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Started by Marcia (aka "Life is Grand"). Last reply by SandyO 3 hours ago. 44 Replies

retreat 2019 food

Started by diane. Last reply by Jacqueline Johnson Jul 17. 3 Replies

Additional notes for AUGUST 2019 RETREAT

Started by Marcia (aka "Life is Grand"). Last reply by Lynne Jul 13. 3 Replies

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Comment by Deb Semmens 2 hours ago

Does anyone out there have the book Adventures with Leaders and Enders by Bonnie Hunter?

There are a couple of quilts in there I would like to do  BUT I WOULD REALLY like to do the Happily Scrappily Irish Chain.

I know Bonnie really loves her little pieces.... so would really like to know how small these pieces are before I purchase the book.

Yep call me Miss Chicken.  LOL

Comment by SandyO on Sunday

Hello Sisters...got back this afternoon from a trip to Mineral Point, Wisconsin (not far from Madison) with our wine club. There were 8 of us. Gregg and I want two days early to explore the area as we had not been there before...lots of interesting stuff to see. We went to three great wineries, some restaurants, drank some wine and even played some cards. I've been drinking with these people for about 15 years LOL!

Comment by Marcia (aka "Life is Grand") on July 17, 2019 at 12:01pm

Hi everyone- been a while since I posted here- did do some discussion posts for the retreat.  Am really, really getting excited for the retreat to get here!  It's one of my favorite retreats because I get to spend time with my amazing IQ sisters!  :)

Jackie- hard to believe that Jaylyn was playing soccer and she's only 2!!!  Glad you bought a pool for her to stay cool.  Last week I bought a kiddie wading pool---but for a dog.  It wasn't getting water and unsure of food, so I dropped off a bag of dog food and filled a wading pool with water for the poor fella.  Iowa's animal laws (or should I say "LACK OF") doesn't allow me to intervene when it comes to finding neglected dogs a different home.  So I introduce myself to the owners and offer to help.  After all- it isn't the dog's fault its not receiving adequate care.  :(

Jan- you impress me with all the quilts you make for charity!  800 Charm Squares are a fun challenge to make into quilts- especially for the kids that are wards of the state.  I'm sure those kids treasure your quilts.

Peg- your house appears to have a revolving door!  First the twins....then the neighbor's dog!  All of it sounds busy, but fun!  Hope your friend with the lung cancer is mending and heading for remission.  We all HATE cancer.

Rhonda- it's amazing how busy two little boys can keep a granny hopping!! Rest up before the retreat!

Lynn- your outing to Cedar Falls with your 9 friends sounds like a LOT of fun!

Carol- your sock monkey & quilt are darling!  I have made a few sock monkeys back in the day---but not recently.

Diane- what a BIG ADVENTURE to hike the AT!!!  That's a lot of weight to carry while you hike.  Glad your son is 'tagging along' with you & Marilyn!  Have a safe trip and a fun time!  BTW- I think you are truly the 'QUEEN OF MYSTERY QUILTS"!!!  You sure can whip those quilts out quickly!

Last week DH & I took the youngest peeper to the John Deere Museum in Waterloo as part of his birthday present.  5 year old Ashton was certainly in his happy place!  He LOVES John Deere tractors!  On way home we stopped at Mexican restaurant and ....Scratch Cupcakes!  YUM!

Last week was our county fair, so I am in charge of setting up and taking down the Humane Society's booth.  I worked at the booth those two days, but decided members could work the other two days.  That enabled me to go on a Party Express Shop Hop on Friday with Judy.  She drove her VW convertible and we had a wee bit too much sun form that road trip!!!  Then we went to the Ankeny Quilt Show on Saturday.  Fun two days!

I am done with my Fidget Quilt and my NDTS blocks. Need to finish a few more of the Birthday Swap blocks and can check that off my TO DO list!

Raining hard here now- but we were needing some moisture.  Everyone enjoy your week!  :)

Comment by Lynne on July 16, 2019 at 2:16pm

Wow, I think this heat has fried my brain already today. I've forgotten like three major things this morning. One of them was feeding the calves.  Not smart! It hasn't been my job for a few weeks so I guess I just got out of the habit.

I guess I was a little sidetracked thinking about all the other things I had to get done to get my mom home today. She had to be out of the door of the home before 10 or they would charge her for the day. 

Comment by Jackie Orton on July 16, 2019 at 10:21am

Great quilt, Jan....it will be treasured, I'm sure.

Been sewing a little this a.m....too hot to do anything outside, so it should be a productive week as the temps are only going to get warmer.

County fair week here in Madison County, so I hope the attendance doesn't suffer for the heat.

Then RAGBRAI comes through next week on Mon/Tues.

Headed to town after lunch...DH 'needs' chewing tobacco and I want to get a swimming pool at the Dollar Store for Jaelyn so she has something to splash in when they come over.  A lot of water went through the hose on Sunday trying to keep her entertained!  Will probably be less water used in the pool!

Looking forward to retreat!!

Hugs and Prayers.

Comment by Jan from Iowa/Arkansas on July 16, 2019 at 9:49am

This is the donation quilt I recently finished.  It will be a donation quilt for the church quilt group, going to a home that takes care of wards of the state, ages 8 thru 18.  Each child receives a quilt when they arrive, and can take it with them when they leave.

This is a friendly owl that sat outside our window for several hours.  Not sure if he was hunting mice, ground squirrels, or just resting.  Was fun seeing one that close up.  Probably not more than 15 feet from the house.

Comment by Jan from Iowa/Arkansas on July 15, 2019 at 6:03pm

AR got some of the rain from Hurricane Barry, but we didn't have any problems.  More central and eastern parts of the state.

I completed a rag quilt with the 5" squares from the church.  Already took it to the church, so no picture.  It wasn't much, just a rag quilt made from mostly kids prints.

I have two kits cut out for the retreat.  I hope to get at least one more cut out.  That should keep me out of trouble.  Should I bring the gold and silver quilt I worked on last year?  It is so elegant!!  I am really proud of it.

I will bring the quilt that has the pretty red floral that I drooled over for weeks before buying it.  The quilt turned out nice.  Just have to put binding and a label on it.  Still love the red fabric!!

Diane, be safe on your trip out east.  I don't doubt it will be an adventure for you.  Remember to keep hydrated!!

I saw on the evening news tonight that a woman was lost while on an outing in CA.  She was in the area where I was born, and went back to when I was 20.  Really beautiful, but the land needs to be respected or it can be deadly.  (She will be fine after resting up for a few days.)

I have stuff planned out to bring to the retreat.  Think it will all fit in the car!!!  I am so excited about going!!  So is Linda!!!

Have a good week everyone.

Comment by Darce Ovel on July 12, 2019 at 9:03am

Seems like I haven't posted anything in forever - been checking in tho.  Just not much new to tell I guess.   Very little sewing - altho I've been trying to organize a little - my west coast kids are all coming in 2 weeks - Yippee!!!   That means tho, that the guest room needs to be usable!  Yikes!  Some of it can be shoved into the office and some into the utility room.   I need to get my retreat projects and figit quilt all organized and finished (or even started) before they get here - this weekend is the plan.  We'll see.

Comment by Lynne on July 11, 2019 at 8:50am

Have fun and be careful on your hike Diane.  You are only leaving yourself a couple of days to recuperate before retreat!  

Cute sock monkey quilt Carol.  I made a sock monkey quilt a few years ago and put it in my future grandkid stash.  When my cousin was finally able to adopt a baby, one of the first pictures of him was with a sock monkey made by great grandma.  I knew that quilt needed to belong to Coop.  When I got to the shower and saw the sock monkey theme, there was no doubt about it!

The one and only fidget quilt is done.

The NDTS blocks are almost done, I can't wait to see the variety we end up with.  I drew out my layout for what I want to do with them and have a couple of options for the rest of the fabric I will need in my stash.

Three weeks from today!  I had better figure out what I am doing!

Comment by Rhonda Huggins on July 10, 2019 at 3:53am

Diane, prayers for you to have a safe hike. Have fun!


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