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

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

 

Today – I made ART!

Usually I make quilts!  When I finished this one my first thought was “I made art today!”  Even hubby said “WOW!”

I purchased the fabrics in April of this year at The Quilted Skein in LaGrange, TX.  I had not even opened the pattern before we got there  and I started pulling fabrics.  Then I had to do a quick read to see what my fabric requirements would be as I was not following the same placement as the cover photo.  Fabric pulled and acquired in less than 45 minutes.

I didn’t get started on this project right away as I was working on some market samples for Island Batik and Quiltworx as well as many other projects that were not all sewing related.

After I completed the pieced leaves, the gold and purple ones – I said “Oh Oh it is quite LSU!”  Nothing wrong with that, just not what I was going for.

Enough pieced here to lay it out to get a feel for what it will look like.
Enough pieced here to lay it out to get a feel for what it will look like.

Then I started adding my other fabrics and it just came to life!

Got to lay out a few more pieces while I was with the Golden Needles Quilt Guild
Got to lay out a few more pieces while I was with the Golden Needles Quilt Guild

I am sure it will be a little bright for some of you – but that is the fun about ART – it is in the eye of the beholder!

WOW!
WOW!
Just another angle!
Just another angle!

Pattern information Fire Island Hosta by Judy Niemeyer Quilting!

Wall Quilt - 74"x74"
Wall Quilt – 74″x74″
Queen Size - I am planning a FART for this one!  Fabric Acquisition Road Trip!
Queen Size – I am planning a FART for this one! Fabric Acquisition Road Trip!

If you would like to make this quilt – you can join me in Wimberley, TX January 29-February 1st.  I am hosting a retreat and this is the selected pattern.  There is also a queen size option.  Click here for more details.  The food is fabulous, thanks to our wonderful cook, Ronda!  The Quilt Ranch is fabulous and the setting is in the hill country of TX and is just beautiful.  All we need is you to make it perfect!

Go be creative and make the world a beautiful place!

Denise

 

 

I am Seeing Stars!

As a workshop leader for quilting classes I so enjoy watching students learn new techniques and take on projects that they never thought possible.  This last set of Oh My Judy Stars students were just amazing.  They did their pre-class homework, then did their in between homework and they just really had a good time.

Here are a few photos from the group, not all the students were able to attend the final class, if they send me photos of their quilts I will share in the future.

Agnes chose Amazon Star for her pattern, this quilt is 104x104 and she added an additional border to make it approx 114x114 prior to quilting.
Agnes chose Amazon Star for her pattern, this quilt is 104×104 and she added an additional border to make it approx 114×114 prior to quilting.

Agnes and her husband chose the fabrics together for this quilt, I think they make a GREAT team!

Because of the size of this quilt I had to take the photos in stages.  This quilt has such fabulous visual impact!
Because of the size of this quilt I had to take the photos in stages. This quilt has such fabulous visual impact!
The paper-pieced borders, prior to Agnes adding an additional 5" all the way around.
The paper-pieced borders, prior to Agnes adding an additional 5″ all the way around.

The quilt below is Mariner’s Compass.  Pat will be making this quilt queen size, she will be adding 4 corners to this octagon to square it up to 60×60, then she adds 4 more corners to put it on point along with a fabulous paper-pieced border that will have a white background with chocolate accents.  Pat’s center wasn’t laying quite as flat as I thought it should, I was able to show her how to “spin” her seams and now it is flat flat flat.  She was over the moon thrilled with learning that new tip!  Pat has already made Glacier Star and it is in my studio awaiting it’s turn for quilting – will you want to see photos of that one?

Pat chose Mariner's Compass for her quilt.  Her first "Star" quilt was Judy's Glacier Star, (it is here in my studio waiting for its turn on the quilting frame)
Pat’s Mariner’s Compass – white background with blacks, grey’s and browns.  This quilt is so elegant and rich!  Can’t wait to see it done!

Sara had purchased this kit from Pinwheels and Posies, she changed up the color placement in the Lone Star center and I just love how it turned out.  After a few tense moments while working through her Y seams Sara is now very pleased with her quilt – AS SHE SHOULD BE!

Sara made Summer Solstice, while she did have a few tense moments went assembling her quilt we all LOVE how it turned out.  Her fabric placement for that outer border is FABULOUS!
Sara made Summer Solstice,  we all LOVE how it turned out. Her fabric placement for that outer border is FABULOUS!
Here is the original from the kit - Sara's subtle changes, the inner border in the kit is orange, Sara's is the dark blue - and see how her fabric placement in the border changes that entire outer border?
Here is the original from the kit – Sara’s subtle changes, the inner border in the kit is orange, Sara’s is the dark blue – and see how her fabric placement in the border changes that entire outer border?

And here is Sandy’s Summer Solstice – don’t you love the tropical feel of her colors!

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Thanks Sandy! She sent me this quick photo to add to the blog – Sandy was unable to make the last class. She had actually finished her quilt top prior to the 3rd class! And we had 4 classes!

My students were doing so well in our final class that they encouraged me to pull out my project and sew – here is my Fire Island Hosta.  This quilt is going to be a lot of fun to teach, new techniques that will be used in several of the upcoming patterns from Judy Niemeyer Quilting.  While it may look difficult at first glance – if you read the pattern and use all of the helpful registration points this quilt will go together quite easily.

Fire Island Hosta - watch my schedule (left side of the screen) for when I will be teaching this!
Fire Island Hosta – watch my schedule (left side of the screen) for when I will be teaching this!

And below is a teaser – I am teaching at a retreat in August in Wimberley, TX.  I will be teaching the Captain’s Wheel pattern.  One of our retreat attendees as been busy with her pre-class homework, here is one of Sharon D’s “Compass Rose” blocks for her quilt.  Linda L and Sharon J have also been busy, they have all their fabrics cut and they have each made at least 1 Compass Rose Unit.  Do you want to make this quilt?  I am teaching this class at Pinwheels and Posies in Dickinson, TX – class #1 is July 30 and the 2nd class is August 13.

Sharon D's Captain's Wheel - she is attending the retreat in August where I am teaching this quilt!  She is on the ball for pre-class homework!
Sharon D’s Captain’s Wheel – she is attending the retreat in August where I am teaching this quilt! She is on the ball for pre-class homework!

Which Judy Niemeyer Quilt do you want to make?  What is stopping you?

Learn Something New Today!

Denise