Friday, 23 June 2017

Final Day at Retreat, and Fairy Gifts!

I'm always sad when the final day of a retreat arrives. That means packing everything up and saying good bye for another year.
 Jan found a free pattern for elephants here from Sew Fresh Quilts.  She is going to incorporate them into a border.
 Here she has three done, I think she is planning on making some of the little ones also.
 Mari added another raccoon baby to the family.
 Kim's Grand Canyon letters and part of the date is made.  She made so much progress on her piece.
 Here is Janet beside herself as a child and a big Tom Turkey.
 Mari's raccoon family that she made.
 A group picture of us as the winds were picking up and the rain was starting to arrive.
 My flowers and watering cans minus my pile of luggage in the corner.  The centre is pretty much done now to figure out the watering can border.
 I think I'm going to add a leaf to that large left flower at the bottom.  Still need to wrangle that inverted T seam by the lower left bee.
 Carol's cacti and dove with the babies.  I think she had planned to use the hand dyes as a background but is rethinking the idea.
 After packing up the car with my sewing machine chair and fabrics I headed off to Hattie's Quilt Shop.  They always have some fun quilts and inspirations in the shop.
 That Halloween corner was too cute.
 Love those striped fabrics at the bottom I have one or two already.
 Another raccoon family, I think I like Mari's better.
 So many choices.
 As you enter the store it has a sign on the door that Hattie's gets wider in the back.  There is a narrow foyer in front.
 It has a chair and ottoman along with a coffee station if the person you are shopping with needs a break.
 It has a lovely gallery of quilts on display.
 Here are most of the fairy gifts.  That lovely bag from Mary Lou with grunge strips, some Tonga Batiks and a fat quarter selection with a sea them for me.
 Her other fairy gifts were wrapped in polka dots or stripes and we got one or two each day!
 Love this mug with her self portrait quilt featured.
 A notebook and pencil.
 The pencil reads And with her little pencil she will change the world. The Farm Chicks.
 A bumper sticker buttons and glitzy thread.
 This lovely sequin bag with a whimsical cat key chain.
 What Cat-attitude!
 An amazing seam ripper, polka dot pencil and the cutest little snips with an attached point guard.
 The opposite end was a stiletto!
 Mari gave us a duck scrubby, she couldn't find a chicken which was the theme.
 Dywta made us each a spring pouch and some fabrics.
 From Kim we got a note pad and nail file.
 Mary Lou gave us a solar Chinese lucky money cat.
 Carol gifted us with a fat quarter with chickens and these lovely bowls.
 I think this fat quarter was from Jan.
 Candy's two sons are jazz musicians and they helped produce these two Cd's.
 Jan gave us this square...
 ...which becomes a tray!
 Last year Janet made us wine veils to keep bugs out of the wine glass when you are outside.  This year she kept up the theme with these wine coasters made from her Kaffe Fasset fabrics.
 And some chocolate mints from Trader Joe's/
 My gift was a Polka dot zipper folder with a nylon zipper project bag, a Dogwood flower chocolate and a solar Hula girl.
 Here is a closer look at her..
 Next up the road home and a stash report.


Sunday, 18 June 2017

Happy Father's Day, Continuation of Days 2 and 3 of Mary Lou Retreat.

I shared this montage of my dad last year and here it is again.  Dad passed in 1988 but is still in my heart and memories.
 After leaving Spokane we drove to Coeur d'Alene Idaho to check out Bear Paw Quilting.  After making my purchases I took some pictures of this great shop.  Mari had checked out and was looking at some of their books.
 They have a huge section of fabrics.
 Is this not a cute row for On The Go?
 They also have a love double gauze selection.
 Beautiful quilts on display.
 Part of their double row of Kaffe Fasset fabrics.
 The other half and there is more across the front of those rows.
 Then we had lunch at the Coeur d'Alene hotel.  From the left working back and around are Jan from the east coast close to Washington D.C. Mari from California, Mary Lou Weidman, Kim from Virginia, Janet from Battle Ground Wa. Carole from California moving to Phoenix, Dywta from Spokane and Candy from N.Y.  and I'm taking the picture.
 Back to the work room.  I decided on making five bees and played with the placement of them.
 Beauty shots of the bees.
 This one is a bit bigger.
 Long skinny guy.
 Mari made a second raccoon looking in the other direction.
 She did a few adjustments to the original pattern.
 Here is the first one.
 Kim was working on strata for her frame.
 Janet's turkey is coming together, and the figure of herself playing with placements.
 Almost all these are Kaffe Fabrics!
 Dywta is working on her border.
 Jan has taken the whimsical cat pattern that is on it's back and flipped it to be a tiger.
 Candy came with a completed background and was choosing fabrics for her story about Halloween.
 Day 3 Mary shared a stencil technique for working with fabric paints.
 She also shared two painted quilts that she has made.
 This one was done in a Susan Shie workshop.  Check out Susan's website to learn more about her works and workshops here.
 This lovely lady was on her way to a workout class earlier and asked if we were quilters and interested in some free fabric!  A friend of hers had sent her 500 lbs. when she decided to stop quilting.  She went home after the class and brought us 5 bags to enjoy and pass on.  She had washed it all and she and her daughter has picked what they wanted and gave us the rest!  Some was yardage great for backings!
 Just a small selection from the first bag.
 This is where we held the retreat. This was the day the temperatures went up to over 90F.  Thank goodness we had air conditioning.
 Kim was coming along with her frame and had started her letters for Grand Canyon.
 Jan's Turkey Farm story is coming along nicely.
 Mary's raccoons had a baby.
 Love the fabric Mary Lou gave Mari for the eyes.
 I played with the bees and had started sewing some of the blocks together.  I added some leaves to the hex flower and planning a stem for the pink nine patch flower.
 I also sewed the bottom four flowers and changed the bee placement and moved that pinwheel flower with the yo yo to another spot.
 And then baby 1 had a brother!
 Candy used fused fabrics for her Halloween story and then did some straight line stitching to hold them in place before getting ready to quilt it.
 Dywta's story for her daughter's 40th birthday with some of the special things in her life.
 Kim has Grand and C  O letters coming along.
 Carole's story is expanding in a couple different directions.  She is working on a cactus, not sure what the lower right block is going to be.
 Jan's story about her trip to India has some minarets, no they are not asparagus stems.
Next up day 4 along with fairy gifts and stash report.