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Brookfield, Wisconsin, United States
I am passionate about quilting and teaching others to quilt!

Monday, August 22, 2011


Hard to believe summer is coming to an end, kids are heading back to school and the days are getting shorter.  That must mean it is time for a quilt retreat! 
My retreat this year is Tuesday Oct 4 to Friday Oct 7th at the Pilgrim Center on Green Lake in Ripon Wisconsin.  We have a lot of fun sewing, shopping, eating, and enjoying the company of other quilters. You bring your own projects to work on.  (We all have lots of unfinished projects!)  The food is great.  There are good places to walk.  The sleeping rooms are nice.   What more could you ask for? 
Here is a picture of our "costume party" we had last year. 
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My theme for this year is Potluck.  We will exchange food related fabric that you can use to make a table runner or market bag.  We will do a recipe exchange and some other food related activities.  I will have a simple apron pattern that you can choose to make if you want.   The cost for the overnight accommodations, 8 meals and sewing time is $220.  (Cheap therapy!)
About 1 month before the event I will send you the specific information of what you need to bring to the retreat and specifically what we are planning on doing.   Some of you have already signed up for the fun.   
Here are many of us holding the table runner we made last year!table runner mania.JPG 
Anyone is welcome.  Bring  a friend.  We will have a great time and I hope that many of you can come!  I limit the number to about 30 people so sign up soon to reserve your spot.  Let me know if you have any questions.
Please pass this onto anyone who you think might be interested.
See you soon!
Wendy Rieves wrieves@aol.com
P.S. My open lab classes start at the church in Brookfield on Sept 12th 9-3.  Let me know if you want to come or need more information.
Chris Kirsch and I went to move into our new classroom at Waukesha County Technical college.  It is very nice.  Both of us still have room in our classes so those classes can be a creative outlet for you this fall too!  Click here to register.You do not need to be a Waukesha County resident to take a class.
Offering CRN Title Seats Open Instructor Tuition/ Fee Credit Dates Days Times Room Restriction
304-602A-001 11690 Quilting - Open Lab 12 Kirsch, Chris L $76.80 .35 10/13/11-11/03/11 R 12:30pm-03:25pm WK005
304-602A-002 11691 Quilting - Open Lab 14 Kirsch, Chris L $76.80 .35 11/17/11-12/15/11 R 12:30pm-03:25pm WK005
304-602A-004 11835 Quilting - Open Lab 8 Kirsch, Chris L $76.80 .35 09/15/11-10/06/11 R 12:30pm-03:25pm WK005
304-602I-003 11692 Quilting Workshop: Lone Star 10 Kirsch, Chris L $32.00 .15 10/21/11-10/21/11 F 09:00am-11:25am WK005
10/21/11-10/21/11 F 12:00pm-02:25pm WK005
304-603A-001 11693 Quilting - Beg Free Motion 12 Kirsch, Chris L $32.00 .15 11/12/11-11/12/11 S 09:00am-11:25am WK005
11/12/11-11/12/11 S 12:00pm-02:25pm WK005
304-620A-001 11694 Quilting - Basic 10 Rieves, Wendy L $60.00 .25 10/18/11-11/01/11 T 09:00am-11:55am WK005
304-620B-002 11695 Quilting - Basic Plus 9 Rieves, Wendy L $54.40 .25 11/08/11-11/22/11 T 09:00am-11:55am WK005
304-635G-001 11697 Quilting-New York Beauty 13 Rieves, Wendy L $32.00 .15 10/14/11-10/14/11 F 09:00am-11:25am WK005
10/14/11-10/14/11 F 12:00pm-02:25pm WK005
304-635H-002 11698 Quilting-Beg Fast Patch 17 Kirsch, Chris L $65.60 .3 09/17/11-09/24/11 S 09:00am-11:25am WK005
09/17/11-09/24/11 S 12:00pm-02:25pm WK005
304-644-001 11699 Quilting - Landscape Quilts 12 Rieves, Wendy L $32.00 .15 11/05/11-11/05/11 S 09:00am-11:25am WK005
11/05/11-11/05/11 S 12:00pm-02:25pm WK005
304-655-001 11696 Quilting - Doggie Stockings 16 Kirsch, Chris L $32.00 .15 12/03/11-12/03/11 S 09:00am-11:25am WK005
12/03/11-12/03/11 S 12:00pm-02:25pm WK005

Thursday, June 9, 2011

june BOM

The June BOM is June 10th at 6 and June 14th at 1pm.  Hope you can came!  You will have your work cut out for you this month but since we are not meeting in July and August you will have plenty of time to work on it!  June 13th is the last Monday for my Creativity Studio open lab at Trinity UCC in Brookfield until the fall..  We will start again on Sept 12 from 9-3.  If any of you have projects you need a little dedicated time to work on and a little help, this is a great place to come.  The cost is $15.  I am speaking at Log Cabin QUilters on Tuesday night the 14th of June at the Muskego Library.  The lecture is Quilt Labels.  Guests are welcome at their meeting.  (there might be a fee if you are not a member)  I leave for camp soon so if I don;t see you before then, Have a great summer!


Monday, April 25, 2011


At the National Quilt Museum for a celebration of 20 years since the museum opened.  Any guesses what "Quilt Man" is doing to Chris?  The flood walls went up today in Paducah.  Should be an interesting week.  They have moved the quilts and vendors to various places in the city. 

Monday, April 4, 2011

April BOM coming up!

Remember that April 5 from 12-4 and April  15th from 5-9 are work days for BOM at Frank's Sewing Center.  Call the store to register! frankssewingcenter.com
This month we are doing the flying geese for the center of the quilt. 

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Spring Retreat

Pilgrim Center is accepting registration for the Stitch in Time Retreat on May 15-18.  We always have a lot of fun at this event.  There is lots of time for quilting and fellowship.  My theme this year is angels.  There are Amish stores and fabric stores waiting for a visit from you too!  Hope many of you can come along!  Follow this link for more info:


Monday, January 10, 2011

Last Block of the Month Quilter Extrodinaire...Shelly

Shelly was in the last BOM on Fridays and made 14 quilts for each of her children.  Here are pictures of the tops that she showed at our last meeting.  They are all different and all king size!  Remarkable Christmas gifts!!!!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

What is coming up?

Now that the holidays are behind us it is time to look forward to some sewing things!  Tomorrow is Serger Club at Frank's Sewing Center.  I am demonstrating how to put a lapped zipper in with a serger.  I also have a "serger apron" pattern for you.  This sits under your serger to catch thread scraps and has pockets and a pincushion.  The Club meets at 1 or at 6 the cost is $5.  Next week is Block of the Month and we are going to tackle the center block. 

There is still room in most of the WCTC  classes.  Here is where you can see the classes and pictures of the class sample.
http://wctc.edu/wctcsys/class_search/index.php          Put quilt in the course subject line.

Chris Kirsch and I are teaching at the Quilters Land Cruise in Racine, the first weekend in March.  It is a fun weekend.  I hope to see some of my students there!  Here is the link to their information page. http://quilterslandcruise.com/

My Open Lab in Brookfield will start again on Monday the 10th of January.  Anyone is welcome to come and sew with us.  Email me if you are interested

Hope to see you soon
Be Creative!