Monday, August 1, 2011

Quilt Retreat fun!!!

I had a wonderful time at our quilt retreat. This is our 3rd time to go together. We had so much fun and sewed almost non stop. Everyone volunteered to bring either a meal, salads or snacks. It all went so well, the meals were easy to prepare, clean up was easy as well as we mostly used paper plates. 

 One of the projects I worked on was the Twister quilt. If you aren't familiar with it, you start out by sewing squares together, with a border around them. You then use the Twister ruler to recut your quilt into different squares, and then sew them together. Sounds complicated, but it really isn't.
 Here are my first 2 rows. They go pretty fast. We started them in the morning and had them finished by late evening.
Here it is finished. I am going to add some more borders, but hadn't taken them with me, so I will post a pic when it is finished.
 Three others made Twister quilts. They all turned out so pretty!
Rose's quilt was so summery and flowery.
 Cindy tried solids, and they looked wonderful!
 Cindy also made a Lil Twister.
 Dianne hadn't originally planned on making one, but decided it looked like fun, so she made one too. You might ask, " How did she manage to have enough fabric along to make a quilt she hadn't planned on?" If you have to ask that, then you don't know Dianne very well! She always comes prepared for anything!
We went shopping in Atlantic at a small variety store with some nice fabrics, so we all managed to find things we needed. I took so many pictures, I can't post them all. Eventually I will put them in my Flickr folder as well. 
 Kim worked on Windmill blocks for a swap. She also finished another quilt.
 Pat finished 2 quilts.
Diana doubled her fun by working on finishing blocks and sashings for 2 matching quilts.

Every day someone would say "No one goes to bed until I get this finished". 

I also worked on the new sampler quilt and I am happy to report that it is finished except for the borders. I will post a pic of it when it is finished. 

Everyone worked on whatever they wanted, so some finished projects, some started new projects. It was great fun. We have plans to go again in February.

Now to catch up here. I did some laundry today, though someone did call and tempt me into going to a quilt shop for awhile, so I didn't get much else done. I hope to get caught up on my letters tonight. I haven't done P or Q yet. 


Diana Symanowicz said...

I LOVE my quilting buddies!

Patchwork Penguin said...

Sounds like you all had fun... I love retreating!!!

I bought the rulers this weekend. Seems odd to 'make' a quilt top and then cut it up again LOL... but I'm going to give it a try.


JustCindy said...

What beautiful quilts!

Karen said...

The Twister Quilts are really cool! You should have headed over to Elkhorn to the quilt shop there, lots of cool stuff. But then again, maybe you wanted to spend more time sewing.

Deb said...

I really like the twister quilts also! I had no idea you first sewed the top together...and then cut it and resewed it. Wow!! Can you add that to your classes to teach? :) And let me know when you are going to be doing it, if you do!!


Barb said...

Love all of the twisters...does look like you had a great time!

Quilter Kathy said...

Great photos...looks like everyone was very productive!

Fiesta said...

Looks like such a wonderful time Jean.

Anonymous said...

What a productive retreat, such great quilts. Looks like everyone had loads of fun.