Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Quilt Retreat

Jack and I got all packed up for our "Up North" retreat.
He was pretty excited to go even thought it was just going to be me and my SIL.

I did not take many pictures this time though
We went to Seven Sisters quilt shop and I fell in love with this pixilated map of Michigan
I bought the pattern.
I am hoping to make this for our camper.

This weekend we called the Baby Edition of our quilt retreat.
We mostly worked on baby things for my daughter and Mary's grandchildren.
I did make one crib sheet.  I have fabric for 2 more.

Do you remember all those paper pieced letters and numbers I was making?  
Well I am using them to make a baby's Milestone Mat for GB1.  
I don't want to show you the entire mat as I want it to be a surprise for my daughter at her shower next month, but here is a sneak peek.  
The mat is my own design but the letters, and numbers are from other designers 
(at Quiet Play and From Blank Pages).

I also finished sewing the lines and cutting them on a chenille blanket.  
Also, not going to show it until it is gifted next month.  
I used the Tula Pink all stars blue and green owls for the back.  It is SO adorable!

It was my birthday on Saturday (yes 7/11), I'm so lucky, LOL.  

We got all crazy and did a few snap chat pics together.

We got so busy we never even made it out for dinner either night and stayed up WAY too late!

We had a bridal shower to attend on Sunday for a niece so had to leave early.  
Which was a bummer but the shower was great!

My eldest daughter gave me the coolest gift.  It is a hand painted peacock egg (from one of her birds).
The scene is from my favorite childhood (and adult) places to go.  
We went there every weekend from April 15-October 15 from the time I was born 
until I left home for college. 
 I love Hardy Dam!  
Such fond memories of growing up on the water.  

Met my best childhood friend there.  
Got my first visit from Aunt Flo there.  
Fell in love for the for the first time there (one of many, LOL). 
 Learned all about nature there.  
Many of my best memories occurred there.  
I instilled that same love for HD in my kids but I think especially in this daughter.  
I think some of their favorite childhood memories included Hardy Dam too even though they didn't go nearly as much as I did.

As you can see there is a string to hand it.  
I need to find a small thing to hand it from.  I knew immediately what the scene was.  
I was quietly looking at it and she said, excitedly, "It's Hardy Dam!"  
I said, "I know!"  
I don't think she thought I knew where it was.  
I knew immediately.

This is a very cherished gift, so thoughtful on her part.  



Jan @Cocoa Quilts said...

Pam that egg is beautiful! Happy Late Birthday to you!! How many days until retirement!!! Can hardly wait to see your MI quilt.

Patti said...

So much time and thought put into it. A perfect gift to be treasured for a long time to come. You are very lucky to have such a thoughtful and talented daughter.

Ioleen said...

Amazing and very thoughtful gift. Hope your birthday was great.

Bettina Groh said...

Happy happy birthday... even if it is a little late!! Beautiful egg ! Looking forward to seeing the completed baby things!

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Happy birthday! It sounds as though you celebrated well. I cannot wait to see the baby quilts. The peacock egg is beautiful; artistic talent runs deep in your family!

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Happy, happy birthday! It looks like you celebrated well and made special memories. I'm eager to see the milestone mat and the baby quilt. The peacock egg is amazing; artistic talent runs deep in your family!

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