Tuesday, May 12, 2009


Retreat Weekend

Two weekends ago was my quilting groups annual retreat. We had lots of fun, and as you will see, we did a lot of sewing!
We all did a pattern called Contra Dance, which was fun. Basically you sew a four patch quilt like this:

Then you cut it apart on the diagonals, like this:

You rearrange it like this:

And then you sew it back together, and add borders. Then it looks like you pieced it on the diagonal. Pretty cool, huh?

This one is my Mom's:





Debbie's (hers isn't done because she made king size!):


There were four other ones as well, but somehow I didn't get pictures of them. Too bad, because Marilyn's was made of all purple batkis and was to die for!!

Slow but steady...

I have in fact been working on a number of projects, just in small increments, and without much posting. I'm seeing the light at the end of the tunnel though, so all this craziness here is about to slow down (I hope). I haven't had many actual finishes, but I am working on block of the month projects, secret swaps, a project for Thing Two and a few other things. Hopefully I'll have lots of COMPLETED things to share very soon.

Dad is still in the hospital, he is on his 19th day of plasma pherisis, and he is improving a bit, but not as much as I've been hoping for. Today I went and donated blood for the first time since I was in high school. I do plan to keep doing that.

The quilt pictured above is the one I finished for the neighbor girl a few weeks ago. I got a lovely thank you note from her Dad...apparently she is very happy with it, and so I am pleased.

I've been at a lot of training classes for work, and I've also been away from home a bit in between. Last weekend (okay, two weekends ago now, the 1-2-3 of May) I was at a quilting retreat in Vermont...I'll be sharing pictures from that in my next post just as soon as I can get myself a little bit organized.

Monday, May 04, 2009

a giveaway

Lyn is having a Blogiversary Giveaway on her blog for this lovely little wallhanging. If you run over to her blog by the 15th, you can have a chance of winning this lovely little quilt. Or don't, so I have a better chance of winning it! LOL. Isn't it cute?