Monday, October 17, 2016

Out of contact

At another retreat with very limited internet access. No time to check blogs. Will try to give a full report on Friday.

The NC mountains are absolutely gorgeous this time of year!

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Retreat Reprise

Finally found the camera -- on the front seat of the van!

The Courthouse Quilt Guild Fall retreat attendance was down a bit from previous years due to health issues (members and/or spouses) and a conflicting retreat. But we didn't let that get in the way of a good time or productivity.

This retreat was a little different in that almost everyone concentrated on one or two big projects rather than trying to finish up a bit of this and that. 

Sit back and enjoy the quilt parade.

Nancy's Diamond in the Rough - Debbie Caffrey pattern
Nancy and I took this class with Debbie Caffrey quite a few years ago and she finally has her center together. (Mine's been done for a while ;-)) She will add inner and outer borders at home.

Nancy followed that with an Elsie Campbell table runner that has been in her UFO pile for a while.

Nancy's table runner - Elsie Campbell design

Sally worked on several projects.

Sally's butterflies
I love these paper-pieced butterflies, all done in spotted bright colors.

Ari's Stems and Stones - Kelly Young design
Ari got a lot more done on her Stems and Stones, but I missed getting a photo. Donna worked on hers, as well, and I missed getting a picture of that, too.

Donna's Little Trips Around the World - Glad Creations design
Donna has been working on this one over several retreats and finally got the center together.

Cathy's Halloween quilt
Cathy has recently moved so she just grabbed a couple of project bins as she headed out to retreat. She was surprised that this one was begun in 2010 (at least that was the date on the magazine picture).  She came with the blocks/frames completed, but couldn't remember what she had planned for the center of the frames.

I suggested she fuse these cute panels in the block centers and it was a huge success.

Somehow I missed photographing Ruth's and Susan's projects. But, in all honesty, they both work so fast that I couldn't keep up with them!

As for me, I put borders on the baby quilt ...

Baby Shoofly
... and pulled together this traditional strippy ...

The border print is from the French General "Josephine" collection, as are most of the charm squares.

We accomplished a lot and a good time was had by all.

Full disclosure: I'm going to another retreat next week and I just left all my equipment and unfinished projects in the van. I'm ready to rumble!!!

Sunday Already?

Time flies when you're having fun

Most of my week was taken up with a quilting retreat.  It was a small group but what we lacked in quantity, we made up for in quality -- both in the company and the projects completed.

I just wish I could remember where I packed the camera so I could give a full report (and show some better pictures). 

My first order of business at retreat was to put the borders on the baby quilt I had thrown together the week before.

Baby Shoofly
I think the newly-purchased border fabric ties those Stargazing leftovers together very nicely. Rather than use the remaining print on the back of this quilt, I've cut and kitted yet another quilt!  Surely someday soon I'll run out of teal and pink scraps ...

My plan to work on Dots and Dashes, the planovers from a long ago charity quilt, went by the wayside when another project took longer than I had anticipated.

Josephine in progress
It's another "down the rabbit hole" story. I was looking for a madder fabric in my bin of strippy/border print fabrics when I unearthed this red one (redder in person). Realizing it was from the French General collection, I pulled out a coordinating charm pack I had been gifted last year. The design genes kicked in and before I knew it I was cutting and stitching away. My plan is to add more of the border print to the top and bottom, but after a day and a half I was ready to move on to something else.

More/better pictures when the camera surfaces.  Till then, I'm linking up with Cynthia at Quilting is More Fun Than Housework.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Why is it? Wednesday

Does it seem silly to you that Hawaii has interstate highways?

No post today. I'm at retreat, having fun, laughing a lot, trying not to eat too many snacks.

Sunday, October 2, 2016


Out of Left Field

I know, I know .... I haven't finished even half of what I touched in September, so why am I dragging out yet another Moldie Oldie?

Dots and Dashes
These monkey wrench blocks are "planovers" (an old Weight Watchers term) from a top I gave to charity many years ago -- probably pre-2008 since I have no recollection of working on that quilt in this house.

I'm not a pastel kinda person. Nor am I a floral kinda person -- at least on fabric. How I accumulated a collection of pastel florals is still a mystery to me! So back in 2007 (or so) I found an idea in 101 Fabulous Rotary Cut Quilts by  Judy Hopkins and Nancy Martin that I thought would be a good use for these fabrics (mostly FQs).

Before I go on, let me just say that this book is one of my essential reference tools. In fact a couple others are by either Hopkins or Martin, now that I think about it. I highly recommend having it in your library, especially if you are a traditional quilter.  But I digress ...

So, anyway, this is the design I selected -- Double Wrench.

I wish I had a photo of the quilt top I gave to the sisters at Mount St. Joseph, a Catholic convent and retreat center in Kentucky. It was so sweet and the on-point arrangement reminded me of a ribbon running through the wrenches.  Since at the time I was trying to use up the florals, I went ahead and cut extra sets to make a pair of twin quilts for the antique beds in our guest room (which in that house was painted yellow). 

And there they sat for 8 years, with almost half the blocks made and another almost-half cut and prepped ... until the middle of last week when I was looking for projects to take to retreat this week. Since it's one of those projects that needs a really big design wall and the upcoming retreat will have plenty of wall space available, these quilts made an appearance. I don't expect to get the tops finished, but I plan to finish the blocks, lay them out, and have the rows ready to put together at home.

I'm linking up with Cynthia at Quilting is More Fun Than Housework to share my scrappiness.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

New Month

New Monthly Goal

October is going to be a busy month -- two quilt retreats, breakfast for the church women, and two eye surgeries for my husband at the end of the month.

So I'm going to keep my October One Monthly Goal (OMG) simple.  Following my plan for the year, I am selecting a UFO that contains the Rainbow Scrap Challenge color of the month -- orange!

A simple border and simple quilting will finish this Halloween panel and move it from UFO to DONE.

I'm linking up with Heidi at Red Letter Quilts to declare my OMG for October. Pop over there to see what other quilters will be working on this month.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Stop the Presses!!

... and don't believe anything I say

I know I said I was only going to use my stash to finish off the shoofly baby quilt.

But a local quilt shop is going out of business ... and I felt compelled to show my support one last time ... and everything in the store was 20% off ... and, well, I found the perfect border fabric.

BasicGrey - 25th and Pine for Moda
Don't you agree?

I bought enough to go on the back, if I'm so inclined. Or I might be able to eek out a third quilt from the Scrumptious scraps.

Linking with Angela at soscrappy for Scrap Happy Saturday.