Thursday, August 27, 2009

Stash Enhancement and A New Project

Now this is going to look like I've done a lot of shopping, but we have two quilt shops near here that are going out of business. One is Quiltmakers and the other is Zig-Zag Corner. Zig-Zag will have a web based business so they aren't completely going away. Quiltmakers will close at the end of October.

These Halloween fabrics are part of my stash enhancement experience, and I'm reallly tempted to start a new project with them. I just completed the stitchery. I answered a survey quite awhile ago over on Gayle's blog (Sentimental Stitches), and she sent me the cute pattern for the witch as a thank you.

This was one of those batik bundles that I couldn't pass up. And, these I got just because I liked them!!I think this will be a table cover.

I've been sorting and organizing fabric. I probably should finish a UFO or two before starting something with these new fabrics.....maybe. More later. Happy stitching!!!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Flowers and Baskets

There isn't a lot of sewing going on here this week. More on that later. For today here are some photos of the flowers on my deck and in the back yard.

Balloon Flower
Rust Day Lily

Another Day Lily

Susan G. Komen Dahlia Our back yard early in the spring before weeding and flowers blooming.
These are the baskets that I worked on while recovering from knee replacement. They are done in one piece and portable. They are from the book When The Cold Wind Blows by Barb Adams and Alma Allen. A friend reduced the size of the basket so it would fit in a charm square. This is a great use for all of those charm packs that we've bought and can't remember why!!

Thanks for visiting.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

A Fun Quilt Retreat

This past weekend I attended an annual quilt retreat with friends from the northern part of Indiana and friends that live here in Indianapolis. First we shopped at The Back Door and Avon Quiltery and then had lunch in Danville, IN, at The Mayberry Cafe. Then we travelled on to a wonderful home located on Heritage Lake. This screened porch was waiting for us. This is where we spent our time sewing, talking and eating. We also did some stitching outside on the deck while watching boats on the lake.Our hostess' husband took us for a nice boat ride around the lake on Friday afternoon. Our hostess had many beautiful quilts displayed through her home. I especially loved this flower garden quilt.This pinwheel decorated the top stair railing.This antique quilt hung at the bottom of the stairs.
This quilt was one that contains blocks from a 3 inch swap that our hostess participated in. Several retreaters brought show and tell. Here is a great nine patch setting. Another retreater brought this gorgeous quilt to show. Great use of color!
Another retreater does wonderful applique and brought these blocks to show.

We took one final look at the lake and parted for a time hoping to return again soon. A great time was had by all!!!!

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