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

Block Swap Re-Visited

For many years I have been a member of Lakeview Quilters Guild!  My first meeting was in August of 1997, they were talking about a retreat.  Sounded interesting so I signed up and a couple of weeks later I headed to Round Top TX with a new friend on a new adventure.  I was attending a retreat with 65 quilters, most of whom I had never met.  Pat and I were assigned to the 3rd floor but the a/c was not working on that side of the 3rd floor.  There were a couple of beds for us in the other house, the stairs to our second floor were the old fashioned, teeny tiny steep stairs and we both opted to stay in the other building on the 3rd floor with no a/c.  We opened the windows at night and it really was quite pleasant.  We were really lucky because future years with heat hovering in the high 90’s we would’ve been toast trying to sleep with no a/c.

This retreat holds a special place for me – it is always held the weekend after Labor day and the facility is amazing – the friendship we enjoy there is even better!  Over the years I have been able to share this special event with my sister, nieces (from GA and UT), my daughter-in-law and numerous friends.  I love to walk from room to room and house to house just visiting with friends and learning from each of them.  Sometimes I even sew!  It is always very inspiring!

I love to do block swaps and one year (2002 or 2003)  I gathered a group to swap 16 blocks, they had to make 16 beautiful fall blocks AND add sashing with a corner stone on two sides.  The rules changed and while we did make the sashing and corner stone we did not attach them.  We had 1 year to make our blocks and sashing.  We had no deadline for finishing the quilt.  I received a call in 2015, one of the group was so excited, she had finished her quilt and needed it quilted.  She used a technique by Sharyn Craig called Twist N Turn to set her blocks.

“Side Note” – Sharyn Craig was the first speaker I saw at the Lakeview Quilters Guild and her program was the best thing I had ever seen, her quilts were beautiful and she was so funny and inspiring and genuine!  When she came back to our guild several years later I was worried that she would not be as good as I remembered since that had been my first guild meeting ever!  Well, she did not disappoint the second time around, she was even better!

I have not been able to visit my old guild since I 2014 when we moved to the “country”, however, in bringing everything full circle, I will be participate as a vendor at their bi-annual quilt show May 13 & 14.  The women in this guild are the reason I am opening a quilt shop to share my passion with other quilters.  My guild is full of inspirational women that have always shared their gift and passion with me!  Thinking of them makes me smile!

So I guess you want to Cherie’s quilt now?  It is beautiful!

These blocks were amazing, Linda A. made the feathered stars, Karla made the pine-burr blocks.  Several chose beautiful blocks designed by Carol Doak.

Do you do block swaps?  I know so many quilters that don’t because they don’t get back a “perfect” block.  What I get back are memories!  That is why I love doing block swaps!  Perfection can be over-rated!

Go make someone’s day special!  Give them a smile!  It’s free and it will make you feel GREAT!

Dee

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

Beginners & Finishers! Wimberley June 2015

As I promised yesterday – we have our 2nd post for the Beginners and Finishers Retreat from a couple of weeks ago!

We had 2 styles of beginners – the first being those that are new to paper-piecing and/or Judy Niemeyer Patterns.  In this group we had some working on Total Eclipse and 1 working on Dancing Batiks.

Dancing Batiks - pattern of choice for Pat
Pat’s “Dancing Batiks”
Total Eclipse "I think this is Terri's"
Total Eclipse by Maggie!
Linda's Fire Island Hosta - teal is the magic color in this one.  She is making it king size and I really hope to see a photo finish of this one - it is going to be awesome!
Linda’s Fire Island Hosta – teal is the magic color in this one. She is making it king size and I really hope to see a photo finish of this one – it is going to be awesome!
Susan's "Total Eclipse"
Susan’s “Total Eclipse”
Here is Carol's Total Eclipse
Here is Carol’s Total Eclipse

In our other group of beginners – we had those that are familiar with Judy’s patterns and paper-piecing in general and they chose to BEGIN new projects!  (not included in the photo’s is Ronda’s arcs for her Flowers for My Wedding Ring – can’t wait for September’s Wedding Ring Retreat to see more of this one!)  I also missed getting pictures of Terri’s Glacier Star she left a day early to play with grand babies!

JoAnn worked on her Prairie Star.  She had this quilt top all together and decided she wanted to brighten it up.... so she took it apart and remade the Geese and H units with lighter background.  She also took out the center CS units and went with a lighter background and then added the absolute last square inch of the lighter background to her LS units!  Not something I would've done BUT the it was a dramatic difference and really added a lot of zing to her quilt!
JoAnn worked on her Prairie Star. She had this quilt top all together and decided she wanted to brighten it up…. so she took it apart and remade the Geese and H units with lighter background. She also took out the center CS units and went with a lighter background and then added the absolute last square inch of the lighter background to her LS units! Not something I would’ve done BUT the it was a dramatic difference and really added a lot of zing to her quilt!
Vernell started her Glacier Star!
Vernell started her Glacier Star!
Forgot to include Belinda's Fire Island Hosta in yesterday's post!
Forgot to include Belinda’s Fire Island Hosta in yesterday’s post!

I did not have any finishes myself, but I did get a good start on some new beginnings!

From the new Geese Migrations Book - "Always Chasing Rainbows"
From the new Geese Migrations Book – “Always Chasing Rainbows”
Indian Summer using Kaffe's with Black/White.
Indian Summer using Kaffe’s with Black/White.
Prismatic Star was so much fun I had to start another one.  This one has my fabric choices and all of the diamonds will be identical!
Prismatic Star was so much fun I had to start another one. This one has my fabric choices and all of the diamonds will be identical!

And just some other fun stuff to share!  I should’ve taken photos of the food – Ronda always takes really good care of us in that department!

Terri's show and share - I may not have captured her Glacier Star but that is ok but this quilt was AMAZING.  She did NOT strip piece those 9 patches - they are each individual squares!
Terri’s show and share – I may not have captured her Glacier Star but that is ok but this quilt was AMAZING. She did NOT strip piece those 9 patches – they are each individual squares!
The bobbin in the photo gives you some perspective on the size of those 9 patches!
The bobbin in the photo gives you some perspective on the size of those 9 patches!
And we had at least one beautiful sunset - I think I missed the others!
And we had at least one beautiful sunset – I think I missed the others!
And we had at least one beautiful sunset - I think I missed the others!
And we had at least one beautiful sunset – I think I missed the others!
And we had at least one beautiful sunset - I think I missed the others!  While we were there we were also able to observe Jupiter and Venus converging - my amateur photography skills could not capture this (especially without my tripod!)
And we had at least one beautiful sunset – I think I missed the others! While we were there we were also able to observe Jupiter and Venus converging – my amateur photography skills could not capture this (especially without my tripod!)

I hope you enjoy today’s post!

Dee

We are On Fire! Fire Island Hosta “part 2”

For those of you that follow the blog you will remember I taught a fabulous group of quilters way back in January at The Wimberley Quilt Ranch.  Our quilt of choice was Fire Island Hosta.  If you want to re-visit that blog post click HERE!

The end of June found me back at the Quilt Ranch and this will be a 2-part post.  This is part 1 (well part 2 of the Fire Island Hosta, part 1 of the June Retreat!)  This retreat was for “Beginners and Finishers!”  We had 2 finishers from our January retreat and I would like to highlight those quilts here along with “Lucy’s” Fire Island Hosta which is HOT OFF the Long Arm!  I had so much fun quilting her quilt – I love whimsical quilting and her quilt was just the key for some of that fun!

So here is to our Fire Island Finishers!

Click here to get your pattern!  What to join us for a retreat?  I have several on the schedule!

Mary's finish!  I am so excited for Mary!  Her 2nd Paper-pieced quilt!  She also got her borders on her quilt during the retreat but I did not get a photo!  (She also started another quilt - see part 2)
Mary’s finish! I am so excited for Mary! Her 2nd Paper-pieced quilt! She also got her borders on her quilt during the retreat but I did not get a photo! (She also started another quilt – see part 2)
Diane's finish!  Her colors were scrumptious!  She added a little 3d accent around her leaves to make them stand out a little more!
Diane’s finish! Her colors were scrumptious! She added a little 3d accent around her leaves to make them stand out a little more!
And now to "Lucy's" quilt.  Lucy is also known as Ronda!  She is the fuel provider at our Wimberley Retreats AND she is the owner of a fabulous retreat center in LaPorte TX - learn more here!
And now to “Lucy’s” quilt. Lucy is also known as Ronda! She is the fuel provider at our Wimberley Retreats AND she is the owner of a fabulous retreat center in LaPorte TX – learn more here!
Quilting Photos!
Quilting Photos!
Quilting Photos!
Quilting Photos!
Quilting Photos! - See the dark outline around her leaves?  That is piping!!!
Quilting Photos! – See the dark outline around her leaves? That is piping!!!
Quilting Photos!
Quilting Photos!
Quilting Photos!
Quilting Photos!
Quilting Photos!
Quilting Photos!

Sometimes I think I must have the best “job” around!  Thanks to all of you for being part of the fun!

Dee

Woolgathering on a Tuesday

I have a few random thoughts and photos to share with you today!

First sending thoughts and prayers to those who are struggling with things that are beyond their control.  You are loved and it will take some time, but it will get better.  Life is truly good!  But dang some of those bumps in the road are extreme!

I am constantly reminded how amazing God is – we see evidence all around us, but it is the daily reminders that I cherish!

On Monday, March 16th we closed on the sale of our “old” house.  We lived there 18 years and made so many memories there!  As we drove east on I-10 towards Houston there was the most amazing pre-sunrise.  The sky was red in between the clouds.  Hubby was driving so I pulled out my camera and tried to capture it.  You can see the color even with all the noise in the photo.

Sunrise traveling east on I-10 in the early hours of March 16th.
Sunrise traveling east on I-10 in the early hours of March 16th.

Later that week I was invited to my friend’s house for a quilt retreat.  There is nothing like time spent with friends that are family!

Each time this little guy would come out we would stop sewing and chatting to just enjoy him.

Swiper!
Swiper!
Swiper!
Swiper!

And the sunsets at her house are phenomenal

Here is the first evening

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And here is the second evening – caught at the perfect moment!

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While I was there I worked on my Paradise in Blooms Quilt – my goal was to have it done!  Ha Ha Ha – I did get the center all done, not completely assembled yet though.  Now I am piecing the outer border to make it queen size.  Maybe this weekend will see a finish!

Laying it out after adding the appliqué
Laying it out after adding the appliqué
Stamp of approval from Ripsy!
Stamp of approval from Ripsy!
Had to move to the other room to see it with the baskets - Ripsy likes this too!
Had to move to the other room to see it with the baskets – Ripsy likes this too!

This past weekend I was teaching at a quilt til you wilt at “Country Living Quilts!”  To see photos go check out their Facebook page!  (Or mine, I will post some phone photos there too!)  I arrived home early Sunday evening, as hubby showed me what he had worked on I noticed the moon and Venus? Grabbed the camera and caught this.

A sliver moon and is that Venus?  I know nothing of astronomy!  Sorry folks!
A sliver moon and is that Venus? I know nothing of astronomy! Sorry folks!

And then this morning as I stood at the quilting machine I spied with my little eye the red stag deer.  They were playing on one of our sand piles.  I hope you enjoy!

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Now that I have shared these I can gather some more wool to share later!

Have a great week and maybe I will see you again here in the cyber world before the week is over!

Dee

PS – Timeless Treasures shared my blog tutorial – they have a very nice blog here is the main page so you can see the recent topics!

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

 

Twelve Pines a Place to Retreat!

Last week I had the opportunity to attend a retreat at the brand new fabulous retreat center – 12 Pines!  Pamela attended lots of retreats and made notes of what she liked at each one and then incorporated as many of those ideas as possible into one package.  You can retreat with 12 / 16 or combine both sewing rooms for 28.  The sleeping accommodations are on the outside walls so you won’t be kept awake by those giggling late night stitchers.  Only 4 to a room and each room / bathroom.  Shelves and an area to hang your clothing in each room.  Your own shelf and towel rack in the bathroom.  Lots of design wall space and each stitcher gets a 6′ table.  We had tons of irons going and never had a power blip!  Pamela is designing the sound proofing for the doors between the sewing rooms for when 2 independent groups will be attending.  3 styles of chairs – there should be one to fit your needs.  I have lots of photos of projects – unfortunately I was too busy sewing to get a proper photographic tour.

SEW – if you want to see it for yourself be sure to stop by during the Huntsville, TX Airing of the Quilts the first Saturday in May.  (I will be hosting my Paradise in Blooms retreat during that time).  I will post more details when Pamela has them set!

I LOVE this quilt!
I LOVE this quilt!
Roll Roll Cotton Boll - Bonnie Hunter was well represented at this retreat!
Roll Roll Cotton Boll – Bonnie Hunter was well represented at this retreat!
Winnie was working on a T-shirt Quilt - did you know she teaches on Craftsy?
Winnie was working on a T-shirt Quilt – did you know she teaches on Craftsy?
A little string piecing!  Happy and Bright!
A little string piecing! Happy and Bright!
Lovely!
Lovely!
Not the same quilt - we had 2 working on their exchange blocks!
Not the same quilt – we had 2 working on their exchange blocks!
These chevrons made the cutest quilt!
These chevrons made the cutest quilt!
See - I told you it was a cute quilt!
See – I told you it was a cute quilt!
Very Patriotic!
Very Patriotic!
From a "Pizza Box" Swap!
From a “Pizza Box” Swap!
Nope - that is not string piecing - that is the FABRIC!
Nope – that is not string piecing – that is the FABRIC!
What a fabulous quilt!
What a fabulous quilt!
A tisket a tasket!
A tisket a tasket!
And there's appliqué
And there’s appliqué
Holey Moley that is GORGEOUS!
Holey Moley that is GORGEOUS!
These become.....
These become…..
.....this
…..this
Another baby quilt in the design process!
Another baby quilt in the design process!
Every retreat needs a little chocolate!
Every retreat needs a little chocolate!
Another Pizza Box Quilt!
Another Pizza Box Quilt!
Scrumptious!
Scrumptious!
I made some progress on Paradise in Blooms!
I made some progress on Paradise in Blooms!
More progress!
More progress!
Melba's baskets from the Pizza Box swap
Melba’s baskets from the Pizza Box swap
Love Love Love!
Love Love Love!

If you have never attended a retreat – put it on your bucket list!  What a great way to meet friends and get inspired!

Make it a Dee-lectable day!

 

Retreats and other stuff

This past weekend I was in the company of some amazing women at a friend’s house in San Antonio.  We began our adventure on Thursday and departed on Sunday.  We shared several fabulous meals and a few adult beverages.  Most importantly we rejoiced in each others company!  We all have so much going on in our lives and sometimes it is just nice to settle down and let life roll by.

We also did some stitching but seems my camera never made it upstairs to the quilt room so I have no photos to share of the quilts.  One friend was working on the quilt for her daughter’s wedding in January.  Another friend shared how her daughter had planned to be married in their backyard and then it rained buckets – no problem – just move all of the living room furniture to the dining room and have the ceremony in the living room – the bride looks beautiful no matter what!  We shared tales of our children and grand-children and we tried to solve the worlds problems!  But mostly we just relaxed.

Here are a few photos from our weekend girls getaway.

We learned a proper wine swirl is all in the wrist
We learned a proper wine swirl is all in the wrist
I can vouch - this is a very tasty wine!
I can vouch – this is a very tasty wine!
Love that wine?  How about that bottle?  Here is a great way to remember who gave it to you!
Love that wine? How about that bottle? Here is a great way to remember who gave it to you!
And here is a great way to display the empty bottles that you really enjoyed!
And here is a great way to display the empty bottles that you really enjoyed!
Future trivets!
Future trivets!

After our girls getaway I met hubby at the house – we made a few (ok more than a few) notes for the contractor.  As we left the development I had to capture the view – last nights sunset was fabulous!  We were eastbound on I-10 watching it set in the rearview mirror.  I even noticed a couple of westbound cars pulled over so they could photograph the awesomeness!

Sun setting over the lake - photo 1
Sun setting over the lake – photo 1
Sun Setting over the lake photo 2
Sun Setting over the lake photo 2
Sun Setting over the lake photo 3
Sun Setting over the lake photo 3

So – which photo do you like best?  1, 2 or 3?

Life is short, spend it with people you love, doing things you love and be sure to enjoy a simple sunrise or sunset whenever possible!

Dee

 

Certifiable……..

I am pulling up some memories today to share with you on the blog.

In July 2011 my friend Peggy and I headed to Montana to get certified for the Judy Niemeyer, aka Quiltworx “Technique of the Month” designs.  I had been teaching for Peggy at her shop, Pinwheels and Posies for a while.  I was teaching Quiltworx patterns but was not able to teach the elusive “Glacier Star” because she was not a certified shop and/or I was not a certified instructor.  So we decided to correct that and hopped on a plane!

Now when you live in SE Texas in the summer it really is a “chore” to have to go to Montana in the summer!  Let’s see it is warm in the daytime, but not humid.  And the nights are cool – in fact we slept with the windows open because our room did not have a/c.  Yes – it was a tough gig – but we coped.

Here are a few memories I thought I would share today!

First of all where we stay is a beautiful house.  It belongs to Judel, Judy’s daughter.  Judel and her family move out of the house during the summer and turn it over to the very fortunate retreaters.  Here are a few of the details that make her house a home!

I loved this frame.  It hangs in the stairwell at the landing on the way to top floor.
I loved this frame. It hangs in the stairwell at the landing on the way to top floor.
Even the rafters had special accents
Even the rafters had special accents
I loved the front door!
I loved the front door!
Our room while we were there - can you believe the quilts on our beds?
Our room while we were there – can you believe the quilts on our beds?

We were able to fit in a trip to Quiltworx HQ – it was a quonset hut and they used every available space.  In 2014 they opened a fabulous new training facility and moved HQ at the same time.

Adding a front porch to the hut!
Adding a front porch to the hut!

The sewing room is a converted garage area – with lots of light, design walls and when you fill it with happy stitchers it becomes a very happy place indeed!

Mary's shoes!
Mary’s shoes!  Aren’t they happy!
On the outside looking in....
On the outside looking in….

The sites from the home are AWESOME too!

Different kinds of flowers grow all around the retreat center.
Different kinds of flowers grow all around the retreat center.
The sun is coming up.....
The sun is coming up…..
And it's up!
And it’s up!
Sunset
Sunset
It was probably close to 3 am when we were heading to bed.  Peggy said "look at that moon!"  I of course had to grab my camera - then I had to grab Connie.  We used her tripod and expertise but luckily we were using my camera so I have the photo!  You can see the stars and reflections in the lake - Thanks Connie!
It was probably close to 3 am when we were heading to bed. Peggy said “look at that moon!” I of course had to grab my camera – then I had to grab Connie. We used her tripod and expertise but luckily we were using my camera so I have the photo! You can see the stars and reflections in the lake – Thanks Connie!

We did manage to get a little sewing done, I had a goal in mind and needed to sew!

The wee hours of the morning or late hours of the niche - not sure which!
The wee hours of the morning or late hours of the night – not sure which!

The goal…..

To have my quilt photographed in Glacier National Forest
To have my Glacier Star quilt photographed in Glacier National Park
That's the shot!  Yes I could've cropped Roger out - but this memory is more fun!
That’s the shot! Yes I could’ve cropped Roger out – but this memory is more fun!

A few more photos from Glacier National Park

USA bear made the trip too!
USA bear made the trip too!
Connie taught me a lot about my camera and how to use it!
Connie taught me a lot about my camera and how to use it!
I love nature!
I love nature!
It was a drizzly day and we teased Peggy that she was trying to keep her hair dry!
It was a drizzly day and we teased Peggy that she was trying to keep her hair dry!
Awwwwww.....
Awwwwww…..
The hearty Canadian, Roger and the not so tough Texan, Peggy!
The hearty Canadian, Roger and the not so tough Texan, Peggy!
Our fearless leader!
Our fearless leader!

And as I have said before – all good things must come to an end……

As we arrived at the airport to fly home!
As we arrived at the airport to fly home!
And we have arrived back in SE Texas
And we have arrived back in SE Texas

I hope you enjoyed my trip down memory lane…..

Dee