May 1, 2021

Straits of Mackinac with the Scrappy Sisters!

Straits of Mackinac with the Scrappy Sisters!
Straits of Mackinac with the Scrappy Sisters!
The Scrappy Sisters are in the house!
They arrived in an entourage of cars on Wednesday afternoon and we’ve been enjoying each other’s company over the past few days!
While groups usually bring many many projects to work on individually – this group made a decision that they would choose one of my workshops and spend the entirety of their time here working on it together!
Straits of Mackinac from String Frenzy is being created in 12 different ways by 12 different quilters – and it is so exciting to see a workshop situation once again!


The bonus part?  We get to break the workshop into several 2 hour segments throughout their time here for instruction and demos – instead of cramming the entire quilt into a 6 hour one day workshop.
This leaves us time for porch sitting (Though it has been a bit too windy to eat out side – napkins and anything else not nailed down goes flying!) and snacking, and visiting, and even breaking away to take a lovely walk!
Teaching 12 quilters at leisure, instead of 50 in a 6 hour time frame is such a breath of fresh air!
Straits of Mackinac with the Scrappy Sisters!
Straits of Mackinac on the front porch!


Straits of Mackinac with the Scrappy Sisters!
Quilt detail!
The quilt came home from its showing at the Iowa Quilt Museum just in the nick of time!
Straits of Mackinac with the Scrappy Sisters!


And there’s a red 301 in the house!  Weeee!
Straits of Mackinac with the Scrappy Sisters!
We started out on Thursday with making the string units for the star blocks.
The widths of foundation paper are only there to add some stability, and give us a size to shoot for – helping us keep seams from being too close to either the top or bottom edge.


Straits of Mackinac with the Scrappy Sisters!
There has been much sharing and swapping of fabrics going on!
Straits of Mackinac with the Scrappy Sisters!
After foundations are trimmed to width, we cut to size!
(Best manicure in the house – perfect hand model!)
Straits of Mackinac with the Scrappy Sisters!
Adding the neutral star points!
These gals are into big busy production and having a ball!
Straits of Mackinac with the Scrappy Sisters!


And all of those half square triangle corners are now going down!


Straits of Mackinac with the Scrappy Sisters!


I just love a busy work station!


Straits of Mackinac with the Scrappy Sisters!
Loving Ruth’s fabrics and her gorgeous wood machine surround!


Straits of Mackinac with the Scrappy Sisters!
The traffic come keeps folks from tripping over the plug in the floor –
Just in case you are wondering!


Straits of Mackinac with the Scrappy Sisters!
I wish you could hear the happy sounds coming out of this space!
Straits of Mackinac with the Scrappy Sisters!


This is coming together so nicely!
Straits of Mackinac with the Scrappy Sisters!


Well done and so pretty!
And oh, if you could see, smell, taste the food that these ladies have prepared – there is no reason for anyone to go hungry at any time!
By 5pm last night I was headed home to take a NAP!  I needed it!
And today I am raring to go again as more blocks will be coming together – maybe we’ll have enough to do a semi-layout on the porch? (That is if the wind doesn’t send everything flying!)
The Scrappy Sisters will be heading home on Sunday afternoon, another retreat in the books.  And I can’t wait for them to come back again – maybe with finished quilts to show?  That would be a spectacular array over the porch rail!
Did you see our April 2021 Quilty Box Gift-Away on Yesterday’s Post?  We;ve already got over 3,000 entries!  This box is curated by Kaffe Fassett, and if you love his fabrics (Especially the dots!) hurry and enter on that post!
Our drawing will be happening on Wednesday, May 5th.
As for my own Saturday – along with the continuing Straits of Mackinac workshop, I may just be sitting down to sew with the ladies for a bit of fun myself.
Those solids blocks I was talking about?  Yes. Maybe some more sewing (or cutting and kitting up) can happen there in between the tutorials.
All of the trees are REALLY leafing out here now, and allergies are in full swing, which means allergy meds are also being heavily dosed to keep eyes from gluing shut.  
How about your own weekend ahead?  Do you have any sewing plans?  Any gardening going on?
Straits of Mackinac with the Scrappy Sisters!


Quiltville Quote of the Day
(sorry about the blurry photo! I thought it was the allergies!) 
Vintage Castle wall quilt found in Mountain City, Tennessee.
Happy May 1, 2021!
Let your first thoughts about yourself today be kind and encouraging!
And something I always wanted to know – does anyone have an answer?
Why is GOODNIGHT one word, but GOOD MORNING is two words?
It makes no sense. HA!
I’ll see you back here on Monday.  Have a wonderful weekend!


Straits of Mackinac with the Scrappy Sisters!