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November 12, 2022
Guild Retreat from Quilting Studio Adventures


To state the obvious, our guild hasn't met much in person for the past two years.  There was a retreat last spring, but participation was determined by a lottery.  And I didn't get in.  But the recent retreat was held at a hotel near O'Hare and participation was not limited.  I've been feeling a bit disconnected from the guild and my mates.  And this retreat took care of that feeling.  So good to reconnect with the oldies and meet some of the newbies. 
Guild retreats mean unbridled sewing.  Instead of 6 hours a day, one may ...

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November 6, 2022
Sew'n Wild Oaks October Retreat from Sew'n Wild Oaks Quilting Blog

 Hello Everyone,

Many of you have been sending me emails wondering where I've been.  Well....I've been sick.  So sick I missed the last day of my retreat and my sister, Gail had to step in and finish the last day for me.  I have a backlog of pictures to show you from the retreat.  Again, this group of women were an absolute delight!  We were all so lucky to be able to spend so much quality, quilting time together.

Let's start off with a mini quilt show today.  First up are mother/daughter quilts made by ...

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November 4, 2022
Secret Sewing Season and a Retreat from The Cozy Quilter

 I have been working on some secret Christmas sewing all week.  It is a hand stitching project and I just love how it is turning out!  Unfortunately, I can't show any pictures until after December 25th. 

This weekend, Christine and I are going on a retreat with the Oxford Quilter's Guild.  I spent a couple of hours Wednesday evening gathering projects to take with me.  I like to bring a variety of things with me so I have a choice. Of course, I have a couple of projects to work on by hand, including this cute sheep ornament ...

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October 31, 2022
Seasonal Quilts & Tales From My Boring Life (boring is good) from caledonia quilter

I quilted these two back in July.  One for Christmas. 

One for fall.

This belongs to a friend of mine, for winter.

This is one of mine that is planned as a Christmas gift.

My life is generally pretty boring and I'm ok with that.  Boring is good!  Boring means you don't have to call your friend and repeat yourself because she can't understand what you're saying while you're crying and hiccupping and blowing your nose.  I actually had a not boring, really FUN week in October, though.

In my last post I mentioned that ...

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October 25, 2022
October Sew'n Wild Oaks Retreat from Sew'n Wild Oaks Quilting Blog

 Hello Everyone,

Girls just want to have fun at the Sew'n Wild Oaks retreat kick-off dinner at my cabin.

The girls started trickling into town and found their way to Snowflake Lodge to get set up for the retreat.

Some started in sewing right away before heading off to dinner.

I have several new attendees as indicated by the raised hands.  The new recruits blended in perfectly with the previous retreaters.

We had a wonderful day on Monday with class in the morning and one in the afternoon. Quite a few of us walked around Snowflake Lake during a ...

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October 20, 2022
October 20, 2022 from Ravelly1

 Good heavens.......I've not been posting so quite some time. Here's a bit of what I've been doing in not certain order.

My community group hosted a car show. It was so much fun. The white Chevy truck took first place.

I won Best in Show and Go Texan at our County Fair. My quilt will go to Houston sometime in 2023.

Our church did a picnic in the the cemetery which sounds weird but we all had a blast fellowshipping and having lunch.

Look at this beautiful bloom!!

I went out to my jeep one morning ...

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October 15, 2022
A Quick Catch-up from caledonia quilter

Where I'm going tonight.  Might come home with a new t-shirt!

I made a couple of pear & raspberry galettes to thank the ladies who gifted me with the fruit.

Coco trying to coerce a treat (?) out of one of the trainers at doggy daycare.

What I did to her AFTER daycare.

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The fall retreat - Day Five from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

The last day of any retreat is bittersweet. While we are excited to go home, it's time to leave, and no one wants to go home. This retreat house is several hours away, so I had plans to leave at 1 PM, and it was exactly 1 PM when I drove out of the driveway. 

However, I managed to get a lot accomplished before I left. All in all, this was probably one of the most productive retreats EVER! I've no idea how that happened. 

This was my last day to take a walk to the lake, so ...

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October 11, 2022
Fall retreat - Day One from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

 Well this is the last retreat of 2022. I will say that there were a few of them this year, and I've enjoyed every one of them. Yes -- I am spoiled and I truly appreciate all my friends who have made the retreats possible. I would NOT be renting a house just for me! 

There are retreats booked for next year and I believe all of the spots are full! That's how much we love our retreats! We are at Seams Appropriate near Huntsville in case you are wondering! 

In the past, we have always gone to the ...

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October 1, 2022
Sew'n Wild Oaks Retreat Day Four from Sew'n Wild Oaks Quilting Blog

Hello Everyone,

I only have time for a picture-heavy quick post this morning.  Here's another mini quilt show of some fabulous quilts made by the quilters who attended my Sew'n Wild Oaks retreat.

Christmas Ribbons

Prairie Flower


Front of the project bag

Back of the project bag

Country Charmer

Rob, the manager of Snowflake Lodge restaurant, would serenade us before every meal.  Now we are spoiled and can't start to eat until someone sings to us.

Peek-A-Boo Pumpkins

Country Sampler

Heartfelt goodbyes.

This group of inspirational women filled my heart to overflowing every single day of ...

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September 28, 2022
Sew'n Wild Oaks Retreat Day 3 from Sew'n Wild Oaks Quilting Blog

 Hello Everyone,

Here is just part of the show and tell from the retreat last night which was inspiring and amazing at the same time.

The amount of creativity in the room was over the top.

This quilt was embroidered by hand.

This is my 'Spoken For' pattern.

This quilt is my 'Party in the Garden' pattern.

Jeannie painted the panels in her quilt.

The mini quilt show was brought to you by these amazingly talented, funny, compassionate, strong, and beautiful women.

This is a picture of the 'Dutch Mafia', 

The girls modeled their little Dutch slippers.

Here are the ...

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September 27, 2022
September Sew'n Wild Oaks Retreat Day Two from Sew'n Wild Oaks Quilting Blog

Hello Everyone,

We had another fun-filled inspiring day at the retreat.  There is beauty everywhere you look.

I taught one class in the morning and one in the afternoon.

Some of us ate our breakfast out on the deck.

Some chose to eat inside.

I love it when someone will ask for help and a spontaneous class happens taught by one of the retreaters.  Quilters helping quilters.

The crystal blue sky and Snowflake Lake beckoned some of us for an afternoon walk around the lake.

It was a glorious day!

We had appetizers and wine on the deck before dinner ...

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September 26, 2022
September Sew'n Wild Oaks Retreat Day One from Sew'n Wild Oaks Quilting Blog

 Hello Everyone,

My fabulous set-up crew and I had an excellent start to my Sew'n Wild Oaks retreat yesterday while we lunched on the deck at Snowflake Lodge in Arnold, Ca.

Quilters started to join us as they trickled their way to the retreat from all over California.

They settled in and started right to work.

Once most of them arrived, I welcomed them with my opening remarks and the plans for the next four days of quilting fun.

Here is just a snippet of some of the projects they are working on.

Now Cindy has the right idea ...

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August 9, 2022
multiples . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

This past weekend was a loooooong, lovely weekend!  I had a retreat with my Stitcher's Etc. group at Hinkle Hill Retreat House in Bell Buckle, TN scheduled for Thursday through Sunday.  But since I knew I'd miss my boat day with Todd on Friday, I took an extra day (Wednesday), which we spent on the lake . . .
It was really a gorgeous day.  Blue skies and popcorn clouds!  We didn't get into any rain (you never know when a little storm cloud is going to pop up, because of the high heat and humidity), but we did see ...

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The great cat wrangling caper from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

Lots of great tips on the rash -- thanks to everyone for that, and YES -- I agree about the blow dryer, although I didn't resort to that. But the cool air blowing on my arm in spin class was very soothing. I'm happy to report that while it's still itchy and I'm keeping my hands off of it, it's calmed down. That Tea Tree Oil did the trick! Now to prevent anything from touching it, which reminds me it's there, and I want to scratch it! 

This weather is crazy! One day we're in ...

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July 12, 2022
Unpacking from retreat from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

 OK -- a much better sleep last night. I HATE those sleepless nights - like what a waste of time!

I spent most of yesterday attempting to unpack the bags I took to the retreat. I wanted to ensure that I actioned what needed to be done and not just put it back, where it would be useless for the next retreat or to finish it. Slow and steady -- that's my motto. 

Well, I never found a picture of the car when Dede and I were packed, but I found one I took after I packed my HALF of the vehicle ...

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July 10, 2022
Sewing accomplishments at the retreat from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

 HA -- I love the comments - I LOVE them all referring to the Jen Kingwell quilts. Yes, indeed - I LOVE them all, and very hard to pick the one I like the least. They are all so worthy in their own right, and I'm just so darn proud of everyone who finished, and there will be more finished quilts. Those will get posted and added to the appropriate slot to keep them all in the same place. You'll know when that happens. 

It's that bittersweet day at any retreat, as we're going home today. But as usual ...

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May 13, 2022
Timna Tarr at Marc Adams School of Woodworking on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

This is why we asked Will for more tables!

 Is anybody surprised that a week after getting home, not only am I just feeling normal again but my
studio is not unpacked?  Gosh!!  There it all sits in the middle of the room just waiting to get back to its proper place.  It really was a great class....exhausting...but great.  After spending 2 years isolating it was so odd to be around people for most of the day!

Back in the early 90s, Marc Adams had the vision to start a woodworking school in the middle of a cornfield ...

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May 5, 2022
Quilt Retreat - Day One from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

 Guess what?? Yep -- we're back at a quilting retreat. YES --- I know that I'm fortunate to be able to go as often as I do. When we first started going to quilt retreats, we used to rent the same house for every retreat, and it was the same group of people, and things were easy! 

When that first house closed down, we moved to another one that was a bit closer, and that was fun. Then that one closed down, but we found another one even closer. This time, we're at a different one -- we first came ...

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April 21, 2022
This and That from Sew'n Wild Oaks Quilting Blog

 Hello Everyone,

I was so happy when Justin Hancock, the owner of Hancock's of Paducah asked if they could display A Ribbon Runs Through It in their shop during American Quilter's Society (AQS) show in Paducah this month.

Hancock's of Paducah has kits available for this quilt.  If you are interested, you can see the kits by clicking HERE.  I would love to go and visit their shop and see the show. Maybe I can head back to Kentucky at another time, but not this month.

Thirty-two quilters will be pulling into my little community to attend ...

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