September 29, 2008

Retreat Pics cont.

These are a couple of more pics to hold ya for a few hours! The eye candy that everyone has

been sharing has been great! Here we are at the art musuem looking at a couple of the wonderful vintage quilts! The top pic was actually made in Loveland, Colorado and it appeared that the stitcher had a BLAST working on it! It had an incredible variety of stitches and colors on it. Enjoy! I will try to get back here later when I don't have to compete for puter time with dh!

September 23, 2008

More Retreat Fun!

On our shop hop journey, we passed a shop called Two Haute! Well.....heres a pic of our Two Hot retreat chics! LOL!! Gerry and Debbie were THE funniest ladies and we all had a wonderful time teasing Deb about her accent!

Here is a pic of ALL of us in the conservation room below decks at the art museum....left to right is Connie, Leslie, Mary Frances, Debbie, Gerry K, Gerry H, Cathy, Lauri (QUITE red in the face, she's a bit camera shy) and our Janet! Here Debbie, Gerry, Gerry and Cathy are examining one of the quilts.

The quilt below was made by members of the Plymouth Daughters Congregational Church, Arkansas City, Kansas. The Plymouth daughters made this quilt as a farewell figt for the wife of the postor, Mrs. George T. Nichols. They presented it to her upon the family's departure for Denver, where Reverend Nichols assumed the position of pastor at the Berkeley Community Congregational Church. Each member of the Plymouth Daughters took the name of a virtue treasured by the Founding Fathers of Plymouth Colony (Mrs. Nichols was Patience). The names are embroidered onto the quilt pieces. Other names are those of non-members who contributed to the project. (That must be Mrs. Clap!) LOL! The virtues that were listed are Thankful, fidelity, winsome, harmony, glee, symphony, courage, wisdome, hopeful, content, unity, advance, delight, sincerity, peace, freedom, simplicity, advance, efficiency, desire, victory, grace. Hopefully I got all of the virtues. This was a really neat quilt to explore with all the stitch variations, etc.

This quilt was made in the late 1940's to early 1950's, Loveland Colorado. It was comprised of silk, cotton, synthetic fabrics. The black sashing sparkles with embroidered start and sets off the blocks of dress fabrics from the 1940's. A dog, cat and a key are amoung the many motifs embroidered on the more plain swatches. The individual that created this quilt simply had a wonderful time with it. It was apparent thru the variety of stitch variations, colors, etc. The back was fascinating in that there is a chain stitch that follows both sides of the sashing thru out the quilt.

I will stop here for now. Stay tuned for more pics!

September 18, 2008

Colorado Toast to CQI Friends

Last week was our first annual kick off to the Crazy Quilting International Retreat! Here are several of us, toasting with Colorado Peach Wine (provided by Janet) to our wonderful gathering! From left to right is Gerry Krueger, Debbie Quirion, Cathy Kizerian, Leslie Ehrlich, Janet Popish! My fur kids enjoyed the extra you can see, Koda is in the thick of it here!

Here is a pic of everyone, inclusive of my hubby who decided to act a bit like a clown AND Debbie getting a little love from one of my other 4 legged kids, Boogie! LOL!!!

Gerry K and Debbie are a hoot! Before she left home, Debbies sister in law she could be killed by axe murderers or something.....and Deb showed her a pick of Gerry! After hearing the story, I HAD to show off the antique hatchet I have and Gerry/Debbie decided they HAD to have a pic of Debbie being attacked by the crazy hatchet lady!

Here everyone is gathered on my patio while we get dinner prepared! It is SOOO very special to finally be able to meet everyone!

Here is a pic of Cathy K, Gerry K and Debbie stitching away while we wait for everyone else to arrive!

Once gathered together, Cathy shared how to make these folded flowers and folded ribbon border and ribbon leaves.

Here the gang is gathered around the table (Connie, Gerry H, Lauri, Cathy, Debbie, Gerry and Janet). Connie shared her thread storage method while Janet looks on; and Lauri, Gerry H and Connie are enjoying their stitching while we all chat!

Debbie, Gerry K and I had gone to a couple of thrift shops prior to everyones arrival. Here, Debbie is modeling her find.... a satin halter top, red lace (low bust top!) and lace paints that made her feel like a creature out of the cq lagoon! LOL!

Here is Gerry modeling some of hers while she works on a needle book!

Amongst the many activities that we planned, we had a stash dash! Here, Cat is communicating with Jill on her stash preferences!! LOL!! You remember that call Jill? You fussed about how "fuzzy" the connection was! VBG!
Other activities included a private showing of 5 vintage quilts at the art museum, a lecture by Paulette Reading on quilt restoration, a brazilian embroidery class, beaded embroidery class and button painting class. Many many techniques were shared and everyone left with heads full of information and hearts full of friends.
Stay tuned for more pics as we continue to get the loaded!

September 10, 2008

September Stitch Shenanigans

Folks are starting to arrive....we'll start taking pics shortly to share and lots of stash is rolling in! Its looking like this will be a great beginning to what we hope will become an annual event!! We are missing everyone that could not join us and will do out best to share as days go by! Stayyyyy tuned!