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Prepping and More Prepping

Off to another retreat! I’m a  guest at this one, so I get to do a lot more sewing. Prepping has been going on for about a week and I am SO ready! There’s something wonderful about being in a room full of creative quilters that serves to feed my creativity and productivity.

First – a scrappy flimsy that needs a border. It’s a strip quilt and I’ll be doing more strip blocks, making them into small half square triangles with a white-on-white, and adding as a border.

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Second – a baby scrappy quilt that was started a very long time ago. The paper piecing portions are complete and now I need to do the curved piecing. Each block is cut, pinned, and on its own paper plate.

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Third – Log cabin wall quilt. I worked on this last year at this same retreat – made many, many blocks but didn’t like the way they were squaring up. So now I am starting all over but this time on a paper foundation. I’m definitely committed to accuracy on this one!

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Fourth – not that I’ll really need it, but just in case something goes awry with one of the other projects, or I just don’t want to work on one of them. This will be a queen size for our bed.  Very simple – green leaf prints and white on white, all 3 inch squares finished. Simplicity is what I’m going for.

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Hopefully I’ll be back next week with some impressive results!

The Fabric Made Me Do It – Again!

Keep Calm Squirrel[1]Remember my rant about reducing my WIPs? Huh – guess I lied! How weak am I when I begin to look through my fabrics. Maybe I can justify this one, though – it’s a leader ender to have on hand at upcoming retreats.  That’s my story and I’m sticking to it! This also puts me as a member in good standing in the Squirrel Club!

I was going through my scrap bin of Kaffe fabrics which was filled to the brim with beautiful, colorful prints. I saw a quilt online recently that’s done with all half square triangles AND I have the perfect gray and white “splotchy” fabric to use as the neutral. Leaders and enders – a good way to double sewing production, so I began to cut triangles on the Big Kick and voila! Another WIP!

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Now, do I really want to wait for retreat in a few weeks? No, I really want to begin it now, so I quickly packed the project away with all the other retreat goodness. I can still hear it calling me, but hopefully it will die down soon!

And here it all is – snuggled in a project box waiting for retreat.

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Do tell, I’m sure I’m not the only one who breaks quilting and sewing promises to oneself!

Two More!

My goal for June was to quilt and finish as many Hospice quilts as possible.  I have been working on it for the last few days, but because so much of my time went into finishing my new sewing table, I could not begin earlier.

I pulled out all the quilt tops and if I had not already had a backing stored with them, I chose one. I also prepped the binding for each. Oh my – look at all those bindings!

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I prepped the batting for two of the quilts and sandwiched them. Now it was time to quilt!

I especially like this one because it is well suited for a male. See the lion peeking out?

Lion Hospice

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This paintbrush quilt is so bright and cheerful and is sure to bring a smile to someone in Hospice care.

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The blocks for both of these quilts were pieced by those attending the Quilt & Sew-In retreats. I then put the blocks together and finish the quilt. It is a great way to get more charity quilts done and is fun for all!

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Comments:  It is always so much fun to read your comments. The encouragement is just priceless!

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Surprises & A Great Retreat!

Last week was the Spring Quilt & Sew-In Retreat and it was a blast! There was so much sewing going on, but that is truly the least of it. The sharing, assistance, laughing and teaching moments were all such treasures. The generous spirit of all who attended was just amazingly wonderful. How lucky am I to bring these quilters back together each year!

And there were surprises! Beverly made these darling heart appliqued bags for everyone and a few extras for the wonderful employees of the inn where we stay. She also made  cute little butterflies (mine, unfortunately, is camera shy). She is the resident crochet queen! In addition, she blessed me with the crocheted doilies (if I ever made one of these, I don’t think I’d be giving them away!) and a sewing machine cover with pockets for tools.

Sandra made everyone this cute finger pin cushion (on the right).  It is going to be a real bonus for me when I am hand appliqueing.

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In their goody bags, each attendee received a pin cushion with a Velcro backing – perfect to place on your sewing machine or table or wherever you might find it handy (above left). Several were put to use shortly after receiving them! Both were made with bottle caps as the base.

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Something very special that happens at retreat is that there is a bucket of block “kits” for each to sew if they choose. The blocks are then put together for Hospice quilts. Everyone sewed one – some more than one! These batiks are going to make a beautiful quilt. The very masculine blocks were put together and the quilt top is already finished – Yeah!

AND there was a last minute sponsor – Woo Hoo! Northcott Fabrics so very generously sent these goodies. Sponsor generosity helps to make the retreats so very special.

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In the Fall we retreat again in Blowing Rock. Lucky me – I of course get to be there!

Two Fall Retreats – Fun, Fun, Fun!!

Usually I post retreat fun immediately after returning.  Having done two retreats back to back, I was totally pooped!! I always love being with these creative souls, and this year was no different – just double the fun and productivity. (Click on each pic to see captions)

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Fall II to be posted soon! (And yes, lots more pics!!)

 

 

 

Paper Pieced Veggies

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Last year I was asked to do a quilt to be hung at a farm stand. It’s for a dear cousin, so I said “yes.” Having sketched out my design, I was all ready to go until I came across some paper pieced veggie patterns (Quiltmaker “Garden Patch). And yes, into it I jumped – finally!

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They were not difficult and I do like the way they look. Now for putting it all together. I have somewhat of a plan, but it hasn’t fully emerged. I need to also put the name of the farm on the quilt. Setting this aside for now waiting for a rainy or cold day which we are promised very soon.

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October is now at an end so I’ve updated my project listing.

Fall I & Fall II Quilt and Sew-ins are next week, so I’m hoping to accomplish a fair amount there. The biggest benefit of my retreats for me is the great creative souls I get to spend time with, laugh with and share in their always amazing talents.

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Too Ambitious? I Hope Not!

Last week I got some great news – I was awarded a one week residency at Wild Acres Retreat Center. I will have a fully equipped cabin and my goal is to concentrate on charity quilts. To prepare for my time there, I have begun gathering fabrics and ideas. Over the next several weeks I will prepare several “quilt kits” so that I will have everything ready to just sit and sew all week! I will also be bringing two of my personal projects to work on.

And thanks to Sharon of Artistic Sharon Runs for information about the Hands2Help Charity Challenge hosted by Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict. I have signed up for this challenge also.

Charity Quilt Tops (Medium)

The  two charity quilts at the top of this posting are complete. The three quilts above are to be quilted. The one on the left was generously made by someone at the last Quilt & Sew-In Retreat, the center quilt is a flannel that was left anonymously  at the church where a group gathers to sew charity quilts twice a month. And the quilt top on the right was one I purchased at one of my quilt guild’s auctions and needs quilting. Truthfully, the tops come easy for me. It’s the quilting that is a challenge. I quilt on my personal sewing machine and do not do it with ease. I am trying though, really trying!

Charity Quilt Kits (Medium)Above are a few “kits” I have prepared. One is all set for the next Quilt & Sew-In Retreat in May – each attendee has the option to do a block or more and enter a chance to win a great prize. It’s a great way to get yet another top complete! I’m well on my way to meet my goal this year and just hope I can keep the momentum going!!

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