I headed to a fall quilt retreat, last weekend, with one of the quilt guilds I belong to. Four days up north of the city in cottage country, with great ladies, my favourite hobby, lots of good food and snacks and wonderful scenery. Just what I needed after a crazy few months of work and life in general.
Here are some of the views of the resort where we stayed
Beautiful, isn’t it?
As beautiful as it was it was chilly outside which kept me inside quilting up a storm.
I had started the and constructed the 3.5″ squares for a Galaxy quilt by Deb Tucker before I arrived at the retreat. A good thing, as there was some swearing involved in getting my pieces the right size and not an 1/8th of an inch shy of the right size. However, my perseverance paid off and the top (other than the outer purple border which is not on yet) went together very nicely:
I also had cut out a quilt for Marc before the retreat but had not sewn it together. He’d wanted a quilt made of solids in three colours. I’d found this quilt called Geometric Graduation 2 by Greta Grama that fit the bill perfectly. It too needs outer borders but the rest is together:
It was fun to do but after a while I did need a break from dealing with solid black material with solid black thread. The 132 blocks were easy to put together, however,placement did take a bit of concentration. This too needs outer borders. I just wasn’t in the mood to tackle outer borders at retreat (that and I just didn’t have enough time).
Last but least I made a simple Mary’s Strippie quilt top with some Toronto Maple Leaf juvenile fabric:
I was productive. I have another Maple Leaf Strippie cut out that I didn’t get to and I, of course, have to get the borders on the two quilts I started.
All very different in style but I liked that as it gave me a very nice variety of things to work on and stopped me from getting bored.
A few more pictures from the restort where the fall quilt retreat was held: