Stitch from Stash June report

I spent nothing this month.  Zip, zero, nothing, nada.
I have a contract which paid late, graduation for my son, a daughter who needed to borrow money between jobs, an unexpected car expense, my husband thought he broke his foot, so even with the bonus funds in the challenge – I had nothing to spend.  But that didn’t stop me from starting a new project. 

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Here are the first 6 blocks for my Tolkien quilt.  And it’s all made from fabrics taken from my scrap bin or my fat quarter stash. I have 5 more blocks to finish and I want to have it pieced by FantasyCon on Wednesday.  It’s paper pieced and appliqué.
I’m hoping things improve by the annual sale at Picture This Plus.  But if not, I have enough fabric to last for some time.

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June Wipocalypse – Retreats and Get – Togethers

Have you ever been to a stitch gathering such as a retreat or a festival? If so, tell us about it!

I was one of the organizers for the WWTWBBGTG – World Wide Teresa Wentzler Bulletin Board Get-Together in Vegas.  Teresa came and those of us there had a great time.

I’ve been to CATS in Nashville and Vegas and spent more on stash than I care to remember and on pieces that I really didn’t love when I got home.  It was the thrill of the chase, the pressure of everyone else loving the piece.  I have finished a few of the pieces I bought at both conventions.

The day of the EGA regional meeting in SLC, I found out that Cindy Valentine would be in town teaching.  She had worked on my Victoria Sampler Round Robin and I wanted to see her again.  I ended up rooming with Donnett of Embroidery.com and during the free stitch, I sat with Monica Ferris who was the guest speaker.  And I solved the mystery and won the grand prize.

The last retreat I went to was a quilting retreat in November of  2011 with Pamela from French Knots.  It was her first retreat and that weekend has become QuiltBliss.  Tickets for QuiltBliss go on sale July 28 and it’s very tempting to go but it’s so over my spending limit (and the prices haven’t even been announced for this year.)

We do have an EGA retreat for the Sego Lily Chapter coming up in October.

Last month someone complained that there were no stitching pictures… so you get Fire and Icewpid-20140615_234257.jpg

I’ve finish page 6 and I’m now working on page 5.  I’m still in love with it so I’ll keep going on it.  The kids want me to finish it and send it off to Jill Rensel.