Friday, April 30, 2010

Retreat Day 4

Not much went on on Day 4 because we only had about 6 hours for sewing. I finished getting the third section made for the Braided Starburst and got all my patches from section four sewn into twosies or foursies.  Each section has four blocks to it.  I’ll be happy when this one is done.  It hasn’t been my favorite project to work on. I think I'm still burnt out on HST assembly from when I did my Ocean Waves Quilt.

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My plan now is to continue working on the projects that I took along to retreat until they’re done.  Oh, and to clean my quilt studio before I put all my stuff back into it…now to just find the time to do that!!

Vogues doesn’t know how to upload pictures to her blog and I know there’s a certain picture that means a lot to her so I’ll post it for her until we get her up and running.

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They’re not just three Jester’s Court blocks, they’re three very special Jester’s Court Blocks.  They’re her mom’s first three blocks that she’s made since having a stroke last winter.  On her blog, Vogues says,
“I loved spending time with sister and mom - it was great to see my mom getting back into quilting after her stroke. I had to fight back tears after putting her blocks up on the design wall. It just made me think how fast things can change and how lucky we are to have great friends and family that want to spend time with us.”
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And in the end, as you can see she made many more and joked about making my corner stones for my Rubik's Star.  =)  So glad you’re back ‘11!!

Here's a slideshow with all the pictures I took at retreat...and it's a surprisingly small amount of them.

We had a TON of fun at retreat.  I think everyone got a lot done.  Vogues even learned how to paper piece. 


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I can’t believe that it’s already time to plan next years retreat!  Next year we’re back to having a Logo, T-shirts and goofy name tags…I just didn’t have it in me to do it this year.

Retreat was exhausting…as you can see, my mom was DONE.  Stick a fork in her DONE. 

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Isn’t she cute?

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Retreat Day 3

On Sunday, I finished up my Mexican Star.  I can’t wait to get it quilted. 

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It went together much more quickly than I anticipated.  It is definitely a one day project even with the peeling back and sewing down the curved flaps.

Covered Bridge, Oliver Wheel and Old Glory Star were my barn blocks of the day. 

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It was during my Oliver Wheel block that I just needed a break.  I went upstairs and sat upside down on the couch for about an hour to stretch out my neck.  When I was brave enough to go back to the sewing room I realized I was still annoyed so I grabbed my car keys and went for a drive.  I ended up at HoChunk which is super bizarre for me because I’m not a casino person!  Luckily once I got back it wasn’t long before people started going to bed and then I was off and sewing again.  Being driven to insanity cost me three hours of sewing that I wasn’t able to get back.  =(

Before bed, I started working on my Braided Star and got one section of four blocks completed.

Here’s some random shots from Saturday & Sunday:



Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Retreat Day 2

Another busy day with a ton of fun.  I really should have written this post before I went to bed on Saturday but I didn’t and now half of the funny things that happened, I don’t remember.  =(

I finished my Barn Blocks for the day. Maple Leaf, Ringed Star & Patriotic Star.

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I pulled out my Spools Signature Quilt and all of a sudden what to do for a border became extremely clear.  I cut 12 remaining charms in half and placed them around the edges.  I chose one of the dark charms to cut into four for the corners.  A light charm got cut in four for the snowball corners for those dark charms.  The remaining ones got cut into fours for snowball corners that needed to be added to the border.  In the end, I had two charms left from the pack of 40.  The only fabrics added to this wall hanging is the lightest background for the squares and the spool background – the cream/floral print.  I’ll also be adding a binding.  Not bad for a charm pack and designing as you go!!


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Next up was my Amish Rubik Star.  I didn’t take black background fabric along so the goal was to get the blocks made.  I was sad to put it away BUT I know I need to work on this in extreme quiet. 

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Before bed I was able to get started on my Mexican Star.

For whatever reason this post doesn’t want to add any additional pictures so I’ll end here and try again later in a new post.

Block of the Week – Block #17 – Evergreen – Green County

Jen Buettner – Cre8tive Quilter

Wisconsin Quilt Blocks on Barns - Block of the Week

Block #17 – Evergreen – Green County

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Your block will finish to 6”. This means that it will physically measure 6-1/2” X 6-1/2” before it is sewn to other blocks.

Cutting Instructions & Piecing Locations for 6” Paper Pieced Block:


(4) 2-1/2” Squares – Blue – A1, A5, B3, B5

(2) 2-3/4” Squares - Gold, sub-cut clip_image006 into 4 pieces – C4, E3, F3, G2

(1) 4-3/4” Square – White, sub-cut clip_image008 in 4 pieces – A3, B1, E1, F1

(2) 2” X 3” Rectangles – White – C1, C3

(1) 1” X 1-1/2” Rectangle – White – D1

(1) 2” Square – White, sub-cut clip_image009 into 2 pieces – D3, D4

(4) 2-3/4” Squares – Green, sub-cut clip_image010 into 8 pieces – A2, A4, B2, B4, C5, E2, F2, G1

(1) 2-3/4” X 3-1/4” Rectangle – Green – C2

(1) 1” Square – Brown – D2

Click HERE to print a clean Evergreen Instruction Sheet.
Click HERE to download and print the Evergreen Foundation Pattern.

**You will want to Download the file and then print the .pdf file.  When you print, make sure that scaling is turned off enabling the document to print at 100%.  Take a moment to measure.  The Solid Line along the side edge of section B should measure 6".  If you print directly from the Google Docs screen you might come out with a slightly smaller sized block.**


Don't forget to come back and post the link to your blocks so I can see them.  I LOVE to see them!!  Don't have a blog or don't have time to post?  Just email me a picture and I'll get it uploaded.  I’ve also set up a Flickr Group if you’re interested!


Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Cre8tive Quilter’s Hurricane Recipe

I was put in charge of putting together a Recipe Book full of all the awesome foods that we ate while at Quilt Retreat.  Of course, I can’t do this until they actually send me the recipes but in the mean time, I’m sharing my ever favorite Hurricane Recipe.


Quilt retreat rocked with just the suggestion of alcohol…it makes everyone giddy.  These hurricanes could be amped up with more alcohol but for quilt retreat with sharp implements of destruction, just a little rum was more than enough!!  If someone would have wanted a stronger drink, they could have cracked open the bottles of rum and added more to their drink. 


Cre8tive Quilter’s Hurricane Recipe

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  • (1) 1 Gallon bottle of Hawaiian Punch
  • (1) 46 ounce can of Pineapple Juice 
  • (1) 2 liter bottle of Ginger Ale
  • 12 ounces light rum
  • 12 ounces dark rum
Pour into a beverage cooler, stir and dispense over ice.  Enjoy!!

If it’s a single serving you desire this is about what it breaks down to thanks to Excel:
  • 5 ounces Hawaiian Punch
  • 2 ounces Pineapple Juice
  • 1.5 ounces Ginger Ale
  • 1/3 of a shot light rum
  • 1/3 of a shot dark rum
Add additional rum as desired. 


What did I get accomplished?

I’ve decided that what I took along was NOT really over kill!! 

  1. 12 Quilt Blocks on Barn Blocks.  They are all cut out, foundations printed and ready to assemble.  My plan is 3 per day. I got 9 of my 12 done.  The last three didn’t get finished because I needed to run away for a bit on Sunday night.  I was still working on Sunday’s project when Monday rolled around.
  2. Maxine Pillow Case. Friday 
  3. Amish Rubik's Center Wall Hanging - Foundations are cut, pattern is written up.  I just need to cut my pieces out but I think I'll cut them one section at a time as I work on them. Friday  - Now I just need to buy the black background and work on assembling the wall hanging.
  4. Spools signature quilt - it's all ready for signatures.  I have stuff along to put borders on but I'm not even sure if that is even something I want to work on this weekend.  Although, it wouldn't take very long.  Saturday
  5. Mexican Stars Wall Hanging - All cut out and ready to sew. Saturday
  6. Sock Monkey PJ Pants - They've been all cut out and ready to sew together for a few months now. Saturday
  7. Braided Starburst Wall Hanging.  I have two of the four sections assembled.Sunday. – One additional section is assembled.  The fourth is very well on it’s way.  It will probably just require about another hour to get that section done.  Then block assembly.
  8. My block of the month quilt from a few years back.  It just needs the last row of 4 blocks attached and borders need to be put on. Sunday.
  9. Snowballs & 54-40 or Fight Blocks for the Rotating Snowball Quilt Along.  I have 3 snowball blocks to re-do from March and then April and possibly May's blocks. Monday.
  10. Astor Manor - Honey Bun/Charm Square quilt - Only will pull out if I need something extremely mindless.
  11. PB & J that I just picked up today.  It's not cut out or anything.  We'll see if it fits in or if I just HAVE to start it!!  PB&J is Rodney's newest pattern. I decided to buy this kit because the quilt will remind me of the fun time I had working at our booth at the Rosemont Quilt Show!

Considering 6 out of my 11 items were sewed on or finished I’d say my 11 projects that I took was not over kill.  2 of the 11 were added just on impulse so really 6 out of 9 were worked on.  The next few weeks I’m going to dedicate to finishing up those additional things that I really wanted to get done that were taken along.

I think I was asleep last night by about 8pm and didn’t wake up until this morning at 8am.  I guess I was tired.



Monday, April 26, 2010

Retreat Day 1

Today was already packed with fun and lots of laughs. I might not have gotten my full goal for today done but I'm hopeful that I can do all my stuff tomorrow plus my few hangovers from today. I'm determined I tell you!

First things first, I got my Barn Blocks for the day.  Tumble Weeds, Carpenter’s Wheel & North Star.

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  Next up was my Maxine Pillow case.  As 1I would say, “It’s Bomb-diggity.”

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I got started on my Amish Rubik's Center wall hanging.  I got all 8 of my Nine Patches Completed.

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The four green diamonds are all sewn into their strips and I was able to get one full diamond together.  It’s not easy to match, that’s one odd angle!  It has the potential for coolness. 

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I had hoped to have all of the blocks for the Amish Rubik's Center completed today but it didn’t happen.  Hopefully I can get them finished early tomorrow.  I don’t have background fabric so I won’t be putting it together anyway, just want all the blocks done.

We had a few power snafu’s.  The downstairs sewing room kept losing power because we had too many irons going.  I finally went out to Mike’s truck to search for a flash light.  I didn’t want to keep going into the utility closet blind.  Here I am with a giant Mag Light and Regina has Flash Light Envy…

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Those power issues landed Julie ironing in the bathroom…

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Some of us were a little tired…and needed a nap.

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Here’s an album with some random pictures that were taken through out the day:

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Borders are on!

I'm in love with my Mexican Star!







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Saturday, April 24, 2010

Mexican Star

I've wanted to make this wall hanging FOREVER! This spring I finally decided on the fabrics. I'm using the Hoffman Challenge fabrics for this year just because I love them, not to do the challenge.








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Amish Rubic Center

I just finished making the blocks for my Amish Rubic Center. Now I'll pack it up and bring out the next project because I didn't bring any black fabric along.

I have a blog post written for yesterday but there is no wifi here. If I need an outing, I'll hit a starbucks so I can upload the post and pictures.









Location:County Road A,Lake Delton,United States

Friday, April 23, 2010

Quilt retreat here we come!!

My passengers at picked up, the truck is packed. There's even extra room in the back of the truck and nothing is in the back seat except for Linda. Not bad considering about a 1/4 of it is food and drink that won't come home with us!



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Location:Silvernail Rd,Waukesha,United States

Thursday, April 22, 2010

It's Time!! Retreat is here!!

I'm so excited!  I'm finally packed!  Regina and Patti are tucked in at Vogues' house.  They arrived around 2pm this afternoon.  I neglected to take pictures.  We went to Bigsby's and Patched Works.  Made a brief stop at LeCakery.  Gave them a brief tour of Milwaukee during rush hour.  Had dinner at Demarini's.  Grocery shopped at Sendick's.

I promise to do better with the picture taking tomorrow!!

Ok, I think I need to share my ridiculous list of projects that I'm taking and the schedule that I have in my head to rationalize taking ALL of this:

  1. 12 Quilt Blocks on Barn Blocks.  They are all cut out, foundations printed and ready to assemble.  My plan is 3 per day.
  2. Maxine Pillow Case. Friday
  3. Amish Rubic's Center Wall Hanging - Foundations are cut, pattern is written up.  I just need to cut my pieces out but I think I'll cut them one section at a time as I work on them. Friday
  4. Spools signature quilt - it's all ready for signatures.  I have stuff along to put borders on but I'm not even sure if that is even something I want to work on this weekend.  Although, it wouldn't take very long.  Saturday
  5. Mexican Stars Wall Hanging - All cut out and ready to sew. Saturday
  6. Sock Monkey PJ Pants - They've been all cut out and ready to sew together for a few months now. Saturday
  7. Braided Starburst Wall Hanging.  I have two of the four sections assembled. Sunday.
  8. My block of the month quilt from a few years back.  It just needs the last row of 4 blocks attached and borders need to be put on. Sunday.
  9. Snowballs & 54-40 or Fight Blocks for the Rotating Snowball Quilt Along.  I have 3 snowball blocks to re-do from March and then April and possibly May's blocks. Monday.
  10. Astor Manor - HoneyBun/Charm Square quilt - Only will pull out if I need something extremely mindless.
  11. PB & J that I just picked up today.  It's not cut out or anything.  We'll see if it fits in or if I just HAVE to start it!!  PB&J is Rodney's newest pattern.  I decided to buy this kit because the quilt will remind me of the fun time I had working at our booth at the Rosemont Quilt Show!
I live in hope that I can get a lot of this done.  While we were getting ready for Rosemont, I did have a day where I assembled three quilt tops so really, anything is possible!  I also learned some new to me speed piecing techniques.  Muhahahahahahahahahaha!!

My ground beef is cooked and now in the freezer - green peppers are chopped and in the freezer.  I have quite a few things bagged up and in the garage already.  Tomorrow morning Mike will take my Machine out to the truck and while he's doing that, I'll clean out my car.  My clothing isn't in the suitcase but it is all folded up in a laundry basket and just needs to be thrown into my suit case.  My printer is in a Stitchin' chix bag - the paper tray is filled up with totally random paper.  I have a bag all ready for my pillow to go into.  My laptop will be packed up right before I leave.   I feel like I have quite a bit less packed up than the last few years that I went to retreat.  (Ok, except for the extreme amount of projects that I have packed up and ready to go!!)

I'm not sure if we'll have internet where we're going.  Worst case I'll post some brief posts via my iPhone.  My poor Aunt Kitty has the flu so she won't be able to come.  But, Mom, 1I, 4, 007, 11, 9, 27, Katie, Janet, Julie, Diane, Maureen, Sherry, Sue, Beryl, Debbie, and I will be sewing by about 12:02 PM.  BTW, I'm digging the numeric nick names!!

Now it's time to shut my eyes and go to sleep.  So I can wake up, pack up and hit the road!

8 here, signing off!