Sunday, September 21, 2014

Market Day ~ Airing of the Quilts ~ Part Two

I hope you've been enjoying the quilt show!  I'll get right back to the

Airing of the Quilts

Here's the next batch of Market Day quilt photos.... 
Deb from South Carolina

Debbie A from California ~ mini version

Debbie A from California ~ regular size
Debbie P from Massachusetts

Deborah from Canada

Deborah B from California ~ regular size

Deborah B from California ~ mini version
Dona from Vermont ~ Mini

Dona from Vermont

Donna L from California

Dominique from France
Elaine M from Indiana
Ginny M from Illinois ~ regular size

Ginny M from Illinois ~ Mini version
Jan from Indiana
Jane L from Arizona

Janet from New Jersey

Janet G from New Jersey

Janet G from Massachusetts
Janet O from Utah

Jean B from Minnesota

JoAnn B from Massachusetts

More inspiring Market Day quilts coming in my next post!  

Friday, September 19, 2014

Market Day ~ Airing of the Quilts ~ Part One

My first order of business is to remind you that today is week #9 in our Marcus Fabrics Friends & Companions Sew-along!!  Today you will meet Dolores Smith, co-owner of Homestead Hearth Quilt Shop and design partner with Sarah Maxwell.  Click here to visit their blog, meet Dolores and get her block instructions!  

We sure hope you're having fun with our Designer Sew-along.  We've had really great blocks, I think, and our big reveal is coming soon!!  So, so exciting!!

Airing of the Quilts 

Before I begin the photo display of these lovely quilts, may I take this opportunity to share my thoughts with you.  To each of you who visit my blog, these sew-alongs are my way of giving back to you.  I receive so many lovely emails and comments, and I want you to know just how much they fill my heart.  You've shared parts of your life, both of joy and sorrow, expressing what quilting means to you, and how in some way, my quilt designs and fabric have played some part in your quilting adventures.  Your kind words and encouragement mean more to me than you'll ever know, and keep me going, to be sure.  I am humbled and grateful for your friendship, and thank you from the bottom of my heart!  

Our Market Day quilts are going on the clothesline....there for you to enjoy.  I have many, many quilts to share with you, and will do so over several posts.  I am so jazzed thinking about how many people have participated in this sew-along, from all over the United States, and around the world.  Isn't it grand to think that we've all be sewing on the same project together? Oh, how our love of quilting unites us!  

I am delighted over how many of you made the mini version.  The mini version was something I decided to do at the last minute, and boy am I glad I did.  As you may know, I adore small blocks and quilts.  I wanted to challenge you to give miniature blocks a try, and the blocks in this quilt, I hoped, were easy enough to tempt you.  Many, many of you did try and tell me now you're hooked!  Those of you already comfortable working on mini blocks enjoyed the mini version, too.  I feel very strongly about stepping out of your comfort zone and trying new things from time to time.  That is how we grow as quilters, and there are so many wonderful things to learn.  Keep on growing!

My thanks to everyone who took the time to email photos so we can all enjoy seeing them.  I know that you will be inspired by all of the work and creativity of others.  

Without further a-do (and I can stop blabbing now and get to the good stuff), I'll let the quilts speak for themselves.  Enjoy!
Anita from The Netherlands

Barbara from Kansas
Becky from Wyoming
Beth from Michigan
Carleen from Canada

Cathy B from Texas

Cathy from Maryland

Cathy W. from Arizona
Celtic Rose from Arizona

Charlotte from California ~ regular size

Charlotte from California ~ mini version

Cherie R. from Michigan
Christie B from Nebraska

Christina M from Indiana

Claudine from France

Corinne from Germany ~ regular size
Corinne from Germany ~ mini version

Dale from California ~ mini version

Dale from California ~ regular size

Danice from Alabama 
Lots more in my next post!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Back from Mackinaw City

We're all back home after having spent a wonderful week with a great group of Girlfriends!  Lynne Hagmeier (Kansas Troubles Quilters) and I hosted another of our Great Girlfriend Getaways, this time to Mackinaw City, Michigan.  

We took over a large conference room for the week, and got those sewing machines humming.

We worked on four different projects.  Three different quilts....

....and one hand pieced project, learning English Paper Piecing.

Some ladies came with their BFF.....(like me!)

The Jerome sisters and me
Some brought their sisters....All five of them!
Some came with their sister-in-law.  Way cool.  

And all of us made new friends.  I think that is one of the most special happenings at a retreat. We automatically have something in common in our love of quilting, and it doesn't take long before we're chatting with the quilters near us, sharing email addresses and friend-ing each other on Facebook.   

We all shared great piecing hints and tricks, learning so much from one another.  It's so fun to see all the quilting paraphernalia everyone has, too.  

What a great group of women.  We had a wonderful time together and I sure hope we will all meet again!

After our retreat, many of us spent a day or two visiting the area and seeing what there is to see.  Mackinaw City has a lot to offer, like this wonderful light house dating from the 1800's as well as Fort Mackinaw which dates to 1751.

Lynne and her hubby, Robert, and me and my hubby, Ed, took the ferry over to Mackinac Island for a couple of days.  We stayed at the Grand Hotel, which I can now cross off my Bucket List.  It was indeed grand.  

If you're not familiar, Mackinac Island has no motorized vehicles.  Once on the Island, it's horse and buggy or bicycles!  

Mackinaw Island also has a Fort and loads of houses and hotels on the Historical Register dating from the 1800's.  While these buildings may be 200 years old, they are impeccably maintained.  Charming is the word....everywhere, everything is so darn charming!  

me and Lynne
If you ever get the chance to visit the Mackinaw area, don't miss it.  It's really wonderful. 

Lynne and I would love to have you join us on a future Great Girlfriend Getaway!  We're planning our next adventure now, so stay tuned for news of our next retreat coming in September, 2015.  

Our thanks to all of the ladies who joined us in Mackinaw City.  We thoroughly enjoyed meeting you and spending the week together.  We will always have very fond memories of our time in Michigan!!