Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Of Quiltfest, Friends, and More

It's hard to believe that a year has gone by already and A Mountain Quiltfest is here. This great show is celebrating 25 years this year! I made it to Pigeon Forge Monday an after arriving Jackie and I made a quick trip to JoAnn and the Cherry Pit before venturing out to check in and get our name badges and tote bag for the year.

We had an awesome dinner Monday night at the Point in Dandridge last night. Such great food and an awesome view on Douglas Lake.

Amy and I spent the morning on Tuesday in class with Dawn Cavanaugh in "Practice Makes Perfect". This intro to Free Motion Quilting on the domestic machine is a whirlwind full of great info and laughter. My "s" curves that were supposed to look like penguins in a line looked more like overstuffed Peeps at Easter!

After class we picked up some Quiltfest t-shirts and ran into our favorite Linda Hahn. I can't wait for our full day class with Linda today!

After lunch, we checked out Iva's Quilt Shop then I went in search of a pair of flip flops. I know it's not quite warm weather, but this boy cannot sew with a shoe on and it's much easier to slip a flip flop on and off. I finally found a pair and ordered a second for 50% off with free shipping! I'm all set for that!

Yesterday evening I made the short trip to Mom and Meg's Quilt Shop in Dandridge to see my good friend Glenda. She has the best little shop and her prices are wonderful! If you're in the area, this is a must see!!

Today is Wicked Wahini with Linda Hahn. There are 5 of us in our group taking the class together and Linda calls us her wild group. Let's see how wild and crazy this day gets!

I'm also looking forward to seeing Lou Anne, Ernestine, Charlotte, and Georganna as they arrive today!

I do want to take a minute today to ask you to say a prayer for one of my quilting friends Lynn. Lynn battled breast cancer in 2015 and beat it, but last week after some lung surgery (3rd procedure since Christmas) she found out that the cancer has returned and has made its way to the lung. She's still in the hospital, hoping to come home soon. I'm praying for Divine healing, will you join me?

Photos will come later when I can get them to post.

Until next time y'all, Quilt on!

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Good Tidings of Great Joy

Happy day after Christmas everyone!  I hope and pray that each of you had a wonderful Christmas holiday season and that your days were filled with family, friends, and of course our Lord Jesus Christ!  Without Him there is no CHRISTmas.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Snowy Days Give Way to Mystery Sewing

What a blustery, cold, snowy, week this has been.  With Christmas parties, gatherings, and events in full swing, I had taken a week of vacation this week from the hospital to prepare and rest.  Well...the snow changed those plans.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Of Mysteries and Christmas Decorations

Hey there everyone.  It's been a blustery, cold day here in Cruso.  Perfect for Christmas decorations and some mystery quilt sewing. 

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Quiltfest 2018--Day 5

Good morning on this rainy Saturday morning. What a rollercoaster of as weather week this has been. Sunny and warm to thunderstorms to snow. Now back to rain. Tis spring in the South though.

Today I'm off to breakfast then to the show for the final day of Quiltfest 2018.  Right now I'm helping Jackie get set up for her last class. It's a mostly hand stitching class but does have a small machine component and I'm loaning my machine to her for the day.

Yesterday, Carmen, Amy, and I spent the day with Patti Carey of Northcott Fabrics in Bindings, Borders, and more. What a great class and some great techniques we learned for flange borders, stacked borders, miters, and machine bindings. I've got several quilts to apply these to!

Show and tell was a blast last night. Although I didn't win anything last night, we all had a great time. I want to specially thank all of the vendors and sponsors of A Mountain Quiltfest for coming, making this great show possible, and for the awesome prizes they donated.  Let me tell you, it's not often you have the chance to win as much as you do during show and tell at Quiltfest! A complete Martelli cutting table set, Husqvarna Viking machines, even a Juki sit down long arm. Not to mention $1,000 in gift certificates to Tennessee Quilts, $250 in Batiks from Northcott, and so many kits, patterns, fabrics, and more that I can't even remember.

I've picked up several great things this week, fabric, patterns, and a notion or two. I've got a few things I'm gonna look for today, or should I say look at again, lol.

Amy and Carmen always get a matching shirt each year. This year, we've all gotten matching shirts, and we're wearing them today. A good way to end Quiltfest.

With that, I've got to get My machine set up for Jackie and then I'm off to breakfast. It's Saturday, are you sewing? Take that machine out, if necessary dust it off, and get sewing, even if it's just a few minutes, a few seams!

Until next time, quilt on!

Friday, March 23, 2018

Quiltfest 2018--Day 4

Good morning.  I'm up and at it early this morning. Amy, Carmen, and I have a class today. We'll be learning more about borders and bindings today, hoping to get even better!

Yesterday was a great, fun day. I enjoyed the day seeing quilts and vendors with everyone, Lou Anne, Ernestine, Charlotte, Georganna, Carmen, Amy, Linda, and Mary. I picked up a few things on my list. I've got one or two more things to get.

Yesterday evening, Amy, Carmen Linda, Mary and I went to a dinner/lecture by Dawn Cavanaugh called "Judge for Yourself". First, the LeConte Center provided a wonderful dinner. Second, Dawn gave a great presentation with a lot of really good information and ideas on making those competition quilts better. I've got some work to do, lol.

Well, I had better get going, class begins soon!  Until next time, quilt on!

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Quiktfest 2018--Day 3

Good morning. I've resigned myself to the fact that my tablet and Blogger simply aren't going to agree with posting pictures. I'm taking lots of them, I just can't seem to get them to attach.  So, instead of continuing to try unsuccessfully, I'm just going to keep updating you this way and post a few pics on my Facebook page and then compile everything when I return home so that you can see everything then.  Bear with me, I'll share soon.

Yesterday was a ball of fun. Jackie wasn't able to go on the bus tour with me, but alas I had a lot of fun visiting 6 historic churches in Sevier County and being able to go inside each, hearing music in most, and even refreshments in the last. Great, great tour.

After returning to the LeConte Center, I made a bee line to see my basket quilt. It looks good hanging in the show, but alas no ribbon. My friend Linda however, got a second place ribbon on one of her entries!  Way to go Linda!

After a quick trip through the LeConte, our group made our way to the Old Mill for an amazing supper. This is a yearly tradition, and we are never disappointed! 

Today, I'm back at the convention center to see all I can see, then a dinner lecture with Dawn Cavanaugh on judging quilts and entering competition.  I'm having a blast here in Pigeon Forge. Are you able to sew any today?

Until next time, quilt on!