Tuesday, April 7, 2009


The weekend at Shipshe was great fun. We laughed and sewed and laughed and ate and laughed....well, you get the picture, it was a blast. I didn't do too bad on my stashbusting as you will see in my next post. I got quite a bit accomplished on the quilting front. At times I felt like a slave-driver when we were out shopping or eating, by saying, "let's go, let's go!" I was a bit worried that my little car wouldn't hold everything that was purchased, but alas, it all fit and we made it back home without stopping at one quilt shop.

On the way there, we stopped at Alco in Delphi, where I purchased some Civil War fabric for the setting triangles of my Memories of Marlene quilt.
The Thread Shed in Rochester was to be our next stop, which didn't open till noon, so Shelly just window shopped a bit there.
Then, another Alco, this one in Nappannee, where I bought some more of that Civil War fabric and a piece of wide backing.
Next up was Jeanette's Fabric Boutique in Wakarusa. What a nice shop. Janet and Shelly both bought quite a bit at that one. I tried out the new Baby Lock mid-arm machine. It was pretty smooth and a very nice machiine, although I certainly don't think it's worth MORE than my Gammill.
Calico Point was the last stop before Shipshe and what a great shop that was. They had their fabric on rods hung horizontally, about eight rows high and what a fun way to display fabric. I bought another backing remenant, but that's all for me.

At the farmstead in, we sewed in a room called, Red Barn Up. It overlooks the swimming pool, which is in the barn looking part of the inn.

My projects for the weekend included this quilt for Andrew's second birthday. This was a book kit and I planned to make a book, but changed my mind and I cut apart the pages and added some sashing to look like roads. The red and black were FQs from Lolly's boat.

I put together the blocks for my Memories of Marlene quilt, but still have to do the borders.

I worked on my Storyteller quilt from the FQS and discovered that I was 2 dark blocks short, so I had to buy another FQ from Lolly's.

After working on all those UFOs, I gave in and purchased a little kit from Yoder's. It's only 35x23 and here's how it started out....126 fan blades.

Here it what I got accomplished before we packed up on Saturday night. MIne will have all yellow sunflowers.


dianne said...

Andrew will love his new quilt - i used the same "cars" to make the book and it is VERY popular around here (i should probably make another one - then two little guys can vrrrooomm at the same time) - very, very cute.

Mimi said...

Sounds like a great time and I love your quilts. It's always fun to come away from a retreat with lot of new things and lots of progress on quilts.

bopeep said...

Sounds like a great weekend. I am glad you had so much fun. Beautiful Work !!!!
Prayers, Bo

Doodlebug Gail said...

OMG - you have your Swap Blocks all in one piece already! I just picked up my blocks from the Post Office. Really like the layout you used.

Pat from FL and MI said...

What fun. I love Shipshe. You made me long to get back there! I was there for the DJ retreat last fall.

Quilter Kathy said...

You got a lot accomplished, in spite of all the laughing!!