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!


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:


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!

May Bee Day – A Day at the Lake House

Bee Day in May was at Karen’s lake house! Thank you Karen and hubby Jim!  It was a wonderful, beautiful day after many stormy, rainy days and nights.

When I arrived everyone was gathered around the table chowing down Cinnamon Cream Cheese Squares for breakfast. What would bee day be without cream cheese for breakfast!

gathering-around-the-tableKaren, Sue and Peggy were chatting in the kitchen.

Karen,-Sue-and-PeggyAnd the lake was perfect!

Lake-before-risingAfter breakfast … boat ride!  Here are some of us on the boat

On-the-boatAnd here are some not on the boat:

Not-on-the-boatNotice the dry dock they are standing on.  As we cruised around Lake Kiowa, the water started rising from the heavy rains the night before.  Notice the crane and the furniture are in the water at a nearby dock.

craneWhen we got back to the Thompson’s dock the water was noticeably higher.  The dock was eventually underwater:

Lake-risingWhile we were boating, the land lovers started eating lunch!  We were famished by the time we got back.  We had a bunch of scrumptious foods – there were lots and lots of desserts!

desertA little time for stitching and chatting and laughing and maybe a tear or two.  Then Show and Tell!

I started it off with this quilt top made from four patches exchanged with friends – lets call it “With a Little Help from My Friends:”

My-show-and-tellPeggy showed us this simply gorgeous applique:

Peggy's-beautiful-applique Karen used her block exchange blocks to create this wonderful quilt:

Karen's-show-and-tellJudy brought this lovely log cabin:

Judy's-log-cabinMadelyn had lots and lots of fun blocks to show:

Madelyn's-blocksAnd more…

More-of-Madelyn's-blocksBarb had her finished (yes – finished, completely finished) handkerchief quilt:

Barb's-finished-handkerchieAlso, Barb and Sally showed their simply stunning Inklingo projects:

Barb-and-Sally-with-InklingJim had a show and tell of his own – here he is attempting to hide it behind his back:

Jim-tries-to-hide-his-show-Here it is!  Yard Art!

Jim's-yard-art-show-and-telAnd here is the Yard Art out in the yard – pretty cool, huh?

yard-art-in-the-yardSo a lovely day at the lake, the most awesome boat ride, lots of delicious food, love, laughter and some pretty amazing quilting going on!  That’s a Bee Day for the memory books!

Have a great weekend, y’all!

May Bee Day – Better Late Than Never

Last month JSS Bee Day was at Karen’s lake house up in Lake Kiowa.  I figure I better get last Bee Day pictures out to you before the next bee day rolls around this Thursday!  Sadly, I won’t make Bee Day this week due to grandmotherly duties down in Round Rock, so I’m counting on my fellow JSS Bloggers (Judy and Barb) for pictures of the first ever White Bee Day.

So… on with the show!  Shortly after our arrival and tour of Karen and Jim’s fabulous lake house we had a JSS photo shoot of the whole crowd.  Silly me, I told them all to make sure their face was in the camera… Davene took me literally:

DaveneDavene-close-upI love you, Davene!  And after we all finally stopped laughing we got a pretty good shot of the group:

JSS-Bee---Group-Shot-May-20Of course, we couldn’t be too serious for too long…

Hands-up!A few more fun individual shots.  My dear friends Lynda and Suz in their matching outfits:

Lynda-and-SuzAnd Judy taking a picture of me taking a picture of her taking a picture…

JudyThe yard and the lake are beautiful and the day was perfect, not too hot with a nice breeze.  We spent most of our time out on the porch enjoying our surroundings.  That’s where we had show and tell.  I think Suz was up first with her beautiful smile and her beautiful flying geese quilt.

Suz-with-her-Flying-GeeseMadelyn may get the overachiever award for May.  She had this pretty blue and brown quilt:

MadelynAnd she had this black and white and red all over quilt (I just made that name up, not sure what she called it – remember this was almost a month ago!)…

Madelyn's-2nd-show-and-tellAnd Madelyn also showed this cool little quilt:

Madelyn's-3rd-show-and-tellI’m not sure who is showing this adorable Airplanes quilt.  Can anybody identify the top of her head?  In the following picture of Lynn showing a quilt it looks like Karen is holding this quilt, but I don’t think that’s her head. Is it Dede?

mystery-show-and-tellAnyways, here is Lynn’s show and tell.  Such bright pretty colors and we are all so glad Lynn is feeling better!

Lynn's-show-and-tellWe love the back of this quilt as well!

Lynn's-show-and-tell-backLynda showed us a quilt that she began at retreat.  Love what you can do with charm packs!

Lynda's-show-and-tellDavene showing us her iron caddy with such a happy smile…

Davene's-iron-caddyDavene also showed us this precious pink wall hanging – perfect for a sewing studio!

Davene's-wall-hangingAnd finally, Davene sporting the Sew Red Glasses.  These super cool looking glasses allow you to distinguish light and dark colors!  We all had to pass them around and try them out.

Davene-with-Sew-Red-GlassesWhen I was selecting and editing the pictures for this blog, I called this LaNelle’s Awesome Creation.  It is simply stunning!

LaNelle's-awesome-creationAnd finally, Patty with her tree quilt – love the pattern and love all the greens!

Patty's-show-and-tellNow, if you feel like you’ve seen all this before (or some of this before) Judy blogged about the May bee day just a few short hours afterward.  If you haven’t seen those pictures yet, go check it out… May 2014 JSSer’s meet at Lake Kiowa.

Quick funny story … we carpooled up to the lake house.  Sally was our gracious driver, with Suz, Lynda H and Linda J and myself.  After we left the lake house, we drove up to the Kaleidoscope quilt shop in Whitesboro.  Well, Sally and I found the perfect quilt ladders.  I’d been looking for one for ages.  We each had to buy one.  Now, we are five in an SUV with two seven or eight foot tall ladders down the middle of the car driving all the way from Whitesboro to Colleyville.  Here is Sally in the front seat:

Sally-driving-with-quilt-laLinda J was the bravest and the most uncomfortable the middle of the back seat with her head up in the midst of ladder rungs…

Linda-and-Suz-with-quilt-laWe laughed the whole way home, what a fun outing!  And here is my beautiful quilt ladder:

quilt-ladder-at-homeHave a great week, y’all!

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