05 January, 2014

Weekend Retreat Report

 Sweet Sherbet Strips  ~ 40" X 59"
I was on retreat this past weekend with my quilting buddies, it was very quiet and low-key; and, from my perspective, quite productive! I pieced this quilt for some friends who are expecting a baby girl next month. It didn't come out quite the way I expected! I followed this pattern. I expected the little bits of color to be squares but as I sewed I realized I was creating rectangles instead. I had purchased a kit with precut strips and had set right to work cutting those. When I investigated the discrepancy in appearance I realized that the pattern (and picture) used 1.5" strips and the ones included in my kit were 2"; hence... rectangles! I'm fine with that; this baby quilt now has the appearance of woven ribbons and, I think,  it's visually pleasing. This detail shot shows a true color represntation.
I will probably quilt it with some kind of swirly all-over pantograph. It is a sweet quilt.

"Mountain Day"  ~ 60" X 42" (half done)
Finished size to measure: 60" X 84"
I made progress on "Mountain Day". Half of it is now pieced and set together, it will remain borderless. I figured I needed to get this one together before next month when I take another class from this same teacher at Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival; it would be nice to have something to show after a years' time, and before I add yet another UFO to the pile!

I stitched up quite a few star-flowers and tried my hand at setting some together, too; happily, that was much easier than I had imagined. I have decided to name this quilt, a keeper, "A Whiter Shade of Pale". It is very soothing to look at and to work on. This uses up all the leftovers from my low volume fabrics... time to collect more!

Thanks one and all for your comments and encouragement on my last post. I appreciate all your kind words and encouragement, I am taking very good care of myself and that is paying off. I am doing just fine.

Life is Good!

7 comments:

lleblanc_nd said...

Love the sherbet quilt! So pretty. Looks like you had a productive weekend!

Laura Davies said...

I love how the baby quilt turned out!

Paula, the quilter said...

What a serendipitous happening in the baby quilt!

Janet O. said...

I think the baby quilt design looks like it was meant to be.
Mountain Day is a fun, bold graphic.
Always nice to use up some scraps and have an excuse for collecting. : )

jude's page said...

Love the rectangles, was a good mistake!

Quiltdivajulie said...

Mountain Day - what size are the squares? And who was the teacher?

Lovely little girl quilt - serendipity at work!

LOVE the low volume you're making for yourself -- and the name!

Karen Newman Fridy said...

I love the rectangles!! You got lots done...sorry I missed out this year!