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April 1, 2020
I'm packed and ready to go!!! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


Another exciting and entertaining day at my house! HEY -- any day can be exciting and entertaining. Did you know that WE alone have the control as to how each day turns out? It's all in how you look at it. You can see doom and gloom or you can look at these days as days of leisure. Haven't we all dreamed of days where we had nothing to do and no responsibilities? Well - that's kind of what this feels like.

I do have commitments even though I can't go anywhere and I'm working on those ...

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March 31, 2020
Entertainment During The Pandemic, UFO's, Quilt Ideas, Local Happenings from caledonia quilter

SCHEDULING UPDATE
At the moment I still have seven quilts here that I will be working on.  As they're ready I'll contact you and arrange a porch pickup.
I am not taking in any quilts until the provincial restriction on non-essential businesses has been lifted.  I realize you might find that to be an inconvenience, but as a rule I do what the "people in charge" tell me to do. Depending on how long this situation persists it might mean your booking in May gets delayed until Julember, or whenever.  With all the UFO's that are being ...

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March 15, 2020
What happened to February???? Lovely Embroidery from caledonia quilter

I have obviously been M.I.A. ...almost a month since I last posted?  Well, let me catch you up.

Oh, such a beautiful embroidered topper... tablecloth?


The maker is such a wonderful woman, she embroidered my name on there too.

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March 4, 2020
a little remiss . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

What can I say that I've not said before?!  Life is BUSY!  But that's okay; I'm in the here and now!

This past weekend I hosted (?!?!?) the first ever Camp MACOBA Stitcher's Retreat! It was such a cozy, fun weekend!  I hashtagged it #rustricretreat.  There's a reason!  LOL!

We made use of both bunkhouses.  We slept in the one . . . 
(Can you tell it was a quilter's retreat?!)

And we stitched in the other . . . 
(And we trekked to the 'outhouse'.  Really it's not that primitive -- it was a bathhouse.  But still it was a ...

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February 29, 2020
Better Late Than Never? from Indigo Threads

I've had the flu for most of the month of February and haven't felt well enough to do any sewing to speak of.  The flu has just sapped me of any energy or ambition, and I'm having a hard time getting back to normal.  I go into my quilt studio and just sit and look at everything I want to do or should be doing.  The Dr. said it takes 2 weeks to recover from 1 week of being sick.  So I should feel better in about 2 months.  I sure hope it's sooner!  There are ...

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February 17, 2020
Winterruption Recap from caledonia quilter

This year Winterruption took place from Feb. 13th to Feb. 18th.  Since Feb. 13th is GALENTINES Day, I made us all tiaras.  These girls are such a fun bunch, we wore them every night.

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January 23, 2020
scrappy sewing from Making A Lather

I took this project to retreat with me last week. I made another 10 blocks and trimmed all 24 to 8 inches.
The plan is to make until I run out of  the scrap fabric. But, I am getting anxious to see what I want to do with it. I like this layout so far.


I finished the little rug hooking project. This little project was a class in November. that was a class I took in the fall. I am still not comfortable while rug hooking, but, I am trying to build those back and arm muscles up ...

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January 22, 2020
windmill top from Making A Lather

Three or four years ago, we went to Florida for Christmas. I took my featherweight and a project. In the evening, when we were tired, we watched tv, and I sewed. I finished the project I brought about half way through our vacation. I knew I would want something to do in the evenings. We found a Joann fabric store, and, I bought a jelly roll. and some background fabric. This was the pattern, I worked on making.


I had all the blocks done before heading home. This is the second project I took with me to retreat. All I ...

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January 20, 2020
melba's blocks from Making A Lather

I had a great time at retreat. My back was not ready for the whole 2 days,  but, I made it into the second day. After relaxing the rest of the weekend, my back is better, and ready to go again. It just gets tired.
The first project I worked on, was a set of blocks that we bought from My husband's Aunt estate in the nineties. I talked about it  here. Each block is appliqued and embroidered with  names from an exchange. There were only 8 blocks, so I made a little set of hexagons to make it ...

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January 17, 2020
retreat from Making A Lather


Today is a sleep in your own bed retreat here in town. We have a great place to hold the retreat, and, it will be a fundraiser for student scholarships. We each will have a table and are pitching in a soup for food. I am excited to be going, and will have time with my quilting friends.
My theory is that it is a bonus sewing time and I don't plan to work on anything that I have as part of my goals. So, I have reached deep into the ufo closet to find today's  projects.
The ...

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December 4, 2019
Retreat Stitching Success from From the Strawberry Patch...

After my fabulous weekend away at the Quiltville Inn Retreat*, even with all the distraction of the beautiful and incredibly accommodating setting, there's more; believe it or not I actually finished quilt tops and have show and tell of my own! This little beauty (quilt measures 45" square) is the 2012 Summer Sampler Sew-along from the Temecula Quilt Company blog. I had half of the 4" blocks

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Retreat Stitching Success from From the Strawberry Patch...

After my fabulous weekend away at the Quiltville Inn Retreat*, even with all the distraction of the beautiful and incredibly accommodating setting, there's more; believe it or not I actually finished quilt tops and have show and tell of my own! This little beauty (quilt measures 45" square) is the 2012 Summer Sampler Sew-along from the Temecula Quilt Company blog. I had half of the 4" blocks

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December 2, 2019
Surprise! Retreat Weekend at the Quiltville Inn!! from From the Strawberry Patch...

I borrowed this picture from Bonnie Hunter, it's the best lead-in to this post; a full report from yours truly, one extremely lucky "weekend beta-tester" of the soon-to-be-open Quiltville Inn! We gathered shortly after everyone arrived on Friday afternoon and posed here, on the front steps of the Inn, just before the rain began. The Quiltville Inn Retreat will be open for business sometime

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Surprise! Retreat Weekend at the Quiltville Inn!! from From the Strawberry Patch...

I borrowed this picture from Bonnie Hunter, it's the best lead-in to this post; a full report from yours truly, one extremely lucky "weekend beta-tester" of the soon-to-be-open Quiltville Inn! We gathered shortly after everyone arrived on Friday afternoon and posed here, on the front steps of the Inn, just before the rain began. The Quiltville Inn Retreat will be open for business sometime

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November 19, 2019
...Or So I Thought! from From the Strawberry Patch...

With a few of my quiltiest friends I had the opportunity to go on a retreat  the weekend before last; I was eagerly looking forward to this time away. I had accepted a challenge almost a year ago from Quiltkeemosabe and I anticipated this chance to meet that challenge and  achieve my goal of having a new table topper on our kitchen table by Christmas this year! I had admired this pattern and

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...Or So I Thought! from From the Strawberry Patch...

With a few of my quiltiest friends I had the opportunity to go on a retreat  the weekend before last; I was eagerly looking forward to this time away. I had accepted a challenge almost a year ago from Quiltkeemosabe and I anticipated this chance to meet that challenge and  achieve my goal of having a new table topper on our kitchen table by Christmas this year! I had admired this pattern and

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November 17, 2019
Tobermory Retreat Recap & Technology Mixed With Idiots & Scammers from caledonia quilter

I abandoned hubby for six days - he and the dog were feeding each other kibbles and bits for a week.  Although, a friend took pity on him and had him over for a roast beef dinner mid-week so he didn't starve.

I played THREAD CHICKEN and won.

The railing with completed projects.  This is always such a satisfying pic!  Debbie definitely took the prize this year - completing all those wee monthly quilts.  So cute.

Of course, cocktails.

I work on my Double Wedding Ring for one day every year.  The Tobermory cottage is a great space for it.  This ...

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November 9, 2019
Sew'n Wild Oaks Retreat Part Three from Sew'n Wild Oaks Quilting Blog

Hello Everyone,
 
This is going to be the last installment for the October Sew'n Wild Oaks Retreat.  I think I should have T-shirts made that say, "I Survived The 2019 Sew'n Wild Oaks Retreat!"  The quilters survived the biggest power outage of the year, low temperatures, and no bathrooms.  But, we all have a great story to tell with memories and camaraderie to last a lifetime.
 
 
This is a picture heavy post of the girls and their quilts.  My sister Gail, brought her Zinnie's Choice quilt to share.

Some of the girls stayed at one of the ...

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November 5, 2019
Sew'n Wild Oaks Retreat Part Two from Sew'n Wild Oaks Quilting Blog

Hello Everyone,
 
I have so many pictures to share and stories to tell about the retreat last week at Snowflake Lodge in Arnold......during a 5-day power outage. The fun began when Lynnette and Barbara presented me with a quilt.  A perfect representation of me!  I have cleavage!
 

Their creativity was phenomenal!  They have been meeting since February to design and make it.  I love it and will treasure the quilt forever.  These two ladies are very special to me.


The room during the day.


The room in early evening.


The girls worked throughout each day and started to decorate ...

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November 3, 2019
Sew'n Wild Oaks Oct. 2019 Retreat Part One from Sew'n Wild Oaks Quilting Blog

Hello Everyone,
 
What a whirlwind of activity accompanied by an epic windstorm in our area and our state of California.....just in time for my Sew'n Wild Oaks October retreat.  Many warnings are sent from Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), and the State Office of Emergency Services telling you the power will be turned off due to high winds.  I received multiple texts, phone calls and emails three days prior to the wind event.  The warnings kept coming even though we had no power, no Internet, no phone......no nothing.  I patted our generator on the head every time ...

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