Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Sunriver Sisters

One of the best things for me about our Sunriver week of sewing is the friendship. I don't have a lot of close woman friends and I'd like to share a little of how I feel when I'm with these ladies. I can be completely myself without fear of being judged about anything. We come from all walks of life, different economic, religious, and political backgrounds and none of that dictates how we feel for one another. We can talk about books, music, environment, or our family. Nothing is off limits (and we aren't into husband bashing or gossiping- thank goodness!) and I feel very safe and know that nothing will be said beyond our ears. It is a special relationship and I really treasure our time together. We can laugh, we can cry and boy oh boy can we sew up a storm!!! LOL

Here is an older project that Randy was working on. The gold and black work very well together!!

Randy knows how to crank out the HST!!! Here is a basket quilt top she was commissioned to make.
Here is Bonnie's wonderful travel quilt!! Not only are her freehand fans terrific she can snuggle with it on the plane!!!

Unfortunately this is all I can show you of Bonnie's. The duffel bag filled with magnificent quilts that will be exposed in her next book!! I'm sure it won't come as a surprise, but you'll love them all!!

I had this center block made for some time but needed the focus and time to really get the hst trimmed and added. This was reproduced from a crib quilt on Ebay. (the hst finish at 1")

I made most of these blocks last year during our week at Sunriver but never really had a great place to lay them out. Ta-Da! Top together!!!

I also managed to get 50 church dash blocks finished!! Only 40 more to go!! I had picked out a little printed shirting but we all agreed it was a bit busy for the little scrappy blocks. I tried a few more pieces and think I will go with muslin.
I was hoping to get a photo of Kathy's projects once we got home but she was packed up and the sewing suitcase never left my trunk before I delivered her to the airport. I'll have to get her to send me a photo as you will love her projects too!!
Claire spent a couple of days getting inspired and I neglected to get a photo of her projects too!!! Sorry Claire!!

Thanks for the well wishes on feeling better. I'm not up for a jog..yet, but I'm sure I'll be feeling a little better every day.


  1. It is important to have friends that you can share with including your love of quilting. I know you had a good time with everyone. I want to see what's in that black bag!

    I am in love with your crib quilt. So many little pieces.

  2. So many beautiful quilts! I always enjoy my retreats with my girl-friends and when I look at something that I made while at the retreat, it always gives me warm-fuzzies.

  3. What a refreshing time it is to spend with friends who share your love of quilting and allow you to be completely yourself. I envy your excursion. Thanks for mitigating that jealousy by supplying photos of some great projects. I am really loving your crib quilt and the churn dash blocks.

  4. Ooh! I'm so inspired by all those quilts!! What fun!

  5. yes yes YES~!!~ beautiful eye candy bits here. love it all but am just blown away by the little ebay reproduction that you are working on~!!~
    . . . gotta love those half square triangles~!!!!~ . . .

    it's good to hear your a bit better. continue taking good care of yourself.


  6. Looks like you all had a great time together. Love the quilt top and can't wait to see your churn dash, put together. Everything was beautiful! Feel better soon

  7. Wow, you better keep cherishing those friends, they are to keep! Love all the projects you girls have been working on... Like the gold and black (is that one block turned on purpose?)

  8. Sounds like you had an amazing week! I love all the quilts and especially like your quilt with the tiny HSTs. I might have to buy Bonnie's new book!

  9. What a lovely post!! It sounds like you had a wonderful time. My daughter and I both really like your crib quilt reproduction. All those little hst's are marvelous. I can't wait to see your churn dashes come together. :0)

  10. a perfect way to spend a week, boy am I jealous!
    nice that you have a group of friends like that.
    I LOVE your crib quilt, its amazing ah yes a few hst I just happen to have I could use!!!! just need that center block!
    can't wait to hear about the show and how you liked it and of course which quilts you liked, etc.
    oh churn dash blocks just make me happy.
    ps lucky you seeing Bonnies quilts!

  11. Not only are they good friends, but they're loaded with talent, too. This group is a lot of inspiration. Love all of the quilts, blocks, etc.

  12. You're lucky to have friends like that, it looks like you had a great time!

  13. What a wonderful (and productive) time together!!!
    I hope you are feeling better.
    Tomorrow is quilt meeting and then off to Door County for some fun with friends.....hopefully my post-op body will be kind to me. :)

  14. What a blessing to have wonderful friends and quilting buddies. Love all of the quilts, as usual.

    Keep feeling better!

  15. The pictures are all wonderful - of the quilts and your friends. You're so fortunate to have a wonderful as that!! Looks like so much fun.

  16. I miss you guys so much already!! I concur 100% with what you said...I need women like you, and Randy, and Kathy, and Claire in my life. I'm blessed to have you as my friend even if we only see each other once a year...

    Love you! <3

  17. You got so much accomplished! 40 churn dash blocks? Wow! The 4patch chain blocks are a new favorite of mine. Our little group made them for one of the members for her (number ending in zero) birthday. And, the crib quilt is fantastic. How did you come up with so many scrappy triangles?!

  18. OMG
    What an incredibly fun post!
    I loved your tribute to your friends, what a gift that is to have in your life.
    I love all the projects, especially the crib repro. Its just wonderful.
    50 churn dash blocks - slacker, ha ha no way, that is so many, good for you!! I love churn dash blocks and with all the pink in yours, I double love them!

  19. Great pics of some beautiful projects. Glad you had fun...our stitching friends are very special people!

  20. It is wonderful that you have such a neat group of gals to get together and stitch with. Bonnie will be here with me in a few short weeks...I'll peek in the duffel. Hee!!

  21. You all are an amazing group of quilters. Such beautiful quilts. Those tiny little hst of yours are perfect.
    Glad you got to sew together and enjoy Sisters.

  22. Wow Lori - your gals sound like a wonderful group. I agree - there' nothing quite so liberating as spending time doing what you love with people that love it too. Glad you had such a great time.

  23. I'm in love with your crib quilt...and your churn dashes are got so much done! What a fun time!

  24. Looks like great fun! Gorgeous quilts! So happy that you have had this time together.


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