Monday, November 23, 2015

Recap of the Retreat

Many of us were fortunate to spend a few days at arretreat this weekend.  It is the kind of retreat where everyone brings their own projects to work on and the only scheduled times are for the meals, (which were fabulous)

this is what the sewing area looked like just before we unpacked, 
Then we all found a place to sew and began to work on a wide variety of projects...
I can always learn from other quilters. Jennifer brought baggies that each contain all the precut pieces for four blocks each. What a great way to stay organized.

this is Arlene's Christmas tree skirt in progress, it is paper pieced
deb was working on a hand appliqué project
Some of us had a lot of pieces to press!
I loved the little table centers that Linda was working on.  Woulnt they be great in afull sized quilt? Linda? 

Bev was doing a lot of buttonhole stitch on these appliqués

here,  Florence is measuring her quilt for borders
and Loretta always has interesting projects. Here she's doing a twister with some gorgeous oranges.
and here are just a few projects from the show And tell evening
I loved Heathers rainbow flying geese
this qult top of Val's is in rich Jo Morton fabrics, and below, Elizabeth has a riot of Kaffe Fassett flowers
such a range of styles and colors
Janet sewed this bench cushion from the little gift pack of fabrics from last years retreat!
this is Gina's "Bargelly" quilt.   Betty had one too, which was also gorgeous!
Jaclyn is always productive, and got this lovely one quilted and bound, and a lot of other projects as well
I could have spent a lot of time studying this gorgeous wool appliqued one by Bonnie
this beautiful little face is Michelle's daughter
Betty has embarked on another five year hand quilting project
and this one by Nicole, above, is not only very prett, but when you see it close up, you can see that she did a whole variety of free motion quilting designs!
wendy sewed up this batik quilt amazingly fast.  I dont know if the pattern was easy or if she is a really fast sewer
Kelly did a couple of paper pieced Fractal blocks.  She had precut a big pile of pieced from her stash-- all different, so this will be a real charm quilt
And this is Nancy's beautiful paper pieced quilt from batiks.  I am looking forward to seeing it quilted.

so that was just a sampling of what people did.  Personally, I got a whole "bullseye" quilt top pieced, except for the borders, and put the binding in a queen size quilt.  I also started another project from some purple fabrics,....
It was a productive weekend, but for me the best part is getting to spend time with some amazing people and getting to know some new friends!


  1. I've been to that lodge at Shekinah! looks like a great place to quilt.

  2. on my bucket list for another year!

  3. Such a fun time, Michelle and such a great opportunity to get some real sewing progress made! I look forward to next year already! I'm so pleased you like my rainbow flying geese quilt. It's finished now and delivered.


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