Have you heard of the Quilters Friendship Force? It is a great opportunity to travel and immerse oneself in the local quilt scene. They came to North Carolina from all over-even England to engage and explore all we have to offer. With a morning spent at QuiltBuilt I gave several demonstrations and joined them for a delicious lunch. Yes, food is always a part of quilting. They all donated a mountain block which was put into a quilt (below) , quilted at Sheridan Carter's Longarm Shop and then given to charity.
Saturday, May 26, 2018
On never knows what will turn up at Tea Time at Beginnings Quilt Shop. Every month I invite quilters for a free session where we "Bring and Brag" about our quilts, stories, questions and a general hash time. Lots of fun and lots of learning while we share our passion. This summer I am taking June and July off, but will resume in August. Do check their web site for times and dates: www.beginningsquiltshop.com
Trish showed a great heartfelt wall hanging as a donation project.
Trish showed a great heartfelt wall hanging as a donation project.
Then Connie gave us an amazing glance as just some of her feed sack quilts. One was prettier than the next. As it turns out she has "over collected" so if you are interested in securing some of her wonderful feed sacks-all washed and pressed, by the way, just email me and I will put you in touch with Connie. email@example.com
Sunday, March 18, 2018
When in doubt, Quilt! Finally finishing up those WIPS waiting for it to warm up outside. You might wonder why the duct tape nearby. While this has been sitting near my machine Rosie has taken to it for her naps. Hence in between stitches I have to duct tape the fur from the top. Glad it works and it will be better off on the wall away from her loving touch. The coffee cup, but the the way, reads, "Sew cloth together patiently and with care and your industry will be rewarded beyond all measure", a gift from family while traveling in Scotland. This also brings to mind our forth coming Nine Quarter Circle Ranch retreat the end of August. www.ninequartercirlce.com Stay tuned to see my project. I am so excited!
It was pedal to the metal as we all set up our machines and work stations in the mountains of NC.
The results were amazing and so gratifying. Some brought finished projects but mostly we started new ones or added onto "still in progress" ones. Look what Kate did with lots of strips, sewn and then cut apart with her Accu Cuter. Fun to watch her demo!
Saturday, January 13, 2018
Good new posts seem to be hindered by "Rosie" who seems to love my keyboard.
Just had to share a few pictures of my Dublin trip last fall. What a joy to visit granddaughter, Georgia, in Dublin. I joined our daughter and family for a lovely tour. Great city and wonderful people. It is very tourist friendly. Of course our first walking excursion was to the Guiness factory.
Friday, September 29, 2017
The Year of The Owl at the Nine Quarter Circle Ranch. MT
"Being Human is Challenging, So Be An Owl"
so many fish and so many rides and fun Happy Hour. In between we managed some good bridge games and even Rummicube.
Thanks to Kim and Kelly with Kameron now on board for this amazing experience.
Come join us next year as Charlotte and I ponder our next project!
A Lap Quilt revisited! Now there is hope for those quilted squares tucked away in closets.
My seamstress friend, Esther, does a great job on putting together blocks for that long awaited competed quilt. Shoot me an email and I will put you in touch with my finishing seamstress.
Another Quilt Block on our Henderson County trail. They just keep getting better and brighter.
We are up to 26 now and very proud to decorate the community with color and graphics.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Montana Here I Come! Our annual Nine Quarter Circle Ranch event is coming the last week of August. Every year a new project usually planned around nature. This is the year of the Owl so we are doing a pieced owl set in a beautiful printed panel. The title "Being Human is Challenging, so be an Owl". Charlotte Warr Andersen is doing an amazing scenic rendition of the Taylor Fork River that runs close to the ranch. www.ninequartercircle.com
Designed by Barbara Webster the pattern is called: "Rising Moon Over Magic Mountains"
This has been the summer of the charity quilts. Here is the Red Wing Blackbird wall hanging made for a fund raiser for the Park at Flat Rock. Glad to know the proceeds will go to further the walking trails. Come walk our park if you have not tried it and search out the block on the Welcome Center now part of the Henderson County Quilt Block Trails.
Another charily quilt. This time made for the Parkway. Son, Paul Bonesteel, at www.bonesteelfilms.com is on the board so I answered the request for a denim quilt for the Denim Ball. I decided to duplicate, kind of, the quilt from Easy Does It Quilts, page 41, since it is one of the 12 quilts that were lost in their home fire. With the contributions from some of my Freedom Escape friends and long arm quilting by Debbie Beaver from Beginnings Quilt shop it was completed.
Friday, February 17, 2017
"Groupies" definition: The opportunity for like minded quilters to congregate with their show and tell, hints and suggestions while engaged in food and liquid refreshment. Oh what fun we have?
At Linda Cantrell's home where she was the chosen host, we get to meet her latest Boston Terrier up for adoption. Sure hope she has found a home since otherwise she lives on her lap. How can one quilt?
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
A Blog 2017 resolution! Blog More! At least I have some fellow PTA members who are current. Do peruse both https://marystori.blogspot.com and www.judysimmonsfiberart.blogspot.com blogs.
Lots of good stuff there!
Now, for a fall update. The Lone Star Ranch quilt was just a top so my goal was to enlarge an enhance the pattern. Now for the quilting. I also finished the paisley teacher sample. More quilting!
That Moda Purebred fabric was so pretty and perfect for the background.
Welcome Winter at QuiltBuilt Yeah, my BERNINA in full power. As a result I finished a half fan motif from Spinning Spools, Volume I-Pioreer Days #4. It was named Wheels but there must be a more exciting name now.
Welcome a new adventure for me. Actually, one of the reasons we moved to this wonderful town was due to the Curb Market. My parents had retired to Tryon years ago and would always take us there, especially in the summertime, to get our veggies and choice crafts. Fast forward, 40 years, and I have my very own booth there. It is called Georgia & Friends so it gives some of my creative friends to also sell their quilts and related items. You will find pillows, wall hangings, purses and quilts. Come and visit every Thursday and Saturday-9 until 2:00 until the growing season when we add on Tuesday too. It is on Church Street in the middle of town.
Yes, I even have my
little BERNINA in my booth so as not to miss a stitch.
Here is Cathy with my very first sale.
One of my first seta color fabrics turned into a pillow.
Below is what I did with random toile fabrics to spruce up an old mannequin.
Mod Podge worked great here.