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What Happens at Retreat…



There’s a saying “What Happens at Retreat Stays at Retreat”.  Due to the projects I was working on I can’t show anything yet. But it was all not sewing. There was the shopping.

Starting at the bottom center and working clockwise:  Several Kansas Troubles Patterns, a 20 piece charm pack of KTQ lights, a spool of thread that works well with KTQ fabrics, 9 – F8 of KTQ fabrics a stack of KTQ scraps, Perfect Circles (the smaller ones), a light FQ, backing for a secret project, a yard of a cool cat/music fabric, a FQ of a music/Halloween fabric, fabric that I’m not using for the secret project and fabric to make a tie for my husband.  I just realized that I don’t have the ruler that I bought in the picture. Oh well.

I sewed, completing a quilt top start to finish with only one sewing mistake and one cutting error. Then I started working on Jared Takes a Wife with the intention of finishing it. Either I can’t count, or I simply didn’t finish cutting the cornerstones for the quilt because I came up 10 short.  As I worked on these two projects my leader/ender was the 4-patches for the border of Candy Sunflower Seeds. By the time I realized I couldn’t finish JTAW, I was too tired to think through finishing Candy Sunflower Seeds.

So naturally, I pulled out my applique project. It was pretty straight forward. Cut along the dotted line – so to speak – and then fuse into place. At that point I called it a night. The next morning, I figured out the cutting plan for the quilt which will be my next leader/ender project and then stitched one length of thread on the red work snowmen.

After I pulled out the machine today, I had to give the machine a bit of a cleaning…


It was a bit fuzzy.  This is what I pulled out of the machine before I started sewing on the binding to my latest finish:



Stay tuned to see my latest finish in the next post.

What’s On My Design Wall


This past week I’ve spent time marking Deadline III, so there are no pictures.  However, this weekend was String Fling in Manhattan, Kansas. Over 650 5th – 9th grader  string players.  This is the 8th/9th grade orchestra that Sydney played in.

I’m not sure what I was thinking, I didn’t bring my camera, so today’s photos are off my camera.

While she was at practise, I spent the weekend trimming the rail fence blocks.


I set up a cutting station.


The bed became the design wall.  Half the blocks are trimmed.


I started reading Publish Your Patterns! by Nancy Restuccia.  The link will take you to Amazon – no affiliation.  Before Christmas I checked the book out from the library. Things were crazy and I didn’t open it until the day before I had to take it back (after the 2nd renewal!)   What I saw in those few minutes made me want to buy my own copy to read at leisure.

And I did work on one of my own projects.  I grabbed my redwork.


Check out the links over at Patchwork Times to see what others are working on.


Stash Report

I suppose I really should be showing the back of these blocks, as my fabric usage is primarily of the backing fabric this week.  I cut the backing for all 15 blocks. These six are quilted.  Additionally, I borrowed a friend’s light box and finished tracing off the snowmen for my red work quilt.

No new fabric came into the house.  I did consider buying some Easter fabric to make a border for an Easter quilt, but since I didn’t have the quilt top with me I stuck with my original shopping list of green thread for the sashing on the back of the Dresden Plates.  I also bought a package of needles since my DH was looking for a curved needle to repair his snow boots.

Fabric Added this Week: 0 yards
Fabric Added to Date: 5.50 yards

Fabric Used this Week: 4.35 yards
Fabric Used to Date: 28.236 yards

Net Used for 2011: 22.736 yards

Check out how others are doing by following the links over at Patchwork Times.

What’s On My Design Wall

Dancing Flowers came down without any additional work since I needed the wall to work on mom’s quilt. A day or two ago I put all of my completed red work blocks on the wall to see how many I’ve got completed. I’ve started a 5th block, but when I finish it, I’ll need to trace off more blocks.

Check out more design walls on Judy’s blog.

Stash Report

There simply was not a whole lot of quilting going on this week. I still don’t have the SBS block made (I have until midnight to get it done to enter the drawing) and I still only have the 1st row of the new quilt sewn together. However, I did finish this redwork block while I’ve been up at the rehab center with my mom.

This week’s report is as follows:

Fabric Added this Week: 0 yards
Fabric Added to Date: 1.684 yards

Fabric Used this Week: 0.087 yards (20 2 1/2″ squares)
Fabric Used to Date: 15.271 yards

Net Stash for 2010: -13.587 yards

Check out how other’s are doing with their stash by hopping over to Judy’s.

Stash Report Week # 33

It was a simple task. Go to the LQS and get the 4 5/8 yards of fabric for the finishing kit for the Kansas Spirit BOM that I’m writing the finishing instructions for. True, I’ll need to get border fabric for my Blue and Yellow stars to finish it, but I don’t have to do that right now. There’s plenty on my plate that I want to finish that I have all the fabric for. But since I was in the store, I wandered back to the clearance shelves to see if anything on them would work for the stars. Maybe – but I’ll need to have the quilt with me before I buy. As I walk out of the room what do I spot but a bolt of fabric with music notes in Red on White!

But I’ve already finished the music quilt top! And I have enough music fabric to make 2 or 3 more — including backing. But I am working on those red work snowmen and they’ll have red and white pieced blocks — so a FQ came home with me in addition to the 4 5/8 yard — ok 5 yards of fabric for the BOM finishing kit.

So much for not making it though the first day of Burton’s UFO Challenge on her blog Quilting Literati

Outbound I made 2 sets of 6 blocks for the SBS swap (6″ blocks), 4 blocks for the birthday swap (12″), the last block for Kansas Spirit and cut all the fabric needed for the setting blocks.

So now for the report:

Fabric Added this Week: 5.25 yards
Fabric Added to Date: 168.25 yards

Fabric Used this Week: 3.865 yards
Fabric Used to Date: 62.618 yards

Net Stash: +105.632 yards

See how others are doing with their stash over at Patchwork Times.

Waiting is Over

DH came out of the procedure with basically a clean bill of heath. Apparently the test Monday was a “false positve”. What a relief.

I didn’t get much done on the snowmen. Dad’s left arm, chest, neck and a bit of the face. It’s exhausting sitting around waiting and the surgery was running about 2 hours late. While the procedure was done, I ran down to the cafeteria to grab a bite to eat and then read few pages in my book, before the doctor was telling me the results. Then we waiting and catnapped until it was time to come home.


So what does this redwork pic have to do with the title of this post? Well, when I’m waiting, in doctor’s offices, for concerts or musicals to start, or for us to get somewhere (long drives), I work on my redwork snowmen.

There were no plans to work on this project this month, however a trip to the doctor’s office changed all that.

My DH is having a cardiac catheterization later this morning. So, I while I’m waiting for him to come out of surgery, I will do some stitching to try and keep from worrying.

Everyone reacts differently when a loved one is in the hospital or in surgery. The last time DH had surgery I was working in the hospital computer department. My choices were to sit in a hard chair in an empty room and watch TV, or do something. I chose the latter. The nurses all had my pager number, and they let me use a small office to participate in a conference call that was on my schedule (my choice — not my employer’s). Then I wandered off to the medical records department to check on a software install we were doing — again my choice. Now admittedly, I couldn’t stay focused on any of these tasks, but it kept me from actively worrying.

Today in my bag of tricks, I’ve got the redwork, a book to read and my husband’s netbook. Although I still work with hospitals and computers, I don’t work for the hospital — so there will be no running around working to keep me occupied. Of course this procedure won’t take near as long, so I won’t need to keep myself distracted as long.

What’s on My Design Wall – 6/29

What’s on my design wall? Technically the same thing as last week. So I’ll answer the question “What am I working on right now?” It’s this red work snowman from Crabapple Hill’s Winter Wonderland. I bought this pattern several years ago and have been working off and on on the red work. I’ve also been collecting red and white fabrics to make the pieced blocks.

One block was finished a while back, and I just finished the second block a couple of weeks ago. This is what I grab when I know I’m going to be waiting somewhere. In addition to the block in the hoop, I have two more traced off and ready to go. There is no deadline for this quilt top, so when I finish up the red work, I’ll start on the pieced block.

Check out Judy’s blog to see what is on other quilter’s design walls.