Saturday, November 9, 2019

Sew'n Wild Oaks Retreat Part Three

Hello Everyone,
This is going to be the last installment for the October Sew'n Wild Oaks Retreat.  I think I should have T-shirts made that say, "I Survived The 2019 Sew'n Wild Oaks Retreat!"  The quilters survived the biggest power outage of the year, low temperatures, and no bathrooms.  But, we all have a great story to tell with memories and camaraderie to last a lifetime.
This is a picture heavy post of the girls and their quilts.  My sister Gail, brought her Zinnie's Choice quilt to share.

Some of the girls stayed at one of the two motels in Arnold.  Laurie and Nancie had heat, hot water, but no power.  They said they weren't able to do their hair in the morning, so I provided them with hats to wear.  What good sports!  I didn't expect them to wear the hats most of the day.....but they did!

Here are some of the projects they girls worked on during the retreat.



More sharing.  The evening show and tells were off the charts impressive. 

I always like to take table-mate pictures of the girls.  In some cases, the pictures are of house-mates.

This quartet always has a great time!

The girls were modelling the aprons that Candace made for us.  This is the group that stayed at my cabin.  They are doing their best figure skating pose.  Next they will be performing a double axle!

It was pretty chilly during the retreat.  Normally the group will walk around the Snowflake Lade a couple of times a day.  Not this year. 

One day during the retreat, there was one mama bear and three cubs doing the backstroke in the lake.  This is a great picture of a paw print compared to a tennis shoe. Now they believe me when I told them about the many bears in the area.

The Plaidettes perform every year.  This year was no exception, and we were wonderful!  We have definitely refined our act and realized that we can't sing and dance at the same time. 

We stick to singing.  The songs this year all pertained to wind, since wind was the reason for the power shut off.  Here is an example of our playlist:  Windy, Blowin' in the Wind, Catch the Wind, and we closed with a rousing rendition of Mariah.  Did I mention how wonderful we were?

Here's the entire group of retreaters.  What a glorious group of women! Steadfast, resilient, strong, kind, and supportive are just a few of the adjectives I would use to describe them.

 The final day of the retreat landed on Halloween.  I'm completely fascinating in my fascinator!

The fireplace kept us warm throughout the 4-days.  The chef kept us well fed.  The Blue Lake Springs staff met our every need.  In the beginning of this post I mentioned that we didn't have a bathroom....let me tell you why.  The septic system didn't have a generator hooked up to the pump. All of the porta potties by the lake had already been removed for the winter. During the retreat, we had hourly runs down to my cabin.  (Runs is a poor choice of words....oh well!)  Do you have any idea how often 34 women of a certain group need to use the bathroom?  Well let me tell you that I was running out of TP at the cabin.  I rummaged through the linen closet and found a Charmin mega roll six pack.  I've never been so excited in my life over TP!

So another retreat is one for the record book.  A retreat full of good times shared with good friends.  We were all blessed to be able to share this time with each other.  Quilting brought us together, and our love and friendship will keep us together.



Friday, November 8, 2019

Baby Houses & Shopping

Hello Everyone,
I thought I would take a break from showing you pictures from the retreat.  Instead, I'll show you what I've been doing over the past week.
I took out my quilting toolbox and started building houses.

Little itty bitty houses.  The house itself is only 3" x 3".  I've added oversized setting triangles to make the houses float.  They aren't floating houseboats.....just adorable little houses that are stinkin' cute!

I spend more time selecting the fabrics than it takes me to make a house.  When I start foundation paper piecing, I always have to take out my own tutorial that I use for class.  I LOVE to paper piece, I just have to refresh my memory each time on how to get started.  On more than one occasion, I've either cut off the wrong piece or have something stitched on backwards.  Since I shorten my stitch when I paper's a real pain to get the stitches out. I've been known to throw the whole thing away and start the section over. 

Now I've decided to make two blocks at a time, which helps to eliminate my mistakes.  Or else I'll make the same boo boo two times in a row!  Ask me how I know that?

I also headed to Cloth and Quilts in Hilmar, CA on Tuesday, and picked up fabric from the new Milestones line by Kansas Troubles for Moda.  This line works perfectly with my Country Sampler pattern.  The pattern is available HERE in my Etsy shop.

This fabric line is so gorgeous and is just my style.

I see a new design for Autumn.

The line has a great assortment of neutrals.  Good neutrals are sometimes hard to come by.  When I find good lights, I buy yards and yards of them for my stash.

All retreats, workshops, and trunk shows are finished for the year.  I get to stay home and focus on quilting and preparing for the Holidays. I'm getting reacquainted with my sewing room......oh how I've missed you!  I'm as snug as a bug in a rug when I spend time in my little piece of heaven.

Is it always this clean?  Not on your life!

Doesn't everyone need a spittoon in their sewing room? 

Enjoy your weekend everyone, and spend some time in your sewing rooms!


Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Sew'n Wild Oaks Retreat Part Two

Hello Everyone,
I have so many pictures to share and stories to tell about the retreat last week at Snowflake Lodge in Arnold......during a 5-day power outage. The fun began when Lynnette and Barbara presented me with a quilt.  A perfect representation of me!  I have cleavage!

Their creativity was phenomenal!  They have been meeting since February to design and make it.  I love it and will treasure the quilt forever.  These two ladies are very special to me.

The room during the day.

The room in early evening.

The girls worked throughout each day and started to decorate the design walls.  Here, a new Heritage is being born.

This is the birth of Cute as a Button.

Candace did a presentation one evening in front of the fireplace.  So cozy, and it kept us warm as the temperatures headed south.

Karen is creating a Cute as a Button with cute little houses!

Just days prior to the Paradise fire, Katie took four quilts to her machine quilter in Paradise.  All four quilts were lost in the fire. This year, Sharon presented her daughter Katie with two quilts which she replicated from Katie's quilts lost in the fire.

The bond between this mother and daughter is truly amazing.  There wasn't a dry eye in the entire room, and we had to pass a box of Kleenex.

The girls all worked on their projects throughout the retreat.  Here, a Country Sampler is coming to life.

Enjoy the amazing show.  The girls brought enough quilts to fill an hour of viewing each evening after dinner.

One day, the maintenance crew spotted four bears swimming in the lake.  By the time they told us, the bears had already headed off into the woods for a picnic.

More pictures coming throughout the week.