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Quilt Retreat Progress

I recently went on 2 different quilting retreats & on the first, I decided to work on something frivilous that didn’t have a purpose & didn’t have a deadline & was just for fun.I pulled out this kit of my mom’s from my stash & since it was Christmasy, that would be the project.

So while it’s not really my style, it required accuracy & with the few pattern errors-a bit more thinking!

I already have some quilting ideas in mind- but it will have to wait a bit for that!

Retreat Quilting!

This past weekend I spent an amazing weekend quilting away with my friends!

These are some of the projects we accomplished:

Here’s a Farmer’s Wife block:

Here’s a quilting challenge piece from my longarm guild.  We are all piecing the same quilt & then quilting it our own way.  These will be on display at MQS this May!  This is one of my favorite exhibits- I love seeing all the different styles & inspirations the same quilt can give people!

This top was completed by a dear friend.  She’s been working on this top since the mid 90s & let me tell you- she was happy to have this done!  This was also her first quilt!  Didn’t she do a great job as a beginner?  (Note, this is a Quilt in a Day pattern)

This top was completed by another friend entirely this weekend! (Actually, in 1 day I believe!)  This will be for her grandbaby’s new twin bed.  Her plan is to quilt it with monkeys!  Isn’t that great?  What kid wouldn’t want to sleep by themself if they had a quilt like this?

Some other projects that people worked on, but I failed to take photos of (bad blogger!) were:
Farmer’s Wife quilt– yes, this friend completed all 111 blocks & was assembling the top at the retreat!!
Paper pieced lanterns– think of the oriental lanterns pieced with fun bright fabrics
– A Judy Neimeyer tablerunner
– A Crabapple Hill Sampler
– And I did a special project I can’t show photos of quite yet- but I’m sure you’ll love it!

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Fall Retreat

This past weekend I went to the Quilted Kitty’s Fall Retreat. This was my first ever quilting retread & I had a blast! I can’t wait to go on more of these!

We stayed at Camp Rivercrest in Fremont, NE which reminded me so much of Glen Lake camp that I attended as a kid. We had the beautiful lodge below to ourselves. Up stairs was full of tables so each quilter could spread out her project. There was a mini kitchen as well as a design wall & plenty of ironing boards. I set up my spot right by the HUGE stone fireplace! Downstairs were the rooms with our bunks which stayed nice & cool through the evening.

Here are some views from the back of the lodge:

The camp had wonderful Adirondack chairs on the deck to relax on & watch the deer!

The purpose of the retreat was to get some quilting done & I have to say I was very successful! I chose to bring a project I haven’t looked at since we lived in Alaska- figuring the weekend would give me time to focus on figuring out where I was & what I needed to do. I didn’t finish the quilt top, but I got a lot of blocks finished. Only 16 more to go! (In a quilt that has over 200 blocks, I’m doing pretty well.)

The quilt shop workers had a puzzle going on one of the tables, which of course I couldn’t stay away from. It was a great distraction when I needed a break from triangles!

There were optional projects to complete- a fall wall hanging & a Christmas surprise. I loved the fact that there wasn’t any pressure to participate- so I continued to work on my UFO.

There were some optional games- a decorate your bunk contest & fancy slipper contest! Both were fun & had some creative entrants! There was also a game of QUILTO which I won some fat quarters (think BINGO with quilting terms).

The food was fantastic! It was served up in the dining hall so it gave us a chance to get some fresh air. I don’t think I’ve eaten so many sweets in quite a while!

At the closing brunch I won the cute table centerpiece that was a quilted basket full of fun notions! I can’t wait to try out the 60wt thread & the thread heaven!

The most amazing part of the retreat where the other ladies. I’ve never been with a group of such great women! They were all supportive and encouraging. Even though I was so tired from the weekend (napped for 5 hrs after getting home, ate dinner & went straight to bed), I feel so refreshed & excited to quilt! I can’t wait for the spring retreat!