Sunday, November 29, 2015

Jan/Feb Quiltmaker! Give-Away!!

Heads Up Notice!  There WILL Be Quilt-Cam from the cabin at 2pm Eastern TODAY!  

Set your alarms and be ready with a project!  This is the first time I am broadcasting from the cabin, and I’m excited to give it a try!

Those folks at Quiltmaker are really on the ball!

I was astonished to find EARLY copies of the Jan/Feb issue in my mail box…and you know what that means?

They always send some extra so I can pass them on to YOU!

I know, I know, I know – you are whining that you don’t even have the Christmas decorations out yet, and here we are pushing January/February of NEXT YEAR?

I used to feel panicky about that too, but when it comes to quilting, we need TIME to make the things we want to make.

You know what I also love?  February means Spring is right around the corner, and while I constantly try to find things about Winter that I love ((and some things I do)) I am not a big fan of cold and dark and miserably icy.  So anything that brings pink and springy into view is good by me!

What will we find in this issue?

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Hiking with Friends!

This is a family photo heavy post!  But be sure you make it to the bottom for a Quilt-Cam announcement and a special sale going on!

The Blue Ridge Mountains are full of places to walk and hike, enjoy beautiful scenery, vast and distant vistas, plummeting waterfalls, and the amazing sounds of nature all while wrapping me in a sense of peace that I have yet to find anywhere else.

With family and friends here for the holiday weekend, we gook advantage of the unbelievably warm temps in the low 60s to load up the van with 6 grown ups and a little brown dog and head out onto the Blue Ridge Parkway for some hiking through this beautiful place, and take time out for what is likely to be the last great picnic of the year.

I am so glad we did!

Our first stop on the park way was to one of our favorite overlooks:

Friday, November 27, 2015

Allietare, Part 1!

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It’s HERE and it’s time!

I want to welcome each of you to our  Quiltville Winter Mystery, Allietare.

If you are new and missed the introduction, you will find all posts relating to Allietare under the Allietare Mystery tab at the top of the blog.

As in previous years, I want to thank you for being a blog reader.  This mystery is for you as a thank you for all of the times you’ve visited, commented and participated here in Quiltville.  We wouldn’t have this wonderful community without each and every one of you.

Starting today we will reveal one clue for our mystery on each Friday, with the exception of the 4th Friday in December which happens to be Christmas Day, December 25th! In the case of this week, we will be pushing that clue to Saturday, Dec 26th, giving us all a bit of breathing space.

Our inspiration? My trip to Tuscany this past May!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Grateful on Buck Mountain!

Sadie says LET’S GO!!

We are so enjoying our time up here.

Friends Irene and Dave arrived on Tuesday night late so yesterday we got to show them our surroundings on Buck Mountain by daylight.

I love it when people see this place for the first time.

I love sharing this part of me with them.

And we have Sadie to lead the way!

I think Sadie enjoys the mountains more than all of us combined.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Like a Rolling Stone!

Things Bonnie does while waiting!

I got a message on my phone that my dad’s flight from Phoenix had been delayed by 1/2 hour.

And there I sat with a van full of groceries and everything I needed for almost-a-week at the cabin.  I was ready to head to the airport when the message came in –

What does a resourceful quilter do when faced with a bonus of time on her hands?

Head to the antique mall that is not too far from the airport exit!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

In Machu Picchu Pueblo

The town of Machu Picchu Pueblo is built in and around the mountains that tower above.

This little place is bustling, of course its main industry is tourism with the ruins of Machhu Picchu close by.

The railroad brings people to and from Macchu Picchu as there are no cars here.

Everything is done on foot, and that includes hauling the luggage of excited travelers who have come to explore the area ---luggage is picked up at the train station and hauled by cart or more often, the ever present Barrow-less wheel barrow contraption:

Monday, November 23, 2015

And Then There Was Some Raleigh Show & Share ---


The Capitol Quilt Guild in Raleigh is a wonderful group with a very huge heart!

Just before my presentation they did a “parade of quilts” around the very large room –so many quilts made and destined to be given to those in need.

These are the quilts just from this past month! 

This happens every month!


All of the agencies and locations that receive these quilts monthly from this fabulous group are truly blessed.

I’ve always thought of quilting as a loving, caring, giving thing and these ladies and gentlemen prove it every month when the donation quilts arrive in droves!

I quickly snuck up on stage when this presentation of the quilts was going on just so I could get a few photos.

I only regret that I couldn’t get a photo of each and every maker and the quilt they had put so much time into!

If you want to know where the heart of the guild is, look to those who are making the donation quilts.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Quiltmaker’s 100 blocks Vol 12!

Another day, another drawing time!

This time we are drawing for TWO lucky winners – one who will receive a copy of 100 blocks by 100 designers, Vol 12 directly from the offices of Quiltmaker Magazine, and a second who will receive a signed copy from me along with a free Strip Lash pattern by Gudrun Erla of GE Designs AND a Kona charm pack in neutral solids!

This must be a popular giveaway because I think we raised the roof on this one – 1353 of you are vying to be winners and the competition is tough!

It’s a good thing that we are not judging this based on entries!

Thank heavens for the lovely little random number generator who pulls the numbers for us!

I hope it doesn’t have a melt down with this one!

A Raleigh Day to Play!

The Big Shebang happened yesterday in Raleigh, NC!

24 quilters, machines fabric, notions, and other needful things filled the classroom to capacity and we sewed the last Saturday before Thanksgiving 2015 away!

When I asked the ladies what they would be doing one week from now, they exclaimed “WORKING ON ALLIETARE!!”

Yes, we are that close!  Clue #1 goes live in FIVE days.  Oh boy!

And while there was much mystery talk and speculation, our energy turned to the project at hand:

Texas Tumbleweed from MORE Adventures with Leaders & Enders!