Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Other retreat doings

This is an adorable little purse made from a pattern that Alison had...I actually made three of these, two were intended for my friend Jamie's mom and sister, but Jamie's daughters confiscated them as they were pulled from the bag :-) Forgive the long skinny pic, I didn't think you needed to see all the coats that have been hanging on the coat hooks since last spring! This is the top for my sister Amy. These are the fabrics picked by her when we vacationed in Tennessee a few months ago. I really played with the geese, this way and that, and the general consensus at the retreat was that it looked much more exciting and moving all jumbled up.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Guess what! I won!

I won this awesome cow block from Rhonda aka Ravelly1
How lucky am I? You cannot live in IN without seeing at least a few of these on the way to anywhere! LOL To see how its made, she has shared an awesome shadow tutorial, that can be adapted to any subject check it out! I'm so excited! Rhonda makes it look easier than it probably is, but I'm going to try one!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Home from retreat!

This is for anyone out there who has thought about going to a quilting retreat but has been too apprehensive to go.....GO!!!!!!! I know everyone thinks they're shy or that they wont fit in, but look at it this way, how can you go wrong with a room full of other women who share the same passions as yourself? I always have a wonderful time with old and new friends at retreat. There is so much experience to draw from, if you have a question or a technique that has been a problem in the past, chances are there will be someone there who is proficient and will take the time to show you one on one. Best of all is the friends you make. I have always been one of the guys, having very few female friends. But when I am at retreat surrounded by women, older and younger I feel....(searching for a not too overly sappy term)....belonging, kinship, centered.
Anyhoo....next time a retreat presents itself to you please just go for it! Take your open mind and you desire to learn and share and just jump in head first!
This is the cottage we stay at taken from the dock out on the lake a couple of May retreats ago. Gifties made for Liz who is the Retreat Mom who keeps us all in check with her whip and wit and the other for Alison, quilter, chef and friend extraordinaire.

Pumpkin blocks for a swap completed at retreat.

Christmasy Delectable Mountain blocks for an upcoming swap. (I LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! this pattern, have already made 36 half blocks, going to make more for sure!)

For the rest of you woolenators to drool over, purchased at Lolly's and Yoder's in Shipshewana.

More pics to come when my quilt hanger gets home from work :-)

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Wool Tissue holders

I thought these little tissue holders were just adorable. One of my favorite online shops QuiltersQuarter seems to be clearing its shelves of lots of great stuff, and I found this little kit for a wool tissue holder for 65% off!

Of course they were so easy and simple to make I had to make a few to help me make a dent in my wool. Aren't they great?

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Retreat Prep

I am fortunate enough to be able to go to two retreats a year in North Webster, IN. The fall retreat is only 8 days away!!! As always I'm psyched to get away and meet with my quilty buddies but this time I am SUPER PSYCHED that my bestest buddy Jamie is going with me!
Jamie has just jumped into this whole quilting adventure with both feet, each time I talk to her she has just come back from a fabric store!
I have been gathering projects to work on during the five days I'll be away. I have so very many UFOs to choose from and I'm fighting off the urge to take new potential projects just so I can whittle down the UFO pile a bit. I have been pre-cutting everything so that when I get there I can just put the pedal to the metal and sew! I'm hoping to return home with enough tops to keep the frame and I busy for months!

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Bargersville, Indiana, United States
I'm a 45 year old wife and mother. Quilting is my haven from the real world.