Tuesday, February 26, 2008

CQ Retreat - Omaha, NE

February 26, 2008

As promised, here is the latest from the
Omaha Crazy Quilt Retreat:

Hello guys and gals. This year's information on the Crazy Quilt Retreat being held in Omaha, Nebraska, July 11th - 13th, is now posted on the Crazy Quilt Society website. There are some great teachers and lots of great classes to choose from. If you are interested, go to www.crazyquilt.com and click on Retreat on the left side of the page.

I'll pass along any special information as Nancy Kirk lets me know about it. As you can see by the class listings, there are also two pre-retreat classes on Thursday July 10th (a beginner's crazy quilt class by Nancy Kirk and a Beginning Brazilian Embroidery class by Rita Goff). There are also two post-retreat classes being offered on July 14th (3 dimensional embellishments by Nancy Kirk and an advanced Brazilian Embroidery class by Rita Goff). Get your classes reserved early. Some of them will fill up very quickly!

I hope to see lots of you there this year! If you have any questions, please email me privately. My email address is below my name at the bottom of this page.

Mona from Minnesota where the temperatures have finally moderated!

January 24, 2008
I have never been to this retreat, but have often wished that I had planned better in order to go. If you're interested in going this year, now the time to start planning! I am not affiliated with this conference, but feel the need to share information about it. The following is a message from Mona who has been for nine years and always provides lots of helpful information. Her contact information is included in the text, but you can also click on her name to email her.

The actual dates of the retreat are July 11 - 13, 2008, with pre-retreat classes on the 10th and post-retreat classes on the 14th. Nancy Kirk is working on getting the last of the teachers booked and is hoping to have more information posted on the website within the next couple of weeks. I can let you know that she has booked Cindy Brick and Martha Green as the two main teachers for this year. I'll let you know more as soon as I hear more from Nancy.

She has booked a block of rooms, so when you call the DoubleTree Suites Hotel to reserve your room, be sure to mention the Crazy Quilt Retreat or Crazy Quilt Society and ask to be added to their block. There are two DoubleTree's in Omaha, but one is downtown. The downtown one is NOT the hotel in which the retreat is being held. July 11th to 13th (the actual retreat dates) there will either be a hotel shuttle or Nancy will have a van and driver available from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. to pick you up at the airport and deliver you to the hotel. If you are flying into Omaha, try to get a flight that will get you there after 9:00 in the morning and before 9:00 at night. She's not sure if there will be any shuttle on the 10th or on the 14th, so be prepared to take a cab.

Show and Tell this year will be held Thursday evening during Chocolate and Chat. During past retreats, Show and Tell has taken place during the Silent Auction on Saturday. The past couple of years things have taken longer than planned, so it was decided instead to move Show and Tell to Thursday evening. That way the auctions should be done by 5:00 on Saturday afternoon and everyone will have a chance to go to dinner and still get back in time for the "make and take" classes.

I will be the "roommate" coordinator again this year. If you are in need of a roommate, email me privately at cqbunch@charter.net - put roommate request in your subject line. I will send you a short questionnaire that I ask everyone (like do you snore or do you smoke). I will match you up with someone as I get enough gals responding.

Because this is a "Suite Hotel" there are two double beds (or one king) in each bedroom and a sofa sleeper in the living room. There is a fairly good sized refrigerator in each kitchenette area, as well as a microwave and coffee pot. The past two years the hotel has been going through a major remodel and the extra vanity areas have been removed from the bedrooms. That used to give us an additional sink area to wash up, brush teeth, and put on makeup. We all let the hotel know last year that we didn't appreciate that they had removed the vanity. They now have a large mirror by the desk in the outer "living room". That will give someone an extra spot to "get ready" each morning. I've been to 9 retreats and have roomed with 3 to 5 gals each year. It's been a blast! Some gals prefer 2 to a room and some prefer 3. If you don't mind sleeping with someone else, you can double up in the bedrooms (which is what we do). As for getting ready in the mornings, some of us bathe or shower at night and that frees up the shower for those that prefer to shower in the morning instead.

When we get closer to the retreat, I'll send out a list of items that you may want to bring along. LouAnne Sassone put this list together after the first retreat. The last morning we were there, she went around and asked gals what they wished they had brought, what they brought that they wouldn't bring again, and what they were happy they brought. I'll be putting together more information as I receive it and am more than willing to answer questions. If I don't have the answer for you, I'll check with someone that can give you the answer.

Just 24 weeks and 1 day until we leave for Omaha!!

Mona Berning from freezing cold Minnesota

Friday, February 15, 2008

Lover of Crafts

Wow! Am I ever surprised and humbled. Linda, of I Love Crafts & Craft Blogs has written an article about my blogs. If you'd like to read another craft lover's opinion of crafters' blogs, have a look at her site. When I looked, mine was first in the list.

Thank you so much, Linda. I hardly knew you were speaking of me!!

Saturday, February 09, 2008

RAOK for Valentines' Day

Yesterday when I got home there was a package for me. I wasn't really surprised since I was waiting for something I had ordered. But I got closer and saw that it was from Gerry! She had already sent the Winter block she promised... Wonder what it was?

WELL - it was a box stuffed full of great goodies and stash! Inside the note said, "Just to let you know I'm thinking about you"! Wow, was she ever!

Look at all the pretties she sent! A case for crochet hooks, or whatever you'd like to store. A neat card to carry with quilt dimensions - I always have to write that down when I'm going shopping for such!

Pretty, colorful spring fabrics with ladybugs and coordinating fancies, beads, buttons (ladybugs, too), charms, and ribbon!

A Dolly Mama's cross stitch kit - she knows that's what I've been up to lately, and do have another one of these!

And the sweetest little Shoe Pin Cushion - along with a note that said, "Yes, I made it". Didn't she do a fabulous job?

Gerry, you are the sweetest, girlfriend! You certainly didn't need to do this, but then you already know that, don't you? I really appreciate your thoughtfulness. You are a dear heart!

Friday, February 08, 2008

Crazy Quilt Retreat in Texas!!

I saw the announcement of this plan for a CQ Retreat in Texas, so I asked for details and if I could share this info with others who may be interested. The QuiltedDiva said Yes, I could share if I didn’t publish her personal information. If you’re interested in contacting her, leave me a comment with your email address and I will provide her contact information to you privately.

April 17, 18, 19, 20
Tomball, TX

Cost $185.00 plus $25 Food Fee Total 210.00
Total amount due no later than March 1, 2008

You may check in April 17 at noon
Check out is 3 pm April 20 at 3 p.m.
Web site for accommodations: www.quilterscabin.com

What you get:
  • Uninterrupted time to CQ
  • Meet other CQ folks
  • Really comfortable sewing areas
  • Accommodations for 3 nights
  • Food (Breakfast on Friday, Saturday and Sunday) Lite meal on Friday, Saturday and Sunday-lunch) Drinks, coffee, tea, bottled water and fruit
  • All linens provided MUST BRING YOUR OWN PILLOW
  • Hairdryers in all bathrooms
  • Soap, shampoo provided

Thursday meals are on your own
Feel free to bring snacks
Bring all your CQ supplies to work on your own projects
Possibility of outings on Friday and Saturday – participation not required
We will have some planned activities - these will be announced later. I am open to all ideas. Some things:

  • mini classes if someone would volunteer to teach a technique to the group;
  • white elephant swap;
  • squishie exchange;
  • field trips to Thread Art and a needlework shop;
  • the local resale shops.

Yours truly will take the food money and go shopping and have the kitchen stocked with breakfast goodies, soups, cold cuts, fruit, and salad makings.

Would you like to be in charge of preparing one breakfast for the group? Please let me know and I will make sure the ingredients you require are on hand.

Do you make great crock pot soup? Let me know and I will get the ingredients and that can be our meal one day.

What I need from you:

Daytime phone
Night time phone
Emergency contact
Anything you would like to volunteer to teach or cook --- PLEASE!!!!
Activity ideas


Leave a comment to tell me you’re interested and I’ll provide contact information privately…

Please keep in mind that I have planned corporate events – much easier than planning for 12 crazy quilters. I will do my best to make sure you have lots of time to work on what you want and interact with other quilters. I will not plan your entire weekend for you.

I am receptive to all ideas and suggestions. I am doing this because I want to spend time with other CQ folks, get inspired and have fun!!

If I have forgotten anything – feel free to tell me.


AKA QuiltedDiva

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Conspiracy in Death *****

A friend from work loaned me a book, Conspiracy in Death by J. D. Robb (a pen name of Nora Roberts) that I've just finished reading. This is the first by either that I've read.

This is not the first in the series, 'in death' mysteries, but was enjoyable just the same. I will read others - possibly from the beginning to get the background.

Eve Dallas is a New York police lieutenant who uses her instincts to track ruthless killers. Her husband, Roarke, an Irish billionaire, assists in the investigation along with her assistant and others from the force. In this episode, Eve investigates the sidewalk murders of homeless people by a killer collecting human organs.

Are you thinking reading is keeping me from stitching? Naaahh - that's not the case at all. It just seems I can't go to sleep unless I read a few pages to relax.

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Winter Season Swap

On the CQ for Newbies yahoo group, I was a part of the Season to Season Swap. As fate would have it, my Winter block went missing. I decided not to make another one to replace it, so Gerry, the hostess, made one for me. I asked her not to - it wasn't her fault and she made every effort she could to get it back. But she wouldn't hear of it! So, she made the block and embellished it, and WOW is it ever beautiful!! Thank you so much, Gerry! You truly are "The Hostess with the Mostess."