The Sun is shining!

And I love it! The air is chilly and refreshing, beautiful fall day. I’ve been working on a bunch of stuff and took a wonderful trip to Asheville NC this summer for my mothers 90th birthday. We all gathered there to celebrate. Biltmore is well worth the trip.
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This was the view while we ate breakfast, just wonderful.

I made several charity quilts this summer and have a pictures of one of them, this one is actually quilted, bindings on and labeled. It is a pattern by Brenda Ratliff from the Modern Quilt Guild website. All our members made blocks and we had so many we made two quilts. I forgot to take a picture of it finished, but here’s the top on my design wall…
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working away

And having fun!

The Central Virginia Modern Quilt Guild is doing a quilting bee with Carolyn Friedlander Envelope pattern. I started mine on a Tuesday night and by the end of that weekend I had a top. This was a fun pattern and it went together very nicely. I decided to use bright colors and white a back ground. Now I need to quilt it. Or should I say add it to the pile.
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Wanda and Ann were also working away on theirs.
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The storms that came through were pretty wild. I was outside and looking west ish doesn’t look good…Lots of rain and wind, but no damage. Just lots of standing water.
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Monday already….

Time is flying around. Its the middle of May and not a lot of finishes going on. Plus its been so rainy I haven’t been able to get many good images. At least that’s the excuse I’m using. Maybe the fact that I don’t have many quilty things finished is due to me adding another hobby. I’ve had a drop spindle for a while but never really tried it, after the Powhatan Fiber festival this spring, I pulled it out and gave it a try. The dark purple is the first one and the lighter blue is the second. Of course now I need to figure out how to “set the twist” and ply it. Its not super even but I really like spinning.
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We got a little surprise in the mail this weekend.
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Two spring cookies made by the people at Butler’s Orchard up in Maryland. They didn’t last long. Made a wonderful desert, almost to pretty to eat…almost.
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If you’re anywhere near Butler’s Orchard you should stop by and check they out. They’re a family run farm going on the third generation. It started with my Aunt and Uncle and now my cousins and their child run it.

I’ve been working on a lot of place mats and table runner for the bizarre in the fall. this is one of them. I have lots of block so this may turn into a lap quilt.
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Sunny Spring Morning

Love the fresh, crisp spring air. The month of April will be full of visitors coming and going. My brother just left and in 2 weekend my sister from Alaska will come down and the last weekend of the month my other sister is coming for a visit. Everyone in one month…

I’m behind on posting so this will be very photo heavy. Last month was the ATC swap and I totally forgot…I had cards done and everything. The theme was recycled junk mail.
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 finished my March UFO, Bonnie Hunter’s Allietare Mystery its all quilted and on the bed. What a fun mystery project. I liked the colors Bonnie used, so I did mine out of the same.
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The Central VA Modern Quilting Guild is doing a Polaroid block swap. I did a ton of them.  I’m done for the next several months. Its not easy thinking that small, the center is only 2.”
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‘ve gotten carried away and made tons of samples for the Country School quilting group. I’m giving a talk next week on prairie point, I’m a little obsessed…
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This one is about 12″ square (ish) and has 28 prairie points on it.

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March Monday/Teusday

I’ve been working on a couple prairie point projects for an up coming meeting for the Country School Quilters. The first one is very Aztec looking, there are tons of prairie points, I didn’t count them closely but some where around 64 give or take.
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In between working on these I did a couple charity project, placements and table runner for the church bazaar in the fall. Love this fabric. They are all done from leftovers.
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