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

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