Monday, May 18, 2015

2015 Spring Retreat at Mrs. Miller's Cabin

Spring! 2015
This was my first quilt retreat during May at Mrs. Miller's Cabin in Charm, Ohio.  The cabin is always lovely and welcoming, but even more so this time of year with so much green.  Below is the cabin in November.  What a difference in color!
Fall 2014
Looking at the two pictures, I like the cabin in May better!  But no matter what the season, staying in that rustic, charming cabin with other quilters and sharing laughter, food and quilting ideas is the best part of the Mrs. Miller's Cabin retreat!

Mama Barb and Jackie are off to the quilt shop.

Lupine was blooming - how lovely!

Binding Tool Quilt:

Michelle was trying out a new pattern featured on the Missouri Star tutorials:  CLICK HERE for the tutorial.  She did a fabulous job and almost finished two complete quilt tops.  Way to go, Michelle!

Almost done!
Jackie put together a unique combination of fabrics to create this stunning quilt:

Mama Barb and Debbie were busy sewing and cutting fabric.  
Debbie gets the neatest work space award!  

Stack and Whack Baby Quilt and Block

Barb B has a new grandbaby on the way, so she made a stack and whack baby quilt.  So cute!!
It must bea girl!  
Michelle was discussing her stack and whack square with Carol.

Adventures with Enders & Leaders

Carol completed a quilt top using the "Hopscotch, Butterscotch" pattern that can be found in Bonnie Hunter's book Adventures with Enders & Leaders.  CLICK HERE FOR A LINK TO THAT BOOK.

Carol stitched miles of scrappy squares together and completed this fabulous quilt at our retreat.  Lots of memories are included in the scraps of this special quilt top.  It's beautiful!    
The weekend went by too fast!  At the end of the retreat we packed up our sewing gear and said good-bye to the cabin.  We are tired, but refreshed and ready to go back to our everyday lives.  
Till next time!!

“Time is a created thing. To say 'I don't have time,' is like saying, 'I don't want to.” ~ Lao Tzu

"Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still."  ~ Dorthea Lang

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Update On Bookclub

In a former post, I wrote about joining the Kent Free Library Book Club and talked about reading The Monuments Men for the month of April.  Click Here to visit that Post.  At our last meeting, we discussed that historical book and shared our different perspectives.  That is the great part about a book club, the discussions.  If you are interested in WWII history and learning more about how these men worked tirelessly to save European art and other cultural objects, I would highly recommend it.

Our next novel for May was a switch from the historical non-fiction.  It is a debut fiction novel; Everything I Never Told You by Celeste NG (pronounced ing).  The novel is about a Chinese American family living in a small town in Ohio in the 1970s.  I won't tell anymore about the plot, but the writing is exceptionally good and I couldn't put the book down.  It's always a treat to find a book like this to enjoy!  

The author, Celeste NG, will be speaking about her new book Everything I Never Told You at the Hudson Public Library on Wednesday evening, June 3, at 7:00 p.m.  You have to register by phone or email to attend the event.  Click here for the Hudson Library Link!  I am planning to attend this book talk, so I hope to see you there!

We are finally enjoying spring in Ohio and I recently took these pictures at Northlawn Memorial Gardens in Peninsula, Ohio.  The trees reflected in the lake looked just like a painting and the colors could inspire you to design a new spring quilt.  

Happy Spring Quilting to all my fellow bloggers!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Spring Quilting Day in Plainfield

Saturday was a gorgeous day for traveling south to Plainfield for a QBee (Quilting Buddy) day with Miss Carol from Sweet Peas and Possum, and of course, Barbie.  I was excited because Jen, a friend from my swimming group, came along with me to try her hand at quilting for the very first time.  I loved having company for the drive down and back. Jen is already an artist, but has never tried quilting and Carol's studio is the best place to learn to quilt.
Jen - eager new quilting student

Start with a pile of rainbow material.

All new quilters start with reading the directions and figuring them out.  Or Miss Carol figures them out while you admire your new material.  

Collaboration is very important in quilting.  

Miss Carol taught Jen how to measure, cut and lay out the block - Beautiful!!  Jen wanted to start with stars.  She is so brave!

Pinning and sewing the block together came next - lots of concentration!

Time for show and tell.  Jen did a fabulous job making her first block and Miss Carol is very proud of her new student.  Jen might be "hooked" on quilting now!

Other projects from QBee Day:

Barb's Snowball, 9-patch quilt laid out on the floor ready to sew the blocks together

My snowball - 9 patch up on the wall
The day flew by, as usual, especially when you are sewing and creating with good QBee friends.  

 Friends are the splash of color in every quilt.


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Kent Free Library Book Club

It seems that many quilters are also readers, so I thought it would be appropriate and fun to blog about some of the books that I have recently read.

I decided to join a book club sponsored by our local library, Kent Free Library.  The group meets once a month and we have tea or coffee while discussing our latest book.  So far, I've totally enjoyed being in the group and reading the books that were chosen.  I started in February with Liar Temptress, Soldier Spy written by Karen Abbott.  It was an amazing book and well researched!  I learned so much about the Civil War that I had never realized and also discovered the many rolls women played during that period in history.  I highly recommend it!

Our next selection was The Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline.  Everyone in our club liked this historical fiction selection.  Again, I learned about some interesting facts from our American history. If you have never heard about orphan trains, be sure to check out this book.   This is a good story!  

The book we are reading this month is Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel.  I saw the movie, which I enjoyed, but am looking forward to reading the book this month.  I'll let you know what I think about this book in May after out next meeting.

Happy spring reading to all my quilting friends and remember you can always listen to a book on CD or on your Kindle while you are quilting. 

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Back from Florida

Barbie and I flew south for a few days and had a wonderful time in the sunshine.  It was not our usual quilt tour, instead it was a get-away to visit a good friend, Jan, who lives in Cape Coral, Florida.   I want to share a couple of adventures that we enjoyed.

Sanibel Island

On Saturday, we drove out to Sanibel Island which is about a half hour from Jan's house.  For more information about the island, CLICK HERE.  The day was full of sunshine but a little cool by Florida standards, only 70 degrees.  For the winter weary from Ohio, it was perfect.  How fun to get my toes in the sand and walk through the waves on Bowmans Beach.  The island is famous for sea shell hunting.  

What a gorgeous day!



After Bowmans Beach, we went to visit CROW which stands for "Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife."  -  "For more than four decades, CROW has provided compassionate care to animals at all stages of illness and injury. Whether providing for an orphaned baby rabbit or rehabilitating an injured raccoon and releasing it back into the wild, our staff and volunteers are making a difference and our 4,800-square-foot wildlife hospital is where it all takes place."  
CLICK HERE for more information about CROW.  They are helping nature whenever possible and it's a worthy cause for sure!  We enjoyed visiting their center and learning more about the program.

A big thanks to our friend Jan who took time to drive us all around and explore the island.  What would we do without friends?
"I cannot even imagine where I would be today if it were not for that handful of friends who have given me a heart full of joy.  Let's face it, Friends make life a lot more fun." 
~ Charles R. Swindoll

Monday, March 23, 2015

Celebrating Quilting Day

"The Late Wisconsin Spring" by John Koethe

"Snow melts into the earth and a gentle breeze   
Loosens the damp gum wrappers, the stale leaves   
Left over from autumn, and the dead brown grass.   
The sky shakes itself out. And the invisible birds   
Winter put away somewhere return, the air relaxes,   
People start to circulate again in twos and threes.

Finally!  The weather opened up its closed fist and we were able to drive south on Saturday - National Quilters Day - for a QBee quilting day with Miss Carol of Sweet Peas and Possum.  Michelle, Earlene, Barbie and I joined Miss Carol in her snowball Nine-patch "9 Snows in a Row" class.  We started out with show and tell and below is Barbies "Floral Tumbler Quilt." The lively colors make you dream of spring!  What a fun Grape border!

Below:  Earlene's very first snowball block!  She is getting hooked on quilting.

Hey!  Where did all the quilters go?  I think there was a karaoke party in the back room.  Our guard dog, Gus, is keeping an eye on the fabric.  You can see the sample class quilt on the board behind the tables.

Michelle had a plan for her colors.  It is looking good!

Mama Barb's snowball blocks

First sign of spring

 Mama Barb's scrap box!  How fun!

Earlene's 9-patch.  Check out her corners!  Miss Carol is the best teacher ever!

We continued quilting at home where Toria completed her first small project.  A little string mug rug.  She did a great job sewing and quilting it.

Happy Spring Quilting!