Friday, April 22, 2016

Trunk show, class...trunk show, class

I know I haven't posted in a while, but I have been out and about showing off my quilts and teaching a class. The Mountain Laurel Quilters are such a wonderful bunch of ladies...if I didn't have to drive over Blood mountain to get there, I would join the guild! Tuesday was the trunk show/talk, and Wednesday was the Garden Delight class. We had a big group for the show, and a more intimate one for the class. I hope everyone had a good time! I know I did.
A small but happy group sharing pizza! Yum.

Some of the blocks the students made

Bev came late, but caught up quickly.
After the trunk show, some of us went to the local BBQ place and filled up on pulled pork, Fried okra and fried green tomatoes. Life is good! Then my hostess, Lynda, led me to her home in the country. What a gem her property is! Tucked away in the woods and low hills, it has numerous out buildings with useful purposes. My cottage used to be the garage. Her studio is in another little house on the property, and there is an A-frame, moss covered playhouse that used to be a pump house. Her own home is a beautifully renovated, hundred year old house with high ceilings, word flooring and porches on three sides to enjoy the woodsy yard. There are gardens and paths in the woods, too. For me, it was a perfect place to wind down and rest up for class day.

My cozy cottage

The main house, complete with barn quilt!

Buster, the neighbor's dog, came and kept me company on the front porch while I enjoyed nature and read a book. 

The view from my front porch included the tree house for grandkids.

Where I sat and read until dark.
Today, I drove to Blue Ridge and repeated the trunk show for a new audience! Tomorrow, I teach the same class as Wednesday. As Yogi Berra said,"It's like deja vu all over again."

Monday, April 18, 2016

Wild week with Carolyn and another wild week coming up

Whew! We had a wonderful visit with our daughter for a few days, and managed to do more traveling than we do in a month! We took her to Brasstown Bald, the tallest mountain in Georgia, a shopping and sight seeing day in Blue Ridge and Blairsville, and a day trip to the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC. Yesterday, I took her to Walasi-Yi, the mountain crossing where the Appalachian Trail passes through a building! The place was crawling with hikers, bikers, motocyclers and tourists (ourselves included). Thankfully, the weather was fabulous for her entire visit, and we all had a splendid time.

Brasstown Bald

They had a display of costumes from period dramas
at the Biltmore. These are the clothes from Sense and Sensibility

I love this movie

These, too.

We must have climbed a thousand stairs!!

Be still, my heart...Mr Darcy!!

Colin Firth is very skinny!!

The Biltmore 

On top of Blood Mountain, there is a tree where hikers throw their old boots.
This is at Walasi-Yi, on the Appalachian Trail

The view from the top

Back at home, Mr Wazoo taught Carolyn how to drive the tractor.

Like a Tom Sawyer, he got her to mow the lawn!
During the little bit of down time, I had to start on a memory quilt for a customer. Oh my, her memories are a little strange to me. I have three towels, two rubber backed window curtains a chenille bathrobe, a shiny polyester skirt, a thick fleece blanket, a tee shirt, a sweatshirt, a blouse, a flannel nightgown and a french terry hoodie to work with. Just preparing all the knits and cutting pieces was a full day's work. This is as far as I got before quitting for the day. More will be done when I return from my trunk show and classes.


Trying to make something nice

I have a lot of work to do...
Tomorrow I'm off to Clarkesville to give a talk and trunk show of my quilts. Then, I'm teaching a class on Wednesday. Thursday I re-pack the quilts and repeat the show and class in Blue Ridge on Friday and Saturday. Then, it's back to reality and working some magic with the memory quilt.