What a glorious weekend of quilting with friends! I attended the Emporia Regional Quilt Guild's weekend retreat held in town at a local church. The basement fellowship hall is huge and easily accommodated over 30 quilters for the weekend. The doors opened on Friday at 4pm for setup and to get started on our projects. Dinner came about 6:30, and then the stitching continued until they locked up at 10pm. Saturday morning bright and early, the doors opened again at 8am. The committee treated us to a variety of crockpot soups for lunch and a build your own salad and baked potato bar for dinner. The stitching continued all day with lots of sharing, helping, talking, laughing, and a fair amount of teasing with what's become a regular joke with a rubber rat that appears under someone's sewing table. Sunday morning we returned at 8am, enjoyed a delicious lasagna, french bread & salad lunch, and then started wrapping things up so everyone could help with clean up to be out by 4pm. The ERQG holds these retreats quarterly, providing a fun space to work on our projects together and occasionally hosting a national teacher. Last November we had Pat Speth from Nickel Quilts teach for the 3-day weekend and it was wonderful! We learned to much and had so much fun!
I spent my time working on Cindy's Comforting Words quilt so I can get it finished and mailed off to her before she starts chemo. I got it pinned Friday evening and printed out the feathered sprays that I wanted to FMQ in the borders from my EQ Quilting Designs collection onto foundation paper. Saturday morning I ditched first, quilted the diagonal lines through the Irish chains and echoed the embroidered motifs. With the main part complete, after lunch I started the stitching over the foundation paper on the borders and before I left at about 9:45pm, all of the borders were quilted!
|Wow! A picture of ME at work! Fun!|
|Follow the lines--figuring out where to go to make the stitching as continuous as possible.|
|And then removing the foundation paper to reveal the lovely quilted feathers.|
|Comforting Words for Cindy--trimmed and ready for binding|
|Nice shadows showing the feathered sprays that are in all the borders.|
Here's a few fun shots of the retreat weekend. There were so many great projects being made!
|Joan getting ready to pin her hand embroidered bluework tea time.|
|Lyn showing off her grandson's Indiana Jones mini-quilt. The animals are all paper pieced! This is my favorite of the weekend!|
|Queen size Neighborhood quilt|
|Hexagon puzzle--reminds me of the Card Trick patterns|
|Sharon with her Turning-Twenty Wizard of Oz quilt that she's added several embroidery designs to for added fun|
|Sherry with her second Quilt of Valor top finished this weekend|
|Becky busy on her quilt top|
|Trish finished adding the 9-patch corner stones and stripped sashings to her finished blocks|
|Kathy giving her top a good press before...|
|she taped the backing to the floor to pin her mom's Cardinal quilt.|
Back to unpacking and cutting binding strips to finish the Comforting Words before tonight's Downton Abbey comes on.
More snippets from the sewing room soon,