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A good time was had by all, if you don’t count the night visitors rustling in the wall and the mysterious critter bite that had Marilyn jumping out of bed.  Of course being the well adjusted people that we are, we made jokes about it.  

We arrived at Canyon Camp Friday afternoon, and started setting up our little sewing areas.

Setting-Up

For dinner we drove into Hinton for our usual Friday night mexican dinner.  I don’t remember the name of the restaurant, but they have very good food at great prices, and they always smile when they are invaded twice a year by a large group of crazy ladies.

The project for this retreat was String or Strip Quilts.  After dinner everyone piled their precut fabric strips on a table and the swapping and sewing began.

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Last fall everyone brought fall themed blocks to retreat.  For every block you brought, you got your name added to the pot for a drawing.  Sharron won the blocks, and was supposed to put them together in a quilt top and bring it back to show at spring retreat.  Here is Sharron and the fall blocks.

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She had blocks left over, so a name was drawn for the remaining blocks.  For this retreat, everyone made snowman themed blocks.  I like Sharron’s “Snowman Embryo”, the snowflake block.

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There were enough blocks to divide and draw 2 names.  The winners were Jan and Sharron.

The camp feeds us 3 meals on Saturday and 2 meals on Sunday.  For some reason we always think we’re going to starve or there will be some major catastrophe, like the kitchen burning down while we’re there.  We are getting better though, this is about half of what we used to bring.

Food

With all of the eating, laughing and discussions of “Snail Sex”, (don’t ask) some actual sewing took place.

Diane’s Spiderwebs

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Jan’s Strip Quilt – I can’t remember the pattern name.

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Marilyn’s Strippy Sunflowers

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Melissa’s Spiderwebs

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Sharron’s Strippy Center Medallion

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Virginia’s Pastel Strippy Baby Quilt in progress

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I decided that I really needed to work on a project that I have been working on at the last 2 retreats.  I did go ahead and trade strips with everyone because eventually I do want to make a string quilt.  So I spent the weekend making 18 star blocks for my Tennessee Waltz quilt.  I have them pinned on the wall with the snowball blocks between and have decided that I don’t like the bright coral color originally chosen for the snowball corners.  It’s too bright and dominates everything.  Thinking of going with a paler dusty orange.

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Due to illness and work, some of the Skrappies couldn’t attend and were really missed.  Hopefully they can go to retreat in the fall.  The pattern chosen for fall retreat is “Rancher’s Daughter” on Debbie Caffrey’s site.  The theme for the quilt block drawing will be Angels.

Had a lot of fun and it was great spending time with good friends.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I finished the needle felted needlbook that I started here.  Now I really have to get busy and finish cutting fabric strips for this weekend’s retreat.

Felted-Cardinal

 

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I keep filling the hummingbird feeder and the fluid keeps disappearing, but I’ve yet to see a single hummingbird.  They aren’t normally shy creatures.  I’ve had them fly up and “cheep” in front of my face to let me know the feeder is empty, or simply hover around checking out what I’m doing.  Hopefully soon I will spot one of the little critters.

Yesterday I set out the tomato, bell pepper and jalapeno plants.  Potted up some basil and geraniums.  I left some “flavored” mints in a pot on the patio all winter.  Thought they had all died, but a couple are coming back, I think it’s the orange and the pineapple.  I’m not good at telling which is which, maybe Donna can tell me.  I planned on weeding the front flowerbeds today, but Bill’s aunt is coming by for a visit and we’re going to lunch.  So maybe tomorrow.  I really need to transplant 3 of the Hostas.

I’m still doing the gusset decreases on the pink socks.  When you have to knit extra heel flap rows to accommodate a high instep and are knitting on size 0 dpns, seems like it takes forever to do all the decreases.

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The sun is back and supposedly it will start warming up again.  We’re going to set out the garden plants today.  If by some chance we do get another cold snap, guess we’ll just have to cover them.  I’m still waiting on the herbs I ordered, anxious to get them planted.  I miss my old herb garden, it was pretty well established and I had fresh herbs almost year round.

The car dealership where Bill bought his truck held a new owner’s orientation last night.  They were giving a TV away as a door prize.  As Bill was leaving for the orientation I told him “Don’t forget to bring the TV home”.  He replied that the only way that would happen is if he stopped by the electronics store on the way home.  He was the lucky winner last night and returned home with a 20″ LCD Flat Screen TV to go in his study.

I’m off to work in the garden.

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                                                            Vintage Postcard 

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Tuesday we went to the OKC Museum of Art.  There were 2 exhibits that we especially went to see.  Napoleon – An Intimate Portrait and the Dale Chihuly Exhibition.  They were both fascinating.  There were some garments on display in the Napoleon exhibit. I knew that people were smaller in stature back then, but seeing a sleeve from one of his jackets really brought it home.  The sleeve looked as though it would fit a child. My favorite exhibit was the Chihuly glass.  The rooms where the glass is displayed are dark and the lighting makes the glass come alive.  I tried to take pictures but they didn’t come out very well.  I had to use the flash in order to get a clear picture and then it washed out the color and deadened the glass.  The pictures I took without the flash are warmer and more closely resemble the glass, but are blurry because I couldn’t hold the camera still long enough.

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         Taken with flash                                                 Without flash

One of my favorites was the hallway with the colored glass displayed over a clear ceiling.  Caught Kerry taking a picture of the ceiling.  This is just a small portion of the hallway.  For a larger view, be sure to click on the picture below.

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Since we were already downtown, we went to Bricktown for lunch.  Ate at Zio’s and then checked out the canal.  There aren’t any crowds when you visit Bricktown on a weekday.

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For knitting content, how about a picture of my progress on the Tidal Wave socks?  I’ve turned the heel and started the gusset decreases.

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After 2 days of nothing but rain, wind, tornadoes, tornado warnings and flickering power, the sun is shining.  Yesterday evening our backyard looked like a lake with a couple of small islands and the street in front of the house had water up to the top of the curb.  The area got so much rain in so little time that the drains couldn’t handle it.  The onions in the raised bed were under a couple of inches of water.  Hopefully everything will get to dry out a little before the rain that’s predicted for next weekend.  I know that I’m ready for a few days of sunshine.

I finally got around to pre-ordering the new Harry Potter book that’s due out in July, also ordered this book to take advantage of free shipping.

Knitting Stitches: Over 300 Contemporary and Traditional Stitch Patterns

According to the reviews, it is a reprint of  “The New Knitting Stitch Library” (Lesley Stanfield).  Supposedly the charts are easier to read in the original version, but I couldn’t find a decent used copy for less than $30. 

I managed to read a whole book and it only took 3 days.  Granted, it was just a trashy romance that would normally have taken only 3 or 4 hours.  But, I read the whole thing.  Maybe I can finally finish the George R.R. Martin book I’ve been reading for almost a year.  My concentration is slowly returning as I get weaned off prednisone.

I took sock pictures but I can’t post them, because the camera and computer don’t want to play nice together.

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