I'm thinking I need to change the name of my blog from "nancyquilts" to "nancyworksandsleeps" cause that's about all I'm doing lately. :-( I am going on quit retreat next week so maybe that will give me a kickstart back into quilting. Or maybe I'll just talk and play games and not sew anything at all. LOL!
I'm so excited. I've never been on retreat before. This retreat is with a small online group. We've been together since the summer of 2000. Longer if you take into account we split from another group that had been together for several years. I've only ever met 2 of the other members but I love these ladies like they were members of my family so I'm really excited about finally meeting more of them in person.
Like I said, no sewing going on here but I have been shopping. Not doing too good on the stashbusting lately. LOL! But these weren't frivalous purchases. We'll be playing FQ bingo at retreat using background fabrics so I had to purchase those. Now to me "background" doesn't necesarily mean white or beige solid/tot. In fact it RARELY means white or beige solid/tot. LOL! So these are the fabrics I'll be playing bingo with. Not a one that I would not use as a background. In fact I bought yard pieces and cut them in half. A 1/2 yd for my stash and a 1/2 yd to "buy" 2 bingo cards with per game.
This next group are my gifties to everyone. I wanted something that would challenge us to use fabrics we normally might not and green/yellow - while a very pretty combo - isn't one I've ever used before. The orange piece was thrown in because so many of the ladies when asked their least favorite color say orange. I LOVE orange. It's so bright and vibrant. But the fabric isn't quite as orange as the photo shows. It's acutally a varigated panel that shades from yellow to orange. So someone who really, really, REALLY hates orange can just use the yellow parts. But I hope they'll give the orange a try cause it really is a nice "punch" color with the green and yellows. When picking the fabrics for this group I was inspired by the black-eyed susan's I've been seeing on the roadsides lately. Just beautiful with the bright yellow flowers and the bright green grass. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with these. I'm kinda thinking of a really scrappy green/yellow kinda wonky block quilt so I need to see what I have on hand that will blend with these. I think this will be my retreat project. That and maybe the Ohio Star and Bears Paw kits I made up a few months ago for my brothers' quilts.
I wanted to thank all of you for the very supportive comments and emails I received after our robbery. Luckily all that was taken as an old laptop computer, a small bb pistol, and a pocket knife. There evidently was a rash of robberies in the area within a few days. We have a suspicion who it is but since this is a public forum I'm not going to air those suspicions. We now have bars across the front door that was kicked in for the thief to gain entry. And a new burgler alarm and a few other security precautions that I'm not going to detail here either. Let it suffice to say that we are MUCH better protected than we were before.
This is what really pisses me off more than anything else! See the big chunk of fur ripped out of Sam's back? Agatha also has a patch out by the base of her tail and George has a chunk out from the back of his neck! As ticked off as I am about this I'm so thankful that there is just fur gone since we read in the paper that a house in another subdivision near us was robbed the day before we were and their cat was killed! I know we're supposed to leave judment to God but I sure hope whoever did this was left with deep, festering gouges! (And knowing my Agatha that's a REAL good possibility!)