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Monday, October 24, 2016


Three things to be happy about:
(1) apple butter
(2) bright and shiny days
(3) day trips

In August my bee had it's first ever annual retreat, yes!!  We chose Homeaway, a lovely historic farmhouse in Frederick, Maryland for our 4-day retreat.

There were 17 of us and we had lots of great fun, food, and fellowship.  And oh yes, we sewed too!

Loretta taught a fractured workshop, this is her inspiration quilt...

and some of our results!

Sandra taught a needle turn workshop using her leaf quilt as inspiration

Eye candy!

Six of the ladies - Gwen, Gwen, Carolyn, Sandra, Marlene and Loretta - had each made a house panel before the retreat.

Here you see them hanging together for the very first time!

Before the retreat each attendee was asked to make a house block.

Among other things the list included a traditional quilt house, an African Hut, an apartment building, a treehouse, log cabin, teepee, birdhouse, outhouse, doghouse...

I chose to make a house boat: Noah's ark with two sets of animals and a dove.

The weekend also included a fish fry, a barbecue, games, a quilt history lecture, a scrap users demo, a skit, a gift exchange - and two quilt shop excursions, just because!

***Giveaway reminder - if you're a U.S. resident and would like a chance to own the crumb blocks that I'm giving away, go HERE and leave a comment, I really want to share them with someone!  How would you use crumb blocks if you had a bunch?  The winner will be drawn tonight and posted tomorrow!

Sew forth and sew on til later


  1. Those house panels are amazing together!!

  2. The fractured technique looks like fun and do love the house panels.


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