August 2012

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This Weekends SYOB Retreat Projects

Another great weekend stitching up a storm in the studio.  It was the August SYOB Retreat and I just want to give you a peek at the great projects being worked on.

You can read more about the SYOB Retreats on the Studio page.  They are LOADS of fun!

On Saturday morning before everyone returns for a day of stitching, I love wandering around the studio to see the projects waiting to be worked on.  There are the tidy quilters who leave everything organized and ready to go for the next morning and those who just say “I’m done” and walk away.  I think some of us enjoy working in a bit of clutter and others have to have things neat and tidy.  We had some of each this weekend.  Personally, I like neat and tidy but I’m usually working in some clutter!  What about you?

I took some of these pictures while things were quiet before everyone arrived.

The Left Side ~ Neat as a Pin!

The right side – ummm a bit messy!

The studio is arranged with two sections of 4 tables each for students to work at.  Thus the “sides”.

Finishing a quilt top feels Sooo good!  The quilts above are finished or almost finished.  Charlotte’s Fall Wool quilt is ADORABLE!  This is my favorite block from the quilt~

Pumpkin & Kitty Block from Charlotte’s Wool Quilt

Mary’s black and white tree quilt is to die for.  I would never have chosen black and white but it’s absolutely wonderful.  With the little touch of red…..perfect!

Charlotte’s tree blocks in process are equally adorable but such a different look!  I don’t think those trees could look bad in any fabric. Contrast between the tree fabric and the background is the key.

Kelli’s beachy quilt was up on the design board and we were auditioning borders.  These are the final choices.  Soooo fun!

Flowers & Chocolate! A must in the Studio!

Last but not least ~ as the caption says, Flowers & Chocolates are a MUST in the studio!

Hope you enjoyed a little peek into a SYOB Retreat.

Thanks for visiting!
Blessings ~


August 2012

Are you ever in a Funk?

I hope you’ve had a GREAT summer!  I’ve had a very busy one, GOOD busy!  But I found myself in a funk.  There’s not really any other way to say it, FUNK.  Not quite right. 

I had some projects I needed to work on and had a free afternoon so I sat down to my machine and began sewing.  Half way through the afternoon I realized “I’m feeling really good” and it dawned on me – I’d been so busy I hadn’t taken the time to CREATE in awhile.


I ran across this on Pinterest that evening and it completely summed up my Funk.  That built in yearning to create had not been meet.  I’m at my best when I can spend a little time each day (or at least often) to meet that inner desire.

What is your inner desire that feeds your soul?  Is it creating, writing, serving others.  If you don’t know…give it some serious thought. 

Be sure to make the time to nourish your soul.

Thanks for visiting!
Blessings ~


August 2012

Antique Quilt Gift

Hello Everybody! 

Once again I’m apologizing for being gone so long. I’m back and reinvigorated to blog.  Life’s been crazy and it’s always hard to know what to share and so I just got stumped, but….. I’m truly a teacher at heart.  I love to teach, create and inspire so here goes.

 I L-O-V-E  quilts of any vintage.  I’ve collected quilts from different eras.  I buy a quilt because I love it.  Not because it’s perfect or a particular pattern.  If it speaks to me I consider it. 

I’ve purchased quilts from private parties, garage sales, resale shops, ebay, you can find them anywhere.  I’ve also received them as gifts which brings us to the little lovely below.

My sister and mom gave me this quilt as a gift for my birthday.


An adorable child’s appliqué quilt.
It’s all done by hand.  Definitely 30’s fabrics.

quilt 2

quarter quilt

Here are some close-ups of the sweet little appliqué’s.







I love the “binding”.   It’s not really binding in the sense that it’s fabric stitched to the front and folded around to the back as we do today.  The blue edge is only on the front.  It’s stitched to the front edge and then the back is stitched to the quilt “pillowcase style”.  You probably can’t see but there are OODLES of miters on that blue edge.


edge detail

In the picture above the quilt edge is folded back so you can see what I was talking about.  The only way I could think this was done included a whole lot of work!!

When you see an old quilt do you ever think about its life?  I always do.

70 – 80 years ago, probably a woman, thought so much of a special little one they made this enchanting little quilt for them.

Was it for a baby that was on the way?  A special little toddler in someone’s life?

Did the child’s mother make it?  Grandma?  A special friend?

What was its life like?  It’s in very good condition.  The corners are not worn out from being snuggled with or drug around by a child.  Was it passed down through a family, or just packed away and forgotten about.

Whatever its story, it’s now living in a home where it is loved and appreciated.  I will display it along with other quilts in my home.  I’ll always wonder what it’s life was like before coming to live with me.

Thanks for visiting!
Blessings ~