Friday, September 27, 2019

Scrap Happy Saturday - RSC19 - Week 39

Welcome to Week 39 of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge!! This week's post is being released early.  It's NOT Saturday (yet) and the LINK PARTY hasn't started.  Read on to find out about my week and why I'm posting early...

I thought I would share the PURPLE projects that have graced my Gallery Wire during the month of September.  I promised them last week, but that didn't happen.

This is the goal.  Let's see if the computer cooperates...

Art Bee and Quilter's Play Group challenges generated the 8 x 10  inch quilts below:

This is Inspired By... The Series with tiny bits of PURPLE in successively smaller versions of the same design.  A small snippet of an old, old painting:

This came from the Play Group's session on using rubber stamping in your work:

These two were gifts from an online Mug Rug Swap:

Here is Fractured Friendship (Stars) made by cutting and resewing a couple of Orphan Blocks leftover from an online swap that I dropped out of after making (and failing) at these sample blocks:

SUNDAY - Top on today's agenda, visit with DS1.  While doing that, I worked on this client quilt:

MONDAY - Released a new Design Floor Friday post. Yes, I'm aware that it's Monday!  My computer is showing its age and chooses WHEN there will be a post.

This evening, I spent some time processing these gift scraps from a week or so ago...

Thank you to Candy:

Thanks to Dee Dee:

And, thank you to Ella:

TUESDAY - Evening Quilt Bee found me processing these PURPLE scraps:

At the end of the night, they were looking MUCH more tamed:

WEDNESDAY - Today was the day to begin sorting out projects for my upcoming Quilt Retreat.  No pictures, but I've chosen a few to make the trip with me.

The day's highlight was getting a text from DS1 saying that my new computer is en route to me.  Yay!!!

THURSDAY - Working out details for the trip and preparing for October's Rainbow Scrap Challenge:

The color is Black Cherry.   Overall, it gives the appearance of a deep red-brown.  I'm just happy to have my nails shorter, again!

FRIDAY - Let the packing begin:

I'm in a bit of a panic, as the food order wasn't ready on time and I still have to pack!!!  I keep telling myself to relax and breathe.  I've got (almost) an hour before my ride is picking me up.  Who needs lunch, anyway?!?!

Finished packing with a half hour to share.  Do you think I'm bringing enough stuff???

I've only got...

3 project bags
3 suitcases
3 bags of food
A cooler and a Keurig

Oh! And... A bag of quilts!!

Just waiting for my ride:

SATURDAY - Enjoy this month's "Kitchen Quilt" and then head over to Angela's LINK PARTY (once Saturday arrives and Angela posts it.)  I'll add links when I'm able, as there is little to no connectivity at the Lake House:

Until next time...
Get Scrappy!!!

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Throwback Thursday - CCLQ @ The Bluff 2018 - Retreat Repeat

PLEASE NOTE:  These events took place ONE YEAR ago.  The original post was never fully completed, but I still want to share the experience with my readers.  As such, you may notice duplicate photos (resulting from a computer glitch), any number of "undocumented" photos, and photos that refuse to be resized (no matter how many times I tried to do so.)

Disclaimer:  This is a PHOTO HEAVY post!  Skip it, if you have no patience for non-quilty stuff.

Welcome to CCLQ @ The Bluff 2018!!  (NOT a typo!!  Throwback post here.  Remember?)  I was pleased to be able to attend my Weekly Quilt Group's retreat.  Here is a recap of my time on the shores of Lake Ontario...

The subtitle for this post could be "2000 miles, and counting"!!

Why, Joyful???

Because I had just driven to TN the week before driving up to NY.

Thank you to Ruth S. for hosting this fabulous Retreat Repeat.  It's been 3 years since our last retreat.  This one was every bit as wonderful as the first!

There were meals, quilting, sunsets, quilting, sunrises (supposedly), quilting, Retreat Repeat Mystery, quilting, and MORE quilting!

Are you getting the feeling that this retreat was all about the QUILTING?!?!?  :o))

I worked on the following projects...
My sweater project
BLUE scraps for the RSC
My own Bluff Mystery 2018 (Special thanks to Libby for allowing me to use her Magical Mystery instructions!!)

Monday - Making the journey from North Carolina to New York in two pairs, Linda and her daughter made it to The Bluff by mid afternoon, not long before the flyers arrived.  They left at the crack of dawn, but Candy and I talked by 5 hours all the way to 9 hours. We stopped for the night in be Williamsport, PA - the home of Little League Baseball World Series.

Tuesday - We finished out the trip with just three hours of driving time...

Passing Seneca Lake.  One of the Finger Lakes.  We're getting closer to our destination:

 ... Arriving just in time for lunch with the other campers.

Let the cutting begin!!

Candy's CCLQ @ The Bluff Challenge hanging above the quilt we made as a thank you for the owner of the Sewing Cottage:

Linda is cutting more fabric:

Next, it was time to sew (some binding) maybe!!!

Gayle is working on acrylic felt applique animals:

Donna and Margaret are enjoying other artistic endeavors:

Wednesday - More sewing.

Deborah with her cutting plan:

Finally, the clouds parted and we were graced with a glorious afternoon:

I took some time to work on trimming some dark BLUE scraps for Septembers RSC goal:

I tracked down a neighbor to act as our photographer:

Margaret sews on her mother's featherweight...

As Linda applies binding one her other machine:

Machine app;ique is the order of the day for our hostess, Ruth:

Here I am, preparing to cut these brightly colored FQs:

Just like in days of old, some of my pieces have been pieced:

Deborah was kind enough to make a Hostess Gift:

Thursday - MORE sewing!

Cheesy grins and a BIG hug:

It's hard to catch a butterfly... or a photo of one:

And this is where "The Bluffer" completes her quilt top:

The erosion observation tour:

What's that, Margaret???

A four leaf clover:

Gayle helps Ruth hold up her completed border:

Last year, I must have known what this quilt plan meant:

Linda has made progress:

Candy is happy with her completed unit:

Deborah went for scrappy:

I'm a bit behind the others, as I am answering questions between sewing sessions and running out to take more photos of out beautiful surroundings:

One arrangement of my sample blocks:

Linda completes her first block:

Photographing the sunset AND the sunset watchers:

The Sewing Porch is lit up for some evening stitching:

Ruth will be making this for her son's cottage:

Hmm... someone found SEWING pajamas:

Historic photos of the area:

(Some of) The cottages...

Chain piecing:

Candy's got blocks:

Linda's happy to have her A and B blocks done:

More applique prep work for Ruth:

Deborah is happy to have a block done:

Playing with placement:

Attempting to photograph the bald eagle circling near the Sewing House:

Quilts gracing the beds in the Sewing Cottage:

Out the window...

Just LOOK at the view:

Laying out block components:

Block halves ready to be sewn:

Completed blocks.  Pressed and waiting to be assembled into rows:

Donna is donating this lovely quilt to the Carolina Hurricane Quilt Project:

Another group shot:

Friday - One set of drivers and the flyers left for home.  Candy and I stayed.  I went for a morning walk on the beach, we went apple-ing, and got even more sewing done:

A tour of Wolcott:

A stop at the marina:

And, one more afternoon at The Bluff:

TOP!!!  Of the quilt variety.  Done before the trip home:

One last series of sunset photos for this trip:

Goodbye, Lake Bluff:

Saturday - My travel companion and I began the long journey home.  We made it to northern Virginia before stopping for the night.

Sunset.  NOT at The Bluff:

Mountains in the distance:

What a wonderful getaway!!  Even if two of us drove 1200 miles to be with friends that we see nearly every week of the year.  It was SEW worth it!

Until next time...