Saturday, July 16, 2011

Back to reality

I hated putting Bonnie on a plane yesterday but life goes on and our little annual retreat has come to an end.  We had a wonderful week and got so much done. This was our work area, the dining table! Eating? We don't starve, I'll tell ya! We take turns fixing meals and enjoyed eating on the back patio each evening.  Lori and Bonnie are great friends and we always have such a great time.
After giving the ocean waves a rest, I turned to left-over hsts made from a black/30s top I did finally finish, from a pattern called Licorice Allsorts. I was using STRINGS, another Bonnie Hunter creation.  It is very forgiving and, after making a zillion hsts (I even had a dream about them last night) I was ready for some brainless quick sewing.  So this is my latest project. What do you think? Oh, and my sewing room is a DISASTER. Can anyone relate?? vbg

GIVE AWAY!!! I'd like to offer this pattern to anyone who thinks they might be interested in making this quilt. It's by The Rabbit Factory finishing at 87x87.  I will pick a name so if you're interested in this, please send me a comment by Sunday evening and I'll draw a name.

I also did get to see the Darling Grandbaby Ryan, having stopped at my daughter's on the way back home last night. In just 2 weeks, he'd already changed so much. I'll post another picture tomorrow!

Have a great weekend.


  1. are you as tired as I feel? LOL!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE that star quilt with the strings!'s going to be wonderful!

    miss you too!

  2. I enjoyed reading about your time spent with Bonnie and at Sisters. I am living vicariously through other quilters that I read about on-line!

    I would love to win the pattern that you are offering!

    Frances Robson

  3. Looks like you gals had a wonderful time and EVERYONE wishes they could have been there with you! : )
    I love Licorice Allsorts--the pattern and the candy!
    Your string stars set in black are great. Very eye-catching.

  4. Love your quilt on the design wall.

  5. What fun to start reading a blog from the very beginning of it's creation. I finally figured out how to leave comments. Starting a blog would probably throw me in another dimension!! Your grandson looks adorable--such a fun age. Judy

  6. That's a great new quilt Randy!! 3 more r&w blocks to do.....then to the next project! I tell ya' I'm chomping at the bit! LOL

  7. I'm not a fan of the candy licorice but this pattern looks quite delish! Throwing my name into the completition ring.

  8. Sewing with friends is the most fun! Fun and productive and silly and serious all at the same time. I love the Licorice Allsorts pattern (I'm wondering about the history of the name, it has me puzzled). I'd love to win that pattern - thank you for the chance!

  9. That is VERY pretty. My dd would LOVE it, esp. since it is "licorice".
    Thank you for the chance to win.


  10. Wow - I love your licorice quilt. I wouldn't have thought to put black with 30's - great result!!

  11. I would just love to spend a week with friends and quilting!! Randy I just love your strings and stars! Thanks to Bonnie...I'm addicted.

  12. Those strings are additive for sure. The stars are wonderful!

  13. another great quilt in the making, love the strings made into stars!!!!
    and the setting is perfect, keep going! yes when I make hst I can only do it for so long then need a break. I bet you need a weeks vacation just to recover from the sewing marathons!
    oh please don't enter me in the giveaway I just wanted to comment!

  14. I'm doing an acean waves sew-a-long...with you! Have long wanted to start one and you gave me the impetus! Thanks. However, whosaid I couldn't work on the licorice pattern at the same time. Enjoyed Sisters with you. Cheryl

  15. I just love your Ocean Waves Quilt! I want to make one myself, but I'm still building up the courage to make so many HST's.
    I would love to win the Licorice Allsorts pattern, I have a lot of black fabric laying around, so I could finally use that.

    Jittina, the Netherlands

  16. Just fell in love with the Licorice Allsorts quilt
    and your looks just adoable!
    Quilting greetings
    Gisela Asker

  17. I think your Licorice Allsorts quilt is just amazing. Love the strings and the black fabric.

    (I have a ton of fabrics so I would never get to that pattern, but I wanted to comment on your WIP)

  18. So glad you had a great visit. My daughter were home and we had a little version of a sew in...LOTS of fun.

  19. I'm not really interested in the Licorice Allsorts, but am wondering what the chances are of you sharing the String Star quilt pattern/tutorial? I have oodles of strings to use up & love that look!

  20. Licorice Allsorts is a wonderful pattern. I think I need to make that for my DH since he can't eat licorice anymore. He can sleep under it instead! LOL