March 11th, 2018 - More Fabric


Last weekend I went to a retreat in Charlevoix, MI and it was a load of fun. People, sewing and food. What more could a girl ask for! We just missed a snow storm on the way out of Windsor on Thursday and the weather was perfect for the rest of the weekend. You never know when some snow is going to mess up your weekend plans. This is the view of Round Lake off the balcony.



On the way up, we stopped at Delphine’s in Gaylord. What a beautiful shop! Loads of different fabrics. All I bough was a piece of cork and this Dumb Dots fabric. Silly name but it’s perfect for a project I have in mind.


Anyway, I really didn’t get that much sewing done. My younger sister, Connie, decided she wants to learn how to quilt and came to the retreat. I cut out a jelly roll quilt for her and she did a fantastic job for a newbie. Most of the terminology she is familiar with from listening to me and my other sister, Annette, talk about quilting. One more border to go and she has a top done. Then to show her the actual quilting process.

I put sashing and cornerstones on an old BOM but miscalculated the fabric and didn’t even have enough to finish it. That was Friday. On Saturday, I pieced together a Simply Squares body and didn’t bring any borders. so that was half done. Then I started putting the borders on an old stitchery project and called it quits. I finished it up at home on Monday.



On the fabric front, I visited Hearts to Holly in Charlevoix Mi, my favourite quilt shop, and made a few purchases. Just a few, 25 yards is a few, right? I needed white on white, I have none. And I just needed some Pete the Cat fabric for my grandson.



And then the next day, I went back for a spool of thread and bought some rainbow fish fabric. It’s very sparkly and I thought it was perfect! for what? Logan, my granddaughter will love it!  So I bought some.




Look at these numbers. I better do something or else.

Fabric used in the last 2 weeks: 15.15 yards

Fabric used YTD: 42.12 yards

Fabric added in the last 2 weeks: 27 yards

Fabric added YTD: 70.14 yards

Net fabric busted: -28.02 yards

On Friday, I finished Piece, Love and Applique by LizzieBCreat8ive designs. Cute pattern and it used over 14 yards of fabric. lots of applique and piecing. Now to figure out how to quilt it. The store sample was quilted with these flowers in the borders and that it what attracted me to the quilt in the first place. Apparently the woman who quilted it no longer does quilting for others. What a shame, it was really beautiful!


On the 15 Minutes to Stitch challenge, I’ve been pretty busy. he week of Feb 25 to Mar 3, I stitched 37 hours. Almost a full time job. But I was at the retreat so there were long hours involved. last week, I stitched 25 hours, my part time job. I probably stitch around 4-5 hours every day. And that doesn’t count computer time either, even though it’s usually quilt related.

Linking up with Donna at QuiltPaintCreate and Kate at Life in Pieces. See you next time.

6 Responses to “More Fabric”

  1. Donna Says:

    The rainbow fish fabric is super cute, and there is another blue hiding in that picture that I love. Sounds like you made good progress at retreat, even if you didn’t finish anything.

  2. Patricia Says:

    Such colorful fabric finds! That rainbow fish fabric is awesome – I was unaware of this line’s existence!
    Such a precious gift you gave your cousin Connie – the gift of quilting! I am so glad she learned this gift in the midst of a group of women! Awesome post!

    As much as you sew, your fabric numbers will be in the black soon!

  3. Liz Says:

    Looks like you had a great time at the retreat. Love the new fabrics.

  4. Dar in MO Says:

    You bought some really cute fabrics so it’s ok that you got more than you planned on. I like your BOM and hope you find the needed fabric to finish it.

  5. Kate Says:

    Charlevoix is a gorgeous place! We spent part of a summer vacation there a few years ago and loved it. Congrats on all the progress. Sounds like you should have some finished tops that will need backing, no better way to up the stash out quickly than with making backings. Thanks for linking up for the 15 minutes to stitch.

  6. dreamworthyquilts Says:

    Oh a retreat is always such a joy! Being with quilters for a few days and seeing all their wonderful projects is just more fun than anything. I always said it was an old ladies slumber party. Well, they are way more fun than my childhood sleepovers.

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