Dear Jane Shipshewana Fall 2007 – Wednesday


It was a fun day yesterday as people started to arrive from everywhere imaginable. I might look for a map today and see if the girls will put pins in it to show where they’re from. One person is noticeably missing and that’s our Janiac, Susanne. I’ve turned cartwheels, twisted arms, missed anniversaries and birthdays to be at the retreats so I know she must be missing us too. You wouldn’t believe how much she does to keep the Janes informed and have lots of information right at the click of a mouse. We miss you Susanne!

I spent most of yesterday visiting with friends and catching up on what everyone has been doing. It was a pretzel for lunch at JoJo’s (parmesan is my favorite). During lunch I got to visit with Kris who owns Lolly’s Fabrics and Carla arrived so we jabbered away talking about everything from fabric to dogs. Speaking of dogs, Clutch and I are missing each other. He finally ate something last night after 48 hours but isn’t sleeping well because he’s watching the door for me to come home. Not too worry though—he has Rob and the boys to fuss over him so I’m sure he’ll be fine.

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Here’s a picture of the lazy susan I was talking about from Walmart. I can’t begin that until I finish the 3” little blocks that six of us girls are exchanging. I still have two sets to complete and want to get them done first. Aren’t they cute? I can’t wait to see the other blocks.

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Brenda arrived yesterday afternoon and looked so cute last night with her “booby tassels” on. They were actually two ribbons she won at Val’s Rankin Quilt Show in September. Yeah Brenda and congratulations to Val on a fantastic job chairing the quilt show. They raised $10,000 ! The link takes you to some photos I found on web shots. There are some beautiful quilts.

I did do a little looking around yesterday. I bought the Around Center Attraction Table Topper pattern by Carolyn’s Creative Designs at Lolly’s. It is just beautiful and they have kits put together with holiday fabrics. If you haven’t seen Carolyn’s patterns you are missing out on some great things. They are available from Quilters Warehouse (or Carolyn herself) but Lolly’s has some beautiful samples hanging up right now so I’ll take some pictures for you today.

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I also bought the Slouchy Bags book to make one of the Granny Bags but the Ruffled Messenger Bag is pretty cute too.

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My friend Vicki brought her infamous log cabin blocks with her to work on while she’s here. She has paper pieced at least 400—4 1/2” blocks all from scraps and is setting them together. We could have spent hours looking at all the fabrics and finding the ones we’ve had (or still have) in our stash. It’s beautiful and a true testament that perseverance pays off. There has been a little grumbling at past retreats over the trials of sewing 400+ blocks.

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The pretty 1930s quilt belongs to LuAnn. She’s such a nice lady and a prolific quilter who gets so many things done. I’m jealous! She was being shy (some of us don’t believe she is) and hid behind her quilt.

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I’m ready to get moving. It’s cold here today. 37 degrees with winds to make it feel like 27. I’m pulling out the turtleneck and heading over to Rebecca Haarer’s Antiques to look at the quilts. I’ll take lots of pictures for you today and report in again later. Wherever you are I hope you have a wonderful day and find time to take a stitch or two.

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