Monday, February 29, 2016

Prepping for Quilt Camp

I get to go on a quilt retreat this coming week, 4 nights!  I am very excited to hang out with friends and quilt.  My hip is getting back to normal after two months of therapy (we still don't know why it went wacky, but oh well), and that will help my comfort level of being able to bend and walk!

For my main project I decided to take my Fire Island Hosta quilt I started last year.  I LOVE this quilt.  I had the center sections done and this weekend I cut the outer two paper pieced borders and have this part assembled.  It will end up being 100 X 100 when it's finished.

I have a large sewing room and the adage of filling more space if you have it is true.  I am not the neatest person when it comes to my fabric. I think I need a little chaos to create.  However my cupboards of unquilted tops were a bit out of control. Several had fallen out while looking for something else.  I took a before picture and an after picture. The tops on the left side have backings with them.  Altogether there are 42 tops there.  Then I remembered two tops that were in a bag I took to guild for show and tell!  YIKES 44 unquilted tops!!!  

A friend who sang at my wedding 32 years ago saw the pictures on Facebook and picked out two quilts she wanted to buy.  This is one and I have it basted and ready to take to quilt camp and will machine quilt it there.  I do all my quilting on a Pfaff Grand Quilter.  This top is 54 X 78 and was made in about 2000.  I was involved in the Pat Sloan yahoo group and had a couple friends that were very "country".  We did a row robin exchange.  The backgrounds are all Buggy Barn Fabrics and there are several Pat Sloan fabrics in this quilt.  I really am not a "tan" person so I am glad this will find a new home!
I have another quilt cut out using Kaffe Fassett fabrics and I am almost finished with the hand applique on my Folk Art Sampler wool applique wallhanging.  I will be taking that along to machine quilt too. I think I will be busy and probably won't finish everything!

Linking up with Patchwork Times and Main Crush Monday.


Ramona said...

Have a great time at your retreat! It will be fun to see what you accomplish in those four days. How nice that your friend wants to buy two of your quilts. That gives you incentive to finish them. I'm glad your hip is feeling better. Safe travels!

Mary said...

Cool that you get to go to Quilt Camp this week. I'm jealous. Is this the one where you got snowed in a few years ago? I'll just have a Say-at-home retreat! It kinda hard to take my quilt machine with me to a retreat. The cupboards look SEW much better now. I'm still not counting mine, but I have a LOT.

JanetD said...

How fun, quilt retreat time - are you on spring break? That Fire Island Hosta is coming along beautifully and I hope you're able to get a lot done at the retreat. I'm so glad the hip is getting better and hope it continues to improve.

Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts said...

I would so love to go on a quilt retreat, and wow! 4 days! I hope you get lots done and have a ton of fun too. Your Fire Island Hosta quilt is beautiful, I will love to see your progress on it. Thanks so much for linking to MCM!

Judy D in WA said...

You are going to have a blast at Quilt Camp. I can't wait to see what all you do. Sorry your hip is a pain. Glad you are doing better! Love your quilt closet. It gave me fits of giggles. Sometimes the stuff behind closed doors is not a priority! We get to it when we get to it. :)

Quilter Kathy said...

Wow that's an amazing before and after photo! That is a lot of UFO's!
Makes me feel better about myself :)