Wednesday, September 24

super girl retreat...

I just returned from the most fantastic retreat EVER!
It was hosted by Corrie & Des of Quilt Taffy, in beautiful McCall, Idaho.
Here are an overload some photos....(you'll see a LOT of pink).
The theme was "Super Girl" - Corrie made this sky line:
 
 
our table scape....

 
the huge sewing room...

 
Each of us had this adorable Super Girl necklace to wear...
and....a water bottle with Moose popcorn (to die for).


Our little Super Girl watched over us the entire retreat.
 Corrie had kits available to make our own.
 
 
One of our meals - an outdoor picnic on metal lunch trays.

 
Notice the equine rider - he's also wearing a Super Girl mask!

 

There were swags hung everywhere - so pretty!
 
 
Just ONE of the gifts they had made for each of us....a covered notebook.  I love mine!

 
Demos - my sister, LeeLa, showing how to make a poke-a-dot cake.
(she's so cute)

 
Poke-a-dot cake balls sitting on top of cake batter...

 
Pour more batter on top & bake!

 
cute cakes....

 
And there you go!  DOT cakes!

 
I gave a demo on fleece socks - here is Dianne wearing hers.

 
So many quilt tops were completed & hung on the railings.
This is Emily's jelly roll.

 
Amanda's "O's" quilt.

 
My "Birch Tree" exchange quilt top.
(you can find the pattern here at Crazy Mom Quilts)
before...
 
 
after...
 
My "Spin Cycle" top out of Denyse Schmidt prints.
(you can get the pattern here at Cluck Cluck Sew)

 
I caught Nancy with a mouth FULL of pins!

 
Thank you, Des & Corrie, for an amazing week!
(I think they're cheering because it's almost OVER!)

 
McCall - I'll miss the lake & the beauty.
...sigh...

 
But wait - there's more!
Stay tuned!

Saturday, September 13

Quilts of Valor Foundation Convention...and shopping!

My pal, Kathy Coontz, and I recently attended a QOV convention in Henderson, NV.
It was inspiring, informative and fun! 
Here are a few highlights of the trip...
To start the first evening off they awarded eight Veteran's with a beautiful quilt.
 

There was a WWII Veteran who brought us all to tears.
 

We had inspiring stories from members of the foundation, including Australia and Canada.
 

Marianne Fons, of Fons & Porter, serves on the Board of Directors.
Here she is with the founder, Catherine Roberts, during a Q&A session.
 
 
They're both really funny and smart and passionate women. 
We also visited the local quilt shop, Quiltique, just up the road from the hotel.
 
 
Kathy spotted ANOTHER piece of fabric she just had to have!

 
The decorations in this shop are so darn cute - a gum ball machine next to a bright colorful quilt.

 
This cracks me up!

 
And my favorite - an old piece of iron springs from a bed to hold little bits of fabric - so smart!

 
Yes, this is our next QOV project....stunning!

 
It was such a fun trip - now I'm all pumped up to start on more QOV quilts!
You can read more about the foundation here.

Monday, September 8

Lydia's quilt patterns

My customer, Lydia, is in the process of publishing a new book, "Dreamy Quilts". 
It won't be out until spring of 2015, but I'm hear to tell you....it's dreamy! 
She asked me to quilt some of the quilts in the book and I can hardly wait until it's published so I can get my hands on it!
As a teaser - you can see a couple of her patterns that are for sale NOW through her Etsy shop here.
Here's a photo of her most recent quilt pattern:
 
 
Lydia has given all of my viewers/readers 50% off this pattern in her shop.
THANK YOU!!!!
The code is STITCHBYSTITCH.
 
Quilt Pattern
You can read more about Lydia on her beautiful blog.
Thank you, Lydia....best of luck with your upcoming book!

Sunday, August 31

pillows

I have several pillows I just want to share with you. 
Some of them I made, others were made by my friends.
I made this one for my friend, Brook. 
She has it on her bed with a red & white quilt. 
I got the inspiration from the Red Pepper Quilts blog.

 
This is the backing I used.....love Aneela Hoey prints! 
This one is Sherbet Pips.

 
Ticking makes beautiful pillows - simple & durable.
My friend, Kathleen, at Hens & Daisies, made this one for me.
She loves ticking about as much as I do!

 
She also makes these vintage seed packet pillow covers.
 
 
I had to have both of them!
Check out her Etsy shop, here.
 
 
I made this sweet 30's print mini spider web pillow. 

 
A close-up of the "kids" print I used for the centers.
Here's a link to the tutorial on a mini spider web block.


Brook - yes, the same friend - made me this hand embroidered pillow. 

 
Her embroidery work is perfection!
I love it so much....
 
 
 
Another ticking pillow along with a chenille pillow.
Kathleen made my ticking pillow cover and I added the chenille one.
The more you wash ticking the softer it becomes.

 
I love pillows!

Saturday, August 23

Quilts of Valor presentation...

A couple of weeks ago we had a wonderful quilt show, which included a booth for the Quilts of Valor program. 
My very good friend, Kathy Coontz, is the Montana state representative for QOV. 
She set up a beautiful display educating the public on this service.
The QOV program is operated by all volunteers and donations.
I volunteer my long-arm quilting services and I love it!
We make quilts and pillow cases for soldiers who have been touched by war.
The program has been in operation for 10 years and just sent out it's 100,000th quilt - amazing!

We invited our Veteran's from the Manor - the local nursing home - to come to the quilt show so we could present them each with a quilt and pillowcase of their own. 
We love our resident Veteran's.
Three of them were present...
 
 
My Veteran husband, retired Air Force, agreed to present the quilts to each Veteran.
(Isn't he just so handsome in his uniform....and yes, it still fits!)
Here he is with Kathy C. and one of the residents. 
So many smiles!
 
 
Kathy gave a speech about the QOV program then read some personal information about each Veteran and his  service.
 
 
Dan wrapped the quilt around their shoulders, stood in front of them, saluted each one and thanked them for their military service.
 
 
(I love this guy)
 
 
It was so touching.....not a dry eye in the room.
 

 
There were a lot of hugs and "thank you's".
 
 
This gentleman even saluted the audience - he was so happy!
 

 
I'm so proud of my husband who honors his county and his uniform.
Thank you, sweet man, for your service.
 

 
 
If you want to learn more about this incredible program, visit their website http://www.qovf.org/.
 
Here's a short video with Marianne Fons, of Fons & Porter, who is a strong advocate for the QOV program.
 
Next week Kathy and I - (yes, 2 Kathy's) - will be heading to Las Vegas for a QOV conference.
Yipee - we are so excited to learn even more about this program and what we can do for our service men and women.
I get to take the long-arm classes!
I'll post all about it when we return.
Look out, Las Vegas, here we come!