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!

New Season – New Bag

hanging bag 1 (Large)

I have some great home dec fabric in my stash. For quite some time  I have been wanting to make something from an elegant fabric from Free Spirit – Vicki Payne’s For Your Home “Chain.”  Finally, I came up with the perfect project for it – a new bag! I found the pattern on the blog Ric Rac and was excited when I read that it only took an hour to make. Silly me – of course it took me much longer. I’ll fess up – a whole day.









One of my changes added to the project time – I used a heavy stabilizer instead of batting. Definitely worth it – I love the sturdiness of the bag. I also added an extra pocket to the inside. There is one for my cell phone and a larger one for “stuff.” the bag closes with a magnetic snap. Having searched through my stash of buttons, I found the perfect pair of vintage buttons.

Isn’t it smart looking? Can’t wait to fill it up and prance about with it on my arm!


Scrapbuster Sunday – Failure!

I have been wanting to do a Christmas quilt for my home for quite some time. I found this pattern from Moda and decided to do it scrappy. This quilt is proof that scrappy doesn’t work for everything. The pieces I used were true scrappy – not all from the same line. Big mistake – I never went to the design board until all the pieces were done. I did the big pinwheels one week, and then a month later made the little pinwheels and so on. I’ve rearranged the blocks and colors at least a hundred times and it just doesn’t work. There is no way I could bring myself to sew this together. My thinking is that the pieces were just too big to work together. Down it came, separated pieces and like fabrics and stored away. I will use the large pinwheels for the backing of the new scrappy Christmas quilt I am now making. And… the new one is working and being sewn together!
Christmas Failure (Large)

Discouraged? No! I enjoyed the sewing process and it is a lesson well learned. The other pieces are not wasted, just waiting with my other scraps to be up on the design wall another day!

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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 – Table Runner

A bit late in the day, but at least I finally got to the computer. I’ve been gone from this site for a little over a month now. What have I been doing?! Some reorganization in the studio for one. Not an awful lot, but enough to make things a little easier for me. Both a problem and a good thing for me is that I am equally left and right brained. Organization is a must, but so is creativity. I now have most of my project boxes where I can clearly see them and it helps to keep me motivated. Will I ever reduce the number of project boxes? Not likely – there are many in the queue to refill the empty boxes with!

I do have a finished project to show – a reversible batik table runner. But no looking at the quilting – I used this piece for practice and much more practice is needed! When I did my Batik Bounty, there were several blocks left over. I put them together without sashing. For the backing I chose strips from a purple batik strip roll I had in my stash. The binding was the real problem. It needed to be able to pull the front together and go well with the back. I did need to make a trip to the fabric store for this one. I chose a very, very dark purple that reads more like a solid than a batik. The results? I love it! This new finish graces the top of my antique oak dining table and adds a lot of style to the room.

Almost made it using only stash, but not quite.


Full (Large)Binding (Large)Back (Large)


Got it Covered

Just got back from a week in the mountains at the New River and it was wonderful! Of course I brought some handwork to do while relaxing on the front porch.  Warning! Do not take only one project.  I soon discovered I needed to execute the hand work another way, but did not have what I needed. That left me with the bulk of the week with no handwork! I did finish two books which was amazing. I have certainly learned my lesson!

machine cover

I did get a small project done a couple of weeks ago. My sewing studio tends to be a dusty place. When I first got my Bernina and set up my space as a  full sewing studio, I made a simple plain cover. Time to brighten things up!  I pulled out several batik pieces and began to cut and sew.  Batting, a backing and some quilting were next. I cut the sewn sections into small sections to piece and make a cover. I downloaded an outline of a sewing machine, backed a piece of black fabric with fusible, cut and fused it to the front piece and zig zagged the edges.  Sewed the top and sides together and bound the bottom.  Voila! A bright and cheery piece with a practical use. And…it is one of my UFOs for the challenge!


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