Thursday, September 15, 2016

Quilting Retreat

Can I just say that a quilting retreat is a blast?   We had four spectacular days of sewing, shopping, cooking, eating, watching sunsets on the beach, laughing and visiting.  It's amazing how much can be accomplished when you have no interruptions.



These are the three gals who joined me - Elizabeth, Lisa and Leisa (with Elizabeth's and Leisa's finished quilt tops).



Elizabeth was our "official" photographer for the retreat so you can check out her BLOG to see our fun documented.  She did an incredible post on it and I won't even try to compete with it.  She also posted on IG at #beachsidequiltingretreat while we were there.

There were wonderful gifts exchanged.  Look at all of the great new items I was showered with on my first retreat.



So....what did I accomplish?

My tree skirt is finished.  Thank you, Connie, for the help in finding her old post where she made the beautiful tree skirt that I duplicated.




I managed to piece my Allietare quilt from Bonnie Hunter's QAL last winter.  I love, love, love the colors in this.  I'll get my borders on and get it quilted, hopefully, before the next QAL this winter.



I thought this Grinch paper pieced design was so cute and had so much fun stitching this one up.  It is a free Kristi Lehame design from Peachblossom Patterns.



We made red X blocks for the #70273 Project Brigade.  You can read all about it HERE.  Be sure to check it out as I am sure you will want to join in on this project.  If you as as touched as I was,you will want to make many more red x blocks because of their significance.



Are any of you familiar with Peppa Pig?  The grandkids here love the show and I found some great flannel for a nightgown for an upcoming birthday gift.



There were several other finishes, but those are secret for the moment.  I will show them later.

We contributed a bit to the economy on our outings (as you will see on Elizabeth's posts) but in one antique shop there WERE two of these gorgeous Le Crueset pumpkin pans. We scored big time on these.  They worked really well on making bread for dinner when we got home.  They also look beautiful sitting on the stove for fall!

  
   

Returning home I had a lovely package in the mail from Wendy of Ivory Spring.  I had won these beautiful Rosewater FQ by Windham.  Thanks, Wendy.  I will enjoy these beautiful prints.


Now to finish unpacking and getting the sewing room back together!

22 comments:

Carol S. said...

You got so much done...wow! I love your tree skirt and that Allietare quilt is amazing. Looks like such fun!

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

You got a lot accomplished. The tree skirt is great, love the nightie too. Looks like a simple pattern what is the name of it?

Exuberantcolor/Wanda S Hanson said...

I checked out Elizabeth's blog post. It looks like you all had a great time. I think 4 is a good number for a retreat. I feel kind of lost in a group of 20. It looks like you had beautiful weather too.

Joyful Quilter said...

Wow, you got a lot done, and it looks like you had a lot of fun, what more could a person want. Love the tree skirt, and the Grinch block is adorable! I may have to sneak in a few before the holiday.

OPQuilt said...

Loved this post, and glad I could be a back-up reference for you. I'm also glad to get the name of the Bonnie Hunter quilt--thanks for that, and I never got a good picture of it after you trimmed it up. It's so terrific looking! I agree with your commenter that 4 is a great number for the retreat--and we didn't even plan it that way! (The Fates smiled on us for that one.) I think next time I'm going to hit the beach a little sooner before the sunsets, and linger a little longer--that was such a beautiful place. I brought home my rocks and set them in an aquamarine bowl on our table: a good memory.

Elizabeth

Quilting Babcia said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful time with great quilting friends! What fun! And you accomplished so much - I especially love your version of Allietare, I like your color combo better than any other I've seen so far.

barcord said...

Looks like you all had a great time. I will blog hop later to see your friend's blog about your adventures. I love your tree skirt. It is beautiful. Also your finished quilt top. Your pumpkin pan was a great find. I can just imagine all the fun you girls had.

Jeanna said...

You really accomplished a lot in four days. I love everyone's projects. Did you sleep? LOL

I'm so happy your first retreat was a success! Thanks for sharing.

Maria said...

Pop over and read Elizabeth's post... You all have a wonderful time and got sew much done..
Oh yes I know Peppa Pig.. Both the Great Granddaughters love her..they would love that lovely nightie...

Hilachas said...

The retreat sounds like such fun, not only for all you accomplished, but the good time you had doing it with friends. So glad you were able o do this. Thanks for letting us know all about it.

quiltmania said...

Wow! You accomplish so much. Everything looks great.

Scrapatches said...

Looks like you got a lot accomplished at your quilt retreat and had a fun time. I love the Halloween quilts. Thanks for sharing the fun ... :) Pat

Abby and Stephanie said...

My goodness you got lots done! Love that tree skirt.

Soma @ whimsandfancies.com said...

Wow! You got a lot done! The quilting on the tree skirt is so beautiful, you have a double-sided skirt there. Everything else looks wonderful, Mary. Your piecing of the Grinch is fabulous. I love Le Creuset colours, so glad you found the pumpkin pan. Enjoy your new fabrics :)

-Soma

Lara B. said...

It looks and sounds like the most wonderful get away Mary! You got so much accomplished and still packed in the fun.

Lara B. said...

PS - the Grinch block cracks me up and the tree skirt is fabulous! I love pumpkin anything too.

Connie Kresin Campbell said...

Now that looks like it was a fun quilt retreat Mary! Your tree skirt looks beautiful, now I want to make another as I gave mine to my daughter. Congrats on finishing all the piecing on Allietare also!

Createology said...

And a very good time was had by everyone! Love your finished Christmas Tree Skirt. I am amazed at how much you accomplished. Peppa Pig is new to me and I apologize for being late to comment...I was YouTubing Peppa and got lost in laughter. Lovely September Retreat...

Carole said...

Wow! Besides having fun you accomplished quite a bit! Love the Pumpkin pan! Great find! Thank you for sharing! Cheers!

KaHolly said...

Wow! Did you sleep at the retreat? Take time out to even eat? You accomplished so, so much. I really like the grinch pp block, too! Loved ALL of your projects very much. XO

Patchwork and Play said...

Love both the tree skirt and your Allietare quilt top- it reminds me of a tiled floor! Beautiful! I am very jealous of the fabulous time you had together! Ah, one day......

Mdm Samm said...

YOur tree skirt is a gem....oh wow I like that ..what a delightful post, there is nothing like being inspired by a gathering of friends who embrace threads and needles...