Saturday, March 28, 2015

A twisted tale...

This will be a short post, and not about quilting. When I say I had to drive the twisty, turny road, I was not kidding! Today, Tim and I had to go to Gainsville,GA to have my car serviced...down the twisty, turny road. I tried to shoot some pictures as he drove, but they can't give you the true roller coaster effect you get driving the road. Take a look.

It goes this way...

then that way...

Ooooo! this way again...

Are the mountains getting shorter? Noooo! We are going up!

Sharply that way...

Whoa! Wiggly road sign this way...

That way and this way!...

Six crosses at this un-guard railed turn...not a good sign.

Yes, the road does tilt up and down as we hit each corner

Hmmm...the mountains are getting really short looking now

Are we at the top yet?!

Signs don't lie! On this curve we turned totally back to the way we just came from!

Yippee! The top! And it is also where the Appalachian Trail picks up. There were hikers and tourists here.

I can't imagine climbing Blood Mountain on foot! Yesterday, there were two guys on bicycles here. Yikes!!

The view from the top

The sign says 'Runaway Truck Ramp Next Right"

Here it is. No trucks today. It is all downhill from here. I will spare you the photos. They are just like the 'up' ones!

Great Barbeque here. You can smell their butts for miles. Or so the sign says.

One mile from the turn to our house. That was a fun ride.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Class Day In Clarksville

 Thanks to the ladies who came out today for the Garden Path class! There were only 10, but we had a good time making blocks and enjoying each other's company. Every quilt will be different looking because of the diverse choices in fabrics used. That's what makes quilting so much fun! It is always a bit of a surprise when the blocks come together and the colors come to life. Here are the students hard at work.

Friends at work

Busy bees

Thanks to Kim, with the long hair, for inviting me.

I love the fabric choices!

These are just as colorful and fun.

Helping one another

They're all smiling! That's a good sign.

The drive home was wonderful. Those Bradford pear trees are so beautiful, I couldn't help but stop and take some pictures of them. The mountains close to home are still pretty brown, but I can see the slight green edge of buds coming on. Tonight we expect a freeze, so I'm glad not everything is blooming.

This breathtaking display is on the front lawn of a school!
The road home...the straight part. No way could I take a picture while driving on the twisty part!!
More loveliness on Rich Gap Road, close to home
Both sides of a long driveway have the pretty trees.
The hill where the horses graze. They were behind the trees.

Once at home, Mr Wazoo held up my quilts from today's sewing. Two new charity quilts to be finished...I better get busy!

I made the smaller version this time.
I showed the class how the 2-3-2-6 comes together.
Monkeys...of course!
Bless his heart! Mr Wazoo finished the back walkway!! That's a hose on top, not a crack..
What a difference a day makes! We are expecting 26 degrees tonight. Brrrr.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Second Lone Star center repaired!

Last night and today I worked on the second customer Lone Star quilt repair.There were 14 diamonds to replace after I gave it a good going over. The entire center star needed to be replaced, and no two diamonds were the same. I had to make a pattern for each diamond, then applique new diamonds in place. The quilt kept the wonky center seam, but with new fabrics.

I had to lay the star on the floor, because I have a secret project on the design wall.
This is the second star with all it's 14 new diamonds.

Close-up of the fixed wonky center star 
Tomorrow is my class in Clarksville. Another adventure for Wazoo! The road there is a twisty mountain road. I'm glad the class is during the day! Unfortunately, it is supposed to rain.
Stay tuned for details!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Sewing, quilting and fun in the sun!

 What a beautiful day it was today! Warm and breezy...birds singing...Tim digging and watering . He is so happy to be outside, and is making headway on the yard and home improvement. The rock man came today and delivered crushed stone and pavers to do the back entry. We have been slogging through mud and wet straw all winter, and now we will have a paved walk instead! Yippee!

Nobody comes to the front door, so we can have a bit of fun with our signage
Mr Wazoo worked all morning getting the area dug out and leveled before the rock man came with the gravel and pavers. He has the first layer down and is ready to lay the pavers tomorrow.


We also have greenery on the front porch. Looks good.

Watering the baby seeds in the side yard.

Suet maintenance. The nuthatches and chickadees eat it like crazy!

One truly happy camper!

While I was away, Tim finished painting the doors, too!

On the sewing and quilting front, I have been doing two jobs at once. Quilting is progressing on Joanne's quilt, and I got the borders on and backing made for the first customer commissioned vintage quilt.
Joanne's quilt is about half done
Molly keeps me company in the studio
The first Lone Star is all mended, the background pieces sewn in, and the borders on. Now, I just have to quilt it!
 This is the second star, in need of repair before adding the background. I peeled back the freezer paper on these diamonds so you can see what I have selected to put in the place of the damaged pieces
Back away a bit, and they blend right in! There are ten to do tonight.
 I forgot to show you the additions to my stash from the Trenton shop!