Tuesday, July 28, 2015

BLUEBIRD PARK

I have been collecting Kate and Birdie  
"Bluebird Park"  for awhile.

Sew...isn't this panel sweet...just like
everything about "Bluebird Park" fabrics.
My Autumn woods "text" fabric coordinates with it.


Yummy blues and such fun hedgehogs
along with the charm pack that started it all!



All stacked up 
and waiting to tell me 
what they should become



Sew tell me what is your "go to pattern" or "tutorial"
for a smaller kwilt?

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

CHARLEY HARPER and ME

I luv me some Charley Harper designs 
His fabric is flying around my sewing room.

I bought this bundle last fall...


My Kwilty Partner in crime, Kathy Guenther,
made me this "Sew Together Bag" for Christmas! 
I luv the bag and oh yeah, the red bird sings to me!


I made a Noodlehead Supertote 
for a Charlie Harper swap on Instagram.
It was hard to let this one go!


But never fear, I received this very unique
and original tote in return!
The little round bird is sew sweet!



I am working with a local garden and hope to be a
featured artist in 2016 and show my kwilts.
God knows I have enough BUT
I want to hang some "modern" designs!

 Red-Letter Day" pattern by Sue Pfau
 "Quilts From Sweet Jane 
is perfect for some CH love!
Sized 42 x 50 for wall hanging.



These blocks will use the browns, blues, reds, gray and gold
hmmmm???? you say!


Yep...the colors do work together...see!
I now have it ready to kwilt!


I still have all these gorgeous CH fabrics...


The design is now brewing up in my head!

With all this Charley Harper-ing I am
happy to include them as part of the challenge 



If you could pick a favorites Charley Harper animal.
which one would it be?
 Check out my Pinterest board dedicated to 
Charley Harper Art!


Monday, July 13, 2015

BLACK MOUNTAIN PETE

Black Mountain, NC (just outside Asheville, NC) 
is an amazing place!
Beauty of the mountains surround it
and artists' works fill it!


My friend on IG @stephanieh1971
told me about this YARN SHOP...



My time here began with a great lunch here!

   
Hand Crafted Beer...mmmmm


Right next door was a FABULOUS YARN SHOP!
 Get ready to drool!





Stylin by the fibers!

 Take note of the folks sitting and knitting....
do you see him?


Meet Pete, 83 years young 
and has been stitching since the 40s....
He explained that he learned very young, then
the war, job and marriage became his priorities.
This day he was making a lace shawl
Everything he makes he gives away
especially items for charities...


The owner, Donna Farrow, winding my yarn
I found in the GREAT sale area!
What a sweetheart and made everyone feel like yarn-ing!  
 

Just across the street was Black Mountain QUILTS...
No fabric there..handmade quilts and other goodies.


A few door down....oh yeah! 
More alcohol...


 I didn't have enough time to visit all the unique shops
Sew...Black Mountain...I will be back! 







Tuesday, July 7, 2015

A YARN ABOUT BLOWING ROCK, NC

 Blowing Rock, North Carolina 
is one of those quirky, artistic towns.
While visiting...I became UNWOUND!
as in Yarn Shop!



Boutiques set in courtyards and 
surrounded by pretty gardens and trees


Every inch of "UNWOUND" was filled with eye candy!


A sweet section for baby projects


Or you can sit and stitch and bitch!


Lots of completed projects all around the shop.


Downtown Blowing Rock is a shopping destination.
Filled with lots of unique shops, antiques and beautiful flowers.
It's a place for festivals and music and fun!


The actual "Blowing Rock" is up in the mountains
Read about the legend of Blowing Rock is here
Its an Indian tale of Cupid-Romeo and Juliet!



On the way back to my mountain retreat
via Blowing Rock Road...
there were beautiful waterfalls


setting the background for more mountain memories!



I hope you are enjoying my vacation posts.  
I am working on some projects now and 
will have posts about them very soon!


Saturday, July 4, 2015

RED WHITE AND BOOM WITH LEMON PLEASE

 Happy 4th of July!



Columbus Ohio is known for its celebration of
RED WHITE AND BOOM!!!
A huge fireworks show set to music
that brings hundreds of thousands of folks downtown..
it is amazing with plenty of goose bump moments!



Phil and I have been invited to a couple cookouts this weekend.
Last night with our good friends,  Bob and Vickie Leonhardt!
Some firecrackers enjoying pre-show cocktails!



before we gather in the front yards along their street...



To watch the Reynoldsburg, Ohio fireworks!


 Tonight, July 4, our neighbor, Mark Wilson,
celebrates  Red White and his BIRTHDAY!
Always fun...with lots of story telling! 

Now what about the "Lemon"? 
As part of my Sweet Celebrations recipe collection
I want to include my 
Lemon Pound Cake recipe
I'm taking it to both parties!!!





(Click here for all my Sweet Celebrations recipes)


And of course I have a 4th of July kwilt.... 
This was a swap effort with my kwilty peeps
when I worked at Nationwide Insurance


Have a safe and happy holiday and
enjoy every moment of summer!




Wednesday, July 1, 2015

SEW ORIGINAL...WAS


 Another LQS in Boone, NC was indeed...
"Sew Original"
They had me at....Bernina!


I always ask permission to take photos.     
There was some concern about local designer's 
kwilts on display, Sew today...
I'll be showing you what I think makes this shop
"Sew Original"

LABELS...
Fabric shelves have designer / mfg labels!
How cool is that! 








Not to mention 
TULA, Denyse Schmidt 
and Anna Marie Horner




Plenty of MODA


I found the B-W  Cotton and Steel  
It was Terrific Tuesday...
so I received 20% off my purchase!


Tucked away in a corner was more fiber fantastic-ness!
Yarn is now my second obsession!



 Melinda Rose, owner 
and her entire staff 
make this shop "Sew Original"

 Winston Salem, NC also has a "Sew Original" shop !