Henry Glass & Co has a new thing they are doing on their blog, called Desire to Inspire. I signed up to see if I could participate and VIOLA! I was thrilled they chose me for this month.
They sent me a lovely stack of Fishy Fishy fabric from Heather Mulder Peterson’s new line, and I got to play. There were no guidelines or restrictions.
When I saw the zig zag fabric I instantly thought it would be fun to try to make a “Faux Pickle Dish” with it. I made some appliqué curves and went to town.
I actually started with a large four patch of the fishy fabric and the orange. I appliquéd the curved shapes and the white ovals on top.
When I design anything I am making, I always at least put pencil to paper to give me a reference as to what I had in mind. Usually though, I use graph paper, PhotoShop or EQ7. I need the lines to keep me honest. But this time I just scribbled on paper to make the design. It looks pretty right on to my drawing if you ask me.
It was a bit of a challenge because I was sent all the same amount of each fabric. So I carefully measured out each piece and made sure they fit into my idea.
This whole quilt making thing I do, makes me so happy! I spied the quilt today, laying on the couch (just as in the picture) and it just made me smile.
We had the option to sign up for a Secret Sewer Swap at the DC Modern Quilt retreat. I’ve only just participated in a bee once. I’ve never participated in a swap before. Of course I signed up. It is just too much fun to pass up.
The first day was two fat quarters. The second day was something small like a pin cushion. The last day was the reveal and something a little bigger, like a tote or something similar.
I received two lovely Denise Schmidt fat quarters in two of my favorite colors. Day two I received a sweet pouch. The thing that kills me most about it is the huge knobs on the top. So adorable. So about this time, I decided my swapper was someone really fancy, with impeccable taste.
The last day I couldn’t believe it. I received this adorable travely organizer.
The big reveal was that my swapper was Heather. Yay me! She is also somewhat of a prolific sewest. I follow her blog and she is always finishing something fabulous. She picks the most lovely fabrics and makes the most lovely things.
I cannot believe all the details she put into my gifts. The front of the organizer is a beautiful star. Inside, she made some really great modifications to the pattern. She changed the sizes of the pockets on the first side. I guess it was supposed to be one flat pocket divided once. Instead, she has three different sized pockets. One of them is even dimensional to allow for a pencil or marking pen. SWEET!
On the other side, she made the pocket with a velcro closure and made it with measuring tape fabric. See, I told you she has great taste. I would love to peek at her fabric stash some day.
So the DC Modern Quilt Guild had a retreat. I guess you could tell that by my title though. We are lucky that one of our members is a house mom at a fraternity house at a local college. The boys were all gone for the summer and she had the house all to herself. She went through all the channels to get the approval for this and did an awesome job of organizing it all.
I didn’t go away for college. In fact, I didn’t really go to college. I went to beauty school and became a nail tech at the ripe old age of 19. From there, life just followed. Although, I did take a handful of community college classes here and there. Something I truly regret. I realized why I feel like I am stuck at 19. It is where I just jumped into life and skipped all the craziness of being 19. But I digress.
So we were so lucky to get to stay on a gorgeous campus with lots of amazing ladies.
I could imagine enjoying life in a place like this. The frat house was on a long u shaped drive named Fraternity Row. The U was lined with the frat houses and inside the U was a lovely green space lined with trees.
We all got to choose our own rooms. Which was a little sad for me because I had this huge 4 person room all to myself. I tried to imagine 4 guys living in this space daily. It was more than enough room for me. But I wonder what it would be like with 3 other people all the time?
Within walking distance seemed to be everything that would be perfect for college life. A handful of us would walk over to Bagel Place in the morning to get caffeinated and some breakfast. If I didn’t have a ton of sewing to do back at the house, I would have loved to have sat and people watched at Bagel Place. I forgot to mention that the weather was beautiful each morning and evening.
We were in the basement of the frat house for sewing. There was this lovely huge kitchen in there. Apparently, there is a chef on staff during the weekdays that makes meals for the boys. I was in heaven in there. It was a lot of fun baking in there with my meal partners. Each of us was assigned to a lunch or dinner to make for the group. I was in a dinner group. Here are two of my meal partners Anna and Amy. Lynne was missing from the picture.
I baked a couple of blueberry pies. I hadn’t really planned it out well though. I live almost two hours away from the school. I had a ton of full bags already packed for the retreat. I didn’t want to bring along a mixer and all my pie making accoutrement. So I whipped up the pie crust at home. I put the fixings for the filling in a baggie and brought along frozen blueberries. Even still, I think it all turned out ok in the end.
I should have taken a before picture of the food. It was just lovely. Anna made a mushroom lasagna with a bouillabaisse sauce or something that I’ve never made before. It was yummy. And Amy made two huge Salmon filets. I have to say that it was the most lovely and moist salmon I’ve ever eaten before. Lynne had mixed up a cucumber sauce to go with the fish and veggies to boot. I have to admit that I felt guilty about this meal. It was so gourmet and I ate way too much of it. Yum!
The room was set up with tables in a long row. We each had our own space for the whole weekend. People came and went as they needed to. Some times there were a lot of us and sometimes there were just a handful.
It was so much fun to see what everyone was making and how they made them. Everyone has their own style and I just love that part of the creative experience. I swear I always learn so much by watching how other people create.
It was just so much fun. I am so thankful for Anna to put this all together for us. And I am thrilled that I was able to get quite a bit done, even if I didn’t finish a single thing.
I was also delighted to get to experience a little bit of college life, some 20 years after I should have.
The best part though, was getting to know my guild sisters better. I really felt like there were some I just didn’t know. And now I do.
Have you seen the lovely line Remember from Carina Garner by Riley Blake Designs? I just adore it! I love the greys and the pinks together with a hint of red. Even the selvage is lovely.
She has a little bit of almost everything I adore. There is pink Damask, Grey circles, stripes and even a lovely texty fabric.
I was lucky enough to get to make a little tutorial for Riley Blake using this lovely line! Sweet.
We live close to many historical battlefields here in Maryland. I decided to take the finished quilt over to Burnside Bridge for a little photo shoot with my boys. Not to get confused, the photo shoot was for my quilt and not my boys. I really need to sneak some time in to take pictures of the boys too. I’m a bit smitten with them.
Any hoodle, Burnside Bridge is located in Antietam National Battlefield. We drove around and my 7 year old took some pictures. (Which is why they are a little wonky.)
Antietam National Battlefield today is gorgeous! Lots of rolling hills and statues.
So my little hand models were doing their job that day. See those four adorable little hands clutching the quilt? Aren’t they just the cutest? My kids were delighted that I let them climb up on the wall to take this picture. Walls, after all, are for climbing on.
My 11 year old was suggesting great places for me to place the quilt for more pictures. I was clicking away, when I spied this.
Military Men! It was a very hot and humid Maryland day. My kids and I were melting. And here were some of our current day military men decked out in full gear, including backpacks. That is just crazy! They are amazing!! It was actually a mix of different branches of the military including four Marines. I didn’t realize they mixed it up like that.
Seriously some dedication right there. I was delighted to have history and current military collide one one very hot and humid day. It was all I could do not to get a little verklempt. The kids and I loved it.
PS. Hop onto Riley Blake to check out the tutorial for this awesome quilt. I had so much fun making it. I would love to see if you make one for yourselves.
Hi folks! I am so excited to be sharing my Tammy today.
When I was blog hopping one day, I saw the adorable Tammy bag that was posted on the call for sign ups on Sew We Quilt! I immediately started singing the song from Tammy and the Bachelor. And every time since then, that I have been working on or thinking of my Tammy, I have had the song in my head too.
I do have to admit that I am only a fan of Debbie Reynolds as Tammy. I’m a purist like that I guess.
I haven’t ever made anything with a clasp on the top. This was fun.I had this fabric that I knew would be perfect for my little Tammy. And I was dying to make some chicken scratch for it. If you are going to put chicken scratch on gingham, you have to put a little rick rac on it too.
When I was sewing this together, I did kind of square up the bottom a little more. So my Tammy is a little more flat and stout. But I still think she is adorable!
I just have a little hand stitching in mine right now. Two of my favorite Presencia threads, a few things I am stitching, a seam ripper, scissors. My thimbles have sprouted legs and walked off, unfortunately.
Thanks so much for stopping by.
Don’t forget to check out all the other Tammy hoppers!