Looking for answers to life's questions

Patti shot through the door of the sewing room and that was her first question for our group that had arrived two days prior. She was only staying for the day but we were happy to have our resident pot stirrer in our midst.

Patti's pumpkins have binding now.

Patti’s pumpkins have binding now.

There were only six of us at this retreat for the week. Another that had planned to come had been overcome by food poisoning at a church function and was in need of Urgent Care We kept hoping for a quick recovery but it just didn’t happen.

I fell in love with the framed crochet

I fell in love with the framed crochet

There were two new women brought to the retreat by another member of our group. The three of them shared a room. I shared a room with the other two members of our quilt group. With five beds to a room and more than four bedrooms, we had a whole room to spare and then some. There were even beds in the sewing room office if we were in need of a nap. We ended up sleeping three to a room.

If you need a nap between sewing projects, extra beds in the office

If you need a nap between sewing projects, extra beds in the office

It turned out to be a very amicable mix of women. You never know how a group is going to blend. This group worked well together like old friends. Each willing to teach and to learn from one another. We were all there primarily for rest (not so much) and relaxation. Wine helped that a lot. We each brought some to share but somehow, it was still done in moderation. After all, we still had sewing to do and some nights it was well past eleven when we gave up and headed back to the house.

Binding and banter into the wee hours of the night

Binding and banter into the wee hours of the night

Working in our jammies in the early morning until breakfast was ready

Working in our jammies in the early morning until breakfast was ready

 

jelly roll Christmas quilt done in record time.

jelly roll Christmas quilt done in record time.

 

Sunrise out the sewing room window.

Sunrise out the sewing room window.

Once again, Nancy’s Sew N Go delivered well beyond
expectations. If she ever decides to give up the quilting gig, she can cook anywhere and I know we will follow. There was coffee ready first thing in the morning for those of us that rise early and a separate brewing station in the sewing room with anything you wanted including an electric tea kettle. Of course there were snacks, fabric if we needed something and every quilting tool necessary should we fail to remember something.

Once again I wondered if I would ever try a different retreat. Those more experienced at this sort of thing swear this one exceeds every one they have ever been to and who am I to argue with experience? Most of the ladies were cranking out quilts faster than I could count. It took me all three days to get one top put mostly together. I came home quite relaxed and ready to sleep. My top is complete now and pinned for quilting. I’ll show it completed next time. Every quilt they made inspired me even more.

Sam's quilt with a good start on it.

Sam’s quilt with a good start on it.

 

Can you believe this is a donation quilt for a fund-raiser?

Can you believe this is a donation quilt for a fund-raiser?

 

I love the free-form Art quilt

I love the free form Art quilt

Connie had to copy but there are hidden bunnies in hers

Connie had to copy but there are hidden bunnies in hers

No one complained or heard my C-pap machine. I wasn’t bothered by any snoring and we all had the best time ever. One of our new friends wanted to stay longer so she locked her keys in the car. I wasn’t driving so I had to go home with my driver but left with leftovers to feed Tech Support. He’s offered to help edit color on Sew N Go’s new calendar when Nancy has all her photos ready. He’s been officially bribed and ready to work.

Baked taquitos were scrumptious and healthy. I brought some home for TS and his sister to try. Yummm!

Baked taquitos were scrumptious and healthy. I brought some home for TS and his sister to try. Yummm!

I’m not sure when I’ll do this again but would love to take a few classes that Nancy offers and she even does craft classes. Tech Support offered to drive me the 45 mile distance.

We are very serious about our meals.

We are very serious about our meals.

There was a time I could do that myself. It ended six years ago today when Bells palsy stopped me in my tracks for many of those early years.  Don’t wait for the right time to do things. Do them now. Who knew that at 61 my driving and sewing days would be pretty much over? I can at least once again get to the grocery and do a little sewing and quilting so I’m counting my blessings and taking advantage of every opportunity that comes my way.

The next generation of quilters coming up after dinner of course.

The next generation of quilters coming up after dinner of course.

Have you been sleeping with someone new? Maybe pushed your boundaries and had some extra fun?

From my heart to yours,
Marlene Herself

Comments on: "Who’s sleeping with who?" (61)

  1. Your title made me smile Marlene. I’m pretty sure you will have a spike in your view numbers as a result! 🙂

    It sounds like you had a pretty amazing time at this retreat. And goodness, the work, the creations. Quilters are so clever! I know this because I had a go a number of years ago and I even made three quilts. They could perhaps more truthfully be referred to as a patchwork, applique mixture. The needle work was appalling and the fitting together pretty haphazard despite my best efforts. I retired gracefully from the field to leave that work to those of you more gifted than I! I’ve always been glad I tried though – it’s good to know one’s limitations 🙂

    I’m betting you are really glad you went and had this opportunity to share and meet and ply your craft. I know you are pretty good with that needle, I have your machine stitched applique piece that still amazes me whenever my eyes alight upon it. shall look forward to seeing photos of your completed piece.

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    • Thank you, Pauline. Yes, there are some wonderful quilts there. I’m a non perfectionist quilter or I wouldn’t even keep trying. Mine ended up a little wonky so I’m still working with it as I prepare to quilt it. I’m a get it done vs get it perfect kind of girl. I’m not out to impress anyone and I learn from each finished project. I go for the social aspect to keep me from isolating. I’m a natural hermit. You create wonderful things beyond belief. I think when you are inspired to make something, you will work at it harder to perfect it. I love quilts and making things. I’d like more to be a better writer but that takes even more dedication. Maybe next year. 🙂

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  2. Marlene, what a great post! I love your title and your ending and all that you’ve put in between. I’m so happy that you got away for a creative weekend and that your group gelled. The creations are extraordinary.

    Six years since your Bell diagnosis! My goodness that’s a long time. I’m glad you’ve seen some improvements since then, and hope you’ll see more. It’s good to hear that you slept well while away. These sorts of getaway weekends are pure gold.

    I’m looking forward to seeing your finished piece. Big hugs. xo

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    • Thanks so much, Alys. It’s sitting on the machine waiting for me to try and stuff it under the needle for quilting. These retreats are pure gold. I learn so much about so many things. I’ve learned that if no one has to be the center of attention and everyone is a skilled conversationalist, groups work so much better. Last time one lady just talked so incessantly, that we all thought we’d lose our minds. She wasn’t invited back. I’ll have a bit to show shortly. I have been busy, though slow. I thought all the damage would be healed by now. Six years is a long time to not be able to do many of the things most my age can still do. Driving is the hardest thing I’ve had to give up. My friend, Emily (almost 80) did the driving to our retreat. I can’t go that far…yet. Still hoping. At least I still get to go to these wonderful things. Have a wonderful weekend. Hugs. 😉

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      • Hugs right back, Marlene. I went for a walk with Mike this afternoon, and we ran some errands by car. It’s gorgeous here, but I’m missing the rain. Ten days of spring like weather, record-breaking temps, etc. Crazy.

        I’ve been to scrapbooking retreats where one woman dominated: loud, rude and unrelenting. A good mix of people makes all the difference. I’m glad you had a better crowd this go around.

        Six years is a long time. You’ve put up with an awful lot during that time too. My heart goes out to you. I’m hoping along with you.

        By the way, I saw a link on FB of all places for a new kind of Cpap mask. I keep forgetting what it’s called. I’m going to try to find it again so I can share it here. It may be what you are already using, but I was intrigued. xo

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      • Thank you, Alys. That looks like the nose pillow I started out with. I’m trying something different this month to see how it works. Much better on the amount of breathing so we are going in the right direction. Everyday is a new experience. 🙂 Got Sharon’s card last night. It’s sitting in the sewing room where I can see it each time I work. It’s just beautiful and very much appreciated. Please let her know. Hugs to you both.

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      • I’m happy to hear that the breathing is much better. I hope whatever you’re trying now continues the improvement.

        I will let Sharon know you received her card. Did I mention that she hung one of the Angels on the front of her mobility scooter? I’ll have to take a picture.

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      • I’d love to see a photo of the Angel on Sharon’s scooter. The thought if it makes me smile. The card was beautiful!!!

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      • I’ll take on the next time she’s here!

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  3. You got us going there, with your title!

    What a feast of quilts this is, all gorgeous. That Attic Windows quilt is fabulous – I couldn’t begin to emulate it, but I surely do admire it.

    I’m glad that you had such a wonderful time, and that TS was there at the end. I’m lacking the freedom of choice as to where and when I can go anywhere, now that I no longer drive. Frustrating, isn’t it.

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    • Thank you Viv. My friend, Emily, almost 80 is the one that made those attic windows. She’s also the one who came up with the title. Quite a rounder, she is behind that reserved veneer. I can fully appreciate your frustration. Emily drives us to these retreats at her age. I haven’t driven more than 15 miles at a stretch in the last 6 years. I’m only 67 and it does frustrate me as well. I’ll keep pushing to do things though. My friends help in that department a lot. I’m so grateful for them.

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  4. Wonderful weekend. I would have enjoyed it too, except for the bedroom sharing bit, I need my own space and quiet reflection. Some beautiful quilts were made though. Bet you will be inspired for weeks to come.

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    • Yes, I am fully inspired once again. I was concerned about the bedroom sharing thing too the first time I went. Turned out not to be the problem I expected. I take quiet time to journal and write my gratitude each day but there is always time and space for self reflection and no one minds. We all had our own timing and it just worked out. I was terrified the first retreat last year. Now, I’m quite comfortable with it. Pushing boundaries.

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  5. Beautiful quilts! Beautiful post 🙂

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  6. Is your quilt the one with the window design? That’s very cool! This sounds like a wonderful retreat. I get together with a sewing group for just a few hours very week and come back rejuvenated. I can only imagine what a retreat could do for one’s mood!

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    • Thanks for stopping by, Kerry. My quilt was the one with the animal panel in the middle. My almost 80 year old friend, Emily did the windows and the houses during the amount of time it took me to do the windows and border around the panel. She was my driver as well. She’s an excellent teacher and always encouraging me to keep working. We get together for 6 hours once a month and on 2 extra days a month we get together with a few others to do hand work. It’s always good to come together with creative people and inspire each other.

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  7. What a great weekend! Gosh, all of the quilts are stunning. I hope you continue to see improvement with your Bells Palsy, Marlene.

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    • They are very talented ladies and I love to be with them and learn all I can. The Bells has done what it will with me and I just work hard to overcome the after effects. After 6 years, it is what it is. I just tend to push the boundaries of what it left me with. I’m lucky it wasn’t something worse like a stroke. That’s what they checked for since it hit so hard. I thought it would be completely gone by now. 😉 Oh well. Life goes on and you do your best with what you get. I at least get to go hang with talented people. Have a really good weekend, Jill.

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  8. Sounds (and looks!) like you had such a wonderful weekend! And what gorgeous quilts, lots of talent there!

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    • Thank you Sheryl. We did have a wonderful 3 days of fun and lots of work done.. I’m looking forward to the next time we can get a bunch of us together. We all got a lot of sewing done.

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  9. What a great blog title, I bet you got some views from that one! Seriously though, what a joy-filled, wonderfully heartwarming post Marlene. I’m so glad you had such a wonderful time, and the quilts are all so beautiful. Great company, food, wine and quilting…not to mention good sleep and food to bring home to your family. What could be better? You’ve come a long way baby 🙂 Super big hugs ❤

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    • Thank you, Sherri and yes I have come a long way from the frightened person I was a few years ago. I just keep stepping out of my comfort zone and letting the chips fall where they may. They fell pretty good this time. 🙂 Have a great weekend. Hugs to you too.

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  10. Carol Ferenc said:

    Marlene, I must admit I was a little shocked by your title 🙂
    I’m so glad you enjoyed the retreat. It looks and sounds like you had a great time. I love all the quilts ~ they’re beautiful! What a wonderful skill you have!

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    • You make me laugh, Carol. 🙂 It was a shocking title and my almost 80 year old friend said I should use it. Hmmm. I too admired all those quilts as I am not in that caliber of skill just yet. Maybe if I make it to almost 80, I will get there. 🙂 I have very lofty aspirations. I’m looking forward to going again. Thanks for stopping by.

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  11. Hi Marlene, glad you had such a wonderful time! Great company, good food and drink and an outlet for creativity! What could be better!?

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  12. Living In Denim said:

    What a tease you are with this title! 🙂 It sounds like you had another lovely quilting retreat and I think you should take tech support up on his offer and take a little trip up there to take the classes you are interested in. Like you said, don’t wait. We don’t know what tomorrow will bring.

    So which quilts pictured did you work on. The charity quilt is so pretty but it’s the windowpane quilt that gets all the attention from me this time.

    And to answer your question, unless you count the night my granddaughter woke up an crawled into bed with me I’m not sleeping with anyone new. 🙂

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    • A grandchild’s visit is one to be cherished. I’m envious. The window pane quilt was done by my friend and driver, Emily. (almost 80) Mine was the one that said “Sam’s quilt almost done” It’s a flannel quilt with a fleece back and It’s on my machine now to finish and get sent by mid March. I’ve had the fabric since before I got sick and it was intended for a friend by my husband and I. He’ll get it now whether he wants it or not. I want it out of my room and done. 🙂 On to the next project.

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      • Living In Denim said:

        Oh trust me I do cherish the visits I have with the grandchildren. The night she shared my bed she wasn’t feeling well so neither of us got much sleep.

        Your quilt is lovely and I’m sure the person who will receive it will love it even if your ex isn’t involved.

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  13. Seriously wonderful, the communal enterprise and results! Wish I had your magic hands.

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  14. Hello Marlene saw your link at Nutsroks and I trailed you. The Valentines blog party is for everyone. The little poetry part is just for fun. Please join us if you can. The link to the party starts with ‘Yes Party Link Live… looking forward to seeing you. Jacqueline

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  15. Looks like you had a great time!

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  16. Marlene, I am so glad that you enjoyed your retreat! The wine, laughter, talk, and sharing of talents are things to be treasured. That photo of the bedroom is so cozy.

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  17. What a wonderful and creatively productive time away for you, Marlene…your intriguing title sure caught my attention!

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    • It was a great time and the title was meant to make everyone laugh a bit. It sure made us laugh. It will probably be my last one as the vision is going so I can only sew for a bit at a time. Those long stretches are too hard on the old eyes. At least I had the experience. Twice. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by.

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  18. sounds like it was a perfect getaway for you and the quilts are absolutely beautiful!

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    • Thank you for stopping by. I’m even further behind now after a week away. 🙂 But it was worth it. There were some very talented women there. I love being around talented people. I always hope some rubs off. 😉

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  19. S’up Marlene-a-doodle-noodle? Hey!!!! I hear you will join our next Skype! I’m so flippin’ excited xoxox and can’t wait. HA ha, your saucy title is turning heads. I thought it might be all about some neighbourhood drama at first. You little tricky chicky.

    I’m pretty amazed at what transpired through-out the week. Those gals sew like the wind. It’s really colourful at that retreat with all the quilts hanging round. The one with a garden throughout the window is a new thing. I’ve never seen anything like it.
    How terrific that your health is co-operating and you’re able to participate in such a fun get-away. How awesome to spend time with other ladies, shoot the breeze and dine together all while sharing a love for quilting.

    There are scrapbook retreats too, I’ve been on one, years ago. I really felt like the odd one out since I was the only one without kids and they talked kids a lot. Which is to be expected of course. It was at a rustic cabin and there were taxidermy animals everywhere and that kind of freaked me out. I remember feeling really alone and was happy to get home. We have an annual crop weekend at Urban that ‘s a big deal. Meals, prizes and deals. I worked two days of the last event and mayhem ensued. Lot’s of fun though.

    What’s new in Boomdee-land? I just got on to Instagram and I’m totally addicted. A whole new world of creative people and adorable pets. Having fun there and working lots. Hey? did you ever get my parcel? It’s been a while. I also mailed one to Virginia and it never showed up. I think my mailman must’ve fallen off the face of the earth. Well, I suppose I should ska-daddle….stay cool, stay happy……Boomdee out! xoxo

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    • I sent you an e-mail thank you. Did you not get it? Maybe you changed your e-mail address. It went out yesterday. It did arrive and I wanted to let you know right away. Note to follow. If you sent one to Virgina at the same time, it may still arrive. Mine was here Friday.
      The quilt group talked a lot about grandkids and I just kept them talking. That way they don’t have time to ask me questions I’d rather not answer. I wouldn’t like the stuffed animals either. We mostly knew each other so it helped not feeling so odd man out. Quilters are just good people almost everywhere. It’s something in the DNA of most of them. Not all though, mind you.
      Who said I would skype? I don’t know how to skype. I could learn but I’m hard to understand on the phone so not sure how it would be on skype. Please try to find the least amount of trouble to get into for awhile. But have fun anyway. Giant hugs. MH

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  20. Oh Marlene.. LOL.. checky start and finish 🙂 and I loved every word in between 🙂 so clever you ladies who quilt, it is something I have only done on the scale of a cushion and have to admit I doubt I would start a full size quilt.. So my hat is off to you and all those ladies whose designs and colour co-ordination is just brilliant..
    Thank you for sharing all of those photo’s and I loved you loved it..
    And yes we have to think of all the things we are able to do within our Now moments..
    Sending warm hugs your way xxx Love Sue ❤

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    • Thanks for stopping by, Sue. I had help with the title. My quilting buddy who is almost 80. Talk about cheeky. 🙂 I can only aspire to be as good as they are and I’ll continue as long as the eyes let me. You do drawings that I could never dream of doing. We each have a little something different to offer. I love that part of life. 🙂 Giant hugs.

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  21. I was scrolling through to see if I had missed any blogs recently and this title caught my eye! Although I had read it before I must have been very busy that day because I realized I never have liked more commented on this post. First let me say what an ingenious title. A definite I capture as was in my case. I loved all of these amazing quilts. I do so admire such handiwork and quilting wishing I had the patience and talent for it. Oh well not something I plan to take off anytime soon so I will certainly admire from afar. Loved your question at the end of the post since I just posted today about pushing my boundaries and new experiences.( although let me be clear no sleeping with new people haha). See you took your C-PAP machine on your mini vacation. Sounds like it’s working out for you. What a fabulous weekend- spending time with other women who share your interests. I really need to get a rhythm going to be more diligent staying on top of my favorite bloggers.

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    • I appreciate your stopping by not once but twice! Thank you. We had a wonderful time. It was my second retreat but it was different in many ways from the last one. I was coerced into quilting by a friend and it has made me more friends than I ever imagined. Mine are all very imperfect and I don’t mind a bit. It’s the learning and the camaraderie that are the most important. The c-pap is still a struggle but I don’t give up. Need all the brain cells I can get. I’m so far behind in my reading but catching up with my sewing. Something has to give sometimes. I hope to catch up soon. 🙂

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      • You know, one of the things I like about this blogging community is that we all get to what we get to when we get to it and nobody seems to mind a bit! You have been at this a bit longer than I have, the blogging I mean, and I think you do great. I always appreciate your posts, your comments, and your friendship. Since I have several friends in your area, I promise you I am going to get to Portland one of these days and will let you know so we can chat over a cup of coffee, okay?

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      • Looking forward to it. ;)) Life is too full of pressure to add unnecessary stress.

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      • I do agree!

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  22. Ha ha ha! Your last question is a riot: have you been sleeping with someone new? I have! I keep thinking the neighbors must think I might be the town’s new Working Woman, because I have new cars in my driveway all the time and often overnight. It’s all a part of my strategy to make myself into a more social person. I invite everyone to my home, and I have so much room they are always invited to stay.

    Marlene you never cease to impress me with how strong you are. I am sorry that Bells Palsy hammered the world of a friend so dear to me. Still, you are living your life with remarkable grace that belies the rest of the story.

    Your quilting retreat sounds perfect. The purple donation quilt is astonishingly beautiful. All those quilts… I can hardly imagine it. Quilts are like gold to some of us, you know, and to see that much wealth in a single location is hard to grasp.

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    • Thanks for reading Crystal. Know how busy you are. It happens that way when you buy a house by yourself and have to hire out help and give them an overnight stay. 🙂 Hammered is a good word for what the Bells did. 6 years now 😦 But we must keep trudging on. I know many in worse condition that keep putting together these wonderful quilts. And they are priceless. Looks like you have a day off to catch up on some reading. I’m waiting for my daughter, so doing a little of my own. 🙂

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