And three weeks later…..

YIKES….it has been three weeks since my last post, so let’s catch up a bit.

The first week in November I spent 3-1/2 days at a wonderful quilting retreat for my guild, the Cotton Patch Quilters.  It is a “bring your own project” retreat and I had a great time working on a new project.   But let’s start at the beginning……

Two months ago, I took a class from Gyleen Fitzgerald about her method for piecing hexagons, taken from this book…..

It was a fun day learning a method for machine piecing hexagons.

But, at that workshop, Gyleen showed another of her books…..

Kathy and I both thought that this looked interesting and decided that we would buy the book and ruler and work on this quilt at the retreat.

So, I loaded up two three-drawer towers of scraps and headed to the retreat and quickly set up my own work station….DSC03657

Everybody laughed at me for all of the fabrics that I brought, but several people were borrowing from them before the week was over.

I had a great time working thru my scraps and piecing these easy pineapple blocks….

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I did make one change after this first block.   Instead of making the final strip that produced the TINY little triangle, I simply made the previous strip wider….MUCH easier!!

At the end of the three days, my piece was at this stage…..

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The really fun thing about this retreat was seeing what everyone else was working on.

There was hand quilting…..

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…..  scrap piecing………

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….paper piecing…..

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…..and LOTS and LOTS of strip piecing…..
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It was so fun to walk into the cutting/pressing room and see the buzz of activity!!!DSC03645

And even more fun simply walking up the stairs to the cafeteria three times each day and being served wonderful food!!!

For me, it was a much needed relaxation and then it was time to pack up and head back home again.  Here is a photo of my sad table……

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I have been working more on the pineapples during the last two weeks and will show more of that in the next few days.

It’s good to be back to blogging!!!!

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Feed and Fabric

During the retreat, several people found the need for more fabric….no surprise there!!

So, we made a field trip to “Patrick’s Feed and Fabric” in Covington.

It was a fun place, with quilts covering all of walls……

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….and a large fabric stash in the corner……

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A fun place for a visit!!!!

Sound the Retreat…..

Last Tuesday I packed up the car and headed to my guild retreat at the FFA (Future Farmer’s of America) camp in Covington, GA.  It was a gorgeous place, set on a large lake, with comfortable rooms and only a short walk to our retreating room……DSC02160

There were 19 people in attendance and the room was well set up for our work…..DSC02128

….with an adjoining room that held 2 cutting tables (raised to waist height) and three ironing setups.

The dining hall was just up one flight of stairs so we were never hungry.   The timer that was set to remind us of meals was a Duck Quack and we all responded like Pavlov’s Dogs and immediately headed for the stairs!!

Most people brought several projects to work on, but I single-mindedly worked on ONE project…

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…..quilting the Aussie Fabric top.

I worked fairly steadily during the 3-1/2 days and actually started doing the hand stitching on the binding before I packed up for the return trip.

I did take one break from quilting when it was requested that each of us piece a block that would be used in a Charity quilt.  This was my block…..

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…..and here is the completed top…..DSC02179

There were lots of other fun projects…….

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The food was very nice, but way too much,  the fellowship was encouraging and fun and the time went by way too quickly!!

On the drive home, I passed several fields of Rapeseed which is used to make Canola Oil.   They were gorgeous…..

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The quilt has been washed, blocked and is now on our bed and we are looking forward to sleeping under it tonight.   I will try to get a good photo of it and post later in the week……