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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

O'Susannah's Retreat Part 2

Here with the girls!

We were so darn excited to get together and start our secret project that Sharon put together for us, that we completely forgot about getting the camera out and taking photos... Sorry Sharon, no pictures of our wonderful leader in this mystery...

But, the "sweatshop" was open...

              and she had us string piecing and making these adorable blocks...

This is a tutorial over on Connie Kresin's blog 
Freemotion By the River.
You can find the link to it right HERE 
It's a great stash buster, and so darn fun. You just have to check out her tutorial!

Here are some of the blocks that were put together at our retreat...

Mary's blocks...She changed up the flower a bit below.

These were like chips to me. You just can't stop at one. 
I put together a few,
playing with different ways to stitch the flowers down.
(Connie shares great ones in her tutorial)

Then I turned mine into a little wall hanging.

I had a piece of very high loft batting left from some project...
It was just the right size, and allowed for me to play around with a little trapunto quilting.

Oh and Sharon had treats for us.  
Besides those wonderful tote bags of real treats...candy and fruit rollups, lollipops,  granola bars, mints, and even ring pops! Talk about kids in a candy store! LOL!

She gave us these.
A perfect way to keep your thread and bobbins close by, and the pegs
pull out easily, to pack and tote back and forth to class! 
This is just too cool?

We discussed those thread cutters on a stand... 
You know those that make clipping your chain piecing a snap...
It would be so easy to drill out one of the holes to accommodate a round handle seam ripper.
Everything at your finger tips!

Oh the ideas...

 Thanks to Sharon, for the great gift and mystery pattern she found! (not to mention the wine that was delicious) ;-)    And a very special thanks to Connie for sharing this wonderful block. It was perfect for swapping our scraps and just having some good ole fun!

More to come...


  1. Retreats look like such fun (never been) and I have been toying with Connie's tutorial, too. You made a sweet little wall hanging and I love the idea of the high loft batt - the look is wonderful.

  2. The retreat was a success! I love retreats with friends, food, and fun. You had all of that plus the mystery! Thanks for sharing. I'm now on my way to Connie's to find the tutorial... ~Jeanne

  3. I first saw your block thru feedly and thought it was Connie's then looked again that it was you... ha ha, looks like fun!!

  4. It looks like is was so much fun. I love the flowers and have admired Connie's work on them. You gals did a great job.

  5. What fun you had with the blocks. And such variety.
    Love the little stand for the threads and bobbins.

  6. Sounds to have been such good fun and what a smashign block design to end up with!
    Love the colourways here and the tutorial link was ace, many thanks for that.
    That thread stand is such a great idea!

  7. Love your new thread stand! I've sent a link to your blog to my friend to show her husband. I'm hoping he'll make them for us!

  8. Oh my gosh I just love the way everyone made the blocks!!! Looks like everyone had a wonderful time at the retreat too! Thanks so much for sharing!


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