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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Hearts Breaking for Canada



I don’t know if you are like I am ---busy busy busy – with no news from the outside world until you happen to check into facebook ---

Someone on our Quiltville’s Open Studio group had posted the lyrics to O, Canada and I wondered what was up!

I scrolled down, was reading all of the “We are so sorry”  “we support you”  “you have our prayers” comments and I got frantic.

Canada is near and dear to my heart.  My ancestry flows from England and Scotland over to Canada and finally down into Minnesota on my dad’s side of the family so I’ve always been consciously aware of what is going on across that border.

A Bit of Quilty Overload!

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You guys DID catch the photo of this purple beauty with matching troll mascot in my photos from last week, didn’t you?

You didn’t??  Well here it is….in all of her grape glory!

She was a special gift to our quilter from her dear friend ---I tell you what, if someone gave ME a purple 301 I’d love her forever! HA!

Yes, we are still in show & share land as far as our San Diego adventure went.

Are you ready for another installment?

Photos upon photos of gorgeous quilts and I have to thank everyone for packing them and bringing them along…I know for a fact just how heavy quilts are, I travel with 100 lbs all the time!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Quilt-Cam 10/21/2014

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Karen sent this photo taken during an early Quilt-Cam evening  with the following caption:

I found the perfect phone stand to watch Quiltcam while sewing along!!
From Karen in Nixa, Mo :)
Hahaha! I love it!  And how your phone matches the machine…good planning there, too, Karen!

Tablets, Iphones, laptops and desktops ---big screen TVs, however you view it…it’s time for Quilt-Cam!

Can you believe it’s been 3 weeks since the last time we were here to sew together?  I don’t know where the time went --- but I’m glad to have the chance to sit down, put some stitches in, put everything else on hold while we enjoy some time this evening.

More San Diego Show & Share!

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And the scrap quilts go on and on and on!

But I just wanted to look at these ocean photos one more time.

See that wave just crashing?  Can you hear the roar?

And that sun as it sinks lower and lower until it is beyond the horizon.

They say there is supposed to be a green flash – I thought it was just my eyes playing tricks on me after staring at the thing for so long….what an awesome evening!

This was on the beach at Del Mar, and if you have a chance to go eat at Poseidon, you won’t be disappointed. 

I had pistachio encrusted salmon over garlic mashed potatoes with seared spinach or something….oh my word.  It was so good!

The following photos were shown at show and share during our Virginia Bound workshop day!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Rotary Cutting and Specialty Rulers!

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So, you’ve got a new book!

Or the latest issue of your favorite quilting magazine has just hit your mailbox and you are dying to dig in!

But the rotary cutting math in print is not showing up to be so Scrap User’s System friendly ---

It’s REGULAR STANDARD ROTARY CUTTING..and you just don’t want to do it!

You want to put all those nifty tricks you’ve learned while watching us create here in Quiltville.  You haven’t used the Easy Angle for half square triangles in a while, and heaven knows WHERE your Companion Angle ruler is!

I’m sure you know by now that these are my favorite MUST HAVE tools for traditional patchwork shapes, and I am never without them.

What you see here are some cutting directions I printed out for a block I am working on in EQ ---

EQ won’t print for specialty rulers so there are a few things I keep in mind so that I know what to cut when I need to cut it.

It’s all in the shape!

Early Morning, Down the Mountain




This was the morning sky at 7am as we were making our way home from the cabin.

Not too many people out on the road at this hour, but as we got closer to Winston Salem, driving traffic had picked up and red tail lights followed red tail lights and I knew ---It is a Monday and the masses are on their way to work.

I guess that means me too – after so many days gone!

The van is unloaded and I was greeted by both cats, Chloe who lives outside, and Emmy who lives inside –both demanding attention.  Or food.  Or both.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Just One More Night, Please!


So, the Hubster decides that we should stay at the cabin an extra night, and just leave for home early in the morning instead.

Hooray! I'm all for that!

I stitched these Bear Paw quarters while avoiding football today There really are days where I wish I could make myself like sports, but I honestly can't no matter how hard I try. I hide at the sewing machine.

I’m not sure what I’m going to do with these little blocks yet, but I needed a new travel project, and I always try to have a crumb or paper piecing project going to use up the little bits and pieces left over from other projects.

Some Poway Showing & Sharing!

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We had some great lunch time and guild time Show & Share while I was in California!

The word is out – bring your quilts and we’ll do an impromptu reveal at the end of our lunch break.  It helps everyone get to know everyone else, especially with visitors from other areas and gets us back excited to be stitching again after filling our bellies!  If I am coming to your area, bring your show & share!

This is Karen’s Hidden Spools!  All from her 2.5” pre-cut strips!  Hidden Spools is a pattern from the Free Patterns tab at the top of the blog, and is great for beginners, just separating strips into two camps – neutrals and colors!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Barn Quilts, Long Distance Views and Autumn Hikes!

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This afternoon was a planned adventure to take a ride out on the Blue Ridge Parkway with some neighbor friends, see some views, hike some trails, see some autumn color, and finish up by having a bite to eat out not far off the parkway at a little local joint that is reported to have really good eats. 

We were not disappointed!

I love it when non-quilters all of a sudden find themselves entranced with barn quilt blocks and wanting to know more about them…

“What is that pattern name?”

“Why is it called that?”

“How many different quilt blocks are there?”

We had a good time driving around – this one I am guessing on.  Can you help me out?  I think it’s Corn & Beans or a variation, but I’m not all fired sure!