Sunday, August 26, 2012

Pat Speth Retreat

I'm keeping my promise to come back here I am.

Last weekend I was able to attend the Pat Speth workshop on Ft. Gibson Lake here in Oklahoma.  Even though my BFF had to cancel out and didn't get to go with me I still had a good time (But of course it would have been MUCH more fun if she had been able to go---Leslie's daughter-in-law had her baby 4 weeks early and Leslie went out to California to help out.  Grandbabies trump quilt retreats and that's understandable.  The baby girl and mom are doing well).

Anyway....Pat Speth.  She has written several books and patterns and does everything with 5 inch squares.  Her books include "Nickle Quilts" and "More Nickle Quilts".

Here I am with Pat.  She's an excellent teacher.

This is most of the group.  There were about 40 of us.  We were at Tulakogee Camp which was an absolutely beautiful place.  We all had our sewing machines facing the lake.  The lighting was wonderful, food was great and the sleeping quarters were very nice.
We each had a long table big enough for our machine and a pressing station.
This is what I managed to get done.  This quilt is called "Paducah Nine Patch".  I have a lot more blocks to make before it's done.

I also made these as practice blocks after a couple of Pat's demos.  You'll see more of these at a later date as I am putting them in with some other blocks I've had done for a while.  I'm piecing it now and hope to have the top done this week.
Now for some of the things other people were working on:

Last, but not least....some of my friends from my stitch group.  Emma,


Judy and June.

Until next time...Hope you all sew something beautiful this week!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

August 2012

Well, another month is flying by and we're finally getting into some cooler weather here in Oklahoma.

Much has been going on since my last post and a few people have "bugged" me about a new post so here I am again!! trying to remember what all has happened.

I made these little quilts for my daughter Calista's laundry room:
The pattern for the birds is from the new Piece O Cake book.  The chicken was one of their earlier patterns and the cat came from another book called "Wonderful Whimsical Quilts".

I did the quilting myself.

I finished this quilt for my friend Theresa:

Don't you just love it when quilts have feet!?

I never could get a picture showing the true colors of this quilt.  It was REALLY bright!  

I made this wallet using "Texture Magic" and some of my hand dyed fabrics.  It's the first time I've cut into them and it was really hard to do.  But now I'm glad I did it.  Still haven't decided if the wallet was worth it even though I like it now that it's done.  I found the pattern hard to follow.

Lots of compartments and a pen holder.

Tim and I celebrated our 37th wedding anniversary with our dear friends Randie and Crystal.  We were also celebrating her birthday.

We also attended Tim's 40th Class Reunion in Missouri:
Here we are with our friend/"cousin-in-law" Julie.  We weren't in his class--I wasn't even in his school.  But we both gave his new hip a work out on the dance floor.
Our daughter and family went along on the trip so we could visit with Tim's step-dad and other family.  Here they are at the Washington County Fair:
And of course, I've spent some time with the grandboys this summer:
We made home made play dough....

seems most projects had a food theme:  pizza....

ice cream cone (he thinks like me!)

and of course a hot dog with relish!

Just had to add these last three of the cutest 2 year old I know.

Busy times....more later...I promise!