Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Retreat production

 Here is the Chunky Dresden that I completed during the retreat.  
It still needs the border on but I wanted more room to spread it out,
measure properly, and prepare
before adding the border.
These are the beginning of another quilt.
I fell in love with Moda Lexington fabrics and decided 
Churn Dash would be a great fit.
There are 9 different backgrounds and blues.
The blocks are 6 1/2 inches square.
I'm loving it already!

Now to take my sewing machine in for a good service and repair on the bobbin winder.
I had to have another quilter wind bobbins for me on her machine during the retreat.
Can't live that way forever so I will have to give up my machine for a short time.
Don't like that!

Happy Quilting!                   Lynda

Saturday, November 8, 2014

November Retreat

 One of the perks of being retired is that I don't have to miss a day of the retreat and I don't have to ask for a day off of work!  I spent 2 wonderful, fun, productive days with several other quilters doing what we love most:  QUILTING!
Suzanne, our hostess, has the most amazing loft where we can all spread out and sew and laugh and snack for two whole days!
The above quilt is one she was adding the binding to the first day.  I love anything scrappy and am always looking for more ways to use up my scraps.  This one is beautiful.
 Marlene shared this fun Halloween quilt that she made.  She didn't just make 1, but she made 4!  
One for her and one for each of her 3 sisters.  Of course, she said they get to help by tracing 
the patterns and ironing down the pieces for her.  
We were all wondering how we could become a sister too.
In this picture she didn't have all the button eyes on yet but isn't it the cutest!
 Here are Marlene, Nancy and Dee checking out one of Suzanne's quilts.
 Suzanne sharing a cute little table topper of watermelons and ants.
 Marilyn and Maybelle busy working.  
Marilyn is busy with 2 Buggy Barn house quilts.  One in Christmas fabrics
and the other for Halloween.
Maybelle was working on a darling baby quilt for a future granddaughter.
 Martha and Dee purchased orange and black fabrics to make a Twister Pumpkin.
It involved a lot of planning and pinning.  This is Martha on the last row.
She looks pretty happy to finally have the first step done.
If you look on the table behind Martha you can see some of the 
gifts we share with each other too.
Pincushions, fabric baskets, fabric press, homemade wooden spoons
(Suzanne's dad makes these)
and, of course, candy too.
 Here Ina is sharing a winter table runner that was supposed to be
part of a row quilt.  Sometimes we just stop at one row!
 Ina also shared this wonderful and quick-to-put-together quilt.
She started with 8 inch squares so it went together quickly
but makes a very striking quilt.
 She also shared this quilt made during a once a month Saturday class.
These aren't her normal color choices so it was a bit of a stretch
working on this one.  It turned out so cute.

Here is a view of Marilyn's Halloween house blocks.  
Sorry that Buggy Barn closed it's doors.  It was a cute shop and fun to visit.
Hopefully they will keep making patterns!

I completed my Chunky Dresden Plate quilt but neglected to take a picture.  
I also started a Churn Dash quilt.  
Pictures coming later.

Suzanne is always a great hostess.  We always have lots of fun,
laughter, food, a sharing.  
Thank you again Suzanne!

Happy Quilting!                       Lynda