You have to admire quilters who pack up all of their quilting belongings and head out for a weekend of sewing! Of course, it's the chance to interact with others who share the same hobby interests ... to get away from the dishwasher, vacumn cleaner and phone ... and making dinner that makes it so attractive. It's amazing how much you can get done without distractions.
Brita was making this quilt up as she went. She came across a fat quarter bundle on her way to the retreat. Actually ... she came across two fq bundles ... and made two quilts for two little girls during the retreat! I don't think this was what she intended to work on but it was pretty impressive in my book. Lucky kids!!
Linda was making our Square Deal centerpiece quilt for Easter gifts. She used Jezebel from Red Rooster and made four of them ... used up all of her scraps in the binding, too. They were really cute ... all she had to do is stitch down the binding when she got home. She went on to make a tote bag and was working on another table runner when we closed down the retreat. And somehow she squeezed naps in there. And a massage!
Kathy was making Square Deal 2 ... we used the Marcus Brothers Easter line for our kits and she whipped out a couple of those as well as our Breath of Spring wool pouch. She had such a great time making these that she went home with more kits for gifts. Some lucky friends and family will be getting these in a few weeks.
This is just one block of a pieced and appliqued quilt Diane has been working on for SEVEN years! When the retreat was over, she had the top totally done ... in addition to our store mystery quilt homework. Nose to the grindstone for her ... but she seemed to be having a good time inspite of working so hard.
Jane was seriously working on this poppies wall hanging ... she was stitching them in place through the last half of the retreat ... inspite of the fact that she sat at the roudiest table in the room! Ask them where they went each evening before dinner. (I thought they were taking a nap ... silly me.)
This beautiful piece Sheila was working on was a quilt-as-you-go method ... the good news there is when she's done, she's done!
I thought this little embroidered and appliqued quilt was adorable. Not sure who was making it as a bunch of them were huddled over it!
Ruth was close to getting her quilt done ... she's never made a king sized one before and had no idea how long it would take. She took a lap quilt that she liked and multiplied it by four to get the size she needed. Pretty quilt and will look great on her bed.
Necessity is the mother of invention they say ... I had to invent a way to raise up the cutting tables when I couldn't find the traditional risers I had. Lucky for me, ShopCo was right up the street. (And so was Starbucks!)
There were lots more quilts and projects that I didn't get around to photographing. This was our first time at this new location in Eau Claire and I have to say, the set up is perfect for quilting. Outlets were in the floors so we weren't tripping over cords ... the lighting was bright and best of all, we had not one electrical issue ... a major miracle. It'll be fun going back in November!