Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Just Airing Out Some Quilts!

What a great Over-The-Porch-Rail DAY!

So many beautiful quilts displayed by Susan's Retreat ladies - some tops started or finished at retreat, some finishes brought from last year's retreat and used on beds and brought for display.

It's a homecoming of quilts when something started last year comes back as a finish for its final porch rail photo shoot!

If I'm remembering right - the bulk of this group came from Indiana bringing friends from Illinois, Tennessee, Wisconsin and North Carolina.

As happens with all groups of friends....some folks move away, and joining together at retreat is a fun way to catch up once a year.

Virginia Bound from Scraps & ShirttailsRockabilly Swing , Buffalo Plaid and "something cartwheels" that I can't remember the real name of!  If you know, please leave it in the comments below.

The first three I don't know the names of - but that last one is the center of Indigo a Go-go from String Frenzy.

An unknown patriotic beauty followed by two wonderful mystery finishes: Rhododendron Trail and Chilhowie.

Don't you love how changing colors can make things look so different?

Chilhowie followed by Allietare, another patriotic piece designated for Quilts of Valor, a scrappy star and Arkansas Crossroads out of saved recycled shirts.

It doesn't get much more fun than this!

And see how that dogwood tree's leaves are turning colors?

Thanks for the wonderful week, ladies!  And also thanks for paying no attention to the 2 1/2 hour nap I took in bedroom 5 - not that you even knew I was there since I slunk in the back door and crept up the stairs and was out like a light while trying to get through this bronchitis and jet lag.

Yesterday left me with some time to zone out and work on some blocks.  It feels so good to just be feeding pieces through the machine again.

While this is a vintage block for a signature quilt, I don't really have a name for it.  I just saw it in an old quilt and thought "Aha! That's fun!"

I'm loving the 30s prints mixed with the recycled plaids for a real home-spun scrap bag look.

But I have to tell you - this working with a solid white as a background is going to drive me around the bend!

I do think it is perfect for this, though.  The vintage prints have too much white in them and are too busy to pair well with other busy background neutral prints.

I chose the white because at this point it is all about enhancing the contrast if I am going to use these 30's scraps up.

Today:  The Shippenstitchers are arriving this afternoon from Shippensburg, PA!

Housekeeper Susan and I will be putting on the finishing touches and see them pull in around 4pm.

Today's high is only 61.  I had to turn the heat on in the basement studio.

I think our porch time at the inn is limited at best.

Did you see we have a gift-away for Bruce Leonard's 3'd book in his Quilt City Murders series?  Find all the details and enter to win ON THAT POST.

We will be drawing for our winners on Monday, October 2nd!

For fun, I've placed the PDF pattern for the Punkin Patch Runner at $5.00 in both the Quiltville Store and the Quiltville Etsy Pattern Shop.

Let's celebrate the changing of the seasons with some fun string-pieced pumpkins!

And if you've got this one as a UFO - it's time to pull it out and finish it up.

You'll also find Appalachian Autumn at 25% off in both the Quiltville Store and the Quiltville Etsy Pattern Shop. No coupon needed.

And Starshine will be releasing THIS FRIDAY.

All the finishing touches are being put into place....I can't wait.

How are things going with your own last few days of September?

Quiltville Quote of the Day -

Start being happy right where you are by appreciating where you are right now.
Vintage bear paw quilt found in West Virginia.
Have a wonderful Wednesday, everyone!



  1. Anonymous9:17 AM EDT

    Your 30"s + shirts blocks are adorable! I've seen that block online several times and have always really liked it, but I'm not sure of the name either. Looking forward to seeing where this project takes you!

  2. I have a Shop Hop Passport to try and fill. Only one free day and part of Tomorrow to get my semi- local shops stamped. I love 30's prints with Venus Muslin. Woke up early yesterday in Kansas City. Today I am back home in Walla Walla. Feeling the Jet lag. Happy Wednesday!

  3. Vicki Adams10:07 AM EDT

    I think the "cartwheels something" quilt is Montana Cartwheels by Judy Niemeyer.

  4. 'Something cartwheels' looks a bit like 'New York Beauty' ...maybe... :)

  5. The Quilt City books by Bruce Leonard are fantastic!! I just finished Quilt City Measure Once Cut Twice and started Quilt City Cookbook. Hadley Carroll is a wonderful character invented by this very talented author! My reading has been interfering with my quilting, but I will get back to it soon. Love your Blog and everything you share with us! Thank you Bonnie!!

  6. I’ve been thinking about the signature quilt. How cool would it be to have all the retreaters for a year sign blocks and make a memory quilt from it? Too fun!

  7. Diane Howell12:32 AM EDT

    An unknown patriotic beauty has a half square triangle turned the wrong way. From the left, second block over and up. I would want someone to let me know before it is quilted. If you can, please inform her of the error. I love all the quilts!

  8. To my eyes your signature blocks spell BOB! Great name for a quilt - the Bob quilt. 😊


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