Saturday, April 14, 2012

Michigan Road Trip

I love road trips, especially when the weather is nice. I'm back from giving a presentation and teaching a workshop in Michigan. Workshops are so much fun and I know some of  you wish you could join me. Well, I'm showing you some photos instead. This time, we made the Peony Star quilt from Remembering Adelia. I had so much fun.


This is one of my favorite quilts and is actually very simple to make. A great project for springtime. If it were a small quilt, I'd choose it for the challenge next month.


Perfect for playing with your scraps!


I loved this large, spacious workshop room. Everyone had plenty of space and got some good exercise running across the room to press.





I  love seeing the different prints everyone uses to make their quilts.


Each quilt will be unique . . .


Several quilters made purple blocks for theirs . . .


I'm always learning something  new. Elaine brought some Steam-A-Seam fusible strips to use for the stems before appliquing them onto the blocks. Great idea.

On the way home, we stopped at a nice restaurant in the town of Marshall for lunch and then did a little browsing around town.




Always room for a few more pieces of fabric I don't have . . .



  

"Become a Possibilitarian!" - Anything is possible . . .



My first dog many years ago was an Old English Sheepdog. I rarely see sheepdogs anymore and I sure do miss her . . .  


Cute sign in pet store window to keep parents on their toes and remind them to look after their kids . . .


We needed to stop and stretch our legs for a bit, so made another detour to a small resort town on Lake Michigan that we used to visit when the kids were little. 






Deserted now before the summer season begins. Even if our "kids" are all grown up now, we decided that we need to go back here sometime soon.


~ Sweet Home Chicago ~

As fun as the trip was, after a long day and an even longer drive, there's nothing like coming home . . .
  

12 comments:

  1. Oh darn! I wish I could have met up with you when you were at Michigan. I would love to have been to your workshop.
    Isn't Marshall a nice town? Did you happen to stop in at the Quilts at the Marshall House quilt shop? Fantastic place.

    Sounds like you had a wonderful time. It's always fun to take small road trips :)

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  2. You take great road trips. Wish I could tag along with you! The Peony Star is on my "I wanna make someday list" I finished my little 9 patch quilt yesterday. Turned out to be a lot of fun and now I want to make other versions too!
    Glad you are home safe and sound.
    Louise

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  3. I love the peony block--and it's probably been 30 years since I made one. Time for another, I think.
    I like sheepdogs too. Isn't it funny how dogs go in and out of style like fashions?
    Looks like a lovely trip.

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  4. What a nice quilt!

    If you want to see my version of the april quilt, I now have pictures on my blog. I'll use it as a table topper, some of the fabrics have words about cookies :)

    http://lysstreif.blogspot.com/2012/04/cookies.html

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  5. What a fun trip! I'm working on a Peony Star right now. I just need to applique some leaves and put it all together.

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  6. What a lovely quilt and a lovely time you had! The ladies were really enjoying themselves. Thanks for sharing your adventure!

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  7. I would love to do the Peony Star quilt one of these months! I mean compared to a Dear Jane its a small quilt right? LOL!

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  8. And a thousand times easier than a DJ, LOL.

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  9. Great post, lovely photos!! Looks as though you had a great trip!!

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  10. I journeyed along on the road trip , has Lake Michigan a sandy bottom? Or is the sand bought in? What ever I think I will become a possibilitarian and say it is possible that I might visit your town again.

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  11. Hola, somos nuevas en tu blog, y nos ha gustado muchísimo, Enhorabuena. Somos dos amigas y hemos creado uno, que, de momento es sencillo e iremos mejorando y ampliando. Aceptamos sugerencias. Se llama, Las cosas de Pili y Mili, y te ponemos la dirección, por si te apetece visitarnos
    http://locasporelpatchwork.blogspot.com/
    Un saludo, Carmen y Prady

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  12. This Peony Star quilt has to be my favorite so far! Thanks for sharing pictures of the trip... the class looks like fun and the area is beautiful!

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