Fall Foliage Series: Shawsville Pike and Alta Mons

Reflecting on one of my favorite little waterfalls on Shawsville Pike.

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En route to Alta Mons on Shawsville Pike.

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Some quilters, who have attended my past retreats, have stayed in this quaint farmhouse (which we have outgrown). We dined on the back porch with glorious mountain views.

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Featured Quilter: Mary Ellen

During the month of April 2014, I’m featuring the talented quilters who attended Camelia’s Quilting Retreat.  You will see firsthand the spectacular quilts and other projects completed.  It is amazing how much the ladies accomplish during the four-day quilting retreat!

Mary Ellen has attended my quilting retreats since 2010.  She is my right hand woman and I appreciate her help!  She travels from Maryland to Southwest Virginia for the event.  She spends a considerable amount of time on charity quilts.  You would enjoy her quilting blog: QuiltMouse.

MEF portrait - Page 005Mary Ellen shows off her quilt that appeared in “Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Volume 7” magazine (May 2013).   She is a tester for “Quiltmakers 100 Blocks” magazine.  Awesome job Mary Ellen!

Vol7-100Blocks-CoverMary Ellen’s quilt appeared in “Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Volume 7” magazine (May 2013).

MEF portrait - Page 001At my Spring 2014 Quilt Retreat, Mary Ellen made a travel pillowcase to match her quilt.  For a Tutorial to make this pillowcase which appeared on my Blog – Click Here.

MEF landscape - Page 001What a great idea!  Mary Ellen uses beads with the same letter on the pattern piece to identify the correct fabric for each pattern piece.

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MEF landscape - Page 005Adorable bunny treat bags, just in time for Easter.  Mary Ellen stashes commemorative Easter eggs from the White House inside of her bunnies.

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Featured Quilter: Debbie

During the month of April 2014, I’m featuring the talented quilters who attended Camelia’s Quilting Retreat.  You will see firsthand the spectacular quilts and other projects completed.  It is amazing how much the ladies accomplish during the four-day quilting retreat!

Debbie has attended my quilting retreats since 2010. She is a longarm quilter and produces many amazing and intricate quilts. She makes so many beautiful bags and totes that I call her “the bag lady”. When I can’t think of a name for my patterns, she always thinks of something clever! She has named two of my patterns.

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Debbie landscape - Page 001Debbie worked on this quilt during my past quilting retreat and showed us the finished product at this retreat.

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Featured Quilter: JoAnna

During the month of April 2014, I’m featuring the talented quilters who attended Camelia’s Quilting Retreat.  You will see firsthand the spectacular quilts and other projects completed.  It is amazing how much the ladies accomplish during the four-day quilting retreat!

JoAnna first attended my quilting retreat in 2010 where she completed her first two quilts!

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Featured Quilter: Cindy

During the month of April 2014, I’m featuring the talented quilters who attended Camelia’s Quilting Retreat.  You will see firsthand the spectacular quilts and other projects completed.  It is amazing how much the ladies accomplish during the four-day quilting retreat!

IMG_20140425_063918The Quilting Queens have arrived!  Debbie, Cindy and JoAnna traveled together from the Richmond area.

Cindy has attended my quilting retreats since 2010 and loves the retreat!  She traveled with two other friends from the Richmond area.  I saw seven different projects appear from her “magic bag of quilt tricks” during the retreat. Cindy portrait - Page 001

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Cindy Landscape - Page 002Cindy has worked on this quilt for years and finally finished it!

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Featured Quilter: Della

During the month of April 2014, I’m featuring the talented quilters who attended Camelia’s Quilting Retreat.  You will see firsthand the spectacular quilts and other projects completed.  It is amazing how much the ladies accomplish during the four-day quilting retreat!

It was Della’s first time to attend my retreat and she traveled from the Blue Ridge Highlands of Virginia.  She accomplished a lot of quilting in a short time. She worked on an amazing “labor of love” quilt and finally finished it!

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Della tells the story behind her awesome “labor of love” quilt, “My best friend lost her foot in a lawnmower accident.  Emmaus remodeled her house to be more accessible for her.  I made the blocks and laid them at the door of any place her friends gathered.  As I was sewing the blocks together I kept thinking Love for Vickie never ends. Then it occurred to me that God’s love for all of us never ends.”

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Featured Quilter: Sandy

During the month of April 2014, I’m featuring the talented quilters who attended Camelia’s Quilting Retreat.  You will see firsthand the spectacular quilts and other projects completed.  It is amazing how much the ladies accomplish during the four-day quilting retreat!

This is Sandy’s first time to attend my retreat and she was the only “local”. Her sister traveled from Maryland and they had a fun reunion sewing together. Sandy’s work is outstanding. It includes a lot of intricate details that many quilters would cringe at or never attempt.

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Sandy landscape - Page 004Sandy creates striking quilts with intricate details.

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Sandy Portrait - Page 004Lovely details added with machine embroidery. Continue reading