Saturday, June 25, 2016

A Visit to Swan House!

There is a beautiful manor house near downtown Atlanta, straight out of a fairy tale.

Or maybe the Great Gatsby!

We had some time yesterday afternoon after the morning guild meeting with the East Cobb Quilters was over, and lunch had been consumed.

I had been given several options of things I might be interested in doing, but of all of the available choices, the one that hit me the most was to visit the historic Inman estate, named Swan House for the many swan motifs found in the house and on the property.

Loving history and especially historic homes the way that I do I jumped at the chance.

It was a beautiful day, yes hotter than hot, but not as humid as it could be by July/August and we could be INSIDE!

Friday, June 24, 2016

Blue Ridge Beauty, East Cobb Style!

Hello from just NEXT to Atlanta, where the East Cobb Quilters gather in Marietta, Georgia to partake and participate in ALL THINGS QUILTY!

I had been here many years ago.  Maybe 2008 or 2009 when Scraps & Shirttails first came out? 

Whenever it was, it was a long time ago, and I’m happy to see some familiar faces and catch up on what has been going on in the years in between then and now.

This group has GROWN!  And there are new faces as well, and incredible talent and ability abound.

We got our day started with many simple basics, but it was so great to see that many little hints helps and tricks were being grasped by everyone and given a try.

We like things BETTER.  EASIER. And we like it when we stop doing things the way we have always done them, re-think the process and give it a go at a different angle.

As the instructor, I LOVE seeing the light bulb moment happen behind the student’s eyes.  “Oh, THAT’S why my units are always just a little bit short!”  “Wow, that is so cool! I could never figure that out before…”

Thursday, June 23, 2016

The Road to Hotlanta!

If Georgia is known for it’s Georgia Peaches, they would be cooking on the pavement if given the chance.

The car thermometer reached a scorching 98 degrees on my drive from Wallburg, NC to Atlanta GA yesterday.

Yes, yes, yes…I know it is hotter in Vegas.  It’s hotter in Phoenix.  I’ve got family and friends there…but Honey Child, this is the SOUTH.

This kind of heat leaves me feeling like I'm walking into the world’s largest dishwasher set on STEAM DRY.

Give it up,  it’s bound to be a bad hair day with this humidity, just go with it….and GLISTEN!

I didn’t get out of the house as early has I had planned.  Several orders had come in over night and I wanted to drop them off at the post office on the way out of town.

One thing lead to another and before I knew it I was 90 minutes behind schedule.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

A Couple of Crazy Daisies!

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Irene and I grabbed the last bit of my time in Kentucky and headed to the Crazy Daisy antique mall in Louisville, close to the airport.

Why not?  We had time to spare, and anything I might want to purchase that couldn’t fly with me could easily ride down to Tennessee in her car when she comes to see me in a couple of weeks.

We were women on a mission! Looking for machines, sewing items, vintage glassware, and of course QUILTS!

And so much more fun if we tried on hats, laughed at ridiculous things like the stand up fat jiggling belt machine!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

In a Packing Frenzy!

It hit me yesterday as I was coming out of my massage fog that not only am I packing today for my trip to Georgia and Tennessee, winding up at the cabin for 4th of July –but also leaving on the 7th of July for Seattle and our Quiltville Alaska Cruise with Craftours!

It’s coming up so quickly

Must remember passport.  Must remember workshop stuff for the cruise for THAT suitcase.  Must remember cruise quilt!

My mom and my two crazy aunts are going to be on this cruise, and I can’t wait to be making some memories with them as well.  It’s going to be EPIC.

My friend Irene is joining me in Tennessee for the workshop there, and will be coming with me to the cabin for the 4th of July..and fly out of Greensboro with me to Seattle for the cruise.

All of this stuff has to be done TODAY!

Holy cow.

Monday, June 20, 2016

It’s That Quilty Box Time!

Hello from North Carolina on a very beautiful June evening – the first day of Summer!

This is that Solstice thing!  I know I love it when the light stays longer…but OH NO!!  This means from here on out, it’s going to get less and less, and that makes me sad.  Still, I love my summer nights…and the summer mornings for early walks, and birds and flowers.

Remember when summer seemed to last forever when we were kids?

So I’m here to draw for the June Quilty-Box!

It’s such a great one, and I know someone is going to be extra happy to be drawn as winner.

2024 entries!!  Whooopie!

Show a Little, Share a Lot!

I love seeing the show & share and it is always a surprise to those who have not been in my workshops before!

“I didn’t know to bring anything!” is the response.

And that’s okay.  Because if all 30 to 50 students brought something, or more than one something for our after lunch break show & share – it wouldn’t be quick!  We’d never get back to our workshop projects!

Show & Share time in class is supposed to be short and sweet, just like dessert –and still give us a chance to know who YOU are, see the things that YOU have made, and get our juices flowing so we are ready to head back to the machines and get piecing!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Father’s Day, 2016!

This is going to be a very short post, as I switch gears and pay attention to my family today after being gone for a week!

I arrived home last evening, landing in Greensboro pretty much on schedule, being met by The Hubster.  We headed right out to celebrate an early Father’s Day dinner as he is leaving for New York on business today, on Father’s Day.

His job keeps him hopping as much as mine, and it just turns out that my little break when we could both be home at the same time is very short this time around.

Come to think of it, I worked Mother's Day as well.  It's just kind of how things roll around here.

I’ve been thinking a lot about the men in my life who are great examples of fatherhood.  My dad holds my heart.  Oh, there were times growing up when all I wanted to do was hole up in my bedroom with a book and have the world leave me alone.  But he would draw me out, include me, make me participate in whatever we were doing, and I am oh, so much better for it.

Someone said, that if a child doesn’t hate you from time to time, you aren’t doing this parenting thing right.  He did it right!

Wishing my dad a very Happy Father's Day! I love that no matter how old I get, he always answers the phone "hello, beautiful daughter!"

Behind every child who believes in his/her self is a parent who believed in them first. Thanks for believing in me, Dad!

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Exploring Split Nine-Patch, Kentucky Style!

This is a shout out loud to Jodi who is celebrating her 50th birthday on some beach somewhere and couldn't be with us at the KHQS Getaway Retreat!

We missed having you here, and hope you have the best birthday ever!

We only turn 50 ONCE so I am glad she is living it up and making some memories on her special day.

Yesterday’s workshop flew by so fast I barely blinked and it was over.

Some folks had to leave right soon after lunch as they had hours to drive across Kentucky to make it home, others were crossing state lines into Ohio and Indiana. 

We were tired, we were exhilariated, we were so happy to have had the opportunity to gather with the Kentucky Heritage Quilters for a fabulous Getaway Retreat.  I know many will be back next fall!