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???

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! 😉

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

BOMs, BOWs and Blooms

While I was on our wonderful bee retreat this week, I worked on several projects including the Carol Doak Scrap Scamble Block of the Month (BOM), a new Barbara Brackman Block of the Week (BOW) called Austen Family Album and a very bright flowery churn dash quilt.

First – the Scrap Scramble BOM.  Actually, it is once again more than one block – but very cute and scrappy:

AprilThe Barbara Brachman Austen Family Album just started this past Sunday with the first block called Bright Star for Jane Austen.  I decided to use Barbara Brachman’s  Modernism line of fabric.  It is simply gorgeous and I love that she has brought us so many BOMs and BOWs with thoughtful related historical context.  Here is block 1:

Block-1---Bright-Star-for-JAnd, now for something completely different – this churn dash quilt made with a Kanvas New Bloom layer cake:

cookie-bloomsThe pattern came from a Better Homes and Gardens publication called Perfect for Precuts.  It was such fun to work on each of these blocks during the retreat and put them up on the design wall for all to see.

I also worked on some hand applique and a new quilt using my hand dyed fabric, however, neither of those are ready for any kind of sharing – yet.  Stay tuned!

On the way home, I had to stop and get a picture of this hillside covered with bluebonnets – spectacular!

bluebonnet-hillHave a great weekend, y’all!

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