Monday, March 25, 2013

I love retreat

Wow, I don't know where to start.
There are so many things I want to say and remember about this last weekend. Not to mention so many wonderful people to talk about. First, though, I have to thank my sister Cindy. There was a time many years ago that I teased her about quilting, I may have even called her a grandma for it. (most likely not a real insult since we would both like nothing better then to be called something that means the greatest women to have lived- our grandmother and our own mother)
I digress, Cindy taught me to sew when I was but a wee little lassie.
 She bought me my first sewing box- it was made of blue plastic and inside was a removable divided tray. I think I was about 8 and it was filled with notions and fabric. I loved that box. It smelled like a fabric store and had sharp objects in it (I wasn't usually allowed to have things like pins and needles). There may have been a good reason for the latter but that, my friends, is a story for another day. Cindy also taught me how to piece, how to baste and how to bind a quilt. She has answered countless questions over the years and many of the same ones twice- I do that.
She has also made each of my children beautiful quilts and a few for little ole me. The point is if it had not been for her I would have never found this fabulous outlet, been invited to this retreat and had the opportunity to not only spend time with her but also meet other wonderful people!
Cindy and Me a VERY long time ago
I love this picture, there is a 17 year age difference between us but it only made us closer.
Here she is at retreat. She eventually decided to become a pirate and grow a thick
mustache, not to be out done but such infamous pirates such as The Dread Pirate Roberts.
Fabulous career and the bounty is abundant.

One would likely conclude, considering all of my best laid plans
 (see the previous post)
and having two and a half days to sew,
that I would have accomplished a lot.
Well if you 3 swoon blocks falls into your book of accomplishments
 under the a lot tab then I most certainly did accomplish something.
However, if 3 blocks is all in a days work then I must have spent
an awful lot of time chatting, eating, laughing, admiring and learning.

And I did. I can't wait to talk about the ladies I met and all the
cool things I learned. So much fun.

Friday, March 22, 2013


The enticing smell of granola scents the air as I type. My bags are packed and my map is printed.
Every day this week I woke up with one thought, get through the workday with joy and tend to my family at night. Quick. Because on Friday I am off on my journey. My journey to Iowa for .....wait for it.... RETREAT. I have felt like a child all week, giddy with anticipation.
The laughter, the buzz of so many machines, the wonderful ladies (and a few gentlemen), the food,
all at a beautiful setting on Lake Okoboji (did I mention the food?). Even saying the name makes me happy.

 Three days and two nights with nothing to do but bond with my machine.
And my fabric. I am taking a few friends with me, such as the above
stack of quilts to be quilted.
Meals are provided, snacks are everywhere and prizes all geared
for the retreater. This years theme, oh yes- there is always a theme- is
pirates...argggg maties I cannot wait.
And this amazing bundle that arrived last week. 
Its destiny to be a new quilt for my son (if you click on the link, the pic was last year and he is not broken any more, though his brother is) per his request. His 13 year old
self even picked it out. Good taste in fabric is worth passing on to ones
boys. He requested a chevron pattern. Yes!  HQT no problem.
Then there are these. I have had a love hate issue with this quilt. I became frustrated with it,
(I must be the only one who experienced this) last spring and decided the best defense
would be to give it the silent treatment. That is until last week when I felt the
would be quilt had learned its lesson and I picked it back up.
After punishing it for so long, a reprieve is in order so she is coming along too.

For good measure a little more fabric just in case. Have a fabulous weekend,
I know I will!!!!

Love Natasha

Friday, March 01, 2013

Low Volume Almost Finished

I suppose having the top done is a pretty solid accomplishment. I really love how this quilt turned out. The pattern is from Sunday Morning quilts and was really fun to put together. Even more fun was finding fabrics. I am still on the look out for them. I use mostly cottons with some flannels. There is a ton of different fabrics in this quilt and it is so soft. I think most are pretty low in volume but sometimes it is hard to tell. There are a few middle volumes in there as well.
Though,  the overall effect is on target. Now, photographing this baby was another story. I wanted to use the clothes line but the snow was too high. I tried the side of the deck but the grape vines that were not tamed last fall made it all lumpy.

So I settled for a low tree branch. I want to back it in flannel but am having trouble finding what I want. Its like shopping for a winter coat and all you find are bikini's, dead of winter but warm gear is out.
 I have until the 22nd, I am planning on quilting it at retreat.
I cannot tell you how much I am looking forward to that!! Two solid days and one half of quilting and shenanigans with other quilters. BLISS.
In what precious spare time I have I am focused on prep for retreat, I want to have plenty to do even if I do not accomplish as much but I like to dream big!!

Love Natasha


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