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The Skrappy Ladies held their spring retreat the weekend of April 25-27 down in a beautiful canyon, out of reach from cell phones and other distractions.  We always comment on how it feels reentering the world after being away from phones, tv, radio and newspapers, wondering about what went on while we were in “isolation”.

Because of so many pictures, I’ve decided to divide the retreat into 2 separate posts.  The first will be the Progressive Block Challenge, with the Show ‘n Tell and misc. pictures to follow.

For the Progressive Block Challenge we were divided into two groups.  In each group the individuals picked a theme, color scheme or other idea for the blocks they wished to receive.  Then the project was passed from member to member until each person had made the equivalent of 2, 12″ blocks for each participant.  The reveal was held at retreat with the participants receiving the blocks made for them.  Now everyone will have to decide how their blocks will be set together.

The first set of blocks were made for Carol Ann her theme “Sock Monkey”.


Blocks made for Cathy.  I think hers was a color theme with some fabric supplied.


Cindy sent an applique block of an eagle as inspiration for her blocks.


Colleen sent a collection of floral prints as her inspiration.


Jean’s theme was snowmen.


Marilyn sent a fabric panel to inspire her group.


Melissa chose a western, cowgirl theme for her blocks.


Ann chose her collection of reproduction prints for inspiration.


Diane sent some fabrics and wanted a “woodsy” theme.


Pam likes western things so her theme was no surprise and she requested “no flowers”.


For mine, I requested blocks made from the colors of thistles.  For inspiration I sent along color cards from the paint store.  Because I sent along snow colored fabric for the background, the blocks tend to blend together in the picture, they are all gorgeous.


All of the Progressive Challenge blocks are great.  The Skrappies are a pretty talented bunch of quilters.

Tomorrow, the rest of the story.




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The bluebird of happiness has visited. 

  • Dad is improving a lot, will probably be in the hospital at least another two weeks, but he’s making a lot of progress. 
  • Instead of making some small pieced blocks for Colleen’s Progressive Challenge blocks, I decided to do more applique.  A bird block.
  • Since Dad is doing better I will be able to go to Skrappy Ladies Spring Retreat in the canyon.  There will be much laughter, talking, eating and maybe even a little work on our quilt projects.  Also the much anticipated “reveal” of everyone’s progressive challenge blocks.  I’m planning to take lots of pictures.

And now……here is the above mentioned bird.


Thank you to everyone for the supportive emails, comments and prayers while Dad is ill.


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Last week was a rollercoaster.  Lots of ups and downs.  Kerry came for a visit and spent the night.  She brought along our Girl Scout cookie order so we are now well supplied with sweet treats.  Then Friday morning I woke up with, thankfully, a mild case of whatever is going around.  Friday and Saturday were spent bundled up in my chair sleeping, watching TV and movies.  Which means that I didn’t make it to the Iron Thistle Scottish Heritage Festival.  I was really in the mood for bagpipes and men in kilts, too.

A couple of things I’ve been working on were finished.  First is another block for Colleen.  This is the one with the fantasy flowers and the insanity induced polka dots.


I’ll be making several small simple pieced blocks and then will be finished with my part of the Progressive Challenge.  Everyone’s blocks will be unveiled at our Skrappy Ladies Spring Retreat later this month.  I’m looking forward to spending the weekend with good friends and seeing all of the challenge blocks.

A knitting project was also finished.  The September Woods Socks are now complete.


The final, keeping fingers crossed, stepdown on the Prednisone withdrawal has begun.  The brain is feeling slightly foggy and having a little shortness of breath, hopefully it won’t last long.

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For the Progressive Challenge I was working on another block for Colleen, when I had a lapse in sanity.  I decided that an appliqued fantasy flower I was working on needed polka dots.  Not just 2 or 3 polka dots, but 5 of them.  And not just 5 polka dots but dots that were 3/8″ in diameter.  Thankfully the insanity has passed.  Leaving this in it’s wake.


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I have been craving fruit and fresh veggies lately.  More than ready for spring and summer and all of the fresh foods that were grown in real soil with lots of sunshine.  At the commissary’s sushi display I spied a tray of fresh Spring Rolls chock full of veggies accompanied by a sweet chili sauce, and it jumped in our cart.  Yummm!!  
Too bad they don’t keep and have to be purchased fresh, or I would have bought more.

Been wanting to cook some stir fries, but all of the bok choy in the stores is limp and unappealing.  I know I could use chinese cabbage, but it’s not quite the same. 
Beets and radishes have been planted in the garden boxes.  Absolutely love sandwiches made with radishes and cream cheese on rye bread.

A lot of time has been spent trying to find a sock pattern that will show off the Mountain Colors Bearfoot yarn in my stash.  The color is Yellowstone.  Three different patterns have been started and frogged, either because the pattern didn’t stand out enough, or the pattern instructions were incomprehensible (at least to my feeble brain).  This morning I found a pattern, Nutkin, that I think will work and will be casting on this evening.  Ravelry users can find the info here.

Just about every day I’ve been working in my den of good intentions.  Have finished two quilt blocks for the Skrappie’s Progressive Challenge.  These are for Colleen, still working on a couple more blocks for her.  She likes florals and pastels, which is usually a challenge for me. But since I’m suffering from spring fever the ideas are just pouring out.



About the book posted above.  Just started reading it and I’m almost finished.  Will be dashing to the bookstore to purchase the other two in the series.  Thanks Eve, for the recommendation.

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