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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Due To Circumstances Beyond My Control

The  National Weather Alert issued on Sunday scared the tar out of me so I didn't dare consider of leaving my retreat in PA to drive home. You know it just wouldn't be safe....and since I was had my sewing machine with me....I just could not take any chances.

When I peaked out the window and saw this......I had to call Mr. McSteamy and give him the "bad" news....I would be delayed at least another day with MJ.
OK, the real truth was that the ice had come down and melted early in the day....but heck....that might have meant I would have had to drive in the dark.....who would take that chance?

You just never know what lurks in the dark!
 Do you know what I mean?  Who wants to be eaten by a wolf?  And what if that wolf wanted my sewing machine?  NOPE....I wasn't taking any risks....I stayed put :)

Because I lived through all of the possible catastrophes....I can now share the rest of the pix from retreat :)
Marje worked on a frog quilt for her grandson.  (I'm a frog lover so it was very difficult for me to not cut off  piece of that fabric to sneak home.)

Kay is right back at it .....she is making a hand pieced cathedral window quilt using batiks.  Each piece will be different.
We all donated some of our batiks so Kay will have a nice variety to choose from....and it will also make this quilt very special....bits and pieces of love from all of her friends.

When I say, "Kay is back at it", this is what I'm referring to:
Yep, all hand pieced and hand quilted.  Can you even imagine such a treasure?  
Marg was working on a needle turn applique border.  I wish I would have gotten a photo of the front of her piece.
Naturally we took time to eat....we needed our sustenance to continue "working."
Ann made several upcycled tote bags.  I've always wanted one of these bags and now I"m fortunate enough to have one.  Kim....well....she was being the Carol Merrill  for Ann....we're always having fun. 
My gift from Ann :)

  Kim was working on this "quiet" applique quilt.  I say quiet because most everything I've ever seen Kim do has been bold, bright and a bit "wild."  I asked why the quilt was so quiet and she said because her children are off to college.  Guess things are very quiet at her house these days.  (My days are coming.)
We do have a mother and daughter's team too.  Phyllis (Philly) is in the center and Bonnie is on the left and Brenda is on the right.  It was Brenda's car that I hit....we're over it now....giggles.

Brenda was working on a project from Scraps and Shirttails.  She had stacks and stacks of very neatly piled squares and rectangles.

 Bonnie had a very well oiled system going the entire weekend. 
Joyce had another finish....two in one weekend!!
OH YES....June came to visit.  June came and gave us chair massages.  Honest truth, June gives the best massages I've ever had in my entire life.  She is a retired OR Nurse and she knows the body, inside and out.  Her whole body massages last 2 hours.  Yes, I've had several over the years....ahhhhhhhhh.

Leona brought this quilt that she just got back from Pat Loux (Morris PA), a fabulous long arm quilter in the area. 

I know this post is getting long....guess you could always take a break and come back later...

Did I mention there was a birth over the weekend?  Yes indeed....Marge Harris "gave birth" to Florence over the weekend.  Isn't she beautiful?
 Apparently Florence was born without a little sneaky elf (not me) gave her the gift of sight.
Florence can now look out the window on her way home.
I brought some UFO's with me to work on.  I got the Mandala top finished.
I like the red Mandala much better than the orange one I had made (see this post).  Now I'm going to trapunto the birds and outline the Mandala with decorative threads. 

MJ took over quilting for Marge while breakfast was being made.  MJ was glowing....I think she loves her quilting time.
Breakfast.   It was a egg, cheese, and ham casserole with corn flakes on top.  It sure was good......but I'm not thinking eating this more than once a year can be good for the heart.  We did have fresh fruit our defense!
Always something beautiful to look at while in the mountains of PA.  Natures Paradise!
Somehow, a wee bit of nature found its way into the house too.

Ann has fresh eggs daily....and some of them are actually blue.  Can you see the blue hue to the eggs on the right of the photo?

The view as I drove away from Ann's house on Sunday afternoon.

I drove down this road with a depth of gratitude that filled my heart and soul. of life's greatest treasures.

The frightening ice storm had not hit I took cover at MJ's Sunday and Monday.  Those pix next.



  1. I can hear your smiles through this post. I'm grateful for that. Glad you were able to spend time with these wonderful ladies. I can see all the love, inspiration and sisterhood in this group.

    Your mandala quilt top turned out beautifully. I can't wait to see it done. It's going to be great!

    What beautiful countryside!

  2. I have a ding dong question about the chicken feed tote. Webbing handles... but is that lining in vintage feedsack material? (jealous)

  3. Kelly, it's so wonderful to have friends to quilt with. There is always laughter, food AND fabric. Glad you are home safe. That ice looks scary.

  4. What a fun time with special friends, who are all so very talented. I'm so glad you stayed longer. But what amazing change in weather from when you arrived to when you returned.


    PS - I wish I lived closer and could have joined you. Would love to make the Cathedral Windows project along side Kay. I have found a tutorial on how to do this and just need to jump in and do such. Hmmm. Maybe I'll pull it out this week and practice, as it would certainly make for a good project when traveling.

  5. Looks like you and your buds had a great time.

  6. I think you should just hibernate there--Spring can't be too far away and look at all the fun you'd have, XOXO

  7. That is some scary looking weather outside but it looks like it was nice and sunny inside with all those happy quilters. Love that cathedral window project.
    I get blue eggs every once in a while at the farmer's market.

  8. Glad you had so much fun, and a safe drive home. Those eggs are very Martha Stewart! I love Florence--wish I knew a flaminge collector. Marjory

  9. Sounds like a great week-end with friends. The cathedral window and grandmothers flower garden quilts are beautiful.

  10. Wonderful pictures! thank you so much for sharing!

  11. It looks like soooo much fun. It's just terrible that you had to stay and be tortured for an extra day!

  12. I am new to your blog and have been reading through some past posts. We share a love of frogs. In fact I am just starting a frog quilt. And did I see a Singer Featherweight in one of your pics?

  13. It looks like a really fabulous time. I hope to some day soon get to go on a retreat myself.

  14. Wonderful pictures. Looks like a really good time.

    Greetings from Germany,


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