Friday, January 30, 2015

Mary Jo's

Quilters never pass up an opportunity to shop in a well known quilt shop- Mary Jo's in Gastonia, North Carolina.
My favorite part? Hearing the greeting with a Southern drawl. It just sounds so sincere and sweet.
We all found a few bits and pieces. Bonnie's friend from Buck Mountain, Mona,  fit right in this week and it has been a pleasure to get to know her! 
I love this photo, but look behind them! This store is ginormous!
We went to a few antique malls and this green block stole the show for the most HUMBLE! I love it!

Bonnie brings me to Charlotte today where I will do handwork in the hotel and catch a morning flight. This has been a memorable week and a wonderful way to start 2015!

Love to you all.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Heritage Stars Quilt

 Since I put this in my header this month, I've received more questions about it. I call mine Heritage Stars.
 I made it after seeing this wonderful antique quilt from New Jersey. If you want the directions of how I did it you can find them HERE.

I got these photos this week from Donna who used my directions but made her zig zags scrappy. 

I love it! Thanks for sharing it with us, Donna!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Tuesday, Tuesday!

We are sewing up a storm! For those of you that have asked we are away from the snow storm bearing down on the east coast. Stay safe dear friends if you are affected.

 My baskets and Blooms top is together! I kept it simple and love the setting.
Here are the jewel box blocks I made from Jill's stash. I made as many as I could with the blue I had. See something missing? 

I was ONE block short! Made me cry actually thinking that Jill is no longer with us and I feel one block short without her! I thought it was very appropriate to work on this quilt with good quilting friends.
So, I have a favor......
 Is there any chance someone has a 2 1/2" x 15" strip of the blue that they would send me? 
After reading the terrific and thoughtful comments I have decided to make a rogue block using similar color but different fabric. Thank you to those who have offered the Lancaster fabric.
We have also been able to enjoy some fresh mountain air complete with waterfall!

I've loved reading your blessings comments on the magazine giveaway. Please understand that I am retreating and will only be answering emails intermittently. 
You can follow me on instagram and see more of what is going on here in 
North Carolina Quilt Villa.

If you are in the way of the snow storm- stay safe! We are fine.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Basket of Blessings- Magazine Giveaway

I got an extra magazine sent to me so I thought I'd do a giveaway. Here's my spread. The directions look so long, but it isn't complicated at all, it just has lots of different colors and prints in it.

I made this quilt before so many deaths in 2014 but I still feel blessed. 
My blessings are not based on my circumstances.  Leave a comment telling me about a blessing in your life and you'll be entered to win. I'll draw a name after my trip on February 2nd. (February 1st we are having a Superbowl party at our house)
Good Luck!

I'll be posting from Bonnie's Buck Mtn Cabin on Instagram if you want to keep up with me!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Flags of American Revolution

If you are in your sewing room and want to do a bit of piecing on the blocks we have completed, you should!
Your center eagle needs to measure 30 1/2". This was the only one I hadn't trimmed. 

Add your sawtooth stars to the left of these blocks.  (seriously terrible photo!, sorry!)
You can add these to the sides of these blocks. The bottom left doesn't look right this way, but it will be on the left of the eagle center, so it will be right.

Kim and I were ON IT when we ordered the Flags of American Revolution buttons from Jan Patek.

But neither of us know how to sew on buttons that have no holes!! My options are: have my hubby drill two little holes in them or sew them on by wrapping the thread across the stars, which I do not think will look that good. Any ideas? They are pretty small so am not sure we could get 2 holes in them....... hmmmmmm. Kim wrote to Jan and as far as I know she has not gotten a response.

I will be having a magazine giveaway on Monday. Stay tuned and have a fantastic weekend!!



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