Monday, September 1, 2014

Guild meeting show and tell and summer retreat!

Hi ya and Happy Labor Day here in the US!

Today I would like to share some show and tell from my monthly guild meeting and some photos from our summer retreat.

Peggy showed her "Echo of Thunder" quilt. This was on her PHD (Projects Half Done) list. This was an oldie but a goodie. I remembered my block. It's the second one from the right in the second row from the top. My points look pretty good there. Not anymore though! More on that later in this post.



Peggy also shared the quilt from another guild block swap. Fun!


She had one block left over, so she added it to the back as a label. Love it!


Lori showed her "Spot of Peppermint Tea" from my Folk Art Fusion class. Yippee!


Gerri showed hers too! I love the border fabric! She said she only made one cup because she loves tee and it was all for her! Too funny!



Gerri also shared the block swap quilt she made.


Then she showed this summer quilt (no batting). I remember so many of those Robyn Pandolph fabrics. Oh how I loved those!


Julie, one of my students from waaaaaaay back, showed her needle turn applique piece. Great job Julie!


Jackie shared this bright, fun quilt.


Charlene brought her step mom (forgot to get a photo) and some of her quilts. This was a cute little stencil quilt.


Then she shared this top. Love the purple and green.


SUMMER RETREAT!

So moving onto the summer retreat. Here I am with my sexy bikini on. We had so much fun modeling this shirt. I told the girls this is the closest I will ever get to having big boobs.


You can see Barbara got tickled.


I do believe Lori looked the best. Sexy lady! Woo! Woo! Woo!


The we got to dig in a sand bucket for a prize. Holly thought she might eat some first. ;)


Holly was a good sport letting me take a photo of her butt. hee,hee,hee.


She worked on this gorgeous quilt. I can't wait to see it finished! Oh and see that wrist pincushion? We all got one! I forgot to take a photo of mine before I did this post.


My fun friend, Jennifer, brought her ears from my class. She is a sunny bunny for sure!


Here she is showing off her Friendship Stars, which could also be used as a bikini top. ;)


Gerri was adding borders to her Christmas quilt. She won the blocks from our Christmas party. Gerri is adopting one of my kittens! Yippeeeee! Shamus de Barrington is her boy.


Kathie, Kathie, Kathie. I love her! She is one of the funniest people I have ever met. She always brings a smile to my face and is a blast to hang out with.

Betty is a sweetheart! She was working on some piecing here.


Jackie was working on some Grandmother's Flower Garden blocks. The quilt will have the flowers and lots of yellow fabric. It's going to be gooooooooooorgeous!

So here is my dear friend, Peggy Geier. Her initials may be PG, but they don't stand for her name. Oh no! They stand for POINT GODDESS!!!!!  Can I just say that I have point envy! I haven't really pieced triangles in years and now I know why! I made those 80 darn half square triangles for the Friendship Star block swap and about had a melt down over my points not matching up. The whole time I kept saying, "The point police are going to arrest me! I can't believe Peggy made her grandie daughter that entire quilt with these things! She is a Goddess! A Goddess I tell ya!" :)

 I think I am going to start a "PG" fan club. 

Yes, I need an entire bowl dump truck of Blue MM's!!! Oh the stress of it all! hee,hee,hee.


I don't even know what these girls were doing, but I do know they were having lots of fun and there was lots of laughter from this rowdy bunch. :)

Sandi was working on my O'Ryan the Star Gazer from my Fabled Fusions book. She enjoys the hand stitching and was doing a great job.

 My buddy, Renee, was making a crazy quilt. The center of every block is going to be black. I think it will be so pretty. I can't wait to see it completed!

Deanna was working on a cute Christmas quilt. She has her wrist pincushion on too.

 Barbara is measuring twice so she only has to cut once. ;)

Sandy brought her Friendship Stars from our recent swap. Each of us made twenty stars and we were collecting everyone's autographs on their star. I'll have more on that in another post.

Charlene getting a little pressing done.

Vicki, our President, is working on a fish quilt. Oh my gosh did it have a ton of pieces! Don't you love her feather weight machine? She stripped all the paint off of it down to the bare metal and refinished it. I can't even imagine how much work that was. What a gorgeous machine. Vicki rocks!

Pam was working on a gorgeous garden applique. I can't wait to see it!

Thank you Lori, Barbara and Jackie for hosting such a fun retreat! A good time was had by all!

See ya Wednesday,
Michelle and the fuzzy crew






Friday, August 29, 2014

Hoppy Friday! Well actually, Hoppy Harrington Day!

Hi ya! Hoppy Friday!


Today I am grateful for my sweet, ever so soft, fuzzy, boy Harrington. Four years ago yesterday, I brought him home from the rabbit rescue.


I really can't believe four years has gone by so quickly. I have learned to cherish each and every day I have with my rabbits. It is a gift I treasure.

Harrington is the softest bunny I have ever had. His fur is like silk. Of course, all his personality comes from his wonky ear. ;)


I love his fuzzy feet and how he is ticklish when I give him nail trims.


I love when he does his "pout" face


I love how he does a big flop on the floor and takes a nap. When a rabbit does this, they feel safe and happy.


I love how he pretends he's just going to "lick" my sewing cabinet not bite it. ;)

But most of all, I love how absolutely sweet he is and how blessed I am that God brought him to me.
 
I have received a bunch of emails from friends telling me how much they enjoy my animal stories and to keep writing them. So, I decided I would share the post on Harrington's story from 2010.

Razzy bunny had passed away in July of that year. Razzy was friends with Sugie, who you will see in the post. She was such a sweet girl. I lost her in April of 2011. Hannah came to be Harrington's friend and live in Bunnyville in May of 2011. Also, you will see Harrington's fur looking discolored in the photos. This was from him being kept out in the sun by his previous owners.

From 2010:

Doorways of Happiness - Part 2

So yesterday I told you about the rabbit I drew for a new pattern and named it Sir Walter Harrington. I also posted the quote from Helen Keller about one door of happiness closing while another is opening. Here is the rest of the story.

Since Razzy's death, Sugie and I have been terribly sad. We miss him so much. When a rabbit is "bonded" to another rabbit, it can be a little bit more complicated. You see, rabbits can grieve so much that they make themselves sick and they can truly die of a broken heart. David and I kept a good eye on Sugie and I spent tons of time in the studio with her and gave her lots of attention....but....

she was still incredibly sad. Then, she got sick. Sugie has a genetic disorder called Megacolon syndrome. She will be prone to issues with her digestive tract for her entire life. I have learned what I can do to keep her issues under control. However, stress can triger more issues. She got sick and then got an eye infection. It's like she was crying all the time. I'm still grieving the loss of my Razzy boy, but I didn't want Sugie to die of sadness either...so

A friend of mine told me to go visit a lady an hour away who has a bunny rescue. She had a sweet little bunny named Snoopy who looked just like Sugie. She also had another boy named Simba. Both were under a year old. A little bit of a concern for me as Sugie is 2 and baby bunnies and adult bunnies eat different stuff. I went to the rescue on August 28th. Bonnie, the lady at the rescue, got Snoopy and Simba out of their pens and put them in playpens for me to visit with them. Then out of the clear blue she says, "Oh, did I tell you about Sir Harrington?" WHAT??!!!! did you say???
"Oh" Bonnie says, "I thought I mentioned him." My heart skipped a beat and I got goosebumps. My rabbit drawing I named...the font I use (Harrington) on my patterns....Bonnie is a weaver and also does ceramics (visit her here). On each of the bunny pens in her rescue, she makes a little ornament with the bunny's name on it. I walked to the pen and saw this.


She opened the door and Sir Harrington came running to her. She handed him to me and he snuggled against my neck. I put him in the playpen and he danced around and did binky's (that's bunny talk for happy bunny dance). When I sat down on the grass, he came running over to me and licked my hand and layed down for me to pet him. Bunny people know that when a rabbit licks you, they are saying they love you. Even when I went into the other playpens to visit the other two, Sir Harrington kept hopping around and dancing trying to get my attention. His coloring...chocolate...like Razzy. Needless to say, I filled out the adoption papers and we made our way to Bunnyville.

Harrington is a mixed rabbit, but mostly Havana . His ears go up, his ears go down, but he prefers one up and one down. He comes running for attention and closes his eyes when you pet him.

When one door of happiness closes, another door opens. We just have to find the strength and be willing to look at the open door and walk through it. Sugie and I both needed a hug for our hearts. The hug was Harrington.

Hoppy Friday dear friends.

xx,
Michelle, the Bunnies and the Kitties too