If I say RETREAT!!
How many of you instantly think: GOOD EATS!?
We were so spoiled at our retreat at the ROCKIN’ R!
Jill, owner of Minding My Ps & Qs Quilt Shop thought of everything we would need. She had meals fixed on the premises just for us so we could keep on sewing.
At the end of our Midnight Flight workshop day, we were enticed by yummy smells coming out of the full-service kitchen area, and treated to “build your own” tacos, chips, salad, queso and a big ole bowl of guacamole that I could have just eaten with a spoon, and finished off by licking the bowl!
Good food is a necessity if we are going to keep our strength up so that we can sew into the wee small hours.
And there was dessert too – but I was too stuffed to care!
And the best part? We didn’t even have to do dishes!
These gals worked tirelessly!
Notice the “Split 9 Patch” quilts on the design wall? These were a continuation of scrappy fun from our Wednesday workshop in Denton. We arrived at retreat on Thursday, which was a free-sew day, and our Midnight Flight workshop from MORE Adventures with Leaders & Enders started on Friday morning. 10 am start – we thought we’d let them sleep in a bit since they were up sewing so late the night before.
I spotted a 222 in the wild!
And a lovely black 301 long-bed.
We made 4 patches – with all seams spinning the same direction!
We chain sewed pairs of triangles –all cut with the Essential Triangle Tool!
We went from this -
Check it out!
And of course, we got a laugh out of this:
Me & Kim: Twinsies!!
The shirts can be found on Statelytype.com If you place an order, please tell them that Bonnie sent you. I LOVE this shirt. This is just how I roll.
Thanks for the fun time, everyone! See you in TWO YEARS!
(Which is far too long in my opinion!)
Dallas on an early Saturday morning.
I packed up and left retreat at 9pm –I had an early morning start yesterday that had me leaving my hotel at 6am and driving all the way back to Dallas Love Field. Got there with time to spare thanks to almost no traffic and the early weekend morning travel.
FUNNY from the airport gift shop!! LOL!
Maybe we should re-word this to say “Life's to short to make an ugly quilt!”
So I stitched this! I’m getting better at it.
The scissor fabric was a gift from a friend in Belgium. I love it! I have decided that I am just simply a thread baster. I’m not a fan of glue when it comes to all of those dog ear areas which need extra glue to hold them down. To each their own. This may take a bit longer, but it is only a couple of stitches per side.
I can’t just tack these on the back like I could the hexagons because of the dog ears at the points and the longer sides. Tip to tip these diamonds measure 3’’ across the middle in the longest direction.
Thread basting it is! And audio books.
This was waiting for me when I got home!
For over 9 years I have hated my front loader washing machine. I could never get it clean, it always smelled like mildew, and for 9 years I waited for it to die so I could replace it.
While I have been in Texas my hubby and son tossed out the front loader that would not die and bought me a new top loader! I am a happy camper!
I know there are those who love their front loaders – but they require constant care and time and special potions and cleaners, wiping of gaskets and leaving doors open.
The whole deal is -- it's a WASHING MACHINE. I never had a washing machine problem since owning my first washing machine (what a concept as a newly-wed) in 1982. Until the front loader we bought when we bought this house 9 years ago. I do not have the desire to wipe gaskets and add special additives and prop doors open on ANY appliance...it's supposed to SAVE me energy, not give me more work. I'm not home to deal with it on a regular basis.
We left the door open when we could, but my washer and dryer are in a hallway CLOSET and you can't close the closet doors if the machine is left open.
The front loader is not a High Efficiency machine. It takes forever to wash clothes, using MORE electricity. Water is cheap, electricity is not.
It’s Hate Everything machine. It's a HUGE EFFORT (meaning my energy and effort to care for it) machine. I want to put my clothes in, put the soap in, wash my clothes and be done.
Some PEOPLE are High Maintenance. Washing machines should NOT BE.
***off Laundry Soap Box***
And that was more than I intended to say about the bringing in of the new washer – but that sure feels good to get off my chest! LOL!
Quiltville Quote of the Day!
Vintage hourglass quilt found in North Carolina.
You will never be happy if you are only seeing yourself through the eyes of others who are not you. Know your worth! Your self-esteem is between you and yourself only. Self esteem starts where comparison stops.
And look closely – you just might see my shoes at the top of the photo! LOL!
Remember our drawing for the Quiltmaker Bundle happens TONIGHT. Be sure you got your entry in ON THAT POST.
Have a great Sunday, everyone – it’s wonderful to be home.