Monday, April 9, 2018

Shipshewana Spring 2018

Here's the email I just sent to those attending the May retreat in Shipshewana.

Can you believe it's April 9th already and here in Lafayette it's snowing again. It's supposed to be in the 70s later this week.
In a little over 5 weeks we will be enjoying our retreat in Shipshewana. It seems like it takes forever to get here, and then the time finally comes and then it's over, just like that! Here are some need-to-know details of the retreat. If you have attended in the past, much of the information is the same.
I hope you are all as excited as I am to be preparing for the Threads of Mine/The Quilting Room Retreat in Shipshewana. This Spring we are happy to have some members of The Quilting Room FB group join us again.  Since we have quilters from across the United States, I will have a map at the retreat showing where we are all from. We all have the same passion and love to share our ideas. Some of the best friendships start at a quilting retreat.

Quilters Garage Sale
We will have a  table for you to place quilt related items for sale. You price them and include your name. All items must be taken with you if they don't sell. (Judy Clare has a set of Red Snappers to sell for $25. She will bring them if someone might be interested.)

I'm putting together a directory which will include: name, address, phone, email. If you do NOT want your information published, please let me know by May 1st. If your information has changed from last year or there was an error in the directory last year, let me know that also.

Arrival/Departure Time
The retreat begins at 11:00 am on Thursday, May 17. The doors will be open by 11:00 am, but may be open earlier if we are done with setup.
Checkout time on Sunday is 11:00 am and we must be out of the sewing room by 11:00 am also.

Room Setup
The room will be setup much like the Fall retreats as we have 70 quilters attending.  Each quilter will have an 8' table. (You may bring your small sewing table.) There will be several ironing stations around the room, so it isn't necessary to bring an iron, although you may if you wish. We tend to trip circuit breakers if we have too many irons. The Farmstead Inn provides us with extension cords, surge protectors, a waste basket and chair at each table. I prefer to bring my own chair with wheels. If you are not flying in and have room it's a good idea.

Show & Tell
I expect everyone to participate in Introductions on Thursday night at 7:30 and we will have Show & Tell on Friday and Saturday nights at around 7:30-8:00, with group pictures immediately following on Saturday. Your Show and Tell does not have to be made at the retreat. You may bring other projects to show. How about bringing a project you started at a previous retreat? These are the only scheduled events at the retreat.

A nice continental breakfast is served each morning in the dining area. Your other meals are on your own and there are lots of possibilities to choose from.

Drinks and Snacks
Coffee is provided in our kitchen area and also a couple other locations at the Farmstead Inn. We will have soft drinks, water and ice available. You may bring a snack to share, but no crock pots, please. There is very limited mini-fridge space. Paper plates, napkins and silverware will be provided. The Farmstead Inn is smoke-free and alcohol-free. Any room with evidence is considered in violation of this policy and will be charged and additional $150.

To commemorate our this years retreat you may purchase a pin or charm. See attachment for details.
Pin: $4 - 3/4" pin with a 2018 quilt block
Charm: $4 - 1/2" charm with a 2018 quilt block
If you would like to place an order for one of these items, let me know by May 1st.
I'm still working on shirts, bags and mugs.

If this is your first retreat at the Farmstead Inn, you will pull into the drive and continue around the building to the back side. Enter at the Conference Center entrance and we will have luggage carts at the doors for your convenience. The guest rooms will not be available until 3:00 pm.

If you have a friend attending that does not have email, please share this with them.
Any other questions, please let me know.


Saturday, February 17, 2018

Welcome Back.

I was looking for a quilt pattern today and knew I had a picture on my blog, so here I am. Decided to post while I was here.

What's new?

I have a new website, created by me and Go Daddy's Website Builder. My old website was done by my husband using Front Page. Boy was that a long time ago. Ruthies Quilting celebrated 10 years last July. I should add up how many quilts have been quilted on Mabel. Last year was around 270.

This past week at Ruthie's Quilting:

 I made this quilt for Craftsy and I love how it turned out. It went together perfectly and I have already gone through my batik totes to pick out the 16 FQs to cut up and take to my retreat March 1.

I quilted this for Debbie this week. The backing was a thick furry purple. I failed to get a pic of the back, but it looked awesome with the Ripples quilting.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Testing my new PC

I got a new laptop yesterday and I'm hoping it plays better with my iPhone and blogger than my Toshiba
Marietta's black and whites.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Cushions, Cushions, and More Cushions

My son and daughter-in-law asked me to make cushions for their outdoor furniture. If I had known how much work and how expensive the foam is, I would have given them a Lowe's gift card.
Here's one seat pad. I have 7 more of these and 8 seat backs, and a love seat pad and 2 backs.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Grandma's Kitchen Block 2/25, Sticky Buns

Grandma's Kitchen Block #2 was posted yesterday, but it was a busy day, so I didn't get a chance to work on it until this morning. I'm using all solids in my quilt, leftovers from Amish With a Twist, remember? Well, Pat used a stripe and a check, which she added to her mix of fabrics and suggested everyone do. I'm one to follow directions, ha-ha, so I made two blocks today, one with stripes and one with solids.

Solid Blocks 1/25 and 2/25 together

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Grandma's Kitchen Sew Along

I know, I know, I have plenty of UFOs to finish, but I just couldn't resist Pat Sloan's new Sew Along Grandma's Kitchen. When I saw the first post about it, I was thinking of the shoe tote with Amish With A Twist leftovers. I took these fabrics to Butler with me for Crazy Mom's workshop but changed my mind and used the Scrap Bag Challenge fabrics.

My Grandparents lived in Green Bay, WI and we only visited a few times each year, usually holidays. I don't ever remember them coming to Indiana, but they may have. Grandma's house was spotless. "A place for everything and everything in it's place" was her motto. I actually lived with them for a month in the second grade while my mom was in the hospital. My job each week was to dust the baseboards. I don't recall my mother dusting the baseboards weekly, but again, maybe I just don't remember.

Another funny memory was at holiday dinners, all 6 of my girl cousins and I ate in our slips. Our fancy dresses were removed and a napkin was tucked into our slips. I'll have to see if I have any photos of those dinners.

Anyway, back to my block.
Solid fabrics make the neatest, crispest blocks. I'm pretty happy with my first block.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Crazy Mom Quilts Workshop

A week ago Saturday, my friend Annette and I drove up to Butler Indiana to attend a workshop with Amanda Jean from Crazy Mom Quilts.   I used to read her blog faithfully, but I haven't been doing much blog reading lately.  Facebook seems to take my online time.  Maybe I will get back into the
swing of things. Anyway back to the workshop.

 We were required to have the book "No Scrap Left Behind". There are several quilts that I would be interested in making but I couldn't decide which one. I actually took along leftovers from Matt's quilt that are all browns tans and creams, the leftovers from Amish with a twist three,  and I also took a bag of scraps that I got from our local quilts for kids scrap bag challenge. This was a grocery bag with scraps to use to make a quilt.

After seeing Amanda's quilts I decided to go with the Scrap Bag Challenge.  Here are some of my scraps cut into strips.

 And here are some of my blocks that have been trimmed.

Here are the blocks in the pattern layout. We were trying to decide what color to make the big blocks and Terry suggested Spring Green.  The day went by really fast and before long it was time to pack up and go home.


That night I was showing my husband the blocks and I was looking for a fabric with polkadots on it for the small squares. In my polkadot drawer and there was this pink and brown fabric and he said that's the one you need to use for the big squares. I found another with bigger circles that I fussy cut for the small squares.

Here's the top:

I quilted it  and then asked for his opinion on the binding. LOL. He's pretty good with picking out colors. Since there's so much pink in this quilt we actually decided on a pink binding.

And I'm handstitching that down now.