Well, we survived the Blizzard of 2011.  That’s how the news kept referring to the winter blizzard that moved through much of the U.S. in the last couple of days.  The girls are home from school again today.  We live in a rural area and I believe the back roads are still quite dangerous.  Plus, it’s awful cold out.  We were all home Wednesday too.  Even Scott stayed home.  It gave me a chance to get some things done before I left for my retreat.  I did not finish all my “Hop To It” blocks, but I finished up Block 10.

Again, I love the rich colors of the wool.  I also squared up all my blocks so far to the correct size.

I will work on the sashing and remaining two blocks while I’m on my retreat.  I’m taking Elaina’s “Toulouse” to also work on.

I’m going to Shipshewanna IN until Sunday.  I can’t wait!  It’s a quilter’s paradise in the heart of Amish country.  I will be enjoying the Amish food as well!!  I usually diet the week before, so I can make a complete pig of myself while I’m there!! πŸ™‚  This is a huge weekend in Shipshewanna.  Saturday morning the whole town is on sale.  Even the the quilt shops!!  It’s like the day after Thanksgiving.  It’s called the Pajama Sale.  In order to get the discounts, you have to be wearing your pajamas!  Even the Amish participate.  It’s so much fun!  The sales start early in the morning.  We always go to Lolly’s first.  It’s one of my favorite quilt shops…EVER!  The whole store is on sale at 30% off!  It’s a crazy madhouse in there!!  I will take lots of pictures to show you when I get back.

I finished up quilting “Mon Ami.”  I still need to get the binding on and give it a little bath.  I was going to wait to show pictures, but I just can’t wait that long.

I just did a simple swirly design around the border.

I think it will make a beautiful table topper.

I have one last little story.  I went to Jamie’s studio Tuesday for a private class with another student.  The other student, Kelly drove over 2 1/2 hours to take the class!  I, of course was running late.  Some of you might want to cover your ears for this part…I took a shower and left the house in the middle of winter with a wet head.  No, I would never let the girls do the same thing.  The other student was already there when I arrived.  As soon as I walked in she said, “You’re The Quilted Pineapple!”  I sheepishly smiled and said, “Yes, I am.”  She was so sweet.  She explained how that she read my blog, enjoyed it and that was how she found Jamie!  I just thought that was super neat!  Kelly, actually purchased a Handiquilter (Jamie is a dealer for those as well) from a dealer that offered no help to her.  Not even set-up of her machine.  Kelly was super excited to find Jamie because he is going to work with Kelly in his studio for about 3 days!  I’m so happy for Kelly.  I look forward to keeping in touch with her.  I had a photo of the three of us, but for some reason my camera didn’t save it.

I hope everyone has a great weekend.  I’ll see you Monday with tales of my retreat!


  • Carrie P. says:

    glad to hear you all made it safe and sound through the storm.
    Love that wool block.I am going to be working on my 2nd one this week.
    Have fun on the retreat. I bet that is a funny sight to see people in town all in their pjs.

  • Yvette says:

    Girl, I won't even go out in a wet head in California. LOL!!!!

    OK, your quilt came out fantastic. If I whip together one of my Schnibbles kits can I pay you to quilt it? Say yes and I will start cutting this weekend. Say no, and you will make me sad. πŸ™ LOL!!! You know I love you either way.

    Have a fantastic time on retreat!!! Take lots of pictures.

  • Darlene says:

    I'm loving your wool blocks more and more!

    Mon Ami is delightful – applause, applause!

    Have fun on your retreat – can't wait for a FULL report.

  • Donna says:

    Glad you all survived the storm.
    The quilt is lovely as a table topper and you did such a great job on the quilting. If you lived near me I would pay you to do my quilting.
    Your wool blocks are gorgeous!
    This weekend sounds like so much fun for you! Please take plenty of pics of everything … even the food πŸ™‚
    Have fun and have a safe trip!

  • Impera Magna says:

    What a FUN weekend you have coming up! I would love to find a quilt shop with everything 30% off!!!

    Your wool block is fab and I love the swirly quilting on your Mon Ami quilt!

    Have a great time this weekend!

  • Lynn says:

    I love your blocks and table topper. The retreat sounds wonderful. Hope you have a great time and I can't wait to see your pictures.

  • WoolenSails says:

    Love that wool quilt, will start working on mine again, to finish it.
    I just did simple folk art designs on mine, used different books.

    That is nice that someone was able to get help, from your blog.
    I have long hair and do not use blow dryers, so I wash my hair on days I don't have to go out.


  • Brandie says:

    Your Amish trip sounds wonderful! Someday I'm going to make a trip to visit your area, someday. Have a wonderful time and Yes please, take lots of pics for us.
    Your table topper looks beautiful! Just gorgeous!

  • Candace says:

    Hop to It is to die for, Linda! I also love how you finished Mon Ami – congratulations! I'm so envious of your going off to Amish country – someday I would love to go! Have a great time and we can't wait to hear all about it!

  • Sunnybec says:

    The blocks look fabulous Linda and the Mon Ami too. Enjoy your trip I am so jealous would love to be able to do that. Hugs Linda

  • Karen says:

    Your Hop to It is coming along beautifully! I enjoy watching your progress. Have a great time at your retreat and lots of fun on your shopping spree! Sounds like your in for a wonderful trip.
    The Mon Ami quilt looks very cute on your table. :0)

  • Sue says:

    I love your Mon Ami and your new block and everything!! So lovely.
    I am excited for you to enjoy Shipshewana. I just love that place and the huge quilt store in town! How wonderful that you will be able to spend all this time in such a lovely town!

    Be safe and have fun!

  • Michele says:

    Enjoy your retreat……it sounds like so much fun! Glad you survived the blizzard πŸ™‚ Not fun! We used to live in Maine, so I do know snow! How fun that the other quilter knew about you πŸ™‚ You must have been so cold with wet hair…..Burrrrr!

  • Quilts And Pieces says:

    Oh have an awesome time in Shipsy!

  • Anne says:

    Your Hop to It block is gorgeous. Are you doing it as a BOM thru a shop? I need another project…NOT. Have fun shopping and at your retreat. Sounds like the perfect weekend. Take LOTS of pics.

  • Jeanette says:

    Love those wool blocks. Everytime i see your blocks i think to myself "oo i'd love to make that". πŸ™‚ Mon Ami is gorgeous. Oh i'm so envious of where you are going to retreat. It's been my dream for years to get to America & visit an Amish area. Have fun. Hugs,

  • Karen says:

    I love Shipshewana. Have wonderful time. Can't wait to hear all about your retreat.

  • Joan says:

    WOW Linda – your quilt looks fabulous – and I wish I was with your for your retreat and the visit to Amish country – I would be in heaven. Love you wool blocks – rally lovely. I am off for a bit now too as i need to pick up my USA visitors today..and its a 2 hour drive there and 2 back. So long day. Not much sewing for me πŸ™

  • Allie says:

    Have fun at your retreat! Your blocks are just gorgeous, and so is your quilt.
    I used to leave the house with wet hair all the time, I liked the way my hair turned into icicles and tinkled when I moved my head, lol! Not any more!

  • Sharon says:

    Have a wonderful time on your trip!

  • Kim says:

    Oh, my great grandma would have been yelling out the door for you to get a hat on with that wet hair!! LOL I live in Amish country–Kalona, Iowa–and our Amish would NEVER be caught in public in their pjs!!! They are very different depending on where they live. Have a great retreat.

  • QuiltSue says:

    Mon Ami est Magnifique et j'adore.

    Have a super time on your retreat, shop lots, eat lots, sew lots and generally enjoy yourself lots!

  • Carol says:

    Have a fantastic time at your retreat! And shopping in your PJ's sounds like tons of fun!

  • Abby and Stephanie says:

    I have Shipshewanna on my list of places to visit. I love Amish Country. Have fun. Your wool block is very pretty.

  • Lori says:

    Have a wonderful weekend away!! I love your latest block and the quilt looks so cute on your table.

  • Mama Pea says:

    Hey, quilt turned out great! I love your wool blocks, too! Nice! Have a great time in Amish country. I'll miss you. Wish I was going with you! πŸ™‚ Glad you got back from Kazoo safe and sound on Tuesday!

  • Sinta Renee says:

    I enjoyed your post so much! Thanks for sharing… and I can't wait to see your pictures AND what you purchase while pj shopping!

  • Joy McD says:

    Oh you lucky girl, getting to go to Amish country! Wish I could come! Have lots of fun, and glad you were safe during the blizzard…
    And Mon Ami is just gorgeous πŸ™‚

  • Sheila says:

    I love the wool blocks , wow , just gorgeous .Your Mon Ami is really very pretty as well , great job on the quilting too!

  • Susan says:

    Had to laugh about you getting in the car with wet hair! I went to college in Nebraska. When we had swimming classes in the winter (PE was a graduation requirement then), we would run across the street from the gym to our dorm with wet hair. Usually we had icicles in our hair by the time we got to the dorm.

  • Kelly says:

    It was really great meeting you at Jamie's studio, Linda. I enjoyed having someone else there to learn with – wasn't it fun?!? I learned so much! We missed the PJ sale at Shipshe this year, but now that I know about it (thanks to you) I can plan to go next year!

    See you in April, and don't forget to practice your daily doodling!!