Evaul House Wears New Quilt

I’m thrilled with the new addition to our house.

Yes, Barn Quilts can grace homes too. I’d love to be on a real Quilt Barn Trail but there isn’t one in our immediate area. Don’t you love the beautiful 2 x 2 Carpenter’s Wheel painted by Cora Stroud and Marsha Cornelius? Cora teaches quilt barn painting classes at the Taproot Artisans Studio in Harmony, NC.

I’m grateful Marsha wanted to celebrate my book by giving me the block depicted on the cover of “Grow Old With Me.”



Our 1900 American Foursquare style home seems a fitting place to hang a quilt square. It is, afterall, a piece of Soddy Daisy history from the days when the coal mines thrived in the hills near our house.

We recently had to remodel the back third of the house due to storm damage. It’s nice to celebrate the renovation with the hanging of our Carpenter’s Wheel block since it also relates to the changes.

The house makeover isn’t finished – another fitting reminder that God hasn’t completed the work He began in us.


National Quilting Day-March 17, 2012

For the anniversary of National Quilting Day, the National Quilting Association has chosen this pattern, an Ohio star with a simple Mariner’s Compass center designed by Martha Ethridge, to share with your group or guild to use to celebrate National Quilting Day, March 17, 2012.

This link will take you to a page for a PDF download of this quilt block. http://nqaquilts.org/free-projects/

More e-Book Formats

Grow Old With Me is now in e-Book in several online stores.





See that nifty gold sticker on the cover?

It’s my nomination for Dan Poynter’s 2011 Global e-Book Award.

 Juding is taking place as I write. I should hear about my status within a few days.  

I’ll let you know when Grow Old With Me is ready on other on-line stores and if it earns Finalist status.

History infuses Knoxville, TN quilt trail

I’m quilt trail rambling and blogging again after that special time during February when I wore my Mimi hat. The boys and their parents are doing great, by the way.

An excursion to NC for my mother-in-law’s 92nd birthday took me through Knoxville, TN. I found evidence of quilting heritage right downtown. A fort stands out in stark contrast amidst the modern buildings. It’s the homestead of Knoxville’s founding father, James White. The quilt block is Bird’s Nest. A sign at the fort reads “Birthplace of Knoxville, 1786.” I didn’t have time to take a tour, but it the website hints at an interesting piece of East TN history. For those more sports oriented, the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame is directly across the street. Talk about contrast!

The Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum hosts a lovely Tulips block on its maintenance building. Spring flowers were just opening to brighten the trails. The peace and beauty of the area made it hard to believe the bustle of a city surrounds this refuge.

The former homestead of HP and Alice Ijams is now a 275-acre wildlife sanctuary and environmental learning center on the TN River. Ijams started a bird sanctuary in one of Knoxville’s heavily industrialized areas back in 1910. This quilt block painted directly on this maintenance shed is Garden Walk. My husband and I plan to return in late spring to take photos along the many trails. You’ll enjoy the Ijams Nature Center video on their website.

A few miles east of Knoxville, the terrain becomes farmland, orchards, and a vineyard where the Renfro Farm barn displays Rolling Star.

I had one of my rambling adventures along the French Broad River. At the Claussen Barn there’s a beautiful Bear’s Paw block. From there I expected to find more squares in Seven Islands Wildlife Refuge, but couldn’t locate a way to access Kelly Lane from Seven Islands Road. The GPS was lost … not me! Back on the Interstate, I found the proper exit—the one that led to the other side of the river and Kelly Lane. Oh well, it was time to head on to NC. A good excuse to have another quilt barn adventure next time I pass that way.

Have you quilted your barn?

What a fun day!

I was a guest blogger on an international blog!! I’m getting comments and emails from many countries around the world.  My thanks to Madame Samm for inviting me to post on Stash Manicure Sew We Quilt.

Today’s featured quilt is Drunkard’s Path on the barn at Ledford Mill Bed and Breakfast in Wartrace, TN. (near Lynchburg, TN)  This quilt square is the perfect choice for their B & B.

I’ll sign Grow Old With Me in Lynchburg, TN at the Ladies Handicraft Shop during the Spring in the Hollow festival on April 30, 2011. Can’t wait to spend the day with my friends in Lynchburg. Not to mention, it’s a great excuse to stay at a very unique B&B. Will I see you at the Festival?

Click on Samm’s cute little button to see my blog. I hope to become a regular poster over there. Do you think she’ll get the idea I want to return?

A Quilt Square Trivia Day

Thanksgiving week means a trip across TN to visit family. I’m grateful to have extended and immediate relatives who want to share time together.

Another advantage of travel—a chance to view Quilt Barn squares. Today’s Quilt Trail adventure took my husband and me through middle TN via Lynchburg. www.lynchburgtn.com/default.html –home of Jack Daniels, but we didn’t opt for a tour of the distillery or the TN Walking Horse Museum. Instead, we strolled along the town square to a craft consignment store. They offered locally crafted quilts, knitting, and lovely embroidery. I hope to set up a book signing there during Lynchburg’s 2011 Spring in the Hollow event. (Watch my Events page to see if that opportunity works out) I couldn’t resist a stop at Nina’s Taste of TN http://www.ninastasteoftennessee.com/ for a sample of homemade fudge…laced with Jack Daniels of course. 

The Quilt Barns we found aren’t listed in the Appalachian Quilt Trail http://www.vacationaqt.com/ brochure. I heard about them from the owners of Ledford Mill Bed and Breakfast www.lanierbb.com/ during our last TN Quilt Trail trip. I can’t give quilt block names so help me conduct some research. If you quilters out there can name the blocks please comment. Mulberry Cottage had a block with four hearts. The Tipps Farm’s old log cabin, complete with a blue porch swing, rocking chairs, and a colorful quilt square, was especially interesting. I’d love to know more of the history behind that location and quilt square—no one available to educate us. The Bedford Barn offered a picturesque rural setting. At Bivens Farm near Fayetteville, we found Ezekiel’s Will, also known as Crown of Thorns, along a busy main road. The owner has provided a nice pull off drive so tourist can view the square.

Lovely fall weather, friendly people, and Quilt Barn Squares added to my Photo Gallery made for a wonderful day. I’ll post pictures here on the blog too. Can you help me give these squares their missing identity? It could earn you a copy of Grow Old With Me.