Thursday, February 22, 2018

Happy Scrappy Houses in Fredericksburg VA!

I do believe it is completely possible to squeeze in as much quilting in a 4 hour afternoon workshop session as it is a 6 hour full day workshop with lunch served in the middle.

ABSOLUTELY possible if the ‘powers that be” whip up a wonderful buffet spread of salad and sandwich fixings, fruit, veggies and dip, and some yummy dessert items to grab and go as we sew.

It was a Graze and Stitch day – perfect while we worked on building a whole village of cute little houses from our scraps.

Students were encouraged to come with kits already cut and prepared for easy and quick house construction.

(Yes, once again – how did we EVER live without zip lock baggies?  I am the baggie queen!)

We worked these houses a bit out of order, starting with the chimney section as it is the most crucial with the most seams per section.

If your seam allowance is a bit off, you won’t reach the 8’’ unit measurement and everything gets shaky from there.

I loved hearing whoops and cheers as one by one, all of my stitchers stitched, measured, adjusted their seams so that they were reaching that 8’’ long unit size!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Jamestown Landing in Fredericksburg, VA!

Break out the bunny ears -

Workshop selfies made much more fun with Snapchat filters!

Hahaha!  This was Jennifer’s idea, and I knew I loved her the moment she did this to our photo.

How can you NOT smile at someone wearing a bunny nose and fuzzy ears?  The only thing missing was twitching whiskers.

It’s more fun than a hall of mirrors.  At least these ears don’t make me look fat!

And it was fun and silly all day long with the Virginia Star Quilters of Fredericksburg, Virginia.

It was February 20th – and it reached 75 blissful degrees outside.  My only regret?  We were sewing INSIDE instead of outside!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Jamestown Landing with the Peaks & Piecers!

My buddy Kevin, the mastermind behind this terrific event in Bedford, Virginia!

A talented and full-of-life quilter in his own right, he chaired this event, being the contact person for all of the emails coming from all over the state of Virginia and beyond, including Arkansas and Kansas!

In case you are wondering about our very stylish hand dyed one-of-a-kind shirts, Kevin does these himself.

I fell in love with the mono-print shirt I’m wearing, and when he told me how the process was completed, one step at a time, taking more than 48 hours to complete all the steps, I knew I had to have it. 

Don’t we all just love our quilt-wear?

I also love how we blended in to Kevin’s On Ringo Lake quilt, done in Mardi Gras colors, and therefore called Bourbon Street!  Or was it Midnight on Bourbon Street?  I’ve likely butchered it, but I’m sure he will correct me.

Thanks again for the 3 years of planning, my friend!  We pulled it off with flying colors – and scraps!  Hooray!

Monday, February 19, 2018

A Presentation, and Presidential Side Trip!


Afternoon crowd on a beautiful sunshine filled Sunday!

I was just tickled with the turn out in Bedford, and when the audience is as interactive and into it as this one, we had some great laughs going, interesting interaction with questions from the audience, and a whole lot of down-home Virginia quilty good times!

Starting a 1pm, left me the morning to take at a more leisurely pace.  Emails cleared out of the inbox.  phone calls answered. ducks all placed in a row for future venues coming up quickly.

And with still more than a hour to go before I had to leave Lynchburg for Bedford, about a 1/2 hour drive -

I was able to do some more of this:

Sunday, February 18, 2018

A Scrap Crystals Day in Bedford, VA!

This kind of a crazy fun day was had by all as we met together in Bedford, Virginia for a day of what could be described as “Death by Triangles!” LOL!

Small, yes – but tiny, no!  And these are easy to sew being cut from matched pairs of strips, ready to sew.  Short seams make the process fast and nearly painless.

You’ll find Scrap Crystals in my book MORE Adventures with Leaders & Enders And yes, there are 96 pieces in each 12’’ block.  But who’s counting?

Tasks like this are always less tedious when we are sewing with friends – or Sisters!  Or mothers and daughters!

Of course you can’t see the family resemblance with these two at all, right?  So NOT obvious!

I see Pat & Jeanette and instantly break into strains of “Sisters, Sisters – there were never such devoted sisters….”  I LOVED SEEING THEM!

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Road Trippin’ to Lynchburg, VA!

It’s been a number of years since I’ve been to Lynchburg, but this little city holds so much charm, right in the heart of Virginia.

A college town, with Liberty University at the forefront at its center (and thereby explaining all of the crazy traffic at all hours!) it is also a town with a lot of interesting history behind it.

And some really NICE independent businesses in the downtown area as well –of course mixed right in with the “strip mall of usuals” that you’ll find along the main drag.

I can get to Target or Dick’s Sporting Goods anywhere.  I didn’t need to go there.

I headed downtown.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Off to VA and a Quilty Read Gift-Away!

I’m off to Virginia today!  Just a mere 2 1/2 hour drive up the road.

Shall we see how long it can take me and how many antique mall stops I can throw in for good measure?

It’s just a “GET THERE” day, and of all of the road trip states in the union, Virginia is LOVELY to drive through.

We are still mid-February, and things aren’t really ready to turn green yet, but it is coming.

Open road, audio book, beautiful scenery and plenty of stops on my way.  I’ll be hitting the road as soon as some “must do’s” happen this morning.

I thought this would be the PERFECT time to let you in on some really good reading with a new release by one of my favorite quilty authors, Frances O’Roark Dowell!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

A Valentine’s Day Stitch Fest!

I don’t remember when I spent the last Valentine’s Day home, either!

It makes me think of the good old classic movie “Holiday Inn” a favorite around the Hunter Household.

While Holiday Inn sets its premise on being ONLY open on Holidays, leaving the rest of the year for Bing Crosby to sing “Lazy, I wanna be lazy….”  I think that blocking off the holidays on ones calendar if possible and making them special for yourself, is definitely a gift!  I know it doesn’t always work out that way, but this was nice!

And to set the theme for the day, I set in to some theme sewing as soon as I was back from my valentine morning visit to the doc and my yearly poke, prod, question and check out of check up activities.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

A Day to Play Near Home!

Just way too cool!

That’s the first thing that comes to mind when trying to describe what it was like yesterday morning, getting ready to go to work like “Normal Folks” telling my family to have a good day as I headed out the door – “I’ll be home by dinner!”

And I was!

Yesterday’s Smith Mountain Morning workshop from my book Scraps & Shirttails II hosted by the Forsyth Piecers & Quilters of Winston Salem, NC was GRAND!

And so was the space.  The church where they meet has a huge community hall with room to spread out.  The lighting was great, there was a kitchen facility – but most of all it was filled with happy quilters ready to dig in and learn the ins and outs of specialty rulers for half-square triangles, quarter square triangles, and tri-recs units!