Many of you know I attended Jo Morton‘s retreat last week at Lied Lodge in Nebraska City. What a treat! The Lodge was lovely and Jo as sweet as ever! Her staff was extremely helpful and kind, too!
Here are some of the highlights…
When we arrived, we had a goody bag with lots of fun items, including a mug rug or wine coaster. This isn’t the one I received, but I recognized the pattern made with my spool stamp. What a great way to use up your orphan blocks!
Jo showed so many wonderful quilts, it was hard to keep up! Here is an wonderful antique quilt from her collection.
This quilt had stars and applique! What a great way to introduce her star piecing and applique portion. I learned “back basting” applique the first day.
The next day we dabbled in making 8 pointed stars. You could choose to make them with templates or with stamps. (Guess what I chose?) Since I already had so many Carpenter’s Star diamonds left over from my Piney Rose, I spread them out and started sewing them. Okay, Jo is BRILLIANT! She sews the diamonds together first and then decides on the background. (You can sequentially piece the background later.)
Jo showed the cutest pin cushion made by Candy Hargrove with the 3″ Lemoyne Star stamp. (See what you can do if your center is wonky?)
One of the wonderful things about going to any seminar is seeing old friends and making new ones. My web designer, Amy Rochelle, was there. (She also does Jo’s website.)
And one of my best friends from FL surprised me on her way to her new home in Oregon! What a treat to see her before she moved.
Then there was show and tell! Wonderful quilts and even a couple of my designs! What a treat to see them in person!
And then to top it off, Peggy S. brought her flag quilt that caused a commotion on the “Stitching with Cindy Blackberg” face book page a few months back.
For those of you looking for an easy project, this is it! And now I’ve written instructions and it is available on my website here under “free patterns”. Be sure to print off your copy! (click on photo or go to http://cindyblackberg.com/free-projects-and-tips/free-projects/ to download the pdf file.)