I had so much fun spending 5 days with my quilting friends at a retreat house in Augusta, WI. We have visited Bridge Creek Cottage so many times that it feels like coming home when I turn into the driveway! I was part of a group of 16 friends, new and old, who lived it up with our sewing machines and comfy clothes. We share meals, using a potluck app to get all the meals assigned and menus made. The house has a full kitchen and bedrooms to sleep about 20. A former extra-large garage houses all the tables and chairs and anything else we need, including lots of snacks and beverages! We can sleep when we want to, sew when we want to, take a walk, enjoy a meal, go shopping, or whatever else tickles your fancy!
You have to use a little imagination with me on the blocks above! The 3 blocks in the top row are the goal for the rest of the blocks. I just ran out of time at retreat to put all of the white strips in the places that you see as the cream background color of the design wall. All the little squares are cut from my own stash of fabrics at home, 1.5" squares. It's something I started working on last spring, working from something that I saved on Pinterest. They are Scrapbuster Block #1 & #2 on Coriander Quilts.
I've spent the last 19 years working for Bear Patch Quilting Co. in White Bear Lake, MN. I started there when I was still working full time in the Trauma/Neuro Intensive Care Unit at North Memorial. At the quilt shop, I've been able to work with customers, do some managerial tasks and teach some classes. I am surrounded by temptation of fabric and design every day, like a kid in a candy store! I made many samples to display at the store with the patterns and fabrics we stocked. I taught numerous classes and made the samples for them to highlight techniques and tools.
Now, Bear Patch is closing, I'm retiring, and I'm excited about sewing with little scraps! I found the directions for the squares on a website. The houses shown in the first picture are part of a whole village I'm building, using the directions from the Village pattern by Miss Rosie's. I'm going on about 50 houses now and maybe 8 trees, too! Here's a stack of my latest little houses!
That's just a sampling of what I managed to work on during our retreat. Now I'm counting the days to my next retreat, starting 1/1/19!
And, a friendly public health announcement here -- get your shingles shots! I was very surprised to find out that what I thought started out as a bug bite turned out to be shingles! Very itchy, a tiny bit painful, and a mild case for my first time. Now I will be arranging to get my shingles vaccination! A course of acyclovir and I'm all healed up, but guaranteed to have a worse case next time if I don't get vaccinated. Those little bumps look pretty harmless, but they are no fun!
Hi! I'm Pam! Join me on this journey through the next steps of life!