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!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Quilting on the Millifiore Quilt

I just linked up to a couple of wip wednesdays, the Canadian TN & TN, (the Needle and Thread Network),   and Freshly Pieced,,   so if you landed here from those links, Welcome!  
pulled out my millefiori quilt a week or two ago, intending to finish it by the end of the month. I had started this quilt earlier this year and had completed the top sometime this spring. It was quite an engrossing project.  

I had been wondering about how to quilt this type of project and my first thoughts were to just do a simple meander over the whole thing. It is a pretty complex design so I don't know how much the quilting will show up on it.

but  I added borders to it the other day, and now it measures up to be 96" x 114" and that seems like a lot of meandering to do. Meandering  can become a bit tedious on a large project.

so I have just decided to have a little more fun with the quilting and do something different in each of the blocks. There is still a bit of stippling in the little white and blue hexagons that form the background.

I think all so after having done one Rosette that I will switch out the white top thread for different colors as I go.

today I am trying to think of different patterns to put into each rosette. I'm trying this technique where you place vinyl over the quilt itself and use a dry erase marker to plan out your designs. This seems to be working pretty well. 
you can erase the pattern later and reuse the vinyl over and over
I still have quite a bit of planning to do.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Quilts from Houston 2015

Even though I am now home, I have some nice memories, 

and now for some wonderful quilts, the photo of the quilt should be followed by the name of the maker and its description.   

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Quilts from Houston 2015

just a few quilt photos today, 
A couple posts ago I had photos of  some little knitted animals, and they were from this show
this little pig was about 3 or 4 inches, so cute

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