Monday, January 7, 2019

Happy New Year and the first Quilter's Retreat of 2019

My how time flies!

It seems that no sooner than the year had switched to 2019 than we were headed off to the first Quilter's Retreat of 2019!

And what a weekend it was!

Here are some pictures of projects that were started, completed or simply worked on over the weekend.

Friday saw....

A top completed by?...
I forgot who did this one! Beautiful isn't it?

Here is Linnea's on-going retreat quilt, which is now almost completely quilted.  I believe she might only have the outside borders to finish quilting. She free motion quilted around all of the butterflies over the weekend. Wonderful quilt!

Sharon made these blocks for the NBQA January Block of the Month. Well she made two and I made one at her insistence to check the pattern. The pattern tutorial claims that the unfinished blocks will measure 8 inches and neither of us could come close to that measurement!  We concur that the tutorial writer had some hidden secret to make the blocks come out that large! Or maybe she used one eighth inch seams!

Tina worked on this top for Quilts of Valor.

And completed it late Friday night or was it early Saturday morning?
She vowed not to sleep until it was a finished top!

Audrey began to assemble blocks for this quilt.  All of her nine patches were completed prior to the weekend.  The print squares are each one and a half inches and so the little nine patches finish at three inches in the block.

By Sunday morning Audrey had completed enough blocks to begin to sew the rows together.
I will have to show you a picture when she completes the top.

May said she has been carrying these block pieces with her each year to retreat as her back up project.
So after three years she decided this year to make this Christmas "Yellow Brick Road" her main project.

May completed all of the blocks I am told.  I guess we will have to wait until next year to see the finished top.

Another awesome project was completed during retreat.  Barbara's "Uncle Sam" Twister wall hanging was finally sewn together.  This uses the small "twister" template. I didn't count the squares but can you imagine how many squares went into this gorgeous piece!

Two for the price of one!
Chris used denim squares recycled from her family's jeans to make these two matching, yet different quilts.
The sashings are from the same piece of fabric but are fussy cut from different sections and applied in different directions to make each top similar but different.
What a wonderful way to accomplish two sister/brother quilts!

At this point Earleen had lost, or it turns out just misplaced, the final block in this lap quilt. Turns out the last block pieces were hiding waiting for Sunday morning to be found.
Sometimes even the fabric pieces want to play games!

Sue finished this top early on Saturday. She was delighted, as we all were, with how it turned out.
This top was a UFO for awhile in her UFO stash. Finally completed! Always a good feeling!

Sharon continued to be busy this weekend.  Gifted blocks from a guild exchange were made into a lovely top. 

Saturday afternoon saw our chocolate "party".
Where is the chocolate, you say?
Melting elsewhere! A picture of melting chocolate is not that appealing.
But some of it did make it on to this strawberry ...

And the rest was quickly spirited away by our retreaters.

A midnight madness project was completed by Carol.
It came out great!

Insert picture here....

But those pictures will have to wait until all retreats are completed so that the remaining groups will have a bit of a surprise on their weekend.

Check back in February for those photos!

And finally, yours truly plugged along on her "Good Fortune" Mystery Quilt by Bonnie Hunter.
The final clue came out Friday morning just before I headed to the hotel.  Just enough time for me to print my clue and pack up all of the previous clue pieces so I could begin to assemble the final blocks while on retreat.

I still have many chevrons to be completed, but I have decided that this is my Winter of 2019 Quilter's Weekend Retreat project. Let's see how far I get!

Well a few days of recouping and then we do it all again next weekend.
There are still a few spaces left in our last weekend if you are interested.
These retreats are a great way to while away the winter.

Looking forward to it!
Can't wait!

Louise, on the island, relaxing a bit, and doing laundry, before our next Quilter's Weekend Retreat

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Catching Up!

Once again, I have been wayyyy behind in my blogging work. So in attempt to correct that ( thanks for the nudge Mary Elizabeth!), here is an update since ..... Okay awhile ago.

From the most recent, flannel "Trail's End", a pattern from Candlelite Quilts 

 To the finally finished in August, my 2015 ish Block of the Month for my guild ( a very large quilt!)

And everything in between...

An older Thimbleberries pattern, finally quilted

A Tablerunner from a guild workshop many years ago ( with I think, Deb Tucker of Studio 180)
Finally quilted but still needing a binding applied.

Three blocks from Pat Sloan's latest offering, "Merry and Bright"

My Ghost quilt made as part of the Quilt-a-long from Then Came June, an Instagram activity. Since it is still awaiting quilting, it will probably be finished in 2019.

My version of "Wish Upon A Star" an Eleanor Burns Signature pattern. It is now completed!

My "Labyrinth Walk" quilt without its final borders (this picture was from mid Ocober and, sadly, it still is without its final borders!

Christmas Wreath wallhanging without its bow...

"Dessert Time" a pattern from the Quilt In A Day company, used a collection of red and green fat quarters and was not intended to be a holiday, red and green quilt! 

"Milky Way" a Quilt In A Day pattern, uses three fabrics in this version.

My almost completed version of "Flying Kite Quilt", an Eleanor Burns Signature Pattern is shown here.  This quilt is now only waiting for the binding!

"Patty Cake Quilt", a Quilt In A Day pattern, was completed towards the end of September. It is made from a layer cake and the picture below shows a closer look of the border fabric.

"Romance Rose" table runner, the first piece I quilted on my new Babylock Coronet.
This machine came to live with me at the beginning of September and has opened up a whole new world of machine quilting for me.  I am able to comfortably quilt my table runners and smaller pieces.
The larger ones are still going to my favorites the long arm quilter.  But this machine has made me smile!

I think I have just about caught you up on my quilty world from the past few months.
There has been lots of quilt binding that happened on the deck. Those images are immortalized on Instagram under the hashtag #quiltbindingonthedeck

It is now too cold to sit outside and continue that favorite activity. But I was able to get a few stitches in the other day when we had a very brief warm up.

But with temperatures not rising above freezing today, I really think that Monday's chance to quilt a bit on the deck was the last chance for 2018.

So on to inside quilt bindings now...

Louise, on the island, contemplating my winter quilt binding hashtag....

PS. 24 days until 2019 begins. I wonder how many more blog postings I will get in this year!

Monday, September 3, 2018

September Has Arrived with the "Classroom" Calendar

Where did the summer of 2018 go?

It is now September 3, Labor Day, of 2018.
The temperatures are warm.
It still feels like summer, although the leaves are beginning to fall. On to autumn quilting projects.

The "Classroom" at 74 Nooseneck Hill Road has a new schedule - only new in that I am managing the calendar now instead of Sharon.  However Sharon is still located in her old digs but slightly scaled back.  She has "downsized" her fabric offerings and her store hours, but still has quite a bit for you to choose for your ongoing or next project.

We hope you stop by to visit!

The :"Classroom" will have a calendar posted on the door as I do not have regular open hours like a store.
Open Sew is offered again on Monday evenings from 6 PM to 9 PM,
Thursday afternoons from 1 PM to 4 PM and
Friday mornings from 9:30 to 12:30 PM.

Open Sew is also offered on Sunday afternoon in the fall from 1:30 to 4:30 with a "reservation".
I NEED to watch my football team play! If they are on in the afternoon, I would like to be sitting in my comfy chair at home rooting for my team. But seriously, just give me a call,  a text on my cell or an email to let me know you are coming. If you don"t, you may be subjected to football mania while you try to sew! I am usually at the classroom most Sunday afternoons.

On to other topics and classes...

"Labyrinth" will be offered beginning in October.

This will be a three class event. Two classes in October to learn the nuances of Block A and Block B. The third class will take place in November and will be the finishing and assembly class. The pattern is from "The Guilty Quilter", although the picture above was taken from Pinterest. If you are interested in taking this class and need the pattern, please let me know so I can order one for you.

Coming up also will be the "Double Pinwheel", a pattern by Eleanor Burns and the Quilt in a Day company. 

It is NOT a ONE DAY QUILT!  This class will be offered in October as part of the PHD (projects half done) event.  Look for that date on the October Calendar.

Later this fall, in November, will be your opportunity to delve into some holiday projects. 

"In The Pines" is one possibility for you and the "Log Cabin Wreath" is definitely on tap.


Both will not be too time consuming so you should be able to finish them before the holiday decorating rush!

I hope you will find something to whet your quilting appetite in these offerings. If you have something you would like to try, let me know. We can probably fit it into the schedule.

Louise, on the island prepping for fall projects at the "Classroom"

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Sunday Night Quick Update

Do you remember these "Double Pinwheel " blocks from a bit ago?

I was working like a mad woman on these back in June.

Remember these pictures?

Well, I now have 18 spinning this way....

And 18 spinning that way...

But I need 24 spinning one way and 28 spinning the other way.


This happened earlier tonight.

I am hoping that by the end on this week, all of this will be a top.

Let's see if I succeed.

On the island,
Trying to wrap up this quilt top!


Thursday, July 26, 2018

Did You Wonder Where I Was?

It has been a day over two months since my last post.
Did you wonder where I was?

I have spearheaded ( okay chaired ) my church's major find raiser.
I have had cataract surgery ( okay, only on one eye so far )
I have learned to live a little bit more with my Rheumatoid Arthritis.
I have continued to sew and make quilts!

So on to the quilts.

Prior to the church festival, I went on a sewing spree. I knew that my sewing time would be severely restricted for the two weeks prior and the one week following th festival.
Here is some of what I accomplished during that time.

Additional Blocks for the 120 needed of "Box Kites" a Bonnie Hunter pattern from her book "Addicted to Scraps" and begun in a workshop with her last summer in Bedford, Pennsylvania at Mary's Quilt Shop. I have completed probably close to the number needed on this project, so look for the completed top in the near future.

"Carolina Chain" blocks , an ongoing leader/ender project, also from Bonnie Hunter's book "Addicted to Scraps". Lots more needed of this one so I will continue to make these blocks.

"Diamond Tiles", a block pattern published in Bonnie Hunter's column in Quiltmaker ( can you tell I am a fan of her scrappy world?!).

"Double Pinwheel" blocks from an Eleanor Burns, Quilt In A Day, publication and pattern of the same name. Most of these blocks are now complete so you can look for this quilt top to surface in the near future.

The alternate block for a quilt top pattern I found on the Internet. I will give more specifics on this next time.

These blocks are from a Missouri Star pattern and are complete now. Just waiting to sew this top together.

The "Pineapple Block" from an Eleanor Burns and Quilt in a Day block of the month Sampler Quilt that is available on her website. These are very large blocks compared to what I usually do!

I finished all of the pieces for my "So Big" quilt which is a Kelli Fannin pattern.

I sewed together the blocks for this top, which is from Amy Ellis's book, "Think Big, Quilts, Pillows and Tablerunners from 18 inch blocks". 25 blocks gives you a Queen sized quilt!  This has been quilted and now awaits its binding.

In the days leading up to surgery, the binding was sewn on this quilt.

This binding, and thus this quilt, was also completed. It is a scrappy trip type of quilt using a roll of solids from my stash.  It was started in July 2017 and sewn through the weeks until September of last year.  Finally it is completed.

I sewed all of the half square triangles needed for "Dessert Time".

I completed the binding for this quilt just before eye surgery.

After surgery, sunglasses were needed.

I also found out that my color acuity was impacted more than I thought by the cataract!
This matched much better before than it does now! Lol!

Last week I was able to sew this top together. It is now quilted and waiting to be bound and hung in the shop or the classroom. It is a new line of fabrics that Sharon has. 

Oh yes, I snuck in this cutie, right after the festival.  It uses a pack of 5 inch squares and some yardage and makes a nice small quilt.

Recently I sewed the rows together on this "Trailways" quilt. It is a pattern from Candlelite quilts that calls for 8 half yard pieces to make the top.  It is a bit bigger since had more than a half yard of many of these fabrics. I just kept on going!  Soon it will be at the long armer, once I figure out what to put on the back.

Looking ahead to August,
A quilt retreat for yours truly,
A bus trip to the "World of Quilts" quilt show in New Hampshire 
A trip to Pennsylvania for classes with Bonnie Hunter, so I can start more quilts to add to my UFO stash!

Looking forward to all of it!

Louise, on the island, penning a blog, for the first time in two months and a day