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Archive for July 17th, 2011

Misc Farm Fest

More chat & more photos from our quilt retreat —

E & I LOVED this quilt and would like to make smaller versions of it.  Maybe a 3 x 3 setting with 5 pieced houses.  So….. we left here VERY early at 6:35 a.m. on Saturday so that we could go to the sponsoring quilt shop.   At the retreat site, they had a bit of “store” but only had this in kit form which we didn’t need.   The shop opened at 7 for retreaters and we were given a 20% discount so wanted to enjoy that for the day.  We got there around 7:40.

However, amongst the whole fabric line was NO bolt of the background tree print.  The part we loved the most!! 😦   E needed backing for another quilt so got that.  Imagine this…. I left w/o buying!!  🙂   Phil won’t believe it either!    I’ll either look  online or check the shop in September or admit that I won’t get it made for a Christmas present anyway and give it up.

The retreat site opened at 8 and we got there about 8:20 and got back to sewing. Class was officially back in session at 9.

Here is a collage of a samples from each class besides ours.

You can click the photo to see if bigger if you need.

The class shown on the top had most of their work done by Friday evening!  Some started a second quilt on Saturday.  It looked like they had done pre-cutting and then had big (12″?) blocks put together quickly.  I saw them working on design walls as there are several ways to arrange the block.  Cool!

Some of the circle quilts looked all pieced by the time we were heading out.

The Farmer’s Daughter (pinks & blues shown) did a lot of piecing as we did and had just started to assemble the tops.

The baskets were next to us and several of my guild friends were there.  (Note Beth’s pose for me 🙂  I had a shot of 3 tops and then she turned the other way so I complained.  I got this in return!! LOL!!)  Very cute pattern.  This was our other choice for class.

The setting was a gym at a Christian school and it was just perfect!!  The room was divided into the 5 classrooms w/ moveable walls.  Each area was made just the right size for each class.  Then a larger sitting area w/ round tables for our meals.

This is Barbara, our teacher, getting us started on Friday morning.  She was very nice and helpful.  It was cute that each teacher decorated their teaching desk and had little perks for us.   Barbara had a basket with basic quilting tips written out on paper.  Throughout the 2 days, each student would read a tip, then share one of their own tips, and she’d let us choose a fat eighth from her basket.

Across the stage was the ‘store’ and these quilts were on display for upcoming BOM’s.

We like the setting on the far left one, it is a $5/block project.  If you bring in the last month’s completed block the next block is free.  Fun gimmick!  The far right one has wool appliqué and yes, those flowers are PINK!! 🙂   (I’m not signing up for either one, tho.)

Show & Tell of other projects was after lunch on Saturday.  That information wasn’t in our packets so we didn’t know to bring items.  Here is a sampling.

We got a bit more time for sewing after this.  I was at a good stopping point and once Elinor got to one, we packed up and headed out.  We were home just before 4.   E had dinner with some friends that evening and I have company today so it was good to be home at a decent time.

(The retreat ended at 3 and most were gone by the time we left at 2:15. )  We would have both been fine to keep working as the time away and solid quilting time was delightful!!  🙂    I need to plan make ahead meals and get in more concentrated sewing time like this again.   Perhaps I’d have to unplug the computer as well as that sucks me in if I have to come upstairs for something else.  *sigh*   But I LOVE having all of you in my box.   🙂  

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