Just where have you been?

So it has been a while since I last posted (December!).  So sorry to keep you out of the loop.  Facebook gets a few posts and then there is mail chimp for the shop communications.  This year has been flying by in a whirl!  We have participated in several guild quilt shows, I have been teaching across Texas for guilds and shops and at retreats!  REGISTRATION for our Kids Kamps are happening now!

We just completed our first year as a brick and mortar quilt shop and we are very excited for the future.  Our next big event is our Customer Appreciation “Quilt Thump” on Saturday, June 17th right here in Luling, TX.  Our quilters have been collecting “seeds” and will be rewarded for supporting our first year with chances on raffle bags and auction items.  Please call 830-875-5432 to rsvp that you will be attending the quilt thump!  It won’t be the same without YOU!

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Another auction item – quilted and bound! RSVP NOW so you will have the opportunity to own this quilt!
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Auction item – this adorable sample is quilted and bound. Backing fabric is cuddle cloth – oh so yummy!

We have Row by Row coming up starting June 17th.  We have a really fun row this year and are super excited to be participating in Row by Row Junior program as well.

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Our first Junior program. Kit is pre-cut READY to sew! A great row to start with!
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Our Row for adults! We have a variety of kits available for this pattern, from rugged outdoors to Tula Pink. We hope you will have a little bit of fun with our row. (Pattern/Kit do not include border/binding – we have an optional charm kit available as well)

And as always we are adding new samples to the shop on a very regular basis – here is what we have to show this week.

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Fabulous fabrics from Marcia Derse make this a rich yummy quilt! A quick easy Villa Rosa pattern and you will have this kit made up in no time at all.
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Dimples for color and a fabulous background from Libs Elliott. You need to see this quilt in person to appreciate how happy it is! We supply the Dimples – you choose your background and accent border fabric!

We add to our tools and notions wall almost weekly, our list of classes is varied with a variety of teachers as well.

Need inspiration?  We will be starting a wearables group soon!  Are you interested?  Let us know!

And on the home front we had an exciting storm last night.  As I washed dishes I realized the water pressure was low – hubby went to check and came back in “You won’t believe what the problem is”  See for yourself!  Luckily I am married to Mr. Fixit and we were back in business in time to go watch the sunset over the horizon!

Stay safe and dry!  Stop by the shop and visit for awhile!

 

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

Gazette Issue #6

Oh my Goodness – September just flew by and we are 1/3 of the way through October and I am just now reaching out!  Hubby and I were very happy to put September to bed this year. He started the month with a tear in his retina on Saturday of Labor Day Weekend.  The next weekend found me at the ER (after vending at the Coastal Prairie Quilt Guild Show) with a 10mm kidney stone, surgically removed the next day!  A big thank you to my son and grand-kids for coming to the show to pack my booth!  I was miserable for the next 2.5 weeks until the stint came out – the next morning at 6:45 am I flew to Memphis, TN to teach at a retreat!  On Saturday of the retreat I realized I had energy and I was BACK!  I also realized that I had not feeling well for a few months, I had chalked it up to being busy opening a new shop and having a different routine!  I am SEW EXCITED to be back in the swing again and we have lots planned – so much that I am just starting with October – but stay tuned to our Facebook and/or Instagram pages or follow our blog to stay up to date!

On our website there are 2 schedules of classes and events for the shop:
Shop Schedule  -or- Google Calendar

On the schedule you will find:
T-Shirt Quilt Class Information
Multiple Madness Dresden Plate Class – uses beautiful fabrics with a 12″ repeat
Visits from local longarm quilters to help you turn your TOPS into QUILTS
A FREE Quilting Ergonomics Lecture (October 22)
And Lots more – click on one of the above links to learn more!

BIG BIG BIG NEWS!!!!
CUSTOMER APPRECIATION AND REWARDS!!!

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May your bobbin run out (as that means you are sewing!)  May you smile and find peace while you sew!  May we see you soon!
Til Then Best Wishes,

Denise & Lindsey
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The Bag Ladies of Luling!

A little delay in posting here – but better late than not at all right?  On August 6th we had Louann here to teach the “WalkAbout” tote!  All of our students went home with a completed bag and a bag full of tips and tricks shared by Louann!

We are hoping to schedule another class for this bag in the near future – let us know if you are interested!  These would make AWESOME Christmas presents!

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Louann’s bags – the center one is her daughter’s knitting bag!
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Louann’s bags – the center one is her daughter’s knitting bag!
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Pieces and parts to be used as demos during the class! Won’t these make a fun bag!
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In process
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Is it inside or right-side out?

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Just lovely! Great accent colors!

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Looking sharp!
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I love love love Genia’s bag – what a great project!
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I love love love Genia’s bag – what a great project!
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I love love love Genia’s bag – what a great project!

 

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

 

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!!!!

 

 

Paddlewheel Part II

This post is part II of II, to view the first post click HERE.

Today we are piecing our “paddlewheel” blocks, adding our accent border and assembling our quilt top.

The complete written instructions were included in 2 fabulous magazine articles for spring 2015.  The articles introduce you to Quiltworx.com and the Niemeyer family.  All fabrics for my quilt top were donated by Timeless Treasures and part of the “Reclaimed West” collection designed by Judy and Judel Niemeyer.

Now we will continue with the tutorial…

You need (12) 6 1/2" squares in varying colors per your color layout.  These MUST be cut accurately, they are not for paper-piecing.
You need (12) 6 1/2″ squares in varying colors per your color layout. These MUST be cut accurately, they are not for paper-piecing.
You need (8) 1 1/2" x 10" strips - these are the accent pieces for the paddle's.
You need (8) 1 1/2″ x 10″ strips – these are the accent pieces for the paddle’s.
8 1/2" square - you need a total of 8 of these in various colors per your color layout.  These are used for paper-piecing so they can be approx. 8 1/2"
8 1/2″ square – you need a total of 8 of these in various colors per your color layout. These are used for paper-piecing so they can be approx. 8 1/2″
Cut the 8 1/2" squares once on the diagonal
Cut the 8 1/2″ squares once on the diagonal
Take one of your triangles from your 8 1/2" squares and lightly glue the WRONG side of the fabric to the WRONG side of the paper.
Take one of your triangles from your 8 1/2″ squares and lightly glue the WRONG side of the fabric to the WRONG side of the paper.
Using your folding template, fold on SOLID line 1, then use your add-a-quarter ruler to trim away the excess fabric and create your 1/4" seam allowance.
Using your folding template, fold on SOLID line 1, then use your add-a-quarter ruler to trim away the excess fabric and create your 1/4″ seam allowance.
Slide the accent fabric (1 1/2" x 10") under the piece you just trimmed.  This fabric should be RIGHT side up!
Slide the accent fabric (1 1/2″ x 10″) under the piece you just trimmed. This fabric should be RIGHT side up!
Go to your machine and sew on SOLID line 1
Go to your machine and stitch on SOLID line 1
Then press - this is what it will look like.
Then press – this is what it will look like.
Using your folding template, now fold on SOLID line 2
Using your folding template, now fold on SOLID line 2
Use your add-a-quarter ruler and trim away the excess accent fabric.
Use your add-a-quarter ruler and trim away the excess accent fabric.
Slide the appropriate color triangle RIGHT side up under the piece you just trimmed (in my example this is the yellow with trees).
Slide the appropriate color triangle RIGHT side up under the piece you just trimmed (in my example this is the yellow with trees).  Stitch on SOLID line 2.
Press  and now you are ready to trim.
Press and now you are ready to trim.
Carefully trim on the outside line on all sides of your block
Carefully trim on the outside line on all sides of your block
The finished block
The finished block all trimmed up and ready!
On the design wall (or floor) layout your quilt - adjust the blocks as necessary.  At this point I like to take a photo with my phone; just in case I mix something up!
On the design wall (or floor) layout your quilt – adjust the blocks as necessary. At this point I like to take a photo with my phone; just in case I mix something up!
Now you are ready to start pulling paper off.  Start with Section 10 and work your way back to section 1.  I like to use my fingernail to hold the stitches at the beginning so they do not pull apart as I remove the paper.
Now you are ready to start pulling paper off. Start with Section 10 and work your way back to section 1. I like to use my fingernail to hold the stitches at the beginning so they do not pull apart as I remove the paper.
Carefully progress through the block.
Carefully progress through the block.
Once the paper is all removed; I place my block back on the design wall in it's proper place.
Once the paper is all removed; I place my block back on the design wall in it’s proper place.
Sew the first 2 pairs together and press counter-clockwise from the back.  Now sew the 2 pairs together to make a 4-patch.  BEFORE pressing you need to "unsew" a few stitches so we can spin the center so it lays very flat and will nestle with the next set of seams.
Sew the first 2 pairs together and press counter-clockwise from the back. Now stitch the 2 pairs together to make a 4-patch. BEFORE pressing you need to “un-sew” a few stitches so we can spin the center so it lays very flat and will nestle with the next set of seams.
Carefully unsew to the seam you just sewed and now you will be able to spin the center and ALL of the seams can be pressed counter-clockwise.
Carefully un-sew to the seam you just sewed and now you will be able to spin the center and ALL of the seams can be pressed counter-clockwise.
Another sample - prior to "spin"
Another sample – prior to “spin”
Un-Sew to the seam you just stitched and now you can spin - I like to leave the threads to prevent the threads from attempting to un-sew themselves anymore.
Un-Sew to the seam you just stitched and now you can spin – I like to leave the threads to prevent the threads from attempting to un-sew themselves anymore.
And here are your 4 quadrants all sewn
And here are your 4 quadrants all sewn
You will repeat the "un-sew and spin" step as you sew your quadrants together.
You will repeat the “un-sew and spin” step as you sew your quadrants together.
Now we have 2 halves
Now we have 2 halves
And with our final seam the center is done.  Don't forget to "un-sew and spin" this final seam.
And with our final seam the center is done. Don’t forget to “un-sew and spin” this final seam.

NOW for my favorite part!  I use this technique anytime I want to add a “skinny” accent border.  I don’t have to do any math as I am not changing the size of any existing pieces, I am just overlaying an accent piece.  Find a project and TRY THIS – you will love it!

Take your 1 1/2" x 27" strips, carefully press in half lengthwise - WRONG sides together
Take your 1 1/2″ x 27″ strips, carefully press in half lengthwise – WRONG sides together
Pressed
Pressed
Line up the raw edge of your quilt center with the bottom raw edge of your accent and glue (or pin) together
Line up the raw edge of your quilt center with the bottom raw edge of your accent and glue (or pin) together
This photo shows the two glued together - do not glue the accent closed!
This photo shows the two glued together – do not glue the accent closed!

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Go to your machine and with a normal stitch length - sew right in the fold
Go to your machine and with a normal stitch length – stitch right in the fold
See my stitches?  Once you have completed the sewing on 2 sides of your top, press accent in half again so it lays flat.  Then add the last 2 sides of accent to your quilt center
See my stitches? Once you have completed the sewing on 2 sides of your top, press accent in half again so it lays flat. Then add the last 2 sides of accent to your quilt center
Here I am getting ready to glue the last 2 sides to the quilt center
Here I am getting ready to glue the last 2 sides to the quilt center
This photo shows the center with the accent pieces added.
This photo shows the center with the accent pieces added.
Now sew the side blocks together and the top/bottom blocks together.
Now stitch the side blocks together and the top/bottom blocks together.
Sew the sides on to your quilt center
Sew the sides on to your quilt center
Add the last 2 borders and you have finished your quilt top.
Add the last 2 borders and you have finished your quilt top.

I hope you find this tutorial helpful!  I hope you will no longer be intimidated by paper-piecing!  You can click here to shop for a pattern and get started on your project today!

Dee

 

Up a Creek with a PaddleWheel

This is my first attempt with a tutorial.  I welcome constructive feedback.  I am not a technical writer and my chosen style is to try to put it in words how I would verbally teach it.  So “listen” to my words as much or more than you “read” them.

The pattern I have chosen is “Paddlewheel” by Judy Niemeyer Quilting.  Judy’s company, Quiltworx was recently highlighted in 2 major quilting magazines and this pattern was included as part of articles.

I am a certified Judy Niemeyer instructor and love teaching her patterns and techniques at quilt shops and guilds across the country (and beyond with a quilters cruise in May!)

There are some tools that are recommended for our techniques.

-Water soluble glue stick
-3″x 12″ folding template (this is template plastic)
-add-a-quarter ruler – I love the new 2 1/2″ wide one, but it is 18″ long
(so I have my hubby cut it at the 6″ mark and now you have an approx. 6″ and 12″)

Before we can begin you need to cut out your papers!  Quiltworx prints these on newsprint for us making it easier to remove the papers at the end!  When trimming papers, be sure to leave at least 1/8″ all the way around the pieces.

Now let’s begin!

Here is my Paddlewheel quilt – there is a contest going until April – if you use fabrics from the “Reclaimed West” collection you are eligible!

Today’s post is for the “Goose” block!
(I will do the other block and assembly tomorrow)

This is the quilt we are making!  My sample block is the one in the lower left corner.
This is the quilt we are making! My sample block is the one in the lower left corner.
Here is our pattern and some of our fabric choices.
Here is our pattern and some of the fabrics I get to choose from!

The pattern is written for the cream and blue in the upper left in the above photo!  I have chosen different fabrics for mine and made notes on my pattern which colors replace which fabrics!

Once we have our fabrics chosen we are ready to cut out the pieces.  Quiltworx patterns take the guess-work out of cutting the pieces for paper-piecing.  We will be using “Template Layout Sheets”  These are simply pre-printed papers that tell you exactly where to cut your fabric.  They are clearly labeled as you cut so there is no guess-work when you get ready to sew.

There are helpful notes on the template layout sheets - this one requires 10" squares and all fabrics to be stacked right side up
There are helpful notes on the template layout sheets – this one requires 10″ squares and all fabrics to be stacked right side up
This is the "Template Layout Sheet"  It is used to cut your fabrics the proper shape and size for paper-piecing!
This is the “Template Layout Sheet” It is used to cut your fabrics the proper shape and size for paper-piecing!
I don't have to have EXACTLY 10" - I need approximately 10"  If I was using a "pre-cut" there would be not measuring or trimming.  I am using yardage generously donated by Timeless Treasures Fabrics so I have some cutting to do.
I don’t have to have EXACTLY 10″ – I need approximately 10″ If I was using a “pre-cut” there would be not measuring or trimming. I am using yardage generously donated by Timeless Treasures Fabrics so I have some cutting to do.
I use the template layout sheet to determine what size to cut my fabric - no measuring!
I use the template layout sheet to determine what size to cut my fabric – no measuring!
And I will also trim off this excess fabric - just close to the outside line!
And I will also trim off this excess fabric – just close to the outside line!  Then I begin to place large paper-clips on each piece I will be cutting out.  This will secure the paper with all the good information to the fabric pieces!
The template layout sheet is numbered for the order to cut each line.  Here I am cutting line 1, then line 2 etc.
The template layout sheet is numbered for the order to cut each line. Here I am cutting line 1, then line 2 etc.  I use my Add-A-Quarter ruler as it stands over the paper-clips and will not slip as easily.  (In the photo I have not added all of the clips yet)
All the pieces are cut in the 1st stack.  To the right is the 2nd stack as I need 2 stacks to make this quilt.
All the pieces are cut in the 1st stack. To the right is the 2nd stack as I need 2 stacks to make this quilt.  (In this photo you can see the placement for the paper-clips)
Here are both stacks cut - the stack on the right has BLUE on top, the left stack BLACK.
Here are both stacks cut – the stack on the right has BLUE on top, the left stack BLACK.  (I am going to trade the BLUE triangles with the BLACK triangles)
Here I have traded the geese (triangle shape) between the left stack and the right stack. (See the blue poking out on the right side?  With the BLACK geese)
Here I have traded the geese (triangle shape) between the left stack and the right stack. (See the blue poking out on the right side? With the BLACK geese)
Once I have "swapped" the geese I line up the pieces by section #
Once I have “swapped” the geese I line up the pieces by section #.  Section 1 is on the left and section 10 is on the right.  All of the pieces (except section 1) have the words SEW SIDE on them, you want these to all point the same direction, in this photo all SEW SIDEs are to the right!
Prior to starting the next step it is recommended that you place your sewing paper on a light box (or window) upside down, trace the DASHED lines on to the back of the paper.  (If you are experienced with paper piecing this step may be skipped.
Prior to starting the next step it is recommended that you place your sewing paper on a light box (or window) upside down, trace the DASHED lines on to the back of the paper. (If you are experienced with paper piecing this step may be skipped.
Now this is section 1.  (please pretend it is black fabric, I forgot to take a photo of this step with black fabric.  TURN the section one fabrics upside down so you are looking at the WRONG side of the fabric.
Now this is section 1. (please pretend it is black fabric, I forgot to take a photo of this step with black fabric. TURN the section one fabrics upside down so you are looking at the WRONG side of the fabric.
Using a water soluble glue - glue the WRONG side of section 1 to the WRONG side of the paper.  You will see your traced lines to aid you in fabric placement.  (once again pretend this fabric is black!
Using a water soluble glue – glue the WRONG side of section 1 to the WRONG side of the paper. You will see your traced lines to aid you in fabric placement. (once again pretend this fabric is black!)
Now place your folding template (template plastic 3" by 12") on SOLID line 1  as shown in photo
Now place your folding template (template plastic 3″ by 12″) on SOLID line 1 as shown in photo (see now it is black fabric!)
Fold the paper back (solid line one)
Fold the paper back (solid line one)
Place your add-a-quarter ruler against the folded paper
Place your add-a-quarter ruler against the folded paper
Used your rotary cutter and trimming away the excess fabric, leaving your 1/4" seam allowance
Used your rotary cutter and trimming away the excess fabric, leaving your 1/4″ seam allowance
Now to add section 2.  You ALWAYS want to place this so the words "sew side" are away from you.  This makes lining this piece up a breeze!
Now to add section 2. You ALWAYS want to place this so the words “sew side” are away from you. This makes lining this piece up a breeze!  (No dashed lines on this piece in a couple of photos you will see WHY the dashed lines are nice)
Here I am pulling the 1st fabric off the stack (right side up)
Here I am pulling the 1st fabric off the stack (right side up) (Still no dashed lines)
and sliding it under section one, where we just trimmed using our add-a-quarter ruler.  I have placed the paper here only for your reference.  The piece of red fabric is UNDER the black piece.  The fabrics are "Right Sides Together"
and sliding it under section one, where we just trimmed using our add-a-quarter ruler. I have placed the paper here only for your reference. The piece of red fabric is UNDER the black piece. The fabrics are “Right Sides Together”  SEE THE DASHED LINES?    For the purpose of this tutorial I am showing the pertinent dashed lines, you would have all your dashed lines showing.

WE are ready to sew now.  Set your stitch length to 1.5-1.7, use a size 70 microtex sharp needle and a sewing foot without the little 1/4″ ledge.  WHY a size 70 you ask?  Each time we take a stitch we push fiber dust and a little bit of paper into our machine, with a 70 sharp we will push a lot less trash into our bobbin area!)

Now I am at my sewing machine, I have placed my presser foot on solid line 1 and I will sew all the way along the solid line, including the seam allowances.  (See the red fabric poking out?)
Now I am at my sewing machine, I have placed my presser foot on solid line 1 and I will sew all the way along the solid line, including the seam allowances. (See the red fabric poking out?)
After I have sewed this is what it looks like and I am ready to press.
After I have sewed this is what it looks like and I am ready to press.
And here I have pressed.  Don't worry that the edges are not even, these will be trimmed as we progress through the block.
And here I have pressed. Don’t worry that the edges are not even, these will be trimmed as we progress through the block.
Before I can trim to add the next piece, I need to gently pull the paper away from the sewn line in the seam allowance.
Before I can trim to add the next piece, I need to gently pull the paper away from the sewn line in the seam allowance.
Another view of how I gently pull the fabric from the seam allowance so I will be able to fold and trim
Another view of how I gently pull the fabric from the seam allowance so I will be able to fold and trim
Notice I pulled it way back from the edge, this will allow all the straggly threads to be trimmed as I progress.
Notice I pulled it way back from the edge, this will allow all the straggly threads to be trimmed as I progress.
Take your folding template and fold on SOLID line 2
Take your folding template and fold on SOLID line 2
Use your add-a-quarter ruler and trim away the excess fabric.  You should have some of each fabric to trim away.  If not you may not have placed your 2nd piece of fabric properly.
Use your add-a-quarter ruler and trim away the excess fabric. You should have some of each fabric to trim away. If not you may not have placed your 2nd piece of fabric properly.
Now I am ready to add section 3.  (Notice the sew side is away from me)
Now I am ready to add section 3. (Notice the sew side is away from me)
I pull the top piece of fabric off the stack
I pull the top piece of fabric off the stack
Place it under the area I marked off when I traced the dashed lines.  Now I will go to my machine and sew on SOLID line 2
Place it under the area I marked off when I traced the dashed lines. Now I will go to my machine and sew on SOLID line 2
My line is sewn and I am ready to press
My line is sewn and I am ready to press
And I have pressed
And I have pressed
This photo allows you to clearly see where I started and stopped my sewing!
This photo allows you to clearly see where I started and stopped my sewing!
And this photo shows you where I gently pulled the paper back from the stitches so I will be able to "fold & trim"
And this photo shows you where I gently pulled the paper back from the stitches so I will be able to “fold & trim”
I place my folding template on SOLID line 3 and fold back the paper.
I place my folding template on SOLID line 3 and fold back the paper.
I use my add-a-quarter ruler and trim away the excess fabric.
I use my add-a-quarter ruler and trim away the excess fabric.
The excess fabric after trimming.
The excess fabric after trimming.
With my sew side away from me - I pull the top fabric off the stack of SECTION 4 fabrics
With my sew side away from me – I pull the top fabric off the stack of SECTION 4 fabrics

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This photo shows you where you should see your fabric "under" the paper to know you have placed it properly.
This photo shows you where you should see your fabric “under” the paper to know you have placed it properly.
This is AFTER I have sewn section 4 - see next photo....
This is AFTER I have sewn section 4 – see next photo….
Notice now that I have pressed, you cannot see any of my notes - that tells me that I have placed my fabric properly
Notice now that I have pressed, you cannot see any of my notes – that tells me that I have placed my fabric properly
Here I have gently pulled the paper back from my stitches.  Don't worry if the paper tears a little extra bit, that just makes it easier to pull off later!
Here I have gently pulled the paper back from my stitches. Don’t worry if the paper tears a little extra bit, that just makes it easier to pull off later!
Place your folding template on SOLID line 4 and fold.
Place your folding template on SOLID line 4 and fold.
Used your add a quarter ruler and trim the excess.  If you have nothing to trim OR a LOT to trim - stop and check before trimming!
Used your add a quarter ruler and trim the excess. If you have nothing to trim OR a LOT to trim – stop and check before trimming!
See the red fabric - I have already placed SECTION 5 under my trimmed piece.
See the red fabric – I have already placed SECTION 5 under my trimmed piece.
OOPS!  See the traced line?  That means that I did not place SECTION 5 properly (the red triangle).  I need to un-sew this and scoot it over and re-sew
OOPS! See the traced line? That means that I did not place SECTION 5 properly (the red triangle). I need to un-sew this and scoot it over and re-sew
See how far to the left that red fabric is?  That is why it did not line up properly!
See how far to the left that red fabric is? That is why it did not line up properly!
See the little red corners on the left and right?  Much better!
See the little red corners on the left and right? Much better!
Now when I press I have covered my traced lines!
Now when I press I have covered my traced lines!
Gently pull back the paper and trim on SOLID line 5.
Gently pull back the paper and trim on SOLID line 5.

Now we are to LATHER, RINSE, REPEAT stage – just keep on with what you have been doing.  Only instead of lather, rinse, repeat – you have a couple of choices of acronyms

TSP (teaspoon) – stands for TRIM, SEW, PRESS (I believe Carol Doak coined this acronym.

SIFT – Sew, Iron, Fold, Trim – I am not sure the origin of this acronym, it was shared by one of my students.

Once all 10 pieces of fabric have been added you are ready for the next steps!

Here is our little block all finished up
Here is our little block all finished up
Here is the back side - it is time to CAREFULLY trim the edges.
Here is the back side – it is time to CAREFULLY trim the edges.
Because we left at least an 1/8" all the way around the block we can clearly see where to trim on the OUTER line!
Because we left at least an 1/8″ all the way around the block we can clearly see where to trim on the OUTER line!
I like to use my add-a-quarter ruler because I can line up the "1/4" on the inside line as a double check!
I like to use my add-a-quarter ruler because I can line up the “1/4” on the inside line as a double check!
Here I have carefully trimmed all the sides
Here I have carefully trimmed all the sides
Isn't it pretty?
Isn’t it pretty?

Now that you have made one block, I encourage you to “chain-piece” the remaining blocks.  This will speed up the process A LOT!!!  I love chain-piecing!

For chain-piecing I will glue all the SECTION 1's in place, Fold and Trim all Line 1's and now I am ready to add the 2nd piece of fabric and sew
For chain-piecing I will glue all the SECTION 1’s in place, Fold and Trim all Line 1’s and now I am ready to add the 2nd piece of fabric and sew

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and look forward to you joining me for tomorrow’s post as well!

Dee

Mariner’s Compass it’s Quilted!

In 2013 we had some fun at a few “Quilt til You Wilts” at Pinwheels and Posies.  This is a “retreat” at a shop where you go home at night and sleep in your own bed.  We would sew from early morning til late at night.  What a great way to get immersed in a more complex quilt or technique!

This quilt was born during one of these events.  I was happy to quilt Janeane’s quilt for her and she was willing to work around my crazy schedule last year with the “big move”.  I had hoped to complete the quilting before I moved, but it was not meant to be.  I know how much work is put into these quilts and I did not want to feel rushed on the quilting.  So the quilting was put on hold until things were “settled” at the new house.  I am so glad I waited, the quilt was able to talk to me and give me quilting ideas where I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do next.  I am thrilled with how it turned out and so was Janeane!

Here are the photos – I hope you enjoy!

The compass rose starts the center of the quilt.
The compass rose starts the center of the quilt.
Another view of the compass rose with more of the other piecing, see how the spokes radiate out from here?
Another view of the compass rose with more of the other piecing, see how the spokes radiate out from here?
These are the sails.  I created "billows" with the quilting.
These are the sails. I created “billows” with the quilting.
Sails, Feathers and Ropes - I loved how the ropes intertwined with the other piecing.
Sails, Feathers and Ropes – I loved how the ropes intertwined with the other piecing.
Spokes and feathers...
Spokes and feathers…
Pretty fill work - the right fill work will let the piecing stand out!
Pretty fill work – the right fill work will let the piecing stand out!
Quilting just for texture.
Quilting just for texture.
More quilting
More quilting
And the back of the quilt.....
And the back of the quilt…..
Back of the compass rose
Back of the compass rose
Corner view of the back.
Corner view of the back.
The full quilt - stunning!
The full quilt – stunning!

What project are you working on?

Dee

 

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