Thursday Things

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Today there are 2 vitual quilts. Our blocks are growing and growing when we are done we will have more than 600 blocks. That's a lot of cottages!
Another 2 packages with Christmas Cottage blocks came to my house. I can't tell you how sweet it is to open a package with the cottages made so well by the girls in our exchange. The cottages are warm and inviting and really show a fun almost child like spirit of the Christmas holidays. It is like opening a present when I open a package of blocks. These blocks are from Dawn on the left and Chen on the right. Lovely job girls.
Sometimes I participate in Vintage Thursdays -a theme Eileen introduced me to a bit ago. A few weeks ago my husband brought home a box of vintage story/reading books from my MIL. She was a teacher and she is destashing her blooks.
These 2 little books were very loved as you can see. I know why, the stories are so cute and the illustrations are just engaging.
I love the books from the 50s and 60s. They pictures are so charming.
This one is so cute and tells the story of a little girl and a doll.
I received a sweet gift yesterday with great messages of hope and dreams. I really like surrounding myself with inspirational things, it makes the day seem brighter. Such a nice thoughtful surprise.

Bonnie Miles is a legendary quilter and coordinator/teacher. She has a quilt retreat in Bryce Canyon at Ruby's Inn every year. The retreat is in February and I've been invited to be a teacher/presentor and I'm excited but scared.
Sherri is going to the retreat and sent me this link today (thanks Sherri) showing what quilts will be featured. I didn't even know it was on the internet yet. So it's exciting to see who is presenting/teaching and what will be featured. Nedra is teaching and so is her friend Ricci. My friends Flora, Paula and Sherry from our quilt group are teaching too. It's going to be scary to be among such talented people. I'd like to take the Parker Homestead quilt class, (if I can keep it together enough to take a class right before teaching) but it looks so hard and I've never done anything like that.
-nanette
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23 comments

ElizabethandJeff said...

That sounds like so much fun. Have you read the Elm Creek Quilt Books? Is this a quilt camp like in those books? I'd love to do something like that!

jacquie said...

wow! you've really hit it with these cottages. thanks for showing these books. i love vintage children's books.

Posh And Trendy said...

I'm so impressed with the quilts you gals make. I love quilt making but I come no where close to the talent you people have.
Love the way the cottage quilt looks with the red around each house and its neat how some have different colored sky's.

Nedra said...

Thanks for telling me about Bonnie's site for Bryce being up. I didn't know either. Hey, Ricci and I are not Pattern Designers like YOU! I think we should be a little intimidated teaching next to you! Actually, I'm just excited to go and be with everyone. It will be a lot of fun.

flora said...

You and Shelbie will love Ruby's Inn. Bonnie's retreat is great every year. You will be so pleasantly surprised by how fun it is to teach these classes. The Ruby's group is so very very nice. Can't wait.

quilterpolly said...

How exciting you get to teach:) I know you will do an awesome job:) What class will you be teaching? It is exciting?

Sue said...

I just found your blog and I LOVE IT! I am going to list it as a favorite if you don't mind. I am not a quilter (but I want to be). What would you suggest for a beginner?

Connie, Town Bees Beekeeper said...

You will do a great job - I wish you weren't so far away - I'd love to be in one of your classes.
Good luck and looking forward to hearing all about the class on the blog.

Nadine said...

Cuuuuute cottages a plenty ! :>) they're so lovely...
And I'm so happy about your teaching retreat by next February. Don't worry, Nanette, you're a champ' and everything will work like a breeze.
If I had the opportunity to attend such classes, I'd choose yours, of course ;>), then the "Heart 2 heart" quilt, and also the "Fresh tradition" one.

XOXOXOXOXO
NADINE

Rachael Rabbit said...

I just found you through Lily's blog. What an amazingly neat workroom you have - I'm looking forward to seeing all the cottage blocks too.

Jackie said...

600 blocks!! Simply amazing!! I love the quilts in the link, beautiful!! Thanks for sharing.

Fiesta said...

you will do just fine.
I wish I could be in your class.

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

I love all the cottages and I love, love, vintage books, but I am very proud of you! I knew you had a lot of talent, i wish I lived closer so I could take your class, way to go girl!!!

Catherine said...

The cottage blocks are just all so wonderful! What great quilts people are going to be making with these!
I love vintage books too -- what a treat for you to have those.

Candace said...

Nanette, you will be a great teacher, I'm sure! Your jitters will disappear as soon as you see all the wonderful, smiling faces. I hope you have a great time! Cheers!

Thimbleanna said...

Congratulations Nanette! How exciting to teach at a cool retreat. And what a fabulous place to have it!

Sherri said...

Ruby's Inn is in such a gorgeous area...it will be fun to take your class (hope I get in)!

MYRA said...

Awesome little cottages! Very nice! 8-)
Happy stitchings!

em's scrapbag said...

The cottages are looking great. You'll be a great teacher.

Sandi said...

I think I better get busy on my cottage blocks! You must be having a great time seeing all the different fabrics. This afternoon, I dug into my stash of rick rack as I really like the addition of trims that several people have used. What a neat exchange you have created!!

Penny said...

OMG Nanette!!! You have some really talented readers out there! Thank-you for putting the cottage block tutorial together so we can all make our own cottages!!

Clare said...

What a lot of lovely cottages! Those old books are great.

Nan said...

All the cottages are wonderful! What a community you're going to have by the time you've received them all.
I enjoyed looking at the old story books. Some of them are very well loved!
Congratulations on being a teacher at the retreat! Good for you! I say "Yes, Yes Nanette" - you go girl!!