Greetings! This past weekend I indulged in 2 solid days of quilting at my quilt group’s annual retreat. We stay at a place in Kennebunkport, Maine that supplies a wonderful, large, light filled space for 18 of us to gather and quilt all day for 2-3 days. They provide meals, too! These retreats are a wonderful way to bond with friends and fellow quilters – so much fun!! Today I’m sharing some pictures from the retreat.
First, my major goals were to get the border on Sveta’s quilt and put the back together so I can deliver this for quilting in time to get it back for Christmas. The back is made up of 30 fifteen and a half inch squares of sateen fabrics so they all had to be sewn together; the quilt will be reversible. I arrived at the retreat at 1:00 on Friday and finished the border and back just before going to bed that night. Here are the front with border and the back – click for closeups!
Here is my friend Jeanne’s totally hand pieced kaleidoscope quilt in progress:
Don’t you just love the color and graphic nature of that quilt! And how many would hand piece this?!!
Here is Theresa’s star quilt on which she put the finishing binding before passing it along as a gift to a niece the next day:
And here is Theresa’s “low volume” quilt she was assembling:
Martha also worked on a “chevron” quilt but high contrast instead of low volume:
Martha also worked on a quilt in modern colors and design:
Here are a couple of views of the space we had to work in:
Kathy made bags the whole time. She is a master embellisher and here is a wool bag she made using fans made by another members’s mom. Kathy hand embellished the borders between the fan blades.
Here is Jaci’s “Cat in the Hat” quilt, I think for a grandchild:
Besides getting Sveta’s quilt done, I spent quite a bit of time hand quilting – outlining the vines and leaves – the border of Spring Sonata. I am now about 2/3 through the third border. Of course, I have to go back and fill in the background but I am making progress! I also made a few more blocks for Joyful Noise:
I started another doll quilt but forgot to take a picture! I encourage everyone to go on retreats with other quilters if you can; they are not only a great opportunity to spend dedicated time doing something you love, but wonderful social events as well.
I stil have more quilts from the annual Cocheco Quilter’s Guild show to share;
Here’s the Best of Show, “My Jubilee” by Regan Martin. The piecing was intricate and well done and the machine quilting was basic but well done. It was made to celebrate her 50th birthday, I believe. The back is interesting too.
Here’s my friend Kathryn’s sashiko creation:
This was our raffle quilt for 2014 – spectacular! Unfortunately I didn’t win!!
Two by Susan Copp Silva – I like the graphic nature of her quilts, her use of reproduction fabrics, and the quality construction and workmanship of her quilts:
Next post I’ll share some of the “Challenge” quilts. This year there were only 2 hand quilted quilts in the larger size category in our show, one lap quilt and one twin size quilt, both by the same quilter. There were a dozen small wall, minature, or doll quilts that were hand quilted, four of which were mine. Not many quilters are hand quilting!
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