Monday, November 26, 2012

Easy Street Step One

Anyone else doing Bonnie Hunter's latest mystery quilt, Easy Street?  Check it out at  It will be exciting to see how everyone adds their own personal twist to the mystery.  Here is my step one.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012


Every year, we yearn to hear the sound of the horses as they travel down the local roads.  And every year we find something unique.  We have always seen laundry hung, even in the bitter cold, but this was an amazing line.  

At night, we are usually on the road to one of the local restaurants to enjoy another chicken dinner.  This particular night the sky was a red glow.  Perfect sunset after a busy day of sewing.
Our sewing room was always a buzz with creativity.  This fall the room was full of both old and new friends.  It was wonderful to reconnect and see everyone in person again. 
Luckily the weather cooperated when we ventured outside.  Happy to have a car and just watch the buggies and bicycles as we drove by them.

Show and tell on Friday night brought out several Dear Jane quilts including Claire's and Pat's.  Such creative quilters!

Shopping was not at the top of my list this year.  I am to the point where little fabric should be purchased unless there is a specific project. Tracy and I had planned to keep that promise.  After I found a few pieces for a gift quilt, she took the plunge and found fabrics for Bonnie's latest mystery, Easy Street.  Neither one of us had enough will power to go home without a little bit of Shipshewana.

With less time spent shopping I made progress on my daughter's quilt, along with taking on Rosemary's jelly roll challenge.  It was a wonderful retreat, and I look forward to next Spring.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Shipshewana Fall 2012

I have been visiting Shipshewana Indiana for nearly thirteen years to attend the Dear Jane Quilt Retreat. It was amazing to see the creativity that comes from a group of quilters connected through a CW quilt.  This Fall's retreat had Rosemary challenging us to complete a Jelly Roll Race quilt top. Fun time!

Besides Rosemary's challenge, I worked on a long overdue wedding quilt.  Progress made, but not finished.  I am making a king size version of Celestial Puzzle by Glad Creations.  See the photo below.  Center is completely done, along with one of the borders.  Way too big to show in photo here.  Planning to work on it at another retreat in a few weeks.

The food was wonderful.  And I always come home with donuts from Rise 'n Roll for the family, along with staples from E & S sales.  Of course our trip was not complete without visiting Rebecca's store, or the local quilt shops.  We need several weeks to do everything planned. Someday?

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Easy Street Fabrics

Welcome to Easy Street.  Bonnie Hunter's annual mystery quilt.  If you aren't familiar with her and have a quilt stash, then check her out!  You can use up all those fabrics that have been sitting around.