Piecing and Quilting at Lake Gaston

23 04 2017

Last week I visited my friend, Judy, in the Lake Gaston area of southern Virginia. We are participating in a block exchange with eleven other ladies who each promised to make 540 “Flying Geese” blocks, finishing at 2″ x 4,” by February 2018.

This is my first time using the Bloc Loc “Flying Geese” square up ruler. I love it; my blocks measure a perfect 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2.” Click here to read Rita Hodges’ (of Red Pepper Quilts) rave review of Bloc Loc rulers. Click here to see the Eleanor Burns’ method of making “Flying Geese.” Eleanor also makes a square up ruler which some of the exchange participants are using for “perfect” blocks.

Besides working on our “Flying Geese” blocks, chatting, and looking at quilt magazines, Judy and I hosted a longarm machine quilting workshop for her local longarm group on Monday. Judy invited the ladies and prepared lunch; my part was teaching the class. I shared my favorite freehand designs for edge to edge, blocks, and borders. We talked about pantographs as well as longarm quilters who inspire us.

On Wednesday I shared my trunk show, “It’s Not About the Quilts,” with the Lake Gaston Piecemakers. This is a large collection of friendship quilts I have acquired over the 29-plus years of Army travels. Signature quilts, farewell quilts, block exchanges, group blocks of the month, round robins, and group projects have all found their way into my collection. It was a joy to share my quilts and my memories of special quilting friends with the Piecemakers!

New Home

21 04 2017

Several of you have inquired, and I am delighted to say, “Yes, we have moved into our new home!”

I am working on airing my quilts since they have been cooped up in storage boxes for about nine months. 

We love living with a view of our quarry/lake “out in the country,” knowing that “town” is only two miles away. 

We feel blessed to be settling into our retirement home and happy that, Lord willing, we won’t have to move again!

Brittany’s Wedding Signature Quilt

12 04 2017

Look what’s on the design wall!

My young friend, Brittany, and her mom are designing a “Trip Around the World” wedding quilt. The batik fabrics are similar to the colors of her wedding, and guests signed the ecru 4″ squares provided at the reception.

I love Brittany’s eye for color and shading. Although, she is (up to this point) a non-sewer, she is willing to try her hand at sewing the blocks into rows and then sewing the rows together. I foresee spending many happy hours together in my sewing room chatting, pinning, sewing, and pressing.

Tarheel Quilters’ Guild Quilt Fest 2017

7 04 2017

You are cordially invited to the quilt fest sponsored by the Tarheel Quilters’ Guild held in the gym of Methodist University on Ramsey Street in Fayetteville, NC. The quilt show is open until 7 p.m. Friday evening and from 9 to 5 on Saturday.

I am so excited to relate that my quilt, based on block designs from Lori Holt’s “Vintage Farm Girl” book, took second place in the Lap Quilts category. Come to the quilt show and see it in person!

Save the Date!

22 03 2017

Tarheel Quilters Guild is hosting a quilt show on April 7 and 8, 2017. Come one, come all! “Symphony of Quilts” is the theme; the quilts will be displayed in the gymnasium of Methodist University on Ramsey Street in Fayetteville, NC. In addition to viewing beautiful, intricate quilts, you can shop with 15 vendors, buy tickets for our raffle quilt, meet up with quilting friends, and purchase wall quilts in a silent auction.

My quilt, “Vintage Farm Girl,” will be in the show because I finished the binding just in time for turn-in.

#QF17, #Quilt Fest 2017, #Tarheel Quilters Guild

Guest Blogger for McCall’s

17 03 2017

I promised to let you know when I would be blogging about “Travel Plans” on the McCall’s Quilting magazine site. Yesterday was my day, but I was too busy unpacking, cleaning, and visiting with friends to sit down at the computer. Not to worry, you can still travel to the blog and read about my inspiration for the table runner. If you have a minute, leave a comment on the McCall’s blog; the editors want to know which published designs appeal to you.

Click here to travel to McCall’s Quilting blog for March 16, 2017.

Sneak Peek

16 02 2017

Aren’t these batiks gorgeous? I have Benartex to thank; they generously sent the fabric for a quilt I’m making. It will be published sometime this year in a Quiltmaker magazine. And that is all the information I am at liberty to divulge at this time!