Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Weekly Pattern Wednesday--Number Four

This is my fourth drawing in a series of 100. I'm linking up with Lynn Krawczyk's blog Smudged Textiles Studio for her Weekly Pattern Wednesday. Come play with us, and be sure to check out everyone else's drawings.

This is the first drawing in which I've used any color. I like the red focal point. I enjoy working with red, black, and white.


Monday, June 29, 2015

Quilt Retreat--The Third Retreat for the Month

Retreats are just the best--spending time with friends, doing what we love to do, eating great food. Obviously, I just can't get enough of them. Eight of us got together last weekend (June 2015) at Eleanor Burns's Retreat Center in Paducah, Kentucky. Most of the attendees are from Tennessee; I'm from Indiana, and Robin came in from St. Louis. These are the girls. (Don't even ask what Tanja (in the pink) is doing in this pic!!!)

Show & Tell at retreats are THE most fun. I am always amazed at the variety of projects everyone brings to work on. Here are my pics from this retreat...enjoy.

I worked on eight "postage-stamp" blocks (each block consisting of 36 two and one half inch squares) for a Block of the Month. I finished my "Science Fair" quilt top, and ...

I got this piece cut out, the half-square triangles made, and the layout put up on the design wall.

Several of us chastised Pam for BUYING a UFO (Who needs to buy them? Everyone I know has plenty to spare!); however, when it was finished, we were all jealous.

She got a lot done; here are her other pieces.

We were all coveting her fabrics.

Debby (award-winning machine quilter) is another one who gets a lot accomplished.

This is a community project quilt for which PUPs guild members made the blocks. It turned out beautifully.
This little wallhanging was made with a leftover T-shirt from a T-shirt quilt Debby made for a lucky girl. This will be a surprise for the recipient.

Tanja was REALLY focused and worked on HAND quilting the ENTIRE time.

She got a lot done. Her hand quilting is REALLY beautiful.

Robin loves handwork. She worked on an award ribbon that will be given at one of her guild's shows. I know I'd be happy to win this.

This is her latest wool project.

She also worked on binding a quilt.

Jan makes lots of quilts for her friends. This is a gift for one of her lucky recipients.

Judy worked on this quilt for her grandson. It contains LOTS of activities for him to do and includes a backing made of "road" fabric to use with his cars.

She also finished a batik quilt top.

When I started putting pictures in this post, I realized that I didn't get ANY pictures of what Pam R. was working on. She worked on several projects including (but not limited to) an English paper pieced hexagon project and a very intricate Judy Niemeyer pattern. I HATE that I didn't get A SINGLE picture of her gorgeous quilt blocks. Sorry Pam!

Some retreats are good for quiet reflection and work on art projects, some are good for working on traditional pieces, and some are good for working on VERY simple things to give your mind a break. Retreats are ALWAY good for renewing friendships, getting great tips, and rejuvinating creativity. If you get a chance to go to a retreat, JUST DO IT!