Quilt Retreat projects

A couple weeks ago I was lucky enough to be on a 4 day quilting retreat at Asbury Camp and Retreat Center in Silver Lake, NY with about 20 friends from our quilt guild. This is the entrance to the building that we ate and did our sewing in. I love the antique ski’s and sled. I always feel welcome here. It must be the nostalgia of the antique ski’s and sled. Even the pay phone on the wall reminds me of a time when life was slower and we were connected more to people by the sound of their voices than the beep of a text. I brought several projects to work on, ¬†and didn’t actually finish anything. I did, however, have a lot of fun and get a lot done!

Shop Hop Christmas quilt

The first thing I worked on was a project from a Shop Hop from several years ago. Each participating quilt shop handed out a small number of charm squares. For those of you who are new to quilting, or for my non-quilting blog followers, “charm packs” are made up of 5″ squares of fabric. At the last quilt shop that you stopped at in the shop hop, you are given a pattern to make something with all the fabrics you’ve collected along the way. I did have to add more white fabric, but the colored fabrics were all gathered on the shop hop. Next, I will add borders.

I also worked on a couple of quilts for my boyfriend’s daughters. I started with a 6″ wide roll of a variety of fabrics by Kaffee Fassett. His fabrics are gorgeous and vibrant. Originally when I bought the Kaffee Fassett fabric, I bought 1 yard cuts of 2 other fabrics for each quilt not knowing quite what I was going to do as a far a pattern went.

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I found a pattern that I loved. I got all the 4 patches made for both quilts. Then I hit a stumbling block. The pattern requirements listed 1-1/2 yard cuts of a light and a dark shade of the same color as borders to the 4 patches. I thought I had the perfect fabrics to use for the block borders, but alas, I didn’t have enough.

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I played with a variety of turquoise fabrics that I had with me to see if I could make it work by mixing more than 2 border fabrics, but I felt the busyness was taking away from the gorgeous Kaffee Fassett fabrics. So I decided to try solids instead.

039This photo shows the last versions that I had on the design wall. On the left side is a small sample of the quilt for Hayley that will have purple borders. On the right side is the sample of the quilt for Miranda that will have turquoise as the borders. For now, these quilts are at a stand still until I find the right fabrics for the block borders. I have plenty of UFO’s to keep me busy in the meantime.

In case you’re wondering what the blue strips are that are around the edges, it’s nothing more than blue painter’s tape holding a piece of batting onto the wall. It’s an easy way to make a quick design wall. Thanks for the idea and the batting loan Lori!

Things that make me smile:

  • Getting the perfect birthday present for someone
  • Baking cookies
  • Listening to 80’s music with my boyfriend, Jim. He’s mostly a progressive rock, and classic rock guy, so I was pleasantly surprised to find out he likes some of the same music of the 80’s that I like.

Let’s go spread some sunshine!

-Melanie

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