JSS Fall Retreat – Design Wall Transitions

Our wonderful JSS Bee retreat was this past week at Compass Centre in Mount Calm, Texas.  We had a blast!  Lots of great food, serious stitching and an enormous amount of laughter! Rather than fight the failing flaky internet with daily posts about the retreat I saved up all my pictures for one gigantic blog.  Here we go….

Sally-and-Barb-are-ExcitedWhen I was going through my pictures I noticed several projects that started as works in progress and were completed or nearly completed over the course of the retreat.  Call it Design Wall Transitions

Here is a little quilt that Lynda was working on for a neighbor.  The hand prints on the blocks are the neighbor’s child’s.  Very sweet.  Here is the WIP:

Lynda's-neighbor's-quiltAnd after much deliberation and advice, here is the completed quilt top:

Lynda's-neighbor's-quilt-coPatti has this wonderful hand applique made for her by Peggy for one of our bee brown bag challenges.  We auditioned several borders.

Patti's-(Peggy's)-applique-The completed quilt top looks fabulous!

Patti's-applique-completeOur dear Sally was working on a plaid quilt top made from charm squares.  After arranging and rearranging the blocks, this is a picture as she was putting them together:

Sally's-Plaid-WIP-1And, oh my, what a beautiful quilt this turned out to be!

Sally's-Plaid-CompleteHere is Karen’s cowboy quilt in it’s early stages:

Karen's-Cowboy-Quilt-WIPKaren’s cowboy quilt in later stages:

Karen's-Cowboy-Q-WIP-2I know there are more cowboy silhouette borders but never got a shot of those.

Suz spent about 99.9% of her retreat working on this beautiful A&M Blooming 9 Patch.  Here is the WIP…

Suz's-blooming-9-patch-wipAnd here is the almost completed top (I think there may be an A&M Maroon block destined for the very center):

Suz's-blooming-9-patchWow!

Sally’s Christmas quilt in the beginning:

Sally's-Christmas-WIPYes, those are Inklingo hand pieced stars (Barb is rubbing off on us!).

Sally's-Christmas-Close-upHere is a more complete version of the Christmas quilt:

Sally's-Christmas-WIP-2Sue’s Halloween quilt in the beginning:

Sue's-Halloween-WIPHow about a close-up of one of those cute blocks:

Sue's-Halloween-CloseupAnd Sue’s finished Halloween quilt top!  Way to go Sue!

Sue's-Halloween-CompleteBarb worked on her handkerchief quilt using Inklingo.  She timed herself hand piecing and machine piecing some of these seams.  Which was better, Barb?

Barb's-Hankie-Quilt-WIPHere is a close-up of one of these beautiful blocks:

Barb's-Hankie-Close-UpAnd, drum roll, please – the finished quilt top!

Barb's-Hankie-Quilt-CompletDavene was thoroughly enjoying making doll clothes for a granddaughter (although, I think secretly these may be for Davene’s dolls).  First there was one outfit:

Davene's-Dolls-1Then two, three and finally, four!

Davene's-Doll-ClothesThat will be one very well dressed doll!  Davene was using Daisy Kingdom Doll Panels found on Etsy. But don’t tell anyone!  You don’t want to get in a bidding war with Davene!

Peggy was working on a very wooly Noah’s Ark.  The pattern is not a Sue Spargo pattern but Peggy is applying lots of Sue Spargo techniques.

Peggy's-Wooly-Noah's-Ark-WIA few close-ups of the animals:

Peggy's-elephants Peggy's-LionsPeggy’s design wall also sported first one hand applique bird:

Peggy-Applique-1And then two more birds!

Peggy-Applique-3 Peggy-Applique-2Cindy (at least I’m 90% sure these are Cindy’s) had these wonderful blocks going:

Cindy's-BlocksMadelyn and Peggy have had something of a challenge to create these rather complicated blocks – it was nice to see them side by side.

Madelyn’s:

Madelyn's-BlocksPeggy’s:

Peggy's-BlocksI worked for a whole day on the border for my Carol Doak Scrap Scramble:

Carol-Doak-BorderAnd I put together this little lap quilt from charm packs (this is a disappearing 9 patch – super easy and quick).  I still have borders to add.

Disappearing-9-patchWe seemed to have something of a pillow case theme this retreat:

I created 4 of these Christmas pillow cases for grandkids:

Pillowcases---cookie Lynda made several for her grandkids (and maybe a grownup kid or two).Pillowcases---Lynda And Suz made one for herself!  Love the wild and crazy fabric!Pillowcase---Suz What am I missing?  It seems several projects hit the wall and were taken down super quick to make room for the next project!  I’m sorry if I missed yours!

One last picture – this cute little critter (a giraffe, a llama, a donkey, a girlunky or a geranimal?) appeared on my sewing machine during the retreat.  Thank you to the geranimal fairy!

Girlunky

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finished Projects and WIP Projects

I actually finished a project this week!  Yay!!!  It is a little wool Pumpkin Candle Mat from a pattern published by Primitive Gatherings:

pumpkin-table-matThe size is about 18″ across.  It looks great on my big leather ottoman in the living room adorned with a candle and, yes, that is a lizard climbing through the pumpkin vines:

pumpkin-candle-mat-with-lizI loved working with the wool and I am ready to start on another one!

And I took this Christmas quilt to the long arm quilter last week!  Can you believe that?  I hope to have this pretty plaid quilt on my bed by the holidays!

Mad-About-Plaid-Christmas-QIt came from a book called Mad about Plaid by Teri Christopherson.

Another almost completed project is the Carol Doak Scrap Scramble:

Scrap-ScrambleI want to add some borders – a small red inner border and then a piano key outer border made up of all the fabrics used in this scrappy paper pieced project.  I don’t have enough of the red Aunt Grace 1930’s reproduction fabric for the inner border, so I’m stuck until I find that.

While I’m at the keyboard (computer keyboard, not piano keyboard) I may as well update you with my blocks of the months and weeks.

The Austen Family Album block of the week from Barbara Brackman’s blog is up to week 23 so I have three I haven’t shared yet.  Here is week 21, called West Wind:

Block-21-West-WindWeek 22 is Friendship.  This was a good block to use my red swirly stripe – I don’t have much left!

block-22-FriendshipAnd finally, block 23 is Old Maid’s Puzzle.  If you look at the layout of this block on the blog and on the Flickr group web site there were several different interpretations of this block.  You can see that I took it in a whole different direction than everyone else!

Block-23---Old-Maid's-PuzzlThreads of Memory block of the month.  This is block 8 called Jacksonville Star:

Threads-of-Memory-8---JacksI tried real hard to line up all that background fabric!

Last but not least is Le Jardin block of the month.  This is block 5 – this block was one of the reasons I signed up for this block of the month!

Block-5

Eventually I will embroider a red clothes line across the top, but it continues on into the next block with little birds holding the line. How cute is that!?!

I’ve mention this before, but next week is the Trinity Valley Quilters’ Guild show (September 19th and 20th) at the Amon Carter Exhibit Hall in the Will Rogers Complex in Fort Worth, Texas.  Y’all need to come!  I’ll see you there!

By the Numbers

Five hundred and ninety two

That’s the number of shapes I’ve cut out by hand this week for Clue 2 in the Case of the Secret Garden Mystery Quilt.  This mystery quilt uses Inklingo to print the shapes on the back of your fabric – no templates, no paper piecing.  The printing went fine – only messed up bit and then the cutting began. I chose not to rotary cut as I’d already wasted a bit of fabric messing up my printing and I was afraid I’d whack up a bit more with the rotary cutter.  So snip snip snip while I watched TV the last few nights.

592-shapesI’m keeping them organized in envelopes with the fabric and shape size indicated.

As I worked, I kept thinking that the title Secret Garden really rang a bell.  Maybe it was an old Nancy Drew mystery.  So I finally googled it (of course) and remembered a children’s book of my mother’s called The Secret Garden (by Frances Hodgsen Burnett, 1911).

Clue-2-Cut-Up Now, I no longer have that book (although I do have many of her cherished children’s books like original Wizard of Oz books) but I did find a copy in the local library.  A quick read as soon as I finish up with The Case of the Secret Garden Clue 3 (we finally get to sew, and print and cut even more!).

Twenty Five

We are on week 25 in the Grandmother’s Choice Block of the Week.  The block this week is called The Carrie Nation Quilt and Barbara Brackman gives us a historical peak at Carrie Nation and her escapades.  Here is my Carrie Nation Quilt block”

25-Carrie-Nation-Quilt

Eleven

I finished block 11 of the Postcard Cuties For Winter quilt – only one more to go!

Postcard-Cuties-Block-11

Seven Thousand Nine Hundred and Twenty Two

That’s how much it costs when your diesel truck gets contaminated fuel – thank goodness it is covered by insurance!  We would hate to loseClifford, the Big Red Truck”! Clifford-the-big-red-truck

This and That

What do you title a blog post about two grandmother blocks, a cup of snow heads and a tree-climbing dog?  “This and That” seems to work!

I have two blocks from Barbara Brackman’s Grandmother’s Choice Block of the Week Blog to share.  The block from last week is called Jack’s Delight.

22-Jacks-DelightI’m not really delighted with it – I think I chose fabrics that are way too busy – but I shared it on the Flickr Grandmother’s Choice site and got a lot of positive feedback.

I am much happier with the block from this week, called Girl’s Joy:

23-Girls-JoyI’m still working on the Postcard Cuties For Winter quilt and have another snowman block done – actually a cup of snow heads:

Postcard-cuties-block-10Two more blocks to go – I may be finished with this by next Christmas!

And finally – my tree-climbing dog Molly!  She found herself interested in something on the other side of the fence so…

Molly-climbs-a-treeup she went!  What does she think she is, a cat?  No, she’s all dog and she could easily jump over that fence but she knows she’s not supposed to.  However, nobody ever told her she shouldn’t climb the tree to get over.  But then she seems to have second thoughts…

Molly-up-a-treeShe’s on the Wall of Good Dog!

So that is “This and That” here at Cookie’s Creek!  Have a great day y’all!

Happy Belated National Polka Dot Day

Yesterday was National Polka Dot Day – a very important national holiday that deserves special recognition – even if it is a day late! :-)

In honor of National Polka Dot Day this week’s Grandmother’s Choice block is dedicated to the continuing admiration of the Polka Dot!

Parasols and PR

Parasols and PR

Along with my Polka Dotty Parasol I’ve also completed one more Postcard Cuties for Winter block this week:

Postcard-Cuties-Block-9I’ve got 3 more to go!  You know, this whole quilt is only 36″ square – these really are tiny little guys!

This afternoon I’m quilting a wall hanging and a table runner as well as working on binding for the Desert Sky quilt.  Pictures to be posted soon!

Have a great day, y’all!

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