Monday, June 28, 2010

Retreat Report -- Part 3 -- Works in Progress

There was a whole lot of creating goin' on!  I am friends with some very talented gals.  The projects they brought to Retreat to work on or share with us were gorgeous.  And several really beautiful quilt tops were actually started and completed during our short time together.

Faye showed us
her Cafe Au Lait blocks.

Jan worked on her 
Jan Krentz Lone Star.

Rita put together this cute baby quilt.

Bert finished on her Chocolate Stars.

Mary got a cute Halloween 
quilt top assembled.

Julie completed
this quilt top.... 

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Retreat Report -- Part 2

I had so much fun playing "Secret Quilter" for Cat at retreat.  The most difficult part was sneaking gifts to her sewing area without getting caught.  Once, when everyone from her table was off shopping at a local Quilt Shop, I slipped a gift under a newspaper next to her sewing machine.  When she got back, I watched.  And I watched.  And then when she picked up the newspaper and stood there reading it, I watched some more.  She finally found the gift, an apron I had made for her, and for the rest of the 5 day retreat I don't think she took it off!  
The pocket on the apron came in handy.  After one of our meals in the dining area at the retreat center, we left a tip for her on our table so she picked it up and stuffed it in there!

I bought her some really pretty batiks in her favorite fall colors and folded them into what I hoped would pass for a bouquet.  Then I received my own surprise birthday bouquet from my son and his family.  Cat didn't know I was her "Secret Quilter" yet, but I asked her to pose with me for a picture since our bouquets were almost identical.  (I'm right...... Right??)
The person who had my name did a fantastic job of surprising me.  It seemed like every time I left my sewing machine, I came back to find a gift there.  And there was no lack of chocolate!   I never did figure out who it was.  Rilla is the BEST "Secret Quilter" EVER!!!!  

Although, now that I think about it, I should have known it was Rilla when I received the very first gift........

Monday, June 21, 2010

Retreat Report

Why does time fly by so fast at quilt retreats?  This retreat was perfect in every way.  Ahhhh, the fun, the friends, the food............and there was even some quilting going on.  I am so glad I have the opportunity to see my dear friend and roommate from Michigan once a year at this retreat for an online quilt guild.  Faye is SUCH a sweetheart!

Every year we exchange small gifts when we first arrive, but this year she gave me the wonderful surprise of a quilt she made for me, and I just love it!  In fact, I slept under it every night at retreat, and it has been on my lap most evenings since.  

The pattern is from the Feb 2009 issue of American Patchwork and Quilting magazine and it's called "Zen."  My roommie blogged about it as she was making it.  You can check out her blog here -     I have actually been planning to make a quilt from this pattern, but now I don't need to! 

Remember all those projects I took with me to retreat?  Well, did I ever over-estimate what I could accomplish!  Most of it never made it out of the bag because I spent the entire retreat working on one project - the Knight Quilt for Gavin.   Maybe I spent too much time gabbing and walking around seeing what everyone else was working on.  But, Hey!  That's half the fun of Retreat!!      

I finished the top just in time for the clean-up to begin.  Here's a close-up, but I'm going to save a photo of the whole thing for after it's quilted.

I won't bore you (right now!) with all of the over 100 photos I took at retreat, but I will show you a few time!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

True Confessions and Headed to Retreat

I talked about my sewing room in this post and showed you photos of what a wonderful space I have where I can create to my heart's content.  What I didn't tell you is how long it took to get those great photos.  Over a period of several weeks I cleaned and organized one section of the room at a time and then took pics.   I'm sure you fellow quilters figured that out, but to my non-quilty friends I have to admit that I am a fraud.   This is what it looks like most of the time........

Actually, there are times when it's even messier!

I have been cutting out projects to take to Retreat with me this week.  Hopefully, I will get some UFO's completed. 
These are blocks I made for a Batik Wallhanging two years ago.  Now I am thinking that I will just add some borders and make it into a small throw.  

The bag contains all the batiks I pulled from my stash to go with the blocks.  If you are curious to see what I come up with, you're not alone! 

I'm also taking an I-Spy quilt I started two years ago.....

.....and some fabrics I bought in Seattle last week for pillowcases.

The pillowcases will be sent to the Million Pillowcase Challenge so I got some really fun fabrics.

The last thing I am taking to work on is a Knight Quilt for one of my grandsons.  

Aren't you impressed with how organized I am?  (I am talking about having all the components for my projects all cut out and ready to go....NOT about how my sewing room looks!)