|Our home away from home for a week!|
|Lots of umbrellas = lots of fruity drinks or generous bartenders!!|
I've been home for a week and a half and tomorrow I leave for LaPorte, TX and Ronda's new retreat house - Pieceful Stitches. Gloria organized a group from Jacksonville and we're going to christen the house! I can't wait. This is a great group of ladies and we will have a fantastic time. I'm also a little excited about maybe getting some Tex Mex for dinner at least one night. I need my queso and of course, a margarita. Plans are in the works for a trip to Painted Pony Quilt Shop, also in LaPorte. I'm back home again next Monday and then it's off to our Camp Blanding retreat for the weekend. Same great group of ladies and about 100 more!!
In between all of the traveling I've been working on finishing some projects. All the baby quilts have been bound and some have even been sent off to the babies!! I received some help on one of the pillowcases I was making for my nephew from my 12 year-old niece. She is taking a sewing class in a free period at school and she has asked me to help her. She's come by a couple of afternoons and we've made headbands and a couple of pillowcases. She is really enjoying the whole sewing thing and I am so glad! It is so nice to see someone so enthusiastic to learn. She has a list of projects she would like to tackle and last night she added a quilt to the list! YAY!!! Future Quilter of America!!!
Paula has been designing all sorts of new fabric collections and as the fabric arrives, I've been making the quilt she designed to go with the fabric. We've made two quilts using the Border Companions and if there was time I think we could make a new quilt using each of the 15 borders. I shared the Blue and Grey quilt already - pieced, quilted, bound and off for its photo shoot - and then I completed a re-do of Old Abe using one of the border prints as the sashing. It's is also pieced, quilted, bound and heading for it's photo shoot. It's hard to take a good picture in the house, so here's a close up of the border and some of the blocks. We replaced the eagle stripe with the border stripe and it has a totally different look.
|Old Abe re-do with Paula's Border Companions|
|Tanner Crossing collection - another pretty stripe in this one too.|
|Center star blocks|
|3 blocks done! 27 to go!|
The suitcase is calling! I had better start packing soon because I have a 6:30 AM flight and have to leave the house at 4:30 AM. All I can say about that is UGH!!! I'll share pictures of the retreat house and what everyone was working on when I get home. A lot of the girls will be doing handwork - EPP, rug hooking, cross stitch and probably some wool applique. I'm bringing my machine, of course, and maybe some EPP. I need to get some more of my 6 pointed stars finished!
March is also shaping up to be a busy month - Dallas Quilt Show, new fabric collection and Block of the Month quilt!!
Until next time, happy quilting,