Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Quilt-cam on Facebook Live 10/25/2016

Gail in Virginia sent this photo of herself doing some relaxing hand quilting while she has our first Facebook Live session of Quilt-Cam going right where she can listen and sew along!

It’s still a learning process, but it will get better as we make adjustments along the way.  I know Facebook is not going to work for everyone.  But if the ration is something like 9 out of 10? We have to choose it.

In fact when I announced the reminder today, I would save half of the responses both on the blog AND on Facebook were “Sorry, we are watching the Cubs tonight, I’ll catch you in the archives!”

Which is PERFECT, and just what archives are for.  So if many folks aren’t catching it live on the blog and are going to watch it in the archives anyway, what does it matter that those same folks miss it in Facebook and catch it in the archives when they can?

I tell you, all of this new “LEARNING STUFF” kept me hopping and I have learned so much just from the last time we did this. 

We definitely are never too old to learn new tricks.

Let the Machines OUT!

I was a quilter on the loose yesterday afternoon!

I had a 4:30 appointment that ended around 5pm.  Rush hour was in full force.  So I made a detour.  It was only 3 miles off course, and they were open until 6pm.

I can do A LOT of poking around in a little under an hour if you turn me loose in an antique mall.  The Post office was closed by this time, I’d done all I could do for the day so in I went.

Now, when time is limited, I can make a quick overview of the area and determine in rapid fashion which booths are worth rummaging around in.

ANYTHING that looks like an end table or desk is suspect!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Time to Do the Quilty Box Draw!

It’s time, it’s time!

And someone is going to be very happy to find that they are the recipient of the October Quilty Box Gift Away!

This month was full of such yumminess, and who ever it is will be able to dig right in and start sewing since those hexies are pre-cut! 

What is a Quilty Box ?
  • Quilty Box is a monthlysubscription box of fun quilting supplies. We offer plans from $44-48/mo.
  • 5% of the profits of multi-month subscriptions are donated to Quilts for Kids - a non-profit which donates quilts for children in need
  • Each month we have 4 or more products (Fabric, patterns, thread, or notions)
  • Our retail value of the products in the box is always more than $50
  • We will be using the hashtags #QuiltyBox and #GetQuilty

A Blue Ridge Parkway Sunday…

“Autumn days.  Lying on a bed of leaves, watching clouds up through the trees…..”  Lyrics from a favorite Barry Manilow song I loved to sing as a teen.

I love autumn!  the change of the colors, the longer nights, the later sunrises, the smell and sound of leaves underfoot.

And I got a big dose of it this weekend!

It all started with a Sadie walk yesterday…sweet girl was in her element! 

She was so happy to be up here she was nearly PRANCING through the woods as we took our morning walk.

Take a look:

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Pumpkins on the Mountain!

And there was FINALLY some macbine time around here!

Those pumpkins with the black background?

It was time to turn them into something and I had an idea of what I wanted to do, and I set in to playing.

I don’t often have a full project worked out in front of me like a map to go by.  Sometimes I just play and think and try and do and see what I can come up with, and work out any kinks along the way.

If I were going to set them the way I wanted to….with bottoms facing towards the center in mirror image, there was going to be a big blank spot down the center of the table runner ---and it needed something.  But what?  And how wide?

Saturday, October 22, 2016

One Weekend in October…

It’s been more than a month since I’ve been up to the mountains, and as soon as I turned off the highway, onto Pumpkin Run (Yes, that is a real road!) it was like removing a tight shoe.  Ahhhhh. Something magical happens when you leave the world behind and drive up a steep mountain road rising higher above the valley with every winding turn.

The stress and the worries of the world are left behind.  Or at least I try to not bring them up here with me as I want this to be a place of rest, restore, and creativity.

That all started with a 3 hour nap!

It was warm and windy yesterday afternoon.  leaves were blowing every which way, and you could tell there was a change coming on the gusty breezes.

I got my autumn decor out, and began preparing for 7 1/2 folks for dinner!  5 from Mona’s crowd, plus baby Carmen, and 2 from mine.  I love it when the dining room table has every chair completely occupied!

It was a burgers with all the fixins’ kind of night, with loads of chatter and catching up as it has been MONTHS since we have been together.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Just Because Shift Happens!

We did it. 

It finally happened.

We are OUT of Essential Triangle Tools until more arrive.

There are only a FEW books left, but more will be arriving via Yellow Freight on a pallet and will be picked up at the Yellow Freight depot on Monday evening.

I’ve gone as far as I can go until more stock arrives.

It’s a great feeling, but also one that left me a bit panicky because there are so many orders that are having to wait for more copies of the Addicted to Scraps book and the Essential Triangle Tool.

I didn’t sleep well last night worrying about all of this!  But when things are out of our hands, what good does unnecessary worrying do?  We are talking quilts here.  It’s a book.  It’s a triangle tool.  It’s not a life or death situation, and yet it just knots me all up that we have blown through more than 2,000 copies of the Addicted to Scraps book, and 1,500 Essential Triangle tools. 

The amount of stuff flying out of here has been a landslide of success and happiness.  And more on on their way, so I thank you for your patience.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

October Quilty Box Give-Away!


I’ve got a Quilty Box full of Goodness for one lucky blog reader and it could be you!

This month’s box is all about things you can do with large hexagon pre-cuts!

What is a Quilty Box ?
  • Quilty Box is a monthly subscription box of fun quilting supplies. We offer plans from $44-48/mo.
  • 5% of the profits of multi-month subscriptions are donated to Quilts for Kids - a non-profit which donates quilts for children in need
  • Each month we have 4 or more products (Fabric, patterns, thread, or notions)
  • Our retail value of the products in the box is always more than $50
  • We will be using the hashtags #QuiltyBox and #GetQuilty
Your support is appreciated. If you have any questions or comments don't hesitate to contact me.
Get Quilty!
Patrick Claytor, CEO
Quilty Box
Subscribe today at Quiltybox.com I LOVE the fact that 5% of the profits go to Quilts for Kids!  It’s a win win all the way around!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Another Day in Quiltville!

And guess who had control of the remote last night?  On TUESDAY!?

It turns out that I ended up Home Alone for a while due to tennis.  BONUS!

It used to be that on tennis nights I’d allow myself to putter longer in the studio downstairs, cutting, pressing, sewing at the machine.  But I stuck to my “handwork only after dinner” goal, threw on my target sewing PJs [a girl has got to do what she has got to do to be in the mood!] and settled in to finish the last episode in the last season of Call the Midwife on Netflix.

I so love this show!  I love how they tackle the “changing of the times” issues of where they are in the series now, 1961, and it gives me a clue into what things were like just the year before I was born.

The hair styles!  The clothes.  Those marvelous cats eye glasses!

In this season we dealt with doctors and nurses that smoked like chimneys only for the warnings to “FINALLY” come out that smoking indeed causes cancer.  Before this period in time we just did not know.  In fact, in my early years I remember BOTH sets of grandparents smoking like wildfire, and my parents too.  It was the cool thing to do and the ads even said it was "healthy" before this period in time.  We HAVE come a long way, baby.

When I think of all the things that were discovered just during my life time…that previously we “just did not know” I am blown away.

I did some searching to learn more about thalidomide, and how it was prescribed in Europe and in Asia during this time period because it was brought up in season 5 of Call the Midwife.  And I found this clip I hadn’t seen before: