Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Embroidery Retreat - March 2011

"Bella" Making shirts for everyone!

The "Embroidery Chick" Shirt. These designs are from Bunnycup.

Christina, Ramona, Carole, Robin, Jean (Jean got a shirt, but did not
have time to "destabilize" to wear today.

The Geisha Quilt in Progress

Carole and Mia

We had a wonderful and productive 3 days of machine humming time last weekend. My sewing room has been officially "broken in". I wish more people could have been here to join us, but schedules are crazy for everyone. I must mention that Tammy also did come (on two days), but somehow I did not snap a picture of her--Sorry Tammy, but on day two, Tammy and her girls showed up and when you enter a room with baby Mia, everyone stops to admire this beautiful and happy little girl who can just steal the heart of anyone with her smile and laughter. So, I've posted her picture with me to make up for missing Tammy and Jenny. Hope all is forgiven. The days just sped by and at the end of each day, I was amazed at how much thread was everywhere. My next shirt will be one of "Thread Magnet". I also posted progress of my Geisha quilt. Several of us are working on this quilt. The blocks are now all done and I will begin the piecing stage by the weekend. We have all decided that Steve (from Anita Goodesign) needs to do a quilt design just using the tone-on-tone portion for the whole quilt. The picture does not really do justice to see the detail, but close up, it is really pretty. I've sent an e-mail with our request and will hope that he will be able to oblige us at some point. So Steve--I know you see my blog now and then--Listen up! We love your talent! I was sad to return to the office on Monday and missed all my friends and being able to sit and sew. Reality boohoo! We are going to try to meet up once a month (or so) since we had so much fun. Already looking forward to the next time. Happy Sewing! Carole

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Geisha Quilt--I got a jump start!

Last week I completed the tedious task of selecting and preparing fabric and choosing threads to be ready for the embroidery retreat that I am hosting next week. I did not want to be the only one not ready with a project. Prep work is the hardest and most dreaded part of doing a picture quilt. So, I had it all ready and it was just staring at me. I'd walk by and it was almost like it was calling to me to sit and start... Just one block. Well before I knew it, I had done the first block. Well, then you want to do the next one, just to see how it will look with the first one and so on, and so on... This is the first 4 blocks of the actual Geisha. There are 64 total blocks to this whole quilt. I'll still have plenty left when the girls come for the retreat, but ok, I've admitted it girls. I cheated and started without you. I am wondering now if I am the only one? My husband has been traveling this week and I needed something besides work to keep my attention. That is my excuse this week. He will be home tomorrow and I'll have to come up with some other excuse to keep moving. Looking forward to "retreat week" next week. Happy Sewing! Carole

Wednesday, March 2, 2011


I think most of my sewing friends know that I am a huge fan of anything done by Anita Goodesign. I have "sew" many projects to be done and have vowed to get back on track. The Geisha quilt has been at the top of the list since it came out. I attended a Valentines party recently with Steve and Aundrea from Anita Goodesign. We had a wonderful time and learned lots of new techniques. Several of my friends and I purchased the Geisha pattern and will be working on it at a long weekend retreat (in my new sewing room)in a couple of weeks. Preparation to do something this size is very time consuming. Since my work schedule is so busy, I need to have extra time to gather the necessary thread, fabric and stabilizers. I am on track and have all my fabrics cut and organized. Threads have been put together and I am ready to start. Looking forward to our gathering during Spring break. Happy Sewing! Carole