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Monday, October 26, 2009

Design Wall-Week 22 and Retreat Report

Today my design wall holds the completed center of the Rectangle String Quilt from Mary Quilts. I spent 4 days at a local quilt retreat. I love going there and sewing for hours at a time and never having to worry about anything other that what I am doing.

My goal for the weekend was to do my BOMs first and then get busy trying to empty my string bin. I finished the Rectangle quilt and the gray centered quilt. I posted photos to my small online group last night and was offered border fabric from a dear friend that wants to help with the charity quilts. How fabulous is that??? I accepted her offer and she will bring me fabric in a couple weeks. Until then, I think I am going to use something I have for these quilts and then at the next retreat--pretty spoiled aren't I??--I am going to continue to work on emptying out that string bin and will use her fabric for those quilts.

These blocks are for a new BOM group. The theme for the year is stars, one traditionally pieced and one paper pieced. I am using black background and only stash fabric for the stars. I think it will be very striking when it's finished.

This is my view of the sewing room. This wonderful lady is Barbara. My table mate was working on a One Block Wonder. I haven't been too interested in making one of those until I sat there and watched as she worked on hers. OMG! I am going to find some fabric for my own. 3 other gals brought theirs, one was complete, one ready for borders and one still in progress. They were each amazing and to watch as Sonya made progress on hers---ohhhhh, I need to have one too. I am such a follower!

Today I am going to try to create some kind of order in my sewing room. I don't think I have to go anywhere today.......I sure hope not. I am still recouping from the weekend.

If you have a bin full of strings and strips and you need some inspiration to use them, go to the HeartStrings Quilt Project and inspiration will overtake you. If you don't want to make a string quilt, think about giving your strings to someone that will use them. You can contact the HeartStrings group through their website or contact your local quilt guild and ask if they would like your string quilts. Quilts are needed everywhere.

Go on over to Patchwork Times and take a peek at Judy's design wall and then check on everyone else. I love Monday!


Sue H said...

Oh, Judy, I really love your stars with the black backgrounds! They are going to be stunning.

Diane said...

Hi Judy! Your string quilts are gorgeous! I love the grey strip in the center. I just got the One block Wonder book. I'm going on a shop hop bus trip this weekend and hoping to get fabric for one. I, too, saw someone at a retreat I went to in September working on one, and thought "I have to try that". I think the most daunting part is picking a good fabric to work with.

Dena said...

Nice progress on your string quilt. I love your star BOM blocks. The black background really lends to a striking star. Great job!

Alycia said...

Wow - I love it when you get to sew uninterrupted too. You got a LOT done!!!

Sarah said...

I LOVE those stars - hope you share more photos of them as the months go on!

Quilter Kathy said...

ENjoyed reading about your retreat. Those stars are pretty...especially the one on the right.