April 1, 2011

Quiter's Retreat

Hello! I'm just back from a 3 day quilting retreat at Lake Logan, which is an Episcopal Camp about an hour west of where I live. This is the third time I have gone to this locale to quilt with others. This time there were three groups on site. The eight from Asheville Quilt Guild shared space with five from the Western North Carolina Guild and then there was another group of 8 or 10 quilting in another building.

It's a treat to be able to work/play non-stop for several hours at a time and then get constant inspiration from the projects that others are working on... and there is a wonderful kitchen staff at Lake Logan. They call us in to enjoy good meals every few hours. What a treat!

This is a community quilt that our bee has been working on. I just needed to do a little more quilting and then bind this piece. Our bee is in the process of making 3 community quilts that will likely go to agencies that work with women. We used a common white on white background fabric and made 12 inch squares of choice using the 1930's reproduction fabrics. I think it came out really nice!

This is the completed quilt top from last year's $5 quilt club at Material Things Quilt Shop. I have participated in $5 quilt clubs the last 5 years and this is the first time that I have actually put the blocks together in a timely manner!

I made the first three blocks of the Fairfield Block of the Month (www.fairfield.com). This is a BOM that is available on-line. I liked the colors of the finished quilt and the nature theme. I'm hoping that I will be able to post a picture of this finished quilt hanging on my dining room wall next year at this time.

My friend Jane is working on a colorful community quilt... I believe it's a preemie blanket. And her "cousin" Alice worked diligently on a paper-pieced Storm at Sea.