Thursday, January 24, 2013

Sand between my toes

Checking in from sunny Florida before heading on to Jacksonville for a 5 day retreat at Camp Blanding hosted by Gloria Parsons, Old Green Cupboard, and her entourage. Pam Buda, Heartspun Quilts, and I will be teaching a couple classes over the weekend to a rambunctious group of about 200. How fun is that?

So far, our trip has been wonderful. Our visit to the Southwest Florida Quilter's Guild in Fort Meyers was very nice - even though many of the ladies are definitely batiks and brights, they welcomed the dark midwest KT look with open arms. Here's an example of what we made in the 2 workshops. Debbie Silhavey completed both of her projects!

 Great job! Thanks to all the friendly Florida quilters who made my day so enjoyable! And thanks for the awesome tips on the Keys for our weekend.Too fun!

A trip to Sanibel to hunt for seashells was successful...

We spent Friday gator-watching. Robert wanted to take Hwy 41/Alligator Alley. And did we find gators...

All of these were right by the road! We're definitely not in Kansas anymore!

On to Key West with Key Lime pie on a stick dipped in chocolate, seafood, scooters, seafood, carnival, nightlife, seafood, so much to do! We rented a scooter and buzzed all over the island.
Got a little sun, very little sleep and were ready for a lazy beach day before heading to Jacksonville to teach again. So, we stayed in a lovely beachside hotel, Largo Lodge, in Key Largo. I read 2 magazines cover to cover and swung lazily in the hammock all afternoon. Perfect! Here's the view of the ocean from our room.

Teaching over the next few days at Gloria's winter retreat at Camp Blanding with 180 quilters - one from Loose Change and Mini Table Treats. Sounds like a fun bunch of ladies. More later, Lynne


  1. Those gators and all the talk about the snakes makes me want to move to Florida...Not! Enjoy the warmer weather. There has to be an upside to everything.

  2. Except for the gators, I think I would love to be on a warm sunny beach, right now, lol.


  3. I've never made in down that way, looks like a great place!

  4. Glad to hear you are enjoying the Sunshine state. We've had some really great weather this winter.

  5. I'm jealous. It's frigid here in Nebraska today. Enjoy your time in sunny Florida.

  6. Sounds like you and Robert are having a great time.
    Great photos.

  7. Must be interesting to see your designs sewn up in bright batiks - YIKES!

  8. What a bunch of fun in the sun! Perfect for Jan!

  9. I am following the Moda's Designer Friendship Quilt along, how fun and some very beautiful patterns and fabric out there. One of my favorite traditional blocks is the churn dash block.

  10. The pineapple is my favorite quilt block. Using different fabrics and difference sizes can make one look so different from another that you almost don't recognize them all as pineapples.