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Monday, December 13, 2010

Christmas Retreat


Our bee Christmas retreat was the first weekend this month - I always call them my "Eating, Drinking, Sewing, Eating" time with the girls. It's always so! nice to get away and be with good friends. I will say,, we have some of the best cooks! A great chicken casserole on Friday nite, delicious breakfast casserole on Saturday morning, wonderful tiny ham/cheese sandwiches for Saturday lunch and the special pizza catered in for Saturday dinner. YUUM! OH! a delicious chocolate angle food cake ( hand made, too! no box was this one! ). and a to-die-for chocolate sheet cake that I might as well have plastered on my thighs. I sure I'm forgetting something - but trust me,, I was NOT hungry! This is why I have so much trouble loosing any weight :)

So in between the eating, talking, eating, wine-ing,,what was everyone working on, you ask?

I played all Friday afternoon on a tooth fairy pillow for my grandson - didn't like it didn't finish it at retreat. That's a story for another day. Then I pulled out a paper piece project ( tan/green/red stars, got tired of that, SO I had a tan, brown, beige Turning Twenty quilt that I had already cut out and finally! found something fun to do. I'm happy with it! I have already gotten the backing out and I think I'm going to do some straight line quiliting in some sort of a pattern ( yeah, that made a lot of sense, didn't it )


This is the beach quilt that we had the swap on ( was it this year or last? ). This is so cute,, there is a little bush she made to fit in a space,, great idea!DSC00143

Our resident free motion quilter was hard at work on a "Take Five" quilt that she made. Someday I'll get enough confidence to do a big quilt - she had a few tables all arranged to take the weight of the quilt which made it easier ( she said - still looked hard to me! )


A couple of views of progress and VOILA!!


I love this fabric collectionDSC00130_edited-1 I'm not sure what it will be ( she could send it my way! I'll make something from them )

and I covet these blocks,, so pretty! DSC00134 and if Santa brought me an embroidery machine, I could make pretties, too!DSC00135

This is a Patrick Lose pattern that I wish I had,, isn't this just as cute as can be! I just love doing fusible applique. I call it "fabric by number" ( like paint by number ?? ok, I'm weird ), but it's so fun!
DSC00146 She sewed them down and then she is going to quilt over the top to secure everything. I might just have to go get that pattern!

Doesn't this one just make you want to fly right down to the beach! ( for those of you already there, can you see me stick my tongue out at you?? )


The sandels and beach ball are buttons! this is a kit complete with the cool hanger with the shell - Santa are you listening??

We had a Pillowcase Queen this weekend, too. She had a mission to make 30 ( yes 30! ) pillowcases for family. It takes me months to make ONE ! I left before she did, and at the DSC00139DSC00157DSC00140 count I had, she was dang close just a few shots of what she was doing. The creme and blue poinsettas here are my favorite.

A baby alphabet quilt that is getting the binding put on, DSC00158 I'm not sure whose heart quilt this was, I turned around and VOILA! it appeard on the wall. springy! DSC00150 I liked this one and the different fabrics used - tres modern!


the big squares below was finished but I asked her to hold it up so I could take a shot,, beautiful!



and this one is MINI -- Yes! a MINI, about 12 inches square. wow,,, blows me away.

I hope you all have Happy Holidays! And if the little elves show up and finish projects for you - I'm jealous!

1 comment:

tirane93 said...

yum! i got to go to retreat just by reading your blog post!

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