Monday, October 24, 2016

A Blue Ridge Parkway Sunday…

“Autumn days.  Lying on a bed of leaves, watching clouds up through the trees…..”  Lyrics from a favorite Barry Manilow song I loved to sing as a teen.

I love autumn!  the change of the colors, the longer nights, the later sunrises, the smell and sound of leaves underfoot.

And I got a big dose of it this weekend!

It all started with a Sadie walk yesterday…sweet girl was in her element! 

She was so happy to be up here she was nearly PRANCING through the woods as we took our morning walk.

Take a look:

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Pumpkins on the Mountain!

And there was FINALLY some macbine time around here!

Those pumpkins with the black background?

It was time to turn them into something and I had an idea of what I wanted to do, and I set in to playing.

I don’t often have a full project worked out in front of me like a map to go by.  Sometimes I just play and think and try and do and see what I can come up with, and work out any kinks along the way.

If I were going to set them the way I wanted to….with bottoms facing towards the center in mirror image, there was going to be a big blank spot down the center of the table runner ---and it needed something.  But what?  And how wide?

Saturday, October 22, 2016

One Weekend in October…

It’s been more than a month since I’ve been up to the mountains, and as soon as I turned off the highway, onto Pumpkin Run (Yes, that is a real road!) it was like removing a tight shoe.  Ahhhhh. Something magical happens when you leave the world behind and drive up a steep mountain road rising higher above the valley with every winding turn.

The stress and the worries of the world are left behind.  Or at least I try to not bring them up here with me as I want this to be a place of rest, restore, and creativity.

That all started with a 3 hour nap!

It was warm and windy yesterday afternoon.  leaves were blowing every which way, and you could tell there was a change coming on the gusty breezes.

I got my autumn decor out, and began preparing for 7 1/2 folks for dinner!  5 from Mona’s crowd, plus baby Carmen, and 2 from mine.  I love it when the dining room table has every chair completely occupied!

It was a burgers with all the fixins’ kind of night, with loads of chatter and catching up as it has been MONTHS since we have been together.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Just Because Shift Happens!

We did it. 

It finally happened.

We are OUT of Essential Triangle Tools until more arrive.

There are only a FEW books left, but more will be arriving via Yellow Freight on a pallet and will be picked up at the Yellow Freight depot on Monday evening.

I’ve gone as far as I can go until more stock arrives.

It’s a great feeling, but also one that left me a bit panicky because there are so many orders that are having to wait for more copies of the Addicted to Scraps book and the Essential Triangle Tool.

I didn’t sleep well last night worrying about all of this!  But when things are out of our hands, what good does unnecessary worrying do?  We are talking quilts here.  It’s a book.  It’s a triangle tool.  It’s not a life or death situation, and yet it just knots me all up that we have blown through more than 2,000 copies of the Addicted to Scraps book, and 1,500 Essential Triangle tools. 

The amount of stuff flying out of here has been a landslide of success and happiness.  And more on on their way, so I thank you for your patience.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

October Quilty Box Give-Away!


I’ve got a Quilty Box full of Goodness for one lucky blog reader and it could be you!

This month’s box is all about things you can do with large hexagon pre-cuts!

What is a Quilty Box ?
  • Quilty Box is a monthly subscription box of fun quilting supplies. We offer plans from $44-48/mo.
  • 5% of the profits of multi-month subscriptions are donated to Quilts for Kids - a non-profit which donates quilts for children in need
  • Each month we have 4 or more products (Fabric, patterns, thread, or notions)
  • Our retail value of the products in the box is always more than $50
  • We will be using the hashtags #QuiltyBox and #GetQuilty
Your support is appreciated. If you have any questions or comments don't hesitate to contact me.
Get Quilty!
Patrick Claytor, CEO
Quilty Box
Subscribe today at Quiltybox.com I LOVE the fact that 5% of the profits go to Quilts for Kids!  It’s a win win all the way around!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Another Day in Quiltville!

And guess who had control of the remote last night?  On TUESDAY!?

It turns out that I ended up Home Alone for a while due to tennis.  BONUS!

It used to be that on tennis nights I’d allow myself to putter longer in the studio downstairs, cutting, pressing, sewing at the machine.  But I stuck to my “handwork only after dinner” goal, threw on my target sewing PJs [a girl has got to do what she has got to do to be in the mood!] and settled in to finish the last episode in the last season of Call the Midwife on Netflix.

I so love this show!  I love how they tackle the “changing of the times” issues of where they are in the series now, 1961, and it gives me a clue into what things were like just the year before I was born.

The hair styles!  The clothes.  Those marvelous cats eye glasses!

In this season we dealt with doctors and nurses that smoked like chimneys only for the warnings to “FINALLY” come out that smoking indeed causes cancer.  Before this period in time we just did not know.  In fact, in my early years I remember BOTH sets of grandparents smoking like wildfire, and my parents too.  It was the cool thing to do and the ads even said it was "healthy" before this period in time.  We HAVE come a long way, baby.

When I think of all the things that were discovered just during my life time…that previously we “just did not know” I am blown away.

I did some searching to learn more about thalidomide, and how it was prescribed in Europe and in Asia during this time period because it was brought up in season 5 of Call the Midwife.  And I found this clip I hadn’t seen before:

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Keeping Life Quilty!

I had a finish last night!

A binding finish that is.

And a new policy at home that I’ve been reluctant to bring up, but for my own happiness it has to happen.

And I decided all of this while having evening sewing time while Jeff was gone, and The Hubster was off to work in Boston.

The men in my house have had run of the front room TV for as long as I can remember.  And I always acquiesced, letting them watch whatever inane sitcoms they wanted to.  I would heave a sigh and head off to the basement to do what I do away from my family, but not fully happy with my decision on many levels.

There has been no compromise.  Except for when it comes from my end.  And our compromise on what to watch has always been “If you are going to watch that, then I am going downstairs.”  And it wasn’t the best solution, really.  Not if we want to be a family.

There are just too many different tastes going on under this one roof!  And it is time to start to SHARE.  I don’t always want to be solo in the basement.  It’s not a good enough solution.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Pumpkins in my Patch!

Sunday night was for pumpkin stitchin’!

There was time to spend a couple of hours after dinner just cutting up some greys, stitching some backgrounds and stems onto these beauties.

They make me smile so much!  I think I’m completely addicted!

I first started these YEARS ago.  The poor few assembled pumpkins with black background have lived in the orange string bins as a forgotten UFO for I don’t know how long.

But when following an Instagram challenge to sew with a “color of the week”  in an effort to annihilate some scraps, they were uncovered, resurfaced and pulled front and center.

First things first:  I had to re-measure everything because I had forgotten what I was doing.

And then I had to think on settings because I remembered why these stalled out.  There had to be space around them for the pumpkins to float, and I didn’t like the sashing that was my original first thought.

And then an idea hit me:

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Quilt-Cam the NEXT Generation! 10/16/2016

Are you ready for this?

Big desk top in the background.

Laptop and new tablet in the foreground.

External camera on top of laptop.

When I record, I actually see in real time what happens on the tablet, but what I see on the laptop has about a 5 second delay.

I have to tell myself to “talk to the blue light!  talk to the blue light!” and NOT watch the tablet because when the camera is running the light on the external camera is blue around the edges and looking at the blue light means I am looking at YOU.  If you see me watching off to the side, well --we will figure it out.

 I know you can’t see it in this photo, but here we go.

To tune into Quilt-Cam on Facebook Live, visit my Quiltville Facebook Page!  Quilt-cam is starting at 2pm Eastern.

If you get to my page BEFORE 2pm remember to refresh the page so you get the feed when it IS posted and running.

If you don't have a Facebook account, you can watch on YouTube or here on the blog after we are done.

There is no video being embedded in this post until AFTER quilt-cam is over.  Then I will save the video from Facebook, upload it to my YouTube channel and then come back here and embed it to place it in our archives.  It’s a new dance! But this should be fun.


I’ve done some trimming and de-papering.


I’m adding some corners and stems for the pumpkins in my patch!

I’m sewing on my 1957 301 short bed in a cabinet.  And it feels SO GOOD to be sewing, even just for a little bit.

If you want me to read your comments on air, you still have to email me.  Comments fly too quickly up the screen on Facebook for me to read them. Plus you can see the location of my laptop in regards to where I am sitting.  I can’t read that far, and I doubt you could either.

If you want to email me your photos so I can share them so they become part of our YouTube archive version, that would be great.  For those of you watching in Facebook, NONE of the comments, floating hearts, thumbs up, or smileys will SHOW on the YouTube version once I’ve uploaded it.  Those are strictly a Facebook feature.

Are you ready to give this a try?  Remember we are still learning here and there may be some bumbles along the way, but what is better than bumbling along with a bunch of quilty friends?

Let’s do this!

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