Tuesday, October 28, 2014

I'm There In Spirit!

Several months ago Lynn Wilder let me know she was planning a quilt retreat at Snowflake Lodge which is near their cabin,
"Wilder's Last Resort". 
I whimpered a bit, knowing a trip to California just wasn't in the cards this year. 
We have too many things going on...the arrival of our new Grandbe'be' in September, long overdue projects to complete around the house and preparing for our daughter and her husband to come home for Thanksgiving...the Autumn/Halloween decorating has pretty much gone by the wayside and we'll begin hanging garlands soon because we'll be celebrating both Thanksgiving and Christmas when the kiddos are here visiting.
Setting these cute little salt and pepper shakers that we found at Pier One by my little rooster and egg crate is about as far as I got!

Lynn has just posted the first pictures of the grand gathering on her blog, Sew'n Wild Oaks...great food, great company, and in that fine tradition, I've decided not to sit around feeling sorry for myself, but to join them in spirit!  Looking at the photos Lynn posted this morning I was taken back to the cabin and those warm fuzzy feelings of great food, laughter, fun and friendship. 

I have my projects pulled together for my virtual participation in this retreat.  I tripped across a great sale on orange bell peppers yesterday so there are stuffed peppers in the crock pot which promise to be sweet and succulent this evening, they'll look more appetizing when I top them with grated cheese later on!  I'll mix up some biscuits to go with them later this afternoon.  Tick good food off the list!

I have good company in the form of Maecee, my warm napping little lump of furry love cuddled in the desk chair with me, when she's not asking for a belly rub!  She never comments when I have to stop and pick out a seam...sometimes she does roll her eyes though!

Last night I finally cut out the August block for Country Corners and after plugging in the crockpot I got it sewn together.  The September block is up next...after lunch!

 I also have an after hours project that I prepped over the weekend and can stitch on in front of my imaginary fireplace in the evenings!
Bertie's Winter! 
Easy fused die cut appliques and whip stitching with perle cotton. 
It feels like cheating...and I LOVE IT!!!
I've taken a little artistic license with one of the blocks...those of you who are also working on Bertie's Winter will probably spot it quickly. 
I have a very opinionated daughter who looked at the patterns the other night when I was starting to prep the blocks and she felt something was amiss in one of the blocks!  Yes....I've added a snowman ornament where a frosted cookie was intended to be!

I think I'm progressing pretty well with my virtual retreat!  Won't you join me?
~Nancie Anne


  1. Looks like you are all set....I don't get to go anywhere either. Waaah.

    P.S. Maecee is adorable!

  2. I was going to virtually join in too, when I realised I couldn't be there for real, but we're having work done on the conservatory, where I sew, so we've had to empty everything out.

  3. Love seeing your projects, especially those Bertie's. Yes, Lynn's retreat looks like so much fun...they will be treated to a wonderful time!

  4. Wonderful projects !! You will have those Bertie's done in no time :-D

    Maecee is Adorable !

  5. Sorry you couldn't join us at the retreat Nancy. I'm just now getting around to reading blogs.....no time over the past few days. I love your Country Corners block! ~~Lynn