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!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Presenting On The Home Front

I had a wonderful time presenting to a large crowd of close to 200 quilters last night in Winston Salem, North Carolina – My home town!

We scheduled these dates about 4 years ago.  I never thought they’d arrive, but they did.

We penciled these dates in to the first opening I had on my schedule at that time – when things were crazily booked that far out.  (As much as 5 years out at one point.) It was some time around there that I really started to think about things, realizing that NO ONE knows what they will be doing 4 to 5 years down the road and I needed to leave a light on at the end of the tunnel.

As of this month I have lived here for 10 years.  10 years and I barely know a handful of people, and the ladies you see waving here are the first group that welcomed me when we were just barely starting to house hunt in the Winston Salem area.  Thanks for coming out, ladies!

I think I was more nervous presenting locally than I am when across the country.  These are my home team.  If I bomb, I’ll never live it down here! LOL!

Monday, February 12, 2018

Quilt-Cam Sunday! 2/11/2018

Quilt-Cam happened yesterday! via Facebook Live on my Quiltville Facebook Page!

It was so nice to take some time out on Sunday, mid-afternoon and just put the pieces through the machine.

I heard from several who were also taking time out from the Olympics to watch along and share what they were working on.

And of course you know how I love it when the vintage machines come out to play.

Even better when they are operated by your adorable grandkids – start them young, let them have fun!

This photo came in from Chris of her friend’s granddaughter on the hand crank.  SO SWEET!

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Nothin’ Could Be Finer Than to Quilt in Caroliner…

And the Show & Share came and inspired all!

While never formally announced, yet always anticipated – if you come to one of my workshops, PLEASE bring anything that you want to share with others. 

We do a fun a quick show & share at the end of our lunch break, giving us a chance to know each other just a bit better, and it was WONDERFUL since we had folks join us from as far away as south Georgia (Nearly Florida!) Myrtle Beach, Charleston and all around. 

I love to see what you’ve been making!

Isn’t this Santa Fe String Star from String Fling just gorgeous?

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Antiquing to Anderson!

One can NOT go on a long road trip and not plan strategic places to stop, stretch the legs, use the facilities, and find some goodies in the process!

We all laughed during my time in Anderson ,SC – when asked “How long was your drive?” The answer was – 4 hours, but it took me 8.  HA!

When it is only a day to GET THERE, we can take as long as it takes.

In this case….until the shops closed at 5pm which ended my wandering and put me on a beeline from Greenville to Anderson in time for dinner.

Solo road trips – I LOVE THEM! 

I can listen to audio books all the way, sing in the car as long as I want to my 70s Pandora channel, grab a quick late lunch at Taco Bell (Because eating crunchy tacos while driving is not car friendly!) and search for the next place to stop.

My Waze app is very used to the “Antique Mall Near Me”  search prompt!

Friday, February 09, 2018

Tiptoe Through the Tulips!

Spring is around the corner.

Just there…just out of reach, but it’s coming!  Can you feel it?

Even walking through the grocery store I see it in the brightly wrapped containers of potted bulbs, eager to bloom.

I can feel it in the seasonally changing displays in clothing departments of stores, or the home and garden section readying itself for the onslaught of purchasers ready to put this winter behind and BRING ON SPRING!

It certainly felt that way in Anderson, South Carolina over the past couple of days.

It’s only a 4 to 5 hour drive down the road from my home near Winston-Salem, North Carolina (Even if it took me 8 hours door to door due to 3 antique mall stops and a break at Mary Jo’s Cloth Store in Gastonia, NC on my way!)

Yesterday when leaving the workshop location and starting my journey home, it was 61+  OH YES OH YES OH YES!

Only – I was driving northeast, and as I made my way with the sun setting behind me, I watched the temps drop degree by degree….Oh, come on Spring! I am so ready for you!