Gazette Issue #7 – November 2016

Lots to cover this month – I hope you will read to the end!  I will try to put the fun stuff at the top just in case your time is limited!

Monday’s are OPEN sew 10-4
Come use our classroom space, great lighting, design walls and tables already set up.  FREE

Friday – November 11 10-3
Christmas Tree placemats or table runner! This class has been rescheduled SEW let’s have an open sew!  You work on your project and it is FREE!

Sunday – November 13 10-4
Judy Niemeyer Sew Day!  This event is designed for those that already know the technique and are currently working on project or ready to start a new one.  No instructor for this one, but Denise is available all day to answer your questions or help you with the next step.  Fee is $25.
Want to learn how to paper piece?  Watch our schedule for classes.

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Ann’s Poppy! Made using the pattern African Violet!

Wednesday – November 16 9-noon
Learn how to make these festive dinner napkins for meals with your loved ones!
Fee is $25 (and (2) half-yards of fabric – what a DEAL!)

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Saturday – November 19 9-noon
T-Shirt Prep Class – learn what it takes to make a t-shirt class!  Bring your t-shirts and start the process.  (no machine required for this class!)  Additional classes will be scheduled for the actual sewing and construction of your quilt.
Fee is $15 (no supplies at this time)

Saturday – November 19 4-6
Outlander Party!  Andover Fabrics is releasing their latest collection from the book (and TV series) Outlander.  We want you to be the first to see it live!  Join us at the Luling Oil Museum at 4:00 pm for tasty treats and drinks all Outlander Themed!  Then we will open up the fabrics for you to touch and feel!  They are beautiful!

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Wednesday, November 30 9-4 – OR – Sunday, December 4 & 11 1-4
Machine Quilting 101!  Learn how to use the walking foot and the free motion quilting foot to finish those Christmas Gifts!  We use panels designed by Renae Allen along with her companion book!  Denise has lots of tips and tricks to share!
Class fee is $45 (purchase of kit is required and homework is pin-basting your quilt)

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Friday – December 2 9-noon
Mini Quick Curve Ruler Christmas trees!  Make placemats, table runner or wall hanging!
Fee is $15 (does not include supplies)

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Saturday – December 3 9-noon
Poinsettia Blocks made with Quick Curve Ruler!  Learn how to use this ruler!  Makes sewing curves a breeze!
Fee is $15 (does not include supplies)

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Saturday – December 3  1-4 -OR- Wednesday – December 7 9-noon or 1-4
Christmas Stocking Class – use our cute panel to learn how to make your own Stockings.  It is a lot easier than it looks!
Fee is $15 (requires purchase of a pre-printed stocking panel and 1 Fat Quarter)

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Saturday – December 10 9-1pm
Bargello Tree Skirt Class -learn to make this beautiful tree skirt using the 9 degree wedge ruler!  You will be surprised how fun and easy this project is!  Once you learn how to use your ruler then you will be able to make fun table runners and bed runners as well as creative borders for your quilts!
Class fee is $25 (does not include supplies)

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Coming in 2017
Block of the Month – Using the Quick Curve Rulers!


Quilt Skillz – a comprehensive Learn To Quilt Class!  I am working on my sample and will share in the December Gazette!

Have you heard about our Customer Loyalty Program?
We are Over-The-Top EXCITED about this one!
Sewing Seeds!  Reap What you SEW!
Ask us next time you come!
Save the Date!  Saturday, June 17, 2017 is Customer Appreciation Day!

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Here are a few photos from classes/retreats held last month!  My favorite is Olivia and her beautiful mama – they were in the Walk A Bout tote class!  Who do you share your passion with?

November is the month when we reflect on what we are thankful for.  I am thankful for a supporting family, those that live near me as well as those that live in other states.  Starting with my wonderful husband (Here is a photo that shows he really does go above and beyond!)

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he is my rock!  It is also fabulous that he can build almost anything I dream up!  New racks/shelves/displays are added to the shop on a regular basis, custom built by my handy man!  (These are needed to hold all those scrumptious bolts of fabric!)  (Want to know more about that quilt he is removing the registration threads from? Scroll to the bottom of this post!)

I had a wild idea that we should sell “Barn Quilts”  My daughter-in-law taught herself how to do these and they look fabulous in the shop.  Did you know you can get a custom barn quilt painted by her?  My son and grandkids have also jumped into the fray when I had a health mishap and needed to be rescued at a quilt show where I was vending.  The grandkids love to SEW when they visit and their eagerness reminds me again and again how important it is to hand our sewing enthusiasm down to the next generations.

My sister who hops on a plane to get the computer system going and brings her partner in crime for added manual labor.  Then she surprises me by flying in again for the grand opening!  Then also drove 5 hours to attend the PUPs retreat in Memphis.

My sister-in-law Jeanine for educating me on the purchase of my computer system and credit card handling, always ready to answer my questions and get needed supplies for me.  Her partner in crime has even jumped in and he is my ergonomic specialist!  Watch for bi-annual seminars and learn how to treat your body right!

Finding that perfect employee – I have lucked out here big time!  Lindsey is AWESOME! and she knows every bolt of fabric!  She is always eager to help you with your project and doesn’t mind pulling out multiple bolts of fabric until the perfect one is found!  Her pint-sized helper is also a great employee!  When he is in the shop you know you will not need to open a door!  He also loves to open boxes and always exclaims with delight “It’s FABRIC!”  Man I love that kid!  During the spring and summer we were also able to have several local high school kids help out!  Watching them learn was a great reward for me!  Thanks Sarah, Lexi, Jordan and Shelby!

Our teachers are phenomenal and are always to share their great knowledge with you!  Thanks to LouAnn, Vanese, Marilyn and soon Kathy!  We are always looking for new classes, tell us what you want to learn (or teach!)

Friends and family that stop by the shop, offering words of advice – finding that special fabric that they couldn’t live without!   And those that are too far to stop by the shop send words of encouragement on a regular basis!

Most importantly all the quilting and sewing enthusiasts that find their way to our shop!  We want you to know how important you are!  We have what I believe is the BEST customer rewards program in the nation!  Our “Sewing Seeds”  and I am sure after our customer appreciation event on June 17, 2017 (save the date!) you will agree!

All of this adds up to success!  I couldn’t do it without all of you (and I really wouldn’t want to!)  and for all of this I am truly Thankful!

A few more photos to share – this is Vintage Rose – I was honored to create this beautiful quilt to represent Quiltworx in the Island Batik booth at festival.  Doris Rice, the Quilting Queen quilted it for me on a very tight deadline!  (I will post photos of the quilting when I get the quilt back in December!)

 

Be thankful and kind and remember – tomorrow is not promised!

Dee

I Miss Blogging!

Good Morning!  I was searching through my blog the other day for something and realized I really miss blogging and sharing (in more depth) what I am up to these days!  SEW – from now on I will be blogging more frequently to let you know what I am working, what we have new in the shop, where I am teaching etc.

First of all – thank you to all that have stopped by the shop since we opened – we are grateful.  In our effort to show our gratitude we have a monthly give-a-way!  July we gave away this quilt!  Fear not – I have a pattern available if you did not win but would still like to have this festive quilt to show your love for the USA!

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I also want to share this adorable quilt with you – the fabrics are by Cori Dantini – my new favorite fabric designer!  My granddaughter is part of an acting ensemble and her very first play was “Into the Woods” and she played the granny – so of course I had to buy this fabric collection!  We have this wonderful kit available for you!  Call us for more information!

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I have been asked to help Quiltworx complete a quilt for the new technique of the month – Vintage Rose!  The color way is designed by Judel and the fabrics are from Island Batik!

Here is what I have done so far – be sure to “follow” the blog to stay up to date!

You can also keep up to date with our shenanigans on Facebook and Instagram – both under HollyDee Quilts!

Dee

 

PUP’s and Memphis

Last Friday we arrived in Memphis.  I would be teaching the quilters at Pickin Up the Pieces Quilt Guild on Saturday.  We decided to hit Rendezvous for a few ribs and then head over to Beale street.  (Ribs photos can be found on Facebook and Instagram!)

I will be back in Memphis at the end of September as the featured teacher for this quilt guild.  If you would like more information about this guild or the retreat, please send me a note and I will forward it to their guild!

I think if you click on a photo you will get more information about each photo!  For all the quilts seen from the workshop I have kits available!

I hope you enjoy this sneak peak into the life of a Judy Niemeyer Certified Instructor.  We get to meet so many amazing quilters and along the way make some great friends!

Dee

 

A Mariner’s Compass!

One of my students made this beautiful Mariner’s Compass; then I was asked to quilt it!  She patiently waited for this quilt to move up the list of quilts to be quilted!  I sent her a couple of sneak peek photos once it was loaded.  But this did not prepare her for what she would receive – upon receipt of the quilt and shams her note to me said simply  “It Came!  It takes my breath away!”  Another happy client!  Her quilt was so stunning to begin with – the choice of classic colors made this an amazing quilt to start with.  She had sent me a pieced back originally.  Then it was determined she would need to send me a different back; I must say I was so excited to use the new backing as I knew the quilting would be stand out!

Without further ado – I will now share some quick photos of Pat’s quilt.  You will be able to see it in all it’s glory in May at the Lakeview Quilters Quilt Show.  I will also be a vendor there!  I hope to see you!  PS – my shop opens the week AFTER the LQG show!

 

NOTE: I have removed the slideshow and replaced with photos – slideshow was playing inconsistently.

I would appreciate some feedback regarding the slideshow – do you like it?  Or do you prefer individual photos with comments?

Denise

A Year in the Life of – ME!

2015 was a busy year for us.  We had just moved into our new home.

In the studio we had shelving to build, peg board to hang, cabinetry to place.  Lots of rearranging as I decided to tweak things, 256 sf of design walls to put up.

Join local groups; Luling Fiber Arts.  Create new groups; Settlement Magnolias.  Just to name a couple…

My travel included a cruise where I was teaching, NQA in Little Rock where I was teaching and vending, Montana for a tune-up and so much more. My treasured time is when I am quilting with long-time friends and we are enjoying each others company (or when I am with my hubby!)

48 Retreat/Quilt To You Wilt/Cruise days, most of these where a taught, but a couple where I was a lucky participant! 6 visits to guilds to provide lectures and workshops! 22 workshop days at various shops usually involving 2 or more hours of travel each way! 6 shows including NQA in Little Rock.  1 Guest Artist appearance at a show where I was a vendor had a special exhibit and daily bed-turnings.

4 days of Farm Camp for the Grandkids, 7 days of Camp Dee-Dee with the Grandkids!  Enjoyed 2 plays that my granddaughter was in, baseball games for the grandson as well as other family time events!

And along the way I finished a few quilts, a couple of them were started prior to 2015, but many were started and made it to top stage in 2015.  I also quilted several quilts for customers (but not as many as I used to!)

Here are most of the finishes for 2015….

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The original “One” was my first finish of 2015. Be sure to look at the close-up photo of the beading a fellow quilter added for me!
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While in Little Rock a delightful quilter offered to bead my quilt for me – it was already quilted but she very carefully hand stitched each bead on, only going through the top layers! She even put the binding on it before shipping it back to me! I just love quilters! Pattern “One”
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My 2nd “One” of the year! I have another one that just needs the leaf stitched down! I look forward to teaching this quilt again and again! It is fun!
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Paradise in Blooms, started, finished, quilted and bound in 2015! WooHoo!
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A beauty that was started this year – but I may need to go visit my friend Lisa at Compass Point Quilts in NH to finish it!
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Tea Time Placemats. I love making these leaf quilts. I have kits and patterns available at my online store.
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Vintage Compass – made as a sample for Pinwheels and Posies in Dickinson, TX. They have kits!
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My 2nd Prismatic Star of the year. I cannot get enough of this quilt! It is so quick and easy to make. Kits and pattern available at my online store.
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Paddlewheel using Judy and Judel Niemeyers fabric collection, Reclaimed West. Pattern is still available at my online store. All fabrics were donated by Timeless Treasures and I did a 2 part blog tutorial for how I made this quilt. See part 1 here.
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Landscape table runner made and kitted for the cruise I taught on in May. All kits are pre-cut ready to sew! Including the papers for one table runner. Kit includes papers to make 3 more quilts, they just aren’t precut! I have included a photo of the back of this quilt so you can see my “upside down” quilting!
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The back of my Landscapes Table Runner so you can see the quilting. This backing fabric was approx 24″ wide, purchased on Maui in 2001, just waiting for the perfect quilt.
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A small sample made to show the fabrics in kits I have available when teaching Seasonal Table Runner/Table Topper.
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This quilt is at Hancocks of Paducah right now so I am using the new coversheet for the photo. I made this quilt for Quiltworx, while I was there in July. Constellation is from the book Geese Migrations; available on my site!
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Vintage Compass made for Certified Shop Pinwheels and Posies.  Kits available from them!
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Osprey’s Nest, downsized. OK I got really tired of making geese – so I figured out what I could make with all those fabulous log cabin blocks and the geese I had done. So far 1 table topper, 1 table runner and 2 placemats. I will also have the mirror image of the table topper when I am done! Pattern available on the site!
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Dancing in the Moonlight! A silhouette of my granddaughter from a photo where she was dancing at camp in 2014. A friend took the tiny photo and made it life size for me. The blocks in the background are Garden Wall and available on the site. I used an ombre for my backgrounds and a Judy Niemeyer Bali pre-sorted Pops set for the accents.
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Some of the piecing for this quilt was started many moons (aka years) ago. AndSewItBegan asked me to come teach this at her retreat house so I figured I better get it together. I used a Kaufman Khaki for the background and hand-dyes for the accent fabrics. This pattern is Southern Beauty aka Sleeping Beauty by Sue Garman. Don’t you love Sue’s work?
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This year I joined the Luling Fiber Arts group and our leader, Kelly, taught us how to make this fun convergence quilt. This quilt is small but was made in 2 hours, including all cutting!
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Those are all silks on the wall, my WoodCarvers star is in progress! Any bets on a finish date? Pattern uses the new lone star technique and is available on the site!
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I cannot take all the credit for this one. Most of the paper-piecing was done while in Montana, but not by me. My 3 Australian friends did not bring enough of their own projects so they worked on mine! This quilt is called Chasing Rainbows and can be found in the Geese Migrations Book (available on this site). I used 2 different ombre fabrics for the color and black batik. I hope to have kits for this quilt very soon.
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These 4 quilts were completed by me to be donated to our local first responders! They will be quilted very soon!
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My version of Prairie Pinwheels. This quilt was fun and easy to make and I was able to use all stash fabrics! What a great quilt for a young child! Pattern available at my online store.
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Not finished but wanted to include it. I need to piece and add the borders. This pattern is called Indian Summer and is available at my online store. This sample is made with lots of Kaffe Fassett fabrics and black/whites. All purchased at Pinwheels and Posies Quilt Shop.
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Diamond Wedding Ring NEW version! I made the original version many many years ago and let me tell you it was not for the faint of heart. There were at least 8 billion Y seams! This quilt is assembled with ZERO Y seams. Quick and easy paper-piecing and custom creative grids rulers make this quilt a snap! Rulers and patterns available in the store! All fabrics (except the outer border) were purchased in June 2015 from Valli and Kim in Dripping Springs, TX. The background has all kinds of appropriate sayings for a couple in love!
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Fractured Paint Box – she’s a little loud but was so fun to make. The center is made from a very dark green accent and Kaufman solids strip set. The border was left over backing from a wedding quilt I made a couple of years ago; purchased in Maui when we attended the wedding! I love destination weddings – how about you?
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I have ended the year with “Three” I started this on Christmas Day, it went very quickly. Kits will be available on my site soon! This one is called Lemons, Limes and Satsumas; we had those 3 trees in our backyard before we moved. Picking fresh fruit around Christmas each year and burying your nose in the fabulous blossoms each spring. I miss those trees!
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A year in the review. Of course there are other quilts that are started but I did not include! I have to save something for next year right? (as I look at this photo I realize there is one here that did not get featured above)

 

Let’s all make 2016 fabulous!

Dee

When it is raining in Houston………

Get on a boat! And sail the high seas with a bunch of fun quilters!

A special thanks to Veronica Cox of Bear Threads Designs for coordinating of our Quilters Cruise!

I would also like to acknowledge the minute of silence held on the ship to remember the reason we have Memorial Day!  Several tributes were held through-out the ship during our week on board!  The folks in TX were always on our mind as the state experienced un-precedented flooding over the Memorial Weekend and days that followed!

Our view as we were getting ready to leave Galveston in a drizzly rain on board The Navigator of the Seas for 7 days of fun packed sewing, sight-seeing and sipping!  (Be sure to read to the end as you will not want to miss the final photo!)!

Who else sees flying geese?
Who else sees flying geese?

Our first full day at sea was a class taught by Winnie Fleming.  All of her kits were pre-cut and the students got right down to sewing!  Our machines were Janome Horizon machines and were provided by Scott from Citrus Sewing Center of Ocala, FL.

The blocks and setting for the quilt Winnie chose for her class!  Made with Hoffman Bali Pops, pre-cut by Winnie to the perfect size for piecing the blocks!
The blocks and setting for the quilt Winnie chose for her class! Made with Hoffman Bali Pops, pre-cut by Winnie to the perfect size for piecing the blocks!
Another pretty one!
Another pretty one!
This photo is straight - the quilt on the design wall?  Not so straight!  Were the seas that rough?
This photo is straight – the quilt on the design wall? Not so straight! Were the seas that rough?
Kat photo bombing!
Kat photo bombing!
One of 7 Linda's hard at work!
One of 7 Linda’s hard at work!
Sara's quilt is going to be fabulous!
Sara’s quilt is going to be fabulous!

The evening class was taught by Susie Seed, she is an educator for Sulky!  She had a fun project called split personality and students were able to try all kinds of threads and stitches while constructing their projects.

Susie Seed - Sulky Educator!  And a fun lady!
Susie Seed – Sulky Educator! And a fun lady!
Split Personalities - make two faces, slice them down the middle, swap them around and you have a split personality!
Split Personalities – make two faces, slice them down the middle, swap them around and you have a split personality!
Split Personalities - make two faces, slice them down the middle, swap them around and you have a split personality!
Split Personalities – make two faces, slice them down the middle, swap them around and you have a split personality!
Split Personalities - make two faces, slice them down the middle, swap them around and you have a split personality!
Split Personalities – make two faces, slice them down the middle, swap them around and you have a split personality!
Split Personalities - make two faces, slice them down the middle, swap them around and you have a split personality!
Split Personalities – make two faces, slice them down the middle, swap them around and you have a split personality!
Split Personalities - make two faces, slice them down the middle, swap them around and you have a split personality!
Split Personalities – make two faces, slice them down the middle, swap them around and you have a split personality!
Split Personalities - make two faces, slice them down the middle, swap them around and you have a split personality!
Split Personalities – make two faces, slice them down the middle, swap them around and you have a split personality!
Split Personalities - make two faces, slice them down the middle, swap them around and you have a split personality!
Split Personalities – make two faces, slice them down the middle, swap them around and you have a split personality!

My day to teach did not arrive until day 5 of the cruise, after 3 port days, Cozumel, Belize and Roatan.  I was worried my students would be worn-out by this point as they had had a busy several days so far.  But, my fears were quickly set aside, they were all excited and ready to jump in and learn something new!  Only 1 photo from my class because I was having too much fun sharing my passion for paper-piecing!

The quilt I taught on the cruise.  Landscape Table Runner - The only photo I took during the class!
The quilt I taught on the cruise. Landscape Table Runner – The only photo I took during the class!

There is so much to do on the ship!

When we weren’t sewing or sleeping, we were sight-seeing or enjoying ship performances. I did not take photos at most of the performances, we saw an ice-skating show, a tribute broadway, karaoke, comedians and lounge acts.     My favorite was when the staff performed on the promenade with a tribute to the 70’s including The Village People!  If I had not been laughing so hard I might have been able to snap some photos!

On the promenade getting ready for the circus parade
On the promenade getting ready for the circus parade
One of the interior cabins, someone was peeking out to watch the parade.  Hubby and I had a cabin on deck 2 (by the ice-skating rink)
One of the interior cabins, someone was peeking out to watch the parade. Hubby and I had a cabin on deck 2 (by the ice-skating rink)
Some of the circus parade performers
Some of the circus parade performers
The camera setting was just a tad off!
The camera setting was just a tad off!

Highlights from our excursion to Cozumel….

Our first port was Cozumel, I had been here a very long time ago, probably over 30 years ago.  The island has really grown up.  It has a community college, a Sam's store and lots of restaurants and shopping.
Our first port was Cozumel, I had been here a very long time ago, probably over 30 years ago. The island has really grown up. It has a community college, a Sam’s store and lots of restaurants and shopping.
We chose a short Mayan Ruins tour and scenic overview.
We chose a short Mayan Ruins tour and scenic overview.
We chose a short Mayan Ruins tour and scenic overview.
We chose a short Mayan Ruins tour and scenic overview.
All of the stones for the ruins were "mined" from underground tunnels!  There are miles and miles of tunnels under the island where the stones used to be!
All of the stones for the ruins were “mined” from underground tunnels! There are miles and miles of tunnels under the island where the stones used to be!
The scenic overview!  This side of the island is still in it's natural form except for a couple of roadside tourist shops.  No resorts etc.
The scenic overview! This side of the island is still in its natural form except for a couple of roadside tourist shops. No resorts etc.
My handsome man!
My handsome man!
We are back on board the ship - watching other passengers que up to board.
We are back on board the ship – watching other passengers que up to board.
2 smaller carnival ships were also in port.
2 smaller carnival ships were also in port.

Our group after the 2nd formal dinner.  A big thank you to my husband for being our photographer!

Our group after dinner Friday evening!
Our group after dinner Friday evening!
Our group after dinner Friday evening!
Our group after dinner Friday evening!

 

Our group after dinner Friday evening!
Our group after dinner Friday evening!

We skipped early dinner one evening which meant I got to see a sunset!

I may not have dipped my toes in the ocean or the pool BUT I did see ONE sunset!
I may not have dipped my toes in the ocean or the pool BUT I did see ONE sunset!

Sipping with our 3 favorite bartenders!  Thanks Alice, Elle and Juana for keeping us entertained and “hydrated!”  Our favorite place on the ship was the R Bar winding down with friends!

Alice!  Classic beauty and charm!  And a GREAT bartender!
Alice! Classic beauty and charm! And a GREAT bartender!
Elle preparing cocktails!
Elle preparing cocktails!
Shaken!
Shaken!
Double-Time!
Double-Time!
Juana - the boss!  After giving the girls several dark chocolate bars we were in big trouble because they stayed up til the wee morning hours!
Juana – the boss! After giving the girls several dark chocolate bars we were in big trouble because they stayed up til the wee morning hours!
A whole lot of shaking going on!
A whole lot of shaking going on!
They know when to stir it and when to shake it!
They know when to stir it and when to shake it!
The essence of Juana!
The essence of Juana!
Winnie, Linda and Me posing in the big framed chair - time for a little unwind!
Winnie, Linda and Me posing in the big framed chair – time for a little unwind!
Kat joins the party!
Kat joins the party!
Then we added Kathy!
Then we added Kathy!
And the party just keeps growing!
And the party just keeps growing!
Hubster was feeling left out!
Hubster was feeling left out!

What a fun time we had!

Now who is ready for the next cruise?

When?  May 28, 2016

Where?  ALASKA!!!!

 

 

Hot Hot Hot – Fire Island Hosta – Retreat!

I had the privilege this weekend to teach a fabulous group of women at a quilt retreat I held at the Wimberley Quilt Ranch.  This was the 2nd time I had hosted a retreat here and I really enjoy this facility.  This time we also had the owner of the retreat center join us.  It was a pleasure getting Diane hooked on Judy patterns!  Because our retreat was full with a waiting list Diane would head back to her home (just down the road) each night to catch a few winks (or bottle feed the calf)!  She did say she really sees the value of being able to just stay and “retreat”!  I think we will talk her into staying the night at the June retreat, which I am just finalizing the details on.

The next retreat is at the end of April at 12 Pines Retreat Center – see photos of that project below!

Our next retreat at Wimberley Quilt Ranch is for “Beginners and Finishers“.

Here are the photos from our Fire Island Hosta Retreat!

Ronda enjoying the beautiful sunset.  See more on her blog here!
Ronda enjoying the beautiful sunset. See more on her blog!
Thursday evenings sunset - there were several of us on the porch enjoying this one!
Thursday evenings sunset – there were several of us on the porch enjoying this one!
Sunset through the trees - the trees at WQR are AMAZING!
Sunset through the trees – the trees at WQR are AMAZING!
I walked to the end of the road to get this shot - fabulous!
I walked to the end of the road to get this shot – fabulous!
And the last glimmer....  We wanted to enjoy every last drop!
And the last glimmer…. We wanted to enjoy every last drop!
Lou Ann's first vein is pieced!  She is a happy girl!
Lou Ann’s first vein is pieced! She is a happy girl! (that is Ginger’s clamshell on the wall behind Lou Ann)
Cathy had never paper-pieced before.  Her friends coached her prior to retreat so she could have some of the basic piecing done - and now she has her first vein pieced.  I love her colors!
Cathy had never paper-pieced before. Her friends coached her prior to retreat so she could have some of the basic piecing done – and now she has her first vein pieced. I love her colors!
All of Lou Ann's leaves are done!
All of Lou Ann’s leaves are done!  now she is reading what she does next!
This one is Linda's - she had purchased her fabric before the pattern was ever released - started working on it the day she got her pattern.  Then got stuck on the veins - she was happy to come to retreat just to learn how to do the veins!
This one is Linda’s – she had purchased her fabric before the pattern was ever released – started working on it the day she got her pattern. Then got stuck on the veins – she was happy to come to retreat just to learn how to do the veins!
Melba's colors are going to be fabulous - I think this is her first Judy project.  I wish I had gotten a photo of her project with her leaves up there - dang!
Melba’s colors are going to be fabulous – I think this is her first Judy project. I wish I had gotten a photo of her project with her leaves up there – dang! PS – she used one fabric in her arcs – but paper-pieced it to get lots of texture!
April's retreat - Paradise in Blooms - we are filling up for this one - let me know if you want a registration form - spots are going FAST!
April’s retreat – Paradise in Blooms – we are filling up for this one – let me know if you want a registration form – spots are going FAST! (Lisa’s Fire Island Hosta is hanging up there too – THANKS Lisa for sharing your design wall with me!
LaVonne had never paper-pieced before - and I think she is going to enjoy it!  She did GREAT!  You will see more of her quilt later in the photos!
LaVonne had never paper-pieced before – and I think she is going to enjoy it! She did GREAT! You will see more of her quilt later in the photos!
Mary had attended one other class with me the pattern was "Hoffman Crackers" and a very simple pattern.  I am so excited that she wanted to join us for FIH - her quilt is going to be fabulous!
Mary had attended one other class with me the pattern was “Hoffman Crackers” and a very simple pattern. I am so excited that she wanted to join us for FIH – her quilt is going to be fabulous!
Ronda is doing the color way from Tennessee Quilts - this is really out of her box!  She is a Civil War, 30's kind of gal and I love watching her smile when she puts up another section because this quilt makes her HAPPY!  (Cathy's leaf is on the side)
Ronda is doing the color way from Tennessee Quilts – this is really out of her box! She is a Civil War, 30’s kind of gal and I love watching her smile when she puts up another section because this quilt makes her HAPPY! (Cathy’s leaf is on the side)
Cheryl is giving us sneak peeks of her colors - can't wait to see more!  (There is more below!)
Cheryl is giving us sneak peeks of her colors – can’t wait to see more! (There is more below!)
Aw Brenda - this fabulous!  Her first Judy quilt (and I think paper-piecing) was Captain's Wheel at Wimberley Quilt Ranch last year.  I think she is hooked!
Aw Brenda – this fabulous! Her first Judy quilt (and I think paper-piecing) was Captain’s Wheel at Wimberley Quilt Ranch last year. I think she is hooked!
Oh Cheryl you are such a tease - we want to see more!
Oh Cheryl you are such a tease – we want to see more!
Look - Lou Ann has all her center pieces on the board!  Pinwheels and Posies helped her select her fabrics - she told them she wanted it to look like "leather" -
Look – Lou Ann has all her center pieces on the board! Pinwheels and Posies helped her select her fabrics – she told them she wanted it to look like “leather” –
Look at Cathy's focus fabric - WOW!
Look at Cathy’s focus fabric – WOW!
Half-way there!
Half-way there!
And we have a top - now time for the borders!
And we have a top – now time for the borders!
Lisa's colors are going to be fabulous - she has made many Judy quilts and I think she was enjoying the journey this one is taking her on.  She will be joining us in April for Paradise in Blooms!
Lisa’s colors are going to be fabulous – she has made many Judy quilts and I think she was enjoying the journey this one is taking her on. She will be joining us in April for Paradise in Blooms!
Diane's is coming right along - (she is the owner of WQR) - but this weekend she was just another retreater.  (until I couldn't find the back-stock coffee!)
Diane’s is coming right along – (she is the owner of WQR) – but this weekend she was just another retreater. (until I couldn’t find the back-stock coffee!)
And Ginger's quilt makes an appearance - those are beautiful salmon colors with rich browns - going to be fabulous!
And Ginger’s quilt makes an appearance – those are beautiful salmon colors with rich browns – going to be fabulous!
Remember our first time paper-piecer - yes this is LaVonne's.  You can also see a hint of Mary's to the left.
Remember our first time paper-piecer – yes this is LaVonne’s. You can also see a hint of Mary’s to the left.
Cheryl is hard at it!
Cheryl is hard at it!
Cathy had an oh oh moment - her arcs were going to blend with her focus fabric - what to do - what to do.....
Cathy had an oh oh moment – her arcs were going to blend with her focus fabric – what to do – what to do…..
Add an accent - this was SO easy - I love demonstrating this technique!
Add an accent – this was SO easy – I love demonstrating this technique!
Some of you know how it goes at retreats - this person is hot, this person is cold - well we had little red riding hood here.  I think she just wanted to wear that scrumptious cape from Ireland!  PS - Diane is purchasing deflectors so each retreat can adjust there personal sewing zone!
Some of you know how it goes at retreats – this person is hot, this person is cold – well we had little red riding hood here. I think she just wanted to wear that scrumptious cape from Ireland! PS – Diane is purchasing deflectors so each retreat can adjust there personal sewing zone!
Ginger - I am in love!  Those colors are fabulous!
Ginger – I am in love! Those colors are fabulous!
Look at LaVonne Go!
Look at LaVonne Go!
And some more of LaVonne's!  (Mary I have to apologize - I didn't get a photo of yours!)
And some more of LaVonne’s! (Mary I have to apologize – I didn’t get a photo of yours!)
Ronda is making progress - she is also our fabulous cook so she doesn't get to sew as much as the rest of us!
Ronda is making progress – she is also our fabulous cook so she doesn’t get to sew as much as the rest of us!
Oh Cathy - I love it! - FYI - Cathy is playing with this and there may a surprise in a future post!  Stay tuned by "following" the blog!
Oh Cathy – I love it! – FYI – Cathy is playing with this and there may a surprise in a future post! Stay tuned by “following” the blog!
Lou Ann is DONE!
Lou Ann is DONE!  She decided to add just a little punch of color – her veins on 4 of the leaves are turquoise and turquoise was added to her accent borders!
Diane got a lot done - even though she was still working on the ranch part-time feeding the bottle feeding the calf and manning the gates so the hay could be unloaded!
Diane got a lot done – even though she was still working on the ranch part-time feeding the bottle feeding the calf and manning the gates so the hay could be unloaded!
Lou Ann's next project is Garden Wall!  With the Judy Niemeyer Bali Pop's - perfect for this project!
Lou Ann’s next project is Garden Wall! With the Judy Niemeyer Bali Pop’s – perfect for this project!
This is Ronda's Captain's Wheel - she wanted a little help with the rope - this is another favorite technique for me to demonstrate - I have worked up a super easy way to do this!
This is Ronda’s Captain’s Wheel – she wanted a little help with the rope – this is another favorite technique for me to demonstrate – I have worked up a super easy way to do this!
And here is Ronda' Captain's Wheel - she will finish the rope at home - when she does a blog post I will be sure to share!
And here is Ronda’ Captain’s Wheel – she will finish the rope at home – when she does a blog post I will be sure to share!
I finished my NR/NL sections - whoop whoop!
I finished my NR/NL sections – whoop whoop!  Retreat Info Here!
Hey Diane - this little calf greeted me when I got home Sunday!  I just love these baby cows!
Hey Diane – this little calf greeted me when I got home Sunday! I just love these baby cows!

We had typical TX spring weather – Thursday was probably 80 degrees, windy on Friday as the front moved in, rainy on Saturday and Sunday started out crisp in the morning and turned out to be a perfect day – I even cleaned the car and took it to the car wash when I got back from retreat.  This morning it was 36 degrees, a little breezy and the heater is on!

Now time to unpack and get ready for the next adventure!

What are you doing!

Dee

 

Country Living – with Quilts!

I was invited by Country Living Quilts to come teach a workshop for them.  We decided to also have a trunk show the evening before the workshop.  I drove over to Flynn, TX on a rainy Friday and drove 8/10 mile down a dirt road to the quilt shop!  I was greeted by Dixie!   There were numerous cars in the parking lot as it was day 2 of the 3 day “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” Shop Hop!  While Country Living Quilts may be a small shop, they pack a lot of fun into their environment!  I loved the selection of notions, many I had not seen before and I even had to pick up a couple.  The shop is neat and orderly and the staff very knowledgeable and friendly!

This shop also has a FABULOUS class room.  Where many shops are removing or shrinking their class space, Country Living Quilts just added a whole new wing for their classroom!

For our class they had chosen Seasonal Table Runner!  They have also asked me to come back in March for a “Quilt til You Wilt”  We will sew Friday, Saturday and Sunday with extended hours.  The class fee includes lunch and dinner on Friday and Saturday!  The pattern is Summer Solstice and with some cutting prep work prior to class you might even go home with a completed quilt top!  PS – Teri is ordering the Reclaimed West Fabrics so you can make a Summer Solstice just like the one I made for Quiltworx – see photo at the end!

Here are a few photos from the Seasonal Table Runner workshop!  We did get to do some curved piecing in class – but I forgot to take some photos!

These fabrics were from her stash!
These fabrics were from her stash!
This blue and white quilt is going to be stunning!
This blue and white quilt is going to be stunning!
Lots of blue bonnets - we are all wishing for spring!
Lots of blue bonnets – we are all wishing for spring!
More blue bonnets
More blue bonnets
Our class, minus Teri who was taking photos!
Our class, minus Teri who was taking photos!  (I am holding her grey with pink pieces!
Summer Solstice with Reclaimed West Fabrics!
Summer Solstice with Reclaimed West Fabrics!

The drive home after teaching was fabulous – no interstates for 2 1/2 hours.  And the sunset was breathtaking – I really should’ve stopped to take a photo to share it with you!

Dee

 

KAQG – That’s Right Kingwood Area Quilt Guild

I was their speaker and workshop leader earlier this month.  I had a wonderful time.  A really good friend from Lakeview Quilters Guild had moved to the Kingwood area a while back and she and her husband were my wonderful hosts for my stay!

The lecture was Thursday evening and then we had 2 fun days of workshops working on Seasonal Table Runner (a quilt close to my heart as I made the quilts on the new cover sheets for the Quiltworx patterns.)  See 2 of my 5 table runners here, there are more on the home page slide show!

Here are a few photos from our workshop!

We all loved watching this one come together - it will look beautiful on her table for Easter.
We all loved watching this one come together – it will look beautiful on her table for Easter.
Getting the feel for the layout.
Getting the feel for the layout.
And a block is made
And a block is made
Another color way - stunning - I just love how the black really sets the geese.
Another color way – stunning – I just love how the black really sets the geese.
And the two together!
And the two together!
These are beautiful rich colors - lovely!
These are beautiful rich colors – lovely!
And our group of fabulous women!
And our group of fabulous women!

Today I head to Marquez, TX – trunk show tonight and teaching this pattern again!  It is also the “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” Shop Hop in Marquez, Flynn and Jewitt!  Be sure to stop by….

Dee

 

On Golden Pond aka Misty Mountain Pond

Several years back I was asked to teach my first Judy Niemeyer classes at Pinwheels and Posies. I had 2 friends that wanted to make one of the “star” quilts so I decided to teach a STARS class. They could choose from Amazon Star, Prairie Star or Dragon Star. A friend and neighbor wanted to take the class but already had a pattern that she wanted to work on “Misty Mountain Pond“. I said SURE, it was an easier quilt than the one I was teaching and it would be fun to have her join our group.

For those of you that have attended or will be attending my “Seasonal Table Runner” Class, you can make this quilt!  Same units!

Well in this class I had several new quilters. One was so new I got to teach her how to use her rotary cutter. BUT, we had fun and many of the ladies in that group are still friends and most of them have taken several classes from me since that time so I guess I did ok!

Miss Drue worked on her quilt off and on for quite some time, I made a couple of quick trips down the street when she would run into difficulty and last year her quilt was completed and handed over to me for the quilting! It turned out fabulous and I can’t wait for her to see it!

The overall quilt
The overall quilt
Close up of the center medallion
Close up of the center medallion
Cattails!
Cattails!
Close up of the medallion
Close up of the medallion
The back of the quilt!
The back of the quilt!
Another view of the back
Another view of the back
And one last view of the back
And one last view of the back

And already loaded on my frame ready for quilting…..  A queen size Mariner’s Compass!  Photos later my friends!

Have a Dee-Lightful Day!