Retreat accomplishments – some …

Oh my! The retreat was a great time.  They always are!  So many different projects, so many ideas, so much help … so much food … and 2 people brought halloween jellies and candy corn … groan!  … too much sugar …  click HERE to see the slide show of other people’s projects.

SEW … What did I get done? 

fullsizeoutput_bdfThe squirrel quilt that took FOREVER to get sandwiched, is now quilted and bound!  Yeah!

The blue quilt of the blue & pink squirrels got webbed, cut up and put back together.

I got 7 blocks of the 52 blocks in 52 week project done!  All as leaders and enders.

Secret Project (IB-Dec)  #3 … is now bound … you’ll see pictures in December!

Secret Project #4 just needs a few adjustments and you’ll see it in the near future!

What I didn’t get done – and it’s OK!

I know I took WAY more than I could even attempt to work on … but I’m happy with what did get done!

  • November IB project didn’t get a stitch of quilting on it
  • Smith Mountain morning got left at home – so it didn’t get webbed or borders put on it
  • A French General layer cake that is a UFO in progress.  The blocks need to be trimmed and webbed together

The Batik Winners from the Blog Hop in August

IMG_4119Both of the winners have recieved their fabric.  Neither of them are obligated to post what they will do with the fabric.  It was a free gift with absolutely NO strings attached! However, one of the winners, Roseanne, from Home Sewn by US, posted about the fabrics and what she might make with them.   She plans to make a table runner and posted a few pictures of options.  Venture over to her blog to vote on which table runner YOU think she should make!  Her blog post is HERE.

Design Wall


  1. Smith Mountain Morning – all blocks are played out and ready to web.  If you’re not sure how to web a quilt check out  my blog post “Webbing a Quilt
  2. Border on new Blue Squirrel
  3. Border on Pink Squirrel
  4. 52 blocks in 52 weeks …


November Island Batik Project needs quilting and binding

Stash Report

fullsizeoutput_bdfThe little blue baby quilt is finished … I used around 2.5 yards of fabric.   I also finished my December Island Batik and the backing was from my stash (6 yards). There was a pop-up shop at the retreat … with beautiful Tilda fabric … and I resisted and resisted and didn’t buy any fabric.  Oh, but if you have a love for Tilda fabric,  The Steam Trunk Craftworks sells it at a great price!

  • Fabric Used this week        8.5 yards
  • Fabric Used this year:         150.85  yards
  • Fabric Bought this week:   0 yards
  • Fabric Added this year:      68.05
  • Net Fabric used                     86.8
  • Husband’s Purchases           9.5

Stitchin’ Time

  • January – Oct:  236 out of 262
  • Nov. – 10 out of 10
  • Year-to-date: 246 out of 272  =  90%

For more Stitchin’ Time, you can check out Kate’s blog: Life in Pieces

PHD in 2019:  Quilting UFOs and Finishing New Projects

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I like to make lists at the beginning of the week, but I’ll still link up to Roseanne & Sue’s Home Sewn by Us on Tuesday.

Last week’s list:

  1. Finish November’s Island Batik top (Secret Project #2) ¿ no progress: quilting
  2. Prep 2 blocks from 52 blocks in 52 weeks √  week 33-40 prepped
  3. Sew 2 blocks from 52 blocks in 52 weeks √  week 26 – 31 done
  4. “Smith Mountain Morning” ¿ no progress:  web together
  5. “Blue Squirrel”  – √  quilt & Bound
  6. Work on Secret project #1 √ some progress
  7. Finish quilting Secret Project #3) √ finished binding!

This week

  1.  Quilt Secret Project #2 (Nov IB challenge)
  2. Prep 2 blocks from 52 blocks in 52 weeks – 41 -42
  3. Sew 2 blocks from 52 blocks in 52 weeks – week 32 -33
  4. Smith Mountain Morning – Web together
  5. Complete Secret Project #4

Island Batik Blog Hop

Screen Shot 2019-11-09 at 3.30.25 PM“A Piece of … Blog Hop”  is in progress!  There are fabric giveaways each week.  Follow the Rafflecopter link below to have a chance to win “Sand Bar” fabric.  Isn’t it a pretty fabric line?  I LOVE the dark teal/blue with the sand colours!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The fabrics featured in this blog hop are from the Summer 2019 line and will be in fabric stores SOON!!!

If you haven’t visited last weeks’ blogs, the list below will take you directly to the blog post of the quilts.  SEW worth visiting for the wonderful eye candy!

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting! 


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21 thoughts on “Retreat accomplishments – some …

  1. Well, you sure didn’t let any dust settle under your feet at the retreat (must’ve been all that yummy sugar!) — you got some really nice work accomplished! I’m still petting my fabric win; haven’t decided what to make yet — I’m pondering. Roseanne is just so much quicker than me! Thanks for the fabric, and for the reminder that I need to include a pic in a post!

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    • Hi Wendy!
      I’m glad that you’re enjoying petting the fabric. Please know that you are under NO obligation to post a picture or to show what you make with the fabric. I, know too well, how fabric can sit for YEARS before the right inspiration hits!
      Enjoy the fabric and make whatever you’re lead to make – whenever that will be … AND, I’m sure that you have many other projects and squirrels just waiting to be sewn on!
      Happy Quilting! 🙂

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  3. Hi Gail! Thanks for the shout out, and thank you again for the fabric. They are just so divine. I’m thinking there just might be enough for two runners – IDK. I love your blue quilt . . . especially the binding you chose for it. It really highlights and pulls out that fabric from the center motif. So nice! ~smile~ Roseanne

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