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October 17, 2017
This is no way to start the day from caledonia quilter

Even a non-quilter should be able to figure out that something is not quite right here.

No. I don't have any more fabric with me.
No. There is no quilt shop within 80 kilometers of here.
Solution. Colourful language, then Baileys in my coffee.

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Around the Retreat Walls from Just Sayin' Sew

I know, I know….. I said I was gonna blog again.  And here it’s already been a whole week!  But alas, life gets in the way sometimes.  And I had a retreat to pack for and things to get ready.  Because JSS Retreat is a major event!

But you all need to see quilts, don’t you?  So without further ado, here is what’s happening on the design walls so far.  Hopefully I am attributing them to the correct quilter!

Cookie’s.  Love these cool applique designs.

Lynda’s.  I think she is required to make a few ...

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October 16, 2017
Retreat! from caledonia quilter

Sleep.  Sweet, deep sleep.   In spite of two glasses of wine and a two-pak of Dark Chocolate Reeces Pieces.
Yesterday I started at 5 am, so I could pick up Deb at 7 am, so we could be in Elmira by 9 am, so we could enjoy a trunk show/demo by Kelly Cline before we headed up to Tobermory.

Kelly was fabulous, she works with heirloom linens and creates beautiful works of art, drawing on her art degree and interior design background.  Excellent day!
Following that was a very tedious drive which seemed to take forever, up to Tobermory ...

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October 15, 2017
Why can't I be like normal people??? from caledonia quilter

Before we get to talkin' about me, we will discuss the change of the seasons.
This is the end of the Summer Quilt for 2017. (Washing quilts:  do it in the washing machine, on gentle "wash" cycle but full "spin" cycle.  Use a gentle detergent.)

Say "Hello" to the fall/winter quilt.  This was made with the fabrics I collected in Asia in 2009.  Wool batting, which is my absolute favorite.  Wash as noted above, but use cold water.

Now... Why can't I be like normal people?  This is a patio planter.  A big pot, about two feet across ...

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October 13, 2017
October 2017 Meeting from NYC Metro MOD Quilters

Welcome Back!


We had a wonderful first meeting of the Guild year. We got down to "business", discussing budget and bylaws. We also discussed programming and charity priorities for the coming year. It's going to be a fun one! Marie, our new President, got things rolling.



The Raffle table was stocked with goodies!


Coat of Arms
Our Treasurer, Greer, brought in the Coat of Arms so it can be passed to the next member. She wore it at the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky. She even added a zipper pull that's in the shape of Kentucky!

And ...

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October 10, 2017
Major Stash Busting…….. from Just Sayin' Sew

…is happening here!

Again, I cannot stress how major this is for me. Prepping for retreat ahead of time? What a novel concept. One that many of you discovered long ago. I’m a little slow in the learning curve apparently.

And now my entire stash of Christmas fabrics is cut into strips for a log cabin quilt. Or perhaps quilts. And it may or may not be the entire stash. I bet I will find more lurking somewhere.

Last night when I got home I found this on my nicely stacked strips.

Apparently Pebbles has already added a little ...

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October 2, 2017
Pumpkin Patch Retreat from Butterfly Threads



Earlier this year I was asked to teach an 'in house' retreat at Tiny Stitches (where I have the pleasure of working on Wednesdays and some Fridays and weekends.) I was so excited to spend a whole weekend with the fun folks who frequent the shop. I'm not exaggerating when I say we have the best quilters anywhere! These ladies are fun, creative, kind, supportive and wonderful to be around.


I was excited to plan and prepare for the weekend. I added a smaller version of the pumpkin quilt to the menu of offerings. I swapped ...

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Winter is Coming...& Final Zucchini Report from caledonia quilter

Yes.  Winter is coming and the Christmas quilts are starting!

The fabrics in this quilt are just beautiful.

Stitch in the ditch, plus 1/4" outlining outside the motifs.  Trees in the trees, and a swirly thing in the stars.

Straight lines, x-hatching, and the cutest angel/tree/star border design.

Because Winter is Coming, the spiders have been very busy.

I took these pics on a morning just after the fog had burned off but everything was still wet.

I am scared of the big spiders that build these webs.

But I must say, they are certainly beautiful when ...

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September 27, 2017
Sew'n Wild Oaks Retreat Day #2 from Sew'n Wild Oaks Quilting Blog

Hello Everyone,
 
Day #2 of the Sew'n Wild Oaks retreat ended with a lot of creativity by the end of the day.
 

 
Some of us stopped working and took a walk around the lake after lunch.  It was a beautiful day with a crystal blue sky.


The girls work, chat, and laugh at their workstations.

 
Joy's beautiful block!

Cindy's pile of scrappy leaves grows every time I walk by her table.

 Lisa's sweet applique.

I have a feeling that Mary's beautiful blue quilt is going to be all sewn together today.

 
Patty is going to ...

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September 25, 2017
The Retreaters Arrive TODAY! from Sew'n Wild Oaks Quilting Blog

Hello Everyone,
 
From all over California, twenty-one retreaters on headed in their cars northeast to Snowflake Lodge for the annual Sew'n Wild Oaks retreat which begins promptly at noon today.  Retreat number two is in October.
 

The cabin is decorated, and most of the cobwebs and spiders have been banished from their homes.


All tutorials are printed and ready for learning.


Even one of the bathrooms is sporting a quilt or two.


More pictures tomorrow of the quilters arrival and set up.  Dinner tonight at the Lodge then dessert at Wilder's Last Resort.  Good times ahead for the ...

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September 9, 2017
fancy foxes from Ellyn's Place

Baby quilt #2 that I pieced on retreat has been delivered to it's new tiny owner, so I can share it here! I was amazed how quick the foxes went together. I had cut them out (all from my stash) so when I got to retreat I was ready to sew sew sew...
Diann quilted it in a woodgrain pattern with minky on the back and it's super soft
I loved making this one! Just might do it again. Pattern is Fancy Foxes by Elizabeth Hartman.
This is finish #3 in the third quarter of the 2017 finish-along.

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September 5, 2017
More Guild Boutique items and some family pics from Pointless Quilter


I've been busy getting things made for my local guild's annual boutique.  This is our main fundraiser so we can have awesome teachers and to provide fabric and supplies for our charity quilts.

I went on a retreat two weekends ago so I got a lot of tops done.  I've been quilting the items during the week.
A lot of little gift bags - perfect for a gift card and some candy


Cord tacos -perfect for keeping your phone cords from getting tangled

Little pillow made from left over blocks from a quilt a friend was making at ...

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Another word on retreating. from Monkey's on the Porch

I know that I have really fallen off track on all the quilty things that I was hoping to get accomplished this year, but now that the kids are back in school I am looking forward to trying to get back to the fun quilty things I had planned.  Retreat was a great time and I did manage to get a few things done – I did a couple of pillow cases for the boys, finished another of the flower of the month things, and I managed to start and complete the top for one of the wedding quilts on which ...

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September 1, 2017
Summer Retreat 2017 from Sylvia Stitches

Earlier this month, we had another annual summer retreat for our Northern Virginia chapter of the American Sewing Guild.  I secured our venue at the National Conference Center in Leesburg, VA.  Three days of nothing but sewing fun with like-minded friends.  Sounds awesome, right!?!

We had a very large space again.  We were able to give everyone two tables for their workstation - set up like an "L".  Four "L" workstations are grouped together to form a pod.  We even had one 5-worktation pod.  These pods were scattered around the room.

A view of our space from up above.

I brought ...

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August 29, 2017
Summer Sewing Part 3: Retreat! String Piecing and More from Patchwork Sampler Blog

In March I received an email saying I got into the Jo’s Country Junction retreat with Bonnie Hunter. I was beyond excited!  When the retreat projects were announced, the excitement waned just a bit. One was String Spiderweb.  I know Bonnie does a lot of string piecing, but it is one of my least favorite techniques.  It’s just too messy and tedious. Lou Ann’s Quilt Garden and Retreat Center in Oelwein, Iowa hosted the event at their lovely retreat center. The venue is great with a big sewing area and accommodations in “apartments” upstairs. Even better, it ...

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August 25, 2017
Quilt Camp {Retreat Round Up} from Little Bunny Quilts

In the days leading up to leaving for quilt retreat last Saturday, my husband started telling me that I was going off to "quilt camp". After I told him that the place had on-site massages and pedicures, he asked if I planned to come home!

My mom and her quilt friends have been going to a few different retreat locations throughout Michigan for the last ten years or so. She has been wanting me to take the time off to go with her, and this year was the first time I have been able to make that happen.


We stayed ...

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Improv stripes from Ellyn's Place

A few weeks ago, Debbie, over at A Quilter's Table, started an improv stripes sew along. On the first day she gave us a tutorial for how she makes her blocks. This happened to coordinate with my retreat so, after finding some internet when we went into town, I read her post and set to work! I used all black and white prints, along with black, white & a bit of yellow solids.
Once I got home, it was fun to rearrange the blocks, trim them up to make them fit, and assemble them into a finished quilt. Because I ...

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August 23, 2017
The Monkeys visit a jail. from Monkey's on the Porch

The monkeys have all been pretty busy this summer but after our trip to Paducah we made some serious plans to have our own retreat.  We all calendared the dates and got our plans together.  This was to be our first foray into our own retreat separate from our guild organization and including just ourselves.  The potential for it to be awesome was very high.

I don’t want to string you along – it went so well that we have calendared 2 more retreats with plans for  a repeat trip to Paducah in 2019.

Everyone was able to make it ...

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August 16, 2017
And Sew It Began...Pieceful Stitches from Winter Wanderings

I have recently had the pleasure of spending a wonderful weekend at a new quilting retreat place in La Porte, Texas.


And Sew It Began is a remodeled 1913 Sears kit home -- upstairs is three bedrooms each with their own full bath.   

 

The bedrooms are beautifully decorated with different themes and there are sewing and quilt-y antiques throughout the home.

The Red & White themed room has three twin beds:




The 30's Reproduction themed room sleeps four individuals:


  

The Bluebonnet Patio is the only single room:



 This sweet bluebonnet quilt is one of my absolute favorites!  I think I love ...

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August 11, 2017
Enjoying Quilting Friends and Visiting Dad from Quilting My Way

This morning I enjoyed an hour to myself before heading out to my quilt meeting. I thought I would stop by to see how dad was doing before I go.

When I got there, I ended up cleaning up a mess the dog made (she's used to being up at 4 am). Dad was looking good. As I was helping clean the mess, I noticed mom forgot her cell phone. She was at the fair judging quilts. So, I took the phone and went to the fair to give it to her.

When I arrived, she was busy judging ...

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