I love play on words and if you know me, you know that I do love the sound of the sewing machine – well really I love the end results.
Last Tuesday, the 20th I flew to Florida for a quilt retreat at Camp Blanding. Right before I left I got the cutest birthday card in the mail with an adorable nametag in it. It was from Pam Murphree! See how cute it is! Thank you so much, Pam – I love it!
Wynette was gracious to pick me up at the airport and even opened up her home and let me stay with her. I know I can count on her to make me laugh, and that I did, in fact I laughed so much until I cried. Thank you, Wynette for being a wonderful hostess!
I loaded my carry-on luggage with my sewing machine and checked one piece of luggage. At check-in (yes, before I even got out of town) I was 7 pounds over. Well, I was there, so I had to pay for being overweight! Ugh! I got through security without any issues – thankfully! But I was going to have to “select” someone to hoist my carry-on up to the overhead bin. So I carefully picked a young man to assist me. I explained that it was HEAVY and he didn’t seem to mind until he picked it up and practically bent over. He exclaims “what do you have in here?! Encyclopedias!?” I was very apologetic and sat quietly in my seat.
I was not on a direct flight and once we arrived in Atlanta I had to change planes and he asked me if I needed for him to get it down. I said, “Yes, if he didn’t mind”. He did without any proclamations!
When I boarded the plane in Atlanta, I went through the same process but as I was asking someone, another man stepped up to help. He put my bag in the overhead bin and he didn’t say anything at all! He was wearing a “Dallas Cowboy” t-shirt. I told David about both legs and he said “How about them Cowboys”. I said, Oh, Brother and we laughed.
This retreat was a little more unusual than most. I ended up setting up 4 times so I wasn’t as effective as I normally am, but it was “all good”! I only took 2 projects because I knew that if I finished my bow ties, that I had enough to do on my Primitive Gatherings, Among Friends quilt to last me to the end of the retreat.
First I needed to do my Primitive Gatherings, “Magic of Christmas” block. I got it cut and sewn.
Then, I got to work on my bow ties. I had devised a method that if I took 3 blocks out of my 12 bags that would give me my 36 blocks for my “one” main block. I decided to pre-sort and put into bags, that way when I got ready to sew a block, I just needed to grab a bag – it was all there. Ha!
On the 22nd, Gloria gave 5 of us (Wynette, Marty, Anjie, Tami and myself) a basket weaving class. Wynette and I made a paisley basket and Anjie and Tami made a sewing basket and I think Marty made a satchel bag. It was fun, but it was more complex than I wanted to invest in. I got most of it done and Gloria ended up doing the finishing touches for me. It is very cute and I love, but I had to leave it behind and will need to bring it home next time. There was not enough room for me to bring it home, not to mention it was odd shaped.
Heather made me a cute little lamb and chicken, they are so cute! I love them! She also makes other critters that are just adorable! She is so talented!
Oh, the last time I was in Florida I ordered a crest for the retreat house. I worked with Rodney to get it just like I was thinking of and guess what – he had it finished and ready for delivery. He did such a great job; I can’t wait to have it hung over at the retreat house.
I always enjoy seeing what other projects people are working on. One of the girls worked on this cute pillow from a log cabin design. I don’t know who the pattern designer was, but it sure is cute!
Pat Meeks worked on this cute pumpkin quilt from the Fall 2015 magazine of Primitive quilts. It was adorable and would be cute done up in civil war fabrics or fun fabrics!
Pat also got my Red Crinoline Quilt, Red Heritage Stars quilted. I love it. I have another quilt that I need to put binding, sleeve and label on. Wahoo!
Wynette learned how to paper piece and worked on a feathered star. She decided to only do one block for now, but she did a great job!
Slowly but surely I kept working on my bow tie quilt and finally finished it up on Tuesday, the 27th. I was one elated retreater. With all the moving around I wasn’t sure I’d finish, but I was determined to finish that puppy before going home!
I got to celebrate a birthday while I was in Florida. The girls treated me to pizza and strawberry ice cream on Monday. Thank you to everyone who sent cards and special wishes to me, it was very much appreciated. Once I got home I was greeted with a card, flowers and a cupcake. Thanks Babe for the special treatment!
I am truly blessed; I hope you are blessed by your daily threads. Love and hugs,