Thursday, November 1, 2018

Autumn Love Progress (part ii)

My favorite part of quilting is when things start coming together 

I have been loving the process of turned appliqué 


I just used fabric from my stash


I did have to buy orange.

That is just not a color I EVER buy!!
(shocking)

That's probably a good thing.... 

It's one color of fabric I can pass buy without purchasing



The Harvest corner blocks are beautiful!!





This quilt is nearly finished...



It always amazes me how you can get this ...



Out of a pile of this....


The end is in sight


And it always make me sad when I am nearly done.

It's like watching your favorite series on tv and when it's finished you feel lost!!

But there is another series on the horizon by @loriholts of #beeinmybonnet

It is called Farm Sweet Farm.

Can't wait!!

I am hoping to find it at Market in Houston this week!!


We are off to Market and Festival tomorrow!!

Blogging is tricky away from home 
so 
if you are interesting in seeing the fun

 You can follow the adventure on Instagram 

 @christamarcotte

or 

Facebook -  Second Story Quilting

You never know who we may run into Houston!!

Last time we had the honor 
of 
 Jenny Doan from Missouri Star sit with us for a bit!!


Let the fun begin!!

Christa 






Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Circle Square Ranch Retreat - Fall 2018

WARNING.....

The following may take you sometime to get through...

Bring coffee....

Take 21 quilty women....


A beautiful facilty.... 

namely Circle Square Ranch in Wosley,Sk


4 days of no cooking for ourselves...





Fabrics, machines, and notions....


That filled a couple of vans....


And you have a potion for creativity and beyond!!!

We sewed from early morn to late at night for 4 days.

When show and tell came around, 

we entertained ourselves for 2 hours!!

Anita made tea cozies...


Trudi showed her wares she will be selling at Bizart this fall


Her lovely assistant, Charlene helped her with her show and tell



Things just started rolling out...


Table runners by Sandi D



This was Sandi D Cranberry Chutney quilt

Absolutely gorgeous!!


And her tumbling blocks with her Kona solids collection


Charlene hand quilted Alaska quilt


Chris finished her Labyrinth Walk




Colleen's Dachshund by Elisabeth Hartman


 Scotty dog tree skirt


and French General quilt


Collette was one of our newbies this year.



Deb has been a machine!!!!

One....


Two....


Three....


Four....


Five....
These are LARGE quilts!!


Donna was also new to the group.

She couldn't get over how much she got done.


The only thing that interrupted us what the dinner bell three times a day!!


Dot has been with us from the start of our retreats


She is so great with scraps!!


Heather had some great stories.

She loved making this quilt 
as
 it reminded her of the days with her girlfriends going to fabric auctions.



She has been busy sewing up her collection of fabrics


Jane made this adorable baby quilt with applique


Lori finished her Amazon Star by Judy Neimeyer


Lori is heading south for the winter...

this was one of her winter projects last year


Nancy finished her Nordic quilt


And last years Border Creek Mystery quilt


Peggy finished her Convex quilt


Ruth showed her Tula Pink Butterfly


She had also been super productive as always...


This was another Elizabeth Hartman quilt


All of Ruth's were so colorful!!


Sandi W is an incredible longarm quilter


Pictures can not capture how beautiful her quilting is...


Sandi started this Orange Peel the last time she came with us to Retreat


Raw Edged Roses




This little snowman was all embroidery.

It was adorable and made by Sharon Armstrong


Sharon also did this flowered quilt with embroidered applique


Sharon makes incredible quilts also


She had tons of inspiration with her job at a quilt store for 18 years!!


Shelby's Tall Tree


I think this might be the way I go for a tree this year!!

Terry finished a dear friend's needle turned applique quilt.

Great memories of a friend who has passed away.


She made this quilt look like it was a breeze to assemble!!


Vernelle is busy making christmas quilts for her grand kids


Only 9 more Fridays.... no pressure!!


I hope I haven't lost you by now!!
As you can see....

There is  reason our quilt shows always blow people away!!

We are a productive group of quilters, that's for sure!!

My favorite times are when we sit together 
and
share stories by the fire.


We had quite the laughs this year when I asked some 'get to know you' questions.

A couple were....

What's the first thing you would do if you were a man??

or 

How's the stupidest way you have been injured?

Still makes me giggle out loud about the dishwasher accident!!


Thanks for the  fun, everyone!!

See you in February!!

Christa