Sunday, April 28, 2013

Goodbye April

A Lovely Year of Finishes Phew! I got 'er done. I finished my goal of sewing the blocks for the pickle dish/ horny toad quilt. They still need lots of TLC. I am going to fuse applique the heads, legs, and tails, and add embellishments such as eyes, spines, and beads... but for now they are happily sewn as blocks. It was a pain in the keister today, completing the blocks. I had printed and enlarged the pattern for the arcs 4 years ago, and sewed the arcs at retreat. I still have the QNM articles, and can see the pattern on their website, also. However! No pattern for the outer edges. So I made one and tweaked it to fit. It was not a perfect fit. it is close enough, and when the limbs and quilting are added, they will be great little horny toads. Here are the blocks: What have you worked on that you were glad to finish?

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Keep Making Stuff

I spent today relaxing and pondering, as Mr. Thimblepie and I ran errands to McCall and puttered around our place. I didn't finish anything today, but I worked on my Sue Spargo tote. I ordered some handles for the tote on etsy and they arrived today. They were only $5 and $2 postage. Exciting! Tomorrow is the monthly meeting of the Pinehurst Quilt Guild. My term as president will start. I am thinking about the year to come, and what my term will be like. I am following a very organized and involved gal, who planned classes for each month. I like that idea, and lots of the others do, too. I like the way the group runs, with lots of community service and mutual appreciation. I'd like to see more sharing of ideas, and talents. I'd like to find out what the tastes and favorites of each lady are... I wonder if fabric exchanges would go. Or, round robin projects... Maybe a questionnaire is in order... Another new chapter for me is collaborating with my sister. She is leaving accounting, and expanding her long arm quilting business to full time. We had such fun during her recent visit, taking a class together, and working on several projects in tandem... that we are already scheduled to take a class next April from Gwen Marston in Port Gamble, followed by the spring retreat at Camp Huston near Monroe, WA. We are making a quilt together for the Chesterfield Foundation Memorial Day auction: a Trip Around the World. I pieced the trip, Pam pieced the borders. She is quilting it on her long arm. We are traveling together for Memorial Day to Chesterfield. Yay! Road Trip! I look forward to brainstorming and coming up with lots of fun ideas and projects.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

It is Mostly Peaches and Cream

I get to go to a quilting retreat today, for 4 days and 3 nights of fun!!! The first retreat I went to was in 1988 or 1989...25 years ago...At that time I had 2 small children and a full time job, so a retreat was a real escape. Then there were no cell phones, and Camp Huston had a 2 pay phones for the 80 of us to share... Church camps provide comfortable heated accommodations, delicious food and snacks,and freedom from responsibilities. One gal brought an RV packed with goodies from her quilt shop so we could shop at retreat. Everyone brought quilts and wall hangings to decorate their rooms, so we had a walk around quilt show. I took lots of fabric and thought I'd get so much accomplished! Over the years retreat morphed...a scissor sharpener set up shop, we could sign up for massages, design walls everywhere were not only inspiring, but a good place to prank each other. We started a quilter's yard sale for fabric and sewing stuff to be cheaply bought and sold. I earned enough to pay for one trip there. Gas was cheaper then... My daughters all wished they could go with me. this year I treated my middle daughter, Ainsley, to a sewing retreat. Sister Pam drove over from Seattle, and we attended a 2 day special embellishing class taught by Sue Spargo in McCall, Idaho. Now my girls are all grown up, I am retired, and I can sew all day and all evening if I want, retreat is a different kind of treat. I still love to go to church camp and be served food that someone else cooks. I love to be around a whole bunch of quilt friends who share my love of fabric and sewing... I can nap, hike, and sew to my heart's content... I am leaving the computer at home, see you Friday!!!