Monday, August 8, 2016

Another wonderful retreat

This past weekend was my biannual retreat with friends at Stitchin' Tree Quilters Cottage. You might remember the Quilters of the Corn pictures from 2014 and 2015...we decided we needed an updated one!

My first project on this retreat was putting the binding and label on the Off the Beaten Path baby quilt. I have a  bit more handwork on the back, but otherwise it's finished. I really like the way this fabric shows up the pattern. Since this is a baby quilt, it's slightly smaller than the original too. 
Next up was making this Swag Bag by Square Rose for a class model. It's a fairly large bag with lots of room to carry stuff. I like teaching bag classes as well as quilting classes. Bags are fun to make and can you really have too many? I don't think so.

 I had to have this fabric from the Stitchin' Tree Shop (how perfect to have a shop attached to the retreat!) and have the working model for the class all prepped and ready to go. I will be teaching this class in December, just in time for gift giving.
We play  the Trader's Dice game on our retreats and our challenge each time is to make something using the "cuts" we played with last time. Last time we played with 3" squares, and I made this Boxy Bag out of mine. Always need another boxy bag. 

I also started the working model for the Kids Bean Bag class. I need to make the lining, and it will be ready for the class. Forgot to take a picture of the fabrics for it.

 Next on the agenda was making a new model for my beginners class. I've used the same model for advertising for too long, so had purchased the fabric, and cut it before retreat. Didn't take long to make this cute More Peas in a Pod quilt. Now I can retire the other one!
 I usually quilt my own quilts, but my friend Cindy quilted Mirages for me. She brought it along on the retreat to give me. I love the quilting she did!
 Hopefully you can see the details of  the quilting better on the picture below. I finished it by adding the binding, so it's ready to be hung at the shop. (It's another class model). I also prepped for the class too, plus the pattern is written and it's ready to go.

 My last project for the retreat was this pillowcase. Cindy had given me the cute house fabric on our last retreat. I didn't want to cut it up, so decided to put it on a pillowcase so I can enjoy it often. The gray is what was left of the backing for the new sampler and was just the right size. Sometimes things just work out!
 I plan on spending some time today on this house (ugh) and paperwork/prep for classes. I have a new Doing the Splits Sampler Club beginning tonight too, so that will be fun!


Quilts from the Bluffs said...

You were very productive!! Love your Mirages quilt.

Karen said...

What a great Retreat! Love all your projects.

Heather said...

Wow! You really accomplished a lot! Beautiful projects as always. :)

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Lots of great projects.