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!