JSS Retreat – Scenes from the Walls

I got home from our Fall retreat less than 48 hours ago.  I think I’ve just about recuperated!  You know, going to a quilt retreat is a lot like a kid at summer camp … you stay up late, have tons of fun, eat way too much and come home exhausted!  It’s GREAT!

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Looks like we are all working hard….

I’ve gone through my pictures and I’ve really fallen down on the job this time.  Random pictures of quilts and blocks that I have no idea who worked on them.  Oh well, I’ll share them anyways!

Oh, and one last picture of some scrumptious blue fabric we all went gaga over! Shibori by Moda.  You should have seen Davene’s face when she saw these!

yummy-blue-fabricIt was a fabulous retreat and I’m counting the days until the next one!

Hugs, Cookie

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My First Blue Ribbons!

I am beyond excited!  Last week at the Trinity Valley Quilters’ Guild Quilt Show I was awarded my first two blue ribbons ever!  The show was fabulous with hundreds beautiful quilts.

Ele-funky was a quilt of pure joy to make!  Every elephant was different and I added special embellishments to each one. I had more fun making this quilt!

In addition to the first place blue ribbon, this quilt was also awarded an NACQJ Award of Merit.  That’s the extra blue and yellow ribbon you see.  Wow!  I was blown away! Such an honor.

ele-funky The pattern is “Elephant Walk” by Peggy & Laura at Fiberworks, Inc. The quilting was done by Susan Corbett and she added so many extraordinary touches, such as the quilted elephants behind the baby elephants.  I hope you can see them in these close-ups

e-close-up-2 e-close-up-1This year the theme of the show was “Life’s a Beach.” The show chair had a special category based on that theme and Aloha won first!  I picked up this pattern on a vacation in Maui – it is called “Sunshine Pineapple” by Vicki Stratton and Barbara Jones.  It is also quilted by Susan Corbett.

qs-pineapple-2When I made these quilts, I did so because they were fun; they made me happy; they were bright and warm and engaging.  The ribbons are like icing on an already wonderful cake!  I am tremendously honored!

Now, what fun, happy quilt should I work on?  Probably one of the dozen or so I’ve already started!

A Summer of Bee Days

Yes, I’m going to try to give you pictures from all the JSS Bee Days this summer – that’s June, July and August.  All in one blog!  Wish me luck!

I’m trying something new using a “gallery” of pictures… To see a bigger picture, click on it.  Click the back button on your browser to return to the blog.

I missed the June bee day at Davene’s house!  I was so sad (well, not that sad… I was on a cruise).  But Judy L. supplied me with the following pictures.

July bee day was at Patt’s – thank you for so graciously hosting us once again, Patt!

And finally, here are the August pictures.  Bee day was hosted by Kay at her new digs – such a beautiful home, thank you Kay!

I kind of like using the Gallery to show you pictures.  Let me know how it works for you!

Cookie

 

JSS Day at the Lake

Last week we had our JSS Bee Day at Karen and Jim’s lake house.  While we thought it might rain, it turned out to be a beautiful day for taking a boat ride on Lake Kiowa and hanging out on the porch!

First up, of course, was breakfast!

breakfastPatti-and-Lynn

Then Jim and Mark (Barb’s hubby) took some of us for a boat ride. Here we are on the dock:

ready-for-boat-rideOops – we left Judy behind!

Bye-JudyJim gave us the grand tour of the lake.  All kinds of houses, docks, boats, buoys, birds and beaches. How about these thrones up on the dock!

throwns-on-the-lakeWhen we got back from the boat ride, everyone was already eating lunch.  But they saved us some. 😉

Then came show and tell!  Karen started us off with this quilt that she had been working on at retreat.

Show-and-Tell---KarenKaren also told us about their shopping trip the day before in Whitesboro – near the quilt shop was an antique store with super cute clothes and accessories.  Not sure what Karen was doing pointing at her foot… I don’t think she got the shoes at the antique store.

show-and-tell---Karen---cutDuring the shopping trip Lynn got this cute top…

show-and-tell---lynn---new-and this vintage platter:

show-and-tell---Lynn--vintaShe looks really happy with her purchases!  Lynn also showed us some bags that she has made out of feed sacks.  How cute are these!show-and-tell---lynn---feedGloria made a purchase in Whitesboro too – this mail bag… I hope the US Post Office is OK with this!

show-and-tell---gloria---neNancy brought this super cute baby quilt – very soft and pretty.

show-and-tell---nancy---babAnnelle was up next with The Dress.  She quilted this herself – I’m so impressed with the areas of free motion quilting!

show-and-tell---annelle---tAnd we got to see the Faith, Hope, Love quilt which was quilted by Susan Corbett:

show-and-tell---annelle---fA little bit of a close-up of the border quilting – look at the dragon fllies!

show-and-tell---annelle---cBarb brought booties, baby quilts and Mark!  Here’s one of the booties:

show-and-tell---barb---bootThe baby quilt – an Inklingo design:

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And you’ve already seen Mark – he was on the boat.

Judy R. brought this very pretty blue and white quilt:

show-and-tell---Judy-R---blWell, Davene fell in love with it!  I think there was a bit of a tug of war between Judy and Davene in the end.

show-and-tell---Judy-R---DaI brought my hand dyed quilt which has been quilted (by Susan Corbett) and I’m working on the binding.  I need a better name for this quilt… any ideas?

show-and-tell---me---hand-dSally was enthralled with the chicken’s at Patt’s last month so she made herself one:

show-and-tell---Sally---chiAnd Sally also showed some beautifully embroidered dresses she’s working on.

show-and-tell---sally---dreDede, Peggy, Jules and Patti didn’t bring any show and tell, except for their beautiful smiling faces:

show-and-tell---dede-- show-and-tell---peggy show-and-tell---julesshow-and-tell---pattiMadelyn more than made up for it – she had a bunch to show.  First up was this Sashiko embroidery she brought back from Hawaii:

show-and-tell---madelyn---sAnd how about this stunning flying geese quilt?

show-and-tell---madelyn---fAnd next, this fun, bright,children’s quilt – POW! (Notice the photo bombing by Davene – we love you Davene!)

show-and-tell---madelyn---kAnd, last but not least, Madelyn brought this gorgeous Shimmer Quilt.  I love this pattern and may have to add it to my very extensive to do list!  What a beautiful way to show off Kaffe fabric!

show-and-tell---Madlyn---shSue H. brought some of her Splendid Sampler blocks.  Thanks Sue for turning me on to this super fun project!

show-and-tell---Sue---SSSue also brought some purchases she made in California, including this yummy wool kit:

show-and-tell---Sue-H---wooYou know all those selvedges we are gathering for Davene?  Well she is putting them to good use.  What a cute bag!

show-and-tell---davene---seDavene also brought this beautiful flower quilt. Lots of applique and embroidery!

show-and-tell---Davene---flHow pretty is that?  I asked Davene which flower was her favorite and, of course, it was this blue one:

show-and-tell---davene---faThat brought our Show and Tell to a close.  What a bunch of talented, fun and loving women!

Many thanks to Karen and Jim for hosting us – it was a beautiful day at the lake!

Splendid Sampler Mania

Have you heard about The Splendid Sampler?  This online project began in February with twice weekly releases of free block patterns from wonderful well-known designers.  Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson seem to be the originators but there is a whole slew of contributing designers listed on their web site.

I hadn’t heard about it until our bee retreat a few weeks ago.  Sue H. had a bunch of cute little 6″ blocks up on the design wall and I couldn’t resist.

wall-47Then Nikki M. was telling me about it at Trinity Valley Quilters’ Guild meeting last Friday.  So I had to join the Facebook group, subscribed to the blog and by last Wednesday I couldn’t resist any longer.  Following Nikki’s suggestion I printed all the block patterns, inserted each in a page protector and keep them in a notebook.  Since there will be 100 blocks (oh my!), I may need more protectors and a bigger notebook!

So last Wednesday I made blocks 17, 18, and 19.  I actually started with block 19, since it had just been released and all the pictures on Facebook were just too cute.  This block is called Measure Twice, Cute Once:

Block-19---Measure-twice,-cThat was easy so I made block 18 – Lina’s Gift:

Block-18---Lina's-GiftI posted the pictures on the Splendid Sampler Facebook page and the feedback was overwhelming.  I’m a sucker for positive feedback, so I made block 17 – Family Stars:

Block-17---Family-StarsA little bit more challenging.  Remember, this is a 6″ block.  The next block was coming out on Thursday, so I went to bed Wednesday night ready to whip out the Thursday block and catch up on a few older ones.  Well, block 20 was a doozy!  Called Nature’s Walk and so incredible cute, it was well worth the three days it took me to finish!

Block-20---Nature's-WalkI really need another project like a hole in the head, but this one is simply irresistible! I’m off to work on block 21!

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