Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Back from Retreat!

I made it to retreat!  We ended up with 12" of snow over Mother's Day and into the next day.  The interstates were closed and the wind was blowing the snow into a blizzard!  The roads opened up Monday afternoon, but the wind was still blowing like crazy through the night on Monday.  Honestly, I didn't make the final decision to go until Tuesday morning.  LOL  But I woke up about 4:30am Tuesday morning, and just said, "Let's go!"  So, my husband helped me load the car and I was off!  As always, it was a fun filled time of fellowship, sewing and lots of laughs.  It was really wonderful to see these ladies and I'm already looking forward to next year!

I made each of the girls a little fabric box.  It's a freebie pattern found HERE, with a slight modification found HERE.  They were fun and easy to make and sewed up pretty quick!  

For the first day and a half of retreat, I worked on these babies....the points to my Points of Pride quilt.  I really wanted to make some progress on these because I get easily distracted while working on them at home.  LOL

I think I did pretty good getting 26 or so made....


I also assembled the center of my Narragansett Blues quilt top....still needs borders.  This went together fairly quickly since I had all the 4 patches sewn already....


I was able to get this mini assembled into rows...and yesterday after setting up my machine back in my room, I couldn't resist sewing the rows together.  :)  It's a Schnibbles quilt called X-Rated and is for the upcoming Schnibbles Parade in June.  It's made with brown charms from a swap I did with my previous guild.


 We also had a group activity and we all made a Jelly Roll quilt...you know the one...they are called Jelly Roll Race, or 1600 quilt, etc.  Everyone enjoyed making them and they all turned out great!  I didn't use a purchased jelly roll, but instead used blue strips from my stash.  I plan to add a border of some type and make it a little bigger.

Here are 6 of the eight ladies that participated and their quilt tops!  It was lots of fun! (you can click on the picture for a closer view of the variety of fabrics used!)

 It's always sad to see retreat come to an end...now it's back to reality.  LOL  But the best part...all the snow was melted by the time I got home!  Yay!

Happy Quilting!
~Michelle




Sunday, May 11, 2014

Retreat time!

It's time for the annual Back Porch Friends quilting retreat in Indiana!  Yay...I'm looking forward to spending some quality time with my sewing machine.  :)  The retreat is about 4 days, but with travel, etc, I'll be gone a week.

I plan to leave tomorrow morning, but depending how this spring storm moves, I may have to wait until Tuesday.  We have about 6" now and it's still coming down, but you can see from all the water on the roads, it's melting pretty quickly.  It really is pretty....I just hope it doesn't break the branches off of those pretty trees in our front yard.  They were just starting to get their leaves and looked so pretty and green.  

Here you can see a picture of our house yesterday and then today!  I want my green yard back!  LOL  I know it'll melt quickly and by the time I return from my retreat, it will all be gone!

I've not been keeping up with my favorite blogs the last couple weeks....I'm sorry and I'm missing reading what you're all up to.  Hopefully, life will settle down a little after retreat.

I'll be back soon with some retreat pictures....y'all have a good week!

Happy Quilting!
~Michelle



Friday, May 02, 2014

Friends

Occasionally, I get lucky.  And I mean really lucky to find a group of friends that I really click with.  In Delaware, I belonged to a quilting guild and a smaller quilting group called The Cotton Club.  These ladies were some of the friendliest and welcoming people I've ever met.  I'm pretty positive it's also because they are quilters...quilters are the best!!  It was sure hard to leave that group and through Facebook, texting, and email, I've tried to keep up with their activities and accomplishments.



Here are a few of the Cotton Club ladies at one of Bonnie Hunter's workshops.  We had such a great time at those workshops and it was fun to see all the "Bonnie" quilts come together over the next few months.
See Lisa...in the khaki pants next to Bonnie?  Her and I really hit it off.  We have lots in common with our families, being a mom, and of course, our quilting hobby.

Lisa recently sent  me a little care package and in it she included this note:
The Guild and Cotton Club are doing a new block of the month and would I like to do it to along with them?  Well, how could I say no!  It would be a fun way to stay connected to the girls...so I got online and ordered my pattern!

The quilt is a new pattern from Pat Speth, called Color Me Happy.  It's not particularly challenging or difficult, but each month teaches a different technique to make a block with 5" squares...which is Pat's specialty.  While I was a member of the Guild, we exchanged 5" squares for over a year, so this is a good opportunity to use them up!

I made my first block last week...I'm going to try and stick to browns and reds.  We'll see how that goes!

Lisa and I have also started exchanging spool "kits."  We'll send each other the parts to make the spools all cut and ready to sew together as Leaders and Enders.  This is another quilt that's been on my bucket list and now it'll be even better as a friendship quilt!

Stay tuned for progress on these two NEW projects!

Happy Quilting!
~Michelle