Thursday, April 24, 2014


I've been sewing with Jodi almost weekly.  My retreat mystery quilt is coming along nicely.  This is the stack of finished blocks.

I wanted to share what I've been stitching with -- my new Bernette that I got at our guild show at show price.  She is very lightweight and sews nicely.  Great for taking to a friend's to sew, without undoing my set up at home.

This was a very long chain with the last strip being sewn on the blocks.

Silly, but fun, stringing them around the room.  It was a LONG chain.

But then.............Oh no.................. all of these were just being pre-drilled.  Yup!  Just drilling.  no thread in the bobbin!

Using the floor for a design wall, and arranging balance.

Nan was working on her mystery top too.  Crayon colors.  Beautiful!

Oh, and not to forget.  This has been my quilt helper when I sew at Jodi's.  He seems to always come visit me:)

See my gecko friend, there on the screen?

Next installment?  Borders!

Happy stitching everyone.

Thursday, April 17, 2014


Jenny Doan, of the Missouri Star Quilt Company, was in my area today.  I went to the presentation with my friend Nan.

Jenny is a ball of energy and really funny!

We learned so much in a couple hours.  Missouri Star specializes in quilting with pre-cuts, and she has a plethora of patterns.  Many are free on You-Tube.

 Afterward we were able to get pictures with Jenny.

And she signed issues of Missouri Star's 'magazine' Block.  I hesitate to call Block a quilt magazine, because it is much more like a book.

Jenny and her family have made a huge difference in the economy of her small town.  She's made the financial section of NBC news.  Many of her 7 children are in the business, as well as around 100 local people.  The company only started 5 years ago, and already they've had such impact in tough economic times.

If ever you have the opportunity to hear her, by all means do.

I hope to some day visit her small town.  The company is buying abandoned buildings and turning the town into a walking tour quilt shop.  I.E., one building will house solids, one batiks, etc. with the fabrics by category, one will have long-arms, one is now a retreat center.  Amazing growth in 5 years!

Congratulations, Missouri Star!

Thursday, March 27, 2014


We had such fun!

Hope some of you can join us next year.  Who doesn't need a Spring Thaw in FL in March?

The group is:  The Quilter's Thread

Tuesday, March 25, 2014


Here we are on the shop hop delivering our charity pillowcases at one shop.  It might be the only shot of all of us.

We had music playing as we sewed, and some of us had to stop stitching and put on our dancing shoes.  I think we are all doing the twist here :)

Monday, March 24, 2014


I'm back home, refreshed, renewed.  SEW worth going!

Here are some more retreat pictures.

We wore matching Fabric Acquisition Team t-shirts for our shop-hop.  At the Quilt Shop of Deland we were given demos.

We had a wall hanging challenge.  No particular rules except size.  We invited the quilters next door (Orange Blossom Quilters) and the office staff from Lake Yale to come vote too.  The office staff showed up wearing official "judge" badges/ribbons :)

Several of you have asked how to get involved with this on-line yahoo group, which has this annual Spring Thaw Retreat at Lake Yale Conference Center in Leesburg, FL.  We also do fun things like swaps and round-robins all year.

The group name is The Quilter's Thread, and the addy is:

Yes, we are welcoming new members.

Next year's retreat dates are March 11 - 15, 2015.

Friday, March 21, 2014


TAH-DAH!  I have the first tah-dah finish of the retreat!

This is the mystery tote bag.  We received fabric quantities, and cutting instructions before retreat.  I used a Riley Blake layer cake, and purse handles that I've had in stash for years.  I knew they'd perfect for some bag some day:)

I wanted to share with you how much room we have.  Each of us has a whole long table to ourselves.

This is a look at how many electronics we bring these days.  All these cords for just two of us!  And my cell phone isn't on charge in the picture, so that's one more.

Our first demo today was the double diamond.  I have received gifts made using this technique, but I've never done it nor seen it demo'ed.  Donna did a great job, and gave each of us a book mark too!  Sweet!

Our shop hop yesterday was so fun.  We had to scavenger hunt for things like a picture with construction workers, etc.  So fun!  I'll post those later.  Off to start the mystery quilt.

Hope you find time to stitch today too!

Thursday, March 20, 2014


Early morning quilters.

And now we are off to shop hop/scavenger hunt!