Monday, January 27, 2014

Design Wall Monday 1-27-2014

Wow! What a great weekend.  

Nancy, MaryBeth and Sharon came down from Maryland for a in-house quilting retreat.  This is the same group that went to Mary Jo's together several years ago.  You can read about it here and here.

It didn't get an auspicious start as they ran into a major accident on I-95 on the way down.  A 4 hour trip that included lunch took more like 7 hours.  Boring.  We unpacked the cars, got their stuff to their rooms and cracked open the wine.  Pat was our chef for the weekend except for one dinner that he had a dinner commitment. 

And we sewed: Friday night, all day Saturday, Saturday night, most of Sunday, Sunday night, and Monday morning.  I failed miserably at taking photos.  So here's Mary Beth's nearly finished Celtic Solstice. 
Her blocks were made before she came but she sewed all the blocks into rows, the rows together, made the border and attached it.  She was so thrilled to get so much done.  It's amazing.  We helped her audition another border as she wants it to fit on the guest room bed and needed a bit more to do it.  Our choice was more of the dark blue in the borders but she didn't have enough  She found more online, (amazing actually!) and she has it on order. 

Nancy made this modern quilt that showcases large print fabric.  She isn't tickled with it but she has some great plans for her next version.  The pattern picture used a white background instead of grey and the print floated in the white.  I love the random squares of color in the grey.  She was also making blocks from a charm pack.

I'm embarrassed to admit I didn't get pictures of any of Sharon's projects. First she completed her stain glass that she started two weeks ago here.   Hers is the red flower. All it needs is a label.  In no particular order, she also got the binding on a baby quilt, made the tops for twins), made a big sister top and then started in on a bigger project she drags a long as her back up.  I'm sorry I didn't get any pictures.  

I got my stained glass done except the binding.  Woot, Woot!  That will be done this month for sure. I also pulled out the shaded 9 patch and began getting the borders on.  One side is done, the second side is cut but I quit working on iras they were packing up -- I'm pooped.  I also did a bit of small seams on various blocks I've got in the works all of which need to be mailed off.  

Here we are nearing the end of our time together.  Hum, the blocks in the back of us are Chunky Churn Dash, another of Bonnie Hunter's quilts.  

Here are the intrepid travelers getting ready to pack up the car and get on the road.  We were well fed thanks to some incredible meals Pat made.  We enjoyed ourselves so much.  Now we are trying to figure out when we can do it again.  

There is also some talk of going to Houston too.  Nancy and MB are already committed.  Sharon and I are going to look into it.   I hope to see Nancy and MaryBeth at Hampton Roads quilt show later in February.  

One thing we had to do with this retreat is postpone it one day.  Kevin was hoping we could babysit Ellie Thursday afternoon/Friday morning when her other grandma was going to arrive to take care of her while they worked.  She starts daycare the week after that.  Sure! A chance to snuggle with the girl?  You bet.  It worked out great although I was a bit tired starting the retreat. 

Goals got marked off right and left this week.  Not much was left for next week. I did clear out two of my project boxes so I will be able to pick a UFO to put in one of them and I'll put the Polka Dot Challenge for Faithful Circle Quilters into one. 

Week of January 20, 2014
Prep for in-house retreat!  YEA!
Make Ellie a Valentine’s Day T Shirt
Visit Ellie and her parents for a short trip
Make food for Tea group and enjoy the visit
Work on Split 9 Patch put borders on -1 side is on√
Embroider shirts for Sophie and Natalie nope
Bake a cake, vacuum and dust house for retreat/tea group

Continue working on A Tisket, A Tasket blocks nope didn't happen
Week of January 27, 2014
Finish borders on Split 9 Patch
Quilt brown and blue quilt
Make and put binding on stain glass quilt
Write a shopping list for Sunday’s quilt shopping expedition and go shopping!
Embroider shirts for Sophie and Natalie nope
Finish & mail Valentine T Shirts for Natalie & Sophie
Get hair cut

Wow -- I did very well on the goals this past week.  And it was busy.  This coming week is much less crowded and I hope to get a top quilted and bound before the end of January.  

Happy Quilting All! 


  1. I was retreating myself over the weekend. It looks like you had a great time with your friends! I'll be at the Hampton show myself (I live in the area) and plan to visit all of the days. Maybe we can meet up?

  2. What a perfect weekend! And the Celtic Solstice top is fabulous - just love the border!

  3. The border on your Celtic Solstice is PERFECT! So original!

  4. Fantastic job, everyone!

    It looks like it was a fun and productive retreat.

  5. You did very well indeed! I'm anxious to see the border you add to the split nine patch as that is one of my favortie blocks, but I don't ususally add a border. Thanks so much for sharing! Tell Mary Beth and Nancy I loved their quilts.

  6. love love love retreats…and it seams like a lovely small one complete with a cooking husband and wine (I DID see you mention wine, right?) sounds absolutely perfect! Will I see you at the next FCQ retreat?

  7. Bonnie, thanks so much to you and that wonderful chef you married!! I had such a great time!


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