Wednesday, January 28, 2015

A Travel Day to Boone!

This is the statue of “The Mountaineer” at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC –the destination for our travel day out!

I had a plan to show the girls some gorgeous views, share some southern cooking for lunch, and experience this bit of Western North Carolina High Country I love to call my second home.

As you can tell from the photo there is still ice and a skiff of snow on the ground.

It’s about 35 degrees, but the sky is bright blue and that sun makes all the difference!

We originally wanted our photo with the Daniel Boone statue, but the mountaineer man made a much better photo op:

Randy, Lori, Me, and Mona!

Being chased by some wild mountain man!

The cutest thing ever were the ducks on the frozen duck pond.  We parked the car and got out, and I guess they thought we had snacks for them ----

So funny!

It didn’t take long for them to figure out that we were not going to pony up with the bread crumbs, so they turned right around and went back to their warm sunny spot!


Today’s Parkway view!


Vastly Amazing!


Mona took this shot!


Lori taking a picture of Mona at a cabin off the parkway.

While the cabin was fun, we really came to hike down to cascade falls.


On the stone stairs down to the lower falls!


Down the Falls!


Look at that ice!

I made a video!

It was a really great way to spend this  bright and sunny cold afternoon.  We were the ONLY folks on the parkway.  The ONLY ones crazy enough to be hiking this trail down to the waterfall with temps just above freezing.  We passed a security vehicle on the way back to the highway –other than that, we owned the whole place, ourselves!

Time is winding down so quickly.

Randy flies home tomorrow afternoon out of Charlotte, so we’ll be making a morning pilgrimage down to Mary Jos and some other places in the morning..dropping her off at the airport after lunch.

Lori flies out on Saturday morning early early early, so she is back here with me after dropping off Randy tomorrow afternoon, and Friday afternoon I’ll be driving HER back down to Charlotte where she will stay at an airport hotel and shuttle herself to the airport for her 7:20am flight out.


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The Way We Sew!

It’s always fun to  sew with other folks and see how they do things.

No one way is better than another way – we just do things differently, and you can see so much of a person’s personality come through in how they choose to put the pieces together.

From the fabrics chosen, to the quilt design in mind, to how units are assembled, and even pressed ((I press first cut apart second, not so for others..it’s a personal preference)) to how many of each unit to make before moving on to the next step – we are all so DIFFERENT!  And it is such a wonderful way to work.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Day Three with Four!

It may have only been 35 degrees out this afternoon, but we bundled up and went for a hike in search of some long range views and photo ops!

We stopped at our friend Steve’s house –He’s about a mile up the road from us, at a place on the mountain where a moderate hike up the road begins to turn really steep.  Early on after moving here I designated Steve’s driveway as “Turn Around” point ---and for months I was walking up to his place and turning around at the end of his driveway before I ever knew who he was!

He’s become a good friend and we are always happy to see him and his dog Zeke also out for their morning walkabout.

This afternoon we noticed Steve home and asked if we could get some photos off of his back deck – he has amazing views!

Down to the Falls!

The rain cleared up yesterday, leaving us with some cold and crisp sunshine!

After you’ve been sewing for hours and hours, it’s a good idea to clear out the bobbin lint that had accumulated in our brains, shake off the remants of dog ears and thread tails and head outside for some fresh air.

Our Buck Mountain waterfall is one of my favorite places on the planet.

I don’t know if you remember – that is if you’ve been reading me for a couple of years –that we had a major flooding happen during a month of continual rain in the summer of 2013, and the waterfall ran rampant, the creek it feeds into flooding and washing out the road.  They had to do a major build up of the area to fix the road, prevent future issues like this, and reclaim our space around the waterfall because it had all washed away.

It’s now BETTER than ever!  There are Adirondack chairs for sitting and enjoying and contemplation.  There are a couple of picnic tables, and walking paths.  On the other side of the falls are more chairs for viewing, and a hiking trail that goes up to the top.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Utterly and Completely Addicted to Scraps!

Hooray for the scraps, the bonus triangles, the pre-cut squares!

They are making the sewing of my Twirl Around blocks from my Addicted to Scraps colum in the March/April 2015 issue of Quiltmaker Magaazine so simple!

I’m working on some quilts made using the blocks from the Addicted to Scraps series, and this one was just released in the latest Quiltmaker issue.

Have you seen it?

If you’ve got it you can sew right along with me!  Each issue also includes an optional layout, or you can go your own way as to what you want to do with these little gems.

Feel free to change the colors, the style of the fabrics, and make it your own!

While Bonnie Waited: Antiquing in Charlotte!

This was the view as I drove into Charlotte on Saturday around 11am.

I had HOURS to kill until it was time for me to meet up with both Randy and Lori, each with separate arrival times.

What is a girl to do when killing several hours in Charlotte?


Well, of course, antiquing – but on a sunny day like this after days of rain and road dirt and grime?  Shamu got a car wash!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Quilt Villa’s Table For Four!

Girls being silly!

This is what it’s all about, isn’t it?

The last time we were all together was this past June when I was up in Central Oregon visiting Randy before heading to Portland to teach. 

And now seven months later we carry on where we left off!

Sitting around the table talking we figure that we  have known each other close to 20 years now. 

Where does the time go?

It went to raising kids, all of the joys, many of the upheavals, all of them held together with needle and thread and fabric.

And here we are now, mothers of grown children who have made their way as adults.

Life long friendships are so priceless!

Some Etowah Valley Show & Share!

Shhhh!  The girls are still sleeping!

I first met up with Randy, and we ran errands – picking up groceries and grabbing a chai tea latte at Panera before heading over to pick up Lori’s when her flight came in.

I had them BOTH in my newly washed Shamu by 7pm and we were OFF!

We drove part way, and stopped for Mexican food with lots of chatter, laughter and all manner of catching up before we hit the road again, finally arriving at Quilt Villa by 10pm.

They are still tucked in, sleeping and adjusting to Eastern time zones so I thought I’d post the show & share quilts from Friday’s class to give them a bit more sleep.

I’m tempted to fire up the sewing machine and getting humming – but I think I can wait a bit longer!

I just stepped out onto the front porch, and this is our mountain view this morning.  Wispy low clouds with a touch of pink.

Today should be our best weather day, so we’ll have to make the most of it!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Galaxy-Gram! While Bonnie Waits in Charlotte!

It was fairly rainy, drizzly and cold when I left Columbia, South Carolina for Charlotte, North Carolina this morning.