Category Archives: Quilting Retreat

End of May – Lots of Sewing!

We had lots and LOTS of rain this past month. In one week alone we had five inches at our home! Yes, the rain is great, except it makes it a bit soggy to garden. So, what to do? Sew! I’ve also been getting my projects ready for the June week long residency I will be enjoying. Normally my end of month wrap-up’s progress list shows all. However, I’ve prepped six charity projects to bring with me for the residency, and will group them together for now. (Note: Below list updated May 31, 2017)

May 2017 Project List

Yes, I am bringing a LOT, but I would rather have way too much than not enough. I’m also bad about getting bored with a project part way through and want to move on to another. I’m also being very careful about stocking my tool box. I’ve included two full packs of sewing machine needles and a 5-pack of rotary blades. I’d rather not have to go down the mountain to get any sewing supplies. Lots of threads and two sewing machines will also be going with me.

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Now, back to a project that will not be going with me – Tribal. I loved this pattern when I first saw it and had fabric in my stash that worked. Though not difficult, it is quite a bit of sewing. Now that it’s on the design wall, I really want to move it along, so off I go!

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Sew Much Sewing, Sew Much FUN!!!

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Just back from the Quilt & Sew-In Spring Retreat and WOW! It was such a good time. I am always impressed with the fun attitude and amazing camaraderie at retreat. I am also always wowed at how much everyone accomplishes and their exceptional talents. There is so much to show, I will do this in two parts.

Our Venue:  The Meadowbrook Inn, Blowing Rock, has been home to the Quilt & Sew-In Retreat for five years. The sewing room is bright and each sewer gets their own table. There are 3 pressing stations that are counter height, and 3 cutting stations counter height. Each day we start out in the pretty windowed breakfast room.

Thank you Island Batiks for the pretty charm packs for everyone!

Free Spirit and Rowan Fabric also generously donated hexie charm packs with Kaffe Fassett, Joel Dewberry  and Denyse Schmidt fabrics. Building up our stash!!

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The “Mad Button” game was played and lasted 24 hours. It was brutal! If someone said “quilt” or “fabric,” one of their red buttons would be taken – she with the most red buttons won. (Thinking about how often you say those two words? ) Cindy played with a fun and ferociousness that couldn’t be beat – 21 buttons gave her the win! She scored  a ceramic magnetic pin dish with pins.

Quilt! – the Quilt & Sew-In’s very own first cousin to Bingo, was played several times over the weekend. Winners enjoyed the new Oly Fun craft fabric by Fairfield. Great opportunity to try something new!

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Whew! There’s LOTS more to share – tomorrow. Visit again to see the amazing creative projects by all who attended! Sorry, I have to use this word again – “WOW!!!”

Less Than Two Weeks to GO!!!

It’s SO close! (See the countdown.) The Spring Quilt & Sew-In is almost here! Now it’s time to take a moment to thank all our incredible sponsors:

Island Batik, Free Spirit Fabric, Pineapple Fabrics, June Tailor, Quilter’s Dream, Fabric Editions, Fairfield, A & E Gutterman, Clover Needlecraft, Olfa, Prym, The Warm Co., Colonia Needle and C&T Publishing.

A BIG thank you also to the fabulous shops offering retreaters a discount:

Sew Original, The Quilt Shop, Mountain Thread Company and Unwound Yarn.

WOWWW!! We will sew, shop, laugh, sew some more, shop and laugh even harder!

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Check the Retreat Page for upcoming retreats – Fall II in November and 3 retreats in 2018!!

WHEW!! Quilt & Sew-In Retreat Fun

WARNING – Lots of pics and  lots of fun!!

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Fall 2016 Quilt & Sew-In Retreaters (minus 2) – Fabulous Group!!

 

So much to tell about the Fall Quilt & Sew-In Retreat in Blowing Rock, NC – SO much fun! Of course, I can’t share everything because of course, “What happens at retreat, stays at retreat!” How fortunate to have the best ladies to come and join in on the creativity and fun together. Lots of sewing, lots of laughs, learning new techniques and tricks, meeting new friends, catching up with old friends and more inspiration than I could handle!

The retreat was once again held at the Meadowbrook Inn – a beautiful and very comfortable boutique hotel in Blowing Rock, NC.

Take a peek inside our retreat:

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Susan was the queen of chain piecing!

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Susan’s square in a squares

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Significance of this quilt – tells a life story

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Precise and organized piecing

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Beverly’s “Sunshine” quilt – she donated it as a Hospice quilt!!

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“You’re interrupting my sewing!” This was one prolific piecer!

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Janet’s quilt block

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Made into this amazing quilt top!

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Cindy’s really working her jewel tone piecing.

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Sandra was very happy with her win!

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This was one hard working group.

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So much to do!!

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Sandy won one of the the fat quarter left-right games!

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Birthday girl – oops – didn’t get a pic ’til the cupcake was all gone!

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Anna’s whale – Sara generously made it into a paper pieced pattern and taught her how to paper piece – don’t you just love quilters’ generosity?!!

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Beverly really worked these curves

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Cindy won the charity quilt block first place prize – a whole quilt kit!

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Jean came in second with a Fat Quarter Shop gift certificate.

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Jean’s flannel quilt for hubby – a few years in the making.

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Sandra quilting blocks of the month.

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A few of Sandra’s blocks put together.

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Sandy’s table topper – hate that this pic is fuzzy – it’s really so pretty.

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Sara’s crazy colorful tumblers

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Sara’s trial experiment – she’s on her way!

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Vonnie’s very creative art quilt.

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Oops – a little unsewing. Won’t say who, because we all probably did some of this.

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Very interesting design.

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Nell’s big quilt as you go

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Judy’s creative quilt block.

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My dragonfly quilt top – lots of buttonhole stitching to do!

Whew! What a Whirlwind!!

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Beautiful Colors in the NC Mountains

 

Travel – love it and am so glad that I am now free to do so. But this summer has been a crazy whirlwind! I flew to Chicago for a few days, then a week at the beach in Georgia. I enjoyed 4 days in the NC mountains for a quilt camp, turned around and flew to upstate NY for a special wedding. Now, next week is the Quilt & Sew-In in Blowing Rock, NC. I am so super excited and mostly prepared, but I’ll enjoy the anticipation so much more when I finally catch up on the evil necessity that is laundry.

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Barn Quilt at Quilt Camp – Perfect!!

 

For camp I prepared a leader-ender project which is now in the finishing stages. I want always to have one of these projects prepped because sewing two quilts at once is so much better than just one! This is a scrappy block. A fellow quilter at guild had done one and I immediately had to have the pattern. I have bins of batiks so it was a no brainer to go with batik.

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Sewing away at Quilt Camp!

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Just had to get one block done just to see it!

 

Blocks all complete and on the design wall! The sewing plan for the day is to get them all sewn together with the “spacer” blocks, press, trim, and border. I am really, really pumped – can you tell?!

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I want to finish this top today so tomorrow I can begin prep for the projects I’ll be taking to the Quilt & Sew-In. They I really, really need to get a few quilt tops ready for the long arm quilter!

Stashbuster Sunday – Sew Much Progress

Mid-Year Update  –  This year is half gone already? I feel like I’m just getting started! There were a few weeks of no motivation, but I’m once again pumped! So far this year I’ve had nine finishes, two of which I cannot show because they are gifts. Three of the finishes are charity quilts which makes my heart sing! Before retirement my goal each year was to complete two charity quilts. I have no set goal now, but should have completed at least six by the end of this year – Yeah!!

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My newest project is Tula Pink’s True Colors Sedimental quilt. I cheated a bit on my progress chart and posted that this project is cut. Well, it will be all cut in about an hour or two. These fabrics are just so yummy and how fun to work with so many different colors!

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Having three quilts at the long arm quilter’s is a pretty big deal for me. It’s usually one at a time. I should have them back in a few weeks and will have several days of binding. Now that I do most of my bindings by machine, it’s not too bad and goes quickly compared to binding finishes by hand.

Year End Goal – to reduce my Works in Progress to fifteen. Twenty-seven projects is just more than I want to even think about! Do other quilters set goals? Do other quilters keep track of their projects? Please share – I’d love to know!

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Mountain Trip & Quilt Shop

Quilt & Sew-InLast week the heat in the Piedmont of NC was rather oppressive. We headed up to the mountains for a little escape. First, we checked out the Daniel Boone Gardens in Boone, NC. It’s a small natural garden maintained by volunteers. It was sweet, with the most amazing ferns ever, and glad we stopped.

And then the must stop – The Quilt Shop, Hwy 105 ext. in Boone. This shop is pure eye candy and fabric fun house!

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When you walk in, you are greeted by the friendliest, happiest gals ever. Todd, the owner and Pam are always ready to help in any way they can. This shop’s specialty:  fabrics by Kaffe Fassett, Philip Jacobs and Brandon Mabry –  my absolute faves! All their current fabrics in all colorways are together and an amazing array of shot cottons, both striped and solids are also available.

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There is also a wonderful selection of bright and beautiful batiks in all colorways and there are many selections of other designers, high quality quilting fabric in the shop. Absolutely something for everyone. The fabric organization makes it so easy to shop and everything is so neat and tidy.

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I REALLY behaved – picked up just a few greens to help a project in progress. Lots of fat quarters are available for sale. Don’t see one precut that you want? They’ll gladly cut one or however many you need from whatever fabrics you choose! I’ve noticed that fewer and fewer quilt shops do that anymore, so it is a real treat to have that option here.

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There is also a collection of patterns, tools and books available. A display of quilts hang around the shop and classes are offered for most of the quilts displayed. The shop also offers long arm services.

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Thankfully the shop was a very comfortable temperature and there was a handy bench for hubby to (cheerfully) wait it out! I’ll be back along with the others attending the Quilt & Sew-In in November (they offer a nice discount to us!) If you are heading to the Boone area, this quilt shop is a definite must!