Saturday, August 15, 2015

Life After Retreat

I just love going to retreat! Where else do you get to spend time with your closest friends, doing what you enjoy most - quilting -  not eating - though that is probably second. Paula drove over from Texas with two of our best friends, Cynthia Regone (Cajun Classics) and Ronda Stockton (Pieceful Stitches Quilt Retreat). It was a five day retreat, so we had all sorts of time to chat, sew, eat, sew, chat, eat, repeat! I mostly worked on Latimer Farms blocks, but did finish off one little quilt for Fall Market. There was a lot of jealousy in my section as I watched what some of the other ladies were working on, but then green is a good color for me!!

Some of the group were staying in a house right on the lake, so we enjoyed dinner there one night.  Here's some of the group enjoying a "drink" by the lake, while the rest of the group is preparing dinner - notice I am not in the "preparing dinner group"!!

Vicky finished her version of Crazy Bet. She bought the kit from us many years ago and slowly made her way through the over 200 baskets, but had decided to use the red print in another quilt.  She set her Crazy Bet with cheddar and I just love it.  I tried a few times to slip it into my bag, but she was watching it like a hawk!  

She then moved on to another Red Crinoline Quilts project - Oak Alley - and she was making the 1st version.  She organized herself and made all of her HST's first and then spent some time cutting and tearing off the paper.  Here's her pile of paper and HST's!

Starla worked on a kit that she had purchased at Olde Green Cupboard years ago.  I just love the colors in this one.  Another one I tried to slip in my bag!!

Diane shared her completed Glory Bound - another RCQ favorite that she started on our quilt cruise last June.  I love the addition of the borders and the green inner border just sets the whole quilt.  Great job Diane! Next on her list is the Snowball quilt from our very 1st retreat exchange!

I finished this little Table Runner that will be in our new Fav's #3 for Fall Market.  Now you might recall that I shared blocks from this in my last post, but if you'll look carefully the blocks look a little different.  I made the majority of the quilt and showed it to Paula and it received a no-way - blocks did not have enough contrast.  Fortunately we had some fabric with us (who doesn't go to retreat with "just in case" fabric) and she was able to find a substitute! Viola - new quilt.  It is already being quilted!! Cross that one off my list!!

Once I got back home, it was back to Latimer Farms - piecing and fabric cutting!  430 lbs of fabric arrived for the shop kit and it ended up in one of my guest rooms - the one that ususally looks the prettiest too!!  Here are a couple of pictures of what shop kit preparation can do to a room: Thank heavens I'm not expecting any company for awhile!

My niece's t-shirt quilt arrived when I got back home and I quickly added the binding.  My goal was to get it to her before she left for Clemson AND I DID IT!!! And now I can finally share a picture of the quilt too. Next niece graduates in two years, so I have a little break, but when my nephew graduates three years after that, I will be doing one a year for almost 5 years!!  The younger ones ask if I will make one for them when they graduate and I always answer yes, but it is definitely if God is willing!!

Caitlin's quilt for her new apartment was quilted and brought to me at retreat and Phyllis graciously did the binding for me - THANK YOU PHYLLIS!!!  It's made from the Mixologie collection from Moda and Caitlin loves it.  She's not a girly-girly and Lynn and Cathy quilted it with a nice modern design, nothing too floral for her! Now if I could just get the pillow shams and drapes made too!

I've finished up through month 8 in Latimer Farms blocks, but I thought I would share some more fabrics.  These are fabrics from month 7.

In between Latimer Farms blocks I'm working on quilts for Fall Market.  Paula has a number of new lines coming out, so we're making quilts out of all of them.  I'll share as they become more than just piles of pieces!

Until next time, happy quilting,
Mary Ellen 

PS - I don't know how many of you have checked out Craftsy ("a community of passionate crafters featuring online classes about all your favorite crafts including quilting, sewing & cake decorating.") lately.  They recently added kits for 3 of our quilt patterns.  Each of the kits feature Paula's fabrics that we used in our samples. Check out:
   Davenport, Lizzie's Scrap Bag and Foursquare.