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Sunday, November 20, 2011

The retreat - the final post

Donna always amazes me with the projects she and her team work up for us. At each retreat, we receive handmade goodies as well as things she picks up from the stores. This year I went home with sewing machine needles, threads, scissors as well as a pile of other things. As soon as she arrived on Friday, she handed out these totes; and inside each one was a small drawstring bag and this handy thing to put under our machines. There are pockets across the front to hold supplies. Now even my sewing machine has a quilt!














Patti stitched the designs for the sweetest little tins that held small scissors, needles, and a needle threader. I've tried to take a picture; but even without the flash, the design is too light to show up well. So imagine an Altoid tin with a cross stitch design on top and trim to hide the raw edges. Some of the designs on the tins were stitched just for the person receiving it - a camper for Mary Lou and kitties for Sarah were a couple.

This is what I spent most of my time working on. It's Miss Rosie's X-Rated Schnibble made with French General's Falalalala. It was an easy pattern to work on; but like Darcy told me before I started, you have to pay attention! Even so, I ended up using my seam ripper a few times. Now I hope to get it quilted in time for Christmas.


On a road trip in September, NancyP got some of us interested in this pattern. So now we have a Betsy Ross quilt group, and we are the little Betsys. I was able to get several blocks done, and here are a few.













So now I have more projects that need to be finished. It just doesn't seem to end, but I love what I do; and I so enjoy these women that inspire me.

9 comments:

Lorri said...

Love the oraganizer for your machine. That is soooo cute. Your Christmas quilt is so beautiful. You do fabulous work! Have a great day

Sue said...

Oh how I love that sewing quilt organizer! I need to make one of those. Does she have a pattern?

I love the quilt you worked on, Mary and I love the Fa la la la fabric. I love anything by French General really.

Oh how I would love to be in your Betsy Ross quilt group. How fantastic is that!

Stitched With Prayer said...

Oh my gosh!!! LOVE the organizer and I'm wondering if there is a pattern available for it??? Your Christmas Schnibbles is wonderful, I love the French General fabric you chose for it. Sounds like your retreat was completely delightful. Thanks for sharing your fun with us. Hugs...

Angela {fussycut} said...

I'm glad your retreat was so fun! Your quilt is very cute, and I love those new blocks. Are you and your daughters still planning on a sewing day next weekend?

Gumbo Lily said...

That's a lot of inspiration! Nifty sewing machine quilt/organizer!

Audrey said...

I love the giveaways! We are the luckiest gals to have such great quilting buddies!

Cottage 1945 said...

That sounds like a lot of fun! A sewing machine organizer-how cute. If you get a chance stop by for my fabulous giveaway.

Siobhan said...

What fun projects! I love your Rosie quilt done in the French General fabrics--yumm! I love each and every fabric line that they've done, and each and every Miss Rosie's quilts that I've seen! LOL

Dora, the Quilter said...

What a pretty post this is! I'm planning a red and white quilt for sometime in the future--something I would not have guessed of myself. Love your pretty quilt with the French General fabrics.