Monday, May 24, 2021

Monday Meandering 4 - 24 - 2021

 What a week!  I spent the first part of the week doing a bit of extra cleaning around the house and the studio.  Then I spent Thursday evening through Monday morning having a wonderful time with Sharon who came for an in-house retreat for the two of us. 

One of the things she wanted to do was find backings for 4 or 5 quilts.  We headed over to Jo Anns to do a bit of shopping.  Wow -- 22 yards of fabric later she had backings chosen, 2 bonus yards of fabric she hadn't seen in a while and replenished some of her patriotic fabrics. (This in addition to the 9 yards of batting I bought for her on sale last week.)  

We kept Ruthie busy with two charity quilts.  Unfortunately Ruthie was being picky so it took longer than it should.  Both of these quilts are actually mystery quilts sponsored by one of her guilds.  They were designed by Mary Ellen Hopkins. The one Sharon is holding is A Patchwork Puzzle and is available on Marsha McCloskey's web site for free.  I need to check in with Sharon to see who designed the other one.  I thought it was also a Judy Hopkins design and offered free on Marsha's web site but couldn't find it.  However, there are two other free mysteries available on this web site. If I can find the pattern for the second quilt I'll pass it along. 

Maker : Sharon 
Quilting Pattern: Saffron Blossom by Apricot Moon 
Thread: So Fine 518 by Superior Threads

Maker:  Sharon 
Quilting Pattern: Avalon by My Creative Stitches
Thread: Pink  So Fine 418 by Superior Threads

Avalon is a pattern I haven't tried before.  It stitched out beautifully but it was pretty slow.  You can't complain about the slowness when it looks so good. Both of these quilts will be going to a charity in North Carolina. 

Sharon was even able to get a table runner pieced.  It's elegant in blacks and golds on cream.  I'm looking forward to seeing the finished runner on her dining room table some day soon. 

For some reason I didn't get all that much done during the weekend.  I finished a smaller version of a strippy quilt like the one here.  I'll share it once I get it quilted. 

I also finished one block with 42 pieces! Over the next day or two I'll decide if I want to make two more for my table runner this month.  Pictures to come. 

And last week's goals:


Start a new quilt -  fabrics and pattern picked but not started

Quilt one of my quilts

Make red table runner - started 

Have fun with Sharon!

This week's goals: 


Finish red table runner (or mat?)

Cut out and sew a new quilt

Bind quilt from Chunky Churn Dash Quilt

Quilt another of my quilts. 

Pat did most of the cooking but I made a peanut butter pie. Yum! 

That's it from me today.  I am linking up with these parties: Oh Scrap, Monday Making, Design Wall Monday, and To Do Tuesday. Spend some time surfing. I am looking forward to doing that this week. Even though I fell asleep after lunch for 2 hours! I'm ready for bed soon. Enjoy surfing these linky parties this week. 

Happy Quilting All! Bonnie 

PS -- Does anyone have the instructions (again) to have blog comments mailed to an email address?  Mine has dropped again.  YEA!  I figured it out. If you commented last week I'll be responding this week.  And many thanks for all the comments! 


  1. I love your Avalon quilt! It's a very elegant pattern and the colors you chose are perfect! Have a safe and happy day!

  2. Oooh your two person retreat sounds fantastic! I am not sure but if memory serves me right Sandra at MMM quilts had the directions for the comments sent to email.

  3. What fun to host a quilting retreat. I love the quilting on Sharon’s quilts — Ruthie did a great job. Kudos to Pat for doing most of the cooking while you and Sharon quilted.

  4. What a fun time with your friend, Sharon! Her quilt with the turquoise background is just gorgeous! How nice to come visit you and go home with quilted quilts. Can I come? :)

  5. I am sure you were having fun visiting and helping her with the quilts. Thanks for linking up with To-Do!

  6. Sounds like you and Sharon had a very productive retreat. Very fun quilts. Looking forward to seeing the project you worked on. Have a great weekend.


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