Friday, September 23, 2016

Sew'n Wild Oaks Retreat for 2016

Hello Everyone,

In case you've been wondering what I've been up to......I'm going to tell you.  My first of two retreats this Fall begin on Monday at Snowflake Lodge in Arnold.

The quilters will arrive this Monday, the 26th, and quilt through Thursday the 27th.  I have a full schedule of mini-workshops planned for their quilting enjoyment.  Those mini-workshops translate into many handouts that I've been working on throughout the week. 
We brought a trailer FULL of things for the workshops.  From extra ironing boards, tables, cutting mats, items for my little "store", patterns, and my projects.  I tell you, Mr. Joe feels like a pack horse with all the loading and unloading.  I'm right there by his side hauling and lifting too.  My back is starting to grumble at me.
During the retreat we will be making quilt labels.  Every quilt needs to have a label and I'm guilty of not always finishing my quilt with a label.

The girls may choose to work on the Handmade Holidays table runner.  The kits and patterns are ready to go. 

Another mini-workshop will show the girls how to make these cute little yo-yo Christmas trees to put on the table runner.

Some of the girls wanted me to offer a Lucy Boston refresher course too.

During our time together, I will be offering Patchwork Math hints and tips.  By the end of the retreat they will see that making this quilt isn't nearly as complicated as they think.

So you can see we have a full agenda.....BUT wait there's more!  The girls can do anything they want to do.  It is THEIR retreat.  Some may decide to listen to one lecture and pass up everything else and work on their own projects, or go for a walk around the lake.  (Bear bells are a mandatory fashion statement!) 
This is a time to gather together and share the experience of a retreat in the mountains with friends, good food, fresh air......and who knows, we may get a bit of quilting done!


Monday, September 19, 2016

The Needle Nellies Quilt Show

Hello Everyone,
Gail and I just returned from the Needle Nellies Quilt Show in Georgetown, CA.  All proceeds from the show and ticket sales for the opportunity quilt go directly to the Volunteer Fire Department.  I've always said that California is always shaking like a wet dog or we are burning up.  No matter what calamity, the Volunteer Fire Department is always there to help.

Our adventure started when we pulled up to the American River Inn, our home for the night. 

I can highly recommend the Inn for a quiet getaway destination. 

We met up with the Needle Nellies for dinner at the newly renovated Georgetown Hotel.

We had a great dinner out in the patio area.  The weather couldn't have been any nicer. 

We were up early and headed over to start setting up for the outdoor show.  This is the Nellies award winning opportunity quilt, Toyland Tree.

Some of the girls in the Nellies applique group made their own version of Toyland Tree too!

 I had a ball seeing their quilts!

 I was just a babe in Toyland looking at their creativity.

 They were all spectacular.

This quilter didn't want another Christmas quilt, but she did want to make a baby quilt with the blocks.  Too cute!
As the featured artist, the volunteer firemen and the Nellies helped me set up in the gazebo area.  This panorama gives you a good idea of all my space.

I demonstrated Patchwork Math throughout the entire day while Gail manned the cash register. I could never do this by myself.

Here is just a sampling of quilts made by the talented Nellies.

As always, the Needle Nellies rolled out the red carpet and treated us like royalty. Thank you girls for being so special and making our trip to Georgetown so memorable.  Your efforts on behalf of the Volunteer Fire Department, make your community safer.  You are all a blessing to your quaint, little town.


Thursday, September 15, 2016

It's All Good

Hello Everyone,

Sometimes there is so much going on and so many good happening that my head starts to spin. Did you receive your Keepsake Quilting catalog yet?  HERITAGE is in there again!  But if you go to the Keepsake Quilting website, you will see that BUTTERSCOTCH BASKETS is being offered as a BOM beginning in December.
My kitchen table has been stacked with boxes of patterns ready for stuffing and shipping.  Never a dull moment around this house!  Don't forget, I have an extensive tutorial HERE that walks you every step along the Block of the Month way to make Butterscotch Baskets.  It has been a great selling tool for me and for the shops that have purchased the pattern.
Now my living room is beginning to get piles of quilts packed for me to take to the Needle Nellies Quilt Show in Georgetown. Gail and I leave tomorrow for the show.  I feel honored to be in the Georgetown Gazette!

The Nellies always put on a nice outdoor show. The weather should be fabulous this weekend. We've made a lot of friends over the years in Georgetown and we always look forward to our time together.

Yesterday I marked Homemade Holiday to get it ready for the long arm. 

A few hours later, it was finished and ready for binding.  Today I have to finish the pattern and get some printing done.  Along with a thousand other things........


Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Sew'n Wild Oaks Class Was In Session

Hello Everyone,
My girls have done it again.  They totally knocked it out of the park yesterday with their show and tell.  Mainly show because none of you are telling how you get so much accomplished!
Evelynne put her own special spin on my Winter's Warmth pattern. She used her embroidery machine to add the decorative touch in the setting triangles. 

Evelynne also finished her Graceful Rhapsody quilt by Denise Sheehan.  Evelynne made this quilt on her embroidery machine.  You can't see the bling....but it's there and enhances this beauty.

It was beautifully quilted by Lora Zmak.

 You've seen Jeanne's Lil' Orphan Scrappy before......

.....but now she is totally finished with a scrappy binding.

Suzanne appliqued her Graceful Rhapsody by hand. 

Beautiful and ready for the quilter!

Mary finished A Prairie Gathering quilt which was a BOM by Pam Buda for Marcus Fabrics.  Incredible!

It was quilted by Lani Ennis.

This shows you the detailed quilting on the back. Exceptional!

If Mary gets tired of one side, she can turn it over and show off the back.

Barbara was working on the binding for her Christmas Morning Delight.  This pattern is available at In Between Stitches and at the Material Girlfriends website.

Pat put her flying geese (or as my cousin says, "flying ducks") border on October Magic. Well done Pat!  She is going to quilt this one herself and most likely have it hanging by Halloween.

Great attention to detail.

Barbara has her little scarecrows all lined up ready to shoo the crows away.

This one is named Mr. Joe!!
Isn't this sweet?  Kristi added wool leaves to make this one "pop".

Barbara G. and Pat G. were both working on their Walk in the Park blocks.

Piles of Walk in the Park blocks.

Lynette worked on her Civil War Legacies Michael's Victory quilt.  Very sweet.

Here's another cutie by Nancy.  Very patriotic at a time when this country needs a big dose of patriotism.

Christmas is coming soon and maybe, just maybe Dianna will have Toyland Tree on display for the holidays.  This little guy is so sweet.  The next time you see her make sure to check out the earrings.

Gail is assembling her Lil' Orphan Scrappy blocks in groups of four.  Her favorite thing is selecting the fabrics for each block.....and you can tell!

There were lots of Lucy Boston blocks in the classroom.  Aren't they something!

Susan is piecing this block together using the Strip-It fabric from Marcus Fabrics.

Here's my contribution to the class which pales in comparison to the achievements of "my girls".  I'm working on my new Huckleberry Hill pattern using Star Spangled Liberty fabric by Pam Buda for Marcus Fabrics.  So much fun!

My girls can put on their own quilt show......and they do!  Twice a month they decorate the classroom at In Between Stitches with their incredible creations.  I feel so honored to be part of this group of wonderful women.  They inspire, encourage, and support each other every minute of the day.  I love my girls!