Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Retreat #2 Recap

It probably won't be any surprise to tell you I had a blast again at retreat. If you've never had an opportunity to attend a quilting retreat, I encourage you to go one day. It really is incredible fun. Spending so much time with like minded people is just good for the soul. :)

I was HORRIBLE about taking pictures, so I really don't have a lot to show....but the truth is, I have about 5 spare minutes to write this post. I had two days between returning from Indiana on Sunday until we get back in the car and drive to Florida for Thanksgiving. We leave at 0'dark-thirty in the morning. I'm as close to completely exhausted as I've ever been and truthfully, don't have a lot of energy or brain power to put together a witty blog post. But I really did want to share just a glimpse of the retreat...and to take a minute to reflect on the amazing time I spent with my quilty friends.

This is the sewing room. It's a great space with plenty of room to spread out...
I'm happy with how much I accomplished. I assembled my sister's choice blocks and now it's just waiting for borders. I'm still deciding what style of border I want to add....
This is a new project I started and got the top all assembled! It's a pattern by Moda called "Jovial" I bought my pattern in a quilt shop, but I found out you can download it for free here. If you can enlarge the pattern, you'll see the pinwheels are dimensional! Love it! The pattern is pretty simple to assemble, but I did come across a few issues....the biggest one being that if you buy exactly the amount of fabric called for in the directions, there isn't enough to make the quilt top as pictured on the pattern. I was able to make to make it work though by removing one row from the side of the quilt. The original layout is 6x6 rows of blocks, mine is only 5x6, but I'm fine with that. There is a green border attached, but it blends almost completely in to the carpet!
(Okay, this is annoying...I don't know why these words are underlined and I'm too tired to figure it out.) I started assembling my leaders and enders in to larger blocks. This pattern is Scrappy Irish Chain from Bonnie Hunter's book. I love it!! (okay, it's also annoying that this picture is sideways!! It looks fine on my computer until I load it here and it turns sideways...sigh. I think it's because it was taken with my iphone)
I also got all caught up on my new Block of the Month called Cotton Club. I didn't get a picture of those blocks, but I'll be sure to take one next time I work on them.

Here is a shot of our group all together. I miss them already! We have another retreat in May and as tired as I am today, I can't wait to go again! Thanks for all the fun, girls! And thanks to Angela for being our wonderful hostess! You can see a couple other recaps from this retreat on Milah's blog and Christine's blog.
In case you haven't heard, Bonnie's latest mystery quilt has started! I'm itching to get sewing on it, but it's going to have to wait until I return from Florida...I'll be two steps behind, but I'm determined I'll get caught up! If you want to check it out, head over to Quiltville.com.
I want to wish all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving! May God bless you and your family!

Happy Quilting!
Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Retreat #1 Recap

Retreat #1 was a huge success! It was incredibly fun...loads of laughs and I accomplished a lot of sewing and that's always a good thing!

The retreat was held at a hotel in Lewes, Delaware. The hotel closes this same weekend for the season, so there usually isn't any other guests. There was one mother/daughter guest staying the weekend...the mom was sorry she didn't bring her sewing machine! :)

Here is our room...there were two of us in each room. I didn't spend much time here. :) Lots of late night sewing...
This is the view from our balcony...my intent in taking the picture was to capture the beautiful trees, so disregard the garbage bins and random old VW van. LOL The weather was beautiful the whole time we were there.
Here is my sewing spot....not a ton of room, but it worked! I was thankful I brought my side table and mini iron.
We were set up in the lobby of the hotel...it was one long room with doors to the outside on both ends. Lots of light....
View of the other side....my table was almost right in the middle of the two sides.

I assembled a charity top for Downy Quilts for Kids....
Completely finished my December Count on It banner. Yay! I made all 12 of these this year!
A twister runner made from "Reindeer Games" by Moda...dontcha love the hotel carpet in the background?
(sorry for the bad phone picture) another twister runner, this one is "Northern Cardinal" also by Moda.

I made lots of progress on my Sister's Choice blocks. I think I'll make 12 more blocks and then start assembling!
I wish I had a few more pictures....especially one of the quilt shop that was TWO DOORS DOWN!! Do you have any idea how tempting that is? I would say that everyone made at least two visits every day to the shop. One evening, the shop owner came over and taught us how to make a small project. I'm giving mine as a gift, so I'm not going to show a picture just yet. :)

The retreat was loads of fun and I'm so glad I was able to go. I really enjoyed getting to know these ladies a little better. I'll have a few more pictures to show in the weeks ahead. We assembled two QOV tops and I brought home one to quilt, so I'll share that one soon.

Believe it or not, I'm all packed up and ready to leave at o'dark thirty tomorrow morning for the 2nd retreat. I'll be back in a few days to share pictures!

Happy Quilting!
Thursday, November 10, 2011

Not one, but two....

...quilting retreats coming up! How lucky am I? Two retreats in two weeks! A local quilting group that I joined a couple of months ago had a drop out for their retreat, so I was lucky enough to be able to take the spot. It starts tomorrow! And no...I'm not packed yet!

I return from that one on Monday and leave on Wednesday for Indiana for a retreat with the BackPorch girls. We've retreated together for years, so I'm looking forward to seeing them again!

I return from the Indiana retreat the Sunday before Thanksgiving and then just two days later we head to Florida to spend the holiday here....

and here!!
The kids (ages 21 and 24, mind you!) are the super excited to go here while at Universal:

Needless to say, the next few weeks are going to be a whirlwind! I'll try to pop in and give updates on the retreats, but I may be out of the loop for a while. I'm looking forward to a nice, relaxing December. :)

Happy Quilting!
Saturday, November 05, 2011

BFF Visit

Today I was lucky enough to spend the day with my two of my quilting BFF's. Robin is from Long Island, and Peggy is from New Jersey, so we don't get to see each other as often as we like. Unfortunately, we forgot to take a picture of the three of us this year. This picture is from their visit last year.
Our day started with a trip to a large craft show at the Delaware state fairgrounds, where we each found a few goodies to buy. Then it was back to my house for some fun on the long arm!
Again, we didn't do a good job of taking pictures, but I remembered to get a shot of Peggy as she quilted one of TWO runners. She was a pro right from the start and went home with two quilted tablerunners!

Our day came to an end way to soon, but they both have a long drive home, so we had to say goodbye. It was a great day and I'm so happy they came for a visit! I'm definitely looking forward to the next time we can all get together. :)

Happy Quilting!
Tuesday, November 01, 2011