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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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 Quilt Retreat – Walls and Wows!

Last week was retreat week for the JSS Bee (the best bee ever, just sayin’) at Compass Centre (the best quilt retreat facility ever, just sayin’).

I’ve been sorting through pictures and seriously, how many quilts can 28 women put up on the walls in 4 days?  Wow! I couldn’t keep up – every time I looked up from my sewing machine a new quilt appeared and another disappeared.  So, first off, I’d like to apologize if I missed photographing your quilt.  And, I’d also like to apologize if I mess up who did what quilt.  You know, this is actually a lot easier on Bee Day, when there is a maker pictured with her quilt.  You may fire me as a blogger after this!

Now, I wonder how many pictures I can put in this blog?  You may need to go make a cup of coffee (or a glass of wine) while this pages loads!

First, let’s look at the quilts coming and going on the walls and a few of the finished products…

One of the first things to hit the wall was a Dear Jane block made by Barb.  The block was moved here and there on the walls but never made it into my camera!  Sorry Barb!  But here is another quilt finished (almost) by Barb:

Barb's-quiltBarb got a lot done during this retreat!  Really!  Here she is sewing – with a sewing machine!

Barb-sewingShe was working on the Bonnie Hunter 2013 Mystery!  Here is some of it up on the wall:Barb's-Bonnie-Hunter-2013-MBarb also made some major progress on this beautiful Inklingo project:

Barb's-inkilingo-blocksSuz had a wonderful layer cake to play with  – it had chickens, what can I say!

Suz's-quiltSuz was busy on the sewing machine too:

Suz-SewingShe finished up layer cake and moved on to a cute black and white jelly roll.  All about the pre-cuts!

Suz-shows-fun-blockJudy had this beautiful embroidered quilt up on the wall.  It was stitched by her mother and I believe it had recently been quilted (by Dawn?).

Judy's-mother's-embroideredA close-up of some the quilting and embroidery along with the original thread:

Judy's-closeupJudy was working on this very modern quilt.  The pleats were really cool; they are stitched in one direction on one side of the block and in the other direction on the other side; giving it a wavy look.  Very cool!

Judy's-modern-quiltConnie (yes, JSS West was represented) was busy working on Y seams on this quilt.

Connie-working-on-Y-seamsHere is the finished quilt; isn’t it wonderful!

Connie-finished-the-Y-seamsConnie worked on one of the most amazing quilts at the retreat.  This was a memory quilt of a tour she took of Israel.  Kind of a travelogue.  We were all enthralled with her story of the meaning and significance of each block.

Connie-tells-the-story-of-hHere is Connie with her finished quilt – I am totally in awe of Connie!

Connie's-finished-Israel-quHere is Jules’ quilt on the floor.  Isn’t it just simply stunning?  Love love love the fabric and the pattern.  Jules, is this Jenny Byer?

Jule's-quiltI worked on a couple of projects at retreat.  The first is called “A Little Bit of Help From My Friends” because it is made up of 4-patches I got from a 4-patch exchange with some of my best buds.

My-4-patch-quilt I also worked on elephants! This is from a pattern called Elephant Walk. These are lots of fun.

My-Elephants-2This pretty pastel appeared on the wall briefly.  I believe it belongs to Sandra LePori…  very pretty!

Sandra's QuiltI love Lynda’s basket quilt and I know the pattern is rather challenging in specifics but this is going to be a fabulous quilt when it’s finished.  Hang in there, Lynda!

Lynda's-Basket-QuiltSue H. was working on her hand applique (using the starch method) and working on her homework too!  Wow!

Sue-H-is-working-on-appliquShe’s got some beautiful blocks here:

Sue-H-appliqueKaren worked on this quilt below.  There is a focus block that looks like Guatemalan fabric art.  Surrounding that are smaller blocks made from clothing.  I know there were some short shorts leftover, which nobody seemed to want.  😉  What a challenge with all these different fabrics!

Karen's-not-t-shirt-quiltAnd, Karen finished her Halloween quilt.  This is so much fun!

Karen's-Halloween-quiltNow, there were 2 ladies working on the same pattern.  I believe this quilt is Jan’s but is it?  Or does it belong to someone else?  If you know, leave a comment!

Jan's QuiltMarianne made this lovely pink and green.  Love how the flowers seem to grow out of the block below.

who-is-a-mysteryHere is Sue G’s Bargello Quilt – this is simply beautiful.  Love the pattern, love the blue!

Who-blueValerie (a newby) worked mightily on this wedding quilt for a wedding in three weeks!  Yes, there is one block…  I believe alternative plans were made and this may be a first anniversary quilt instead.

Valerie's-wedding-quiltMadelyn worked very hard on all these tiny blocks for the Midnight at the Oasis quilt. Then Sally and Judy proceeded to rearrange them.  Oh…. that red and black block on the left – that is Barb’s Dear Jane block mentioned above (a long time ago…).

Sally-and-Judy-rearrange-MaSpeaking of Sally – while she spent much of her time machine quilting a beautiful applique, I never got a shot 🙁  but I did get a picture of her “It’s OK if you sit on my quilt” quilt… (is that the right name?).  Pinks and yellows speak the language of Sally.

Sally's-quiltThis is Sandy, yet another newby.  We had a bunch this retreat!  Sandy made this wonderful quilt…

Sandy-with-her-quiltAnd… this maze quilt (Sandy, I love this pattern!  What is it called?).

Sandy's MazeLynn’s applique block – all I can say is Wow!

Lynn's AppliqueLinda Bendure (another newby) worked on fans – wonderful Kaffe fans.  Suz and Judy arranged them while she slept.  I’m pretty sure this was not the way they ended up 😉 .

Linda-Bendure's-FansMy friend Lenelda (yes, another newby) made this flying geese quilt.  We had fun helping her with her wayward geese!

Lenelda's-Flying-Geese-QuilLani – oh my goodness, this is fabulous!  A New York City quilt.  Finished up in the last 20 seconds of the retreat – thrown on the wall and I got a picture!  Woohoo!

Lani's-finished-NY-QuiltPatti brought a wonderful project to work on at the JSS retreat.  A pattern and bundle of fabric from Sue O’Kelley’s stash. I know she got much further along in this soft and beautiful quilt, but I never got another picture…

Patti's-Sue-O-QuiltAnd speaking of Sue O’Kelly… Melissa (Compass Centre Owner Extraordinaire) has created a memory garden dedicated retreat regulars who have passed away.  Pretty stained glass tiles for each.

memory-gardenHere is Sue’s, touches of purple so appropriate… notice the inscription in the corner.

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Another wow!

Show and Tell – We did have a wonderful show and tell of quilts that had not yet been displayed on the design.  The JSS West (LaLa and Connie) started us out:

Here is Connie with another of her travelogue quilts – from a trip to Ireland.

Connie-with-another-show-anConnie also with the gorgeous black and pink quilt.  Wow!

Connie's-show-and-tellLaLa (aka Linda Sampson) brought her Bali Wedding Star.  Beautiful!  I’m thinking Linda started this at the retreat that Jules lead a workshop on this pattern.

LaLa's-show-and-tellMadelyn proudly displayed her Bali Wedding Star started during Jules’ workshop.

Madelyn's-show-and-tellMadelyn also showed this little quilt made from our block exchange blocks:

Madelyn's-show-and-tell-froMarianne brought this to show and tell.  I think these are exchange blocks as well.

Marianne's-show-and-tellThis was a pretty show and tell!

Valerie's-red-and-whiteBut not a mystery – this is Valerie, a rather camera shy newby.

ValerieVicki showed us this nice big bag:

Vicki's-Show-and-TellAnd Linda Bendure topped that off with the biggest bag ever:

Linda-Bendure's-show-and-te   Judy brought these two pretty quilts.

Judy's-show-and-tellWhat a great retreat!  28 ladies, 6 of them newbies, dozens of quilts worked on, lots of  laughter and sharing, taking walks with Rex the dog, wonderful lunches and dinners, oh, and don’t forget the cookies!

The-Big-O-CookieUntil next time, take care, y’all!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scenes from the JSS Quilt Retreat

Our bee Spring 2014 quilt retreat is in full bloom here at Compass Centre in Mt Calm, Texas.  Now, this is the best place ever for a retreat!  We are surrounded by beautiful countryside and frolicking horses!

horseshorses-in-the-sunshineI couldn’t resist sharing the horses!

Along with the serenity of Mt. Calm, we have lots of food, fun, friends, fabric, and fabulous quilts on the design walls.  Now, if you want to see the quilts – go to Barb’s blog Just Sayin’ Sew.  she has two wonderful posts (so far) all about the quilts.  Rather than repeat her posts with almost the same pictures, I thought I’d share some of the scenes around the retreat.  Such as…

Featherweights

Patti really put here heart into her stitching….

Patti's-featherweightDee’s featherweight – the blue fabric and thread just makes this machine look too cute!

Dee's featherweightJudy’s featherweight with all the necessities – berries and a seam ripper.

JudyI love the antiquity of these machines – think of all the wonderful creativity and memories associated with each one.  I think they are beautiful – how weird is that?

Food!

In line for brunch.  I think Barb may be telling Judy that she’s holding up the line!

brunch-lineSally and Patti are made happy by the giant bowl of berries:

Sally,-Patti-and-a-bowl-ful

A room full of hungry women:

brunch-timeAnd Davene is excited about the “Slap Your Momma Twice” brunch casserole. You wouldn’t dare take it away from her, would you?

Davene-and-LaniAprons and other garb

We have had a lot of apron making at the quilt retreat.  A really cool way to use your husband’s old shirts (watch out, honey)!  Here Patti is modeling a few of her creations:

Patti-Apron-3Patti-Apron-2Hard to see the cuff pocket – but isn’t that ingenious!?!  Patti also likes her “trash to treasure” Mary Engelbreit apron:

Patti-Apron-1Here Sue is sporting her beauty queen sash.  Check Barb’s JSS Blog to see details of Miss Credit Union!  I hear there is a post coming up all about “The Truth Game” and you really need to know the truth behind the sash!

Sue---Miss-Credit-UnionTie dyed socks on some special feet:

socksHere we decided Madelyn’s striped robe was the perfect compliment to the striped quilt she was assembling!

MadelynNot garb, but maybe future garb – Cindy has become known as a bolt hoarder…

Cindy's-bolt-pileFriends

I’ll wear my jammies to breakfast if you do…

Lynda-and-DaveneMadelyn, Dee and Judy – aren’t they some beautiful freinds:

Madelyn,-Dee-and-JudyLynda and Suz – deciding what to work on next…

Lynda-and-SuzTime to power down the computer and power up the sewing machine.  We have less than 24 hours of retreat and 60 million projects to complete!

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