Friday, July 29, 2016

Quilt Retreat Projects

Becky worked the whole time cutting and sewing these gorgeous fabrics. Her king-sized quilt will be gorgeous when finished.

Betsy is just a few white sequins away from finishing this heirloom gift for a great grandchild. She just needs to find/buy about 30 sequins.

Sue cut the pieces and made all of these half square triangles. Then she began the process of piecing the blocks.

She did have one block of her large quilt finished and the rest are in progress.

Ritarose had this cute little project ready to bind - I think she finished binding it but I didn't get another photo.

She finished this gorgeous paper-pieced quilt top, including removing all of the paper.

 Deb spent a lot of time on this beautiful quilt.

Her next project was a Scottie quilt. I love this block - the Scottie is made of dachshund fabric.

This is her darling Scottie quilt.
Polly's  mission was to finish piecing this stunning quilt. It's been in the works for 4 - 5 years.

Polly had a number of other quilt to bind with her.

She also spent time working on this 365 Day Challenge Quilt

and blocks for her Gravity Quilt.


Pauline made all of the connector blocks for a BOM sampler quilt. I love her color palette.

Val put together her Farm Girl Quilt - it has many tiny pieces.

I worked on my Prism Quilt. It was supposed to be 7 blocks wide but we all decided it looked much better 8 blocks wide. I finished 56 blocks and need 8 more. I didn't have any more papers with me (it is paper-pieced). This is what I had on the design wall for a while.

My Kaffe Fassett quilt is together except for borders. I love the secondary design. I auditioned fabrics for the borders and we all agreed with Polly's suggestion that some orange is needed in one border. Now I will go through my stash and see if I have something that will work.  If not, I'll just have to go shopping!

After getting home from the retreat yesterday, I was back at the doctor. Did I mention that I have a bad case of poison ivy on my arms and face? I came into contact on July 16th and started breaking out on July 21. While on retreat, I had a reaction to an over-the-counter cortisone cream - ugh! I am not contagious but I am very uncomfortable and my skin keeps weeping. I have now started a steroid treatment. Today I will be resting, sleeping, taking a few cool showers and not doing much else. I'm hopeful that I'll be back to 'normal' next week.

July Quilt Retreat

Another retreat at the Prairie Star Lodge - another great time!  Nine of us enjoyed a few days of stitching together.

Let me introduce my industrious friends:

Becky (that's Betsy in the background)
Some miscellaneous photos:
From a morning walk - fog in the distance

From a morning walk- fog in the distance 
A swan made of paper squares

Neat pincushion


Fun in the pool
 Our projects are in the next post.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

A bright finish!

This bright little quilt is about 50" square. The fabrics are from my stash, some new from our recent trip. I thought a young child might love the bright colors. The photos were taken inside - we are still under an extreme heat advisory.

I used Dream Cotton for the batting and for the quilting, I machine stitched a wavy line using my walking foot.

The back for this donation quilt is Minkee which also came from my stash.

There are two quilts in this house that are pinned and need to be quilted. Not bad - now I feel caught up!

I leave on retreat tomorrow - it will be fun to sew and work on new projects.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Red Coins is finished!

Red Coins is finished! I made White Coins a while back and this quilt was in the works then. White Coins was my last finish before our trip in May.
White Coins
I guess this is my first finish since the trip so maybe this quilt didn't take forever! No outside pictures today - we are under an excessive heat warning and it is not nice out.
Red Coins
Red Coins is about 61" square and has Dream Cotton batting. I used a walking foot and straight stitching for the quilting.

I love the back. This is one of those random pieces of fabric that I purchased "for backings someday". This piece has all of the right colors and the reds match in addition to being a great design.

This quilt will go on the donation pile. I think 5 or 6 of these quilts will be leaving one day soon.
donation pile
Now, I think it's time to sit down and do nothing for a while...

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Where do the days go?

In the last 2 - 3 weeks, we've spent some time helping our younger son and daughter-in-law with their new house. We've torn out carpet tack strips, stripped wallpaper, painted, and done some yard work. One day I logged 6.5 miles working in their yard - Ray volunteered to trim trees and bushes and I hauled stuff to the burn pile. No day was hard but my body, with it's metal screws and cement, rebels a lot. I did no damage to myself but I did take at least a day to recover for every day worked. Nevertheless, the physical labor always feels good and we love to help whenever we can. 

I've been getting ready for a quilt retreat next week. I have two quilts all cut and ready to sew. One is paper pieced 
paper pieced
and the other has a zillion half square triangles. 
Kaffe Fassett fabrics and lots of HSTs
There were 3 quilts that I did not get finished before we left in May. The tops were done but that was all. I am now binding one of the quilts and it will hopefully be done this week. 

Another quilt snuck in and the simple but bright top is now done. I hope to get it sandwiched, quilted, and ready for binding yet this week.

Today we were in Roscoe, Illinois at Julieannes Quilting. She is closing out her fabric, patterns, notions - everything. She will continue to do long arm quilting. I've never been to the shop before and it was small but very nice. The sale began Saturday and she was closed on Sunday and Monday. All precuts were gone when she opened this morning! I did find fabric - mostly for backings for future quilts.

I brought these pieces home on the bolts.

A few more pieces...

I can't believe over 50 yards of fabric came home with me. I did save over $250 dollars which was awesome! 

On our way home, we also stopped by one of our favorite farms and picked up cabbage, green beans, green peas, peppers, potatoes, and zucchini. So do I sew or do I work in the kitchen? Always a dilemma!

The weather is supposed to be wickedly hot the next few days. I'm thinking that it will be great inside sewing weather! 


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