Posts Tagged ‘retreat’

What or Where is TOT?

Saturday, June 30th, 2018

If you follow me on social media you will note that I have been spending a lot of time at a place I refer to as TOT lately.    And thus I have been getting inquires as to just what and where TOT is? 

TOT stands for Threads of Time, and it’s location is in Danville, Illinois (Dick and Jerry Van Dyke grew up in Danville, as did Donald O’Connor and Gene Hackman…the place obviously breathes creativity and fun!) about 120 miles south of my abode. 

Threads of Time is a quilt shop that literally has a 36 bed retreat center, formally named Threads & Beds, attached to the back of it.  But TOT is what it is called by regulars. 

Yes just a simple doorway stands retreaters and the colorful and inspiring displays of fabric in the shop, along with full notion walls, patterns galore, and trinkets of a sewing nature that become “gotta haves”.  

Threads of Time offers an annual pass that when obtained allows the bearer to stay as much as they want within the pass year but no more then 6 nights in a row.   Obviously this is quite attractive and quilters & sewists flock to TOT weekly to meet up with like minds, laugh, and sew to their hearts content knowing that there is a bed with their name on it just down the hall. 

There are three distinct sewing rooms each with a kitchen area stocked with several refrigerators, a multitude of cooking devices, ie microwave, toaster oven, crock pot….but NO STOVE!   Trust me you adapt.  Quilters are creative cookers also…I have seen meals fit for Thanksgiving dinner come out of the TOT kitchens at times.   There are several grocery stores within a few miles and restaurants also that you can go out to, pick up from and a few even deliver.  Food and lack of eating have never been a problem. 

When the inquiries started back in March I sat with Nicole, the retreat manager, and looked at the calendar to find a week that would accommodate a group.  That week is August 28th to September 2nd of this year.    So if you would like to join me for a few nights, or even all 5 nights just give Nicole a jingle at and put your name on a bed.  She can go over all the costs etc.  This is not a formal “working retreat” more of a gathering.  There will be no workshops, but I am happy to answer any questions you may have as long as you will do so for me also.  

Everyone will make their own hours and bring their own projects to work on.  I am bringing a bin or two of fabric I am “breaking up with” with the intention of making blocks for charity quilts.  Anyone who wants to partake of this endeavor will be welcomed with open arms and some block instruction sheets…LOL.   

This time is just meant to hang out together and enjoy each other’s company while putting needle and thread thru fabric. 

About a dozen beds have been spoken for and another group is also claiming as many beds so there are just a few left. Give Nicole a call soon if you are interested!  You will find Nicole’s contact info here!

 Enjoy the day, 


Let’s Retreat at Missouri Star Quilt Company!

Sunday, April 3rd, 2016

Yes, you read that right…Missouri Star Quilt Company!


Join me for 4 days/3 nights of quilty fun Wednesday, August 31st to Saturday, September 3rd.

Hugs&KissesPicPromoIt will be an open sew format with two days (Thursday and Friday) of laid-back guidance in the construction of the “Hugs & Kisses” Quilt found in my latest book, Half-Scrap Quilts.  With so much time and numerous quilt shops of Missouri Star Quilt Company within walking distance we can field trip for just the right fabrics, consult on color and design, and basically get into the nitty-gritty of making this quilt!

In the evenings you can pull out other projects, or continue working on Hugs & Kisses, while I flip on my sewing machine and join in the fun of sewing and laughing into the night. MissouriStarRetreat2

I am not running the retreat so any questions I will ask that you contact Lynnell “Nel” Rowe, and you will find her contact info along with pricing and more details here.   You can also click on the image in the right hand side bar to obtain the PDF of info.

I know space is limited so contact Nel soon if you wish to join in on the fun!MissouriStarRetreat4

Looking forward to my first trip to Missouri Star….I am driving which means I can bring lots of quilts to share and I can bring home all the stash enhancement that I can fit into the jeep!  Yippee!



New Workshop debuting at Retreat

Friday, December 20th, 2013

Been spending a few hours every morning learning WordPress software and adding and sprucing up my website even more.  The tweaking never ends and neither does the education.  But I am fine with it.  I enjoy learning new things and giving my brain some new creative knowledge.  The problem is I now have so many ideas racing thru my head I have a hard time focusing.  So 3 hours every morning and then I am off to the studio.  3 hours that is it and the computer is put to “sleep”.  I keep a college ruled notebook on my desk and jot down every idea.  They will keep until I can get to them or find some help.  Which may truly be on the docket for 2014.

The files of new workshops to put into  the offerings is pretty high. (as are the pattern files)  And once Em gets home (tomorrow…fingers crossed with the impending weather that is forecasted) we might dabble with my new brochure making on Sunday.  It is one of the things on our “to do” list during her 2 week visit!  With Em’s graphic knowledge and artistic eye I can only imagine what she will come up with.    I know I mentioned it on facebook but she finally started her own blog/website.  You can find it here!

Ok..back on track….

EPP5PointStarWkshpPic2MDEPREOne of the new workshops is called EPP 5 Point Star.   I am excited about this workshop as it takes the “Pieced Hexies” idea and applies it to other shapes.   I wanted to design a 3 hour workshop so it can fit many situations and yet be new and exciting.   So it is just one design pattern (but trust me like the hexies the binder of patterns is quite thick…watch for more shapes/ideas over this year).

What is fun is there are two bonus blooms that can also be made from this 5pt Star Design.  You can find all my workshops under the tab at the top.chicago_lake_0114_cropped

I will be debuting this workshop (temporarily renamed EPP Pieced Snowflake to fit the theme) at the Lake Shore Quilting Retreat sponsored by Sew Many Places right here in Chicago!  The retreat runs from January 16th -19th and is going to be a winter pajama party blast!  This city girl is so excited to share not only this new design idea but “her city” (Native Chicagoan here!) during the prettiest time of 40sStringQTMDEPREthe year.  Winter.  I am hoping for some snowfall either Friday or Saturday night.  We can scout out an area in the hotel with big windows and sit and stitch together until the wee hours with the snow falling.  Wouldn’t that be magical.

I am bringing all sorts of quilts to share…since this is a driving gig for me the jeep will be loaded up!  So come join Pam Holland, Sue Bouchard, Brian Haggard, Jim West and myself for a weekend of quilty fun!

AntiqueStringBoxQuiltTopAntiqueStringBoxQuiltTopAlso Mr. UPS, Mr FedEx and Mr USPS have all been making their way up the stoop with packages the last few weeks.  One contained a new antique quilt top. Oh my.  String Pieced Blocks from the 40s.  Just my style.  I plan to make a very bold border for it and finish it.  I have made my list of tops to finish by August 1st and it is long.  But with a list it will get done.


Til Monday, (taking Saturday & Sunday off to hang with my favorite daughter)