Thursday, October 27, 2016

En Provence! A Quiltville Mystery, the Intro!

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Hello, everyone!

Who is ready to make a little trip to the lavender fields of the Provence region of France?

I'm excited to share with you our Quiltville Winter Mystery:

En Provence!

I hope you will want to sew along with me while we dig through our stashes, pull colors reminiscent of my recent visit to Aix en Provence, France at the end of our Mediterranean cruise in August, and bring all of the colors of this beautiful place together in a gorgeous quilt.

It’s MYSTERY season!  My favorite time of the year.

Many of you have participated in these mysteries before, but many of you are likely new so I wanted to give a little run down on how things will go here.

This post will contain the colors, examples of the fabrics used in my own En Provence quilt, and yardage requirements.

You are NOT required to sew with these colors, and you can change them to whatever color palette you would like, but please remember value and contrast when switching things up.

Our stunning quilt finishes at 87’’ x  87’’.  If you want a smaller size, start with 1/2 the units.  You can always go back and make more units if you decide you want it rectangular instead of square.  If you want it bigger, you can add more borders.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Holy Cow! The “Shift Happens!” Gift-Away Draw!

It’s been a run around like a headless chicken kind of day, as I get ready to head out to Houston in the morning for Quilt Market.

The last time I was AT Market was 2 years ago, just the tail end of Festival as we headed off on a Quiltville Caribbean Cruise.

The last time I VENDED at Quilt Market?  Somewhere around 1993.  I had my little doll pattern business under the name Needle in a Haystack and that is where I wound up being woo’d by Butterick and ended up with my designs in the BIG sewing catalogs. 

I remember that Eleanor Burns was just up the aisle from me and I was just so star struck.

And now I’m going in a different capacity –and I get to meet other authors from the C&T team that I’ve never met before, and I’m feeling that star struck thing all over again.

Hair cut?  Check!  Eyebrows tamed?  Check!  Clothing shopping?  UGH!  I hate it, but I did find a few cute tops that are “non-wrinkle”.  Pedi & Mani?  CHECK!  Now just watch me blow the mani as I sit here and type to get this done.

Packing?  Nope.  It’s waiting until after THIS goes live and then Ill be ready to roll.  Oh, I have PILES all ready to go in the suitcase, it’s just up to logistics now.  And again – don’t mess up the barely dry manicure!

I am laughing hysterically over this “Shift Happens”  Gift-Away!

An Addicted to Scraps book with the spine somehow shifted to the cover, right there in plain sight.  An Essential Triangle Tool package with a broken Bonus Buddy plus some other goodies…and you’d think this was the power ball lottery!

Blooming in October!

Another reason I love the south.

There are things that bloom all the way up to the first frost, which hasn’t happened yet.  It may be just around the corner, but not quite yet.  I keep pleading….please….not quite yet.  Let me enjoy this beauty as long as I can.

Over the past couple of weeks these buds started to open.  Just a few at first, then day by day, like some kind of alternate springtime, the blossoms are now covering the bush in my front yard, blanketed underneath by the ever growing pile of leaves falling from tall trees.

The contrast is quite amazing, isn’t it?  The dry crunch of leaves underfoot, the end of their season.  And these abundant blooms beautiful in their lacy whiteness.  Two opposites.  Beginnings and endings.

Is there a life lesson in here?  Likely.

But I don't want to think too hard.  I just want to enjoy it before it all goes away.  Beautiful blooms on a backdrop of autumn leaves.  I love it.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Quilt-cam on Facebook Live 10/25/2016

Gail in Virginia sent this photo of herself doing some relaxing hand quilting while she has our first Facebook Live session of Quilt-Cam going right where she can listen and sew along!

It’s still a learning process, but it will get better as we make adjustments along the way.  I know Facebook is not going to work for everyone.  But if the ration is something like 9 out of 10? We have to choose it.

In fact when I announced the reminder today, I would save half of the responses both on the blog AND on Facebook were “Sorry, we are watching the Cubs tonight, I’ll catch you in the archives!”

Which is PERFECT, and just what archives are for.  So if many folks aren’t catching it live on the blog and are going to watch it in the archives anyway, what does it matter that those same folks miss it in Facebook and catch it in the archives when they can?

I tell you, all of this new “LEARNING STUFF” kept me hopping and I have learned so much just from the last time we did this. 

We definitely are never too old to learn new tricks.

Let the Machines OUT!

I was a quilter on the loose yesterday afternoon!

I had a 4:30 appointment that ended around 5pm.  Rush hour was in full force.  So I made a detour.  It was only 3 miles off course, and they were open until 6pm.

I can do A LOT of poking around in a little under an hour if you turn me loose in an antique mall.  The Post office was closed by this time, I’d done all I could do for the day so in I went.

Now, when time is limited, I can make a quick overview of the area and determine in rapid fashion which booths are worth rummaging around in.

ANYTHING that looks like an end table or desk is suspect!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Time to Do the Quilty Box Draw!

It’s time, it’s time!

And someone is going to be very happy to find that they are the recipient of the October Quilty Box Gift Away!

This month was full of such yumminess, and who ever it is will be able to dig right in and start sewing since those hexies are pre-cut! 

What is a Quilty Box ?
  • Quilty Box is a monthlysubscription 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

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.