Saturday, April 25, 2015

Super Saturday and Heading Home

Well our bags are full and we have had a great time.   Heading down for breakfast and taking our luggage to be loaded.  Today we will be visiting the quilt museum and power shopping for the last minute items we can't go home without.
 A selfie with the girls from Wisconsin and Fulton, IL.
The beautiful spring flowers.

The vendors are awesome.
My new BFFs, Diane and Bruce at Sew Batiks.  Stop by the Rotary Building and tell them Terry sent you!  They are making the world a better place.
Thanks Paducah for showing us a great time.
Praying for safe travel for all.

Yours in quilting, 

Friday, April 24, 2015

Friday Finishes

I have been working on this 16" large block for my 2014 Country Threads Scrappy BOM.  I love making this block using my Easy Angle Ruler.

Also, finished this very large house block.  Since this is a scrappy quilt I used creative license or the make-do attitude to finish it. 

I am in Paducah finishing up my trip and headed home tomorrow.

Yours in quilting,

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Vintage Thingie Thursday

Last fall I received this quilt from a couple who purchased it at an auction.
They asked me to put a back on it and a binding.  The lady passed away before I could get the repair done.  I finished the work on Friday and handed the quilt to her mate at the memorial service Saturday morning.  He was so excited, he spread the quilt out on the trunk of his car to view it.  His joy at viewing the quilt was worth all the hours I put into it.
Before I did anything to the quilt, I took it to an appraiser.  I didn't want to ruin the value of the quilt by doing work on it. 
The appraiser didn't recommend appraising it and to go ahead with the request for backing and binding. 
The quilt is 123 years old. 
The quilt measure about 83" x 84".  It contains many different types of fabrics, velvet, suitings, silk which is fractured, wool, cotton.
The back was very interesting civil war type fabrics, it is foundation pieced.
Of course, I forgot to take a picture of the back. 
I laid it out on a sheet on my deck to try and get a picture of it.
I tied the backing on with embroidery floss using buttons as support.  It was a fabulous quilt with all the hand embroidery and variety of fabrics.
Yours in quilting,

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

On the Road

We are on our way to Paducah.  Took a rest stop at the Artisan Shop at Rend Lake.
Enjoyed seeing other artist's work and stretch our legs.
Enjoying the quilts at the Artisan Shop. 

Worked on English Paper Piecing name tag.

Yours in quilting, 

Bon Voyage! Paducah or Bust!

While you are reading this, my husband has dropped me off at the bus and I am on my way to Paducah.  My partners on this trip, as well as many others, are Maribel and Kathy.
I will try to behave... 
But may need a massage with  Real Time.
On my shopping list is another Pin Keeper 

Love these Famore scissors and will be picking up another pair.
My vehicle will get a rest on this trip. 
I hope there is no excitement in our neighborhood while I am gone. 
Our travel project is working on English Paper Piecing, Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses. 
We have pre-ordered more of this fabric for our project. 
I am sure the dog will be sleeping in my spot while I am gone. 
It is hard leaving the hubby and dogs. 
I have my new shoes broke in and ready to cover a lot of ground. 
Please pray for our safe travel and health on this trip.
Yours in quilting,

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Tuesday Tip

In January I was helping a girlfriend do some work around her house.  She had a death in the family and all the quilty friends went out to clean and cook for her.  While throwing in a load of laundry, I found a spray bottle of Grandma's Secret Spot Remover.   When I found this spray bottle, I did the happy dance.  You may have found this product at your local quilt shop in a little squeeze bottle that is hard on that hands. 
Having a spray bottle will make spot treating laundry so much easier.  I discovered this product about a year and a half ago.  While working at Bath & Body Works store, we had to wear white shirts.  It was a common problem to have underarm stains.  Grandma's Secret Spot Remover is great for taking out those yellow underarm stains as well as other stains, i.e. blood, grease, food, etc. (This is not a paid endorsement.)  I found this spray bottle at JoAnn's.
Today I will be finish up packing and checking my shopping list. I wrote a blog on how to prepare HERE. Tomorrow I will be headed to Paducah with a bus load of quilters.  Yeah!!! 
If anyone wants to meet up in Paducah, personal message me on Facebook or email at
Today I am linking up with Connie at Freemotion by the River.
Yours in quilting,

Monday, April 20, 2015

Monday Design Wall

Lots of show and tell today.  Grab a cup of joe, tea, or whatever you drink while relaxing.  This maybe a long post due to being offline for a week. 

A week ago I attended our church quilt retreat.  It was so good to be with my quilting sisters again. There was a lot of catching up going on as it was a long winter and we had not seen each other in sometime.  Thanks to Corry for all her planning and communicating through email to get all the arrangements made.  I will tell you there's not a bad cook in the bunch.  We have done meals in two ways.  The first method is everyone signs up to participate in preparing a meal and the group for each meal communicates, purchases and cooks the meal.  The second method is the planning committee chooses the meals, sets a fee for each meal, along with buying the food, then a group of quilters cooks the pre-purchased food.  Our retreats are free except for the participation in the meal costs incurred by either method.

We have also done the retreats with classes and without.  This retreat was without classes.  We are quilters with many UFO's.  The great part about the retreat is we have many talented quilters and we help each other with difficulties.  So here we go with the picture show.

First is Joy's quilt.
Below are Nyla's projects on her embroidery machine.
This is Elisha's fractured quilt.
This is Kay with her pink beauty.

Kay was also working on these bright quilt blocks putting her own spin on the pattern.
Sue-Sue was working on a scrappy quilt using her Christmas fabrics.
Barb joined us with her crochet project for her son.
She also spent a lot of time in the kitchen making yummy food.
Karen spent time using up her mom's stash making dresses for African girls.
Corry, our retreat planner, was very busy filling the walls with her super quilts.  This is her never-ending UFO of an old Thimbleberries quilt.  She hand-painted the pictures in the center of each block.  She is working on piecing the rest of the blocks.  Notice in the lower right hand corner the snack table.  We will never starve at one of our retreats even if we get snowed in!  Haha!
Corry started and finished this top at the retreat.
This was my little corner.  I was working on piecing my 2014 Country Threads BOM.  I didn't have much energy and didn't accomplish much. I have been fighting off an upper respiratory virus for three weeks.  My energy level was low and I was chatting with everyone, playing catch-up. 
This is Sally's quilt.   
Below are Kathy's Quilter's Garden 2015 BOM. 

My apologies to those quilters who I didn't get a picture of your project.  I know I am missing several.

Did you notice that every wall is a design wall in the room?  It is my favorite place to have a retreat .  We start the weekend with an empty room and by Sunday the walls are full.  After church, the congregation comes for a visit to admire all our hard work. 

Today I am linking up with Judy at Patchwork TimesNurdan at Hug-a-bit Quilts, and Beth at Main Crush Monday@Cooking Up Quilts

Yours in quilting,