I am currently at a quilting retreat with friends. I haven’t done much creating for many months, and I was a bit concerned about whether I could concentrate long enough to get ANYTHING done. I HAVE managed to do a bit (and write this blog post).
For the first two days, I worked on my “butterfly migration” art quilt. This is a VERY time consuming endeavor. Each piece is hand drawn, hand fused, cut out with scissors, and hand applied to the foundation.
This is what I have finished so far.
I also basted this “little person” to the background (although all the black will be cut away). This piece is almost five feet tall. I have some of the hand quilting done, but there is more hand quilting and machine quilting to come. My plan is to do a tight hand blanket stitch all around the outside of the piece (in black) and cut the excess batting and backing away. I’m thinking I’ll be putting some light wire onto the back so when the piece is hung it won’t “flop” forward.
Here are some of the things my friends are working on.
Left—Robin with her table runner. Top right—Mary Lou with her quilt (Patience Corners—Connecting Threads), and Vicky with her baby quilt—check out the big ric-rac.Left—Debbie with her blue and white quilt. Top right—Vicky’s neutral quilt. Bottom right—Neva’s baby quilt.
Mary Lou is working on her row-by-row quilt.
Some REALLY interesting things happen at retreats—this guy showed up in someone’s bed!
Lora (who owns the retreat center) is working on a quilt by Lori Holt from her book, Vintage Christmas.
Being with friends is good therapy, and that’s a good thing; because I have ANOTHER retreat next week!