Point of View Quilt

Point of View

Quick Project with (nearly) Instant Gratification

This block pattern, designed by Terri Vanden Bosch, won the 2016 Accuquilt GO! Block Design contest. It is complicated enough to be show worthy, while at the same time, small enough to complete in a couple of days.  Her fabric choices were not something I would have thought of, but they really work well within the block.

Point of View

Point of View Quilt
Point of View Quilt
Point of View Quilt
Point of View Quilt
Point of View Quilt
Point of View Quilt
Point of View Quilt
Point of View Quilt

Mt. LeConte, 2017

Trail:  Alum Cave

Trip # 27 – November 9 – 22, 2017

  • Trail: Alum Cave Trail
  • Hiking Time Going Up: 3 hours 7 minutes
  • Hiking Time Coming Down: 2 hours 15 minutes

This year we decided to hike up and down Alum Cave Trail. Due to trail closures, we haven’t gotten to hike this trail many times in the past few years. We got on the trail a little later than usual (around 11 am). It was very foggy with a heavy mist — just enough to get soaked.

Hurricane Irma had come through the Smokys a few weeks earlier and we found a lot of damage. There were lots of trees that had been blown over and these trees snapped other trees as they fell. Just from what we could see from the trail, there must have been over 30 downed trees. Crews had done a great job, however, on getting the trees cut away and the trail reopened.

Our hike up was a steady slog through the mist. There were no views through the fog.

At the top, our cabin was warm from the lp heater and we quickly changed into dry clothes and went to the dinning hall to get coffee and hot chocolate.

Friday was a beautiful day. We had breakfast and then walked out to Myrtle Point. It was warm on the rocks and a bit out of the wind. We also walked down Rainbow Falls trail to the Bullhead Junction. Our goal was to see if we could get part of the way down the Bullhead to see the fire damage from last year but we couldn’t get past the trail junction. Then, we hiked the loop to Chimney Tops.  It was beginning to get crowded on the rock face so we didn’t stay for the sunset.

We got on the trail early Saturday. It was game day after all. We made it home in plenty of time before the 3:30 kickoff of the Clemson game.

Grassy Mtn via Trail 119

Grassy Mtn Via Skidway Campground

October 9, 2017

  • Distance: 5.0 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 1575 ft.
  • Difficulty: Strenuous (very steep)

Grassy Mtn via Skidway

Grassy Mtn via Skidway

Park at the back gate boundary of Skidway campground. Follow the forestry road from there all of the way to the top of Grassy Mountain.

The road meanders through the forest for awhile and then opens up in a beautiful meadow with a gorgeous view of Mt. Edith. We passed a few Moose on the way.

After you get through the meadow, the road gets a lot steeper the rest of the way to the top.

This is definitely a hike to take our visitors.

Emilys Wedding Quilt


Emily's Wedding Quilt

Emily’s Wedding Quilt

After 3 years, I have finally finished this quit.  The pattern was found in an issue or Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting Magazine. I have lost the magazine, so I can’t post the issue of volume number. The name of the pattern is “Emily’s Wedding Quilt” and I think it can be purchased from the Keepsake Quilting website.

The pattern gives the illusion of curves, but is really only squares and triangles. Fairly simple. My blocks ended up being just under 9″.  After washing and drying the finished quilt, the blocks measure around 8 1/2″.
My Quilt

Materials Used:

  • Bella Solids in Snow for the background
  • Enchanted Forest Batik Collection
  • Warm & Natural 100% Cotton Batting
  • Sulky 30 wt. Quilting Thread
  • Aurifil 50 wt. Thread for piecing

The picture at the right shows the block and quilting detail. There are only 2 different blocks alternated throughout the quilt.

The machine quilting pattern was taken from Lori Kennedy’s Craftsy class, Divide and Conquer. I quilted the square flower design inside every square and triangle within the body of the quilt. The borders were quilted with a combination of loops, meandering and feathers.
It is my first bed sized quilt and I learned a lot through the process.

I am most pleased with the colors of the fabric. Bella Solids in Snow was perfect for the background. It’s more cream than white and blends in well with the jewel tones of the batiks.

Emilys Wedding Quilt
Emilys Wedding Quilt
Making the Quilt
Making the Quilt
Quilting the Square Flower
Quilting the Square Flower
Skyline Trailhead

Skyline Trail

September 9, 2017

  • 2.0 Miles Round Trip from Exclamation Point – Elevation Gain: 472′

After several years of closure, the Skyline Trail was re-opened in September of 2017. Apparently, the original trail was closed after a toddler fell to its death.  Since then, the trail has been re-routed and fencing was added at the top of Hickory Nut Falls to keep traffic from wandering too close to the top of the falls.

To get to the trailhead, you need to park in the upper parking lot at Chimney Rock State Park and take the steps up to the Chimney. Continue on from the Chimney up past the Devil’s Head to Exclamation Point.  Climbing the steps from the upper parking lot to Exclamation Point is work.  I counted the steps a few years back and this is what you will be dealing with just to get to the trailhead.

The trail is a woodland walk that is set back slightly from the steep ridge-side. You aren’t exposed to the escarpment, but if you were to get off the trail, it could be dangerous.  You walk .4 of a mile through the woods to a picnic area with 2 tables and a fenced look off area looking across the gorge toward Rumbling Bald and Party Rock.

Continue on the trail through the woods and there are a few creek crossings. Forestry roads crisscross the trail at regular intervals.  A significant amount of the trail is graveled. When you get to the end, there is a nice railing approximately 50 feet above the creek that keeps hikers away from the upper cascades and the top of Hickory Nut Falls. It is far enough away to keep hikers safe, but not quite close enough to get a good view of the falls.  I was a bit disappointed, but I totally understand why the trail is where it is.

It’s a nice peaceful walk in the woods. Well worth the time it takes.

Skyline Trailhead
Skyline Trail Lookoff

A Quilt for Zoë

This past summer, I made 2 very colorful quilts for the other 2 grandkids.  I’m trying to find the pictures I took before I can post about them.

So, this quilt is for the littlest one of our family.  She has just graduated to a regular bed and loves bright colors. I chose the “Swoon” 24″ block pattern for hers.  It is really bright and cheery.

MTS – Little Sam – Flat Laurel Creek Loop

Park where the Mountains to the Sea Trail intersects Hwy 215 north of the Blueridge Parkway and hike east on the Mountains to the Sea Trail. Hike a little over 2 miles and fork left on Little Sam Knob trail. Hike for approximately 1.5 miles to the intersection of the Flat Laurel Creek Trail and take a left. Hike back down to Hwy 215.

As the summers here in the south are hot and humid, we try to find trails that are as high in the air as possible. Most of this loop is over a mile in elevation making this a good “hot weather” hike.

  • Distance: 6.4 miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 794 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate

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— Sandy Rumsey (@SandyRumsey) July 15, 2017

Pilot Rock from Pisgah Inn Parking Lot

The idea was to plan a 2 hour hike during the cool morning hours up high somewhere where it wouldn’t be quite as hot. We thought this hike would fill the bill but we were wrong in our memory about the length and the time involved.

The hike begins at the Pisgah Inn parking lot and follows the Mountains to the Sea trail behind the workers quarters toward Mt. Pisgah.  At 0.64 miles, take a right turn toward Pilot Rock.

  • Distance: 5.7 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 1516′
  • Difficulty: Difficult

You climb about 250 feet over Little Bald Mtn from the junction and then begin your descent down to Pilot Rock. We walked 2.8 miles before we decided to turn around and go back.  We stopped just short of reaching our goal because it was taking longer than we had anticipated. The total duration of our hike was 2 hours and 44 minutes.


— Sandy Rumsey (@SandyRumsey) July 8, 2017