Monthly Archives: February 2013

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Well I’ve finally recouperated from a fantastic retreat. Got lots done and had a ball. Also had way to much Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla! Check out the crew with the fancy cow – all ready for partying. On Wednesday evening we had to have dinner at Goodson’s Cafe in Tomball – well known for their Chicken Fried Steak – and it was “sew” good.

When I got home I was able to stay on track and quilted Judy’s two quilts. The first is gorgeous and has soft colors in teals and corals. The picture really doesn’t do it justice and is way off in color. I think I need a photography lesson!! The second is a sweet little baby quilt done in blue and yellow with butterflies. Some baby will smile over that one.

A picture of my completed red bird block. I started over and got it right this time. Soaked it and it definitely works..you cannot see the machine stitches at all! Very cool. This is a technique I will continue to use.

Lastly, on the way home Sally and I stopped at the Galleria in Houston for a luncheon for Bo’s Place. Our guild has been working for four years with Bo’s Place. It is a grief counseling facility and part of their counseling is having the participants make quilt squares. We have been putting them together and they hang on every wall in the building. What a great group!

Been making lots of fleece blankets today for my daughter’s dance team. The are gold with the name of the team “Golddusters” embroidered in green. It takes 31 minutes to sew out the name since it is rather large. The edges are finished with a wave stitch in green and gold (from the Babylock Evolve). They look nice but…only 26 of them!.

Until later

BE HAPPY…Karen

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Day Two at Retreat

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It’s happy Tuesday at Retreat today! Bonnie has finished her One Block Wonder Quilt – we named it THE FINGER! She is working on her second quilt top built from the special Creative Grids ruler, the 4 1/2″ quarter square triangle…Looks like it will be really neat!

Carole has been slaving over her blocks for two days now…maybe a glass of wine for dinner. She is one of the happiest quilters I know!

Sally gave up on her workshop project for a while and has resorted to crocheting. Grandbaby coming soon so she has an excuse. Can you tell she doesn’t want her picture taken – she hasn’t “styled” her hair yet!

Sandy finished this great quilt today. Looks really great especially the opposing corners!

Last, but not least, is our esteemed crew Captain – Judy! Her baby quilt is coming right along – a disappearing 4 patch.

The bright project is my finished top from a workshop several years ago. It is a Cara Gullati pattern only I made it with all of my hand dyed fabrics – super happy!

So…busy Retreat -lots of laughs and sewing and fun!

Until later…BE HAPPY

Karen

RETREAT BEGINS!

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Well, here we are, only about one hour north of Houston, but out in the country. We have admired the Cardinals but haven’t seen the deer yet today. Everyone is hard at work after eating a fantastic lunch at the local Tea Room, and, of course, a visit to the local quilt shop.

Bonnie is working hard on a one block wonder quilt done in blues and neutrals. Sally is also working in blues and neutrals while Sandy, Linda and Elaine are working hard on Easy Street by Bonnie Hunter. Lots of fun and too much to eat. I’ll post more pics tomorrow so you can see more of the projects in process.

Back to having fun….

BE HAPPY…Karen

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bird pic soaked

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roving boxer

Well, when you soak a block to remove the foundation and find little red dots floating on the top of the water – IT’S NOT THE MEASLES! My machine applique was so invisible that I simply missed the fact that I hadn’t actually sewn the tail of that bird! OK, design opportunity – 3D tail? Guess not, but it was worth a try. Anyway, the invisible sewing method works pretty well. It is very difficult to see the stitching where I did it correctly. It does take a little practice, and slow sewing. Also, it helps to use a fine Microtex sharp needle. For a while I sewed with a hunker that I had put in for costume sequin sewing…forgot to remove it and that area, needless to say, looks a bit rough! Heading out for retreat tomorrow so I plan on really trying it seriously.

Don’t you love the boxer. Valerie, one of my quilting buddies, is really into wool sculpting. She made this with roving as a birthday present to me! How happy I am!!!

BE HAPPY…Karen