Saturday, January 20, 2018

Mountain Bound!

All of my ducks were in their proverbial row by 1pm yesterday afternoon.

Sadie and I headed out, waiting for the moment we saw mountains on the horizon.  Can you see them?

There.  In the distance, just below where the sky turns blue.

Tuesday and Wednesday’s snow was quickly melting – by the time I reached North Wilkesboro, NC hoping for a rendezvous with a certain vintage telephone chair (that I should have just purchased LAST VISIT!) the temps were already into the low 50’s f.  SNOW BE GONE!

I love the beauty of a lovely snow fall, but it’s the aftermath of crunchy ice encrusted rutted roads that I don’t like.

As to the chair?

Friday, January 19, 2018

Crash the Retreat!!

I’ve had something sneaky in the works for the past couple of weeks.

It was all a matter of “Would the dates work out?!”

And yes, since my extended add on trip to Arizona fell through, I WOULD be home!

And then the planning began in earnest.

I’m crashing a retreat!  I’m really CRASHING a retreat! Hehehe!

And then snowmageddon 2018 happened and I was snowed into my driveway – could I get out?

I am so grateful to son Jeff who shoveled and shoveled that uphill driveway and got the van to the top by 4pm – I could drop mail at the post office (Since they couldn’t pick up from me, all about the driveway!) and head on over to Kernersville, about an 8 mile drive from the post office.  It was slow going – roads in the rural areas are not plowed, and there was packed snow, ice ruts and all.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

All in a Snow Day Sew Day!

This morning’s view from the front porch of our little bungalow house in Wallburg.

Oh. My. Word!

I haven’t seen snows like this since we left Idaho, and let me tell you – after 19 years of Southern Living, we don’t even OWN a snow shovel decent enough to get me out of here.

And since we are Southern, we do ONE THING – we sit and wait for a thaw!

And we have some fun as well.

And oh yes, as to “Just how deep IS this snow??”

Check this out:

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Quiltmaker Snow Day Gift-Away!

I awoke this morning to SNOW!

Not big heavy flakes, but fine crystals falling silently.

How long had they been falling?  I don’t know!  Perhaps it started in the wee small hours of the morning.

The wind didn’t blow, there was nothing at all to let me know that I would open the door this morning to a wonderland of white.

A snow day!  A home day!  FABULOUS!

And since my Quiltmaker Magazine also arrived yesterday, I thought today would be a good day to celebrate my home day snow day sew day with a Quiltmaker Gift-Away.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Hello, Tuesday!

Today I’m sharing the UNDERSIDE of the hand quilting progress on Jason’s hexie quilt!

I am loving the texture of the hand quilting on this one.  The hexies are small, only 3/4’’ per side so the quilting is fairly dense. And I think the tea dyed color solid was the best choice to show the texture.

I’m not outlining each individual hexagon, but echoing each path, and any center hexie that stands by itself I am quilting with  3 crossing lines in a starburst.

Progress on this monster has been fairly slow, just an hour or so in the evening while I am home, but any progress is PROGRESS.

This quilt has been in progress since 1999 so what is the rush?

Click the photos to view a larger image.

I am loving the silk batting by Hobbs, and have settled in with size 10 betweens by Roxanne for my needle of choice.  The 11s were just too short, The 10s bend a bit, but I can load just the right number of stitches on them per hexie side because of the length of the needle.

It pays to experiment!

Monday, January 15, 2018

What One Does When HOME ALONE!

I was planning on being in Arizona right after California, but sometimes even the best plans fall through for a number of reasons.

We’ll do some make up dates in the future, and I was just there after Thanksgiving.

All is well with my brother Mark, so this shifted opportunity will work well.

And it allows me an even BIGGER break home before heading off to Florida at the end of the month – Oh JOY!!!

I didn’t think that I would end up home alone last evening though!  The men folk (i.e.: Jeff and Hubster) had already made plans for this holiday Monday since I was going to be gone.

Men folk, as you know, will do what men folk do when there is a new log splitter, a chain saw and 42 acres of woods to be dealt with.

And more power to them! 

And PEDAL POWER to me!

I spent the evening stitching on my 1918 Singer 127 Sphinx.  100 years old and sews like a dream!

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Super-California-Istic-Expialidocious Show & Share!

Oh, my goodness, the amazing showing and sharing happening in Southern California!

Yes, tops and partial mysteries-in-progress are always a welcome sight at any gathering of quilters!

I love to hear the stories, especially when groups of friends are encouraging each other on to a goal of completion.

We all know that a lot of living goes on between each seam and that is what makes the completed quilt itself so special.  With each stitch we have climbed MOUNTAINS not only with quilt progress, but in the walk of our day to day life, accepting each challenge and growing through it.

Even a partial quilt top shows the many hours of effort one puts in.  THANK YOU for the best part of my visit – the show & share segments where I get to know just a little bit more about YOU.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Scrappy Bargello at Quilt in a Day!

Look who I’ve got in the sunny parking lot of Quilt in a Day in San Marcos, California!

I love this lady!  Eleanor Burns is my quilt hero!

The El Camino Quilt Guild is lucky to have the use of the wonderful classroom space at Quilt in a Day for their guild workshops, and I was happy to be back, both with the guild, AND at Quilt in a Day!

If you are anywhere near San Marcos, just outside of San Diego, you need to make a beeline and spend some time exploring everything!

Friday, January 12, 2018

A Presentation Day with Time to Play!

It was a full house in Oceanside, California as the El Camino Quilt Guild took charge of their new meeting location – the perfect way to start a new year!

I always enjoy listening to the different committee reports and getting a feel for how active a guild is, and what kind of fun they are having. 

I’m already jealous that there is a bus trip to the Road to California Quilt Show next Thursday, and I won’t be here to participate.  I would dearly love to go on a bus ride to a quilt show with these gals!

We had a great time and I enjoyed meeting everyone – the book signing table was mobbed and bustling – there will be more scrap quilts coming out of Oceanside, California!

After packing it all up and loading it back into Jill’s car, a handful of us gathered at Cheesecake Factory for lunch. 

And then Jill and I had one thing on our minds – to hurry back home to her house and spend the afternoon behind the machines with as much power-sewing as we could squeeze in.