Tuesday, November 15, 2011

I'm back home............ and the winner!!!

Okay - it's been a long, but super fun week! First things first - the winner of Clint's "manly" giveaway is Carla G! (comment 612) She said she loves the "Winter Wonderland" by Ingrid Moda FQ bundle - so that's what she won! Hurray! Thanks to everyone for making this last giveaway a success! Plus Chemistry just arrived for all of you looking for some new Moda Fabric.

Cabin Retreat! From the left to right - me, Tammy, Rinda, Mom - WOW, I had such a fun time with these ladies! We laughed, cried, goofed off and sewed for 3 days! My Mom and Rinda are dearest friends from way back when - they grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico together and have stayed friends through marriage and kids. This is the first time I have been able to make it to the cabin quilting retreat. It's been going on for 4 years now - Tammy (Rinda's daughter) has made it 3 of those 4 years. I can not tell you how much fun I had. Seriously - my mom is hilarious and she can make anyone laugh. Rinda and Tammy are absolute sweethearts and it was so much fun getting to know them better. I can not wait for next year - I just hope we can get my sisters and Tammy's sisters to come - that would make the trip even better!

It was cozy inside the cabin and we really didn't even leave the cabin for 2 of the days - the snow was a fun sight to see since I just don't see snow very often here in Saint George.

What's not to love about this picture? The Moon is incredible! I am always in awe of the beauty of God's creations - it makes me realize that we aren't alone in this universe.

Look at these skinny ladies -not me - but Mom and Rinda have both lost a ton of weight and look so amazing. I am so proud of what they have accomplished! Here we are in front of the Flaming Gorge Dam and Green River.

This was our set up with the sewing machines.

We watched period dramas and sewed our little hearts out. Tammy and Rinda both completed their projects. Mom finished about 6 projects - she's amazing.

Always the over achiever - I assumed I would finish a full size quilt top for Lili's room - and pillows and pillow cases. Well, not so much! I got 25 quilt blocks done and I still have the sashing to do, plus pillows and pillow cases. I was hoping this would be a Christmas Gift for Lili, but it's not going to happen. I have too much catching up on quilting to do. But, I love how these blocks turned out - there are two different quilt blocks and not one of the 25 finished blocks are the same. I used Ruby and Bliss for the project. I will be sure to post the finished project at some future point -let's just hope it doesn't end up in the never finished pile.

It worked out that my dad could bring Lili back up to his house for the weekend, where I was staying, because he has a job down here in Saint George. The reason I stayed the weekend up at my parent's house was so I could go to my sister's baby shower. It was so fun being with my family. I missed Clint and the boys like crazy, but it was fun to have a "girls trip" with Lili. She loved that Grandpa has leaves and she wanted to rake the yard. She got tired before it was all raked, but she had fun!

Jess, Amy, me and Abby at Abby's baby shower. I was able to give Abby her quilt. She loved it! Now, I have to get back to work - kids, laundry, vacuuming, and quilting are calling me. I had a wonderful time, but I don't think I can leave Clint for that long again - I missed him too much!


Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Congrats to the winner..Clint; it was suppose to be me...lol. Nice looking group, Lili is too too cute.

regan said...

Looks like you all had a great time at your retreat! And Lili is sweet sweet sweet!

marcella said...

Congratulations to Carla! That's so exciting. Sounds like your retreat was really fun. What a great tradition.

Stitched With Prayer said...

Judi, it sounds like you had a wonderful time. I loved all the pictures you shared but oh my gosh, the one of the moon truly is incredible. Thanks so much for sharing them with us. So...Congratulations to the lucky winner of Clint's giveaway. Am I jealous??? Nope, not a bit...well, maybe a little bit, LOL. Not just because I didn't win, but also because I've never been to a retreat. *sigh* Hugs...

Carla G said...

Wow! I'm super excited and thrilled to have won!! Thank You very much!

Your retreat looks like a lot of fun!! I'd love to go on one someday! :)

ps - how do I contact you? I can't find an email address...

Barb said...

How fun Judy, you are lucky to have such a close fun family!