Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Farewell, Bonniacs!

These fun ladies!

I love this photo over the porch rail - sharing the quilt top they all made as a community project.

It's wonderful!

Each block is as different as these folks are - but together they make a beautiful whole.

It just seemed fitting that this photo is at the top of this post

It's as if they are waving ME off as I head to the airport this morning, and I am waving back at them as they begin their long journeys home to Bloomington, Indiana and beyond.

Monday, April 29, 2024

All The Weekend Things!

Happy Monday, everyone!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend - I know we did!

This was last night's fantastic dinner on the porch with Nola's Bonniacs.

Amazing food, and fantastic friendship - all the way around.

And yesterday when asking if anyone wanted to go on a walk - I got the response of "No, it's too hot."  LOL!!

Saturday, April 27, 2024

Nature Walks & Pineapple Blocks!

This happened Thursday afternoon -

And I'm so glad we chose Thursday because yesterday was cold and misty - not a good day for walking.

But Thursday? Quilters in the sunshine, baby!

I hadn't been up Roundhouse Road in a while - and it took two vehicles to get us all there - 

And it was so worth it to see the world around us waking up into spring.

Friday, April 26, 2024

Pineapple Blossom Beginnings!

Our Pineapple Blossom workshop with Nola's Bonniacs began with a flurry of machines yesterday morning!

This quilt has come out of the quilt vault with renewed vigor!

How many of us have leftover scrap strips? Partial jelly rolls?  This one is from the Free Patterns tab and works up so quickly - looking much more intricate than it really is.

And it is presented in two different sizes of blocks - one made with 2'' strips and 3 1/2'' squares, and the other larger version with 2 1/2'' strips (That's where the jelly roll leftovers come in!) and 4 1/2'' squares.

And the best part? All of those cut off corner triangles become border units if you choose to use them there. ZERO fabric waste!

Thursday, April 25, 2024

My Junking Day Outing!

Artifacts from Tuesday's Getaway Day!

When Debbie's Bitter Bees group left on Sunday - giving me the rest of that day and Monday to tackle laundry and getting things ready for Nola's Bonniacs to arrive - I suddenly saw a break in my schedule - Tuesday was completely empty and I could do with it what I wanted.

What did I want?  Did I really REALLY want?

A junking day!

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Only Hand Stitching Time -

Yesterday - 

The laundry was finished, the towel baskets folded, rolled, filled and placed at the end of each bed -

Dishwasher was cleared, design walls were de-threaded.

Back porch and side porch furniture was returned to its home position after a long weekend of being moved and used where people wanted to gather.

Shampoos, lotions,  body wash, handsoap, bathroom & kitchen paper towels and toilet paper were all restocked.

Tissue boxes were checked on and made sure there was one in each room - two in the sewing room.

The lawn was mowed.

And the focus word banner was hung!

Monday, April 22, 2024

Quilters, Quilts, Travel, Laundry!

I said goodbye to Debbie's Bitter Bees Sunday morning - the hallways were busy with the moving of stuff, the packing of cars, the hugs and farewells.

I think it's safe to say a grand time was had by all - and I'm thrilled that they'll be back next March!

March? Why March?

Because Easter falls on their weekend in 2025, so they get to hop back to where Easter was this year.  It makes for interesting calendar management, I tell you!

Don't they look like a fun group?  And oh - the food they served!  Off the charts!

Saturday, April 20, 2024

Quilt. Eat. Sleep. Repeat!

Retreat with Debbie's Bitter Bees goes on!  

And I am being swept up in the friendship and fun of these women-

Some who didn't know each other until retreat - but the one common denominator, the instigator of all things - everyone is someone that Debbie knows.

And any friend of Debbie's is a good friend to have - and now they all know each other, which makes it that much sweeter.

Friday, April 19, 2024

A Wonderful Thursday It Was!

Yesterday was our first Split Nine-Patch workshop day and Debbie's Bitter Bees had it going on!

Being as Split Nine Patch is from the Free Patterns tab many got a head start on making half square triangles, and came with all of their 2 1/2'' square cut, sorted ready to share and go!

It didn't take long until there were a variety of layouts on design walls - playing with these blocks is the best part!

Thursday, April 18, 2024

Of Quilt Turnings and Bon Voyage Exhibits!

This was our fourth retreat with the Quilt District.  They've been here FOUR times - and that's once a year.  So how exactly are these years flying by so quickly?

Can we slow them down just a bit, please?

One of the things I absolutely love about this group is that modern and contemporary and whimsical and vintage and antique play so well together.

Several members are also part or are even board members  of the AQSG or American Quilt Study Group and are fanatically enthusiastic about vintage and antique quilts and the preservation of such - and at the same time fully engaged in designing modern quilts, playing with modern fabrics.

There is room for all!

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Tying Up Loose Ends!

We had bright blue skies on Saturday afternoon - but that wind! Holy cow!

It turned rocking chairs over - it wound the flag around the flag pole.

But we still got out and did the best we could with our over-the-porch-rail photos - 

It was a "Hold on to your quilts, ladies - we're not in Kansas anymore!" kind of photo opportunity.

Sometimes you've just got to do the best you can with it, and capture the laughter along with the quilts.

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.