Saturday, July 30, 2011

Retreat 2011 - Land's End

So, remember the block on the right? Bed of Peonies.

As I began the assembly of the center portion of the Land's End,
I discovered yet one more block that was the wrong size.

Arrrggghhhh! It's supposed to be 15.5 inches unfinished. And of course it has eight-pointed stars on three corners. If you are going to have something go this wrong, you want it to happen in the presence of many experienced quilters who are quick to both sympathize and give advice.

Deconstruction of the outer corners commenced. I employed the same technique that I used on the Heavenly Stars block.

And friend Gwen just happened to have brought some lightweight interfacing. Who brings that to a quilt retreat? But the interfacing plus a skinny seam allowance and some tight stitching did the trick.

A couple of coats of spray starch and a hot iron and I was back on track.

Once the center was together, the borders went on.

And here is the completed top.
It took two guys standing on chairs to hold it up.
I was so glad to hand it off to the quilter.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Retreat 2011

I did not get as much done as planned and did not take as many pictures as usual. Seeing as how I had forgotten what theme I was going with this year for my blog posts until I pulled out of the parking lot to come home, I'll just have to save that idea for next year. And it was a good one, too.

I set up in a different spot this year, but not in a new spot. I was still in the dining hall, but closer to the big corner windows. And I still had a spot to hang my design wall.

Remember Pat's project from last year?
Well, here it is completed. What an amazing thing!

Love these colors Cyndi has used.
I believe this fabric was from France.

And she took the motif from the fabric and
blew it up for the border applique.

So glad that Catherine A. was able to come to retreat this year.
She let me help layout these blocks done in the Flutterby fabrics.

Catherine has been working on this cute thing
in 30's prints for quite a while.

I think she is about finished.

This was Peggy's block-of-the-month from last year. It's done up in beautiful Christmas fabrics. The side setting triangles are done in a lovely angel print. She worked really, really hard to get her striped borders mitered just right.

Nancy D. always works on something lively.
I loved the colors in this contemporary piece.

This incredible applique quilt took
Rebecca L. two years to complete.

She does beautiful work.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

So, as I was saying...

Blogging takes a lot of time for me.
Taking and editing photos.
Coming up with catchy titles and pithy commentary.

Work projects consumed my energy and my
posting trickled down to nothing after March.
But I'm intent on working my way back now.

So, while I could just skip the past few months and start
with today, I'd prefer to backtrack and catch you up on:

- quilt retreat back in February
- lots and lots of thrifty finds
- a road trip with the guild in March
- a week at the beach
- the guild quilt show
- and the trip of a lifetime in June