Monday, July 06, 2015

Dear, Oh Deer!

Before we went to Alaska we splurged on a new camera.

I can’t even tell you what model it is right now, because it is currently living up at the cabin for photos like THIS…

This mama deer came into the yard around 11am this morning, broad daylight, easy as you please as if she owned the place.

In a way, I guess the deer DO own the mountain.

We just moved in and put up plot lines and built houses and put in roads and called it our own.

But the deer own Buck Mountain.

We are thrilled with this camera and its abilities.  This was taken THROUGH the window screen.  Can you tell?

The camera has the ability to break apart certain elements and focus on others and we have never been able to get such wonderful shots.

A Heading Home Kind of Monday --


I am in love with the color Fuscia!  Growing up, we always called it “hot pink”  and these flowers in the garden center at Wal-Mart yesterday just drew me in…SO pretty.

And they were HUGE!

I hadn’t been off mountain since Wednesday when I arrived, and there were some definite things on the “must get” list for the cabin, so it was time for a drive down to Wilkesboro to restock.

I also did quite a bit of cleaning up of my sewing area after my whirlwind of finishing my Twirl Around top, and also making and completing ALL of the blocks for my 6 Addicted to Scraps column blocks that will be appearing in 2016 issues of Quiltmaker Magazine.

All of the blocks for my column are submitted all at one time – in August, and this time I’m bringing them with me when I go do my tapings for my 6 online workshops.

The amount of “I’m sewing like a crazy woman but can’t show you anything!” around here has been staggering!  But you are going to love next year’s columns!

I can show you this:

Sunday, July 05, 2015

A Slow & Easy Fourth --

I love how the clouds hang low, filling the cracks, crags and crevices after a drenching summer rain.

I took this photo yesterday morning while Sadie and I did our morning walk ---I love this ritual!

Some parts of the walk are down hill – or at least somewhat level.

Others?  Up and up and up and up – brutal! 

But you have to go to the top if you are going to enjoy the view!

It’s hard to believe that a year has passed since we had family from Texas up here to enjoy the 4th of July with us.

This year, once Jason left, has been exceptionally quiet –friends Rick and Mona are up in Ohio visiting family over the 4th, so there just was not a lot of patriotic hoopla happening here at Quilt Villa!

Saturday, July 04, 2015

It’s a Red, White & Blue Day!

early 1900's #quilt. I really like this unusual patchwork pattern.

I’m celebrating today with a handful of vintage red white & blue quilts!

Makers unknown…just scrappy goodness I’ve saved over the years for inspiration.

Is there anything more classic than red white & blue?

I don’t think so…and I feel a red white & blue fix coming on!

This simple 4 patch 9 patch is a wonderful example of what low contrast sashings can do…I love that the sashings are NOT on the sides, but they are on the top and bottom!

Friday, July 03, 2015

On a Drizzly, Foggy Rainy Day ---

If yesterday was the perfect run around, enjoying every bit of nature we could grab day ---
Then today was the “Let’s be lazy because it’s pouring buckets and the mountains are fogged over!” day.

It worked for me.

Yesterday plum wore me out-

And I have to say that I am absolutely LOVING the sound of the rain pouring on the cabin’s new metal roof.

Best choice ever!

And when the sky opens up and presents us with a hosing deluge – all the better.  Oh how I love a good soaking summer rain!

Photo at the top…SO SO SO FUNNY!  The acrobatic strong men fabric is a gifted vintage piece that I’ve enjoyed using here and there ---you can only tell what it is up close..from far away it’s “Just a neutral” –but….oh my!  **giggle**

The project I’m putting together is up to borders stage!  Tomorrow should see it to completion!  I just didn’t feel like tackling borders, and it was close to time to start dinner – so I started doing some of this..

Lessons Learned from Antique Quilts:

My favorite part of the Vermont Quilt Festival –at least for the two times I’ve been –are the antique quilts on display –from the rafters, as well as in groupings.

This is where my heart skips a beat!

This is where I get a glimpse into the lives of others who loved to work with needle and thread and small pieces of fabric.

Without even half of the tools that we have today, they created such beautiful works of art –most often with only these simple items at hand:

Fabric, thread, needles, scissors, hand made templates, pins –and time.  Lots of time.

Thursday, July 02, 2015

A Day for Waterfalls!

The Blue Ridge Mountains are full of hidden wonders only accessed by perseverance on nearly hidden trails.

If you don’t look closely, you just might miss that trail head that will take you to some of the most wondrous natural sites on our planet.


I have a fascination for them….

And I think my eldest son Jason has inherited his love of waterfalls from me --

We went out on the four wheelers today in search of the best that Buck Mountain has to offer.

The goal? To go UP to the top for the view DOWN – because I’ve never been to the top before!

Seeing Spots!

Things I love about cabin life…BABY DEER!

We all squealed this morning when going through the photos of our wildlife cam that is mounted on a tree in front of the cabin.

We’ve got a few does that like to wander through the yard at different times of the day, but it’s usually just before daylight, or just past dark, and therefor the photos are usually in the realm of black/white and very much in the shadows.

If you can tell by the date on this one…it was just a few days ago at 8:28 am!

Mama nudging baby!

This is the next frame:

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

It’s All About the Slaw!

Hello from Quilt Villa!

Sadie and I made the journey this morning and have been settling in and enjoying the cooler temps the mountain provides.

You can tell the humidity is high.

the mountains are hazed over, a ghost of themselves.  It’s been about a month since I’ve been up here ---can’t believe it’s been that long, and things are green and lush and summer is fully upon us.

I am turning my attention toward family and a long holiday weekend.  Is there anything better?

Something happens to me the moment I unpack the groceries.  I want to cook!  I want to provide yummy food for my family.  This doesn’t often happen at home, where work is ever-present and schedules have us all going in opposite directions making a “together” meal time a rare occasion.

But up here?  FOOD HAPPENS!

Today I felt like making a big batch of cole slaw so I thought I’d share my favorite recipe with you.