Tuesday, May 22, 2018

What a Van Load of Stuff!

Yesterday was a “Pack the van with as much quilty stuff as you have room for!” kind of day.

I’ve been going through my house and selecting things that have hung over doors and on walls that will add a touch of quilty whimsy to our retreat surroundings.

I don’t want to welcome quilters to a sterile environment, I want this to feel like I am welcoming them into my home – so much of my home is going to find a place within the Inn.

This sign has hung over my front door for the past 10 years and I believe it to be so completely true.

“What we make with our Hands, We hold in our Hearts.”

I’ve placed this for now above the front foyer doors against the transom window, but who knows where it will eventually land.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Manchester’s Mega Epic Show & Share!

The end of our lunch break in class is always an event -

Those in the know (because we don’t announce it formally!) know to bring any Quiltville finishes or other quilts they wish to show.  Folks rarely need more than 30 minutes to eat, so the last half of our lunch break is filled with so much quilty eye candy and quilters get to introduce themselves, state where they are from – and we had many from all over the Northeast, as well as a visitor from California!

This is Jeanne – Jeanne of the aqua WHITE gorgeous machine I shared yesterday!

And her quilts are truly phenomenal!  We all gasped when she unfolded her Perkiomen Daydreams quilt from my book Scraps & Shirttails!

The postage stamp squares just danced before our eyes.  100’’ x 100’’ there are 10,000 squares in the quilt!

Don’t let the sheer size scare you, it’s strip pieced from 5 different easy strip sets, and it is all about the color placement – no triangles involved!

Sunday, May 20, 2018

A Day for Box Kite Beauty!

Here I am capturing all of the smiles and memories of my quick but jam packed visit with the Amoskeag Quilters in Manchester, New Hampshire!

Such a positive group of quilters – willing to throw themselves into new skill sets with open minds, embracing the scrappy chaos and all that comes with it!

Our numbers were full up at 57, and yet it didn’t feel crowded at all as the room space at the church we were using for our workshop was roomy, airy and full of light from windows on both sides of the room.

There was room to spread out, plenty of cutting table space, and thanks to Kathy’s hubby who offered to rewire the room at the church so we wouldn’t blow circuits (What a way to say thank you for the use of the space – an electrical upgrade!) there were no power blips at all.

I wonder if he would like to come down to Virginia and rewire the Quilting Quarters at Quiltville Inn??!

It was just a bang up fun of a day….from beginning to end.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

A Jamestown Landing Day in Manchester, NH!

Oh, the laughter!!  SO many hugs and smiles – catching up with folks I haven’t seen since the last time I was in the beautiful state of New Hampshire, FIVE years ago!

We booked these dates 5 years back when I was here the last time.  I thought it would never get here, but it did….and we’ve been having the best time since wheels touched tarmac on Thursday morning.

I just had to take a photo of this "lunch box” style tote…what a crack up!

Of course, we are not taking this all seriously, but I can bet you The Hubster would have no problem wearing a cheddar colored T-shirt sporting the slogan “I got a new lawn mower for my wife – Great trade, huh?!”

(And as of yesterday it was still pouring down rain in Southwest Virginia, and there is little chance of that lawn getting mowed any day soon – and it continues to grow…..and grow and grow!)

Friday, May 18, 2018

May 2018 Quilty Box Gift-Away!

Good morning from beautiful Manchester, New Hampshire!

I thought today would be a very good day to throw THIS little double gift-away goodie up for grabs in this morning’s post -

It’s the May 2018 Quilty Box & Quilty Box Mini Gift-Away and you are going to have a ball with all that is included!

What is a Quilty Box?
Here are some highlights to keep in mind:

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Show & Share from Shoreline, WA!

I’m thinking about where I was a week ago today – spending my last workshop with the Quilters Anonymous gals in Shoreline, Washington outside of Seattle!

Oh, the quilts that came out to play during my quick stay with these ladies – they knocked my socks off!

This is Dianna and her beautiful En Provence quilt!  She altered the colors to use her own stash, and her result is stunning.

Can you see the little inset border of squares in pink?  SUCH a great touch!

Often times it is the border that brings the whole thing together, as in this case – another En Provence:

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Fly, Birdie, Fly!

Can you even SEE this house now that the trees are leafed out?

The changing of the seasons is definitely amazing.  I have lived through 56 spring times, and the “unfolding of the green” always captivates me.

The world just knows what it is supposed to do when it is supposed to do it.

No one has to tell the trees to leaf out – they just do.

And as for the title of this post ---well, that’s another story!

I was in the kitchen scrubbing cupboards (oh, so many cupboards!) when I heard a banging commotion coming from one of the upstairs bedrooms.

There was a storm getting ready to rage outside, was a wild wind whipping a bedroom door shut?  What WAS that sound?

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

On the Way to Moving In!

Hello from Virginia!

It took longer to get here yesterday than I thought – but by mid afternoon I was pulling up into the drive at Quiltville Inn, ready to unload the first of many loads to come.

My first stop yesterday of course was the car dealership – Moby needed a 30,000 mile spa treatment.  All systems flushed, everything gone through – to the painful tune of more than $400.00.  OUCH!

I kept telling myself that this is what it takes to keep a vehicle running well for safety’s sake – and I’d rather pay for maintenance than a repair bill down the road which could be more – but OUCH.

And while I waited:

Monday, May 14, 2018

A Mother’s Day of Stitching, Kitting & Reflecting…

It’s nearly the end of a hexie era!

I think I’ve spent nearly the last 5 to 6 years working on this quilt top as my “on the go” project, busy bag in hand for many travels from international to domestic.  It’s seen SO many countries, witnessed so many memories!

And it isn’t that this project isn’t going to see anything else – there is still a lot to come after I finish attaching the last half of the last border.

I’m looking forward to many happy evenings of stitching with my feet up in the recliner or comfy stitching chair at the cabin.

Maybe I’ll be stitching on this during evening visits with the retreaters at Quiltville Inn