Tuesday, October 25, 2016

All Good Things............

Hello Everyone,
To cap off Quilt Sue's visit to California was our trip to Yosemite last Friday.  You can see from the photos that it was a picture perfect day.

First stop was Inspiration Point. The breeze gave Gail, Sue and me a new hair design.

Second stop was our favorite picnic spot at the base of El Capitan along the Merced River.

The Fall colors and the blue sky combined for a beautiful day.

We love this picnic spot because there usually aren't many people here.  Even Yosemite isn't immune to our bark beetle plague, and we saw many dead trees on the valley floor.

This was the warning on our picnic table.  We covered it up with a quilt so Sue wouldn't be afraid and could eat her lunch without worrying about bears.

Our next stop was a walk across the valley floor to Yosemite Falls.  Luckily it rained the weekend before so there was a little bit of water in the falls.

As the light faded to late afternoon, we took this picture of Sue with Half Dome in the background.

There is beauty and grandeur in every direction.

One final picture of Sue and me with El Capitan in the background. 

Then a quiet drive back to the cabin while our thoughts reflected on our amazing trip to Yosemite and the time we spent together.

Yesterday was bittersweet.  It was time for Sue to head back across the pond to her home and family. Our entire family loves Sue.

It's lonely here at the kitchen table without you and your sense of humor.  Mazey is curled up at my feet wondering where you are and I keep hearing an occasional whine. Now that your visit has come to an end, she has one less person to scratch her behind her ears.  I miss you my friend.

The last toodle pip until your next visit.

Friday, October 21, 2016

The Last Day of the Retreat

Hello Everyone,
Here we are in all of our glory the last morning as my Sew'n Wild Oaks retreat came to a close.  I enjoy every single one of these women soooooo much!  I love you all.  It is always sad for me when everyone starts to trickle out the door and head back to their homes.  Luckily, most of us will get to see each other again soon.

 Here are a few more snippets of some of the projects "my girls" worked on during our time together.

Check out the earrings!

We even had our very own personalized scarecrow.  Great blocks Paula!

Gail, Sue, Lynn and Nancy posing by the fire.  We really didn't need the fire going toward the end of the week, but it provided a lot of atmosphere.

If any of you are interested in attending one of my retreats, please send an email to:  sewnwildoaks@gmail.com   I will put you on the waiting list.  Next year I'm planning three retreats.....August, September and October. The past attendees always have right of first refusal.  I opened up a new session next year to accommodate the overflow. How about a retreat a month and I'll just move to Snowflake Lodge and set up housekeeping? 

Today we are taking Quilt Sue to Yosemite.  I can't wait to see her reaction to the beauty of the park, our national treasure, and my favorite place on earth. 

Toodle pip,

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Sew'n Wild Oaks Retreat Day Three

Hello Everyone,
Another whirlwind of a day at Snowflake Lodge for the Sew'n Wild Oaks Retreat.  The girls have been sewing up a storm.  Here are a few snippets of their work.

This gives you an idea how small the block is for Checkerberry.  Note Irene's precision.  Yes, that is a peanut butter cup to give you some perspective.

Laurie is making four Checkerberry's to give as presents.

Some of the girls are working on their Homemade Holidays table runner.  This is my newest design and a good, quick project for Christmas.


There are several Lucy Boston blocks in the room too.

There are also several Lil' Orphan Scrappy blocks in the room.

Now we have a quilt parade.

This is the back of the Bargello beauty.

Here's my contribution to the mix.  A new little design using Elizabeth Dowry fabric from Marcus Brothers.  This will be a new pattern in the next couple of weeks.

There were several jelly roll quilts in the room.

Dianne got all wrapped up in Irene's quilt.

Nancy's Country Charmer is ready and waiting for borders.

There are six of us sitting around the dining room table enjoying our morning coffee before we head down to the lodge.  Today is the last day of the retreat.....always bittersweet.

Toodle pip,