Scene 2 A Journey Starts…with triangles!

The ladies I retreated with are quilters. One made the journey to Wisconsin a few years ago for work. The other made the journey to Wisconsin for the weekend to visit her friend from their home state of South Dakota. Pam wins the award for the most miles traveled to get to a retreat!

I noticed this quilt square and asked about the story because my Mom loves to be on the lookout for barn quilts. She and my sister have even made their own barn quilt. So I know Mom would want the story behind this barn quilt square. Notice the barn quilt has tiny, tiny triangles.

This quilt square commemorates a shop hop trip Dawn and Pam made with a few others to Minnesota. Each shop hopper made their own square and then shared the square with the others. The idea is that they would each get the same square to sew together to make a quilt of their own. Pam recalled her square has planes on it, partly because she would rather take a plane, than drive if I am recalling the reason correctly. Dawn said she incorporated the words “joy ride” because she was the driver and joy is her favorite word. This barn quilt square made the journey back to South Dakota with Pam.

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Pam sent a box of supplies ahead of her trip so she could work on this pattern. She had a few squares done prior to the weekend but most she assembled during our retreat. Her goal is to enjoy the process and not measure how much she has finished. I watched while she assembled one square because piecing together all those triangles seemed a little crazy to me. Although there were a few triangles, it was mostly strips that she pieced together. So she got a few points off the crazy scale for using strips!IMG_7659

Dawn was the other quilter at retreat and worked on many projects over the weekend. This was one of those projects. The tree and words were already printed on the panel. She added the piano key border first. I heard them talking about piano keys so I think that is what the rectangles are called along the left. Then the similar border along the other sides. Last is the detail in the bottom right. No triangles on this quilt.

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Dawn’s quilting journey started with thinking quilters are crazy (just like me) for cutting up perfectly good fabric into triangles and then piecing it back together. It sounds like it took a few years for Dawn to realize that quilting is not all about triangles. There are other methods to quilting including fabric books which she sewed over the weekend as well.

I did not tell them that I have always thought I would reserve quilting for when I retire. For now, rug hooking fills the time when I am not paper crafting. It was neat to watch Pam assemble a square and listen to their lingo throughout the weekend. They also were pretty focused on their math skills because just as in paper crafts, we know the instant we cut wrong the second the cutting is complete. In paper crafts, I have to redesign if I cut wrong. My guess is that incorrectly cut fabric may result in triangles being pieced together! 🙂

The triangles appear in our story again before the weekend is done. Catch that in Scene 3 along with my silver glimmer paper pile!

Super Awesome Math Skills Person Shirley

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Scene 1 and Job Done!

This is the view right outside the craft room at Cattail Retreat. Peaceful with lots of fall color. The pond changes as the day passes and as the breeze carries nature across the surface. Rain gently fell on a different day creating interesting ripples. It was nice to watch it all from our cozy craft room.IMG_7645

The main event at retreat is whatever craft projects you can manage to bring all the parts to:) I bring my computer for when I run out of projects because I can edit Youtube videos and create blog posts. I edited the video for this DIY stationary to include the quilted snack table covering as the background on my photo.

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Click on the Youtube video for how to create the stationary.

The video editing job is done! So I could move on to my next project; sorting card kits. More on that in the Scene 2 blog post for tomorrow. So check back then!

Super Awesome Retreater Shirley

Last One from Fall Fling

I will Let it Snow on this card as long as it is not snowing outside! We have gotten wintery weather around Halloween in my part of the country in the past. Winter can hold off a little longer since I prefer 72 degree weather. And I have not taken down the vegetable garden or started yard clean up yet.

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Kay Messling did a nice job designing this card using the Merry Music designer series paper package. The snow scene is from a stamp in the set Merry Little Labels. Kay looks for stamp sets that have coordinating punches for ease of use. This image coordinates with the Everyday Label punch and has 4 more images in the stamp set that coordinate with this punch as well. Thanks for sharing this card Kay!

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Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

Last holiday card assembled from Fall Fling

I just assembled the last card from our all demonstrator Fall Fling shoebox swap and it is a pretty one! Jamie Statz-Paynter designed this card using a non-winterish designer series paper. Can you guess which one is used?

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It is the Delightful Daisy package, the third sheet from the left. Pretty neat that our geometric patterns can be used for a variety of themes.

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Super Awesome Design Jamie! Thanks for sharing it at Fall Fling!

I have one more holiday design to share from Fall Fling. Check back tomorrow to see it!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

 

Christmas Cards

Christmas card inspiration is here! I know it is not Halloween yet but for those of us that make a stack of Christmas card, we are already dreaming up designs and preparing supplies.

These cards were designed by fellow demonstrators for our Fall Fling.

Kay Messling is on trend using touches of basic black paired with glimmery gold.

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Lynn Schwiebert designed this card which reminds me of Sherlock Holmes days (before Benedict Cumberbatch was Sherlock).

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Linda Hartwich designed this card to Deck the Halls!

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Norma Artman gave the quick tip that our tombo liquid glue is needed to adhere anything to our glimmer paper and she is right! It took me actually using the glue to adhere the layers for me to learn this tip. Thanks Norma for the tip!

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I hope these samples help you plan your own designs. All the supplies needed to re-create these cards can be purchased at my online store here. Make sure to check out my online shopper rewards program before placing your order. Thank you for your orders!

Super Awesome Shirley