Monday, September 28, 2015

Design Wall Monday and Retreat

It's been a super busy last few weeks.  We had our county fair, a family get together, work and a quilt retreat!  I finished another t-shirt quilt this month and delivered it for a Christmas gift.  I will take a chance on my boss not reading my blog.  She brought me a huge bag of her son's t-shirts and sweatshirts to make her a quilt from, but her parents were the ones paying me.  I love designing t-shirt quilt layouts.  This one was loosely based on a quilt I saw in Quiltmaker magazine this year.  I added a bit of pink here and there complement the one pink t-shirt!  For some odd reason the edges ruffled a bit, I think it's the polyester batting and not basting the edges together before binding.

I went on a quilt retreat in beautiful McCall, Idaho last weekend.  The hostesses, Corrie and Des are a sister duo that go all out for a wonderful time for Craft Taffy retreats..  The best part was my friend Valerie flying to Idaho from Colorado.  She and I shared a room and had a lot of fun.  This is the first quilt I worked on.  The colors are very different from my usual style.  Aqua, gray and coral.  The pattern is called Cotton Candy and it's about twin size.

There was a nice railing to hang quilts over.  These are some of the quilts others worked on.

Views of the kitchen where Des and Corrie made wonderful food and of the sewing area.  A little of it is out of view.

Kathy taught a Lone Star quilt class that several people worked on.  I did not take the class, but the results were stunning.  I have made Lone Star quilts before, but never out of a jelly roll!  Kathy did an awesome job teaching!  Check out her blog for lots of fun retreat photos at: kathystitchbystitch
 Flowers down the street.
 A young deer following it's mother.  I'm used to lighter colored white tail deer in my yard.
Beautiful Payette Lake at sunset.  Paddleboarders went by and the lake was cold, but one of our group couldn't resist jumping in the lake.  Some of us were tempted, but it was a ways to walk back to the lodge in wet clothes!

This is a preview of my next Quiltmaker Scrap Squad quilt.  Purples!  I slightly overcut on the purple strips, but they will be used in a border.  I can't show any of the blocks yet!

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Judy D in WA said...

It looks like you have a very good time at retreat. I can't wait for mine!! There's something about quilting with friends!
I'm so glad you got to spend time with your Colorado friend.
Purple surprise....can't wait!!!

Mary said...

You have been BUSY! How nice to go to so many Retreats. The aqua quilt was a different color scheme for you. Who gets that one? T-Shirt quilts are not my favorite! Nice of you to do them. The Retreat place looks super for displaying your projects.

kathy-o said...

It was such fun having you at the retreat again! Thank you for your complements on the Lone Star class - that means a lot coming from you! I also have the Farmer's Wife 30's book & CD - one day I'll find the time to start on it....lovely post!

Kat said...

I love your cotton candy quilt! It looks like you all had a great time at the retreat and were really productive!

Ramona said...

Julie, your sunset photos are just beautiful! I'm glad you had a great time at your retreat. Your quilt top is so much fun! I love the pattern and colors. That's a big pile of purple you have there! Looking forward to seeing what you create from that.