Quilt Retreat on Lake Michigan

I spent this Friday and Saturday at my annual quilt retreat along with about 25 other dedicated quilters.  This is our 6th year at the Illinois State Beach Resort in Zion, IL.  Not much swimming going on at this time of year, but it’s pleasurable nonetheless to gaze out on the icy lake as we get our quilting fix.  Warning:  This is a long post–but it’s mostly pictures.

I did a little improvisational piecing this year–no pattern, not much measuring, just fun play with some fabulously colorful materials.  Kind of like painting with fabric. These are a couple of the wonky star blocks I made.  Can you count how many different fabrics are in this one?

improvisational piecing by Pam Schoessow

improvisational piecing by Pam Schoessow

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Many others were more prolific than I.  A lot of other fabulous work got done.

Such happy colors in this finished quilt top.

January 2015

January 2015

Love this romantic table runner.

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Cheryl works on an art quilt.  Can you see the Chicago skyline?IMG_1037

Hanging the pieces up on the wall helps with color placement.IMG_1038

Love these hand appliqued hearts.IMG_1039

Most quilters are strippers at one time or another!

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If you don’t sew, you would be surprised how long it takes to sew all these little pieces together. (And to make all the points and corners match).

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Fun baby quilts

lots of elephants

lots of elephants

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cute fabric!IMG_1080

 

More wonderful piecing.  We all worked very hard.

More stripping!

More stripping!

Everyone does their own thing, so we get quite a variety.

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Wow!  All those little pieces.  Amazing what you can get done if someone else cooks for you!  Striking!IMG_1081

Bev ( my roomie) models her new apron. IMG_1084

She also finished this small quilt.  It just needs the binding around the edges.

Bev's Quilt

Bev’s Quilt

A more modern slant IMG_1086

So what did I do for two whole days?  Make a big mess, mostly!

Pam's creative workplace

Pam’s creative workplace

I brought a lot of bright, fun fabrics purchased just for the occasion.

Quilter's candy

Quilter’s candy

I don’t need no fancy machine!  I’ve been sewing on this little gem for over 46 years! ( I started in my childhood–I’m not THAT old!)

Pam's Singer Featherweight

Pam’s Singer Featherweight

I did manage to finish 13 star blocks.  Haven’t quite decided how I will put them together.  I just design as I go.

Pam's star block fun

Pam’s star block fun

I put some borders on the 13th block.  I think it will make a fun wallhanging when it is quilted.

Improvisational pieced block by Pam Schoessow

Improvisational pieced block by Pam Schoessow

Well, that’s all folks.  Hope you enjoyed the pics.

 

 

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Happy Tablerunner

I attended a quilt retreat a few weeks ago.  The 26 of us brought our own projects to work on.  There’s nothing better than spending three days sewing to your heart’s content and having someone else do all the cooking!  I like to do  easy projects so I can go home with something finished.  I had a charm pack of 5″ squares (by designer Pat Sloan for Moda fabrics)  that I wanted to create something with.  I had also purchased about a yard of extra fabric that coordinated with the charm pack.  I decided to make a table runner for my long kitchen table.  I made up the pattern, which was quite simple.

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I made rows of 3 prints separated by 2″ sashing.  Then I added a wider border with the same fabric as the sashing.

The quilting was very simple–just straight lines.  I varied the spacing to add some interest.  I finished it off with an orange print for the binding.

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Though this winter seems never ending (a few more inches of snow today!), this table runner makes me happy every time I look at it.  And even though I didn’t measure beforehand, it fits my table perfectly.  I couldn’t be more pleased with the result.

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