This is my second year and it was just as fun (probably more fun because of the extra day) as last year. Two car carloads of Quilt Pals made the drive up on Wednesday. We all bunked in together in a rented three bed/two bath house. Guess who got a bedroom all to herself?
Wednesday evening was just for setting up machines and chit chatting around the room with gals that we only get to see at camp. Then bright and early Thursday morning we eagerly started work on Cheri's project.
While it is still a work in progress (lots more applique to go) mine will still be different from Cheri's. I chose to use all reds for the baskets. The vine is different because after cutting strips I didn't have enough to close the loop and I was too tired (or sugared up from the free flow of M&M's and the home-made cheese cake that was served after Greek salad with chicken for dinner) to cut more. I'm planning on adding the year below my initials and then the leaves, lots and lots of leaves, on the vine.
Friday morning started off on another sugar high. We arrived to the sewing room greeted by the delicious aroma of cinnamon rolls baking in the oven. Big, gooey cinnamon rolls filled with blueberries, chocolate chips and topped with icing and nuts. I had my sewing machine working at warp speed on the day's project -
which I managed to finish all but the final borders before lunch. Isn't it darling? Remember to go look at Cheri's blog - she worked her Cheri magic and made a gorgeous version that we all want to copy.
So what did I do with a whole afternoon? Well, I worked on the bonus, mystery quilt that Cheri teased us with. She gave us some cutting instructions on Thursday and an assignment to work on some four-patches when we had the time. That resulted in this little cutie of a top.
We were offered a little kitty to applique in the corner, but I am going to switch up and stitch a dog instead. See those two enamel pieces? Those are the result of some antiquing we did on the drive up to June lake.
I still had a little time to sew on Friday evening. And I was still sugared up from the ice cream sundae bar that was dessert after a delicious dinner of pork loin, potatoes, salad, and rolls. So I dug through some bits and bobs of leftover fabrics and came up with this -
which I originally had planned to use as the back for the mystery quilt. But after words of encouragement from the Pals, I'm going to add some applique and turn it into a top of its very own. It's good to have Pals.
Saturday brought us to Barri's project - a sewing kit stitched from wools.
The learning curve was a little steep on this one for me, but I managed to cypher it out. I just love it. And what girl doesn't want to always have the cutest accessories when she's quilting?
There were raffles every day. I didn't win a single thing, but three of The Pals were winners as well as a couple of friends I made last year. So that's sort of the same as winning, right? I wanted this quilt
REALLY REALLY badly. The good news is that it now lives with a Pal. There may be the possibility of a shared custody arrangement.
All too quickly it seemed like time to clean up and say our good byes came. I couldn't even bring myself to take on the home-made brownies topped with ice cream for dessert that evening. I was too full from the taco salad with ALL off the fixin's including the MOST delicious watermelon/pineapple salsa (Kudos to the chef and her helpers for all the hard work and great meals!)
Sunday morning we packed the vehicles for the long drive home. Hubby and Daisy were glad to see me. The stack of mail is high, the laundry basket is over-flowing . . . . again. I'm not really tanned and I'm not really rested but I am ready for camp again next year.