Showing posts with label Quilt Retreat. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Quilt Retreat. Show all posts

Monday, October 15, 2012

Catching up again! Some swap sewing and retreat hi-lites.

Last week came and went and I just couldn't find the extra time to blog. I was busy every night.  I had to make some choices and the computer didn't win...

Since the last time I blogged,  I went on a quilt retreat with my friends and had a great time.   I only finished one thing but I  got a few things further along too.  Good food, good friends and relaxation.  It's so nice to get away and not worry about making dinner, answering the phone, cleaning, laundry, etc, etc.  Nothing but me time.  That's what I like about retreats. I can sew until I'm too tired to sit any longer or take a walk or even a nap.  Of course, I didn't do those things. I just sewed and sewed. and ate and talked alot!  I took my tatting and my knitting but didn't touch either one.  We did make a trip into the local quilt shop and I bought a new project too.  Like I needed another project, right?  I saw this quilt and just had to have it, it was beautiful and I didn't want it to get away from me.  I'll be starting it soon but I have to finish at least 3 things first.  I started out telling myself I had to finish 5 things but decided to lower it to 3!  Ha, ha, I don't know if I can wait but I'm going to be patient and get some small things done first. 

When I came home Sunday, I was so tired. I brought all of my stuff in from the car and put my sewing room back together. I planned on sewing some but it just didn't happen. I sat in my chair and started watching some TV I had recorded and fell fast asleep. No sewing that day or the rest of the week either.   I didn't get to sew again until this past Saturday afternoon!  Last week was busy with grandkids and friends and family but no time to sew. I did watch TV one night and I knitted for awhile.  I'm still working on my Wingspan shawl. 

Saturday, I planned on finishing my blocks for my current swap but I only sewed on them a little while.  The grandbaby didn't want to cooperate and take a good nap. I had to finally put my sewing away and play with her....What a sacrifice! Not!

 Sunday afternoon, I was finally able to finish them up.  I made my 5 blocks for my swap this Thursday....These blocks took me forever!  Have you ever made a block and had to unsew it because it wasn't right?  Well, these blocks and I didn't get along at all.  I used fabrics for the outside triangles that were two different fabrics.  I had enough to do 3 blocks of one fabric and the other two were supposed to be the other fabric. I had to unsew them because the outside triangle fabrics weren't the same. I wasn't paying attention and sewed the wrong fabrics on the blocks.  They looked almost alike and I started to leave them as they were but I just couldn't stand it. I had to rip out.  I got my trusty seam ripper out and unsewed them. Then, I was stupid enough to sew two blocks wrong again!!!!I didn't think I would ever get these simple blocks done.  I was so aggravated with myself.  I was trying to watch Felix Baumgartner jump out of that balloon 24 miles up and I wasn't paying attention to what I was doing.  OMG, I am so glad those are done too! 5 blocks took nearly all afternoon but I finally got them done.  One more thing out of the way for the month! If you click on the pics, you can see how close the fabrics were....

One of my accomplishments at retreat was my 40 Nine Patches for the month. I love mindless sewing when I'm with someone.  I can chat and sew and not have to think about what I'm doing.  These weren't so bad this month.   We are down to only 4 more months and we'll have enough nine patches for the quilt... Yay! 

I wanted to show you what I worked on at retreat.  I decided I would make both my granddaughters the same quilt.  I think I told you that last week.  Well, I got alot of the blocks done at retreat.  I still have more to do but I am alot further along on this now.  I ran out of white fabric and had to buy some more.  That was my main reason for going to the quilt shop at retreat.  I couldn't stand the temptation though....

Can you tell there are two quilts on my design wall?  I still have some more blocks to make. I'm making them 6 X 8. I'm trying to make them both alike but I have a few blocks in there that are different. The colors are the same but the fabric is different, but just a few.   I think I still need about 20 more blocks.  I have so enjoyed making these blocks.  I even showed the girls at retreat how to make these and they started making some too.  These are my Disappearing 4 patches I've been working on for the Scrappy Rainbow challenge this year.  I've already decided what my borders will be for these two but have to find the fabric.  All of the fabric used is scrap except for the white. I had to buy extra white on white fabric as I used all of mine from my stash.  I hope my sweet granddaughters will like them. 

Now, here's a few pics of what some of my friends did at retreat....
Karen was working on a Trip Around the World quilt....
Ruth and Jessica (Mother and daughter team) worked on this beautiful Christmas quilt. Click on the picture and see how pretty this quilt is.  They almost finished this one. They still had to add the beautiful border on it when they left...This was a kit they bought a few years ago. The daughter will get this one...

This is a quilt that Judy was working on. The pattern was in a McCall's quilting mag from 2005. 

Some Christmas Dresden blocks. Glenda did these and they were going to be for our Christmas challenge swap but she liked them so much she decided to keep them and make a runner out of them.  She bought two fat quarters and made 5 dresden plates.
This is Witch Judy...she dressed up for us the last day we were at retreat.  So cute but I wish I had taken a pic of her socks...


Thursday, May 10, 2012

Retreat Update

Last week I went to retreat. I went there on Thursday and stayed until Sunday afternoon.  I had a great time except for my allergies and not sleeping....The allergies I tried to handle with pills and staying in.  It was ok except it sure drug me down.  I did rest but tossed and turned nearly every night. By the time I got home, I was exhausted.  I have been kinda off all week but I'm bouncing back, although slowly!!! 
I will go back again but hopefully the no sleep part was due to the allergy medication and next time won't be so bad.  I had a great time and got alot done too.  I started cutting out this quilt Thursday afternoon and cut it completely out before I started sewing.  I started sewing late Thursday afternoon and finished putting it altogether on Friday afternoon.  From a distance, the off-white fabric looked like it had bugs or ants on it, we all had a good laugh about it.  When I got home today, I had cut out the leaves at lunch and I ironed them on. I still have to stitch around them but it looks like it should now. 

Doesn't it look better with the leaves?  I can't wait to quilt it...I've already decided on a name for this one, Autumn Splendor.

Here's a closer look at the leaves.

The next thing I worked on at retreat was this Thimbleberries pattern.  These aren't Thimbleberries fabrics, just the pattern.   I started this last month on Thimbleberries day and wanted to work on it more but never did.  I've been thinking about making it bigger but I've decided I'm not going to. Now, since I made that decision, I have picked out the fabrics for the borders and I'll be putting those on next.

I pulled out this little tablerunner next and put it together.  I still need to add a border to it but I didn't have the right ruler with me and didn't want to mess it up.   I'll be working on this Saturday if not before....

Here's a close-up of the fabrics for the tablerunner.  I have had this kit for about ten years.  I forgot about it and found it when I was straightening up and moving stuff around.  I really enjoy surprises, don't you?

I made a few other blocks to go with other projects but didn't take any pics of those. I did take pics of some of the projects my friends worked on and now you'll see those.....

This started out in a class for a tablerunner but Annalee turned it into a quilt.

This is a great setting for the Barbara Brackmen blocks from last year.

This was a pizza box project that Jackie participated in.  It looks more gold than it really is...

This was a block of the month from last year.

A work in progress....

This is a Round Robin that's taking place over the internet....

Another WIP...

Almost finished....

Another Block of the month. 

A quilt for a future grand child

Some more works in progress.

There was alot of work going on in the room. Some projects got finished and some are still on-going. Hopefully, I'll get to see the finished projects soon and get to show you too. Til next time, happy quilting!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Weekend Happenings and me time.

Well, I was busy over the weekend but it wasn't with sewing.  I kep the youngest grand child Friday night and Saturday.  She didn't really want me to sew anything. She wanted Grammy time. So that's what we did.  I played with her and watched some of her programs and just focused on her. 

 Plus, I haven't been doing too much of anything as my allergies are full blown.  I've been taking allergy medicine and feel like I'm a walking zombie.  I get home and don't want to do anything.  I have to make myself do anything.  My eyes are the worst. I can't even wear makeup as my eyes water and burn so much.  I love Spring but it sure doesn't like me.  Enough of my woes though.  I just can't get it together to think about too much right now.  Maybe when it's Summer and hotter than H!  I'll be inside buzzing around with my sewing machine....

Sunday afternoon, there was an official one year birthday party for Carmen. We went to the park for and had a great time with her. The older kids fed the ducks and walked beside the water and the oldsters sat around and watched. Then we had cake and ice cream and watched Carmen tear into her gifts. It was alot of fun and so good to see family on both sides. 

Carmen and her Daddy - My youngest son, Josh

two of the grandkids by the lake

Carmen with her cousin and her Mahma

Carmen got a little messy tearing into her smash birthday cake!

She loved reading the cards. She wanted to kiss all the little animals on the birthday cards.
It was a great time for all of us.  It's so much fun to see children having a good time with loved ones all around, Happy Birthday, Carmen, you are truly loved!

After the party, my DH and I took the other three grandkids with us to eat BBQ and another park over by their house to play while their parents went to the Ranger game.  That was fun too but I was a tired puppy when we got home!  It was midnight and I didn't want to do anything but go straight to bed! 
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday was nothing special. Just work like crazy so I can take off work for Thursday and Friday to go on retreat.  That's right, you heard me, it's retreat time.  I am ready for it too! Well, my body and spirit are ready. I'm not ready yet as I haven't even decided exactly what I'm taking so I need to get off of this and get ready to go. I'm heading out in about three hours so I have to get it together.  Usually, I have everything ready and the car packed the night before but I was so tired last night when I got home, I sat down to read the mail and that's where I stayed.  I woke up and went to bed and set the alarm to get it together today.  So, that's what I'm doing in a few minutes. I'm going to have some me time....Yeah, 4 whole days to sew and be with my friends. So, hopefully, I can show you some great things when I get back. Everyone, have a great week and get some sewing time in. Til next time, happy sewing!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Lots of fun and got lots done too!

Ok, it's Wednesday and I still haven't written anything down....oh my!  I went to retreat last Thursday and just sewed and sewed or should I say, ate and sewed and ate some more and just had the best time!  I got so much done and had a great time doing it too.  I went to the usual place that I love called Greenbriar Retreat in Eustace, Tx and it is just wonderful to go there.  Words just can't describe what a wonderful place this is to go to.  The atmosphere is wonderful and the food is divine.  I think I gained ten pounds just for the few days I was there.  Oh, I was wishing I could stay longer when it was time to go too but I had to face reality and come back home.... I got home and they were asking me to cook.  Wow, I got spoiled really quickly!  Anyway, I did get lots done and I'll show you my pics tonight when I load them on my computer at home.  I used to blog more because I could do it at lunch and post pictures but the work computer no longer likes blogger and it rejects anything I try to post....I'm also having trouble commenting on some blogs but that's another story.

I finished these tops at retreat...
My One Block Wonder is all together and ready to be quilted.
I put together another small scrappy purple quilt.
I put the third top together for Brown Bear. This was the last panel I had and I just put borders around it.
I made backs for all of the quilts above.
I made a quilters pillow. I'm not sure what to call it. It's a big pillow (looks like a big pincushion) and you put it in your lap to work on applique or tatting or hand-work.  I love it....
I made another Sock Monkey. 
I made several blocks for various projects in progress too. I didn't finish all the blocks but got further along on the projects...
I learned a new, fun block and I'll share that with you later too. Hmm, I don't know if I'm leaving anything out or not but when I post the pictures later, I'll try to remember.  Anyway, if you've never been on a retreat, you really need to try to go. It's a lot of fun, fellowship and food.  You get to visit with your friends longer and get to know others that you didn't know before. It's like a slumber party for adults and I love to go to these. My mind and my spirit gets refreshed too.  I recommend them highly...Well, I will continue this later and show you my projects...til next time, go sew! 

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Retreat Pictures

These are some of the quilts we saw at the quilt shop we went to in Anthens, Tx. while on retreat.   This was done in colored embroidery work and it was beautiful.
A Cute Apron

A great Texas quilt...

Look at this pretty Christmas quilt.

This one would be great for scraps.

I loved this one.

This is a friendship block I made for Glenda...

Some Crazy 8 squares I made at retreat.  I am doing these in florals.  I've got 30 so far but need 56.

I made this little Christmas wallhanging.  All I have to do to finish this one is pink the edges.

Jackie made this cute little tablerunner with that little tilt ruler.  I forget what it's called but you cut your blocks, sew them together and then use the ruler to cut

 Here's some more blocks for our church quilt. Jackie made these two.

Glenda made several of these little Angel wallhangings for her co-workers.

Glenda made these for her Mom. This was a BOM and had 6 blocks.  She only decided to do 4 of them and she will be framing these instead of making them into a quilt.

Glenda finished this little quilt top.  She'll be giving this one away.

Civil War BOW

Civil War BOW
Barbara Brackmen does it again! A weekly Block of the week. Comes out every Saturday!

To Recall The Fight For Women's Rights

Civil War Quilts by Barbara Brackman

Getting It Done Challenge

Getting It Done Challenge
2013 is the year I want to get it done! How about you? Are you up for a challenge?

Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2013

Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2012

Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2012
Angela's Doing It Again This Year!

Friday Night Sew In

Handmade by Heidi


Disappearing 9 Patch QAL

Christmas with Lesley

April Get It Done Challenge List

  • Make 30 floating four patch blocks
  • Bind the scrappy half square triangle quilt-Done.
  • Quilt and Bind the Purple/Gold tablerunner
  • Put the Civil War blocks together-Top is Done!

Free Motion Quilting Challenge for 2012

A Few Scraps Quilt Along

Christmas Through the Year

Thimbleberries Sew Day!


Bingo during May For Me

Getting It Done Challenge List

  • March Challenge List
  • Bind my Thimbleberries Garden Quilt-done 03-05-13
  • Quilt & Bind the Brown Bow Tie Quilt - done- 03-11-13
  • Quilt & Bind the Red Scrap Quilt
  • Quilt & Bind the 2nd D4P Quilt
  • .
  • February Challenge List
  • Bind my Thimbleberries Garden Quilt
  • Quilt & Bind the Brown Bow Tie Quilt
  • Quilt & Bind the Red Scrap Quilt
  • Quilt & Bind the Red & White Christmas tablerunner-done

Autumn Block Party by the Quilting Gallery

Glorious Autumn Block Party and Super Deals for Quilters

Christmas QAL


Year of the Pig Wednesdays

Pat Sloan

Patchwork & Quilting Radio - Hosted by Pat Sloan.

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Sew Cal Gal's AccuQuilt GO! Ahead and Show Some Love Blog Hop

Christmas Quilt Show by SewCalGal

Verse of the Day

Moose on the Porch Star QAL

Little feet calendar

Scrappy Challenge-Scrappy Saturdays

Positive Thoughts to Brighten our Journey

Little Miss Shabby blog

Free Motion Quilting Project-2011

Free Motion Quilting Project

Mystery Monday Button


Free BOMs over at Ellies Quilt Place

Amy's BOM Website

2010 BOM from Amy

UFO Challenge 2011

2011 UFO Challenge List

  • 1. 30's Sampler..I'm still working on this one!
  • 2. English Paper Piecing Baby Quilt-A Little of This A Little of That-flimsy completed 02-04-11, ready for quilting!
  • 3. Scrappy BOM - Flimsy completed 01-28-11, ready for quilting!
  • 4. Purple Stack and Whack- flimsy is together, ready for quilting
  • 5. Blue 9 Patches - flimsy is together, ready for quilting
  • 6. The Moose Quilt-still in pieces.
  • 7. Row By Row Quilt, quilted-binding is on but needs to be sewn down.
  • 8. Hexagon Magic- flimsy completed 02-01-11, ready for quilting!
  • 9. Santa Claus Quilt-ready for quilting.
  • 10. Hand Pieced Stars

2010 Finishes!!!

  • Nov 21-Oh, My Stars!
  • Oct 18- Boo Quilt
  • Oct 10 - Christmas Tree Quilt
  • Oct 10 -Turning Twenty (30's Repro) Quilt
  • Sept 25- Baked Alaska-quilt top for LQS
  • Sept 25 -Table Manners
  • Sept 20 - Dear Blanche
  • Sept 15 -Funny Flowers
  • Sept 7- Pink Toile Nursery Rhyme Quilt top for Carolyn
  • August 16- Plaid Teddy Bear
  • August 16-Red Heart Tablerunner
  • August 9 - Mother Goose
  • July 27-Autumn Braid Tablerunner
  • February 27- I Love to Fly-donation quilt
  • Feb 20 - Warm Fuzzies-Donation Quilt
  • Feb 7 - My Sewing Friends Quilt
  • Feb 1 - Nostalgic Garden Quilt
  • January 25 - Love Pillowcase for Alayna
  • January 12 - Pillowcases for Thomas Quilt

Quilting Bloggers

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Moda Bake Shop

Moda Bake Shop

Lynette Anderson's BOM


Photobucket-Dallas Quilt Show 2011

Free Quilt Patterns

I'm a slow poke too!

The Dear Jane Quilt

Great site for Crazy Quilt Patchwork


First Friday Freebie

Quilts For Kids Website


Linda-Quiltville block

Linda-Quiltville block

Fat Cat Patterns


Great tips of all kinds!

The Kind Hearted Pledge

Bargello Bowl

A Quiltville Mystery Quilt

Carolina Crossroads

Orange Crush

Double Delight - I want to make this one too...soon.

Carolina Christmas-I want to make one soon

A Tisket A Tasket BOM 2009

2009 Christmas Quilt for Patchalot Patterns

Christmas Sparkler 2008

Christmas Sparkler 2008
Free Pattern from Patchalot

My Word Cloud

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My Rainbow

Your rainbow is intensely shaded green, white, and blue.


What is says about you: You are a contemplative person. You appreciate friends who get along with one another. You share hobbies with friends and like trying to fit into their routines. Those around you admire your fresh outlook and vitality.

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Charity Quilter

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