Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Secret Quilter

At the Las Vegas Modern Quilt Guild Retreat, we decided to do a Secret Quilter Swap each day of the retreat. Of course, I didn't get photos of all of the items I made because I did them last minute, but I thought I would post the wonderful things I received.

I was spoiled by my secret person.  The first day I received the most darling drawstring bag with a sugar skull necklace inside.  The necklace is actually made from a Scrabble tile!
A few of us at the shop I work at have a thing for Sugar Skulls.  They have already tried to steal it, I love it!  The Etsy store, HomeStudio, has some great necklaces, I may have to buy some more.

 The second day I received this drawstring bag full of some of my favorite candy. The inside is lined with PUL (polyurethane laminate) so it can be washed.  

The third day i received this mini quilt. I had to steal the photo from Nichola, who made it.  I already have it hanging in my sewing room and I couldn't get back far enough for a good photo. 

 I also received a $5 gift card to Starbucks, which will satisfy my hazelnut iced coffee fix for a couple of days, and two decals; a gnome and a bird.  I am still trying to figure out what to put them on. I don't want to waste them on something not worthy of their cuteness.  All of my gifts were great and I had so much fun with the swap. I cannot wait for the next retreat.

I decided this weekend to re-organize all of my fabric. I went with the cheap method of folding them on comic book boards.  You can view a tutorial here.  Silly me, I bought 100 and figured that would be enough (this is only for the pieces 1 yard and over right? there's not THAT many).  Well I had to go back to the comic book store....TWICE.  That's right I officially have over 200 pieces of fabric one yard and over.  I had no idea it was that bad....I have a problem.  I will have to snap some photos of the makeover, but it is not photo-ready yet...need more shelves...so horrible.


Monday, August 20, 2012

LVMQG 2nd Retreat

Quite the sunset, if I do say so myself..

Last week I hit the road with my sewing machine, my mom and a truck load of food and sewing supplies to a sewing retreat outside of Seligman, Arizona.  Almost four full days and three nights of pure sewing fun!  This was the second retreat that we have done for the Las Vegas Modern Quilt Guild and I am lucky to have attended both. 

This is my "room".  I slept on the couch nearby and this was my sewing area.  I brought along my Baby BERNINA this trip and I have grown to love her!  I wish she had needle stop down, but she is not as embellished as her big sister and I accept that. I worked on more Swoon blocks, which seem to consume much more time than I think they should and some pillowcases for ConKerr Cancer. I will get some Swoon block photos when they are complete.  They do not match yet but I have faith that the final will bring it all together!

Fourteen in all!  This photo was taken late at night so I apologize for the darkness. The house was dark all the time actually, my only complaint.  Well, it was a tad warm also.

We found this guy on a walk around the property one night.  I wanted to hold him but I let him be.  I love all of the colors in the rock!  It was such a pretty place I wish we could have stayed longer.  Everyone had a great time and I cannot wait to attend another one.  We also participated in a Secret Quilter Swap.  I will post photos of what I received and what I made in another post.  Yet again, I forgot to take photos of everything I made. I will snap them at the next guild meeting.

For much better photos of the retreat, check out the Las Vegas Modern Quilt Guild Blog!