us if we wanted to go see a film about the New River and hear a bit of discussion on river conservation.

There would be snacks.

Absolutely!

This is a documentary that is showing on PBS.  If you subscribe to PBS it might be available for you to watch too.

The coolest thing was that it starts at the beginning of the New River, starting out where 2 creeks join near Blowing Rock, NC, through Ashe County, NC and then it arrived at Mouth of Wilson with quite a bit of history of the area being given -

AND - they show Quiltville Inn and the surrounding buildings from old black and white photos.  YAY!

If you like nature documentaries - this is something you might try to catch.


This morning's Sunrise on my 61st birthday -

Morning arrived with a skiff of snow and more falling.  It's snowing still - It's so pretty.

But we'll be parking the van at the bottom of the hill so I can head to the airport in the morning without any slick driveway problems.

My departure time is 7:30am!  

Needless to say there won't be a blog post tomorrow, but I'll catch up with you from Arizona on Wednesday.


This is my reality today! LOL!


The response to my newest PDF pattern Unchained. has been WONDERFUL and that makes me so happy that you can't wait to dive in and make it, too.

Did you enter to win on The Gift-Away Post? I'll be drawing for 2 winners to each receive an Unchained PDF pattern from me along with a Roy G. Biv Color Roll from Cotton to Quilts!

Drawing happens Monday, 1/30/23!

I have placed the PDF pattern for Unchained at 25% off in both the Quiltville Store and the Quiltville Etsy Pattern Shop. No coupon needed!  Price discount good through 1/31/23.

I've cut the price on Winter Blues and Forever Mine 25% as well! NO COUPON NEEDED!

But hurry - Winter blues is only 25% off through 1/31/23.  Forever Mine pricing good through 2/14/23.


Quiltville Quote of the Day -

I'm not sure exactly how I got here, but it feels better than I thought it would! Lol!
I’m so happy to be where life has led me so far. What an adventure!
I’m excited over what is yet to come.

Thanks for sticking with me through it all!


 

52 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday and safe travels

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  2. Happy, happy birthday, Bonnie!

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  3. Happy Birthday Bonnie! This is one of the very few blogs that I look forward to reading each day. I love those blue and yellow stars and will be watching to see what becomes of them.

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  4. Happy Birthday! Bring a jacket. It's unseasonably cold in AZ this week.

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  5. Happiest of birthdays to you Bonnie. Wish you all the best for your Arizona vacation. Enjoy to the most.

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  6. Happy Birthday Bonnie! I have you beat by a decade LOL Safe travels. I love your blog and watch it daily, then I sew, sew, sew.

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  7. Happy Birthday! Safe Travels, and have a wonderful time with family and friends!

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  8. Happiest of birthdays today, Bonnie! And safe travels tomorrow. Have a wonderful time in Arizona. Soak up some warmth!

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  9. Happy Birthday, Bonnie. You are the gift that keeps on giving. Thank you for all you do for us quilter/sewists

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  10. Happy birthday. Have a wonderful family visit.

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  11. Happy Birthday Bonnie!!!!

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  12. Happy Birthday Bonnie, I hope you have a great one and many more, enjoy your visit with you dad they are precious .

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  13. Happy birthday! And have a wonderful visit to AZ!

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  14. Happy Birthday Bonnie I hope you have good one and many more.

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  15. Happy Birthday Bonnie! And enjoy time with your family!

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  16. Happy Birthday, we don't count them any more, we just celebrate 'em! Safe travels and return and I hope you catch these comments today... i've been intending to thank you for the large size font you use in your blog and here in the comments... talk about age-related! My macular has degenerated a bit more, so the larger font is so welcome!!! If i could find a way to make FB darker print that would help also... nevermind, Craft Optics have come to the rescue!!! <3 Cats in Carlsbad (Windy and 47* at 7:00 a.m. PST) CA

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  17. Wishing you a birthday full of fun and many blessings...and safe travels too! Thank you for all you do for us quilters

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  18. Happy Birthday!!! with many, many more yet yo come........

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  19. Happy Birthday Bonnie!

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  20. Happy birthday! My son is 44 today. Safe travels and enjoy your time in Arizona.

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  21. Happy Birthday! Wishing you a delightful day and a new year filled with good health, fun times with family & friends, fabulous fun on your planned trips, and continued joy in creating amazing quilt patterns!

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  22. Happy Birthday and safe travels! Enjoy your family time

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  23. Happy Birthday! Keep up that amazing attitude!! You are going to need it in 20 years! LOL!!!

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  24. Did you order SNOW Day today? That was a lot of time away for the Hubster. Corn Hole and Archery, what a combo. Fun find on those blocks. Having multiple projects is normal around here. I am glad you get to go see your dad in AZ. Happy 61. Stay safe!

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  25. Have a wonderful day and if you're near Tuscon, the Museum of Miniatures is a must. There are also a couple of nice quilt shops to visit!

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  26. Happy Birthday, Bonnie! I love your "new" project. I may see about joining in with you! Safe travels tomorrow.

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  27. Happy Birthday! Have a safe trip. I look forward to reading your posts every day. Love the fur babies.

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  28. OK I had to Google corn hole! 🤣🤣🤣 had no idea what it was!! Happy birthday, Bonnie! Safe travels! Can't wait to see what you do with those strings when you get home.

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  29. HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Have a wonderful visit with your dad.

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  30. Happy, happy Birthday, Bonnie! Enjoy your time with your dad!

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  31. Happy Birthday and safe travels, enjoy your visit!

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  32. Looks like a I ❤ Ukraine quilt

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  33. Happy Birthday!!!!

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  34. I’m loving your new “found” project! Can’t wait to see how this one comes together, I have been wanting to make this block for a while now and to make it out of strings…let’s just say my string bins floweth over! Will be watching this one eagerly. Have fun with your dad in Arizona! Look forward to your activities from there.

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  35. Happy Birthday Bonnie! Best wishes for a healthy and happy year ahead! Enjoy your trip!

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  36. Happy Birthday to us. I am 71 today and so happy I made it to here!

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  37. Love the quote!! No, there's nothing wrong with having 2 projects going at the same time! Wishing you the happiest of birthdays and safe travels!!

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  38. Happy Birthday, Bonnie! Safe travels & enjoy time with your dad, family, & friends! Also thank you for all that you do for us quilters! I for one really appreciate you! 🎂🎉

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  39. Happy Birthday Bonnie, we share the same birth month twenty years apart. I love your new project, it is going to be so pretty and I love the strings, they are my favorite quilting way and I am working on one now for a surprise thank you for a friend. Have a safe journey and hope this is a relaxing pleasure trip for you.

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  40. Happy Birthday, Bonnie! Love that little 6 pointed star quilt. It's so sweet!

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  41. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Enjoy Arizona

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  42. Happy Birthday Bonnie!! Safe travels!

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  43. Happy Birthday Bonnie! Enjoy your trip.

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  44. Happy Birthday Bonnie. You'll enjoy the weather in Arizona. My brother says a cold 55 degrees yesterday.

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  45. HAPPY BIRTHDAT BONNIE. Have a safe trip and have fun

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  46. Hi Bonnie: The Grange Huh?? I used to belong to the Grange in Oregon. I took my Oath's up thru the State Level. I even studied their Insurance classes, to take over for my Ex's Grandfather. The Grange hall was used for Dances, meetings, you name it. It was also the community center. I Like Your Quote for Monday! Have a safe trip to AZ!

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  47. OH I Forgot- Happy Birthday! It was my Grand Niece's Birthday also. She lives in Boise.

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  48. Happy Birthday, Bonnie! Enjoy your trip to Arizona and visiting family.

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  49. I'm late getting to my emails, so I couldn't wish you felicitations of the day. But as you are in Arizona, it's still your birthday! Happy Birthday, Bonnie. Enjoy your family and your time off.

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  50. Happy Birthday, Bonnie! Have a wonderful time in Arizona.

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  51. Happy Birthday! Yay! Looks like a fun week ahead for you. Enjoy and safe travels!
    Like the discovery of your new old blocks. Looking forward to seeing what you do with them, and new ones added.

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  52. Happy birthday Bonnie. Glad you found that box. It looks like a fun quilt to make. I wonder what happen to your Fireweed quilt.? I have made 100 blocks and have been waiting for a pattern. Maybe I just have to find out the mat on sidetriangles myself. It was fun to make these blocks and the webbing went fine.

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