Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Retreat Pictures

I haven't forgotten my blog and my friends.  I've just been extremely busy with working, family, and trips.  My job keeps changing daily with new boss, new support staff (as 3 has retired in the last 9 months and 2 were laid off), and I now supervise three employees. 

I've also had two trips, one a quilting retreat and a family reunion.  I'm posting the retreat pictures from May 20-22 at Whistling Meadows Retreat Center in Greenville, IL.  We had so much fun.  You've got to view this video of the quilt police showing up at our meeting.  It was unexpected so I missed recording at the beginning.  We are definitely a rowdy bunch!

So what did I work on at retreat?  I started working on my Shakespeare in the Park and got almost half of the rows pieced.  Then, I realized that I left a set of setting blocks at home and had to put it away and work on something else.  I was disappointed as I really need a large workspace to finish this quilt.

 So, I started working on a Scrap Quilting Club project from a few months ago.  I have a few more blocks done than what's showing.  Have a few more to go.

Our group project was the Jellyroll Sewing Race.  The quickest anyone could make this quilt was 1 hour 45 minutes.  So, the quilter who completed this in 30 minutes is definitely a sweatshop worker. LOL  We had so much fun.  I made two of them at retreat.  This is my first one.

And, here is my second one made from a scrap bag I purchased at Hancocks of Paducah during the quilt show.  I joined the strips with a diagonal seam.  I've come to the conclusion these will make excellent quilts for my family members (about 10) that are still on my list.

Here are the other quilts made.  They all have their own personality depending upon fabrics used, scraps or from a collection.  These are our charity quilts for 2011.

 Debra won the race and received $15 gift to local quilt shop.

Here is a photo of the challenge quilts to make any quilt, any size that was dimension with fabric, not just embellishments.  I did not make a challenge project as my life is too hectic at the moment.

We also made cd holders for our cars but I don't have pictures of them.  In the next post I'll post that along with two other quilts I gave away at the family reunion.




    Oh I had such a good time, watching your video! It just gave me the giggles and I wished I could have been there with you all ;>)
    THANKS for showing, dear!
    And, by the way, those strippy quilts are AMAZING... such a good idea, indeed. I'd love making one like this (would help me de-stash a little, although I'm sure I'd need a few days to comlete it, HeeHee...). Is there a "rule" to cut those strips (lengths), so that I get a similar effect ? THANKS for helping ;>)

    Big, friendly (((HUGS))) from my little corner, in Belgium.

  2. Funny video - put a smile on my face this morning. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Great video and wonderful quilts. Quilters really know how to have fun!

  4. I LOVE your version of Shakespeare In The Park. Wonderful colours.

  5. That was great fun to see your retreat photos! Love your Shakespeare quilt!


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