Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Just Catching Up

OH I've been busy!  Have a few finishes to show and I got to go on a couple of girlfriend retreats.  Life is good!

Last week-end I went with my quilting buddies on a retreat to Menasha Wisconsin.  My husband says I shouldn't call it a retreat ~ it sounds religious ~ I told him it is a retreat ~ it is so good for the soul!

Here is where we slept ~

and here is where we worked

Sorry I didn't take more pictures but it was a great get-away.  I worked on Prairie Bound by Country Sampler.  Here is a picture from Country Sampler's website.  I will post a picture of the quilt when it is all together.

We got a lot of quilting done ~ enjoyed some long walks along the lake ~ had tons of giggles and just great girlfriend time.

And the very next week-end I went to a Cross Stitch Retreat hosted by Inspired Needle in Lemont IL.  We stayed at the Farmstead Inn in Shipshewana IN.  We had a great time!  We shopped ~ we laughed ~ we ate ~ we laughed some more ~ and we even stitched a little!  I didn't take any pictures but go here and here to see a couple of great posts about the retreat.  And here is what I did work on ~ Fancey Blackett

 And now for my few finishes! 
Give Thanks by With Thy Needle ~ this is the Fall project selected by my stitch group.
this is the Summer project selected by my stitch group.
Fruitful Clusters by The Goode Huswife on 40 ct! My first 40 ct ever!

And one more ~ a quilt finish!

This quilt was made from the Summer Stars (5 stars a week) from Primitive Gatherings

Now I am working on trying my hand at framing a few things ~ I think I can do it ~ and it would save a lot in framing costs.  I'll let you know how that goes!