Monday, May 22, 2017

Scrap Crystals with the Quiltville Fans of Washington!

Oh, how quiet this room was as everyone trundled down the hill to the dining hall at Royal Ridges Retreat as the dinner bell rang!

Meals are promptly and expertly served at 8am, 12 noon and 5pm –I’m beginning to feel as well fed as the 50 horses stabled up here!

My belly has never been happier.  There have been gluten free and vegetarian options at every meal.

In fact, just the other morning I was running a bit behind because the blog was taking so long to upload on slow internet, that by the time I arrived, my gluten free pancakes were waiting for me in the warmer, and they were DELICIOUS!

(I like my pancakes with peanut butter and real maple syrup.  It’s been an obsession since childhood!)

Dinner last night was barbequed chicken, sweet potato casserole or mashed redskin potatoes (or both!) and a huge tossed salad with all of the fixin’s. There was home made cornbread on the side, both gluten free and regular, and dessert was amazing.

Go hungry on retreat?  Not a chance!

We needed all of this fuel for our Scrap Crystals Workshop!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Stand Up & Speak Out.

I’ve received a lot of emails after yesterday’s blog post mentioning the bullying that is going on toward professionals within our quilt community from a select group of secret conservative quilters who wish to rid the quilt world of unsavory types and those who are different than they are.

The word “BULLY” has received a lot of hype in the past, and in many good ways has been drawn needed attention where things needed to be addressed.

In my case, it’s a little bit different.  This is not about "that" group, but it is along the same lines.

I wish to tell you a story.  One that has been kept silent for far too long thinking my effort to not address the situation, thinking it would just go away on its own, was the best route to take.

In Between and Around the Sewing!

There is always a bit of horsing around happening at retreat, but this is the first time it happened with REAL horses for me!

We’ve enjoyed watching the horses in the arena outside of our retreat room windows. 

Royal Ridges Retreat has 50 horses in the summer for summer camp programs for adults and children, and it is just a wonderful place to stay and connect with nature.

I have not been on a horse in more than 10 years….and oh, my hind quarters are feeling it!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

The Biggest Show & Share in Washington!

I gave a presentation yesterday morning to the Quiltville Fans of Washington, group #1!

What fun to simply talk about something we all love – scrap quilting, and how it has affected our lives for the better.  I love just having a “fireside” type chat with small groups.  It’s so personal, and I love it when hands go up in the middle of what I’m saying so we can dive even deeper.  You ask, I’ll answer!

Unless you want to know just how many sewing machines I have – that number is unknown and off topic, even for me!

(Hey, I’m down 5 from my last trip…oh, no…make that 4, I acquired 1!  Oops!)

We talked about everything from thread to batting and scrap storing and usage and we had a great time.

But the best – by far – was the Show & Share brought by others.  It was EPIC.  Seriously!

And I loved that these ladies knew me enough to also bring some of their vintage treasures with them.

Friday, May 19, 2017

A Garden Party Day!

Sunshine and big trees with tire swings.

It takes me right back to my childhood when summers were long and leisurely and there was time for seeing things, doing things, and also doing NOTHING.

The sunshine came yesterday morning, bright and beautiful against the mossy green surroundings and as I walked to the dining hall for breakfast, I took in deep breaths, committing this magical place to memory.

It’s just a wonderful place to let go, to make new, to rediscover.

And I know I am not the only one who felt this way yesterday as doors and windows were opened in our workshop space to let the freshness in.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Midnight Flight Retreat Day!

Beautiful beautiful Washington State!

Where may temps may be in the 40s upon arrival, and reach 83+ by the time I leave!

I love the tall tall trees in this setting, the abundance of rain providing the perfect environment for moss to thrive!

This is our little dining hall.  and the food prepared here is home style, very very good, and every dietary need taken care of!

We are being so so spoiled!

Meals fall conveniently at 8am, 12 noon and 5pm giving us the fuel we need to sew our brains out and have a great time in the process.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Quiltville Fans of Washington Retreat!

It was a long travel day, but worth every hour and every mile that it took to get from coast to coast as I made my way from North Carolina to Washington State yesterday.

I had plenty of handwork at hand, and a beautiful sunrise to start me on my journey.

We’ve been waiting for this week for years.

I first started communicating with Sonya and Robin at least 3 years ago with the plans of pulling together Quiltville Fans from near and far and having our own no frills retreat.  It’s not sponsored by a guild or a shop, just the brain child of a couple of very hard working ladies, and we filled it full to the brim – TWO sessions!

I’ll have one free day in the middle to relax and unwind, and as one group leaves, the other will arrive.  And the best part?  I get to stay in one place for a week without having to lug a suitcase or put another 200 miles on the van to get me from one location to the other!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

May Quilty Box Gift-Away!!

I’m off to Yacolt, Washington today!

Two back to back retreats await, sponsored by the Quiltville Fans of Washington!

Who even knew there WAS such an organization?  I think my family is quite impressed that they named our retreat that.  And it’s been on the calendar for several years, just waiting waiting WAITING for May 2017 to finally come around. I hope it can become a regular event! Wouldn’t that be fun?

So in celebration, and because I am headed to the airport at the ungodly hour of 5:15am to fly from Greensboro to Atlanta and finally on to Portland, Oregon I’ve got a MAY QUILTY BOX to gift away to someone!

And this is one that is not to be missed.  I gasped when I opened this box and petted everything.

It’s an ALEX ANDERSON box!  And you never saw a ribbon fly off of a fat-quarter bundle so quickly because I wanted to see them ALL SPREAD OUT.

  • Quilty Box is a monthly subscription box of fun quilting supplies. We offer plans from $44-48/mo.
  • 5% of the profits of multi-month subscriptions are donated to Quilts for Kids - a non-profit which donates quilts for children in need
  • Each month we have 4 or more products (fabric, patterns, thread, or notions)
  • Our retail value of the products in the box is always more than $60
  • June's Quilty Box Featured Artist will be Masako Wakayama from CribQuilt.com.
  • The next Quilty Box will ship around June 11th. Subscribers will need to purchase before June 10th to receive this shipment.
  • We will be using the hashtags #QuiltyBox and #GetQuilty
Your support is appreciated. If you have any questions or comments don't hesitate to contact me.
Get Quilty!
Patrick Claytor, CEO

I love knowing that part of the proceeds go to benefit kids.  To me that is a win/win all the way around!

So let’s check out what is in this fabulous box this month:

Monday, May 15, 2017

Showing & Sharing in Maryland!

Show & share comes in many forms!

And I am always excited to see what you have done with the fabrics you love, be it a bed-sied quilt, a table runner, a wall hanging, a pot holder, or in this case a fabulous TOTE made with Pineapple Crazy blocks, crazily reduced in size to be even SMALLER!

Sylvia brought her tote to class in Linthicum, Maryland this past weekend and we all went nuts over it.  It’s GORGEOUS!

She said the funniest thing is when people ask her where she got the printed “FABRIC” for the tote.

And then she has to pick them up off the floor when she explains that it isn’t one piece of printed fabric, this is her patchwork – all of the precious tiny saved pieces!


How cool is this??

The block pattern for Pineapple Crazy is found in my book String Fling.

Being as it was Mother’s Day weekend, there was also a special event happening at St Paul’s Lutheran church where our workshops were happening. 

Mother’s Day weekend and Thanksgiving weekend there is a special service to bless all of the quilts and comfort blankets destined for Lutheran World Relief.


The small side chapel with pews covered in comfort quilts!


The main sanctuary ALSO covered!


What an amazing sight!

These comfort quilts are evidence of “many hands at work” and will cover those in need with cheery color, bright and happy patterns as they are distributed around the world to those in need.  There were also fleece blankets perfectly small for handing to little children who have so little.

It just did my heart good to see so much good coming from the heart!

Enjoy the rest of shared quilts in the slide snow below:

Yesterday morning’s drive was easy and uneventful, back roads all the way.  I loved it – I really hate driving up I-95, and taking 29 through Charlottesville, VA all the way to Greensboro, NC was just the ticket.  I’ll use this route again. I’ll take the route through the mountains any chance I get!

a 3 hour nap soon followed upon my return home, and it was great to have everyone else take care of dinner.  Steaks on the grill, a great salad, baked potatoes with all of the fixings…full belly happy mama!  And Jeff surprised his mama when he walked in bearing a bouquet of flowers for Mother’s Day.  Perfect.  Just perfect.


And this girl.

I just sat on the front porch swing for quite a while.  Just sitting, swinging, and listening to birds.  Lovely evening and so glad to be home.


A bit of evening stitching!

These are the string snowball blocks I started before heading out to VA/MD.  Pretty brainless, and easy evening sewing without having to match points or worry about seam allowance.


Morning trim up!


It doesn’t take much to make this girl happy!

This is a very short “layover” at home.  I have just today to get ready for tomorrow’s flight to Portland, Oregon and then up to Washington State to teach for two back to back Quiltville Fans of Washington retreats.  Oh boy.

Get more than 60 orders out the door by Post Office closing time today, repack the trunk show and the suit case and be ready to head to the airport at 4:45am tomorrow morning.

How I am going to do this?


Quiltville Quote of the Day!

Vintage quilt found in Virginia.

First things first, second things second.  Put things on the list, cross them off one thing at a time, and don’t forget to BREATHE!

Have a wonderful Monday, everyone!

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