Even on a cold day like today, I have to imagine that someday it will be Summer and I will no doubt be quilting. Even dreaming of Summer seems to warm me up a bit.
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?
Many others were more prolific than I. A lot of other fabulous work got done.
Such happy colors in this finished quilt top.
Love this romantic table runner.
Most quilters are strippers at one time or another!
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).
Fun baby quilts
More wonderful piecing. We all worked very hard.
Everyone does their own thing, so we get quite a variety.
She also finished this small quilt. It just needs the binding around the edges.
So what did I do for two whole days? Make a big mess, mostly!
I brought a lot of bright, fun fabrics purchased just for the occasion.
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!)
I did manage to finish 13 star blocks. Haven’t quite decided how I will put them together. I just design as I go.
I put some borders on the 13th block. I think it will make a fun wallhanging when it is quilted.
Well, that’s all folks. Hope you enjoyed the pics.
Being a professional machine quilter, I do a lot of quilting. But rarely are the quilts mine. I finish other people’s quilts. I started this quilt way back in July, I think. I start LOTS of quilts. They don’t always get finished. This one did! And it is just for me! I wanted something warm to cuddle up in when I’m watching TV.
You may recognize this pattern from an earlier post. The setting is a variation using the curved drunkard’s path block. All the fabrics were from my stash, so this was stash busting! Those cream colored “paths” were just screaming for some feathers. Of course since it’s my quilt, I quilted my name in the center.
Just wanted to let you all know that I have made some progress on at least one UFO this week. You might remember this Halloween quilt top from my last post. Well, with the addition of some wide borders, it is now a little lap quilt! Now it’s ready to pull out for the Fall.With addition of the orange and green borders, it measures about 58″ square–a nice lap size.
At first I didn’t think that the darker green border was a good choice. But my main goal in finishing this projects it to use fabric that I already have! I probably would have gone for a lime green or purple, but this fabric is growing on me. Who says everything has to match perfectly? Hope it makes it more interesting. I picked up quite a lot of this fabric at a guild sale years ago. I loved the little ravens (or are they crows?). It’s an unusual print and I finally found a place to use it. I made the binding out of another Halloween print that I had around.Also right out of my fabric stash I found this orange diamond fabric that looks great on the back. I added some extra blocks (and more of the green) to make the backing wide enough. Pieced backs are always more interesting just using one fabric. I quilted it with an all-over spiral pattern as you can see. Nothing fancy. Got to get these projects done!I find I do have quite a few Autumn fabrics and colors in my fabric stash. It’s obvious it’s my favorite season and now I have another Fall quilt project to add to my collection!
If you are a quilter, you are very familiar with UFO’s (Un-Finished Objects). Dedicated quilters (and other crafters) have a LOT of those. I have too many to count. I buy all the materials, start a project, and then move on to something else before I ever finish. Some times I just buy the fabric and never start at all! Well, I’ve dedicated this month to FINISHING! I thought I would share some of these UFO’s and then let you know in the coming days of my progress.
Here are a few of the unfinished things I found lying around. I have dozens and dozens, so I will just give you a peek at a few.
This little Halloween table topper just needs to be quilted. Maybe I will add a border.
I found these blocks on Ebay some time ago. I’d guess they are from the 50’s or 60’s. They are handpieced. I added the polka dot and navy fabrics. I have six blocks. I could probably make a little lap quilt.
This little Fall stitchery is almost done. I hope it looks cuter when is is quilted.
Same with this tiny wallhanging. It’s my first attempt at hand applique.I’m ashamed to say I have purchased whole quilt kits that I never even started. I’m not even sure I like them anymore. If I do tackle them, I will probably update the fabrics. I liked this floral fabric a lot when I bought it years ago and found some coordinating prints. I started some piecing, thinking to make it into a quilted jacket. That’s not going to happen. But it would make a nice charity quilt. Here are a couple small holiday items. It wouldn’t take much to finish them. I just have to have a reason.
Loved the unusual color scheme in these holiday prints.
These “orphan” blocks I picked up at a guild meeting. I’m sure I could combine them into nice charity quilt. Our guild makes quilts for a local shelter for women and children.Well, I could go on and on, but I will stop for now. Time to get sewing!