Sunday, October 27, 2013

Fall Busyness

Finish #1-Ladies Prim Society Blackbird Designs Song of Spring
The R & R prim yellow linen has a tinge of yellow in it and this photo caught the linen color best.

Finish #2-Christmas Tree Table Topper
I left off the red ric rac because the tree trunks were so short.  You can kinda get an idea of the backing fabric I chose on the sides (it is the wrong side of the fabric).  It is a vintage Christmas tree fabric from my stash.  It is already at the long arm quilter's as I couldn't figure out how to quilt this.
P>S> I bought 3 quilt tops off of ebay.  All very different designs.  One is black toile and black fabric and I decided to make a shower curtain out of it.  So I took the binding that came with it and sewed 4 strips across the top and folded over the top strip to put buttonholes in (so I can put the shower hooks thru the buttonholes) .  It turned out so cute!  A photo next time.  The other 2 quilts are at the long arm quilter too.

Did I say last time I had 7 classes this year?  OK, it is really 8 classes. I forgot about this one that I attended yesterday.  Debbie Busby from Wooden Spool Designs came to my LQS and we started this design.

Debbie is a most generous teacher and made us all a mug rug, and gave us a free new pattern.  She also included with the pattern for this design a small snowflake charm to use on this wallhanging. You can see it if you look closely at the photo.  This is my start on the first block.

We also had an opportunity for stash enhancement :)  Debbie had made a threesome of stacked pumpkins from this tomato pattern.  Then she put them in a little black cast iron dutch oven.  So, so cute!
Can't believe I forgot to take a photo :( 
Also, she hand-dyes wool and sold us fat quarters of wool at a discounted rate.  You can see I succumbed to temptation with 7 fat quarters.  And I  did not buy the most fat quarters by a long shot!!

Finish #3-A quilt-as-you-go flannel Baby Quilt
Bought this on my Alaskan cruise at a quilt store in Ketchikan, Alaska.
It just needs binding put on and it is ready to give as a gift.
No , I don't know what the new grandbaby coming in March will be.  But, if it's a boy, I'm ready!  If not, I'll put this one in the baby shower drawer for the next one I'm invited to a shower for a boy.

Last, but not least is my Mary's sampler.  I was caught up until today's new Week 5 release.
I am using a dove grey 32 ct linen and the called-for overdyed threads.  Couldn't believe I had every thread already in my stash!
One thing more-I had some comments last post about my retreats for next year. To clarify, they are all local retreats!  No flying around the country for me next year.  I even decided to pass on the regional EGA seminar in Reno, Nevada next year.   Here are the retreats I have planned for next year-
1. Meg Hawkey's Crabapple Hill spring retreat
2. Meg Hawkey's Crabapple Hill summer retreat
(I signed up last year for them and soon I get to go!!)
3. Pacific Beach annual retreat on the Pacific Ocean (again)  This will be year 5 for me.
4. Gold Bar retreat with the Northwest Sampler Guild
5. Gold Bar retreat with the EGA Evergreen Chapter
Gold Bar is a tiny town in the western foothills of the Cascade mountains. It is a beautiful, peaceful church camp and right next door to a state park with walking trails. It is a wonderful retreat location.
There is actually the possibility of one more retreat in Coeur d'Alene, ID with the Spokane stitcher's guild.  But I'm not sure about that one at this time.
Now none of the above retreats are expensive.  All are very reasonable priced between $200-$300.  3 or 4 nights lodging and all meals (except Meg's where lodging is not included)
Whew, this turned out to be a longwinded post!  Thanks for sticking with me! 
 Hope you all have a very Happy Halloween.  We get no trick or treaters at our house so we will spend it babysitting 2 month old, Brooke, while her sister goes trick or treating.  I'll try to remember to get some photos.


Margaret said...

Ah all are lovely! Love seeing what you are up to. So will you find out ahead of time about the future grandbaby or will it be a surprise? :D

Catherine said...

Great projects!!

Annette-California said...

beautiful stitching and lovely quilting you've been doing. the felt wips are all darling:) How cute to put a stitched stack of pumpkins in a small dutch oven - lol. Darling idea! You have signed up for some great retreats. Lucky you.
love Annette

cucki said...

aww such beautiful stitching and very pretty projects..i love them all..
such sweet retreats :)
enjoy my dear..
hugs cucki x

Chris said...

Beautiful projects. I love your BBD finish. The list of retreats is wonderful. Have a great week!

Vickie said...

Great update! I look forward to seeing the shower curtain. How neat.

Giovanna said...

Lovely finishes, congrats!

Glenna said...

What a wonderful selection of projects. I would so like to retire wealthy (not going to happen) and fly around the country doing retreats and classes everywhere. What a great retirement goal. I'd settle for one or two a year, of course.

Dani - tkdchick said...

Congrats on your stitching finish!

Beth in IL said...

Love all the pictures. And don't forget to share the Gay Ann stuff when you get it. I was a good girl and resisted.

Anonymous said...

wonderful finishes, Teresa! I'm happy you can get to all those reatreats. it must be great to have them all nearby! :)
Mary is a great great project, I'll surely miss her in a few weeks!
hugs and happy xxx,

Sherry said...

love all the stitching! You have some great retreats planned

Sharon said...

Beautiful finishes and those retreats sounds awesome! I hope you will tell us about them.

Maggee said...

Loved seeing the finishes and the stash! All quite nice and inspiring! No, those are not expensive retreats! Unfortunately I live on the EAST coast! Hugs!