Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
One interesting quilting anecdote: a fellow longarmer in Raleigh referred a customer to me who needed some quilting done before Christmas. We talked on the phone several times, found out we were both teachers, and arranged to meet at my house. When she showed up I immediately recognized her as a friend from college days at N.C. State! I did not know her married name or that she was back in the Raleigh area. How fun was that!
Anyway, I need to complete my painting and bedroom remodel this week, and also am hosting my quilt bee on Thursday night. So, here are a few more mountain scenes, which I hope you enjoy.
Here is a Christmas tree farm across the New River.
My sister-in-law, her husband and one of her boys stayed with us this weekend and took a beautiful canoe trip on the New River- the same route where we float on tubes in the summer.
This is one of the many lovely homes along the New River.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
To get to our place, you have to cross a bridge over Big Peak Creek.
To the left is the dam, which once powered the old copper mine on top of Ore Knob mountain. The housing for the turbine is still in place on top. When we used to camp up there, the spillover from the dam was our shower! Very brisk even in the summertime.
Here is the view if you look to the right of the bridge.
After crossing the bridge, turn to the left. This is the road we built to our place, but all this land except for our little acre actually belongs to my sister and her husband. They wisely bought parcels of land back years ago and now have over sixty acres.
Charlie always thought this big tree next to the creek looked like a man with long arms, so he got on a ladder one day and added the tree face.
As you ascend our driveway, look to right and you will see the new pond constructed this summer. There is a stream that trickles down the mountain. Some of the men used bulldozers and backhoes to build an earthen dam to create the pond. (We had all sorts of government agencies check it out and give permission.) They just finished raising the dam to its final height, and the pond is now filling in. You can see the trees and leaves reflected in the water. Hopefully, we will have grass covering the banks soon.
One of our favorite things to do up there is ride around on the Gator, especially up to the top of the mountain. That is a great place to view the sunset, smell the fresh scent of Christmas trees, and look for deer, turkeys, and other wildlife.
Since there are usually numerous dogs running along ahead of the ATV's, it is rare to actually come across a deer on the path. My dog Maggy likes to be the lead dog. She is eleven years old and has bad hips, but she acts like a puppy up there. Here she is running ahead to the Christmas tree farm.
And when we get back down to the bottom of the mountain, she makes a beeline for a shallow place in the creek for a refreshing drink.
That's it for now- must grab my paintbrush and finish the bedroom!
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Second place- Memories of Williamsburg, owned by Rosemary Hansult
Third place-Joy to the World-oned by Joann Hanley
Honorable Mention-The Mystique of the Casbah-owned by Mary Casey
Rosemary's Rose Garden-owned by Rosemary Hansult
North Carolina Rose-owned by Joanne Lentz
Round Robin-owned by Dottie Smith
An Oriental Surprise-owned by Mary Casey
Mariner Lost-owned by Suzanne Sullivan
Celtic Square-owned by Suzanne Sullivan
Spring Gathering-owned by Pat Scheidler-Kern
Monday, October 22, 2007
Gail wore a gorgeous jacket resembling the cover quilt of her book. She spoke about her journey from traditional quilter in 1980 to art quilt designer. I was taking mental notes, since this is the topic of my talk in January at the Piedmont Quilters Guild.
Gail did not exactly do a trunk show, but kindly allowed her quilts to be draped across the stage so we could go up and admire them up close. As is always the case, the photos in her slide show did not do them justice. Such beautiful metallic thread quilting and many hidden details. She is such a nice lady, too! She stopped me on the way back from Show and Tell to compliment me on Lily's bed quilt (Carolina Lily.)
My DH (who shall henceforth be known as DSH-Dear Sweet Husband) wanted to leave for the mountains Thursday night, but deferred the trip until Friday morning so I could attend the guild meeting. Then, he graciously postponed our arrival in the mountains yet again, so that I could make a quick stop at a quilt show in Greensboro, NC (right on the way!) The show was by the Piedmont Quilters Guild, so I definitely wanted to support their show and introduce myself.
Well, I had been at the show for all of three minutes when I had a sighting of a SUPERSTAR of the quilting and textile world (not to mention knitting, china, garments, and painting) Kaffe Fassett arrived at the front desk as I was filling out my tickets for the sewing machine raffle. He was signing copies of one of his books. I do have one of his early books, in which I admire his bold use of color (Kaleidoscope of Quilts.)I have found my quilting friends to be divided almost evenly among those who adore KF and his work, and those who really dislike him. I am somewhat neutral. I wasn't falling all over myself to take his picture, but I don't hate his fabric. I thought I was going to purchase some of his floral fabric for the backing of my round robin quilt. It was on sale at Wish Upon a Quilt, a Raleigh-based Internet store. But I did not find any that called my name, even for the backing.
Must get going- please stop back at ATQ for more Piedmont Quilt Show news and mountains pics!
Thursday, October 18, 2007
I am going to the guild meeting tonight with my friend Jean, who is floating on Cloud Nine after winning Best of Show and First Place at the North Carolina State Fair for her Twelve Days of Christmas applique quilt. Way to go! Jean's applique is to die for, and her hand quilting is so pretty. I loved the bright fabrics she selected, which have a lot of gold metallic details.
Another member of the same Cyberbee group also won a blue ribbon and the Golden Needle award for her quilt made during our Sharyn Craig challenge. Thirteen of us each made the same block, using one given fabric and any other fabric of our choice. So, one block that I made is in this prize-winning quilt! With thirteen blocks, there were some most unusual settings. Holly enlarged the block we made as a central medallion, and added some lovely bittersweet applique, as that was the theme fabric.
Here is the quilt I made from the same Sharyn Craig challenge. I gave it to my son Bryson and his wife for a belated wedding present, since they were married on October 18 in a beautiful autumn garden wedding. Happy Anniversary! I can't believe it has been four years! More detail shots of this quilt are available in my Webshots album 2006 Longarm Quilting.
Having left you such delightful eye candy, I am off to the North Carolina mountains tomorrow morning. Hopefully the autumn foliage will provide lots more inspiration for my quilting!