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!

breakfastPatti-and-Lynn

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:

show-and-tell---barb---baby

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!

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!

Just in the Nick of … Bee Day

July Bee Day is tomorrow!  And I have yet to post pictures of the June Bee Day at Lynn’s house.  So just in the nick of time – here are some pictures of the Bee Day show and tell.

First up, our hostess with the mostest, Lynn.  She was thrilled with this antique donkey/elephant politically diversified quilt.  We heard about an uncle (or was it grandfather?  I’ve slept since then) who ran for office as both a Republican and a Democrat.

Lynn-with-antique-politicalSue was celebrating her graduation!  That’s one happy girl!

Sue-CelebratingKaren brought this beautiful block of the month sampler – looks perfect for a bed at the lake house!

Karens-samplerLemma spoke magic words over her bag and managed to pull out all kinds of tricks!

Lema-saying-magic-spells-ovFirst up was this block of the month. Nicely done, love the border print!

Lema's-block-of-the-monthNext Lemma pulled this show and tell out of her bag of tricks:

Lema's-2nd-show-and-tellAnd finally we were all wowed by this quilt on the design wall at retreat.  Lemma was certainly happy with it and I think she won the Most Show and Tell award!

Lema-is-happyJudy sported a pair of Frozen quilts for granddaughters.  Dede did the quilting and it is spectacular!  Love the snowflakes!  Judy inspired me and I’ve bought Frozen panels and fabrics for my granddaughters…. but that’s as far as I’ve gotten!  🙂

Judy-with-a-pair-of-frozen-Annelle, our new JSS’er, brought this Turning Twenty from a TVQG workshop.  Welcome aboard, Annelle!

Annelle-with-turning-20I brought my Grand Obsession, quilted by Susan Corbett.  I just finished the binding, sleeve and label a few days ago.

Me-with-Grand-ObsessionNext up was Sally with this simply exquisite Christmas quilt (also quilted by Susan Corbett):

Sally's-Christmas-QuiltI have to show you a close up of the sensational binding.

Sally's-quilt---close-up-ofAnd then a happy smiling Davene showed her happy flower applique:

Davene's-applique-blockAnd some amazing smocking on this dress for her granddaughter:

Davene's-smocking-on-dressNow what would a JSS Bee Day at Lynn’s house be without a final photo of Uncle Ed and some of my besties!

Uncle-EdSee y’all tomorrow!!!

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!

Done, Done, Done and Almost Done!!!

I’ve been finishing up on projects right and left in the last few days!

I have a couple of quilts that will be in the Trinity Valley Quilters’ Guild Quilt Show (August 20-22).  The quilting, binding, sleeves and labels are done!

Here is Tranquility Blue:

Ready-for-ShowThe quilting was done by Susan Corbett.  I think it’s gorgeous!  I did have to wash the quilt to get rid of the special thread used in the Trapunto.  This really made me nervous but it all just poofed up fine:

Quilting DoneI will also have my TCU Retirement Quilt in the show.  This quilt has such special meaning to me.  My quilting friends and co-workers made all these blocks for me and surprised me big time at my retirement party!

Ready-for-ShowThis week I also got out a half done frustrating project: The Jelly Roll Basket.  I took a great class in July with Pam Barr at TVQG. You take a jelly roll, add some long strips of batting and make these really cool looking baskets.

Show-and-Tell---Pam's-baskeEveryone’s basket was so cute, except mine.  It was a total flop.  Literally, a flop.  I could never get the darn thing to turn the corner and go up.  The more I stitched the bigger and floppier it got.

So I put it away for a few weeks (months maybe).  Then I had the idea that I would start from the other end of the cording I had created and try it again from the beginning.  If it turned the corner and went up like a basket should, then great.  If not, then I’d trash the whole thing.

Well, it worked the second time around.  Floppy basket on the right was disassembled as the good basket rose upward as it should.  Believe me, all those zigzag stitches made quite a mess as I ripped them out.

undoing-flat-basketBut I’m so pleased with the final product!

Finished-BasketNow I can move onward and work on finishing up a few more lingering projects.

Grandmother’s Choice Block of the Week is up on the design wall:

GMC-on-Design-WallI will arrange and rearrange for a few days.  Then sashing and borders.

Sashing-and-border-fabricThe purple dragon fly fabric will be sashing.  The turquoise with orange dragon flies will be the inner border and the purple big flowers will be a larger outer boarder.  The blocks are so bright and crazy, I’m trying to use the sashing and borders to calm it down a bit.  Hope it works!

So I’m done, done, done and almost done!  Have a great Labor Day y’all!

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