April 5, 2021

Easter Weekend: Sunshine & Stitches.

Easter Weekend: Sunshine & Stitches.
Easter Weekend: Sunshine & Stitches.
We decided yesterday to take a bit of a drive – maybe an hour away, and just see how things were “springing up” at Hungry Mother State Park outside of Marion, VA.
This beautiful place with trails surrounding the lake gets really packed with people during the summer months.
They have a “beach” that is popular for families – though I  have a feeling it stayed pretty empty and :socially distant” during the summer 2020 season.
With the weird weather we’ve been having over the past month including snow just before the weekend, the warm sunshine was such a gift!
Easter Weekend: Sunshine & Stitches.
New bridges have been built from the shore to the little island!
Easter Weekend: Sunshine & Stitches.
Zoey, extremely focused on one lone goose –

Easter Weekend: Sunshine & Stitches.
Where is your mate, mate?

Easter Weekend: Sunshine & Stitches.
I love the bright colors of the boats along the lake shore.

Easter Weekend: Sunshine & Stitches.
Still not knowing if Zoey will be a swimmer –
She will eagerly wade in up to her belly, but so far she only goes as far as she can still feel her feet on solid ground.
We tried throwing a couple of sticks – nada.  We should have brought a ball to throw (but we may have lost it in the process if she didn’t go get it!)
I think the only way we will know is if WE go swimming too.  Or maybe if there are other dogs that show her just how fun it is.

Easter Weekend: Sunshine & Stitches.
The colors were just so blue/green yesterday.
This will change as the trees get their leaves.

Easter Weekend: Sunshine & Stitches.
What a wonderful day to commune with nature!
Easter dinner was an easy affair – we ended up with roast beef, gravy, mashed potatoes, a few other fixings, and cupcakes for dessert.  It was more than enough.
It was a wonderful day of sunshine on our faces, wind in our hair (Those of us who HAVE hair! LOL!) of beautiful mountain drives and a refreshing feeling of renewal.
Easter Weekend: Sunshine & Stitches.

On the quilty side of things –
The Snail’s Trail quilt made it through the quilting process with nary a wrinkle! and the Dizzy Izzy quilting is just perfection with all of that feeling of twirling swirling motion going on.
Easter Weekend: Sunshine & Stitches.
I am as happy about the backing as I am the front!
It’s like a spring explosion – which is just what I need in my world right now.
Easter Weekend: Sunshine & Stitches.

Purple binding for the win!
I keep thinking of the alternate name for this block – Virginia Reel – and how it suits where I live.  It looks like one big colorful dance formation.
So I have decided to name my version of this wonderful block Rockabilly Swing! I love swing dancing in all of its forms – couple spinning to the music, twirling to the beat.
Rockabilly Swing it is!

Easter Weekend: Sunshine & Stitches.

And there are miles of binding to sew before I can put it on the bed and call it done.
Just for info : The top originally measured 108.5″ x 114.5″ before quilting. ⁣

After quilting with the shrink up it now measures 105″ x 111.” 
That’s 3″ of shrink top to bottom and side to side that will likely shrink more after washing and drying.
(I envision commercial laundromats for this job in my future – it’s too big for a home machine.)

I quilted with Hobbs 80/20. 
If you are surprised that the shrinking was caused by the quilting, do an experiment of your own.  Measure your quilt top before quilting, and after quilting.  
It’s the action of the quilting stitches sinking the fabric into the batting that makes it shrink up a bit.  the higher the loft, the more the shrink.  I’m glad I went with as big as I did, or I’d be back at the problem of not enough width on the quilt to go past the box spring!
For those asking, this quilt WILL be offered as a printable PDF pattern – after the binding is finished, photography is done, pattern writing has happened, and an opening in my calendar around other pattern releases happen.  Perhaps late summer. So please stay tuned!
Easter Weekend: Sunshine & Stitches.

This is such an awesome box!
Easter Weekend: Sunshine & Stitches.
Who is entry 381 of 6659??
Easter Weekend: Sunshine & Stitches.

Joan Lipera!  This is your box!

Congrats to you, Joan!  I have sent an email notification to the email address you provided with your entry.  Please reply with your mailing address and I’ll have the folks at Quilty Box get your prize right out to you.
And as always – our sincere thanks to Quilty Box for making these Gift-Aways possible!
Stay tuned for more gift-away fun happening SOON!

Today – It’s a desk day Monday.  And there is so much to be done.  I’ll be pouring myself another cuppa and hunkering in to make a dent on some needful things.
And maybe some time to work on the Rocky Road to Kansas Quilt settings this afternoon.  I think I’ve worked out what I want to do.
If it stays as nice as it is – there may also be a walk up Round House Road with the Zoey Girl.  We shall see.
Desk work first, though!
How about your weekend?  I hope you had a wonderful time with loved ones near.
Easter Weekend: Sunshine & Stitches.

Quiltville Quote of the Day –
Let’s put more of this into practice and keep the world a kinder place!
Did you notice that this is a Dresden Plate in a 6-point star?? I am intrigued!!
it looks and feels like spring.
Life is Good!
Easter Weekend: Sunshine & Stitches.