Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Shipshewana Retreat and New Projects

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.


This quilt top belongs to Judy that does Design Wall Monday.  She blogs at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts       Each retreat we have some sort of a challenge quilt that many of us try to reproduce.  Our inspiration usually comes from Rebecca that owns Rebecca's Arts and Antiques in Shipshewana.   Rebecca always comes to our Friday night show and tell and most always brings a quilt or two to show us.   One retreat she brought an antique basket quilt, and that was all it took for some of us to start another quilt.  Here is Judy's top.  She was showing it to me, and as she unfolded it a little cheddar basket fell out.  She handed it to me and told me that now I have one.   I love it!



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!

8 comments:

  1. The retreat is such a fun time, so nice to see everyone again. I enjoy seeing all your projects in progress, they all so lovely. Are you working on the mission challenge quilt too with the thousands of 1" finished HST's? Enjoy spring!

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  2. Your retreats sound absolutely delightful. I've never been to Shipshewana, but I have always enjoyed reading your accounts of your experiences there.
    Wonderful little basket blocks. They will make a really fun quilt no matter how you put them together.
    And you are doing the Circa 1880! I'm glad to hear it.
    It is always a thrill to see more of your fussy-cut hexies. You do such a nice job of fabric selection and placement. These are no exception.

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  3. what an awesome retreat. I've always wanted to visit Shipshewana - one day!

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  4. Love those baskets and Hexagons. I do believe that Lolly's and Creations in Kerville, Texas are pretty much great quilt shops. This is the first picture I have seen of Lolly's. Looks like a quilter could go broke playing in fabric! Like the Circa 1800 blocks!
    Hope you did have a great birthday! I sent a card - hope you got it!

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  5. Seems like there is a Shipshewana quilt retreat every couple weeks! Wish I lived close enough. I have been there one time and just for a look around and a trip to Lolly's. I like that shop!

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  6. Those tiny baskets are so dear - and you are off and running on your own!! Shipshe must have been blooming with early spring flowers and trees...looks like you had a perfect gathering with friends, pretzels and Lolly’s Quilt Shop! Hope to get back there some day...

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  7. one day I would like to go to the retreat at Shipshewana but until then I will have to satisfy myself looking and reading of those that go!

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  8. Thanks so much for sharing what you did in Shipshewana. I have been wanting to go to there again, so I really enjoyed seeing Yoder's, Lolly's, and JoJo's. The photo of Yoder's shows a red and gray quilt their staff designed a couple of years ago when the store was featured in a magazine. I made one from a kit they were selling. There is a nice little quilt shop in Middlebury, and a great restaurant as well.

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