Monday, October 31, 2011

One Special Knot-y Embroidery Lady

The Knot-y Embroidery Ladies Evening Group (and the Day Group) love to have "treats" at our gatherings - almost as much as being together to embroider - just sayin' ... Every now and then I remember to bring my camera so that I can share what they bring to eat.  They have the dates all figured out for the year and who is bringing treats down to a science - Lonnie was on for our October Evening and last time she was up for treats she brought the best homemade apple pies (we all still remember!).  
Well look at her spread.  We all enjoyed the buffet and commented on how she has raised the bar for the next round.  
Thank you Lonnie 
for sharing your joy/passion of Halloween Treats with us at 
Knot-y Embroidery Ladies.  

Sunday, October 30, 2011

The Rest of The Verna Mosquera Retreat

You know when I got home from the best retreat ever!!!, I realized that I was taking pictures of her new fabric line "October Skies" and Verna's new designs - to be released at Quilt Market - so I hesitated to share them on my blog.  These are from the last day together.  Enjoy - PS I have all of her new fabric and it is to die for delicious!!!
Best table mates!!!!  Bonded forever!

 We were laughing so hard at some of the names for the quilt
- well, she asked ... and I can not repeat ...
Got to have this one too.

Let me see - how many years 
is it going to take me to do this one 
- oh, well - I don't care.  It is so wonderful to look at!

Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Verna Mosquera Retreat Day Two

Neta (table mate) and Pam (Verna's Assistant Extraordinaire)

Having the time of my life!
 It is such a happy experience and Verna Mosquera has a wonderful talent - first and foremost she is a happy woman, who puts her family and mothering first and then she shares her passion for design and applique so abundantly that everyone feels uplifted  and excited to be there.

She is so beautiful while she appliques!
I have to get names tomorrow - sorry. 
All the women are so talented and joyful!
Amazing talent! 
Check out her needle case.
Two of my table mates collaborating. 
Our Watering Hole 
So much to see and learn and do 
but this girl's heading for bed.  
There is another full day tomorrow.
Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Primitive Angels - Part II

The other day I was having problems with saving my post - 
I am sure it was operator error ...  
These are the rest of the pictures that I wanted to share.  
Between Mona, Cookie and I we had quite a pile of fabric to make choices from.
And there was a pile in the chair too.
Can you see the vase, flowers, leaves and dragon fly?  LOL

The tracing was done, and Mona loaned me her snake pattern so I did not have to trace that one.  Mona and Cookie tutored me in threads and needle turn applique and were very gentle in their critique.  Before I went to bed that night I had one snake appliqued and the other one ready to applique. 

This is going to be fun.   

Monday, October 3, 2011

Primitive Angels

Friday was one of those rare days - I had it off.  Called up a couple of girlfriends, Mona and Cookie, who were interested in primitive quilts and who had also shared some of their treasured "stash" with me (Kim had a Mother daughter date) and she was missed.
Mona made this yummy quiche and salad for lunch.

And the best carrot cupcakes - all from scratch!!

Blogger won't let me save this post - I will try publishing it, to see if that works.  Story to be continued.  At least I have shared on of the best parts of the day - the food :o)

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Going Primitive

Garden Club Quilts
 by Country Threads, Inc., Mary Etherington and Connie Tesene
does anyone know where these two talented ladies are now?
circa 1967 (yes before I was born ...)

Picture of the quilt I am "learning Primitive" with.  

And from the best teacher in this discipline - Gretchen Jennings.  Gretchen lives in our area and has taught the "primitive art" for years on the West coast.  When we opened Fabric Garden Gretchen was a must have on our schedule.  We are blessed to have all of her 70 years with us and her vast experience in the "art of primitive."  Her kindness, and energy are an inspiration to us all.

From time to time I will share this primitive journey of mine and the fun it has been and is.  i.e. field trips with Kim and wonderful days spent around my kitchen table with friends who have walked the "primitive walk" before me.

Have you dipped your toe in the "waters of primitive" and learned the things I am now getting excited about?  I would love to hear your comments. 

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Wow - I Won a GIVEAWAY

Last night when I came home about 9 PM after teaching my wonderful students (we have so much fun) in the "Tea Towel and Red Work Class" at my Fabric Garden, look what was on the kitchen counter waiting for me!

Basic Grey picked my post number with their Random Number Calculator during the recent Moda - Blog Hop.  

Another exciting thing about my "win" was when Melanie at Basic Grey notified me she said I could pick a friend to receive a prize too!  My friend Kim came to mind here.  If you have not read her blog you might check it out - I love to read her ramblings ...  I expect to hear any day she received her "prize" too.  

You can check out Basic Grey and their wonderful presentation on September 11, 2011  Right HERE  and see why I love Basic Grey and took the time to comment.

I would also like to give a Big Thank you to Moda too!!!!
You can still catch their Moda Country Fair Bog Hop HERE.

It feels good to be back in the Blogland groove again.  I hope to post more often now, not feeling so "numb" after my mother's death, and the "win" sure "snapped" me out of my slump and I want you to know that you are important to me and I look forward to your comments and friendships.