Wednesday, October 19, 2011


 It has been a busy week.  I spent the first 4 days of last week with my on-line quilting friends at a lovely retreat center in North Carolina.  This is a view from outside my cabin.  Isn't it lovely?
And in reality the colors were even more vibrant than this.  (The photo was taken on a cloudy morning.)

There were 25 of us this year.  We have grown a bit each year, with only 7 ladies the first year 4 years ago.

These are a few of the "show and tell" quilts that the ladies brought with them to show their handiwork.
This was started by our dear friend Jan Mynatt who passed away in June.  Her work is impeccable!

 These are a few of the other quilts that my friends have made over the past months.  There were many others, but unfortunately I was so busy trying to get my quilt pieced that I didn't take too many photos.

 Their quilts made this one of mine look quite simple by comparison.

I returned home on Thursday afternoon, just in time to unpack and repack for a trip to New York to visit our son and his family.  It was a great time to visit.  His church was putting on a performance of "Annie" which was wonderful.  All the child actors were members of the youth choir and their voices were quite good.  (Even my husband who expected to be totally bored REALLY enjoyed it!

This is our family portion of the cast:  daughter in law and their three oldest children.  A Nani has to brag a bit, right?

So that's what I've been up to.  I also did get a bit of knitting done while I was gone and this morning I started the blocking process for my sweater.  Gotta get that quilt sandwiched and quilted pretty quickly too.

Sunday, October 9, 2011


Oops, I haven't been keeping up very well, have I?

I have done quite a bit of sewing and knitting, but just checked my camera and I haven't taken any photos lately.  So I guess I'll just have to wait a bit to post anything.

But by then I should have lots of fun photos.  You see:  I'm heading out tomorrow morning for my annual quilt retreat with my online friends.  There will be 28 of us this year.  Other than the sweet lady who lives in NC and arranges this for us at a nearby camp, I am the closest.  I guess the farthest this year will be the gal flying in from CA.  We will also have quilting friends from TX, CO, OK, IA, MA, MD, FL, AL, and some points closer.  Looking forward to some really good quality sewing and visiting days.

And as soon as I get home, we'll head out again to visit my son and his family in NY.

Then I'll be home for about a week when I go to Nashville to babysit for daughter Anna Maria while she and her husband are off to Houston Quilt Market.

What a busy month this is.  Hope I can live up to my word and catch back up here soon.