Monday, May 5, 2014

Inspiration Galore at the Quilt Retreat…




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There are so many great things about time away at a three-day quilting retreat. Let me share just a few of them here. First, there’s plenty of table space to lay out and arrange blocks for a quilt project. This one is my version of “Stash Attack”, the free pattern offered by National Quilting Association (NQA) for National Quilting Day. This project was easy to cut and sew, and it made a good-size dent in my fabric scraps, which is always a plus. I got the top sewn and ready for quilting while at the retreat a few weeks ago.

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There’s no shortage of scrappy fun at a retreat. The strips above are the start of a ScrappyTrips quilt made using Bonnie Hunter’s tube method of sewing blocks. And I learned there is yet another Pineapple ruler! So far I’ve seen four different ones. This one looks like it resulted in an accurate block. All those small triangles in the project below are eye-catching, too.


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This is a striking kit quilt that made interesting use of the medallion fabric. It got hung up on the “done wall” early in the retreat. Below is a bright Jelly Roll quilt. Cute, simple, and so appealing.


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While everyone hauls their sewing machines and, it seems, practically the whole sewing room, several of our group members brought hand work projects. I loved seeing this One-Patch triangle quilt being hand quilted with Big Stitch.


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I always get lots of ideas from my fellow quilters. I love how the machine feather stitch looks for quilting this bright and lively quilt. It really adds a nice accent. I’ll file this idea away to use sometime.


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Several years ago I participated in a “brown bag” row quilt exchange. I assembled fabrics I wanted in my project, made one row of the quilt, and put the row and the fabrics in a bag to be passed along, one by one and month by month, to seven other quilters. At the end of the project, we held a reveal party where we got to see all the rows made for each quilt together. I love my rows, shown below, and yet back in the bag they went where the languished. Finally I got them out and sought input from others on how to assemble them. So this project moved a bit closer to completion. Many of my quilts make more than one trip to retreat before they reach the finish line!



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When it’s time to take a break from stitching, a stroll around the workroom is just the ticket when there is this much eye candy to feast on! Even though I whine a little when I’m packing the car for retreat, I’m so happy when I’m there. And I’m so impressed with how much work everyone gets done when there is nothing but sewing happening.


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Ah the quilt life!

4 comments:

Violet said...

Must be fun quilting together like that - sharing interests is so rewarding....nice quilts also!

Robbie said...

WHat fun!!! And I love the idea of using the feather stitch to quilt with! Great idea...and lots accomplished! You'll be needing to buy more fabric at the rate you're creating more quilts! :)

1CardCreator said...

Your quilt with the flowers and watering cans is gorgeous! I also loved your turtle, looks like you really had a good time and came back with lots of inspiration too. ~Diane

Dorothy Donna Parker said...

Such inspiration! All those quilts, colours, people, chatter you have in common. All the different designs people come up with always fascinates me. So many different ideas - wonderful stimulation. hugs, Donna