Quilt Retreat, Quilting with Friends

What a Weekend!

What a wonderful weekend!  I’m back from the annual retreat at Watson Homestead.  Of course I didn’t get half the projects completed that I took with me – but had a great time trying.

  • Baby quilt –  pieced, but I needed to put it up on the design wall before sewing the blocks.  I did that when I got home and finished the top today.
  • Bluework quilt –  All the pieced blocks are finished along with two of four embroidered blocks.  I couldn’t resist putting one row together to get a preview. I had originally planned on piecing this block with blue fabrics on the green/beige background.  The green rectangles however picked up the green in the blue ‘wheat’ fabric so well that I had to use it instead.  (It’s great to have the input of fellow quilters.)  I have more than half of the third embroidered block complete.  Just one more to go.
  • Autumn Leaves wall hanging –  All the leaves have been fused with Heat and Bond Lite and trimmed to size.  I came back with some good tips for machine applique also.  Now to decide on the final placement.
  • Spring Wall-hanging and pillow shams – not touched.  The wall-hanging will be one of the projects that I’ll work on while on our winter vacation in Texas next year. – And don’t worry Tom – the pillow shams will be finished by the time we visit you during the holidays.
  • Memory bags – Our guild is making these bags for area hospitals.  They are given to family members to hold the clothes of a  loved one who dies while in the hospital.  (So much better that the clear bags that are normally used.)  Eight bags were made on our quilters weekend and I have been promised four more by our membership meeting on Tuesday. 

Handmade or quilt related gifts are exchanged each year.  This year I made a tote with a woven handle.  It was featured in the April 2008 of McCalls Quilting. 

In return I received a great table runner.  The colors are just right in my family room.And 5 of us topped off the weekend with a “Friendly’s Crowd Pleaser Sunday” accompanied by more and more laughter.

There is always time to quilt!
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  • Reply Diane October 21, 2010 at 10:10 am

    It sounds like you all had a great time. Now I really wish I had been there! But I am off to Lancaster this weekend to sew and shop!

    • Reply Lucia October 21, 2010 at 2:29 pm

      Ohh- lucky you!!!!!!!! Hopefully you can join us next year.

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