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Saturday, June 9, 2018

Happy Campers

I'm so behind the times.
I've not shared my Estes Park Quilt retreat yet.
It was only back in April.
Where has time gone????
This retreat just outside "Rocky Mountain National Park"
was on the heels of my Lancaster Pa retreat.
Spoiled, I know.
The "Flying Quilters" rented a vacation home at the Rocky Mountain YMCA camp.
It's such a beautiful area.
We had wild turkeys outside our door.
 Along with deer
and elk

Inside our machines were humming...

You see, after a day of shopping at a sew expo, 
we fell in love with this adorable pattern for a 
"Happy Camper Bag" by Jennifer Jangles.
A perfect project for our retreat.
We all brought along our patterns, 
and I loaded up my "Island Batik" scrap drawer...
Happily we stitched these ohhhh "sew" cute tote bags.
It was so much fun to see how each of them turned out, with the different fabrics.
We did make one change to the pattern.
We stitched ours on "headliner" fabric, AKA "Soft and Stable",
 to give it a nice structure and make it stand up. 
The sample we saw at the expo was just stitched with a batting.
Not knowing just how our design change would work, 
we were delighted with the results!

So much so in fact, that I've joined the Jennifer Jangles affiliate program.
This is a first for me...
Jennifer's sense of whimsy, speaks right to my soul.
If you shop thru the link on my right hand sidebar,
 I will earn a small commission on the sales.
You can also visit 
You will be seeing more of Jennifer's fun patterns on my blog soon.
And maybe a giveaway or two! (winky winky)
I do appreciate your support.

 Everyone had a different style, that gave these campers so much personality!
This was my roommate.
Don't let that sweet face fool you...
Someone tied my pajama bottoms to the arms!
Yes, we giggled for hours on end, and drove the rest of them nuts I'm sure.
hahahaha (yes, I'm still laughing)
(camper in progress)
(camper in progress)
Yours truly...
We are all sharing some of our fun gifts.
If you noticed the little dolls...
These were from "Toot" who couldn't be there this year.
She did come last year, but I wasn't there.
Thank you for the sweet little girl....one of these days we really will, get to meet!

A big thanks to "Island Batik" for the fabulous fabric they provide me.
I loved being able to "pay it forward" and share them with my fellow quilters.
 What's our project next year going to be???

til next time...
keep on stitchin'


  1. It looks like you all had a great time. I love the camper projects.

  2. Super cute campers...You girls and the project bags. Retreat Bliss...<3

  3. What fun! Thanks for sharing the cute photos.

  4. The campers look like a perfect group event. Amazing what a difference fabric choice makes.

  5. This does look like you had a great time. I love the campers and how different they all turned out. What a great idea!


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