Monday, May 2, 2016

Home Again, Home Again

I'm baaaaack!    Run for your lives. LOL!!
The retreat was a raging success, but then there was never a doubt. Seven days of stitching and socializing with the greatest gals and I'm plum worn out!   ;-)
My flights were perfect. Accept those EARLY morning hours. I think they tried to kill me!  LOL.  What beautiful photos you get that early.
I can't begin to rave enough about Delta. They were the best flights I've ever taken. 

Can you believe that they provided us with breakfast in the boarding area in Elmira? All this and a giant pot of coffee. It was so unexpected and so appreciated. It brought back a reminder, of past days of air travel.

The MooseStash Machine took a tumble.
It took a dive off the bag cart at the hotel. Yours truly was driving.
Gheez!  What can I say. I'm so glad it was on the way home. It would have been awful, not to have been able to sew for a week.
It went into the shop today and I should have word in 2 weeks on her.
Stuff happens, and it can be replaced.

On the up side, I can finally share my big secret!!!!!!!!

Do you remember me speaking of a secret awhile back?
Well, the cat was finally let out of the bag. We get to share the Row by Row Experience, for this year.
I designed this one for B-Right-On! 

Here's a better photo for you.

All this is new to me...
I hope everyone enjoys it, as much as I did designing it.
And a big thanks goes out to "Primsy Doodles" for allowing me 
to use their artwork.
I don't know about you, but I am excited for 
this experience, to get underway.

There is so much to tell you. Retreat photos to share, but my time is short right now. I got my airport badge today and start back to work tomorrow. Full time for a few days, but I promise to post soon!
                                                Keep on Stitchin!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Cat's Meow!

What's that saying, when the mice are away, the cat will play?
Rats!!!  That's not it at all.
But it worked so well for this project!

This savvy bunch of boys are "Kitty Kups".
A combination pincushion and tool holder.

The pattern is from Cotton Ginnys.
You can see more of her fun patterns

These boys are headed to my quilt retreat with me.
Yes, by the time you read this, they will all have been adopted out!
I really couldn't think of anything better to remind those 
wild and crazy girls of me. 
There is just something about these guys staring at them forever...
Let just say, it's my little way to get even with whatever they have 
in store for me!  It's always a raucous good time!

Keep on Stitchin'

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Quilt Retreat

There's nothing like getting together for a quilt retreat with friends.
Last weekend we beat the storm and made it to our cabin at the YMCA camp, just as the first flakes started to fall. Not lucky enough to get the cars unloaded before we got good and wet though!  LOL!!!

We woke up on Sunday morning to 17" of that infamous
Colorado Sunshine.
You just have to love these spring snowstorms.

They do create some beautiful photos!
As inconvenient as these storms may be, we really didn't mind. We were hunkered down for 4 whole days with nothing to do but stitch to our hearts content! 

None the less, it was exciting to see the sun trying to peek
thru from time to time!

The weather was such, that not much was around in the wildlife department. No moose, bear or elk, but this little chipmunk 
sure enjoyed the snow!

Deb was always looking out for us. She did a 
great job of keeping our deck and stairs cleared.

Joi, got her "Bloom" quilt finished.
There is a fun sew along over at
"Bee in My Bonnet" 
You can read more on that right 

Shona finished her two+ year project of restoring this beautiful
"Cathedral Window" quilt for her friend Kina.
What a labor of love.

Deb and I worked on our our Amy Bradley Camper Quilt blocks.
We had way too much fun with these. I'm doing mine on denim and in the QAYG method. Deb is using the standard quilt method.
Since we both are making these as quilts for our campers, we are adding an extra row. Everyone put their heads together and we've come up with some great ideas for holiday campers to add into the mix!
Coming soon...

When we were not stitching, we were enjoying incredible meals that everyone brought!  This was Joi's, hubby Vic's famous spaghetti meal!
Thanks Vic, it was truly the best!

There is really nothing better than good friends, good food and a few drinky poos, to make for one raucous time. I can't remember when I laughed so much. Oh the power of girls of any age getting together!

And on that note, I have been released to return to work.
"Paroled", as I like to refer to it!
I went and got fingerprinted yesterday...just to make sure I'm not on the America's most wanted list. 
You know... they need to make sure I didn't go "too" crazy when I was incapacitated!  tee hee
But crazy enough, my vacation starts next week!
Yes, it's another quilt retreat. Yahoo.
I get to see my NY girls in just a few days.
I'm all practiced up for a giggle fest, so you better watch out!

Keep on Stitchin

Friday, April 15, 2016

France Sam and Sue

Oh the international travels go on...

I give you some kind of very 
French sounding line, to go with these guys,
but my French is as bad as my 
Spanish, and my German, and my Italian!
Lets just say English is the only
language I've mastered and there are days
when one has to wonder about that.

These little ones, bring out the artistic side of
the French. They are just too cute, aren't they?

Join in the fun, with this free BOM at
Seams to be Sew

Keep on Stitchin'

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

April Showers with Island Batik

I do believe it's finally time around here, that we can put away those snow shovels and get ready for those "April Showers".
This month the "Island Batik Ambassadors" have taken on that challenge.

It was the perfect time for me to break out that pattern I bought, oh so many years ago and put some fabric to it!

This April Shower has sure brought us beautiful May flowers, hasn't it.

The pattern is one of Kim Schaefer's Calendar Quilts.
What a perfect time for me to start on them.
Island Batik Stamps (5" squares), are the perfect way to create 
the background. The center is from 
It gives us just the "splash" we need for a wet rainy day!
I dove into my scrap basket for the rest of the fabrics. 
You can never have too many batiks in your scrap basket. 
Hope you enjoyed my little "April Shower", and may your gardens 
bloom with joy!