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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Two Times the Trouble!

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And I WAS doing SO WELL at staying on the wagon!

But maybe that is only because I’ve been out of town without a car to get me into too much trouble!

And in nothing flat, just like that, I ended up with a case in each hand, heading for the van, putting them in my car and driving away ---

With a big fat smile on my face!

“Rescuing sewing machines is much like rescuing cats!”  I often tell people. 

How many sewing machines I *NEED* isn’t in question.

How many sewing machines I can restore, keep running,  and preserve is the goal!

One of these is in really rough shape, and I nearly left it behind…but the message  written in red crayon on the case tugged at my heart:

Show & Share, Sault Ste Marie Style!

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This is Tammy peeking over the top of her down-sized Easy Street!

She is in the process of quilting.  Don’t you love her colors??

Mysteries are very versatile – you can swap your colors around, and if you want a smaller size, just tell yourself you are going to make 1/4 the units called for – or 1/2 the units called for.

Then after the reveal you can play around and make the size you want!  You might find yourself having to make a few more of this unit, or that unit – or you might have a few extra you didn’t need – just work those into the back or the label or something.  This is your quilt, you can do it how YOU want!

Monday, September 29, 2014

A bit of History in the Soo!

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Friday Evening I was given a driving tour of Sault Ste Marie, MI and  I asked Lynn to please pull over ---

I spied the court house with the sun going down behind it, and it was just SO beautiful, I wanted to get some pictures!

According to Wiki which has the answers to nearly EVERYTHING:

The Chippewa County Courthouse is a three-story, cut stone, Second Empire built in 1877 using a design by Detroit architect William Scott. Additions in 1904 and c. 1930 maintain the same consistent Second Empire architectural style. The building is one of the oldest courthouses still in use in Michigan.
All I knew was that it was a lovely evening, and it was a great night for snapping some photos of a magical place I’d heard a lot of, but had never been before!

Piecing up the Pineapple Blossoms!

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A full room with 36 quilters is definitely more fun than a barrel of monkeys!

But we do like to monkey around and have a great time!

I had such a good time with these ladies, I feel like we have known each other and been friends for a very long time ---like I could just pop on over next week and join right in with whatever they are doing in their guild.

Quilters are like that…they just take you in and make you part of the whole.

And then they do unexpected things that make you cry because they have touched your heart beyond measure---

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Galaxy-Gram! Pineapples in The Soo!

Guess who was able to get wifi at our workshop location!

We are already well past lunch, but I am sending up these photos as quickly as I can so you can see what is going on here today!

36 ladies are sewing away making gorgeous quilts and enjoying a very sunny September Sunday afternoon.

After workshop I have plans to go for a boat ride, and see how maple syrup is made! I can hardly wait!

Sister’s Choice, Sault Ste Marie, MI Style!



Sister’s Choice workshop with a wonderful group of ladies on a gorgeous Michigan September Saturday!  Whoowhooo!

Su picked me up at the hotel and drove us out the road about 20 minutes to where we gathered at Bruce Township Hall in Dafter, MI.  ((I guess up here some are dafter than others! Ha!))

we busily set up for the workshop as ladies came from all over to set up their machines and get their projects ready to SEW!

A pot luck lunch had been planned and it was nearly torture to smell all of the crock pots gently simmering with all of their yummy contents!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Show & Share from Davison Evening Stars Workshop!

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I know you were expecting a lunch time Galaxy-Gram from my phone today – but guess what??

Our workshop is so far out that there is no phone reception, and no wifi ---so all those lovely pics I took are waiting for tomorrow morning’s slide show to be posted!

Instead, I wanted to share with you the lovely quilts the ladies brought to my Tumelo Trail workshop in Davison.

I truly love and am so honored when you bring a quilt you made with my designs to share with me and everyone else.  It adds to the event – it inspires us all.  I really loved seeing Celtic Solstice brought out to play!  This one way has some of the alternate blocks turned “inside out” so you see stars inside some of the circles, and diamonds in the others.

A Must Stop at Delphine’s Quilt Shop!

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I love this photo!

I first met Delphine when I arrived on Mackinac Island last May for the Grand Hotel Needleart Seminar.

Her shop provided all of the attendees and other hotel guests with the “Best little quilt shop on the island!” Carrying everything we needed to enjoy our week of stitching in this beautiful old historic hotel.

I hope she will be back when I am back there in May of 2016.

Come to think of it I hope YOU will be there when I go back to teach in May of 2016!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Driving North to the Soo!

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Today was my long driving day from Davison up to Sault Ste Marie, also known as the Soo by Michiganders!

How do I know it is nearing October?

We followed a truck pulling loads of pumpkins….first seeing the bed of the pickup loaded with the beautiful orange orbs of autumn ---

And behind him, a longer trailer just LOADED! 

Where is he going with these beauties?

Where were they grown?

And don’t pumpkins just make you feel all homey and comfy, imagining the yummy smells of pumpkin-flavored-things baking and brewing in the kitchen?