Thursday, September 26, 2013

Ahhhh.... autumn!

Cooler days and chillier nights... leaves beginning their transition of color... hay rack rides at the pumpkin farm... mums exploding in shades of rusty orange and harvest moon gold...  Friday night Homecoming football games... dried cornstalks tied around lamp posts... acorns crunching under your feet... just a few of the signs of autumn, a widely popular time of the year! 

Time to decorate! 


It's so fun to pull out the fall decorations each year...

... I get to say "hello" to friends I almost forgot about!
Many of my friends have been with me for
a number of years...
...but we never seem to get tired of each other...

... we stand the test of time together!

I made this mini last week...

...and this guy in 1990!!!

The festive stitcheries joined the family in 2003, and the
fabric leaves in 2012.
 Mr. Mummy was a group project at the Northwoods 
fall retreat in 2004!
This handsome guy graces my dining room table,
patiently waiting for the grandchildren
to pay a visit! 
 (I moved him for the picture).
My large sunflower quilt hangs on the inside of my
front door... when the sun shines through
the window panes, it almost looks
like stained glass. 

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Some evenings after work I don't have the energy to enter my sewing room, and that gives me a good excuse to do some hand sewing while watching mindless TV.   I'm making progress on my 8 point diamonds for "A Warm Welcome."  This is a project that I will work on between other treasures that beckon my time!

Visit Missie's website here to see a collection of her unique patterns, and her blog here

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Speaking of mums, I still haven't purchased mine yet, and I must, so fall can be fall!  It's on my list of weekend-things-to-do! 

Whatever your weekend plans include, take time to notice Autumn in its glory!!!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

It's been a while...

... only because I had to endure computer problems again!  I'll spare you the frustrating details!

Weeks ago I promised to share pictures of some of the projects my retreat ladies worked on during our stay in the north woods of Minnesota.  Enjoy the parade of project pictures!

Sandra and Queen Dee were inspired by Nor's autumn
nine patch, so they each made one for themselves.

In addition to these cute mini's, Carole,
our embroidery expert, finished at least
a dozen embroidered flimsies.

Mary diligently worked on a pretty quilt kit...
I hope she keeps this for herself... she's known
for generously gifting many of her projects!

Nor made this two fall mini's... so festive!

Sandra and Queen Dee spent the first 3 days
making Christmas pickles...

This is me watching the Packers and the 49er's
while sewing binding on the braided mini's
I made.  (Note to DD and DDIL...
don't look too close at the binding!  It
was an exciting game!)

This picture needs no explanation...
just your admiration!!!


Friday, September 13, 2013

Retreat Withdrawals...

Seven days of retreat followed by three days of working at my real job, and I am wiped out!

Retreating with my quilting gal pals in the north woods of Minnesota is always an adventure... the days race by as sewing machines hum in unison.  What's surprising is how fast those days goes by!  Sprinkle in a few shopping trips, boat rides, multiple bingo games, (we play for sewing related prizes), our HEART block exchange, two trips for two different members to the local medical clinic, (nothing serious in either case), a gift exchange, and yummy tummy filling meals, NO ONE finished all of the projects that made the trip with them, but then again, that's usually the way it goes! 

Much to the delight of my fellow quilters I was not as camera happy as I have been in the past.  (They have a reputation of covering their faces or making faces when the camera is aimed at them...).  I'll save pictures of the variety of projects that were being worked on for another post.  For now, I'll show you a bit of what I accomplished.  And I mean a bit! 

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This, times two...

...became these!

The pattern is Coal Miner's Tunnel, from the Simply Charming book by Tara Lynn Darr.  I used Posh Pumpkin charm packs and coordinating fabrics to make a table topper for my DD, and my DDIL.   I was drawn to these fabrics because they say "fall" without limiting the display days to Halloween... these fabrics will welcome the days leading up to, and including the Thanksgiving holiday.  They each measure approximately 18" x 23."  I'm pretty sure they will like 'em!
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This paper pieced project...

became this!

The pattern is "Stack of Bolts - Schoolhouse" by Remember Me Pattern Co.  I purchased the pattern in July at Inspirations, a wonderful quilt shop in Hills, IA.  It was the first time I had ever seen this line of patterns.   It was a quick sew, with excellent directions.   The angle of the picture makes it look a bit distorted, but it measures 8.5" x 15.25."

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Call me crazy, but I'm addicted to 1" 8-point diamond paper templates.  Hopefully the addition will last because I need 350 of these babies to make "A Warm Welcome," a 22" x 22" small quilt, designed by Missie Carpenter of Hallbrook Designs.   Although Missie offers an alternative way of prepping the diamonds, I prefer the traditional method of basting the fabric to the diamonds.   I'll be plugging away at this project off and on... I rather enjoy the mindless sewing the diamonds require!  (Click here to visit Missie's website!)

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My absolute favorite retreat project began like this...

... and became a flimsy two days after returning home!

The pattern is Hot Cross by Miss Rosie's Quilt Co.  I used 2 Historical Blenders charm packs, (also purchased at Inspirations Quilt Shop) and have coordinating fabrics for the back and binding.  I LOVE THIS!!!   I have no idea how to machine quilt it!  Any suggestions??? 

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As happens to all of us when we take time for road trips and retreats, we miss out on some of the happenings back home.  While away,  I missed my 4 year old granddaughters first soccer game.   Anxious of any news about the game I sent an inquiring text to my son on Saturday afternoon.  This was his reply...
"Hallie scored 3 goals... 2 of them were for her team.  One was from midfield - at least 40-50 yds out.   Under 8-yr-old league scouts impressed." 
Needless to say I am looking forward to watching Hallie's 2nd game of the season on Saturday afternoon!  There is nothing more precious than watching the little legs of 4 year olds, with their soccer t-shirts hanging to their knees, scramble to kick a black and white ball into the net... even if it belongs to the other team!


Sunday, September 1, 2013

Prepping for Retreat...

Every night after work this past week I spent time in my sewing room prepping projects to take to retreat.  It's worth the time spent cutting, stacking, and packing the goods into individual project containers. 

Two Posh Pumpkin Charm Packs and coordinating fabrics for
fall table toppers... one for DD, and the other for DDIL.

Two Historical Blenders charm packs and coordinating
 fabrics for Hot Cross, a Schibbles pattern that I
have had for a long time!

This fabric is from a kit purchased almost two years ago...
I'm scrapping the kit and using the fabric for another
Hint of Fall mini quilt.  Have you ever done that with a kit???
LOVE this design by Missie!  No time like the present to get
started on it!

In addition to these I have four embroidered snowman traced onto muslin to finish as Christmas ornaments for my grandchildren, and a house paper pieced pattern that I purchased on my July shopping trip with Julie, Missie, and Carolyn.  Plus it never fails that SOMEONE in the group will bring a project or two that we will all swoon over and insist on making together!   I have packed a few fat quarters in a variety of red, blue, green, brown, neutral, gold, black, and rusty orange, to have on hand just in case I need them for something I didn't plan for.  Fortunately there is a wonderful quilt shop about 8 miles from our retreat camp for any other necessities...  how very convenient for a bunch of crazed quilters! 

All sewing related necessities neatly tucked into my large tote...
plenty of room for more!  Don't you agree???

Your guess is as good as mine when it comes to wondering how many completed projects I will come home with!  I'm hopeful... but I'm not making promises to myself or anyone else!

Wishing all of you happy days of sewing as September moves in!   See you soon!