Tuesday, October 21

anitra's quilts

Anitra sent me a GIANT box full of quilts to be quilted - 9 in all! 
Here are just a few of them....
A sweet patriotic quilt - I could have easily kept this one!
I sewed a black & white bracelet print binding on it...
This is a pretty batik aqua strippy quilt - she wanted quilted waves....so, so pretty!
A Kaffe Fassett "Bold & Beautiful" - with swirl quilting....amazing!
A cute little baby boy quilt - love the stripe binding!
"Carnival" out of more bracelet print fabrics.
Anitra wanted the white & aqua areas of this "Learning Curve" to be quilted with different designs.
I swirled the aqua areas and pebbled the white - stunning quilt!
Another Kaffe Fassett Stripes quilt - she named it "Urban Cohesion".
I quilted opposing loops in the blocks and echoed the triangle border.
I LOVE this quilt!!!
 "Kaleidoscope" - cross-hatched.
Thank you, Anitra, for sending such beautiful quilts to work on.
I wonder what you're working on now?

Friday, October 10

baby quilts

I love everything about baby quilts.
I love picking out patterns and fabrics.
I love piecing them.
I love quilting them.
Here are some that my customers made...
Christine, from Rhode Island, made this sweet little pyramid one:

I quilted loops within each triangle - each direction.
The backing is just as sweet at the top.

Jan, from Florida, made this modern one:

I quilted random spaced straight lines in the solid background and looped the patchwork squares.

I like how Jan used some strips in the center of the back.

I loved this one so much that I made one, too.
I don't know who will get it - I just had to have one on hand!
I quilted wavy lines and looped the patchwork squares. 
I used a dot flannel for the back.
Thanks, Jan, for the simple idea - I'll be making more of this one!

Denise, from Florida, made this cute critter quilt.

The prints are adorable!
I quilted a wood grain all-over pattern.

Julie, from California, pieced this patchwork, wonky star quilt for her new grandson.
I love how it turned out - she wanted simple quilting because she put grey minky on the back.
Very snuggly!
Are you working on any baby quilts?

Thursday, October 2

oh - the goodies!

Here are just a few of the goodies we received at the Quilt Taffy retreat in McCall, ID.
Des - "Chef".
Wrapped in this wax paper are the most delicious German Chocolate brownies - ever! 
And they're loaded with nuts!!!  (thanks, Des)
Everywhere you looked there were pink & white treats.

The first night we exchanged "my favorite things" gifts. 
I got this awesome tattoo!

And these other gifts....a Christmas CD, a measuring cup filled with chocolate, an insulated drinking glass with a Diet Coke tucked inside and a dish cloth.
The dish cloth had this amazing hazelnut chocolate bar inside.
(hazelnut & chocolate - one of my most favorite combinations....EVER.)

I also received this handy little tote, to tote all of my goodies in!

Every afternoon Des treated us to homemade snacks.
Her husband, "hello" Dave, made us these giant sugar cookies - ahhhh....cookies & milk in the afternoon.
When we arrived we had this pile of wonderful-ness waiting on our beds.
I LOVE the plastic quilt block containers - I could easily have dozens of these in my home....they're perfect for storing your ongoing projects.
Don't you just love the nighttime shades made out of MINKY?
I've already started using my fabric covered notebook and trim.
We all received a chair massage -
oh. my. goodness. gracious! 
I could have fallen asleep right there. - thank you, Eva.

We played and played.....we even played a lotto game with fabulous prizes.
I won a package of pink Skittles from my ticket!
Here I am peeking over my scrappy trip with my sister, Leela.
Ahhh - a finish!

Des had a book review on this sweet little book, "Stargirl", by Jerry Spinelli.
I read it at the retreat and loved every word of it.
It's an easy read which is packed with life lessons.
I highly recommend it!
I'll be dropping quarters on the sidewalk for the rest of my life. 

So many great friendships were formed.
Here's the first group:
and here's our second group:
Our parting goodie was a giant box of pink Whoppers with a personal note attached - safe travels.
Thank you, again, Des & Corrie, for a fantastic retreat.
You're the BEST!

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)
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.

But wait - there's more!
Stay tuned!