Monday, November 12, 2012

Troubled Thimbles Quilt Retreat

I don't know if I have mentioned how our group came up with it's name.  Some of us were in a local quilt shop's Thimbleberries club and we just started getting together - we also liked Kansas Troubles fabrics by Moda so we came up with the name Troubled Thimbles.  Warning - picture overload coming up.

Anyway, I spent the weekend with 13 of the most caring, generous, and talented women.  We laughed, we ate, we sewed, we stitched, we teased and we shared.

One of the 'requirements' of attending the retreat is to bring a baby quilt.  We donate these to the local Florence Crittenton home and to the NICU of a local hospital.  Here they are draped over a couch in the lobby of the hotel where we had the retreat:

We had a challenge to make something from our 'stash'.  The only rule was you could purchase backing if needed otherwise, it had to come from your collection of fabric. I was totally blown away by the talent and creativity of this group.  Here are some of the quilts:

Mary Lou made everyone of the Schnibbles quilts from the second Schnibbles book, sizing them for use as wheelchair quilts.  She donated most of them to a local nursing home that is near and dear to another member.  Amazingly she had all of the fabrics in her closet.  I think we all should be on an episode of Hoarders.  LOL!!

And Donna made most of the quilts from a Charm School book by the ladies from Country Threads:

Here are some of the ladies hard at work:

It was so much fun.  Thank you Donna and your little helpers, Nancy and her food and equipment managers and all the ladies who made the weekend a success.  I know we all had a great time.

Photo: It's an honor to serve with you guys :)

In honor and appreciation of our veterans, I want to thank all that serve and their families and friends for the sacrifices they make so that I can have safety and security here in the United States.  God bless you all. 

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Whatcha been up to?

Gosh, it has been a couple of weeks since I last posted - I never meant to be gone that long.  I have lots to catch up on but first of all, I want to send my thoughts and prayers out to the people on the East Coast, especially New Jersey and the New York City area.  I live in New York State but we had only heavy rains and no damage to our property.  There were a few limbs down but no power outages at our house.  I realize how very lucky we are when I see the devastation and the clean-up the people on the coast have to deal with.  God bless them as they work through this disaster.

I received Amber's  pattern giveaway and she so graciously included two more patterns with it.   They both look like great projects.

Please go over to her blog to see her projects and tutorials and order her patterns.  One of her quilts on my to-do list is her Scrappy Stars pattern.  I love this pattern and looking at what other quilters did with it was very inspiring to me.  We all have scraps that we could make this with.  Thanks, Amber!

We had our October quilt group get-together at Nancy P's house.  She always hosts us in October as Halloween is 'her' holiday and she has the best decorations!  She has wonderful Halloween treats for us - almost all of the recipes and ideas came from Pinterest!  She served blood shooters, chicken fingers, grave yard roasted veggies and a multitude of sweet treats.

One of our ongoing missions is to make quilts for people that need a little hug.  We have given quilts to returning soldiers, people who have suffered a loss from fire and floods, people who have lost a loved one and people with illnesses.  I recently learned that one of my coworkers was having breast cancer surgery and  I knew she would really appreciate a quilt.  Mary Lou had just finished this up and brought it for her.  Several of our group have been affected by this disease so it was especially special to take this to my friend.  

We also make lap or wheelchair quilts for a local nursing home.  Some of us had made a few this month and here are pictures of a couple.

There was a lot of show and tell and here are a few pictures from that.  As you can see, Betsy (our ultra-organized member) is right on top of it with a snowman pillow!

First - our favorite go-to quilt - Lucky Star by Atkinson Designs.  Sarah and her granddaughter made this together.

Another quilt from Sarah - this is going on her dining room table for Christmas.

Betsy's cute snowman pillow

A tumbler quilt made by Terri from Sock Monkey fabric

Terri made this from a Sock Monkey panel  

Another Lucky Star quilt.  I am sorry, but I must have been distracted and I don't remember who made this one :( .  We do love this pattern, we have used it for many quilts we've made - each of us makes a block or two with a theme (patriotic, Thimbleberries, 30's, etc) and a common background and they all go together perfectly.  We don't need an additional border so it is a perfect stash quilt.

Sorry some of the pictures are blurry - some of the ladies were in a hurry to get on to the next one!

We had such a wonderful time eating, talking, laughing and sharing.  I just love these ladies.  Our retreat is coming up next weekend and I can hardly wait!