Monday, April 27, 2015

Spring Retreat 2015

This weekend, I again got the opportunity to spend the weekend with quilting friends, quilting to we wilt, talking, laughing, and, of course, shopping!

My major project for the weekend took longer then I expected. It might have something to do with the liberal use of my stitch ripper, since I kept sewing sections together backwards. You know, you put two pieces together, put them under the presser foot and sew, open it up and discover you  have sewn down the wrong side of the block, so now you have the opposite of what you wanted. I sewed one block together completely, and had somebody else come to look, and immediately pointed out that the four patch in the centre was turned 90 degrees to the rest of the block. That required that I take nearly the whole block apart to fix. At least it was found before the whole thing was sewn together. Thanks, Joanne!

On to some pictures. I am saving the pictures of my major project until I have it finished, but here are some others.

I started the weekend by making another knitting project bag.

Note that my table is fairly tidy at this point. It went downhill from there.

I challenged myself to make my pieced project entirely from my stash, so I used the monochrome feature on my camera to sort the fabric into lights and darks.

Four of these fabrics made the final cut.

Around the room there was a lot of other activity.
Lynn's I Spy type quilt, with squares that button together.

Doreen's flowers.
Joanne's "Oh My Gosh" quilt - each retreat she collects scraps that we are throwing away because they are too small for another use, and she adds them to her bag of scraps for this one. The 4 patches are 1/2 inch on a side.
I can understand why the pattern is called "Oh, My Gosh". I won't be trying it.

And Margaret's paper pieced stars. I have this book, but I haven't done any of the patterns in it.

There were lots of other projects happening, but I didn't manage to get a picture, no doubt because I was too busy ripping.


  1. It is always so good to see what everyone else has on their table, and I can only imagine all the stitching in the quilt of tiny pieces.

  2. Yes, that's definitely "oh my gosh" thoughts exactly! Your knitting project bag is very cute, I love that fabric.

  3. oh I know how that happens - I've merrily sewn pieces together, checked them, ripped them, just to sew them back together in exactly the same way - still wrong! Some great projects going on but on my - the "Oh my gosh" is incredible!