Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Quiltfest 2018--Day 1

Hey y’all.  Is been quite a while since I’ve had time to update you on the progress of A Cruso Quilter. Things have been going really well for me just busy, busy, busy.  Right now I'm sitting at the LeConte  Center in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee as the time for A Mountain Quiltfest is here!  I just dropped my friend Jackie off for her first class this year.

I made it down here yesterday afternoon after some last minute work at the cburch.  I stopped at Holloway's Country Home on the way down yesterday. I got to meet Freida Haley, the new owner of Holloway's. Freida purchased Holloway's last December as Maria retired.

I'm off today to do some shopping and looking while Jackie is in class, then we're off to visit some area quilt shops.

You're probably wondering what I've been working on.  I have one quilt in the show this year. The theme category this year is baskets.  I wanted to venture from the traditional basket quilt blocks this year, so I created my own basket this year. I started with the Creative Grids Curvy Log Cabin tool by Jean Ann Wright to create my basket. I then used scraps to create a variety of tools, notions, and all the essentials that a quilter needs in their sewing basket. The furry quilt inspector got in the way and got tangled up in both a quilt block and the tape measure. We quilters also cannot get away without chocolate and coffee. I surrounded the center design with small, lemoyne stars using the Deb Tucker, Studio 180, Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star ruler.
The amazing Lisa Mann of Lisa's Quilting Shed did the awesome, custom quilting to complete the basket.

Along the way, I decided to name this quilt in memory of a dear quilting friend, Juanita Metcalf. Three of the four main fabrics were from her stash. So, I give you, “Juanita’s Sewing Basket”.

This year, I've got a fairly laid back schedule. Jackie and I will be touring some of the historic churches of Sevier County tomorrow. I have a dinner lecture on Thursday and a class on Friday. This year is even more about fun and enjoying the show!  Of course there will be lots of fun with the rest of the quilting friends. 

Ill be taking lots of pictures this week and sharing them with you. If you're down here this week, hopefully we’ll get to see each other.  Right now, I'm off to do some shopping.

Until next time, quilt on!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Quiltfest Day 3

Hey y'all! Still rolling right along. Sorry, I haven't gotten pics up yet, I haven't sat still long enough to do much blogging. I'm posting this one from my phone. When I use the laptop, I'm using WiFi and that's at the LeConte Center. Anyway, you don't want to hear about my difficulties.

Our whole gang met up for lunch at the Old Mill restaurant today. There were 8 of us all together including Amy's husband Scott. She managed to get him here for Quiltfest and even to the show. An early shout out to him as tomorrow is his birthday. Happy Birthday Scott!  After lunch we were back at the show having a blast, shopping and trying out a long arm. The Bernina was sweet. I've got lots of great pics to share, just not sure how to embed them on the phone. I'll have them soon though.

This evening, Jackie and I had a great class with Donna Thomas. Our friend Lorry was in there too!  We made a sweet protect, Split Geese.

Well, my wee little bed is calling my name as 5:30 will come early. We have to be on the road by 7:00 so we can be ready for class with Amy and Carmen.

Until next time, quilt on!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Quiltfest Day 2

Hey ya'll from a slightly chilly Pigeon Forge.  Today has been a whirlwind of a day.  Jackie and I boarded the bus at 9 am for a bus tour of historical churches in Sevier County.  Maria Holloway of Holloway's Home in Cosby designed a fabric panel of 12 historical churches in Sevier County.  The awesome folks here at Mountain Quiltfest designed a bus tour of these church, splitting them into 2-6 church tours.  We took the first tour this morning.  We visited each church, going inside most.  We even sang and prayed in a few of them.  We had a great lunch at the Bush Beans Cafe.  The tour was narrated by Kathy Gwinn who gave us great history, not only of the churches, but the surrounding areas and their quilts!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Quiltfest Day 1

Hey ya'll.  Quiltfest 2017 is finally here!  I arrived to my friend Jackie's place in Dandridge yesterday.  Douglas Lake is filling up fast and is looking great.  After the start to a hectic day, I did have one bright spot when my second meeting was cancelled.  That freed up some time so that I could get going!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

2017, Off with a Bang

Hey ya'll.  It's been some time since I sat down and wrote on the blog.  My goal in 2017 is to write at least 2 blog posts a month.   Key is at least.  I would love to write more, and I'm hoping to, but I'm going to push myself to sit down, take time, and write.  I love to share my life with you and to share what quilty things are going on, but I realize that I must blog to share.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Cruso Quilters Spring Retreat--Finally!!!

Lynn with her quilt!
Hey ya'll.  Last month, my quilting group "The Cruso Quilters" went on retreat to Franklin, NC.  I've been bursting at the seams to share the experience with you, but we worked on a special project for our friend Lynn who, due to her radiation treatments, was unable to attend.  We kept the project a secret and I was finally able to gift the quilt to Lynn today, so I can post all I want now!!!

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Mountain Quiltfest and Sew Much More!

Hey ya'll.  Wow, so much has been going on lately and I've been behind at getting my posts done.  Let's catch up.