Wednesday, November 08, 2023

Threads that Bind, and Dice that Roll!

The house is quiet.

Everyone headed out yesterday morning to make their ways home.

Can you believe that even the fall decor was packed away, and holiday fare is taking its place?

There was no time like the present - and only one day to get started - on switching things over for the last retreat group of our 4th Quiltville Inn retreat season taking place the first weekend of December just a few weeks away.

But I'm getting ahead of myself - there was so much retreat fun to be had while we were still enjoying early November!

Each group comes with their own traditions.

They plot and they plan and they talk all year long about what they are going to do and how.

This year? They got a bonus.  Because it was in the 60s out.  Not raining and freezing as it has been in years past, and they got to spend time on the back porch instead of being holed up inside.

Come on, doubles!

Another raucous round of cut-throat saran ball!

Just what goodies lie beneath the surface?

Hurry hurry before the next person rolls doubles and it becomes their turn to find out!

Click to Play:

Not to worry - we saved the unwrapped Saran to add to the next game, next retreat!

What a beautiful day for a quilt display!

Double wedding ring gorgeousness, Emerald City (Ruby Slippers) from String Frenzy, a pretty star quilt, and oh.....they thought it would be funny to put MY Silk Path over the rail.  LOL!

A quilt top made from uniforms with embroidered dates and places, Boxy Bow Ties, a Scrappy Trips from the Free Patterns tab  and a lovely Cherry Crunch made by Flat Karen who wasn't able to be with us this year, but got her quilt photo over the rail anyway!

Thank you everyone! It was so great having you here -

And because folks have been asking about Ivy - yes, she is fine and dandy. Sometimes inside, mostly outside.  She just prefers it (Because there is no Lola outside.)

She loves her dogs!

Ivy gets loves and tickles and pets and cuddles and also has an electrically heated and insulated house just like Tula does. #ad

Sometimes you've just gotta do what you've gotta do and even when we bring her in she runs right to the back door and begs to be let out.

They'll be in good hands while I'm gone.  Tula, Ivy, Lola, Zoey, Mabel are well cared for.

The haircut turned out great.

I got as many orders filled as I can, the rest will wait until I am back next week.

I'll post when I can, but I know you'll understand if I miss a day or two.

I'm bringing hexies.

I packed sandals!!

Arizona awaits.

I want to thank everyone for diving into Silk Path with me!  

There are going to be wonderful quilts happening over the winter as you make this project!

Silk Path is easily constructed from strip-sewn panels: Sliced, mixed and matched, rearranged and sewn back together! No triangles required. 

Introductory Special: I have placed Silk Path at 25 % off in both the digital pattern section of the Quiltville Store and in the Quiltville Etsy Pattern Shop

Full color photos, step-by-step instructions included.

Quilt Size: 84’’ X 84’’

Sale price good through 11/15/23.  Hurry now and save - no coupon needed!

And yes - I'll be drawing for 2 winners who will each receive a Silk Path PDF pattern from me, and a Facets of Brown Color Roll from Cotton to Quilts.

Enter to win on the Gift-Away Post!

The folks at Cotton To Quilts have sold out on these rolls every time they put more in the store.  They are also cutting as fast as they can for rolls in our Indigo Way Mystery.

This is a small shop in Louisville, Kentucky who is just celebrating their one year anniversary.

We are a rather large global quilting community and have descended upon them like locusts. That can be a good thing and a bad thing.

Let's show some support and cut them some slack if things are currently out, and check back often to see if more has been added.

Quiltville Quote of the Day -

Vintage postage stamp quilt found in West Virginia.

Everything you create shares a little bit about who you are. 

Don't hold back!

I'll catch you when I can from Sun Lakes, AZ!



  1. Anonymous7:38 AM EST

    Have a safe journey Bonnie. Enjoy your time with Dad. FranSak in Pa

  2. MBuckley7:39 AM EST

    When I saw your quilt up there (thinking someone made it already) I thought WOW! how is that even possible?? Lol
    All these quilts are beautiful. The double wedding ring is gorgeous! My mom made one for my dad and I have it now. Hangs beautifully over my banister!! And the one made out of uniforms. My son retires (supposedly) next November from 20+ years in the Army…..just maybe!! Enjoy Arizona! My son is also in Phoenix. I sure didn’t envy their 115 temps this summer. Prayers for your travels and time with your Dad. God bless!

    1. I thought the same thing MB, did someone finish " Silk Path" at their retreat!! thank goodness Bonnie clarified that, I'm still gathering fabrics for mine :0)

  3. Have a wonderful visit with your family.
    Glad your hair cut was good.
    All quilts are beautiful hanging out over the railing.
    Hope you don't have far to go to get to the airport.
    Safe travels
    Have a Sparkling day

  4. Anonymous8:43 AM EST

    I just LOVE Silk Path!

  5. SAFE travels and happpy time in AZ... Fall will look a whole lot different! and i know you'll enjoy your time with Dad and the rest of the "west"... thanks for the i[date on Ivy... I thought she was in the "house" cat... guess she changed her mind once Lola was sequestered at the QPO. and she became a dog "person".... I know you;ll be doing what makes your heart sing... Cats in Carlsbad CA

    1. Cats...I look forward to reading your comments...always positive and encouraging, thank you!

  6. Hope you have a good flight, and a nice visit with your dad. Look forward to your return. The quilts over the rail were all beautiful, even that brown one someone snuck in...lol

  7. What a fun group :0) they made great memories together at Quiltville Inn :0). Safe travels Bonnie !

  8. Anonymous11:04 AM EST

    Bonnie… Enjoy time with family - that time grows more precious each day.
    April in Iowa

  9. Anonymous11:30 AM EST

    Have a fabulous time in the warm with dad!! I think it is so wonderful that you have teamed up with Cotton to Quilts - great way to get them solidly into business with the partnership!! I love how quilters are so willing to uplift others. Susan the Farm Quilter

  10. I'd love to play that game! So many gorgeous quilts over the rail. Safe travels! You will have clear views of the hills by the time you return.

  11. Saran wrap game looked so fun!! I don't need lottery tickets. The notions ya, ass that dice. I got Farkle to play after Christmas. Hubby will unwrap it on of the 24 days leading up to Christmas. Be safe in AZ! Love and hugs!!

  12. The game looks like so much fun to play!! That double wedding ring... Oh My!! Gorgeous! When I saw the Silk Path I thought, "Oh goodness...who sews that fast?!" Haha... but then you clarified that for us! Sneaky! What a great way to end a long day for me. I hope you enjoy your time away and have safe travels!


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