Thursday, April 27, 2017

Spring Time QBee Day

Trees are blooming - Grass is Greening - Machines are humming and Quilts are Springing

QBee Day at Barb B's has become a yearly get-together.  Her house sits out in the middle of the country and it was a beautiful spring day to sew and eat and gab.

Here are some show and tells and other highlights from the day.

Barb"s beautiful quilt that she resurrected out of a pile of vintage stars.  Awesome work.


Mama Barb's Wall Hanging

Miss Carol's quilt - a delight for the eye

Mama Barb's Birdie Quilt - so cute!

Mama Barb's Scrappy 1

Mama Barb's Scrappy 2

Mama Barb's Quilt (we think she never stops sewing)

Jen's Bed Runner - Her own design!

Miss Carol's Quilt with Miss Carol's feet

Michelle's Stack and Whack Kaleidoscope Quilt - Very unique.

This is what happens if you celebrate your birthday on a QBee Day - Bunny Ears and Photo Bombing.  

I'm smiling as I remember this day of good friends, sewing and fun.  

"My best friends are the ones who bring out the best in me."

Saturday, March 11, 2017

2017 Bonnie Hunter Trunk Show

My number one quilting goal was to attend a class with Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville Blog fame, but if that didn't work, the next best thing was to see a trunk show with Bonnie Hunter and meet her in person.  Bonnie specializes in scrappy quilts and of course I had to have her newest book, Addicted to Scraps.  The quilts in the book are amazing and I can't wait to try out her "Scrap User's System."  I need all the help I can get organizing my scraps. Her trunk show was everything that I expected and more.  She shared quilting tips, fun stories and many beautiful quilts.

Meeting Bonnie was an experience I will always remember.   She is so caring and inspiring.  I shared a copy of my book, 20 Jobs: A Memoir with Bonnie and she graciously suggested we get a picture together with our books.  I'm still smiling!    

I want to thank the lovely ladies of the Osnaburg Quilt and Fiber Art Guild for sponsoring this spring tea, "Who Gives a Scrap" and giving me this opportunity of a lifetime - meeting Bonnie.  


Bonnie's English Paper Piecing Project!

Of course no quilting event would be complete without my QBees.  
Jen and Rosemary

Barb, Mama Barb and me

Rosemary won the sewing machine!  Yea!!
"Wait a minute.  Maybe I can do anything." ~ Janis Joplin

Monday, February 27, 2017

Missouri Star Quilt Tour July 2017

Got My Bag Ready for Trip to Missouri Star!

It's so exciting!  Finally I am going to Hamilton, MO to visit the home of Missouri Star Quilt (LINK) and the now famous You Tube celebrity, Jenny Doane.  All thanks to Eagle Rock Tours out of Mineral City and Fredericktown, Ohio.  Click Here to visit the Eagle Rock Website!

We, my friend Barbie and I, have taken other trips with Eagle Rock and the tour agent Lisa Pfouts.  We went to Shipshewana in 2015 (CLICK HERE) and to the AQS Show, 2016, in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  (CLICK HERE).  Click on the links and see my blog posts from those trips.  Having experienced these quilting adventures with Eagle Rock, I can highly recommend their service and dependability.  We also had tons of fun meeting new quilting friends!  Barbie and I are already booked on the tour for Missour Star Quilt.  You can find this trip on the Eagle Rock website, but here are some details:

Time: July 17- July 21Price: $639 **** A two hour trunk show with Jenny Doane!  (sew excited about this!)Shop hops 

Get further details about the quilt tour from the Eagle Rock Website (Spring Summer Link)  and more details about Missouri Star by clicking on the links above.

Hope to meet some blogging friends on the upcoming trip!

Happy Spring Quilting!  

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

2016 Back to Mrs. Miller's Cabin

Going through my pictures, I realized that I missed blogging about our fall retreat at Mrs. Millers Cabin in Charm, Ohio.  This retreat has become a tradition in November for our little group of seven quilters - Carol, Barbie, Mama Barb, Michelle, Debbie, Jackie and me.  It's such a pleasure to visit Amish country in the fall.  It doesn't hurt that the quilt shop is a short walk away.

Lots of fun quilt projects are completed and lots of good food is shared.  It's a quilter's paradise.

Michelle prepared a "quilt" lasagna.  Beautiful and Delicious!
Barb saved more blocks from extinction by putting this quilt together for a friend.

Mama Barb and daughter Barb pinning together the Butterfly Quilt.

Mama Barb and fun Halloween wall hanging

Michelle showing off her new ruler

My two table runners - don't look too closely.  One has an extra strip - opps!

Break Time!  
Adorable Fox Quilt for Miss Carol's new grandson!

Debbie and her lovely quilt!  

Quilt with feet - Miss Carol's quilt top finished at the retreat.
Nothing better than sitting and sewing and sharing our lives.

"Friendship is the source of the greatest pleasures, and without friends even the most agreeable pursuits become tedious." ~ Thomas Aquinas

Sunday, January 29, 2017

20 Jobs, A Memoir - My New Book

Greetings to all my friends on Facebook and in the blogger world.  I mentioned in my last post that didn't keep up on my Blog because I was busy with another project.  Now I am ready to reveal the project - I wrote a memoir!  It didn't happen overnight, it actually took almost four years.  I've been writing it since I retired.  It is now available on Amazon and I will be sending that link to all my Facebook friends today.

As a new author, I have mixed emotions about sending my book,(Title is the Link to the Book on Amazon) 20 Jobs: A Memoir  out into the world.  Just like in quilting, when you enter a quilt in a show, you are putting your work out to be valued or judged and there is a certain anxiety about that.  

When you read the book, and I hope you will, you will find out why I chose to write my life story using my jobs  as a main focus throughout my life.  The introduction, "Beginnings," should explain my thoughts behind that.  Then each chapter focuses on one job at a time starting when I was a teen.  

Whenever I tell anyone the name of my book, they ask if I really had 20 paying jobs.  The answer is "Unfortunately,  yes."  Then they start counting how many jobs they've had or begin telling me about their first job they ever had.  This pleases me because it shows that my book opens up a conversation that leads to sharing stories.  When I think about it, that was my main reason for writing this book.  I wanted to tell my stories.  Along with that I hope that it encourages others to tell their stories.  

I will continue blogging about quilting and hope that now I will now have more time to post quilt news. Still, I do plan to keep writing. 

Thank you for all your continued support of my blog and I hope you will read and enjoy my first book.  

“The next thing most like living one’s life over again seems to be a recollection of that life, and to make that recollection as durable as possible by putting it down in writing"

~Benjamin Franklin 

Monday, January 9, 2017

Looking Back at 2016 Sew Deja Vu Retreat

Sorry, I have been a slacker blogger lately!  I do have an excuse, which I will soon reveal.

 But now, on a cold January day, I am looking back at the Sew Deja Vu Retreat that was held at the Bertram Inn in Aurora on a sunny October day.   Judy, the shop owner of Sew Deja Vu in Stow was our queen for a day.  Those luggage racks have a multitude of uses.
Judy always adds a touch of excitement and fun to her retreats.  We had sew much fun.  Judy also showed off a lovely quilt that she made for her daughter.  See Below -

Jen brought her T-Quilt to show and then finished a new quilt that she designed.  I'm so in awe of her creativity!
Quilt designed by Jen.  Awesome!
There were so many other breathtaking projects in progress and I will share some of them now.
Sister Charlotte added bright red colors and her dash of humor.  It's always a blessing to be at a retreat with Sister Charlotte!  Yes, those are real scissors hanging from her ears.  

Creativity is never neat!  

Felice as working on a large and small tumbler quilt although she specializes in felted wool.
Check out Felice's Blog at:
Thank you for putting up with my recent lack of communication.  I will try to do better in the new year.  Meanwhile I can't leave without a quote.

"For a true writer, each book should be a new beginning where he tries again for something that is beyond attainment. He should always try for something that has never been done or that others have tried and failed. Then sometimes, with great luck, he will succeed."
~ Earnest Hemingway
Read more at: Brainy Quote