At the aforementioned quilt retreat my friend Jeanne and I made some bags in between our other projects. Making bags is what I call productive procrastination. Sometimes you just need to make something that doesn't take very long and gives you almost instant gratification. The eye glasses are just for perspective.
These are cute tiny boxy bags. The thread is again just for perspective. We have collected lots of charm packs over recent years giving them to each other as gifts from trips we've been on and such. These bags are a great way to use these charm packs!
Jeanne is a very prolific bag lady! Aren't these bags cute!!!
These are some more quilts that were worked on during our retreat last week. Above is a quilt that Janene was working on. It is the result of a block exchange. Click on it to see the beautiful dahlias.
Patti put these alphabet redwork blocks together. They are so cute! Her granddaughters helped to draw the owls and ice cream cones. It is further personalized by signatures in the appropriate lettered blocks. It really was precious.
JoAnn's quilt top finished! No matter that it was 16 years in the making, it's timeless.
Another quilt by Janene.
There were so many pictures that I took, it's hard to remember who did what. I believe this quilt top was made by Kate. Kate is our officially blind quilter. She has macular degeneration and is in fact legally blind. She is also a very prolific quilter.
This is another quilt by Kate. She used old phone book paper foundations for the strips.
Patti's friend Lou picked out the fabric and pattern for this sweet quilt top with the intentions of making a quilt for Patti. The two worked on a block together, sewing it the wrong way. Lou became ill with breast cancer and asked Patti to finish it for her when it became apparent that she would not be able to. Lou has since passed on but Patti will forever remember her through this quilt.
This is what happens when your fabric is so yummy, your machine just has to eat it!
You get a throat plate attached to your quilt top! Good job Katie!
I organize retreats throughout the year for a group of quilting buddies that have been getting together for retreats for over ten years now. This past weekend we had such a great time sewing, talking, laughing, creating, and giving and receiving inspiration. These weekends are pure bliss for me. The following are some of the pictures of projects that were in various stages of progress.
Here's Jane with a couple of the quilt tops she assembled. I caught her on the downside of her smile (sorry Jane!). She really was happy : )
This was an old quilt top that Jill backed and had our friend Shari quilt on her long arm machine. Shari does a wonderful job!
This is another quilt by Jill.
You just can't help but smile when you're around this happy quilt. Pam sure knows how to work with color!
This is a challenge quilt that Pam started and completed with binding attached and all. The only thing left that needs to be done is the hand sewing of the binding to the back and possibly a label. Did you notice the fun zebra border?
I'm a quilter from California and love color! I love the innovative use of color in quilts. I love it when quilts make your eyes move from one place to the next because of the pattern and the colors used.
I am a mother to four grown children. I have two beautiful grandsons,a gorgeous baby granddaughter, and another granddaughter due end of August '10. My husband and I have been married for 29+ years! I'm very blessed to have had such a wonderful life thusfar.