For the first time ever, I am going to a quilt retreat. Three days of sewing and hopefully, fun! I have no idea how much I can get done during that time - I have never actually had the luxury of sewing for days without any other commitments! I am packing the following projects, in the hopes that I will get at least some of them done.
This is the top I am creating from winning the September Block of the Month log cabin blocks at one of my guilds. I have these blocks ready to sew together, and am in the process of cutting up more light squares for a border. I haven't yet decided whether to do a 6 inch, 9 inch or 12 inch border all around. That may depend on how much fabric I have! I need to have this top done so I can quilt it up, and show it at the January guild meeting.
2. Block of the Month Challenge
In January, I decided to do a solid brights and blacks version of each of the Blocks of the Month. So, for example, the September block, the log cabin - I did a version as directed (and which I won back!)
|September Block for Guild|
|September Block for Challenge|
Here is the March block, with greens and creams from my stash. (and rather crooked seams, I fear!)
|March Block for Guild|
I first did a version with a pink, but when looking at all the blocks together, realized this was an odd one.
|First March Block for Challenge|
|Second March Block for Challenge - I haven't even ironed this yet!|
|April? Block for Guild|
My challenge version was done originally in bright orange and bright pink, but when I took a picture, I realized that there was NO CONTRAST between the orange and pink. Funny how you see it with a camera, and not with the eye!
|First April Block for Challenge.|
|reworked April Block for Challenge|
3. Ultimate Carry All Bag
When I attended the NYS Quilt Consortium meeting earlier this fall, I saw a quilter using an carry all that looked really nice, and during our little shop hop after that meeting, I purchased this fab fabric on sale to use on the bag. Naturally, without knowing what the pattern called for, I got more than needed (I purchased 3 yards!). I ordered the pattern for the Ultimate Carry All bag from Craftsy, and am hoping to get that underway at the retreat. (PS - the pattern only calls for one yard of the fabric!) I have been warned that the instructions are not really clear, so I am glad I'll have others to consult during this process!
|Love this fabric! Michael Miller Folk Birds from 2015|
4. Spider Quilt
This probably should be listed first. It is the oldest project underway! I have been working on this quilt since at least the summer of 2014 (and actually probably before). I have lots of leftover repro Civil War fabric, and began a paper pieced project for a quilt for my husband.
Here is a peek at what the finished large blocks will look like. My plan is to hand quilt this one, but since piecing is taking me years, I am not sure what I will do. These are not my colors, really, but I do like how the piece will look overall!
I suspect that this is plenty to keep me busy. I'll report back next month how much I got accomplished at this retreat!
I am linking up to Finish it up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts. Take a visit and see lots of great pieces!
Enjoy the weekend -