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Friday, March 8, 2013

TOT Retreat 2013

I am still feeling a little sleep deprived after two full and two half days of retreating earlier this week. Our bee + a few friends of the bee headed west to Danville, IL and set up shop in the big room at Threads of Time

We had a great time sewing, chatting, eating, and shop hopping. We even went to a winery! I was really productive on this retreat and got several projects into finished tops and some others on the way. Here's the rundown: 

On Sunday afternoon, we met at my mom's house, packed a ton of stuff into the cars, and headed out to Danville. With the time change, we arrived there just about the time we left Indiana! We were a little early to unpack and get set up in the retreat center, so we looked around the shop a while. After unloading the kitchen items, a small group of us went up the road about 10 minutes to a local winery. We had some samples and I brought home a couple bottles of wine. 
Headed in to try some wine
Sunday evening, I worked on a kit my mom brought me from Quilt Market last year - I didn't pay close enough attention to the instructions and mis-cut a few of the fabrics, but it still turned out okay. I finished the whole top on the first night! (It is only 10 1/2" square, but I still say it counts!)
Christmas kit - done on the first night! 
By Monday, I had the blocks together and then added borders for my Disappearing Four Patch quilt. This is a kit I bought in December and I am so happy to have the top together so soon after buying it! I have some charm squares left from the kit, so am planning to make a holiday season purse to use them up. 
Holiday Disappearing 4-Patch
While working on the prior two projects, I used some of Lois' 1 3/4" precut strips as leaders and enders and by Monday evening, I had another top together! I will add a few borders to this and quilt it to be a wheelchair donation quilt. 
Tons and Tons of florals..and it doesn't even make a dent in the box of 1 3/4" strips!
We also took a few hours out on Monday afternoon to go on a quilt shopping trip to Sew Sassy in Champaign. It was a nice shop with lots of great fabric. I added a few pieces to my stash and found a good piece for my Easy Street border. 
Sassy quilters in front of the Sew Sassy wall of batiks
Tuesday was to be my day to work on my paper piecing project. I decided to do a few other things first and wound up procrastinating on it until about 9 pm! I started by working  on one of Lois' UFOs - it is a quilt made from a drawing that was on the front of a quilt shop newsletter. Lois figured out all the measurements and had made about 3 or 4 hearts. I passed the rest of the hearts out to my bee last year and they made them in the fabrics she had planned. I had to make a couple more hearts to finish up the top and the piano key borders, but I got that finished on Tuesday afternoon. I am really pleased with how bright and cheery it is and look forward to finishing it to pass on to her family. I didn't get a picture of it on my camera, but if you link to Karen's pictures below, you can see it. I will also share a picture when it is finished. 

After that, I worked on hemming a shirt, made a headband, and then finally pulled out my paper piecing project, only to find that I hadn't printed all the needed sheets for it - UGH! I did get one section done - it doesn't look like much this way, but this will become a sun rising over a mountain.  
Future Sun
Wednesday morning we had a few hours to sew before we had to pack up and head home and I'd gotten as far as I could manage on my paper piecing project, so I pulled out Easy Street to put on the borders. Boy, borders on a big quilt are sure a challenge! It took me a couple hours to get them both on, but I was really happy to finish that before heading home. 
Easy Street with borders
If you want to see some more pictures of the retreat center, our group, and other people's projects, you can take a look at Karen's pictures. It was another successful retreat and a good time was had by all! We're looking forward to doing it again next spring! 


Regina said...

oh my goodness you were busy! It all looks wonderful!!!!!

krisgray said...

What great projects! Congrats on finishing Easy Street, love your pinks and your borders.