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Thursday, November 16, 2017

I'm Back Again

I'm back again.... It's been almost a year since I have posted... and oh the things that have happened in that year.

Let's start with the Retreat House.  The Queen's Rustic Retreat is doing very well.  We are booked very consistently and lots of folks are having a grand time retreating. It seems like there is always something new going on or something new being added.  We've replaced an a/c unit, the oven, the dishwasher, the refrigerator, added a water cooler, a second additional new refrigerator, cut down trees, landscaped, just to name a few.

Prior to his retirement we took our annual cruise in April 2017.

Then a few weeks later we took another cruise, this time a Quilting Cruise with a new to us cruise line, Royal Caribbean.  Somehow I missed a picture with Carol Doak.  She was our first class on the Quilting Cruise.  Daniela Stout was out second class.  I almost finished the quilt project she taught.  I might have but I decided to change out the color on one of the blocks so had to wait until I got home for more fabric.

And our third class was with Debbie Maddy's Labyrnth.  I did finish that one but alas, it's still not quilted.

Then in June, we took another trip to celebrate two things:  The King's retirement and a good friend's destination wedding in the Dominican Republic.

Guess I missed getting a photo of the King with the bride and groom.  Maybe he was taking the picture.

The beautiful wedding party!

July took us to our former home place of Benton, Arkansas to spend the 4th of July with wonderful friends there.

In July, we also purchased 1.3 acres of property directly behind the Queen's Rustic Retreat.  It has a "warehouse" on it that is basically a shell of a building that is 40' x 80'.  We have decided to retrofit that as our new house.  We've hired a contractor and the plans are coming along very nicely.  The contractor tells us we have a completion date of late December 2017.  I can hardly wait.

When the move to the new house happens, we will use the upstairs bedrooms that we currently reside in for additional beds for the retreat house, taking it from a 12 guest facility to a 20 guest facility.

August brought the biggest news of all so far.  We purchased the X-Blocks Company from Patricia Pepe and drove to California to complete the sale and move the inventory to Texas.

We are so excited to be the new owners.  If you're not familiar with X-blocks, you can visit our webpage here.  On our way to California, we detoured to Yuma AZ to visit the grandkids (and daughter and son-in-law too).

With the new X-Blocks business aquisition, we made the decision to hire some much needed help.  Joy Tapley joins the Quilting Queen Enterprises LLC staff.  She is a life saver in so many ways.  Her official title is designer/instructor but she'll do anything I ask.  And I do mean anything.  She's even cleaned a few toilets, cooked a meal or two for retreat guests, made beds, ran errands... you name it and she does it with smile.  I couldn't ask for a better assistant!  

It has been a whirlwind trying to get samples made, prepare for our first Quilt Show (back in California, Pacific International Quilt Festival),

and the biggest prep and quilt show of them all, Houston Quilt Market and Houston Quilt Festival in late October and early November.

We released 4 new patterns for Xblocks.

This is Victoria Borealis

Twirling Posies


The Queen's Jewels

Miraculously we all survived and had a good time, learned a lot, and sold a few rulers and patterns.

I'll leave you with this cute little mug rug we designed using X-Blocks.  It's a free pattern and you can find it on our Facebook page soon.

Thank you for staying with me in my absence.  I hope to be back a little more often in the future.


Monday, November 21, 2016

Winner Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 14

Congratulations to Dawn F for leaving me a comment and telling me "I actually haven't made a block from this book before".  She's my winner in the drawing for a free copy of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 14.

Thank you to everyone who stopped by and participated.  I appreciate each and every one of you.  If you missed the blog post, you can find it here, or if you missed the block, it's not too late to go out and get your very own copy.


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

My Block for Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 14 Blog Tour

Hello and welcome to Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 14 Blog Tour and my block "Nifty Nine Patch".  It's always an exciting time when another volume of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks comes out.  I can't wait to see all the creativity in each and every block.  Imagine my surprise when I saw my block on the cover.  I've been in several issues of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks (five to be exact, but who's counting??), but never on the COVER!!!  Actually I didn't even notice it.  William pointed at it and said, "hey mom, isn't this your block?"  Oh my gosh, it is!!!  This issue will be hitting the news stand this week, so be sure to get your very own copy.

My block came from my love for Nine Patch blocks.  They are my favorite and I'm always trying to think of creative ways to use a nine patch in a block or quilt.

Quiltmaker chose to put it in the foundation section of the blocks.  However, if you're not a fan of paper piecing, you can make it without that technique.  I used the Sashing Star Set of rulers from Marti Michelle to make my spiky star.  The block is block #1352 on page #37  .  The template for the foundation piecing is on page 70.

I also don't like to cut 7/8" sizes of anything so I rounded it up to an even number to make my half square triangles.  I like the extra wiggle room to square mine up.

As usual, I waited until the last minute to make my project for the blog tour.  I wanted to show you what you could do with just one block.  That won't take much time...  and it didn't.  It makes a great wall hanging or table topper!

Here are a few other ideas for layouts for the block.

No sashing....

With Sashing and cornerstones...

A Christmas version...

Or a girly version...

Play with the colors and have fun with the possibilities!  

And now for the best part... the giveaway.  Leave me a comment and tell me if you've ever made any blocks from any of the issues of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks.  One lucky winner will be receiving all 100 patterns in their very own issue of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 14.  Will it be you?   

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You can see other designers and links to their blocks today on Quiltmaker's blog Quilty Pleasures.  Hop on over and check it out.  


Sunday, November 13, 2016

Quilting Eye Candy Judy Niemeyer Quilt

I am so lucky to live so close to a Judy Niemeyer Certified Instructor, Denise Green.  Denise lives less than 30 minutes away in Luling TX and is the owner of a really neat quilt shop called HollyDee Quilts.  

Denise made this quilt, which is 96"x96" and ask me to quilt it for her for Quilt Market in Houston.  At the time she ask me she didn't have it finished and it was less than 2 weeks away from Market.  She thought she could finish and get it to me so that I'd have 4 days to quilt it.  Which was really pushing me to do that in such a short time.  Normally when I have a custom quilt on the frame, it's usually a minimum of 5 days and more realistic 6-7 days.  I got 3 days... count them, 1 - 2 - 3 days!  But I did it!  My back, shoulders, and knees were screaming "what the heck were you thinking Lady?"

This is Denise and her sister with the quilt.  

The pattern is called Vintage Rose and will be available January 2017.  You can see this one and other color options here.  You can also make your own at a retreat/workshop at the Queen's Rustic Retreat, taught by Denise Green in the near future.  We're trying to schedule it for March 2017 but stay tuned and watch for details either here or on the Queen's Rustic Retreat webpage.

Because this is a new pattern, there were NO digitized patterns to go in the blocks or areas.  I had to be very creative and did quite a bit of work "free hand", which if you know me, I don't do that often or very well.  I'm too spoiled by the computerized designs that Queenie can do.


Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Hello Again

Geez, I really don't know where all the "time" is going.  It seems like yesterday that I blogged last but it's been almost 2 months!  Wow!  A lot has happened in the short amount of time.

The Queen's Rustic Retreat has certainly kept me busy and on my toes.  I am blessed beyond measure with bookings.  And even more blessed with the fabulous reviews guests are telling me about The Queen's Rustic Retreat.

I just got home from my first time ever to Quilt Festival in Houston.  I have been to Quilt Market in Houston many times but never Quilt Festival.  It wasn't much different than Market, just the retail side instead of the wholesale side, and lots of fun and so inspiring too.  I didn't take a lot of photos of quilts as my silly phone says my memory is full and won't let me take any more, despite the fact that I've deleted over 3,000 pictures.

This was one of my favorites.  It speaks volumes!

A few of my favorites from the Modern display

And this was probably the most unique I've seen in a long time.  This quilting was done on leather.  

This wasn't "tooled" with a leather tool, it is all quilting.

Do you think this would inspire me to at least work on my Dear Jane....

I have lots more to share with you to catch you up but that's all for now.... except one other thing.  My block was accepted in Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 14 and it's due out any time now.   I'm participating in their 100 Blocks Blog Tour and my day is November 16th.  You'll definitely want to come back for that.

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