Fall Retreat Anyone?

I’ve been asked twice in the last week if we were having a fall retreat.  If the group is interested in having another retreat, I will be glad to put it together.  Please leave me a comment below saying you are or are not interested.  If you are interested, let me know if some dates are better or worse for you.

I did some checking and this is what’s available for lodges at our state parks.  Below are Friday dates listed which means that weekend is currently available.

8/15, 8/22, 9/12 – Poverty Point

10/3 – Jimmy Davis State Park, and Lake D’Arbonne

Multiple weekends in October – Poverty Point

Price depends on number attending.  At our retreat earlier this past March, I believe we each spent $90 for lodging and we all provided part of a meal (which was planned and agreed on before time.)  We had a wonderful time sewing and visiting.  For those of you who missed it, we are a pretty low key group and work on our own projects.  It was loads of fun being able to sew as late as we want and visit with each other.


Our previous retreat was held at Jimmie Davis State Park, but I hear that most of the parks are nice.

So, sound off and let me hear from you.  You know I always want your opinion.  😉


UPDATE:  Based on the responses that are coming in, I have booked a lodge at Poverty Point for October 10th and 11th (Friday and Saturday).  I will post more information soon.  If you would like me to hold a spot for you, please plan to pay a $40 deposit at our next meeting.  That deposit will go towards your final cost.  Space is limited.  If we run over the minimum we may have the option of adding a normal cabin.  That will be dependent on availability.

I’m so excited to be planning this.  The last retreat was so fun and relaxing, I just can’t wait.





June Meeting Recap

Here’s a few photos from our last meeting.


Johnna, Marie, and a first time visitor, Holley Casey.


Another visitor, Sue Kelly, Becky Prysock, who attended our retreat (and is a childhood friend of mine), and Marty.   So glad to have you visiting with us and hope you come again!

A couple members brought their Louisiana Traveling Blocks:



Here Is Marty’s addition to Mary Marcotte’s block for Marie Easterling’s quilt.


Marie is talking about Mary’s block for the traveling bee.

MarieSuperDomeBlockAnd Marie displaying her Super Dome block for someone’s Louisiana theme quilt.  I’m in love with it!  I think I laid some pretty heavy hints.  Let’s see if they took.  :-))  (Just kidding, Marie.  I know I’ll love whatever you create.  You’re on a roll, girl!)



We covered a lot of ground at our meeting including QuiltCon, our Traveling Quilt Bee and the Michael Miller Fabric Challenge due in July.

We decided to focus demonstrations for the coming months on ‘Back to the Basics’.  We’re encouraging everyone to bring their machines so they can practice the techniques.  We’ll begin in July with simple cutting, piecing and matching points using 2.5″ strips and squares.

There is one thing I really need your help on.  We would love to have votes from all members and visitors who plan to spend time with us in the coming months.  Although a few of us are involved with the Traveling Quilt Bee, we discussed the possible need for having a monthly project for the guild.  Some of the ideas are below.  Please vote for the idea you like the best and feel you would enjoy participating.

To explain the choices you are voting on:

The Block of the Month could be from a designated book or from other (free) resources.

The Nela Medallion Quilt would be designed by the members.  One member would design center medallion in the first month, another would create the next border the next month, and so on.  The members would create a sample of their design and demo the design at the meeting.  Each member would use their own fabrics and choose their own color scheme.

The House Sampler would be a case of creating house blocks of your choice and we would swap for a house sampler quilt.

If you have other thoughts about a monthly block, please add your comments to this post.  Please cast your vote!  Thanks so much.



What is Color Theory?

It feels summer has finally struck.  Everyone is coming and going and schedules seem to be topsy turvy.  I wish you all a wonderful summer and hope you have the chance to go somewhere fun and/or make something wonderful.

Our next meeting is this Saturday, June 14th, at Quilt n Stitch, 6049 Cypress St, West Monroe, LA 71291.  We will meet 10:00 – 12:00.  If you would like to stay and sew after the meeting, feel free.   Personally, I may be staying to work on my Michael Miller fabric challenge.  These are due July 25th, and I am so behind!

theory-wheel-historyDiscussion will be on color theory.  I’m continually amazed that the simplest colors are put together to create magical palettes in fabric.  For me, color creates such a mood, good or bad.  Some quilters seem to have a gift of bringing colors together that just sing.  I Want That Gift!  :-))

This Saturday, bring a handful of fabric scraps/fat quarters in an array of colors.  We can each discuss how we see color combinations and see what effect the different choices bring.

Optional:  For anyone interested, fat quarters may be swapped at the end of the meeting.

As always, bring your latest creations for show and tell.

See you soon,



We have truly kicked off our Louisiana Traveling Quilt Bee!  It has been fun watching the starting blocks as they began to appear in May.  Most are shown on our Pinterest board which can be found here.   This is just a quick view:

LaTravQuilt.May Collage

A few posts by the bee members include:

Marty at Marty’s Fiber Musings

Pat at Cutting Corner’s Quilts

(If I missed your post, let me know and I will include it here.)