Last week I was at a quilt retreat hosted by Quilt Treasures.
I worked on 4 different projects. I didn't have a lot of space, sharing a 6 foot table and no room to set up my little ironing table as I was on the inside so I sewed as many blocks together as I could.
Since I have been home I have assembled all the tops and added borders.
The first project I worked on was a batik throw quilt called Rip Tide. I had purchased a kit, but exchanged out some of the fabrics. This was a pattern by Karla Alexander where you stack up fabrics, slice them apart, move fabrics in your stacks and resew them. It was fun and nothing to match up! I loved that!
|Rip Tide throw size|
The next project I worked on was my 1930's Farmer's Wife. I am a Farmer's wife, but samplers are not my favorite. I also have the regular Farmer's Wife quilt in progress. I am not sure what I was thinking! Anyway I had 21 blocks done and there are 99 in the book. I lost the CD with templates and I decided to do the lap size setting in the book and needed 32 blocks. I went through and kitted up 11 blocks and got those sewn and I had precut the setting triangles. I added a narrow border and I have a quilt top ready for quilting!
|six inch block closeup LOTS of pieces|
Next I worked on a disappearing 4 patch. I had a bunch of bright 10" squares and thought I would make a throw quilt for a gift. I got all the blocks done, but couldn't lay them out at retreat. After I assembled the quilt top at home, I HATED it! It was too much, too intense, too something. It was an 8 X 10 block setting. I had decided on the alternating design, but I think I should have set it together like Ramona
did. I decided since it was too big for what I wanted, that if I split the quilt top in half it would work better and it does! I added a border from fabric on hand and now I have two nice lap sized quilt tops!
|disappearing 4 patches|
The last project I worked on at retreat was a Scrappy Trip Around the World. The pattern is found on Quiltville's site
. I had a bundle of Bonnie and Camille's Vintage Holiday fabric. I just loved the pinks and aquas. I added a few other fabrics and since I am not a true scrappy quilt lover, I made sure reds went through the center. I am still contemplating a border or not.
|Scrappy Trip Around the World|
|Scrappy trip closeup - sometimes matching fabrics came together!|
School starts back up Monday. I have worked this week and have open house tonight, but then have the rest of the week off.