Quilt Retreat, Quilting with Friends

What’s better than being able to quilt on a rainy day……?

It’s quilting at a B&B with friends on a rainy day.  Spring is on its way but last weekend turned out to be foggy, damp and dreary.  Cold enough to have some snow showers.  (Just Mother Nature’s way of letting us know who really is in charge.)   We’re ready for Spring , Mother Nature!!!!1

However, I spent it in the best way possible – at a delightful weekend quilting retreat with friends at an Upstate B&B.  Bridal Creek is located in Hamilton NY, the home of Colgate University.

This country home not only boasts wonderful meals, a beautiful homey atmosphere, but its hostess (Barb Hipsley) provides an exceptional quilting area for small groups.


The quilt area has 5 design walls, Ott lights, multiple tables that can be rearranged easily along with the normal cutting and ironing stations.  Barb sewed with us as well and joined us in the delicious meals she prepared.   Her attention to detail, making sure that we had everything we needed, made our stay more than memorable.

We are definitely  going back next year!

Normally quilt retreats are rewarding just because we get to quilt all day without interruption and have a wonderful time socializing with fellow quilters. Barb’s welcoming made the experience even better.

I was able to finish all the blocks and assemble the rows of my Year of Seasons quilt, one of my UFO’s for our guild’s challenge. 

Bridal Creek has all the amenities that you expect during your stay at a B&B – and as an extra bonus, Barb provides an atmosphere that makes for a perfect quilt retreat.

There is always time to quilt!
Half-Square Triangles, Quilt Musings

What’s in a Name?

I’m sure that you’ve all come across the multiple names that the same quilt block may have.  How did that happen?  It seems that as quilt blocks were exchanged among early quilters, the quilters  were likely to change the block name to one that seemed more appropriate to themselves.  In addition they may have altered the block a bit to more reflect their personal tastes.

This bluework quilt  is made up of embroidered and pieced blocks.  bluework 014The pattern notes that the pieced block is known by the following names:  Monkey Wrench, Hole in the Barn Door, Churn Dash, Love Knott, Lincoln’s Platform,  and Sherman’s March.

I did a bit of research on the web:  Monkey wrench, Hole in the Barn Door and Churn Dash seem to be the same as the blocks in this quilt.  There are many variations of the same block.   Among the many are:

  • Lincoln’s Platform  and Sherman’s March – from Marti Mitchell  http://www.frommarti.com/v2blocks.shtml
  • Old Mill Design Hens and Chickens –
  • Shoo Fly – http://www.quilting-in-america.com/shoo-fly.html, and
  • Churn Dash –  http://www.quilting-in-america.com/churn-dash.html from Quilting in America

Monkey Wrench  – this block is said to have alerted slaves to gather tools that they might need on their journey north to freedom.


Churn Dash – refers to the churn dasher used to turn milk into butter.  This block has been in continuous use in South Carolina for more than 150 years.


Hole in the Barn Door    – The difference in this block and the Churn Dash is that the block is in a 2:1:2  rather than 2:2:2 format. (source: blogspot  The Hole in the Barn Door)

Hole in the Barn Door Button Escape designed by BOMquilts.com with Embellishments from Button Mad
















There is always time to quilt!
Winter in Central New York


No not really. Mother Nature is just really confused this winter.  One day it will be in the  50’s and the next we will be lucky to hit 20-30 degrees.

As I was out checking the bird feeders this morning I actually spotted two robins.  There arrival is normally the first sign of spring in Central New York.  We don’t see them this time of year since they usually feed on worms.   Apparently some do winter over feeding on the berries, fruits and seeds that they find on shrubs, trees and vines.  These two were taking advantage of the snow melt to feed on their preferred food.

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photo from Journey North website

Unfortunately they flew away before I could take a picture!  – However, I was able to get one of a woodpecker who is a frequent visitor this time of year.

There is always time to quilt!

On my way

Making progress on my guild’s UFO challenge.

I’ve completed three simple quilts.  Seems like cheating but thought it would give me the incentive to tackle the more involved ones.

  • Over the Moon  I made this quilt 2 years ago at Patchwork Plus in a class taught by Perry Kentner using Linda Warren’s Learning Curve ruler.  The only thing that was needed was the hand sewing of the binding.


Easy Circles










  • Dogwood Candle Mat  I fell in love with this woolwork pattern while on my annual quilters retreat at the Watson Homestead 2 years ago because of the two-dimensional applique.  The only thing that was left to be done was the homespun backing.

    Dogwood candle mat


  • Falling Leaves Table Runner  The foundation for this table runner was completed at the same Watson retreat but I still needed to complete the applique.  The kit had fabric that was to be used to complete pumpkin applique.  Since the colors of autumn leaves are my favorite I decided to use the laser cut leaves instead.  Quilting and binding were the only other things needed to complete the quilt.

    Candle Mat and Tablerunner




    Now on to the 3 quilts that will take a bit more time.  Currently I’m working on piecing a group quilt as well as a wallhanging that is appliqued and embroidered.



    I normally like to have hand work and machine work available to me at the same time.  I never know what I am going to work on at any particular time.  Also it means that when I am traveling it’s easy to pick up something to take with me and work on it in the car.

There is always time to quilt!


To all my friends and family who have become snowbirds or have moved permanently south I’m sending you a reminder of home.

Winter Sounds

Winter has been good to us so far (keeping my fingers crossed).  We did have a major snowfall the weekend before Thanksgiving – 25 inches in 2 days.  Luckily the snow began on Sunday and was over by Monday evening so  most people were home and able to stay off the roads.  Roads were clear on Tuesday so we could easily get on with life.

In many parts of the country this would be catastrophic – not in Upstate NY where it’s just another day!  I was talking with a friend in North Carolina Monday evening and she was sure that we would be snowed in for a couple of days.  If nothing else we can handle it here without blink of an eye.


Winter Sounds was published in a current issue of AARP Bulletin.  Admit it – it did at least bring a smile to your face!

There is always time to quilt!