Tuesday, March 24, 2020


Have you found a place of refuge, either mental or physical, during this incredibly crazy time?  

For us, it's our screened in porch...it overlooks the pond and the distant mountains.  And it's finally warm enough to hang out there.  The kitties LOVE the porch.  

This is Mystic.  He looks like a Fancy Cat, but he is really a Mechanic at heart .  He loves being in the garage and getting dirty.  He wants to hunt and eat all these lovely birdies - NOT !

Our rare white squirrel, Blizzard, is coming around more often.  Probably because we are feeding him pecans on the front porch !  He is a part of a colony of white squirrels (not albinos) that live in the Western North Carolina mountains.  He is so beautiful !

He goes WAY up in the tree and then chatters at the kitties on the porch.

There is refuge in QUILTING, too !  At a retreat last fall, a quilter at my table was preparing to throw away some scraps - I offered to adopt them...  A week later she was gifting me FOUR big grocery bags full of leftovers - great quality fabric.  This one is all finished and ready to send off to snuggle a needy teen or tween.

The top below was officially approved by Mystic immediately after I sewed it up.  The original quilter had already sewn up the rows, and I only had to put it together.  I think some little girl or boy who likes cats will love it !

Well, that's my refuge.  

I wish I could invite you to come sit on the porch with me and sit a spell, maybe sew something.

Hopefully one day - -   soon.


Sunday, March 8, 2020

A Great Week !

Oh such a fabulous week this was...

DH and I went to the town of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee...  What a fascinating place - it's the home of Dollywood.

AND - it's the home of the Mountain Quiltfest.  Hundreds of absolutely fascinating quilts, plus classes, vendors, etc.  I went to be a part of the quilt judging, so I had the opportunity to observe the judging being done.  Part of the etiquette of judging is that you never repeat anything said during the judging...…... so I will just say "Quilt Judges work hard"...  studying more than 400 quilts, and being positive, cheerful, and kind the whole time !  If you have a 'fear of quilt judges" - let go - they are really nice people - all of them !!!!

After that wonderful experience, I came home and sewed and sewed on some low-stress donation quilts.  These will go to a group that is providing quilts for Foster Children in the Baltimore, MD area.

These are crumb blocks formed into square-in-a-square.  I love the gentle color palette.

And this is squares and snowball blocks.  You can do lots of interesting things with snowball blocks.  I think a pre-teen will like this one.

Keep on Quilting !!!


Sunday, March 1, 2020

Block of the YEAR ???

Let's see.  Started in 2009 as a Block of the Month........

Now it's 2020 - that's 11 years.

This is very close to becoming a Block of the YEAR.

ugh, no -  can't let that happen.

Isn't it a lovely pattern ???? It was published by "This & That", by Sherri K Falls, of Minnesota.  I'm not at all sure if it is still available, but I am working hard to finish it, Sherri K. Falls !

Keep quilting,


Sunday, February 16, 2020

Nimble Thimbles

Hello !!!

Last weekend I had the pleasure of visiting the Nimble Thimble Guild in Greenville, SC.  

On Saturday, we had a class, and we talked about how to make small wholecloth quilts using pieces of embroidered bed, bath, or table linens as the top layer of the quilt.

Each member of the class brought some linens - one lady brought her hanky from her First Communion !   

After some discussions about Design Basics, including symmetry/asymmetry, Sunshine and Shadow,  we learned about double batting techniques, and the ladies began to design their pieces.  
By lunchtime, the small  quilts were marked and pinned, and ready to be quilted.  

On Monday night, I returned for a Guild Meeting and a trunk show of my own linen pieces.  My favorite part of the night was that the ladies from the class brought their pieces for Show and Tell, and one was even finished !!

Hooray, Nimble Thimblers - it was so great meeting you !

And, before I sign off, I will share a little kid-sized quilt I just finished that is made from blocks donated by quilters in my online quilt group - it's amazing how well some of these fit together, and I like this cheerful one !


Friday, February 7, 2020

Mysteries and More

One of the best things about having a longarm is that the stack of tops is very slowly getting smaller.  In that stack are several larger quilts that I was just putting off quilting.

This one is finished !!!

I can't remember when I made this top - or who ran the mystery or designed the top !

I apologize, as I do try to credit the designer...  but it's been a while.  I remember it was an online Mystery - beyond that...  it's just a muddle.

I have to say 'thank you' to this top, because I used it as a longarm practice piece - I am working on learning rulers - so this quilt got lots of ditch-work.  Practice, practice.

And now, after a trip through the washing machine, it will go to a charity group that gives quilts to foster kids...  I think a teen boy or girl  would like this quilt.  It seems strong to me.

Now - let's go see what else is in that stack of unquilted tops !!


Saturday, February 1, 2020

The Sound of the Snow

SHHHH - be very quiet, and hear the snow - covering everything with a gentle, soft blanket.

Bit says she is staying under the blanket until this nonsense is over.  She is a California girl, after all !


Saturday, January 18, 2020

Hooray for this Finish !!!!

After seeing this photo on the internet, I wanted to make just the center section, so I got some graph paper and started coloring - it was really fun... It was 2011.  

I chose some 5/8 inch hexies, and started sewing...……..  scroll down to see it grow and grow.

and now it is 2020, and it is finished............ Gee, that did not take long at all !!!!


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