Friday, June 21, 2013
While in Wisconsin at the quilt retreat last week I had the opportunity to do a lot of visiting, a lot of learning, a lot of laughing, and a lot of eating...and, of course, quite a bit of sewing. One of the projects I worked on was my Painted Ladies quilt (pattern by Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree & Company). I had sewn a sample for Joanna for market this spring and knew I wanted to make a scrappy version for myself. I had so much fun pulling the fabrics from my stash for this quilt in the days before I left.
The blocks are simple to piece and can be created from a layer cake, charm squares, or your scrap bin. I still need to pick an outer border for this, but it's good to have it nearly finished. I actually pieced the blocks while in Wisconsin and set them together after I recovered from the trip home. (My trip home included an extra long layover in Denver --5 hours--due to weather and another hour in the plane on the tarmac due to runway closures...so yes ,I had a little recovering to do).
Another project I worked on at the retreat was my mini-tumbler quilt. These mini tumblers finish at 1 1 /4" tall and were so irresistable! Several of us worked on similar projects using the pre-cut pieces we purchased from Primitive Gatherings. The tumbler pieces came in lights and darks, so it was easy to pick up a couple of packs and have a quick quilt finish!
I'm a little stumped as to how to quilt this one...any ideas?
I also (finally) finished my own Hopscotch quilt (pattern by Camille). I pieced the sample version for Camille over a year and a half ago, and have wanted to make my own version ever since. I nearly finished at the retreat but had left a block at home and had to add the last row when I returned. (This version uses Vanessa's Simply Color collection and is really a lot brighter and happier than my photo shows).
Finally, I was determined to learn a little about wool applique' while on this retreat. Lisa Bongean was incredibly generous in giving me some terrific lessons...and I asked every question I could think of while I was there. I still need to add the last stitches to the berries, and then I'll decide how to finish my little piece--frame it or make it into a pillow perhaps? I love the richness of the wool and the texture it adds to projects. I'm really looking forward to using wool applique' on cotton backgrounds now that I have learned this technique.
The retreat was amazing--I came home relaxed, refreshed and inspired. I may have come home a lot more willing to sew with some more traditional fabrics, too. Something about being in the mid-west with the rolling green hills made it the perfect start to my summer. I also did a lot of thinking during the lay-over in Denver. I really pondered about how many people have shared their knowledge and their inspiration and their friendship with me on this quilting journey, and I truly want to work harder to make my blog a "giving back" place where I can hopefully share with all of you. Thank you so much for stopping by!
♥ Posted by Sherri at 5:00:00 AM