Sunday, March 18, 2018

What's Georgia Up To?, Waiting for Spring, 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!

Lake Logan Retreat Report, Winter, 2018

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!
 Marene got her pointy borders on her medallion and will let it age on the design wall to ponder the next addition.
 Leigh Ann adding to a beautiful peacock panel. It will be set a bit off center. Clever
 Barbara toying with squares of all sizes with a diagonal approach. We loved the off beat colors.
 Kate, again, can not stop turning out small quilts which she donates. Asheville Guild will be happy.
 Our group almost at the end taking a break to eat in the lodge. Another great year hits the dust.
 My Real Trip Around the World all made with scraps put together finally at the retreat. No, I did not make this in 2 days, but taught it in a 3 week class at Beginnings Quilt Shop. Loved using all the blues and touch of yellow. Now to border it with a bit more yellow,. a narrow bias check and dark blue. This is a feature quilt in my new book coming out late spring, Summer, Scrap Happy Quilts.


Saturday, January 13, 2018

2018 Welcome!


Good new posts seem to be hindered by "Rosie" who seems to love my keyboard.
 Spending these winter days quilting. Getting ready for my class at the NC State Quilt Symposium entitled "Zen Quilting". Know you are wondering exactly what that could be?
 Starting a class at Beginnings Quilt Shop on January 23 for 4 weeks from 1 to 3 pm. Call to sign up at 828-693-6622. I just gathered all of  my navy blue to light blue with a dash of yellow for another The Real Trip Around the World quilt. Come learn this unique method that uses 54 different scraps. Clean up your stash collection. Some call this the 4 bobbin quilt.

2017 Flash Back, November, Dublin, Ireland

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.
 Yes, I love that dark beer and shared that pleasure with our son-in-law, Bill H Smith.
 Graphics everywhere in this 6 story insight into beer making, production and even how to pour beer.
 Missed my favorite Pop singer, James Blunt, by two days, but that is OK since he has an invitation to visit USA, finally, after he tours the world. Biltmore House awaits him I hope. I have promised him a special quilt in honor of his video, "Bonfire Heart".
 Christmas windows were in holiday decoration and astounding! Shades of glorious Marshall Field & Company.
 A reflection pool in honor of one of the rebellions. We visited many.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Summer 2017 Lingers


The Year of The Owl at the Nine Quarter Circle Ranch. MT
"Being Human is Challenging, So Be An Owl"
 Students made both a wall hanging and then a nifty, easy method for a pillow.

 Class picture, August 2017. So many trails,
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

Summer, Catch Up 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
 We keep adding to our Quilt Trails. The latest at the Curb Market on Church Street.
Designed by Barbara Webster the pattern is called: "Rising Moon Over Magic Mountains"

 The monthly meeting of our PTA (Professional Textile Artists) met at the Book Store in downtown Asheville by the Grove Arcade. A time to show and tell, get advice, brag a bit, and  of course drink some tea, coffee and wine!
 Putting those antique nail containers to use on our sun deck. Pete drilled some holes in the bottom and I had to rescue them from a hungry ground hog so now they live on our sun deck. Great for my basil and zinnias.
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

"Groupie meetings" February 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?

 Ruth brags on a wonderful large quilt that was actually finished at the meeting for our Cover Lovers.
 A newly installed Block for the Firefly Art store in Flat Rock, NC We are soon to launch our Quilt Block Trails so we are thrilled this block met the deadline. This activity is in conjunction with Travel & Tourism and the Western North Carolina Quilt Guild. They will have the maps at their location:
www.visithendersonvillenc.com
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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Too Busy To Blog, 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.




Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Summer Time Busy, 2016


Nine Quarter Circle Ranch time again! This year we meet the challenge of the classic Lone Star pattern using the amazing Paint by Number Purebred fabric by Moda. Each student will choose their own 5 accent fabrics. Stay tuned for the results.
 Please check out the Southern Highland Craft Guild exhibit opening this weekend for a couple of months. Linda Cantrell and I are proud to submit our piece called "Roots".  For years I have been intrigued with silhouettes and finally found a way to feature one of our favorite "groupies", Know you will have fun picking out people you might recognize.
 Its crunch time at the sewing machine as I meet the deadline for the Asheville Quilt Show coming up the end of September. Check out the www.ashevillequiltguild.org web site for more info. I will be working on Sat, October 1st so hope to see  you there. My entry below is another one of my Interlock quilts using all shades of gray for the background along with darks and lights in prints.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Happenings, April, 2016

Check out the quilt exhibit at our NC Arboretum by our very own PTA members, Mary Stori, Judy Simmons and Kate Weston. Worthy of a trip to see the flowers and beautiful quilts.

 My class that I will be teaching at the Carson Springs retreat this week. It is called "Beginnings
Star Burst" in honor of the quilt block they have up on their quilt shop here in Hendersonville, NC
I decided to teach this basic four patch two ways: Grip Grip freezer paper for half the block and paper piecing for the other half. I will report which way is the more popular. Should be interesting!

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Weekend Party, March 18-20, 2016

Good News-This weekend the www.TheQuiltShow.com is having an International Quilt Weekend Party where you can go to:
https://dx126.infusionsoft.com/app/form/2016-iqd-entry-form-teachers  and sign up for prizes and the chance to watch over 200 shows FREE. Do catch my legend show
#1713 and a chance to tour QuiltBuilt here in Flat Rock, NC



Tuesday, March 08, 2016

A Bit of Nostalgia, 2016

Sentimental Ties
I just finished some necktie purses made from our family gentlemen from the past. I call them One Tie Wonders, but the real master of these little bags in our son's Mother In Law who has her own business. Send her that special tie and she will make it into a charming bag complete with a hand selected pin. Go to:   mytiebagsannarbor@yahoo.com 



 A Sunday afternoon trip to Biltmore House revealed the vintage wedding dresses from movies. Per usual the decorations were inspiring.

 It sure made me think of my Fashion Office days at Marshall Field & Co where I got to peruse all the fashion departments, especially the wedding dresses. Being engaged gave me the opportunity to find my own wedding dress compete with puffy sleeves. Remember when dresses were not strapless?
April is our special 57 anniversary. Let's carry on, Pete!