Monday, June 29, 2015

Quilt Retreat--The Third Retreat for the Month

Retreats are just the best--spending time with friends, doing what we love to do, eating great food. Obviously, I just can't get enough of them. Eight of us got together last weekend (June 2015) at Eleanor Burns's Retreat Center in Paducah, Kentucky. Most of the attendees are from Tennessee; I'm from Indiana, and Robin came in from St. Louis. These are the girls. (Don't even ask what Tanja (in the pink) is doing in this pic!!!)

Show & Tell at retreats are THE most fun. I am always amazed at the variety of projects everyone brings to work on. Here are my pics from this retreat...enjoy.

I worked on eight "postage-stamp" blocks (each block consisting of 36 two and one half inch squares) for a Block of the Month. I finished my "Science Fair" quilt top, and ...

I got this piece cut out, the half-square triangles made, and the layout put up on the design wall.

Several of us chastised Pam for BUYING a UFO (Who needs to buy them? Everyone I know has plenty to spare!); however, when it was finished, we were all jealous.

She got a lot done; here are her other pieces.

We were all coveting her fabrics.

Debby (award-winning machine quilter) is another one who gets a lot accomplished.

This is a community project quilt for which PUPs guild members made the blocks. It turned out beautifully.
This little wallhanging was made with a leftover T-shirt from a T-shirt quilt Debby made for a lucky girl. This will be a surprise for the recipient.

Tanja was REALLY focused and worked on HAND quilting the ENTIRE time.

She got a lot done. Her hand quilting is REALLY beautiful.

Robin loves handwork. She worked on an award ribbon that will be given at one of her guild's shows. I know I'd be happy to win this.

This is her latest wool project.

She also worked on binding a quilt.

Jan makes lots of quilts for her friends. This is a gift for one of her lucky recipients.

Judy worked on this quilt for her grandson. It contains LOTS of activities for him to do and includes a backing made of "road" fabric to use with his cars.

She also finished a batik quilt top.

When I started putting pictures in this post, I realized that I didn't get ANY pictures of what Pam R. was working on. She worked on several projects including (but not limited to) an English paper pieced hexagon project and a very intricate Judy Niemeyer pattern. I HATE that I didn't get A SINGLE picture of her gorgeous quilt blocks. Sorry Pam!

Some retreats are good for quiet reflection and work on art projects, some are good for working on traditional pieces, and some are good for working on VERY simple things to give your mind a break. Retreats are ALWAY good for renewing friendships, getting great tips, and rejuvinating creativity. If you get a chance to go to a retreat, JUST DO IT!



D Cresanto said...

Nice journal of our retreat Beth! I love that you got to come with us again! Cannot wait to see you again in Aug, Oct and again in Dec!

Lisa Greenbow said...

I am amazed that so much work is done. Beautifully worked too.

Anonymous said...

I loved seeing the variety in the quilt projects. That little wool one is so adorable. What beautiful things people were making. How could one go to something like this and not come back energized and inspired to do wonderful things?

Unknown said...

Wow! Such beautiful quilts! Love your hexies!