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
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.
Cheryl works on an art quilt. Can you see the Chicago skyline?
Hanging the pieces up on the wall helps with color placement.
Love these hand appliqued hearts.
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
lots of elephants
More wonderful piecing. We all worked very hard.
Everyone does their own thing, so we get quite a variety.
Wow! All those little pieces. Amazing what you can get done if someone else cooks for you! Striking!
Bev ( my roomie) models her new apron.
She also finished this small quilt. It just needs the binding around the edges.
A more modern slant
So what did I do for two whole days? Make a big mess, mostly!
Pam’s creative workplace
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!)
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
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
Well, that’s all folks. Hope you enjoyed the pics.