Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Quilt Retreat Recovery

I got home from the quilt retreat with my local guild a bit exhausted but glad to have gone. Before even bringing in my bags I headed to my bed for a good three hour nap...yikes. I sewed for hours past my bedtime two nights in a row and that catches up with a girl! After much sewing I got a few blocks of my mystery quilt done...I have stacks of square and square and 9-patches to work with now so I think progress on this quilt will start moving along now!Remember this quilt? I finally got the borders on this weekend. Much easier for my DH to understand a large quilt coming out of the bag than a couple of blocks! Anyway this top is ready to be quilted! A sort of finish....

The space were sewing in was really large and had a decent size kitchen...what more could you ask for? We did have a visit by the quilt police...who knew!Actually he was a park ranger who was just curious about quilts...but check out the really fun strippy tops in the making int he background!
There were lots of really fun projects. One of the things I like about this group is the diversity of their quilting. We had every thing from "turning 20 again" to really complicated paper-piecing projects. (The colors in this quilt are so much more vivid in real life...) We also had a couple of Bonnie projects in the works.
The quilt above has lots of plaids. She used several shirts in order to get the scrappy look she wanted. No big surprise she roomed with Bonnie the year she stared this quilt!

Check out the back of this quit..a good use of more plaids!A lesson learned this trip...if you put a half finished project in a box for six months it can take you almost that long to figure out how it goes together when you take it back out again. I did want to label this photo - how many quilters does it take to put together the Carolina Crossroad blocks...
But in the end it was worth it...isn't this one beautiful!

I have more photos but I've got to take Macbeth out on his walk. It has started to flurry and he is so excited! He keeps running into the computer room and "telling me" to come to "his" window by the front door to watch the funny stuff come from the sky. We don't get much snow in the part of Georgia so I'd best go out and play with him for a bit!

14 comments:

Dionne said...

LOL! I loved that bit about remembering how to put it all together again. I've had a UFO like that, in the end, I just gave up and repurposed it. I am so very glad you had such a nice time!
Cheers,
Dionne

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Glad you had a good time...and a productive time...looks like you've got your quilting mojo back :o)

sewkalico said...

Love your colour choices for the new mystery: the green looks great!! Wonderful pictures of the retreat (the paper piecing one on the wall is amazing!). Yes, projects in paper bags should have diagrams or instructions included!

Tazzie said...

Wow, it looks like you had a wonderful time and got so much done! No wonder you were so incredibly tired when you got home - I would have been too!
*hugs*
Tazzie
:-)

Lady of the Cloth said...

Love your colors on the DD, I really like this quilt and hope I get the courage to do another one in different colors. I know what you mean about your dog coming to get you. I tell my DH that Maggie "talks" to me and tells me things like, I want a cookie, or I need to go outside or for a walk, He just doesn't understand dog language. That's why I'm the MOM!
I envy you the retreat, I haven't been on one for ages and they are so much fun.
Carline

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

Wheee, looks fun. That plaid bear's paw is gorgeous. I am always sad to see the plaids in the backing though - I always think no, no, save them for piecing on the front.

Feeling Simply Quilty said...

What an awesome retreat. I've been on a couple of retreats, but you are right the amount of variety would be very interesting to be around for a couple of days.

Nines said...

WOW!! What a deliscious post!!! Love EVERYTHING!!! Thanks for sharing!

*karendianne. said...

Happy you're home and had a good time. Totally glad you're on the resting mode.

You're blocks are really making me inspired. Love 'em.

Yeah, how many quilters does it take to put together a C X-roads? That's a fun one, great for the memory making!

So happy you went, Sio. You totally deserved this!

Quilts And Pieces said...

WOW! A feast for the eyes! I love the carolina crossroads and I really love your scrap bits and pieces one!

Lisa D. said...

The pictures from your retreat are very inspiring!

Lisa D. said...

I had a good chuckle over the thought of your kitty squirreling away your fabric for her own quilt stash!

Elaine Adair said...

Whew - lots of very pretty quilts - I'm especially loving that plaid creation! Nice.

Elaine Adair said...

Whew - lots of very pretty quilts - I'm especially loving that plaid creation! Nice.