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Surprises & A Great Retreat!

Last week was the Spring Quilt & Sew-In Retreat and it was a blast! There was so much sewing going on, but that is truly the least of it. The sharing, assistance, laughing and teaching moments were all such treasures. The generous spirit of all who attended was just amazingly wonderful. How lucky am I to bring these quilters back together each year!

And there were surprises! Beverly made these darling heart appliqued bags for everyone and a few extras for the wonderful employees of the inn where we stay. She also made  cute little butterflies (mine, unfortunately, is camera shy). She is the resident crochet queen! In addition, she blessed me with the crocheted doilies (if I ever made one of these, I don’t think I’d be giving them away!) and a sewing machine cover with pockets for tools.

Sandra made everyone this cute finger pin cushion (on the right).  It is going to be a real bonus for me when I am hand appliqueing.

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In their goody bags, each attendee received a pin cushion with a Velcro backing – perfect to place on your sewing machine or table or wherever you might find it handy (above left). Several were put to use shortly after receiving them! Both were made with bottle caps as the base.

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Something very special that happens at retreat is that there is a bucket of block “kits” for each to sew if they choose. The blocks are then put together for Hospice quilts. Everyone sewed one – some more than one! These batiks are going to make a beautiful quilt. The very masculine blocks were put together and the quilt top is already finished – Yeah!

AND there was a last minute sponsor – Woo Hoo! Northcott Fabrics so very generously sent these goodies. Sponsor generosity helps to make the retreats so very special.

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In the Fall we retreat again in Blowing Rock. Lucky me – I of course get to be there!

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New Machine & Feb Wrap-Up

February? Really? I’m quite a bit behind as everyday life took a turn recently. A loved one was in the hospital for several days. The good news is that all is now well but it does take me a while these days to get back to normal – whatever normal is!

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Now for my good news! A new machine – the Bablock Jazz! I will be using this primarily for free-motion quilting. Look at all that room! It even has 27 stitches and does 1,000 stitches a minute. That’s fast! It’s also very smooth. (Please note: I am in no way connected to Babylock; this is just a personal review.) The LED lighting is also quite wonderful.

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I’ve played on it, but haven’t yet tackled a quilt. I’ve got some smaller must do’s first. There are ten charity quilt tops waiting to be quilted, so I’ll definitely have lots of opportunity!

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Here is my February project listing. Some progress is definitely better than none!

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Lucky Thirteen

 

That’s how many quilts will be making it out the door for Hospice next week! Add that to the works of other quilters in our little group, and we are donating 24 quilts this year! A week ago they were dedicated at a church service.

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Blurry pic, but does show how great they all looked together for dedication!

Making quilts for Hospice has been a passion of mine for several years now, but I certainly don’t do it alone. I have incorporated sewing blocks into my quilting retreats.  All attending have the option of making blocks from “kits” that have been prepared.  This fall blocks were sewn for 5 quilts!  During the year I will sew the blocks together and complete the quilts. The old adage “many hands make quick work” is so true!

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Even better, others have jumped on the wagon to help. Last Spring Cindy donated several quilt tops. Beverly has donated several quilt tops and surprised me at Fall retreat with a complete quilt! In the spring Tina was so very generous to take blocks home, sew them together and quilt two quilts. What a great army of generosity!

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I have a bin dedicated to this project.  It holds some backing fabrics, completed blocks to be pieced, a few tops that need borders and several quilt tops that need to be quilted. I love knowing that the completion of some of next year’s donations is not far off.

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Beverly’s Quilt

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The two quilts that Tina Pieced and quilted.

 

A preprinted label is added to the back of all the quilts. Rather than trying to come up with a name for each quilt, I have decided to name each one “Comfort and Prayers” for that is truly what these quilts are all about.

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I strongly encourage any quilter who is presented with the opportunity to work on a donation quilt to do so – the rewards are great for all involved.

Quilt & Sew-In Fall II

For one hour, there was silence in the retreat room on Wednesday and then…the magic began again. Attendees of Fall II arrived! Once again there was so much creativity, productivity, conversation and laughter. For me it was double the fun, double the laughter and a little more exhaustion! For the whole week I even got to meet 8 quilters I had never met before which is just awesome.

What can I say about this one except that it is exceptional! Dolores took scrappy to the next level. Even the back is scrappy strips. That is a LOT of sewing!

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At the Spring 2017 retreat, Tina took some of the charity blocks home, squared them, and put them together for two quilt tops. At this retreat she quilted them. (Both are the same). Won’t this bring joy to someone in Hospice care? Thank you Tina – having to just bind these quilts made life a little bit easier for me and gets these quilts to Hospice a lot sooner.

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Two retreats, Double the fun – thank you all for the memories!

Paper Pieced Veggies

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Last year I was asked to do a quilt to be hung at a farm stand. It’s for a dear cousin, so I said “yes.” Having sketched out my design, I was all ready to go until I came across some paper pieced veggie patterns (Quiltmaker “Garden Patch). And yes, into it I jumped – finally!

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They were not difficult and I do like the way they look. Now for putting it all together. I have somewhat of a plan, but it hasn’t fully emerged. I need to also put the name of the farm on the quilt. Setting this aside for now waiting for a rainy or cold day which we are promised very soon.

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October is now at an end so I’ve updated my project listing.

Fall I & Fall II Quilt and Sew-ins are next week, so I’m hoping to accomplish a fair amount there. The biggest benefit of my retreats for me is the great creative souls I get to spend time with, laugh with and share in their always amazing talents.

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Linking up with WIPS on Wednesdays

Three Hospice Finishes & July Round-Up

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One of my goals the last couple of weeks has been to move along the Hospice quilts I have to be completed.  The bright one above is a smaller lap quilt. The blocks in this next quilt were all pieced at a retreat by all those in attendance and I put the blocks together at my residency in June. This week I finally got it quilted and bound and am quite pleased with the results. I’ve also been working on my free motion quilting and think I’m finally getting the hang of it with simpler designs. Yes, I know, “practice, practice, practice!”

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The third quilt top was donated by a reader and quilted by a friend on her long arm. Thank you so much Cindy B – it is such a time saver for me and she does such a great job!

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My big goal for August is to just enjoy working on some of my many projects.  I reduced my list quite a bit, only listing those projects I have been working on or will work on in the next month. The others are still in their boxes on the shelf and will be gotten to eventually. Up to now I have never minded having so many projects in the wings. Lately they have made me a bit anxious and other than the monthly Island Batik Ambassador projects, I will not begin any new ones until the number is greatly reduced. A by-product of getting older maybe? This has been the case in my whole house. Every closet, cupboard, drawer and storage space has been cleaned out and many, many things donated. It has been VERY freeing! I will not stress about completing the projects, however, I will continue to enjoy the process.

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Linking up with Jo’s Country Junction  and Needle & Thread Thursday

Support to Another Quilter

IMG_1723 (Medium)Recently a quilting friend was going through some medical difficulties.  As a show of support, a call went out for 12 inch finished blocks. Within just a couple of weeks the blocks were assembled and a long arm quilter, who also made a block, quilted it. As soon as it was bound it was quickly delivered. The recipient is such a kind, warm and generous person and is also a very talented quilter. Below is the portion of the label with a message. The names of all who participated were also listed on the label.

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Here are just a few of the blocks. So fun to see all the different blocks everyone came up with. There were also a few placed on the quilt back.

I had the privilege of delivering it and the joy on her face when she pulled the quilt out of the gift bag was priceless. This was our way of letting her know we cared, and whenever she wraps herself in this quilt, we hope she feels our warmth. Blessings to her for a full recovery and much joy.

And here is my June wrap-up. There was so much Hospice sewing done while I was at my week in residency, I chose to just group them. Hopefully next month I’ll see a few of those quilted and bound!

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