Friday, September 17, 2021

A Week in the Smokies

 Well, a part of a week, anyway ...

I headed up to the Tuckaleechee Retreat Center in Townsend on Monday, packed to the gills for the 6th edition of the Life's a Bear Retreat led by Cindy Williams (The Math Whisperer).  Two projects were on the bill -- Feathered Lone Star and Woven Log Cabin.  As I said in an earlier post, the last thing I needed was another UFO, so I took along two of my own WIPs that at least paid homage to the theme.

I spent the first day and a half making the blocks for On the Fence -- hey, at least it's woven ...

I spent a whole day making Cindy's 15" Feathered Star to replace the framed star within-a-star.

FYI, those green/white HSTs (feathers) finish at 1 inch!  Just sayin' ...  So here's the top, sans borders ...

I think I'm going to keep this one!

If I had time, I had planned to work on Summer Solstice, a Judy Niemeyer lone star design (staying within the theme).  But at least I did get it out to make some design decisions with Cindy's help.

You'll just have to wait and see what happens with that!

The retreat center is nestled in the mountains ...

... with spectacular sunrises and sunsets ...

Loads of laughs, lots of hugs, memories and friends for a lifetime.


  1. congratulations - your green version of On The Fence looks wonderful. I am always so surprised as to how much fabric is used to make a Judy Niemeyer project. It looks like your retreat was a success. Marlene (

  2. The Feathered Star is beautiful, Libby! It's definitely a keeper. Looks like you had a beautiful spot for your retreat and got a lot done, too!

  3. On the Fence came together beautifully! I really like your color choices for Summer Solstice. Looks like you made really good progress during the retreat.

  4. Your version of On the Fence turned out beautifully, Libby! I really like how you subbed in a Feathered Star for the focal point.


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