Monday, October 19, 2015

Design Wall Monday...

...Retreat Report

Retreats are always so much fun.
Retreats with your daughter and 10 other close friends are even more fun.
That's what I did this past weekend.
Day 1 started with making these pillow cases for a horse loving granddaughter.
It always fun to have a TaDah moment early on.

Then I went to work on Pineapple Crazy.
Thursday and Friday resulted in 10 more blocks.

I decided Saturday would be UFO day.
I took along the blocks from 2014 BOM at The HEXIE Blog.
At our May retreat, I finished appliqueing the motifs to the background.
We won't go into the details of the sashing cut too short and
 the blocks having to be trimmed down a bit.
Now the blocks are sashed and the top is sewn together.
I can't wait to quilt it and gift it.

After the BOM top was finished I pulled out the new project.
This is called Between Friends Junior from
The Happy Hour book by Atkinson Designs.
This was a kit I had bought several years ago.
I just had to have the right person in mind before starting.
Sometimes that takes a while.

The blocks are ready to be layed out.
I'll do this Wednesday at Binding Friends group.
Deciding a layout is more fun with friends.

Sunday morning I decided to make 2 more Pineapple blocks.
It was raining and gloomy,
perfect for sewing while we waited for the storm to blow over before loading the cars.
The storm didn't blow over.
We loaded our cars in the rain.

Retreat was a blast.
I love to bring my friends over with me to the super scrappy side of quilting.
Marian showed her fabulous black and batik Pineapple Crazy quilt.
I thought she needed a new scrappy project so I introduced her to Wild & Goosey.
I showed my few blocks and hope to be seeing several other friends
 with W & G quilts one of these days.
I didn't sew any more W & G blocks but I did take 5 sections out of 4 blocks and 
turn them the correct direction.
Better to catch that now than when the quilt is finished.

Thanks Marian. 
I predict very little sewing this week due to other things.
My mind will be working overtime planning for the next retreat.

I'm headed over to Patchwork Times to see what others have on their design walls.


Quilter Kathy said...

You sure accomplished a lot at retreat! Way to go!

Alycia said...

Great job! LOVE that fabric on your pillowcases!!!

Libby in TN said...

In our group we say "It takes a village to make design decisions." Love alll the projects you worked on. The horse pillow case fabric is especially interesting.

Nann said...

Looks as though you are catching up on many projects!

Ramona said...

You had a very successful retreat! Glad it was so much fun.

Mary said...

Glad you had the Retreat before the "other things" Great Pineapple blocks and quick finishes. Retreats are so fun for making progress on your projects.

ES said...

Retreat sounds so wonderful, and finishing a few things certainly always feels really good.

Diane Wagner said...

Gosh, you got a lot done! Love your pineapple blocks.

Jennifer said...

I was on a retreat with my mom and 10 friends last weekend too! Boy, they are great for getting a lot done, and you sure took advantage of that! Love the Happy Hour book - I've made several projects from it and her instructions are so well written.