Thursday, March 26, 2015


Of all the ways to make flying geese, this one from Connecting Threads is new to me.  I usually use the two small squares and one large square method.  That one works for me.

However, when I saw this tutorial, I knew I'd have to try it.  This is for all my stitcher friends who still struggle for a way to make accurate flying geese.

Here is a link to the tutorial.  It includes the math for whatever size you need.

Friday, March 20, 2015


I'm still unpacking and sorting.  These are my 'winnings' from retreat.

10 fat quarters are from our FQ raffle.  I've never won before at retreat, so that was exciting.

The jelly roll was the first prize given on Wed.

The coaster was a nice gift, as was the Quilter's Survival Bag.  Lollipops (or roses depending on your perspective) FQs on a stick as well as the cute strawberry appliques are from game night.

We each made signature blocks for everyone this year.  For most, that was a first, and they did a nice job.  Here's 19.  One must have jumped out of the bag!

I'm planning to make a retreat tote with them using this fabric along with the blocks.

It's kind of sad to be putting the last bits of these things from our Spring Thaw Retreat away, but there's always next year.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015


Yesterday at guild we had a Superior Thread class.

Who knew there's so much to learn about thread?  We had a lecture about thread at the guild meeting.  Then in the afternoon some of us stayed on for class.

Here's our teacher.  Isn't she cute?  She reminds me of Mrs. Teal, our little town librarian while growing up. 

We had all these threads to play with to see what we liked and what achieved the look we wanted on our specific machines.

I started this project.  Yes, yet another UFO.

Here are samples of our teacher's work.  She is an artist.  Her back fabrics are often upholstery fabric.  She uses paint, thread, applique, etc.  Amazing work.

 It was a fun day, and very educational.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015


Several have asked me what the focus fabric of the mystery is.  Hard to tell from a distance shot.  So here it is close up.

I love these santas from Hobby Lobby.

Sunday, March 15, 2015


Today we're just wrapping up our QT retreat at Lake Yale, FL.

We do a variety of projects and games.  We always have a mystery quilt to work on, and this year I was in charge.  Here's my sample for everyone, and also examples of some of the other gal's.

We also had a Mystery Wallet.  It was the Necessary Clutch Wallet, and here's mine.

These are some of the quilts gals made from the mystery.

This pattern works up well with so many different fabrics.

Here are some random pictures from retreat.

Mary Jeanine I. came and did a stash busters lecture and demo.

These are from show and tell.

Jeane demo'd a really neat pattern.

More random pics.

Packed and ready to go home.

Sunday, March 8, 2015


So proud of my guild's show this year.  The quality of the quilts was amazing.  Here are pictures of some of my favorites.

This beauty won best of show.

Here are some of the challenge quilts.

Kelly's 'Open Wide and Say Ah -- Why yes, there is a frog in your throat' won the blue ribbon.

My picture doesn't do this labyrinth quilt justice.  The quilting really made the depth pop.

I love Winding Ways quilts.

There were many applique quilts.

Peace Cottage (from McCall's magazine) was our BOM last year, and there were several of them in the show.

More applique.

This is a family quilt.  Each family member is represented by a unique block.

This is in four panels.  It was a BOM challenge a couple years ago.  Each season had to have a purple something 1/3 from the bottom.

Here are the mini quilts.

My Signature Quilt.

These are from a Medallion Robin our guild held last year.

The one below won viewers choice.  It's my fav. too.

Here's my Florida Sunset.

I love this Pepper Dish by Susie.  I have this one started.  Someday.

This quilt was made to honor the maker's husband's military service.  Love it!

I love hexies!

This one honors the maker's parents.  It includes dad's ties, and mom's wedding dress fabric, their photo, their announcement, etc.

Margaret made this one to remember her doll dresses.  So sweet!

I love the colors and fabrics used in this lovely jacket.  It is so detailed.  Good work Donna!

Now we celebrate for a week or two, and then we begin getting ready for next year!