Thursday, April 30, 2009

More Retreat

I'm not very good at remembering to get my camera out, but I did manage to snap a few pictures:



Jen looks like she's up to something.....



All the ladies hard at work.


My loot! Look at all the cool stuff the peeps made!
Prolific Online Quilters:! (That's Jill's One Block Wonder in the front, made with Wizard of Oz fabric.... very nice!)




Finally, after two and half days, I actually finished something! This is the Baskets quilt. I spent the whole weekend counting down the blocks... fifteen down, five to go, etc, etc!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Back from Retreat...

And I had a wonderful time at the retreat. It was so great to meet so many of the bloggers in the Prolific Online Quilters group. They were all wonderful, smart, funny women who LOVE TO QUILT (Hah! Take that DH... I am neither crazy nor the odd woman out anymore!!!)

Did you notice my new blog header? Moneik made one for everyone with their blog name on it. I have mine attached to my rotary cutter.... Thanks, Moneik! And a big thank you to everyone who brought amazing hand crafted gifts for all of us, I will show pictures of all my loot and goodies tomorrow.

I will say that four days in another country (even if it is right next door) makes for some interesting times.

For example, I am convinced that Americans are speed freaks.... the speed limit in Michigan is 70mph, and I'm pretty sure that it's considered a minimum..... 80 or 85mph seems to be the standard....

Turnip greens and grits taste better than they look.

There is no helmet law for motorcyclists in Ohio.... I was shocked when I saw all the people without helmets..... (either that or they have a WHOLE bunch of lawbreakers...)

I forgot to tell everyone that I am somewhat paranoid about driving over large bridges, so no one thought to mention that the bridge at Port Huron is HUGE....(can you say "white knuckle driving...?")

I do not have a Canadian accent.... everyone else has an American accent .... ha ha ha

Now I'm heading for a nap to catch up on all the sleep I didn't get on the weekend!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Feeling MUCH better now.....

I have recovered....

I spent the weekend trying to getting ready for the retreat. I finished all of the basket handles, and I'm trying to get the batik stars cut before I leave.

I also got a haircut and bought a couple of pairs of jeans.... now I just need to start packing (did I mention that I am really good at leaving everything to the last minute?).

Since I've been pretty much been talking about the retreat non-stop at home, my husband has starting referring to my trip as my "Cult Retreat"..... He thinks he's so funny!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

I'm still here .....

But I'm sick.... and it sucks....

I've managed to finish 15 of the 20 basket handles for retreat, but so far nothing else. I would really like to get the stars quilt cut out, but it's not going to happen until I get feeling better. One week tomorrow I leave for retreat, so I had better be feeling good soon!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Getting ready for Retreat....

I decided it was time to actually start getting stuff ready for the retreat (less than 3 weeks to go!) so on Friday I started by prewashing the batik fq's (I have gotten away from prewashing lately, but these really dark batiks make me nervous, and the background is really light, so I didn't want to take a chance). Then I dug out a basket quilt kit from Connecting Threads I purchased, oh, about two years ago... and cut all the pieces out. I also started sewing on the basket handles, so I only have to piece the baskets and assemble the quilt top at the retreat. I've never used bias strips before, next time (if there is one) I'm going to invest in a bias bar to make it a little easier to make the strips. I cut a template out of plastic to use for the placement, instead of tracing the placement line on. I managed to finish 8 on the weekend.... 12 more to go.






I also stopped at fabricland to pick up some notions (is it me, or do pins evaporate over time??? maybe they grow legs and scurry away like little insects...) either way, my supply of pins was drastically low and I wanted to buy more bobbins so that I can bring a whole bunch to retreat already wound. Look at the nifty little case I picked up for my bobbins! Isn't it cute? Is has little foam holders so the bobbins fit in nice and snug and don't bounce around .... (sorry, it doesn't take much to amuse me...)
Speaking of the pins, I haven't been able to locate fork pins at any of the LQS in my area, so I'm going to try and get some when I'm in Ohio for the retreat, they look like they work well.

The last picture is a sneak peek at a UFO I dug out to keep me busy until retreat time, because I don't want to start anything new until then.....

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Happy Birthday!!!!!

Happy eighteenth birthday to my sweetie Meagan! (who surprised us all by arriving a week early on April Fool's Day!)










Meagan and and an iguana in Cuba.

Pizza anyone?

I recieved my first Block of the Month from Sew-Sisters this week....











I can't wait to get started! It's a neutral colour sampler, and the first set of six fat quarters are gorgeous. Plus they included five extra fq's in neutral shades..... very nice. They also included a file folder for each month's instructions, and what looks like a pizza box to keep everything together.... ha ha ha.... I left it on the kitchen table and a little while later, I hear SportsFan say: "For crying out loud! It's fabric!"
Seems he came into the kitchen and was all excited because he thought I'd brought home pizza! He wasn't the only one, Hubby came home an hour later and did the exact same thing! Now they both think I'm a big meanie, teasing them with non-existant food.... of course, it's not MY fault they both think with their stomach!











Of course, I couldn't place an order at Sew-Sisters without buying a few extra goodies:







A wallhanging kit and 2 patterns. I think I'm going to bring the "Take 5 on Point" pattern to retreat as a backup. I already have fabric for it.
Only 20 days until retreat!!!!!!