Wednesday, February 8, 2017

2016 Back to Mrs. Miller's Cabin

Going through my pictures, I realized that I missed blogging about our fall retreat at Mrs. Millers Cabin in Charm, Ohio.  This retreat has become a tradition in November for our little group of seven quilters - Carol, Barbie, Mama Barb, Michelle, Debbie, Jackie and me.  It's such a pleasure to visit Amish country in the fall.  It doesn't hurt that the quilt shop is a short walk away.

Lots of fun quilt projects are completed and lots of good food is shared.  It's a quilter's paradise.

Michelle prepared a "quilt" lasagna.  Beautiful and Delicious!
Barb saved more blocks from extinction by putting this quilt together for a friend.

Mama Barb and daughter Barb pinning together the Butterfly Quilt.

Mama Barb and fun Halloween wall hanging

Michelle showing off her new ruler

My two table runners - don't look too closely.  One has an extra strip - opps!

Break Time!  
Adorable Fox Quilt for Miss Carol's new grandson!

Debbie and her lovely quilt!  

Quilt with feet - Miss Carol's quilt top finished at the retreat.
Nothing better than sitting and sewing and sharing our lives.

"Friendship is the source of the greatest pleasures, and without friends even the most agreeable pursuits become tedious." ~ Thomas Aquinas

Sunday, January 29, 2017

20 Jobs, A Memoir - My New Book

Greetings to all my friends on Facebook and in the blogger world.  I mentioned in my last post that didn't keep up on my Blog because I was busy with another project.  Now I am ready to reveal the project - I wrote a memoir!  It didn't happen overnight, it actually took almost four years.  I've been writing it since I retired.  It is now available on Amazon and I will be sending that link to all my Facebook friends today.

As a new author, I have mixed emotions about sending my book,(Title is the Link to the Book on Amazon) 20 Jobs: A Memoir  out into the world.  Just like in quilting, when you enter a quilt in a show, you are putting your work out to be valued or judged and there is a certain anxiety about that.  

When you read the book, and I hope you will, you will find out why I chose to write my life story using my jobs  as a main focus throughout my life.  The introduction, "Beginnings," should explain my thoughts behind that.  Then each chapter focuses on one job at a time starting when I was a teen.  

Whenever I tell anyone the name of my book, they ask if I really had 20 paying jobs.  The answer is "Unfortunately,  yes."  Then they start counting how many jobs they've had or begin telling me about their first job they ever had.  This pleases me because it shows that my book opens up a conversation that leads to sharing stories.  When I think about it, that was my main reason for writing this book.  I wanted to tell my stories.  Along with that I hope that it encourages others to tell their stories.  

I will continue blogging about quilting and hope that now I will now have more time to post quilt news. Still, I do plan to keep writing. 

Thank you for all your continued support of my blog and I hope you will read and enjoy my first book.  

“The next thing most like living one’s life over again seems to be a recollection of that life, and to make that recollection as durable as possible by putting it down in writing"

~Benjamin Franklin 

Monday, January 9, 2017

Looking Back at 2016 Sew Deja Vu Retreat

Sorry, I have been a slacker blogger lately!  I do have an excuse, which I will soon reveal.

 But now, on a cold January day, I am looking back at the Sew Deja Vu Retreat that was held at the Bertram Inn in Aurora on a sunny October day.   Judy, the shop owner of Sew Deja Vu in Stow was our queen for a day.  Those luggage racks have a multitude of uses.
Judy always adds a touch of excitement and fun to her retreats.  We had sew much fun.  Judy also showed off a lovely quilt that she made for her daughter.  See Below -

Jen brought her T-Quilt to show and then finished a new quilt that she designed.  I'm so in awe of her creativity!
Quilt designed by Jen.  Awesome!
There were so many other breathtaking projects in progress and I will share some of them now.
Sister Charlotte added bright red colors and her dash of humor.  It's always a blessing to be at a retreat with Sister Charlotte!  Yes, those are real scissors hanging from her ears.  

Creativity is never neat!  

Felice as working on a large and small tumbler quilt although she specializes in felted wool.
Check out Felice's Blog at:
Thank you for putting up with my recent lack of communication.  I will try to do better in the new year.  Meanwhile I can't leave without a quote.

"For a true writer, each book should be a new beginning where he tries again for something that is beyond attainment. He should always try for something that has never been done or that others have tried and failed. Then sometimes, with great luck, he will succeed."
~ Earnest Hemingway
Read more at: Brainy Quote

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

2016 Streetsboro Quilt Show

Streetsboro Quilt Guild presented its' 31st quilt show on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.  About 150 quilts were on display and ten vendors were present to make sure that the visitors had plenty of places to browse for new ideas and material.  The proceeds from the show are used to support the food pantries in Streetsboro.

Four young quilters had entries in the show and they were each given a bag with material to use and start a quilt for next years show.  They were very excited!

Happiness is a bag of new material!

Below is a sampling of some of the quilts in the show:

The creativity in the quilting world is so inspiring.  Hope you enjoyed the show.