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Monday, September 01, 2014

Happy Labor Day 2014!

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Happy Labor Day!

the OFFICIAL start of QUILTIN SEASON! HA!

And there has been loads of piecing going on this week…lots I couldn’t show you as it is mystery related, but I am so tickled with how everything is coming together.

The way I work though – I never decide on things too soon, they kind of evolve, and I’ve already had to make one change  -- switching THIS color for THAT color in a certain area that makes things flow better so I am at a standstill with as far as I can go until I can get home and get into the stash. 

Sunday, August 31, 2014

A Night at Cody Creek!

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Out in the middle of mostly nowhere Dobson, NC is a very unique place called  Cody Creek.

It’s more than a restaurant – it’s a whole getaway! 

There are cabins to rent, a covered bridge, a little church that also straddles the creek with the creek burbling underneath.

It’s a place for family reunions, for weddings, for other events, but the biggest draw of all is the restaurant.  Be prepared to wait a LONG TIME to get in – the place is huge, but so is the clientele waiting to be seated!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Decisions, Decisions!

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I finished what I thought were the last two Carolina Chain blocks…only to find that I had TWO too many.

I must have miscounted somewhere.

That’s okay, I don’t mind….this allows me to switch out the least compatible blocks….maybe something is too blendy and disappears, or I have too much repeat of one color or one fabric.

Having extras is a good thing.

I know I’m late writing this this morning – it’s a holiday weekend and I’m on holiday hours, which means that I slept in, took Sadie for a hike, took a shower, enjoyed a big holiday breakfast, sewed a couple blocks, laid them out, took photos..and here I am.  And it’s only 10:00am so I’m not THAT far behind on my day!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Get Some Nature!

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Every once in a while you have to STOP treadling and go for a 4-wheeler ride!

But do it AFTER 6pm when it is a bit cooler on those dusty dirt roads.

The areas around our waterfall and pond have been under construction – new landscaping, putting in benches, Adirondack chairs, foliage and pathways.  It’s beautiful!

I haven’t seen it since they began the make over, and we didn’t get to it earlier in the week when Tonya was here, so it was time.

We headed over to pick up Rick and Mona in their side by side, and away we went up the road.

The photo you see here is our pond….they’ve also added gazebos and garden areas at the far side of the lake…BEAUTIFUL spot to sit…but bad for bugs.  Even with spraying my ankles are suffering!

Back to the Chain Gang!

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Yesterday’s No-Sew day left me not much to post about this morning, but that’s okay with me!

For those who are more interested in where I go and what I do while on the road, don’t worry – I fly out again on Wednesday, spending a few days with the quilters in Bloomington, IL!

September is going to be a crazy travel month and that is why I am so happy to have had as much cabin time as I have in August.

I'll go from Illinois to home to Ketchikan, AK directly to Buffalo, NY on a red eye flight then home and on to Davison, MI to Sault Ste Marie, MI and home again!  There won't be cabin time in September at all by the looks of it.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

A No Sew Day?!

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This is the town of North Wilkesboro, NC.

It’s about a 30 minute drive from the cabin to downtown North Wilkesboro, and since I had Mona as my co-pilot, I took to her navigating and I saw some things in the area that I did not  even KNOW where here before.

Including a great thrift shop that benefits the Children’s Home, and the prices were AWESOME. 

No, I didn’t buy any shirts, but if I were still in the collecting, this would be a great place. 

I think shirts were $3.00, and they also have sales.

But what’s better is that 100% off the proceeds go to support the Children’s Home, so I know where I will be donating when it is time to unload my closet.  Goodwill is a corporation.  They have their good points, including providing employment and training, but their prices have gone outrageous lately.  I’d much rather donate to a place where the proceeds stay right here within the community, helping fund the Children’s Home.

Leader & Ender Lozenge Challenge Update!

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There is a lot of Leader & Ender Lozenge-ing happening in between the seams at Quilt Villa!

It occurred to me that we haven’t had an update for a while…how are yours coming?

I know several fell so head over heels with this project that they dove right in and finished it within weeks.

((That is NOT a Leader & Ender project at that point, so I hope they had something ELSE they were using on the side!))

You will find all the details of the Leader & Ender Lozenges challenge under the Free Patterns tab at the top of the blog.  Just scroll down to L!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Wednesday on the Porch!

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I had very busy legs today as you can see!

I pulled the treadle out onto the front porch, and Sadie and I spent about 8 hours just loving the beautiful day. 

Did it get warm?

Yes, but the porch is shaded, and the ceiling fans add a nice breeze.  Our humidity is way down today, so it was very pleasant.

Having all the blocks cut out meant that I could just sit and sew to my heart’s ((And feet’s!)) content!

What a perfect August day.  Balm for my soul!

Quilt Show, the BOARD GAME!! GIVE-AWAY!

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If you want a really FUN game for your retreat or small group gathering….you have GOT to pick up  QUILT SHOW, a board game by the wonderful Judy Martin and her hubby Steve Bennett!

When they sent me a sample game to try, I knew that bringing it up here for my cabin time with friends would be the perfect time to try it out.

You can have 2 to 4 players, and the game can last anywhere from about 35 minutes to an hour depending on how you play and how many players there are.