Sunday, December 1, 2019

I Think I'll Keep It !

I tried using rulers on my new long arm machine this week !!!

And it worked...……… I didn't do anything fancy, just a little stitch in the ditch , but it's fun...

This little donation quilt is now all completed.  It is part of a Fat Quarter Challenge, and will go to Quilts Beyond Borders.  

So - I think I will keep the long arm machine !!!


Sunday, November 24, 2019

Donation Quilting

Hello everybody -

As life begins to return to something close to normal for our family after the gigantic move from San Francisco to North Carolina, I have been opening bins of fabric and unfinished projects.  With the holidays approaching, it was a good time to complete some donation quilts.  Here are some samples:
The ever-growing stack of crumb blocks turned into this strong top.  DH says it qualifies for use by a boy !!!

This one comes from orphan blocks with a bit of red sashing.  Any time I have any leftover block, I size it up to 12.5 inches and put it in the orphan pile, so I have lots of variety to choose from !

this is just a top, but I just fell in love with it.  This is for a Challenge for Quilts Beyond Borders.

and last but not at all least, some simple half-square triangles, all ready to go hug a child somewhere.  I just love the simplicity of traditional quilts !

Meanwhile, I am busy planning for my exhibition at the Birmingham Festival of Quilts next summer, and I decided it was time I had a real web page, in addition to a blog...…  Now THAT can eat up all your spare time !!!!  Soon, soon.

Hope you are enjoying planning for the holiday.  DH and I will keep it simple - a dinner with some friends, and some relaxing time at home.  No big travel for us this year.  We will snuggle up in front of the fire, I will quilt, and he will work on his stamp collection - sounds like heaven to me !


Tuesday, November 19, 2019

A Treadle

We have a new machine at my house...……. well, not really new.

But new to us.  I have been waiting to put it in front of the bay window, and now it is in.

Yes, it has a machine, dated 1906, and is in working order after I get the belt repaired, I think.  One day I will open her up and let the machine come out to play.

For the moment, though, Kitty Mystic is enjoying it far too much, as it gives him a view of the pond, the birds, and all the squirrels !  

Kate, aka Kathleen

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Blizzard !!!!

WOW - look who visited my yard this morning !!!

yep, it's a white squirrel.  He's not an albino - you can see the eyes are not pink, and he has some gray color on his head, ears, and back.

Here's a better face shot:

And look how beautiful he is in the sun !!!

We've seen him four times now, twice eating seeds from our bird feeder, so we have proclaimed him a family member and i call him Blizzard.

There are colonies of white squirrels in various locations in the US, one of the most notable in the town of Brevard, NC, which is near where i live...

Welcome to the family, Blizzard !

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Wow Stuff is Happenin' Round Here !

Greetings - here in the Blue Ridge, it's beginning to feel like Fall.  The leaves are starting to decorate the driveway, and we can see through the trees down to the pond from the front porch.  The hummingbirds have left, so it's surely got to be fall now, right?

I got the most exciting news this week !!!

I've been invited to display my Heritage Linen Quilts in the Birmingham Festival of Quilts next summer !  Oh WOW WOW and WOW...………… I just got the invitation - details are to follow.

It's so much fun to think about taking my pieces to England, having them in one of the Galleries at that huge and wonderful show - and meeting lots of British and International Quilters...  oh goodness this is going to be fantastic !

Well, that's about all the excitement I can put in one post, so I will leave you with a photo of last night's sunset from the porch of my new mountain home.  It was cloudy and there was no sun until the last moments, and then suddenly the sun backlit the mountains and put on a little show of reds and golds...………..

Enjoy all the moments of all the days !!!

Kathleen (aka Kate)

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Porch Time

Is there anything better than a screened porch?  I think not.

Kitty agrees...

And the sunsets are simply not to be missed - so we do not miss them -  

Dinner is on the porch every night...……….  

Things are lovely here in my little corner of the Blue Ridge !


Sunday, September 8, 2019

The Sign Said "Turn Here"

Hi everyone !!

Well, one of the very best parts about living in a new place is discovering new and different things.

Yesterday it was this charming place:

No, it's not a Tiny House version of a Post Office !!!!  It's a vegetable stand. And it's run by this lovely family, whose photo is on the wall ...

So - stop on in...……………  there is special plastic for dump trucks.

Select some vegetables, and there are eggs in a cooler.

Just put the money or a check in the box, and Have a Good Day !

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