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Happy Thanksgiving week! A couple weeks ago, my friends, Cindy and Diane, and I decided to start the holiday season by seeing the new 3D Christmas Carol movie at the Imax. Wow, it was big! 3D is so much fun. And, the glasses are so stylin’!


Diane, me, Cindy

I sent off my quilt for the holiday swap at 4SQS. It was adapted from the book “A New Light on Storm at Sea Quilts”. The ornament quilt in the book had 2 ornaments and was way bigger than the requirements of the swap. Here is my take on it:

I also received my package from the same swap. I am borrowing the picture from Kari, who was my secret partner. Isn’t it adorable?

Kari also sent me a charm pack and fat quarters from the Flower Show III line – which I love!

This past weekend I was back in Joshua for a quilting retreat. I didn’t feel like I accomplished as much as I wanted. It took me a full day and a half to complete the 5 blocks I owe Margaret for the final round of our row robin. I’m happy with the way they turned out, though. She wanted 9 inch star blocks. The last of the 5 I had originally planned didn’t work out as I’d planned, so at midnight on Friday, I was picking a new block…and not just a little disgusted with the way things were going. Anyway, I ended up doing a block called “Margaret’s Choice”, which I thought was more than fitting. Here is what I ended up doing:

Margaret’s Choice is the left most block. The other 4 are patterns from Quilter’s Cache…the home of thousands of quilt blocks!

Saturday night, my back was sore from all that time spent sitting at my sewing machine. Barbara has an anti-gravity chair in the retreat center. So, I retired to that seat with some microwave warmed heat bags on my shoulders.

(I know, attractive, right?)

And, this was the view from the chair:

We made 2 new friends this time around. Bridget and Nancy were great fun and did some lovely work!

After dinner on Saturday night, Barbara, Diane, Gerry, Cindy, and Kris relaxed in the sitting area.

What besides the stars did I get done? I put together the wonky 9-patch blocks for this round of the ORBQ. I am using Flower Show III.

I also made a scarf with dupioni silk on the front and red flannel (for warmth and to match my red wool coat) on the back.

Some of the other work on the design walls:


And, the girls:


Diane, Bridget, Nancy, Gerry, Kris, Cindy, and Kay

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Good golly, Miss Molly! Can you believe it is November already? I have about a foot of binding left to sew down to finish last year’s Sisterhood quilt.

Binding

I’m fairly certain I’m going to name this quilt after the George Strait song “Adalida”. I was trying to come up with something that wasn’t too cliche New Orleans…and the first verse of the song is

“Adalida, pretty little Cajun queen
Sweet Dixie flower, the bell of the bayou
You’re every young man’s dream.
Adalida, I’d walk through the hurricane
To stand beside ya sweet Adalida I’d swim the Ponchartrain”

And, I think the purple, green, and gold of the quilt are befitting a Cajun queen 🙂 .

We had a little Halloween party at TQW on Halloween Eve. While costumes were not required, they were highly encouraged. I’m NOT a costume person. They are always soooooo lame. This year, though, I thought my idea was clever and punny, and totally fitting for a group of sewers. I was a Viking Husqvarna sewing machine – complete with a spool of “thread” and a giant needle!

Lori_Halloween09

and here is my costume with my inspiration!
Husqvarna

On Halloween day, I went to open sew, and worked on my piece for the Christmas Swap at Four Seasons. I’m using a storm at sea block. I adapted the design from a pattern in “A New Light on Storm at Sea Quilts” by Wendy Mathson. I hope my swap partner likes it. It’s kind of hard to tell too much from this little bit:
FourSeasonsSwap

And, finally, I leave you with a picture of Kiki and Conroe. Conroe is a sock kitty from the “Mingle & Jingle” at Cracker Barrel. (By the way, that’s my Round One top from the ORBQ that Kiki’s laying on…it would be nice to find time to quilt and bind it before Christmas, since it IS Christmas fabrics!)
Kiki and Conroe

Have a good weekend…TGIF!
Lori


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