changing things up a bit….

I have lost 4 close people in my life in the last 6 months…that is a LOT of people…and one was the worst one to lose….so being who I am and what I am like I decided it is time to do some things that maybe I have never done…or at least in the last 10 years…I am going on retreat…as a student!!! No planning, no shipping…no stressing that I forgot something…just pack up my threads and head off to Sunny Jacksonville FL…I am going to Tea & Stitches with Jan Vaine…isn’t she a pretty lady?shapeimage_2

And look at her new book that has just come out! E&PCover web view 021114We are going to learn lots of crazy stitches…We are doing a block from this fan quilt!!! CoverfanI am really excited….If you are looking to run away like I am maybe there is still room for you too! Click here Retreat …..  I bet you are wondering what else could I be doing…. I signed up for a BOM! I am making this quilt,IMG_2179 designed by Maria from Pinwheels Click Here Pinwheels BOM…when I am home I  start piecing and I do not want to quit…tonight I will piece the first 49 little blocks together that form block 1…They are very putsy and I love it…just me and my sewing machine and no directions to write…free….for a little time once in awhile, a little treat…hope my next block comes soon!!! I also started piecing the MINI…Puddle Jumping…and I am finishing up my post on the APQ quilt along quilt….I will be posting one big post…I hope no one is mad that I didn’t (more like couldn’t) fulfill my obligation at the time I was supposed to…hopefully they will forgive me and I will get another chance.  My quilt is finished and I love it…It is called Stairway to Heaven…



68 Responses to “changing things up a bit….”

  1. March 11, 2014 at 8:18 am

    Good for you, Lisa! Have fun and I can’t wait to see your beautiful fan block.

  2. 2 Rita Nichols
    March 11, 2014 at 8:18 am

    If anyone ever deserved to change things up a bit it’s you Lisa. You have to take care of you and what better way to do it. Enjoy your new experiences.  Grandma Rita

  3. 3 Ann P.
    March 11, 2014 at 8:21 am

    Have a wonderful retreat! There is no one that deserves it more than you. Wow, that BOM looks gorgeous.

  4. March 11, 2014 at 8:26 am

    So happy ro hear you are taking time for yourself and enjoying it. God bless you and your family.

  5. 5 Sylvia Anderson
    March 11, 2014 at 8:31 am

    Lisa, I don’t know how I would cope, had I been in your shoes, but I think you are a remarkable woman, who needs a little, food for the soul, and feel this retreat is just what the doctor ordered. As someone who suffers from Panic Disorder, I just love to go to the basement, where my sewing room is, and spend hours just doing as I please, listening to a good book and creating gifts for family members. May God watch over you and guide you through the pain you have experienced.

  6. 6 dakuchta@comcast.net
    March 11, 2014 at 8:37 am

    Ok – I’m checking into the retreat because it looks very pretty!  Do you rent a car or depend on the shuttle to get to the UNF?   Deborah

  7. 7 Kathy Pedri
    March 11, 2014 at 8:39 am


    I was in your big stitch quilting class on Saturday and marveled at your ability to teach much less to carry on from day to day! I hope that this retreat gives you the time and space that you need to start to feel better! I only know that if I had gone through what you have gone through over these past few months, I would have been sitting in my closet with a blanket over my head and a vodka bottle in my hand! You go, have a great time and we can’t wait to hear from you once you are back! Hey, while you are at it, if you get a chance stop at a bar/restaurant called Nippers – It’s right on the intercoastal and have a Bad Habit! Yummy!

  8. 8 Phyllis
    March 11, 2014 at 8:46 am

    Oh, dear lady, take some time for yourself and just breathe. Enjoy your retreat time and class time. We get sooooo busy doing everything for everyone else and forget to do for ourselves. Thanks for all that you do.

  9. 9 Pam H
    March 11, 2014 at 8:47 am

    So glad to hear you are taking some time to recoup and rejuvenate! We all need that! including or maybe especially, great designers. Life is messy sometimes and I’m betting that time to heal and create with no pressures, but just for the pure joy of it, is going to be a huge balm to you. Please enjoy every minute and come back refreshed and comforted!

  10. 10 Lin
    March 11, 2014 at 8:50 am

    Have a GREAT time, Lisa … you surely deserve it.

  11. 11 Carolyn Vogel
    March 11, 2014 at 8:51 am

    Interesting to see how our lives are moving in a parallel direction, from piecing big quilts to you getting me Into wool appliqué couple,of years ago. About that same time I joined a local Embroiders Guild and have also started to focus on stitches, either as further embellishment to wool or as crazy quilt ideas. I have not given up quilts but those have definitely moved to the doll bed or miniature size. Enjoy the time you are taking for yourself. It will make the time you give to others that much better.

  12. March 11, 2014 at 8:57 am

    You go girl – enjoy and relax and take time for yourself!!

  13. 13 Melanie
    March 11, 2014 at 8:59 am

    Good for you, Lisa. You certainly deserve this retreat. Time to just think about sewing and quilting, sewing and quilting. Have a wonderful time. I love the BOM you’re working on. I also like the way you lay out each block with the fabric and paper ready to pick up and go — the thinking and agonizing over which fabric is over. Great idea.

  14. March 11, 2014 at 9:06 am

    Good on you! Sounds great, just join in the fun, let someone else do the thinking and take the responsibility and lose yourself in your art/passion. Enjoy your retreat and your BOM, it looks great!

  15. 15 Joan
    March 11, 2014 at 9:14 am

    Good for you! Have a great time and enjoy!

  16. March 11, 2014 at 9:16 am

    I’m glad to here you are taking some time for yourself! I love the title of the retreat, sounds perfect and what a wonderful setting. Its easy to get lost sewing on a fun project, love the fabric in your BOM.

  17. 17 Meme
    March 11, 2014 at 9:30 am

    Life is way to short , have fun checking off your bucket list. You are such an inspiration to so many of us.

  18. 18 Debbie G
    March 11, 2014 at 9:44 am

    Good for you Lisa!! No one deserves the “me” time more than you. I am sure your followers all feel the same. You are such a giving person it is time for us to “give” back to you. Please do enjoy yourself as a “student”.

  19. March 11, 2014 at 9:45 am

    Women are notorious for taking care of everyone else and not themselves so I applaud you. Do whatever it takes to keep yourself strong. And when you can do that with other women it’s even better! blessings, marlene

  20. March 11, 2014 at 9:53 am

    I hope you have a wonderful, relaxed trip! You certainly deserve it. So sorry to hear about all your recent losses. I’m amazed at all you do. You are one busy lady. I’m buying that embroidery book. Wish I could join you, but we’re headed to the Northwest.

  21. 21 Kim
    March 11, 2014 at 9:57 am

    Good for you that you are taking the time to do something fun just for you! Looking forward to seeing all your goodies!

  22. 22 Mary Ellen A
    March 11, 2014 at 10:00 am

    Lisa…..I hope you enjoy every minute of your retreat! You share yourself and your gift of talent with so many! So it’s wonderful for you to have a chance for some TLC for you! So sorry you have suffered such losses! Blessings & hugs!

  23. 23 Patricia
    March 11, 2014 at 10:02 am

    Sounds like chicken soup for the soul! Breaks for the body and soul are regenerating. So glad you are taking the opportunity.

  24. 24 Tana Rhine
    March 11, 2014 at 10:05 am

    Good for You! I hope you retreat brings refreshment an renewal to you

  25. 25 Babs Williams
    March 11, 2014 at 10:27 am

    Have fun!!! Weather is beautiful in GA this week- hope you have the same in FL!!

  26. 26 Marcy
    March 11, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Enjoy yourself, a retreat will make you a stronger person, I know because I have been in your shoes.

  27. March 11, 2014 at 11:05 am

    Sounds like you are due for a good retreat! Enjoy! (BTW, those fan blocks are gorgeous–can’t wait to see what you make.)
    Wow–that is a LOT of piecing for one block–what a cool look!

  28. 28 Nance Allen
    March 11, 2014 at 11:08 am

    Lisa, I was so sad about your loss. I know what you mean, they just keep going. I just lost my mom and 2 dear friends in the last 5 days and still am reeling from the loss of my husband 2 years ago. I never had children so that pain is different altogether than a husband or a mom. Not to keep all this about loss. There is sunshine!

    You will love the retreat. I am headed for one tomorrow. It’s what keeps me sane. You can never have too many girlfriends! Have a great time on your retreat and keep up with those blocks of the month. I always have something handy to work on.

    God Bless you and have a super retreat.

  29. 29 stacy
    March 11, 2014 at 11:29 am

    Great idea – self imposed time outs work wonders! Throw in a massage for yourself too! Enjoy, relax and recharge. Looking forward to seeing you in Paducah.

  30. 30 Marlene M
    March 11, 2014 at 11:39 am

    I say GOOD FOR YOU! Have a wonderful time – enjoy your retreat – God Bless You!

  31. 31 jean westfall
    March 11, 2014 at 11:47 am

    Good for you Lisa, hope you enjoy yourself, you deserve it!

  32. 32 Jody
    March 11, 2014 at 11:53 am

    Good for you Lisa! It’s good that you are taking a time out to just be a student on retreat and to sew a quilt “just for me, cause I want to”. We are all here for you, rooting you along!

  33. 33 Cindy
    March 11, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    Good for you!! Down time…good for the soul!

  34. 34 Audrea Constancio
    March 11, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    Lisa it is so good to see your are taking to well deserved time for yourself to relax and reflect on life. I love the retreat site and I so wish I could afford to go on any retreat especially with you as an attendee.

    Enjoy your BOM and your time away.

  35. 35 Joan
    March 11, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Good for you. We lost 8 in our lives last year (however, you suffered the ultimate loss) and this getaway will hopefully renew your spirit. Enjoy, soak in sunshine and relax. Wish I could come also. Love your fabrics and all your beautiful work.

  36. 36 Linda Schaefer
    March 11, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Good for you!! You always do and think so much of others, that it’s time for you and some TLC. Enjoy, relax, have a margarita for me, and see you soon. Wait, maybe I’ll have my own margarita!! 🙂

  37. March 11, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    It seems the perfect thing for you right now. Treat yourself to some wonderful time and friends and recharge the soul. Enjoy it!

  38. 38 Pati Beck
    March 11, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    Enjoy your retreat….everybody needs time to themselves and you deserve it.

  39. 39 Sue
    March 11, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    Life has been very challenging for you. They say time heals but also remember that taking time for reflection helps too. You have many looking down from above to guide you through and also give you inspiration during the days ahead.


  40. 40 Krus Lindsay
    March 11, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    Enjoy your retreat. Relax you deserve it

  41. 41 Sue Couts
    March 11, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Have fun, you deserve it! Can’t wait to see your finished product.

  42. 42 Susan
    March 11, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    Spoil yourself and have fun at your retreat – every now and then it’s the best medicine for what life throws your way.

  43. 43 Sue Bozarth
    March 11, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    Take all the time you need, Lisa! Everyone needs some down time so , please, don’t apologize! Just ENJOY!

  44. March 11, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    Bless you Lisa. I lost 3 friends last year, one I had gotten to take a trip to Australia with only 6 months before she passed away. It is very bittersweet to have memories that can only be shared with that special person and then they are gone. Do what you need to do and those that don’t understand, will never get it no matter what you do.

  45. 45 Carol Eberhardt
    March 11, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    Well done on all accounts, especially deciding to treat yourself to a retreat. Retreat, aptly named … stepping back -and giving yourself time to rejuvenate and learn something new. God bless!

  46. March 11, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    Lisa, ENJOY… For everything there is a purpose keeping busy was good for a time and now is your time to do for yourself. I’m sending you a hug and lots of wishes for a great time!!! Love and hugs Liz

  47. March 11, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    This is such wonderful news! Jan Vaine is a good friend of mine and I couldn’t think of a better person to go on retreat with AND to learn some embroidery tricks from. Please tell her HI from Mary in MN! 🙂

  48. 48 Peggy Dalberto
    March 11, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    Lisa, Amanda and I are so glad that you are going to take care of yourself by recharging and such. Good for you.

  49. 49 Harriett Murray
    March 11, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    You go girl!!! You deserve some fun time!

  50. 50 Clair Becker
    March 11, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    good for you,take care of yourself and get rejuvenated

  51. 51 Forester James
    March 11, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    I think nthis is a great idea. Love the quilts that I have done that are your designs. Every one that sees them like them. So glad you are coming to Chatt. in Sept. That is within 25 miles of me. So-o excited!!! Love you and have fun on the retreat. Betty Forester Date: Tue, 11 Mar 2014 13:11:38 +0000 To: bettyj_01@msn.com

  52. March 11, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    Enjoy your retreat – I would book another one as soon as Florida is over!

  53. 53 Nancy
    March 11, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    Good for you Lisa! Enjoy that retreat and hope it is filled with lots of laughs while great memories are being made. HUGS

  54. March 11, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    Glad to hear you are taking some time for yourself. I found stitching very therapeutic at times of loss. I have one of Jan’s books and I love it!! Thank you for letting us know about her new book.
    Have a great time at the retreat!

  55. 55 Diana Kiehl
    March 11, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    I think that is great! Soak it up! Give yourself a treat!

  56. 56 Jakey
    March 11, 2014 at 11:36 pm

    Good for you Lisa!! We all need some time for ouselves. I hope you have a wonderful, relaxing time at your retreat! Both projects look challenging and exciting! My heart goes out to you, I think you are a very stong and courageous woman.

  57. 57 Karla T
    March 12, 2014 at 8:26 am

    Oh, Lisa, that is the best thing you could do is take time for yourself like that! i think you should block out time like that for yourself 3 or 4 times a YEAR!! It is so good for the soul! I hope you have the time of your life!

  58. March 12, 2014 at 8:44 am

    Way to go. Have a fun time. Wish I could just let go and follow your example.

  59. 59 Sandy D
    March 12, 2014 at 10:16 am

    Enjoy your time on the Retreat

  60. 60 Beth Esser
    March 12, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    Good idea.

  61. March 12, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    You’ve had a hard year and I pray thst just relaxing working on your own stuff will energize you some. Look forward to your finished projects

  62. 62 Shari
    March 12, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    Enjoy the retreat and the warm weather!

  63. 63 Karen Covey
    March 13, 2014 at 11:31 am

    Come visit me at Cinnamon’s Quilt Shoppe while in Jax!

  64. 64 suejean1
    March 14, 2014 at 9:36 am

    Lisa, take all the time you need to show us the APQ quilt along quilt. I am sure it will be worth the wait. Awesome that you are able to take some time to go on a retreat and do something for yourself. You give so much of yourself and need time to recharge. My daughter Ashley that you met when visiting us and teaching at QGSC works for Williams Sonoma. She asked me to thank you for your post on the air fryer. Sales have been good since your post. 🙂

  65. 65 Karen
    March 14, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    Happy to hear you’re taking some time for yourself…it’s been a really rough time…you are so admired by many…you are a wonderful inspiration for others…such strength you have! No one is upset about your not finishing the APQ quilt along with the others…we all certainly understand!! As I said, you are such an inspiration!! Thank you!!

  66. 66 Freda Molenkamp-Oudman
    March 15, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    Here’s hoping you are enjoying your time and focusing on you! Thank you for the info about the Pinwheels BOM…I had seen it at the Houston Quilt Show but couldn’t find any info about it until seeing it in your post. I just signed up so I am looking forward to making it.

  67. 67 Teri LaVoy
    March 16, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    Having just come back from a retreat with my quilting sisters, I applaud you for taking time for yourself. This is where you laugh, cry, get caught up on other’s lives and celebrations that are upcoming for them. Now I can’t guarantee you’ll not fall off your diet (if you are on one); get lots of sleep; come home with a finished project, but you will have a marvelous, rejuvenating time and will find a peace you may be looking for. You deserve a break so go…enjoy…and relax. Hugs to you my friend.

  68. 68 DaisyS
    March 19, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    So glad to hear you are going on a retreat and joining in on some BOMs for yourself. Great projects you have chosen! There is nothing like getting in some sewing/stitching time to yourself. Makes such a difference in how you feel. I am keeping you in my prayers. You are so strong and we all appreciate you so much!

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