Thursday, May 25, 2017

Home Again...

I know I'm home when I see this sight...
Denver International Airport.
The tent tops do make for a spectacular sight against the mountains.

Where have I been???
A week long quilt retreat with my favorite NY girls.

They surprised me with this adorable wall hanging commemorating our time together! Now a moose...really? What could be better!
 A big thanks to Mary for stitching this up for little ole me.

There was lots of stitching going on, as well as some great side trips.

We went to Corning Glass and made necklaces.
There are many different things you can make. 
It was fun to watch what everyone was doing.

They take safety very seriously.
Are we a picture of beauty or what?

We traded in the safety glasses for dark safety glasses once we got near the fire!

Word must have got out, that we were an "out of control" group.
Only 2 of us at a time, could play!
Tee Hee!!!

All those pretty colors in the back are the glass rods we melted.

We melted our base color into a good size "blob"
(a very technical term)
Then melted different color rods for the dots.
You bring both rods into the fire and just "kiss" the dot color to your base.
It kind of reminded me of rubbing your tummy, while patting your head!

One we have all the dots, we put our "blob" into a thing that pressed it flat.
Then we attached another rod and pulled and twisted.
It's amazing to see just how liquid glass moves.
After 12 hours of cooling in "vermiculite" we had our pendants.

My first question was what the heck did we put it in and why?
Vermiculite is an insulator and holds the heat. The slower the glass cools, the stronger it is!  Who knew?

Here's my pendant. Pretty cool looking if I say so myself.
They do different things for the holidays...
Eggs for Easter
Pumpkins for Halloween 
Christmas bulbs...
I want to go back for all of it!

It was fascinating to see all the gorgeous glass work...

These that are glass scenes under the glass, are just incredible.
I think it's going to take more than the 1 lesson I had, to manage something like this!

Here's some others that stuck my fancy!

Yep, a good time was had by all.
If your in the Corning New York area, this place is definitely worth visiting!

Til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Monday, May 22, 2017

Quilt Market

It was Quilt Market in St Louis...
but I wasn't there.
Although, I did send a couple of representatives!

Introducing "Ellie" the Elephant and
"Stu" the Sea Turtle.
Are these guys just the cutest?

These two are sporting the new lines of "Island Batik" fabric for spring.
Check them all out...

Patterns for these 2 are from the
"Funky Friends Factory".
is where you can find them and all their buddies.
They are all just "sew" darn cute!
Sign up for their newsletter and get a free Honey Bear pattern!

Why wasn't I at market you ask???
Well, it was my yearly quilt retreat in NY with my online buddies.
I can tell you a good time was had by all!
I'll have photos posted soon!

Till next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Friday, May 19, 2017

Santa's on His Way

It's just a little bit too early just yet...
but I'll have a fun new quilt done by the time he does arrive this year.
Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts, has made sure of that!

Does he just make you smile?

Such a fun addition to all the other blocks.
Check out this free QAL
Thanks Lorna!!!!!

Til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Cardinal in the Pines

I'm on a roll and getting these blocks done again.
They are just "sew" much fun!

This is another one of the fabulous blocks from 
Lorna's free QAL.
Cardinal in the Pines.

You can find more on the QAL

Be sure to check out the different options she has for using the blocks.
I love the cardinal table runner idea!

Til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Retreat Goodies

 You can't go to a quilt retreat empty handed!
So, I surfed thru Pinterest, and what did I find?

A lil' ole recipe, for "Quilters Moonshine"!
I don't know about your groups, but mine are all about a lil' moonshine!
...and not always the "fabric" kind, if you know what I mean.

Giving credit where credit is due...
This came from "Everyone Deserves a Quilt" blog.
You can find it right 
I've got to tell you...I absolutely love this stuff and it's WAY cheaper than that other high $$$ ironing spray on the market.
I made my own label and recipe card.
They are nothing fancy, but your welcome to download it, if you like

I did change the recipe up a bit. Instead of essential oil, I added
about a cup of scented "Febreze"
I stock up on Cranberry and Frost, at the holidays when I can find it.
It's my favorite and it smells heavenly!

The Grim Ripper!
This fun little guy is from Fons and Porter.
You can download the pattern free right
He's not just for Halloween!

It made for a perfect combo...

May the "Moonshine" bright and the "Grim Ripper's" visits be few!

Have some fun at your next retreat!
til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'