Around the Retreat Walls

I know, I know….. I said I was gonna blog again.  And here it’s already been a whole week!  But alas, life gets in the way sometimes.  And I had a retreat to pack for and things to get ready.  Because JSS Retreat is a major event!

But you all need to see quilts, don’t you?  So without further ado, here is what’s happening on the design walls so far.  Hopefully I am attributing them to the correct quilter!

Cookie’s.  Love these cool applique designs.

Lynda’s.  I think she is required to make a few more courthouse steps!

Judy’s.  Love those cute happy prints!

Suz’s.  Oh, how wonderful are these stars!

And Suz is a brand new Grandma so be sure to ask her about little baby Ethan.  She made this cute little book just for him!

Isn’t it fun?  (And please don’t ask why this pic is sideways.  Just turn your head.)

Mimi’s.  I need to find out about the rest of this quilt!

Patti’s.  Notice the cute little Inklingo no-waste fussy cut stars!  See them in between the blocks?

Cindy’s.  What a cute Christmas quilt!  I want one!

Karen’s.  Wow.  Just wow.  And it all started with a Saturday Sampler Block of the Month.

Peggy’s.  More Wow.  And…… what is she thinking?  <grin>

Sue G’s.  Sweet little foxes.  Very cute.

Dena’s.  Stack ‘n whack.  Dena is now over the moon with Inklingo and the no waste fussy cutting!  She did these blocks before she knew about Inklingo.  Silly girl!

Sue H’s.  Cute little wool piece that she’s had a l-o-n-g time.

Sue H’s newest project.  How fun is that?

Peggy’s amazing wool with tons of cool embroidery stitches.  Neato.

And for those of you non-quilter’s out there who read my blog, this is just a small taste of what retreat packing is like.

This small suitcase contains everything I need for the week as far as toiletries, clothing, etc. goes.  Pappy wanted to be in the picture too.  Because we can’t have a Just Sayin’ Sew blog without a cat pic, right?

This is the amount of quilting related things I brought this time.  And my pile is small compared to what some of the gals brought along.  Like their whole sewing room.  And they bought more fabric when they got here.  (And yes, there is a sewing machine in that pile.)

Because retreat is all about the quilting.  And the laughter.  And the wonderful friendships that we share with our love of quilting as our bond.  A diverse group of ladies all brought together with a common love.  And oh, my how we’ve laughed!

For those of you who have been here before, here’s a little trip down memory lane.  We read this blog post together here today and laughed about that retreat as if it were yesterday.  If you were here, you’ll get a big laugh out of remembering it too.  I’m talking to you, Vicki.  Were your ears burning today?  We wondered if Karen told you the retreat dates this year.  Ha!  Click the link and check it out!

More to come…… we have 2 more full days of fun ahead!

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Major Stash Busting……..

…is happening here!

Again, I cannot stress how major this is for me. Prepping for retreat ahead of time? What a novel concept. One that many of you discovered long ago. I’m a little slow in the learning curve apparently.

And now my entire stash of Christmas fabrics is cut into strips for a log cabin quilt. Or perhaps quilts. And it may or may not be the entire stash. I bet I will find more lurking somewhere.

Last night when I got home I found this on my nicely stacked strips.

Apparently Pebbles has already added a little fur to the warmth this quilt will provide.

And that is perfectly fine with me.



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Fresh Beginning

Hi there. I’m thinking about coming back. Starting afresh. Beginning anew. I recently got a new phone. And I’m thinking maybe, just maybe it could be fun to do some short blogs from the phone. Where perhaps inserting pics could be simple? And writing could happen anywhere? Although I have always hated writing on the phone. The keyboards are terrible. So there is that. Sigh. I loved blogging when I was doing it regularly. Wonder if it’s possible to get my blogging mojo back? Hmmm….

 Meet Pebbles. She’s the newest member of our family so I guess she’s a good place to start. And she’s been with us for over a year!  It all started with a backyard full of kittens who randomly showed up last summer. Three mama kitties. And thirteen babies. Oh, the stories I could tell!

But this is destined to be a short blog. Not one that goes on and on and on and on. And on. So perhaps we’ll tell those stories another day?

Pappy is still up to his usual tricks. Although he has slowed down a bit. He loves Pebbles. They are great buddies.

Panda is still around too. She doesn’t love Pebbles. Tolerate might be a better word. But she doesn’t even tolerate her very well. However I do think she’s happy for Pappy to have a distraction. She’d be perfectly content if we just fed her treats all day long. And I do mean All. Day. Long. In her mind we live to serve her. Treats. Constantly. I have no pic of Panda in this new phone. Maybe next time?

Next week I’m heading out for our JSS quilting retreat. There are always loads of things to blog about there! We’ll see if I’m up to the challenge of blogging again. I might need some encouragement from you.  Does anyone even read blogs any more? Or are Facebook and Instagram where it’s cool to be these days?

Off to cut up some fabric for retreat while I ponder whether or not blogging can enhance my life. <grin>

Hugs and kisses,


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Pappy Pose

pappy pose

Hey, Mom!  Whatcha doin’ in the sewing room tonight?  Can I help?

He makes me laugh every day……
Barb (and Pappy)

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Inklingo Passacaglia & Stars

I’ve been on a blogging sabbatical.  Hiatus.  Big time vacation.  Holiday.  Break.  Recess.  Did you miss me?  Don’t answer that.

Seems it takes an Act of God to get me to blog any more.  Or a new Inklingo collection and a challenge from my dear friend, Cathi.

It’s been a weird winter in Texas.  Or maybe that’s just the last 10 days.  Because the rest of winter was pretty uneventful weather-wise.  Only I just looked out the window as I’m typing this and oh, my!  We have a bunch of snow.  In March!  Pretty much unheard of in Texas.  I would include a picture here except…. DARK.  Maybe later?

Pappy played in the snow last week.  Wanna see?

And when I went out a few minutes ago, he desperately wanted to go out with me.  He’s the silliest cat!

Speaking of silly…… here’s his latest thing:

Isn’t he a hoot?  He makes me laugh every day.  I just might have to let him help me build a snowman.

But I was talking about Inklingo and a Cathi challenge, wasn’t I?  Sorry.  I got off on a rabbit trail there.  So Linda announced a new Inklingo Collection last Friday.  And I was intrigued.  It’s based on the cover quilt of this book:

And you can get the book and the collection at a special introductory price for a limited time at Linda’s Inklingo website.  Click on the book cover above to go there directly.  Of course Cathi purchased the collection and started printing while I was still studying the shapes. I was very intrigued by them! So I decided to go for it.  Cathi and I needed another simul-blogging experience.

passacaglia (1)This is my rosette made using the collection.  Isn’t it pretty?  And what fun it is to stitch!  All inset seams and great continuous stitching.  I especially loved adding the striped fabric pentagons on the last round.  But see the cute fussy cut fabric in the center?

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I printed 12 of those using Linda’s ingenious no waste fussy cutting method.  And although I’m leaning towards using the rosette as a center medallion in a quilt, I really want to use at least some of the other 11 stars.

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Because aren’t they the coolest?  Sometimes the toughest decision of the day….

passacaglia (10)….is which end of the diamond to place in the center!  (Same diamonds as last pic, just turned around.)

And remember my pretty Inklingo Stars from a previous post?

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When that blue paisley fabric showed up at Quilter’s Dream, I had to make some more Inklingo Stars.

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Lots more Inklingo Stars……

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Because they are way too much fun to only make one quilt.

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Once I started, I just couldn’t stop myself.

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I also made two blocks with an alternate setting from the Inklingo Star Collection. This one…..

passacaglia (7)….. and this one!  Oh, they are such fun to make!

So what do you think about a lovely Passacaglia rosette medallion?  That might perhaps grow into a bigger medallion – somehow incorporating more of those fussy cut center stars……… surrounded by Inklingo Stars.

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A good idea?

Be sure to check out Cathi’s rosette at Quilt Obsession today.  I hear there’s a fun ‘toon by Mr QO too.  And she always has fabulous pics of her kitties, Baxter and Jake.

And I’ll try not to be gone on a long sabbatical from blogging again.  But first, Pappy and I have a snowman to build…..

Happy Quilting!

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