Boy, did Becky, Pat, and I have a great time sewing in the mountains. We left on Monday morning, made a stop at the local quilt shop in Blue Ridge, where all of us made a purchase. Then we headed to the cabin. Within 30 minutes of arrival three sewing machines were humming along. Pat was working on a king size Strawberry Pie, (one of her own designs, check it out at her website: http://silverthimblequilt.com/). Becky was working on a beautiful log cabin quilt called Autumn Ridge, and I was trying to finish Fire Crackers. Thanks to Pat for bringing her portable design wall I was able to get a layout that I liked (with assistance from both Pat and Becky, I managed to get all of the blocks together and the inner border, unfortunately I didn't have enough fabric to finish the outer border.
Sewing aside we had a great time! Becky had a copy of the new Jelly Roll book, which has some great quilts in it. Pat had wonderful stories to share from the Spring Quilt Market, (don't worry Pat what is said at the cabin stays at the cabin.) And the food was wonderful. Pat brought her spaghetti pie, Becky's husband had grilled us a chicken, and we had snacks galore. We are already talking about when we can get back up there for a few days, hopefully our schedule will allow it before next summer.
I had wanted to make a little something for both Pat and Becky to remember their trip by, so I tried my hand at pincushions. I found the pattern in a magazine during the spring, and during one of my trips to Sweet Home I found the crushed walnut shells that the pattern called for filling the cushions with. I have enough boxes left to make a couple more, that might be a project for stocking stuffers. They are very, very easy to make.