Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Impromptu Retreat for Two!

As I left the post office yesterday morning, I had a brilliant idea.  (It happens rarely, but when it does, watch out world!)

“Call Mona!” I told the familiar voice coming from my car dash board.  And with in a few seconds I got a “Well, Hello there!”
“Guess where I am heading?” I said.
“The cabin?!?”
“Wanna meet me for lunch, and come for a sew day?”


We met in Wilkesboro at a local Chinese place, enjoyed a yummy lunch while talking quilts and cabins and grandkids and sharing photos, and up the mountain we went.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

A Bloomin’ Road Trip!

These trees down the road from my house put on quite the show each year.

Bradford Pears are amongst the first of the bloomers when it comes to spring, and it looks like they have been doing their happy dance the whole time I was away in Texas!

The leaves are starting to push the blossoms off the trees, and they are getting their halo of new green.

Of course blooming trees are MOST magnificent against a blue blue sky and yesterday was overcast – I shot this photo out the car window on my way to the post office.

After dropping off the book orders, I made a beeline (did you notice that bees do NOT go in a straight line?  They take a wandering circuitous route?) toward Raleigh. 

My baby brother Mike was flying in to town, the first of my siblings to come this far east with an opportunity for a visit.  He’s here for work.

His flight got in just before 5, and knowing this, I thought I could get to where he was staying, just under two hours from home, before traffic got really bad at rush hour.

Only……I had to make a stop.  Antique Mall Adventure!

Monday, February 27, 2017

A bit of Texas Show & Share!

3 cheers for Ramona!

She finished her WHOLE Midnight Flight quilt during retreat!

And This should be April Fools Day! LOL!!  No, lovely Ramona came to retreat to work on other things even though she had already finished her beautiful rendition (Isn’t it cool to see them both, one behind the other?  COOL!) And surprised us all during show and share when she unfolded it and held it up to our view.

Midnight Flight can be found in my book MORE Adventures with Leaders & Enders.

This was the most relaxed and leisurely show & share – we had just finished our Tex Mex dinner, our bellies were full, we’d been sewing all day –and there was still evening sewing to come.  Perfect time to take a break and see what everyone had completed since the last time I saw them.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Quiltmaker Bundle! Let’s Draw!

Hey, everyone!

It’s Sunday evening here in the House of Quiltville, and I just pulled myself away from the machine and looked at the clock!

Where did this day go?

Happily playing in my studio, that’s where.

It’s time to draw for this Quiltmaker Bundle –Featuring the Spring 2017 issue of Quilts from 100 blocks just hitting news stands now, and sweetened with the addition of the following:

Midnight Flight, Rockin’ R Style!

If I say RETREAT!!

How many of you instantly think: GOOD EATS!?

We were so spoiled at our retreat at the ROCKIN’ R!

Jill, owner of Minding My Ps & Qs Quilt Shop thought of everything we would need.  She had meals fixed on the premises just for us so we could keep on sewing.

At the end of our Midnight Flight workshop day, we were enticed by yummy smells coming out of the full-service kitchen area, and treated to “build your own” tacos, chips, salad, queso and a big ole bowl of guacamole that I could have just eaten with a spoon, and finished off by licking the bowl!

Good food is a necessity if we are going to keep our strength up so that we can sew into the wee small hours.

And there was dessert too – but I was too stuffed to care!

And the best part?  We didn’t even have to do dishes!

Saturday, February 25, 2017

I'm Minding My Ps & Qs!

I am writing this post a bit ahead.

Last night to be exact!

As this posts extra early this morning, my little red Ford Focus rental car and I are on our way back to Love Field in Dallas for my journey back home to North Carolina.

I am saving ALL of the great photos from retreat for tomorrow when I get home.

It went like this ---- either I could leave the retreat and go back to the hotel and edit down all of the photos and make the slide show and write the blog post and get it ready to go live last evening after class was over ---- OR:

I could stay and play and sew and laugh and eat and connect and JUST BE A QUILTER.

I chose to stay and play!

So instead, I want to share with you a bit of the powers that be behind this week’s events in Texas.  Jill Baxter and Minding My Ps & Qs Quilt shop in Denton.

Friday, February 24, 2017

The Road to Rockin’ R!

There is no way to avoid traffic in the Dallas/Fort Worth area commonly known and aptly named as The Metro-Plex.  This is downtown Fort Worth as we rolled on by at a crawl.  Like a snail.

It’s just a CLUSTER of traffic at all times of the day,

It is a continual struggle through merging lanes due to copious amounts of ongoing, oh, ALWAYS ongoing construction.

And it is no wonder in this land of big big sky and bigger population that they call these massive over-under pass systems “MIX MASTERS!”

I was ever so glad that Irene was driving yesterday as as made our crawl south on I-35 toward Waco and then beyond to Temple for our retreat at Rockin’ R Retreats, hosted by Jill Baxter, owner of Minding My Ps & Qs Quilt Shop in Denton.

Our only job was to get there.  By dinner time.  And it nearly took that long!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Split Nine Patch in Denton, TX!

This is a new one for the books!

I taught a class in a converted ROLLER RINK!!

And yes, the floors were gorgeous with that old wood.  The rink is now a place for gatherings, receptions, community events, and yes, QUILT WORKSHOPS!

We had 47 stitchers in attendance, and the space was ample, and the lighting was great.  (And yes, the disco ball still hangs from the ceiling!) 

We sewed our brains out amidst laughter and chatter and all things quilty.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Finally in Denton!

You know that whole saying of “Red Sky in the Morning, Sailors Take Warning??!”

Well, this should have been the warning for my day as well.

Not as a weather thing – the weather was fine, but anything and everything else that could hiccup did.  And one hiccup lead to another and on and on…

We boarded in Greensboro.  After sitting on the plane for an hour we UN-boarded in Greensboro due to something malfunctioning with the rudder.  NOT GOOD, but they assured us they could fix it.

Meanwhile –we ALL missed our connections and there was little we could do about it.

The flight now connecting through Atlanta would get me to Dallas at 3pm instead of noon.  That’s okay.  There is still time, and I found a place to sit during my layover and stitch a bit.

We boarded the flight in Atlanta, to pull out onto the tarmac…..and sit there another hour.

There is a problem with a light.  And the announcement comes that there is no way to fix it out on the tarmac, we are going back to gate.

And we sit.  And we wait.