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September 5, 2019
More Retreat Pictures from Sew'n Wild Oaks Quilting Blog

Hello Everyone,
 
Pictures of the retreat are starting to wind down.  When you gather 36 quilters together, you have a lot of finished quilts, and works in progress to show.
 
Penni made a beautiful quilt from my Madrigal pattern.
 


The fabric is from a Dutch manufacturer. Just look at all of the stripes on the flanges with the correct orientation.  That took some planning.

 
If I gave an award for Miss Congeniality, Fran would be the winner hands down!  We all love Fran's sense of humor, positive and sunny disposition, and her gentle spirit.  She keeps us all laughing ...

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September 3, 2019
A Treat at the Retreat from Sew'n Wild Oaks Quilting Blog

Hello Everyone,
 
Every night after dinner, we had a show and tell at the retreat.  This showing was a real treat!  There was so much talent in the room.  I have enough pictures for three more blog posts.  Quilts, quilts, and more quilts!
 
Ann started was working on Country Charmer last year at the retreat, and here it is all finished.  A beautiful finish!
 

This table runner was a retreat applique project a couple of years ago.  Nancy is making good progress.


Joanne is an exceptional quilter.  She hand quilted this beauty!





Mary made another Lil' Orphan Scrappy for us ...

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September 2, 2019
Sew'n Wild Oaks Retreat Day 1 from Sew'n Wild Oaks Quilting Blog

Hello Everyone,
 
I had the pleasure of spending four days with the wonderful group of incredibly talented, funny, and kind-hearted women at my Sew'n Wild Oaks Retreat at Snowflake Lodge in Arnold, CA.
 

The staff had the room all set and ready to go.


It quickly filled with everything related to quilting.
 

 
The kits and the bundles were waiting to be fondled.
 




We kicked off the day with lunch outside.  This is where the new friendships started to grow.


Then ladies, start your engines and let the quilting begin!







We break around 4:30pm for appetizers and wine before ...

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August 30, 2019
Quilt around the Clock {Quilt Camp Review} from Little Bunny Quilts

I'm back home after a wonderful few days sewing my heart out!

Let's review my project progress:

My first project was to make two quilt tops using our Hip To Be Square pattern and Island Batik fabrics for my November Island Batik blog hop project. I won't show off the full tops until the blog hop, but here is a sneak peak:


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

My second project is my September Island ...

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August 26, 2019
this, that, and some more . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

The calendar has been full, full, full, but I've still been managing to daily get at least (at least) 15 minutes of time towards some aspect of stitching.  It makes me so happy to be able to do this!  I did manage to finish my bee quilt in time for the guild's "parade of mystery quilts" . . .
Not great pics, but I'm so in love with this layout ... it's very pleasing to my eye.  I'll use this again, soon.

We had a great wrap-up of our mug rug swap, too . . . 
It was fun to end the ...

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August 16, 2019
Into the Wild {Quilt Camp Prep} from Little Bunny Quilts

I am so excited to head back to "Quilt Camp" aka quilt retreat with my mom next week!

As I have done the last two years, today I'm sharing about the projects I am planning to work on while I am off in quilting land next week.

My first project is actually two projects. For my November Island Batik blog hop project, I received a very large bundle of fabric and split it up into two colorways to make two different versions of our Hip to Be Square pattern. I've actually never made our Hip to Be Square ...

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June 20, 2019
sugar mountain quilt from Making A Lather

The second day of retreat, I decided it was time to open an old ufo box and make decisions. In 2013 Pam Buda held a workshop in our guild, and talked about how quilters would often make do with what they had. This was the pattern called sugar mountain. Our instructions were to intentionally make some blocks different, as though we had run out of material. The pattern calls for 12 blocks, and I don't really do small quilts, so I had made more, but I didn't know how many to make because I didn't have a ...

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June 17, 2019
retreat traffic jam from Making A Lather

We had a 'sleep in your own bed' retreat Friday and Saturday. It is always great to connect with other quilters and to learn more about them and how they do something. And, it is a great way to give a little as well. And the best part was going home to sleep in your own bed. Everything was locked up tight, and we could just start right where we had left off the night before.

I worked on a mystery quilt from Morgansons and stitches and sew forth. I din't have a picture of the quilt so I ...

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May 29, 2019
When you fall off the horse … from Stash Overflow

Get back on. No, I haven’t been horse riding. The horse I fell off of was keeping notes about what I’ve done in the studio and writing about them. Even though I wasn’t keeping notes all the time, I’ve got a lot to share.

4/23 – I sorted the scrap bin from the garage. Yay! All the scraps have now been sorted and I have an empty bin to put to use doing other things.

I also completed the assembly of the fussy cut animal quilt body (i.e., no borders yet). I have since ordered ...

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April 14, 2019
1847 Quilt Retreat Center Review - Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre



Early this year, I started looking for a place where I could take a long weekend treat and get away from my work at home life.  Luckily, I found  1847 Quilt Retreat Center that is housed in the Hotel Millersburg, Millersburg Ohio.   Millersburg is within 3 hrs of my house and I love central Ohio so I thought why not?  Still, retreats are for groups right?  And I'm only ONE!! 
But I thought I would call the coordinator and see what she thought.  Leslie was super accommodating and didn't think it would be a problem at all.  She ...

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April 5, 2019
Retreats..The What, Why & How on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

Today's post come's from my comfy Victorian room in Millersburg, Ohio in the heart of Amish country.  Yes, I decided to take a quilting retreat because it was long overdue!

THE WHAT

For those of you who don't know, a quilting retreat is where you take a break from your real life - grab your current project and head to some out of way place to sew!  There are all sorts of ones out there with all levels of amenities.  Also, you can take them with your guild, quilting bee, just a few friends or by yourself!  You ...

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March 31, 2019
A Teaser, Retreat Project, Great Friends and Stupid Weather from caledonia quilter

This hasn't been picked up yet...stay tuned for next week.

Here's one of my drag-around projects that I was working on at retreat.  I am hopeful that I can finish piecing the top when I head up to Margaret's in May.

It's made from 100 of these.  It starts with 100 strip sets, then you add corners to two opposite sides and square 'em up.  Those corners are a pale muted yellow.

I have two go-to aprons and THEY WERE BOTH IN THE WASH.  How was I to cook???  The pink one was made by ...

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March 25, 2019
Retreat Weekend from The Cozy Quilter

I am just home from a three day retreat with the London Modern Quilt Guild.  We stayed at an inn about 45 minutes from home and did our sewing in the ballroom.  They supplied lights and extension cords at each table as well as irons and ironing boards and bed risers for the cutting tables.  They have hosted a lot of quilting retreats for various groups over the years so they know how to get things set up just right!  The room was buzzing with activity each day from before breakfast to late into the night.

I brought three projects ...

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March 24, 2019
Some Pretty Spring Inspiration and Retreat Quilts from caledonia quilter

This was quilted last month, when I R.E.A.L.L.Y. needed something pretty.  It's Rainbow Trip from the book Garden Fresh Quilts.

The maker chose a lovely panto featuring feathers and flowers which suited the quilt perfectly.  I'm always so impressed by quilters who can tackle a challenging project like this and keep all their pieces where they belong.

RETREAT QUILTS
Every year the Binbrook guild goes on a three day retreat to Crieff Hills in Puslinch.  It's less than an hour away from home so it's a really easy trip to take ...

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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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