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.

Spring Flings

Wow! It’s been ages since I posted. I’ve been on the road with book signings or taking care of my two grandsons.


Let’s see, I was toasty at the Mardi Gras street festival in Dayton, TN. The Red Hat ladies particularly enjoyed themselves.

The Tri-County Quilters group gave me a warm welcome. One of the members brought her circa 1920’s Carpenters Wheel quilt. You’ll find more pics on their site.

I spoke about “Navigating the Changing World of Publishing” at the Christian Writers Fellowship in Clyde, NC. It was fun to spend several days with a good friend in the Waynesville, NC area.




Spending Easter weekend in Love Valley, NC

 was unique. There’s a special place in my heart for the people in that town. “Grow Old With Me” is set in this old west-style horse lovers’ haven. Wish I’d been there on a rodeo weekend.


Hubby and I spent two wonderful nights at the Ledford Mill Bed and Breakfast while attending the Lynchburg, TN Spring in the Hollow festival. I love making new friends at book signings. The Ladies Handiwork Shop hosted me, and the town held a quilt harvest with some amazing pieces brought in by locals and tourists.


I hope you enjoy a few pictures from these trips. I have more on Facebook and  my website. Hop over there for a look. All of the photos are available as note cards.

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?

E-book Release Celebration


I’m having a special drawing for Valentine’s Day. You’ll love this prize. Grow Old With Me deals with rural life and quilts. The remaining series will have quilting or quilt-trail related themes. I’m offering a gift quilters and readers can’t resist.


Grow Old with Me launched this week as an E-Book on Amazon


Paperback copies are available from my website You can also contact me via email or a personal message on Facebook. I’ll eventually place the paperback in Amazon and other on-line stores, but for now I like to fulfill the orders myself so I can thank my readers and get to know you. I personalize each copy to your specifications.


  The winner of the Valentines Day Drawing will receive a very nice gift that includes

  •   4 Fat Quarters of color coordinated fabrics 
  • 10 note cards you select from my website Store
  •   2 autographed copies of Grow Old With Me — 1 for you and 1 for a special Valentine in your life. (I’ll personalize the copies following your guidance)
  • If you prefer E-books, you may have 2 Grow Old With Me E-book downloads from Amazon

 I’ve selected a great prize package because I love my readers. It’s Valentines Day so we need to show our love. It’s not easy to ask for your promotional help. This gift comes with heart-felt thanks. 



Each day between January 12 (Wednesday) and February 1 (Tuesday PM) in the comments section of this blog, tell me how you’re helping to spread the word about Grow Old With Me. Each thing you do is not only very much appreciated, but will earn you one entry in the drawing. Do 2 things, you’ve entered twice, etc. There is no limit to the number of entries and you can enter daily. Having readers tell others is the best way to promote my book. So get creative and start talking. If you prefer, you can send an e-mail to telling me what you’ve done. I’ll keep track of every entry and randomly select a winner. 

I must accept each comment before it posts. This helps keep my computer system virus free. I’ll start approving the entries on January 12.


1. Buy a copy of Grow Old With Me. It can be paperback or e-book. Please say which you bought in your comment.


2. If you’ve read Grow Old With Me, review it on Amazon, Facebook, twitter, Shoutlife, Myspace or anywhere else appropriate. Again, each time you post the review, it counts as a separate entry. Please tell me where you posted.


3. Post a link to my website on your blog, website, Facebook, Myspace, Shoutlife page, etc. (Each one counts as an entry if you remember to tell me)


 4. Change your Facebook profile picture to the Grow Old With Me  jpg cover for one day (simply right click on the picture off Amazon, or here. Save it to your computer and post it to your Facebook page.


5. Post a comment along with the book cover and/or title to any of your blogs, websites, or networking sites.


6. Spread the word about this contest on other blogs, sites, via e-mails to your friends, etc.


7. Simply say on any networking site or in an e-mail to your friends, that Grow Old With Me by Melinda Evaul has been released in e-book on Amazon and paperback on her website. Say anything else that might spark interest.


 8. Ask your library to order a copy of Grow Old With Me


9. Any other idea that would help spread the word that I haven’t thought of.

Remember to let me know what you did and include at least your first name with the entry. I’ll announce the winner the evening of February 2 on my Website and on Facebook. Oh, that’s Groundhog day! I loved that movie. So in Groundhog Day fashion, get busy doing the same thing every day until February 2, 2011. It would be the best Valentine’s Day gift you could give me.


I can’t express how much your help would mean. Friends like you are wonderful.




Wintry Quilted Wonderlands

Did you experience the joys, and maybe a few trials, as you celebrated Christmas with your family? On Tuesday, my husband and I traveled to see relatives. The scenery was exceptional as we drove into a winter wonderland.

Many of our kinfolk live in the snow country of western NC. During last week’s blizzard, they accumulated several feet of gorgeous snow. Every road passes acres of tree farms in that Christmas tree growing area. They seem to form a patchwork quilt design when property lines converge. Of course, tree farms have barns and sheds for storing equipment. Many barns or businesses are adorned with a quilt block.


We rambled along the back roads one afternoon to capture some new pictures of quilt blocks and the wintry landscape. I’m posting two favorites for your viewing pleasure. You’ll find more on the Photo Page and Store.

On our way home, I couldn’t resist a stop at the Unicoi County Heritage Museum in Erwin, TN to capture “Mosey Inn’s” wintry side. The house is lovely in every season.

I’ll wish each of you a Happy New Year and God’s blessings in the days ahead. January promises to be a busy month as I plot and start writing the next novel in the Quilt Trail Series. Life is hectic while marketing Grow Old With Me and writing. I appreciate each one who passes the word to friends or writes to say you’ve enjoyed my novel.