Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Spring Green and More to Sew.

Hi guys.

Pardon me if I feel a bit discombobulated - it's been that kind of a week!

Somehow it all happened - it all fit in.  I'm not sure exactly how - but I'm on the tail end of this "something crazy every day" streak!

On Sunday morning I did the "up and over" drive so that I could fill the van with gas before arriving at the inn for photo taking before some folks had to head back to real lives and jobs.

We still have a long way to go as far as leaves on the trees - but just 45 minutes from here, down the mountain everything is leafed out and it's pollen-hell.

We learned that yesterday on our way to Winston for yet another retinal specialist appointment.

Monday, April 15, 2024

Licorice Twist Gift-Away!

Happy Monday & PDF Pattern Release Day, Quiltvillians!

It seems for the past week all I've done is run from one appointment to the other - ticking off all the boxes and making sure everything was done on time.

BARELY on time.

And this morning is the same -

As this posts I'm off to Winston for the Retinal Specialist with Hubster Dave driving as I will be dilated and unable to drive myself home.  It's like a 3-4 hour procedure, so we'll see what comes of this.

I'm hitting publish on this post and getting everything out before I go.

Saturday, April 13, 2024

Sharing the Joy!

This picture says it all!

Good friends, Good food, Great times!

The laughter just echoes and I feel so blessed to be a part of this.  No matter which group it is - there is a place for everyone.

I took this photo last evening - I stayed for dinner as I was gone for a good chunk of the afternoon for a dentist appointment.

Yes, real life creeps in while the quilters are retreating.  They are on retreat - but sometimes I have to do big girl things.

Friday, April 12, 2024

Hanging With The Quilt District!

I had a few minutes to spare before the first arrival of quilters after my Easter/Spring break!

It wouldn't be long until The Quilt District gals pulled up the drive and began unloading ALL the things needed for a week long stay.

And I was giddy with anticipation!

I sat and rocked her on the front porch - just enjoying the little bit of misty rain and how everything has turned such a luscious green.

Green.  It's a color I really miss seeing during the long winter months.  And.....it's BACK!

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

From One Thing To Another!

And this is how we bind it, baby!

And I am happy to say that there are no more bindings waiting in my queue.

I have no quick finishes on hand to finish.

It's time to dig into something happy, scrappy and maybe even a bit intense.

I am really happy to have my smaller Ditch Lilies quilt completed - and it now hangs in the front foyer at Quiltville Inn!

(I will get a photo of where it hangs today - I forgot yesterday.)

Tuesday, April 09, 2024

What Eclipse?

Do you see that cloud cover?

Even if I was in the path of totality for yesterday's eclipse - it wouldn't have mattered.  

This is spring in Southwestern Virginia.  

Cloud cover in the mountains and no blue sky - at least not yesterday.

And yes - there was a sprinkling rain shower or two as well.

But it didn't dampen my spirits - because I had some surprise visitors bearing bins of fabric!

Monday, April 08, 2024

Quilting Up Ditch Lilies!

You just had to know that I couldn't leave this alone for the weekend.

Ditch Lilies got quilted up all nice and pretty!

Small quilts quilt up so quickly! (Okay, not that small - it's about 55'' square, but that's all relative, right?)

I had the weekend mostly to myself - there wasn't a retreat this past weekend and I could just put my Pandora music on shuffle and just go with it.

It was also crazily cold - which gave me another reason to stay in and not go anywhere.

Saturday, April 06, 2024

Ditch Lilies Re-Do!

I needed a rather quick finish.

Ladder Star has months and months of hand quilting to go.  

Don't get me wrong - you know how I love my evening hand quilting time - those things are not a race, and they don't have a deadline.

Square Pegs is still in the binding stage.  I'll likely finish that over the weekend and then my evening stitching time will go back to hand quilting on Ladder Star.

Yesterday I took a look at the bins on top of my stash cabinets in an effort to ascertain whether there was something I could finish up rather quickly.

And guess what I found!

Friday, April 05, 2024

Quilting Square Pegs!

One of the most satisfying moments of quilting - just one of them -

Is hitting the reverse on the roller motor and watching the quilt unfurl after the quilting is done....

What has been rolled up tightly on the take up roller and hidden from view becomes visible when you unfurl the quilt and see it in its entirety - all of that gorgeous quilted texture.


Thursday, April 04, 2024

April Fools???

What is this white stuff I woke up to this morning?

I haven't taken a snow-day-sew-day all winter long - and now it shows up on April 4th?

It's currently coming down pretty good.

But we should be reaching near 40 by this afternoon so it's safe to say that nothing will stick.  I'm glad for that.

But this is still nuts!  We were in the high 70s over the weekend.  Sheesh!

Wednesday, April 03, 2024

When Tallulah Comes Knocking!

The QPO had a visitor yesterday!

She comes around occasionally - usually when the retreat house is empty and there isn't a lot going on over there.  No one to put on a show in exchange for kitty treats.

Tula Tallulah Lou will often take up residence under my car (I am always very cautious to make sure she isn't under there when I start my engine.) just watching - because she KNOWS I am in there.

Yesterday though -

Tuesday, April 02, 2024

Finders Keepers!

It doesn't look like much.

But this has been a job of heavy lifting and relocation.

All of the big rocks that have been pulled out of the side yard at QUiltville Inn have been moved and placed along the edge of the parking area.

we've got some incoming rain - and I'm sure that the rain we get over the next while will help wash the dirt off the rocks - not that I care all that much.

It's just nice for folks to know how far they should pull up - or not!

Monday, April 01, 2024

Hello, April!

It's April!  And look!  The white/yellow daffodils are blooming on the back hill - closer to the side porch overlooking the old woolen mill ruins.

I love these!  They come out later than the old heirloom variety with the double blooms - but they do eventually raise their pretty heads for all to see.

The sun was even warm enough on Saturday that I could take  a moment to just sit here and feel the sun on my shoulders and smell the newly mown grass.