• 08Oct
    Categories: Everything!, quilting Comments Off on Retreat Photos – Part 4

    Pat P1 (We had three Becky P’s) made this great batik quilt.  Every time I looked up, she was pressing strips.  Now I know why!

    She brought this jacket she made for show-and-tell.

    Her sister, Becky L, was working on this quilt at the last retreat.  It’s so nice to get to see them finished.

    And look at the interesting back she has on it.

    At retreat she made this quilt top.  I love the bear tracks.  Once the border is on, she will applique a bear there!

    Sharon brought this row-by-row quilt for show-and-tell.

    She knew about the Summer Bow Tie Challenge, so brought this to show, too.  I love the asymmetrical setting.

    She also brought this adorable Christmas Redwork.

    Robin is always challenging everyone to do 1″ square scrap quilts, so this was a perfect show-and-tell.  Every print, both the light and dark, are florals!

    Another pretty quilt from Sharon.

    She did a great mitered border demonstration for us!

    Diana is ready for Halloween!

    She got this pieced at retreat.

    Love the needlework and shading in this piece.

    I did the Lemoyne Star demo…

    …and Dianna whipped out this little sampler with two 12″ and three 4″ Lemoyne stars.  It’s really that easy–and no set in seams!

    Julie made this pretty log cabin.

    Pat P2 wore a jacket that she made with batik blocks.

    I don’t know which came first, this quilt or the jacket!

    Don’t you love the color combination in this Chain quilt?

    Still more to come!

  • 07Oct
    Categories: Everything!, quilting Comments Off on Retreat Photos – Part 3

    More great show-and-tell.  This is Patti’s Double Wedding Ring.

    This Colorwash Cross was her project at the last retreat.

    This time she was working with these great batiks.

    Marsha was making a pretty pastel quilt for her granddaughter’s big girl bed!

    Rosemarie had several Hmong embroideries that she had finished.

    This nativity was charming!

    She did a lot of embellishment on this one.

    This pretty quilt is hers, too.

    As is this black, white and red one.

    Annie was duly proud of this quilt.

    Here’s the back.  She did a quilt-as-you-go technique.

    During the retreat she was working on this Friendship Star with a Twisted Ribbon border.

    And this was the second car quilt she had on the design wall!

    Pat T. (not to be confused with Patti or the other three Pats that were there!) made this sampler from shop hop blocks.

    She also made two pillow covers to match.

    I love the sweet embroidery in the center of this one.

    For show-and-tell she brought her Crossroads quilt.

    She also got this top put together during the retreat.

    I believe this train pillowcase is for her grandson, who has a basement full of trains.

    Sue brought a beautiful Twelve Step Program quilt from my book, Bundles of Fun.  I think this is the most frequently made quilt from the book!

    She also brought this Checkerboard quilt that she’d made, but I heard a rumor that someone else tried to claim it, perhaps two someones!

    Isn’t this soft and pretty.  I don’t know the pattern name, but it’s lovely!

    Sue’s niece is going off to college, and Sue is making a quilt for her in her favorite colors–pink and orange.

    I have to tell you, in high school, my bedroom was pink and orange.  I’m so old, it’s popular again!

  • 06Oct
    Categories: quilting Comments Off on Retreat Photos – Part 2

    This is Julie, and, yes, she’s wiping away a tear.  Julie is just learning to quilt—from her mom!  They came to a retreat a year ago, and again to this one.  Carol did all the embroidery for this quilt, and Julie has pieced all the blocks.  When she got up to show-and-tell this quilt, she got quite emotional, telling us all how much she treasures the time she spent with her mom on this.  It was very touching, and Julie wasn’t the only one wiping away tears.

    This is Julie’s mom, Carol, and her fabulous row quilt.

    Carol also made this sweet doll and doll quilt for her granddaughter.

    This quilt has a wonderful story, too.  These blocks were made by Carol’s mother in the 1930′s.  One day she brought them to a Redwork Club meeting in my studio to ask how she should put them together.  Before long, we had a setting figured out, but we also could see that these block designs and the fabulous prints used to make them would be a great fabric line.  My Dear Dorothy collection was born that day!  Carol is doing a beautiful job of hand quilting her quilt and is almost finished.

    Julie also had this quilt for show-and-tell.

    This is Teresa with a fabulously frilly bag she made.

    Kristy was making this quilt for her sister, who is facing some health issues.

    By the next day, she had the top finished!

    Then she was working on these blocks.

    Barbara made this great sampler quilt.

    Roberta is a first time sewer and made this adorable Santa wall hanging.

    Her mom-in-law was there, too, and made this quilt top from my new Dolly Dear collection.  She has four granddaughters who will be getting one of these!

    She brought a Twister for show-and-tell.  It started out similar to the quilt on the right.  After being cut by the Twister Ruler, you sew up your new blocks and get the quilt on the left!

    Mary Disilva made this Christmas row quilt…

    …and this wonderful medallion sampler.

    Kathy was showing her patriotic side with this flag wall hanging.

    She also showed us this great bag that she stitched up in less than an hour.  It’s the same technique as used in my Ditty Bag.

    I love this Log Cabin that Lonna made.  Hmm.  Lonna emailed to say this isn’t hers.  Will someone claim it, please?

    She also made this sampler.

    She turning this amazing Hmong embroidered block into a wall hanging.

    And she was working on these indigo and cheddar blocks.

    More tomorrow!



  • 04Oct
    Categories: Everything!, quilting Comments Off on Retreat Photos – Part 1

    There were 50 of us at Falls Creek Retreat Center for our retreat last weekend, and everyone was very productive.  I have lots and lots of photos to share, and will break them down into six posts.  Here goes!

    Evelyn brought her Postcards from Hawaii quilt that she started at a previous retreat.

    She put this top together…

    …and gave us a tutorial on how she did it.  Thanks, Evelyn!

    She was extremely productive at retreat.  If you’re counting how many tops she completed, this is #2.






    And #8!  Amazing!  I should have given her a prize for getting the most accomplished.

    Quynh brought two quilts for show-and-tell.  This one…

    …and this one.

    She also pieced a strippy quilt.  It may look like solids, but it’s actually tiny gingham fabric!  Very cute.

    Chara joined us for the first time and brought this pretty quilt for show-and-tell.

    She finished this top made with a combination of fabrics, including linen.

    Can you spot the expectant mother?

    This is Melissa who had embellished some adorable onsies.

    She also completed two tops while she was there.  These adorable houses…

    …and this great batik one.  I was just at her blog and she’s posted some retreat photos, too!

    I was so touched when Sarah brought a quilt that she had made from my book, Fat Quarter Fun! I love how it turned out!

    She also got this log cabin top put together at retreat…

    …and was working on these blocks.  The pattern is designed by my friend Michelle and the fabric is by my sista-friend, Monica!

    Kirstie’s show and tell was this great old Grandmother’s Flower Garden.  The story is even greater than the quilt.  After a car was abandoned at her husband’s business for two years, he was going to have it crushed.  Before he did, he opened the trunk and found this in there!  Good thing he knew enough to call his wife!

    Kirstie got this wonderful star quilt top together.

    So, that’s a start!


  • 03Oct
    Categories: quilting Comments Off on Back from Retreat

    There were fifty women at our retreat last weekend!

    When we got there, the room looked like this–

    But before long, it looked like this–

    We did a lot of this–



    And Robin brought me a birthday cake that looked like this–

    Some of us walked to the falls, which looked like this–

    I’ll post lots of photos soon, but right now, I feel like doing this–