When I started hiking at Springer Mountain in Georgia, years ago, I decided to give myself the Trail Name, “Quilter.” Traditionally Appalachian Trail hikers earn their names on the Trail. Gary's name is Bandelier because he wore a hat from Bandelier National Park and everyone asked him about it. But you might get stuck with something really undesirable so lots of people choose their own names. The idea is that while on the Trail, you leave the “real” world behind and allow nature to sooth your soul, ease the cares of the day, heal your troubled spirit. Or some such malarkey! Anyway, everyone calls you by your Trail Name and the normal names are things like, JetPack, SlowPoke, Rainbow, Speedy, MamaBear, etc.
No one understands the name Quilter. I thought it was meaningful. Hiking the 2125 miles of the AT is like making a quilt. Both endeavors are journeys starting with small pieces and every step and every stitch counts. And you usually learn things along the way. I think of myself as piecing together the many miles of the Trail. This concept is completely lost on my fellow hikers!
This was my last hike for this trip. Gary dropped me off at the base of Glade Mountain and I hiked over the summit to meet him hiking up the opposite side. He carried my lunch so we connected about one o'clock at a nice spot to eat our sandwiches.
The Trail ended today in a mile of rhododendron tunnels. The car is parked at the parking lot of The Settlers Museum and we passed by a small one room school house. A cute young German woman who is ThruHiking was absolutely enchanted to see this bit of American past. I was too!
Trail Angels have again left a cooler of sodas. Gary and I split a cold Mountain Dew, something I'd never choose to drink at home, and it tastes fantastic. There is also a box of toiletries, soaps, shampoos and band aides and things ThruHikers might need. Even some dog food for the hiking canines. How kind and extremely thoughtful people are, here in Virginia.
I've always wanted to be a cover girl. That is, have one of my quilts appear on the cover of a book or magazine. My quilt “Mayapples” was featured in the 2013 Award-Winning Quilts calendar. It was nice to be Ms. March but still–that's not a “cover.”
My quilt “After the Ice Storm,” is included in Joen Wolfrom's new book, “Color Play: Expanded & Updated Over 100 New Quilts Transparency, Luminosity, Depth & More” due out in September.
My friend Jane Hamilton is a cover girl. She has two quilts in Shanon Gingrich Shirley's new book, “Celebrate the Day With Quilts.” Fifty three quilt artists created seventy two wall hangings that celebrate lesser known, special days, throughout the year.
I miss them so much! What a gray and rainy weekend we came home to. Two to three inches of rain is predicted with a possibility of sleet or wintry mix. The perfect excuse to stay inside and quilt and maybe make some home made pizza.
Have you heard about these Gender Reveal parties? Expecting parents can choose to know the sex of their baby before birth and they think of the most creative ways to “reveal” boy or girl at a fun party. Kira hosted a party for her sister, Caitlin, expecting our darling grandchild number five, in August.
The Rope Nevada Barr
Some Nerve Patty Anker
A Year of Wonders Geraldine Brooks
Shanghai Girls Lisa See
The Signature of All Things Elizabeth Gilbert
We Are Water Wally Lamb
The Haunting of Maddy Clare Simone St. James
Life as We Knew It Susan Beth Pfeffer
The Art Forger B.A. Shapiro
Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld
Amy and Isabelle by Elizabeth Strout
Roses by Leila Meacham
Broken Harbor by Tana French
Room by Emma Donoghue
Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout