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Virtual Retreat - Ongoing (started January 2019) 15 Apr 2019 14:08 #145565

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Just went through everyone's posts, and people have been busy! Geneva, you are so right! I feel like a piece of my heart has been restored. Your quilt is really great-I love your color combinations.
Lotti, I hope the weather has been cooperating with what you need to do. Has anything begun to bloom near you?
Sharon!! WooHoo! You are on fire with your quilting.
As much as you want to help your Mom's husband, take your time with the placement. We were really burned by one place because we were short on time placing my mother. I honestly believe if she hadn't gone there, she might still be with us. She didn't have any dementia, but got overwhelmed and frightened very quickly.

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Virtual Retreat - Ongoing (started January 2019) 15 Apr 2019 13:49 #145564

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Well, I'm home from MQX, and this was the best one ever! I took classes for the Intelliquilter system on my longarm, one on my Scan n Cut, and a wonderful class with Sarah Vederler, the creator of the 2012 TQS BOM. She is a delightful and patient teacher. There was also an exhibit of 30 of Sue Garman's machine quilted quilts. I thought her daughters would be at the show, but they weren't. Several of our BOMs were on display, and I just kept walking through the exhibit and remembering them all. Hubby and I helped with show take down and we got to help pack Sue's quilts back up for shipping. I got kind of emotional, knowing that I may not get to see them in person again. Makes me realize that I have to finish what I start. With all Sue had going on during those last years of her life, she still found time to finish many, many quilts.

Here's what I created in Sarah's class:
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Virtual Retreat - Ongoing (started January 2019) 15 Apr 2019 11:02 #145563

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Geneva, yes Ellensburg is a great little town! DH earned his Masters degree there. Our oldest daughter also attended.

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Virtual Retreat - Ongoing (started January 2019) 15 Apr 2019 10:07 #145562

Thank you everyone for the nice compliments. :kiss:

Barb, my husband spent some time at the college in Ellensburg. He liked it. Ellensburg is our half way stop point when we are driving over to Seattle. It's a nice little town.

Wendy, Here's how I made the wonky rows. I made two 4" drunkard paths of the same solid color on the skinny side, one with the white on the big melon side and one with black on the melon side. I sewed them together along the color side and ended up with a rectangle 4" x 7 1/2", Then I sliced a little angle off different sides of the rectangles and sewed them together. Then I trimmed the outside edges to make a straight border I could sew to the same background color. (White or black). Here's a close up.

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Have a good week everyone! geneva
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Virtual Retreat - Ongoing (started January 2019) 15 Apr 2019 06:20 #145561

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love the 4RingCircus, Geneva. and am looking forward to seeing your "community butterfly quilt". I bet your quilts made that building ever so much more happy. quilts, whether to snuggle under or on walls, give so much warmth and comfort.
have a great week everyone
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Virtual Retreat - Ongoing (started January 2019) 14 Apr 2019 22:10 #145560

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Geneva great to see your latest work - 4 Ring Circus is fabulous!

My goodness what a lot of snow! We were in Seattle for an event during the first snow then back a couple weeks later for another event and look at CWU in Ellensburg for a second time with our granddaughter.

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Virtual Retreat - Ongoing (started January 2019) 14 Apr 2019 17:37 #145559

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Geneva your quilt is amazing. The wonky lines each side of solid colour are fab but beats me how you did it.

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Virtual Retreat - Ongoing (started January 2019) 14 Apr 2019 17:00 #145558

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It’s so good to hear from everyone!

And I can totally agree with Geneva, it’s nice when another quilter compliments you. It means they are confident in their own methods and can freely recognize someone else’s!

I have the large/original size QCR and one of these days,,,,,, lol. Your quilt is very inspiring.
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Virtual Retreat - Ongoing (started January 2019) 14 Apr 2019 16:47 #145556

I forgot to tell you! The quilt is called "4 Ring Circus".

And here's the back.


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Virtual Retreat - Ongoing (started January 2019) 14 Apr 2019 16:43 #145555

Hello! I'm a day late reporting in but I wanted to finish the quilt I was working on to show you all.

But first, Sharon, I live in the Eastern side of Washington. I won't be going to the Everett show. Everett is about 3+ hours over the Cascade mountains from me. If you are driving I-90 across WA, you will have to wave at me when you reach Vantage. If you'd like to come by we are in the Tri Cities which is where the Yakima, Snake and Columbia rivers meet to then flow south west to the Pacific Ocean. The Columbia River is the border between Oregon and Washington. Everett is on the "wet side" of WA. We are on the "dry side." It is a desert here. Quite the opposite of the wet side, where it rains..... a lot! All the produce that Washington is famous for, wine, apples, peaches, pears, hops and much more are grown over here. I bet that you are all probably bored with my geography lesson! Sharon, I would love to see you if you'd like to stop by. PM me!

Also Sharon, congratulations on your two ribbons! It's such a nice feeling to be acknowledged by other quilters. And as Wendy said, a viewers choice is especially nice. Well done!

Eileen, I'm so glad you are out and about quilting again. It has been a tough year, but isn't it nice to see the light shining on us again!? :)

Ok, so February and March were really snowy. It is unusual to have this much snow here. But because we were housebound for 8 weeks, I spent a lot of time in my sewing room. We live off gravel roads and have a 600 foot driveway. There is a mid section of the driveway that gets 4-5 foot drifts that are impassable with even a snow blower. Luckily we have neighbors who have tractors and are willing to spend hours digging us out.


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I found a charm pack of Op Art Reflections in my stash. It has to be several years old. I bought the QCR mini ruler at a quilt show last year and have had fun playing around with it. Then at our guild meeting they had a QCR book in the library! I'm not good at following a pattern. I'd rather make stuff and put it together in my own design. I started cutting up the drunkards path blocks using solids I had in my stash. I cut some, sewed some and did it again.

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And I got closer and closer to some sort of setting.


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Making the center pieces the same length as the on point and straight set blocks was tricky, but I did it! Here is the finished quilt


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I don't have enough "add file" to show you the backing. It's a teal grunge fabric and has a center using up all the left over drunkards path pieces.

It was fun to make and I enjoyed the quilting. I used Superior Rainbows white and black for the majority of the quilting and then another variegated Superior thread for the in between lines. Found the binding in my stash. Except for the backing, it was all made from my stash. It's about 50" x 50".

In between I have been helping to sew together one of those butterfly quilts. The one that is huge and has many individual blocks and a right side and left side. One of my small groups is making it for the guild raffle quilt for the 2020 show. I hope we can get it all pieced in the next few weeks and pass it off to the long arm quilter. It's been interesting. Sewing together a large quilt with small pieces made by a dozen other people is tricky! :dry: I'll post a picture when the top is done.

I planted zinnia seeds in seed pots to grow and plant in our outdoor pots a little later. Spring is finally here!

I don't remember if I told you, but I hung some of my quilts at the Department of Ecology in Union Gap. To be perfectly frank, it's a soul-less building, with seemingly acres of gray cubicles. June Cleaver on Acid was hanging there since July. I went to pick up the quilts a week or so ago and yesterday I received the kindest thank you note! Several people had written how much they enjoyed my quilts, especially June, and hoped I would bring some more to hang. It made my week! We artists love to hear about how our art makes people feel good, huh?

I hope the rest of you quit getting snow. I wish you fun times in your sewing rooms!

Take care, geneva
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Virtual Retreat - Ongoing (started January 2019) 14 Apr 2019 02:47 #145546

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Congratulations Sharon 2 awards! Lovely to get viewers choice. Good luck for the mini

Hard to move your parents but it'll bring peace of mind and take pressure off your mum.

Do show us your applique quilt. Good luck for that one too :)

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Virtual Retreat - Ongoing (started January 2019) 14 Apr 2019 01:49 #145545

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Congratulations, Sharon, so good.
Yup, had some snow again this morning. Luckily no storm. We have an emergency services event today - hope it will be dry at least. Not much fun to show and teach resuscitation when it’s cold and wet. Fingers crossed we‘ll still have interested visitors. Apparently Jack Frost is hanging on...
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Virtual Retreat - Ongoing (started January 2019) 13 Apr 2019 10:32 #145544

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Hi all from snowy Colorado. We have had 2 blizzards a month apart and it snowed again last night about 2" more. I am pretty sure Mother Nature isn't taking her meds, hehe.

In quilting news, I entered my Barn quilt into a show in Lindsey, CA (which is south of Fresno). It was awarded Celebrating Agriculture and Viewer's Choice!! What a lovely surprise. I am currently quilting an applique quilt, which I decided to double bat. What was I thinking! While the loft is nice my shoulders are feeling it. I hope to have it quilted by the middle of May, fingers crossed. I will be mailing my Colorful Colorado Medallion to Everett, Wash. for a show the last weekend of April, which we plan to attend. It is just north of Seattle and we have a stinking cute grand daughter that lives there. Geneva, how far is Everett from you? I hear its a very nice show. Let me know if you want to meet up. We are going Friday.

I have been super busy with my 85 y.o. mother and her 89 y.o. hubby who has Alzheimers. We are moving forward to getting him into a home and her moved out of their home of 32 years. She has been his caregiver and its wearing her out.

Hope all of you have a lovely day. I will be anxiously waiting the judging from Paducah on how my mini did.

Sharon in, waiting for the snow to melt, Colorado
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Virtual Retreat - Ongoing (started January 2019) 10 Apr 2019 11:33 #145543

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Eileen now you've really got your quilting head on again. Have a fab time and come back fired up with loads of inspiration :) .

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