Oct 30, 2023

My Quilt Retreat

 I went to another quilt retreat and had the time of my life!  I hadn't met  two of the ladies before, they were so nice 💗

Our quilt retreat was in Payson, Arizona, a two hour drive from my home.  It was in the mountains, and the drive was beautiful! I saw lots of saguaro cactuses on the way and the sun always shines in Arizona.

Here we all are in our matching tee shirts.  It's a beautiful day to quilt.
The Copper Needle is a beautiful quilt shop, just a mile from where we stayed at the Quilter's Nest. The Quilter's Nest is a beautiful home that was built for quilt retreats.  There are four bedrooms and three full baths.  Each bedroom has two twin beds with beautiful quilts everywhere.  It is so comfortable, it's like a home away from home.

We were lucky enough to be in Payson for "demo day" by Gina, owner of the Copper Needle.  Gina designs a quilt and demo's the technique used.  This month, she demo'd how to sew a partial seam, and her new pattern is called Frolic. If we bought one or more of her kits for the Frolic pattern, we got 25% off, a really great deal!  Almost all of us bought a kit, the quilt only takes about 6 hours to make. Win!!!

Here we are in the sewing room at the beginning of the retreat before anyone had a finish!

Here's my finished "peek a boo pumpkin" quilt top.  Made out of 5" squares, it went together pretty quick!  I used the design board to make sure that none of the same prints touched. I want to hang this quilt on my front porch for next year during the month of October. I think I'll call him Jack 🎃

Brenda was actually the first to finish a quilt top.  Isn't this hot wheels truck so fun!!! It's for one of her grandsons at Christmas.  Brenda also make the truck quilt top with the beautiful black and white blocks.  The railings on the truck are made of cork and you can put things in them!  Hearts for Valentines, pumpkins for fall, presents for Christmas, and so on...

Terri made this cute quilt top and she has since machine quilted it on her longarm! Way to go Terri 👏🏻 Sadly, Terri could only stay for half of the retreat.

Nedra made this cute quilt made out of strips from her stash. It was a little tricky because she had to figure out how to make the quilt larger with borders.  When you've been sewing all day and it's late at night, that ain't no easy feat!!! 😂

Nedra also made this gorgeous quilt.  She already had the pumpkins and stars sewn so she sewed the checkerboard and added some sashing.  I love this one!!!

Charlene made this really cute quilt and she made two table runners!

Shirley made this pretty quilt, it's a 3 yard quilt.  You make a quilt out of 3 one yard pieces.  Pretty sharp!

Debbie made this quilt top.  We oooed and awwweeed at every single block she made!  The colors and prints were so Halloween.  The pattern is by Cluck Cluck Sew. We also loved that the points don't touch the edge of the blocks.

Deb made this beautiful Chandelier quilt out of her colors, desert and sunsets. We all loved it!!! ❤️

We took turns cooking breakfasts and dinners.  Lunch was always leftovers, we had a huge counter full of snacks!!! I ate so much... One night we ate dinner at a Thai restaurant and it was nice to get out.  We also ate leftovers the next day. What a great time we had! We reserved the Quilter's Nest for next October and hope that everyone can make it back :) A fun time was had by all.

Oct 23, 2023

Spooky Season Sampler finish!

 I finished my quilt, yay!  I was able to machine quilt it myself with a crosshatch design in pink thread. It's the cutest quilt and I'm so happy that I was able to keep up with the sew along!

This haunted house really stretched my paper piecing skills....but paper piecing is like making a puzzle, so it all came together.  I love my little fussy cut windows :)

This is a really cute Dracula ❤️

The ghost looking out the window is a favorite too!

I had some really fun fabric for the back too, which I thought was perfect!

Hope you have a great week and don't get spooked, because it's that season!

Oct 9, 2023

Spooky Season Sampler

This is a great sew along and it's free!!! Search cottonandjoy on Instagram and click on her profile.  Click on the link and then click join the Spooky Season Sampler.  It runs from October 1-10.  You will receive the FREE patterns in your email.

This first block is called the Skull Quilt.  I had so much fun choosing the fabric, one of my favorite parts!

Another thing I really love about this quilt along is that each block uses a different method.  They aren't necessarily difficult, but you have to read carefully.  I'm going to say it's not for beginners. I've used my seam ripper quite a bit.  Something that's really hard for me is that I don't have a color printer and the patterns are more difficult to figure out in black and white.  Just saying....

Block 2 is the Hallowpop block.  What a cute name!  I changed mine from four colors to two.  I really love pink and strawberry flavors. This was created with foundation paper piecing.

Block 3 is Spooky Dracula.  Again, so much fun to choose the fabric.

Block 4 is Candy Corn which I love.  This block used a couple of templates which are included in the pattern.

Block 5 is The Haunted Window.  This block was super fun to make, there were so many possibilities for the fabric choices.  My ghost is covered in spiders which makes me a little itchy!  This block had some curved piecing and then some templates.

I assume there will be 9 blocks and the 10th day will be the finishing instructions. Follow me on Instagram for current postings.  Thanks so much for following me ❤️

Oct 2, 2023


My oldest grandchild has been called to serve a two year mission in Sapporo Japan.  He is going to preach and teach the gospel of Jesus Christ, love the people and the culture and do as much service as he can.  I made him some gifts that I thought would be helpful. 

This is a Crosley pouch by Centerstreet quilts.  I chose this pattern because it is flat.  I handwrite almost 363 uplifting quotes, thoughts and scriptures and cut them into strips.  I slipped them into the pouch. The idea is that he can read one every two days and it will inspire him. He can share it with his companion, share it with his district or zone, decorate his wall with them, give it to someone or just throw them away. 


I also made him a sewing kit. I've made them for missionaries before, you can see them here, herehere and here. My son Sean said that the most important items to include in the sewing kit were extra white buttons for shirts and dark buttons for pants, thread and needle and safety pins.  I also included some iron on patches and of course scissors.

I also made Bridger (Elder Nielson) a monogram pencil pouch and some scripture covers made out of Japanese fabric.

I wanted to help Bridger and hope that he doesn't forget me after two years!  I know he won't, but you know what I mean ❤️

Thanks for following me, see you next week :)