Saturday, March 2, 2013

 Ahhhh!   2nd day of our retreat has come and gone.  Patty has made 30 (if I remember correctly) of these beautiful Dresden Plate blocks.  After she had them all together 1 fabric just yelled "WRONG" to her.  So while she was at retreat she was picking out the offensive one and sewing in another paler petal.  She says she has been working on this quilt for 3 years already and this alteration should take her awhile.  Then she wants to hand quilt it.  It will be a beauty.
 Marilyn was busy at work.  She had a joint replacement with a cast on her hand and she still was smiling and making lots of blocks.
 Dixie was working on some Blocks of the Month for Quilt Etc. fabric store Saturday get together.  This one turned out great.  Martha was busy doing hand work.
 Arlee had made a darling Santa for her front door and was now working on 6 more for her children for Christmas.  Nothing like a head start on gift giving!
 Ina finished her Sunflower Skinny.  She hand quilted it.   We went to a class together, along with Dixie, to Quilt Etc. a couple of years ago.  Her wall hangings are getting done and mine are still sitting in a box.
 Our hostess, Suzanne, behind the quilt, shared a cute little girl baby quilt she has been working on.  So cute.
 Dee, who does the most beautiful applique quilts, has been binding this quilt during the retreat.  Isn't it a beauty!
 Megan came to our retreat this morning full of energy and happiness and excitement just bubbling over to tell us all her great news.  It seems her friend  kept urging her to enter a quilt in the Paducah quilt show this year. So......on the very last day.......she gathered all the required information, pictures, CD etc. and sent it off.  She figured she would frame the "rejection" letter and satisfy her friend.   However.  She was selected to have her quilt hung in the show.  This is the back of the quilt.  Isn't it great!!  I love when people piece the back too and make an entirely different quilt.
 This is the amazing front of her quilt.  I know......AMAZING!!   I should have taken some close ups.  Her applique is wonderful.  The colors just pop on that black background.  Congratulations to Megan.
I had my fingers to the fabric and my nose to the feed dogs for 2 days and actually finished a quilt top.  I think it turned out great.  I was a little worried that some of the fabrics were a little too strong but I think it turned out perfect.  Now to press it, pull off all the strings, and get it to the quilter.  I've decided against any border.

We had so much fun, sewed until our backs ached, laughed, ate and shared.  I'm already looking forward to our next retreat.   Thanks to Suzanne for hosting these retreats for us a couple of times a year.

Happy Quilting!                 Lynda


Oops-Lah said...

Wow, what a slew of gorgeous quilts. I love you zig zag quilt and think the colours are perfect. And Megan's quilt certainly deserves to be in the show. One word; AMAZING!!!

Nina Lise@Mrs Moen said...

So much beauty in one place! Love your zigzag top, it has a really cool 3D effect and the colours are bright and happy!

Pokey said...

What a fun group to be creating with, Lynda! You will get those projects done, just looking at that skinny sunflower makes me smile. I like the zig zag, your colors and no border will give you a very "modern" appeal ~

meli B said...

Great zigzag quilt. Colours are perfect.