Christmas Party – JSS Style!

Last week the JSS Bee had their annual Christmas party extravaganza!

Peggy was our gracious hostess and we thank you for having us.  Your home is so beautifully decorated for Christmas!  I love that you finished your Christmas mat for your tray from Houston!  Davene and I have some work to do to catch up!

We had so many activities for the day, including laughing, eating, show and tell, block exchanges, and same fabric challenge.  I have a bazillion pictures – so lets see if we can make these make sense!  Now be sure to click on each picture to see it fully – then click the back button on your browser to return to the page.

Pictures of our friends!

Show and Tell – we started and stopped show and tell several times to fit in some other activities.  But I tried to show all the pictures in one bunch:

Block Exchange – last January (or maybe it was February) we planned out what blocks we each wanted and how many – then agreed to make that many blocks for others participating.  As usual there was some simple blocks to make and some not so simple blocks (the not so simple blocks were whine/wine blocks).  Peggy was responsible for the whine/wine blocks this year! 😉

Same Fabric Challenge – this year Kay volunteered to organize the Same Fabric Challenge – we each purchased a yard of some fabric (unknown at the time) and then during the year made something quilty out of it.

My goodness!  I sure hope I got a picture everyone’s awesome work posted.  I am honored to be surrounded by such talented loving friends!

Merry Christmas to all y’all!

Cookie

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!

everyone-working-away

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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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:

show-and-tell---barb---baby

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!

JSS Spring Retreat

Last week was our JSS Bee Retreat at Compass Centre.  It was absolutely fabulous!  We had the best time, with lots of stitching, laughing, eating and fun!

We had a brand new fresh batch of newbies and a newbie coordinator (Cindy) who took the experience up to a whole new level!

Newbie-1Newbie fun and games!

newbie-2 newbie-3 newbie-4I took a bajillion pictures of quilts on the design walls!  Every once in a while I would get up with my camera and take a “walk about” the room to photograph all the amazing work.  Now, sometimes a quilt would show up on the wall and I had no idea who did it and before I knew it, it would be gone.  So in order to show you as much as possible without spending the next two months writing witty verbiage about each picture, I’m just going to dump them all right here for you to see.  You can make up your own interpretations. 🙂

wall-1wall-2wall-3wall-5wall-4wall-6wall-7wall-8wall-10wall-12wall-13wall-14wall-15wall-16wall-17wall-18wall-42 wall-43 wall-44 wall-45 wall-46  wall-20 wall-21 wall-23 wall-24wall-41 wall-40 wall-39 wall-38 wall-37 wall-36I know I said I wasn’t going to comment, but the fun 3 pictures below was a sale – all the fabric you could stuff in a quart bag for $5 or gallon bag for $10.  It was a crazy scrabble for the best and a major effort to zip up the bags!wall-25 wall-26 wall-27wall-28 wall-29 wall-31 wall-32 wall-33 wall-34wall-47Quilt retreat is like summer camp.  So much fun, so little sleep, so many wonderful memories!  When’s the next one???

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