Tag Archives: Retreats

3 Day Workshop Prep

In a few weeks I will be attending a 3 day workshop. I don’t usually do workshops, but will I not only learn some new techniques, but it will be a get-away and I am sure to meet some wonderful quilters.

paws print light (Large)

Paws for Comfort

There is some prep so I thought I’d better do it now, because when I get back from the Quilt & Sew-In next week, I might not have the energy to tackle it! After searching through my stash I chose a cute dog and cat fabric that I used when I designed the Paws for Comfort quilt. Cutting instructions for 26 blocks were sent and the cutting is to be done prior to the workshop. It was suggested we label zip lock bags and have one for each block. I do at times use zip lock bags, but I did not want to deal with 26 of them, so…

Notebook I

A notebook with plastic protectors! I have the picture and cutting instructions for each block in the front of a protector and the fabric for that block behind the pattern. I can just flip through the book – easy and organized! For safety, I put a large hair elastic around the notebook – should it be turned upside down, the pieces won’t all come tumbling out of the notebook.

Notebook II

I’ll also have some blank sheets so I can take notes as the old memory is not so dependable any more. I’ve completed all the cutting  and it feels grand to be prepared weeks ahead of time! I’m really excited to be doing so much fun sewing in the next few weeks!

Weekend Retreat Accomplishments

The sewing weekend retreat was such a success – so much accomplished! Unfortunately I came home to a dead computer. It still lies in state, so I now have to use our laptop. I don’t have everything set up on it, so I must jump through a few more hoops – I’d rather be sewing!

Picture 001 (Large)Weekend accomplishments: I finished the pink pinwheel top and added the borders when I got home. I’ll get the backing and batting ready this weekend.

Picture 003 (Large)I finished piecing this flannel hexagon baby quilt. I am in the process of machine quilting it at home.

Picture 002 (Large)This stack of leader, ender scrap 9 patch blocks got pieced and pressed at the retreat.

Picture 004 (Large)The centers of this stack of 40 blocks were already done  – I added the borders at the retreat. They just need to be pressed, squared, and put on the design board for a layout. I will probably need to make a few more.

I also did some sewing on my Christmas quilt, but not enough to show any progress. Maybe by the new year I’ll finally have an empty project bin. Of course, I’ll have it filled in no time!

UFO’s Here I Come!

Oh how I enjoy to get away for a weekend to sew.  Many of you know that I used to facilitate several quilting retreats a year.  I enjoyed those immensely, but much of the time was not my own.  I now only facilitate the Quilt & Sew-in Retreat in Blowing Rock, NC and have a ball.  When a few of us quilters get together for a sewing weekend, I thoroughly enjoy to sew, sew, and sew.  I am packed for this weekend and am taking several projects that are already started.  Most are on my list of UFO’s with my guild’s challenge.

Here’s a peak at what I will be working on.  I always bring more than is humanly possible to complete. It not only gives me a backup if I make a really bad mistake (who me?), the choices  keep me from getting bored. I often switch back and forth, from one project to another.

Retreat prep

Check back next week and see how much I was able to accomplish – I can’t wait to see!

Quilt & Sew-In Registration!

3rd Annual! Join me and other quilters and sewers in Blowing Rock, NC on April 23 thru April 26, 2015!  Once again we will have a big, bright sewing room where you can play to your hearts’ content without the interruptions of every day life.

There will be Games, Prizes, and FUN!

Blowing Rock is beautiful.  Nestled in the North Carolina mountains, it offers crisp, clean air, beautiful scenery, great shops and restaurants.  The Meadowbrook Inn is on Main Street – everything is in walking distance.  Just down  the road is Boone where we will take a fun trip to a great quilt shop.The Inn has remodeled their guest rooms and they are lovely.

Join me for days of fun doing what we all SEW enjoy doing!  REGISTRATION FORM

Scrapbuster Sunday

I am having sew much fun with scraps. And, I won’t ever run out!  When I cut the pieces for blocks for a charity quilt to be sewn at the retreat (finished blocks to be shown on a later date) I just could  not put the leftover fabric away. What to do.  Such pretty colors but not enough for a quilt. Solids! I added some vibrant solids and did a stick pinwheel block.

stick pinwheel block and fabric (Large)

There are four components to the full block. I had those done before the retreat and while there I pieced all four parts.  I laid them all out and YIKES!  I pieced half – yes half – of the blocks incorrectly. The other quilters encouraged me to immediately take them apart and some even helped. I was now on a mission. I re-pieced all 12 blocks, got my layout done, and pieced the rows before going to bed. Granted it was 1 AM, but I did it! First thing in the morning I joined the rows and voila! Done. The quilt really needed another row but not a bit of the print fabric left. At home I pulled 6 of the solids and added the triple borders around to mimic the solid piecing in the blocks.

stick pinwheel on line (Large)


stick pinwheel on grass (Large)

Such a pretty spring morning – I couldn’t resist placing the quilt on the oh so green grass even though it was wet.  It’s just dew – no harm.

This is a UFO in my guild challenge but won’t count until it’s quilted and bound. Another day. Another post.

Retreat F U N !!

The 2014 Sew Modern Retreat has ended – it was SEW much fun!! Quilters came from South Carolina, Charlotte, Ohio and the Blowing Rock area to quilt, sew, laugh, shop and share. We dined together and went to the area quilt shop together. We had to buy more fabric, right?? And, each of the attendees put together a block for a charity quilt that will be put together in the next few weeks.

Me with the group

Me with the group

FUN Group!

FUN Group!

This was such a talented, helpful and knowledgeable group. I am just sorry that I did not get pics of more of the projects being worked on. Hope you all come back next year ladies!


Fun & Charity


First, I have finally uploaded quilts I have designed – click on the quilt pic on the Free Pattern page and the free pattern pdf will load. Enjoy!

Most quilters I know are very grateful for the abundance of stash and scraps piled high in their studios. Charity quilts are made in abundance! At this week’s Sew Modern retreat, blocks for two charity quilts will be made. For several years I made this a race – whoever finished their block first won. It made for some wonky blocks! Now, each person choosing to participate sews a block at their own pace (the blocks are all ready and precut for them) and when finished, they put their name in for a prize drawing. The result is more accurate blocks that can be put together with more ease. We’ll be using Erin McMorris’ La Dee Da fabric – fun colors and prints! This one is sure to put a smile on a child’s face.

 lot ti da (Large)

The second quilt will be made from Kathy Davis’ Enchantment fabric. These blocks have fewer pieces, so each “kit” has two blocks to be sewn. Doesn’t show up too well on the white design board, but it will make a lovely quilt.

 kathy davis (Large)

The Block Kits

The Block Kits

The winner will get a grand prize – what fun! And after all are put together into quilts, two very fortunate folks will receive a quilt made with love and fun.

     Note:  The charity quilts are donated to various causes:  children in hospitals,   hospice patients, or women in abuse centers.

On another note, we have been fortunate to have a number of hawks at our house – there’s even a nest in the tree across the street! Not the clearest shot, but hubby did get this one. Amazing how fewer squirrels we’ve had menacing the yard!