Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A Grand and Productive Day

What a great day we had yesterday at Terry's. Three tables, 7 sewing machines, two ironing boards, 8 quilters - we were B-U-S-Y!

We had some fantastic show and tell quilts to share. You can have a look, too. They are wonderful!

 Jan brought her finished Lucy Boston English paper-pieced quilt to show us. You may remember our Canter's Cave retreat last April where she was finishing up the blocks. Well, this is her glorious finish! What a labor of love and dedication. Click here to go back to Canter's Cave to see close-up views of the individual blocks.

Jan wasn't finished with EPP, either! She had this surprise for us to see - It has the hexies in the center, and broderie-perse border. A thing of beauty, to be sure.

Since Jan has become quite the expert on EPP, she gave a demonstration on the method at a guild meeting a month or so ago. She wanted the quilters to understand that you don't have to make massive quilts with your hexagons; smaller projects are possible, as well.

Other quilters had beauties to share, as well, so let's see what Cherie has been doing.

Both of these quilt tops are recent projects from Cherie. The chevron quilt is made from layer-cake sized squares, which makes for a fast completion. The 4-patches on black is Cherie's first attempt at putting blocks on point. She conceded that it's not as difficult as she'd always imagined. ;)

From Mary, we have this beauty.

The quilting on it is amazing, so I'm showing you the back, too. Mary said the pattern was a free one from Moda that came out with one of their lines of fabrics. She used dyed muslin on the backing, and in reality, the blue is much darker. I was fighting some serious sunshine coming in the big window, so my colors are affected.

While most of us worked at our sewing machines, Jan was binding. By the end of the day, her binding was finished, and this is her newest finish. Those are covered bridge panels.

 Our hostess, Terry, stitched and stitched all day long, and was able to show us this finished quilt top. She has decided not to use a border, so she's ready to take it to the quilting machine.

I just had to get a picture of this table mat that Sharon O. is making. Her handwork is exquisite. Look at how delicate this is. The tiny flowers, and the stitches, oh my, what a gorgeous addition to her decor!

What did I do? Well, I have just one more FWQ block to make to meet my goal of 25! I was ultra-productive; I made 7 blocks at Terry's and made 3 more here at home last night. That means I've got just one left. Pictures of all of these will be the subject of tomorrow's post.

We had a wonderful day, and I got to catch up with some quilters I'd not seen in quite a long time. What a great group to spend a day with and to boost one's creative juices. Love it.

Happy Quilting, Friends!

1 comment:

  1. thanks for the quilt show. awesome projects going on. wish I lived closer. fun fun to sew with friends.......


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