hunting widows retreat!

27 Oct

so every year in the fall and in the spring, karen and i take turns having a slumber party while our men go hunting together. last weekend was “the” weekend and as chris’ man was also leaving town, she horned in on our slumber party. just kidding, we loved including her so much we made her host it! and whoa baby did we get loads done!

we started at 8am on friday and sewed until 3 am saturday morning. caught a few hours of zzz’s and went back at it all day and night saturday and until mid afternoon on sunday. our “theme” was buggy barn pattern. we all had 3 patterns all cut out and ready to sew. chris and i hit the ground running with “convoy”. and although we both had “ripping sessions” we managed to get all the blocks for 1 quilt pieced on friday. chris went on to work on the “roads” and the blocks for another convoy quilt and i switched off to another pattern. this is chris’ blocks all layed out:

09retreat1 and more “trucks and tractors”

09retreat3 and trucks and tractors need wheels:


and here’s chris’ fat cat on her blocks. don’t the blocks look swell with the wheels added?!

09retreat2 and i’m not kidding when i say “fat cat”. every morning it gets 2 tablespoons of yogurt on the counter. and cries if it doesn’t get it fast enough.


karen was a wizzbang as usual. she got snowflakes made:


and trees…..technically NOT a buggy barn pattern but we let her slide…..


and purses! sooooo cute but fiddly she says. i may or may not have to make one of these!


after i made 18 of the truck and tractor blocks (no pix….they look almost exactly like chris’) i switched over to flowers and made 60+ of these. they will have a cream or pink wool circle applique’d in the middle.


chris went with a halloween theme-she made table cloth, place mats and napkins out of a fun holiday line of fabrics:


as well as jammie pants and 2 pillowcases (no pix) for each of us!


we exchanged ATC’s:


and had a wonderful set up in her dining room.


and the TRINKETS! oh my. i was a slug this time and slid by with a lovely jelly roll and charm pack of the “authentic” line of fabrics by moda. i came home with a candle, pin cushion bling, a sewing trash bag/pin cushion, a little magnetic case for binding supplies, a honey bun of “swanky” fabrics by moda, chocolates, car gel fresheners, hand sanitizers, and i’m probably missing stuff but i haven’t unpacked my “trinket” bag yet!!

chris spoiled us and it was great fun! here’s hoping that her man goes hunting again when ours go but we know it probably won’t happen again until there is a blue moon and the stars all align with the planet pluto (which is no longer a planet so we’re screwed) next time it’s karen’s turn to host. i think our “theme” is closet projects. i just hope i can find something around here that’s not finished up……


6 Responses to “hunting widows retreat!”

  1. Becca October 27, 2009 at 9:06 pm #

    Ok where do I sign up and how do I sign my hubby up!Lol. So happy yall had fun! You sure got a lot done too.

    • myolivebranch October 30, 2009 at 7:23 am #

      it was fun. i could have gotten even more done if i’d had my mouth wired shut…..lots of talking and lots of eating!

  2. Freda October 27, 2009 at 9:29 pm #

    Oh how I would have loved to be there too. It sounds so awesome!!!! Glad everyone had a great time and I love all the projects.

    • myolivebranch October 30, 2009 at 7:24 am #

      i am anxious to work some more with my pink and brown and red and cream flowers but sigh it is not the priority project so it will have to wait. i have to get 2 tructor quilts done pronto!

  3. Alley Sue October 31, 2009 at 11:47 am #

    I love the trucks and tractors…very cute 🙂

    • myolivebranch November 1, 2009 at 7:18 am #

      thanks aly. now to get them sewed into a top AND quilted.

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