Monday, October 25, 2010

The knot is tied!

We had a great weekend at Shoshone Base Camp in Idaho for our 2nd daughter's wedding. She and her husband met last fall at Camp Lutherhaven in Coeur d'Alene and she worked at Shoshone this past summer so it was the perfect spot for their wedding!

It was such fun meeting all of Drew's family for the first time and spending the weekend with them and most of my extended family. One of the best parts was that there was no internet or cell service so we just had to visit and get to know each other!

I finished the quilt Thursday night and my sister embroidered the label on the way to camp and got it added to the quilt the day of the wedding shortly before we hung it on the wall. The pattern is Monet's Wedding Ring from the book Scraps by Judy Martin.

On Friday after arriving at the camp I made the 17 pies for the wedding dinner. The bride put together 14 lasagnes for the wedding dinner and then we turned over the kitchen to her new mother-in-law so she could get the baked potatoes, ham and salad bar ready for that night's dinner. It was wonderful and we used the leftover potatoes for hashbrowns the next morning and potato salad for lunch and dinner.

Once lunch on Saturday was done we cleaned up the chow hall and got things set up for the wedding dinner and got ourselves dressed and ready for the wedding. It was a very fun and wonderful wedding officiated by my sister's husband. Pictures and dinner went off without a hitch followed by lots of visiting.

A huge thank-you needs to go to my sister for helping to make things happen and all the others who helped with dishes, cleaning and cooking to make the weekend go as smoothly as it did!

If you want to see some of the photos from the photographer you can see them here.

Friday, October 22, 2010

It is finished!

The quilting is finished! the label is getting started and should be finished and on the quilt today. One whole day before the wedding. Must be some kind of record! Pictures will be posted on Monday!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The Big Weekend!

It's here! I head out this morning to get things started. Today I will be food shopping with the bride for the dinner and dessert and probably for her head piece and then heading to my sister's house. Tomorrow I will spend the day finishing the quilt. Yes, I think I should be able to finish it!! Friday I head to the camp to start baking pies and preparing the lasagna. And then the fun begins!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

one top done

Here is the top I made for my cousin in North Dakota. She said she wanted green but that brown and tan were okay too.This pattern comes from Judy Martin's book Scraps and is called Grandmother's Scrapbook. It was a fun one to make and turned out so well. I went to my LQS and got a back for this quilt this week so as soon as that wedding quilt is done I can think about getting this quilted.

I am working away at the wedding quilt but it is only a week until the wedding! I did finish another phase of the quilting today so it feels a bit closer to completion at least. After next Saturday I will be able to post a picture of the quilt, done or not!

I also started working on cleaning up the sewing room so it can be used as a guest room next week for my brother and his wife who are coming from West Virginia for the wedding. I sorted through all the leftovers that other quilters at the retreat last weekend dropped off at my workspace. Some will be added to my triangle collection or my scrap bin but some will be used as projects on their own. I will be spending Monday and Tuesday getting that room and the rest of the house a little tidied up in between hand quilting sessions and on Wednesday I head out to get thing ready for the big day.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Home Again

I managed to get on the road last Wednesday by 10 and finally got home yesterday evening at 5! It was fun being our daughter and almost-son-in-law's first overnight guest at their little cabin. The next morning we did a little grocery shopping and then I headed to camp for the retreat. I figured I would be the first person there since I was only 5 minutes away and I was early but there were a lot of eager beavers just like me! I got settled in and started working on my first project. I worked on it all day and the next morning when I had all of one type of block done I discovered that they were 6.5" X 7.5" instead of 6.5" square! I needed to do some ripping and trimming and didn't want to waste my retreat time on that so I moved on to the next project.

I was really hoping to get one top together but that was just not meant to be but I did get all the pieces together for the next top and I hope to get the top put together today once I have it laid out on the floor. Once all the pieces were together I got the bindings machine sewn on the 5 quilts I brought along.

As always there was much laughing and talking in the quilting room. Not the least of which was wedding planning. I think we are pretty organized for the big weekend. I even found a nice blue top and a black pin-striped jacket to wear at the wedding.

I also got to spend a little time with my oldest daughter and my grandbabies so the weekend was a success in spite of the lack of sewing results!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

A Little Playing

I have all my projects ready for the retreat this weekend and I got 6 LWR quilt tops made so I decided to do some playing in my sewing room. I pulled out the drawer full of triangles that I found while rearranging the room last month and started pressing and trimming. I found 48 triangles leftover from the row I made for my sister's row by row round robin quilt. That made 12 3" Broken Dishes blocks. One of the fabrics has strawberries in it so I paper pieced a strawberry for the center and added the blocks around the outside and here is the result...
Strawberry Mini Quilt
I am not sure where I will go from here but it is a start. I might see if I can find some other strawberry fabric to add another border.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

August/September Accomplishments

August/September Tally

Quilted: 3 doll quilts, 2 lap quilts
QBRR 2010: 4 blocks

Sure doesn't seem like much but during that time I did: have 3 batches of company including one week of grandkids, make one trip across the state, cut sod and spread 7 yards of bark with my niece and cut pieces for 2 quilts to sew at quilt retreat next weekend. I am thinking that in a month I should have a good bit more on my list!