Friday, March 13, 2015


My body and mind are totally stuffed after 3 days of sewing fun with my pals. After so many years reteating together, four (of the group of 10) have established a habit of making the same quilt (often sharing fabrics).  Some are fast stitchers, others like me are not.  We simply work at our own pace.....with tables arranged in a pod and stitch and chat for as long at it takes.
 Here's Gen's wall quilt in progress.
 Kate enlarged the center patch of each block, altering the shape as well.  This fast piecer had it nearly complete in the first day.
Judy used beautiful indigo prints (most created by her own hand), surrounding them with crisp white-on-white strips.
This is my project, utilizing Japanese style prints.  After the first day, the blocks are made and await the next step of sewing them into rows.

PTA member Leighe Anne, now lives in FL.  It's a treat when she gets back to Asheville to spend time with us.  She's in charge of our evening entertainment....and finds the darnest games for us to play.  Look at her just know we will be having fun.
Her quilts feature well combined interesting colorful prints.  After completing this one....she brought out two more to work on.......'s one.......and......

.......and another..... See what I mean about using fabrics that are unpredictable?  Yet they all work!!
Speedy piecer Kate also made this charity quilt....
 ......featuring adorable prints, just right for a child.
 Barbara is a very meticulous sewer.....each of these blocks were unique....I can't wait to see what she does with them.
 And yet again, here's another cheerful quilt made by Kate.....she very cleverly uses her fabric leftovers by cutting them into various widths of strips, storing according to size.  Then when the spirit moves her.....she can quickly and easily  combine them into clever and appealing quilts.

Not all projects got bad.....but I can assure you, each was special. Our 2016 Retreat dates are already booked, however, it might take us a full year to rest up!

See what others have been creating this week:   Nina Marie's Off The Wall FridaysWhoop, Whoop Friday.


Margarita Korioth said...

How fun is that! I'm looking forward to our retreat over here in Tennessee, but have to wait until November.

Thank you for your kind comment:)

Nancy said...

Quilt retreat- always fun, always inspiring! Nice idea to all piece the same pattern, and look how different they look.

Linda M said...

Looks like a very productive retreat also.

Chitra Gangadharan said...

lovely quilts. very inspiring.

Maggi said...

It sounds and looks like you all had a great time. I really like how different the first ones look in the various fabric choices

Robbie said...

You are all so productive!!! I have to admit I love the Indigo piece!