The quilt retreat was a fabulous experience! I can't divulge too many details, because "what happens at quilt retreat stays at quilt retreat," but suffice to say that I haven't laughed so long and so hard in a long time!
There were six of us all together in a lovely little lakeside house. This home has been set up specifically for quilting. It was cozy and sociable, but not too crowded. We all had plenty of space for our work, and it was well equipped.
|My workspace during the daytime....|
|My workspace in the evening!|
I had never dedicated so much time in a day to sewing. We started in the morning, and just kept going. I was shocked at night to realize the time. I usually quit around midnight - and I was the first one heading to bed! I sewed from Friday evening until Monday at noon (with breaks for meals, and afternoon walks!)
I took plenty of projects with me, including the blocks and other pieces cut out for two quilt tops of my own, and one charity quilt (that the others at the retreat also had). I was able to finish up my sampler.
|Finished Block of Month Sampler for one of my guilds|
I also finished the quilt top for the "Falling Star" quilt, made from the 8 log cabin blocks I won for the September Block of the Month. I may have gone a bit big on the border. A 6 inch, rather than the 9 inch border, may have been sufficient. I am not inclined to remove it! I am thinking I may try my hand at quilting feathers in the light background on this quilt.
Having the design wall (full of threads!) gave me the opportunity to see what layout might be part of the December clues! I don't know whether this will be the design, but I am liking the cheeriness of these blocks! I am happy with my fabric choices. I'll post more later, but I am jumping into this years Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt, and the first clues drop on the day after Thanksgiving!
I am so happy to have picked up the spider web quilt again. It has been at least a year since I worked on it. I am making the quilt from scraps of civil war reproduction fabric. I need four paper pieced triangles to make a 9 inch finished block and need at least 400 finished triangles for a nice big quilt for my husband. I had 92 already completed before the retreat.
|Four finished triangles|
The hardest part is sewing the first row of fabrics to the grey center. That requires more attention than the others, which are just string pieced without regard to any particular width. I basically ignore all of the other lines on the pattern!
I was able to finish the middles for 99 additional triangles, and actually finished 35 of those, which just need a final press and trim. I feel very accomplished with the piecing almost half way done! I'll keep this on top of my winter project pile!
|A few of the pieces with the first rows completed|
|A few of the pieces with all the rows done. Just a little trimming to put them in the "done" pile!|
One of the quilters brought postage stamp blocks of various sizes that were done by her grandmother years ago. She was able to fit the pieces together to make a lovely sized quilt top. I just adored this piece, and have to share it here!