Retreat – Part II

Ruth's pretty pink creation.

Ruth’s pretty pink creation.

It always amazes me how much is accomplished at a 3 day retreat.  Lots of sewing without all the distractions of home! Here are some of the creations from the past weekend – and..there were more!!

Haven’t ever been to a retreat? You are really missing out! Not only do we have a lot of fun, we get a lot accomplished!!

We also worked on a charity project that I will fill you in on next time.

Linda's applique snowmen - so cute!

Linda’s applique snowmen – so cute!

Renee was a star!

Rene was a star!

Renee was the scrap queen!

Rene was the scrap queen!

Marsha's very bright quilt - reminded us of "going to the circus."

Marsha’s very bright quilt – reminded us of “going to the circus.”

Carol added several more rows and finished this huge, bright chevron!

Carol added several more rows and finished this huge, bright chevron!

Cathy's amazing batik quilt with lots and lots of flying geese.

Cathy’s amazing batik quilt with lots and lots of flying geese.

Jean L. knows how to work with wood!

Jean L. knows how to work with wood!

Jean's flag quilt - her own design.

Jean’s flag quilt – her own design.

Cathy's wild log cabin mini-quilt for her guild's show challenge.

Cathy’s wild log cabin mini-quilt for her guild’s show challenge.

Karen was the queen of half square triangles - this is only one block of  her quilt.

Karen was the queen of half square triangles – this is only one block of her quilt.

Dale is the baby bonnet gal!

Dale is the baby bonnet gal!

Janice's first quilt! Wow!
Janice’s first quilt! Wow!
Beverly's colored with crayons quilt. Clever!

Beverly’s colored with crayons quilt. Clever!

Back Home from Retreat!

Just back from Blowing Rock, NC and the 2015 Quilt & Sew-In Retreat! Twenty gathered to sew, laugh, play, laugh, and sew some more!  Here is just a tiny sampling – come back tomorrow for more!!

Twenty retreaters - from North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia!

Twenty retreaters – from North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia!

The 4 on the right traveled all the way from Ohio to retreat with their "sister" on the left.

The 4 on the right traveled all the way from Ohio to retreat with their “sister” on the left.

Judy - thinking, thinking, thinking.

Judy – thinking, thinking, thinking.

Marsha probably causing trouble!

Marsha probably causing trouble!

Jean hard at work.

Jean hard at work.

Jean and her cushion.

Jean and her cushion.

Prep and Pack

The Quilt  and Sew-In Retreat 2015 starts in just 3 days. I’ll be heading up a day early to collect my thoughts and haul all the goodies up. I’ll be working on projects at the retreat too.  Said I would not cut out another quilt.  Well….23 fabrics later….I have the makings of a log cabin of sorts.  Picking the fabrics was a lot of fun, but the cutting grew tedious. That doesn’t usually happen to me, but it seemed to take forever this time. There are fabrics by Tula Pink, Amy Butler, and Anna Marie Horner – all yummy!

cut fabric (Large)

I’ve packed up 3 sewing machine projects, one hand sewing project (English paper pieced hexagons) and my trusty tool box.  Will Thursday to Sunday be enough time?  Of course not! It will be lots of fun with great gals!

box (Large)2 boxes (Large)

 

 

hand work (Large)tool box (Large)

 

 

 

 

Sew Much Progress

Poh with borders (Large)

The Pohutukawa (New Zealand Christmas Flower) quilt top is now all together. I completed the last of the blocks over the last two days, put the blocks together and added the border. Three fabrics were used in the border, piecing them on a diagonal. I really like the look of this – especially for a wall hanging. The border corners are mitered – something I haven’t done in a while and had to put my thinking cap on! My next challenge will be to quilt this piece.  That, however, will wait until after retreat which starts Thursday. I will be heading to Blowing Rock on Wednesday – a little R & R for myself before all the fun (and a bit of madness) begins! The next couple of days I will be finishing last-minute details for the Quilt & Sew-In Retreat 2015.

Retirement has afforded me so much time to do things I really enjoy. In the last month I have completed four books and done much organizing. Good Will has been the recipient of a couple of carloads of “stuff.” The sewing studio has also gotten a bit of a clean out and reorganization. And…much sewing has been done. This wall hanging was begun years ago and I am thrilled that it is now together. And this Christmas season it is sure to be hanging on a wall in my house!

Pop! Garden

on grass

That’s the name of the fabric by Free Spirit and it’s what I have named this quilt. It is all too fitting.  I love the brightness and boldness of the colors. This is a strip quilt that I did on a phone book paper foundation. I am working on several gifts that I plan to give this summer, so have been doing fairly easy patterns.  This was easy, but did become a bit tedious towards the end. I chose to do the Magic Binding method, giving me a bright yellow flange and all done by machine. This is going to a family with young ones so it needs to be durable.

binding

on shrub

This is a quilt I hope they will cuddle in and maybe even bring on a picnic or two! I am doing a total of five different gift quilts – two more to go!

on lounge

Scrapbuster Sunday – Tumbled!

with-without borders

This quilt was in the works for years – about 7. True charm quilts have no duplicate fabrics in them, so I collected fabrics from friends to add to my stash. I thought the sashings added impact; the sashings also added a lot of cutting and sewing to this project! I sewed a little on this each year until finally it was nearing completion.  When the top was all done, I thought it looked “dead.”  I then made the two outer rows – one all white. To add these two rows, I had to unsew the ends of every row, sew the two added tumblers on and when all had been attached, resew the length of each row. This took forever, but I think it was worth it. It added life to this quilt and is definitely unique. To prolong the finishing of this quilt, I hand quilted it using embroidery cotton and the Sashiko stitch, or “long stitch.”  This is my first all hand quilted quilt!

Sashiko (Large)

zig zag raw edge (Large)finished zig zag (Large)

The binding:  I didn’t want to lose the zig-zag on the sides, so I cut my binding on the bias and just went to each point and turned gently. It made more of a curve than a point, but I am very happy with the results. I still have a lot of tumblers left over. A baby quilt maybe? I don’t know – maybe we’ll see in about another 7 years!

Full Quilt (Large)

My New Adventure!!

Great news! Last week I retired!! I have grand plans to do a lot of sewing. There has been much celebrating and meeting friends for lunch. Things will soon morph into my new normal and the studio awaits me. I have already done some rearranging – even set up my mini Keurig. Now how’s that for a sign of commitment?! Pohutukawa (Large) small block (Large) My big tackle right now is this wall quilt. (Also knowing what day of the week it is!) It is a pattern from New Zealand’s Kiwi Quilts called Pohutukawa (New Zealand’s Christmas flower) by Mary Metcalf Designs..  What I have left are eighteen (18) 3 1/2 inch blocks that have nine pieces each. They are shapes, not rectangles. And the fabric is different in each. I have really been challenged but am determined to complete this. I don’t have enough of the fabric I need to complete one of the borders, so I will be searching. It will be joyous when I get to the borders! Please join me and follow me on my new adventure. There is some travel ahead. I plan to reconnect with my garden. Many books are waiting to be read. And mostly, I will enjoy every wonderful moment I have been given.

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