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Remembering Big Mama

I have been thinking about Big Mama all day today. She passed away on this day in 2006. I was with her. She was a wonderful person and taught me so much. I have shared stories about her many times over the years describing the things she taught me. Here is a link with one of those posts with more photos. I miss her.

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What a fun night painting these beautiful Ornament paintings; celebrating Kelly Pauley’s Birthday with Key Lime Cake and then watching the Christmas Parade. It’s always a fun time at The Studio. Why not come join us? Check out the upcoming events here.

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I know people find it hard to believe but these 6 quilters made these amazing Big Star quilts in just 2 days. We started them yesterday evenng at 5pm. We sewed until 9 last night and then came back at 10 am and sewed until 6:30 tonight. I never get tired of seeing the different color/fabric combinations. Each one unique…each one beautiful! Nice work ladies. I knew you could do it!!!

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What a great time these friends from the Northern Virginia area had yesterday as they came together to paint barn quilts and enjoy a day of creating. Nice work everyone!!! Isn’t their work beautiful??!!!

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We saw the Andy Griffith Mural on Moore Avenue in downtown Mount Airy when we visited earlier this week. It is created with spray paint! The mural displays four aspects of Andy’s life and career against the backdrop of Pilot Mountain. The mural, done entirely with spray paint by Greensboro artist Jeks, was completed in May 2022, in time for what would have been Andy’s 96th birthday. Our tour guide told us about watching the artist working with spray cans of paint to do it. That is pretty amazing for spray cans!

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Glory, Glory to Ole’ Georgia!!!! The Dawgs win the National Championship! I’m still exhausted from watching that game. Whew!!!

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We had such a great time on our trip to Lancaster, Pennsylvania. We went to see the Ricky Scaggs concert but we packed in a whole lot more. We drove around the countryside and took in the beautiful landscape; saw hardworking people and their horses working the fields; watch the horse and buggies come into town; shopped in some lovely old towns with painted buildings that we adored; but best of all we found a few fabric outlets where I could not resist buying some gorgeous material. I’m beginning to think I have a problem. LOL! I see another trip to the area in the very near future.

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We took a little trip yesterday to pay our respects to James and Dolly Madison at Montpelier, the Madison home. It’s a short drive from Front Royal and an amazing place full of history. The foundation has done a beautiful job restoring and recovering the history of the time. “Via interpretation, research, and civic education, Montpelier engages the public with Madison’s most powerful idea: government by the people.” It’s worth a visit. (Click here to see the visit I made there 4 years ago.)

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On my drive back home today from a short trip to North Carolina I came through some backroads and ran across a few tobacco fields….and tobacco barns.  As I grew up working on tobacco farms as a kid I was interested to see these.  I got a few photos.  I’ve been wanting to do a painting of a tobacco barn.  Maybe this will get me started.

And I was interested to look up the Tobacco Barns Project.  They are trying to save some of the old barns.  See about that here. 

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wp-1596620555143.jpgThe kids who attended Sewing Camp completed their Rag Quilts yesterday….and boy, did they turn out great!!!  Nice job young ladies!  Keep sewing.

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