Saturday, February 20, 2016

Retreat time and an X-rated fabric!!

I'm so lucky to have such amazing friends who all love to quilt. Yes, I do need to fly 2,000 miles to be with them. But it's worth it!!  I always get so much done and have such a great time. I feel blessed!! ❤️❤️

We started our retreat time with a visit to JJ Stitches in Sun Prairie, the cutest little town near Madison. I started in the sale rack, looking for backing!

Such gorgeous fabrics!!!

Look at this fabric I spotted: made to look like selvages;

My first project was the Circa 2016. Needed to put my blocks together.  Don't want to fall behind!!
So cute!!

I also made the newest little block!
One 3" block per week is right about my speed!!!

Then I assembled a little baby quilt using cheater cloth and a kit I bought at Expo last fall. Adorable!!

My next project was a donation quilt for an auction.  I love how it turned out, even though I wasn't able to line up the "postcards" perfectly!! I'm just not that precise of a sewer!!!

I just love the fabrics!  Look at this backing I found:

Now for the x-rated part!! I found this adorable fabric of Santa on the beach last time I was in Hawaii. I thought it was adorable. I started this quilt last month when I was here in Wisconsin but hadn't looked very closely at this particular fabric. 

You've got to look at this Santa very closely. OMG!! My friends all saw the problem way before I did!! 

I took it out, by the way. Vbg

That's your  laugh for the day, girls!!!


  1. Lmao!!!! All your tops are beautiful and it doesn't matter if it's not perfect. Someone will LOVE IT!

  2. I am shocked!!! The shop in WI looks wonderful with all those reproduction fabrics!!!

  3. I adore that postcard quilt- great job! Looks like some lovely sale fabric too.
    Santa- too funny!!

  4. Those rows of sale fabric would have drained my wallet, for sure.
    Looks like you had a very productive retreat. I don't think I want to look too closely at the Santa, thank you. : )

  5. What a wonderful quilt shop...I would have liked a piece of each of those $6 fabrics. Your quilts look wonderful. Love the postcard quilt. It is so hard to line up all those rows...I haven't mastered that yet either...but the quilt is beautiful.

  6. I love JJ Stitches - and look at all that great sale fabric! Did any jump in your bag? Hahaha - Santa needs to invest in some tighty whiteys!

  7. Great finds--love your Circa 2016 project--looks like fun....hugs, Julierose

  8. OMG!! I would have bought everything in the first two pictures. GORGEOUS!! @6$ that's a steal!! :^D
    I can an apron with the selvage fabric. Cute! You did an awesome job with your quilts. I spotted nothing wrong with the postcard quilt. Love the flower border AND the sunglasses fabric. Too cute!
    I laughed at Santa's little peek-a-boo. lol. Thanks for sharing. ;^)

  9. Are those Hawaiian postcards from an online swap on, from years ago? I did that swap, and haven't put mine together yet. Hopefully someday!

  10. I love your tops. Who says quilting has to be perfect! Looks like Mrs. Claus needs to measure more closely when she sews shorts for Santa...
    yes, grab fabric at $6 wow. Hope you had a great time.

  11. I want all those sale fabrics! And your dark center on Circa 2016 is great. Santa looks happy!

  12. Very cute finishes Randy. The baby quilt and postcards quilt are both adorable. And had I known you were going shopping I would have put in and order!!! lol! Say hello to everyone for me! cheers!

  13. Santa leaves me speechless--as does all the $6.00 fabrics--I need a road trip to Sun Prairie ASAP!!

  14. wow - great prices on that fabric Santa cracked me up.