Jane Stickle Quilt Retreat

I had a wonderful time at my retreat. I originally planned to write a post on Sunday but decided not to. Writing posts when suffering from sleep deprivation is not a good idea! But now I’m wide awake, most of the laundry is caught up, so here it my report.

We had very nice weather for the first 3 days of the retreat. One of the benefits of having the retreat at the Farmstead Inn is it is close enough to Yoder Department Store and Lolly’s Fabrics that I can easily walk to the stores in “downtown” Shipshe.

The Jane Stickle Quilt retreat is named to honor theIMG_0131 quilt Jane Stickle pieced during the civil war. Elaine Frey’s Jane was on display for the week-end. This quilt was made and gifted to her several years ago by retreat participants. The quilt was a gift of friendship in appreciation for her time spent organizing the retreat for so many, many years. The retreat wouldn’t exist if not for her leadership.

The first Jane block I ever pieced is in this quilt. (G5-Poof)

IMG_0183Someone commented on my last post that I should make some shopping time, and I did! Most of my shopping came from the resale table at the retreat where I bought these treasures, Ayers House Dancing Dollies Quilt by Irene Carrig and Auntie Green’s Garden by Irene Blanck of Focus on Quilts fame!

I scored the patterns on Wednesday evening and then on Thursday, Irene actually stopped by at the retreat to see her friend Patty Harant. She autographed the pattern for IMG_0132me and then we took a photo together. The whole retreat was a wonderful experience, but getting to meet Irene Blanck was the highlight of the entire week-end. Here we are, Patty, Irene and me!

A friend and I took some time on Friday to shop at Yoder’s and Lolly’s. Well, she shopped and I did reconnaissance in anticipation of Wana Night Out on December 1st. I’m getting my list ready!

IMG_0190On Saturday, I drove us through the first major winter snow storm of the year to Caroline’s Cotton Cottage in Rome City. (Hey, it’s northern Indiana. Unless I want to stay home all winter, you just have got to drive in snow!)

I bought designated fabrics for projects there. The bottom 4 fabrics are for Lucy Boston’s Patchwork of the Crosses I want to EPP someday. Doesn’t that border edge look lovely! The top left fabrics are 30’s fabrics to be used in Sweet Surrender and the blues on the top right are for the Salinda Rupp quilt, Nearly Insane. Some of the blues for Lucy Boston might make it into Nearly Insane too!

The final purchase I made was also from the retreat. I purchased a used Grace hand quilting frame that has never been used and is still in the box. (Does that make sense?) Son 2 is my handyman and he will get to put the frame together when he and his family are here after Christmas. I won’t be ready to use it until I complete quilting Jane on the old sticks and stand quilting frame. A new quilt frame gives me even more incentive to get the quilting completed. We’ll see if I can have her finished by the start of the new year.

IMG_0135Thursday evening was a pink pajama party with the famous pj’s from Target. There were 115 women at the retreat and 70 of them had the pajamas.

IMG_0146Many of the retreaters participated in a service project Friday morning and made dresses for Africa. 47 dresses and 8 britches were completed.

Late Friday afternoon Anita Shackelford was our guest speaker and gave a presentation about rescuing quilts. This was a very fascinating program with pictures from before and the finished rescued quilt. I would have thrown most of the before quilts in the trash but she took what I considered trash and turned them into treasures. She posts about her rescues on her blog. She really has given these quilts a new life.

Friday evening was Show & Tell. Only retreat participants can show & tell but the public is welcome to join us in the oohing and aahing. I didn’t get pictures of all the quilts but will just show you a few of the highlights. I also don’t remember who exhibited what except in the pictures that contain the maker. To see all of Show & Tell, visit Rosemary Youngs blog and see her smile box slide show. The first photos on Rosemary’s smile box are from the show & tell at the November 20th Moda club held at Lolly’s. Get a cup of coffee or tea, set back and enjoy all the beautiful quilts!

IMG_0154Lori displayed her Jane made with Kaffe Fassett fabrics.







IMG_0156Someone showed the start of their lovely Jane in blues. She changed up the cornerstones with itsy-bitsy 9-patches.








Val showed her 9th (!) Jane. Instead of using the normal corners, she substituted applique and embroidery.



IMG_0182Edith Shanholt showed this lovely quilt from both the Affairs of the Heart and My Mother Taught Me to Sew patterns. This picture isn’t from show & tell but was taken afterwards. Rosemary shows the actual quilt from show & tell and looks much nicer than this one displayed on the floor. Edith hand quilted her and used 950 yards of thread.

IMG_0160I can’t forget to show Lynn’s Phoebe designed by Diane Ford. This was a very long-term project and looks just beautiful.

These are just a few of the quilts from show & tell. To see them all, check out Rosemary’s slide show.

IMG_0185What did I work on over the long week-end? The main project was a kit I had purchased several years ago at Lolly’s for a queen sized, purple and green Summer Lake Log Cabin quilt designed by Judy Martin. The pattern is found in her Log Cabin Quilt Book.

This is 60 V blocks, 30 W blocks, 26 X blocks and 4 Z corner blocks. The borders are pieced piano keys. I had the strips along to sew, but just couldn’t sew another stitch on this project. All of the center blocks are pieced and I’ll lay them out and get the center sewn together sometime in January. That’s the plan anyway.

IMG_0189I also finished appliquing another album block for the Pastor’s Attic quilt.

When I started prepping for this applique quilt, I cut all the background squares. I like to overlock stitch the edges so they don’t ravel. I finished 5 edges, then decided this was extremely boring. I bagged up the remaining 20 backgrounds and took them along to the retreat. They have all been edged and are ready to be appliqued.

This retreat always kicks off my start of the winter season, a time for slowing down and doing the needlework projects I so enjoy. I also spend time in the barn feeding calves and other chores but there is no field work in the winter for me.

There are 142 days left until the April 2016 retreat which will signal the end of winter and start of the busy summertime here on the farm.

I’m linking to the following blogs –

Kathy’s Slow Stitching Sunday

Quilting is More Fun than Housework!

Love, Laugh, Quilt

Cooking Up Quilts

Esther’s Wednesday Wow




13 thoughts on “Jane Stickle Quilt Retreat

  1. Wow, you have so many beautiful quilts in the works — many of them (Dear Jane, Patchwork of the Crosses) are on my own Wanna Do list as well. I think that blue border print fabric you bought will be GORGEOUS for POTC! Love your applique block as well, and that is a great tip to overlock the edges of the blocks prior to hand stitching. I’ve been working on some fairly complex (for my skill level) applique blocks and have noticed that the edges of the fabric are fraying and getting hung up on pins and such. I think I’m going to have to run the rest of those background blocks through the serger now, to put a stop to it!

  2. I should go sometime and bring my two finished Dear Jane’s that I have made over the years. I have never gone but have heard so much about it of course. Glad you got in your shopping and a drive in the snow – I used to drive in the snow a lot but when we moved to Arkansas it got so that I didn’t anymore because we only get a storm or two the whole winter and we live on curvy roads that go up hill and they do not take care of the roads until a day or two later – I don’t have enough experience on them now. I had not heard of these Target p.j.’s – just pink? what is special?

    • They’re famous because Bonnie Hunter bought a pair and then commented about them on her blog, oh maybe about a month ago. The fabric is printed with sewing items, spools of thread, scissors, needles and so on. They actually came out with the same pajama pattern in several different fabrics. The “sewing” fabric pajamas sold out very quickly. When I checked at my local Target, there was only 1 pink left while the other colors were plentiful.

  3. Small world. I keep in touch with Rosemary. She inspired me to start a Blog! How I wish I lived in Indiana!!!!!!!!!!!!! What a joy to be able to be with quilters for a whole week! Such beautiful work. I like your fabrics – and the Lucy Boston fabrics will be great!

    Lucky you to get the grace frame. I had one about 10 years ago , never used it and went for the Handi Quilter. Hummmm. Log cabin quilt is on my plate and I have that book (at least I think I do).

    I bought the same 2 patterns that you purchased and how nice to see Irene. She is a very nice lady. I purchased a pattern from her and have 4 other ones besides the one you bought.

    Maybe we need to do a QAL next year with a group for either one of the patterns. Would be fun huh?

    Love your Baltimore Block! Very NIce!

  4. I loved the retreat. You don’t have to live in Indiana to go. People come from all over the world to attend. I was a passenger on your winter drive and it was beautiful. Lori and I had our pink pajamas but were unable to attend the pajama party. You are an amazing quilter, person, and friend and I cherish our friendship. Happy quilting!

  5. Dear Gretchen, thanks solo much for sharing your retreat with us, my goodness it sounded so much fun, you must have come home needing a rest???? It is grew tot see those lovely DJ’s still been made all around the world. I found it hard to believe some one has made her 9th DJ I’m still trying to make number 1 LOL. I love those colours you are using in your Summer Lake quilt it is going to be beautiful. Hugs Glenda

    • Yes, I came home very sleep deprived. I don’t think I went to bed earlier than 11:30 any of the nights and one night it was 1:30! I can never sleep in at these retreat and normally was up and down to the sewing room by 5am. I’m still catching up on sleep but it was so much fun!

  6. Gretchen I have just been searching online for Summer Lake Log Cabin quilt designed by Judy Martin and looking at photo’s of it on images I sure hope you finish yours it is such a lovely design. Hugs

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