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May 17, 2021
Quilt Retreat Week... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

I spent the week with

The Harlan Valley Quilters 

Spring Quilt Retreat

Debbie did some ice dyeing...

Pillowcases......Ice Dyeing

Debbie is making rubber pedal pads...

they keep your sewing machine pedal 

from sliding around.

We finished piecing the Pick Up Stix Quilt:

We are all taking turns 

machine quilting this week...

Straight Lines quilted with the walking foot

Lita is quilting on the Pick Up Stix Quilt

Betty is working on this chicken applique' quilt

Claudette is piecing a baby quilt

Linda is adding Rick Rack to her orange peels

Orange Peel Blocks

Rachelle is making Microwave Bowl Cozies ...

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March 18, 2021
More at retreat from Art In Search

     One of the perks having a retreat at Stella Niagara is to be able to walk outside on the grounds. The complex sits above the Niagara River just north of Lewiston, NY. When you look across the river, you see the Parkway in Canada, which is as close as I have been to Canada in over a year. You can walk down right to the river edge across a wild meadow. Most of the US shoreline is cliffs along here, so it is rare to walk to the shoreline. The British crossed here during the War of 1812 from Canada ...

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March 17, 2021
Thank goodness for retreats! from Art In Search

     Last weekend, a few of us (8) from my guild were able to go to Stella Niagara for our spring retreat. The accomodations are wonderful as everyone has their own tiny bedroom and they feed us. We have a huge workroom and the surroundings, between Lewiston and Youngstown, NY on the Niagara River is unparalled.

     It was so wonderful to eat meals together and just laugh. Don't judge- we followed all the precautions- masks and all the nine yards. Our meals were all put in individual containers and placed in the frig or warming oven for us to take ...

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February 15, 2021
Retreat Sampling from Humble Quilts

Here's a sneak peak at a couple of retreat projects. 

I need to make 6 of these and always do a sample block. I made ONE, and that was good for now.

Carrie's amazing flag quilt with wool applique border. 

Ta-Da! Christy making progress on Bonnie's Grassy Creek.

Michelle was determined to get the final borders on Sleigh Bells. Complete!!

We got a bit of snow....LOL Understatement!

And little bits of sunshine. 

Hubby and Elsa stayed busy with the snow plow. 

And if you haven't seen this video it is worth 45 seconds of your ...

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December 21, 2020
2020......Highlights from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

 A look back at 2020...

January 2020

I needed a fresh start for 2020.

My sewing area went from this:

to this:

February 2020

Calving Season begins @ the Kessi Ranch

Playing with Rayon Threads

March 2020

The Turkey Vultures are BACK

Calving Season....continues:

Fertilizing the Hay Fields

Playing with Improv

April 2020

Improv Technique 2

Improv Technique 3

Improv Technique 4

Improv Technique 5

Improv Technique 6

Improv Technique 7

Improv Technique 8

Sunflower Quilt Finished

May 2020

Zipper Pulls

June 2020

Improv Quilt Top

Messy Painted Canvas

July 2020

Tassel Necklaces

Haying Season ...

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November 3, 2020
Idaho Quilters Retreat.... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


I spent the week in Idaho

at Twinlow Retreat Camp

When we arrived...
SNOW on the ground !

We quickly got settled into our room...

My roomie.....Larissa

Lots of natural light fills the sewing room...

Lots of inspiration here !

This is my home away from home for the week...

I am free motion quilting this
butterfly table runner...

I faced the edge for a clean finish...

This butterfly runner is nearly 6 feet long

and will fit nicely on our kitchen table.

Just beyond the trees is Twin Lakes


Here are just a few of the projects
the Quilt ...

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October 9, 2020
Quilt Retreat Update from Humble Quilts

Last weekend we had a terrific time in Central Oregon sewing! I'm calling it a quilt retreat, although it was just 4 friends needing to stay sane,  get together, have fun and sew!

Here's a little of what we did. 

This is called the Anniversary Quilt designed by Jan Patek. I started it this year as a large Humble Quilt quiltalong, then this year spiraled out of control. As far as I know Dorothy R is the only one who has it completed. I still have a big busy appliqued border to add. 

Sue from NZ found this ...

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July 14, 2020
Quilt Retreat from Mama Spark's World

Jack and I got all packed up for our "Up North" retreat. He was pretty excited to go even thought it was just going to be me and my SIL. I did not take many pictures this time though We went to Seven Sisters quilt shop and I fell in love with this pixilated map of Michigan I bought the pattern. I am hoping to make this for our camper. This weekend we called the Baby Edition of

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June 19, 2020
Capital Quilters' Retreat from Wendy's Quilts and More

This weekend I'm going to our guild's retreat.  We're quite a big guild, so we usually have 3 retreats a year - 2 at Silverstream in Upper Hutt, and one at Home of Compassion in Island Bay, Wellington. Different groups of members are regulars at each venue.  I only go to the Home of Compassion retreat which is usually in the middle of winter.  

We arrive on Friday morning and stay for two nights, so I need to take plenty of things to keep me busy for three days.  

The last couple of years I've left my ...

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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 27, 2020
I'm Retreat Bound Again! from Quilting through Rose-colored Trifocals!

For the past couple years, I've been confining the retreat projects I haul out of the house to hand stitching only!  It's so much easier to pack and I'm more relaxed while at the retreat which makes it more fun to be away from the studio.
This weekend, I'm working on my 2019 #sharksdinnerBOM blocks.
I went back through my blog photo archive and was surprised to discover how few pictures I've shared on the blog?!?   
I shared lots of pics on my Instagram feed!! 
But these are the only four process pictures I shared ...

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February 12, 2020
Quilt Retreat at Febuary Hill from From My Carolina Home

Last weekend, a group of quilters from our local longarm association did another retreat, this time in northeastern Tennessee.  We went to a recently opened retreat house called Febuary Hill, owned by the same lady that owns Tennessee Quilts in Jonesborough.  No, it isn’t spelled February like the month, it is Febuary, the way one of the early owners spelled their name.

February Hill Quilt Retreat at

The house was originally built in 1832, and since then has been remodeled and had a few additions.  I took some of these pictures on our last day, as we got there on an overcast day, dodging ...

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January 22, 2020
Retreating 2... from Humble Quilts

 We had a beautiful day and I needed a photo setting. Here's my Lincoln Museum Quilt by Barbara Brackman.
 Blind Man's Fancy reproduced from an old quilt from New York.
 They weren't interested in me as I was out taking a walk. They are annoying when they eat your flowers, but they are so cute!!
Old gnarly juniper tree. 

 Playoff games were on, so we had to show support. (I know Seahawks were out, but they are still "my" team)
 Geese crossing. Looks how lovely this day was!
  Christy got a lot accomplished. 

She was also working ...

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January 20, 2020
Retreating! from Humble Quilts

 Here we are In the Stichin' Post taking a little break from sewing for some retail therapy.
We had a fun space with great lighting at Eagle Crest Resort.

 Here's a bit more of the quilt shop.
 Lovely indigo.
Service with a smile from Wendy!

Of course, we had to get exercise and fresh air!

Have an amazing week!

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November 8, 2019
Absolute FUN Fall Retreat 2019 from Heart Desire Creations

Thirty very creative and talented women gathered in Blowing Rock, NC this past week for a very productive and fun-filled retreat!

We played games:



Made stunning quilts:


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Charity blocks were sewn by all to make Hospice quilts:


There really was some serious work going on!



Show and Tell – always the main highlight of the retreat. SO MUCH talent!!

(There are a few pics missing that I will post soon.  Unfortunately I was taking pics from my I-pad and not my phone which was not a good thing!)


Click to view slideshow.

Thank you to our host site, The Meadowbrook Inn ...

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November 6, 2019
Going on Quilt Retreat from From My Carolina Home

Our longarmer association recently did a quilt retreat for a weekend as a way to get to know each other a bit better.  I wanted to carpool because it is just more fun for a 3-hour drive to have friends along for the ride.  Two ladies went with me, and we stuffed the car but good.  Nothing else would fit in the trunk…

Quilt Retreat at

plus half the back seat was full too.  We had to balance a cheesecake on the armrest in the back, plus we had two large baking dishes full of great food for both evening meals.  And this ...

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October 31, 2019
AfroModern Quilts MasterClass from Carol Lyles Shaw

I am thrilled to announce my first AfroModern Quilts Masterclass will be hosted by Cultured Expressions,  a fabulous shop and studio run by Lisa Shepard Stewart.

Here are the details:

DATE:  May 29, 30 and 31, 2020

MasterClass Location: Gateway Family YMCA in Rahway NJ

Registration Fee:  $495 per person includes personalized instruction by me; all retreat activities;  evening receptions at the CE Studio; and a 10 piece African Fabrics Prints pack for your project.

[Travel and area Hotel information will be sent upon registration. ]

Registration Form

 HERE is the registration form.  Hurry–seats are limited!  AfroModernMasterclass reg form

MasterClass ...

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October 28, 2019
IDAHO Quilt Retreat... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

I traveled 1,200 miles round trip

to attend a Quilt Retreat in Idaho...

Selkirk Lodge

Big windows allow lots of natural light

into our work room...

This is base camp for me for the week...

I am trying to finish up 

a Dresden Plate quilt top this week...

Day 1.....Applique work done,

Blocks sewn with sashing strips...

By the end of the first day,

All 5 rows are sashed.

Day 2

The Fabric Fairy left a surprise 

by my sewing machine...

A Thread Basket filled with treats ...

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October 19, 2019
Quilt Retreat Week... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

I attended the annual

Harlan Valley Quilters Autumn Quilt Retreat

It was a fun week listening to the hum

of sewing machines !

I spent the week creating lots and lots of

Zipper bags...

This summer I dyed a few pieces of fabric

in the indigo bucket:

I used red leather to create the handles

and the bottom of the bag...

This is my first time sewing leather...

I found it easy to work with.

The lining is also indigo fabric.

This tote bag is created from

home dec sample fabrics...

I did a bit of quilting...

the handles were installed ...

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August 7, 2019
You're Invited to a 2019 Free Motion Quilting Retreat! from Karen's Quilts, Crows, & Cardinals

Wendy Sheppard and I are joining forces
 to bring you a fun filled 

This September we're motoring off to 
Quilt Town, USA
also known as
Hamilton, Missouri...
The hometown of JC Penny
and the celebrated location of
Missouri Star Quilting Company
and its founder,
everyone's favorite quilting friend,
Jenny Doan.
Karen w/ Jenny -- Missouri Star Academy 2019
My first opportunity to visit MSQC was the Summer of '18.
I was honored to share my passion for FMQ and Aurifil thread during the 2nd Annual Missouri Star Academy.

Visiting this little ...

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