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Safety Pins, Binding, and Deer


One of the pleasures of spending time at a retreat is spotting wildlife. Our group has now been together for over ten years; last year we celebrated with a quilting cruise. We have spent time together in a variety of places–some far, some near–one was ideal for all of us but has since closed and is being sold.

This retreat is at the end of the road–quite literally. Deer wander about and we stop sewing to watch. There were also more than a few feral hogs–creatures that seem to multiply like rabbits or mosquitoes.

img_8653-mOnce again I had forgotten to take straight pins with me–but found a great substitute in safety pins. I finished binding this quilt top as a donation for the Houston Modern Quilt Guild. img_8657-m

Of course we also ate—and celebrated a birthday with make your own individual cake in a cup–topped with whipped cream and sprinkles.

I had to leave for work–regretfully cutting my time short. Bills never seem to take a vacation.

Vintage Quilt topsMeet Modern Quilt Guild

Recently I joined the Houston Modern Quilt Group and discovered an entirely new world of color combinations, fabric lines, and enthusiastic members.

And I happened to spend a delightful hour poking around an antique store in Uvalde Texas. That part of Texas is not known for cold winters and the need for lots of quilts to keep warm as some other parts of Texas do. I expected to find two or three—but over a dozen?

Most of them were still just tops or flimsies–waiting for their ultimate purpose. And then there were the patterns in the fabric–bright orange mixed with pink, gray with orange or teal, loud floral patterns mixed with plaids. I recognized all of the patterns except this one–unknown20block201-m

There wasn’t much space to lay them out and mostly I draped them over a small chest of drawers near by.


A few other treats–an old wringer washer machine, hooked rugs like my grandmother made from old sweaters, and a sewing bird caddy.

More photos are here:


Pillows and notebooks

Two months ago, I joined the Houston Modern Quilt Group. This group meets on the third Saturday of every month and seems to be a fun and active group. They are very busy and have many challenges and workshops and are just fun. One of their projects is providing a boutique booth at a local quilt show in October or maybe it is September. We are all challenged to make some fun items. One member brought fabric she no longer wanted as she thought it very traditional.

I took three fabrics–a shirting, a blue print, and a red print.

From these three fabrics and then some of my own, I made cell phone pillows and notebook covers.

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‘cell’ is written with chalk pencil on small pieces of black canvas.