The last week in April was our semi annual Jane Stickle Retreat in Shipshewana, Indiana. We have a lot of fun, and we count the days until we can return to do it all over again. It is always fun getting together with friends I've known for years and making new friends. On my last day at the retreat right before leaving for home, I met a new friend Barbara who is as obsessed with English paper piecing as I am. She is doing her Dear Jane quilt using EPP. Wish I had gotten a photo of what she has done so far. I'm looking forward to seeing her projects and visiting with her when we return in November.
There are horse and buggies everywhere you go in or out of town. This horse and buggy sits in this covered area right outside the Blue Gate Restaurant and is available for rides through town.
My friend, Pam and I went out southeast of town to the Copper Top. As you can see she had a salad. It had a cheeseburger underneath all of the veggies, but it looks pretty healthy. I went off the deep end and had their signature burger and homemade chips. They won a Burger War at some time, and their hamburgers are wonderful. Mine had a breaded, fried pickle and onion straws plus the regular toppings.
I always try to head over to Middlebury to visit the Joyfully Said Home shop. I've bought a couple of their signs, and I love what Chelsea has done with the shop. They have expanded and have a nice selection of home goods. You can order from them at www.joyfullysaidsigns.com.
No trip to Shipshewana would be complete without a pretzel from Jo-Jos. There is no way to explain their pretzels, but those of you that have had them understand!
I also stopped in the shop across the street from the Blue Gate. They sell Christmas things back in the corner of the shop, and one of my smaller Christmas trees had lost part of the lights. I really did try to shop with a bit of focus...…
I also stopped in to Lollys for a bit of Stash Enhancement.
I also went to Yoders another day for a little more fabric. I also went out to Caroline's Cottage Cottons one day but have no photos. I came out with a bit of fabric there, too.
This quilt is in progress by Connie. I really love this. It was nice to have Connie, Janet and Donna at the table right next to ours.
My birthday was the Friday we were at the retreat, and some of the girls bought me this cake along with cards and presents. Thanks to you girls for making my birthday so special. You know who you are.
Here is Judy's last basket and my first! You can see just how small these baskets are by comparing it to the dime. They will finish at 3 1/2".
Since Judy gave me one, I've made a few more. Connie helped me out by making a few of my handles while I was away from my machine. And, almost ten years ago when I had knee replacement surgery my friend, Vicki from Minnesota sent me a little box with scissors, thread, needles and this same little basket pattern. The pattern isn't in the box, but I had cut several baskets while I recovered. Some of them are shown in the photo below. I don't know how many I will make. At show and tell some showed basket quilts with 12 baskets, and some had made 300 baskets. I'll keep you posted.
I've also joined the Circa 1800 club at my local quilt shop, Back Door Quilts in Greenwood, Indiana. I knew about half of the girls in the group, and I am enjoying making these tiny blocks. These finish at 2 1/2". As I read through my pattern I saw Janet's name. She blogs at Rogue Quilter.
She traded some of these tiny blocks with several quilters including Pam Buda that drafted the pattern for this incredible quilt.
One of my posts wouldn't be complete without showing hexagons. Here are the last few I've made. I have 24 completed so far. I have block kits made for a few more, and then I'll see if I can put them together somehow. I have a big stack of quilt tops that I really need to get busy quilting. I'm thinking about trying a bit of hand quilting. I am practicing on smaller quilts now.
Since Judy gave me one of her baskets, and those are on my Design Wall this week, I'm linking up with Design Wall Monday over at Judy's blog Small Quilts and Doll Quilts.
Thanks for stopping by for a visit.
I hope you are finding some time to stitch today!