Monday, October 25, 2010

Shipshewana Retreat and Macy's trick on video

The Shipshewana retreat was fantastic!
There were "early in the morning quilters" and "night owl quilters".
I am in the first group and retired early. I was amazed at how many little blocks I did complete. I only worked on one project. But almost everyone worked on many, many projects.

Judy L. brought her finished "Mystery" quilt. It was beautiful. She added 7 borders to the quilt and it was great eye candy!

Bonnie brought her Featherweight with the "hot" paint job. There are flames on the bed of the machine. Gorgeous machine! Bonnie also shared her tricks on sewing hexies. It was so nice to see Bonnie again. She is so beautiful in person and in spirit.

OK....caught in the act of SAVING scraps from the landfill. I did have permission from the other quilters. Bonnie had already resigned from collecting scraps and offered the basket to me. Of course I jumped on that offer. I have some of Bonnie's peacock blue in my paper-pieced pineapple blocks now.

After seeing how small my needed scrap size was, other quilters started making deposits at my sewing station. I added all of them to my blocks with joy. Now when I look at my blocks I will be reminded of the great time I had sewing at the Farmstead Inn in Shipshewana, Indiana at a 4 day quilting retreat. The Farmstead Inn is a great place to go to have a relaxed and calm vacation. Life moves at a different speed in this small Amish town of 565 permanent residents. On Saturday early evening I saw at least 50 buggies moving at a proud trot into town. The horse hooves make the loveliest sound in the air.

I did make two trips into town to shop for fabric. Yoders is a store that carries everything from fabric to tractors. Then there is Lolly's in the Davis mercantile building. I hit the basement store where all fabric is only $5.99 a yard. WHOOOHOOO! But I really did not buy very much. One of our quilters spent so much that she was given a "tiara" from the shop owner.

I hope all of you will be able to view this video of our cat Macy. Hubby has taught her a trick. She will roll over on command. Her reward is a thorough brushing. She LOVES to be brushed even though she has the shortest coat of all our cats. Hubby holds the brush and asks her to roll over....then asks her to roll all the way over. So turn up the volume and you can hear him giving the command. 


Teri said...

Someone caught you in the act! I'm glad to see I am at my station sewing along.

Bonnie K Hunter said...

LOL!! If I roll all the way over will he give Me treats too! :cD

It was great to see you Subee! The time went so fast. I haven't finished unpacking yet. I didn't do much damage in the fabric department either..just a few FQs and a couple pieces of yardage from the 'basement'. I also only worked on one project (That is after the seam allowance screwed up my other one!) and don't know where my energy has gone! You are lucky to live so close!


Quiltin' LibraryLady said...

How funny. I didn't think cats would do anything on command.

Cheryl Willis said...

glad to hear you had such a good time. can't wait to see pictures of what you worked on.
I save way to many scraps to every really use. One of these days I will have to send you some.- cw

Dionne said...

Sounds like such a GREAT time! Love, love, love that picture of you caught in the act!
PS - your cat is adorable

Elaine Adair said...

Funny about having some little scraps from Bonnie's class. I have one tiny strip from her personally, and THAT reminds me of her class I took, as you said. 8-))

qltmom9 said...

Oh, that sounds just ~LOVELY~
Subee, we have SO much in common! My friends give me their scraps.

I'd SO enjoy that!
Lucy (in IN)

Ruthie said...

It was great meeting you and sharing a table, although since you're so very neat, it made me look quite messy!

Evelyn aka Starfishy said...

Sounds like a fun get-away! I get lots of donated small scraps too when I am working on something with small pieces - I have members in my guild that throw away tons of very usable fabric for my projects but that are too small for anything they would use. Always nice to add new to me fabrics to what I am working on. Cheers! Evelyn

jillquilts said...

Too funny about you saving the scraps! And now I know why we didn't have much time together - I was in the late night group! lol

It was wonderful to meet you in person! Love your blog!

Quilter Kathy said...

I am totally jealous of your retreating fun! Sounds fabulous!

scraphappy said...

Your pineapple blocks are just gorgeous. Well worth a trip through the rubbish bin. How many of these are you planning to make? It will be a great quilt to keep you warm on a cold winter night.

qltmom9 said...

Well, I'm back here, and I blew up your picture so I could see you better, and you are just plain lovely. You inspired me to grow my hair longer. If you can look so pretty with superlong hair, I can thrill my dh and grow mine too! Any tips?

julieQ said...

Looks like you and I would be sewing the early group! I love, love, love your pineapple blocks...just gorgeous!!

julieQ said...

And one more thing...are you going to do Bonnie's newest mystery quilt??

Kate said...

Hey - cool cat... I think your perspective is off, though - You are assuming your hubby is giving the command, and the cat is doing the trick........... I think it's the other way - the cat is giving the command (a body signal), and your hubby is doing the trick (brushing)... it's always the cat who is really in command!!! Thanks for sharing it with us.

Rose Marie said...

I've forwarded this post to my DH ... he has been talking about trying to train one of our cats to roll over and after seeing your hubby do it, he is determinded to train one of the girls. Way to go!!