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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Jamestown Landing–Stitchin’ Heaven Style!

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I’m having a Texas sized round up of fun in Mineola, Texas – home of Stitchin’ Heaven Quilt Shop!

Yes, this bull stands proudly to the side of our classroom space, flanked by a quilty Texas Flag and wearing the quilted banner sporting the quilt shop’s very recognizable name.

If you’ve been to Houston for Quilt Festival, ,it’s likely that you’ve stopped to also have your photo taken with this silent, gentle beast.

He’s HUGE! I try to imagine transporting a stationary longhorn and I just can’t wrap my head around it! 

He kept silent watch over us while we quilted up a storm in our Jamestown Landing quilt from String Fling.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Fun in the After Hours!

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Happy Hour to some might mean sitting at a favorite watering hole with a discounted adult beverage and snack food to wind down the end of a busy day.

When it comes to a busy day involving a very full workshop, happy hour means making good use of the time before the antique mall and the quilt shop closes and getting in what fun we can before the lights go out and doors are locked.

In this case – we had just enough time after our Talkin’ Turkey Workshop in Grapevine to head on over to The Antique Market and then over to Must Love Fabric in Grapevine to pet all the pretties before meeting up with several of the guild ladies for dinner.

I’m posing behind the counter with the quilt shop staff and workshop coordinator Kathi for an impromptu photo!  Thanks for the great welcome, ladies!  So good to see you!

We had 2 hours to fit it all in.  Could we do it?

Thursday, April 20, 2017

A Texas Talkin’ Turkey Kind of Day!

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There was a whole lot of Turkey going on in Grapevine, Texas yesterday!

Our event was sponsored by the Bear Creek Quilt and was full to the brim with 47 quilters from all over the area.

This was my third trip back to Texas in just as many months –January, February and now April.

If you are going to visit Texas, APRIL can’t be beat.  Bluebonnets, Tex-Mex & BBQ!

((And friends, and antique malls!))

Sunshine and gentle breezes.

April in Texas is wonderful!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Greetings from Grapevine!

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It’s one of those crazy years where I have found myself boomeranging back and forth to Texas quite a bit.  This is trip 3 since January!

And I love coming to Texas.  The food is amazing, the quilters are friendly, and where else can you get a whole room to yell “Yeeeehawww!”  at a guild presenation??

It was a day of ZERO stress.  All flights were on time.  My layover in Atlanta was just long enough to grab a bite for breakfast at a Cuban cafe found in terminal T.  I don’t think I’ve ever flown out of terminal T before, and it was a welcome surprise.

Cafe con leche- sweet, creamy and hot.  Oh boy!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

April Quilty Box Gift-Away!

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I’m off to Texas this morning in a flurry of quilts and suitcases, backpack and paraphernalia.

Didn’t I just do this?

The last time it was easier. Throwing the mass of stuff into the van is SO much easier.  And you can take more.  Flying?  I’m shackled by bag capacity and weigh limits.

Do I have all I need?  I hope so!

If not, there is always Target, right?

I have a guild presentation with the Bear Creek Quilters in Keller tonight and a workshop tomorrow, then over to Stitchin’ Heaven for 2 more days of workshops and finally on to Eustace for a quickie retreat appearance for one workshop  -- I’ll be home on MONDAY.

After the longy trip to Alabama, this will feel like a piece of cake and I’ll have some fun doing it too.

So while I’m off to Dallas via Atlanta, let’s throw a Quilty Box Gift-Away!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Wandering Aisles with Friends!

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Of COURSE there was time to wander an antique mall or two while in Alabama.

I would much rather do this with a group of quilters than a shop hop!

Let’s face it.  The stash has reached epic proportions from home.  There is no way I can sew it up in my life time.  And antique mall wandering is a great pastime even if you don’t buy anything.  And we are getting our steps in, as well as a bunch of belly laughs over things we find.

Just a heads-up:  This is a LONG post.  I’m playing catch-up before heading to Texas tomorrow!  You have been fore-warned!

This was one week ago, Monday afternoon after my morning lecture in Birmingham left me with an afternoon to play.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

The Mountain Road Home!

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I left Cullman, Alabama under a sunny blue sky and made my way north.

Dang GPS!  It kept trying to re-route me through Atlanta, saying that it could shave 18 minutes off of my drive if I drove that way.

One way through Atlanta is ENOUGH.  And I know better.

Holiday traffic with everyone on their way to grandma’s house, and a bridge out in Atlanta, and all of the re-routing in that area would have been a stress-filled nightmare.

I needed quiet roads.  I didn’t care if it was a 2 lane highway and the speed limits were lower.  I wanted open road and the sight of my beloved Blue Ridge in the distance.

I drove north, setting my sights on first Chattanooga, and then  onward to Knoxville, past the Pigeon Forge area and on into North Carolina.

Home.  I need Home.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Scrappy Mountain Majesties in the Heartland!

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I just love the possibilities that are available with the Scrappy Mountain Majesties quilt!

Rectangular blocks are fun to play with, a break from the norm.

Start out with 8 1/2’’ squares and watch these blocks come quickly together and we slice, stitch, slice again, rearrange and sew back together!

The pattern includes several different layouts that you can try, and try them ALL before you decide what you really want to do!  Let your fabrics guide you and allow yourself time to play!

Friday, April 14, 2017

The Ave Maria Grotto

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Yesterday was a day for recharging my batteries.

And April in Alabama is a great place to do it.

Everything is so green.  In the week that I have been here the leaves on the trees have fully emerged between blossoms of all colors, casting shadows over green lawns.

It is in the spring when the green comes back that I remember just how much I love green.  I find it hard to live without green.

And there is green in abundance in the south.

Upon recommendation from a student while teaching in Birmingham, I set my GPS to find the Ave Maria Grotto.

The Grotto contains 125 miniature reproductions of some of the most famous historic buildings and shrines of the world. The masterpieces of stone and concrete are the lifetime work of Brother Joseph Zoettl, a Benedictine monk of St. Bernard Abbey. Begun as a hobby, with various materials he could find, and infinite patience and a remarkable sense of symmetry and proportion, Brother Joseph re-created some of the greatest edifices of all time. [source]