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March 3, 2019
Fun at Quilt Retreat from From My Carolina Home

Three days of sewing with friends, what could be more fun?  I could have really used the time to get farther along on the Scrap Dance Minuet Mystery Quilt Along, but Step 2 hasn’t been posted yet (coming next Friday), and I didn’t want to give any sneak peeks, LOL!!   So, I took a bunch of other projects and made some great progress. I was fortunate to sit next to a sweet friend, Madeline, whom I do not get to see very often. She had her Featherweight to sew on, and I took my little Janome Gem. Each ...

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March 2, 2019
in and out and again . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

I had high hopes for February, but they didn't carry me very far, huh? And then I went and had surgery on my left shoulder yesterday, which means March will be very hit or miss . . . 
one day post-op...huge, football-like shoulder pad
the rotator cuff tear, halfway repaired
Because I don't enjoy typing one-handed, and my laptop doesn't auto-correct or do speech-to-text!  LOL!  I know, I know, first world problems!  :)

I purposely scheduled my surgery for the end of February so that I could attend our Stitcher's retreat on the 20th.  What a glorious long weekend ...

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February 15, 2019
Retreating with the McKinney Modern Quilt Guild from Ellyn's Place

Last weekend, our guild had a day retreat at the Best Little Retreat Center in Texas. Such a wonderful facility... AND you get to go home and sleep in your own bed at night. Can't beat it. 

There were so many wonderful projects in the works....

I finished up a couple of children's quilt tops to send to my mom. Her church group is working on quilts for each of their Angel Tree children at Christmas...
And I finished up this quilt top, with improv Xs made with the strip sets from the Sherri Lynn Wood workshop I ...

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February 13, 2019
January Projects from Stash Overflow

We have a bunch of geese that commute to the farm near my house every morning. Every night they fly back to their night time hangout. Their flight path is right over my house so we hear them every morning and evening.

A couple of weeks ago we had extremely cold temperatures for this area thanks to the Polar Vortex. This pond where the geese like to hang out froze over. I decided to stop and take a picture last week. I was surprised to see that the geese are sitting and standing on ice. When they’re not on ...

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January 21, 2019
Quilting Retreat from Butterfly Threads

It's time for my annual quilting retreat with my local guild. Every January we travel to a retreat center in the middle of nowhere. It's completely free from distractions (and sometimes hot water and often wifi) allowing us to focus on fabric, friends and fun!

I've been attending the annual retreat with this group for over 20 years. How can that be? Surely I'm not old enough to say that? Sigh, it's true though. I'm so blessed to have these women in my life. I love how quilting connects us. Between us we have ...

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December 18, 2018
Day 18: 2018 Review J-F-M from Nestlings By Robin

Time to look back a bit to where my year went. Here is a pic review and then some other posts to look back on.

Top row represents January into February.
I did so much appraisal shadowing these 2 months that I was very thankful to have time to go to St. Louis for a quilting retreat with friends from when I lived there.
This Blog Post discusses the retreat from a few years back when we were younger:)
Pics on top row are 1. View on the way to the airport to fly to St. Louis, 2. an aerial ...

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November 5, 2018
Retreat, Then Home from Ravelly1

This past weekend, my Wacky group went on retreat. We decided to only bring hand work. For two and a half days we stitched and laughed and ate. When I arrived home Mr. Cowboy asked to see what I'd accomplished. I showed him my progress. Needless to say, he was stunned at the small amount of done....hehehehehehehehe. I told him not to worry about it if he wanted his dinner...;-]

A girlfriend asked me to make her a small quilt for a veteran in her area. I'd been looking at this eagle for awhile so I dug ...

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November 1, 2018
Camp Kintail Retreat--Part 2 from The Cozy Quilter

If you read my previous blogpost, you will know that Christine and I spent the weekend at Camp Kintail at a crafter's retreat.  I worked on 4 projects..placemats for Meals on Wheels, a table topper (both of which were in the previous post) and a wall hanging.   In August 2017, I took a workshop with Jacquie Gering in St. Mary's Ontario about making house blocks.   You can see my post about this workshop here.   My houses have been hanging around on my design wall for over a year and this retreat was the perfect time to get ...

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October 30, 2018
A Little More Of Tobermory & The Prince Exhibit from caledonia quilter

A little yoga is good for the body, especially if you will be hunched over a sewing machine for much of the day.  Anni didn't seem to understand that Savasana (the Corpse pose) is just a nice rest.  I'm not dead.

See?  Proof that I'm not dead.  This was Friday before we departed.

I managed to complete my wee project.  Next I need to learn how to do binding on those weird angles.  (Well, actually the next step is getting it quilted.  Then the binding.)

One of the reasons I love the Beach Girls (there are many ...

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October 29, 2018
Camp Kintail Crafters' Retreat: Part 1 from The Cozy Quilter

Christine and I went to Camp Kintail this past weekend to sew for a couple of days.  There were over 70 crafters at the retreat--knitters, crocheters, painters, quilters, scrapbookers, etc.  Christine and I had a corner to ourselves at the retreat and both of us were very productive!  It rained most of the weekend --great weather for staying inside to work on our projects.  Of course, we both brought more  projects than we could possibly get done in a weekend but it was good to have choices.

I started out on Friday night working on two placemats for Meals on ...

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October 27, 2018
Photographs and Memories from Sew'n Wild Oaks Quilting Blog

 Hello Everyone,

This is a picture heavy post this morning.  I have so many more photos to show you how productive "my girls" were at my Sew'n Wild Oaks Retreat.  Many of their projects made it into the finished column.  Melody finished her borders to a round of well-deserved applause.

It is so hard to find enough words and adjectives to describe our time together.  We laughed so hard we ached.


We talked, we shared, we helped each other with a quilting issue.  We had a great four days.

Enjoy the quilt show.


There was so much beauty in ...

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October 26, 2018
The News from Here from The Cozy Quilter

I have been stitching away on the silver outlining on my Frank Lloyd Wright Fountain Glass project this week.  I sometimes have a bit of time in the morning before I go to work and take 15 or 20 minutes to add a few more stitches.  Every little bit gets me closer to finishing. I like how the outlining makes it look more like a stained glass window, which was the inspiration for the pattern. 

There is a lot of outlining in the top half of this picture.  The bottom half is not quite so intense. 

Last night was the ...

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October 16, 2018
Oops, I did it again! from Stash Overflow

What did I do? Let’s leave that for later.

Here’s the view from my driveway yesterday. They’ve started construction on the final group in my development which happens to be directly across the street from me. The next few months are going to be even more annoying than the last few since they’ve run out of space to store their supplies. These are the forms for the concrete walls. They poured the footers last week.


I expect to see this again tomorrow. The many, many concrete trucks line up along the street and one by one ...

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Annual Tobermory Retreat from caledonia quilter

Well, we're celebrating our 10th retreat-aversary up here.  In the spirit of festivity, I encouraged a little bit of day drinking with our lunch...very French, you know.

I was on food duty yesterday so there were beef crostinis with a little MORE day drinking.

Then dessert after supper included the Boozie Floozies I made (sun dried cherries soaked for a couple weeks in Bourbon and Grand Marnier).

Since my kitchen duties are finished for the week I was stitching up a storm this morning and managed to be the first one "on the railing".

This afternoon I'm ...

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October 4, 2018
Needle, Paper, Scissors {Paper Piecing with Island Batik!} from Little Bunny Quilts

As an Island Batik Ambassador, I am provided with samples of various lines of Island Batik fabrics to use and share with you!

If you've followed me for any length of time, you know that I absolutely LOVE foundation paper piecing! I've been looking forward to this challenge since we got our project calendar all the way back in January.

When we got our July shipments, I decided that I wanted to use the London Fog fabrics to make a new version of our Christine's Kitchen pattern. This pattern was our 2017 QAL -- when I made my ...

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September 27, 2018
Sew'n Wild Oaks Retreat Day Three from Sew'n Wild Oaks Quilting Blog

Hello Everyone,
I'm really running late today.  Only time for a few pictures before I head off to the retreat.  Here's a snapshot of yesterday.



The girls have been very productive and stopped quilting long enough to take a walk around the lake.

Just a hint of fall color in this tree.  It will be entirely different next month.

All of the beautiful projects have been brought to you by this group of wonderful women. 

If the walls could talk, you would all be rolling on the floor........



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September 26, 2018
Sew'n Wild Oaks Retreat Day Two from Sew'n Wild Oaks Quilting Blog

Hello Everyone,
Here are some images of the fantastic quilting that took place during the retreat yesterday.  I wish you could hear the laughter and the chatter throughout the entire day.  It is heartwarming.

Country Sunshine

Friends helping friends with a layout.

Row-Mancing Alaska

Grammy Squares

Lil' Orphan Scrappy

Country Sunshine

Zinnie's Choice

Of course we never get enough food!

Lil' Orphan Scrappy

Joy went dumpster diving last year at the retreat and came up with many little scraps and created precious, little table toppers with them.  Nothing goes unused!


Country Charmer

Country Charmer

So much is getting accomplished ...

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September 25, 2018
Sew'n Wild Oaks Retreat Day One from Sew'n Wild Oaks Quilting Blog

Hello Everyone,
A picture heavy post this morning of the first day of the retreat at Snowflake Lodge.  The girls came with tons of projects to work on.  Be still me heart Country Charmer blocks.

Everywhere I looked, I saw beauty in the projects, and in the faces, and hearts of the quilters in the room.

It was a beautiful day to begin the retreat.

Lunch on the deck.

Then it was time to get back to work.

Then dinner.

I had a little mini workshop in my lecture area.

I do two lectures today, paper piecing and Patchwork Math ...

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September 24, 2018
Let the Retreat Begin from Sew'n Wild Oaks Quilting Blog

Hello Everyone,
I finally finished my Fall decorating and I'm ready for the quilting retreaters field trip to the cabin.

Usually the decorations come out from under the house the first day of September.  I was a bit late this year!  Notice there are three Butterscotch Baskets quilts sprinkled around the cabin.  They are perfect for Fall decorating.

Even the bathrooms have fall-themed quilts in them.

I finally found the wreath for the headboard.  Doesn't every headboard need to be decorated?

Almost everything I need for the retreat is down at the Lodge, set up in our spacious ...

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September 9, 2018
Nouveau Muses, Buckhorn Quilt Show, Zucchini Report from caledonia quilter

This is called Nouveau Muses.  I had to get help spelling "nouveau" because it seems my brain is not as sharp as it was 30 years ago.

These lady panels are drop-dead-gorgeous.  If you've been hearing about the new digital prints, this is an excellent example.

They were paired with some beautiful William Morris prints for the borders & sashings & panel insets above and below the ladies.

I did some pretty quilting in the piecing, but in the panels I just did outline quilting along the printed lines. 

This used wool batting which added a perfect 3-D effect to the ...

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