Sunday, August 23, 2015

Another Retreat--August 2015 (Part 1)

I had the opportunity to attend another retreat with some quilting friends. I tend to work on fairly traditional, easy quilts while I'm at these retreats. That allows me to relax, zone out, visit, and de-stress (as if there IS any stress now that I'm retired). It is almost like meditation to me; I feel rejuvenated after these retreats (after I catch up on my sleep).

At this retreat, my goal was to concentrate on finishing a large quilt top. I bought the "Marcus Fabrics Strip It Pack" jellyroll of earth-tone fabrics from Craftsy while they were on sale for $20.07 and made the background from my stash for this one.

I had these really bright scrap blocks already made, so I joined them as I was sewing on the quilt above. I used these blocks as "leaders and enders." By the time I finished the large quilt, I had most of the blocks and rows sewn together for this quilt. This will be a charity quilt and should give me some practice machine quilting on my new Juki quilting machine (if I'm ever home long enough to do it).

Robin made this large chevron quilt with some bold "modern" fabrics. You can find this Giant Chevron quilt on the Sunlight in Winter Quilts blog.

She also made this sweet baby quilt for a gift. It was designed by Meadow Mist Designs and is called Looking Glass. You can find more information about it here.
I don't know too many people who finish projects as fast as Donna. She would say she is a "down and dirty" quilter! She makes me feel like I sew at slug speed. I only have pictures of six of the nine pieces she finished at this retreat. I'll show you the rest in Part 2 along with projects finished by some other friends at the retreat.
First, she finished the binding for this little Disappearing 9-Patch quilt.
For this quilt, Donna says, "I just cut up leftover material."

Her daughter, Audrey, likes orange and green. I'll bet this quilt is hers. Donna says this is a variation of the Disappearing 4-Patch block. She used a Lily's Garden Spice charm pack.

She used a charm pack she had to make this baby quilt.

She liked Robin's Looking Glass quilt so much she whipped one out.

This snowman throw uses an embroidery set from Designs by JuJu.

The snowmen blocks are machine embroidered. Here is a closeup.

My next post will finish up Donna's show and tell and show you things done by the other retreat participants.



Robbie said...

Fun!! I love show and tell!

Lisa Greenbow said...

Donna is a whiz. It boggles my mind just thinking about doing one quilt let alone 9.

Dana Kroeger said...

Now I know I am a real slug! Had thought it for some time but now I know! All pretty projects like always.