Tuesday, October 31, 2017

An Enjoyable Day

Hello Everyone,
After all of the shows, retreats, lectures, and workshops over the past few weeks, I was past due for a break.  Yesterday was Mr. Joe's significant birthday, (in this age group, every birthday is significant!)  We loaded Mazey in the car and headed over Ebbetts Pass into Nevada.  The cottonwoods were decked out in spectacular color.

This photo was taken in Gardnerville, NV.  The mountains you see are the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada range.

We went to the little town of Genoa. Their claim to fame is that it was the first settlement in Nevada.

You really get the feeling of stepping back in time in this little town.

We love to go antiquing and wouldn't you know, the antiques shops were both closed!

Looks like pebble quilting to me!

We went to our favorite place to eat in Genoa, Cottonwood Cottage, and they were closed too!  We ended up in the little general store with all of the locals.  The locals were so local, a cowboy came in wearing spurs!  I was looking for his horse but didn't see it.  How can you drive a car with spurs on?

This made us chuckle.  Happy Halloween.

The rest of the week I'll be preparing for the Annie's Star Quilt Show in Chico, CA this weekend.  I'm busy cutting and rolling fat eighth and fat quarter bundles.  I have to print some more patterns and get them ready.  Luckily I can send a job to the printer and keep on cutting.  I love multi-tasking.

This is a view of the dogwood from our deck.  By this weekend, the leaves will be gone as it is supposed to starting raining and snowing in the next few days.  It couldn't come sooner for me as that marks the end of fire season. 

No hooky for me today.  It will all be work, work, work.


P.S.  Morning chuckle.  We live by Ebbetts Pass.  We get our propane from Ebbetts Pass Gas. I laugh every month when I make out my check for our propane.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Retreat Withdrawls

Hello Everyone,
Here are the "retreaters" in all of their glory on the last day of the Sew'n Wild Oaks retreat.  I miss these ladies, their companionship, and the laughter that continued for days!

I miss seeing their beautiful works of art.

I miss seeing their fabric selections.

I miss seeing their creativity.

I miss chatting with them each and every day.

I miss their sense of humor.

I miss the endless buzzing of their machines.

I miss the delicious food.

I miss the ladies who stayed with me at my cabin and our marathon slumber party.  We laughed until the tears were streaming down our checks as we talked well into the evening.  Then the talk and laughter resumed at the dining room table every morning.

I miss the beautiful Autumn weather and the setting of Snowflake Lodge.  We were surrounded by beauty inside and out.
I miss you all and thank you all for making this retreat so special.  I really miss the "chorus line" with those ladies who could really bust a move, and make Elvis proud.  If I muster up the courage, I will post a picture with a disclaimer that their names are to remain anonymous for eternity.

Love you all to the moon and back.


Thursday, October 26, 2017

Sew'n Wild Oaks October Retreat Day #3

Hello Everyone,
Lots of gorgeous pictures this morning from the activities yesterday at the retreat.  All of the girls were busily working on their projects throughout the day and into the evening.



This is just adorable!

Shelley made her blocks from the Patchwork Math book.  Gorgeous!

 Foundation paper-pieced houses was the lesson of the day.

Here's the neighborhood.

Beautiful Grammy Squares made by Laurie.

We say goodbye to each other after our group picture and brunch this morning.  Another wonderful retreat is in the record books.


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Sew'n Wild Oaks October Retreat Day #2

Hello Everyone,
Lots of photos today about all of the activities that took place at the retreat.  Here's Paula's pile of Lil' Orphan Scrappy blocks.


This is what the blocks look like when they decorate the design wall.

Debbie made this wonderful pumpkin full of succulents for me!  It looks great on my Fall table topper.

Lots of seasonal hexie table toppers were created during the day.

These are Laurie's baby hexies for Grammy Squares.

I taught a couple of sessions yesterday to an audience hanging on every word!

Another beautiful, warm day in the mountains.

Gotta' scoot and get down to the lodge for another retreat day.  Wish you could be here with us.