Tuesday, September 01, 2015

And Then There Was Show & Share!

We had THREE spectacular days of Show & Share during our lunch break at our workshops in Bedford, Pennsylvania!

It was an entire quilt show – with each class holding between 50 and 60+ students depending on the day.

Even if only HALF the class brought something to show….that is a LOT of gorgeousness to drool over.

While our first day we lunched inside and did Show & Share inside as well, by day 2 we had moved our lunch into the beautiful weather outside enjoying the pavilion behind the American Legion hall where our workshops were held.  It was a great way to get out and enjoy some fresh air and enjoy quilts in natural daylight.

I absolutely love it when someone sees a different vision for my quilts,   as in this gorgeous Jamestown Landing shown above.  Light chains on a dark background.  LOVE THIS!!

Monday, August 31, 2015

Out and About down Valley Road --

It was that kind of morning –you know the kind…

The event I was teaching for came to an end yesterday afternoon, we had a good night to sleep in and rest and catch up!

I purposely turned OFF my alarm hoping to get at least an extra hour or so of shut-eye, but NOPE!

The morning that “Dawn’s Early Light” comes creeping through the sky light, my eyes begrudgingly opened, one at a time, testing their surroundings, checking the time on the clock and deciding if it is really time to be officially UP yet for the day.

There was no turning back after that.  Up we go, out we go!

But quietly – the rest of the house is still asleep and we don’t want to wake anyone.

Carolina Christmas in August!

It was THIS kind of fun, all day long!

And the ladies got so much done on their blocks in our Carolina Christmas workshop!

Carolina Christmas was first presented here on the blog as a mystery in 2009.  Has it really been 6 years? 

I love this quilt, and it will STAY out as we move into fall and the holidays.  It’s time for its rotation on the bed as well!

We worked with the Easy Angle Ruler cutting triangles from 4 1/2’’ and 2 1/2’’ strips.  We worked on our favorite of all units ((And yes I am saying this tongue in cheek!)) Diamond in a Rectangle!

There were Broken Dishes units, combination pieced triangles – we ran the gamut of units found in many traditional block designs and mastered them all!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Let’s Talk some Turkey! Bedford Style!

Strings!  Geese! 9 patches –we had it going on!

We filled the American Legion hall full with quilters who traveled in from as far away as Michigan, New Hampshire, All over Pennsylvania and everywhere else to come to yesterday’s Talkin’ Turkey workshop.

Strings were a-flyin!  Rotary cutters whizzing!  Stitching, pressing, cutting, oh the fun!

Of course we had LOADS of red Talkin’ Turkeys going on – it’s great to see a quilt that can use so many leftovers of pieces from other projects and make them work all together.  Quilters tend to LOVE red – and we all have a lot of red!

But I also loved seeing the other colors come to play and can’t wait to see what these versions will look like!

Saturday, August 29, 2015

The Night I Ate My Face! HA!

I can honestly say that I have never had a cake with my own face on it!

How fun is this?

Thank you for a wonderful evening, all of you who came to my lecture in Bedford, Pennsylvania last night.

It was a very fun evening.  Instead of a regular “lecture” we had a Fire-Side chat where the floor was opened for questions and we talked off the cuff about anything and everything.

And for those of you who are putting on your Grammar Police badges, I’m going to tell you right now to drop it-

It’s not the word YOUR that is wrong!  The first two words were supposed to be WE’VE GOT!  ((Just kidding….but not!))

Smith Mountain Morning, Bedford Style!

It was a beautiful day in Bedford, PA!
I forget how much further north I am than my home in North Carolina..it was a brisk 55 degrees yesterday morning as we stepped out the door to drive over the American Legion hall where our workshops are being held this weekend.

I drove into town, feeling the cool of nearly-autumn on my skin – reveling in it.  Ahhhh!  Bliss!  I smiled at the low hanging foggy clouds clinging to the sides of the mountains to my right –this place also feels like home as it is nestled into a beautiful landscape.

When I arrived, there were 51 women unloading cars and hauling in machines and class supplies, eager to start the day!

Friday, August 28, 2015

And Well, I HAD to Stop!

I didn’t plan to stop, but I couldn’t help myself!

The car needed gas.

I needed a restroom break!

Besides –there might be hidden treasures in here waiting to be discovered, and if I DIDN’T stop – I might miss them!

I really only hemmed and hawwed for a few moments before my car, already on auto-pilot, took the exit and headed for the Factory Antique Mall in Verona, Virginia.

All the Way to Bedford, PA!

Yesterday was my long driving trip to Bedford Pennsylvania!

I have three days of quilty fun in store – starting with a Smith Mountain Morning workshop this morning, a lecture this evening, a Talkin’ Turkey workshop tomorrow and a Carolina Christmas on Sunday. 

It’s going to be a weekend packed full of fabric, fun and laughter ---bring on the scraps!

Thought it was a long day, I really loved it because it was a DRIVING day.  Driving days are rare, but when they do come about – they put ME in control.

I’m not at the beckon call of airports, airlines and baggage claim mishaps.

I leave when I want.  I pack what I want – and MORE! I stop when I want, I SHOP when I want – and I listen to what I want, even turning the music up loud and belting out a song if I so feel like it.

I can catch up with friends on long phone conversations thanks to the wonder of bluetooth and hands free.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

It’s Quilty Box Time! Give-Away!

It’s that time again!  And have I ever got a Quilty Box for you!

I had to set this box aside while I was opening up yesterday’s machine arrival, but I spent some time with these goodies last evening!

I have plans!

Yes I do!

What” You’ve never heard of Quilty Box?  Let me back track a little bit.
  • Quilty Box is a monthly subscription box. They 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