Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Retreat Reminiscing-Part 2

Friend's, Food & Fiber 


As with all retreats there is no shortage of food & drink!
A wine that we enjoy is Apothic "Dark" which is a limited edition.
I know that bottle looks lonely on the table but I brought 2 more! 
Great gift during this Spooky Season!

Apothic Dark Limited Release, California, USA




 Buttons cookies!

Hubby suggested next time to use licorice as the thread.
He is quick learner! 

 Also made some Button Chocolate Pops.
Looks like I was on Button kick for this retreat!




















These are only a few friend photos.
More to come when I post the Show & Tell next time.


Shopping!

I love a good scissor fabric!



  One of my "Blogging Besties" Kelly from
 Pink A Dot Quilts blogspot  meet up with us at 
Burkholder's Fabric. Kelly is the one that has turned my eye onto low volume prints. There is a art to using these fabrics and she has mastered it! If you can visit her blog!


And of course--
in Helen fashion I had to pick up low volume in a darker version.




This is Radiance by Robert Kaufman. 
This is when photos do no justice.
These are a silk blend that add sheen & richness to a quilt top. 
I do have plan for these!!



 I gathered 4 of the Moda Figures charm packs.
And Chelsey from Nini & The Sea  found the backing-isn't it perfect? 



When starting this trip we ended up in Needles & Pins Quilt Shop and found this cute license in fabric! 



 And I now have enough backing to last for awhile!
These fabrics scream my name!




 Till We Quilt Again,


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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Retreat Reminiscing-Part 1



For 6 days we were laughing, sewing, meet new friends, saw old friends, shopping, camping and eating/drinking. And I am smiling with a big grin, thinking back on all that great memories that were created along with some great quilts.



Last Tuesday, Denise & I took off to Spring Gulch campground
 near Lancaster Pa. to camp.
OK I will admit it.
 We were glamping verses real camping as you can see!

We were minutes from Intercourse, Bird In Hand, Ephrata,
 Denver and Lancaster Pa.
 So need I say more----there are fabric stores everywhere!


On the second day Diane from the
 joined us while we meet up with Renee
 (a high school friend of Denise's that lives in Lancaster).

Denise & Renee


The best way to tour Lancaster Pa. is with someone who lives there! Renee took us to Rachel's Cafe & Creperie. Words can not describe how incredible the crepes were! Click HERE to see what was on the menu! We also went rummaging through some of the neatest historically buildings that have been preserved with artsy and vintage items called Building Character.


Renee, Denise & Diane


So after some incredible lunch crepes we had a 
warm chocolate, caramel & banana crepe!


After being downtown Lancaster we of course went to a fabric store--again! But later returned to the campground for a cocktail, campfire ,smorses and chatted to the wee hours!



Next day we packed up and headed over to the retreat!
 We were to bring blocks from our challenge fabric
(the rust with dots).


As fate would have it I only took a
 picture of half of the block! 




But here is a picture of the blocks that were made.
Can you find mine knowing what 1/2 looks like?


I  will continue to reminisce tomorrow.
I need to unpack! 



Till We Quilt Again,











Monday, October 20, 2014

For The Happy Couple!


I am so looking forward to this wedding!
Our best-man's daughters is having a winter 
wonderland wedding this December. 
In a lovely seaside Victorian B & B.



 This was the shower gift given over the weekend.
The center of each star is the same fabric as the border.
It is the stack and whack technique.


I tried different photos settings and many photos
 did not turn out well. What a bummer.
The background is a deep dark black.




Till We Quilt Again,



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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Count Me In!-A Free BOM


Come join us!








Jacquelynne's Steve is the creator of a free BOM 
starting October 27th. All you have to do is 
send her your email address--that's it! 
You can sign up HERE!





Reasons why I am doing this!

I have never done a online BOM before.

Finish when you can-no time limit.
Use my stash!
Make as many or as few blocks as you want.
Support a fellow New Jerseyian.
And it is Free!

Barb at Mountain Quilt Works is having a 

great Giveaway. 
I was on the fence until reading her blog. 
But I am now in!
Stop over for enter her Giveaway!



Till We Quilt Again,







Thursday, October 16, 2014

A Gift From The Heart!

Eleanor is a long time friend. 
Along with being one of the most giving persons I know!




It did not surprise me that she wanted to donate this quilt to raise money to benefit various ministries though her church.



The quilt is so.... beautiful with rich colors!




I quilted this freehand with swirling feathers.
 Measures 72 x 104 




I am sure this quilt and the proceeds will benefit many. 
It is a 
"Gift From The Heart"




Till We Quilt Again,



Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A Distraction!


Had some shelve liner and wonderful fall 
fabric that I didn't want to cut.




Pinned the liner on the longarm, laid fabric on top and quilted a design that I wanted to try.




A few minutes later I had a slip-proof floor runner.
Then added binding with a domestic machine.






Feeling overloaded with commitments and obligations 
I now and then need 
a quick-little distractions! 

Do you have little distractions that help clear the mind?




Till We Quilt Again,


Friday, October 10, 2014

Friend's On Friday-Eileen


This vibrant quilt was made by Eileen.


 Eileen wanted quilting that consisted of leaves and vine swirls. 





Aren't these colors beautiful? 
























Pattern-Jelly Roll Race with borders
Size-70 x 82
Batting-Hobbs 80/20
Quilting-Freehand leaves and vines





Till We Quilt Again,