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!