Monday, October 13, 2014

Another wonderful Quilting Retreat

Last week daughter Liz flew to Eureka from her new home in Prior Lake, Minnesota.  She and I hosted a Scottie Dog Quilting Retreat with 43 quilters from all over California, Oregon and Washington. We've been holding two or three retreats a year for about 15 years. There are many Eureka area quilters who are regulars but some of the regulars live far away.  We've had repeaters from as far away as Minnesota, Texas and Washington DC.

Quilters are pampered with lovely views. This is the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center where our retreats are held right on Humboldt Bay....two huge walls of windows insure sweeping vistas and an abundance of natural light.

Our meals are fully catered. A big hit this time were the Brownie Sundaes everyone made on Saturday night. You may eat outdoors on the balconies if you wish.....

 One night we ate as the sun set over the water.

Starstruck was the quilt we made this retreat.  We always design an original quilt for each retreat and it is debuted at retreat.

Many sewers completed their tops in the three days. Here's Denise F's quilt artfully displayed on one of the balconies with the Marina in the background.

I wish I'd gotten pictures of them all...each as beautiful and different as their creative makers.

The dates are set for the Spring Quilting Retreat, April 10-12, 2015. We are happy to announce it will again be held at the beautiful Aquatic Center in Eureka, CA  Just click HERE for the Facebook page.  You can sign up and pay your deposit HERE at

As Sydney says, "Lots of fun, lots of laughing and lots of good food." (I like to add, good quilting and wonderful friends).

Friday, October 10, 2014

I enter the 21st Century

It's been awhile since I last posted.  Much has happened in my life. Big changes, good changes.  I'm entering a new chapter in the book of my life.

1.  We closed our retail store, Redwood Sewing Center mid June.
2.  I spent the whole Summer in MN with my entire family...hubby, kids and grandkids.
3.  We have begun the move to MN...Trip/Load #1 is complete.
4.  We bought another rental house in MN.

I will share about the above in later posts but today I'm sharing about #5.

5.  I got a Smart Phone.

"Whoa!" some of you are saying!  BrendaLou without her Dumb Phone?  The one only about 6 people in the whole world had the number?  The one she used so rarely that it only needed charging once every 10 days or so?

Yep, and Yep!  Thanks to my daughter Liz and hubby Steve, I am now the proud owner of a Smart Phone.  I guess I could have gotten an IPhone 6, but since I have a Samsung tablet, they thought I should go with a Samsung.
Here's a pic (not my actual phone, but an Internet image).

They also got me a brilliant pink case.  Protects the phone (and since both my daughters shattered the screens of their phones this Summer, I am glad to have one that protects and closes) and looks so chic!  It also has room for my License, a CC card and a few bills.  I think I will add a wrist strap. Thanks and thanks again!  Upon moving to MN Liz and Steve changed their phone plan and it included 4 free phones and unlimited they gave one to their Mom.  Their phone plan went down significantly so I get to piggyback on their plan for free.  Thanks again for pulling me into the 21st Century. I promise to text often.

Of course I had to sync it with my computer and tablet accounts...After adding Facebook and Email I downloaded my first have-to-have Kindle app.  I have downloaded two books so far...I try to have my tablet with me at all times, but it's not always feasible.  Now I can read even when I only have a couple of minutes...I LOVE to read.  I've taken photos and posted them to Facebook and emailed them too.  Now just to figure out what other Apps I need and how to use my phone.