Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Christmas Cactus

After that last block, I decided to take on an easier one to give myself a break.

I couldn’t find this block in Judy Rehmel’s book.

Land’s End
called it Christmas Cactus.

This one only has four fabrics.
Still, it has 45 pieces and 60 seams.

But it was definitely easier than the previous two.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Retreat 2010 - The Projects, Part 2

Gail started on a blended triple Irish chain.
I'm looking forward to seeing this progress.

Gwen trimmed down these embroidered blocks in preparation for sashing them together with a purple gingham. These are for a special aunt who specifically requested the gingham.

This is all I can show you of a project Judy W. worked on.
It's a wedding present for her older daughter
who gets married in December.

Virginia completed the piecing on this fun quilt.

Pat started this project with a group of friends swapping 1.5 inch strips of 30's fabrics. At first she promised only to make a pillow top. Well, then maybe a wall hanging. A lap quilt might be doable. At this point, she's not sure how much further she'll take it. No matter what size she makes it, it's pretty incredible.

So far, there are 4200 1" squares in this thing.
You go, girl!

This was someone's pretty stash of vintage repros.
I do love them.

I believe these belonged to Gwen L. She picked up the pieced block patterns in Texas as part of a BOM. She then found her own applique blocks from here and there to add in.

Nancy D. took this pile of strips and turned them into

this bright and happy thing.

Mary had the cutest Dick & Jane fabric sewn up in these darling blocks.

All together, they ended up like this. Good job, Mary.

And the funnest thing on the whole retreat were these houseshoes by Helen. They make me laugh, in a good way.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Retreat 2010 - The Projects, Part 1

As per usual there were lots of interesting
projects going on at retreat.

Loretta decided to take this on for her first piecing project.
Brave woman.

She started with a pile of fun fabrics,

got lots of combinations cut out and got help
from some veteran piecers,

and ended up with this crazy, pretty thing.
Only how many more to go, Loretta?

Gwen had taken an Album Cross class from
Mariann Fons some years ago.

Retreat was the opportunity to finish it.
I wish this photo showed off the repro fabrics better.

I don't know what Vasha is planning for these
little guys, but they sure are cute.

Cyndi had a whole circus of the adorable Roly Poly animals.

Sometimes it takes a village to layout blocks.
It's nice to have lots of input at retreat when you get stuck.

Serene turned this pile of stuff into

these lovely rows. She made lots more before
the weekend was over.

This is Judy C.'s One Block Wonder.
Her focus fabric has Christmas ornaments all over it.

I would have never guessed.

This was a cuddle quilt she made with some "ugly" fabric.
Looks like it turned out "pretty" well after all.

Saturday, February 20, 2010


a wonderful little postcard sent to me by Jill in the UK.

Check out her lovely little blog some time.

Retreat 2010 - Bingo

After using the same bingo card for several years now, Gwen and I made new ones a few weeks ago.

To maximize the options, I made up a chart of the categories and colors.

Then I dumped out my scrap bags color by color.

Here are our pretty new bingo cards.

And mine paid off three times in fat quarter winnings!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Retreat 2010 - The Equipment

The diverse array of sewing machines at retreat is pretty interesting. Some people bring multiple machines depending on what they plan to work on or in case one has a breakdown. This year, though, I believe we had the oldest machine ever brought to retreat.

Donna's 1884 Singer Model 12

Love the decals.

Gwen's 1939 Featherweight

They just don't put that kind of detail in anything anymore.
How pretty.

Donna's 1947 Singer treadle
She machine quilted the prettiest feathers on this thing.

We called them "treathers."

My 1957 White in the table made for it by my Granddaddy

Susan's 1972 Singer 177C

Gail's Bernina 1130

Patty's Viking Designer II

Judy W.'s Pfaff

Daime's lightweight Janome

Jill's Bernina Aurora 440