A Weekend with Friends and Some Housekeeping

One of these things is not like the other....

Last weekend I was lucky enough to spend the weekend in Michigan’s upper peninsula, sewing and hanging out with Holly, Jeni and Lee (Holly lives up there). I was joking that I was happy they invited me to their Janome Horizon club meeting because they all had matching sewing machines except me!

Wisconsin is pretty.

The drive up from Chicago was about 5-1/2 hours, but having the car to myself, perfect weather, and beautiful scenery made it not so bad.

Sarah Jane Children at Play - Twin for Avery's bed

Jeni and Holly did some fabric dying and everything turned out great. Lee and I did mostly sewing and I was VERY excited to finish the twin quilt top for my daughter’s bed, which focuses on Sarah Jane’s Children at Play fabrics.

The White House, Michigan's UP

Holly’s parents own an awesome BBQ restaurant in town called The White House.

The White House, Michigan's UP

I seriously cannot resist pulled pork and baked beans.

Hanging out with some old Presidents at @whitehousegrill

Here I am hanging out in the front with some of the presidents that were carved out of a giant log.

I am so thankful to have such great sewing and blogging friends in the midwest. These get togethers are always so fun and really refresh me.

The UP

Now that I’m back home, tonight is the first Naperville Modern Quilt Guild meeting. For those in the Chicago western suburbs, I hope you will come! I don’t really know anything about it yet, but I will be there.

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    Sandra Licher

    July 26, 2012

    Do you follow Maureen Cracknell? I think you would love her style and quilting. I was born in Chicago and worked there awhile later as a consultant in data processing. Now I’m retired down in AR. I love your quilt you made for your daughter! It is so bright and cheerful. I love color. I haven’t gotten any sewing done this Summer but Fall and Winter are looking good!
    The restaurant and food looked yummy and I’ve always wanted to go the UP….it’s supposed to be gorgeous. Do you know what a JUKI is? I think it’s a Janome machine but not sure which one but I’ve found several blogs raving about it.
    I went to school at North Central in Naperville! I wish I was there now for the quilt group! Have fun and I love your style and your blog! I also have a grand-daughter named Faith. Have a great weekend….go Team U.S.A.!

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      July 26, 2012

      Hi Sandra – Yes! I am friends with Maureen, she is great!

      Yes, Juki’s are more of an industrial machine I believe, people love them for super fast straight line sewing.

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    Cindy Singer

    July 26, 2012

    Can you tell me the name of the pattern you used for your cute bag?
    Cindy Singer

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    July 26, 2012

    What a terrific get-away 😀

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    July 26, 2012

    So much fun! I love hearing about these get togethers =). I want to go to Holly’s parent’s restaurants someday.

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    July 26, 2012

    I’ve lived in the lower peninsula my entire life and still haven’t made it to the UP – it’s a crime! So beautiful. Looks like you had a great time! 🙂

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    July 26, 2012

    I love your daughter’s quilt. I’m so glad you were able to get away and sew.

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    Jen Nelson

    July 27, 2012

    I absolutely love your daughter’s quilt, it turned out adorable!! I love that line of fabric!! I live in Northern Illinois and haven’t been to Michigan yet, but it looks beautiful! My mom lives in St. Charles, I bet she would love to hear about the quilt guild in Naperville, she’s not too far! I’m so glad you had a fun trip!!

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    Rebecca Grace

    July 27, 2012

    Naperville?!! My parents used to live in Naperville before they retired to Charlotte. In fact, I bought my first quilting magazines from a grocery store in Naperville while we were visiting them, and my husband bought my first sewing machine in Naperville as a surprise Christmas gift (super bad idea, BTW, but all’s well that ends well).

    Congrats on finishing your quilt top, and have fun at the guild meeting!

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    Gina f.

    July 27, 2012

    Love your quilt!

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    Tonya Albers

    July 28, 2012

    I was born & raised not too far from Iron Mountain! I moved to WI about 14 years ago, but my family is all still up there 🙂 Yes, it is a beautiful place & I think everyone should go up there at least once! 🙂 The shores of Lake Superior are some of the most breathtaking places you’ll see… But there are a lot of other neat things to see all over.
    I will definitely be going to Holly’s parents’ restaurant when I’m up there to visit again 🙂

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    July 28, 2012

    I’ve been to the UP several times, but it was always for snowmobiling…so everything was covered in snow! I’ll have to convince my husband to go back sometime when the weather is like this.

    How was the NMQG meeting? I didn’t find out about it until that day and I already had an evening commitment. I’ve jointed the Chicago MQG meetings, but I wouldn’t mind going to another one.

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      July 28, 2012

      Hi Sally – it was a great turnout! 27 people! I hope you can make the next meeting.

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        July 28, 2012

        I will definitely try to make it to the next meeting!

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    Debbie-Esch House Quilts

    July 30, 2012

    Sounds like a wonderful getaway! I live in Michigan and haven’t been to the UP in years – I must change that soon 🙂

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    holly | bijou lovely

    August 14, 2012

    How in the world did I miss this post? Can you tell how far behind I am in my Google Reader? 🙂 I had such a fun weekend with you girls, we’ll have to do it again soon!! xo