Tuesday, February 26, 2013

WIP Wednesday

I bet you are saying to yourself, "Hey, wait just a minute here. It's not Really Random Thursday. Does she have her days mixed up?" Yes, I realize what day it is. This is my first non-Really Random Thursday post of 2013. Whoot!

Last weekend I was at one of my favorite quilting retreats--Quilting in the Pines (you can see pictures from last year here). This was the ninth year and I have attended each one. Over the years, our group has gotten smaller, and there were only four of us, although I think there were maybe 60 to 70 women in total, from as far away as Orange County (Los Angeles) and even one from Anchorage!

There was a little snow on the ground when we arrived. It was cold but didn't snow while we were there. And this happy face soon melted.
Our table looked like this all weekend.
And I didn't take many pictures. Not sure why. But here are a couple of pictures of things I worked on. The front of Farmer's Wife is completed! Now to put the back together, including the remaining thirty blocks, and get it to the longarm quilter!
I worked on some braids, for a project that I'm not quite ready to show yet.
And started my charity donation quilt for 2014. Swoon blocks with Oakshott cottons--such beautiful fabric.
I'm always happy when points come together like they are supposed to:
 Our good friend, Jullie, came to visit us on Saturday and brought homemade cookies. Yum.
Jennifer, me, Jullie, Dotty
(Not pictured--because I cropped her out--because she hates having her picture taken--is Deborah)

In lieu of a picture of Deborah, here is the quilt she was working on, Greek Cross blocks made out of Joel Dewberry's latest line. SO pretty!
I didn't participate in the "challenge" this year (where every participant gets 1/2 yard of the same fabric) and I forgot to take pictures. Doh. Except for this really cute little quilt (hi, Judy!)
And she used open zippers to make the flip-flop part. So clever!
Late Saturday afternoon, it rained just a little bit. At the same time the sun was shining.
I was kind of in a hurry on Sunday morning when it came time to pack up. I just wanted to Finish.This.Block. Being in a hurry is usually never a good idea.
Ooops...If it wasn't for the fact that it is going into a charity auction, with the hopes of raising significant money for a great cause, and the fact that it is a ginormous block, so the mistake is equally huge, I would be tempted to leave it.

I'm linking to Lee for the first time this year. I can't tell you how happy that makes me.


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Debbie said... #

Beautiful and varied projects! I especially love the SWOON!

Catherine said... #

I'm looking forward to seeing what comes of the braids. Sympathise with your big Oops - and your perfectly matched points are awesome:-)

Nancy@owensolivia said... #

Oh no! I've done stuff like that too. So frustrating. Everything else is looking great! Oakshott cottons look really great up close. Thanks for sharing.

Emily H said... #

Not "oh no!", I say "oh, yes!" Leave the block, it is what will make that quilt valuable and unique.

JHNickodemus said... #

What a fun time! I miss you guys!!! What great projects!

Sewing Mom said... #

That looks liked an amazing time...and I love your swoon blocks...I can relate to the being in a hurry thing too. =) hanks for sharing.

UKMUMINUSA said... #

I love your swoon blocks, i just finished putting together my swoon quilt, and I also put a block together wrong!

Rene' said... #

Glad you enjoyed some sewing time with friends. Looking forward to OUR sewing time together. Gorgeous, colorful swoon blocks. Your charity quilt will be divine.

Heather D. said... #

Your Farmer's Wife Sampler top is gorgeous!

Patricia said... #

Looks like you had fun! Love the rainy pix.

OPQuilt said... #

Yay! What a lovely weekend--is that the one in Flagstaff? Or do I have my places mixed up.
Yahoo to you for finishing up that Farmer's Wife top--you've made lotsa progress since you started adding the side pieces on at my house. And your swoon blocks are lovely, although I'm sure the photos don't do the oakshott cottons justice. Happy WIP Wednesday!


Pomegranate Quilts said... #

I am swooning over the Swoon. Those points are exquisite! And you sew SO MUCH! That Farmer's Wife top is so clean and lovely, but 30 MORE blocks?!

Mrs Flying Blind... said... #

A lot of lovelies, including Deborah (I think she and I would take a great picture together!!) xxx

CraftyGardenMom - Tanesha said... #

I love your solid color swoon blocks, beautiful against the black. And how cute is that flip flop quilt?!?! Thanks for sharing.

Katy Cameron said... #

Yay for real live WIPs! Double yay on the FW top being done!

Terriaw said... #

Looks like a fun and productive weekend. I bet it was nice to get out of town for a couple days.

Anne / Springleaf Studios said... #

What a fun weekend. I really like the look of your braids . . . can't wait to see more. BTW your bee block went in the mail yesterday.

Janine @ Rainbow Hare said... #

Your retreat looks great! Your Farmers wife is amazing. I don't think I'd ever have the patience! And I love those flip flops - what a fab idea :)

Marit said... #

Glad to see you're back in the saddle! Great projects you're working on. Suprised you got so much done, I'm sure there was a lot of chatting going on too:)

Archie The Wonder Dog said... #

I love your Oakshott blocks, especially the last one ;o) Your FWQ is gorgeous, as are Deb's Greek Cross blocks!

CitricSugar said... #

Oakshotts plus Swoon equals gorgeous! It's going to be amazing; I love the "Amish traditional" look it's developing...

Mama Pea said... #

Love your swoon blocks! Yeah, matching points like that are so rewarding! The zippers on the flip flops....to die for. And your FW top! Oh, my, gosh. Just gorgeous. Jealous. :-)