Friday, July 25, 2014

little birds and folk art eagles

I started playing with a final border for my retreat quilt and started to think I would need to purchase more fabric.  I had a one yard cut of  this lovely fabric.  I loved the dots for the quilt border but there wasn't enough because there is a 9" border section that has birds on it.  I didn't really want to buy more fabric so I did a bit of math and found that I could do a pieced border and use corner squares of the birds.  That left me with a piece of the bird border so I cut around as many birds as I could and I will applique them across the lower border. 

This morning, I ordered the pattern for this quilt from Lori Smith.  This will be my eagle project for Angie and Audrey's Quilt Like an Eagle Challenge.  I need to dig around and see if I have enough black for the background (I think I do) and then start pulling my wools for the applique.  I hope to use some of the new stitches I am learning from Sue Spargo's book.

The sun is returning after a few grey, rainy days (much needed to help conquer the fires in Washington) so I will head to the trail for a longer run today.

Happy Friday!

Monday, July 21, 2014


Our short retreat has given me a new perspective and brought me home knowing that I need to take some time to do a bit of cleaning and sorting while I have the energy and inspiration.
We did a lot of chatting about blogs and pinterest and gathering ideas.  I came home with a long list of blogs to check.  This morning I stumbled on another new-to-me blog that I must share.  I have only just begun to explore this bloggers work but I know I will return. 
I also took a chance and contacted another blogger who had not posted for quite some time.  I missed her lovely posts about family, dog, and quilting.  I do love when bloggers dare to share beyond their stash.  I heard back, she gave me her facebook name, and so another connection has been made.  Isn't that what this is about?  Taking a chance, stepping forward and introducing yourself, and treasuring the friendships you make along the way. 
Now, I need to do some cleaning and then will be back to the creative process very soon.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Retreating magic

This has been a lovely retreat with good coffee and food and company,
and time to get out for a run, a ride, and a walk.
And of course some stitching!  Back so my sewing machine.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

more retreat prep

This morning I found a tutorial on making flying geese blocks that I just had to try - I can see a lot of little geese in my retreat quilt.  I had a bit of time before I need to leave this morning so I pulled out two fabrics and set to work.  This tutorial is really simple and easy to follow.  I just need to see if I can figure out how to adjust the sizes of the squares to make different sizes but that will need to wait.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

retreat prep

I am trying to get focused on getting ready for my quilt retreat.  We are heading to a new place this year.  In the past, we were in locations connected with quilt shops so it was easy to run out and pick up a little something to finish a project.  But not this year.  And I haven't been doing much sewing so I am having trouble really settling into an idea about what to bring.
I finished cutting all the squares for the 9-patch swap so those will go into the bag.
I started a new shawl.
I have plenty of hand work I could take but this is such a great time to do some serious machine stitching.
I saw some wonderful inspiration on Jane's blog  (the large blue sampler).  I also love the variety of blocks and the soft colors that I saw on this fun blog.  So maybe just a bunch of small blocks that can blend and fit together to make a sampler.
So many options.  So many choices to make.  I am heading back to my sewing room to load up fabric and clean my machine and gather thread, needles, and cutting tools.  In the end, I will likely take much more than I can complete but that is fine with me.