Monday, November 29, 2010


No quilter's trip to Shipshe would be complete without fishing in the old boat in Lolly's basement. If your net 12, the price of each goes down.

Here's my catch.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


Here I am with Brenda Papadakis. Notice our shoes. They were THE THING at Shipshe this year. Both Brenda and I bought them at the same time on Wed. -- too early to get into the room, and the sewing room wasn't open yet either. I had no idea who Brenda was when we were both shopping for shoes at Yoders. I just thought she had great taste in shoes. By the end of the weekend at least a dozen of us were sporting them! Very comfy, very creative.

Oh and Brenda, in case you don't know, Brenda Papadakis is the one who started this whole Dear Jane thing. She drafted every block of Jane A. Stickle's quilt and published the book.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE! I'm thankful for all my quilting friends, both in person and on-line, and to those who are both!

Monday, November 22, 2010


We were so privileged to see this Amish cooking demo. Elaine, our hostess, made cinnamon rolls. We were able to take photos, but not of their faces. Elaine was so funny. I'm sure she's never seen a tv cooking show, but she could surely be the Amish version. First she's mixing, and then, magically here it is after rising an hour, and here it is all bakes, etc.

We were served the rolls and coffee/tea as we watched, and also got a roll to go at the end.

Here are some pics from that part of our outing.

Friday, November 19, 2010


As part of the Dear Jane retreat, I was went on a field trip to an Amish farm this morning. Following a cinnamon roll baking demo (while eating cinnamon rolls and having coffee), we went to the quilting room where 3 frames were set up. We had an Amish expert at each frame. They will be quilting the interior of the quilt, and we worked on the borders. We signed our names near our work. It was interesting to see the names of women who have worked on the quilts before us.

The woman at our frame remarked that it was just like her quilt bees, with all of us gathered around talking as we quilted, rolled the thread to one another, etc. I learned much about her family and life-style too. It was really nice when she told us how much she enjoys these times sharing her life with others. We were allowed to take pictures, but not of their faces.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


I arrived at the Dear Jane retreat this afternoon. I just love the 'buggy parking' spots and the yield signs on the buggies!

Here's the sign at our sewing room doorway.

DH and dogs are holding the fort at home. They are sooo not used to cold weather!

Sunday, November 7, 2010


This chipmunk is holding tight to this pillowcase that I made for our DGD, Bri, 11, for Christmas. Here it is opened out.

While she was visiting us in MI last summer she fell in love with chipmunks. There aren't any in FL, where she lives. She even had them eating out of her hand and crawling on her. Now she's wondering what careers involve working with chipmunks. I think this gift will keep her fond memories alive. Of course she gets the stuffed chipmunk too.

Eating from her hand.

Crawling in her bag of Cheerios and nuts.

On her shoulder.

While there're many methods for making pillowcases, I like to use the Rolled Method, so that all the seams are encased on the cuff and trim, and then finish with French seams, so there's no raw edges anywhere.

Saturday, November 6, 2010


12 designers will be sharing their ideas and a cookie recipe each Tues. and Fri. The hop is already underway. Click here for more info.

Thursday, November 4, 2010


This is as far as I got with Part 5 last week. I had just downloaded it and printed it when the power went out. So this is not complete.

I did manage to tape the packages under the tree together correctly and to the correct size. And since I've had power, I sewed my tree blocks together. However, I just couldn't find a suitable background in my stash, so I ordered that and also border fabric. They should be here Sat. or Mon. latest.

Meanwhile, I can move onto tracing the fusible for the parts under the tree, finding fabrics for that, and prepping them. I can also move onto Part 6 which is now up, as far as getting my ornaments sewn together. And of course, as always, I have a million other projects to work on too.

Esther is such a talented designer, her projects always turn out so nicely.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Back to Sylvia's Bridal Sampler

This is the first SBS block I've made in a while. This past week-end I downloaded the grid where you can drop your photos in and see your progress. That really motivated me to get back at it.

The BOW for this week is B-2, Gulf Star, and I made it this morning.