Tuesday, October 27, 2015

2015 Dover Ohio Quilt Show

Did someone say "Quilt Show"?  I'm there!
A perfect fall day to head south to Dover, Ohio

What an inviting entrance display!

Bed Turning: Every quilt has a story

The main idea of a bed turning is to show off a quilt on a bed and tell the story behind the quilt.  The owner of each quilt writes the story and a narrator tells the story as each quilt is turned up on the bed.  Who doesn't love a good story!  It was charming.  
Barbie's 100 Flower quilt was in the bed turning! 

Quilts on Display

I always enjoy seeing the beautiful quilts and admiring the skills and talents of quilters.  They put their hearts into each stitch - that is apparent!

Barbie entered her "Snake River" Quilt

I was at this fun class!  Loved it!

This one is for you, Michelle!

Hope you enjoyed the show.  Thanks for stopping by my blog! 

"I am beginning to learn that it is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.
~Laura Ingalls Wilder

Monday, October 12, 2015

2015 Sew Deja Vu Retreat at Bertram Inn

Definition of Retreat:  A place of refuge, seclusion or privacy.  

I'm not sure if that definition fits our "quilting retreat," but it gives you something to think about.

Bertram Inn Retreat

The staff at Sew Deja Vu in Stow, Ohio offers a wonderful retreat each year.  Last year it was at Mohican Lake, but this year it was closer to home for me at the Bertram Inn in Aurora.  I packed up my little car and headed north and was there in half an hour - Yea, more time to sew.  The food was excellent and we had a hospitality room for treats.  The Sew Deja Vu ladies worked hard to make sure everyone had a good time.  There were fun prizes, a drawing for a sewing table and a "Special Punch" to keep us powered up!  This is one of my favorite retreats!  CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE SEW DEJA VU WEBSITE.

We plugged in all our power strips for sewing machines, irons and lights.  Luckily we only fried one plug that I know of.  They probably had to build a sub-station at the local power plant - hee hee.
Our room was buzzing!

Quilting Projects:

Below are some sample pictures of the projects from our talented quilters.

Barbie and her "Trip Around the World" Quilt.  Love those blues!

I finished my "Norwegian Woods" quilt.  I picked this kit up in Paducah at Hancocks because the squirrels caught my eye.  

Sister Charlotte always spices up our retreats with her humor.  

Shy quilter showing her gorgeous quilt!

Another shy quilter.  Look at this beautiful star quilt done in Christmas material.  Love it!

I met a new friend named "Barb."  

Ladies from my guild were working on "Swoon Blocks"

Sally finished this stunning sampler quilt.  

Adorable stuffed Kittens!  Big bows or angel wings?  Could be either.

This is going to be a bag for the lucky lady on the right. 

These fun ladies traveled all the way from Southern Ohio and West Virginia.  I had fun visiting with them when I cut material!

Another shy quilter with her fabulous twisted bargello quilt.  It's stunning!

Sew pretty!

Special purses that will be for sale at the "Craft Shoppe during the craft show at the Quirk Cultural Center in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio on November 7th - 9:00 am to 3:00 pm 

Felice Troutman

I was walking around looking at different projects and was pleased to find a designer at our retreat.  Felice Troutman creates her own quilts using wool and cotton applique designs.  She will be teaching her technique at Punderson Manor Lodge in Newbury, ohio on April 15, 16, and 17 of 2016.  Go to
www.felicequiltdesigns.com for more information about Felice and her upcoming classes.

Felice is working on a beautiful poppy block.  the picture doesn't do it justice.  Very artistic!

Hand quilting is still in fashion!  The white on white really shows off the design.

Seeing double for Christmas quilts!

Free motion quilting with a Janome cousin to "Her Majesty" - Mrs. Dilly Dally's Machine - Click Here to visit her fun Blog inAlaska!

Fancy Table Topper!  This was Dana's first retreat!  Judging from her bright smile, I'm sure she had fun.

Jen finished her star quilt.  This was her first retreat too.  The ladies loved this bright pattern.  Beautiful!

Another retreat has come and gone.  Blogging about it and looking back helps me keep these fun memories alive for me and I hope it will do the same for you.  

Happy Fall Quilting!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Picking Pineapple Blocks

Yesterday was a cool, crisp, wet fall day; otherwise, the best time to take a quilt class and learn some new skills.  I attended a Pineapple Quilt class to learn how to use the Creative Grids Pineapple Trim Tool.  Look at the fabulous quilts that can be made with this tool:
Pineapple Quilts
On Wall left to right, Flying Pineapple and Pineapple point

Our instructor, Rita Fishel, is the best!  She was fun, informative and energetic.  I liked her calm demeanor as she worked individually with each student and even offered extra help with ripping out, pressing or cutting. Awesome Lady!

Here are some of the blocks that students completed during the class:  The room lighting was not the best, so I apologize that the pictures are not as "crisp" as they could be.

Our instructor, Rita Fishel, on the right!

Pineapple Trim Tool

When you visit the Vendors Market this weekend in Streetsboro (CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS ABOUT THE MARKET), be sure to stop by Rita Fishel's Booth and watch a demonstration on how to use the awesome Pineapple Trim Tool!!

See you at the Vendor's Market brought to you by the ladies of the Streetsboro Quilt Guild!