Thursday, November 24, 2011


Happy Thanksgiving Day

This is a good time for reflections back on the last 11 months, a time to count our blessings and to be grateful to live in a country where we are free.  My thoughts are with our troops on foreign soil, those here in the states that will not be able to spend this holiday at home, and for the many families that will have an empty seat at their table this holiday due to the ultimate sacrifice that their son or daughter made for this country.

I am so thankful for my health, for my wonderful sons and their wives, for my beautiful grandchildren, my brothers and their families and for my friends as well as my quilting buddies.

Enjoy your day wherever you may be and have a safe and loving holiday.



Wednesday, November 23, 2011

2012 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge

SewCalGal is issuing a challenge for quilters. 

 2012 FMQ Challenge Badge copy

On her November 19 post, the following information was given

Take the Pledge - Registration for the 2012 Free Motion Quilting Challenge

"Do you want to learn or improve your free-motion quilting skills, using your home sewing machine? If you do, consider taking the pledge for the 2012 Free Motion Quilting Challenge. Similar to a block of the month, every month one of 12 FMQ Experts will share a tutorial for you. While you can do these exercises anytime, if you complete them in the month that they are released, and share them in the challenge, you'll be entered to win a monthly prize. Complete all 12 tutorials, anytime during the year, enter them, and you'll be eligible to win various Grand Prizes."
This is a skill that I need to improve.  If you are interested, go to the site and register.  Who will join me?

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Cobble Court Quilters Retreat II

On Thursday, October 27 I flew to Newark New Jersey.  This was the start of a fabulous weekend with 22 women from all over the US that came together for a weekend of quilting, friendship and fun (and good eating).  My friend Sue picked me up at the airport around 6 PM in a rather cool rainstorm.  We spent Thursday night at Sue's home in NJ, got up on Friday morning, packed the car and headed down to CT.  This is how the trees looked on Friday morning.
We made our way down to Litchfield, CT and to Camp Washington by 3:30 pm.  We chose our rooms, unpacked the car, set up our sewing machines and spent some time meeting the new girls and getting reacquainted with the ones from last year's retreat.  We were all delighted to see each other.  By 5:30 we were back in cars and headed to Marie's home for dinner.  We all enjoyed her hospitality and the great meal.  One our our group, Pam, was having a birthday.  We surprised her with a cake and sang happy birthday.  After this great get-together, we made our way back to the Camp and got settled in for "Show and Tell".  Shellie showed off her lovely turtle quilt.  I will show more of the "Show and Tell" photos in another post.
After our show and tell evening, many of us went to bed, but got up rather early to begin our sewing.  We had heard rumors of a snowstorm, but did not pay much attention to it. 

Around 11:30 am we got in cars and traveled into Litchfield for lunch at the West Street Grill.  This is what it looked like when  arrived.  

By the time we had completed lunch and started on our way back to the camp, it looked like this.
It was cold, but it was so beautiful.  The snow was light and airy and the town looked like a Christmas card.  We managed to get back to the Camp and sewed away until sometimes around 4:30 or 5:00.  The lights went out and stayed out.  Of course our sewing was over, but we did not let that stop us from having a good time.  We exchanged our fat quarters (that had been wrapped so we could not see them) by playing a game where we could steal others gift if we liked it better than the ones on the table.  If you managed to get your choice back after three steals it was yours to keep.  We all had fun in the pale light of the lanterns and flash lights.  We woke up the next morning to somewhere around 14-15 inches of the white powdery stuff.

Late afternoon

Early Sunday Morning

We did exchange our 2.5 in strips and Debbie showed us how we could make blocks from the strips.
 (Bento Box)
We are all expected to bring the quilt made from these strips to Show and Tell next year.

We also had our block drawing.  Cathy McG won the Jack in the Box blocks.  I am sure she will have a great quilt made out of these blocks by the time we all see each other again.  Marge over at Delaware Quilts gave us permission to use this block.

The snow plows were out and busy when we got up the last morning.  By 10:00 am, with help from some very nice men at the Camp and a group of  very savvy women, the cars got shoveled out, moved up to the front of the house, packed up, and was ready for the ride home.

A great time was had by all, and we cannot wait until next year's retreat to do it all over again (well, maybe not the snow part!)

More pictures later..............