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 July Bee Day

We may need to rename the “July Bee Day” to “July Bee Birthday!”  It seems that there are a lot of JSS’ers blessed with a star spangled July birthday!  Thanks to Patt, our gracious hostess, for helping us celebrate!  We even had cupcakes with birthday candles!

Happy-Birthday-CupcakesWe had lots and lots of wonderful quilts for show and tell.  Sally started us off with her Forever Blooming quilt fresh from the quilter (Susan Corbett):

Sally's-Forever-BloomingMuch discussion about whether to scallop or not to scallop the border.  The quilting is exquisite with echos of the flowers and little garden critters (but no praying mantis 🙂 ).

closeup-of-Forever-BloomingJudy was working on the binding for her modern ruffly quilt.

Judy's-Modern-rufflePeggy brought this adorable Moose (pattern purchased during a recent Alaska trip):

Peggy's-MooseHere’s a close up of some of the stitching.

Closeup-of-MooseThere seemed to be lots of baby quilts at the July Bee Day… are more people born in July than any other month?  Seems like it!  Here is Peggy’s pink and brown beauty:

Peggy's-Pink-and-BrownI brought my recently complete Austin Family Album top.  I used Barbara Brackman’s Modernism fabric so I think it may be called “Art Deco Austin.”

My-Austin-Family-AlbumPatt has been working on this neutral toned baby quilt.  A challenge for a girl who loves color!

Patt's-neutral-baby-quiltShe also made this very traditional baby quilt – already wrapped around the baby so we have a picture of a picture on her ipad…

Patt's-baby-quilt---maybeKaren was working on the binding for this pink and gray baby quilt.  We all admired the design made from the change in position of the chevrons – this surprised Karen.  She had no idea she’d done that!  😉

Karen's-Baby-QuiltKaren also brought this super fun Halloween quilt.  Great pattern to use with those spooky scenes!

Karen's-Halloween-QuiltThe back of the quilt makes good use of the lefovers!

The-back-of-the-halloween-qAnd Suz brought a bunch of place mats made with Kaffe Fassett fabric.  This is for an upcoming wedding shower for her soon to be daughter-in-law – lucky girl! Lucky to get those place mats but even luckier to get Suz as her mother-in-law!

Suz-with-Kaffe-PlacematsAnd then it was lunch time!  As usual we had way more desserts than we needed but nobody complained one bit!

lunch-timeSo there you go – July Bee Day and it’s still early August!

Y’all keep cool and keep stitching!

March Bee Day Show and Tell

Yesterday was Bee Day!  What a great day!  Linda was our hostess with the mostest – thank you Linda!  Now I usually take a lot of pictures of the food, the visiting, the laughter and the fun but for some reason I was having so much fun I forgot to take pictures.  But I did get the show and tell and that’s a good thing – it was particularly fabulous yesterday … so here you go!

First up was Lynda – she was having a dilemma assembling her quilt and asked for a bit of advice.  Well, we are never short on advice!

Lynda-soliciting-adviceSuz was binding this quilt and said she would unfold it once and only once for show and tell… (until Sally showed up and she unfolded it again).  This A&M quilt for Suz’ niece is called Tradition – now, let me see if I can get the story straight – she has two pictures of nieces with Revelry the mascot and anything done twice at A&M is considered a tradition.  (Is that right, Suz?).

Suz-with-TraditionWhen I got up for show and tell, Lynda tried to help out but the camera was a bit challenging so dear Judy took over the photography detail – thanks y’all!  Here is my latest in bringing chickens into the kitchen without the mess:

Me-with-chickensI just got two quilts back from my quilter (Susan Corbett).  This first one is from Barbara Brackman’s Threads of Memory blog:

Me-with-Threads-of-MemoryAnd I saved the best for last – the Le Jardin quilt:

Me-with-Le-JardinI have to show a close up of some of the quilting:

Le-Jardin-with-close-up-of-Next up was Lemma (I sure hope I’m spelling that correctly).  She brought a beautiful nine-patch:

Lemma's-9-patchLove how some of the blocks were embellished with buttons from her mother’s button collection:

Lemma's-buttonsDavene brought several hand appliqued/hand embroidered blocks – super cute!

Davene-with-applique-and-emHow about a close up of one – look at all those french knots!

Davene's-block-close-upJudy’s granddaughter made this quilt!  It’s it just awesome!  It has minky on the back too.

Judy's-granddaughter's-quilWhen Sandra showed us this beautiful quilt she said, “I just love Fall.”  I think that would be a good name for this quilt.


Sandra-Love-Fall-QuiltBarb has been working on her Dear Jane quilt!  Look at these two cute blocks!  And a cute new sweater too.  😉

Barb-made-Dear-Jane-blocksSomehow, at this point, the subject of moose came up (can’t say why…) and Judy gave us her best moose impression!

Judy's-moose-impressionAfter we laughed until we cried, then Mona brought us back around with this pretty quilt she quilted for a client:

Mona-shows-a-client-quiltCindy was working on some embroidery – this sweet Christmas towel.

Cindy-is-embroidering-chrisWish I had gotten a picture, Cindy and Lynda both had on the same cute Scottie dog top!

Peggy brought a project box to show and tell.  I got so caught up in her story, the only picture I got was of her holding the box!

Peggy-with-her-show-and-telThe project box contains a quilt project that Peggy started a long time ago.  Our guild speaker last week was Froncie Quinn and wonderful her presentation was about historical quilts and how she creates quilt designs for reproduction quilts. Well, at some point Peggy had visited the Shelburne Museum, had seen this quilt and had bought the pattern.

Froncie Quinn

After hearing the speaker at guild, Peggy found her project box and discovered that a lot of the nine patches are complete and the applique prepped and ready to stitch.  She is all inspired again.  How fun is that whole story?!

Sally brought a very special quilt to share – made for her friend as a remembrance of a lost child.  So much thoughtfulness and love went into this quilt – it will be a precious gift.

Sally's-rememberance-quiltAnd Sally brought her gorgeous Christmas Quilt fresh from the quilter:

Sally's-Christmas-QuiltLove it!

Nancy came across several antique quilts being given away by a neighbor (I think…).  Here are just a couple of these amazing quilts:

Nancy's-Antique-Quilts-1 Nancy's-Antique-Quilt-3 Nancy's-Antique-Quilt-2What a fabulous show and tell!  And what a fabulous Bee Day!

Have a great weekend, y’all!

Grand Illusion Part 4 – By the Numbers

Friday morning brought Part 4 of Bonnie Hunter’s Grand Illusion Mystery.  Not much stitching on Friday but Saturday was very productive….


  • 136 pink and aqua half square triangles from part 1136-pink-&-aqua-HSTs
  • 80 neutral and aqua half square triangles80-Aqua-&-neutral-HSTs
  • 20 (of the 80) completed part 4 blocks 20-Part-4-blocks
  • 1 batch of Chex snack mix


  • 1 trip to church
  • 2 trips to the grocery store (don’t ask me why)
  • 1 blog about the Mystery
  • 20 more completed part 4 blocks (so far)
  • 90 days until Spring! Spring
  • And finally – 4 days until Christmas!

Merry-Christmas-CardsCheck out Bonnie Hunters Monday Morning Link Up post to see other Grand Illusionists progress!

Merry Christmas, Y’all!



JSS Christmas Bee Day – Part 1

Last week my wonderful bee, the best bee ever, had it’s Christmas Bee Day!  I took a bazillion pictures and I just can’t leave out any important parts so I’m just going to have to split this blog in two!  Today, I’ll show you food, fun, laughter and the infamous block exchange.  I will save all the fabulous show and tell pictures for another day!

We all descended on Dede’s house, bright eyed and bushy tailed, ready to party!  Dede was sporting her Christmas spirit!  Thank you for hosting!

DedeThere was an abundance of food!

FoodAnd a lot of visiting, hugging, chatting and eating!

visitingThanks to Judy, the block exchange bags were assembled and ready to go:

Sacks-full-of-blocksWe each tucked our blocks we’d been working on for months and months into the appropriate bags.  And eventually we all gathered in the living room for the big reveal:

visiting-2But there was still some serious visiting going on!


Mary-Ann,-Lani-and-MadelynI wonder what Cindy and Linda are talking about…

Cindy-and-LindaFirst up were our absentee recipients, LaLa and Barb.  Lani was our very special assistant, helping display the blocks as they were unwrapped (thanks Lani!).

Lani-AssistsHere are Barb’s black and white (with maybe a touch of red) blocks.

Barb's-black-and-white-blocBarb, welcome back from Alaska!

Lala asked for coffee mugs, aren’t they cute?

LaLa's-coffee-mugsHopefully, someone will mail these to you!

Then it was on to blocks for the JSS’ers present.  Judy distributed numbers and Sally was number one!  Of course!

SallySally asked for red and white blocks – any size divisible by 2.

Sally's-red-and-white-blockI can’t wait to see this quilt, Sally!

Peggy requested these 36 patch blocks made from Aunt Grace fabrics.  I’m sure she has a plan!

Peggy's-36-patch-aunt-gracePatti asked for lantern blocks.  Aren’t these gorgeous?  I can’t wait to see how they are set!

Patti's-Lantern-blocksCindy asked for only three blocks (that way she only has to make three blocks) but these sure are pretty!

Cindy's-pretty-starsLinda Jacobson wanted hearts and these are wonderful!

Linda's-heartsMary Ann, visiting from Minnesota (you have to say that with a Minnesota accent), requested framed 9-patch blocks.  There was some block exchange collaboration between Mary Ann, Sue H., Sue Gallo and Karen.  They all asked for basically the same block.  These will be used as setting blocks for a block of the month – I think that’s their plan.  Karen supplied the other blocks so you can see the effect.

Mary-Ann's-framed-9-patchesSue H’s framed 9 patches:

Sue-H-with-her-framed-9-patSue Gallo’s framed 9-patches:

Sue-Gallo-with-her-framed-9And, finally, Karen’s:

Karen-with-her-framed-9-patThey all look pretty fabulous!

After all the 9 patches, we paused for a little bit of a show and tell and then Lynda was ready to unwrap!

Lynda's-turnShe asked for Civil War blocks.  I love the pink scotty dog!

Lynda's-civil-war-blocksSuz was super happy with her three neutral blocks.  I understand there is a new table runner planned.

Suz-with-16-patch-neutralsI just love Nancy’s wonky bird houses!  I might want this pattern, Nancy!

Nancy's-pretty-bird-housesMy request was a broken sugar bowl block.  I supplied the neutral fabric and asked for Civil War fabrics in the block.  I am thrilled with the result!  Thank you, thank you!

My-broken-sugar-bowl-blocksNext up was Davene. Now, I’ve been hearing about this block all year! I was told I was very lucky not to have this block to make.  Davene had some explaining to do…

Davene-discusses-her-block-But look at all these wonderful creations!

Davene-with-her-blocksApparently they will be squared up into octagons and I’m sure will make a wonderful quilt!  Can’t wait to see it.

Last year, Lynn got the award for the most “challenging” block request.  So this year, she requested 9-patch blocks!  Doesn’t she look pretty with all those pretty blocks?

Lynn-with-her-blocksJudy was up to bat next with these very pretty stars!

Judy-with-her-pretty-starsKay requested place mat blocks!  How cool are these?  Way to think outside the (block) box, Kay!

Kay-with-her-placemat-blockLast, but not least was Madelyn’s bright and wonky log cabin blocks.

Madelyn-with-wonky-log-cabiI think the block exchange was a raging success and am looking forward to some beautiful quilts!

Stay tuned…  in the next day or so I will try to bring you “JSS Christmas Bee Day – Part 2.”


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