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Monday, May 16, 2016

Design Wall Monday...

 ...and The Retreat Report

These are ready to be put on the design wall! 
Bonnie of Quiltville fame shared pictures of her progress on these blocks.
I became obsessed with them so I figured out how to make the size I wanted and got busy.
My design calls for 36 of these. 
I had 5 finished because I had to be sure they were the right size and then kitted up the remaining 31.
This was my first project at retreat. 
I love having everything ready to pull out of the bag.

Next I made block 24 for my Splendid Sampler.
My new friend Liatris is also doing The Splendid Sampler.
It was fun to see her blocks. 

Then I started on my Dresden Plates.
I had everything for this kitted up also.
The plate fabrics came from my bin of 2 1/2" batiks strips that I've collected from retreat strip swaps.
I made this one at home to see how it would look.
I have 10 plates ready to applique.

Liatris was working on Jamestown Landing--and it is fabulous!!!
She sewed all of her rows together and 
I couldn't stop thinking of mine sitting at home all alone in the bin.
I didn't have a leader/ender project with me-weird!- so on one of my trips home,
I grabbed my bin and some fabric.
I got busy cutting half square triangles and pretty soon I had a nice stack ready to trim.

We continue to have our strip swaps.
Thank goodness we do, 
I've been using many of my  2 1/2" neutrals and need "new blood" in my own selection.
My friends continue to impress me with their neutral selections.
We also traded out 1 1/2" neutrals , 1 1/2 purples,
2 1/2" batiks and purples.

Another fun retreat in the books.
Now to plan for the next one...but that's not until October!
I have to get these project finished so I can show them off. 

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Nann said...

It looks as though you made great progress at the retreat! Hope you have a burst of new inspiration and energy.

Ramona said...

You had some great retreat projects! Nice that you and your friends swap fabrics. It keeps thing interesting and new!

Alycia~Quiltygirl said...

Look at you go! I LOVE that scrappy centered block!! Its a great one!

Dar said...

You had a lot of fun projects to work on at retreat. Love your scrappy Bonnie block and your Dresden plates will be beautiful in batiks.

Quilter Kathy said...

Sounds like a wonderful retreat! You certainly got a lot accomplished!
I really like to have everything organized too... then you can sit and sew, without having to think too much!

Kate said...

Wow, you got lots done at the retreat. I really love your Splendid Sampler block!

Mary said...

Cute retreat projects. You are lucky to live so close to home. I'm still just printing the Splendid patterns.

Mary said...

Cute retreat projects. You are lucky to live so close to home. I'm still just printing the Splendid patterns.