Jo's "Sewing in the Orchard" was a handwork retreat. We worked on applique and hand piecing using fabric we stamped with Cindy Blackberg's stamps www.cindyblackberg.com
The project used her Spool Stamp set...
This is my "workstation". The pincushion was a gift from Jo to all of us who attended her retreat. They are salt cellars made into fabulous pincushions by Sandy Davenport in Washington. My pincushion was made from Jo's new "Annandale" fabric collection!
Here are the pieces of my block...
Working with different Jo fabric to make spool blocks...they all play so nicely together!
For our applique lesson, we first made a "technique sampler". Here we appliqued a bias strip made with Clover's Bias Tape Maker, a strip using Karen Buckley's "Perfect Stems"www.karenkaybuckley.com and then a curved strip using the back-basting method.
Our "project" was a block from Jo's book "Prairie Flowers. Here is mine... and yes, I am still working on it! I was always somewhat leery of doing applique but with the back-basting method and Jo's lessons, I am finding myself really enjoying the process!
And for a finished example, here is Holly's block. Isn't it gorgeous...she said that the leaves were "from the burning bush"!
Maybe someday I will be good at this but in the meantime I am enjoying the learning process. I feel good about attempting something "outside my comfort zone" too!
And learning means more classes and retreats. Looks like a win-win situation to me!
Kathy Hall from Andover Fabrics also attended Jo's "Sewing in the Orchard" retreat. She explained the process of how fabric is designed and how it is then printed. Kathy explained how reproduction fabric is designed from the antique piece and how you need to have the repeat design in the fabric to be able to reproduce it into "new" fabric. Very informative and really interesting!
Kathy gave each one of us a keepsake... an applique heart made with antique fabric using one of Jo's fabrics for the background piece. Old and the new together!
I had Jo and Kathy autograph my applique heart and when I came home I had it custom framed.
I have attached a small note to the back of the frame explaining the block and the "Sewing in the Orchard" retreat including the date.
Jo asked everyone who attended to bring a quilt or two along with them for "Show and Tell". I brought my DH's quilt as that was very special to me. He sewed it himself and then we had it long-arm quilted by my friend Rosa's DH of "The 3A's Quilting" in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. So you can say it is a "Very Manly Quilt" LOL!!
Others bought absolutely gorgeous quilts! What a talented group of ladies...
Donna Wells...Absolutely wonderful!
Amazing applique...beautifully done!
Jo Richard's Collection: Here is her "Sister's Quilt" from Jo's Little Women's Club #9
Amazing applique...and all long-arm quilted by JoR too!
Quilts by Holly Wagner...another wonderful quilter who shared her gorgeous quilts at retreat!
And check out her applique! It's absolutely beautiful... Holly's quilts are machine quilted! Fabulous workmanship!
More "Sewing in the Orchard" to share with you...the retreat was amazing!
There was lots of room to spread out all our quilting supplies and Jo even had a "Jo's Quilt Shop" set up if we needed to do some retail therapy. And of course, we all wanted enjoyed the convenience of a retreat and quilt shopping all under one roof!
Jo Richards, Kathy Hall and Jeane Tucker busy appliquéing. The retreat was very personable... not having the humming of a sewing machine provided lots of time to visit with one another and still sew! Good times!
"Jo's Quilt Shop"... I did some "therapy" shopping here! Of course, my luggage was heavier on my return flight, even without the California wine and homemade cookies that I had brought from home!
All the food was DELICIOUS! From breakfast through dinner each day, we enjoyed wonderful meals together! Yummy Taco Salad for lunch!
I loved it here and can't wait to return for Jo's next retreat.
My next posting will be "Show and Tell"! Fabulous quilts and more great times!
After landing at Omaha Eppley Airport, I headed straight to the "Quilted Moose" in Gretna.
Well, let me correct that by saying I didn't take the direct route by any means! Thank goodness my phone has a navigation application! I had no idea what direction "north" was ... in California we have the ocean and mountains to use for direction. In Nebraska, there wasn't any "natural markers" so it was only after a couple of turn-arounds and detours that I arrived at the "Quilted Moose", www.quiltedmooseonline.com
I froze "like a deer in headlights" when I opened the door!
And the Jo Morton Fabric...I have never seen so much in one place!
I went into fifth gear and zoomed ... I was "In a Jo Morton State of Mind"! They even had some of her earlier lines:
And of course her new lines:
And precut Jo fat quarters:
My trip to Nebraska would have been successful "if" this was the only place I went. But there still was the RETREAT .... "Sewing in the Orchard" at the Kimmel Center in Nebraska City!
Retreat pictures to follow... I was so blessed to be able to attend!
Stay tuned for more!
PS: Just in case you were wondering ... Yes, I was indeed an active participant in stimulating the economy at "The Quilted Moose". In fact, I believe I was very helpful!
My first time in the Mid West and my first retreat..."Sewing in the Orchard" with Jo Morton! I had to keep pinching myself that this was happening to me!
Off to Nebraska I went...
Not knowing anything about "Go Big Red", the car I rented turned out to be a red Mustang convertible...I fit right in!
Cute...but not the best option for traveling with suitcases! Next time I think a SUV would be more appropriate but I do look good driving a sports car. Hint, Hint!
I loved Nebraska, a beautiful state! I can't wait to return...Go Big Red!
Stay tuned for pictures of Jo's retreat...'Sewing In The Orchard" It was FABULOUS!!!