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!



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???

JSS Christmas Party – Part 2

OK, on to the second half of the bajillion pictures I took at the JSS 2015 Christmas Party.  If you missed it, here is a link to JSS Christmas Party – Part 1.

The day was filled with fun and surprises.  One of the biggest surprises:

PamPam!  All the way from Alaska!  We love you Pam!

Another surprise were these fun gift bags from Sally.  Each had a red leather cord holder for our cell phone chargers embroidered with our name and some yummy candy!  We love you Sally!

Goodie-bagShow and Tell

After a scrumptious lunch we commenced with show and tell!  Dede was up first with this pretty quilt.  I believe she said she made it for herself!

show-and-tell-DedeDede also showed a Hawaiian quilt she is quilting for a client:

show-and-tell-Dede-HawaiianAnd finally a Surprise Quilt for Pam! Pam was thrilled!

show-and-tell-Dede's-quilt-Mona brought a stunning client’s quilt she’s quilting.

show-and-tell-Mona-quilt-foLala brought a quilt she made from last year’s block exchange blocks.  I made one of those coffee cups!

show-and-tell-Lala-with-lasShe also shared a challenge she is working on with a group back in California.  Interpretations of different posters, paintings or scenes.  I believe her’s is Rosie the Riveter.

show-and-tell-Lala-with-chaBarb’s show and tell was a quilt she quilted at the North Richland Hills Library.  So cool that they have a long arm for public use!  Take the lessons and pay for the price of the bobbin – all of 50¢ I think!  Great job Barb!

show-and-tell---barbJudy’s show and tell was a quilt from last year’s exchange blocks.  The top corner blocks are comprised of 2 different blocks cut in half and stitched together with the other… did that make sense?

show-and-tell---Judy-with-lDavene brought this absolutely magnificent quilt made from handkerchiefs, doilies and other embroidered pieces collected from her mother, aunts and other relatives.  It is gorgeously quilted by Susan Corbett.

show-and-tell-DaveneLynda shared this cute baby quilt:

show-and-tell-Lynda-1And this jolly Christmas wall hanging.

show-and-tell-Lynda-2Judy C. bought this kit at the Houston Quilt Show … this year!!!!  And she already has this cute and whimsical Christmas quilt!  Wow!

show-and-tell-JudyWe also had all the Tuffet makers show and tell!  Here’s the show and I think the “tell” was “never again!”

show-and-tell-TuffetsKaren’s Turning Twenty quilt.  Love the colors and love the yellow corner stones!

show-and-tell-karenPeggy brought her quilt that she made from last year’s exchange blocks.  I think they were 16 patch Aunt Gracie blocks.  I love all the prairie points!

show-and-tell-Peggy-with-laPeggy also brought this stunning basket quilt.  The basket blocks used Inklingo, the applique used a fabric that was our Applique Society challenge fabric.  Peggy used the Broderie Perse applique method.  This is one simply stunning quilt!

show-and-tell-PeggyOk, that was show and tell.  Wasn’t it wonderful? Shall I go on with the pin cushion exchange pictures or save them for another day?  Oh, lets go for it!

Pin Cushion Chinese Auction Exchange

All the gift bags and boxes were gathered on the coffee table:

pin-cushionsFirst up was Lynn.  She was stolen from several times so got to open several very cute pin cushions.  They weren’t hers for long!

Pin-cushions-lynnpin-cushion-lynn-againpin-cushion-lynn-3Connie was the lucky lady to get this pin cushion made by Peggy:

pin-cushion-connieJules opened these blue and white cuties from… (Hungary maybe?). I believe Davene, drawn by the blue and white, eventually ended up with these.

pin-cushion-JulesBarb loved the box and loved the cute elephant pin cushion inside!

pin-cushion-barbMona got this ruler box with little cubby holes for pin cushions and other trinkets.

pin-cushion-monaPeggy got a key lime pin cushion pie.

pin-cushion-PeggyI opened this adorable pig.  It was soon stolen and I stole a very cute chicken.

me-with-pincushionI’m sorry I didn’t get a picture of all the pin cushions and who got what but this was fast, wild, crazy and fun!

Before we all packed up our goodies, Judy gathered us out front for a group picture – taken by Sally’s sweet hubby Dwight.  Thanks Dwight!

dwightJSS Bee Christmas 2015

Bee-Group-120315Merry Christmas, y’all!

JSS Christmas Party – Part 1

OK, y’all, I took a bajillion pictures during our most fabulous Christmas party last week.  So, rather than post them all in one blog, I need to spread them out over 2 or 3 blogs. So here goes …

First up… Thank you, thank you, thank you to Sally for hostessing a wonderful party!  So much fun and laughter!  And as Annelle says “We will never see flamingos the same again!”

Sally-and-her-flamingosThere was lots of great food so there was lots of fun time visiting in the kitchen!

Visiting-in-the-kitchenAfter the food and conversation, there were three major items on the agenda.  Block exchange, show and tell and, last but not least, the pin cushion Chinese auction exchange.

Block Exchange

Bags were setup in Sally’s guest room so everyone participating could slip the blocks they made for each other into the appropriate bags.

Exchange-Block-BagsJudy gave everyone (even those not in the block exchange) a slip of paper with an interesting question and a number.  Some of the questions were “What is your favorite quilting tool?” or “What’s your favorite block?” or “Tell us about an interesting quilt shop” or “What’s your favorite cookie?” …  I know the answer to that one – me!

So first up was Sally!  She answered her question and then got to open up her blocks.

Sally-with-her-blocksLinda J followed up and got these beautiful heart blocks.Linda-J-with-her-blocksJan wasn’t a participant in the block exchange but had a fun time describing her favorite quilting tool – her whacker (aka rotary cutter).

Jan-with-no-blocksPeggy got some very pretty red and white blocks.  I think she looks happy!

Peggy-with-her-blocksAs our newest newby Annelle didn’t do the block exchange but after answering her question, she pretended she was Nancy and opened hers…

Annelle-with-no-blocksAnnelle-opens-Nancy's-blockThen it was my turn… I don’t have a picture of my blocks from the party (since I was taking the pictures) so here they are up on my design wall.  I also have 8 from last year’s block exchange so this is going to be a wonderful quilt.  Thank you to everyone who made me a block!  I cherish each and every one of them!

My-block-exchange-blocksWe had several ask for these wonderful house blocks.  Here is Karen with her blocks.  I made one and I love the pattern.  This may be fun to do next year!

Karen-with-her-blocksGloria was up next to answer one of the questions…

Gloria-reads-her-questionAnd then Barb answered her question…

Barb-with-no-blocks-but-newLanelle was up next with her question “what’s your favorite cookie?”  She knew the correct answer right off the bat!

LanelleMadelyn somehow turned her requested 5 blocks into 20!  Pretty cool… I’ll have to remember that trick next year too!

Madelyn-with-her-blocksDavene went from requesting the most difficult block in the world last year (which resulted in her divine Mea Culpa quilt) to the easiest block this year.  Thank you Davene!

Davene-with-her-blocksDede with no blocks but a question to answer and a surprise … Pam!!!


Suz will eventually collect enough of these cute spool blocks to make a wonderful quilt!

Suz-with-her-blocksLynda requested Civil War blocks.  She might want to share that spool block with Suz! 🙂

Lynda-with-her-blocksSue Gallo wasn’t in on the block exchange but answered her question and was greatly admired for her fabulous taste in boots!

Sue-Gallo-with-no-blocksThen Sue substituted in for the missing Marianne – opening up her blocks:

Sue-opens-Marianne's-blocksJules very descriptively answering her question …

JulianaPatti was thrilled with her Sunbonnet Sue blocks.  I did one of these and it was so much fun!

Patti-with-her-blocksSue H. was one of the house block girls…aren’t they pretty?

Sue-H-with-her-blocksNewby Judy with her question to answer…

She was followed by Lynn … who, like Madelyn, worked magic to make 14 blocks out of 7.  Y’all are tricky!

Lynns-blocksConnie was up next … yes, the California gals were there!!!

Connie-answers-her-questionAnd here’s Lala (aka Linda)…

Lala-laughingLala participated long distance and asked for New Year’s Eve blocks.

Lala-with-her-blocksCindy up next to answer her question and questions about her upcoming move to the Houston area.  She must come back once a month for bee day (and to see her grand kids)!

Cindy-with-her-questionMona asked for these really cool blocks:

Mona-with-her-blocksLast but not least in the block exchange was Judy.  Love these baskets!  I have this pattern too.  Maybe I should do baskets next year instead of houses. Hmmmm…

Judy-with-her-blocksThat takes care of the block exchange.  I think it was time for lunch!

Show and tell and the pin cushion exchange will be coming soon ….

Spectacular September Bee Day

Sometimes you have so many things to blog about you get overwhelmed and bog about nothing!  Well, that’s been my story….  So rather than worry about the August Bee Day and the TVQG Quilt Show plus all the blocks and quilts I’ve been working on, I’m just going to show you the most recent event – September Bee Day – and move on from there!

Lynda was our most gracious hostess for the September Bee Day.

LyndaLynda’s home is simply gorgeous with lots of beautiful quilts and fun, quirky, quaint decor.  Thank you thank you!

We had quite a wonderful group of JSS’ers at Bee Day! Including the Moms:

The-MomsLemma, Annelle and Sally:

Lemma,-Annelle-&-SallySally and LaNelle (I overheard Annelle and LaNelle discussing the spelling of their names – cute!):

Sally-and-LanelleSue and Karen (they came with their Moms – he he):

Sue-and-KarenPeggy and Judy (newby Judy joined us despite jet lag from Paris – aawww.)

Peggy-and-JudyNancy and Patty with Barb being goofy in the background:

Nancy-and-Patty-with-Barb-iDede, Sandra and Jan camped out on the couch 🙂

Dede,-Sandra-and-JanAnd dear sweet Suz:

SuzSomehow, I managed to get lots of people pictures this time!  But I did get some quilts too!

Lucky Sue won the TVQG Donation Quilt and Annelle gave it to her at bee!  What a lucky girl!

Lucky-Sue-won-the-donation-Patty brought out her Chinese Lantern quilt made from JSS exchange blocks:

Patty-with-Chinese-LanternsPatt brought a wonderful book filled with lots of wonderful block patterns:

Patt-brought-bookShe made this cute pillow from one of the patterns:

Patt's-pillowHere is the book.  I’ve already added it to my Amazon wish list…

Patt's-bookDede was working on some knitting and told us about her plans for a wonderful Rhine river cruise with Pam!  Bon Voyage, y’all!

DedeSue is donating a quilt to be auctioned off at her church.  She showed two possibilities, this one and another Texas quilt that somehow I didn’t photograph.  The consensus was that she donate the Texas quilt, since this log cabin contains blocks given to her by JSSers (and they contain her favorite BBFs – that is barfy blue flowers 😉 ).

Sue's-log-cabinNow, I’m a little confused about this, but I think Karen brought this springy container from Pam for Barb, straight from a visit in Alaska.  It is supposed to hold snips of threads in her sewing room.  If I’m mistaken on the facts, y’all can clear it up in the comments, OK?

Barb's-thread-catcher-from-Karen’s really big show and tell was this picture of her first grandchild!  Congratulations, Karen!!!

Karen's-show-and-tell---newPeggy brought her pink and brown baby quilt, which was quilted by Dede.

Peggy's-pink-and-brown-babyLove the teddy bears on the back:

Back-of-Peggies-quiltI brought my elephants which I finally put together!

My-elephantsAnd Lynda brought out this fabulous antique quilt she recently purchased:

Lynda's-Antique-QuiltSo after a simply amazing show and tell, we chowed down on some wonderful enchiladas (Thanks Bob!), a wide assortment of black bean and corn salads, other salads, guacamole and bunches of yummy desserts.  Believe me, no one went home hungry!

Now we’re all getting ready for our October retreat!  I’ve already started making piles of projects! 😉

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