Saturday, August 1, 2015

North Carolina

We saw lots of barn quilts around Burnsville.

We drove up to Mt. Mitchell and it was so pretty, but cool, at about 63 degrees with a breeze.

The fisherman wanted to stop at Bass Pro on the way home so we ate there. Their tilapia tacos were fabulous.

...so we had a good little trip but are happy to be back home.

 

Friday, July 31, 2015

July Adventure Trip

For our monthly adventure for July, we made a trip to Burnsville, NC. It was a beautiful drive. The front that came through at home came through here too....low humidity, clear skies, just beautiful. We are staying at the Buck House Inn B&B, a beautiful historic home a few miles from Burnsville.

A little relaxing in the yard. I did five miles this morning so I am tired! The fisherman did his thing last night and didn't get home until about 3 am. He is now napping in the comfy bed.

Does that not look so inviting? We decided to come here to see a play. Our choir director's son is working this summer at the Burnsville Playhouse and has a leading role in a play there.

In other news, my little quilt got rejected from Fons and Porter, but I sent pictures to another quilt magazine. Maybe they will like it :) but if not, that is ok. I like it.

 

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Next Project

I'm still into designing quilts and came up with another one I want to make. I didn't want to buy anything so I decided to use some kiddie fabric scraps I'd saved and a large fabric piece, also from my stash.

It is going to be a bit more challenging since some of the blocks take about an hour to make. I guess I make up for it in the simple strip blocks though......I think it will make a cute, bright, toddler quilt.

...but for today, I'm snuggled up underneath one of my first and favorite quilts.....

Doing a little reading. We had friends over for lunch and enjoyed our afternoon very much, but now it's time to rest, relax, and count our blessings.

 

Monday, July 20, 2015

Day Trip

After church the fisherman and I went to Crossville. We ate lunch at th Cumberland Mountain State park restaurant. It was the best buffet food I'd ever eaten! The wait was about thirty minutes but it was worth it. We ate our lunch with a view of the river. Then we drove around a bit.

Crossville is a beautiful community, establshed by homesteaders.

In quilting news, I sewed up a small quilt on Saturday and did the quilting when we got back from our little day trip. Here is the pieced back.

I'm not showing the front yet, because I plan to send the pictures to a magazine as a submittal. Some of them are very picky about not posting pictures on the Internet.

I used three traditional blocks with some more modern fabrics. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that they will like it!

 

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Saturday Sewing

Finished the massive quilt yesterday and today I made these to use as pillow shams....I think. Just put together some of the scraps.

Then I started a new little one. Probaboy going to be a baby girl quilt. Testing out a new design. This is only one of the block patterns. I've got two or three in the quilt.

 

 

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Quilt Cave

Sometimes it reminds me of a cave. Especially when I keep the overhead lights off to reduce the temperature. It gets hot upstairs!

I worked on the large Edinburgh Square quilt today for a bit. One more column of blocks to go. I'm definitely loving it. My quilting room is due a good cleaning/organization day. Maybe after this big project I can take some time to do that.

 

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Saturday doings

Did some house work, laundry, catching up...a little cooking.

Ever made a peach cobbler this way? Peaches on bottom, pieces of bread, then top with a mixture of sugar, egg, butter and flour. Pretty good

Then finished up all 64 blocks of my next project. I put my quilts together a bit different than most, I think. I chain piece the blocks in columns rather than rows. Sixty-four blocks (8x8) ends up being four columns. After I chain piece then I do the horizontal sewing on each column. I decided to put this one together using an ombré colors way, rather than randomly using the light and dark shades of blocks.

 

Friday, July 10, 2015

Quilt Guilds are Awesome!

Today was the Village Quilters Guild meeting. It is such a fabulous group of quilters. Some of the friendliest ladies I've ever met. And so informative......so much talent....I could go on and on. It is a large guild with many, many activities, workshops, classes, and an impressive community service group. After the meeting my friend and I went to a new members luncheon and had a great time visiting and getting to know some of the other newbies and board members. If you are visiting from there --hello! Glad you stopped by my blog!

During the show and tell time I showed my retirement quilt and the little one that is to be published in the magazine. Compared to the work of the other very talented quilters in this guild, it really isn't anything special or difficult, but I think it would appeal to someone wanting a quick and easy quilt to make. (BTW I do have permission from the magazine to publish pictures of it on the blog.)

These are very exciting days for me. I've learned so much lately about designing quilts through EQ and now I want to study up on color theory and value.

This evening, I've got it all packed up and ready to ship to Colorado tomorrow...

They told me they would make a style shot and a flat shot of it for the magazine and would send the pictures to me for my social media near time the magazine comes out.

 

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy Fourth of July!

As is our tradition, we parked our vehicle on the road halfway down the hill earlier in the day and then went down for the fireworks. Here is one using our friends 3-D glasses...
Just a day of sewing and hanging around.....and playing with our new selfie stick....
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I spend another seven hours or so on my next quilt today.....I have 36 blocks finished!
The best part of the day was when I got to see and hear my little granddaughter laugh and say, "I love you" and "Mamaw." So thankful for FaceTime.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Exciting News!

I have some awesome news to share......one of my quilts is going to be featured in McCall's Quick Quilts magazine in the Feb/Mar 2016 issue! Woo-hoo! I'll be sharing more about that in the future. A dream come true for this quilter. That is why I have been working with EQ lately. I have big dreams for some more quilts. I'm also partnering with the great folks at Bear Creek Quilting for another project. A BIG project - a 96x96" queen size. I must have it finished with the pictures and tutorial sent to them by September 1st. Can I do it? I think so, the tutorial is all finished except for adding the actual progress and finish photos. Just gotta get sewing and I won't have the fabric for a few more days.

Exciting times ahead!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

A finish!

I finished the quilting on the small quilt. I suppose I will use it for the baby girl gift, but I did purchase her some little pink outfits. She is coming into a family with four brothers so she needs some pink.

Loops and stippling for the quilting.

 

In other news....we had a couple of wild visitors last night.

Inside the garage! I opened the door for him and he finally went out. Then on the screened porch a little beggar looking for cat food.

Today Mr. Slithers was still "hanging" around. We believe him a rat snake and since we like rats less than we like snakes, he gets to live.

 

Monday, June 22, 2015

Love my Monday's off

Yep, I do. Love not working on Mondays. I spent the morning doing stuff for mom and then really needed to get outside. It was too hot and humid to run, but perfect for paddling. Put in between the bridges and took a nice trip along the edge up the river.

Paddled by the steam plant. I could hear the cyclic hum of the power lines. Saw some beautiful homes along the banks. I was trying to figure out where these houses were, so I took out my phone and looked on google maps. The blue dot is about where I turned around. It took me approximately 35 minutes to paddle there from where I put in between the bridges.

...and this was my view on the way back. It is always neat to go under bridges. Hardly no boats in the water today. I figured all the beautiful lake homes are owned by older folks who can't get out to enjoy them, or younger folks who work during the week. Not many people out enjoying their lake. Glad I was able to.

Good day off celebrating the first day of summer.

 

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Happy Father's Day

Here is a picture of my dad and the four of us kids. I'm the little one at the top. I was about three.

My dad was a hard worker, an inventor or sorts, and from what I remember always happy. There were rough times no doubt, but he always had a positive attitude. Some of my favorite memories -- he would lay in the floor and raise an arm, which ever kid was in the floor would push the arm down, and then a leg would go up. We played this game lots. When he got older, and couldn't walk very well, he would get in his scooter and ride down their road singing hymns. Always happy.

And another good daddy.....my son. He loves his little girl.

Did some sewing today. I need a baby girl quilt in a week. Sometimes I put too much pressure on myself about making quilts. I bought some fabric at the quilt show not knowing what I was going to do with it. Receive an invitation to a baby girl shower yesterday. I thought I'd use it but I'm afraid it doesn't look much like a baby quilt.

That's the thing about quilting...you put so much time, effort, and money into making a quilt but sometimes it just doesn't turn out as nice as you'd like. Sometimes all your hard effort isn't appreciated. Not sure if I'll give this one for the baby girl or save it for a donation at another time.

One more of my Daddy. Guess I got my wild hair from him...lol

And just because I think the porch looks nice on this first day of summer.......

 

 

Friday, June 19, 2015

Adventure Day

When we retired we had planned on having an adventure day each week. That was a little ambitious. Maybe every two weeks or maybe once a month would be doable. Anyway, today (after about four months of retirement) we took our first adventure day.

We went to the Crossville quilt and tractor show. Had a great time!

Jim was a good sport while I walked around looking at the beautiful quilts.

This was a favorite. Made of 1 1/2" squares. Isn't it neat how she used squares around the outside of the wreath to be like real greenery? And the darker red to give depth to the ribbon. Just beautiful.

We walked through the antique tractors and equipment. Took a ride in a Kabota four wheeler through a display of old trucks, and enjoyed a nice conversation with a local farmer and his son. Bought some homemade fried pies and kettle corn. Stopped at the outlet shops for a little shopping before we headed home. A fun day.

I told him we needed to make a bucket list of Tennessee "must see" places and events and do a bit better about planning our adventure days. Life goes by fast. We need to be making memories.