Monday, October 26, 2009

Retreat Report


Isn't the opposite of "retreat" "advance"? I guess I'm ready to advance after a weekend of retreating. It was a good weekend, relaxing and productive. My only complaint is sore shoulders from too long at the sewing machine in a far from perfect chair.

This crowd likes the very newest patterns and newest fabric lines, but here's a quilt made from old shirts. There's one maverick in the group, at least.



Marcia pulled an all-nighter to get this far on her top; I really like the cheerfulness of the colors, and so will her grand-daughter. This pattern is from a recent Fons and Porter, I think.



I quilted my liberated wedding ring lap quilt, and finished two small pictorial quilts I'll post later. I also made more pieces for this block. I would have done more, but I don't think I want this basket fabric, and haven't found an alternative.


I think I'll try to finish it before next year's retreat!

And last but not least, the frog went to a new keeper, who thinks maybe he needs hair. It will be fun to see.

9 comments:

The Calico Cat said...

Awesome sunrise/sunset photo! So nice for that to be the first image...

*karendianne. said...

"At least one Maverick in the group" made me laugh as I felt your delivery there.

You got a lot done but your block, oh my I love this. I agree the basket fabric doesn't work. Maybe a batik? It's not like me to speak up like this so for whatever that's worth I don't know but it's just not like me.

appreciate all the sharing and Marcia's quilt but feeling long in comment...

Debra said...

Love the old shirt quilt--I wonder if her shirt fabrics have gone on and one like my stack of hawaiian shirts. Had I known when I started collecting that I would be seeing them for years!

Vicki W said...

It sure looks like a lovely setting! How wonderful to have enough time to develop sore sewing shoulders!

Nellie's Needles said...

Where you early? or is that a sunset? Awesome!

The shirt quilt appeals to me, as well.

Glad you had a good and productive time.

Libby Fife said...

Glad you had a good time and can't wait to see the pictorial quilts. That photo is really gorgeous so thank you.

McIrish Annie said...

Looks like you had fun! how did your "housescape" turn out?

Candace said...

I love your analogy, Kay - happy advancing! I do like your basket block and agree the basket fabric needs a change; I have to laugh because I used that fabric in part of a rainbow trout!
Cheers!

Vivian said...

Those weekend retreats are some of my best, most productive times for quilting, but I agree--the chairs will do me in every time.
Love the fabrics in the Carolina lily type block you're working on.