Friday, September 15, 2017

2017 Retreat at Zinck's - Berlin, Ohio

Okay, I admit this retreat was in June and it is now September.  My blog has been suffering some neglect this summer.  So sorry.  Still, I want to maintain my quilting adventures on my blog, so please excuse my late posts.  I will try to catch up soon.

Jen's Block
The retreat at Zinck's is always fun and full of ideas for new projects.  On this weekend, Gretchen instructed us on how to make a "Tumbling Block" wall hanging.  It was really fun and easier than we expected.  Here are some of the Tumbling Blocks we completed:
Barbie's and my Tumbling Blocks

One ambitious person decided to make a whole quilt of tumbling blocks - Awesome!

Other projects that caught my eye:


This Quilt below is all "Hand-sewn" and I've been watching it grow for the last three years.  It's a Hexie, but each square is fussy cut to form the design.  Absolutely a work of art!  


Another great retreat complete in Amish country.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Spring Time QBee Day

Trees are blooming - Grass is Greening - Machines are humming and Quilts are Springing

QBee Day at Barb B's has become a yearly get-together.  Her house sits out in the middle of the country and it was a beautiful spring day to sew and eat and gab.

Here are some show and tells and other highlights from the day.

Barb"s beautiful quilt that she resurrected out of a pile of vintage stars.  Awesome work.


Mama Barb's Wall Hanging

Miss Carol's quilt - a delight for the eye

Mama Barb's Birdie Quilt - so cute!

Mama Barb's Scrappy 1

Mama Barb's Scrappy 2

Mama Barb's Quilt (we think she never stops sewing)

Jen's Bed Runner - Her own design!

Miss Carol's Quilt with Miss Carol's feet

Michelle's Stack and Whack Kaleidoscope Quilt - Very unique.

This is what happens if you celebrate your birthday on a QBee Day - Bunny Ears and Photo Bombing.  

I'm smiling as I remember this day of good friends, sewing and fun.  

"My best friends are the ones who bring out the best in me."

Saturday, March 11, 2017

2017 Bonnie Hunter Trunk Show

My number one quilting goal was to attend a class with Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville Blog fame, but if that didn't work, the next best thing was to see a trunk show with Bonnie Hunter and meet her in person.  Bonnie specializes in scrappy quilts and of course I had to have her newest book, Addicted to Scraps.  The quilts in the book are amazing and I can't wait to try out her "Scrap User's System."  I need all the help I can get organizing my scraps. Her trunk show was everything that I expected and more.  She shared quilting tips, fun stories and many beautiful quilts.

Meeting Bonnie was an experience I will always remember.   She is so caring and inspiring.  I shared a copy of my book, 20 Jobs: A Memoir with Bonnie and she graciously suggested we get a picture together with our books.  I'm still smiling!    

I want to thank the lovely ladies of the Osnaburg Quilt and Fiber Art Guild for sponsoring this spring tea, "Who Gives a Scrap" and giving me this opportunity of a lifetime - meeting Bonnie.  


Bonnie's English Paper Piecing Project!

Of course no quilting event would be complete without my QBees.  
Jen and Rosemary

Barb, Mama Barb and me

Rosemary won the sewing machine!  Yea!!
"Wait a minute.  Maybe I can do anything." ~ Janis Joplin

Monday, February 27, 2017

Missouri Star Quilt Tour July 2017

Got My Bag Ready for Trip to Missouri Star!

It's so exciting!  Finally I am going to Hamilton, MO to visit the home of Missouri Star Quilt (LINK) and the now famous You Tube celebrity, Jenny Doane.  All thanks to Eagle Rock Tours out of Mineral City and Fredericktown, Ohio.  Click Here to visit the Eagle Rock Website!

We, my friend Barbie and I, have taken other trips with Eagle Rock and the tour agent Lisa Pfouts.  We went to Shipshewana in 2015 (CLICK HERE) and to the AQS Show, 2016, in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  (CLICK HERE).  Click on the links and see my blog posts from those trips.  Having experienced these quilting adventures with Eagle Rock, I can highly recommend their service and dependability.  We also had tons of fun meeting new quilting friends!  Barbie and I are already booked on the tour for Missour Star Quilt.  You can find this trip on the Eagle Rock website, but here are some details:

Time: July 17- July 21Price: $639 **** A two hour trunk show with Jenny Doane!  (sew excited about this!)Shop hops 

Get further details about the quilt tour from the Eagle Rock Website (Spring Summer Link)  and more details about Missouri Star by clicking on the links above.

Hope to meet some blogging friends on the upcoming trip!

Happy Spring Quilting!  

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