Passing Down Crazy

Because Sometimes the Best Thing You Can Give Your Kid is an Addiction…To Yarn

Ode to Girlfriends


I’m back. It’s loud here. That’s just fine. Honey ran the place like a well oiled machine (not)! He’s fine. The house is fine. The kids are fine. The dog is fine. I’m more than fine!

There are no photos of this retreat because what happens Up North, stays Up North!

I finished one thing. One stinkin’ thing in 4 days.

No, it’s not a roll of custom toilet paper, although there were septic issues Up North.

I finished my Noro Striped Scarf. It was extremely boring to knit, but I like it.

I pounded out a bunch of my Monterey Medallion quilt, after only 1 1/2 years!

I made a bunch of stars and put most of the quilt together.

Here’s the center. I need to make all the blocks around the outside edge. That’s all! The fabric is Picket Fence, by Moda.

I also started a new project. Here’s a little teaser.

The fabric is a new line that’s just out. It’s Swell by Urban Chiks for Moda. What’s it going to be? I’m not sure. I didn’t like Plan A, so I’m working on Plan B, but I need to order more fabric. Can you stand how difficult these blocks were to make? Uh, yeah!

Actually, this isn’t a clue. I don’t think I’m doing embroidery. The perle cotton was sitting there, wanting to be a prop. But maybe embroidery would be fun. Plan C.

We had every color of the rainbow in our quilting projects. Mine both had the same colors, purely a coincidence. There was a soft aqua quilt. There was a warm blue, brown, and gold. There was a “70’s Barf” quilt that turned out to be a show stopper! There were two awesome bags and some Wallet Card organizers made. I guess I don’t get one. Shoot!

Let me just tell you that the best part of the weekend wasn’t quilting or knitting. It was hanging out with the girls. We laughed, talked, cried, and prayed together. We shopped, drank coffee, and sat around. We ate yummy food. The most decadent part was probably the chocolate martini’s (consumed in moderation, for the most part).

Oh, actually there was one part that trumped everything. We had our own private trunk show with Heather Mulder Peterson, of Anka’s Treasures. We were the first to see all of the new projects going into her two new books, and new patterns, due out in time for Spring Market. We had a great time coming up with names for all the quilts. They all went into her super secret notebook. The G-Rated ones will be considered, and the rest shown to her husband and then destroyed! We brainstormed for names for her blog. She also has an updated web site coming, thanks to Lexi’s (yup, my college daughter) college class on Photoshop and Web Design.

Let me just tell you how awesomely creative Heather is. I’m not exaggerating when I tell you that there isn’t one pattern that I wouldn’t make. And she’s the youngest and skinniest of our crew. We should hate her!

I’m off to unpack my quilting stuff and regroup. I don’t even want to think about my list for tomorrow.

Thanks, ladies for a great retreat! You’re the best!


Author: mariajhmom

I'm a wife, mom, quilter, knitter, and spinner. I blog at

2 thoughts on “Ode to Girlfriends

  1. Ohhhhh, I’m liking that Monterrey Medallion quilt…it’s gorgeous!

  2. Hey Thanks for the comment. You didn’t leave me an email address though, And I want to be able to contact the winner when I pick on Wed. Please email me at micjoneshomeATgmailDOTcom

    Good Luck!

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